Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christmas Photo Layout Process

I'm so excited!

I've started the layouts featuring the photos from Christmas 2011! Yes-- I did! I don't know WHY I procrastinate doing Christmas photos, but I do.
CONSISTENTLY!!!

UGH!

Maybe I procrastinate because it is such a BIG day for us, and very special. I hesitate to create pages for the photos as nothing could imitate the feeling of Christmas day!

I decided to throw that thought out the window, take the bull by the horns, and get those memories scrapped. I have made getting Christmas 2011 photos on the page my January 2014 goal.

I'm organizing to create these event-based page process in a neat, step-by-step way, and I'm taking photos so I can create a tutorial about it, which I will post on my Blog. I have figured out there will be about 12-13 pages about that holiday.

I'll share the process with you as soon as I have all my ducks in a row! Just wanted to LYK that this is coming very soon!

Happy 20th Birthday to our one and only daughter, our eldest- Kate Lillian. Love you, sweetie, and am so proud of you!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Scrapbooking Goals: 2014

Hi everyone!! Happy New Year!

 WOW-- can you believe: 2014!!? We're well into the month now.
I love a brand new year.
In general, I work better if I am organized and have an end point in mind, so every year I set myself some Scrapbooking Goals. This year I am adding card goals, too. Here is a list.

Goals related to papercrafting:
 
155 LOs (12x12" or 81/2x11" pages)
200 cards
12 layout sketches
12 card sketches
Complete Christmas 2011 pages
Complete Christmas 2012 pages
Complete Christmas 2013 pages

Finish creating LOs using greeting card photos from friends/family

Place completed LOs in WRMK albums chronologically

Purchase new WRMK albums when on special at Scrappin' Great Deals

Use heat embossing  (which I just learned how to do!)
Stamp on LOs (I never do this and it is a great idea!)

Complete 2 of the many BPC classes I have in my account

AND: Start using the Picture My Life system from CTMH as my "Project Life". COMING SOON- check with your CTMH Consultant!

Do you set goals for your Sb'ing or cardmaking? I'd love to hear about them, or your thoughts on this topic! Leave me a note!
Thanks for popping by!
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Crock Pot Inspiration!!!!

I love my Crock Pot! it saves me oodles and oodles of time. Look what I just ordered!
Slow Cooker

This is just the boost I need to get some new meal ideas for my Crockpot now that fall is in full swing!

 :)  It was ONLY $5.00- well worth it.... Why not order yourself a copy?!

 Have  a wonderful day!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

LOAD DAY 1 and 2

Hi Everyone! 
I have a couple of layouts to share with you today as we are doing the ScrapHappy LOAD this month! 
Here goes~
LOAD Day 2
"New Camera" 
This layout really shows Noah's sweet personality!

Journaling:  

These photos were taken by Daddy before Christmas 2012, when we knew we needed photos of you for family, teachers and friends. We wanted the photos to show your personality, which these certainly do! You were an amazingly patient and fun subject to photograph! Love you, buddy.

Noah: age 10 ½ yrs
November 2012
Kingston, NS

Supplies:
CS: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Pembroke Collection - CTMH
Ink: Twilight- CTMH
Camera: Mamarazzi Collection - Bo Bunny
Flowers: CTMH and Dollarama
Brads: CTMH and BasicGrey
Font: Arial unicode MS

LOAD Day 1
"Two"
This is Kate and her mare, Grace. Grace is a Hanoverian Thoroughbred horse. They are a lovely team! this pic was taken by Danique Rowsell.

So exciting- used pps from 3 OLD collections here! Some I've been hoarding- LOL;  used them here (fussycut) to make the fantasy garden on this LO!!

Supplies:
CS: CTMH Lagoon
3 Collections of pp: Phoebe, Blush and Oh Baby! by BasicGrey were used here
Stickles: Mermaid
Glitz gel: Clear and soft green - CTMH
Sequins: My stash
Wide striped ribbon: My stash
Lettering: Daisyd's- coloured with CtMH ink in Smoothie and coated in Glossy Accents
Font: Amazone BT

LOAD is so much fun and we get PAGES DONE!!
 Have a wonderful day! :)
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Monday, September 30, 2013

TOTAL: 24!

