Monday, January 30, 2012

Project Life : Week 4

Another week, but a quiet one.

 So if you look closely at this page, you'll find a good reason for Paul to be mad at me once he read this. Not because I shared it, though that won't thrill him he's resigned to my sharing ways, but because I'm giving away our not so secret project for this year.

Otherwise, it's been another quiet week as this cold continues to linger. It's a bad one. I haven't been this sick in a good long while. And every time I get hopeful that I'm getting better... new phase of the plague kicks in! Grrr...

Really, the highlight of this week was tea out with V and the lovely steampunk watch she gave me as a birthday gift! I even wore it to work this week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

washi & art journals

It’s been a while since I’ve written about art journaling. But I was so inspired by my new numbers washi tape that I just had to share!

art journal1

Yay, washi tape! I wasn’t going to buy it but then I found it, sort of randomly, at the Regional Assembly of Text (which is the cutest little shop) on my last afternoon in Vancouver. It was like the tape wanted to be mine. How can I say no to that? Really?

And well, since I’m on a sharing vibe… I created this page in a moment of wanted to record the little things that make your day a bit brighter!

art journal 2 

What am I going to do when we move into our own home? I know: garage!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Project Life : week 3

I was sick this week and I think that sort of shows up in the photos: it was all about cosiness and comfort!

I did a 2 page layout for this week. Here’s the first page:

PL week 3 p1

Snow, tea, movies… like I said: quiet comforts.

PL week 3 p1 close up journal

Though I did venture out once this week to see a movie with a friend. We saw Iron Lady. Meryl Streep was amazing, as ever… but I’ll just never be a fan of Thatcher, even if she is iconic in her own ways.

Here’s page two:

PL week 3 p2

With a few close ups:

PL week 3 p2 close up1 

Paul is already bemoaning how challenging it is to write something every week but I think he doth protest too much. Honestly, I think it kind of likes the challenge! Yeah, I said it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

PL week 3 p2 close up journal

And then, because I made such a to do about it snowing before I went home, I thought it was important to capture the other side of the coin… and show what I ended up coming home to!

PL week 3 p2 close up2

To be fair, I have to right to complain. We’ve actually had a very mild winter this year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

geeks vs nerds

It's official, according to the following proof, I am a geek:

Why? Well according to the chart I fit the following categories:


Totally longwinded

Like gadgets

Have been a bartender and a barista

Always pull out my iPhone and long for an iPad

Give tec advice to some of my officemates

Though... in the movie department I could go both ways and in fact might be more of a nerd!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Project Life : Week 2

Ok, so I decided to add a few more photos to the first week. I know that some people feel compelled to do 2 page layouts for every week but I refuse to lock myself into that type of schedule. I also want a bit more flexibility in terms of the pages themselves, so I've added next week's journal tag into the page too (everything after that is for next week). It's a bit unclear in this page, but I think it'll get clearer over time.

I have 2 photos that a friend took that I want to add to the album, so for now, I've just added a post it. I also tried out an Ali Edwards overlay for the top right photo (of the Rockies from the plane). I like it, it feels more polished than my own writing...

The above 6x12 inserts come from online goodies: one of my blog posts and a facebook conversation prompted by Paul. It's important to me that his story is highlighted in the album and this week it's felt more like my story because I'm the one who went across the country. 

Again I have reserved a space for photos from others! I like that I was able to take my boarding pass and general travel goods and keep them for the future. The picture of the ferry might not seem all that inspiring to me or to people back home, but Paul's reaction to taking such a huge boat the first time I took him home was great because it reminded me to notice some of the things we take for granted in our lives. Traveling by boat isn't that big of a deal to me, but it is a big boat and a beautiful trip the first time you've done it. And the ferries have changed so much since I was a kid (they're all fancy schmancy now... shit, I should have taken an inside photo too.... next time)!

