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™‚

A Day of Crafty Goodness :)

I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my day today!!! πŸ™‚ I spent half the morning browsing my new addiction, Pinterest, then the other half of the day working on projects. With the baby due in only two weeks I had to get cracking on some handmade Christmas gifts. But before I could get to the gifts, I needed to get my December Daily started. I did one last year and it was really fun today to look back on everything we experienced. I decided to do the same thing I did last year, and that was to purchase a pre-made 8 x 8 Christmas scrapbook from Hobby Lobby, then add my own touches to it. It sure does save a lot of time!! Here is the cover and page 1 of my book:



My next project was to complete the teacher gifts. I made one a mini album, and the other a tag album. I used supplies by Little Yellow Bicycle and added a few bits and pieces of my own from my stash. I think they came out cute:



The last thing I worked on was a Christmas gift for my sister. I was inspired by this piece on Pinterest. Here is my take:



I have a few more projects I will work on tomorrow before I have to get back to my “real” work on Monday. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!