Friday, July 25, 2014

Animal Kingdom

Look at that, another layout!
This time it was based on a sketch at Disney Scrappers.
The July sketch was the inspiration however once I printed out the pics
I realized the pics were too big to fit into the sketch as it was. 
So anyway, here is the finished layout.

The title is a pic from the entrance gate. 
 I love how the tags made it easy to include lots of pics on one page. 
and lets end off with a  lovely quote by Winnie the Pooh, it reminds me of summer...
"Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Its been over 2 years since I've created a layout. 
I think its time I be more creative again, I feel better when I am creative.
(I know I said the exact same thing last year..but this time I actually have done something about it :))

DD#2 also wants her own room and we are thinking of giving her my craft room and moving the craft room into the spare bedroom. So I spent a bit of time in my craft room looking around, and there has been no clean-up or organizing, but there has been a bit of creating.

I started taking pictures again.
I played around in photoshop and OMG how quickly we forget even the simplest of things.

And thanks to Sue and her Exhaust your Excess challenge
I created a page!

Supplies: cardstock, stickers echo park, tabs Studio Oh
everything else I have no idea :)

The challenge was to use cardstock only and use five different techniques with the cardstock.  I think I only managed 4 techniques (emboss,ink,punch,computer print) but I'm happy I completed it :)

The next one shows dd #1 fractured thumb x-rays.  Its simple but its nice to have the pics and stories captured.

supplies :  pp Bo Bunny, stickers echo park

Heres to another creative day.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One Little Word 2013 | Peace

One Little Word
This year it took a while for my word to feel right.
I contemplated others
and yet this one remained
 the one I came back too.
One Little Word 2013 | Peace

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Disneyland Scrapbook Titles

I'm on a roll, a few more title pages complete!
In the album
each will be on its own white 12X12 page


New blog header came from this pic.
Spent all day in my pj's so I didn't get out to take a new pic for the header
so I choose this one instead.
Pic taken atop Goofy's Sky School


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

or perhaps

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.
Bob Dylan

Friday, January 4, 2013


This is the first creative thing I've done in ages
and it probably took twice as long
because I couldn't remember even the most basic of things.
Missed being creative
I think its
Time for the creative side to re-emerge
I realize I can process things
much better, more calmly
when I am being creative.
The only joy in the world is to begin
Cesare Pavese
or in this case
begin again.
Goal for tomorrow : take a new pic for the header

Monday, April 30, 2012

Many Minnies

Its Minnie!
She is a favourite around our house.
Her dresses, her shoes, her lipstick
We were happy to see her a few times all dressed up in different outfits
Her classic dress on Main Street
Pilot Minnie in California Adventure
Soundsational Minnie in the parade


supplies : MME, MS punch, Pink Paislee chipboard

Marilyn Monroe:
 'Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.'

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Old to New in Shiny White

My fascination with white continues
this time its the mantle
shiny white paint
latex  paint
is the way to go

Before :  ugly browny greeny colour

New : Shiny White
Clock : Bowring
Frame : Pier One
Vase : Ikea
Bamboo gift when dd#2 was born

"The first of all single colors is white ... We shall set down white for the
representative of light, without which no color can be seen;
 yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air;
 red for fire; and black for total darkness."
 -- Leonardo Da Vinci

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cool or Gross?

We spent some time along the sea wall and we saw a sea gull and a starfish, together...well technically I don't think they were together by choice, you see the sea gull ate the starfish (or sea star, as I was repeated told by the eight year old)

I thought it was pretty cool, the kids thought it was gross. (We hung around to watch him eat the entire thing)   You decide.

"We are all connected in the great circle of life"
The Lion King

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just March On


In Like a Lion

Its officially Spring and time for new starts or restarts as it may.  Time to re energize.
I haven't been scrapping much (or at all) but I have made progress on organizing my scrap space which has been a big project.  I've also repainted a cabinet and changed the hardware (i'll take some daylight pics soon)   Next on my list is to repaint and deal with the mess of our mantle.  But in the meantime I have been reading.

Silk by Alessandro Baricco  The best thing about this book is its writing. The writing is so calm and steady and repetitive, like a clock ticking or steady footsteps moving forward. It is an interesting enough story but I found the way it was written to be very captivating.

It is a thin book and I finished it quickly so next I picked up Karma by Cathy Ostlere which is the almost complete opposite when it comes to writing styles and calmness and steadfastness. This book is written in first person prose and is everything on the emotional scale that Silk was not. The story was riviting and I stayed up way tooo late to finish it...there was no way I could sleep without knowing how the main character fared.

Both books spoke universally of love and of journeys yet in such different ways. Reading them both on the same night was such a contrasting experience. I would recommend them both but give Karma 5 stars :)

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver is a book that one won't easily forget.
Its a story told through a series of letters written by a mother about her son who we learn
has murdered kids at his school.   Sometimes it is so easy to look back and place blame,
but as  events are unfolding things aren't so clear.  This was another very good read :)

Which brings me to this book.  Bringing up Bebe.  Not such a great read, in fact I don't think I would even recommend anyone else read it either :)  It is book of generalizations of Americans and generalizations of French parenting.  And the writing is a bit flaky in lots of places not to mention that the same things are repeated over and over throughout the book. 
The only thing I found interesting was the idea to "take notice" of things.  In the book the author claims that French women "take notice" of what they are eating.  I liked that phrase and that sentiment. 

Next up is A Thousand Farewells by Nahlah Ayed : 
 I haven't read this one yet,
but its on the way courtesy of Goodreads "First Reads" Program.     


Out like a lamb

Friday, February 10, 2012

End of the Beginning

When I was in Mr. Lecich's Grade 12 Socials class we had to do an imaginary interview with Sir Winston Churchill. Amazing I still remember one of the quotes from him I used

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning"
Winston Churchill

Beyond being impressed that I can remember something from that many years ago, its a little strange that I recall that on the day I registerd the little one for Kindergarten. 

Its a little up in the air about how I feel about it.
On one hand I am happy that she is ready for Kindergarten and will have some friends in her class. 
Her sisters are beyond excited to have all three in the same school.
I'm a little aprehensive about her going to Kindergarten... will she be OK all day? 
 (I know she will be fine, the others managed just fiine....but still)
I'm thrilled that it feels like the baby stage in our lives is over.
I'm a bit sad that the baby stage in our lives is over.

In any case, its only February and she doesn't start until Sept.
7 months away.
Typing it out, it seems so far away, yet at the time it felt like it was coming so soon.

It kind of feels like the
'end of the beginning'
so much more to come

A bit of hopscotch on a sunny winter day.