Hello June!

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:

Together, we make a difference.

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.

So here’s our humble invitation for makers everywhere: Let’s make 2 million masks together!

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.

If you need some supplies you can get 20% off all Materials and 20% off all Accessories until tomorrow June. 2nd, 2020! Don’t wait!

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.

New Years 2020: I never could have guessed what this year would bring! #pandemic

Cheers to all you crafty friends! And to those who wish they were more crafty, now is a better time than any to start!

Yes! I want to get a Cricut!

Yes! I want to start Scrapbooking!

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!

-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

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your work are wonderful I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

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.

Above all elseguard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

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.

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

Today’s Treasures

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.

Matthew 6:21

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?

We are all 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