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I sure don't mind if you feel inspired to create something similar to what you saw on my site, just keep in mind always give credit where its due. THANKS!
holy cow batman, it is warming up in Saskatchewan. Like 25degrees warmer. -40C has been really putting a damper on things. Indoor recess for most of Dec and January is stressful. I loved walking around outside and letting the kids play in the snow. Please hope it stays for awhile!
Speaking of warm- this dude. He warms my heart. I simply do not know how it has been possible to raise the kindest and most gentlemenest (I know that isn't a word, but I can't find one that fits as well) of people. He is just an outstanding guy.
He turned 13! I am a mother to a teenager. Good grief all mighty. I AM GETTING OLD. But then my fabulous intern pointed out that I was the same age as her parents. ouch. But that's ok. I am embracing this age. I really truly have had the best life ever.
It can only get better. When I created this layout, I knew it was favourite coveted paper worthy. I also knew that he speaks volumes to the "home is where your heart is" saying. So I put 2 houses on for us. He has my heart. I hope one day I will be as kind as him. seriously. I have a tainted heart.He is pure.
This is Jim's standard going on almost 20 yrs phrase whenever I go to the hairdresser. The first time he saw me in foils he was like,"WHAT ON EARTH?????"
Now, he says the mother ship is coming for me. Funny guy. and actually he is crazy funny. like tummy busting funny. So I laugh with him, but finally after all these years, it warranted a layout.
I used a few of my absolute staples from Sizzix. for example, the red polka dot banner is HUGE! Like love it HUGE!!! But I cannot find a link anywhere. A lot of my friends always say, I wish they made it in the framelits- well they do now!!!
I use it to add patterned paper to layouts in a different look. Here the red broke up my chevron very nicely!
The tag on top of the banner is Sizzix Bigz Die - Tags #5 I think I use this tag set the most. It contains 2 sizes. I also did some fussy cutting wight he flowers, and for the life of me can't remember the name of the flower die I used. I will look it up!
I am going to try to have 30 days of art on my blog. I have the materials, now just to upload them into posts! Eek! Can it be done? Let's try. Why not begin 40 days of art with me turning 40?
I used a picture of me wearing glasses. Thankfully, I only need them occasionally when I read. But, it is a big change for me.
What is 40 bringing me?
I am trying worry less about things I cannot change.
I am trying to invest in my family more. Like not just show up to events, but actually making our little moments significant as well. I already photo document everything. Now journal. Write what I am thinking and feeling. Let these kids know my thoughts. Maybe one day they will want to know?
Ireland getting hearing aids really was a wake up call for me. The reality is she may wear hearing aids for the rest of her life, or she could wake up deaf tomorrow. We do not know what the future holds. I think this brought our family closer together. The boys really stepped up to help and protect her more this year. I know it made me realize- wow!!! life can change in a blink!! I started taking Sign language classes. I will make this my lifelong learning.
My job- tough. not gonna lie. But it has also introduced me to the strongest, supportive teachers I have ever met. I hope to be inspired by these colleagues for the rest of my life! I am blessed that some have turned into really amazing friends outside of school!
I have changed my outlook on friends a pinch this year too. I am only putting into relationships what I am getting, then hopefully I will feel less hurt. Invest in those who invest in me! new motto. I am a very social person and am very fortunate that I am surrounded by lot's of amazing acquaintances & friends, and luckily really have an outstanding life, but this year I had a few times I just needed a closer someone there for me, just to let me cry, hear and support me. I didn't realize how long and often I had been that person for others, it was weird when I realized I really needed to call someone and felt at a loss. Forging stronger relationships this year has been my #1 priority. And in turn- appreciating those that are giving me the love!
I am going to continue to learn. I am going to get a Masters in Assessment in Spec. Ed. Hopefully it won't be near as hard a it was in 2014. I think it will help me to my ultimate goal!
purge more- in general. working at King George has helped me with that. I donate everything we no longer need to the school. We have such high needs that is never ending. Even things like sheets, towels, pillows, etc. That was freeing.
multitask less. I am a queen of multitasking. It has a hold on me. I want to be better at things, not just doing them with half effort. My husband never multitasks, and he has become such an amazing cook. Like epic. I am envious.
try to get more sleep. I have been working so hard at this. At tone time I never even considered going to bed before 1, 2am. Ever. Now I am making a solid effort to be in bed by midnight or sooner. That is big for me. Insomnia has consumed my entire life.
OK, if you have read this far and are still with me, join me tomorrow. I promise I won't ramble forever again.
