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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I started making Travelers Notebooks in 2019. I made one for each month, so 12 in total. For my #TN, I used multipurpose printer paper with a patterned cardstock cover. The size of my notebooks are 4.25×8.5″, its the perfect size to document and record your story. Each book cost me about $1.50 to make.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what a different Mother’s Day it will be this year. Much like Easter we will be engaging in video chats with our families on Sunday to celebrate the Mom’s in our lives.
As a Mother of two little ones, I have grown so much over the past few years. I am so thankful for my children and the gift of Motherhood. Some days are tough as a Stay At Home Mom, the jobs at home can feel repetitive, however, the ability to be at home and choosing to cherish those special moments makes all the repetitive tasks worth it! It has taught me to find joy in the little things, and to rely on myself for affirmation, to believe in myself and press on with a servant heart and attitude. Even while being at home during this pandemic, I am affirmed that this is right where I am supposed to be.
Whether you stay at home, or work out of the home, a Mother’s job remains the same. To love and care for our children. If you are blessed with little ones, or your kids are grown up, I want to say to you:
Happy Mother’s Day!
These were taken last year on Mother’s Day, my kids are now, 3 and almost 5. I don’t know where the time has gone! As they grow and become more independent, I have experienced a little more freedom. No more nursing, no more diapers, the evolution of Motherhood at its best, filled with #momwins. The added freedom has allowed me to engage in creative activities. I soon realized this was not just a want, but a need. Creativity is such a wonderful outlet for me to unwind and to do something for myself.
I started Scrapbooking in 2018 and it has helped me, as a Mother, to reflect on all of the wonderful moments I have had with the kids and all of the fun things we have done. The pictures I have taken remind me of how blessed we are. It has helped me get through the hard times, and encourages me t rejoice in the good times. Looking through finished albums reminds me to continue to cherish the every day moments! We never know what tomorrow will bring. Currently, life has changed so much for us all, and it happened so fast. But one thing for certain, is that we can all benefit from cherishing the moments we have, and why not get creative in the process!
Being at home and creating is what has helped me maintain my sanity! I am so thankful to have a husband who supports my creative side and a big part of that is because he has seen what I have been able to make! In addition to my Scrapbooks, I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make birthday decor, cards, iron-on shirts, wood signs and more!
If you’d like to see some of the stuff I have made check out my portfolio!
On another note, I am so excited to share that Cricut is having a Mother’s Day Sale! The Cricut Explore Air 2 is on SALE! The one I have is in the picture below.
If you are crafty and love to create, and already have a Cricut then you might be interested in the other sale items featuring 30% off select mats, Infusible Ink, and vinyl! Its a great time to get started on your Cricut journey during this time at home, and what better time to get it than now during this Mother’s Day Sale!
Some other creative mamas share their creative stories in the “Life Handmade” podcast series! Check it out here!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your work are wonderful I know that full well.
I was working on a scrapbooking page recently, it was for April 2019. I wanted to document the story with the photos and couldn’t remember the details. As I went through my journal entries from last April in search of the story, I discovered a different one. The pictures were of happy times, they were joyful photos of playing with bubbles outside on the deck. I was expecting to find a story of joy and wonder, but instead I discovered a story of struggle and pain. At first I didn’t remember the details, but as I kept reading ,the memories came flooding back. It was a time where I greatly underestimated my worth and struggled to find my place in the world. Finding less satisfaction at home as a Mother and Wife, I felt I lacked purpose. Although the pictures I was seeking to document showed promise and purpose, that was not the story in my heart.
Fast forward to now, and we are currently in a pandemic and stuck at home. It seems it could be a time where that narrative continues, the pain and struggle, however, this April I have felt very different. Despite the pandemic and the world coming to a halt, I have felt immense purpose in my roles as a Mother and Wife. It’s amazing how life can change in a year. My life hasn’t actually changed that much, I am in the same roles I once was, but my mind and heart have changed.
Aboveallelse, guardyourheart, for everything you do flows from it.
Last April, I wrote that I had let my heart become a punching bag. The Bible says we are to guard our hearts above all else. In my journal I admitted that I wasn’t doing a good job of that. The thing is, I don’t look back and feel sorry for myself. I look back and think, wow how I’ve grown! I have changed my perspectives, and made choices to set my priorities straight. I found a way to self-care while caring for others, instead of wearing myself thin trying to earn affection or acceptance. Above all else, I learned to guard my heart and to seek God’s kingdom, and His word first! I have come along way since then and the key to that progress is not the external changes, but the internal ones.