Well everyone, my total number of pages in the September 2013 informal Layout A Day (LOAD) that I set for myself was TWENTY FOUR!! YAY-- 24 pages!! Lots of photos scrapped and at least 24 stories told! :)

I even got NINE of the boys' CLASS GROUP PHOTOS scrapbooked! Those were the last ones I needed to do up. Wahoo! Then I sorted out the remaining school pics and got them all into nice envelopes. :) THAT was quite an accomplishment. Just need to decide where to store the left-overs and we'll be DONE with the school pics til this years' come in!

Obviously I didn't get the chance to post each of my 24 September layouts for you to see here on the BLOG but I am hoping that I will get them posted for you within the next few days. Will do my best!

 I made abut 19 pages kits to "have prepped" for the October more "official"  LOAD, too. I mainly:
1) Wrote the journaling and typed it out (I find this slows me down, and when it is done ahead of time, I can just FLY!)
2) Chose my patterned papers (lots of scraps too!) and CS
3) Trimmed photos (I always have several photos on a layout)
4) Gathered any ephemera that needed to be saved on the page
4) Put everything a BIG Ziplock bag

Then I piled them all up, ready to use! Some fun new pages are on the roster for October LOAD!

Have a great evening.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

LOAD-09: DAY 1


Here's the LOAD-09: Day 1 layout... remember, this was before we got the kids their BIG (15ft) pool. It got set up a couple of weeks later. This was a HOT day--  we filled the tiny pool with water so Noah could cool off. What ensued was layout worthy! LOL So cute and funny...enjoy!

LOAD-09: DAY 1
 "C'mon Argo!" 

Also fits Whimsical Musings Challenge #13: Colour Triad 
(I used colour scheme #3.)
Journaling:
For some odd reason, Argo thought  the pattern on the bottom of the tiny pool was "real." He kept trying to "chase" it by walking around & around in the water and sticking his nose in! It was a rather comical situation!  The photos don't do it  justice, but it was 100% hilarious to see Argo hop in the water right beside Noah and work soooo hard at "catching" the intriguing pattern printed on the bottom!!!
Our backyard, Kingston, NS
Noah (10) and Argo (3)

June 2012

Supplies: 
Cardstock: CTMH "Gypsy"
Ink: CTMH "Petal"
Patterned paper: MME
Bracket: MME
Lettering: BasicGrey
Buttons: My stash
Thread: 100% Polyester-"Feature Value" from my stash

Thanks for looking! :) 
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Challenge for September!

Over at ScrapHappy, there are a few of us doing a LOAD ("Layout A Day") Challenge for the month of September.

Just for blogging purposes, I am calling it "LOAD-09"

We do have a ScrapHappy member-generated LOAD coming in October, but some of us wanted to start early and get into the groove. :)

So, we are!

Excited to see what we all come up with... I am going to try to blend Whimsical Musings challenges with the daily LOAD-09 prompts from the ScrapHappy 09-LOAD group. The girls are using the iphone LOAD App that Lain started to post the daily LOAD-09 prompt.

I know there are more Argo an Noah pool fun pics, for sure! Keep an eye out- I'll be posting them!

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A Summery Layout


As you probably know I've been playing along with  prompts from the Whimsical Musings blog. Just love it! They have a "weekly scrapbooking challenge with an inspirational twist" as the blog header says.

It's really fun because you can look back at the Past Whimsical Musings Prompts over at WM and have fun fulfilling them with a layout or other project.

Why not make it YOUR project to fulfill some of the former WM prompts?? it will definitely help you get pages done!

There is a contest going on over at Whimsical Musings right now with some great prizes- be sure to enter, just by creating a layout for the 100 celebration OR for a past prompt. :)

I created a summer fun layout using the July 2013 sketch by Lain Ehmann (over at the ScrapHappy community) to meet the requirements for Whimsical Musings Challenge #26-- I used a different Sketch than suggested in the WM prompt, but it was inspiring just the same!


