Monday, March 28, 2011

celebrating friends!

Friends. I've been thinking about them a lot lately.

And I have some pretty flipping amazing friends & I don't always celebrate them as enthusiastically and loudly as I should. So here goes some of my friend pimping:

V, who was just published (and you should buy her story cause she's gonna be a famous lady one day):

Go here to pre-order!!!!

Way to go lady, I'm so thrilled to see you in print. I can't wait to own my own signed copy and tell everyone that my friend is one of the authors in the anthology.

J, who is learning to refurnish chairs:

K, who just got an internship next year!

Ladies, I'm so thrilled to see the projects and endeavours you are working on come to fruition. And I love watching the things you're doing and learning. You ladies inspire me and support me more than you'll ever know!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Today I am

Viewing: videos of the Japanese tsunami
Thinking: about frustrations & balance
Creating: calm
Planning: new art journal & scrapbook pages
Reading: news about Japan (it’s all about Japan right)
Listening: to Morcheeba & thinking about England
Realizing: that I feel the need to do something for Japanese Tsunami victims
Feeling: drained and the need to curl up and hide for a few days
Trying: to be the change

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

painted scrapbook pages

So I've been doing a lot of scrapbooking lately, I know. You're all probably getting sick of seeing scrapbook pages, but what can I say... I'm a little OCD when it comes to my crafting phases... and right now I'm binging on the scrapbooking:


The latest project? Using paint to make my own pages. I’ve discovered that I’m not a big fan of patterned paper. Really. I have all this patterned paper and it just feels like it clashes with my photos or isn’t ever the right fit. So I’m minimizing my use of the patterned paper in favour of paint these days.


The best part. I get to use all of the stamps I own instead. Cause I have a stamp problem. I hate buying stickers when I can buy stamps that will last longer. I justify this with environmental arguments/logic. Stamps are a one time toxin, whereas stickers… well you get the idea!

So enough toying with you… here’s the entire page (or at least, most of it):


Thursday, March 3, 2011

more bc trip scrapbooking

Yes, this is my husband at a bar standing next to a bra on the wall! Just a day or 2 after he proposed, I should add. How many lucky guys have a fiance (now wife) who takes them to dingy bars full of bras on the wall only days after proposing? Hmmm? My husband should count his blessings!

More photos from our BC 2008 trip. Yes, this is how far behind I am in terms of scrapbooking our stories! Don't even ask about the pre 2008 pages...

More things that I'm learning: I like circles. Much to Paul's chagrin cause he hates circles! HA. I can't help but enjoy the irony of it. He's going to have to live with albums and albums of photo memories in geometric shapes that he loathes! Well, if it bothers him that much, maybe he'll start scrapbooking his own pages to add into the books.

To be fair, while he doesn't like the circles, he's very helpful when it comes to colour palette selections. I don't know about other scrapbookers out there, but I subject my husband to a cruel form of artistic support torture: the final page colour selection.

In other words, I'll narrow down the colour choices and then make him look over all the choices in combination with the photo(s) in order to make the final choice (that I can never seem to do myself - too many options = paralyzed indecisive libra rising Marya).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

scrapbooked: simplicity and a trip to BC

Our trip back to BC in 2008: Paul learns what a REAL forest is! From left to right: Cathedral Grove, Little Qualicum Falls, Cathedral Grove, all on Vancouver Island, BC*

I've mentioned before that I am working to figure out what my scrapbooking style is. Am I a colourful, cluttered scrapbooker, with lots of embellishments and additions, or a clean and simple page maker?

I think that I'm coming to the conclusion that I am a simpler style scrapbooker. While I love the layers and textures of so many pages out there, I just don't make them that well. I don't find them easy to do. I get frustrated with knowing when to stop or how far to push the decorations. And honestly, while I love looking at others busy pages, I want my pictures and stories to be the focus on my own pages. So I think I've come to the conclusion that simpler works better for me.

 * By the way, the big white glare is not in the original photo! It's my camera flash and since I'm too impatient to wait until daytime to take my photos, you're all just gonna have to live with it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

project 365 realizations

Oy Vey! I just can't keep up with it.

Honest to god. It's just too much. You'd think that one little picture wouldn't be so hard, but it is in terms of coming up with new things, keeping it fresh, and more importantly, posting on regular enough basis in order to keep it manageable.

So I'm officially letting go of the project!

In other news... life has been busy.

Went to Tremblant last weekend and went tubbing, which was fun!
Made homemade vanilla (with organic vanilla beans). It's only going to take a minimum of 3 months. Meanwhile, my impatient little self is already zonesing to try it! It's going to be a LONG 3 months.

I also created a new wedding scrapbook page, cause we all know that I've been avoiding it for way too long!

Not quite sure why the page is blurry but you get the general idea of what it looks like, so I'm going to leave it for now.
I've been trying to figure out this whole scrapbooking thing. What's my style, what I like, etc, etc. I'm still pretty new at it all so I feel a little overwhelmed still by all the possibilities and figuring out what works for me personally. Some pages end up being better than others. I have a hard time balancing the items that go on a page. But I'm working on it!


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