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project life: week 32

September 2, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

I’m loving navy and hot pink. They are such a beautiful combo.

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Tom and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Holy Dinah! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Here’s to another 8 years, my Love. Thanks for putting up with my crazy for so many years. On the day of our anniversary Tom surprised me with dinner at The Marc, a wonderful French restaurant. We shared a salted caramel chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, although Tom will be the first to tell you he didn’t get much ganache. Apparently I’m a ganache hog. He also bought me a beautiful necklace. Hello, I’m spoiled. He has such amazing taste. I received a lovely postcard from my parents while they were visiting my aunt. I love love love that my mom still send me mail.

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I adore the picture of the chinchilla this week. I was letting him run around and he stole a piece of tissue and started to destroy it, all while having this “Oh me? I’m not doing anything” look on his face while he’s happily shredding away. What and adorable little monster. He makes my heart melt.

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The supplies used are mostly from the Stargazer and Candid kits. They both please me greatly.

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project life: week 31

August 28, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

Sometimes some weeks just look better in B&W. Either the picture colours were gross (indoor iPhone photos) or the colour schemes just don’t go together. This was one of those weeks.

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Work has been punching me in the face lately. It’s partly my fault. I tend to take on more that I should at times, but I just can’t stand inefficiencies. It makes me cry myself to sleep at night. Tom had another dentist appointment with a specialist to deal with his infection and the dentist basically told him there wasn’t enough of a problem to do anything. Excuse me? This whole tooth thing has been completely weird. Tom and I are working on a theory that he’s getting Wolverine-like regenerative powers, so I’ll keep you all posted on that development. I love the two bottom photos. The one on the left is Tom and I posing “nice” for his mom. The one on the right is Tom and I doing our fun pose afterwards. Tom’s mom doesn’t like our crazy. I think it’s a better representation of us.

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We took the animals to the vet on the weekend. Tom had a concern about the chinchilla’s foot so I decided everyone would get a checkup. Thermometers up the bum for everyone! When we were packing them into the car I thought the animals would feel better if they could see each other, but Tom stated they would probably blame each other for what was happening.

Chinchilla: Where am I? Why am I in a box?

Sees the bunny

Chinchilla: You! What did you do?

Bunny: Ummm… nothing, Stink Face. This is all your fault.

Chinchilla: Nope. This never happened until YOU showed up, Lard Butt.

Bunny: Suck it, Fuzzball.

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Finally, I want to point out that I was recently the victim of computer smack talk. I was working on some problems for my statistics course and submitting them online. Usually, if I get a wrong answer I will get a “Sorry, that’s not correct” message. This time I got a message that read, “Check your use of technology.” Well then. It appears I just got told. By my computer.

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project life: week 30

August 25, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

So… I’m not dead. I feel a little dead at the moment, but that will hopefully pass in a day or so.

Big announcement: I’m finally caught up on Project Life. I’m still in shock that I’m caught up. I think I was inspired by Olya to finally get all caught up. I will be posting on how I got caught up in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
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I kept this week really simple. There wasn’t a lot going on, so I relied on filler cards to supplement my lack of photos. Sometimes it happens that way and you just have to go with the flow. I’m currently obsessed with mango banana smoothies. I’ve been adding vanilla protein powder them and having them for breakfast. Simplicity. I’m also in love with the Headspace app. I really can’t find enough good things to say about it. Again, simplicity.

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This week also marked one of the scariest moments in my marriage: seeing my husband in immense pain. Tom had some kind of mutant infection in one of his teeth, causing him to be in an unreal amount of pain. I’ve never seen him like that and I hope I never have to again. I remember crying in relief when his T4s finally kicked in. It was such a horrible day. Luckily, the antibiotics seemed to have smoothed out the problem and hopefully it’s gone for good.

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Most of this layout is from the Blush kit. I re-coloured some of the cards to match my photos because that’s how I roll.

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project life: week 28

July 23, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

Summer is in full swing here and I’m having a blast. I’m not a OH-MY-GOD-IT’S-SUMMER-WE-HAVE-TO-DO-ALL-THE-THINGS person, but I am enjoying myself. There’s a lot going on here and it feels good to be a part of it.

