December Daily 2012…and other news

Good morning everyone! I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed your holidays πŸ™‚ We had a great time the last few weeks, enjoying lots of family time together and relaxing. After Christmas, Sophie and Weston both got sick, then Ashley and her boyfriend. So I have been busy taking care of sick kiddos since then. On top of that, Weston is getting 6 teeth all at once so he’s been a bit on the crabby, clingy side. I am hoping everyone is well by the weekend and are able to go back to school on Monday. I really need to get back into our routine, and with all of the work that I have coming up I’m going to need every spare second.

With that in mind, and after doing a lot of thinking I have decided to step down from all of my design teams. It was a hard decision, but something I felt needed to be done. With Weston being so active, it’s really hard for me to sit and really focus and plan out and work on layouts. It takes me twice as long to create as it used to, and when you have a deadline to meet that can get kind of hairy! I also realized that I am more inspired when I can pick and choose which challenges I want to do. Plus I really want to focus more on my mixed media art this year (one of my 2013 goals). So…I will continue to create layouts, though it may be sporadically. I am also doing Project Life this year, which I am very excited about and will be sharing my pages of that here with you all as well. I am also doing LifeBook 2013, which you can learn about more on my art journaling blog. These two projects will be my main focus for the year and I am excited about them both. I think the PL will be a quick, easy way to maintain memory keeping without having to do big layouts (I ordered one of Becky Higgins’ pre-coordinated kits), and the LifeBook is two pages per month and is being taught by some really incredible artists!

This post is getting long, I’m realizing LOL….

Now that all of my “news” is out of the way, I wanted to share with you all my December Daily. I am feeling very proud of this, as this is the first year I’ve ever actually finished one!! Yay me πŸ™‚ This project actually is what inspired me to do Project Life. I bought a Snap book and a Simple Stories kit to complete this project and it was just amazing to me how quickly I was able to put pages together and have them look cohesive. Right now I am loving anything that looks good and saves me time!!!

Click here to view all of the pages of my December Daily. I hope you enjoy and find some good inspiration there.

I wish you all a very happy, creative, and prosperous new year!!! πŸ™‚

Challenge Me Happy 12.15

Good morning everyone. I would like to take a moment to offer my prayers and deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in yesterday’s tragedy in Newtown, CT. As I learned about what happened, I could not hold back my tears. I can’t imagine what those parents must be feeling today. I love my children so much, and even though they may drive me a little bit crazy I could not imagine living my life without them. So today I am holding them a little bit closer, having a little more patience, and thanking God that my babies are still with me. (even the big stinky teenage ones, because they will always be my babies no matter how old they are!) πŸ™‚

This week’s challenge at Challenge Me Happy is a word challenge. We had to use the word “Little”. As some of you know, my Sophie is quite the little lady (or diva) and so with that in mind I created this layout of her in her fall school picture. (Photography by LifeTouch)

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I’ve been working through my stash since I cleaned out everything and found this Farmhouse paper pack from Crate Paper. I totally forgot I had it! Now I am off to spend some time with my kids, feed them lunch, and enjoy the chaos. Right now Sophie is telling Weston that “he smells like a rotten tomato” and he is laughing his head off. I love these moments. Enjoy your time with your family today and make sure to tell them how much they mean to you πŸ™‚

Challenge Me Happy 12.1

Hi everyone! This week at Challenge Me Happy we were issued a scraplift challenge. We were given a layout done by the very talented Annelie to lift.

Here is her layout:

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And here is my lift, using the BoBunny Apple Cider line. It’s my pretty little Sophie in the pumpkin patch πŸ™‚

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Be sure to enter a project that is made EXCLUSIVELY for this challenge and link it up to Challenge Me Happy for a Guest DT spot!

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 11.30

Hello again, friends! This week at Frosted Designs our challenge is to use at least 5 buttons on a project or layout. This week our challenge is being sponsored by Creative Cuts and More! They were nice enough to send some of their amazing products to a few of us girls on the DT. I chose this cute little metal tin with cardstock accordion folded papers. I altered the tin using Tim Holtz Alcohol inks, as well as distressing and adding the metal piece on the outside.

Right now I am reading the most inspirational book “I Declare” by Joel Osteen. It has a declaration for each day of the month along with a short testimonial pertaining to that day’s declaration. I’ve been reading one each night with my daughters. It’s amazing how many nights these declarations have been exactly what one of has needed to hear that day. I chose a few of my favorite ones and put them into this tin as a reminder to be grateful for the good things in my life and mindful of the power of God in our lives.

