#summer2018 #todolists #holiday2018 What’s happening in your craft room?

Happy summer holidays, All!  I know, I can’t believe it but it’s been almost a month since I blogged!! Well, if you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve changed gears a bit and am refocusing my crafty time on me :). That being said, I haven’t cracked my “on-going projects” bin since I was at the weekend retreat in May!!! So what have I been up to?

Travel and family!

  1. Well, July flew by and included an amazing trip to Barbados to spend time with my family from the East Coast!  Here’s a pic of me on the beach!! It was truly gorgeous and am thankful to have had to the opportunity to go!

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2. While I was away, Cory took the girls down the ranch and on some Saskatchewan adventures with Dad!

3. Then I packed us up and took the girls down the ranch and Olivia off to her first sleep away camp where she didn’t know a soul!  She’s so totally cool with that, she had a blast! The girls and I hit the pool at the Cypress Hills Park as we waited for Olivia which was followed by a full family weekend at the 11th annual Reno Rodeo in Consul!

Summer 2018 continued…

Next up the girls are all off to dance camp next week, I’m going to try and get some things done around the house and dig out the school supplies that  I ordered in June and haven’t opened the box!  I’m hoping to squeeze in some tent camping after that (when it cools down to a more reasonable temp).

Fall Crafting!

I just ordered my Stampin Up holiday pre-order yesterday!! Yes, that inspired me to do this post and get back at it!! I had mentioned in months gone by that I’ve decided I’m not offering a monthly Christmas card club this year, but am working on planning a 1 day weekend Christmas retreat to make 36 cards in 1 shot!  I have never planned a “stamp a stack” before so I’m going to plan the cards and try to post some ideas/samples by September.  Watch for the date to be posted soon!! It will be in November 🙂

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Also, keeping with the me-time crafting theme, I am already planning to attend a retreat weekend the September 22nd weekend with a friend near Cochrane.  I’m have opted out of the Scrapbook Carnival at Spruce Meadows this year, for this full weekend retreat instead.  More time for my money and not need to get childcare on the Friday.  I am still a huge fan of Creative Scrapbooker magazine, and will definitely be stopping by on Friday (on my way out of town to the crop) to shop and say hi!

So what’s on my to-do list… let’s have a look…

  1. Share some crafting love at the upcoming Millarville Fair (August 18-19) – watch for a post of all we submit 🙂
  2. Make new Outlander postcards for #droughtlander – OMG, did I mention the season 4 premiere date has been revealed??? November 4th!!
  3. Continue working on my UK April 2017 scrapbooking album
  4. Finish my travel notebook from Barbados
  5. Laminate and file all the kids’ work and projects that I have piled up from several years in the basement.
  6. Build a new ceiling fan and have it installed in my kitchen (the old one broke years ago and given the 30 degree weather, I really need to get on this!).
  7. Continue planning and working my new project for Christmas – the first annual Integrity kids’ Christmas party!  I wonder if there will be a Christmas card crafting station??? 😉
  8. Dig out and label the kids’ school supplies (not Olivia’s, just the kinder want it).
  9. Go school shopping for fall clothes, including new indoor shoes (this is on the list for next week when the girls are all at dance camp and I can shop solo!).

I’m sure the list goes on so do feel free to give me encouragement to just pick and start!

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Do watch for a Facebook Live of all my new fall goodies when they come, and a SAVE the DATE for my Christmas Card stamp a stack retreat!  If you are interested in more info on the event, please do message me or email: janleygrant@hotmail.com.

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Traveller’s Notebook #Barbados #yourstampinscrapbooker

A very special thank you to @kaezmum for taking care of me again when it comes to gathering up a few bits and a super cute traveller’s notebook for me to take on my trip to Barbados!! Not planning anything too fancy for the book, it’s just me travelling and meeting up with some family so mostly planning to use it just as an adorable little journal 🙂 That being said, who can resist embellishing it up a bit??? Going to add some cutesy bits, some papers to a few pages and take my fun pens/markers and washi 🙂

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I have some fun papers that I’ve gathered over the past winter in preparation for scrapbooking our trip to California this past March (and Jenn gave me stuff then too, that I’m still picking away at – I haven’t finished my Cali notebook yet, but will!!!) so I have lots of fun palm trees and goodies to add to it 🙂

What are you scrapbooking this days?  I had told myself I’d get back at my UK album after I came home from my weekend away in Canmore in the spring, and that just didn’t happen.  Between a million things going on, finishing up some card projects for church, teacher gifts for June, starting a learn to run program and now summer planning, there just hasn’t been the time to make my space a scrapbooking mess 🙂 But it will be….

