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Hi Friends! I am working my way through some of the stories over the past two years that I felt I really wanted to get on paper. Online school was one those stories that I had left untold. There seems to be so many “new normal” scenarios that I never dreamed we’d have to do and I feel it so important to document them. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a double layout. For this story, I wanted to show schedules and some of the “Google Classroom” rules so one page didn’t cut it. I found the lined paper in my stash – I seemed to be waiting for the perfect time to use it. That time was now! As I played with these photos across both pages, I found a balance that I quite liked. The Echo Park School Rules embellishments worked perfectly with the paper and…

It’s hard to believe its March. Time has been painfully slow but also incredibly fast. These days I am really trying to create every day. I’ve had to be very intentional with my time , often just squeezing in 15 minutes here or there throughout the day. Today’s project took over a week to finalize. I couldn’t find the right balance with any of these three layouts. I would leave them out on my desk hoping for something to jump out at me. Finally, I came across a navy blue piece of paper from Paige Evans Bugalow Lane collection in my stash. This piece of paper helped finish all three of these layouts. Sometimes just thumbing through your stash can spark some creativity. How fun are filters sometimes? This particular filter was supposed to create how you look as a Disney character. It happened to be prior to my baby…

Hello Friends! Well, it’s been another difficult start to the year. I really hope that you are doing well given the circumstances. And of course, using your hobby to help you stay positive. Here in Newfoundland, Canada, we are beginning to open back up but it’s certainly been a slow road. Crafting has been a source of escape for me and has opened my eyes to how incredibly important it is to my own self-care. While in modified isolation, I found some time to create. I was trying my best to fill some holes that I had in my albums including this birthday photo of my oldest daughter, Jane. This oversized photo had gotten scratched. It’s the whole reason why this story had yet to be told. Rather than skip over it again, I put the page together using primarily some American Craft thickers. Maybe I’ll go back and reprint…

Friends. I have three children, which includes a toddler. Boy, is she busy. I simply don’t have time. Not for anything. I am sure this scenario is not unlike your own story. Therefore, my paper crafting story is evolving to fit into my life. Simple and fast. Let’s rewind: Because I scrapbook in 8.5×11”, it means that I have a 3.5×12” piece of paper left over every time I cut into a background. I finally clued in. For every 12×12” piece of paper I cut, I now create a card at the same time as a layout. I try not to put pressure on myself to create a beautiful card but rather a card that suits a purpose. Right now, they all have a similar style or sketch because I am not feeling super wild at the moment. However, not only does it get done but I am left feeling…

This summer, my family and I went on an adventure to the town of Brigus in the province of Newfoundland. Like many coastal Newfoundland towns, its full of beauty and rich with quirks. Usually that translates to a lot of photos being taken. In the past when I sat down to scrapbook events where I took a lot of photos, I would get overwhelmed. Too many photos equals too big a job for this busy mom of three. However, recently I began tackling days and events like this by selecting my favourite photo and printing it oversized. Then using a pocket page or sometimes using a grid format on a traditional page to document the remaining photos. This small change helped me look at this “big project” to a nice and manageable project. In this layout, you can see that I selected an oversized photo of a tunnel showing my…

Fall is here. I am not sure why but I love to feel the crisp air and see the harvest wreathes on the doors in our neighbourhood. Perhaps it represents some new beginnings or maybe it’s because there can never be too many pumpkins. It’s a time of year that I find refreshing. Like many families, we have a tradition to visit our local pumpkin patch for some photos sitting on haystacks surrounded by orange “balls” as my one year old exclaims this year! Today’s layout was inspired by Traci Reed Design’s (TRD) free digital cut file, Stacked Pumpkins. I’ve recently moved my Silhouette die cutting machine from under my desk to the top. This made it easy to download and have it cut out when inspiration hit. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for these photos. Using the digital patterned papers by Traci Reed called Hocus Pocus,…

In September, the most perfect wild blueberries can be seen in the barrens and rocks around the coastlines of Newfoundland. Since I was a kid I remember collecting buckets of them. We would have our bellies full by the end of the forage. Later we’d make blueberry crisp or blueberry muffins and at Nan’s house we’d have blueberries mixed with sugar and carnation milk for a treat before we’d head to bed. Looking back, I don’t know where the years have gone. Those are such fond memories. I haven’t gone out blueberry picking in years. Then one day last month, my father called and asked me to go with him on a whim. I made the time despite my calendar being blocked. I had to arrange baby sitters and carpools but I made it happen with my daughter, Jane and my niece, Sawyer. I said ‘yes’. It took four stops…

Lately I have become a little obsessed with printing oversized photos and including those in my albums. I simply haven’t been crafting as frequently as I’d like to and began “batch printing”. I decided that I wanted the photos printed. If I had the photos printed, then sometimes the stories are already told.  As I declutter and cull my digital photos each month, I am sending a batch of photos to my local printing shop, Newfoundland Canvas. However, because I am currently printing in advance, I was picking out a couple of my favourites from each month and blowing them up to 8×11”. Practically every other photo is printed in 3×4 so that the option of plopping photos in a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” style pocket page is there. I will tell you though that I typically print from home, in fact, the two 8.5×11” photos you see in…

Happy August! Every month I receive the Ali Edwards ‘Story’ kit and also the ‘Stories By the Month’ kit. I have been a subscriber since day one and they continue to be my favourite product to reach for. Because I haven’t been as creative as I like over the past year, I have several kits unopened. Yikes. This month, I opted to grab a kit in order to absolutely crush it. Boom. I did not crush it. Insert sad face. However, the cork letters were used as a jumping off point. I finished not one but two layouts as a result. And that, my friends, is what I am calling a win. The words reminded me of a couple sets of photos. Next thing I knew it, I managed to have two layouts going at the same time. With the Pink Paislee Bloom Street embellishment pack and papers in hand,…

It’s taken me a little while to capture the memories since I gave birth to my third baby at the beginning of January of last year. Slow and steady I’ve been able to get back to my craft room. It’s not often that you see a layout from me with so many busy colours but I am in love with the richness of these blues by Vicky Boutin in this 6×8” paper pack. I selected two pieces and trimmed them down to create this 8 x 10.5” page. These two boys are explorers and adventurers around our home. Most days they come back to grab a popsicle and off they go again. The Wander embellishments worked perfectly with the story. When that happens, you shouldn’t have to think too hard. After a little while I had placed a few key stickers around the photo. The little word strips in the…

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