October Stories

This month’s Digital Kit from Ali Edwards has got lots of fun elements, perfect for Halloween and fall! My personal favourites from this collection are all the hand written quotes in the journaling cards, and that stamp set is pretty awesome too 🙂

I’ve made 2 projects so far with this month’s kit. The first one is a 2 page 9×12 spread for my Project Life album.

I love apple picking! It’s absolutely in my top 3 favourite things about Fall. We made it our mission to get to the orchard on this weekend (and apparently eeeeeeverybody else had the same idea. It was packed!) I’m still glad we did it.

I finally tried out the large format option on my printer (I bought a Canon Pixma iP8720 this summer and could not be more thrilled with it!). I added some digital word art and a few super simple embellishments from my stash to the 9×12 photo for the left side of my spread. (That little rubber apple charm is actually from the “Eat” Story Kit earlier this year in case you still have it in your stash too! Lots of good opportunities to use that kit this fall 🙂 )

The right side of this spread is also a 9×12 pocket page. Still really loving that size. And all of the stories on this page are from the same day. That rarely happens, but I kind of love how it worked out here. I surprised the kids with a few new books about Thanksgiving. (We celebrated our Thanksgiving here in Canada on Monday, October 9th). And of course they were thrilled. We sat and snuggled and read stories for a good hour or so on Sunday morning and I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the day.

After breakfast and groceries and Liam’s karate lesson, we made it to the apple orchard for picking. Like I said, super busy!! So much so, that there weren’t really many apples left to pick, but somehow we still managed to fill our basket (probably a little more than we needed to). Liam learned how to shine an apple with his shirt. And at one point, Emily was eating 3 different apples at the same time 😉

We joined my parents for dinner and brought along a new game of Junior Monopoly we had picked up that morning. Trying to be a little more conscious of how we spend our time together. The game was definitely a hit, because the kids were up by 6am Monday morning playing it again. Loved adding that Sunday journaling card, which has been hanging out in my stash for years!

I went back to my photos from last Halloween so I could play with the Halloween themed elements in this month’s kit…and realized I didn’t document ANY of it last year! I made up for it with this layout, capturing little stories about all the big moments from last year’s celebrations 🙂

The digital stamp made a perfect title. I went ahead and added a few little embellishments from last year’s “After Dark” collection by Crate Paper. (Funny, I BOUGHT Halloween supplies to make scrapbook pages last year, but I never got around to actually USING them. At least they’re ones I still love 😉 )

I decided on a digital photo template to be able to add lots of photos from the month of October 2016. I used this one (“Slanted 8.5×11 layered templates” by Ali Edwards). As I went through my photo library, I jotted down the dates that each picture was taken and used it as the jumping off point for my journaling.

And then I went ahead and typed up the stories. I didn’t realize it was going to take up quite so much space! My text box kept getting bigger and bigger and I had to shrink my text down to a type size 9 to get it all to fit. I’m happy those stories made it down on paper, and it’ll be fun to look at this again in the years to come 🙂

Looking forward to lots more stories this month! Happy October 🙂

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!

Project Life: In the beginning…

Recently, I was invited to have a chat with the amazingly talented and fellow Canadian scrapbooker, Jess Forster, for her Podcast “Pocket Talk”! Jess and I are both a part of Ali Edwards’ Creative Team this year, and it turns out we have quite a bit in common! We chatted about our mutual love for memory keeping and story telling including the process and why we do what we do 🙂 We also spent some time talking about how I got started in this hobby, and it brought back all those feelings about why I love doing this so much. So I took a little trip down memory lane and thought maybe you’d like to see what my Project Life albums looked like in the beginning.

I filmed a video walkthrough (warning….it is NOT short!!), and you are all invited to check it out 🙂

My Project Life style has definitely changed over the years. I lean more towards clean and simple, don’t worry at all about having a photo for every day, and I include a lot more words to tell our stories now than I did then. But I still LOVE these albums!! I’m genuinely so thankful to have these photos in a place where I can easily see them and share them with my family.

I also wanted to mention that Ali Edwards has re-opened registration for an awesome class that I took last year called “Storytelling with Project Life”. I’ve recently found myself going back and watching the videos over again and come away feeling so inspired to keep going with this project! Class begins February 14th and you can check out the details here if this is something you might be interested in.

Hoping to have an update later this week with Weeks 5&6. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

 

2016

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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