Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our Tuesday: Week In the Life

Hello Friends!

Here are some of my favorite photos from Tuesday.


That's my life with a gamer boy, friends.


My first cup of the day.


Our only maple tree sure is lovely this time of the year.


Ben just getting up. He loves those pajamas.


He painted a pumpkin in those PJs.


And he made faces in those PJs. They are clearly Buzz Lightyear PJs but he calls them Boba Fett pajamas and he wears them all. the. time. If he's not wearing the one of two pairs of these PJs that we own then he's wearing a pair of PJs from the "B" pile. That's definitely something I want to capture in this album.


This is the state of my desk right now - eeeeeep!


Those toes...


that smile...


that's my Benny.


The story of clutter continues in the kitchen.


Right now, the apples taste so great. I can't get enough of them.


Tuesday is the one day out of our week when we don't have to be anywhere or do anything in particular until Gabriel gets out of school.

The rest of our Tuesday was pretty routine - pick up Gabriel from school, head to gymnastics, groceries and then home to make supper, homework and bed. I don't have pictures but I'm ok with that. I'll capture it with journaling.

I want to collect all the information before I tell some of the stories of our week - like a collage of the food we ate this week, the video games Gabriel is playing, what we wore all week (sweatpants or PJs or jeans) and how the boys love to eat mini muffins but not the same kind. I want to combine big picture stories with stories of the mundane instead of favoring one over the other.

I think the big picture stories will be richer and more interesting if I tell them when the week is over. It would be even better if I could shift my focus to include all of us. What are we, the parents, wearing/eating/doing/watching?

This is part of making my WITL different. I'm trying to figure it out as I go along because I can't help but wonder what my finished album will look like if I'm more thoughtful about the stories.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Our Monday: Week In The Life

Hello Friends!

I am sharing pics from my first day of Week in the Life 2014. I took about 75 photos yesterday. Most of them with my DSLR. The morning light in my living room isn't great in the morning so I made those pics black and white. 


Gabriel all ready to go to school.


Me and Ben hanging out.


A Lego truck Sam made for Ben.


My computer and morning coffee. I love taking pictures of the technology in our lives. Technology is everywhere but components like game systems, computers and phones are always changing.


Board games are very popular around here.


Taking Ben to preschool.


Running errands with Gabriel after school. We had a lot of rain yesterday.


But we also had blue skies. This is the view from my front patio.


After supper, I went to Costco and snapped this shot from the parking lot. This area of town has seen so much development in the last 10 years. I wanted to capture what it looks like now.

I also took pictures of the things in our lives like..


the toys, and..


the never ending piles of laundry - and...


the clutter *sigh*.

Looking at these pictures, I realized I didn't get any pictures of me or Sam yesterday. I'm going to work on that for the rest of the week. I don't want to leave us out of an album about our lives.

If you're doing Week In the Life, I strongly recommend going through your photos at the end of each day. It is a great way to keep tabs on what you've captured and what you've missed.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, 27 October 2014

Week in the Life: My Supplies

Hello Friends,

I am very excited to start Week in the Life (WITL) today. I love this project and I'm really excited that it's happening during the week of Halloween. I love Halloween and so does Ben so this is going to be fun.  

Today, I'm sharing my Week in the Life supplies.

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This year, I am using the the 4x4 Instagram Mini Album from We R Memory Keepers. I used a gold one for my Summer Mini Album. I love how it turned out. This is a smaller album than I usually use but I want to change things up this year - change is good.

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I'm using the grey one this time for something a little different. Usually I use red for WITL but this album size doesn't come in red. I have noticed that it's easier to pick papers with a neutral color album.

I'm going to journal on my favorite Project Life cards.

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 And add these new wood veneers everywhere.

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They are simply perfect for a Halloween themed Week in the Life.  I also added some Halloween paper to the mix. I have some 12x12 sheets...

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and a 6x6 paper pad from Authentique's Spirited collection.