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and had planned to do a separate post to explain why but really no need, here’s the scoop: it’s pretty much because I’m pulling back from my planning for classes, etc.  I think I have told most that I’ve decided to pull back this year from offering classes, I will still be selling, but no longer keeping my website for shopping either (it’s just not paying for itself).  I have made a goal to devote this school year to being all about my projects and what I want to get done for me 🙂 I sometimes can’t believe I’ve been home for a couple of years and still haven’t got many things done in the house (and in the craft room), and probably not in that order, that I would think that I should have.  I have had to work hard to learn to say no to volunteering, I am pulling back a bit from being at the school too.  It’s a tough balance of wanting to be busy, and being too busy, I’ve always been bad at that.  I want to make sure that what I do, I do well 🙂

So I’m planning to continue blogging, to what extent, note quite sure, but I do enjoy using this as an organizing tool to keep track of what and why I did things 🙂 I will do more scrapbooking and posting of what I create for me 🙂

So I hope you are off to a great start to your summer holidays, and will leave you with this:

  1. take lots of photos! try a photo a day challenge!
  2. keep souvenirs and moments to add to you scrapbooks
  3. be sure to journal, in as much detail as you can muster at the time
  4. take deep breaths and enjoy your surroundings
  5. smile, even when it rains, it will be snowing before we know it!

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Traveller’s Notebook – A new adventure #yourstampinscrapbooker

Off on two new adventures!

Our first family trip to California and Disney and my first attempt at traveller’s notebook!  I’m pretty laid back about this crafty experience, don’t have super high expectations for myself, just like the idea of sitting down in the eve to gather things we have collected, use some post-its where I’d like to put photos, do a bit of colouring and glueing embellishments and reflecting on our day!  I’m hoping this will set up my trip journalling as I usually just take a tiny notebook and write down the day’s events, highlights and maybe the food.  I’m hoping this will allow me to bring home that much more info on our trip to scrapbook in the larger format.  I’m going to try and collect more little moments, write down any funny moments/quotes/happenings to remember and come home with more detail to our memories.

I want to say a very special thank you to @kaezmum for all her help, you can find her on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXkqN408HxSW6a0ec-Gheg

Jenn was so generous to meet me for coffee and sit down and go through the ins and outs of creating a traveller’s notebook.  She even gave me this beauty with the pineapple on it and a few other goodies to get me started!! She has some great videos on all of her travelling across Canada last year and the notebooks she created!! What an amazing souvenir to have from their six week road trip!!  For longer trips, this would be an awesome way to record as much as you can, because who is going to remember all that fun stuff later?  I’m currently starting to prepare to start to scrapbook our trip to England and Scotland last year and concluding I wish I had journaled so much more detail to the days, a learning experience that I hope to improve upon here 🙂

Here is a photo of a few things I’m taking 🙂

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What have I decided to take? Because, I can tell you, if my hubby sees me coming with this, I’m going to get the lecture of, “I backpacked for a year with one backpack!”, yes, I’ve hear it every trip! haha So I’m keeping it super simple, and it is only a week, if it was longer, I’d definitely take inks and stamps and would probably invest in one of those little travel printers that Jenn has, but for this, I’m just going to stick a post-it for a photo reminder 🙂

Supplies:

  1. Zip up Bag from Thirty One Gifts – It’s called the Day by Day Case – biblebagIt’s intended for a Bible but for this trip, it’s perfect for traveller’s notebook – If you’d like to order one online, click here and you will reach my friend, Nicky, in Calgary, AB. 
  2. Traveller’s notebook – can be purchased online or at Michael’s, there are all kinds out there, I’m not sure exactly where this one came from but Jenn also makes them so there are all kinds of ideas out there.
  3. Faber Castell Gelatos – to add some each color and fun!
  4. Adhesive tape runner – Snail by Stampin Up – click here to purchase online 🙂 
  5. Washi Tape – light and simple to travel with and can add so much to the fun – I have a variety here from the princess one to Stampin Up that I’ve collected 🙂
  6. Small post-it notes to stick in for photos and notes to do later.
  7. Embellishments – I’m taking some Disney princess chipboard and some Jolee’s flip flops that are adhesive backed.
  8. Writing Utensils – I’m taking a blue pen, black Micron .08 and a few Faber Castell Pitt artist pens, I just love them, in blue, pink and gold 😉 Take whatever you prefer that is comfortable and fun.

Please comment if you have any suggestions for this newbie to the craft, I’m super excited to dig in and we are counting down the hours now until we head off to the airport.

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Thanks! Janley #yourstampinscrapbooker