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Just to start off, right now I’m obsessed with doing my nails. OBSESSED. Tom is complaining of being on a continual high from the paint fumes but I can’t stop myself. Plus, I just discovered a quick-dry nail dropper that seems to prevent a lot of chipping. Hella cool. I’m currently sporting pink and gold nail polish, but this week it was all about the pink and grey. These nails were my favourite design as of yet. The rest of this layout is mostly weekend related. Tom and I usually run errands together on Saturdays, but lately we’ve been dividing and conquering. I stepped out on Saturday by myself to pick up some groceries and then went to Starbucks until my hair appointment. It was so much fun to just sit around and read for an hour. Definitely felt luxurious.

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That afternoon I got a much needed haircut. I actually can’t remember the last time I cut my hair so it was definitely a necessity. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used Tracy Larson Simply White templates for the before and after shot. I layered digital cardstock on the white background to keep it from blending in with my white dividers. That’s one of the downsides of digital scrapbooking: I can’t use white filler cards. Tom and I went to the East Meets West festival later that evening and I was thrilled to try out some of the food trucks. We bought duck tots from Atilla the HUNgry and custom ice cream sandwiches from One Cool Cookie. So yummy! For our custom ice cream sandwiches, Tom ordered gingersnap cookies and peanut butter and chocolate ice cream while I opted for chocolate chip cookies and bubble gum ice cream. Heavenly! The next day we went to see Wicked at the Jubilee. I thought the two main actresses were fantastic, but the show really didn’t speak to me. It was okay but it kind of reminded me of Cats. At the end of it I was all, “Okay. So what?” Although, I can’t get the song Popular out of my head. I freaking love that song.

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This layout was made with Paislee Press’ Weekender kit. I recolored some the elements to match the green from the Wicked poster. The poster was initially a little overpowering so I layered it over the woodgrain cardstock in the Weekender kit and adjusted the opacity on the poster layer. I’m thrilled with how it turned out. The original poster overwhelmed the layout.

Thanks for reading!

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project life: week 11

July 21, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

This was one of my favourite weeks of the year. Our friends Jason and Kim invited us to go to Canmore with them for the weekend. Kim is a master at planning and was going to arrange everything. A couple of days later, Jason e-mailed Tom asking if we wanted to go dog sledding. Say what? Dog sledding? The adventurer in me immediately said, “Hell to the YES!.” So, in March 2014, I went dog sledding.

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While I’m the adventurer in the relationship, Tom is the planner. I love the picture of his turn by turn print out of how to get to the hotel. While he was showing me the map he stops and asks, “Are you taking a picture of me?” Yes, my Love, I definitely am. I love his neuroses. We rented an SUV and drove 4 hours to Stoneridge Mountain Resort. Things I don’t want to forget: Getting onto the highway and part of the rubber on the windshield starting to flap about. Hearing a weird howling while driving (turns out it was just a weird windy patch and not our vehicle falling apart).

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Our room was beautiful. Actually, it was more like a little apartment than a room. As part of our room package we were given a $100 voucher to the Iron Goat so we went there for dinner. The food was totes amazing, people. I would go back there in a heartbeat. I almost ate myself into a food coma that night. Things I don’t want to forget: The size of the bathroom and the size of the shower. You could fit FOUR people in that shower and not be too smooshed. In contrast, how small the bedroom was. You practically had to shuffle to get down the side of the bed. The chipotle mango duck wings and the hot fudge cream puff. The noisy booth next to us, who were so loud our waitress gave us a round of drinks on the house.

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This week turned into a 4-page layout because there was just so much to share!