"Water Fun" layout
created for WM #26 using a sketch by Lain Ehmann
This one was a stash-buster!!!!
All the paper used is My Mind's Eye. Have lots of MME paper in my stash!
The cardstock and inks were from CTMH.
Flower was cut from CTMH patterned paper
Title Lettering:  Crate Paper
Font: Arial
Ribbon: My stash- originally from SNS

Hope you enjoyed this fun summer LO... head on over to Whimsical Musings to get your scrap on!! See you there!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Another couple of stories told!

Hi scrappy peeps! I've been playing a little bit over at Whimsical Musings, where there is a 100th Post Challenge going on! Participants have til Sept. 16th to get their layouts in, so get on over there and have fun! 

Here's what I created for the Whimsical Musings Centenary challenge (WM #100):
"But She's Home Now" layout
 Whimsical Musings Challenge #100

(WM #100)

The little chipboard flowers are APPLE BLOSSOMS. Apples are a major crop and traditional emblem here in the Annapolis Valley area of NS. :) 

 XYZ is the initial of the lady who gave us the piano- I cannot  state her name as her CLIENT gave the piano to her and it would be a breach of confidentiality somewhere down the line. The XYZ initials are explained  on the LO's reverse for my family. :) 

Journaling: 

She's between 85-100 years old & may even have seen TWO World Wars. Who Knows?  69-84 years are unaccounted-for...
"Upright Orchestral Grand" Manufactured by Amherst Pianos Ltd.  1913-1928... in Amherst, NS
"Gap" of 69-84 years... 
Until approx. 1997... Bought at auction by family in XYZ, Kings Co., NS,     who also had a sheep farm. 
Approx. 1998: Piano given to XYZ's's client whose daughter was taking piano lessons.
Approx. 2003: XYZ's client GAVE her the piano & an SPCA donation was made (in exchange).  Sept 2011: XYZ's sons were no longer playing. She found the piano a home. 
January 2012: Piano came to us on a horse trailer-----> (Gives our address in Kings Co., NS). Local moving companies dropped the ball!  

Supplies:

All cardstock, patterned papers, both types of lettering, and inks: Close To My Heart.
White gel pen: Uniball Signo- Broad tip
Apple Blossoms & flourish chip stickers- BasicGrey Curio collection

Then I went ahead and told a couple of other stories that needed recording.

These are both 8 1/2 x 11" pages and will go in the big album beside the 12 x 12" page seen above.

"Happiness is Homemade" layout 
Whimsical Musings Challenge #100-3 
(WM #100-3)
Journaling: 

I wanted to do something nice for the person who gave us the piano and the folks who came to help Daddy move it.
I used a tried and true, FAVE recipe for Sugar Cookies. I tripled the batch. It was hard ‘cause kitchen stuff is tough on me – I admit that my legs were really tired afterward. Luckily, they cooperated for most of the work time!  Made over 150 cookies and gave almost all of them away, much to the kids’ dismay! (LOL)
The gal who gave us the piano told me in an email that she had to stop herself from eating those delicious cookies for BREAKFAST! 

SUGAR COOKIES 

1 cup margarine
1 c white sugar
1 egg
2 cups all purpose  flour
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp soda
dash salt
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients.
Roll into 1” balls, roll balls in sugar. 
Press down gently with a fork.
Bake 10-12 min at 350 degrees.

"Only in the Valley" layout 
Whimsical Musings Challenge #100-6 
(WM #100-6)
Supplies for the two pages above: 

All cardstock, patterned papers, lettering, and inks: Close To My Heart
Horse punch: Regal
Cork medallion (used as a title block): CTMH
Stamps: CTMH "Country Born" set: D1543
'Kissing' horses a scrap fabric swatch - I frayed the edges to make it more sturdy & to fit this layout.

Journaling: 

Only in the Annapolis Valley would a PIANO be delivered on a HORSE TRAILER.

Yes, the Amherst Upright Orchestral Grand Piano that had been given to us was brought to our home in Kingston from Berwick---- using a horse trailer!
TY to M.J. for the loan of her trailer- otherwise “The Old Girl” (as I call her) may never have arrived at her final destination!

