Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Daily 2017 | Days 1-5

This is the 9th year I'm documenting my December with a daily story through pictures.

Using Becky Higgins 6x8 Project Life Turquoise Snowflake album

I do it for many reasons, I've included a note as to "why" for the first page.

Each day has what we (or I) did that day.  December is so full of stuff!  I also put a photo of where Noel (our Elf) has chosen to keep watch for that day.


The first day starts off by showing the Lego Advent calendar I made for the kids.  I divided the Lego Holiday Train Station into 24 parts, and hid them under the houses.

Most of my album will be bright and colorful, but this photo was much warmer and gold.  I decided to separate the colors of the next page by creating a divider page.

I cut this with my silhouette (made the year myself), and added glitter stars from the Dollar Spot in Target to make a shaker box.

I'm using a mixture of products that I've collected over the years.  I've got to use up my stash, besides, none of the new releases really spoke to me this year.  I'll be using lots of Bella Blvd (all the Christmas collections mixed together) and Snow and Cocoa from Crate Paper.  I did buy a few things from their new Falala line, but not much.



I love how Ethen's language is kind and respectful.

Picked up this dimentional Santa sticker last year at Michaels.


I created this journaling card myself.

 This photo and paper are adhered to the back of the envelope so I could put the program inside.

The bag is from Starbucks.

The elf sticker I got last year from Michaels.  I was bummed I couldn't find anything similar this year.


This tree makes me happy every time I look at it.  It is so bright and colorful.

I put this page on vellum.  I wanted to use a printed transparency, but I didn't have one I liked, so vellum to the rescue.

Journaling cards are from In A Creative Bubble, but I modified them.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November 2016 Digital Layouts

Word art from Ali Edwards.  Patterned paper from free Lilypad Treasure kit.

I decided to keep my National Parks pages a little bit uniform, but still individual.  I used the template over and over again, and adjusted as needed.  Wordart is from In A Creative Bubble and Paislee Press.

I used Project Mouse Christmas and Cars journaling cards for these layouts.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2016 Hybrid Layouts

I saved the packaging from a Pokemon toy that I had given Ethen.  When he said he wanted to be Ash for Halloween, I knew that it would be perfect on a layout.  I like this idea, because good licensed stickers are hard to find.  Especially large ones.

Rainbow cloud papr from Pink Paislee Wild Child, Dot paper from Crate Paper Boys Rule.
 The elements are nice sturdy chipboard.

I decided to do the same thing for Maya, and I could validate my purchase of a Sabine Wren doll by using it's packaging also!  I love how the colors match perfectly.

October 2016 Digital Layouts

For more details on the Star Wars party, go here and here.

Journaling cards and digital stamp from In A Creative Bubble.  Template from Paislee Press.

Template (modified) from Sahlin Studios.  Star paper and wood veneer from One Little Bird's Stargazer.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ice Cream Celebration

My sweet baby is growing up.  I told Maya that when she entered Junior High, we weren't going to do birthday parties anymore.  She was fine with that (I was admittedly sad) and decided she wanted to go on a little mini trip somewhere.

Reality is that we won't be able to go on vacation at least until November, as Devi is still so tiny, and we can't miss any more days of school since we lost 2 weeks from Hurricane Harvey.

We decided to just have a little cake and ice cream celebration with her friends.  It was a quick and easy way to celebrate (and I got to get a little bit creative between Devi's naps.)

I made the invitation on my Silhouette Portrait.  It had fun texture with glitter paper and I glued sprinkle sequins on top.

The party table was fun to put together.  I already had the yum placemat, ice cream banner and tassel banner, and tassel balloons (all from Target).  Sometimes I just can't resist a cute purchase, and I was excited to use them from my stash.

The only thing I bought was the sprinkles tablecloth and tissue paper ice cream cones.

I loaded the table with all kinds of fun things to put on ice cream.  I also already had the fun ice cream cups from (you guessed it) Target.

When the girls arrived, I sent them outside to paint their nails using a spinner game to dictate what color to put on what finger.

 Then they came in to create their own ice cream creation.

Of course the ice cream was the infamous Blue Bell.  Dave scooped it up for us.

We sang happy birthday and had cake after that.

The cake came from Kroger.  I added the cake pick that I got at Hobby Lobby.

I made little ice cream truck boxes to put some favors in.

I put fingernail polish, a bath fizzy, and some lip gloss in each one.

The bath fizzies came from Ulta.  I bought them awhile back because they were too cute to pass up.

It was indeed a "sweet" celebration!  Happy 11th birthday, Maya!