Friday, June 17, 2016

Back With BoBunny

Here are the pages that I created for Treasured Memories using "Butterfly Kisses".

First up a monochromatic page using a soft pink palette.  This is a photo of me and Rob taken by Eric when we went to a Sunday brunch the weekend before Diane and Eric got married.





This is the sketch I used by Creative Scrappers.  I'm so happy that they are up and running again.


Hard to believe that these papers are from the same line.  A crisp LO this time.  Love this photo of Thomas.




Once again I used a Creative Scrappers sketch.


I am getting to make the pages for the July kit at Treasured Memories, so I will have lots of LO's to share next month.  The kit is amazing and I had so much fun playing with it.  I created 9 pages out of a $35 kit!  These kits are so amazing!!

On a personal note, we have another wedding coming up!  Lisa and Steve are getting married on August 13! They are having a small wedding with just the immediate family.   I am so happy for them and feel that I have really hit the jackpot in the son-in law department.  It is really funny to think that both the girls are married in the same year.

Have a great day!

Jen

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kaisercraft ~ Mermaid Tails

I've been scrapping like a crazy woman lately!  Today I have two pages that I created for Treasured Memories using "Mermaid Tails".

First up is a photo of Thomas playing in a little water fountain pond.



Here's the sketch I used from Creative Scrappers.


This next page was a bit of a challenge for me and put me out of my comfort zone a little bit.  I used some distressing and stitching to try to capture the vibe.  I was really wishing that I had an old photo of my girlies playing "Little Mermaid".  Ariel was a huge part of our world once upon a time.  This would have been the perfect collection.   Oh well, we didn't have digital back then so photos were not quite as plenty as they are today.



I'll be back soon with some pages I created using "Butterfly Kisses" from BoBunny.

Have a great day everyone!

Jen

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dream Homes... Really?

We were late this year but we finally made it over to see the homes up for grabs through the dream home lottery.  It is a great fundraiser that raises money for hospitals in the Edmonton area.  It is always fun to go through and see these enormous houses and the decorative touches that apparently the elite are looking for.  I figure that anyone who lived in one of these places had better get a maid or two because I could spend every day just cleaning as a full time job!

The home going to the first winner was my least favourite.  It has this huge hot tub literally in the middle of the house!


You looked down on it from the kitchen and even from the tiny living room.  The when you went upstairs to the main bedroom, you still looked down upon it.  I think this would be a dream home for teenagers and a nightmare for parents of teenagers.

Then there was this full room just for lounge chairs.  Who needs the beach?  LOL


There were plants throughout this home in really tucked away weird places.  If they were real, they would be awful to water and if they were fake, they would be awful to dust!  They even had them tucked behind these wooden stairs.  You would need to find a small child to crawl in there to take care of them.  It was really weird.


Here's a bedroom for a Halloween fan!


The nicest home will go to the second place winner.  It was a more traditional home with a bit of a country vibe to it.  Check out this awesome greenhouse that comes off the kitchen.  It was sunny and warm and would be the perfect place to curl up with a good book.... although that would cut into floor washing time.  LOL


I loved these beams on the ceilings and the brick work around the fireplace.


The third place winner gets the weirdest house of the three.  It is like they were trying to bring the outdoors in but in a really tacky way.  Forest wallpaper anyone?


The green carpet was supposed to look like grass and it felt almost like walking on crushed velvet.

Check out this shower curtain.


Many of the windows had these etchings.


Then there was this zen room with a pile of rock shaped pillows.


We didn't buy a ticket to win the home this year, but bought a ticket for the 50/50 draw instead.  As fun as it was to look at these huge homes, it was even better to go home to our 1400 square foot home... the perfect size for two.

Well summer must be close because the summer photograph challenge is up!  Rob and I are playing along this year and I think I might put together a small 4"x4" album as I did last year.  Here's the list of prompts.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Jen

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Please Help Lloyd

Anyone who has been following my blog for any time knows that I am a huge fan of this cute little kitty named Lloyd.  I even did a LO about him.


Well this little guy needs your help.  He is having issues with his teeth and is in so much pain that he stopped eating.  He needs to have molars removed.  You can read the whole story here.

If you are able,  please send a few dollars his way.  His humans love him dearly and this kind of expense is not one that they are able to cover.  You can find the Go Fund Me page here.

The cost of dental health for animals always blows me away.  Diane and Eric spent close to $2000 on dental surgery for Mo a few years ago.  Last summer I spent $1400 for Maggie and Lady to have cleaning and some teeth pulled.  My vet has actually lowered her fees for dental as many people just can't afford the cost and it doesn't get done.   Together we can help this little guy.  The internet has helped rescue him once before.  :)

Jen

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
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