Wednesday, December 29, 2010

{a sneak + 2 layouts}

First off....

Elle's Studio is offering sneak peeks of their new items coming out in January....stop by the blog to take a peek! The first one is up already and looks super cute ;)

I wanted to share a few layouts that I did a couple weeks ago at a Friday night crop. This one uses the papers from October Afternoon's Seaside collection.

I also used a shipping tag from Staples, AC Thickers, an Elle's Studio journaling tag, and October Afternoon Schoolhouse pin 'take note'.

You can see that I splashed a little Glimmer Mist on the page...pretty much love doing that now :) Also used one of my butterfly punches and treasured SU polka dot vellum

This is a layout I did with my Studio Calico kit, Napa Valley.

I love that these kits include cardstock as well as patterned paper. This is an older picture of Keira, but it's so sweet. I've wanted to scrap it for a long time.

Love these butterflies from Making Memories....already die cut and in cute patterns too. I decided to stitch a row down the side of my page.

Journaling tag by Jenni Bowlin, letter stickers are by Making Memories, and the strips are computer generated.

 For this little embellishment cluster, I used another butterfly splashed with glimmer mist and twine for the antenna.  Elle's studio date/place tag and Pink Paislee cork button and brad.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! I know I will...I'm on vacation for the rest of the year ;)

{whew.}

We had a greeeat Christmas here, but I'm glad it's over! 3 days of cooking, playing, driving, running....I'm beat. And on vacation til after New Year's. Hooray!

Keira got a baby doll

that she was pretty excited about....not so excited when it starts crying though.... ;)

She's trying to be a good mama.

we had a wonderful Christmas morning at home....Keira got the baby doll, along with a princess tent, grocery cart, and elmo story reader. adam got a golf GPS from me, and he got me a kindle!

keira's trying out the new cart.

trying to get one good shot under the tree....!

hunter enjoying his new catch.....er....toy, I mean :)

Keira got another baby doll!

putting together a puzzle with daddy


 One last christmas celebration with family on the 26th....in new old navy pj's.
So thankful for all the blessings and time spent with family....but I'm ready for the new year!

Back later with a page and news from Elle's Studio :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

{is this a food blog?}

Haha. kidding. But really, the only hobby I love more than scrapping is cooking. And eating. That's a hobby right?

I do have about 4 or 5 layouts to share....have them photographed but just haven't edited them yet. Seems I probably won't be getting to that this week either as a certain holiday is approaching fast! I still have a few things yet to do, a few little gifts to purchase and grocery shopping to do. Hopefully I can relax a little next week as I've taken a few day's off before New Year's.

One of my favorite parts of the season is getting together with family and trying out new recipes....as well as old ones that are tried and true. Here's what I'm contributing this year:

Sweet Potato Casserole - I made a few changes to this recipe, adding 1/2 cup brown sugar and topping it with marshmallows
Pickle Wrap dip & crackers (cream cheese, sour cream, pickles & ham)
Cream cheese dip with Mick's pepper jelly (picked that up while in Seattle this year!)
Pumpkin cheesecake

Mashed potato casserole
Corn casserole
French Silk Pie
Cheeseball & crackers (recipe from Cook's Country magazine)
Buffalo chicken dip (we serve with tortilla chips and Chicken in a Biskit crackers)

Veggie and cheese bagel sandwiches
Potato soup
Chocolate mint brownies (my mom's recipe...they are sooo good!)

That should keep me busy. I see a common theme here, and it's cream cheese. No big surprise there!

Have a Merry Christmas if I don't see you again 'til next week!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{randoms}

