Making Memories, Creativity, Moments

Creation Calls

Why Blog?

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!

Currently

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!

We are Created to Create.

-Whit

Check out my creations in my Portfolio and follow me on Instagram!

My Latest Creations:

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

National Scrapbooking Day 2020

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:

  • Join Scrapbook & Cards Today on their blog at 9:00am tomorrow (May. 2nd) for their NSD event!
Check out their online store here!

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 will be posting whatever I make on Instagram! Follow me here

I’d love to hear what your planning to work on or planning to attend! Please share with me in the comments or send me an email.

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

Let’s do this!

I am so excited to share that I received my Heidi Swapp supplies for my 2020 scrapbook album. I ordered it locally from The Scrapbook Cottage.

The set I chose was Honey and Spice and the album style I am doing is storyline. This style is set up to be easy with minimal supplies required. All of the pages are already in the book, no need for extra card stock (unless you want to).

I am looking forward to “live in the moment” and scrapbook our memories for 2020. This year has already brought more than I could ever expect to face. But taking it day by day and cherishing the moments through scrapbooking helps to get me through!

I am so thankful for the ability to do this hobby and am glad I can share my journey of my wild little love adventure with you!

We are Created to Create.

-Whit

My Favorite Ink

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.

*Disclosure: If you click on the links you will be redirected to an affiliate site where I will receive a commission upon making a purchase. Opinions and reviews on this site are my own.

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!

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

My Story

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family

Mother Teresa

My name is Whitney and I live in Northern Manitoba, Canada. I am a Christ follower, a wife and stay at home mother of two who has a lot of love to share. All my life I have wanted to change the world, to somehow make it a better place and spread love unto others. When I became pregnant with my first child in 2014, I felt the calling to stay home. My original plan was to change the world through medicine, but God had other plans for me. My son was born in 2015 and my life was changed forever. As I followed this calling and left my job to stay at home, I invested my heart in growing and teaching my son with the desire to show him the greatest love he could ever imagine. Then in 2017 I was blessed with another child, a daughter. They have opened my heart to experience an unimaginable love and led me to grow in ways I never thought possible. They have given me strength and purpose in this world and God has used me to change the world through them.

As I continue this journey of Motherhood I seek to be the best version of myself so that I can always be there for them and to serve my family well. My calling to stay home has proven itself righteous over and over. Although it has had its challenging moments, I am thankful for the personal growth its given me. The next step of my journey was to discover how I could use the gifts and talents God has given me, and I have received the calling to create! My creative desire is inspired by the love I have for my children, they are my Wild Little Loves and I love documenting our journey together. I believe we are ALL created to create! From creating a beautiful garden, to cooking, to recording memories through photographs and memory books, to painting or writing, whatever it looks like, we all have the ability to create in some form.

I am excited to share this creative journey with you and I would love to hear about what inspires you to create! If you haven’t discovered that yet, I hope this site inspires you to try something new and to harness that creative side within you!

We are all created to create!

-Whit

My Creative Journey

Photography

When I was about 10 my mom gave me her old 35mm camera, it was grey and pink and I couldn’t wait to get some film to use it. That camera inspired the beginning of my love for photography and recording life through pictures. I started out taking pictures of my pets and friends, then when I went on a trip with my Dad my love for photography took off! I photographed our journey driving from Manitoba to British Columbia. It was so scenic and we had so many fun adventures along the way. He took those pictures and put together a picture book for me, very simple, with pictures on that sticky back paper and plastic over top, and below he documented the events and funny memories we shared. It’s exciting to realize that both my Mom and Dad had a hand in my scrapbooking journey. They inspired me to document life and to cherish the moments we are given. To this day, I still find so much joy in looking back at pictures that showcase the cherished memories with the loved ones in my life. 

Discovery

I first started traditional scrapbooking when I was 13 years old. I was biking in downtown Brandon, MB and I happened to see a store called Scrapbookers Safari so I went in and I was in awe and wonder. I had always loved crafting and sketching, but this was next level. All of the fun products and materials made me so excited. I spoke to the ladies there and I was inspired. I went home to tell my mom all about it and we went back together to get some supplies. I still have some of those supplies to this day, 20 years later. That winter I had my birthday celebration there and we all did a scrapbook class together where the products were supplied and it was so much fun! I was excited to discover a new way to showcase my photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, but without some context or documentation about the picture, the story behind the picture is lost. This is where scrapbooking came in for me. I got to use my artistic side, along with my love of photography to create artwork which showcased my cherished memories.This experience ingrained in me the importance and value of photography, especially the photos and moments shared with our loved ones. 

