Week 5

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DSC_0072Watch me do the Jive, I’ve finished week five!

Week five was a big one in this house. Not because we did a lot but rather because we reached a milestone. One that is bitter sweet for me but, like or not it happened and we commence a new era. Do I need to tell you that this called for an insert? Probably not. So without any more drama here we go.

Oh, just a little on this week card. Red cardstock form Becky Higgins, Thickers from Amy Tangerine, The circle from Ormolu, Button from Finding Nana, ‘Awesome’ from Pebbles Seen and Noted, Speech bubble from Sarah (Documenting Chaos) and Jodie Allan York collaboration in the Polkadot Creative Mini Kit and the Washi from Typo. Yup like a mixed bag of lollies minus the calories. YUM!


This is the Left Hand Side of the weekly layout. Still using the Becky Higgins Seafoam Kit I singled out the black cards. I wondered when I first opened the kit what I would do with these but realised this week that actually they are probably the most versatile of the lot.  You can accent/match them with just about any colour you like. This week I chose red.  Oh you’re wondering about the big milestone? Well all 3 of my little babies are now at school. Mackenzie my youngest started this week. There were days I thought this day would never come and others I wished it never would. But here we are staring it in the face. 3 big school kids.D8E_0582

Right Hand Side right here. Pleased with the “week in review” card I made this week using a combination of the Seafoam kit and an idea I borrowed and adapted from Cathy Zielske’s week 6 layout  (She is totally awesome).

DSC_0077Like the way I stitched these two photos together? …. NOT! I don’t sew. It’s digital of course. With a little drop shadow it almost looks real and I just like the way it adds a little something to this picture.D8E_0579 Go on, click on it to see it a little bigger and you may get a better idea of what I mean.






























So for the insert. Here is  one side. I used the Becky Higgins Design H page protector. Can I be totally honest for a minute and tell you that this side of the insert took me a LONG time. Not because it was hard but because I bawled my eyes out  putting it together.  (I’m even welling up now writing about it) Like I said it was bitter sweet and I will now leave it at that.




This is the flip side of that insert. You may be thinking “these black and red cards she used in this insert look familiar” and you would be right. Leftovers from the Becky Higgins Wellington Childhood kit I used in my Mini Album.


And finally here are the two main pages together. I like how the black and red turned out. Never though the Seafoam was quite this versatile until now. 🙂

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  1. That is the most beautiful insert…. I must remember to have a photo taken of myself with my boys on their first day of big school.
    Lots of love,
    Ronnie xo

    • Hi Ronnie,
      Yes that photo is a tradition in this house. Sadly now at an end 🙁 even though I know there will be other firsts.

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  2. Just beautiful Petra. Love the first day of school pics. And yes love digital stitching. Your pages just pop. I want some Key Lime Pie now. xo.

    • Hi Tina!
      Thanks gorgeous. And yes it was pretty awesome tasting. Darn it!

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  3. I am sold on black and red – I too have Seafoam and they look fantastic used in mulitples as you have Petra, another inspiring layout, another list of things to try, thank you x

  4. Beautiful, as always. I’ve just done my week 3 with red too… I love the energy and vibrancy of red.
    I especially love the word art you’ve done on the photo of Mackenzie drawing.

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thank you. And that Word aret is not me it is an Ali Edwards Brush. I love how simple it is.

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  5. I really love how you journal on your photos. What size font do you use on your 4X6 photos? And also, on the photo of the 3 kids holding hands, how did you get the white background for your journal? Love it! Thanks.

    • Hi,
      I use a size 10 to 12 font depending how much I need to fit in. As for the white background it’s just a shape I drag onto the picture in photoshop elements and then I play with the opacity to make it more translucent.
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  6. So inspiring. Glad you used some digital. Because I have arthritis in my hands I can’t cut or paste anymore so I’ve gone digital and really love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi & thanks.
      Yes it could all be easily and totally done in digital and left that way.
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  7. I love it all! I love the insert. (So jealous these don’t work with digital pages.) I love the back-to-school photos–the kids, their feet, you with your baby, . . .. I love your journaling. I love the black/red color scheme. You rock, Petra! =) Btw, I didn’t realize English is not your first language. I read your “About” section . . . what a story. You could make one powerful album about your early years. Your kids and your descendents NEED to know this part of their history. Hugs to you, my friend!

    • Oh stop it Donna! Your pages are also awesome and there are plenty a times I think … “gee this would be so much easier if I just stuck to digi” 🙂
      As for my history …. yes quite a story to be told but sadly I have no photos of that time. Not one. At the time it’s just not something anyone thinks about documenting as you live from day to day not knowing really where you would end up or what the future holds. You have no possessions, no home and in the grand scheme no real identity.
      Thank you for coming to read my blog and leaving your thoughtful comments. I really do appreciate it. x

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  8. Lovely pages Petra – loving the digi stitching (must learn how to do that one day, I don’t sew either) and I always love seeing how you include larger photos (love April’s imagination). Great work.

    • Hi Leanne,
      Thank you. And thank you for always taking the time to leave a comment everywhere. It means a lot that you do that and I notice & appreciate it every time 🙂

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  9. Absolutely fantastic Petra! Love that afro pic, what a hoot lol 🙂 Kids say the funniest things and I love how you capture this in your PL… You have an awesome knack for seeing and documenting the little things that really are the most important. Love, love, love what you do 🙂

    • Hi Kylie
      Yes it is my favourite of that page too. Even tho it’s cookey (how on earth do you spell that word?) and silly. That’s exactly why I felt it deserved special attention. Those moments are so fleeting.
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  10. It’s fun to discover how versatile kits can be. Much blessing to you as you send your little ones to school. Time really does fly.

    • Hi Debbie,
      Thank you. It’s scary how fast it does fly.

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  11. Love it Petra, gorgeous pages once again 🙂 It’s such a big step when your youngest starts school – I’ll be there next year when my youngest starts. You’ve given me some great ideas at how to document this PL style (& still include the other two kids), so thank you x

    • Hi Kylie,
      Thank you. Hopefully you’re not the blubbering mess I was documenting the day. 🙂 Enjoy this last year.

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  12. amazing pages again…Inspiring me with all the school pics.I have cranked out the mini kits and getting the kids on it.I love looking through your pages 🙂

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Yep I’m getting my kids involved with the mini kits too.

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