Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years Eve ~ Happy Birthday!

Earlier this month I sat down and made some birthday cards which I hadn't done in almost a year!  Considering that I used to make an average of 10 cards per week for design teams prior to this year, that was a pretty big drop off for me. However, I still can't bring myself to buy cards at the store, so I sat down and created a few. 

For these two happy cards, I used some of the Taylored Expressions watercolor panels & colored them with my Zig Clean Color Waterbrush Markers.  

Wishing You a Very Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

One Little Word ~ December 2017

This week I finished up several scrapbooking albums with some long & short term projects.  I set some pretty steep scrapbook goals at the beginning of 2017 to document more stories with words and photos. This year marked the first time in over 10 years that I wasn't on a design teams or a design team coordinator.  I made that decision because I really wanted to go back to my first crafty-love of scrapbooking.  Simply put, I missed getting lost in the photos and memories that came along with them.  Over the last 5 years in particular, all of my crafting time had become about making cards and working part time doing administrative duties for various companies.  While I loved being on the design teams & made so many wonderful friends over the years, I needed the time and space to get back into my books & find some new companies I love.

Anyway,  back to my completed projects for 2017!  The first project I finished this week was my December Daily album detailing our holiday activities through this month.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out and hope that years down the road our family will enjoy those memories. You can check out my December Daily link for all of the pages.

Another album I am almost finished with is my Project 52 for 2017 in the Project Life App. I just have a few more photos to add for today and tomorrow & the journaling... I'll share that page as soon as it's done.  Next week I'll send the pages off to be printed & finish it up!

And one other project that will come to an end is one that I've been working on all year long.  My One Little Word album ~ {Explore}. It was a great word for me and really kept me focused on telling more stories and taking more photos... but it was also so much more. It's not so much a scrapbook project as it is a personal journal about where I am and what I'm feeling.  Below are the wrap-up pages for the December prompt which was to talk about the Facts, Feelings, and things I want to remember about my word this year.

I felt like this album needed a finishing page, so I took some self-portraits with my word to finish it off.  The "New Adventures Await" photo moves me into 2018 and my new word... which I will share soon ;)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #51

Oh my goodness... I'm so very close to completing a goal I set at the beginning of 2017!  Document a full year of photos and stories with the Project Life App.  Here it is, week #51 with just one more to go {which is already in progress}.  I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking with this project all year and I can't wait to send in the second half of my pages to have them printed.  I think I started out journaling more in the early months, but I did manage to get something down for each week, so I'm pretty happy with that.

For this week, I used the Comfort & Joy kit and overlays. It is definitely my favorite Christmas kit because it has so many different looks.  I think I used it for 3 out of the 4 weeks in December. ;)

Have a Wonderful Weekend & Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December Daily 2017 ~ Final Pages!

 WOOHOO ~ I finished my December Daily album for 2017!  It's always a wonderful feeling to finish the final pages of an album.   For the final three pages, I used the Ali Edwards December Daily kit.

One of my favorite photos of this year was this family photo taken Christmas Eve morning.

Documenting so many fun Christmas traditions!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of our December stories.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Daily ~ Day #17 to 22

You may wonder why I would add additional projects to my To Do List during such a busy time of the year, but December Daily is kind of special. Everyone is home, it's a short-term project, and it documents several of our family holiday traditions.

For Day #17 - 22, I used everything from the Ali Edwards DD kit.  Like many of my previous pages, I wrote my journaling in Word and trimmed them to fit inside the journaling cards.  I do this for a few reasons, I like telling longer stories and the clean look.

I love how these next few pages turned out.  Again, I used the Ali Edwards DD kit for a majority of the products.  The red polka-dot paper is from Felicity Jane & the pocket is actually from my Christmas card order that came from with an invoice inside.  See below for the original look.

I included a list of items I almost always buy for our traditional holiday cooking as well as a list of everything I wrapped as gifts for our family.

Here is the original pocket.

Just a few more days to go on my December Daily.  I'm hoping to finish up the pages before the week is over!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December Daily ~ Days 12 through 16

During such a busy time of year, it's always wonderful to have some time to relax and work on a project that I love.  December Daily is the perfect project for those days because I just tell one story for each day of the month.  Today, I'm sharing day #12 to #16... 

I added our 2-sided Christmas card to the album by attaching one to each side of a clear sheet.  Then I placed it inside a page protector.

For Day #14, I used Ali Edwards new "For the Love" story kit.

Not a very Christmas-y event... but that's what the weekend brought.

Enjoy Your Day!

Friday, December 22, 2017

December Daily ~ Days 8 through 11

I've been working all week on catching up on my December Daily and finally took some photos of the pages.  Sometimes that's the hardest part!

I've been using the Ali Edwards & the Jasmine Jones December Daily kits for my pages and I'm pretty excited about how the album is coming together.  Here are Day #8 to #11 ~ Enjoy!