Sentiment

Cherishing photos and memories of loved ones hits a whole new level when you lose someone you love. Upon that loss, the memories are strong, but over time they fade. I experienced this with the loss of my Grandmother at the age of 5. We lived with my Grandparents so she was like a Mother to me. Over time the memories of our time together faded, but I still felt her so close to my heart. She didn’t like pictures to be taken of her so there weren’t many, but the ones I had, I held dear. Therefore, I cherished all the photos I had of her to remember her by. Since then I have enjoyed taking pictures of my loved ones, to cherish their memory and story in different stages and seasons of life. As memories fade the stories are harder to remember so that’s when I realised that documenting along with photography is so important. 

Currently

Fast forward 20 years and the birth of my children, my wild little loves, inspired me to start scrapbooking again. Entering into the world of scrapbooking or memory keeping so many years later was a challenge in that it had changed so much. I felt I had so much to learn and was excited for that new challenge. I discovered so many ways to document life, and was inspired by the new style of modern scrapbooking. It captured my heart for creativity. Documenting our life together has helped me cherish the special moments, seasons and stages I have had with my family. 

We all have a story to tell, our stories are valuable and the people that are a part of those stories are important to remember. This is the story of my journey so far, and your journey matters too! I’d love to hear about your creative journey and how you got inspired to scrapbook or what got you to the creative outlet you do.

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We are Created to Create!

-Whit

My Project Story

My journey back to scrapbooking was when I discovered a version of modern scrapbooking or memory keeping by watching a YouTube video by Ali Edwards on documenting life. I was inspired by her methods of memory keeping and it sparked something in me which reminded me that I am a created being who loves to create. The idea of creating a picture journal, documenting life on a daily, weekly or monthly basis was of great interest to me as a Stay at Home Mom. 

It inspired me because I wanted my time at home to count and be recorded. I already had SO many pictures of me and the kids doing all kinds of activities, but what was I supposed to do with all those pictures? I didn’t want to forget this amazing journey at home with them, all the ups and downs, everyday moments and exciting milestones.

I began by pulling out all my scrapbooking supplies I still had from when I was 13. If you want to hear that story check out: My Creative Journey. It was like being in a time warp seeing all the stuff I had once used to create and record my life almost 20 years ago. I knew I wanted a different style than my previous work and Ali was doing Project Life by Becky Higgins, so I thought I would start there!

My first “Modern Scrapbook” album using Project Life was in 2018. Initially I attempted to make my own 12×12 pocket pages with the We R Memory Keepers tool that I borrowed from a friend. Entering into this art of creativity allowed me to connect with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to connect with. I am ALL about making connections, so it was very exciting to open up this whole new avenue for me. My pocket pages didn’t turn out the greatest so I invested in some brand name ones and decided to commit to this style of memory keeping. Project Life was a joy to do and I was able to find many resources to print my own card inserts and design the pages I could enjoy looking back on in years to come. 

Side note: its 2020 and I still haven’t completed my 2018 album #scrapbookingmomproblems

That same year I decided to try Ali’s December Daily album using all of her products. It was fun to use her products for that project which had all the supplies I needed. It allowed me to fully embrace her style of memory keeping while adding my artistic spin on it. It was so much fun and challenged my brain in a whole new way. I was able to do more artsy stuff that I had never tried before. Her Facebook Group pages were so inspiring and the connection to others in seeing their creations left me so encouraged.

The next project I tried was with Travelers notebooks inspired by Studio Calico. I did a series of 12 Travelers Notebooks, one for each month of 2019. I also invested in stamps from Studio Calico where I attempted to do artwork on the pages with stamps and photos, as well as patterned paper. I started my first Travelers Notebook with a Webster’s Pages insert. This was a whole new style of memory keeping which allowed for a smaller medium and more compact size to store later, and I was able to construct my own Travelers notebooks for each month. So far this method has been very fun and efficient to complete. To better document my pictures with quotes or journaling, I used the Collect App and printed my 3×4 photos with the quotes on them. It has really helped looking back to see what happened that day as everything is documented.

I haven’t started my project for 2020 yet. I am planning to do a Heidi Swapp Storyline album this year. Why not try another artistic style and learn from another amazing artist in the Memory Keeping world. I intend to share that journey with you once I begin and hope that my creative projects will inspire and encourage you! 

A quote that has kept me encouraged to press on from the beginning is this one:

You don’t have to do it every day or follow some prescription. EMBRACE imperfection, and there should not be any guilt involved.

Ali Edwards

We are Created to Create.

-Whit