Saturday, June 29, 2013

Where & What

Catching up on lots of creative posts.  Next week we double celebrate with Canada Day and then 4th of July.  In celebration of the town we called home for a large part of my childhood am sharing a project life style page on Plymouth.  If you get to that part of the country, Plymouth has so much to offer in history and culture and a magical environment.
Whatevers is a challenge site hosted by 3 creative friends, Cat Scanlon, Vicki Chrisman, Nat Kalbach to celebrate found photos and the stories they tell or could be told if someone took the time to write them down.  Found photos at tag sales and antique centres always make me curious, who are these people and where are their families.  There are interesting things to see with different clothing styles or old motor cars and pieces of life in days gone by.

My first post tells where I started the story and these are my last few contributions and their stories.

Featuring Maya Road stamps, Julie Fan Balzer stencils and Splash ofColor paints

Dear Charles
We are having the most amazing adventures in the East. The photo is of my exchange school tutor with her amazing collection of origami balls, she does the most amazing things with folded paper.  The circle is my attempt at calligraphy, it looks so simple but the symbols mean so much.  The symbol for ZEN is curious, almost full circle but not.  Practicing these graceful skills takes lots of concentration and I often find my mind wandering and wondering about how busy our lives are, almost out of balance and certainly out of zen!  warmest hugs from Chelsea 

Dearest  Chelsea
The last few months have flown by.  Your newsy letters always full of interesting snippets from afar bridge time and miles. Reading words can’t beat being together but for now all those words and letters a building a strong bridge.  warmest hugs from Charles

Whatevers photo challenge, this time I took the boys to Paris, using Liz Hicks new number stamps, Luminarte paints, Graphic 45 papers, and Balzer Design stencils

Dearest Chelsea,
This will be a quick message as we are off and racing again this morning and heading towards Paris.  This Great Race as they are calling it has taken weeks for our little motor car to cross oceans, tundra, hills and many many miles, often without a real road as we know it.   What a wild adventure this road trip has been, so many different cultures and styles of living but you know one thing that struck me is that no matter where we go, people are people, they are all curious about the motor car and excited about the potential for more people to be able to travel great distances to see the world for themselves.
Hugs and looking forward to seeing you soon. Charles
A project life page with a bit of a mixed media twist on the theme of ‘our town’ Using Bo Bunny Anthem paper collection and a lot of stamps and inks.  Lately I have been using Donna Salzar Mixed Media Inks from Colorbox, they blend so beautifully.  I love using papers and trims in a new way and building pop out journaling into the pockets. We counted ourselves very lucky to have an opportunity to move to Plymouth. We were there for  bicentennial celebrations, record breaking blizzards, and many fun adventures on the beaches and around the pine scented forests.  Pretty amazing to see history on most every street corner and to go to school with descendants of the original settlers. 

Happy Canada day for everyone north of the 49th parallel and happy Independence Day to everyone in Plymouth.
 Blog links to Jenny Matlocks' Alphabe-Thursday, a fun party with weekly themes rounding the alphabet and really fun to see how people interpret the theme, cooking, photos, funny stories, always something interesting.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A little stressed

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"Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another" William James
A colourful sky from a recent trip to the country to share with my friends in Sky Watch Friday along with a little nature photo.  Aren't they just the cutest things. Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers is a large voluntary association that rescues and cares for native animals, their web page provides lots of information about the local habitat.  
Am working on new creative projects to share soon, till then hang loose and stress free.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Good Thoughts

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" Roald Dahl

Have lots of fun new creative projects on the worktable to share soon, for now a wintery full moon from the beach because I know my Sky Watch Friday friends always enjoy a beach view.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Celebrating Life

Project Life is making a big impact on the world of papercrafting and art journaling.  Those little pockets unleash a different kind of creativity and I love that focus on writing the story to go with the photos.  

Last month we held a celebration of life for our mother with the kind help of Nici who helped us embrace the message of celebrating the beauty of our days.  At the same time friends were asking me how to save special cards in the Project Life format and how to make use of the collections of scraps we are all hoarding.  The questions became the inspiration for these pages as a celebration of life with journaling about the creative journey we shared.
 Maya Road Stamps with a sewing theme were the creative spark that called for a handicraft theme.    CratePaper Fourteen has a Valentines Day theme with a bit of creative cutting gives you lots more options.   
The base of the page is Cupid paper cut to the 3x4” size with faux stitching.
Everyone love stencils and I love being creative in recycling.  Kiddies stencils can double duty in the craft room.  
Being creative with trims we can focus on  love hearts.
All the photos on these pages are from special times with stories to tell and that was the inspiration for flip up journal cards.
Our last card for mother’s day now has a home and a story to share.
Love to hear your thoughts on the Project Life style and don’t mind a good challenge ~ just like the question of how do you save special cards in the pockets ~ you never know where they will take you.


Friday, June 14, 2013


"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see."  Dr Robert Holden

A quickie roadside photo from a morning commute. This time of year the sun is a blaze of colour in the early morning light. Sharing with my friends from Sky Watch Friday who love to find interesting views of the ever changing sky.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

To Live

"To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life. "
James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Happy Sky Watch Friday friends, am working on some new creative projects to share with you soon, for now we have a pretty early morning moment with nature. Moments like this make me feel so alive and ready to see what the day brings.