Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Project Life Creative Team

Hello everyone !

I have a confession to make. I've been keeping a secret. But, today I get to share it with you.

I have been chosen to be on the Becky Higgins 2015 Project Life Creative Team !!!!!

It still doesn't seem real, someone pinch me please !!

You see, I have always dreamed about being on the Project Life Team. After submitting a few years in a row I really wasn't going to do it this time around. Until a friend, my husband, and few others asked if I was going to.  I said, hmmmm. Well third times a charm right ?!!!! I only had a few days before the deadline so I quickly put some layouts together and sent in my info. Time past, not really thinking anything would come of it when all the sudden I was reading " The " email. When I clicked on the email I was thinking it was a fun email from Becky then about 4 sentences in it hit me. And I had to go back to the beginning.  I'm still in shock and so excited to begin this journey.

There are 25 amazing ladies on the team this year and I am so humbled to be among them.  They are spread out all over the world. But we all share one thing in common, we all love to document, photograph, record our lives with Project Life.

To check out the rest of the team and more info check out the Becky Higgins Meet The Team page found HERE.

I'm so looking forward to 2015 and sharing everything I create with you all !

Friday, December 26, 2014

December Daily Days 8 - 14

Hi everyone !

I truly hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday.

I want to share some more December Daily pages with you today. So here goes.

Day 8 | Santa Letters

A few photos of the kids writing their letters.

On the top row I have my journaling card, from the SC kit, and a photo of Maddie. On the bottom there is a photo of Maddie trying to help Noah write his letter. I'm not sure what got into these two that day but they were determined to NOT write their santa letters. The 4x6 photo is of Maddie trying to write down what Noah wanted for Christmas. She wrote it down on the white board so that Noah could copy it on his paper. We ended up finishing letters up a few days later.

Katelyn was the only one excited to write her letter to Santa.

I bought this great album from Simple Stories and inside it has some extra pages. This great kraft envelope was perfect to store my kids's Santa Letters. When they were all done I slipped them inside for safe keeping.

Day 9

Today's story/or stories were made of everyday life. The kids had a 2 hour school Fog delay, the weather turned Fallish and that turned into family boot day, and I took Maddie out on a mini date to Charming Charlie's just because.

I had lots of photos from Day 9. I decided the best way to include them all was to make a collage. I used one of the new Ali Edwards December Daily Pages. I printed it out and added it to the back of the kraft envelope from Day 8.

Our fun mini date with a wood banner from the SC kit.

This one was fun. I got the idea to use this fun die cut from Simple Stories Life Documented and replace the nine with another number to make it stand out. I added the days stories on the other side.

Day 10 & 11

I came to the conclusion that I really wanted to finish this project up before the year is over. To do so, I have to keep it simple. Even though it's killing me not to spend more time on this, but I'll get over it.

Day 10 and Day 11 together.

Journaling for Day 10.

Photo from Day 10. We sure had fun getting all tangled up together. After I printed it I added a naughty sticker that was perfect.

Day 11 | Bad Day or more like bad news that lead to my bad day

I paired up some fun photos that I taken around the house with some journaling about my bad day. Blacked out for privacy reasons.

Again, trying to stay simple and finish.

Day 12 & 13

 Day 12 was spent doing the tree and I surprised the kids with a movie night. I used another Ali Edwards new DD templates for Day 12.

Day 13 | Took the kids out for a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt around the neighborhood. 

 Day 14 | STREP

Day 14 was the day I came down with STREP. The photo is one that my hubby took while the boys were waiting for my Meds. The journaling card is on the other side.

I cut some patterned paper up for the back of the journaling card. The quote bubble is actually cut out of one the Midnight cards and put onto the patterned paper.

I took a picture of my prescription paper and printed it out first. Then I added the Ali Edwards brush and printed it onto vellum to get this look.

That is it for today. I'm hoping to get some more pages done today but we shall see.

Take care everyone.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Daily Days 5 - 7

Hello everyone.

I hope all is well and you are enjoying this Holiday Season. I finished up my shopping last night, we are finishing up a few last minute house chores today, Santa cookies are being made tomorrow. I think I am ready. How about you ?

I wanted to share some of my December Daily Pages with you. I really need to get on the ball about blogging about them. I'm sorry. I will need to plan better next year.

In the new year I also plan on blogging more frequently. I have a feeling I will be doing lots of scrapbooking.

DD day 5

I had plans to do some DIY Christmas projects. I gathered all my supplies together and took a photo for the first page.

I used some thickers to spell out DIY and added the clear photo sticker (Christmas) from Simple Stories. I love these stickers, so so cool.

Made a filler card and added the number 5. The numbers are from Pink Paislee and they are super fun.  I took a photo of the first project that I made.