Notes placed on the back of this LO: 

1. Some of the guys from Daddy’s work at 14 Wing Greenwood came to help move the piano, which weighed 600 lbs.

2. The piano, given to us by  XYZ was a real treat. Although it’s been 20 years since I TOUCHED a piano, I’m hoping to get some of my piano-playing skills back

These are NOTHING FANCY but a few more stories were told in the process. :) I feel really good about that! 

Be sure to hop on over to Whimsical Musings and play with us- it's a nice little spot for Challenges! 
Oh, and I should probably mention that there is a prize for the Whimsical Musings Centenary Celebration! Lots of fun! Get those LOs in by Sept 16th-->See you there! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer fun!

Hi everyone!! 

Since it is so gorgeous here in NS- it's the middle of summer, and it's our "family birthday season" again (Bryan: July 28th, and Daniel: August 4th) I'd like to share some LOs I created of the kids enjoying 1) Daniel's birthday, and 2) the backyard pool. These LOs were JUST created the past few weeks and are all from last summer! 
Here you go!
"B'day Bliss '12'"
Journaling reads: Daniel, we celebrated your 12th birthday in August 2012 with a pool party for some of your friends. It was a hot, beautiful summery day. Before we went outside, there were gifts and a delicious DQ ice-cream cake depicting a big green sea turtle to celebrate summer. The turtle on the cake also commemorated your Leatherback Sea Turtle project from Grade 6.

"Gifts, Cake- 2012"
 [Daniel's 12th birthday]

"Play Hard"
Pool party fun! 

"Swim, Play, Enjoy"
August 4th, 2012 pool playtime: birthday fun! 

"Most Favourite"
Journaling reads:  Daniel told us that the most favourite part of the birthday party, for him, was swimming with his friends.  :)  
It was obvious that ALL the kids had a blast playing ball, goofing around in the pool and enjoying the sun-- it was a beautiful day! 
How awesome to have a pool in your own backyard!

"Enthusiastic"
Journaling reads: Daniel said the kids all enjoyed playing “Monkey in the Middle” with the red ball when they were swimming! They swam for about an hour before it was time to head home. This was a “definitely will-be-repeated-party” idea!

"Cool Pool Time"
 Noah in the pool!

"$-Store Shark"
More pics of Noah-- and the shark!
Journaling reads: The “Dollar store” shark gave the kids SO MUCH extra fun in the pool! They swam with him, “rode” him, chased one another with him and generally had him within arm’s reach the entire time they were in the pool. In the summer of 2012, we had a bigger (15’) pool and they had a blast with Mr. Shark yet again! Not bad-- for a dollar!

Photos of Noah: August 2012

Hope you have all enjoyed these watery-fun layouts! Have a super day... 
What's coming next? A horse/riding layout, and some pics of the Prom 2012 mini-album that I created for Kate! 
See you soon!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The last of the LOAD LOs...

I decided that today I would share the final LOAD layouts that I created. I love doing LOAD, it just gets that scrappin' mojo going! :)  Here are layouts 12-21. Yep, I did 21 layouts that month instead of my usual 30. It's Ok, life had to take precedence, which is as it should be. :) The spring was kind of nuts. Despite the fact that 'We don't do crazy,' it WAS crazy! LOL

Anyway- here they are-- better late than never!

Here is a layout of our tuxedo-cat Mitty who sleeps or lies in the funniest positions!
"Paws for a rest"
LOAD DAY 12 
Paws strip: Dollarama
Paw square: TPC Studio
Ticket: CTMH
Cat embellie: Sandylion
Cardstock & Inks: CTMH
Background paper and vertically striped strips: CTMH
Lettering: BasicGrey and Glitz Designs
Font: Arial

I took the chance this LOAD to get a LOT of the kids' school photos scrapbooked. So you will see a few LARGE pics scrapped here! It felt so good to get those done...


