July. 28th my husband and I shared our 8th wedding anniversary. I found this inspiration online so I decided to design my own! We enjoyed using these mugs for camping, and it’s been so hot around here lately that they have been great for keeping our water nice and cold. If you’d like one of your own you can get these Bubba Mugs from amazon.
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The vinyl I used for these decals are Oracal 651 Matte Black. It’s a permanent decal so it will last a long time as long as it is hand washed. If your working with vinyl on cups or dishes it’s important to avoid dishwashers and only hand wash.
To cut these decals I used my Cricut Explore Air 2. I have been really enjoying working with vinyl on the Cricut. It is so easy to use and cuts beautifully!!
We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary together! Some of our plans didn’t work out, but we got some time alone together and that’s what counts!
Cheers and Congratulations to all those celebrating their anniversaries this summer too!
If you have an idea for a custom decal or design in mind, contact me and I can make it for you.
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This summer has been going by so quickly. We have had a beautiful mix of sun and rain. I have hardly had to water my vegetable garden and my green house is flourishing. As I watch my garden grow and the tender care it takes, I think of my children and the tender care they need to grow. I recently read a post about how Kindergarten means “garden of children” and how flowers are much like young children. Watching flowers grow, “they grow at different rates, have their own agenda, fight for the sun, take a backseat to other flowers..some are strong, some are weak” they are all unique in their own way. Flowers are definitely like young children and watching both flowers and veggies grow in my garden is such a perfect metaphor to how children grow. As I garden and think about all the care and attention it needs, it reminds me of how our children also need that care and attention DAILY! (but that could be another post all in of itself)
My journey to vegetable gardening started from the joy of visiting farmers markets when I lived in BC. I always knew I wanted a garden of my own to grow my own fresh produce. Then when I moved up north, I had the chance to do gardening with my mother-in-law. For my first few northern summers she showed me the ins and outs of gardening. Her garden was very successful and it was such a treasure learn this skill from her. My grandma also had vegetable gardens in the north since the 1960’s, so YES northern gardening is possible and I couldn’t wait to start one of my own!
I started my own garden when we bought our home in 2012. Before we even moved in, I planted flowers right away. I was so excited to have my own flower beds and to make this house our home!
I didn’t start veggie gardening until 2014 when we did some backyard construction and removed an old tarp shed.
Once we removed the shed, the soil was so rich underneath so that is where we decided to build our raised garden beds.
Building Raised Garden Beds
Here is our first vegetable garden, and I was so pleased with the results. Especially since I actually got zucchini to grow up here. These plants were not started from seed, I cheated and got them as a set from the local garden center.
Planting Our First Garden
Watching it Grow..
By 2017 I had my little garden helper! We continued to used the raised beds and we made a structure with pipes to go over one of the beds to create a greenhouse effect. It was such a joy to slowly grow and adapt our garden to this space. I love being able to share this joy with my kids and teach them to grow their own food.
The next year we got a full greenhouse, I wanted to extend the growing season up here. It seems over time with the weather changing, it has gotten harder and harder to grow veggies. I also tried my hand at square foot gardening, I separated the 6×6 beds into sections with twine and planted accordingly. (print out link) I researched companion plants and started most of my plants from seed, specifically zucchini, cucumbers and squash.
Despite the extra work, it was so rewarding to be able to grow these plants from seed in preparation for the green house. Best of all was being able to harvest the veggies together! My little loves were getting bigger and when it came to gardening, watering and picking the veggies, they were such great little helpers! Overall, 2018 was a fun year of trying new things.
The rest of the veggies were pretty tiny that year, but I was so excited the greenhouse worked out and I got some nice sized zucchinis and cucumbers too!
At the end of the season in 2018, we decided to remove the raised garden beds. The wood was breaking down on the raised beds and the soil was ready to be replenished so we just went for it and started with a clean slate. It was fun using our UTV for the work.
