My Reason Why

My “Believe” Story Kit arrived in the mail this week! I always feel extra lucky to get to work with the digital version of the kit first, a definite perk of being part of the Digital Creative Team. I also subscribe to the physical Story Kits and have from the very beginning because I LOOOOOOVE them. The products are awesome (love the acrylic word each month!) and the themes always spark stories I otherwise wouldn’t have thought to tell. My favourite part of my subscription is the classroom, which includes a presentation about the theme to spark some ideas.  Why am I telling you all this? Because this month, there was this little piece of digital word art included that brought it all back to WHY I value scrapbooking/memory keeping/storytelling so much.make love visible by Ali Edwards(digital word art by Ali Edwards) Not gonna lie, scrapbooking lately has felt challenging. I’ve been lacking in motivation and energy. And I KNOW that for me, if I try to force it when I’m just not feeling up to the task, it does not happen. I don’t know why. I’ve been telling myself “maybe I’m just supposed to sit back a listen to the stories for a bit instead of telling them”. The timing of this little reminder to “make love visible” could not have been better and I’m so glad it came when it did. (Sidenote: my One Little Word this year is “Make”. How’s that for a good fit?!   🙂 )

The theme for this month’s Story Kit is “Believe”, and with the idea of using memory keeping to “make love visible”, I was more than happy to take this opportunity to cheer for Liam. Back in March, we finally got him enrolled in Karate. It’s something we had talked about since last September, hoping it would help him learn to focus and develop confidence. Last week he earned his yellow striped belt!

Believe full layout I made a spread to go into our album for the year in celebration of his achievement, because I sure do love this kid!!  The left side is 6×12 and the right side is 9×12.

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The front of the 6×12 is a full page photo with digital word art from the kit and a gold chipboard star from Studio Calico’s “Scout” Documenter kit. Full page photos are my favourite 🙂  I do not have a large format photo printer, just a standard size one, but I discovered a while ago that you can still print big photos as long as they’re 8.5″ or less wide (!!!). I have a Canon Pixma MG7520, but I “think” you could probably follow these steps on other standard size Canon photo printers as well.

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Here’s a screenshot of what happens when I select “Print” in Photoshop Elements 13. (If you click on the photos, they should pop up larger so you can see the words on the menus more clearly). I cropped my photo to 6 x 12 at 300 dpi and added the digital word art before I selected print. Notice section 5 where it says “select print size”, I’ve got “Actual Size” selected and I do not want it to “crop to fit” the canvas, so that box is not checked. First thing I need to do is “Change Settings” in section 2: printer settings. Click on that box.

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A new window pops up, and I want to select the “Advanced Settings”, so click on that box.

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We’re going to make a few adjustments in the “advanced settings” window. First of all, select the option for “Standard” under the heading “commonly used settings”. This is very important, because it’s the only option that will allow you to choose a custom paper size, even though we’re printing a photo. Under “Media Type”, select the type of paper your printing on. I’m using a 13 x 19 glossy photo paper from Staples that I’ve cut down to 7×13. Next up is choosing the paper size. The very bottom of the “paper size” menu should say “Custom”, pick that one.

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When this window pops up, type in the dimensions of your paper. You’ll notice that the parameters for how big you can print with your printer are included in this window (example: the custom paper size option on my printer will let me print as large as 8.5″ wide by 14″ long!) When you select a “standard” printer setting on a photo printer, that setting will print with margins on the right, left, top and bottom instead of “borderless” like you would get if you chose photo printing. So I’ve intentionally set my paper size to be larger than the 6×12 print so my photo should print as a true 6×12 (or pretty darn close anyway) without the edges being cut off. The paper is loaded into the bottom tray of my printer and hangs out over the edge by about an inch or so, but prints exactly as it should.

If you haven’t played around with your printer settings before, I think you’ll be excited by this discovery 🙂

Back to the story. The back side of my 6×12 is another full page photo (his white belt) and I’ve typed my journaling right onto it before printing.

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The digital word art is from the “Cheer” Story Kit. I’ve also added a wood veneer piece from Elle’s Studio that seemed like a perfect fit to go along with the “I remember” sentence starters. I started and erased the journaling on this page so many times, but once I went back to the technique of starting each memory with the same phrase, it all gushed out so easily.

The 9×12 pocket page was fun to piece together.

