Category Archives: scrapbooking

scrapbook pages.

Some journalling still needed…It’s a layout about #3’s dancing, twirling, and musical inclinations.

A closer look.

A layout about #2, #3, and #4's love of climbing, balancing, and exploring.

A closer look.

Have a great weekend!

yes, i still scrapbook.

Some layouts of #5…

I cannot believe he was once this small!

happy wednesday!

scrapbook layouts (yay!)

A big thanks to some wonderful ladies who scrapbooked with me this past weekend.  I was able to become inspired and rediscovered the desire to just sit down and create.  Loved it!  And thank you to Shanley who took the pictures of my layouts (see below).  not sure how I would have been able to post these without the photos since I haven’t been able to take my own pics…I am in the middle of caring for a sick #4.

Speaking of #4, I realized #4’s scrapbook hadn’t been updated since she turned 1.  All that is missing from these layouts is some more of the story I want to tell:

"otay" - that is how she says "okay"

"our little runt"

"me & mike"

"my little shadow"

Here is #4’s favourite knock knock joke which she tells daily:

#4: “Mama, knock knock!”

Me:  “Who’s there?”

#4:  “Voodoo!”

Me:  “Voodoo who?”

#4:  “Voodoo you think you are! HAHAHAHAHAHA!”

And then she will repeat this knock knock prompt about 57 times.

dear santa.

Yesterday the kids wrote their letters to the big man.  (Actually, #3 and #4 drew pictures of what they wanted and #1 and #2 wrote their letters.)  I gave them each 3.5″ x 3.75″ squares of paper to draw/write on.  After they were finished, I collected them and made this matchbook type folder to keep them all in to send:

the outside.

Here’s the inside:

first page...sorry - a little blurry.

#4's letter. (a princess dress)

#3's letter. (A red toboggan.)

#3: “I  want a red toboggan to bring to the Bahamas.”

Ever-Patient and I look at each other puzzled.

He says to me: “Do you want to take this one or shall I?”

Me to #3:  “But there isn’t any snow in the Bahamas.”

#3:  “I know that.”

Me: “You know toboggans are to be used on snow, right?”

#3:  “I didn’t know that.”

Now off to mail the minibook of letters…


Keep.  It.  Simple.  Stupid.

This is the most overlooked piece of advice EVER!  This is my new mantra.

Last night I found myself with 5 sleeping children and a burst of energy. What should I do?  What do I want to do?  After “shoulding” all over myself for a few minutes:  I should be putting away laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, preparing the next day’s snacks and lunches, or sweeping the floors…I made the executive decision to do something creative.

I decided to scrapbook.  But the deal was I had to keep it SIMPLE.  This chunk of time could never be regained and I had to make the absolute most of it.  I didn’t obsess over choosing the perfect pictures or the products I would use.  In fact, I took one of the layouts I had prepped for #5’s baby book and just plopped in the pictures and his vitals.  Easy.  Then I even started a little minibook to document FALL ’09 – I used some of my oldest supplies that have been sitting in my craft stash for years.  Love it.

Here’s the layout:

baby 5's first layout.

On a side note…

I believe we are all creative.  Sometimes we tend to mistakenly associate creativity with just the purely aesthetic.  So you dismiss it and tell yourself you weren’t “born” with “it.”  We forget that as children we all tried our hand at drawing, painting, writing, and imagining.  Then one day someone makes a “suggestion” or criticizes or compares and we lose our confidence.  But creativity can appear anywhere: in the kitchen, when you tell a story, playing pretend with your kids, finding a solution where none seemed to exist, or even in your wardrobe selection.  My husband is the first one to say he is not creative.  But I’ve seen him turn into MacGyver in our kitchen making an exquisite meal with leftover ham, pasta, carrots, and chicken broth. (Trust me, it tastes better than it sounds).  For me, being creative is like breathing.  It’s really hard for me to go a day without doing something that stretches my imagination or expressing myself.  Sometimes I create a scrapbooking layout.  Sometimes it’s just a craft with the kids.  Other times, it’s a blog post or just a doodle in my journal of what I see:

observe and doodle.

Here’s my challenge to you.  Try it for a week.  Do one thing creative everyday.

Here are some ideas for a daily creative action:

  • Arrange a bouquet of flowers.
  • Doodle while you’re on the phone.
  • Colour in a colouring book with your kids (or buy yourself one).
  • Write in a journal.
  • Talk about your day but be as descriptive as you can be.
  • Deviate from a recipe.
  • Rearrange your furniture and accessories. (I do this often).
  • Play dress up.
  • Make something.
  • Draw everything you eat for one day.

Don’t make it stressful.  Remember: K.I.S.S.   Being a little creative everyday make life a little more interesting and you take it a little less seriously.

Happy Wednesday!

a fall layout.

youcanhaveyourCAKE…pt.1, originally uploaded by rozanne1.

This layout is from October 2006.

Some words of wisdom for the first born.

looking back.

Here is an old layout I did shortly after I had #4.  As I feel #5’s arrival approaching quickly, it’s nice to take a look back to see where I was emotionally after having getting used to life with 4 kids…

title:  "i see right through you"

title: "i see right through you"...#4 is missing in the photos...

It was chaotic…and still is…but I can’t imagine my life any other way.