Thursday, September 28, 2017

Inspiration Now That Summer is Over

Summer is officially over here. The leaves are turning gorgeous jewel tones, the air is crisp in the morning, the apples are turning up in groves to my local fruit man and the peaches are coming to an end.

I don't know about you but we had a jam packed summer. We did manage to sneak in some relaxation and lazy days too but it felt mostly super busy! I had a really hard time fitting in any creative time this summer but I have to admit I wasn't feeling super inspired. I'm still not there yet. I thought maybe I should go through the layouts and projects I did make and do several posts about them. To inspire some creativity in me as well as maybe you!

The first layout I'm sharing is one of my favs from the summer! It's actually a super simple layout. I used a photo from last summer, that's how far behind I am ;) The paper is AMAZING. By Alexandra Renke.  Found at one of our local stores called The Scrap Yard, here in Calgary, AB. I bought several of a few of the designs. This one and a magnificent orange pattern.

The background alpha are some older Doodle Bug Design alpha stickers I hadn't used in ages. I placed them in a somewhat random but organized pattern. I had some scrap paper sitting on my desk that I had inked off some purple ink onto. I decided I really like the pattern and cut out two small flags from it. The bottom right corner has "Like" stamped repeatedly using purple ink, inking off once or twice in between inking. "Like" stamp is designed by Tina Aszmus of Life Love Paper for an old  Kelly Purkey kit called Currently Loving - seen here on pinterest. It's one of my favs!
Like a Boss is from an old Studio Calico stamp set. I stamped it with versa mark and used gold embossing powder, heated it up to melt of course.

I felt the page was busy enough with the bright coloured background and didn't want to take away from the typographic feel so I kept the embellishing to a minimum.
I hope you find some simple inspiration from it!

If this has given you any inspiration or want to see some process videos making layouts like this let me know. I'll do my best to make that happen :)

PS: Hope your back to school has been going smooth! Happy Fall!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Midway through May Inspiration

Hi guys! I've been a little preoccupied over here with our 4 month old Schnauzer Gus Gus and just life. Not a whole lot of time for scrapbooking lately. Which is ok :)

I wanted to pop in quickly to give a little inspiration and share about a new class I'm taking. I just started Studio Calico's newest class - Summer of Sketches 2017.  I love sketches! They really do have the ability to drag you out of a scrapbooking rut, if you've been in one. I like sketches because they are a blank slate full of inspiration. They are simple and allow you to use whatever colour palette and products you choose. There is no theme to follow. Just plain and simple, a sketch. I could easily come up with 5 layouts for one sketch! *I am promoting this class completely on my own because I really do think it's a great deal - free awesome stamp set with class while they last - and because I think it's FULL of inspiration. Below image from Studio Calico showing the stamp set you receive with class (while supplies last).

Here is one layout I made up after creating a few layouts for the week one sketch inspiration. My last post talks about the more you create the more the ideas flow and the better they get. It's so true. Once I get started I can scrapbook for days on end! It's true. The ideas just come flowing!

This layout was inspired by the colour palette from an older A Beautiful Mess Messy Box (found in their shop) that I bought from a Studio Calico friend. I had been looking for the kit since it was sold out and she graciously sold hers to me! It arrived yesterday and I immediately took it to my studio to make something quickly with it. That washi tape!!! In. Love. (sidenote: I booked our babysitter yesterday to get some spring cleaning done but sneaked in some self love time instead. Much more important than cleaning!)

Everything used on this layout, with the exception of that fabulous orange/lavender washi tape, was sitting on my desk. It took me 15 minutes to make. Simple, pretty and done. I did have to print out the photo too, which didn't take any time. My phone is connected to my computer via wifi. Super fast to print through the canon app. My printer is the Canon Pixma MG7720 (I also have the 7100 - the short of it is it won't print photos larger than 4x6 without having lines through the image. It's old though. So I bought the new version on sale for $100 and use both now).

The little flower illustration is from my doodling on scrap paper. I had tried to take part in the #100daysof ... project but I failed miserably haha! I just can't do challenges like that. Too many people need my attention in our house in this season of my life. Down the road I can't wait to try to make it to 100! I think I made it to 11? haha

I matted the 8.5x11 layout on a Studio Calico grid paper that I trimmed to 9x12. I plan on including it into my 9x12 Project Life album. I try to plan pages with an album in mind. Thinking about where I want to ultimately have a layout live. This one was just a fun one about me. Perfect for my PL album. Which I am so not up to date on btw! But that's ok. :) 

Happy May Long Weekend! 

Listening to Right now - Magic Lessons Podcast

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert Season 1, Episode 8 - The Pure Pleasure of Making Stuff". What I've been listening to lately. I wanted to share because I think its so important to hear that it's ok to make for the sake of pushing yourself to your next level. In whatever that may be. It's ok to make really bad stuff.

