WITL 2018 : Monday Photos + Stories

2018 Week In the Life Intention

To capture what is real, right now

Monday Photos & Stories:


Monday Present Participle List:

Loving the spring weather and how Toronto feels like it’s coming alive with colour. Yes to more 13 degree weather and sunshine! 

Celebrating no tears at drop off or pick up for Rowan. It’s been a while since my girl has been happy at before and after school care and I am proud that we made changes to my work schedule to accommodate her overall well-being. Parenting continues to be the hardest / best / rewarding / challenging thing I have ever done.

Eating breakfast standing up. Am I living my “best life” in this moment? No but the it’s reflective of what it’s like to be a working mom – doing soooo many things on the run.

Embracing the challenge of working with a client who has difficulty with eye contact and identifying emotions. I roll with resistance and walk around the hospital chatting with my client. It’s a gorgeous day and I am happy to try something different.

Listening (always) to podcasts on my commute to work. This morning I listen to “The Daily” which chronicles Rudy Gulianni’s career as NYC prosecutor, mayor and now Trump lawyer. This afternoon I listen to Dax Shepard interview Joel McHale on Armchair Expert. I am totally an auditory learner.

Reading over Rowan’s page of homework that was sent home today and making a plan on when we will complete it over the course of the week.

Thinking about all the changes coming in the days and months at work and trying to enjoy the moment that I am in.

Feeling content as I start this WITL project. This is my eighth year starting this project and I think I’ve finally internalized that I can’t document everything.

Gratitude / Note To Self ( I want to remember):

I want to remember the gratitude I felt when Aaron brought me coffee this after his workout. It’s a small gesture, but I totally appreciate his thoughtfulness. Coffee is still an important part of my morning routine especially in this stage of life of raising young kiddos and working. After 16 years together, he understands my need.

Overheard on Monday:

Rowan: “Daddy can you leave my door open?”

Sam: “That’s a very big tree! I can’t climb it, that’s for squirrels!”


Morning I feel a sense of relief as we return to weekday life. Having been away all weekend camping with Rowan’s Sparks troupe, which was awesome but so so tiring, I am ready to get back to my regular routine. Monday mornings are my jam (I know, I am annoying! Ha!) – I am energized to start the week and catch up with my coworkers.  It’s a race out of the house, to daycare drop off and into the office.

Midday After eating lunch during rounds, I have a moment to breathe, I check my texts, social media and email. I spend the next 2-3 hours writing assessments and treatment plans. I am watching the clock to make sure that I leave the office, “on time” to pick up Ro. I have made changes to my work schedule which means more 5 short days in the office vs. 4 longer days. After getting use to working through the week, I feel like I am coming close to “work / life” balance – or whatever that looks like! Ha!

Evening Tonight we have nothing on and I am little bit excited to chill. After dinner and playtime, Aaron and the kids go to bed just at 8 pm. I catch up on late night talk shows from last week. My current favourites include Late night with Stephen Colbert and Late Night with Seth Meyers. I clean the kitchen, tidy the toys and edit photos. As I write this, I am happy that there is still light out at 8:30 pm.

How did your day go? Thanks for reading!

Ali Edwards 2018 Week In the Life Unboxing Video


Happy Wednesday Folks! For those who are interested in completing Week in the Life kit, the new 2018 kit is now on sale on Ali Edwards Blog. Here is a quick unboxing video that includes my thoughts how I will be using some of the products in my upcoming album. Thanks for watching!

Elle’s Studio: February Pocket Page Layout

Is that a stink eye that I see? Or is Rowan just teasing me? I hope its the latter! Haha!

I can’t believe that it is March already! With two months completed of 2018, here is my second monthly pocket page spread, summarizing family life. I am so in love with all of colour, especially “when it rains look for rainbows” journaling card. The cards are available today as part of Elle’s Studio March release! You can purchase that kit here.

Olympics, swim lessons and soccer practice – oh my! For this month’s summary, I used the monthly puffy stickers as well as those awesome puffy star stickers. I realize I can’t write everything that happened in February but my motto is something is better than nothing. This cards give a nice overview of things we did and what held our attention – like the Olympics, 24/7!

Although I don’t classic pictures of Valentines Day or the Olympics, my strategy this year it to include cute pictures of my kids doing every day things and overheard conversations. If I want to tell a more indepth story, I leave that for another 9×12 spread. To me, repeating this formula, month after month, is going to help me finish my 2018…..that and Elle’s Studio awesome colourful cards are going to keep me on track!

What’s your 2018 documenting formula? Are you “caught up”?

Happy Scrapperday!


Elle’s Studio : January Pocket Page Layout

Hooray for reveal day at Elle’s Studio!

Here is a look at all the colorful cards that you can purchase in February 2018 kit. I love all those yummy die cuts that are included too! I used almost all of them this month!

As you can tell by my January Project Life page, I was inspired by the rainbow cards and I divided my layout by colours. On the left I have the February Kit cards and die cuts that are red, orange, pink and yellow while on the right i use cards that are blue, teal, green and purple. Such a fun way to scrapbook! I really let the colours inform the pictures I selected for my page.

Since I am completing our family album by month this year, i have decided to focus on pictures of me and my kids. Journaling includes conversations that I overheard in the month as well as a brief summary of events. Speaking of which – Rowan lost 2 teeth this past month! How crazy is that!?!


Simple journaling at its finest. For me, these pages are all about small facts and details to give a brief overview of what happened. Longer stories I will document in each of the kids story albums. I know I only have a certain amount of time and space to document this all so, monthly 9×12 spreads it is!

Thanks for looking!

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Ali Edwards: Changes Story Kit

This layout is all about: cha-cha-changes!

For this month’s story kit, I decided to tell the story about how I coped the death of my beloved Auntie. Last week would have been her 72nd Birthday and after watching Ali’s presentation I had a few ideas of what I wanted to write. Scrapbook = therapy, people! So grateful to have this hobby as an outlet.

Fun fact: for this layout I included the first know photo of my aunt from 1949 and one of the last pictures I had of her before her death in 2002.

As always, my love affair with chipboard stickers, enamel dots and that awesome “hard story” digital stamp continues.

Thanks for looking!


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


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