Monograms

Recently we designed some new Monograms. When I say “we” I mean my husband, he is such a great designer and came up with some amazing new #monograms that can be used for any crafting project. If your interested getting the full alphabet of our Outdoors Themed Split Monograms then click the image below and you will be redirected to our Etsy Shop:

Outdoors Themed Split Monogram
Laser Engraved Charcuterie Board

If you like crafting and designing your own projects and need some inspiration check out my portfolio! Its so fun being able to create and I am so thankful both my husband and I share this gift. If you’d like to see more of what we are currently up to, check out our Facebook page by clicking on the image below:

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Thanks to everyone who has supported our business over the years we are so thankful and can’t wait to create more stuff for the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day season.

We are Created to Create!

-Whit & Matt

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News!

It has been so long since I have been able to post on my website. Over the past year my business has grown to include new woodworking projects from signs, to plant stands, plant boxes to mugs and more!

It has been a blessing to have this business and to create things together with my husband. Woodworking is our passion and creating items which are inspired by our customers ideas is such a joy! It has allowed us to really embrace our Created to Create motto.

I am not creating as much as I’d like to these days with my little loves and myself in school it has made life really busy for us all. I am so excited to be in school to pursue teaching, while watching my children thrive at school as well. My daughter is so excited to be in school like her big brother even if it is only 2 days a way. Those days she wakes up, and rushes to get dressed and wait by the door to go to school.

In between school and studying, I have been able to create the odd project while watching my husband thrive at home helping me achieve my dreams.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us by ordering from us the past year, it was in September last year that my business boomed and by spring we had over 100 orders filled. We will continue to create products through this season, and when we have products made we will post them as they are available. Unfortunately we can’t take on any custom designs, but we hope to be able to do that again in the future.

If you’d like to keep in touch with what I am doing or what I am making, please join my Instagram page. I hope to have more Fall goodies to come soon!

We are all Created to Create!

-Whit

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Cricut Supplies

I wanted to write a post about what I use for my Cricut THE MOST. The information in this post pertains to the Cricut Explore Air 2 supplies.

Mats

For any Cricut project you need the Standard Grip Mats. These Mats come in a pack of 3 and you will use these the most.

They are compatible with these materials:

  1. heavy cardstock
  2. patterned paper
  3. vinyl
  4. iron-on
  5. a wide range of medium-weight materials

Blades

Next up is the proper blade for your project. Blades last up to 6 months minimum. It depends how much you use your Cricut and what materials you are cutting. You’ll know when to replace it when the cut is no longer crisp and smooth.

Fine Point Blade

The Cricut Explore Air 2 comes with a fine point blade. It helps to have a stock of these fine point blades on hand. This blade cuts most materials and will be your go to blade as a beginner.

This blade cuts:

  1. cardstock
  2. vinyl
  3. iron-on (HTV)
  4. poster board
  5. lightweight fabrics.

Deep Cut Blade

Another type of blade for heavier materials is the deep cut blade and housing. You cannot use this blade without its proper housing.

This blade cuts:

  1. magnet
  2. chipboard
  3. stamp material
  4. thick cardstock
  5. stiffened felt
  6. foam sheets
  7. cardboard
  8. fabric

Tools

The tools are for removing the items off the sticky mat effectively. I prefer using the Cricut brand tools.

There you have it! To get started on your first project this is what you will need. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I’d love to chat!

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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Creative Memories Crop Coming Soon!

So excited to announce that the August Creative Memories Crop is coming soon! Get ready for some creative action this weekend.

So excited to get creative with you! I’ve only completed one layout since the last crop in July. It’s so hard to be crafty in the summer, we have been at the lake ALOT, you know, making memories and taking pictures so I have something to scrapbook this fall 😆.

Have I shared with you that I won a prize from the July crop!? My page was chosen!! Woohoo!!

My Winning Page!

Creative Memories Crop July 2020
Gardening for the win!

Yes folks if it’s possible for a small town northern girl from Canada to win, then you can too!

But overall, it’s more than just trying to win a prize, I feel these crops fuel creativity and connection. We can all use that during these times. Covid is still abundant across the globe, we need to stay connected and support one another.

Hope to see you there! Let’s get creative this weekend!