  • I need to get my Christmas cards done. Bad. They may be a little late! Maybe next year I should do New Year's cards?
  • I want to make these chicken and dumplings, cranberry bliss bars, and this chicken chili.
  • Today I have crock pot ham and beans waiting at home for us, + cornbread to go with it.
  • Holiday baking extravaganza this Sunday with my mom and sister. So excited! Recipes and photos to follow next week. Peanut butter balls, peppermint bark, sponge candy, caramels and more on the menu.
  • I have about 3 or 4 Christmas gifts left to purchase. I still have a mountain of gifts to wrap. Funny that when I was a kid, that was the most exciting part, now I think it's chore. :)
  • All this holiday baking + eating has had me thinking a lot about new year's resolutions. I'm usually not one to set any, because they usually end up forgotten and not followed through on. After reading Women, Food and God, I am really anti-diet. But I know that I need to make a more conscious effort to eat healthier. Not only for myself, but to set a good example for Adam and Keira. Plus I want to feel better, and I want my pants to fit. Maybe the goal will be: 'eat more plants. eat less processed food'
  • I would really like to get back into using our elliptical that we bought 1+ year ago! Sad to say, I haven't had a regimen since before we took our trip to Seattle (in May). I know I have to have a realistic goal to follow through on. I listened to this author's interview on the radio one day, regarding the positive benefits of exercise. Though I'm not sure I would be able to work out 6 days a week, 45 minutes a day like they recommend, I need to start somewhere. Being away from home 11 hrs a day isn't condusive to wanting to exercise at the end of the day....but I would like to try!
  • I want to order this stamp set + coordinating dies that Melissa Phillips helped design. So cute, I think I would love anything she had a hand in.
  • So excited to go to a Friday night crop this week with my friend Stephanie. I think I'll bring my sewing machine, even if I look a fool. I just can't scrap without it :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

{i didn't know}

After going shopping yesterday, I was inspired to make a layout with these butterfly papers.

The butterfly paper is by Jenni Bowlin. Baby carriage card by Making Memories, as is the cream and black chipboard piece and rosette. You can see one of those Maya Road kraft doilies peeking out from the back. The 'helpful hints' card is by October Afternoon.

The background patterned paper I used is by October Afternoon. I had also been saving this butterfly cut out for awhile, the paper is SU and I also used the SU sizzix die to cut out the butterfly. The vellum butterfly is by Jenni Bowlin as well.

Journaling card by Elle's Studio.

Large red butterfly rub-on is Jenni Bowlin. I printed my title and journaling out on cardstock and trimmed into tags, tied with twine.

Thanks for taking a look today! I'm off to shovel snow, get groceries and do some laundry. Oh joy!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

{i'm just here to enable}

My sister and I braved the "blizzard" today to do some Christmas shopping. It just so happens that a certain scrapbook store is very close to another store I had to get a gift card at. Hmm.

I found this new paper, Merry January by We R Memory Keepers. One can never have enough ledger paper in my opinion. ;)

I also found these Sassafras letter stickers that I've been looking for. I would have liked to find some different colors, but maybe I'll have to get those online. I also picked up a postage stamp edge punch, some Martha Stewart fringe scissors, and some Maya Road kraft doilies. I have already done a layout this evening using the punch and one of the doilies!

I actually picked up these papers last week. Some of October Afternoon's Campfire and Modern Homemaker papers, Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather, and the Dear Lizzy Christmas line.

I love these loopy stickers by KI memories.

ALSO I ordered last month's kit from Studio Calico, Napa Valley. I love it all! Idk if my husband is going to listen to me, but I would really like a 6 month subscription for Christmas. Please??

I thought this kit was an exceptionally good deal because it includes a set of alphabet stamps! I've already used one of those little flower embellishments too ;)

I'll get my layout + my December Daily pages photographed tomorrow and share. Have a good night and stay warm.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

{dec daily day 5&6}

I will apologize in advance for what may be less than stellar photos, but as I mentioned before.....I am never home during daylight M-F! ugh. So these were my best attempt at photographing pages 5&6 of my dec daily.

I love this navy polka dotted vellum. Sadly it was made by Stampin' Up and retired last year. I used a "5" tag from Elle's Studio, stamped with a Christmas sentiment stamp from Hobby Lobby. Added some stitching over the edge.

 The day before this, my sister and I had gone to a Christmas concert and it was awesome! I decided to punch holes right in the program and include it in my album.

I had originally printed the journaling right on the photo, however when I had it printed off in 4x6 size, it was almost too small to read. So I re-typed it and printed on cardstock, and I still like the way it turned out. I used my Martha snowflake punch to embellish the top corner.

Here are the two pictures I had of the concert. I sort of wish I had a picture of my mom, sister and me; but it was getting late and I had a certain little girl at home I had to put to bed.


