Precious Moments

The Days are Long, But the Years are Short.

Gretchen Rubin

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!

We are Created to Create.

-Whit

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Do Something Meaningful

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!


Maya Angelou

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.

Check out my cooking journey here: Clean Eating Lifestyle.

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!

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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