I took an old frame and put chicken wire behind it. I wanted a wreath in the middle and found the perfect little one at Hobby Lobby. Now it was ready to hold my Christmas cards that I receive.

Pinterest is always a fun place for any kind of inspiration. I took a screenshot of all of my DIY projects that I wanted to do this Christmas season. I added a brush from this set, from the amazing Wilna. Find it here. I wanted the brush to stand out so I turned it red.

DD day 6

Day 6 was what we like to call "Shoe Day" or St. Nicholas Day. It's a German holiday that I experienced as a child. I am so happy to share it with my own kids. They look forward to it as well. Basically, this is how it goes. You leave your shoes out the night of the 5th and St. Nicholas comes and fills them with goodies, and little things.

The kids were so excited to see that St. Nic brought Santa hats for their puppies. Aren't they adorable.

I added my journaling to the second page along with a picture of one of my kids's shoes.

DD day 7

We went to the tree lot on day 7. Actually it was day 6 but don't tell okay ?!! I had lots of fun photos from our 15 minutes of being on the lot.

Here is a close up. For the first page I started with one of the new Ali Edwards templates. I wanted to do a hybrid page. I cut out the photos from the template and added them to my physical journaling page. I also added a few extra embellishments to this first page.  Including the great Adventure clear overlay card from a previous SC kit. I must remember not to hoard all the good stuff and actually use it !! LOL.

The story of Day 7. Along with a triangle tree I believe from a SC kit.

Here is what the second page looks like.

As I mentioned above. I added an insert. The top is a see through pocket filled with lots of fun stuff, along with the piece of round piece of wood.

Some filler cards. 

A family stroll. 

That is it for today. Story by Story I am adding to my DD album and I couldn't be happier. 

I have days up to 11 done and will share soon I promise. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Daily Day 4

Hello everybody !!

I'm really sorry its been so long in between posts. I came down with STREP and that set me back a good week or so. I know, no good. I'm still trying to catch up.

Today I want to share my DD day 4. (it has been done for a while now) I also have day 5 done and day 6 is in the works. I'm thinking that I am going to have to go super simple to get this project done cause 2015 is coming folks.

Day 4 both pages.

Today's story was all about how our mornings include our elf "Harry". All about how I wake up to the whispers, and the pitter patter of little feet searching for Harry. I chose to include photos of Harry's shenanigans to go along with the story.  

If you can remember my Day 3 had the small photo on the star transparency sheet. I added a photo of Harry to the back side. Before I stitched them both in place.

Here is the left side of my Day 4. Includes a few close ups and my journaling card.

I chose to tell the story about how the kids reacted to see what Harry had done in the middle of the night on my journaling card. They took it rather well to seeing their precious "pups" tied up. I was surprised. They even left them there until it was time for bed.

I really love to add different sizes of pages into an album like this. I like the layers and it is so much fun. I cropped the photo to a 4x8 size leaving a nice wide border around the edge. I made my own page protector using my sewing machine.

To make it stand out I left the "morning story" brush in black (you can find it here. It's a newer one from Ali Edwards. Then added in my journaling down below. Instead of adding a tab to the page I added the gold star from my SC kit and the merry arrow.

That's it for day 4.

I hope to share day 5 very, very soon. I'm going to work on day 6 right now !

Gotta run. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Daily Day 2 & 3

Hello everyone !

How is your December going ?

I myself have been busy with Christmas projects around the house, regular life, elf mischief planning, and Christmas planning.

I wanted to share my DD days 2 and 3 with you today.

Day 2  | Shopping in the rain with a friend. Lunch at Chipolte. And Santa hats.

A lot like day 1, I only took a few pics and they were all Instagrams. So the square page protector was perfect.

I dressed up the top photo with a photo overlay, a circle sticker, washi tape, and a clear sticker from Simple Stories.

I punched out the number 2 circle from the SC PL kit and put it on top of my journaling strip.

* TIP - For my journaling space I used the star screen from a previous SC PL kit. I sprayed some color spray (primerose color shine from Heidi Swapp) onto a paper towel. I took a Q tip to get the color spritz onto my journaling page. I placed the screen over my journaling page exactly where I wanted the stars and then used my Q tip to color in the stars. *

As I mentioned above, I had lunch at Chipolte. I used a gift card that I won at a bunco night, that had a great card sleeve. It was the perfect size for my journaling page. I included it on the bottom of the page.

Day 3 | I got started decorating the house. Got the garlands up, the stockings, the wreath on the front door, and a few misc. things.

Here is a look at Day 2 and Day 3 together.

I really loved this journaling card from a SC kit. I used the same technique with the Q tip ( as talked about above) to color in the word "FAVE" on the journaling card. I really wanted to try and coordinate both pages and make them somewhat the same color scheme.