I decided not to plant in 2019, so I couldn’t wait to plant this year and get my garden going again. Gardening is such a joy for me! There is so much more to share about my journey gardening this year. We have continued to make more improvements and I am always learning new things. Stay tuned for that post, more to come!
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This is a post written by another blogger and it just captivated my heart so I wanted to share it!
As my little guy approaches entering into Kindergarten I am caught between excitement and sorrow. It’s tough to work through but I look back and see how fast those 5 years flew by and my heart aches, but I’m excited because he is moving onto the next stage, the next season and I know he will do great! The comparison of children to flowers in this article warms my heart and gives me peace in the crux of my mixed emotions.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to sharing more on this topic! Gardening is on my heart a lot lately!!
My garden is a new venture every year. We bought an older home with an established flower garden in 2002. When summer arrived I couldn’t wait to …
I am so excited to share that there is a Virtual Summer Crop happening today with Creative Memories. It is exciting because usually crops only happen in the Spring and Fall, but this year they are having one in the Summer! Yay!
The crop starts TODAY, July. 10th at 1:00 pm, so if you didn’t know about it but want to join in, its not too late!
Go to Creative Memories Facebook Group to join, this is where they will post all of the challenges and where you can post your completed layouts. To see the schedule for this weekend you can go to the announcements at the top of the group.
The best thing about these virtual crops is that you can do it from the comfort of your home, AND you don’t have to complete the challenges immediately as they are posted, you have until Sunday, July.12th by 11:59pm Central Time to complete the challenges. If you only manage to complete a couple THAT’S OK! Whatever you complete will give you an entry into the draw for a prize for that challenge.
Gather all of the Creative Memories Supplies (stickers/paper) that you have to complete the layouts (see below)
Start working on the challenges as they are posted in the FB group
Complete the challenges by Sunday July. 12th, 11:59 pm CST
Wait for prizes to be rewarded to see if you won!
*If you are having a hard time finding the group or joining, Contact Me and I can send you an invite!
Creative Memories Supplies
In order to participate you must use Creative Memories products for each layout. In the group it says to use predominantly #CM supplies. If you don’t have any you can still complete the challenges using the layouts as inspiration, however you will not be eligible to submit for a prize.
If your interested in purchasing some supplies for the next crop (in August) or for personal use, you can visit Janet Laybolt’s Website to order! You can also contact her directly, she is our local consultant here in the North. She also conducts local crops as well and is hoping to do one this fall as long as the restrictions allow it. Stay tuned for that information coming in September. If you’d like to join the local Scrapbook Group on Facebook, that is where you can find inspiration, deals and more from two local consultants.
To read more on my personal experience with local crops, and for more information on what crops are and how they work, check out this post:
For the Virtual Crop happening today, I plan to work on some garden pages using the Locally Grown Paper Pack, and Locally Grown Stickers. This set features Veggies and Fruit in beautiful patterns which will work perfectly for all of my veggie garden pictures! An added bonus, if you like this set its ON SALE right now, and there are other garden paper packs too!
In my garden, I have experimented with raised beds, square foot gardening and green house gardening. I am so excited to scrapbook these photos and display how my kids have gotten involved in my passion for gardening! One of their favourite things to do in the garden is to water the plants.
I hope to share more on my garden experiences in the future. Northern gardening is a whole new way of gardening but I am happy to say I have found success with it! Stay tuned for that story!
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Best of luck with the crop this weekend! I hope you can get your creative juices flowing and have found some inspiration here to get started! If you have any questions please Contact Me, I’d love to chat!
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Well it’s a bit late but we’ve been so busy around here enjoying summer and lake activities! Summer in the North is so amazing, I wish they were longer!
We had a great day of celebration on Canada Day this year! We visited the Provincial Park in our area and then had a BBQ in the evening with family. Our town did a few Canada Day contests to amp up the #truenorth spirit since we couldn’t do a large community event. I enjoyed decorating our front steps and getting all dressed up with the kids. Of course we had to incorporate moose antlers to the display!
