A Love Layout

The many faces of Ro

In the latest roundtable episode of the Pocket Talk podcast, I mentioned that I am creating for Ali Edwards Design this year and I am pretty pumped to be included in that fabulous team of ladies. Here is a layout that I created over the weekend using Ali’s February Digital kit. Lots of great love themed journaling cards. And so, when your almost 5 year old decides to show you her many expressions, you make a page!

This 6 x 8 page came together quickly. I included my 4 favorite photos of Rowan in 6 x 8 canvas in photoshop elements. Any parents of girls will totally understand that moods can change quickly at this age. Heaven help me when she gets older…Ha! I created a simple 3×4 journaling card using the pink heart seen up top and mimicked the ombre colours in a 4×6 journaling card on the bottom. Journaling includes Rowan current loves. Fonts include: georgia & remington noiseless.

What love themed pages have you created lately?

Happy Monday!

Episode 25: Pam Baldwin

On today’s show, I am speaking with the articulate and artistic, Pam Baldwin. Working as a nurse in Hamilton ON, Canada, Pam lives with her husband Brett, and two kids, Liam and Emily. Currently Pam creates for Ali Edwards Design and teaches the online workshop, Text Tricks at BPC. I love Pam’s breath taking work and how she balances her heart felt stories with clean design. In our conversation Pam discuss how interest influences her scrapbooking process and her love of typography. Pam also opens up on she documents motherhood and the messy stories that don’t often get told. I loved chatting with a fellow Canadian!

Enjoy the show!

Shownotes:

6×12 Tough Layout

12 x 12 Tough Layout

Episode 24 – Documenting 2017 Roundtable

On today’s show, I speaks with fabulous roundtable guests: Jennifer S Wilson, Krista Wells & Barbara Picinch. In our conversation we chat about how we documented 2016 and the plans we have for the new year. We also discuss what is making us happy with our memory keeping right now.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Jennifer’s Approach to Project Life

Jennifer’s Book – The New Rules of Scrapbooking 

Krista’s Brooklyn Layouts

Krista’s KTOL – The Paperie

Barbara’s – Minc Pocket Page Tutorial

Android Fabulous App

Gretchen Rubin – Better than Before

Stephanie Makes – Mini Albums

Barbara’s Personal Album – Instagram Shot

Jess’, 9×12 – 2017 Title Page

We R Memorykeepers Powerpunch

Mint Michaels Recollection Punch (For Planners)

Episode 23 – Kelli Rich

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On today’s show, I speak with the wonderful and whimsical Kelli Rich. Known online as Forever and a Day Create, Kelly lives in Utah with her husband Quincey, and three sons: Radley, Greyson and Crew. A hairstylist by day, Kelli designs beautiful layouts for Coco Daisy and makes and sells adorable bow ties for kids. I love Kelli’s use of white space and bright & bold pops of color on her pages. In this conversation, we discuss living with our memories, color choices and how she chooses between documenting in her planner vs. a mini book vs. a scrapbook page.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Parabo Press

 

Episode 22: December Daily Roundtable #2

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On today’s show, I have another special roundtable episode. Jessica Upton of Colorcast Designs, Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps and Tracy Banks from her Mercy Tiara youtube channel, discuss how their are tackling their December Daily projects. Guests discuss a variety of approaches to documenting the holidays including incorporating their photos into an existing Project Life album and how to balance self care with being an intentional documenter during the month of December. This is a motivating conversation for those in the middle of completing their 2016 December Daily project.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes

Episode 10 – Kellie Winnell

Episode 15 – Jessica Upton

Tracy Banks Facebook Group

Jessica’s Elf on the Shelf Page

Episode 21 – Barbara Picinich

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On today’s show, I chat with the energetic and creatively enthusiastic, Barbara P. Living in Sacramento, California with her husband Larry and her daughter Simone, Barbara has scrapbooked since 1999. Formerly a Studio Calico Design Team member, Barbara currently creates for ColorCast Designs, Kelly Purkey Shop and is a teacher at Big Picture Classes. In our conversation, Barbara discusses her evolution from traditional to digital to pocket page scrapbooker and her favorite colour and font to create with. Barbara also reflects on what kind of crafter she is. This is a really fun chat that will make you want to scrapbook!

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes

Barbara’s Blog

Barbara’s Instagram

The Crown Pocket Page

Elf on the Shelf Pocket Page

Ziggy Ziggy Ziggy Pocket Page

One Second Everyday App

Episode 20 – December Daily Roundtable

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On today’s special roundtable episode, I am speaking with three great former Pocket Talk guests about December Daily. Jennifer S Wilson of Simple Scrapper, Krista Wells from the Kelly Purkey Design Team and Petra Corcoran from Jot Magazine share their tips and tricks for completing your favourite holiday project.

Enjoy the show!

Notes:

Jess’ December Daily Unboxing Video

The New Rules of Scrapbooking by Jennifer S Wilson

Pocket Talk Episode 2 – Petra

Pocket Talk Episode 9 – Jennifer

Pocket Talk Episode 19 – Krista

Halloween 2016

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Scary Family Selfie 2016!

I don’t know about you, but I think I woke up with a sugar hangover on November 1st! Headache or not, we celebrated October 31st in grand style this year.

