Sunday, May 28, 2017

PL2016 is Complete

You guys, I did it. I'm finally finished my 2016 album...

What a relief. 

Here's my two page spread for December. 


There's not much to say about this month. Every December, I also do a December Daily album. This year, I did it in a 6x4 sized format. If you're interested in checking it out, it's here.

Knowing that I document the month, in a lot of detail, I still like to include pages in my project life album. Some of the photos over lap. Some of the photos are different. Here's a quick look:


  • A celebration for Gigi. She was 99, and she would have been pissed that it took this to get all her grandkids together. But we did all get together, and it was a nice visit. 
  • We were at a Christmas party out of town, and of course, it began snowing on our way home... Of course. An hour drive under normal conditions, took us 2 1/2 hours. The highways were treacherous.
  • Calvin returns.
  • Miss Libby, loves to romp in the snow.
  • My fav 9 photos on IG for 2016, of course I had to see what they would be.
  • These two goofs, sporting Christmas present items. 



  • Girl Guides went and sang carols at a senior residence. Their last meeting of the year. 
  • Xmas morning stocking reveal. 
  • I surprised Madelyn with tickets to the nutcracker. She was so pleased. The girls went. I even let her pick out a mask. I was 'fun mum' on this particular trip. 
  • Barry and the kids Xmas Eve, I was home sick with the flu...
  • TRUST, my one little word for 2017. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 


Monday, May 15, 2017

May's Template Freebie

For the month of may only, you can download this Sahlin Studio template for free! Check it out here. 

Here's my take on this months template:

Miss Madelyn just performed in The Show Must Go On. She was thrilled to get a pretty big role as one of the teachers at the school. She practiced for weeks. She had early morning rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:10-8:45 am. The rehearsals began in February. 

The last 5 weeks or so, before the play, they also added an after school rehearsal, Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30. She didn't miss a single one. 

Her work definitely paid off. The day of the performance she absolutely nailed it. 

Of course, we all came and watched, as proud as proud can be, from the audience. 

Way to go Madelyn! Maybe you have the acting bug...

PL2017 - Weeks 12 & 13


Fell behind there again... 

Not my intention. But it seems to happen on a fairly regular basis.

I have a couple of layouts to share, so here they are:

Week 12:


  • I went on a Gr 9 field trip, to Telus Spark. I had to laugh, because when they had free time, the kids all wanted to go outside and check out the playground. 
  • Love the Snapchat filters. 
  • A dog and her rat.
  • The story of the 'readers'.
  • Celebrating my birthday at my Mum and Dad's.


Week 13:

This week happened to fall on spring break. I adore spring break... Days are getting longer, but not necessarily warmer. Or, warmer for a day or two, then cold again. 
  • We did manage a lovely afternoon up on Nose Hill. 
  • We went to Telus Spark, trying to get another couple of visits in before Madelyn's pass expires. 
  • A sleep over with a best friend, it f i n a l l y happened...
  • Barry's re-doing some plumbing to our master bath and kids bathroom. Needed access to the supply lines. Good news, our master shower seems to be working just fine now, with no leaks!!
  • Madelyn making drumsticks for dinner. It's one meal that she loves to plan and make. 
The following Sahlin Studio Products were used: 

Week 12

You Are Here Kit - http://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-kit.html
You Are Here Journal Cards - http://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-journal-cards.html

Week 13 

For Real Journal Cards - http://the-lilypad.com/store/For-Real-Journal-Cards.html
For Real Paper - http://the-lilypad.com/store/For-Real-Papers.html

Saturday, April 29, 2017

PL2016 - November

This has taken a lot longer than it should have, but I'm glad that I didn't give up.

This is the two page spread I created for November, in my project life album:


November was a pretty eventful, busy month. However, once school/hockey/ringette starts, all our months are busy.



  • Grade 6 field trip to the Youth Link, part of the Calgary Police Service. This field trip was excellent. It focused on many things that are very important to this particular age group: Healthy relationships. Gangs. Drugs.  Bullying. A lot of good information shared.  
  • Grade 6's also ran the Remembrance Day Assembly at school. My last Remembrance Day Assembly... 
  • Sadly, there have been very few trips to the playground after school this year... So if she asks if we can go after school, I say "absolutely".
  • Ringette weekend in High River. Pool time = Awesome. In fact, they could just take the girls away and go to the hotel and the pool. That's really all they'd have to do. As long as there's a pool, all is good. Madelyn went with Kaelin and Kristina. We picked her up the next day. 
  • Mustangs finally won a game. It was a much needed, confidence building, win. 


  • Mason helping with yard work. If he had the choice, he absolutely would NOT help. But he doesn't have a choice. 
  • Date night, vehicle selfie. 
  • Last visit with Gigi. 
  • Trump wins the US Election... Still don't know what to say about this, and we're '100 days' in to his presidency. 
  • Grade 6 field trip to the Edmonton Legislature Buildings. Best. Field trip. Ever. Seriously, it was a whirlwind day, but it was awesome. The house was even in session, and we got to go in for a little while. 
  • Celebrating Chris' birthday. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

PL2017 - Week11

Week 11, focused on the story of provincials.

Madelyn's team made it to provincials, for the 2nd year in a row. Which is not usual. This year, the provincials were held in Calgary. [Last year we had to go to Medicine Hat] 

It was a tough go. We played against 3 northern Alberta teams, and they are always very strong. The girls played really well, and rallied, but in the end, we lost to all 3 northern teams. Having said that, the games were all very close. We gave them a run for their money. We also played against two southern teams, which just so happened to be Calgary teams. Teams that were in our division, and teams we have played throughout the season.  We won those games. 

Ringette could potentially be over by mid-February, and is for a lot of teams. Once they lose two games in city play-offs, their season is over. These girls played their hearts out at cities, and ended up with a silver medal. It was awesome to watch. The teams were all very evenly matched, and therefore, made the games very close, and very exciting. 

Because we played right to the end of cities, and we're headed to provincials, we had practices right through the middle of March. These girls got another month of ice time and games, because they made it as far as they did. 

All the girls from the team, were available and made it to the provincial weekend. They had to take Friday off school. They played twice Friday, twice Saturday and once Sunday. They attended an opening ceremony Friday morning. It was a pretty awesome experience for most of these young players. Madelyn moves up to U14 next year, this was such a special way to end the season. 


The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Monday, April 17, 2017

December Daily 2016 - Better Late than Never

I have mostly been done this album for awhile. There were just a few last things to add, sometimes it's the smallest things, that seems to take forever... 

It's always so great to look back on projects. When you're right in the midst of them, they can seem overwhelming.

This project, in the heat of the moment, is overwhelming. The best thing to do, is take it one day at a time. Getting somewhat ready beforehand, is also helpful. 

I love to look back at my past December daily albums. I love to see what changes. See what remains the same. This is the first year ever, in 15 years, that we didn't make a trip to see Santa... While it saddens me, I also understand that it's the natural progression. Mason didn't go last year, so I thought I had a few more visits with Madelyn. But she announced that she was too old, to sit on Santa's knee. She told me that when she'd gone last year, she observed she as the oldest girl in the line... It's funny what kids see, and what we see... Obviously that's not something I picked up on. She felt uncomfortable enough, that she didn't want to do it again.

This is picture heavy, here's my 2016 Album:














































I used a lot of different product for this . I used Sahlin Studio product, I used Ali Edwards product. I used a bit of physical product I've squired away over the years.  I did a little bit of stitching on the sewing machine. I used Madelyn's artwork. Everything and anything goes with these types of projects. There are no rules.

I love this project, and I love it even more when it's all done and on the shelf.