Here's the reverse side of that page. I printed the sentiment out from the Creating Keepsakes blog here. I also used a manila shipping tag and Heidi Swapp heart. Polka dot paper is by Stampin' Up.


On this page, I used some scalloped red cardstock misted with Chalkboard glimmer mist. I added a punched label, Thickers and a snowflake, along with some red stitching.

This was supposed to be one of Keira's Christmas presents, but I let her open it early. We needed some entertainment, plus she'll have plenty of presents to open anyway :)

I added two 4x6 photos for this page, along with an Elle's Studio Christmas tag.

Thank the good Lord tomorrow is Friday. I am ready to sleep in! And finish my Christmas shopping.

Night.

{some exciting news!}

I'm so excited to finally share -- I will be joining the design team at Elle's Studio from January through June! This is pretty much a dream come true for me, as I love Elle's products and love using them in my projects. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I opened the email from her offering me the spot! Thanks again Elle, for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to working with everyone! Here is the rest of the team:








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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

{at 19 months}

You are obsessed with everything "baby". If you see a picture of a baby, a baby on TV, or when we're out somewhere, you exclaim, "it's a beeeeeeeebeeeeeeeeee!!! beebee! beeebeee!" [you are getting a baby doll for Christmas]

Just had your 18 month checkup and shots; you are 26 pounds and in the 95th percentile for height. Wonder where you get that from? :) You were way more upset by the physical exam than the shots themself.

Your favorite food right now is any kind of pasta. You're not liking to eat much meat right now either. You do like cereal, fruit and cheese still, though!

You love fruit snacks and when you want one, you come into the kitchen and yell, "nack! nack!"

You can recognize about 18-20 letters of the alphabet, and most numbers from 1-10.

You did very well on our long car trip to Missouri for Thanksgiving, with a little help from a portable DVD player and Dora. You even slept all by yourself on the sofa bed in the motel room!

You love playing in my scraproom on the floor while I work. Some nights this is how we wind down before bed. You love pulling all the bottles of paint out of the basket and lining them up on my filing cabinet....sorting markers, playing with stickers.....coloring with crayons, taking caps off spritz bottles and putting them back on, pushing buttons on the radio.

You are trying to learn how to sing....'Row row row your boat' usually ends up coming out ♫boat, boat, boat, boat, boat♫

You are getting a lot better at enunciating your words, you can say "mommy" clearly now, and in fact, that is what I hear most nights when you're getting tired....."mommymommymommymommymommy!!!" You are also pretty good at saying Hunter -- "Huhter".

You yell, "done!" when you're finished with dinner.

If something is broken or torn you say, "it's boke!" (broke). Sometimes when something is "boke" you also say it's "acky".

You are quite willing to help me around the kitchen! You love to throw things in the trash when I ask you to, or put towels back in the drawer for me.

You keep me young Keira! Dancing and singing in the kitchen along with you and Elmo was not something I saw myself doing a few years ago, but I love every minute.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

{menu plan}

I'm taking a short hiatus from the December Daily to share this week's menu plan for our house. I did finish up days 5 & 6 of the DD last evening.....then I realized that during the week I'm never home during daylight to get good photos. How DEPRESSING! So I took some pics right on my desk, under my Ott Lite. We'll see how those turn out tonight when I go to edit them. Someone should invent a 4 hour work day.

Today I'm expecting our Christmas cards in the mail....so I know what my entry will be for today!

Sunday: Chicken tacos for lunch & three cheese stuffed shells, garlic rolls and salad for supper.
Monday: Park City stew, bread and butter, grapes
Tuesday: Beef and broccoli stir fry (recipe from FN magazine) & brown rice (check out this recipe for an awesome method of baking brown rice - turns out good every time!)
Wednesday: Goulash, cheese & crackers and fruit. I should clarify that this is different from the goulash I like to make. This is Adam's Grandma Gilliam's goulash....hamburger, macaroni....a little tomato sauce and lots of BBQ sauce. I doctor it up with a few extra spices and salt&pepper. Different but pretty good!
Thursday: Turkey club sandwiches, carrot & celery sticks with dip, pineapple/banana/orange fruit salad
Friday: leftovers vs. takeout vs. pizza

Next week I'm going to challenge myself to use up a lot of my pantry food that I already have on hand. I have a big problem with buying a lot more than we need in a week's time! Trying to pare down the grocery bill right now = more $$$ for Christmas gifts. Btw, my sister and I are taking Keira to see Santa this weekend + do some shopping. Should be interesting to see how she reacts to Santa :)

If you haven't checked out Melissa's or Michelle's blog lately....head on over. They are both doing a 12 Days of Christmas feature....and as always they have beautiful projects!