The journaling is a bit daunting to me still, I have to admit. Which is weird because I've journaled all my life... it's just that this is for public record so it requires thinking twice about the things written, making it less about my feelings and more about events! I'm sure it'll get easier but for now it's a bit odd!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Photo Memories

This week I went home and spent time with family and good friends. I didn't get to see everyone. And as much as that makes me sad, I'm also glad because it gave me a bit more time with my nearest and dearest. The last time I came home, I was involved in a flurry of activity related to my brother's wedding. This time it was just me and I got to wander down memory lane and remember some of the things I love most about home.

Mom and I, years ago at Milestone River in Bowen Park.
Going back, through the lens of someone who wants to record family history, really crystallized something to me: I have always loved family stories and photos. I love how looking at photos with family can unearth some amazing tales, memories, and tangents. For example, this picture above reminds me of this:

  • My grote-tante (great aunt) Riek's visit from Amsterdam and how amazingly inspiring she was to me at the time. She was 80 and about to take a bicycle tour of Denmark when she returned home from Canada. She'd also visited the Amazon and married late in life after following her own adventures. She embodied much of what I wanted for myself at the time.
  • She sent the photo to my Mom, saying that she loved it because she loved our backs in this photo. And I agree. I love this shot, so I just had to take my own copy of it. What you don't see though is that my Dad (stepdad) is standing in the far left corner, watching us with a huge smirk on his face. She captioned the photo: I wonder what Bill is thinking. I'd wager a guess that he was amused by our antics.
  • This photo also reminds me of my Mom and my childhood because we used to visit this spot often when it was just the 2 of us, living around the corner when I was 4-5. We used to swim in this river sometimes, have picnics here, and I used to believe that the big holes in the rocks above where old bear paw prints. 
  • It also reminds me of sugar shacks and French Immersion school days during early elementary because they happened in this park. 
  • My Mom tells a story of how when she was young with my real Dad, they would slide down this waterfall and that there are great seats in the rocks for the water to wash over you. Funny, she never let me try it... 
  • The red top reminds me of my Mom's love for red and how red has permeated my life on all levels for as long as I can remember. From her kitchen to her scarves. For years I resisted loving red because it was my Mom's colour. But I have to admit that I have since caved. I love red, partially because it reminds me so much of home and love and safety. Not the typical passionate associations, I know, but there you go!
  • And best of all, from my Mom's face, I can hear her laugh and am reminded of how special that Mother-Daughter relationship is and how far we've journeyed together in this life.
I think this is why I love and value scrapbooking so much. Because I love photos and what they bring to life and record. This year, more than anything, I want to be able to capture those stories in my scrapbook pages. So that when I feel sad or homesick, I can flip through my albums and laugh over the love and life I've, and by extension my family, has lived. And having gone through some of Mom's albums, I've stocked up and am ready to go!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

scrapbooking adventures

It’s been a big scrapbooking phase for yours truly! What can I say, I’m kind of spastic that way… all or nothing, that’s me!


I wanted to use red. I’ve come to realize that I am my mother’s daughter. I love red. Especially in scrapbook pages. Kraft, reds, and pinks. Random, I know but what can I say… I dig it!

I also wanted to try using the paint chip sample card in a scrapbook page. I’ve seen people use them for several things (I won’t even contemplate writing a list of the ways they’ve been used… ). I found it a bit challenging to pull in the paint chip page because of the writing on the page. I felt the need to try to hide it and so I struggled with layout issues because of it. I’m not personally big on tons of embellishments on my pages (I think others do amazing things with embellies, but me… not so much. I feel like more always ends up feeling like more, way too much more when I try it).

Anyways… I like it. Paul isn’t a fan of this picture because he thinks he looks like a scheizer, to which, if you know Paul… well, suffice to say, if the shoe fits…

When I was creating this page, I couldn’t help but be a bit awed by the fact that we are approaching 6 years together this March. I know that that’s not long for many, but as we get ready to move into our first real house and move into another stage in our life, I can’t help but be wowed by the journey that has brought us here!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Project Life: Week 1

Ok, #projectlife this is what we’ve got for the first week of the year:


It’s actually a bit odd that this first page is very me-centric (me, my craft room, my packing). Honestly, since I’m the one who takes most of the photos in the family, I’m usually not in any of them. But I promised myself that this year I would try to be more conscientious about getting on the other side of the lens.