I am proud to be a Canadian and living in the North is such a gift. I feel this even stronger this year as I watch our country, our province and our community band together during this pandemic. It may have stopped our normal way of doing things, but it hasn’t held us back to stay united and to celebrate together!
Of course I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make something with my Cricut. So I made this shirt for my little guy with my Cricut! The Heat Transfer Vinyl I used was Siser Easyweed from Amazon. This brand works like a dream, it transfers very well and makes a very smooth image!
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I hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day this year, although it may be different than usual with the way the world is right now, staying united through these times shows our Canadian spirit more than ever! If this pandemic has taught me anything, its taught me to be adaptable and make do with what we have. I am so thankful for friends and family in our little northern community.
And bonus!! We won a couple prizes for the selfie contest and the deck decorating contest! Yahoo!! Thanks to all in our community who worked so hard making Canada Day eventful and fun this year! These things don’t happen without volunteers so THANK YOU! #truenorthstrongandfree
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I started this journey with a vision of creativity. My goal was to inspire and encourage others, while sharing some of my creations along the way. Art is such a personal journey and once you begin it’s hard to stop. Creativity is in all of us and I have been super inspired by others around me who are busy creating their own artwork. Whether it is Cricut projects or scrapbook pages or a new scrapbook layout, when I see their creations I am super inspired!
Creativity is an outlet for me, along with writing. I like to document life, but most of all I love to record the stories that are happening all around me. It’s our stories that matter most and we are the only ones who can tell them.
Memories are a funny thing. We tend to have selective memories that are connected to highly emotional experiences, but what about the little details in between? Those usually get forgotten. Those are the memories I want to record and remember. That is why I blog, to express those moments and memories in a creative way, and hopefully to inspire others along the way!
I’ve been so busy outside lately and haven’t had the time to write or scrapbook. Then I finally took the time to make some Cricut projects and my fire was ignited again! Without creativity I felt empty. It gives me purpose and helps me to slow my life down and reflect. I think we all need something in our lives to remind us to stop and smell the roses. As I’ve mentioned before, it helps me cherish the moments.
I think this connection is so strong because we are made by a Creator in His image. So being creative, and making creations emulates who God is, since He created the heavens and the earth. I know not everyone shares this belief. But this is truth. There are so many unexplained phenomenons out there that point to a Creator. I won’t get into it, but this is why I believe we are created to create. Something ignites a fire in our mind, body and soul when we create something beautiful. From a beautiful flower garden, to painting, making a scrapbook page or a beautiful meal. We don’t have to share the same beliefs to create, and we can all benefit from a little creativity in our lives! There are so many ways to be creative, I encourage you to find out what your creative outlet is!
My blog showcases some of the things I love to do inspired by my children who spurred me on to engage in creativity again for which I am so thankful for! They are my Wild Little Loves and most of all, they are the ones who remind me daily to stop and cherish the little things in each moment, and to create new memories together!
The past few years have felt like a whirlwind. Having two kids under two was quite the fleet. I have never faced anything so hard in my life, nor anything so rewarding. Staying at home was a decision I felt called to, despite my previous desires to continue my education, I knew for this season, at home is where I needed to be and where my heart was. Some days sure do feel REALLY l-o-n-g, there are moments of loneliness, of failure and also those of pure joy! I am thankful for the memories I have of the joyful moments.
Looking back I want to be reassured that I made the most of the moments I’ve had with my children. Now that my son is turning 5, he will be entering into Kindergarten in the fall. On one hand, it feels like time has flown by, and he has grown up so fast. Then on the other hand, the memories of him as a baby: first bringing him home from the hospital, first foods, giggles and songs come rushing back so vividly. Time is something our brains have a hard time comprehending, especially when it comes to the quick and steady growth of our little ones.
To fully appreciate the moments I have been given with my children, I turn to pictures and stories about our time together. Cute things they have said, activities we have done and the milestones they have hit. Not just to document in a historical way, but in story form which portrays the heart of what we experienced together. Whether you are a Stay at Home Mom or a Working Mom, we all have precious moments that we cherish. There is no best way to Mother, rather, whatever way YOU Mother your children IS the best way because they are yours and they are unique.
