Friday, December 30, 2011

The Color Room Palette #90 and Studio Calico Sketch

Having fun with a couple more challenges...

The Color Room Palette #90 - this was hard for me.  I love the colors, but I would not have used just these colors before.  Tried to make it my own...
 Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch - Here's the sketch:

And here's what I came up with:

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

December Daily 2011 Slideshow

When I look at it like this, it doesn't look like much!  

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December Daily 23, 24, and 25!

You know I'm not much of a sports person, but I could seriously jump and high five on this one...the DD is DONE!  A little overdone, but it's done!  I have enjoyed it, but the daily was a little too much...but it sure is good to look back on...

Day 23 - I finally got "My Friend, Linda" in here...yay!  
Emma hears me talk about, my friend, Linda, so one day she said that I don't have a friend named Linda...she told me that she's, "My Friend, Linda."  I asked her well does your friend, Linda, scrapbook?  She said, yes...  I asked her where does your friend, Linda, live?  She said California...  I said isn't that funny, because "my friend, Linda," scraps too and lives in California.  Linda you are so popular around here!
Day 24 - Christmas Eve - I really started to put more photos on these last two wouldn't have been the same if I didn't.

and Day 25 - finally here...after the excitement of a 3 year old for the past 3 months, it's finally here...
I did put in dividers like Ali Edwards, but didn't take pictures of every little detail...just this one.
We were really blessed to have so many people come over.  Both of my sisters, brother-in-law, niece, and two friends...perfect amount...set up the camera for some goofy shots of "my family."
Every time I look at these, they make me smile...
Good thing I did put a ribbon around...thick and chunky ;)
Being my first December Daily and now seeing the flow of it and seeing the wonderful inspiration available, next year may be totally different. 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I had to take a double take at these photos of Archie as Dennis and I were playing Santa Christmas Eve...they looked identical.  His head looks the same in each one, but he's turning from a different angle.  Really...all he wanted was my lap...he's got his eye on the my boy...

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve and Day

Christmas Eve, we got outside a little...and just getting ready for Christmas Day...
We went to see the lights at the park that night...

And then finally...after 2 or 3 months of Emma giving her 5 things she wanted for Christmas...the day was here...and she peeked in, and then she went back in her room...

 ...and then she came running to me...I think she was just so excited and overwhelmed, she didn't know quite what to do!
 But her excitement was priceless...
 Then more cooking and getting ready for family...and got some crazy pics...just one here to share...
Emma didn't want to go outside with her new Jeep yesterday, she said she wanted to "pretend" drive...I thought, this thing is not going to sit in the middle of the living room for her to get in and out of...maybe she was a little scared...but it didn't take long, and she had a blast...
 This girly girl was cruising with her pink Hello Kitty...
Working on December Daily to finish that up and then at the first of the year, Scrapping the Music will have a new challenge up!  

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and ready for the new year!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

December Daily Days 19-22; Sketchy Thursdays Layout

Cannot believe Christmas is almost here!  So here's that past few days:

Day 19 - Emma loves to take pictures of her, us, or whatever with the iPhone.  She had just given us a "tattoo" on our hands (markers) so we got some silly shots after dinner...
 Day 20 - Been meaning to get me in here...was inspired by all the fun nail polishes (loving the crackle and glitter polishes) and being able to still wear flip flops.
 Day 21 - Dentist for Emma...her second time...not as crazy as she was the first time...don't blame her ;)  And inspiration in the lobby...
 Day 22 - Emma likes it when "I" share my scrap stuff...after she finished this, she said "can you put this in your December Daily, Momma."  Well of course.  Added her list of 5 things for Christmas...
 And I have found this challenge site called Sketchy Thursdays.  Sketches are challenging for me, so I wanted to try this one.  I had a few ideas, but then this one came about with seeing scraps left on my table.  So I made the triangles using two different pieces of patterned paper.  The title is inspired by the Harry Connick, Jr. song "When My Heart Finds Christmas."  The song inspired me to live each day as if it were used some of my favorite pictures of the three of us throughout the year and seasons.
Merry Christmas to everyone...may you find "Christmas" in your everyday...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Frances has a Family and Craft Gossip

I will have some pages of my December Daily soon, hopefully...

One thing on my daily to do list right now is sharing in the excitement of a friend adopting a 3 year old from China. She and her husband are still there and are hopefully getting a good nights rest before their last stop in China before coming home.I know that Martha is a first-time Mom like me, and adopting internationally is already a brave thing to do, plus she is adopting a 3 year old. It is unbelievable to see how God matches us to the perfect child, and everyone starts to bond.  Have a look at their adventure in China and her precious little girl.