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My journaling was pretty much done on the left side, so I got to fill the right side of the page with pretty cards from the digital kit that I printed onto matte photo paper 🙂 I love that these cards work together to enhance the story and “make love visible” all on their own, without having to add anything to them.

So that’s my first Believe project. Hoping to share a few more stories and images of recent projects over the next week.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Pam

Crafting our stories in February

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February has been full of stories about everyday kind of moments.

There was a pretty typical Monday…

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(supplies: Ali Edwards “thicker days” and “encouragement bubbles” , Studio Calico “Arendal” Scrapbook Kit, Citrus Twist Kits “Stories” pocket life kit )

followed by a holiday Monday (the best kind of Monday!!)…

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(Supplies: Ali Edwards “Valentines Journal Cards” , Citrus Twist Kits February “Sprinkles” )

and a haircut.

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(supplies: Ali Edwards “Craft” Digital Story Kit, “Craft” Story Kit, Studio Calico’s “Arendal” Scrapbook Kit, One Little Bird’s “Cheri” papers, Citrus Twist Kits “Stories” Pocket Life Kit, and the cork paper is one I’ve been hoarding forever from an old Crate Paper collection “Story Teller – Archives”)

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This story isn’t just about a haircut though. This is a story about passion. That man in the photo cutting Liam’s hair is Gus, proud owner of “Gus and Son”. Gus just turned 90 years old (!!) and has cut the hair of 4 generations of Baldwin men. Now THAT is a man who has a passion for his craft! Here’s what I want to remember about him:

This photo will without a doubt be remembered as one of my most favourite photos ever, not just because it’s awesome (it is seriously awesome!), but because it will always remind me of the day I met Gus. At the age of 90 (yes 90!!), Gus has now cut 4 generations of hair for the Baldwin men.

I’ll never forget walking into “Gus & Son”, a little 2 chair barber shop on King Street that I’ve passed by so many times before. It was like stepping into a time capsule, with photos pinned to the walls that easily go back to the 50’s. We walked through the door and were greeted with the most wonderful smile from Gus and his son Lou, and stories about how he had given Brett his first haircut, and how he had cut his dad’s hair, and even his granddad’s. 

I watched in awe as he gently combed and cut Liam’s hair. He spoke so gently, with a heavy Italian accent as he worked. I sat and I watched and I tried hard to soak it all in. Because there is something special about this place, and there is ABSOLUTELY something special about this man!

I can’t think of any greater way to live than with passion for what you do, and that is so clearly Gus!! You can hear it in his stories, see it in his smile, and feel it just being in the room while he works. He is awesome. And when you know how rare it is to get to meet someone who has found their passion and lives it everyday, even at the age of 90, you feel humble in their presence. You want to sit and watch and listen and learn, and you hope some of that magic will rub off onto you.

As we got our coats on to leave, Gus smiled at us and said with such sincerity, “you have a beautiful family”. And I knew it was true. Because after 90 years, you definitely know a thing or two about what is beautiful.

The part that didn’t make it into the story was how badly Emily wanted her hair cut too, and Gus’ son Lou played along, giving her a little trim. She was ecstatic   🙂

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!

 

“I Totally Dig You!”

One of the best parts about Valentine’s Day has GOT to be the cheesy puns    🙂 The other best part is getting a little bit crafty and making Valentines for the kids’ school parties, and this year, I am pretty excited about what I’ve come up with for Liam. So excited, I thought you might love them too and I created a little tutorial for how to do this yourself.IMG_3756Liam’s love for all things “dinosaur” started last spring/summer. One of the coolest projects he did (pretty sure it got captured during Week in the Life) was a Dinosaur excavation kit. It kept him entertained for DAYS!! So I did a little searching and came up with our very own Dinosaur Dig kits for this year’s Valentines 🙂

IMG_3757Each kit includes a heart shaped “dig” block with the pieces to a dinosaur skeleton (and a heart shaped gem) inside, a wooden dowel and paintbrush for the “excavation”, a magnifying glass to inspect their find, a little plastic mounting stand for assembling and displaying the completed skeleton, and a 3×4 card with instructions as well as an image of the skeleton pieces.

IMG_3689I purchased the magnifying glasses ($5 for 12) and skeletons ($7 for 12) from the party store, the paintbrushes ($3 for 25) and wooden dowels ($1 for 12 – 12″ dowels, cut down to 4″ each) came from the dollar store and the digging blocks were a homemade concoction.

