Please, Let’s Stay Home

Coronavirus arrived with speed and caught many of us unprepared for the changes we would need to immediately make. Our lives turned upside down overnight. Amid all this uncertainty and unknown, we must find strength. Strength to endure, strength to support others, and strength to find joy, everyday.

I am eternally grateful for everyone on the front lines of this virus. They too have family and friends they worry about every single day. Yet they bravely step up and out for us day after day to provide the services and support we need.  There will never be enough ways to say thank you.

So what can you and I do? Listen. Trust in our leaders and experts who are guiding us. It isn’t hard – wash your hands – stay home – respect social distancing. Staying apart today, means more tomorrows together. Stay well my friends. We’ll have much to celebrate when we can get together!

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Hits and Highlights – Scrapbook Layouts

Just popping in to share some of my favourite layouts. These first two were designed to document my practice of giving my two oldest grandchildren jokes for their lunch boxes. They absolutely love opening these jokes each day,  sharing them with their classmates during lunch, and bringing them home to test their parent’s skill at the end of the day.

When I was young, my Mom would occasionally send a love note with lunch as well – often by way of writing on a banana! Any kind of love note, is a nice way to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them throughout the day. With the We R Memories Keepers Envelope Punch Board, a new way to carry on the tradition was born! I find the jokes on Pinterest and simply print them off to insert into the envelopes each week.

Daily Lunch Box Laughs

This layout was completed using Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Happiness collection. If you are not familiar with Cocoa Vanilla, they are an Australian company and they make AMAZING papers (https://cocoavanilla.com.au/). While they are not easy to find in Canada yet, I purchase mine through Scrapbook Your Joy (https://scrapbookyourjoy.com/).  Great prices on these premium papers, and excellent customer service! The beautiful papers and embellishments just seemed to fit so well with Madison’s dress. The cut file (Valentine’s Day Love Letter) comes from Handipaper (Inna Moreva). Stunning cut files for all your projects! You can find Inna’s shop on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/handipaper?ref=shop_sugg).

I do like to journal on my layouts in interesting ways. In this layout, my journalling wrapped around the envelope – another way of sending a hug to my granddaughter. The title was completed using American Crafts “Happy Life” thickers. I love these smaller sized alphas and often stock up on a few packs whenever I find them.

Lunch Box Laughs

In this second layout focused on the daily lunchbox jokes, I made multiple envelopes using the We R Memories Keepers Envelope Punch Board. Most envelopes were the same size, but I did make a couple of them slightly bigger to house my journalling and picture of Owen. Owen’s favourite colour is orange, so the Let Your Heart Decide collection from Pinkfresh Studio was perfect for this layout. All embellishments and alphas came from this same collection, making it quick and easy to pull the whole page together.

The Best

My last layout for this post features my youngest grandson Ben. He is such a cutie and adored by all of us! My daughter Lindsay gets credit for this lovely photo. The onsie Ben is wearing was my first attempt at putting vinyl on fabric. I was so pleased with how it turned out. The onsie was purchased through Loblaws on sale, so all in all, it was a pretty cost effective project!

Once again, I utilized papers and emphera from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This is the Boys Rule collection.  The cut file comes courtesy of Confessions of a Paper Addict (COAPA). Virgina Walker owns this company and is very gifted at creating beautiful cut files for every occassion. You can find her etsy shop here (https://www.etsy.com/ca/search?q=coapa%20cutfiles&ref=auto-1&as_prefix=coapa). I resized the Star Streak 2 cut file to fill the page and then backed the stars with coordinating papers from this collection. I finished off the stars by layering a couple of the chipboard stars found in the Boys Rule emphera pack. The chipboard title came from the Happiness die cut titles pack. I love using the “teensy type” alphas and numbers from doodlebug designs inc to add dates to my projects.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these layouts. Be sure to check out these great companies for your projects!

The BIG One!

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Reminisce has released a line of fishing papers that are just gorgeous. Lucky for me, I just happened to have the “perfect” fishing photo from this summer to scrapbook! Dennis is an AVID fisherman. He spends  many weekends and much of his free time during the summer fishing. And, he is very, very good at it!

In August, Dennis was fishing close to our cottage. He dropped by to say hello, and we just had to see his catch. This picture shows the HUGE bass he caught that day – 4lbs, 4ozs! My Dad would be very impressed!

I knew when Heather posted this paper line on Facebook, I would just have to get it. I really wanted to document this moment and the “Fishing Paradise” paper was the perfect backdrop. Check out all the papers in this line – they truly are beautiful papers and stickers to scrapbook your fishing memories! You can find them all at the Younique Scrapbook Store in Mount Forest!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my female friends and family out there! It’s a day to feel special and proud of our accomplishments for sure. I will always be thankful for the kind, loving and generous Mom I had. She guided and mentored me to be the woman I am today. She would be proud of the family that continues to grow and enjoy life’s journey in her memory. Miss you dearly Mom,

I am so lucky to call myself Mom to two beautiful children. I am blessed daily to live across the street from my daughter. She is an AMAZING Mom and daycare provider. Together with her hubby Jeff, they are raising two incredibly loving grandchildren. Maddy and Owen, being your Nana is the best thing ever! This layout was based on a Mother’s Day picture from last year. Still brings smiles to my face everytime I look at it! Love you so much Lindsay!

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Our son lives out West. He is posted to Edmonton in the military. Sean, not a day goes by that I don’t say thanks for your commitment and service to our country. You listened to me growing up and followed my guidance when I told you to follow your passion in life! I am grateful for all you bring to our lives, and proud of the life you are building with Megan. This layout is one of several that feature Sean in a new kit that will arrive shortly at Younique.

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You can see I have much to smile about today and everyday! My heart is bursting with love for you all.

Summer Layouts

About a month ago I had a chance to spend time scrapbooking with my dear friend Denise. Always love to get some quality time together, sharing our love of documenting our lives.

Of course, a couple of favourite subjects for me are my beautiful grandchildren, Madison and Owen. We have endless fun with these two, and are so fortunate to now call them neighbours – they just moved into the house across the street! Here are a few layouts with some of my favourite pictures from this summer.

These Two Melt my Heart

Wow, for the first time every – they are both looking in the same direction and have their eyes open! Don’t even ask how many pictures I took to just get this one shot. It was worth the wait. These two are very busy, and so it takes patience to get a good shot. Thank goodness for digital cameras!

Could You be Any Cuter

Owen was patiently waiting around the campfire for a roasted marshmallow in this picture. Those blue eyes just melt my heart! Added a touch of stitching on this one, I just love the added texture. I have framed layouts of each of my family members in my house and this layout will update Owen’s frame.

Splash

Hands down, this is my favourite picture of the summer. There’s something about those greens and aqua’s that are so inviting. When I saw this shot, I decided to extend the spray from the fountain with some more stitching. A bit of distressing on the polka dot paper, a perfect design from my Silhouette, and the Silhouette pens to do the journaling topped it off. This was such a fun day, this layout will bring back those great memories for a long time to come.