For our family, December isn't just about Christmas.  We also have several birthdays in the bunch!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

One Little Word {Explore} ~ October & November Prompts

Hello My Friends!

This year I've been a bit behind on my One Little Word project; however, several weeks ago, I managed to sit down and work on the prompts for October and November.

For November, the assignment was to pick song lyrics or quotes with your word.  I did several searches with the word Explore, but couldn't really find anything.  I've been using quotes all year long in my book, so I decided to look up some synonyms of Explore & then find quotes for those words.  

The prompt for November was to write a letter to yourself about this year's journey with your word.  

Just one more monthly prompt and this year's OLW project will be complete.  I plan on doing that the week after Christmas since it is a wrap up of this year.  I'm also working on picking my word for next year... I've got a list of 7 words so far & I'm attempting to narrow it down.

Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #50

I can't believe it's already Week #50 of this year!  This Project 52 has been a big project for me and I'm so happy that I will actually finish it!  I'm not only going to finish it, but I have actually stayed current with it all year long.  Back in July, I printed the first batch of pages, cut them into 6x12 pages and slipped them into the album.  I can't wait to print the rest of the pages and call it done!

For this week's page, I used the Merry & Bright kit from the App with a few overlay kits ~ Comfort & Joy, Explore, and Wish Big.

Have a Fabulous Day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #49

Hello Friends!  I'm back with another page from my Project 52 album. Lots of Christmas pages are starting to happen so I was thankful that the new Comfort & Joy kit was released in the Project Life App.   The printing on the photos was done in Photoshop Elements for the top two and the bottom photo was a photo I pulled off Facebook that a friend posted.

Enjoy Your Day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily ~ Day #4 through #7

Hello & Happy Friday!   Ready for more pages from my December Daily?  Some of them are very Christmas related & some aren't... but that's how December goes.

For Day #4, I documented our annual Band Mom Christmas Party.  I don't usually do two-page spreads in my DD album; however, the 2x2 page protector that I used on Day #3 didn't leave enough room for my journaling and large group photo.  The supplies from this page are from the Ali Edwards & Jasmine Jones DD kits this year.

Day#5 & #6 ~ I used supplies from the current Ali Edwards DD kit.

Day #7 ~ I used the circles from the Ali Edwards & Jasmine Jones DD kits this year along with dies and embossing folders from Taylored Expressions.  The sticker letters, #7 & the snowflake are all from my stash.

Have A Great Weekend!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #48

As you can see from my posts over the last week, I'm working on lots of projects right now!  I love getting back into my creative space ~ it makes my heart so happy!  I still need to finish up the last few days of my December Daily album, so for today, I thought I'd post my latest Project 52 page from last week.  My page includes cards from the Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit and photo overlays from the Project 52 Overlays and the new Explorer Edition Photo Overlays.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Daily ~ Day #2 & #3

I'm on a roll with my December Daily Album!  I'm going to try hard to keep up on it either daily or every few days because I'd rather document as things happen.  

For Day #2, I decorated the outside of the house.  We had temps in the 50's over the weekend (which is very unusual for Northern Indiana), so we took advantage of it.  I took a photo of the greenery on my lightpost with the porch garland in the background.  I added my journaling in Photoshop Elements.  The sentiment, stitched circle die and holly die cut are all from Taylored Expressions and the polka-dot paper is from Felicity Jane.  I added a coordinating Day #2 tag that was from the 2015 Ali Edwards DD kit and added the "Day" and holly from Taylored Expressions Dies.

For Day #3, I used the 2x2 pocket page that came with my Ali Edwards album and cut apart the squares from the Jasmine Jones Mini Kit.  The "Day 3" are thicker letters from American Crafts and the snowflake is from my stash.  I added little clear gems to embellish the pattern paper.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Daily ~ Cover & Day #1

Welcome to December! 

I decided to do a December Daily Album again this season since I enjoyed my finished album so much last year.  So yesterday, I pulled out and organized all of my DD supplies and worked on the cover page and "my reason why" page {which is also my Day #1 page}.

For the cover page, I used a transparency from Felicity Jane's Joy Kit.  I die cut a large red double stitched circle and embossed the "twenty seventeen" stamp from Studio Calico with Versa Ink and clear embossing powder.  Then I added the large white wooden tree & rubber shape (both from my stash that were in the 2015 Ali Edwards DD kit) and the red felt heart from this year's Ali Edwards DD kit.

On the back of the transparency, I added another double stitched circle the same size with another pattern paper circle inside.  The sticker letters are from Studio Calico and the wooden circle and cork #1 are from the current Ali Edwards DD kit.

For my Day #1 post, I typed up "My Reason Why" page in Photoshop Elements and added a pretty snowflake from my stash with a small felt heart from the DD kit. 

Here's a close up of the snowflake/heart circle.  The title on my letter "My Reason Why" was a free download from Ali Edwards blog last year.

I'll be back next week with more pages from my DD album!

Have a great weekend!

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