Welcoming Rogue

On Mother’s Day we all piled into the SUV and made the 5 hour drive to go meet Rogue, our new Alaskan Malamute puppy.




It has been a whirlwind adventure having a puppy in our lives again.  Especially one who talks to you.  A LOT.  She talks or yowls at us non-stop.  It’s funny.  Most times, but she is cute.


Rogue is a show puppy so in a few weeks that journey for her will start.  She is our family pet first but we are beginning the journey to get her championship.  For now we are working on not putting wholes in our clothing, or using our feet or housecoats as chew toys.   I promise she has ample toys to chew, she just likes our toes and clothing.  Still working on house training.  Pam is the puppy whisperer and I swear the moment I take over I swear Rogue pees at my feet.  Puppy life.


The boys adore her, especially Ian.  This is his dog he tells me.  He takes her out to go to the kennel.  Plays with her.  The puppy biting is a bit trying for him but he’s learning as he goes.  It’s great to see him take responsibility with Rogue.  I hope they develop a close bond together.



She is certainly different than any other dog we have ever owned.  I know they love the winter but it’s funny to see her sleep on our air vents or in front of a fan.  She is stubborn and strong but soft and loving.  We are her people and she loves when one of us comes home.  I can’t wait to see her grow.




Welcome home Rogue, welcome home.

Life Lately

Life lately has been pretty busy at home, which meant it was quieter on here.  The last few weeks of the school year is approaching for the boys and I.  As I wrap up the year teaching Kindergarten the boys are wrapping up Grade 7 and Senior Kindergarten.

Life lately has been us seeing many nights and weekends spent at the ball hockey rinks.  Both boys are playing on teams for the spring season.  It’s been awesome to watch them grow as players.  Looking forward to the beginning of playoffs next week. 

Life lately brings us much longer days filled with warmer weather and much more sunlight. Loving every moment of these brighter days.  More time spent outside enjoying it all and taking everything in.  Exploring our new home in spring time.

Life lately saw us welcoming Rogue into our family.  Rogue is an Alaskan Malamute puppy who is one pretty girl, busy, but pretty.  We love her and look forward to watching her grow with our family.


Life lately has been busy with wrapping up my next class at big picture classes.  Stay tuned for more information on that.

Life lately had us celebrating Jake’s 6th birthday.  I can’t believe he is 6 already, 6 years old and where has the time gone?  He had a wonderful birthday and a great celebration with family and friends.  I can’t wait to see what this year holds for him.

Life lately has me preparing for Cornwall Crop & Create event with Scrapbook & Cards Today.  More information on that soon!

Life lately has been busy but has been wonderful.

April Project Life Blog Hop


Welcome to the fourth 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 lately.


Over March break as shared here on the blog we travelled to Niagara Falls for the day to take in the magical site of the frozen falls.  Ali Edwards Story Kit for March was all about Magic and it was perfect for this trip.


My base pages were two Design A layouts.  I trimmed a 12×12 enlargement – I used word art for the magic and a slick writer to add to the title.  I used midnight, seafoam, studio calico and custom 3×4 cards throughout.


I also added two inserts to this spread to share even more images from our trip.  One of my favourite things was the card where the boys both wrote what they loved most about the trip.  Ian loved seeing all the ice and Jake loved the SkyWheel.  So nice to have a personal touch from the two of them.  I also included a post card, our SkyWheel tickets and our dinner receipt.

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Please be sure to stop by all the blogs for more Creative Team Inspiration:






Tara – you are here

If you haven’t stopped by yet, please join me over at Big Picture Classes for Pocket Prompts 2 with some photography and journalling prompts and a peek at my Project Life process.

teacher 2Please 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.

Pocket Prompts 2 | A Big Picture Class

Last on, March 30th, my first class launched! I am thrilled to be teaching at Big Picture Classes in 2015, starting with Pocket Prompts 2.  In this course I share photography and journalling prompts.  Then I walk you through my Project Life process on how I pull may layouts together.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your everyday photography or want to try telling some different stories in your next Project Life spread then stop by the class and join in the fun.  I hope you will share your work and images with us all.  Look forward to seeing you in class.

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First Born | a Story Kit layout

I am just loving these story kits from Ali Edwards.  They are just awesome.  However I couldn’t tell a story.  I couldn’t get started.  I didn’t want to just copy her layouts and prompts, I wanted an authentic story of my own to tell.  But I was blocked, like huge writing and creative block.  Nothing worked.

Then I took my prompt First and I began to explore my old images.  I went through a recent order from Shutterfly that included this old grainy poor quality image of my son.   My first born on his first day home from the hospital.  I had finally found my story spark.

I found some cute papers in a baby Mambi kit at my local Michaels, it was pretty gender neutral, lots of greens, brown and oranges.  Super fun, and I love the mint green that came in the paper pack, and stars? Who doesn’t love stars?

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I knew I wanted to do 8.5×11 for my format based on the size of my image which was 4×6. I had decided to work on my journalling first to tell my story then used the content to decide how to format it.

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This process took me a lot longer to commit to a decision than when I create something digital or pocket scrapbooking.  It’s harder for me to commit to cutting and gluing with no real undo button!  So a few days later when I returned to the layout, I used my photo as a guide and cut my papers and journalling.

Then I played around with layering the pieces of papers and photos until I had it sort of where it needed to be.  Once I was happy I went ahead and glued those layers down but did not adhere it to the background paper.

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Then I added in so foam letters from a recent studio calico kit I had ordered for part of the title.  I love the texture the puffy black letters give to the page and I feel like it connects the rest of my page to the image.  I  saved the acrylic first piece to be adhered last and then attached everything to the background.

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I am so thrilled with how Ali’s prompt of first was able to allow me to tell the story of this image and get that story out of my head and into his book.  I cannot wait to create more as I work through these kits.


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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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.


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.


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.




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.













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.


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.


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.




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.



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