I love working with pictures and cropping, colouring and all around playing with them. It allows me to look at my pictures in a new way and to convey what I feel about that moment. Some of my favourite photos are pictures that my little man took over the years. From feet to flowers his pictures have captured what his point of view has been over the years.
These are some of my family favourites from this month.
I have mentioned several times how much I struggle with Instagram and never know what to post. The other day I posted a beautiful picture of my children. Honestly, it was a miracle that it was captured on film. Here, see for yourself.
Pretty cute right? The problem is that this picture only tells part of the story. This will be the one that I hang on my wall and carry in my wallet but still it will never share the full memories that I have from this day.
That is why I scrapbook. I want to journal about the giggling heap of children that were left lying on the ground after the failed pyramid pose. I want to record the banter as the three of them tried to work together to get me my perfect shot. Those are the moments that my heart will hold on to, and those are the memories that I want to preserve for the kids so that they can relive those moments long after they have had their own families and are creating new memories. They will be able to look back and remember how much they were loved and perhaps it will remind them to record their journey as well.
I think it's really important to remember its not just about capturing the perfect moment...but also all the little moments that make up our memories.
We had such a blast last night working with the beautiful Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collectors Edition. It was so hard deciding which paper to cut as both sides were so pretty. Even after completing 2 full two page layouts we each have enough paper left to complete several more projects.
We fussy cut the fairies and popped them up at different levels to make them look like they are flying right off the page. Just a little bit of glitter on their wings and these fairies seemed to come to life. We fussy cut the book pages and folded the second copy in half along the spine and popped up one side giving it the illusion that the pages were turning.
We fussy cut as many of the characters as we could
in order to add lots of dimension to the pages. I think this could possibly the project that I uses the most pop dots on ever. It was so worth the investment.
I know this layout seems a little plain but I cant wait to add my own pictures to it and really make it pop. These illustrations are incredible and will be a delightful addition to my kids books.
Do yourself a favour and get this paper pack before its gone again. It is pure joy to work with.
I am taking my family on a little mini vacation this week so it will be quiet here on the blog. Hoping that you all have a safe and fun holiday weekend.
So 14 years ago today I married the man that had been my guardian angel from the time I was 16. Ours was not one of those stories where two people meet, fall in love and are married to live happily ever after. Ours was more the broken road story. Age differences, other relationships, life just seemed to keep us apart, In the end love triumphed over all the odds and we formed a family that has weathered many a storm. 14 years of raising babies and trying to stay sane. 3 adoptions, 45 foster children, a few losses of loved ones and we've made it this far. Fourteen years! I love you Paul.
Words Are Not Enough No words could ever tell you,No action could expressThe way I feel about you,With you, my life is blessed. You're the light in my tunnel.You are my pot of gold.You are the strength that gets me throughWhen despair has taken hold. You're my once in a lifetime.You make my life complete.You are my blue ribbonIn the shadow of defeat. There's nothing I could ever say,And nothing I could doTo let you know just how muchLove is in my heart for you.
I never understood the steampunk genre in papercrafting. My idea of creating something has always been to keep it pretty and feminine. I once bought a Recollections collection, something Botanical and was horrified when I got it home and realized it had little skulls and other oddities all through the lovely flowers. I spent hours fussy cutting out and gluing over the offensive bits. I have since learned a bit of respect for this style of crafting. It will never be totally me but I am excited to give it a try. Yesterday i shared the paper An Eerie Tale by Graphic 45. Today I am looking at Steampunk Spells.
What is Steampunk anyway? Well, Wikipedia says this:
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
Ok, so its basically a fantasy world of mechanical mayhem I think. Lets have a look at the paper and then maybe you can suggest some projects to try.
Are you one of those people that tend to stick to a certain colour pallette, a certain style of crafting. We tend to develop a comfort zone in our crafting, mine leans towards softer colours and vintage themes, with a dash of shabby chic thrown in. I did not realize how deeply entrenched that I was in my zone until I started scrapbooking with a young woman that does not like pink or floral elements in her designs. It forced me to look at papers that I had shied away from in the past, including the delightful Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale collection.
If you would like to purchase an 8x8 pad for yourself please visit An Eerie Tale .
It felt like Christmas this morning when the Fed Ex truck arrived a day early to drop off my order of Graphic 45 goodies. I had to share all the beautiful designs with you. I have always loved Graphic 45 collections since the first time I saw them way back in 2008 or 2009 at my first Scrapfest. I remember vividly the way we oogled over the incredible Wizard of Oz collection. As we were travelling by bus and would have to carry the paper all day we decided to pass it up....oh the torture. Then came the Secret Garden Collection. It was the most beautiful paper I had ever seen. I became obsessed with all the Youtube videos that my favourite artists were making using this paper like Ginger from My Sister's Scrapper, and Arlene, Butterfly Kisses, In the end I prolonged ordering and missed the boat once again.
Well, sometimes it takes me awhile to realize my mistake, but from now on I am going to order each Graphic 45 collection as I see them. I have just put in an order for the new Gilded Lily series and it should arrive next week.
In the meantime enjoy all my new Graphic 45 stamping delights.
I live in Shannonville Ontario with my incredible husband of 14 years and our three amazing children. I was blessed to have been born and raised in beautiful Prince Edward County and have lived all of my life in the Quinte Area.
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