Happy Friday

We went the other night in hope of seeing the Northern Lights but instead we found stars…  First time trying to capture stars, it’s not perfect but our adventure was. I hope to head out again in the near future… Happy Friday everyone and enjoy your last day of March break my local friends!

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hello Niagara Falls

Sunday we packed up into the car and headed out on a 2+ hour drive to Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Some Tim Horton’s steeped tea and coffee, plus some donuts and we were off.

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No matter how many times we travel to the see the falls, their power and beauty never ceases to amaze me.  This was our first winter trip to see the falls and although the week of 0 degree temps have allows the American falls to flow free again, it was still breath taking to see all that ice and snow.  The winter really seems to transform the falls which are already beautiful and spectacular to an elevated level of magic winter wonder.

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You could see how blue and clear the ice around the American side was.  The huge cracks in the ice surfaces.  The thick sheets of snow and ice lining the Niagara river that almost transport you to another world they look so out of place.  The Canadian horseshoe side that never fails to power through and cascade over to the river below.  The sound that is Niagara falls, you hear it before you see it.

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The boys enjoyed it as they ran and played and skipped along the path on this particularly quiet day along the river front.  Pausing for photos with us and in front of the falls.  Running ahead to catch Nana who was walking along to keep moving.  Strangers stopping us to take photos of them.  It was a wonderful walk along the the Niagara River.

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We took sometime before we stopped for dinner to ride the Sky Wheel.  I had never been and Jake was dying to go up.  We ended up on there for a good 20 minutes.  The view was just magical of the falls from up top.  You could see everything all at once.  It was the perfect way to spend the last bit of our afternoon before settling into a nice dinner.

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Niagara Falls, thank you for sharing your magic with us.

Charmed | a Sahlin Studio layout

Charmed is a new kit from Sahlin Studio that coordinates with this months Monthly Pocket Subscription.  It is a fun sampler kit full of embellishments and a few papers to get you started.

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I had this photo of Jake and I that I just love.  Because of the lighting and the deep shadows I decided to make it black and white.  Since it was a phone image (from a Samsung S4) I used VSCO cam to edit my image.  It’s my go to editing for Android, plus I love the film look of their presets.

I kept my foundation page simple and white and chose to layer my papers.  Since the chevron was bold, I chose a quieter pattern to go with it.  I actually lowered the opacity on the alpha print slightly as well.  I like to layer my tags together so I selected a few of varying lengths and added some journalling.  My other embellishments we kept simple so they didn’t compete with my bold papers.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Sahlin Studio!  If you have already created something with this awesome kit please share it in the comments below!

 

 

Crop & Create Markham | in review

This was my first ever time attending a Crop & Create Event by Scrapbook Cards Today.  Let me tell you these ladies know how to host an event.  When I started following them last year I heard about this event and thought wow, how fun would it be to attend.  Chatted with my friend about attending the event and we thought it sounded good, just wait for more news.  Then they announced who the main teacher was.  None other than the wonderful Ali Edwards and her Project Manager Katie Jaeger.  SOLD.  Right?  Wouldn’t you be?  The chance for a weekend away, close to home and get to meet Ali Edwards, perfect I am all in.

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I was crazy busy trying to wrap up a project but I loved every moment and minute of the crop.  I was lucky enough to attend all three of Ali’s classes, Love you because, Day in the Life, and Story telling with Project Life.  The event opened and the fun and crafting began.

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Ali Edwards.  She was awesome.  She made me laugh and was kind enough to autograph my book for me, and maybe a few project life cards.  I was lucky enough to get into her three classes she taught that weekend.   Love you because, Day in the Life, and Story Telling with Project Life.  As a long time follower of Ali, it was even more amazing to hear her in person. She just makes you go “yes, I get that”.  Stories matter people, stories matter.

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So after geeking out on meeting Ali, I took her first class Love you because.  We started making a mini book of our loved ones and why we love them .  The next two images were sent to me from a blog reader, which was super awesome of her.  She captured this one of Ali and I and our group shot from our table.  We were the loud group at the back, we cried we laughed so hard.  Thanks Jodi for sharing these with me you rock.

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This is a shot of my album I was working on – and oh that butterfly, it and I have a love/hate relationship.  In the end doesn’t matter because I tried things I hadn’t before and I love the end result.20150228_101507_1

Day in the life was also AMAZING.  I will share that album in a later post, but we had so much fun making it.  What I enjoyed most was the reason behind her documenting process and the real stories and the rawness of it all.  Our lives aren’t perfect but they are ours, and that story needs to be told.

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Another highlight of the weekend was that I got to finally meet Jess Forster in person!  Jess and I were on the 2014 Project Life Creative team together for Becky Higgins.  She is as wonderful in person as she is online.  You can check Jess out here._MG_3554 8x6

The knowledge, growth and friendships that came out of this event we worth more than their weight in gold.  Some of the other awesome people I met were Katie Jaeger and Vicki Boutin (Dear Vicki you are seriously funny) and all the amazing event staff and people I sat with.  I am seriously hooked and already counting down the days until Markham in 2016. Thank you Catherine and Scrapbook & Cards Today for a fantastic weekend and event

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March Project Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the third 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.

Right now I have been going through some older images I ordered from my old Shutterfly account.  These images in my spread are from a Teddy Bear Picnic in 2008 for my oldest son’s Kindergarten Graduation.  I have his certificate packed away still from our move with all our mementoes which I will add in later once I get it unpacked (or unearthed ha!).  Either way I am glad to have these images and some thoughts down on his graduating kindergarten.

I used “I want to remember” stamp prompt from a previous Story Stamp Kit from Ali Edwards to guild my journalling to Ian about his special day.  I cut out his school mascot and made a shaker pocket with some stars and closed it up with my tiny attacher.

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I love that I am able to go back and document his life this way.  I find it super easy and convenient.  I keep my page protectors all the same so I can shuffle things around as needed in his album.  I also am including digital layouts I made over the years, papers, and art.  Love this system, and I love that I am getting my stories told.

Thanks for stopping by.

Here are the rest of the March Blog Hop Links:

Autumn

Bobbi

Donya

Jess

Krista

Kris

Rachel

Tara  *** you are here

Trisha

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.

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