Pocket Talk: Episode 34: Welcome 2018!

 

On today’s show, I  reconnect with Jessica Upton, scrapbooker and business owner of ColorCast Designs. In our conversation, we reflect on the projects and layouts we created in 2017 as well as our crafty intentions as we move forward in 2018. Jessica and I both reveal our One Little Word as well as discuss our thoughts on the Patone Colour of the Year and what trends we hope to see in the scrapbooking industry in 2018. This is a great show for memorykeepers who are curious how others deal with their Project Life albums at the start of a new year if they are, air quotes, not caught up from the previous year.

Enjoy the show!

Jessica Upton Instagram

Colorcast Designs

Becky Higgins Project Life

Elle’s Studio

Ali Edwards One Little Word

Ali Edwards December Daily

Ali Edwards Story Camp

Scrapbook & Cards Today Crop & Create

Jennifer S Wilson / Simple Scrapper : Core Habits for a Happy Creative New Year

Kelly Purkey Traveller’s Notebook Kits

Patone Colour of the Year: Ultra Violet

Creativation

Jennifer McGuire Organization

Meghann Andrew’s Blue / Purple Layout

Ali Edwards: January Digital Kit

Who loves yoga? I thought I didn’t but now I do 🙂

 In early January, Ali linked to “Yoga with Adriene and her 30 day video series on her instagram. Full disclosure, if Ali suggests something, I am pretty open to giving it a try….Can anyone else relate? Ha! I was a little skeptical, as I am an inflexible runner. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually LIKED the movements and the teacher. The inner documenter in me decided to snap some pictures. When the January digital kit became available I decide to record this story. I knew I wanted to use the “Welcome to a new story” stamp as well as the quote card which seems to apply to my situation / perspective.

 

 

Add a few pink hearts in from an old WITL kit and viola! the first page of my 2018 personal story album is complete. Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Edwards: February Stories By the Month Kit

Stuffie love is in the air!

Ali Edwards has a new physical kit subscription! Stories By The Month kit are the monthly digital kits from last year that have been turned into physical products. Just have a look at some of the journaling cards and chipboard as shown in my above layout. It also comes with a stamp set too! Let’s just say, I am better at using digital stamps then physical ones!

If you love Ali’s digital designs but aren’t tech savvy then you may want to consider subscribing. You can check out her information here. I loved using this month’s kit to document all the stuffies that my daughter currently loves.

Thanks for looking!

Elle’s Studio: Project Life 2018 Title Page

Happy New Year Crafty Pals! Is that a Project Life Title Page I see? Why, yes, yes it it.

This year I am so thrilled to be joining the design team for Elle’s Studio. I have long admired Elle’s products; not only are they modern and fresh, they always gets my creative juices flowing. Above is a 9×12 title page for my family 2018 album that I created using the January kit which is currently on sale here. Major love for that “this is us card” which is apart of the main monthly kit, and hugs and kisses puffy stickers which I used to embellish the page.

My title page features cute pictures I took of my kids jumping on our bed. When the weather is -20 C here in Toronto, you tend to hibernate and go a little stir crazy.

On this page I have included small details, like our ages, our family motto and where we are living at the beginning of 2018. Love the mint green, black and white colour scheme.

Thanks for looking and check out Elle’s Studio here for more information /inspiration on the January Kit!

Happy Wednesday!

Episode 32: Cathy Zielske

 

 

 

On today’s show, I speak with scrapbook design guru, Cathy Zielske. Living in St Paul Minnoesta, with her husband Dan, daughter Aiden and son Cole, Cathy has been creating clean and simple layouts for more than a decade and has two books to prove it! Cathy has also been working behind the scenes in the scrapbook industry: first as Creative Director for Simple Scrapbooks magazine and currently as Art Director for Scrapbook and Cards Today. In our conversation, Cathy shares her motivation for updating her newest class, Design Your Life 2.0, shares how Stacy Julian impacted her teaching style and why card making is currently making her happy.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Cathy’s Digital Projects

Cathy’s Simon Says Stamp Products

 

 

 

Episode 31: Vicki Boutin

On today’s show I am speaking with the fun, fantastic, technique focused, Vicki Boutin. Living with her husband and two kids in St Catherines Ontario Canada, Vicki has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years. In 2006, Vicki won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame. Currently is a contributing writer at Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine, and travels the world teaching scrapbooking classes. Recently, Vicki became a product designer releasing her own mixed media line with American Crafts. Full disclosure, I could listen to Vicki talk for hours about her creative process; and in this interview, I let her take the stage to do just that. Vicki’s passion for memory keeping and fondness for this creative community is infectious. I am so priviledge to know Vicki and to call her my friend. I hope you get as inspired to try something new, as I did by our conversation.