When I woke up this past Sunday morning, the Lord placed on my heart that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made”. This was the first time I heard that and actually believed it. So yes, I’m in a very different place than a year ago. Despite my past sufferings documented in my journal, the pictures I scrapbooked showed me that I never gave up trying. Those pictures emulated joy and effort to create a happy home, even if there was inner turmoil. The story was not one of despair, but of hope. I overcame and I contribute that to the love from my Heavenly Father and the inner workings of His Holy Spirit within me.
Right now, even though we are all at home, many people have different stories, different narratives. It could be a very depressing time for some, it may cause anxiety for others, or be a time of renewed hope. Whatever your story, we are in this together! We are ALL fearfully and wonderfully made. God has a plan for each and every one of us, he has helped me find my purpose right where I am. He can help you find yours too!
For now, I continue to seek Him. To serve my family to my best ability, and for self-care I create! I work on my memory books documenting life, or create Cricut projects to bless our home and others. With God by my side, an amazing husband, and my beautiful children, my wild little loves who depend on me and shower me with their unconditional love each day, I press on!
Praying you find hope to press on too! I’d love to connect with you to hear your story and what you are doing with your time at home right now.
It excites me to announce National Scrapbooking Day 2020 #NSD #2020 starts tomorrow May. 2, 2020. It is held every year on the first Saturday in May. I first discovered the celebration of this day in 2019 when our local Scrapbooking Consultants held a NSD crop! All the ladies from the northern communities got together in one room to scrapbook, chat and enjoy a creative day together! Each person received a scrapbooking kit which included cute paper and stickers. That particular crop was with Creative Memories Consultant, Janet Laybolt. This year we were supposed to have another one however with the #pandemic in full swing we were unable to meet together. (Side note: the #CM kit this year is SO cute!) In place of that crop, I plan to attend the Creative Memories online crop, NSD 2020 Worldwide Virtual Crop which has already begun!
Every year so many Scrapbooking companies do something to celebrate NSD. See links below to check out the events happening online:
There is SO much inspiration happening this weekend, I hope you can join in and be inspired! I am excited to engage in the events this weekend and continue working on my new 2020 Scrapbooking project that I will be sharing about soon! Have a fantastic National Scrapbooking weekend!
I kept myself busy last week working on these cute baby hangers for a friend who is expecting her first baby. When I was pregnant with my son in 2015, I was so excited to set up his nursery! One of my first thoughts as I was setting up his nursery (with a woodland theme) is that I wanted the space to be organized and functional. I found some printable monthly labels and put them on some bins. That was my pre-Cricut days so it was pretty simple, but it did the job and it helped me organize his clothes. Now that I have my Cricut, I decided to make some pretty closet hangers with it to bless a friend for her baby boys nursery.
I found this project idea on Cricut Access. It’s a free project so you can do it even if you don’t have the subscription. It took me some time to sort out exactly how I was going to do it since the project has a couple different options. I didn’t do it exactly like the images show, but I’m happy with how they turned out.
I love that you can personalize the project however you want. I changed the font to American Typewriter, removed the label on the top of the hanger and layered the paper differently than the original design. For the layers I used Cricut Kraft Board and Cricut Deluxe Woodland card stock. This Woodland card stock is one of my favorites and it cuts beautifully on the Cricut. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out this project. I chose Cricut Kraft Board instead of Cricut Chip Board (as recommended in the project), because the kraft board was easier to cut on my Explore Air 2 using the fine point blade. The chip board requires the knife blade which is used in the Cricut Maker. The kraft board was a great alternative and cut beautifully, and with three layers it was the perfect thickness for the hangers. To adhere the layers I used my Tombow glue tape runner.
Once the hangers were complete, I labeled them with the circle labels from the Cricut Access project. The first circle is glued directly to the hanger, and for the next two circles I used 3D foam squares to pop them up. To complete the hanger I used the Creative Memories corner punch to round the edges.
I love how this project turned out!
All wrapped up and ready to go, I delivered it to my friend and she was delighted! It’s such a joy to work on tasks like this, and use my creative abilities to bless others. Especially during this time of isolation, we can all benefit from a some creative inspiration and gifts as a little pick-me up!
