Eat More Cake – Kellie Stamps Creative Team August Project

This is my first month contributing to the Kellie Stamps Creative Team and the stamps are pretty much made for me! I was so excited when Kellie approached me to join the team. Her stamps are on point and the whole team is just full of really creative and talented crafters.


This month’s set is called Eat More Cake, available in physical and digital formats, which like I said, is made for me. It’s all cake and party and birthday. But works really well for just the cake and party part too – I am all about celebrating things, especially with cake so I am going to use this set a ton!


For this layout I used the digital stamps. That ‘party time, excellent!’ one miiiiggghhht just be my fav. I just printed the digital stamps out in a variety of sizes onto sticker paper. Easy Peasy! I paired them with some washi, enamel dots, chipboard pieces and alpha stickers along with some journal cards from the Project Life Sweet Edition Core Kit.


When I saw the stamp set, I knew I needed confetti. I found some magenta and gold shiny confetti and paired them with a glittery heart transparency. I stuck a word strip I made from the digital stamp set on top and sealed it up with washi. I meant to fuse it closed but I liked the way the washi I temporarily put there looks so it’s staying. The magenta and gold confetti paired with the black and white journal cards really lent themselves well to an overall colour palette for this layout.


This cake brush script is just the best. Kellie collaborated with Diane Williams who did the brush script on some of the stamps in the set. This was some work to cut out by hand, but so worth it! I have some big plans to make cute journal cards with the clear stamps….

Adam Lake Wildlife Self Guiding Trail


We just spent a glorious weekend at Adam Lake. I just LOVE the Turtle Mountain area. It’s so so relaxing. It’s lush and rejuvenating and fresh. I really recommend heading out that way if you haven’t. It might just be my favourite part of the province.

While we were camping, we decided to check out a few of the smaller trails in the area. Last year we did the Turtle’s Back Summit at nearby William Lake which was just amazing, but this year we decided to go in small chunks. Since it was right in our campground, the Wildlife Self Guiding Trail seemed perfect!


We parked near the beach and decided to walk over the dike separating the beach from the rest of the lake – it’s a green thin stretch across a small part of the lake that leads to all the trails. The cool thing is the lake is pretty clear so when you peek over the edge you can see things swimming around which the kids just thought was the best. So did I, other than the leeches. ICK. And you’ve got lake on either side of you as you are walking which is just beautiful.


The Adam Lake area has a whole network of trails. It’s pretty neat. There’s a few signs showing them in the park as well as maps listing all the trails. There is a range of lengths. Two that are not part of the network of trails are the Fitness Trail and the Wildlife Viewing Trail, both of which we checked out that day.


Right there is a map of the Fitness Trail showing all the different points. There is a long loop and a short loop. There is also marking for the other trails in the park. Following the beginning of the Fitness Trail leads right to the Wildlife Trail, the beginning of which is well marked. There are maps available at the trail head with numbered information that corresponds to posts along the trail. There is also a printable version here.


The trail was quick and beautiful. It’s super green with elevation gains up hill and then lower marshy areas. There were bridges over these parts making them easy to get through and enjoy their beauty.


It felt like a blink and we were at the viewing tower. I love a good viewing tower! From the top we had a great view of the lake. We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife, but there were some beaver lodges and it was a spectacular day.


The Turtle Mountain area is the oldest inhabited part of Manitoba as it was the first area of dry land as glaciers melted. It’s different than the endless yellow fields and blue skies in the flatter parts of the province and the rocky Eastern areas which makes it that much more special.




The park is known for it’s rolling hills and gentle woods. There are so many close lakes – here’s a canoe route in the area. The area is also known for fishing in the stocked lakes as well as great mountain biking trails. And in the winter the trails are groomed for skiing.




Since the route is a circle, we took the other path back. The trail signs were a little misleading and pointed us back the way we came but we checked out the other way. There was another gorgeous low laying marsh area.




The low marsh areas are just beautiful!

IMG_3033  On the way back the trail meets back up with the fitness trail. Little Bear and I decided to check it out while Ryan and B went back to where we started. The Fitness Trail is pretty cool! As I mentioned, there is a long and a short loop with fun stations along a woodsy path. From sit ups to hurdles and log lifting it’s a fun way to get in a workout!






This last bit of walking was just magical. Green green green! Amazing. Finally we met back up with Ryan and B and went back to the car along the dike and past the beach area.




