Week in the Life 2015: Sunday


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…


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


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¬† ūüôā 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.


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)


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


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.


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”¬†¬† ūüôā¬† (“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.


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!).


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


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¬† ūüėČ


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 ūüôā Stay tuned for those!

Thank you so much for stopping by today¬†¬† ūüôā




Week in the Life 2015: Saturday


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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!


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).


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.


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).


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.


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¬†¬† ūüôā


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.¬†¬†¬† ūüôā


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.¬†¬† ūüėČ


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.


Week in the Life 2015: Wednesday


Wednesday might be my favourite so far. Here’s what it looks like…


I picked up this really cool Dinosaur Dig kit (it was part of a 3 pack of Smithsonian science kits from Costco). I knew it would be a hit for sure because Liam is SO into dinosaurs this year. So every morning that week, he would wake up and get right to work. We’re talking 6am (or earlier!), I hear his feet hit the floor out of bed and 15 seconds later, I hear the hammer and dowel working away. It was really a great project! Kept him busy all week¬†¬†¬† ūüôā


I typed my journaling and printed the image as a 6×8 photo, added the acrylic “build” from the Build Story Kit, stamped in red ink with the “so awesome” stamp from the Week in the Life kit, and added a¬†word strip (also from the kit). I really love that “real life” card (digital version from the Black and White Story Kit). I enlarged the digital 3×4 to 4×6 to tuck in as an insert.


Lots of stories to tell about our mornings…like how LONG it takes to get out the door in the morning, Emily learning to say sorry, which sounds more like “sowy Miam”, and Liam’s undying love for his bunny (and how it’s always a reminder for me that he’s still a little boy).


My favourite part of the day is when I get to pick the kids up from school/daycare, because for that first 30 seconds, they are SO HAPPY to see me! I included a photo what that looks like for both of them (even though they’re not the best photos, I love those memories).


Here’s the part where I ran out of index tabs and had to put my MacGyver skills to use. I used some of the die cut circles from the “Little things” story kit and trimmed them down to tabs (trying to keep the “love these moments” centred). I stitched them onto the edge of a 3×8 page protector and added a chipboard heart to the seam to stabilize it. It turned out pretty well!


I included a second insert in this spread which is a 4×6 photo of our view from our picnic dinner. We usually go pick up our CSA box Tuesday’s but missed it this week because of my work schedule. So we went Wednesday evening instead and had a picnic (McDonald’s takeout eaten outside still qualifies as a picnic, right?). And that view…. I could sit and stare for hours!

IMG_1111009There’s a few animals we visit every time we go. If you’ve ever seen the Saturday Night Live sketch “Mark Wahlburg talks to animals”, I swear, it’s exactly like that ūüėČ Emily goes to each animal, one at a time to say hi. “Hi goat!” “Hi ducks!” “Hi chickens!” “Hi bunnies!”. and repeat. I actually look forward to visiting these guys every week too. Some of the journaling for this one is directly on the photos and the rest is on a modified digital version of one of the kit cards.

IMG_1112010A few more photos and stories to finish off the day.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at how Thursday came together in our Week in the Life album¬†¬† ¬†ūüôā


Week in the Life 2015: Tuesday

Hi guys! Thank you so much for your kind comments on my post from yesterday ūüôā This community of memory keepers is seriously wonderful. It’s¬†so cool to be able to¬†connect¬†with people who “get it” and see the value in documenting and telling our stories. I so appreciate that you come here and take the time to listen to¬†my stories¬†AND share your own! Thank you so much!

Here’s what we were up to Tuesday August 18th…


This was not really a “typical week” for us. I usually work part time, 3 days at the hospital¬†and stay home with Emily the other 2 days, but this particular week¬†was a full work week. The flip side of my little journaling pocket is a printed, enlarged digital card from the Black and White story kit. And on the right side of this spread, I went with a 6×8¬†full page photo that had lots of white space and added some digital art from the Week in the Life digital templates. There’s that black and white and yellow combo again¬†(love!)¬†with a strip of striped paper and chipboard star stapled on.

IMG_1069002During the actual week of August 17th-23rd, I spent a bit¬†of time in the¬†evenings typing up some notes¬†about the events of the day in a Word document. It gave me a chance to reflect on some of the little¬†details. Details about how Liam and Emily interact with each other, how bathroom time is never really private time (I did a layout about that one), and things like what we listen to in the car in the morning. Those things are hard to capture with photos alone and¬†I love having them written down. As I was putting my album together, I was SO GLAD I DID THAT!! I was able to copy and past big¬†chunks of text directly onto my photos and it¬†saved me a ton of time. I fell off the wagon of my¬†note typing routine by the Thursday afternoon and¬†don’t have quite as many, but still, I will definitely do that again next year and probably throughout December for my December Daily album this year.

