Me Right Now Page with the September Kellie Stamps release!

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I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this month’s Kellie Stamps release! Word stamps are a favourite of mine, they are just so versatile. I am going to use the ‘mega heart eyes’ one a tonne. Twenty tonnes! And word stickers too – this set is pretty amazing! Oh my. I used both of them in this layout which is some fun pictures for my summer Project Life album. I might have used every embellishment I touched on this layout, but that’s how I roll!

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Here’s an in-progress pic before I added all the embellishments – I added a word strip and word stamp to each photograph. I like making words work for me and working within the limitations of a bunch of word stamps or stickers on a project. So much so I see it more as possibility than limitations, but that sounds kind of cheeseball. It’s just really fun to take a jumble of words and make magic with them on the page. I’m more of a visual storyteller than a wordy story teller and like to use word strips and stamps to help nudge the visual story along.

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I just discovered these new Typecast strips from We R Memory Keepers and I am ALL ABOUT THEM. I can make all the word stickers now! I have a couple of Kellie Stamps word stamp sets and this makes them even easier to use!

Project Life layout with Maggie Holmes Gather

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I just love Maggie Holmes Gather! When I saw it here at The Ink Road I knew I had to have it. It’s so classic yet modern. I just love the feel of Maggie Holmes collections. They are always perfect. And bears! I refer to my two guys as my bears so I was pretty excited to see bears.

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The clear cut page from Gather is my favourite! I love transparencies and the images on this one are just fantastic. The pictures on this page are two 6×6 pages I really liked from our trip to Kakabeka Falls – two pictures from shortly after we got there when we were taking in the falls. I also used some stickers from Crate Paper Cool Kid to add a bit more to the layout as well as a couple of pieces from the Dear Lizzy Saturday ephemera

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Donuts and coffee with Maggie Holmes Gather, Dear Lizzy Saturday and Urban Chic!

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Donuts and coffee forever, right?!?!

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I just finished this super cute layout. I had a box full of new things here from The Ink Road to play with and just grabbed things that really spoke to me for this layout. Remember, if you like what you see, use code ‘odessa20’ to get 20% off your whole order!

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I really like the My Mind’s Eye Yes, Please Collection. Black and white and gold! I used some of the journal cards in this layout because they’re just really clean and classic. I fancied this one up with a Thicker from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection. So fun.

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I added a couple of Thickers from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection to this photo with some stickers from the Maggie Holmes Gather Sticker sheet. I just love Maggie Holmes sticker sheets so much!

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Here I made a journal card by cutting down some paper from the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic 6×6 pad and layering some Maggie Holmes Gather Stickers.

 

Little Steep Rock Trail

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For our last camping trip of the summer we went to Steep Rock. Which was just so different than anything else I’ve seen in the province. It was just gorgeous! The area is known for limestone cliffs and blue-green waters. It felt tropical! At the top of this post is the map at the trailhead with distances and such. I couldn’t find anything quite like this online. This map is great to help find the ways to the trail.

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The night before we actually checked out the trail we accidentally checked out part of it. We drove from our campground to Steep Rock Kayak and Canoe to get some ice cream. There had just been a pretty major storm at our campground and the post-storm skies were just beautiful so we had to go check them out. Little did we know what we were driving up to. Did we somehow get transported out of Manitoba?!?! We got some ice cream and walked along the rocky beach and checked out some of the cliffs which just got us even more excited for the next day.

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After breakfast the next morning we got our stuff together and hit the trail. We decided to check out the Quarry trail first. It’s a shared ATV and hiking trail around a former limestone quarry. It was really pretty. Unfortunately about a kilometre in, right before the really pretty part we saw some bear tracks following the same path we were taking. We were pretty unprepared for bears so we turned around. Back at the car we went and got lunch and drove to he furthest part of the trail.

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The furthest point of the trail (the yellow starburst on the map) is a great place to start – it has a map as well as panels with information on the cliffs. It’s also a really quick walk to some breathtaking views.

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We actually decided to start off going off-trail. The trail starts to the right, but we found some worn paths to the left that go up and around some more limestone cliffs. The kids had a lot of fun doing climbing up and down the cliffs. After exploring a bit we headed back to the path and continued down the trail. And oh what a trail! Every few was perfect. Seriously. There are lots of benches up on the cliffs to sit and watch the day go by from. It’s not a very long drive from Winnipeg as far as these things go so if you have a chance I really recommend checking it out.

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We walked up, down and around the cliffs until we made our way back to Steep Rock Kayak and Canoe for a quick snack and a break. We decided to turn around and head back – there is a path through a slightly wooded area before the cliffs that was a bit quicker to walk back on. The trail actually meets up with the quarry trail and goes just about to the campground.

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Hooray for this Layout

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My Mind’s Eye has some really good collections out right now. I picked up some pieces from the most recent ones here at The Ink Road. Psst, you can get 20% off your order using code ‘odessa20’…. Anyways, I found these funny pictures of the kids in my pile of photos to work through and knew they’d be perfect with the celebratory whimsy of My Mind’s Eye Hooray. I know it’s a birthday collection, but other than the things that say birthday on them, it can work for everyday fun too. And these pictures are fun! And I just love those rose gold tones!

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I used just 4 items from this collection on this layout.  I used the My Mind’s Eye Hooray journal cards along with the Hooray washi tape, ephemera pack and enamel dots. Simple and fun!