Monday, May 31, 2010

whirlwind weekend

ever have weekends that go by so fast they seem like a blur. i am coming off one of those weekends. a weekend in which my cousin got married and i got to spend a few hours with one of my best friends who was visiting from out west. if i didn’t have pictures, i wouldn’t even be sure that the weekend actually happened.

the weather for the wedding was literally perfect. i don’t think they could have asked for a better day. the ceremony and reception were really lovely. it was a perfect, small (less than 100 people – just the way i like my weddings) wedding.

here are a few of my faves from the wedding. P5296678 P5296703 P5296693the groom is my cousin ben and the lovely bride is his wife jenn. the middle picture is my aunt and uncle, cousins and their husbands & wives. the last one is my brother who thought it would be a fantastic idea to take a picture with a pinecone (which by the way were in great abundance at the church) – little did i know it would become probably my favourite picture of the day.

for the record, it felt amazing, to have a camera in my hands. my point and shoot died months ago and since then i’ve been getting by (taking occasional pictures of day to day things and using it to photograph various projects i’ve completed) on my very first digital which i got like 7 or 8 years ago. the thing is gigantic, and the settings wheel sticks so sometimes it doesn’t turn on. i must admit however, it does take a pretty good picture.

aaanyways, it was really nice to have a camera in my hands again. and it reminds me that i MUST get one before i leave for my trip. if you are getting rid of a camera, or you know someone who is let me know and hopefully we can work something out. i’m looking to get a reasonably priced, possibly even used DSLR so if you know where i can find one let me know.


ps i love you

this is my cousins baby at the reception. how cute is he? (that says a lot because i don’t really like babies that much. ok, at all)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

i should be sleeping.

Buuut instead I’m popping in to quickly tell you that I’m featured over at Steph’s blog today.  So first of all, if you are here from that profile, WELCOME! I hope you’ll come back again.imageShe has this really cool feature called Inspiration profile where she interviews people who inspire her. If it isn’t cool enough that Steph wanted to feature me (which it is), I’ve joined the likes of people who inspire me such as Vee and Tina who have also been featured. I’m super honoured. So thank you Steph for asking me to do this!!! You are sweet :)

For the curious, you can check out the feature right here to learn a few things you may not have known about me.

Happy Tuesday!

Ps I love you

Saturday, May 22, 2010

one cheesy smile and a sneak peak

103_2818-2 I have a hard time making a serious/real smiling face in pictures – hence this cheesy smile from our picnic the other day.

Lately I’ve been scrapping quite a bit (more than I’ve been blogging – I know, but I’m ok with it, I’ve been blogging more than April which was awful, so technically I’ve improved and I’m perfectly ok with my blogging schedule). So I’ve been scrapping, quite a bit, for myself anyways – which is good because lately I just HAVE NOT been feeling it.

Pretty new products help. I’ve been playing with a kit from my new friend Tara at Up the Street Scrapbooking (who has really fun kits) so I can’t share anything in full yet because I’m not done with it but here is a sneak peek at one of the layouts I’ve cranked out with the kit.sneakpeek I’m kind of in love with the Studio Calico FabRips. I’ve used them on every layout I’ve made so far with the kit.

I have a few more ideas of things I’d like to make with the kit so once I get those completed I’ll be able to share more of those with you.

I also sent off my Hambly DT submission this week. I would love to be on the Hambly DT so we’ll see what happens – I’m not holding my breath though. I will say however, that I included some of my favourite layouts I've ever made aaand a new fave that no one has ever seen. The key word is MY favourites. I spent some time trying to figure out what they would like to see from me – but after a couple of weeks finally decided that wasn’t what I should be focusing on. So I submitted my favourite layouts, ones that showcase my style as a designer. I spend too much time thinking about what other people want to see from me and not enough time focusing on what I want to see from myself. This goes for scrapbooking, blogging and other areas of my life in general and its something I’ve been working on in 2010.

Aaanyways. That’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a fantastic long weekend. (Is it a long weekend in the states? or just here?) If you have a long weekend I hope its fantastic and if you have a regular length weekend I hope its just as good as if it were a long one.

Ha. Happy Saturday.

PS. I Love YOU.image This post by Kara is so so refreshing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sundays are for Picnics.

picnic1picnic2 Today we packed a lunch and headed to the park for a little family picnic. The perfect activity for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Tonight, like last night, I’m going to finish my night with some scrapbooking.

How was your weekend?


