Sunday, March 19, 2017

PL2017 - Wk7

Sometimes I have a shortage of photos.

This week, was one of those cases.

So, instead of stressing about what photos I didn't have, I created a 'currently' type layout.

For this layout, I focused on only what I myself was currently doing. I can see now, I didn't mention that specifically. Perhaps throughout the year, when I'm lean on photos, I could do this for other members of my family as well.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Currently Journal Cards

Friday, March 10, 2017

PL2017 - Week 5

It's March 10th, but you'd never know it.

Wait a minute, that's not exactly true. If you gauge spring by the fact that the days are getting lighter, earlier every morning, and staying lighter, later every evening; you might think to yourself, spring is imminent. 

However, if your were to gauge spring by our current weather, the snow which seems never-ending. The frigid temperatures which are being called unusual and 'January-like'. Yesterdays day time high was -19 degrees. With the windchill, it was closer to -30 degrees. Come on, already. It rained basically our entire summer. We've certainly had our share of snow and cold this winter. I am ready for some nice weather. Pretty please.

Here is week 5 of my project life album:

  • Grade 6, first and last COP ski days with school. I'm joking about it being the first and last a little bit. The week before the lessons, it was really warm, a lot of snow got slushy and melted. Then it got super cold. The snow turned to ice. Enough said. The first day out, of this 2 day program [which has never been done at the school since my kids have gone there] there were 4 fractures. Not even kidding. 3 broken wrists and 1 broken arm... 
  • Cookie Panookie. Used my brand new cast iron skillet, and made this giant cookie. Two thumbs up. 
  • Where my little dog likes to be. All. The. Time. 
  • Good Hair day. They don't happen every day. 
  • Documenting Miss Madelyn in the penalty box, in Rockyford. Mason was working the box, so he had to let his sister in and out. 
  • The boy playing hockey. He's had a great year, even though the team hasn't done awesome.
  • Student-led conferences at school. Miss Madelyn always excited to show off her work. 
Currently, hoping that the weather warms up. It would be nice to have temperatures that match the fact that we're moving towards longer days and warmer weather. Fingers crossed. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Template Freebie - He Drives

Well, it's that time again, a new template freebie from Sahlin Studio. This template is available for the month of March only, get it while you can, by following this link.

I did a bit of a different take on this months freebie. In my album, I like to alternate between 8x8 and 12x12 sized pages. Not only do I think it makes my album interesting and visually appealing, it definitely saves some money when it comes to printing.

This months template is 12x12 size, but I wanted it to be 8x8. 

I've also found that when you're printing pages off, there is almost always a little bit of cropping that snips off the edges of the pages. I didn't want to crop any of the edges in this layout.

This is what the original layout looks like:

Here's my version: 

In PSE 15, I shrunk down the entire 12x12 layout. I added the layout to an 8x8 sized canvas. I knew I wanted to add a few photos of my son, driving for the very first time. I didn't have great photos of this, as teaching him to drive, was more important than the photo op. [You can see, that if the edges of the layout were cropped it would take away from seeing my sons face]

I love the flexibility these layouts give, even though many people may have this exact layout, once I make a few subtle changes, mine looks different from everybody else's. 

I often alter layouts, to suit my needs. I love being creative, even with layouts that have been created for me. It takes away some of the planning, but still lets me tinker. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

PL2016 - September Overview

September is always a busy month. This year was no different.

Not only do we get shockingly back to early mornings, and school routines. All the extra curricular activities start up again. This year, Madelyn's first ringette evaluation, was the same day she started school. We go from the lazy days of summer, to the hectic days that are the school year. 

This September, Mason also went on the Grade 9 West Coast Sailing Trip to add yet another element of the unexpected into the mix.