"Bryan- Grade 9"
LOAD DAY 13 
"Bryan- Grade 10" (2011)
LOAD DAY 14

"Fast Forward"
LOAD DAY 15
Journaling:
Daniel, when I found these two photos of you at different ages, I placed them near a current one to see how much you’ve changed and grown. :)  What a cute baby and handsome kiddo. Time sure does do a “fast forward” when we look at photos this way!  
Photos of Daniel Cole XXXXXXX
18 mos old - 2002
6 yrs old -     2006

12 yrs old -   2012

All cardstock and papers- CTMH.
Embellishment strip- CTMH
"Winsome look"
LOAD DAY 16
Journaling:
One day in March, Argo was outside in the backyard. When we peeked out the window to check on him, there he was, ON the picnic table!! This was QUITE hilarious, since Argo is NOT usually a trickster at all. As he looked winsomely up at us, we took some photos. Who could resist that face? When Daddy called Argo in, off he jumped and away he loped, back into the house. SO cute and funny—but good thing he won’t be making a habit of THAT!
Photos- March 2012

Journaling by Mom- May 2013

The cardstock & the polka dot papers above are from CTMH. Plaid paper is from TPC Studio.

"Daniel Cole Age 10" (Grade 6)
LOAD DAY 17
Had a little bit of fussy-cutting "fun" with this one! I used up some very old BasicGrey paper from the "Archaic" collection! (Oh groan-- yep-- pun intended!) 
Do you like the 3-D palm tree? LOL Had to hide a big mistake on this one (oops!) so used the fussy-cutting to my advantage! The Kraft paper and inks used here are from CTMH.

"Bryan- Grade 8"
LOAD DAY 18
I used an inset photo of Bry's grade 8 "Grad" photo (going from middle school, on to high school). I like how this turned out! One photo was from Sept 2009, the other, from Spring 2010. All papers and cardstock from CTMH. 

"Bryan Alexander: Grade VII"
 LOAD DAY 19
That was a tough photo to scrap as they did something weird with the background when they developed the photo package... (very bright...) anyway, I know it's better to have the photo than NOT have it, so I scrapped it anyway. The photo is so bright though, it washed out ALL the papers I tried. so I went with papers  that had a slightly distressed look. As I said- tough one! These are all CTMH papers, pearls & inks, so happy I had them! 

"Noah Adam Scott: Grade One" (Sept. 2009)
LOAD DAY 20
Adored using Crate Paper's older "Brook" collection on this page. Ahhhh.... this photo makes me smile. That's our youngest. :) 

"Cherished Son, Daniel- Grade 3"
 LOAD DAY 21
There was a great deal of peachy-tone to the photo background on Daniel's photo. I chose to draw on this in my paper choices. These are all CTMH cardstock, patterned paper and inks. Tags and tickets were cut from some CTMH papers, too. Ribbon from my stash... button is from my daughter- she gave me some BasicGrey buttons for Christmas! 
As you can see, I am a very linear person. Even my clustering looks "linear!" LOL
There, all done posting the last of the 21 LOAD layouts! Hope you enjoyed! On to newer things in the next post. Have a great day- do something creative!! 

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Monday, July 8, 2013

More Layouts from Layout a Day in May!

Hi Everyone~! 
As promised, here are some more May 2013 layouts... LOAD 513 was a lot of fun and I got a tonne of layouts created-- which means that stories were told. 
LOAD DAY 8
"Birthday Time Again"
(An 8 1/2 x 11" page)
The above page was created as an accompaniment to my "Gadget" birthday LO, created on LOAD Day 1, as seen below. I think these work really well together. I had fun using the smaller size to complete this birthday page set.  The smaller page just indicated that the cake was from DQ and showed some cards and a gift...plus the date. Simple easy LO to go with this one: 
"Gadget" LO from LOAD DAY 1
LOAD DAY 9
"Our Old Soul"
Journaling:
Argo, you are so much more than Noah’s buddy. You are special. You are a Dog Guide, especially for him. You are intelligent, you are loving. You accept Noah just the way he is. You help us keep him safe… you help him focus. 
More than anything, you are an “Old Soul.” 
Bless you for being who you are.
We are so thankful for you. 
Photos- Spring 2012

Journaling by Mom May 2013 

LOAD DAY 10
"Fast Friends"
Journaling here was  written by hand and described Kate and her cat Misty in Winter 2012 on a visit home on the weekend. Misty always missed her! J 

LOAD DAY 11
"A Special Place"
This was a layout I was ever-so-glad to get down on paper. I used a stock photo from the internet but will be replacing that with a new one soon!