Amazing short podcast with Liz and guest Rayya Elias chatting about making really bad music, art, writings and photography and just how important those really bad creations are for the success of making really good music, art, writings and photography.

Do you know how much time I have put into fiddling with ideas at times just to have something click and point me into a really good episode of making awesome art? Lots of time. Lots of canvases or if I'm scrapbooking, the odd piece of cardstock. I truly believe practicing something is never a waste of time. It might become frustrating at times yes, or it might be insightful. Whatever those feelings are let yourself go through them so you can get to the point of being successful in your eye. After all, it should be important to you that you are good at something you are passionate about not the world. They'll come around eventually, or not. It's all part of the process.

It took me many "failed" canvases to get to this, I think pretty cool, canvas. It actually took a few. If only I had more large chunks of time I would be so content to blow through making really bad art to get to these fun, pretty happenings. 

You guys, I couldn't love this podcast more. It's everything that I talk to myself about, and sometimes question myself on as well. It's real. It's human. How can one just start making really good anything without making some really bad stuff? That wouldn't be human now would it, or fun!

Check out one of Rayya's tracks, love it! follow this link Touch the Ground  by: Rayya Elias

"I'm making really bad art so I can make good art" - Lisa Ross 

"Write a crappy song, the next song is gonna be AMAZING! - just the fact that I'm making a crappy song, I'm a successful songwriter." - Rayya Elias 

"Nothing more successful than the person who is confident enough to be stupid, and to be at risk." 
- Liz Gilbert

As a side note, keep this in mind. Since we are talking all things messy. I think that with the introduction of Instagram has come this false world that people start to believe everyone has these beautiful, perfect, bright lives (and homes). In todays society where everything looks to be so perfect and beautiful we need to step back and realize, that's just the photo that made the cut to be shared. There indeed was many messes and ugly shots to get to that one, perfectly lit, well balanced, pretty photo. Real life just isn't like that. I'm guilty of trying to get that perfect shot. But I do it because I really do love the challenge photography wise. I am indeed not doing it to try to portray our lives are perfect. I actually "follow" (and have been instafriends with for a long time) a large number of normal, everyday mommas on Instagram because I love the connection that I feel with them about having a messy life with littles. Because I love that it reminds me that these days, they're just all messy. So is art, so is scrapbooking so is everything creative as I know it. All these points are also a massive reason why I LOVE Ali Edwards Week In The Life project. It's whole precedence is about capturing our real, everyday lives. I have yet to complete an album! But I did all the work and have all the photos! I often wonder what my Grandma would think about us today. I also really love the out of focus, dark, messy photos from my childhood and family. They are actually some of my favorite. Just wanted to tuck all these thoughts in here ;)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Week In The Life 2017 - Day 3 - Part 2

Finishing up her morning list to get ready for school. Even though it's in the afternoon it comes up fast. She LOVES this dress and I love that she chooses to wear it and doesn't have a care in the world what anyone thinks. I hope she keeps her confidence. I'll try my best as her mom to help her keep this. 

I want to remember this cluttered, sticky sink. Filled with their things. Some weeks I clean this daily. I haven't in a week.

It takes a little to get Lexi going in the morning. Right now she is playing something using the bunny feet that the easter bunny left behind.

Lexi is explaining the rules. They make no sense at all haha. I'll telling Milly to just go with it :)

"Hold it just like this"

I love hearing them giggle and seeing them get along! 

Lexi would give Milly specific instructions on how to hold the bunny print then make her hold it over her face and then take it back and put it in the bag. Milly giggled away! 


Milly stands.

I'm not sure what she's doing here, but she did say it's one of her poses. Silly Milly. 

Fixing the music machine. And we lost pants somehow.

More Milly stands.

More fixing.

Lexi asked if we could take the baby (Lion from previous picture) for a walk. In the stroller.

Uncle Nick found us!! On his way to Lowes to finish getting the baby room ready. What a good daddy.

All of these photos are unedited. I had big plans to run my photos through lightroom and make most of them black and white for printing to put in my album. Maybe I'll just do that with the ones in my iPhone. Today was FULL of photos. The rest of my week will not have anywhere near this many photos. Today I was just in the mood. I'm going to scale back a lot on the number of photos I will take daily for the rest of the week. Mostly to make it more manageable but I'm glad I did a heavy photo day. Look at all the great and real memories! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week In The Life 2017 - Day 3 - Part 1

April 18. Tuesday. Back to school for Milly this afternoon after a 4 day easter weekend. Until then let's cuddle a little and get outside a lot.  After being cooped up all winter (I am not a cold weather girl) I am so aching to be outside as much as possible. Something the girls also equally love. I don't think we've spent more than an hour during the day inside in the last two days.