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The next morning we went dog sledding. I had to buy some outdoors gear because I realized most of my winter wardrobe was meant to walk from a building to a car and a car to a building. Is it bad of me that I returned most of it when I got back? #badperson. We were picked up from our hotel in one of those shuttle buses and driven up the side of a mountain at alarming speeds, while we filled out accident waivers. Good times. When we arrived we were assigned a driver and a dog team. All the dogs were tied to a long rope and I helped Sally get them onto the pull line while Tom anchored the sled. Things I don’t want to forget: How loud the dogs became once they learned they were getting harnessed up to run again. Our Australian dogsled driver calling the dogs muppets (or really, “moppets.”) How beautiful the scenery was. How the dogs were much smaller than I expected them to be. How unbelievably fun it was.

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We stopped after 10 KM and had cookies and hot chocolate. On the way back Sally asked us if we wanted to drive the sled. Ummmm….YES! I hopped on the back and hung on for dear life while we zoomed through at Mach 3. Okay, I know it wasn’t Mach 3 but it sure felt that way. I nearly fell off a few dozen times and I actually bruised my palms from holding on so tightly. WORTH IT! Tom was up next for driving and came to the conclusion he’s rather stay in the sled next time. It’s a lot of work back there. After our adventure we headed to Rocky Mountain Flatbread for dinner and then wandered around Canmore. That evening we went to Rustica Steakhouse for some of the best steak in my life! Oh my gosh. Maple roasted root vegetables? Yum. The only downside was we were there for 3 hours. Three hours. I’m not even exaggerating. Not quite sure what happened there, but there was pretty much an hour between courses. Still worth it. We drove back on the Sunday and stopped in at the Donut Mill because I just wasn’t ready to end my adventure. I’m so glad we did because they were some of the most amazing pastries I’ve ever had. Amazing. I want to drive there right now. Things I don’t want to forget: The orange creamsicle donut. Taking the scenic route back. How Tom drove around without question so I could find the right lunch spot.

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I used Road Trip from Paislee Press for the majority of this layout, along with some elements from my Hello Story class. Hello Story is still one of my favourite classes I have ever taken. If she does a third installment of it you should probably check it out.

As always, thanks for reading.

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project life: week 10

July 18, 2014 in project life 2014, project life dare by Natasha

I’ll be jumping back and forth with weeks as I’m still playing catch up. Weeks eleven thru 17 will happen sporadically over the next few weeks.

While I was taking inventory of what weeks I had and hadn’t finished I came across this layout that was completely finished! Yay past me! Every once in awhile I will go through a phase where I want to do a black and white layout. As you might already know, I love black and white in general and including black and white photos just makes my heart sing. I’ve added some links below for tips on taking black and white photos. If you’ve never done it, it’s worth a try!

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The bunny never fails to make me laugh with his antics. For some reason he was sleeping half out of his wooden house. I really wish I knew what went through his little bunny mind. As part of my One Little Word I spent some time decorating the living room. We have lived in our house for over a year and these were some of the first pictures. Homemaking is not my strong suit.

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It was snowy as all get out in March. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, we usually have snow well into April in Edmonton. A sleepy chin always makes me happy. Free tickets to a hockey game also makes me happy.

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I predominantly used the Midnight Edition from Paislee Press for this layout. Her style speaks directly to my soul.

Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to step outside their comfort zone and try a different photography style. Project Life Dare #2 is to take a week of B&W photographs. Whenever I do this I find I learn something new and cultivate *my style* of photography. See below for links to black and white photography resources. Find my previous dare here.

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As always, thanks for reading.

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Photography Links

10 Tips on How to Create Better Black and White Photos

How to Master Black and White Photography

Photography 101: Shooting in Black and White

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project life: week 26

July 16, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

I’ve been loving filters at the moment. I’m obsessed with the Rad Lab filter Skinny Jeans. It’s the perfect way to pull together photos with mismatched colour palettes.

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This week tom and I went to Chianti’s to celebrate my one year anniversary at work. We almost always order the same thing: Fettuccini Alfredo (me) and Fettuccini Florentine (Tom). We have been going to this restaurant for over ten years. It’s a landmark in our dating history.

