Remembering Summer a Week at a Time

Last December I made a December Daily photobook for my kids where each page represented a Christmas tradition, decoration, or favorite moment every day between December 1-25.  I loved the idea of having them remember what Christmas was like when they were too young to remember for themselves.

This summer I am creating the same kind of photobook for all of our summer adventures, but instead of daily it documents the summer by week.  I am making this one more for me than for Casey and Robyn because I want to remember all the great places I have been with them, the people we have visited, and the fun that we had together.  Our favorite places to go are the spray park, Fort Edmonton Park, The Valley Zoo, Grandpa’s to raid the raspberries and peas, the backyard kiddie pool, and anywhere that has ice cream!  What are your favorite places to go with the kids in the summer?

Here is a peak at a few pages from the album that will document summer life from May 1 to the end of September 2012.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and are taking lots of pictures to document your summer fun!


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Elements from Retrospective by One Little Bird Designs and Stampin’ Up.


The Beginning of Year Two

On this day last year I never imagined I would be celebrating my one year anniversary of Birdwing Paper Designs and still moving forward strongly.  To be honest, I thought I would have given up long ago!  I think it is my love of creating photobooks and knowing that there is a need to help people document the important events and everyday moments in their lives.  The photos and stories that go with them need to be shown off, not just for ourselves but for other generations to see.  This is what keeps me going.

In celebration of this big day, I thought I would give my faithful followers and friends a free 5″ x 7″ print that I created.  This print was inspired by the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster that has become quite popular.  If don’t know the story behind the poster, here is a really interesting video about it:

There are so many parodied versions of this poster all over Pinterest and I thought, “What would my version be?”  It came to me almost instantly: Be Calm You’re a Good Mom.  You have no idea how many times a day I say this!!!  I have been wanting to print this out and I thought today would be the perfect day to share it with everyone.  I made two versions so if you would like me to send you one just leave a comment saying which one you would like.  Pleases share this offer with anyone you know who needs a little inspiration to get through the day.  Offer expires August 2, 2012.

Traditional Card One:

or Modern Card Two:

Elements from Stampin’ Up and Katie Pertiet.

This print can be framed or add a magnet to the back and stick it on the fridge.  I have the traditional card in my office to remind me that I am a good mom even though life with kids can be crazy and stressful!

In the above picture I would just like you to note my new Swarovski pen and USB stick that my awesome husband gave me for my one year business anniversary.  Now I am really ready to head into year two!!  I am very excited to see what direction my business takes this year and I am certain that it will be challenging, scary, and so rewarding.


Wedding Guest Book

A girl at work, Lisa,  is getting married next year and she was asking around for ideas for her wedding.  We were talking about venues, flowers, colours, invitations, decor, etc. and I was trying to figure out how to incorporate my new photobook business into her wedding.  It finally occurred to me a few weeks later that I could make a guest book with their engagement photos (if they have any taken!) and the guests would be able to write their comments and wishes to the couple right in the photobook.  I was so excited with my idea that I designed the book in a few days but needed some engagement photos to go in it.  I called up another friend from work, Tricia, and asked if I could use hers in this sample book.  So the pictures you see are of Tricia and her now husband, Rich.  Coincidentally the photographer is also a good friend of ours at the hospital, Conrad –  Thanks for letting me use your gorgeous photos!!  And also thanks to Lisa for the inspiration – I tried to use some of the colours we had talked about, Tiffany blue and a very specific shade of red!

I am also excited to show you something new I learned while writing this blog – how to insert a slide show of all the photobook pages!

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This photobook uses my current favorite digital kit “Retrospective” from my favorite designer, Peppermint Granberg, of One Little Bird Designs.

I hope you like it!!