IMG_1077005I have a little voice in my head when I’m doing this¬†kind of¬†documentation that says, “don’t forget to make sure you get in the pictures too!”. I¬†try to make good use of the self timer on my camera and my phone, and use whatever happens to be in the area to prop¬†my¬†camera up. I know¬†one of the¬†“rules of photography” is that you’re not really supposed to cut off people’s heads ūüėČ I¬†end up with a lot of photos with my own head cut off and I’m totally cool with that!¬†I feel like¬†those photos tell a different¬†kind of story and you get a¬†different perspective on the environment. This photo of us¬†getting our shoes on to go in the morning might be one of my favourites from the week. I propped my camera up on one of the kids chairs sitting near the front entrance and set the timer to get it.¬†So in my photo, I wound up with all that green space from the¬†chair and it was the perfect spot to add my journaling. I’m also kind of in love with this particular¬†little embellishment cluster¬†with pieces from the Week in the Life Kit and the am/pm Story Kit.

IMG_1072003See? Another “headless” selfie of me eating lunch ūüôā¬†This project is definitely¬†very photo heavy,¬†but there’s still lots¬†of space to include the words right on the photos.

IMG_1073004I really like how this little embellishment cluster turned out too, all from the Week in the Life kit.

IMG_1079006My parents really helped me out this week by¬†picking up the kids from daycare¬†in the evening while I was still at work.¬†They gave me some much needed¬†kid free time to¬†get groceries and¬†enjoy a few minutes of quiet. You’d think looking at that 3×8 insert that I have 12 foot¬†ceilings or something, but I don’t ūüôā I¬†added some extra white space here to accommodate my journaling using this trick, and I really like how it¬†turned out.

IMG_1080007On the flip side of the insert, I added my journaling to the white space of the photo again but I turned it around to run vertically up the side of the page. Just something a little different and fun. The second insert in this spread is an enlarged digital card turned printable from the Black and White story kit, with some stickers, that echo the sentiments of the journaling on the photo.

IMG_1081008I’m really having fun¬†playing with¬†rotating the orientation of my text for a different look.¬†This is also a digital journaling card enlarged to a 4×6 canvas and rearranged a bit to add more space for journaling. I put together a super quick video to show you how I did that.

IMG_1084010My last¬†page for the day is a 6×8 photo trimmed to 2- 4×6’s with a wood veneer embellishment from the Build Story Kit.

Thank you again for stopping by today! I’ll¬†be back tomorrow with more of Wednesday’s spread.

A Week in our Life…

I’m finally getting around to putting together my Week in the Life album for 2015 (and loving it!!). in progress

I was undecided if I was going to participate in documenting our week (August 17th-23rd) right up until the very last minute. And then I read this article by Rachel Stafford and it gave me goose bumps. I felt like it was meant for me at that very moment.

It’s been pretty quiet around here (my blog) the last few months. Our family has been challenged in ways I never imagined would ever happen to us (…but nobody ever thinks it could happen to them, right?).¬† So to give a little context to what was going on in our lives during this week, my husband and I had separated, I had been single parenting for a few months, and I was feeling pretty low about life in general. Without a doubt, there was a voice in my head saying “why would I want to document this? I don’t want to remember any of it!!”. The situation I¬†found myself in¬†sucked. I didn’t want to be there, but I was.¬†¬†Reading Rachel’s article was the reminder I needed that I am not alone in this journey and sharing our stories, especially when they’re not perfect, especially when you find yourself living a life you never dreamed for yourself and¬†OWNING your story IS living. So I did it. And I realized that as much as my situation impacted all areas of my life at that time,¬†IT wasn’t my whole life.

This week, I’m excited to share how my album is coming together. I’m using a combination of kits and whatever inspires me. Pretty much all of my supplies are from¬†Ali Edwards’¬†2015 Week in the Life Kit (both the physical and digital products) and my Story Kits.

Here’s what our Monday looked like…

WITL Monday 1

This wasn’t my original first page (you’ll see it when I flip the page), but the idea of not having the flow of¬†our day in some sort of start to finish order was¬†driving me crazy.¬†Early mornings can mean¬†weird lighting, so I¬†made my¬†photos black and white, which really helped unify the page instead of having competing colours.¬†I typed my journaling on the photos before printing them. And I’m now seriously crushing on the black/white/yellow combination of colours. It pops up a couple of times throughout my album.

WITL Monday 2

The journaling card is a digital version from the Week in the Life 2015 collection¬†turned printable. I recoloured the bottom half black in photoshop elements (it had been blue) and added a bit of journaling before printing. I printed my photos at home on glossy photo paper and everything else is matte photo paper. That awesome little wood veneer “Monday” is also from the Week in the Life kit.