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With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, we had lots of time on the weekend before to prep, which included taking photos of the kids in their costumes. Seriously, the weather in Toronto was 18 degrees, feeling like summer. This year Ro dressed up as Owletter from the cartoon, “PJ Masks”, a favourite in our house right now. Besides the orange bandana that I bought at the dollar store, we dressed Sam up as a farmer from items in his closet. What can I say, I love a good homemade costume.

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We tried to make the day special for the kids. Aaron walked Rowan to school in her costume and I attended the school parade at 1 pm. I think Ro smiled the entire day. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Halloween is Rowan’s jam!

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Besides putting pumpkins in his mouth, Sam was content to follow Ro around the entire evening.

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Given that Sam goes to bed at 7 pm, we raced through dinner and had both kiddos knocking at our neighbour’s door at 5:45 pm. Yes we were one of “those people”. But it worked for us and thank goodness we live in an awesome kid friendly neighourhood.

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In total Rowan brought home 68 pieces of candy. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that Rowan doesn’t like chocolate. Anywho, hope you and yours had a great night!

Episode 19: Krista Wells

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On today’s show, I am speaking with clear headed, kind and creative, Krista Wells. Living with her husband Matthew, adorable cocker spaniel, Eugene in St. Johns NewFoundland, Krista is the lover of food, fashion and travel. Currently, designing for Kelly Purkey & Feed Your Craft, Krista also teaches classes in person at The Paperie. She has also been published in Scrapbook and Cards Today. Scroll through her instagram account or blog, and you will understand why I think she is the “Canadian Kelly Purkey”! In this episode, Krista shares her product driven approach to pocket page scrapbooking and shares how she uses photos as “place holders” in her album. Here are a few examples of Krista’s work, including her obsession with Beyonce that was mentioned in our chat:

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Enjoy the show!

 

WITL 2016: Saturday

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7:03 AM Today is cold and wet. Blergh. I have to turn on the heat and put on my socks. I refuse to put my winter jacket on. Winter I am so done with you.

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7:49 AM After breakfast, we have time to play. I love that we don’t have to rush out the door or get Sam dressed. Fun fact, I like to keep Sam in in his Pj’s until after his morning nap. This just makes life that much easier.

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11:01 AM As Sam naps, I take maternity photos for friends who come over to the house. Out of privacy for them, I am not sharing a picture. I am excited and honoured that they let me photograph this special time in their lives. I also feel the pressure to take “good pictures”. I contemplate having a side photography business.  I may or may not explore this option in the future.

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11:31 AM Love that Aaron cooks lunch for us. Today, like most Saturdays we have fried eggs. Clearly both Sam and Charlie are happy.

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12:35 PM It’s a quick turn around from gymnastics, to lunch to dance class. We load up everyone, including Sam in the stroller and Charlie on leash and walk to the community centre which is two blocks from our house. Have I mentioned how much I love living in the city and being able to walk everywhere? Rowan poses with her pink dress on. She has being doing ballet for 1 year and it has helped her gross motor skills. She loves “dance class” and I like the family outing.

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1:03 PM As Rowan dances, we throw the green squeaky ball for Charlie. This guy will only chase balls if the make a sound. Funny eh? I can remember a time that it would just be the two of us at the school yard. Those days are long gone. However, it is nice to have a moment with just Sam and Charlie. Sam giggles as Charlie runs.

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1:34 PM We take a different route home. Everyone, including girlie, are enjoying the cherry blossoms.

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2:42 PM As Sam naps and Aaron and Rowan watch the movie Tangled, I clean the kitchen. We have babysitters booked and I am pretty excited to have some adult along time together. I am helping to prep dinner so that the transition will be easy. There is nothing I love more than a clean kitchen.

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5:01 PM Fancied up, baby free and feeling relaxed!

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5:01 PM We arrive at Boxcar Social, a hipster independent coffee shop / bars that keep popping up over the city. I feel kind old but immediately don’t care….it’s date night! As I age, I realize I don’t take myself too serious – which is a good thing!

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6:02 PM He drinks a pint of Stella.

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While I work on my computer and drink an almond milk latte. I am trying to be diary free. I struggle with adult acne and I giving this as well as being gluten free / wheat free / sugar free a try. Three weeks in, my skin hasn’t had any crazy reactions and I feel pretty good. Also, my pants are kinda lose!

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7:42 PM We finish off the evening having dinner at our friends new home. We are excited to see their new house and talk parenthood / US election / summer plans / living in the east end of TO.  The night includes a delicious cheese tray, quiche and strawberry salad with rhubarb dressing from their new garden. I love having adult conversation and laughing. It feel so good to reconnect with M + K. This is exactly what the doctor ordered in order to hep me recharge my batteries.

Saturday Reflections

After a busy week, I am happy to have a slower paced day. Although Rowan has gymnastics and dance class scheduled in the day, it is nice to have Aaron at home to help out. Over the years, our routine has changed and instead of focusing on Rowan’s nap schedule we are know focused on Sam’s sleep and her activities. We still take Charlie for a long walk and play but these days it is between activities.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for a slower paced day
  2. I am thankful for a night out with Aaron
  3. I am thankful for time to reconnect with old friends

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Enjoy coffee at Boxcar social as Aaron drank a beer.