This time around I paired up the cards to the stories behind the photos: the dreaded but much needed craft room purge (there’s nothing like having your 4 year old nephew shaming you into realizing that the room is so messy that even a kid has to comment); the hair dye job (yes, the white streaks are real, but the red tint isn’t); and packing to leave for BC.


There is a blank space. It’s Paul’s. (Hint, hint sweetie… you’re homework while I’m away…). I really want the album to be our story. I know it will mostly be me but I figure if I can coerce him in to quarter time participation (hell even eighth time participation), I’ll be pretty stoked!

All together:


Funny anecdote: The top left square (jan 1-7 card) is actually wine soaked due to technical photo taking difficulties (in other words, Marya’s hodge podge album posing skills might need a little work).

I think (thankfully) that it turned out ok and if my album smells a little like wine 40 years down the road, there’s nothing wrong with that right?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

project life: beginnings

I decided to take a different approach to scrapbooking this year. As much as I love the fancy, artsy scrapbook pages, I’ve come to the personal awareness that for me personally, and our stories, I really prefer simpler pages that combine journaling with images. And I love the idea of using scrapbooks a bit more traditionally in order to include ephemera from now for future reminiscing. You know, like things that remind me what something costs today or what the sprite logo looked like in 2012, or 1985 (do you remember what it looked like? imageCause I like the imagesprite in you image)!
With that in mind, I decided to take on the project life project. I’m hoping to use the book to do just that, combine the general every day stuff with the special stuff and the ephemera. I really admire the way Ali Edwards does this with this project because she takes the time to add every day details (like Starbucks’ sleeves and so forth).
So this is the first page to the album:
While I opted to buy my own page protectors from We R Memory Keepers instead of the “official” project life pages (honestly, sometimes being in Canada can be a pain in ass because things are just a little less accessible), I’m looking forward to the fact that this choice forces me to personalize things a bit more. Let’s face it, it’s really easy to end up copying someone else instead of doing your own thing, particularly in a formatted structure like this is. Obviously the structure is part of the appeal, but I’m hoping to find a middle ground.
The idea behind the project is that every week I add a little something, something to the album. After creating the December Daily album, I realized that I’m always telling our (Paul & me—our family) story and I don’t want it all to be just me telling the story, so he’s been charged with writing part of the story. He, being the good sport that he is, has agreed to do so, as long as I remind (read: nag) him!
So that’s it, my big project for recording the year ahead. Being a lover or photo albums my entire life, I’m looking forward to it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

holiday recap

Thank goodness, the holidays are over! What a whirlwind.

A quick tour through my December Daily album (I’ve never made a mini album before… they rock—I really enjoyed it) shows that my month involved too much baking (and eating):


Oh sugar cookies, how I love thee… but my waistline has a different opinion of the issue!

Tree decorating and gift wrapping:


It always amazes me that our living room can look so different in photos, based on the time of day (hello lime, hello apple… hello chameleon green)!

Gift opening and cat napping:



Apparently my little brother’s gift was his (probably) number 1 wish, Paul got what he didn’t know he wanted and would have never though of buying himself, and I got a jewelry mirror: the gift that keeps on giving (i.e. my jewelry has a good home = Marya is happy, my jewelry is hidden and I seem classy = Paul is happy), and all the excitement is a bit exhausting so naps are required!

Cooking and decorating:


You have to click on the photo on the left to see it, but it shows me trying to take a picture of us on the self timer, only to have Paul muck each one up with fully antics in the background… joke’s on him, I’ll document his antics instead! And then Kev and I continued a family holiday tradition, with a twist: gingerbread cookies. Next year: fancy schmancy houses. Mom, are you ready? I’m just saying… you’re expected to oversee of gingerbread geniuses!

And just being thankful and celebrating love:


We spent New Year’s Eve in Tremblant with friends and their family. Our family and then some… it was fun. We had raclette. I’ve never had raclette before. I felt very French Quebecois. Awesome. I like it.

Here’s to hoping this year is as blessed as last year!


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