Skating | A Sahlin Studio Layout

For the month of February Krista has another Monthly Template up for grabs until the end of the week.sahlinstudio_2feb15template_preview

I chose to document our first time out skating at the local outdoor rink.  I love this template style, it reminds me of a magazine layout.  I loved being able to highlight different areas.  My favourite was using a large image as my background paper to add context to where were were.  I could have also paired the same image as a full size second page to the spread but I am a single page girl at heart.  Make sure you drop by Krista’s Blog to grab the template and submit your version for your chance to win!

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February Project Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the second of 12 Blog Hops from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

Here is a look at what I’ve been working on:

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2015 has been off to a slow start.  I blame my it on my indecision over the new 9×12 size that has come out.  However, I knew I wanted to do this “currently” layout to go with the start of our album. My title pages are still a work in progress, ok all of January is a work in progress.  I think I am going to go with a title on vellum or a transparency paired with some form of introduction page.  Hopefully I will have that to share soon.  I have also been on a roll with my digital pages.  Since I was stalled with PL I have enjoyed creating digitally.

Right now I am loving:

Ali Edwards Story and Stamp Kits | I am loving this subscription, I have a few layouts for January in progress using Gather and Firsts.  I also have  a traditional layout started.  I love what Ali has to offer and her simple story starts are amazing.

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Hello Forever Print and Cut labels | I am not going to lie – but it took me FOREVER to learn how to print and cut.  FOREVER.  I am so glad I did though because I love labels.

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Studio Calico Project Life Kit | I have been a subscriber to these kits since the beginning.  I haven’t used them too much especially while I was on the Project Life Creative Team in 2014.  However I am looking forward to working these into my layouts this year.

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2″ Avery Index Tabs | I love the Avery Index Tabs, and these 2″ just arrived at my house and I am so excited to put them to good use.

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FriXion Pen | I am always on the hunt for a good journalling pen and am currently enjoying this one a lot.

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My Canon Pixma ip8720 | I am so excited about the wide format option on this printer but I swear I have no luck with setting these up.  At all, thankfully I have an in house Tech Guy who happened to get this set up for me.  Now to figure out the best way to print.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope to see you all again soon.  Feel free to leave a comment below on what you are loving right now!

Creative Team Inspiration:

Tara ***you are here

Rachel

Kris

Krista

Jess

Donya

Bobbi

Autumn

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favourite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up too! We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life is a memory keeping system from Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and product here.

Connection | One Little Word 2015

Connection, my One Little Word for 2015.

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One Little Word is a project by Ali Edwards were you select a word for your year to focus on, draw on, learn from.

My word came easy this year.  My debate was mostly over going with connection or connect.  It’s not something I am going to worry about and will use them interchangeably to help reach my goals this year.

Connection : a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else | something that connects, joins, or relates; link or bond | a relationship or association.

This year I want to work on my connections within my life.  My connections with my family members, with myself, my profession, my friends.  Last year my word was purpose so I want to follow that up with making purposeful connections in my life.

I want to strengthen the bonds that connect me to my family.  As my family grows and changes I believe its important to work on keeping those connections strong and healthy.  My oldest son is on the verge of becoming a teen and it is important to me to keep our relationship strong and healthy.  My youngest is growing in leaps and bounds.  It’s amazing how quickly life changes.

I am excited to start this journey this year and see where my word leads me and my family this year.  I am ready to embrace my word and grow with it.  I hope you join in on this journey with me and Ali Edwards.  See you in class.

 

Love This | A Sahlin Studio Layout

This month’s Memory Pocket Subscription is awesome.  I had the chance to work with this Hello Kit Sampler from Sahlin Studio.  sahlinstudio_hello_sampler_preview

As usual Krista knocked it out of the park.  I love her clean designs.  For my layout I wanted to use this image I captured from my Samsung S4.  I just love when these two get along.  I have noticed they are doing that more and more these days.  This layout will find a home either in their albums or in our Main 2015 album which is a mix of sizes and styles, from pocket pages to digital pages.

