Friday, August 27, 2010


I'm not done this layout. In fact, I'm stuck. So some suggestions would be good. Remember I am a simple scrapbooker & don't want to have to go buy anything. Although, KIM, if you offer up your leftover brads from this Crate Paper line, I probably won't say 'No'.

Layout #191

Lucky Us by Haley Ross
When I was doing this layout Michelle looked over & was surprised to see a single layout. I was initially as shocked as her. I seem to be doing those more & more often. But it works. And I only had 2 pieces of this awesome paper. It's my first ever St.Patricks day layout.. mind you, I did have something awesome to celebrate (Molly).
Also, I can't believe I am only at 41 layouts for this year. Oops! I am beginning to think that my goal of 100 (which was toned down from 150 last year) is a little too far fetched. We'll see!
Materials: Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle; Brads: Making Memories; Alphabet Stickers; K&Co & Thickers by American Crafts; Envelope: Lil' Davis; Journaling Spots: Scenic Route; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics.

Layout #190

Oh Canada! by Haley Ross
I am such a proud Canadian, but there just aren't GREAT Canadian supplies out there. This worked, but I wish it was better. I dislike my journaling, I think it looks sloppy, but I'm not changing it, I want to move on.
Materials: Patterned Paper: Kaiser Craft & Scenic Route; Stickers: Karen Foster; Stars: Prima Marketing; Pen: EK Success Zig Writer; Alphabet Stickers: Thickers by American Crafts.

10 Randoms

Brian & I celebrated our 4 year anniversary by heading out on a hike. We did a 6km hike that one of the most strenuous I have ever done. I had lost my breath about 1km in & I knew I was in trouble. I did it! And I couldn't have done it without him there! It's a little symbolic...
10 Things That Work For US
1. Ask & you shall receive is our mantra. All I have to do is ask Brian to do something around the house & he does it. I know (and so does he), that you have to verbalize it. I can't be mad if I had 'hoped' he would clean the magazines piled on the stairs, but didn't.

2. We do 'stuff' together. We hike, kayak, go to Wino club, travel.... and once in a while, I'll even play Wii with him. I like doing things with Brian. I like spending time with him.

3. We also give each other time apart. Brian goes to hockey games, plays hockey, golfs & I scrapbook. And I appreciate my time away enough to know that Brian needs his too. I can't imagine marrying a loser who had no hobbies...

4. We don't believe "Love means never having to say you're sorry." That's crap. If I am sorry, I say it. And if Brian owes me an apology I get one.

5. We NEVER say things we don't mean. We have some friends who say awful things to each other when they fight. And then they say 'sorry' and it's all good for them. For me, I can't unhear words (is that a word?) they would stay with me. So lucky for me, Brian doesn't call me names or tell me he hates me when we fight.

6. Brian gets me. And I come with baggage. I guess that's just pure luck on my part.

7. We like the same shows. If we're going to spend time watching TV we can do it together. Although I get bored of TSN easily we usually plunk down & watch Modern Family, The Office or Jersey Shore (!) together. My favourite show is SNL but Brian can't stay up past 11 :)

8. I like the junk in his trunk.

9. We have our own cars. If I had to share a car with Brian we'd be divorced in 14 days, maybe less. I have a clean car. Brian, well, let's just say Brian has a car.

10. We'd rather be with our kids. Of course we appreciate a night without them, but most of the time we both want them around. Even yesterday we were talking about how much Miles would love the view from the top, the squirrels & the rocks to climb on.

Monday, August 16, 2010

10 Randoms

We spent the past couple weeks at our cabin in Saskatchewan. So, in honor of my 'down time' here are 10 things that
I haven't done in week (s)...
1. Updated my facebooks status. Even if we had internet access what would I have written. Haley is: Going for a Swim. Haley is: Drinking a cold beer. Haley is: Taking in the sunset. The last one sounds pretty good.
2. Heard Sirens. It's so peaceful up there. Here we hear sirens & trains all day long. It doesn't bother me, but I do notice the peace of 'nothing'.
3. Blogged.
4. Vacuumed.
5. Worried about what I was going to cook for dinner. Dinner just seems to happen at the cabin. Someone always steps up. And if they don't... we eat smokies.
6. Gone shopping. If you count stopping at Home Hardware in Lloyd or buying an ice cream cone from the South Bay Store, then this one is a bit of a lie.
7. Started a book knowing I would never finished. I love knowing I will get a chance to read each day. I finished four books at the cabin. I really mixed it up this year too. My favourite was called The Widow Cliquot. It's a memoir about the Widow Cliquot (of the Champagne empire) and business in France during the French Revolution & Prussian war. I was learning so much I think I was annoying Bran with my little "info" sessions...
" Hey honey, do you know what a Dandie is? Did you know how they got the added sulphates into wine in the 1800's? Want to hear about the fashion craze during the french revoltion? Guess how many grams of sugar were in a bottle of Champagne in 1811? Do you know why there are stars on the corks of a bottle of Vueve Cliquot. Do you even know what Vueve means??? (He said "No Thanks." But I told him anyway.)
8. Answered the phone. I checked my cell messages once in a while. And I did some texting. But there was no phone ringing in my ear. Um, it rocks.
9. Scrapbooked. Sadly I didn't take my stuff this year. Our little car is just too full with 2 babies (time for an upgrade?).
10. Woke up at 8. Brian does the early shift with Molly. (I LOVE him for it). So he let me sleep in most days. One day I slept until 11. I felt awful all day & asked him to wake me up early the next morning. I'm not a teenager anymore, guilt-free sleeping is a thing of the past. *Sigh.