IMG_3677Supplies you’ll need to make the digging blocks are a nontoxic dry plaster mix, sand, water and some sort of disposable mold. I picked up the heart shaped tins from the dollar store ($1 for 24).

IMG_3656Mix together two parts sand, one part plaster mix, and one part water.

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It only took a few seconds to mix it all together for an even consistency.

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Pour 2 big teaspoons into the bottom of the molds and spread it evenly.

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Scatter your “treasures” throughout the mix. When I first came up with this idea, I was planning on just digging for a variety of colourful gems…something along the lines of “You’re a gem valentine” or “I treasure you”. Coming across the dinosaur skeletons was pure luck! The digging for gems would ALSO be awesome, but Liam’s all about the dinosaurs, so that’s what I went with this time around.

IMG_3670Top them off with more of the sand/plaster/water mixture. You’ve got two options here…you can let them air dry, or you can speed things along a bit in a warm oven. I chose to use the oven at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes and it worked beautifully!

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When they come out of the oven, they’ll look pretty much the same as when they went in, but dry 🙂

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Let them cool just a few minutes and then you can feel free to slide them out of the molds. Ours came out really easily! Once they had cooled down, I wrapped them in plastic wrap and assembled the rest of the kit. The assembly for this project is pretty kid friendly if you’ve got a little helper in the house. Liam helped bury the skeletons and sort out all the pieces of the kits by colour (that was his call). I did up the packaging and he wrote his name on all of them.

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He was dying to test one of them out and it was so awesome!! He was just as excited to uncover the bones in this little homemade kit as he was with the big project he worked on last summer. He tried out some of the tools from his previous excavation kits, but the dowel we included in our kit actually worked the best.IMG_3742This is definitely a project I would do again! Happy Valentine’s Day!

One Little Bird – January

January 1st was apparently a super eventful day for our family. How do I know this? Because I’ve got 6 pages worth of “January 1st 2016” documentation in my album already. 6 pages!!! I swear, our life is not normally that exciting. Thank goodness, because if I kept going at that rate, I’d need 10 albums by the end of the year to hold everything (and my house is not that big!!). Good news is…they’re 6 pages that I love.

January 1st, 2016 started around 5:30am with the sound of little footsteps outside my bedroom door and little visitor in my bed. That’s because January 1st, 2016, was the day Emily learned to climb out of her crib…and life as we know it changed all over again.

onelittlebird-thrive-bypambaldwinI made a hybrid 8.5 x 11 scrapbook layout to capture that sweet little face with the “Thrive” collection by One Little Bird and a few embellie’s from Studio Calico’s December kits (Lollipop Guild and Tinman).

onelittlebird-thrive-bypambaldwin-detailI mean seriously…the cuteness!!

So we were up bright and early with an adventure in mind.

onelittlebird-agenda-bypambaldwinWe had planned a trip to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. I asked Liam if he wanted to go see some sharks and I swear, I’ve never seen him get dressed so quickly in the morning before. The aquarium was beautiful and I was pretty happy to get to try out my new camera for the day 🙂

onelittlebird-agenda-bypambaldwin2I used the “Agenda” journaling cards and embellishments by One Little Bird and a few pieces from the “Scoop” collection (journaling cards and embellishments) as well. The enlargements (6×12) are a fun contrast to the grid of smaller 3×3 photos.

onelittlebird-agenda-bypambaldwin-detailI added the word bubbles to the outside of the page protectors to break up the grid a bit. And because sharks are totally deserving of a “Whoa!” 😉

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There was a LOT to see, but it was just the right size for a half day outing with the munchkins. The sharks, the jellyfish, the stingrays, the seahorses…all of it was breathtakingly beautiful. And for the record, I was the first one in our family to touch a sting ray. (weird and squishy is how I would describe it)

With the little miss’ new found ability to scale her crib, it was officially time to give her a big girl bed.

onelittlebird-thrive-bypambaldwin-2We converted her crib to a toddler bed when we got home that evening and she LOVED it. We could hear her awake in her room still at 10:30pm. It was definitely an adjustment, but I “think” she’s got the hang of it now.