This is why I started scrapbooking. To be honest, I prefer calling it Memory Keeping. I feel it conveys the true meaning of what I do. I want to store the memories of those precious moments in a format that I can look back on in the future and be reminded of how I made the most of those long days. We all have a story to tell and a legacy to live. With little ones, it had become so much more important to record our story both for me and for them.
This time really does go by quickly, the years truly are short, but the memories keep those years alive. It makes the time we have with our kids count. If we don’t record those memories or stories, then we will lose them. The future is uncertain, and can even seem scary. That is why we were meant to live in the moment, in the precious moments God gives us. It is where we belong, because it’s where He exists.
All we know is what we have right now, and life can be so distracting and busy that we miss those moments. By recording them through scrapbooking I am so thankful I can look back on those special moments. Just the act of scrapbooking in itself brings me a sense of calm because I truly believe we are created to create.
Blessings on all you mamas out there who struggle through the long days, its okay to struggle, its okay to fail, but the most important thing is that we get back up and try to do better the next day. Eventually you WILL be able to cherish those special moments. Don’t give up!
Be encouraged! Seek out those special moments with your loved ones. At the end of the day, its all we truly have, so hold onto that!
If you’d like to try scrapbooking and have no idea where to start contact me! I’d love to connect with you!
I can’t believe its already June! Where did May go?
Since we have had some fantastic weather up North, I have been enjoying being outside and engaging in my other love which is gardening. Every year I usually do a veggie garden and this year we expanded our garden plot in the back yard. With the weather up here being somewhat unreliable, we gotta use the nice days we have. So, needless to say, I haven’t don’t a lot of crafty projects lately.
In May I completed a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom.
It is so fun to use my Cricut to personalize gifts for friends and loved ones. I have also had friends with some creative requests for signs and shirts that I am excited to work on. I will be sure to share pictures of how those projects turn out. I am also excited that another friend has joined the Cricut world and will be able to collaborate on her own personal projects. Owning this machine has revolutionized how I craft and what I can do. I LOVE making gifts for people and creating things that people dream up helping them make it into a reality.
I am also super excited to share that Cricut is having a SALE right now on Cricut Makers! I own the Cricut Explore Air 2 and it works fantastic for me, but the Maker would be so amazing to own! The possibilities are endless with that machine, it cuts metal, wood fabric and more!
Lots of people are using their Makers to make masks for the pandemic and Cricut is keeping track of the Masks made to support front line workers. Below is an excerpt from their site:
The crafting community has come together like never before. Within the last two weeks, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of face masks cut on Cricut machines alone. We see you making for your friends, your family, the healthcare frontline, and essential workers in your community.
Every mask counts toward the greater goal – to beat this thing together. Because here’s something we believe: When we all make together, we make all things possible.
To help realize this goal, we’ll be donating Cricut Maker machines and fabric to over 150 makers making a difference in their community.
Share how you’re making with hashtag #togetherwemake. You can also follow along on our Facebook and Instagram to see more from the community.
Creative projects has really helped me get through this time at home during the #pandemic. It has been an amazing outlet and way to connect with others while we are social distancing. Blessing friends with gifts and sharing creative projects together has been such a joy, like this Boat Decal I made for a friend. Its fun to transition into summer projects. I hope to make some garden stakes as well!
If you need some inspiration check this out! With graduation just around the corner there are so many neat projects you can make using your Cricut.
The best part is, you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $99 this month with code: JUNSHIP
For my Scrapbooks, its been such an amazing time to refresh and remember what is important and how we are blessed. To be able to look back on the good times we’ve had in the past reminds me of so many special moments we’ve shared as a family at home, and encourages me to make more special moments right now in the present.
Cheers to all you crafty friends! And to those who wish they were more crafty, now is a better time than any to start!
If you have a creative project you’d like to see made then contact me and we can work on something together! Not sure where to start with Scrapbooking? Check out my post: Scrapbooking For Less.