Here is my little tin box:

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And a view of the inside:

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Sadly, I had more pictures to post on this, but they are on my desktop computer at my office and I knew I had to get this post in. We’ve transitioned from our home office to an outside location and all of my files are mixed up between my desktop and laptop. I need to work on getting everything in one place now since I’m using only a laptop at home now!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I am excited to be heading to Market Days in Wimberly tomorrow with my mother in law for some early Christmas shopping and browsing, as well as starting my December Daily, and introducing the kids to our Elf-Mr. Jangles tonight πŸ™‚ Be sure to link up your project to Frosted Designs for the chance to win a prize from Creative Cuts and More and also don’t forget to check out our post on our HUGE 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. There are a ton of prizes to win and some fun challenges going on all month long!

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 11.16

Hi everyone! This week over at Frosted Designs we were given a color challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:



Since Graphic 45 is this week’s sponsor, I used their papers exclusively for my layout. I thought these particular papers seemed “fallish”, even though they are from the Renaissance Faire line. This is a layout for my book again, documenting our time with baby Weston at the pumpkin patch 2 weeks ago. It’s so rare for me to get into the photos so I wanted to make sure I scrapped these.



Be sure to create your project based on the inspiration photo and link it up to Frosted Designs for the chance to win 2 paper collections from Graphic 45!

Challenge Me Happy 11.15

Hello everyone! This week’s challenge at Challenge Me Happy is a sketch challenge. Y’all know how much I love sketches :). This one was done by Annelie:



Below is my take on the sketch. I am using this for my personal album. I’m trying to occasionally scrap for myself instead of the kids, since one day I will give them their books and will be left with just the pics!



The winner of this challenge will win a brand spanking new December kit from Crazy Monday Kits, a new funky kit club from New Zealand! To win, simply enter a project that is made EXCLUSIVELY for this challenge. If you don’t, your entry will not be considered for the prize. Upload the link to your blog post or gallery post with your creation before midnight 1 December NZ time (GMT + 13 hours)

Frosted Designs Fall Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the Frosted Designs Fall Blog Hop!!

This is a Challenge Blog Hop – Now what does that mean??

We have an overall Theme of “Fall” and the RECIPE can be found along the way. Each Designer is using one “ingredient” on their project. There are 12 stops on the hop, which makes 12 Ingredients. You choose 6 of the 12 ingredients to create your “Fall” project and link it up to the Frosted Designs BLOG.

Easy peasy!!

We have some awesome sponsors for our hop:
Prairie Bird Boutique
My Little Shoebox
Boys Rule Kits

Here is the complete blog line up in case you get lost along the way (or found me first).

Barb – http://barbcraft.blogspot.com/
Brenda – http://brendasscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Teresa – http://www.teresajaye.blogspot.com/
Lori A. – http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/
Melissa – https://melshappyscrappyplace.wordpress.com/
Lydia – http://www.kiwimumscraps.blogspot.com/
Diana – http://itsmylifeandimscrappingit.blogspot.com/
Debbie – http://lovelifeslittlepleasures.blogspot.com/
Lori M. – http://frugalscrapper.blogspot.com/
Anita – http://theflamingochronicals.blogspot.com/
Channa – http://crafts-pieces.blogspot.com/?spref=fb
Carol – http://www.carolpaperie.blogspot.com/

You should have arrived here from Lori A’s blog. If not, then you can go back to the beginning of the hop at Frosted Designs to start the fun!

For my Fall themed project I did a collaboration with my 4 year old daughter, Sophie. At her preschool, the kids in her class were given turkeys to “disguise” from the Thanksgiving huntsman. Let me tell you there were some AWESOME turkeys! There was a cammoflauge turkey, a Hulk turkey, a scarecrow turkey, and my favorite-a cowboy turkey. If you know Sophie then you know she is 100% girly girl, so of course our turkey had to be a butterfly princess. We had so much fun working on this together. She picked out all of the papers (and mod podged them!), stickers, rub ons, and color palette. At night instead of reading bedtime stories she likes to watch art videos from Christy Tomlinson, Donna Downey, and other artists!

Anyhow…for my “ingredient” I used spray mist (and lots of it!). Here is our canvas turkey project:

Now make sure you head over to Lydia’s blog for some more fun Fall inspiration!!

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