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Currently | a Paislee Press Layout

Right now over at The Lily-Pad they are having a month long birthday celebration and a month of challenges you can participate in.  This layout is a free template from Paislee Press for one of the challenges.  I love Liz’s templates, how simple and clean they are.  Here I paired her template with some paper from the Folio collection and a Currently brush from Liz.  I would love to see what you make with this template so go on over to The LilyPad and then link my up in the comments to your take on this!paislee-pressplateno40 WEB

Creative Jumpstart 08 | inspired by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan

Marcy and Stephanie post a bi-monthly creative jumpstart on their blogs.  I thought I would join in and share images from a recent walk with my boys and one of their friends.

This prompt was a photography prompt called IN THE DISTANCE.  Jump by Marcy’s and Stephanie’s blogs to find out more about these Jumpstarts.

Here are my images from our walk on our property inspired by this jumpstart.

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Best Day Ever | a Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout

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Krista of Sahlin Studio and Amy Martin collaborated this week for The Lilypad’s 8th Birthday Party and Quarterly sale so stop buy and pick these up. I also love the this set comes with the word art separately as well.  I can imagine water colouring it on card stock. So fun.  Here is my layout: BEST DAY EVER – Super Jake the Snake.
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January Project Life Blog Hop | My 2015 Approach

Welcome to the first of 12 Blog Hops from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015. Here is a look at what I’ve been working on:

My 2015 Approach

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Let me start by telling you Project Life is what you make it. It is a back to basic simple scrapbooking concept, of pen to journal cards and photos. Not scissor or glue. My biggest hurdle in my 5 years of completing this project is… myself.

So here is what worked for me this year…

Batching my layouts and getting them done in groups. I would like to be the person who sits down every few days and works on my spreads. Lets be real, that’s not me, nor does it fit my lifestyle. What works is culling my photos, sketching out a plan, ordering and picking them up and sitting down one afternoon or evening and getting my scrap on. This usually happens near the end of the month, you know when my layouts where due for my creative team subissions, haha. This worked and it’s most likely how I will continue.

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Themed based layouts also where a success for me. Should they be called themed? Maybe? Maybe not. Here’s the 411 on how I went from weekly to themed. I got ill in March so ill I needed to change how I was doing my Project Life. I wasn’t taking as many photos since I could barely hold a phone let alone my camera. This was around the time my youngest turned 5. My layouts were this, his birthday week mashed with our everyday life, his school friends bowling party, a family bbq we do several weeks after his birthday. Each layout was a different way we celebrated him, or an event for his birthday. That led to his best friends birthday, a layout of my blooms from my garden, a first birthday we attended. Random summer happenings with the boys, a trip to our park. I was telling the stories that were important. As I got better there were more stories and I loved the freedom. So bring it 2015, my Project Life will be all-inclusive to any story I want to include.

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How I am changing things this year?

Printing at home. This Christmas I was gifted a Canon Pixma IP8720 which was amazing. I cannot wait to utilize the 13”x19” printing option. So excited. It also allows me to sit at home decide on sizes, print, and have them in my hands within moments. I still will use Costco for large batches of 4×6 images as well, but I am really looking forward to the access of printing at home.

Another thing I am working on changing, no pressure on myself. What gets documented gets documented, what doesn’t… well it just doesn’t. And all of that is ok by me.

Creative Team Inspiration:

Autumn

Bobbi

Donya

Jess

Krista

Kris

Rachel

Tara *** you are here

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favourite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up too!

We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life is a memory keeping system from Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and product here.

First layout of 2015 | Digital Scrapbooking

Here it is… my first layout of 2015.  A simple digital template using Sahlin Studio’s free template for January and Folio to create this layout and family motto for 2015. Amazing template! I love the blocking in her template and I know I will use this again.  Jump on over to her blog to participate in the January Challenge.  I cannot wait to get more layouts done this year.  A fresh year and a new perspective.sahlinstudio_1jan15template_PSD

hello 2015, nice to meet you

hello 2015, we finally meet and it is very nice to meet you.

I am curious to see what you hold for us this year.  2014, was well interesting to say the least.  Not my best year, not my worst year.  But there is something about starting fresh and new.  Another first.  A new beginning.  I love this time of year and a great way to wrap up our holidays.

Lets get together and see where this year takes us, shall we?

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