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The top left picture on the right hand side is the result of cooking while intoxicated. We had our friends Randy and Gina over for a games night and I always insist on making treats for us. I managed to cook the bacon wrapped wieners (a party hit) without incident, but the pork bites required a deep fryer and apparently that was too difficult for my inebriated self. Really quite embarrassing. It’s healing now, but Tom spent the rest of the evening rubbing aloe on my arm. On Friday night Darcy stopped by after our family dinner to show off Hannah. Tom was a master of making her laugh. The lengths he would go to make her laugh made me smile. Love that man.

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This weekend was great because it was the beginning of a four-day weekend. Since Tuesday was Canada Day we opted to take Monday off to make it an extra long weekend. Spectacular fun!

As always, thanks for reading.

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project life: week 25

July 14, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

Week 25 was filled with work and sickness.

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On Monday and Tuesday I was a busy bee getting ready for the upcoming audit and finishing our month end. The picture of my computer screen is capturing the beautiful and obnoxious task of reconciling the bank to the G/L. It’s one of my favourite month end tasks, yet almost always causes me an intense amount of grief. Fun, right? The hunt for the missing pennies… On Wednesday I came in to find we had ANOTHER flood at work, resulting in our office smelling like dirty mop water. Disgusting.  Tom got a number of disgruntled texts that day.

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On Thursday I received a text from my boss to stay home due to our office smelling like wet dog. I was excited to have the day off and decided to spend it looking through all my piles of food magazines. At around 11am I started feeling nauseous and by 1pm I was in bed. I stayed in bed for the next 4 days watching Gossip Girl. My immune system has been inexplicably terrible this year. To top it all off, my cough drop wrappers had these patronizing messages on them like, “Impress yourself today” or “Don’t waste a precious minute”? WTF. I’m sick, you wankers. I commemorated my feelings with one of Caylee’s Bad Day filler cards because it so perfectly represented my level of displeasure. I think the card was initially white but I decided to mask the text and added it to a black piece of digital cardstock.

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I’m loving the colour palette of this layout. Inspired by the gold in the cough drop wrapper, I combined elements from One Little Bird’s So Major and Paislee Press’ On My Desk  kits. I feel I need to embrace this gold colour palette more often because I really, really like it.

As always, thanks for reading.

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project life: week 24

July 11, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha


Week 24 was mostly about food.

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I decided to go to Indulgence Edmonton for the second, and last, time. Tom and I attended two years ago with mixed reviews, but we decided to give it another go. The idea is that different local restaurants pair up with local food providers to make a dish, which is then paired with a wine. The concept is phenomenal and when it works it really works. The downside is that the event has outgrown the space currently being used resulting in a crowded, stuffy, overheated mess of an evening. It was still fun, but I think we will explore other events instead of Indulgence Edmonton in the future.

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I’m currently obsessed with the idea of making my own ice cream. It’s definitely going on the Summer Bucket List. I found a recipe for different mix-in combinations and I absolutely must try a few of them. Blueberries and oatmeal cookies? Ummmm…YES! Since we lost our Cold Stone Creamery the subject of ice cream leaves me feeling dejected and hopeless. Hashtag First World Problems. Now that it’s actually starting to feel like summer, I’ve been feeling excited about nail polish again. How are the two related? Who knows. But it’s there. This week also marks the first time we took the bunny outside. I’m not quite sure was I was expecting but he pretty much acted the same way outside as he does inside. I think I harbored hope that he’d feel like a ‘real’ bunny when he felt grass under his paws. I pictured him frolicking about in immense amusement. I think both he and I were disappointed about him being outside. Go figure.

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The kit I used primarily for this layout is Per Diem from One Little Bird.

Thanks for reading!


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project life: week 23

July 9, 2014 in project life 2014 by Natasha

Week 23 was about time and space.

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We had our friends Ellen and Darcy over to watch Mortified Nation, a documentary where people read excerpts from their childhood diaries. It is absolutely hilarious, disturbing and moving. If you have Netflix and like feeling a little uncomfortable, check it out. In honor of the film, I dug out an old journal of mine and shared a part of my 27-year old self.

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I decided it was time to include some pictures of what our home currently looks like. I have regretted not taking pictures of how spaces change and how they stay the same.

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It was a simple week. Those are okay too.

Thanks for reading!