Monday, 9 January 2017

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year !!  I hope you and your family enjoyed your holidays.  Jenn and I both enjoyed much family time.....but also TONS of planning, organizing, and designing for 2017.  With two UYOP workshops on the horizon in both Calgary and on Vancouver Island, new kits, and fun additions to the Sold Out Final MS CROP... we have been super busy! We are so very excited to share all we have for you this year.

Every year ends and begins with a time of reflection for me.  Last year I had one single goal on my calendar.  This year's plan is a little different.  That's what I love about life.....it's forever changing and evolving in many ways....and embracing it all is how I choose to move forward.   So this year I have made decision to work towards being more organized.  I am already very organized in many ways.....however, with so many different things on my plate I need to make some extra effort in this department in order to free up extra time for the people and activities I love most.  From little things like finally cleaning up my garage, to organizing my work at home schedule, to meal prep, and my least favourite thing....lunch making!!!!  All of it....organization = success.  

Here is our first sketch of the year for you..........


It is tradition for me to start my New Year with a layout of my New Year's goal.....


Here I am New Years Eve.....spending an amazing few days with my favourite people up at the mountain....this is what I journaled for 2017....
"Every year brings new goals, plans and dreams...2017 for me is about being organized....not only to simplify life but to create more opportunity to do more of what I love most.....family/friend time, creating, running, and enjoying the every day moments....welcome 2017 <3"

This may be the most important layout I do each year... every year that passes I realize more the importance of focusing on 'me' as it directly impacts every aspect of my life..most importantly my three sweet little girls.  

I challenge you all to record your goals.....dreams....aspirations.....inspirations....all of it.....record who you are....... 

Welcome 2017...... I can't wait to embrace all you have to offer.



Thursday, 1 December 2016

Welcome December!!!

Well.....it's here......December has arrived..... 

Although I am never quite as on the ball as I expect I will be.....it all got done over night and I had 3 excited little girlies this morning awaiting the beginning of their December traditions!!!

Our longest running and definitely their favourite tradition is their advent calendars!!! I got the first one when my oldest was just 1!!!  Back in the days of the first Scrapbookin' Adventures location in Parksville!  These Karen Foster Advent calendars were a HUGE hit!!!  Eight years later it's holding on strong.  We added 2 more to the collection three years later when my twins came along.......I fill them with candies and little messages for activities such as gingerbread house building, christmas crafts, movies nights, christmas socks etc.  They are pretty awesome!!!


Every December I also do Advent Christmas books!!!  I love this one!  I wrap up 25 Christmas books and each night we open one before bed!!  Of course I don't buy 25 new ones each year.....at the end of each year I box up the christmas books and they are put away until the following December.  Each year I add a few more to the collection and shuffle some books out as the kids get older!  I love how it gives us a reason to sit as a family before bed and connect.....now my oldest reads to her little sisters some nights...I love it :)

 
I LOVE this American Crafts stamp I found in my stash from last years Christmas Add on Kits....It is sooooooo great!!!!!  Books were all dated for opening!!

And of course...........Our Elf on the Shelf.........Jingles..........he has landed!!!!  And boy did the kiddos miss him (my feelings aren't quite the same)! 


We will soon go to the Christmas Tree farm and choose our tree.....we love a real tree in our house!!!!


Sending love to your families for a special December.



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wednesday Sketch

Good Morning!!!!!  It's Sketch day!  (OK, maybe a little late)...............December 1 is a big day in our house....we have many traditions that begin and I've been madly finishing up getting ready for the day!  The kids have been reminding me by the hour how many days until the Advent Calendar begins ;)

Here is today's sketch for you!!!


I created this layout with our Summer kit featuring American Crafts 'Happy Place'.


Have a great day!!!!  Tomorrow is December 1st!!!  I can hardly believe it!!!  Can't wait to share some of my christmas traditions with you all :)

MAKE SURE TO WATCH FOR OUR NEXT VANCOUVER ISLAND UYOP DATE......STAY TUNED!!!!