December memories 2015 /// days 1-6

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I’ve been enjoying the process of creating my December Memories album so much more this year than last. I’ve been able to keep caught up, which is a great feeling.

I’m using the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue again this year. This is such a fun project, and the kit is perfect. I really love the addition of the planner pages. It helps me to keep things organized.

One of the reasons I’m able to stay caught up is that I’m keeping things pretty simple. That is key for me. No elaborate pages. Just mostly photos and journaling and a few embellishments thrown in.

Today I’m sharing pages 1-6, although I have my album pretty much all caught up until yesterday. I’ll share more pages soon.
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Day one: I started the Christmas season off right by hosting a cookie baking day here for me and my two sisters. We baked 9 different kinds of cookies, pastries, and sweets. I recorded my journaling on the left side, and a photo of our cookies on the right.

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Day 2: I hosted a Hot Cocoa and Crafting event for a bunch of friends. I failed to take photos that day, so I had to get creative. I stalked my friends’ Facebook pages for photos of them I could use in my album. I don’t think they’ll mind. I didn’t steal any professional photos, just snapshots. Then I sized them all into 2″x2″ squares and popped them into my slots. I love having all their smiling faces looking back at me. I have cute friends!

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I love that I’ll be able to look back and remember who was here, even though I didn’t take any photos.

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On the right side I added journaling, a tiny photo of my hand drawn hot cocoa chalkboard sign, and some fun embellishments.

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Day 3: These two pages are switched according to the time of day the events took place. But that’s OK. In the morning (right side) I enjoyed a lovely Christmas brunch with the awesome ladies from our church home group. Again, I didn’t take any photos, so I found a photo online of the recipe I took along to the brunch and printed it out for my page.

On the left side, I recorded the events of the evening. My daughter had her violin Christmas program at the local library that night.

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Days 4 & 5: On day four I invited my neighbor friend to come over and make a wreath with me, since I had leftover supplies from the craft day on the 2nd. She’s moving away soon, so I was glad to be able to spend some time with her before she leaves.

On the right, my boys had a quiz meet in the morning. The photo on the top is my oldest son’s quiz team, which came in third place for the day. The bottom photo is of my daughter and her little friend who came home with us from the meet to spend the night.

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Day 6: My daughter got to play her violin in the display window of a nearby candy shop. Afterwards we let her pick out some candy to take home, of course.

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I’m minimally decorating my planner pages each week. Very simple. I like it that way.

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I’m also decorating the weekly calendar layouts with a few of the paper tags that came with the kit. I like that it just adds a little color to the spread.

I’m so enjoying this so far! I definitely feel like I’ve found my groove in regards to making a December album like this. I’ve found what works for me and what doesn’t.

What works (for me:):

-downloading and printing out my photos once a day or every two days.

-putting sticky notes in my album to remember which photos I wand to print and where they will go

-keeping my layouts simple

-keeping our schedule of events written down on the planner pages. That way, all I have to do to remember what we did, or what we have coming up, to add in our album is take a look back at the weekly calendar page.

What doesn’t work (for me):

-doing pre made pages. I tried that, and I just never know which photos I’ll have and where I’ll want them to go, so it just works better for me to figure that out as I go along. Having said that, I did make a pre made snow page. I’ll be bummed if I don’t get to use it!

-Trying to keep it to only one page per day. Some days I have multiple events and photos to add, and some days I don’t have any. I don’t stress about one day having one page and the next day having three pages. I’m cool with it.

Have an awesome day! Join me tomorrow for the Gossamer Blue December design team blog hop.

 

 

 

 

 

Gossamer Blue December kit reveal

It’s no secret that I adore Gossamer Blue. Each month is like a birthday when my box full of kits arrives. I make sure I have plenty of time to sit down and open each one and carefully look at each item. It’s one of my very favorite days of the month. How lucky I am to have a box of wonderful goodness delivered right to my door each month!!

If you’re wondering how you can get your own box of craft goodies delivered right to your door, check out the subscription page over on the Gossamer Blue website. I’m telling you, it’s like have a birthday 12 times a year! And I love that I don’t have to spend time going out shopping for my paper crafting products. The Gossamer Blue kits are always filled with the latest and most beautiful products available from the top companies.

Here are a few of the projects I made using this month’s Main kit.

Create page:

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I used the transparency sheet (Pink Paislee Memorandum line) on several of my projects this month. It was perfect for documenting some of my very favorite things, like this page about my art supplies. The Create piece from the transparency sheet fit so perfectly.

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Beautiful die cuts, washi tape sheets, and pretty papers from this month’s Main kit. So fabulous!!

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Because I was creating a page about art supplies, I had to add some painted details. I kind of like how this one turned out a lot.

