February – Week 6

Another week in the books!This week’s spread came together with the February Digital Kit by Ali Edwards. The digital kits are something new for this year! A collection of journaling cards, stamps and chipboard elements all in exclusively digital format will be released each month, often with a seasonal theme. With Valentine’s Day in February, it was no surprise that this month’s theme is all about “love”. This is definitely a theme I can incorporate into my projects all year long. Going back to that idea that “memory keeping is a way to make love visible”.

This spread covers a few of the highlights from February 6th-12th.

I’ve been using the digital chipboard pieces by printing them out onto matte photo paper and cutting them out with scissors or shape punches. I changed the text on that heart in the upper left corner to just say “monday.” and stapled it onto my photo. Emily is so ready for spring!!

My mom asked if I could find a few photos for her from when she and my dad were dating and first married to go into a frame she recently purchased. Liam took a look at them and said “why do you have a picture of Terry Fox?” when he saw my dad, lol! That pic from their wedding in the bottom left…love having that in here.

I made a few cards myself with the digital kit. This “love” card is actually a 3×4 canvas, a pattern from one of the 4×6 cards, and a digital stamp all merged together to make something new.

I worked with the colours in this month’s kit and used them to re-colour some of the journaling cards and elements to make a more cohesive spread in combination with my photos.

There’s also a quote card included in this month’s kit that is so perfect for this week. I didn’t even realize how fitting it was until I was putting this spread together. It says “When I get to the end of my life and I ask one final “what have I done?”, let my answer be: “I have done LOVE.” I’ve been trying to be more intentional about how I spend time with my kids this month. (My daily practice for OLW was to try to spend at least 20 minutes everyday playing with them, without the distraction of my phone or my to-do list. Just spending time WITH them. I haven’t been successful every day, but the days I do feel a whole lot better.) So there was that connection.

And then a crazy Friday at work had me starting at 8:30 am and not getting home until 4 am the next morning!! Very very not the norm, hence the full moon reference. But again, the quote stuck with me because as nurses, we make sacrifices for others to do what is right and to show love for people, to provide care and support, even when we don’t know them.One more customized journaling card, recoloured and literally a white space added to include some journaling. And that wraps up week 6! I probably say it every week, but I love how this one turned out 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Love Story

I love our stories. I really really do. And that’s why I love this scrapbooking hobby so much!! Because I get to preserve and remember both the little ones and the big ones. This month, I’ve been working with Ali Edwards’ February Digital Kit. And somehow, pieces of the universe have aligned to make me see all the little love stories going on around me. A big one these days (one that is not new, but not always present either) is the love story between Liam and Emily in their big brother/little sister relationship. Knowing what story to tell for this one was so easy, but deciding on a design… lets just say that today I’m sharing 3 versions of the same layout.

 

A really important part of this story was the photos that go along with it. Liam and Emily were deeply into a pretend scenario of being doctors and getting ready for “doctor school”. I asked them to stand against the wall so I could take a photo of them for their ID badges, because clearly ALL doctors have to have an ID badge 😉 They were more than happy to agree and stood side by side as I snapped a few photos with my phone. It was on the 5th snap that Emily leaned over to Liam and whispered “I love you”. And the pictures that followed, that’s what love looks like!! His face transforms with a giant smile and even Emily lights up. A perfect little moment and a super lucky capture.

So I started this project the way I usually do, playing on my computer. I created a photo grid to be able to organize the photos in sequence and used numbers from the digital “Numbers” kit, pulling the colours from another card in the February Digital kit. I started with 8.5×11, because that’s my go to, but I struggled finding the right size and scale to create a well balanced layout. I worked and reworked this one so many times, I wound up with 3 different versions of the same thing. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration for your own projects. Here we go:

  1. 8.5 x 11The thing I love most about this one is the colourful title and embellishment clusters!! The first time around, I printed the left page on a sheet of matte photo paper and it felt like too much white space. I couldn’t figure out how to add a bit more visual interest and balance. After playing around a bit, I trimmed about an inch off the white paper and mounted it onto pink cardstock. I also printed the chipboard hearts from the kit onto matte photo paper and punched them out to build a few little embellishment clusters. And now I kind of love this version…
  2. 12×12As I was struggling with the 8.5×11 design, I spotted the film grid from a previous Studio Calico kit on my desk and thought “ooooh, this might work!”. I already had the photos and numbers printed from a previous attempt, and it turned out the fit pretty much perfectly! I reworked the title and journaling to fit down the right side of the grid and mounted all the pieces onto a 12×12 sheet of cardstock. I liked it…but it didn’t really feel like a great way to show off the kit elements because there was just that one digital stamp there. I moved on to a third attempt with a different size, but went back and added a few more of the heart circles. I have to say, that extra little pop of hearts really does help.
  3. 6×86×8!!! The scale of elements feels like a much better fit in this size. I put together a quick video tutorial to share how I recoloured the digital stamp for the title, so if that’s something you’re wondering about, feel free to check it out 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be sharing our Project Life Week 6 tomorrow with more elements from the February Digital Kit 🙂

**Note: None of the links in this post are affiliate links, just here for your reference if you’d like to check them out!

 

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!

 

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).

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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.

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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.