Her new found independence means that when she hears Liam up (around 5:30 am, he’s an early morning kid. I do NOT know where he gets that from, because I am anything but), she calls for him to help her break out of her room and the two of them wreak havoc together. Seriously. I heard them giggling together around 6am the following Monday and talking about a sled…and I knew… You know how sometimes moms just know. Sure enough, I found them at the top of the basement stairs with a sled, ready to re-enact the scene from Home Alone. (I had to get my hair coloured last week to hide all the gray. I think there’s a relationship there.)

onelittlebird-thrive-bypambaldwin-2detailThose word strips from the Thrive collection were a perfect fit with this photo (and inspired some of my journaling on the first page I showed you!).

So there you go. 6 pages to start off a brand new year.

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2016

Blog intro pic160106BLOG INTRO PIC160106Hello and Happy New Year!!

Looking at my last post, I was wondering if it was too early to start talking about Christmas and now it’s already come and gone! (If I’m being honest, I’m actually kind of thankful that it’s over and looking forward to a new year, fresh start, and lots of good things to come).

So I thought I’d pop in a let you know where you can find me this year (when my blog is lagging behind…)

I’m pretty excited (and so lucky!) to be working with some amazing people and you’ll be able to find more of my work with:

Citrus Twist Kits “Pocket Life” Creative Team

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I’ve got a blog post up over at Citrus Twist today with some fun ideas for a PL intro page and a tutorial for 1) making photo tags and 2) creative uses of the kit packaging. Here’s mine for this year, made with the January Pocket Life kit and embellishment kit. Emily’s cheesy grin is the best (her piggy tails are a VERY close second)…and this may be the only “normal” picture of Liam I get all year because he’s in that silly/awkward/un-natural smile/goofball phase that I think all 5 (going on 6) year old boys go through…so I’ll take what I can get! I’ll be sure to share more of my projects with the January kits later this week 🙂

One Little Bird’s Hybrid Design Team

So excited to get to use all of Peppermint Granberg Jones’ awesome digital products!

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There’s me! (bottom row, second from the left 😉  ). I did a guest spot on the One Little Bird blog back in November and made these 3 hybrid projects…

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This year, I’ll get to work with the new One Little Bird products every month 🙂  The newest collection is called “Thrive” and I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface with this beautiful collection.

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So far we’ve been able to establish that Liam’s goal for 2016 is to be a Rescue Bot (which I pretty much love) 🙂

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and Emily’s goal is to “build Sofia Lego”, but she was a bit distracted filling out her card and insisted that I needed to draw her… So there you go.

I’m so SO happy to be back with

Ali Edwards Digital Creative Team for 2016. You KNOW how much I love Ali!

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I’ve got a few other exciting projects in the works this year as well and I’m looking forward to sharing more about those soon.

Like I said… SO many good things to come this year and so much to be thankful for! Staring with you! Thank you for stopping by today. I’m looking forward to sharing so many more photos and stories and memories with you in this space this year.

Pam

Is it too early to start talking Christmas?

I think not 🙂  It seems to sneak up earlier and earlier every year. I saw people posting their “red cup” pictures on Instagram yesterday. Emily and I did some grocery shopping this morning and sure enough, the Halloween stuff that filled the aisles just 2 days ago was NOWHERE to be found, replaced entirely by Christmas. It’s hard NOT to get swept up in the excitement when all of the holiday scrapbooking supplies start popping up in August and September. I totally jumped on board and ordered my December Daily kit the very first day it was available for pre-order. And yes…there was a voice in my head saying “are you crazy? you still haven’t finished LAST year’s album (or the year before that 🙁 )”. I ordered Ali Edwards’ main kit and was very lucky to receive Jasmine Jones’ mini kit as a gift. They arrived a few weeks ago and they are so stunningly perfect!! I’m dying to dig in! But I’ve got some unfinished business to attend to first…

After finishing up my Week in the Life album, I wanted to keep the momentum going, so I jumped into working on December Daily 2014. I’ve got a goal to get it finished by the end of November. I’m pretty much starting from scratch (just 3 days completed out of 25 last year, yikes!!). I’m working with my 2014 December Daily kit and I’ve been so incredibly lucky to get to work with the digital versions of all the December Daily products for this year as well, thanks to my time on Ali Edwards’ Digital Creative Team for 2015 (a pretty amazing compromise for having to hold off on digging into my new kits if you ask me 😉 ). I’m excited to share my album here as it comes together, starting with the first 5 days of December 2014.