Here is a brief overview of September: 

Close up of the left side:

  • Barry was best man at his friends wedding. A huge job, which required a bachelor 'weekend of golf' in Banff, a rehearsal dinner and the huge responsibility of shuttling the groom around on his wedding day, and NOT losing wedding rings... Thankfully he managed the task on point. 
  • Mason - off to the West Coast... Eeks. There is something a bit nerve-wracking about sending your kid to the airport, by himself, for the first time. The sailing trip was a huge success. He had a great time, and will be doing chores/house work for us, until he leaves home. 
  • Overnight for the kids and Grandma & Grandpa's, while we did 'wedding things'.
  • Ringette party, where Mad got stuck in a swing... 
  • So far, our fall has been exquisite. The colours have been amazing. Enjoying as much time outside as we can. 

 Close up of the right side:

  • Celebrating Barry's birthday! 
  • More time outside, walking the dog, and enjoying time together.
  • Date lunch with my Grade 6 girl.
  • I can't describe how excited I was to see my boy walk through the gates at the airport, after being gone for 5 days... He on the other hand, was being silly, and refused to smile nicely for a photo. 
  • Sweet peas... In full bloom, and loving the sight and smell.
  • When Mason was in Grade 6, 3 years ago, Madelyn said to me "I hope you don't expect me to be a patrol when I'm in Grade 6. I'm just not interested" It's funny that 3 years later, being a patrol is a right of passage. She tried out at the end of Grade 5, and has taken her roll as patrol, very seriously. 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PL2017 - Week 4

Four weeks into 2017. Things are, as always, busy.  Ringette and hockey are still going strong. Believe it or not, we're checking out Junior High School open houses for the baby of the family. Gulp... We are also filling out forms and trying to make decisions regarding High School for our first born... Double gulp...

This week I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a friend. They were one of the most beautiful bouquets I've ever had, and they lasted forever. We checked out the Science School open house. The boys headed to Canal Flats for a hockey tourney. Madelyn got to have a sleep over at Telus Spark with her Girl Guide group. While the boys were away, we went shopping and had a dinner date out.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Charmed  sampler:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

PL2016 - August

Still in the process of catching up to complete my 2016 Project Life album. Here is the month of August, in a two page spread.

This was the rainiest summer ever. We had very few days without a sky full of clouds. We were so thrilled when we did get a sunny day, but then the mosquitos were out in full force.

This summer we:

  • Walked the dog, and nearly got eaten alive by mosquitos
  • Celebrated Baba's birthday.
  • Celebrated Mason getting his learners license on his very first try!!
  • Visited Telus Spark
  • Face timed with Mason when he spent the week away with a friend
  • Road tripped to Frank Slide
  • Had annual Dr. check ups
  • Had eyes checked
  • Watched the sky look stormy, day after day
  • Saw our first tornado warning come onto the many televisions of the pub we were sitting at
  • Visited the zoo with a friend
  • Received a drivers license in the mail.

The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

February Template Freebie

I created this layout, using Sahlin Studios February template freebie. [Free for the month of February only, so get it before it's gone!]

This is from Mason's Grade 9 West Coast Sailing Trip. 

Mason was so excited to go on this trip. He went with the kids in the English program, which is who it was offered to. There was room, so he was able to go. 

I have to say I was indeed nervous, about sending him on a plane/trip all by himself. However,  having heard from so many other people, how fabulous a trip it was, we knew he had to go. 

He saved up some money on his own, participated in a few school fundraisers, and before we knew it the day had arrived. 

We had to drop him off at the airport at 5:30 am. We were all a little bit nervous. He was patient with me as I took some pictures [only because we were well away from any acquaintances] 

We got an email update most days, letting us know what had happened throughout the day, including a few photos. With so many kids, we knew we wouldn't get many photos of 'our kid', but we did manage to see his mug in a few pictures. 

The photos that were sent home, were not great quality, but with the little boxes on the template, I was able to include some memories from the trip. 

We all went to the airport to pick him up, and were all so excited to see him. Especially his sister, she practically flew into his arms. It was so sweet to watch, because he actually hugged her back, for a nanosecond, even with all this classmates around. 

It took him awhile to get his equilibrium back, he felt like he was swaying quite a bit over the next few days. Mason gave the sailing trip a two thumbs up, and would definitely recommend it!


The following Sahlin Studio Product was used:

Sahlin Studio February Template - click on link above