We are all Created to Create!
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Its hard to believe its May long weekend already! Life has changed so much since March but it seems everyone has found a “new normal” during this time at home. For some it can be, and maybe still is a very stressful, overwhelming time, for others they have found a new balance and perhaps are less stressed. For me, I have enjoyed being home and not having an agenda. Its allowed me to catch up on some things, restructure and find a new balance.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
While we are all at home and things are slowly starting to open up again, we can all consider how we will decide to move on from here. The quote above is encouraging to me, because it reminds me that although things happen in the world around us that can be devastating. Ultimately, the outcome of our situations are based on how we react. We may not be able to control the fact that a #pandemic is in our midst (10%), but we can control HOW we react (90%).
We are in control of what we choose to do with this time we have been given at home.
We choose what we want to do with that time.
The outcome is based on those decisions.
I personally decided I wanted to see something good come out of this time at home. I wanted to choose something meaningful that I could accomplish. So, I started catching up on my Memory Books/Scrapbooks and decided to look back to find encouragement. Reflecting brings me so much joy because sometimes when you look back, you forget what was hard and all you see is the good. For me, it is therapy! I want to rejoice in the good times, and in the hard times, I want to remember the lessons learned.
That is why I Scrapbook and document life! It has served me better than ever during this time. It has almost eliminated the blow of that 10%, and elevated the power of the 90%!
My reaction is to choose to do Something Meaningful with my time.
Recording memories through journaling and photos reminds me of the precious gift of life we have all been given. There is no guilt or shame if you don’t record those things. Everyone’s heart is different, we all have different yearnings, and Scrapbooking might not be for you. But for me, looking back brings me joy and hope, because no matter what we face, we don’t know our future. We only know how we came through our past experiences and that can give us strength! We will never know what that 10% will be. But we DO know how we can react!
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how truly AMAZING you can be!
If you’d like to see what I’ve been working on during this #pandemic, how I have been choosing joy, then check out my Instagram for my most current projects and FOLLOW ME to stay up to date!
In addition to my Scrapbook I have also been working on some #sourdough bread. Its definitely popular these days and with the shortage of yeast I wanted to give it a go and so far I am happy with the results.
I hope you are inspired and encouraged to take charge with your 90% and do something meaningful during this time. It won’t last forever, eventually life will return to “normal” so do something now that you can look back on and be proud of!
If you are interested to start a Scrapbook contact me or comment below! I’d love to chat more about how to get started. You can also check out my post on how to Scrapbook for Less. Subscribe to my blog to get current updates!
Being a Stay At Home Mom I am motivated to make my Scrapbook hobby time effective and affordable. Let’s be honest, there is so much to do everyday as a mom and around the home so unless its simple and fits the budget, its not happening! When starting a new hobby, it’s so easy to want to jump in and buy everything. Plus, there are so many gorgeous products out there so its very tempting to buy it all, however most people do not have the budget to do so. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get you started and help save you money.
The key to starting is figuring out why you are doing this and if scrapbooking is for you. For me, scrapbooking is about preserving memories and documenting life with my family. My kids are still so young, and I want to have something to look back on when they are all grown up. Documenting life is preserving a legacy, if we don’t record it, it is forgotten. That is why I have made it a priority, I never want to forget those precious moments and milestones with my loved ones.
Since we are a one income family, I knew I had to gradually build my supplies to keep it affordable for my family. Finding time is also key, however, for me, it has become my form of “self-care” so eventually I made sure to set the time aside to do it. Seeing the results and how my craft improved, book by book, gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. If you enjoy journaling, crafting and preserving memories through photos then scrapbooking will suit you. Before you get started remember this, it’s about Progress not Perfection!
Let’s Get Started
To begin, I want to discuss how to get started on a memory book or scrapbook and maintain cost efficiency and time efficiency. This will take the guess work out of the process for you so you can get started right away.
First, you need a scrapbook to document and record memories. The way I have done this is to make my own Travelers Notebook inserts. #travelersnotebooks I discovered these about a year ago and am loving every minute of using them.