What projects have you been working on lately? What inspires you andhas kept you positive during this time?
Today has been a great day! It is sunny outside and the snow is finally melting and for the first time this year it actually feels like spring! Having some beautiful white tulips on my table helps too! Every year I buy daffodils or tulips this time of year to embrace spring even if the ground here is still covered in snow. Yes, there is still snow where I live in Northern Manitoba. To enjoy this sunny “spring” day I took the kids for a drive out to the lake for a walk. It was so wonderful to be in nature.
During this time of social isolation it has been crucial for my mental state to get out in nature and have a change in scenery. We are so blessed in the north because we are surrounded by forest and lakes. It is so easy for us to safely get outside for a walk and not see anyone. Being more isolated up north, we are fortunate that there are no #Covid-19 cases yet. Despite that fact, it is still critical that we maintain safe distances and practices up here to stay safe and stop the spread if any cases should arise. Our community has taken many actions to achieve that for which I am thankful for. My heart goes out to those who are in cities where getting out in nature isn’t quite as easy to do. Even though we still have LOTS of snow, I will take snow and the freedom to get outside in nature over big city living any day.
While we were out today I saw two eagles and one hawk. It was so beautiful to see nature at its finest, the eagles soaring through the sky, so free. It occurred to me that while we are all at home isolated, nature is still free. Most of all, nature can heal from all of the pollution and damage we do to it. The animals ecosystems can recover and hopefully find balance without the effects of human presence. I realize I say this while sharing that I was in nature walking, but what I am talking about is the effect in nature on a larger scale.
Globally our world has changed because of this viral outbreak. Both in nature and in humanity. We rely on technology now more than ever and as people lose loved ones or fall ill, their lives are being changed forever. My hope is that through this all we can find healing and humility. That we will all use this time to cherish time with our families, and to take a step back to humbly recognize the things in life that are most important. The Bible says:
For where your treasures are, there your heart will be also.
I hope we can all reflect on where our hearts are and once this is over we can move towards a better earth, a better way of living and maintain our focus on the things that really matter. Nature is free, and we can be free too, even in isolation, there is freedom! I pray you can find that freedom, whatever it looks like for you. For me I enjoy the freedom of the north to enjoy God’s creation, to be reminded of the simpler things in life that are to be cherished, like an eagle flying overhead and time outside with my kids.
We all are living a legacy right now. It is up to us how we choose to spend our time during this #pandemic. What are you treasuring during this time?How are you choosing to spend your time in isolation? Are you walking in freedom?
There are so many Ink options for stamping. I love using stamps for my memory books and if you’ve ever used stamps you know that the type of ink makes a BIG difference.
The different types of ink I have used are: Archival Ink, Pigment Ink, Solvent Ink and water based Dye Ink. I did a stamp test to show the various types and how they turned out on white printer paper.
1. My favourite ink to use, especially if it’s a tricky surface is StazOn™ Solvent Ink. It goes on nice and dark, dries quickly and won’t smudge. It is by far the best ink and you can buy refill ink to fill the cartridge. The key with this ink is that you need to use the StazOn™ Cleaning solution to clean your stamps. Soap and water will work, but the solution works best and can be used to clean off other inks from your stamps as well.
2. My second favorite type of ink is Pigment Ink. I enjoy using it both in black and colored. The colors show up quite opaque. I prefer this ink because it does not bleed through the page and it dries quickly.
3. My third favorite is water based Dye Ink. I prefer using colored ink over black ink for this type. I find the colors come out differently than Pigment Ink, they are more translucent. The downside to this ink is that it can bleed through the paper and it doesn’t always show up on textured or coated paper.
4. Last for me is the Archival Ink. It is a certain style of ink color that I’m not a huge fan of. It’s more bluish than black. It can also bleed through the page since it is a Dye Ink and will not always show up on every surface. I’ve seen projects done with it before and it can look great, however it’s not my personal favorite.
Another Ink I have heard great things about and have wanted to try is the Versasfine™ Ink. It is made by the same brand as StazOn™ and is great quality. It is supposed to dry quickly and provide a crisp clear image. I hope to try that one in the future.
For an all around ink to use on any surface StazOn™ Ink is by far the best choice! I hope this helps in your stamping endeavors.
Feel free to comment with any questions below!!
I’d love to hear about your projects and what your favorite type or brand of ink is!