Journaling: 
One of “our places in the world” is connected to our children and their education. It is Kingston and District School, right here in our own little town.

I drove Kate and Bryan there the first 2 years… every day, there and “home again, home again, jiggety-jig” because we wanted to take advantage of the French Immersion Program that was not offered at the school in Greenwood where we lived on Base.

Once we moved to Kingston, we were in the “right” area and the kids took the bus.

Kate began going to Kingston and District school in 1999, and Bryan, in 2000. (Daniel was 3 weeks old when I drove Bryan and Kate to school that September day in 2000, for Bry’s first day!)

Daniel began going there in 2005. Noah, in 2007… He is now in Grade 4-- still a student at KDS. Our other children have moved on.

It is now 2013, and as you can see, we have been apart of this school for 14 consecutive years. No wonder I feel that part of my heart is there. We have had each of our children attend this school.

Kate, our eldest,  graduated in the same school district where she began- the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, with her French Immersion Certificate: unheard of for a military kid. But that’s just the way it has worked out.

Our elementary school has been more than amazing. We have had kids go thru French  Immersion, the English program, plus one on an Individual Program Plan (IPP). I thought we had pretty much covered everything…   And then, in October 2011, Argo, Noah’s Autism Assistance Dog Guide (AADG), began attending this school, every day, with his special kiddo.

I wrote an article about this school’s work with Noah and his AADG, Argo- and had it published.… I have volunteered there…we have participated in fundraisers, been to their Spring Flings and concerts…  even took care of the Grade Primary butterflies at home over March Break one year. We have loved artwork the kids brought home, and I have created my own artwork to feature their creations.  We’ve benefitted from, and enjoyed some autism-related events offered in the school building, like Music Therapy once a week for Noah.  I’ve loved the photos Noah’s team sends home, and have created scrapbook pages about class trips and school activities.

We have been happy with this school-- overjoyed with the TLC and educational opportunities it has offered each of our children. I have recommended it without any reservation to other families who have a child with ASD thinking of a move within the province. 

This school has been the main reason we have stayed here as long as we have. Our hearts are here, the best school is here, we NEED to be here. And so, we are.

Kingston and District School

Photo:  May 2013 

There you go! Hope you've enjoyed these!  Will work away at getting more layouts posted as soon as I can. :)

Have a wonderful day! 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Have lots of LOs to share!

Because I did LOAD in May 2013, AKA "Layout A Day 5-13," I have lots and lots (LOADS? *grin*) of layouts to share with ya'll.

Hope you like them! I will get them posted a few at a time.

Here are my first few LOs.

I'll number them for you LOAD DAY 1; LOAD DAY 2 etc...
LOAD DAY 1
 "Gadget" 

Journaling reads: 
Bryan, on your 17th birthday, we celebrated in our usual way with prezzies and an ice cream cake from DQ. There were a bunch of crisp white envelopes with gifts inside… you’re so spoiled! 
(You deserve to be spoiled by the people who love you, though, so it’s OK.) J
There was one very unusual gift from Dad and me- an electronic gadget that tuned any flat surface into a speaker!
You were ‘over the moon excited’ and very intrigued with this piece of equipment.
OK- yes--- we were all fascinated--- it was just THE coolest thing ever!!!
Your Dad is a smart shopper and told me that he knew right away that you’d like it when he spied it at the store.

Happy Birthday, buddy!

Photos: July 28, 2012
Journaling May 2013 
LOAD DAY 2
 "55 F"

Journaling reads
Dad bought a beautiful 15 ft Intex pool in June but we didn’t get a chance to set it up until July… and when we DID, you guys sure had fun trying it out for the first time! The water was mighty cold- Gates’ delivered it in a tanker truck, and the moment that pool was full, you were in it!  The water temperature was about 55 degrees F— it was FREEZING COLD!!! Noah, you lasted longer than Daniel in the water, but neither of you was in TOO long that day!! It was so funny to watch- we got you both warmed up nice and fast after your swim, though, ‘cause we had fuzzy towels ready & it was a hot, sunny day!

