Gratitude Journal 2015

I just came across this idea while browsing Pinterest, and I think it’s a wonderful fantastic idea for 2015! Thanks to Canadian Scrapbooker for throwing the idea out there! Who wants to join me? After all, staying mindful of what we’re grateful for never hurts, right?! We’ll be starting 2015 off on the right foot- and I’ll need your help to stay motivated!!

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Join in any time! I’ll start recording what I’m grateful for- one item per day for the entire year- on my group page starting tomorrow! Once I’m completed my December Daily album, I’ll create a simple gratitude journal (maybe I’ll even use a SMASH journal or a CTMH My Crush album. Or, better yet, I’ll up cycle some old cardboard I’ve got stashed in my haven!)
How would you journal what you’re grateful for? Would you stick with one item per day- or one per week or month? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Top 14 of 2014

Everyone seems to be doing one “Top 10” list or another, to pay homage to 2014, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too!
Introducing TEdS’ Top 14 of 2014!

1. CTMH Skylark patterned paper and coordinating embellishments (sorry, no graphic)
2. CTMH Snowhaven patterned papers and coordinating embellishments

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3. Frozen (the movie)

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4. Younique 3D Fibre Lashes

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5. N & J’s Nailz Don’t Be Gel-less (www.facebook.com/n&j’snailz)

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6. Simply Frosted By Dianna Goller (www.facebook.com/simplyfrostedbydiannagoller)

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7. YEG Love Letters (@yegloveletters on IG)

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8. Demetri Gianni (@demetrigianni on IG)

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9. Taylor Swift

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10. Edmonton Humane Society

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11. SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society)

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12. Cricut Explore

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13. Crop-A-Doodle Scrapbook Retreat

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14. Las Vegas High Roller

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These are some of my most favourite things, businesses and places I experienced this year. I’m happy I had the chance to share these with you!

December Daily Day 24

To learn more about December Daily, visit this post: https://theeverydayscrapbooker.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-daily/

It’s the eve before the most joyous day of the year. How do you do happy?
Here’s one way I do it:

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My husband was home today. While I waited on my laundry to dry, I played with paper for a bit! {I can HARDLY WAIT to share this layout with you!!! It’s got a fun and unique way to fit lots of pictures into your layout.}
Speaking of sharing with you, I need your help. For an upcoming post, I’m looking for handmade and/or DIY FROZEN party decoration ideas. Share with me what your fave ideas are and they could be featured on my blog (including a warm, friendly shout out to your blog, too!) Once I’ve collected enough great ideas, I’ll share the goods with you. Sound good?!
Lastly, have a very Merry Christmas and a hearty cheers to 2015! Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internets; I hope to see you again in the new year!

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December Daily Day 23

For more information about my December Daily challenge, go here: https://theeverydayscrapbooker.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-daily-day-one/
I’m also hosting a scrapbook class, starting in January. For more info, visit this link!

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A person can’t help but feel festive when mother nature jumps in and decorates nature with hoar frost.

I did!

December Daily Day 22

There’s still lots of room in my scrapbook club! For all the details, visit this post!
For more info about my December Daily challenge, visit this post.

I search for excuses to make the recipe I’m about to share with you. If you’re in the mood for delicious wintery comfort food, I’d say this recipe fits the bill. It’s potatoey, cheesey and definitely tasty. And, although I look for reasons to make it, this dish doesn’t grace my table near often enough. It only seems to make an appearance when company is coming over. It’s a good thing we’re having company tomorrow!
In the spirit of giving and sharing, I thought I’d share this yummy side dish. A special thanks (and thumbs up) goes out to Kraft Canada for the creation of this wonderful dish- and many more, that have become favorites in our house!

Cheddar-Mashed Potato Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

-2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes (about 6), peeled and quartered
-2 tbsp. Margarine
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1 cup Kraft double cheddar shredded cheese
-2 tbsp. Oscar Mayer real bacon bits

METHOD:

Cook potatoes in boiling water in large saucepan for 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Return to pan.
Heat oven to 350°F. Add margarine and sour cream to potatoes; mash until smooth. Spoon half into 1.5 L casserole dish; cover with layers of cheese, remaining potato mixture and bacon bits.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
*For a slight variation, add 1 tsp. minced garlic along with margarine and sour cream.

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New in 2015!

Ever use the excuse that you’ve got no time for scrapbooking- or crafting, period- after all your work, chores, kid wrangling, meal cooking, errand running, not-enough-hours-in-the-day whirlwind of a day, week, month, or year typically happens?
I have, too. I think about doing it- quite frequently, honestly. When my kids are home, there’s no ever-loving way I would even THINK about scrapbooking when they’re around. We inevitably end up doing a craft for THEM. Not me. And, scrapbooking has become more than preserving my memories. It’s become a way to preserve ME. I’m a mom, too, and kiddo and mommy responsibilities severely cuts in to my personal time. Often,  when I do get time to play, I don’t feel like it anymore. The reasons why are numerous- it’s too late in the day, I’m too tired, stressed out, the list could go on.
And, you’re thinking, “yeah, right. This is a scrapbook blog. Of course you’ve got time, and can MAKE time to scrapbook”. Granted. But, have you seen any scrapbook layouts or projects that I’ve made recently- as in the last month?
Gotcha!
What if we could change that?  What if we scheduled time for ourselves, and time for crafting? The only catch is that you have to WANT to make time for yourself. Make yourself a priority. One evening per month, for most of the calendar year) to sip on wine, munch on good food, chit chat with other ladies- ADULTS!!!- and do what you love, all at the same time, is the first of two requirements. Scratch that. Three requirements.
Secondly, there’ll be a mandatory, minimal related fee.
Lastly, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Here’s how it would work:

As I mentioned above, a fee is required. Starting in January, I’ll be hosting a SCRAPBOOK CLUB. With a few breaks throughout the year to allow for holidays and summer vacation, this class will run for the remainder of the calendar year. The fee will cover the materials you’ll need to complete an entire scrapbook album. Assuming that the participants have previous experience scrapbooking, you’ll only be required to purchase whichever Close To My Heart kit we settle on (I’ve currently got two possibilities in mind). I’ll purchase any supporting stamps and tools, etc. required to complete our album. We’ll create one double page layout per class (unless we’re feeling ambitious and think we can complete two per class).
If you’re unfamiliar with scrapbooking, but want to learn more, you’re welcome to join us too! I can help you make the necessary purchases you need, or an experienced friend can help, instead!
Of course, you’re more than welcome to order more Close To My Heart product as you’re able to, as well.
I’m unsure, at the moment, if I’ll require additional orders throughout the month. I’d love to offer hostess rewards to my club members (each month there’ll be a new hostess).
At the end of the year (likely November) we’ll have a completed scrapbook album!

So…we have two possibilities before us and a decision needs to be made:  create a Christmas album OR start with a valentines themed half album.

What do I mean half album?

Rather than one entire album that’s dedicated to the Valentines holiday, we’ll create one double page spread for valentines, then make a second order to scrapbook with a more “general” kit until the next holiday (Easter or Thanksgiving). Any subsequent holidays may require additional CTMH orders. 
What are your thoughts? I’m leaning towards doing a Christmas album- or mini album. Since I’m already going to be ordering the Holiday Happenings kit,  you should join me!

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What do you need?

1. Yourself!
2. CTMH Holiday Happenings kit {for example}; OR scrapbook album (should we decide against the mini album)
3. CTMH kit
4. Paper trimmer
5. Adhesive
6. Pictures

I’ll supply the rest.

Now it’s your turn. Do you want to join and which direction would you like to take? Sign up here. Or via a comment on this blog post. Our class will start mid January. Don’t miss out!

December Daily Day 21

If you’d like to know more about my December Daily challenge, please visit This post.

If you’re wondering why there’s a large gap in December Daily posts, there’s a good reason! Find out why here and here.

What comes to mind when you think of gear? It’s another word that’s got a broad and generic definition.
I could have used our winter gear to fulfill today’s photo prompt, but decided to take it in another direction, instead.

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(Personally, I like this interpretation better!)
For Christmas, grandma M gave the girls new princess “slippers”, as miss A is fond of calling them. Real play shoes no longer fit my children (only because they’re too tall for it!!); so, the next logical solution was to buy proper dress shoes. Apparently, we made the right choice- they LIVE in their new shoes! Now to find (one day) proper princess dresses that actually fit them, to complete our princess gear!

December Daily Day 20

For more information about my December Daily challenge, please visit this post.

Are you wondering why there’s a big gap in my December Daily posts? Go here and here.

Gregory is a rescue. He’s also a surrender. If you go back even further, he’s a survivor. (If you’re new to my blog and don’t know who Gregory is, or if you’ve visited before but don’t know who he is, I’ll enlighten you. He’s my cat- a sweet, loving, dog-caught-in-a-cats-body fixture in our home).
It’s taken a number of years for his true personality to shine through. Moreover, I think it’s finally broken through because he’s found a place where he feels comfortable and truly happy. That’s with our family.
When I first brought him home, I was told to never let him outside and never have other pets in my home. He came from a home where he was terrorized by another family pet. He found himself at the Humane Society until Extendicare took him in as the residence cat. He had a good life there- it would have been any pets’ dream come true- free handouts at every meal and when he visited his favourite residents. He got to have a sleepover with someone different every night and never had to worry about other animals pestering him.
Then, one day, the social worker finally had a severe allergic reaction to Gregory (he got into her office one too many times), which required a trip to the hospital and a new home for kitty. Being the unit clerk, and because my permanent bench was at the centre of all the nursing activity, I overheard what happened before the rest of the nurses aides. If no one wanted him, I offered to take him as my own pet. Sparing him a repeat visit to the Humane Society (not that I think that would have happened). He was well loved by nursing staff and residents alike. He was incredibly anti-social though. Like I said, he had his favorites. Otherwise he was scarcely seen- never during the day.
As time went on, after I “adopted” him, he ventured outside, eventually hunting and leaving his spoils at the door for us; he learned to {grudgingly, but never aggressively} reside with a dog 3 times his size, mellowed out enough to allow four grabby toddler hands “play” with him, and now, more recently, co-habitate with a dog about his same size. He “talks” to us frequently, begs when there’s any sort of meaty smell wafting through the air and loves his cuddles. He is patient, affectionate and incredibly special to me. Other than my husband, Gregory (and now Freddie) are the only other males in my life that have captured my heart. Completely.
What’s special to you?

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