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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Happy Anniversary!

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.

Note: By using the links in this post to make a purchase you are supporting my blog and my business. I really appreciate your support!

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.

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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Locally Grown

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!

Gardening 2014

I didn’t start veggie gardening until 2014 when we did some backyard construction and removed an old tarp shed.

Shed Removal May 2014

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..

July 20 2014

Harvest Time!

Gardening 2017

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.

Me and Garden Helper 2017

Gardening 2018

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.

Gardening 2020

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!

Greenhouse 2020

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It’s such a joy to share these stories with you and I’d love to hear any feedback. I am continually inspired by other blogs and writers so please feel free to leave a link to your blog in comments section. Its so great to be able to inspire one another!

Blessings!

Created to Create

Whit

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Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

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!!

-Whit

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 …

Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

Virtual Crop 2020

At this time we could all use some connection with others and something productive to fill our time while we are all at home. This past weekend I joined in on a Creative Memories virtual crop. Creativity is such an amazing outlet for me and these virtual crops are a great way to connect. During this online crop we shared our projects using Creative Memories materials and it was so fun to engage in scrapbooking with others across Canada and see what they made. This crop was unique because it was a Worldwide crop, scrapbookers all the way from Canada, USA, Japan and Australia and more, were able to join in!

What is a crop?

This is a question I often get from people who are unfamiliar with the memory keeping/scrapbooking world. A crop is an event where people get together and work on their scrapbooking projects. It’s usually hosted by a company or a scrapbook supply store who provide materials and the space to craft with a registration fee. Attending in person is such a joy and something I greatly look forward to, especially with the long winters here in the north. However, with this Pandemic happening and social distancing a must, virtual crops are a wonderful option! I’m so thankful for technology that we can continue to create together even if it’s in an online format.

During this crop we were challenged to create a layout based on the ones they provided. Each challenge/layout was numbered and prizes are awarded for each challenge as long as we used Creative Memories materials.

Here is one of the layouts I completed this weekend:

It was a simple layout but I am happy how it turned out! I used this layout sketch from Challenge #6 to complete it.

If you’d ever like to join one of these in the future, check out more information on these virtual crops here.

Creative Memories products are of such high-quality and their paper packs and stickers coordinate beautifully on scrapbook pages. Usually, in there paper pack sets they also provide layouts to follow with measurements called project recipes that give you tons of ideas on how to lay out your page. This company makes scrapbooking easy and seamless, and for those experienced scrappers it provides beautiful products to create with. Click on the link below to check out the Creative Memories blog.

If your interested in purchasing any for the Creative Memories products you can contact Janet Laybolt who is our local Creative Memories consultant. Click on the link below to go to her website.

We are all facing the same thing right now with social distancing during this pandemic, so it was very encouraging during this Worldwide crop to see others creating and making the most of their time at home. It inspired me to continue to create, to keep pressing on, and to continue to find things to be thankful for and rejoice in! Memory keeping helps me to focus on the special moments we have each day.

What is your creative outlet? If you don’t have a creative hobby, I’d suggest looking through some old albums, be inspired by the stories in your life and see if you can find a way to record and embrace the moments and stories you are living right now!

I’d love to hear about your creative projects and am excited to share more of my creative journey during this #pandemic. Stay positive!! Keep creating!

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

Creative Memories Crop: Locally Grown

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!

How to Join

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.

How to Participate

  1. Join the #CM Facebook Group
  2. Review the Virtual Crop 411 instructions
  3. Gather all of the Creative Memories Supplies (stickers/paper) that you have to complete the layouts (see below)
  4. Start working on the challenges as they are posted in the FB group
  5. Complete the challenges by Sunday July. 12th, 11:59 pm CST
  6. 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:

Virtual Crop 2020

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My Submission for a challenge in the April 2020 Virtual Crop

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!

Creative Memories, Gardening, Locally Grown, Paper Pack, Scrapbook Paper
Creative Memories Locally Grown Paper Pack

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!

We are Created to Create.

-Whit

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Canada Day 2020

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!

Me and my Wild Little Loves

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!

The FREE cut file was found here: True North Strong and Free

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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.

Manitoba Love

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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We are Created to Create.

-Whit