Monday, December 6, 2010

{dec daily day 3&4}

Hello again.....back for more december daily! I am loving this project. I think I'll do one every year. :)

For my 3 page, I used a Sassafrass mini playing card, which I backed with a few strips of green paper trimmed with pinking shears and my Tim Holtz tiny attacher. I also punched a snowflake in the bottom corner and stitched a red border around the page. This corrugated kraft paper is by SU and no longer available. Boo.

Keira was up coughing all night and I stayed home with her on Friday. I took this picture of us while I was letting her play with my phone so I could coerce her into taking some cough syrup. :) I also included a little ad from Sonic. This is the kind of stuff that's boring now but our kids and grandkids will find fascinating someday.

The 4 page is October Afternoon patterned paper, embellished with a number tag from Elle's Studio. I used one of my stamps to stamp 'noel' across it, then added a glittered edge and punched snowflake.

For this day, I kept things pretty simple and just did my journaling on the photo. Bonus: you won't forget what you have to say. :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

{dec daily day 1&2}

Thank goodness for a sunny day out today....I was finally able to get some photos of my dec daily album. For now I am all caught up, and I'm making a conscious effort each day to snap a photo and do some journaling. Hopefully I can stay on top of it. If so it will be a small miracle, as I am somewhat of a procrastinator. Hee. Same reason I never did well in college with on-your-own courses. Oops.

I know I've shown the cover before, but here it is again with the book all put together. It's quite thick! Having a Crop-a-Dile is pretty much a must for this project, as it punches through everything - chipboard included-  and you can punch through multiple sheets of cardstock at a time. (psst. get it at michael's or hobby lobby with a 40% coupon. :)

I love how nothing matches and yet all the patterns come together.

Close up of day 1 cover page. I picked up this cardstock at one of my LSSs awhile back, and I'm not even sure who makes it. It's cream with gold dots.....not intended for but perfect for Christmas. The little cardboard piece came in a K&Co embellishment pack, and the music note paper is by Girl's Paperie. I mounted that on a piece of green cardstock and trimmed around it with pinking shears. '1' chipboard letter is American Crafts.

For day 1, I waited until after supper and snapped a picture of a few of the trees in our house. I added the text in Picasa before sending it to Walgreens to be printed. I did a little journaling about Christmas, and a little about the everyday as well. Although I want this to be a holiday album, I think it's fun to include details about every day life as well.

For this page, I used a Hambly transparency. I love how it looks. If I would have planned better, I think I would have made every number page a transparency, but I was basically just working from my stash. There's always next year! The '2' number tag is by Elle's Studio, mounted on a pink sheet of patterned paper and sewed on with red thread. I also used my Martha snowflake punch to add an accent to the top corner.

Here's the page opened. These photos of Keira were actually taken by my mom a couple of weeks ago, but since there is a part in the story about Keira's coat and hat, I decided to include them. I'm not going to stress about every photo being taken on that day. Geez, I have enough to worry about! hee. example: My sister and I went to a Christmas concert last night, but I'm actually using that as today's story. Because I already have a story for yesterday. it will all be fine in the end. :)

The brown polka dotted paper is by Making Memories, and I printed the journaling out on patterned paper from Hobby Lobby. I go there a lot and get their 8.5x11 patterned paper and vellum (subtle patterns) to print my journaling on. It fits directly into the printer and is thin enough to go through it without a paper jam, unlike some of the thicker cardstock I have.

Hope you've enjoyed a look at my first few pages! Back tomorrow with days 3 & 4.

Also, if you're participating this year, you can link your blog post or Flickr album to Ali's blog.