Typewriter love page:

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Again, I used a portion of the transparency sheet for this page about my vintage typewriter, which I love. This piece of typewriter keys went perfectly with an Instagram print of my vintage typewriter that I had printed for a while now.

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Of course I added some journaling with my typewriter.

Love You card:

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I couldn’t help but try out an idea I got when I saw this clear, acetate LOVE piece in the package of Crate Paper die cuts. I painted the back side of the piece with various colors of acrylic paint. When it was dry, I flipped it over and added some glitter to portions of the letters on the front side.  It was fun, and i kind of love how artsy it turned out.

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again, all of these projects are made using the Main kit only.

Here are the links for you for this month:

Main Kit

Life Pages kit

add-ons

And the gallery links:

December Designer Scrapbook gallery

December Designer Cards and Projects gallery

December Designer Life pages gallery

Thanks for stopping by today! I’m probably busy baking up a storm with my sisters right now, but I’ll be back very soon to share more.

watercolor autumn leaves

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Last week I went out on a little nature stroll with my camera to try to capture some of the beauty of the autumn season. I headed out soon after the kids got on the bus when the morning sun was at its best. It was so pretty, and I determined that I really need to do that more often. It’s such a great way to not only capture your surroundings at different times, but to also grow in your photography skills.

My goal is to not only capture the changing landscapes as the seasons change around me, but to train my eye to pay attention to the details, to not capture the same things over and over, but to try to see something new, or even just something I’ve photographed before, but to see it in a different way.

I want to challenge myself to do this in different seasons, and at different times of the day. To work at noticing the way the lighting changes as the day unfolds, but also as the seasons change. To a photographer, being able to see the light is of utmost importance, so I’m trying hard to work at training my eyes to be able to see the light and how it effects the thing I am trying to photograph.

I loved the way the bright yellow leaves looked as the morning sun shone on them. I took many photos that day, but I chose to print this one out to scrapbook because I really wanted to pair it up with some watercolored leaves I had been playing around with.

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I cut these leaves out with my Silhouette from watercolor paper, then added the color with some distress inks. I added some darker splatters of ink after the initial colors were dry.

These were such fun to make, and I felt like the crinkly watercolor leaves captured the feel of the crunchy, colorful leaves underfoot as I took my walk.

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I kept the rest of the page fairly clean to keep the focus on the pretty leaves, both in the photo and the watercolored ones. I added a bit of stamping with the leaves and words in black to add contrast, and the wood grain paper and cork accents for warmth.

Now that its getting colder here, I’m hoping to head out one morning to capture some frost photos. And then snow? Who knows.

I had such fun taking these photos and making this page. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I feel like this page really shows it. This is my happiness on a page. The glow of the autumn leaves, the warm sunshine, the watercolor leaves, the touch of black. It’s all so me, and it makes me happy to look at it.

I’ll be back soon to share more projects made with those watercolor leaves that I had so much fun making.

Thanks for joining me today!

 

Gossamer Blue November reveal 2

Yesterday I shared a few cards I made with the November kits from Gossamer Blue. I have a couple more projects to share with you today.

I made a quick page this time, because I really wanted to use more of those Life Pages cards. I’m not doing pocket page scrapbooking a whole lot at the moment, but those cards were just too good to pass up.

Friends down on the farm page (Main kit, Life Pages kit,Life Pages add-on #3):
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My daughter and a friend of hers enjoying a day spent on the farm.

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I used three Life Pages cards, wood veneer, puffy stickers, washi tape, those fun chipboard letters, and more.

Together card (Main kit):

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Another main kit only project, a wedding/engagement/love card.

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The flowers and the gold help keep things romantic.

Lovely card (Main Kit):

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And yet another main kit only project. I guess the main kit was really good this time, huh? I’d say so! I love the colors, the washi tape, the rub-ons. Well, everything!

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I used the transparency sheet to create a see-through panel on this card. Just for a little bit of fun. Anything written inside would peek through the transparency a little bit.

And, there we have it for my Gossamer blue November projects. What did you think of this month’s kits? Is there a stand out product for you? I know, it’s hard to decide, right?

Thanks for stopping by today. Here are this month’s links for you.

November Main kit

November Life Pages kit

November add-ons

Galleries:

November designer scrapbook gallery

November designer cards and projects gallery

November designer Life Pages gallery

 

Gossamer Blue October reveal 2

You know the Gossamer Blue October kits went on sale a few days ago. I shared my cards in my previous post, so today is for sharing the page I made this time.

In case you missed it, fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it, although I’m not one of those crazy pumpkin spice everything people. I love pumpkin pie (to make it and eat it), but I haven’t yet gotten a pumpkin spice latte in my life. I just don’t feel the need, I guess. Am I missing anything?