I'm sharing photos that I took on my Olympus from today. I haven't gotten to uploading my phone photos yet. Its probably something I'll do halfway through or at the end. Uploading takes me so much time I'd rather get half the photos up and most of the story typed and out of my head so there is something to remember when it comes time to put this whole album together. Also, yes I realize I'm sharing Day 3 before day 1 & 2. It's just how my brain works. And because the uploading is taking forever tonight I just want to get the memories down :)

The girls were super clingy to daddy this morning. I think it has something to do with him laying with them last night longer than normal at bedtime and telling them lots of childhood stories about what him and Uncle Devin used to get up to. Milly loved it! I tried convincing him that he should take Lexi with him to work (she loves pretending to work right now and will for long periods of time). No go.

Lots of purple kinetic sand this morning. I'm not even going to sweep it up because I know it'll be out later again. My self last year would have absolutely swept it up right away. I'm learning ;) There is still purple sand beneath my feet as I type this.

I'm attempting dinner prep while the girls are playing nicely (this is a rare occasion lately which makes getting any prep work feasible) so I'm taking advantage to save time during the switching hour later! ;) Split peas and black beans. No idea what I'll make with them, probably just a salad topper.

Black beans. They'll make it into something for dinner.

 Lexi all dressed up. I do lay her clothes out for her but she is her own woman. I let her go with it most days. She just might rule the world one day or lead womens rights all over the world.

We found Milly quietly playing in her room. I emptied out the floor of her closet recently moving the 4x4 Ikea expedite that was in there out into her room. It's cramped now BUT she now has a place for ALL of her stuffies. Her pride and joy. Here she said "momma, I'm moving things around in here so these little guys aren't so cramped on the bottom. They like it more." The sweetest little girl I know. A big heart of gold this one has. She is going to own a farm and have 5 babies. She told me yesterday that she is also going to have twin boys. 

Making sure there isn't something left out that she can get into. Milly did give her a little grey beanie boo kitty to play with.

After 15 minutes of fighting with the internet to get cartoons to work on the TV I am finally attempting a shower. Sometimes I take my coffee into the shower with me. True story. We have a large steam shower so there is actually ample space to have it where water won't ruin it haha! It's that or live with cold coffee every morning.

She just started this new posing thing two days ago. I had her help me try to take a new headshot for a project coming up and I think she's trying to mimic my corny trying to pose poses. Help me now! For the record, have you ever tried posing for a headshot that looks natural. Man is it awkward! Good thing it was just me and Milly!

This one however was born posing.

Getting them to agree on the same show, lots of bribery. 

Attempting a shower now. I find this age tricky right now. Usually there's something catastrophic that happens when I try this.

Yup. 5 minutes in and Lexi is scratching Milly. Have you ever had a child who scratches? It's been the hardest thing I've ever dealt with as a human being. No lie. WITL has to have all the memories, happy and frustrating. I want to be able to look back on this enormous project years down the road with my girls when they are momma's and see what I went through haha! Just Kidding. Sort of ;)

Not the best start to the morning today, a bit a grouchiness to work out of the girls today :) 
Lexi now playing happily in her room with her babies while Milly watches some Garfield so I can quickly get ready. 

10 minutes to get ready and cold coffee. All while texting my friend about some cameras.

Dressed in an odd combination today - it's warm out but I'm cold. Top bun for the win (2 minute hairstyle). I managed to last 3 weeks since getting my hair done before reverting to my usually bun.

Telling me about Garfield before we go downstairs for a snack. The girls already had rice krispies for breakfast. I still have to eat.

Convinced me of a few more minutes of Garfield.

Lexi finding a scratch on the dresser from the door. Inspector Lexi.

Turning off her show. Time to get going!

My breakfast - leftover BBQ'd salmon from Saturday, cheddar scone from Yum bakery - finally while the girls have watermelon, pretzels and an egg.

Hot coffee attempt #2. 

Snack time for the girls.

Lexi playing with Gus Gus.

Lexi forgetting her suckie is in. Going in for the egg but confused that it's GREEN! From our egg dying.  I want to rememember this age as frustrating as it may be sometimes it really is the best. Those cheeks. Those chubby wrists.

She likes to have a cloth in hand when she eats. She's messy but clean.

Gus Gus waiting for a drop.

And there it is! Even though it may only be the cloth.

Trying for Milly's.

 One of the new poses. I also need to remember to change that electrical cover. From our little Leo managing to tip the chair into it.

I want to remember her little dandy hands. So gentle.

I also want to remember this funny quirk about Milly. She uses the corners of a kleenex or paper towel to "dig for gold". So gross haha!

Loving Gus Gus's little tail, it just cracks her up!

Our sweet Gus Gus.

 I love these no rush mornings. I plan on taking advantage of our time together in the mornings as long as possible. I tried, correction I felt pressured, to have Milly in all sorts of activities always going. I didn't want to do that with Lexi. I know first hand without having gone through raising a kid, how fast they grow. From watching my best friends kids grow up. I remember like it was yesterday Tristan home in his jammies watching cartoons then boom, graduated and in college. So no agenda mornings it is!