Monday, March 30, 2020

Early Spring Explore

The snow has started to melt and that is when I love to go for drives to enjoy the changing landscape. It's not just the water everywhere that makes this time of year so interesting, the returning wildlife (mainly birds) has my camera clicking again. I didn't get many opportunities, but here are a few. Those eagles really keep their distance!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

What Not to Do

That mess you see on my kitchen floor is the wonderful DIY project I had so proudly completed about an hour before I had to get the broom out. It was a dry erase calendar. I had picked up an inexpensive frame, (yes it had to be glass) designed a calendar in Photoshop, then put self adhesive magnetic stripping on the back. Yeah, it wasn't adhesive enough. So while I was having my dinner feeling quite pleased with myself, when it came crashing to the floor I nearly choked on my food . 
My husband was able to glue the frame back together, but the cost of replacement glass was nearly the cost in the first place, so I just went and got another frame and some strong, double-sided tape. I did reuse the old frame sans glass and it looks just lovely, so I now have two finished projects to be proud of.
The much needed calendar is currently on my fridge, but it won't always be and is actually part of a larger project that I will share with you at a later date.

Sunday, March 1, 2020


Hi there Birgit, this post is for you. You mentioned you were interested in seeing a bit of my scrapbooks. The albums I use for the kids are Creative Memories. I just love the quality of their products, but they are not economical, so for the big album with 300 photos, I purchased an album from a department store for $20, and filled it up completely. My style is very simple, minimalist compared to some. 

The Creative Memories albums pages all have protective sleeves, and you start with a 12by12 blank slate, so
layout possibilities are endless. I try to fit in at least 6 photos per layout. These albums also lay perfectly
flat, so they are very nice to look through.

The quality of Creative Memories cannot be beat. I actually used to be a representative, but no longer. That
is a long story. I just love the herringbone tweed on this one.

Major size difference! Creative Memories albums are not designed to hold that many pages.

All pockets in this album are 4 by 6. I made all of my owns journal boxes and most 
of the embellishments.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Now What?

I've scrapbooked nearly 500 photos in the past month or so, and have my desk all cleaned up and ready for the next project. I'm just not too sure what that will be yet. My next big job, that has nothing to do with crafting or my desk, is getting my daughter ready for her Grade 12 graduation this Spring. And then she plans on moving out and it's happening so fast (insert scream) and I wish I could just hit pause. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. Life has a way of making us feel like we're stuck in a little dingy on some violent rapids with no way of getting to the shore. Was that overly dramatic? It was meant to be. Life is yikes and I'm currently what I believe will be the worst part of raising children. Correct if I'm wrong. That said, I have two healthy, happy wonderful children and I feel incredibly grateful for that.

Friday, February 7, 2020


I think we've all seen the cute reindeer made from logs. I like miniatures, so I came up with these little guys made from dowels and copper wire. I ended up with eleven of the wee creatures, and have given a few away to my family. The rest are fenced in on my work desk. I wouldn't want them to get away, but they are generally content and don't often try.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What's On My Desk

Our Yukon trip back in July produced a lot of photos.  So, that's what I'm working on. I don't order my prints until the New Year for two reasons. Number 1 - my print company has a huge boxing week sale. Normally each 4 by 6 would cost $.32 each for a total of $96. But during sale time, they're only $.10 a print which adds up to a very affordable $30! Reason number 2 - I don't have time during the warm months to scrapbook. That's gardening time. What' really taking the time in completing this album is the journaling. A quick calculation has me guessing there will be at least 20,000 words to tell the story of our road trip. Roughly the number of words in a novella!
Do you have any projects on the go?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On With Easier Times

We had wonderful weather through the holidays. I rang in the first couple of weeks of the New Year with one heck of a flu (I'll spare you the details.) Somewhere in there was a week of some of the lowest temperatures we've seen in a long time. But now, the tables have turned, I'm well again and so is the weather! So Bear and I have been getting in some much needed long walks to the "pond." We go to daydream about the ducks returning and how interesting it will all be again in a few (hopefully short) months. 
Other than that, I've been working at getting the road trip we took to the Yukon back in July, scrapbooked. It's a big job with some 300 photos and a memory that likes to shuffle things around. But I'm getting through it. 
Happy New Year to you all, I hope you've had a more gentle start than I have.