Saturday, 13 February 2016

Simple Stories Disney Mini Album | video

This past year I said I wanted to learn how to do YouTube videos and become more consistent in providing them.  This would be what I call my start. It's not pretty but it's something. You can find my channel here.

Enjoy this 12 minute video as I go through this album...

I did "notice" that I said "notice" far too often!! 

I created three similar albums in 2014.  One of the albums was for me and the other two were gifts for my mom and sister.  Although these albums were not fast to make I followed my "Mini Album" guidlelines in order to create them.


So. You took a lot of photos.

It's overwhelming, I know. 

 I printed every single one through Costco.  I selected about 8 to print in oversize and made sure to have 3 copies of each.  

Once printed, I sort all the photos into three piles: Cathy, Heather, Mom.  Although the pictures wouldn't be exact in each album, there were multiples of most pics.  

And yes. I threw pictures out. GASP.  I did.  If I didn't use them, I trashed them.

Next, I sorted each pile by day. We went for 7 days so I had 7 piles. 

I did all my journalling on Stampin' Up! Project Life (tm) grid cards.  Since I was printed these three times, printing only made sense.  I used my computer to do this rather than a typewriter.  This also helped keep it consistent.  The font I used was Remington Noiseless.

We did one park a day so for me, it made sense to divide the days up by park.  I made sure to have an insert or a title page for each day.  However, I also included a couple areas for 'hotel life' and 'swimming'.

These 'inserts' were a great opportunity for me to place some of my Memory Maker photos that weren't fitting in the smaller pockets.

When I had too many photos, I used these flips.  You can create your own but Simple Stories also makes them.  It's a great opportunity to use your Fuse tool as well!

There were plenty of videos on top of the photos so I was sure to upload all the videos to my family youtube channel.  I used website to create the QR code.

Any extra bits that I had leftover, I placed in a pocket envelope at the back.  This pocket is from Stampin' Up! but you can also get them through Becky Higgins.

Make sure to check out the video because there's a lot of pages here and I simply couldn't have them all here.

Happy Disney documenting!

Friday, 12 February 2016

45 years and counting | #tgifc42

Happy 45 years Nancy and John Caines!

Today marks 45 years of marriage for my in-laws and believe me they have lived a wild ride.  No family dinner is incomplete without a story - always leaving me shaking my head and wondering whether my father in law, John is speaking the truth or pulling my tail.  It's clear to see that both Nancy and John have and always were in love.  Despite being different in many many many many ways, they make it work.  In fact, my husband and I's relationship is very much like theirs.  Our personalities are very similar. (In this case it might be true that a man marries a woman similar to his mother).  And if Ryan and I could be so lucky to live a wonderfully crazy 45 year ride in tandem like they have then we will consider ourselves to be very lucky.

Here's to you and many more years of "wedded bliss"!

This week the TGIF Design Team is bringing you a sketch challenge.  This is an awesome sketch - easy and totally up my alley!!  I can't wait to see what you make!


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Gymnastics Valentines | free printable

I was stuck and I couldn't find a valentine for my daughter's gymnastics group called the Tiny Tumblers.  I created this quick valentine to share with you all.

Please enjoy this FREE PRINTABLE but please use for only personal use.

Happy Heart Day!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

[Loving] right now | around here

Shimelle Laine returned and has been inspiring us with her energy and different perspective.  

This week she challenged us to scrapbook a selfie.  With that in mind, my friends had a another fast challenged where you had one hour to whip through a sketch.  That's not a lot of time.  I had already taken the photo early Saturday morning.  But I didn't know what I would say at that time.  For some reason, I thought I'd talk about guilt that Moms often feel. I'll save that for another day because inspiration arose while putting my 5 year old Jane to bed.  

"Mommy. I am thinking bad things again."

Thinking she was trying to get out of going to bed, I responded in a tough love voice, "Jane. You have to learn to think about the positive."

Jane responds, "Right. Nobody likes a gobbly gut."

This came from an earlier conversation where she was sooky and I explained that she had to smile at a birthday party because nobody likes a grumbly gut or a stick in the mud. It makes others feel sad at a party.

"Well, remember when we talk about your bad dreams? And we say that you need to think about something different. Things you love.  Like... candy."

Thinking, Jane says. "OK. Ten things I love. Candy. Watching iPad. Birthday Parties. Watching TV. Valentines. Hanging out with my family..."  "Now you..."

Holding my hands up, I began... "the quiet."

"I knewwwwwww you'd say that."

"OK. Number two. Reese's Pieces peanut butter cups."

"I knewwwwwww you'd say that."

"OK. Number three. Coffee in the mornings."

"I was going to tell you to say that.  And say you love reading with Jane."

"OK. Reading with Jane. Number 5...."

You get the point. Seriously. Inspiration is around you every day.

Also.  If you ever wondered... no. I do not re-read my journalling until its too late... And I probably never will. 

[loving] the quiet
[loving] early mornings with hot coffee in hand
[loving] listening to Jack explain what's in his head
[loving] Reese's Pieces peanut butter cups
[loving] reading with Jane
[loving] the quiet (again... I really like the quiet lately it seems)
[loving] de-cluttering
[loving] feeling loved with one touch
[loving] Downton Abbey
[loving] renewed scrapbooking energy
[loving] planning for a better me
[loving] very little snow in February
[loving] big and small adventures
[loving] being me


Play, Play, Play | Using up your alphas

These old letters have been hanging around my craft studio for years and I took it upon myself to use them up.  It's about time to use what i have or give it away.  Unfortunately my acts of "refreshing my creativity" is only happening bit by bit.

This layout was created with multi photos but its almost like you need to look twice to notice it.  Its a sneaky way for those that find it difficult to create a multi page layout.  Use a photo as if its a layer in your project.

Continue telling your stories.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Watercoloring with the Rose Bundle

This die cut is brought to you by Stampin' Up! along with the sentiment.  It's a bundle that is not really how you might describe my style.  However, when I have lost someone, the last thing you want to do is create a card.  Yet, you always need a card... for those terrible moments.  The perfect card.  And for me, this bundle makes it easy. Something that can never be easy.

I used this bundle for a swap that I did with some amazing girls: Jeanna Bohanon, Jennifer Frost, Cindy Schuster, Mercedes Weber, Krista Frattin, Allison Okimatsu, Kaitlyn Zumbach and Marisa Gunn.

As I played I had other versions  but the idea is the same.  I cut several die cuts out of water colour paper.  I then used by aqua painter and refill inks to colour over the dies quickly.  I let them dry.  In addition, I used the Stampin' Up! stencils on the base of the card with Molding/Modelling Paste. You gotta love it.

Have a great day,

Friday, 5 February 2016

Colour Challenge | #tgifc41

Back again with a quick birthday card as part of the TGIF Challenge Blog's Design Team. Every week we bring you inspiration to create.  This week's challenge is a colour challenge - and, its pretty awesome.

I seriously loved this colour combination.  I didn't have a lot of time to create this card so I laid out my three Stampin' Up! inks.  I selected some stamp sets that had very small icons on it. I also selected a beautiful sentiment.  From there I stamped until I was happy...

I will say this... I can't wait for daylight savings time because its still dark here at supper time.

Make sure to play along with us!