Day 1:

By the time December 1st rolled around, the holiday decorations were still stacked in Rubbermaid bins in the kitchen. I cropped the photo to 3×8 and trimmed down a page protector, stitching a strip of journaling down the side. IMG_1479001

There’s lots of Christmas stuff that happens before December officially starts and I wanted to be able to include those things in our album as well.

IMG_1484002I used a digital paper from the 2015 main kit cropped to 3×8 and typed up some journaling about what we had done so far and some thoughts about my favourite parts.

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We went to see Santa a few days before. I wrote about how Liam was so into it this year. He was in the room, sitting with Santa and talking away before I even realized what was happening! Emily was quite happy to see Santa as long as she didn’t have to touch him 🙂 I printed the photo to be 5″ x 5.5″ and stitched it onto a Becky Higgins Project Life photo overlay (cut down from 4×6…it was from the “Playful” overlays, which I can’t seem to find a link to now). I think I still need to add some sort of tab to this insert, not sure what it’ll be yet.

IMG_1488005Our family photo is on the back. I’m not sure who gets more excited about the Christmas trees…me or the kids 🙂 We had 3 little trees set up before December 1st, one in Liam’s room, one in Emily’s room and one in the play area in the basement. I love the way they glow, the way they make everything feel so peaceful and the smiles they bring to these little faces.

IMG_1490006And I have a thing for tags. I used a few journaling cards from the One Little Bird digital mini-kit to make tags for journaling.

Day 2:

IMG_1494007I scanned the kids letters to Santa before we mailed them and included them here. I resized them to 3×4 and printed them on matte photo paper.

IMG_1496I added some confetti from the 2014 December Daily kit for something fun, and printed another card from the One Little Bird mini kit as a tag, stamping the date and adding more confetti.

IMG_1531017I found an image on line of one of our Canada Post mailboxes and created my own 3×4 journaling card to tell the story about mailing our letters. The “2” stamp is from the 2014 kit.

IMG_1500008The back holds another card from the One Little Bird mini kit and a digital stamp from the Messy Holiday Circles. As we were leaving the post office that day, all excited to have mailed the letters to Santa, I looked down and realized Emily wasn’t wearing any shoes. I swear she had shoes on when we left the house!! She just took them off in the car on the way to the post office.  There was a lengthy line of people watching us as we walked by, smiling away, remembering how their kids use to take off their shoes in the car too. I know I’ve said it before, but the best part about being their mom is seeing the joy they bring to others… seriously.

Day 3:

IMG_1502009We have an Elf named Elife who spends the month of December with us getting into all kinds of mischief. He’ll be making a couple of appearances in this album for sure 🙂

Day 4:

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I snapped this photo of the giant Christmas tree in the lobby of the hospital as I was sitting on my lunch break. I thought it was cool that I could see myself in the reflection of the ornaments. I typed my journaling on one of the ornaments about the two things I was most thankful for that day…the most stunning sunrise and the safe arrival of my nephew (!!). Its’ hard to see in this photo, but some of those ornaments are popped up with foam dots for a bit of added dimension. It looks really cool in person!

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Big love for the giant gold foiled chipboard letters and numbers in the 2014 kit! This year’s kit includes red ones, and I stocked up on some of the other colours available in the shop.

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I printed one of the messy holiday circles really big on some matte photo paper and attached it to one of the chipboard pieces that had been in the 2014 kit to make it sturdy. I’m thinking this would make a really cool cover for a mini album and I’m going to put it on my list to try again one day.

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The back includes a photo of the star of the day 🙂

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Another One Little Bird mini kit card turned into a little tag, along with some digital word art (from this set).

Day 5:

IMG_1515015We do the wrapped Christmas book countdown at our house. This year Liam noticed that his Christmas books were missing. And wouldn’t you know it, he found Elfie under the tree with my wrapping paper and tape and scissors! I need to add some journaling to the little tag here still. The journaling card was printed from Jasmine Jones’ mini kit (slightly modified), with the book titles (so far) typed on and stamps added from the 2014 December Daily stamp set.

So that’s what I’ve got so far! It’s hard to pick a favourite because I really like all of them 🙂

I think I’ll try to post an update with a few days at a time each week. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask away! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Week in the Life 2015: Sunday

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My album is officially done (and overflowing)! Today I’m sharing the last few pages of our 2015 Week in the Life album. Here’s what Sunday looks like…

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Sunday was actually the first day I started with as I was putting my album together because it was still fresh in my mind.

