Friday, May 20, 2016

What's Next?

Time is flying by and before I realize it, it's been weeks since I've posted anything.  We are finally getting some much needed rain which will hopefully help the wildfires in our province.  For the first time since the fires started, the smoke rolled in yesterday.  It is shocking that we have escaped it for this long.  I guess the winds must have been in our favour.  It isn't too bad today and I'm certainly not complaining when I think of what the people of Fort McMurray have been through.  It has been so sad and many of the stories have been heartbreaking.

Onto lighter things.  Here's what's in the works creatively speaking.


This wool is going to be knit up into hats and scarves for charity.  It was such a steal.  Some were $4 and some where $2.50.  Regular price was $8.  I love me a bargain.  They are 20% wool and super cozy.

So it only took about a week for me to start missing not having my memory planner.  What was I to do with all of the bits and pieces that I collect through life?  I decided that I didn't want the daily commitment of a memory planner so instead I'm putting together a book that will be a journal/smash book/memory planner!  I can record memories, add photos and bits&pieces, and decorate it on my own schedule.



I bought a Simple Stories 6x8 album, some Heidi Swapp Memory Planner stuff and then gathered items from my stash that fit the colour scheme.









Now I just have to set it all up and get started.

Wishing you all a creative day.  :)

Jen

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Warm Days

Warm days are upon us here in Alberta.  With the good they have also brought massive wildfires in the northern part of our province.  People have been evacuated and so many have been left homeless. The fire is still raging.  Thankfully there has been no loss of life at this point.  It makes me anxious to even think of going through an experience such as this.  I feel so bad for all of these people.  I am also hoping that my son-in-law Eric, who is a firefighter, doesn't get called to go up.

On a lighter note, here's what's making me happy these days....

my favourite bush is in full bloom.  Soon to be just a plain green leafy scrub... but for now... amazing!


my favourite little cat who lives at the greenhouse.  I have been visiting this sweetie for years.  I always take the time to give her some love and get my kitty fix.  She is always happy to oblige.


my favourite little guy and his new bike!  We even got video of him riding.  Too cute.  The training wheels are soon to come off.


Thinking of my fellow Albertans.

Jen

Monday, May 2, 2016

One Year Later...

Last year I decided to jump onto the memory planner crazy train.  I was very excited about it in this post.  I gathered all of my supplies and they all looked so fresh and pretty.


Well it is a year later and I am happy to report that I stuck with it and finished the project.



"All" of the supplies that I thought I needed didn't quite last me the year.  It took two binders to contain the pages and so I ended up having to buy a second album with all of those pages that I didn't need, just to have the second album.  It was a Heidi Swapp suggestion which worked but it bugged me to have all that waste not to mention the extra expense.  This year's album was made thicker but still not thick enough in my opinion.  That being said, these books contain so many random everyday memories and bits and pieces of memorabilia that I think they will be a lot of fun to look back on in the future.  Maybe when I'm old and in the home.  ;)

Here are some of my favourite pages.  I have to admit that although I kept up on the day to day journaling, photo taking seemed to suffer in the latter half when the thrill of this project diminished.


That paperclip piece of paper is a dry-cleaning pick up receipt.


I used supplies from my stash to highlight some of the seasons.  I thought it would be boring to just stick with the journaling line.


There are lots of photos of Rob's socks from his monthly sock club.  The subscription is over and his sock drawer is busting at the seams but we miss those monthly gifts in the mail.


This empty Victoria's Secret gift card made the perfect embellishment for my page.  I was honest enough to ask the clerk if I could take one for a project and she told me no,  that they were only if you put money on them.  Really?  I had just spent about $100!  We walked out of the store and Rob pulled this one out of his pocket and handed it to me.  Haha.  He took it while she was telling me no.  I guess that sometimes honesty is not the best policy.


Thomas was a steady subject in the planner.  It was a great spot to document some of his growing up day to day memories.


Christmas memories.


Some BarkBox memorabilia.


The planner was a great way of documenting the wedding lead up.


Wedding weekend!


Notice that there are no photos... just a tea bag package will have to due.  haha


By the time that March rolled around I was really sick of the project.  I decided to take a month off but didn't want to leave the journal empty.  I had been reading a lot about minimalism and so I decided to devote a month to that subject.  I wrote inspirational quotes in for each day of the month.  I was really happy how it still reflected what life was all about at this time.  Yeah, I've jumped on the minimalism crazy train now.  There is always a tangent.  ;)  It was that book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, that planted the seed.


A restaurant logo from a receipt and the thank-you card from Diane and Eric's wedding.


This is written on the last page.  This time last year I thought that I would keep a memory planner for the rest of my life.  LOL  What was I thinking?  I am really happy to be done with this daily commitment.  Funny story... last night we went to a restaurant to celebrate Rob's birthday.  He received a free burger.  On the bottom of the receipt was printed a birthday greeting to him.  I automatically squirrelled it away to put in my planner only to realize that it was May 1st and the planner was done.  LOL

Now I have to figure out where to house those little bits and pieces that I collect through the days.  My minimalist gurus would tell me to get rid of them.  One thing that I know for sure... I can be a minimalist in some ways but not in my memory keeping habits.  Scrapping gives me a joy that no other hobby has ever provided me with and I plan on doing it forever!!!  This tangent has been going on for 16 years!

Jen

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kaisercraft ~ Sea Breeze

Oh I do love me some teal, so this collection had me wanting to scrap!  I love everything about this line.  It is just so monochromatic.  Here's two pages that I created for Treasured Memories.

This line just cried out for a B&W photo so I dug up this old photo of Little Jennifer.  I even broke out the Mini Minc for this one!



Here's the sketch I used from The Scrappiest.


This photo of Diane's bouquet was a perfect fit for this collection.  I think that this page just might be a contender for "my most liked LO of 2016".  Time will tell.




I used this sketch from D-lish Scraps.


I just might have to make one more page with this collection.

Jen


Doodlebug ~ Anchors Aweigh

As strange as this may seem, this is the first time that I have ever designed with Doodlebug.  How is this possible and why did I wait so long?  I created two pages for Treasured Memories and totally enjoyed this vibrant collection geared towards little boys.  Of course I had the perfect subject... Thomas!

I love this photo of Tom.  He lost his first tooth just before getting into the bathtub.  It was pretty exciting since it first became loose the month before while we were visiting in Montreal.  It sure took a long time for that sucker to come out!




I used this sketch by Diane Fisher.


Next up is photos of Thomas running free in a field.  Rob took these photos while we were all out exploring one day.




I used this sketch from Susan Stringfellow.  If you are into sketches I encourage you to check her out here.  She not only creates awesome sketches but she also creates amazing pages with them!  There is a lot of inspiration to be had.  :)


Back again soon with some Kaisercraft!

Jen

Friday, April 29, 2016

More Pink Paislee

Back today with some pages done for Treasured Memories, using the Pink Paislee collection " C'est La Vie."  I totally loved everything about this line!  First up a photo of Diane and Eric on their wedding day.  I think this was my favourite photograph taken that day.





Here's the sketch I used which I think is from Citrus Twist.


This next page was inspired by the String Art template that Pink Paislee has released.  I opted to only do the string art on the border of the heart.  I used the template to guide me through a paper pieced heart.  It reminds me of crazy quilting which is the only quilting that I would ever be successful with. Random is my thing!




I didn't use a sketch for this page since the heart pretty much was the design.

I'll be back soon with some Doodlebug!

Jen

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