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I gathered a few things from my stash that I thought would go with these supplies, like the 6x6 paper pad from Kelly Purkey's Second City collection.

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I just love this sheet...

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and this one for Halloween pages.

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I also plan to use some gold vellum from We R Memory Keepers Sheer Metallic line.

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I've also added the 6x6 paper pad from Studio Calico's Print Shop line.

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I just can't resist these papers.

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The biggest thing I want to change about my approach to WITL this year is to have fun with it. I tend to take this project seriously because it takes planning and perseverance to see it through and then put it all together. I've done the planning and now I want to take silly pictures and include funny stories. I want to have fun and let the fun shine through.

We'll see how that goes.

If you're taking part in WITL - good luck and have fun! You can do this.

And if you're not, no worries. It's a great time to follow blogs and gather inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!


ps: For more information about WITL, visit Ali Edwards' website. She is the genius who created this project. She always has lots of ideas and inspiration to share all the time.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Book Page Poetry: An Experiment

Hello Friends,

Today, I'm sharing my first attempt at book page poetry.  I love using book paper in my art journals. I usually collage them into backgrounds like this.

Art Journal Layering class

I also use them with my Gelli Plate, as you may have noticed in last week's post.

I wanted to do something different with book pages so I tried book page poetry. The art of making poetry by using only the words you find on a page from a book. I've been using Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.

First, I created an abstract background.

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I started with Dina Wakley Mixed Media Heavy Body Paints. I applied Blackberry Violet, Sky an Turquoise and Ruby with a palette knife.

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Then I stamped all over the page with the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp set. Just because.

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Then I added some scribbles a la Jane Davies.

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Then I added my words. It was fun but not easy to make something that made sense.  I cut phrases and words that spoke to me and then tried to put them together in a way that felt right to me.

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As always, my perfectionist self wanted to find the perfect words. I'm not sure I did but I'm pushing back against the expectation of perfection on the first try. After all, this is an experiment. Trying something new is usually uncomfortable. The more often we try new things, the more comfortable we become with that uncomfortable feeling, right?

So, have you tried book page poetry? Do you have any tips, tricks or ideas to share? Do you have a favorite book page poet? If yes, please leave a note in the comments. I'm looking for ideas and inspiration and would appreciate your help.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Summer Mini Album: Part 3

Hello again!

I'm sharing the last of the pages from my Summer Mini Album. (Here is part 1 and here is part 2.)

Our trip was winding down but we still had lots to do.

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We promised Gabriel a trip to an amusement park while on vacation. So, we all went off to Parc Asterix for the day. It was a beautiful day and we had fun. Gabriel and Nathaniel were disappointed they weren't big enough to ride the big roller coasters. 

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Then we took a second trip to Paris to visit the Louvre.

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I could have stayed there all day.

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Of course, the boys didn't feel the same. To be fair, it's very overwhelming - there was/is so much to see,  there were lots of people and it was warm. I did manage to get this family selfie in the Louvre before we left.

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The next day we went to Provins. We were only there for an afternoon but it was such fun.

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We went there to see the medieval wall around the town and to see the medieval knight show.

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It was so much over the top fun. It had knights and princesses and tricks on horses and villains.  It was great.

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Before we left, Kiersten celebrated her 4th birthday. Ben and Kiersten became great friends during this trip. I want my kids to know their cousins and that's why we travel to see family so often. 

Then, we left France and headed home. On the way, we stopped in London.

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And we took the boys to Hamley's toy store. It's 5 floors of toys and it is amazing.  Ben was delighted to find a giant Thomas...

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and a giant Percy. That is heaven for my three year-old.

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The morning we headed home, we walked to Hyde Park to play in the sunshine and that's where our amazing wonderful, family trip ends.

The last part of any mini album is about perseverance. There's a plan and there's a process but it's easy to get bored. It's easy to put a half finished album aside thinking we'll take a break and come back to it later. Here's the trick...Don't do that. Stick it out and finish it off.  Then share it with your family. Pick it up and flip through it again and again. Enjoy it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to look at my album.