And I have just found out about this site called Craft Gossip and have already pinned a few things.  Any kind of craft you can think of...and full of the inspiration for it.  Francine from Craft Gossip asked if she could post my recently layout "Will I Ever Be More Than..." on her website.  Check that out here.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

December Daily Days 16, 17, and 18; and a Layout to Share

Still doing the December Daily (DD).  It is a learning me more ideas for next year, one of which I do not think I will do it daily...way too much involved.

Day 16 - We got the cookies and gifts to my brother and my SIL in the mail this week...
 Day 17 - This was priceless...Emma sits by me anyway to scrap...but she had to scoot the chair "right" next to me to scrap on this day.  I was not having a good scrapping moment, and she said, "Momma, you are a good scrapper."  :)  And she made that little embellishment on the left just for my December Daily (as she said it in her little voice...needless to say, it made her day to see I included it!)
 Day 18 - Emma and I went to the park one day after school so she could see the decorations (which she loves).  Then while running errands, we all met for lunch.
 And I am so inspired by Scrapping from the Inside Out's theme this month "Uncertainty."  I must have a LOT of uncertainty ;)  I have not done a layout without a photo in a very long time, and I am so glad I did.  This one expresses a lot of emotion for me...

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Scrapping the Music in 2012!

Yep, I am back with Scrapping the Music!  And I am so excited that Michelle is back leading us and inspiring us.

Check out the new look to the site.  We will start in January with challenges every week.  And we have some other ideas in the works to add to our regular song challenges.  Lots to look forward to.

There is nothing like music to inspire you, it is my most favorite inspiration to scrapbook.

I am so excited to being working with the team again and can't wait to see what everyone creates.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

December Daily Days 14 and 15

I've slowed down some on my December Daily...just trying to not have any guilt or stress over it.  Emma and I did some scrapping together today (that will be day 16-today), but here are the the next couple of days in the album...

Day 14
 Felt like I needed a little filler or divider page between day 14 and Emma's artwork, so did this...

 I had a hard time just being able to scan when she saw it today, I reassured her, it was not her original ;)
 Day 16 - the school proud of how she did...waving, singing, smiling and NO crying this time!

Hope everyone has a great weekend...although, I can't believe it is the last weekend before Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December Daily Days 10 through 13

With doing this December Daily book, I'm having to let go of a few things:  1) use imperfect photos 2) use unedited photos 3) if a page isn't flowing, stop and start and make it flow 4)  don't worry about other people's fabulously detailed and out of the box ideas for their pages  5) letting go of perfect pages, it's the entire book that is important

So here are the last 4 days of events.

Day 10 - went into the city to visit with Merrin and her Mom and Dad...which is never enough time...always look forward to these times and glad we made it work during this crazy time.

 Day 11 - Emma is a Dada's girl (most are), but she really wanted to come with me to Target and the grocery...I really had a lot of shopping and had already told her we would do sugar cookies...I was a little stressed by the amount in one day...but we made it fun...
 I really was not going to do sugar cookies this year...I do them every year from scratch...every bit, even the icing.  It's a lot of work.  But this was the most special moment to see Emma really getting into a tradition I do every year.  She really did cut out cookies.  So glad I did it, but it was and is an ALL day event...I'm still whipped.
Day 12 - Okay this is where my black and white personality gets a little challenged.  I do not like events or pictures that are on the dates they did not happen...but that is another letting go...realistic.  But I did date when she had her very first photo with Santa (which she wasn't crazy about).  I also made this a one page instead of two...I know Christmas day I want to include more, so saving some room.
 More than one thing happens on one day...which I've put on other days (pages), but I didn't want this to be on another day, because I have some events planned for the next few days of this week.  So I made this one out of an 8 1/2 x 11 protector...made the insert the same size as the 6 x 8 1/2.  Put the page inside the big protector and stitched around it and then cut it...lined up the holes on the other protectors.  
 Really wanted this to be in here now and document and talk about Aunt Lisa's visits...priceless photos.

 Day 13 - another one that I wanted in here sooner than later...because this is the last week of school...
 And also, I had taken with iPhone last week!  But this is a day to day event and wanted it documented...
And I managed to squeeze a layout in the midst of all these December Daily pages.  It is from a challenge over on Scrapping from the Inside Out to scrap about a specific ambiguous situation.  This was really hard.  I kind of felt like the challenge was ambiguous.  I did what I felt...and that was to journal about leaving my job and what my role in life is now...the picture is from iPhone that I had taken to use at some point with the December Daily.

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