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I used some elements from the Build digital Story Kit, enlarging another 3×4 card to 6×8 and cutting out some “+” signs to show the events of a 20 minute span. It’s kind of a norm around here. I’ll start off folding laundry in my room and I’m usually joined by Liam or Emily very soon after. Today it was Liam, climbing the posts of my bed. He spotted the camera up on my dresser and wanted to take some photos. But he needed to roundup some of his favourite things first  🙂 His colouring binders, his bunny, and his Halloween bag. Emily came in to see what was going on and wanted in on the pictures too… and so it goes! It’s just a little thing, but I love that it’s been captured.

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Another little norm right now…Emily playing in the bathroom sink. She pulls the little potty over to the bathroom counter and goes to town. I normally would have been shooing her away, but today I just hung out and watched her having fun. Seeing your kids happy is one of the best parts about being a mama. (“little details” from this digital brush set)

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“She is quick and curious and playful and strong”. A Kate Spade quote that fits Emily so perfectly.

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I spent a bit of time cleaning the bathroom and getting myself ready for the day. My make up routine hasn’t changed since highschool, ha! …and as I was doing that, they were “wrapping presents” in the living room. True Story.

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We needed some groceries and some breakfast. I let the kids pick where we would go and they decided McDonald’s was the place to be because “there’s toys there”   🙂  (“hello breakfast” from this digital brush set) Watching Emily walk down the front steps is the reason my hair is turning grey.  Well not entirely…but I always find myself holding my breath and saying a little prayer that she makes it down safely, preparing to lunge for her… and at the same time, trying to give her the space to practice her independence.

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A few shots from the grocery store. By the time we arrive home, Emily’s ready for a nap. She falls asleep in my arms again (love that part!).

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Liam and I get to hang out, just the two of us, while Emily naps. We play cards and eat cheesies 🙂 After Emily wakes up, there’s MORE playing…play-doh and forts. (Those tags from the GO Story Kit are my favourite!)

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Sundays are usually catch up day for laundry and dishes and garbage. (I printed some digital art on the back of the tag from this set.) And when the kids start to really drive each other crazy, a bath is a pretty effective distraction  😉

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And that’s our Sunday!

In the last 5 years I’ve attempted this project, this is the first one that really feels “complete”, and it’s got me super excited to start tackling some of my unfinished December Daily albums next 🙂 Stay tuned for those!

Thank you so much for stopping by today   🙂

 

 

 

Week in the Life 2015: Saturday

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Ah Saturdays! Saturdays run at a much different pace than the rest of the week. If you think that means sleeping in, you would be incorrect. There’s no such thing as “sleeping in” with my two early bird munchkins. But we do get to hang out in our jammies a LOT longer. I’ll take it! Saturday’s mean there’s more time to make breakfast. When I ask the kids what they’d like for breakfast in the morning, the answer is almost always pancakes!

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I mentioned yesterday that I’m running low on page protectors. The Week in the Life 6×8 digital templates  were the perfect solution to still be able to include lots of photos and journaling.

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This is just one of 7 collage options included in the set (a selection of digital word art comes with the templates too that you can mix and match with different arrangements). I used this grid template to make a hybrid page, printing my journaling onto patterned paper and sticking it onto my printed photo grid, adding a bit of stitching and the “Saturday” washi strip.

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Our go-to pancake recipe came from one of my best friends a few years ago. We stayed overnight and she made us these pancakes for breakfast. They were the best pancakes I’ve ever had so she wrote down the recipe for us. It’s been very well used, as you can see.

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I scanned the original paper, tears and stains and all, shrunk it down a bit and printed it on matte photo paper to include in my album.

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This wasn’t an overly eventful Saturday. My parents took the kids out for a fun afternoon at the Bronte Creek playbarn. I remember having such an awesome time there as a kid and I think it’s really cool that they get to go enjoy it now too. I stayed home to try to catch up on some other projects (without much luck!). They brought dinner home with them and we had a good time just hanging out for a bit. Emily distributed stickers as body art to everyone, including herself. Liam showed us all his “tricks”.

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And then it was time for bed! Emily was completely zonked from her fun filled day and fell asleep while I was still rocking her. Liam and I hopped into my bed with some popcorn and watched a movie.

What is not to love about Saturdays… seriously! So thankful for this day.