Ps I love you.image image Katie’s collages are so fantastic and incredibly inspiring.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


probably my favourite word ever. i just love it – for no particular reason other than i think its really pretty. i’m a nerd like that – i have favourite words. and that has nothing to do with what this post is about i just thought i would share that little tidbit.image today is rainy rainy rainy. rainy days are magical aren’t they? i love a good rainy day from time to time. they’re therapeutic i find.

i had to venture out earlier this afternoon for a job interview and then i hit up a few of my favourite used books stores on the way home. i didn’t even use an umbrella on the way home.

now i am home. in dry, cozy clothes. listening to diane birch and the fleet foxes. and thinking i might start to scrapbook the evening away.

the only thing that might make this afternoon/evening more perfect would be if someone were to show up with starbucks and make nice things with me. oh, and if it were to start thundering ( i looooove thunderstorms).

hope your day is lovely, rainy or not.

loove  j.

ps. did you notice i didn’t use capitals in this post? i just didn’t feel like it.

ps i love you.

the music video is so lovely, and fitting to this post. it wouldn’t let me embed it into this post, but look at it here.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

This is my Momma.


This is my momma (and my crazy dad who is always doing something of this nature in pictures, and my brother who creepily reminds me of Justin Bieber).momgirliesDorothy Charlotte Kroes (on the left).

She is more commonly referred to as Charlotte, some of her friends call her Char, sometimes I call her Charlie but mostly I just call her mom.

She waited to start her family until much later than most back in the day (ha). First going to school and building a career for herself in the fashion industry. She worked for Tip Top Tailors in Toronto. I don’t know a whole lot about her job there, but I do know that she did a lot of styling for them. At the height of her career she was jetsetting all over the city styling models for gr 10 1978 42 Somewhere during this time she met this crazy guy, my dad. Although, she did tell me one time that before she met my dad she began preparing herself to be single for the rest of her life. Thank God my dad came along when he did and Mom didn’t join a convent or something – because then you wouldn’t be reading this post. lol. rents Then somewhere along the way we happened. P8313928 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Today, she is the hardest working woman I know. She is kind and loving and giving. She makes the best desserts – even though she is sometimes confused about how to distinguish between desert and dessert. She is funny and goofy (especially when she is with her brother and sister) and she has the best laugh. There are times when she’ll get laughing so hard that she can’t breathe and she starts crying and anyone who is in the room with her will be laughing too because her laugh is so infectious and they literally cannot help themselves. She loves to decorate our house for all the holidays, and has a special place in her heart for Christmas decorations (there are boxes of them).

People often say we look alike, although I don’t necessarily see it.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(with her brother)

So happy mother’s day to the most amazing, beautiful mother there ever was. I love you mom!

Ps. I love you!31

and you!modgma (my lovely grandma’s. Happy mother’s day to you tooo!)

pps. aaand happy mother’s day to all the mothers who are reading this!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

i’ve fallen in love.

back in love actually – with Flickr. For the past couple of years Flickr was my main source of inspiration for all things crafty. There was rarely a day that went by where I didn’t check it at least once (and often numerous times) a day. The past, I would say 6 months, I just haven’t been feeling it. I’ve been using WeHeartIt a lot in the place of where I would have used Flickr in the past (I find the search on WeHeartIt turns up better results than on Flickr although there are sooo many other things that I don’t like about WeHeartIt) and I was only uploading things very irregularly. Over the past 6 months I had only uploaded about ten times.

This past week-ish, all that has changed. I have been browsing on Flickr everyday, finding myself some lovelies to inspire me creatively and I Have even uploaded a few times in the past few weeks. So here, to inspire you, are some of my most recent faves from Flickr:imageimageimage image image image image image image

1- Untitled 2- Maria Virginia 3- Untitled 4- Untitled 5- bedtime 6- Untitled 

7- Bruce Wayne has nothing on this kid 8- morningisalongwaydown


Hope these inspire you on this gorgeous hump day!!

xo Jer

Monday, May 03, 2010

hello monday heads.

000_0818edt Just popping in to say a quick hi on this lovely monday. Please ignore the disaster that is currently my workspace.

xo Jer

PS i love youimage i looove Gemma’s art. love it. (via)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

“I love the way this country smells. I’ll never forget it. Its kind of spicy.”


Happy shortly belated birthday to one of my favourite filmmakers ever, Wes Anderson.

This is my favorite:image And I have yet to see this:image

If you haven’t, you must check out one of Wes Anderson’s films. They are funny, extremely visually stimulating (aka pretty) and simply put they are genius.

Happy Birthday Mr. Anderson.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Scallops, Ink, Matting and Bohemia

Well first of all, happy [inter]national scrapbooking day to you all. To celebrate I thought it would be fun to go through all my old layouts and share some of the real gems with you. So here is a little walk through the days of scalloped scissors, over inked edges, matting every photo, my intense love for MME’s Bohemia line and using every technique I know on one layout.friends . . . 003101_0504 101_0520 101_0968 layout 004 101_0854 101_0512 So there you have it, some of my first real ‘scrapbooking’ layouts. I guess I’ve technically been scrapping in some for or another for most of my life.

For the record – I HATE the word scrapbooking. I dunno, there’s just so much negative connotation associated with it – I really dislike it and use it as little as possible. However I don’t have any really good alternatives so any would be welcomed.

xo Jer

PS. I love youimage I’m relatively new to you, but its been fun and I’ll be sad to see you go.