Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In a Scrapbooking Groove

Do you go through phases where you just cannot get enough of a certain activity?  I am currently in one of those with scrapbooking.  Maybe it's because I've moved my supplies so they're clustered in one space, or because I am keeping my supplies out in that same corner, or that there's more sunlight in the evening, or it could be that I'm using it as an escape from all things wedding related that are burning me out. ha!  No matter the reason, I have in the past week been scrapbooking non-stop. 

Last weekend Shimelle hosted a bunch of challenges and I stole a few minutes away to participate.
This challenge was to go back to an 'older' collection, Shimelle's first.  I actually did have half the paper pad and a few embellishment bits sitting around - sweet!
These photos are slightly gross out of focus ones from my phone, so the layouts look better in person, but better blogged than perfect!

This first layout is about the very first time my brother and I were in a photobooth.  I love how the looks on our faces change as we "get it."  I think everything on this layout is from the Shimelle collection, with the exception of the tiny "yay" circle, which I think was from one of my Studio Calico Project Life kits.

This next layout was a fun one because I found an old teeny print from the Oldies Dance we went to in 2013.  The whole thing is made with the Shimelle collection.  I will add journaling later, but for the purposes of sharing on Instagram, etc.  I'm going to keep personal notes private. :)
 
 
This last layout is one from my 2015 Project Life album, which I am still chugging along at.  The 6x8 pocket has more Shimelle stuff, but the rest is a mish-mash of Studio Calico and the We Are Memory Keepers Love Notes collection by Amanda Rose Zampelli.  I have been making Project Life style albums since 2012 and I really love it.  This spread is from a not-so-ordinary 7th anniversary/day we got engaged, but normally I really enjoy capturing life's smaller moments in an album.  I am usually a little bit behind, but currently the lag is epic! This layout is from July 1st.  But I have been scrapping a lot lately, so I feel like I can catch up before long. 
 
 Do you scrapbook?  Have any questions about scrapbooking or Project Life? I'll try to post more layouts again soon!
Mel

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Report!



I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it but I love reading.  I used to read a fair amount, but since getting my e-reader 2 years ago, I've been devouring books non-stop.  This year I took the Goodreads challenge and set a goal of 52 for 2016.  (I read 37 for my 35 goal last year.)
I am a huge fan of the Toronto Public Library and its millions of books available for free for e-readers.  It is the reason I chose to get one in the first place. 
(This also means that book photos mean stealth adventures at the bookstore at the mall...!)

Here are some thoughts on books I've read lately. Please let me know if you've read anything good! I'm always looking for new choices.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I have loved this book since I first read it in 9th grade.  For a while I was planning to name my future non-existent child Atticus or Scout.  Rereading it was a nice reminder of why I loved the book so much in the first place.

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee - This is the follow-up novel to To Kill A Mockingbird.  The book picks up decades later, with Scout as an adult returning to her hometown.  Maybe it was because I had finished reading the first installment immediately before but I did find this book spent most of its time rehashing the original novel's plot.  It also came with a dose of reality that left me broken-hearted.  I won't spoil it by saying more, but if you read it, don't do them both back to back.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I don't know why it took me so long to read a book by this iconic Canadian author.  My original impression of her work was completely misguided.  I had always thought that Atwood would be in the same category as a Jane Austin or Bronte sister, which doesn't really  engaged me.  But! This book was bleak dystopian novel! Is it weird that that makes me so excited?  I could not put this book down and I owe Margaret Atwood an apology - which includes reading all of her novels.

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella - I have been with this series since the beginning.  The original book was fabulous and I identified all too well with Becky.  These days though, I feel like Kinsella is just going through the motions.  The characters aren't evolving, the premise of each book is generally the same, and the appeal has faded.  I don't think I'll read any more of these books unless something gets rave reviews down the line.

The Blonde by Anna Godbersen - This book was a total random pick from my library recommendations.  It is part Marilyn Monroe fan-fiction and part spy thriller.  Without giving too much away, Marilyn has some Russian friends.  It's an interesting work, but it did leave me feeling uneasy.  Is it fair to write a fictional book about someone who actually existed?  If you've read it, I'd love to know what you think.

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin - This book was free from the Kobo website.  It is set in WWII, featuring a nurse and an Army engineer writing anonymous letters to each other.  This is an easy, quick read with more will-they-won't-they than Ross & Rachel or Jim & Pam.  Overall it was fun, and I think it is part 1 of a series.



If you want to see what else I'm reading, check out Goodreads.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Vintage Valentine Treasures


Happy Valentine's Day!
Here's a treat for you! I recently was given a box of vintage paper ephemera from a neighbour in my apartment building. (The best right!?!)
In the box were dozens of cards that spanned years in a family's life, starting in maybe the 1940's. There were wedding cards, anniversary cards, telegrams from when their baby was born, birthday greetings, and my favourite, Valentines. 

I quickly photographed them before work on Friday so you can enjoy them too.  

Jim H is a little Jerkface.
Can you even imagine a kid handing out that Valentine now? 

I also laughed pretty hard at this one.  "Dad"  
He thinks of you so much... yet he clearly didn't even sign the card.  Oh vintage father issues. Poor Jeffrey.

I don't know if Daddy deserves that 3D yarn kitten bowtie...


And Jeff had a friend named Bunny!  The best.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!  Which one is your favourite?  
 

Friday, February 12, 2016

99 days to go... eeep!

A few days ago my office mate was kind (?) enough to add a countdown to the calendar in our office. Just 99 days to go until Steve and I get married!
There are so so many things to plan for a wedding, and while we've finished the big things, it feels like we still have a gazillion things to do.
The more decisions I have to make, the more I just default to throwing the coolest party I can imagine.  I am excited about some of our choices so far. 

Our caterer will be Barque - a local smokehouse BBQ restaurant.   I mean...ribs!  

We booked Dallas Curow as our photographer. She has such a great eye for light and for capturing genuine moments.  I'm really excited to see what she captures from the big day.  
Isn't this gorgeous?

I sent out save the dates in November, which I designed and then made with custom stamps and blank coasters.  I have another DIY project planned with the coasters for the wedding itself, so stay tuned!


I half have my dress.  I bought the fabric for it when we were in Vancouver this past summer and am getting my neighbourhood seamstress to make a dress for me. 

We are going for a monochromatic blue colour scheme, so my lovely bridesmaids will be choosing short blue dresses.  I've been pinning all the blue dresses I can find :)

Invitations are at the top of my to do list for this weekend.  I'll be making them myself and need to design them stat! 

On that note - I should get to it! Talk soon!

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