Noah (10) & Daniel (almost 12)
July 2012 

LOAD DAY 3
"Sploosh!!"

Journaling reads: 
The new Intex pool went together well, and we were thrilled with it! Daddy had bought it at Costco in Moncton, NB.  It was really sturdy and looked amazing. We were astounded and awed that we had a 15 ft pool in our OWN backyard!  Preparing the ground (leveling it, etc) had taken Daddy and me all weekend, but preparation is everything. We didn’t regret spending time on that one BIT. Once we finally had our pool all set up in the backyard, we made a quick call to Gates’ to have water delivered for the pool on Monday. Daddy made a quick run home from the Base at lunchtime to be here when the water-man arrived. Mr. Gates delivered 11,000 litres of crystal clean, fresh water with a tanker truck. The delivery cost $175.00 and was worth every penny.  Daniel was fascinated with the whole process. It only took 10-15 minutes to fill the 15 ft pool-- it spewed in so FAST with that huge hose. I “made” Daddy take photos for me! (He’s always so patient with my requests for photos!)  He explained to Mr. Gates that his wife, ‘the scrapbooker’ wanted photos to record the ‘moment’ for posterity. I think other people must have done the same thing, though, because he didn’t seem surprised at all! (Or… maybe he was just being a kind Valley-person!!) J

Photos: mid-July, 2012
Daniel- almost 12 
Journaling by Mom: May 2013


LOAD DAY 4
"Take Care of the Wizard"
Journaling reads: 
With Dad’s help, Daniel learned very quickly how to care for his cute, kindly teddy bear hamster, Wizard (“Wiz” for short.).
After all, Daniel had authored The Hamster Book last year, in Grade six, and had it reviewed by a local pet shop owner. (LOL— this is true!)
Argo loved to relax on the floor and watch while Daniel cleaned the cage and Wiz rolled around in his hamster ball.

Photos: October 2012
Daniel: age 12

Journaling: May 2013

LOAD DAY 5
"Daniel: Grade 6"
Journaling for this one was hand-written and described Daniel in 2011-2012, and some of the things he did at school this year-- such as writing The Hamster Book. :) 


LOAD DAY 6
"Daniel: Grade 7"
I used an extra wallet photo from Grade 6 as an inset to create interest. Journaling, again, was done by hand and described Daniel's school year.


LOAD DAY 7
 "Two Minutes"
I chose a really busy BasicGrey Marrakech paper here as Noah is a busy little guy.
Journaling:
I would be SUCH a better Mom to you, Noah, if I could get into your consciousness for just two minutes. Those precious two minutes would help me clarify the “why” of so many things about you. Just two minutes. That’s all. 
I know I could do a better job. I WANT to do a better job.  If only I could understand you better…Getting into that amazing brain of your would help me do that. 
For now, until I can “get inside your head,” I’ll continue being a detective, using our strong connection  and the clues that are apparent in the things you do, say, enjoy or avoid to figure out the WHY of a multitude of things. 
Two minutes. That’s all I’d ask for, if it were possible. I know I’d be a better Mom to you. 
Love you so much, buddy. 
xoxo~ Mommy 
Photo: Grade 4, Kingston & District School (2011-2012)

Journaling: May 7, 2013


Thanks everyone for stopping in! Hope you enjoyed these summer layouts! That's the first seven... I will post more of my LOAD pages soon.

It's on my "radar" to get these all shared and saved on my Blog.

Guest Designer at S: CY!!

We introduced a fabulous Guest Designer over at S: CY this month! Why not pop over and have a peek at the work of fabulous artist and Guest Designer, Angela Fehr!?

Here is the sketch that I created for last Friday, June 7th, over at Sketches: Creatively Yours!

Sketches: Creatively Yours
 Sketch 8-13
 by
"Yours Truly"
 And here is my layout...

"Birthday Bliss '12" layout 
Thanks for peeking!! Head on over to S: CY to see what the Design Team has created We'd love to hear what you think!  

See you again soon! 
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