WITL Monday 3

Monday was “Super Hero” day at Liam’s summer day camp and so he got to wear a costume. He’s got SO MANY to choose from but Buzz is still his favourite (he’s on his second one now after outgrowing the first one)! It wasn’t costume day at Emily’s day care, but she insisted on wearing her Minnie dress. And I’m not one to argue about that. Let them be little, right? ūüôā

WITL Monday 4

I am so in love with the full page 6×8 photos in this album! I love using the white space to add some digital art and journaling, and still having room to add embellishments without it feeling too crowded. The black and white stripe strip across the bottom is something you’ll see repeated each day (love it!). And I finally got up the courage to stop hoarding those awesome tags from the GO Story Kit and putting all my chipboard pieces from other previous story kits to good use. The tiny word strip is¬†also from the Week in the Life kit.

WITL Monday 5

More full page 6×8 photo love with typed journaling and a tiny word strip. That cute little heart wooden button is from Shimelle’s line. Mixing up the sizes of the pages throughout my album is something I love to do. This spread has a 3×8 insert. The “enjoy the little things…” card is actually part of the packaging from the Little Things story kit that I trimmed down and added a small 3×2 photo to. I love the way Ali uses index tabs to her inserts and totally wanted that in my own album as well. You’ll see later in the week that I ran out of tabs and had to improvise with a few other ways to tab my inserts…

WITL Monday 6

I used a LOT of the Black and White Story kit throughout this album. The 4×6 card quoting¬†Sirius Black¬†is awesome ūüôā

WITL Monday 7

I see the question come up a lot…”how do you document the hard stuff in life?” or “do you include the bad stuff in your scrapbooking?”. I felt like it was still important to include, but it didn’t really have to be out there on display for everyone to see. So I’ve tucked some hidden journaling into a few spots throughout my album.

WITL Monday 8

Also, I’m still totally hooked on Geo tags… This spread’s got an insert with chipboard tabs attached with my tiny attacher instead of index tabs (this one is from the Little Things Story Kit).

WITL Monday 10

On the back of the insert, I enlarged one of the digital cards from the Little Things Story Kit to about 4.5 x 6 (same as the photo on the front) and decided to jot down some of Liam’s favourite things. He’s totally into writing lists of his favourite things right now (and he’s doing such a good job at sounding out the words!!). If I were to do this insert over again, I would have him write the list instead of me… I guess I’ll just have to make a layout instead ūüėČ

WITL Monday 11

The “evening” card on the rights side is a favourite for me too. I used a digital version of this card (originally 4×6 from the AM/PM Story kit) and turned it into a 3×4. I just love the way it looks. I kept the upper right pocket see through with a transparent star and word strip.

WITL Monday 12

A few iPhone timered selfies of “getting stuff done” after the kids went to bed (wonky colours = black and white). And I really loved that quote card, which is again from the packaging in the Build story kit.

WITL Monday 13

I stitched around the edges to turn this card into a pocket and tucked a bit more journaling inside.

I’ll post my “Tuesday” tomorrow!

(Also, wanted to share that our family is working through the hurdles. We’re no longer separated, and¬†really enjoying¬†our time together as a family of four again. After the hardest 7 months of my life, I never thought I’d be saying that. You just never know what tomorrow will bring…)

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Real Life Looks Like This…

Hi guys! I’m so happy to be back in this space again to share a new scrapbook layout with you ūüôā It’s been a very VERY long time. I’ve worked on a few projects here and there in the last few months but¬†life has been CRAZY. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be settling in to some semblance of “normal” again. And after all the challenges our family has faced this year, I feel more thankful than ever to be documenting what “normal” looks like right now. So here we go…

Real life looks like this.PBALDWIN_SEPT16_BLACK&WHITE STORY KIT

The inspiration to tell this story came from my love for that 3×4 journaling card in Ali Edwards’ Black & White Story Kit (September’s kit).


Seriously. Even though it’s not “all about the products”, every month I find inspiration from the elements in these kits that spark new stories to tell (exactly as they’re meant to!). I saw that card and HAD to use it! I went scrolling through my photo library and came across a photo¬†I snapped with my phone.¬† It’s just the three of us (+ the cat), getting ready in the morning. It isn’t necessarily one I’d be inspired to scrapbook, but it’s a¬†little snapshot of our real life. I find myself reminding my kids pretty much everyday that “bathroom time is private time”… which I’m pretty sure they hear as “bathroom time is family time.” Real life people. And that’s what this story is about.

I used the digital version of the Black and White Story Kit to bring this layout together and filmed a quick video to share what it looks like to use the digital products as printables in my process.

My favourite way to add a little texture and dimension to digital elements turned printable is with foam pop dots to lift elements off the page. I also used my Tiny Attacher on this layout where the staples¬†served a functional purpose, but also worked as¬†an embellishment. I mentioned in my video that I thought I would probably add some¬†stitching, but decided in the¬†end to leave it.¬†My finished layout is a little different from where I left off in¬†the video.¬†I added this awesome days of the week Washi tape¬†across the bottom¬†and rearranged a few elements here and there. I’m happy to have captured this little slice of “normal” right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!