One more day to go! I’ll be back tomorrow to share our Sunday. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Week in the Life 2015: Friday

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Last chance to capture some of the details of our Monday-Friday life. All the usual stuff like driving to summer day camp, daycare, what work life looks like and the start of our weekend made it into this spread.

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At this point, I’m running low on page protectors, I’m out of traditional index tabs, and my typed notes for journaling have dropped off to nil. Just means I have to get a bit more creative!

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It wasn’t intentionally planned, but I love the way all the layers of my inserts turned out. In place of index tabs, I used chipboard strips, labels, and stitched on a folded over strip of journaling (you’ll see it in more detail a little further down).

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The first insert is a shot of Liam and Emily heading into school with their backpacks. Liam usually races ahead and Emily and I follow behind, carrying his.

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On the right side, I had a little fun playing with another one of Christine Herrin’s freebie journaling cards. It’s like a mini-layout (app 4.5 x 6) of me working on the computer (a work from home day). I cut a label in half and attached it to the edge in place of a traditional index tab here (along with a bit of stitching).

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At the end of the day, we kicked off the weekend by picking up a pizza and heading to the park for a picnic dinner and some play time. The kids were way more interested in playing than eating dinner…and chasing the seagulls trying to steal our pizza. I trimmed down a page protector with 2×2 squares and printed out a strip of journaling, then stitched it to the edge.  The photos are sized 1.9 x 1.9, front one’s are Liam playing and Emily’s on the back.

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The strip is folded over with journaling on the front and back. It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are transparent letters (from Studio Calico’s Wink Wink Scrapbook Kit) tucked into the pockets alongside the photos that are fun and playful   🙂

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Sometimes, Liam takes his big brother role very seriously. He likes to push her on the swings, and she loves to swing. Win-win!

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After dinner, we went to visit with friends for an outdoor movie night…

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and the kids were totally zonked, falling asleep in the car on the way home. Great way to spend a Friday night!

Here’s a clearer look at all of those inserts.

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Just 2 more days to go! Thanks again for stopping by today 🙂

 

Week in the Life 2015: Thursday

Thursday. Thursday was a rough morning. Maybe it was my mood that was skewing my perspective a bit, but everything just seemed dark and grey.

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After a rough drop off getting Liam to his summer day camp, I looked up at the sky (it was nearly black with rain clouds) and thought, “yep. That’s exactly how I feel about today.” And then in started to POUR. I sat in the car with Emily, waiting to take her in to her day care, hoping the rain would let up, knowing I was totally going to be late for my 9am meeting at the hospital, and feeling completely miserable. Then I looked down and found Liam’s Spiderman umbrella looking back at me. I don’t know how long it had been there for, but man, that little umbrella totally saved my butt and gave me something to smile about. It made the cover of Thursday in my album.    🙂

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Thursday’s got lots of words. I modified the digital version of that “morning” card (from the AM/PM story kit) to a 6×8 page for some journaling and added a few embellishments from the matching Story Kit. I included pics of the kids eating their breakfast as 3×8’s today.

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I’ve been dying to use those big chipboard letters from Ali’s shop on SOMETHING asap. So I added the kids initials to their breakfast pics.

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They have a smooth matte finish that was super easy to stamp on and dried really quickly. I trimmed down a piece of the days of the week washi tape here too. I cut a label in half and used it as my page tab on this insert.

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Last week, Nicole Reaves posted a pic on Instagram of some really cool journaling cards that are freebies designed by Christine Herrin! Christine sends out a freebie to her newsletter subscribers once a week and these ones were from last week. They were perfect for this spread about the gross morning we were having.

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I’m happy to say the sun came out and the day got much better. A little work at the hospital, a little work from home, then a visit to check out a new day care. I stapled on some of the colourful word tabs from the Black and White Story Kit for a page tab here.

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A trick I sometimes use to make sure my typed journaling is readable on photos where there’s a lot of colour variation is to create a solid colour block behind the text (in Photoshop Elements) and decrease the opacity of the block so you can still see the photo, but the text also pops. A few “observations” about our evening on the right side. One of the most notable one’s for me is that “food from mom’s plate always tastes better than food on your own plate, even though it’s the exact same thing”.   😉

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The day finished up with our routine of a bedtime story.

Thanks again for stopping by today! I’ll be back tomorrow to share our Friday.