The size of these books are 4.25” x 8.5”. They are a compact size so you don’t need a lot of patterned paper and embellishments to complete the pages. I used white printer paper for the inside pages, and patterned card stock paper or brown kraft paper for the covers. You can also add your patterned paper on the inside. If you have double sided paper then each side would provide a different look for each layout.
Second, you need some tools to get to work! There are lots of fancy tools out there, but these are the main ones you need to get started. I use these the most and couldn’t scrapbook without them. One thing to remember when purchasing supplies is to make sure they are acid-free or over time your photos will discolor and your books will be ruined.
Photo printing can be pricey, so I have opted to print my photos at home. I use an HP Envy Printer and subscribe to the HP instant ink service.This system is a dream! Whenever my ink is low, HP sends me a new ink cartridge in the mail. I always receive it before the ink runs out. I use 4×6 HPPhoto Paper to print and it comes in 100 pages per box. When I calculated it, it worked out to be $0.15 CAD per 4×6 photo. The other nice thing with printing at home, and using the #TN size is that I can print multiple 2×2 pictures on one 4×6 sheet. The size of picture I use most in the #TN is 3×4, and I print two per sheet. This also saves a lot on printing, and I can print photos as I need them. So as I view the photos and see what I have, I plan out my layout then print what I need for that layout. It cuts down on waste big time!
To print 2×2 and 3×4 pictures, I use the Becky Higgins Project Life App. It was a game changer for me. It’s so easy to use, you can import your pictures from your phone and print them as a 4×6 photo with whatever size pictures on the page. It gives you options for various sizes and layouts to print.
Life gets busy and on any given day you’ll end up having so many photos to choose from, then wonder what the story was from those photos. My solution to this is to use the Collect – Photo, Journal Diary. It allows you to upload a photo and document the story for that photo on the specific day. When I got behind on my scrapbooks and just couldn’t find the time to sit down and work on them, I opted to document photos this way and it allowed me to easily go back and finish those albums. It’s a free app however it is only available on the iphone.
If you do get behind, and are finding it hard to document photos regularly in your albums, this is a very efficient way to stay on track. Another bonus with this app, is that you can print the photos with journaling and date in a 3×4 format. This was another game changer for me. You can export the photos into iphoto and they will print as two 3×4 images on a 4×6 paper. So I print them all out for that month, cut them into 3×4 and organize them by date to start catching up on scrapbooking that particular month.
Note: for my #TN I made one for each month.
To complete the layouts in the TN I use stamps. Stamps are great because you can use them over and over, and create different designs and layouts by changing the ink color and position of the stamps. My favorite stamps to use are from Studio Calico and Scrapbook.com.
Here are two examples of how I used stamps in my #TN and different color patterns to create layouts without using any card stock.
I have even been able to transform some of the Creative Memories layouts designed for 12×12 pages, into #TN pages. It’s so fun to get ideas and inspiration from their layouts. I absolutely love their paper as well! It’s double sided and thinner so it works well in these books. It’s not cheap, but you don’t need as much of it when using a TN size page. I’ve done multiple layouts using just one paper pack.
I’ve also found some nice thin paper from Walmart for $6.97 CAD a pad. It’s not double sided, but it works great on the printer paper because it doesn’t bulk up the book too much.
From front to back, that is how you make and design your own #TN albums for a super low cost. So far it is my favorite style of scrapbooking and has been the most budget friendly. I have even made them as notebooks for my kids to draw in or make an album of their own. My son made his own March album, we made picture stickers on photo sticker paper and he designed his own album. He also loves using stamps! It is so fun to be able to share the joy of scrapbooking with my kids and to document our life together without breaking the bank!
I hope this inspires you to try it! Now more than ever is a time to document our lives! There is no perfect way to do it, you just have to start!
I’d love to hear about what you are creating and if you’ve ever tried this #TN style before. Contact me or Comment below!
We are Created to Create!
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