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PHOTO JOURNAL I BRYNN'S FIRST YEAR


today i want to talk "documenting babies".
we all know that the weeks and months fly past, so now more than ever the photos and stories are what we treasure most.
i found a perfect way to use one of the heidi swapp photo journals i had in my stash.
i decided to use it to document my daughter brynn as she grows each month.


slip in a monthly photo, add in some journaling and embellishments and when she turns 1 year i will have this beautiful book complete full of my favourite monthly photos and memories.


to create my book i incorporated the beautiful jen hadfield heart of home collection.  the papers are so soft, yet rich. the perfect collection to document a baby girl.


for this album i am keeping all of my photos black and white.
i am also using my we r memory keepers typecast to add in my sentiments....whether it be a quote, story, memory or favourite passage.
i also have been obsessed in using my we r memory keepers stitch happy machine.  i love being able to add metallic thread detailing throughout my journal.



the photo corners are from heidi swapp's storyline collection and are found in the deck of days kits.  they are just awesome and i am kind of obsessed.





next week she will be 4 months and i will add in this months photo and thoughts.  it is really so mind boggling to me how we have reached 4 months old! i remember being pregnant with her like yesterday. even though it feels like i am both busier (and more tired) than ever, i know that the time i am making to capture these moments will be one of the best things i have ever done.  already when i look back on the pages that i have completed i am so grateful.  it's like my own little time machine that i can look back on and read and feel like i am in that moment again.
  


there is truly nothing i love more than simple, doable, meaningful and beautiful memory keeping XO.

LETTERBOARD I FALL DECOR

there truly is no more denying it. 
i am not sure what it is like where you live but here in alberta canada we are feeling all the fall feels.  cooler days, early nights, leaves starting to change colour and scatter. yes. it's time to embrace fall.


as much as i am sad to see the days of summer go, i am always looking forward to fall. there is just something about bundling up in cozy sweaters and scarves, warm drinks, fall photography and pumpkins everywhere.  september is my favourite month.

i decided to whip out my brand new heidi swapp letterboard to commemorate this beautiful time.  a favourite phrase in gold alphas looks just perfect on this black letterboard, don't you think?


i gave my living room shelf the fall treatment and adding in my letterboard was truly the perfect finishing touch.


i collected some of my favourite decor pieces and added them in.  the pumpkin floral arrangement is actually from my wedding.  i bring it out every fall as a special reminder of our day.


i love these little pumpkins.  they always make any decor display come together.


here's to embracing fall and all it's beauty..."autumn leaves and pumpkins please"!

LETTERBOARD I EAT OUTDOORS DAY

hello end of august.  
i say these words loaded with emotion and a very bittersweet taste in my mouth.
how has this just happened?
i swear it was only spring.
sigh.


with the beautiful days and evenings of summer soon on the wrap up, how fitting that today of all days...august 31st is actually national eat outside day.


 seriously probably THE best part about summer for sure... (insert weepy face here).


so in honour of this day, and the end of summer i thought it would be perfect to enjoy a little QT time with a bowl of warm tacos and some cool guacamole.  who's with me?!?


food friends and sunshine.  what else could honour 'eat outside day' better than that? 

LETTERBOARD I WEEKEND VIBES

hello weekend!
if you are anything like me....then you literally live the week for the weekend....am i right?!? especially in SUMMER.


these days are literally passing by at lightning speed and i know i am doing pretty much all i can to keep hanging on to every last little bit of sunshine, warm weather, pool day kinda thing.


this summer i have snapped a lot of photos!  with my one son seeming to grow SO fast now that there is a baby in the house i am more desperate than ever to treasure each second.  these summers are so precious, and so much fun when you get to watch a toddler enjoy it.


i have been LOVING to use my instax camera and accessories to commemorate these treasured days. and who could deny this super fun vibe?!? as many of you know this year it is all about the palms.  ;)


so for this weekend, and the next following weekends i will definitely be enjoying what's left of both the weekend vibes AND the summer vibes.  cheers to making the most of it and some fabulous memories. XO

LETTERBOARD I CANADA DAY #150

hello july 1st!
and happiest canada day to all of my fellow canadians across this great country!
it truly is a great day to kick off what will be an amazing celebration today....and SUMMER!


celebrating canada day this year is a big one.  canada is officially 150 years old.
cue the fireworks.  it's going to be a celebration!



i loved setting up 2 of my heidi swapp letterboards to commemorate this special day.  layering them together is an awesome way to say what you want to say if you do not have enough room on one.  plus they just look so cute together.  


so in honour of all things "canadian" today....let there be hockey, poutine, tim hortons, maple syrup and ALL the red and white maple leafs one can handle.  for it is canada day.

happiest 150th birthday canada!


i am so blessed to be able to call you home.



LETTERBOARD & LIGHTBOX I CAMERA DAY


it is certainly no big secret that i love cameras. and photos. and really anything to do with both cameras and photos.
seriously. my love. obsessed actually.


so with it officially being national camera day today, one must celebrate with a camera and photos.  don't you agree!?!



these days my world is wrapped up in the arms of a brand new baby, and i could not be more in a whirlwind of taking photos and capturing memories and moments.  with having a second baby, i completely understand the fleetingness of time.  how fast these little ones grow.  how much you want to remember.  how much you can forget.  it's crazy.  but thank god for photos and cameras.  they truly are the only way to hang on to the past.


i spent some time printing out some of my latest favourite memories with my instax share sp-1 printer.


this super adorable flamingo album from the heidi swapp instax tropical collection could not be more perfect for these memories.


the cutest little book that i am filling with all of my favourites so far.


"a photograph is the pause button of life".  SO TRUE.
in honour of national camera day i challenge you to get your camera out.  snap a few photos and PRINT them.  place them in an album.  they are truly the treasures of our life.



LETTERBOARD I FATHERS DAY LOVE

hello june 18th. time for some fathers day love.  and letterboard love.
all wrapped up into one.


my heidi swapp letterboard is probably one of my latest obsessions.  i absolutely love changing up my boards to reflect special occasions, holidays and anything really that is inspiring me at the moment!


in honour of fathers day, i thought it would be fun to not only add a beautiful message...but some of my favourite photos taken over these past 3 years of my husband and madix's phenomenal dad.  photos celebrating their bond, their friendship, their love.



i simply went through my computer and printed out a photo grid over at picmonkey.  i then printed it out and simply placed the collage on my letterboard using some of the super cute letterboard icons to hold it in place.  then once i am ready to switch up my letterboard, i will place this collage on a scrapbook layout, or in my planner!





i absolutely ADORE how the heidi swapp letterboard can literally be transformed into anything you want it to be.  it is one of my most coveted home decor accessories and i know i will love it for many many years and happy celebrations.


happiest fathers day to my hubby and truly one of the most phenomenal, selfless, loving and caring dad's on the planet. madix and (our new baby) are SO blessed.  here's to many more fathers day celebrations and beautiful memories together. XOXO

to see and learn even more about the heidi swapp letterboard and all of the super fun accessories, click the link here.

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