We went back to our campsite to make lunch and had plans to check out the Disappearing Lakes Trail at Max Lake. Unfortunately the road to get to the trail was closed so we had to skip it and drove into Boissevain for ice cream instead. Which was’t the worst, but the Disappearing Lakes Trail seemed pretty neat!


Cool Kid Project Life Layout


I am just in love with Cool Kid from Crate Paper! I don’t usually like boy-specific lines because they are too cutesy but this line is just perfection! And you can use the code ‘odessa20’ to get 20% it and your whole order at The Ink Road!


I used this line with some pictures from a walk in the woods I took with the boys. We go on a lot of adventures and there are a lot of perfect elements for that in this collection!


I used the following Cool Kid products on this layout:

Crate Paper Cool Kid Collection Ephemera

Crate Paper Cool Kid Collection 6×6 Paper Pad

Crate Paper Cool Kid Collection 6×12 Sticker Sheet

Crate Paper Cool Kid Collection Small Embellishments


I think my favourite is the small embellishment kit – enamel dots and shapes, star sequins and star paper clips?!?! Perfect finishing touches! I have so many photos that will go great with this new collection.

Camping Favs – Around the Campsite

There are some things that have to come along on every camping trip. Most of these aren’t necessary, but make the trip a little more comfy. Every trip I find we are refining the things we bring, but these things always find room.



This first one is a new addition. The Instax Mini90. There is just something magical about instant pictures. The coolest thing about the Mini90 which makes it great for adventures is that it has long exposures and double exposures to play around with along with some good light settings.

UNO! This game has wasted away many a rainy afternoon in the tent. It’s easy to play. We have a set of tiny Uno cards from Burger King that fit on a ring and are even more portable.

These Light My Fire Grandpa’s Fireforks are pretty cool. They turn sticks into hot dog and marshmallow roasters while taking up very little space.

I love my Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow. It packs up to about the size of two pairs of socks but it’s super comfy. We have a couple of them and a couple of the MEC Base Camp Pillows but the Therm-a-Rest one is more squishy which I like.

I always keep my Petzl Tikkina Headlamp on me, either in my shoulder bag or on my head. It is bright, small and keeps my hands free. I got a pink one thinking it would deter the boys from stealing it, but no luck! The battery life is great, I’ve had it for a couple of years now and not had to change them, even after using it as a lantern a few times.


Bugs are THE WORST. When we’re sitting around I always turn on our Thermacell. It helps.

B recently picked out a pocket microscope with an LED in it and it’s SO fun! Little things like this, binoculars, magnifying glasses and such just make exploring more interesting. This one isn’t quite the one we have, but it’s pretty similar.

While we bring our phones and stuff, I hate reading on them, and books take up a lot of space. I always make sure to load up our Kobo Glo with books before we head out. The best part is that the screen can be lit up for late night reading. Everyone else is always asleep before I am.

Coffee is a must. And tea and water and all that. And it can all go in any mug, but a cute enamel mug is better. I got this one as a gift and it’s pretty adorable.

Chess is Little Bear’s favourite game so we always bring along this Outside Inside Backpack Chess set. It’s small and the magnets are pretty strong.

Happy Place Project Life Layout

Today I’ve got a beachy Project Life layout using more of one of my favourite lines, Dear Lizzy Happy Place. It’s just such a perfect summery line. When I pulled out these beach photos I knew they’d be a perfect pair with it. Everything I used in this layout is from – click on the links to check them out. And use code ‘odessa20’ for 20% off! Yup, 20% – Lara decided to give you guys an extra 10% off




I did a two page spread using various pieces from cut apart scrapbook papers.

Dear Lizzy Happy Place Sunkissed 12×12 paper

Dear Lizzy Happy Place Top Notch 12×12 paper

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness 4×4 Journaling Elements 12×12 paper

Simple stories Sunshine and Happiness 3×4 Journaling Elements 12×12 Paper

Crate Paper Hello Love Lots of Love 12×12 Paper



I used various embellishments in this layout.

Dear Lizzy Happy Place Ephemera

MAMBI Pocket Pages Selfie Stickers

Ink Road & Right at Home Collaboration One in a Melon Stamp

MAMBI The Happy Planner Watercolor Washi Tape

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Shapes

Fancy Pants Designs Millie and June Ephemera

Ink Road Ribbon Remnants

Project Life Sweet Edition Chipboard Stickers