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Episode 30: Story Camp

On today’s special “on the road” episode, Jess talks with attendees and organizers of the June 2017 Ali Edwards’ Story Camp. Held on Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3, 30 attendees and 9 creative team members traveled across the US and Canada to Eugene OR. This once in a lifetime opportunity / small memory keeping event was organize by Ali’s right hand woman, Katie Jaeger. Over the of the weekend, Ali taught three classes which include sessions on design and storytelling. Enjoy the reflections on the weekend that was!

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Episode 29: Moncton Crop & Create

On today’s show, I share an audio diary from a recent weekend crop, Crop and Create Moncton. Listen as I reflect on my own teaching process, events of the weekend and interviews with attendees; teachers, and organizers like Catherine Tachdijan, Vicky Boutin, and Nicole Nowosad. I hope this episode inspires you to scrapbook with friends, attend a crop at your local scrapbook store or sign up for Crop and Create event.

Enjoy the show!

Scrapbook and Cards Today

Tracey Bank’s Moncton 2017 Crop and Create Video

My Stamping Studio

WITL 2017: FRIDAY PHOTOS & STORIES

6:30 AM Feeling well rested after playing volleyball last night. This morning I awake as Aaron gets ready to go to the gym. He takes out Charlie and packs Rowan’s lunch in her backpack. Normally, I don’t work Fridays but given that Monday was a holiday here, I am going into the office. I quickly hop out of bed and get into the shower. Mid way through my morning routine, Sammy joins me. He patiently waits while I finish brushing my teeth and putting on my makeup.

7:57 AM Letting the kids watch Peppa Pig on the iPad as I run around the house, parenting solo / getting the kids ready for school. Today I will drop Sam off first and then Rowan second. It’s a treat to watch a show in the morning and at the table. For me it is a perfect distraction to help me get organized.

8:47 AM Catching up with school crowd and I instantly miss my mom friends. When I went back to work, I don’t know how I would handle not knowing how school was going for Rowan. Turns out, I have lots to keep my mind occupied. Now there are large chunks of my day that I have no idea what Ro is up to. Fridays are one way I can get a sense of what is happening.

8:59 AM Buying gas for the black car which comes to $46.00 for regular. Next I buy breakfast which includes coffee and a bacon gouda breakfast sandwhich which comes to $10.40. Normally I try not to buy anything through the week, saving coffee as a treat for the weekend. Sometimes life you go against your self imposed rules.

9:21 AM Seeing this en route, every morning on my way to work. Fun fact, I live to take the backroads / scenic route to the suburbs. Things have changed in the decade that I have started working at the hospital, scenery included. Listening to podcasts in the car during my commute has stayed the same.

3:31 PM Snapping a work elevator selfie. As a social worker and memory keeper, I have a uniquely keen interest in other people’s stories. As always, I am honoured with the fact that clients share their stories with me which include: the good, the bad, the ugly and the inspiring and everything in between. It is a priveledge that I do not take lightly.

5:11 PM Listening to the latest Fresh Air interview in the car. It is sunny but cold and my whole feeling towards the week has changed. Feel much more relaxed!

5:59 PM Arriving home; Aaron and Sam are first, while Rowan and I arrive second. Charlie is excited and starts to dig a huge whole.

6:15 PM Drinking Sommersby Pear Cider which is now available to buy at the grocery story! Love the cool sweet crisp taste.

Eating this tonight for dinner. It’s a Toronto favourite: Mad Mexican corn chips, guacamole and salsa. Such a treat! Yum!

6:42 PM Decompressing after the week that was. Sam is eating the chips and guacamole while Ro is watching Teen Titians. Aaron is reading Reddit and making pasta for the kids. Charlie is up to no good, waiting for us to drop something.

9:57 PM Relaxing with Aaron in bed. While he reads “Blind Sight” a science fiction novel, I am uploading and editing photos. The iPad is in the middle of us, streaming the latest Louis CK stand up special. We are what those crazy kids say: “netflixing and chilling”…or something like that. Bring on the weekend.

Friday Reflections

I am focused in the morning and relaxed in the afternoon. Maybe I realize its the weekend or it could be the fact that we are almost done this WITL project. Either way, I feel good about work, home and scrapbooking. No big revelations today, just feeling good.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for the end of the work week
  2. I am grateful for yummy snacks and not following a routine at the end of the day
  3. I am grateful for time to reconnect with my family

Favourite Conversation From the Day:

When Aaron tells me that I am getting a refund on my taxes this year. I forgot exactly what he said, but I am excited. Good times!

