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


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:








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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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Life Lately | October 2014 Edition


Life lately has seen us buy a home and sell ours within 72 hours.  For real.  The search was longer than that but we found it and make an offer and sold within 24 hours.  So blessed.  Now we are going through the final steps and setting the dates.  Time to finish purging and packing.

Life lately has me up early and to bed late between getting the house ready and keeping it ready!  Which in the end has paid off for us.

Life lately has me back into my photography, just dabbling, feeling inspired, but not really sure where it will take me.  I need something to change to grow so lets see where the winter takes me.  (yes I said winter)

Life lately has us having our family photos done again.  It is a yearly tradition no matter how I feel.  It’s important to me to document us as a family and as individuals.  I have lots of photos of myself growing up, but precious few of my family.  I know what it’s like to loose a family member to earn and to mourn not having photos to look at, marvel at, and remember with.  Cannot wait to do our yearly photo book for us and the boys.


Life lately has the fall days getting shorter and shorter and the impending winter will be upon us soon.  Trying to soak up those warm sunny days and cool nights as much as we can.

Life lately has us getting ready for a season of change after 14 years in this home.  I watched it built from nothing with no other houses around it.  Followed it from an empty lot, to a hole in the ground, cement foundation to now where we are packing it up to let another family call it home.  I am excited and sad.  I know it’s going to be hard for my two boys too, change is not their friend.  We will make it through and have many new adventures in our new home.

Life lately has been good.

Saying goodbye to my sweet Cali girl

My sweet Cali passed away today.  She lived a full life, almost 17 years together we had and always a puppy at heart.  I knew it would be hard but I can’t even begin to explain how it feels to have had to say goodbye to her.  So instead I want to remember.


I want to remember how little she felt bringing her home from the breeders that valentine’s day so long ago.

I want to remember how I loved taking her to my Mom’s work for dog training.  How this little black and white thing did amazing and aced everything – well she gave me a run for my money on pulling on the leash.

I want to remember how much my Dad loved her, and how much comfort I found in caring for her after he passed away.  Maybe they are together playing ball now.  I bet she’d love that.

I want to remember HOW much she loved chasing a ball.  That was her driver, and still was 16 years later as much as we wanted her to rest those old bones of hers.

I want to remember how she was a magician.  We still never figured out how she got into things that was CLEARLY outside of her reach.  This dog must have had some magic tricks up her sleeve to get into the things she did.  How did you get that pizza?

I want to remember how she ate EVERYTHING, and I mean everything.  Seriously, I don’t know how we didn’t have 20 emergency surgeries in her lifetime.

I want to remember how she looked wearing her red collar.  My black, white and red love affair began with her.

I want to remember so many things, but most of all I want to remember how much she gave me over the last 17 years.  She has seen me through all of my major life events and now her passing has been another.  There will never be another like you.  The whole you have left behind will not be filled and our days will be less fuller without you.  We love you so my sweet Cali girl._MG_9924

Life Lately

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Life lately involves working all day then coming home to work around the house.  Doing so major home purging and renovating these days.

Life lately involves making lunches for back to school for both the kids and myself.  I actually dislike making my own lunch, I find I’m never hungry for what I make.  Snacks work best for me.

Life lately involves Ian playing outside with his friends for hours, as much as the 10 more minutes please Mom conversations make you crazy, I truly love that he’s active and outside so yes, 10 more minutes.

Life lately involves working with new students which I just love.  New Teachers, new families, new school.  I  miss my old one but I’m falling in love with this new adventure and am finding my path.

Life lately involves lots of time inside and outside.  Nature walks, taking the season change in and then exploring it inside all over again when we bring it with us.  So many new things we are discovering.

Life lately involves less photos which makes me sad but I’m trying to even capture the mess of our renovation.

Life lately involves long days and short nights.

Life lately involves the desire to just rest and do nothing, but that will come.

Life lately involves celebrating birthdays with those you love dearly even if they don’t want a big fuss.

Life lately involves loving my two boys.

Life lately involves living life to the length and the width and trying to always keep that in mind.

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Life lately involves living life to the length and the width and trying to always keep that in mind.

Saying goodbye to summer

DSCF1858Summer break is almost over here and we have one more long weekend to enjoy before all of us go back to school.  I have two workshops this week but we are trying to enjoy these last few days as much as we can.

It has been a pretty quiet summer this year since we took a big trip to Florida before Christmas.  Plus the little man had his surgery at the beginning of summer which ate up over three weeks of our summer the poor guy.

What I loved about this summer?  Not having a plan.

We had a relaxed stay at home summer with a few day trips thrown in.  Nothing fancy.  We slept in, stayed up late, played games and watched tons of movies.  I’m sad to see summer go but I know we have next summer to look forward too.  I know we have fun school adventures, and Christmas break too. Then before you know it we will be counting down the last ten weeks of school again.

So here we are saying goodbye to summer… you were simple and quiet but warm and fun.  Until next time summer.