In the past 2 weeks I have been creating like crazy! I feel refreshed and inspired. Maybe I needed an escape from cold weather to California to kick start my mojo. I am going to share projects I have been scrapbooking, art I have been painting and random projects!
Let's get started!I created over 30 layouts in the past 2 weeks. I put myself on a bit of a challenge. STOP taking everything in the house including the kitchen sink to crop. Take as minimal as you can. Can you reach a goal? I took 1 bag I packed for a crop years ago. The only thing I added was a trimmer, adhesive and scissors. The next time I wet to the farm, I took out the bag I purchased of new stuff and and couple sheets of cardstock. Without a doubt- I have never ever been this creative. Seriously. I took out colour and black and white photos. I was able to make every photo work, because if the colour scheme was specific- I used b/w photos. Sometimes, if I was missing a title- I came home and added it! In this case I knew I wanted to use the Sizzix Originals Die - Curly Gate to add decorative touches on the sides. So when I came home a quick cut on my Big Shot and voila!
This is one of my most coveted patterned paper lines ever. It is the colour theory series from KI Memories. Does anyone else hoard papers? I do! And then I was thinking, why save them. If we ever had a flood, I would be sad that I never used them. I cut my vellum tag using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Tags #5. By cutting in vellum, I could create layers without taking away from the layout.
Thanks for looking!
Make sure you check out the Sizzix blog. We are hitting it out of the ballpark with ideas!
AND CREATIVATION 2017 is NEXT WEEK! So amazing sneak peeks are coming!!!
Eeek!!!! Tim Holtz is already on its way to my house, dying to get into it!!! What collection are you loving?
I used to be quite diligent about getting them... then what happened? I didn't do them for almost 3 years. No excuses! So we had a mini session with Blissful Makeup, Hair & Photography. Gabrielle is simply amazing. So over the course of this week, I will share the layouts I create with the photos she took. Yes some are going to be doubles. I always create one for each kid and one for Jim & I. That way when the kids leave the house, they will have the same memories to look back on.
seriously sometimes butterflies are all you need as an accent.
First off- I have to apologize. I have been ill for almost a month. This flu hit me crazy hard. My posts have been a little blah and infrequent. I missed more days off from work than I would have liked! But, that is life sometimes! But I must stop here to show you my little project I did last week!
Sizzix is the bomb! I just adore working for them. This year, what better way to celebrate the holidays and teachers? Give them a gift card in this adorable stocking. This is the link for the die! you will not regret this purchase!!!
I usually go all out crazy for them. I love being silly to make kids laugh and feel good. It teaches them to be brave, to put themselves out there. To teach how to laugh at themselves.
This day was wacky hair day. I had an important meeting after school, so I couldn't go too crazy. So instead I did something I would never do.
Another day was Double D Green day- school was honouring Duane's induction into the hall of fame. Of course we wore green because Duane ended his career with the Roughriders. I wore my jersey and a wig.
But I will be super honest. It is hard. Hard to always put myself out there and be silly. This green day, there was only 1 other staff member that participated. And about 12 kids. So I went home thinking why on earth do I keep doing this? I was frustrated, annoyed. But at the end of the day... my class kids LOVED it. They call me silly, the bond is forming, I am getting love and the behaviours are happening less and less.
So next spirit day, will I be in? you will have to wait and see....
Life is a roller coaster adventure I am riding. :)
I just can't believe how blessed I am. Seriously. I cannot get enough of our kids.
Jim took this pic of us. love this peanut.
However, mental note- thin out my hair ASAP!!!! holy helmet head. This is so my life though. My favourite curling iron breaks the week of family pics. I buy a new one, my hair ends up being huge. Oh well. it could be worse...
It couldn't possibly be the most busiest weekend for me- 3 days of scrapbooking, sports award ceremony, steak night. All with the best people in my life!
Always the most fun getting together with this dear friend. Love you Miss Vicki!
This is a ongoing lesson Vicki tries to teach me. It is years in the making. "Leica, look for the butterfly". We recreate it often because of one little comment Jim made years ago... Looks more like you are looking at a moth. Silly boy.
Of course, it wouldn't be a crazy time unless Jim came for a Vicki session. BTW- What is with my red lipstick????? I think it is took wild!
Then of course, just getting much needed friend time in. I ADORE my scrapbook gang more than anything. We are such an eclectic, dirty, funny group of girls. It is soul food when we hang.
Then Jim & I had attended Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. A fabulous friend Duane Dmytryshyn was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. You may or may not know, I have been lucky to work with a retired CFL football player.