I added the Ali Edwards heart and the "deck the halls" brushes to the journaling card and then doodled around my journaling.

I added the photo of my wreath to a piece of star transparency.  The plan was to put one picture on each of the sides of the star transparency and then stitch them into place. It mostly worked, cause can I just say that my sewing skills are at an -11 ! None ! I'm just rolling with it.

I added a photo of our elf Harry to the other side of the transparency (for day 4). You will see when I share day 4.

Got me in the album this year ! Yeah for self timers.

I added this fun silver number 3 from Pink Paislee. Also the star from SC.  Also added this great brush from Wilna. Find it here.

That's a wrap folks.

Day 2 and 3 are done.

Happy Holidays everybody.

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Daily Day 1

I know I said that I wanted to keep things simple. But I added just a few things to my title page. I just couldn't help it. I was working on my Day 1 and Day 2 and found a few things that would work. It's just in my jeans to want to play and add more stuff !

So here is an updated Title Page. Again, still simple.

Day 1 | Nothing real exciting happened. I only took 2 photos. Both instagrams.

But I love them so. They might not look like much but they both help tell my story of the day.

The first page of Day 1 I used for my journaling, the story that went along with my photos. I had a lot to say and this big page was the perfect spot. I used one of Ali Edwards 6x8 templates (you can find it here ) and re-sized it just a little to fit my page. I also changed the color to try to tie in with the second page.

* Here is how I matched the color. I pulled up the photo of my second page and used the eye dropper to find a good color.  I wanted to match the gold color in the December chipboard. Another tip : If the colors not quite right you can always move the color around, but at least you have a starting point. *

I also added a few more digital elements to my journaling page. Also adding the wood veneer star and the gray number 1 to finish off the page.

As I said earlier, I only took 2 instagram photos. I chose the page protector ( it came with my album from Simple Stories) that has 2 square slots and a tall journaling slot. It was perfect.

Not much to explain about this one. A little bit of embellishments and I called it good.

The first photo is of our Christmas totes piled up by the front door. I brought them to the front door and the kids hauled them inside and immediately started tearing into them. The second photo is of my son in the Santa Hat. He was the first one to find it and said "Hi mommy, I'm Santa". 

Day 1 is officially in the books. Now it's time to finish Day 2. Also on the To Do list is some fun Christmas DIY projects ! I can't wait to get started on those tomorrow.

Hopefully I can finish Day 2 tonight or tomorrow. I will be sure to share. :)

Happy Holidays everyone !

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Daily Title Page

Why, hello December. I've missed you so. With your magic, your joy, and your wonder.

I'm jumping back on the December Daily Bandwagon again this year. Anyone else out there doing the same ? I've already had so much fun playing along.

I wanted to pop in today and share my title page for my 2014 December Daily Album.

I went with a Simple Stories 6x8 burlap red and creme album and I love it !! I also love that it comes with some fun pages, aside from the page protectors.

I picked the fun scalloped edge insert pages to put my title page on. (Day 1's journaling will go on the back)

I used the wonderful Ali Edwards "the reason why" freebie. You can find it here.  Added a few simple touches as in the star on the top and the number stamp on the bottom and called it good. I'm really trying to actually finish my album this year. So simple will be the end game.

Thanks for stopping by folks. Stay tuned for more fun December Daily posts.

I'm off to finish my Day 1.

Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Simple Stories Christmas Recap Pocket Page Layout

Happy December Everyone !!

Is it just me, or did December sneak up ?  Wow. I can't believe it's here already. I keep telling myself to take lots of DEEP BREATHS. It will be ok. Really.

How many of you out there are doing December Daily this year ?  I am still on the fence, crazy place to be I know. Since it is already December 1.

I did take photos today. Just in case. I might go get me an album tomorrow. Maybe that will motivate me.  Cause I have a little secret. I still have not finished my 2013 album. Gasp, I know.  I won't bore you with the details why it didn't get finished in December like usual.

Okay, moving on.

I wanted to pop in with some fun Christmas inspiration. Since Christmas is upon us. I created this one for the Simple Stories DIY Christmas ebook using their new DIY Christmas line. Super fun !! Go check out the whole thing cause it is full of great inspiration. Click here to download the ebook.

Here are both pages.

I don't have time for more close ups but here are some fun photos from this one.

Harry the Elf brought us Frozen tickets. Here we are at the theater. 

My Santa Baby.

Maddie's Gingerbread House we made at her school.

Harry got himself all tied up by the Toy Story toys.

Santa letter writing.


My new wreath. Waiting until Dec. 17th has it's perks. It was an awesome price.

Well folks, I hope to check back in soon.

I do have lots to share.

Happy Holidays.

I must run now, it is late and I am on elf duty.