2017 Week In The Life Intention: To showcase the small things (stresses and all)

WITL 2017: THURSDAY PHOTOS & STORIES

7:15 AM She is the last to wake up. Normally she is full of energy but today is different. Today she walks half way down the stairs and then sits. She is not impatient, but seems tired. Sammy says “Ro-ro” on repeat and points to her incessantly. After opening the gate she lays down on the couch and says she has a headache. She never does this. She is warm to the touch so we opt for Tylenol and rest. Today is a sick day.

9:01 AM It’s clear that Rowan is not herself, so I call blank school & speak with the secretary. We don’t own a home phone so I call on my cell. It’s so weird how technology changes. Ten years ago I would have called from a landline. While on the phone the secretary tells me a cute story about Rowan practicing for her school concert. The gist of our conversation is that Rowan gave the secretary a hug and asked her to stay to watch. Today is for finding out new stories about my girl.

10:17 AM I take a break from work emails and start to load the dishwasher. Fun times here at the Forster Hunter household. Today is for work and housework.

11:14 AM I decide that Rowan has had enough show for the morning. I pull out white paper and her markers. She “completes” a journaling page, drawing pictures of thermometers and butterflies. Today is for going with the flow.

1:02 PM Working from home / working from bed! While  Ro naps in her room, I work on advocacy letters and chat with coworkers and clients by phone. Today is about making it work.

2:15 PM We eat a late lunch after my work call. On today’s menu: chicken noodle soup. She’s got the twinkle back in her eye and wants to play a game of “guess what I ate?” She and her brother love being silly. I can’t get over how she lights up when she is playing. Today is for connecting.

4:19 PM Hop in the car with Ro to pick up Sam from daycare. It’s raining and althought its suppose to be 11 C today it feels like winter. I put my cold weather gear away over the Easter long weekend thinking it couldn’t possibly get colder. Well it has. My apologies to all for jinzing the nice weather. Today is for complaining about the weather.

5:45 PM Today is for quick and easy meals. The kids have eggs with fruit and veggies and I have Vegetarian Bi Bim Bap with tofu.

6:35 PM Today is for splitting the evening routine. I feed and bathe the kids while Aaron will come home and put them to bed. Thursdays are the nights I play volleyball and I am excited to get onto the court.

8:00 PM Today is for sweating.  Tonight we are a player down which means I have to be more alert than normal as we play for two straight hours. I always feel better after exercising and today is no different. Of note, I had the best sleep!

Thursday Reflections

For me, what has become increasing obvious over the course of my day is that I need more one on one time with my girl. I know it’s a cliché to say, but I am so busy concerned about the deadlines and drop offs that I am not always mindful about the relationships that need nurturing. It is clear that I need to carve out more time with Rowan and we need to cultivate our connection. I can see some mama-daughter dates on our horizon.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for the flexibility to work from home & coworkers to help me find information I need when I can’t access it in the office.
  2. I am grateful for some time with my girl and recognizing that we both need time together without “the boys”
  3. I am grateful for physical activity, team sports and the opportunity to move and sweat.

Thursday Present Participle List

Eating all the leftover Easter candy by the handfuls. Luckily mini eggs are only on the market for a short time.

Buying wet food for Charlie as he has only had kibble for one week.

Thinking that both the kids and I need a haircut ASAP.

Wearing my work clothes while I am at home because I am too lazy to change.

Listening to the nineties at nine on the radio as I drive home from volleyball. Seriously I am reliving my youth. Ha!

Favourite Conversation From the Day:

Overheard at Rowan’s bedtime:

Rowan: “Daddy, can you bring me Princess Poppy?”

Aaron: “Yes! I am so glad you like her, Rowan. You will have to tell Nanny that she is your favourite gift.”

Rowan (referring to the earlier Facetime call with Nanny): “We already talked to your mother!”

AND

Overheard at Sam’s bedtime (Or what I think he said):

Sam (speaks like he has marbles in his mouth” “Where’s towel*”

Me: “There is a blankie in your drawer Sammy”

Sam (speaking like he has marbles in his mouth & grabbing two blankets from his dresser): “I get towel for Ro-ro”

Me: “Oh, that’s nice Sammy. Let’s show Rowan your blankie’s”

Sam (speaking like he has marble in his & carrying two blankets)  : “I take towel to Ro-ro”

Me: “Okay! Let’s show her!”

Sam (speaking like he has marble in his & carrying two blankets, goes to Rowan who is still in the bathtub and proceeds to throw one blanket in the water, then the other) “Uh-oh”

2017 Week In The Life Intention: To showcase the small things (stresses and all)