But anyway, this time I went with some fall themed pages because it’s fall, and I really wanted to do some fall crafting. Plus, I had some fall Instagram photos from last year to use up.

What I love about fall page (Main kit):

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This is the left side of a two-page 8 1/2″ x 11″ spread I made. I had lots of fall themed photos to use, but they didn’t all fit onto one page well. So I chose one to use for my title page, and the rest went on the other one.

I loved the cork letters so much! And the cork bows too.

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I added touches of pink, for something a little different than the normal fall colors.

Sweater weather page (Main kit, Life Pages kit):

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And this is the right side with all the rest of the photos. I typed out some of my fall favorites to add to this page along with the photos. Since there was a lot going on with the photos, I kept the embellishments on this page to a minimum.

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Again, I added in a little pink, to coordinate with the opposite page, with some pale pink paint underneath the typed phrases.

And here are the two pages side by side.

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Some of the kits have already sold out, but here are the links so you can see for yourself. If there is something you’ve been wanting, snatch it up, because there’s no guarantee they’ll still be there next time.

Main kit

Life Pages kit

add-ons

And the gallery links. Please do go check out the gallery. I am always excited to see what my design teammates come up with each month, because they are so stinkin’ talented!

Scrapbook gallery

cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery

Have a great day!

a photography prompt with Gossamer Blue, and other stuff

Hey guys!!

How have you all been doing?

I’m good. Busy, which is why I haven’t been here. We’re going camping this weekend. And by camping, I don’t mean the kind where you pull along a comfy camper with beds to sleep in, with pretty much all the amenities of home. Nope. I mean the sleep-in-a-tent-in-the-middle-of-bear-country-with-no-electricity kind. THAT camping. And I can’t wait!

But in the middle of all my camping prep, I realized that it’s probably going to be pretty chilly and that my sons (who outgrow their clothes faster than I know how to handle) had no clothes to wear that would work for camping, and getting all kinds of dirty, and campfire appropriate.  And, since nice, new clothes for this sort of thing was out of the question, enter eleventy zillion trips to Goodwill to find jeans and sweatshirts etc. that fit the bill. But, I THINK we’re pretty much set. But anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing this week so far instead of crafting.

Well, that’s not exactly true, because I have been working on my October Gossamer Blue projects. So there’s that. But not much else.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a couple of things.

First, I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog yesterday sharing this page (below) and a whole host of photography prompts to go with it. Check it out here.

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There’s a new class coming up at Gossamer Blue, called Delight in the Details taught by Jill Keller with some help from some pretty cool contributors. You can find out all about Jill’s class here.

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And finally, the new December Memories kit sneak peeks have been coming in, and oh. my. goodness!! They are so amazing!! Here’s one little peek, but I just saw another one on Instagram, and I am so excited to receive my kit!

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So much happening right now. So many good things.

I’ll be back to share more next week, unless I get eaten by a bear.

Have a great weekend!

Gossamer Blue September 2015 reveal

Good morning! Today is reveal day for the September Gossamer Blue kits! Today I’m sharing the scrapbook layouts I made with these kits, and tomorrow I’ll be sharing the cards, so stay tuned.

Special for today layout (Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, and Life Pages add-on #3):

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Even though there are plenty of summer items included in the kits, I couldn’t wait to make a page using this photo I took last fall of a pretty red leaf.

Journaling says:

It was just an ordinary day of shopping when i just happened to look down and notice this pretty red leaf on the sidewalk. I was struck by how its only job was to just “be”. Whether anyone noticed it or not. It was just quietly beautiful right where it was. So just be. Be your beautiful self right where you are. Whether anyone notices or not.

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I love the ephemera kit from Crate Paper included in the LP add-on #3. It’s full of all kinds of gorgeous die cuts! The patterned paper you see is actually a 4″ x 4″ Life Pages card included in the Life Pages Main add-on. I cut it in two pieces to add to this layout. It just so happened that i had a 3″ x 4″ photo to use, so they were the perfect size for each other!

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And I had to use that “fall” wood veneer piece. Love! I also used some stamping and glitter splatters.

Cute cousins layout (Main Kit only):

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I had to make a main kit only layout! One of my favorite piece in the entire kit was that piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper. I cut the rectangles apart and used two pieces in this layout. The flashcard looking pieces (F is for fun and S smile) are the ones I used. So cute!
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I used photos from a couple of summers ago. We had some of my nephews and a niece over for a cousin sleepover. It was great fun! I can’t believe how much the kids have changed since then. My kids love their cousins. And I’m so happy they have a relationship like that. It sure does make summer sleepovers awesome!

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I hope you’re liking what you see. Here are the links to the September kits:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit

Add-ons

And here are the design team gallery links:

Scrapbook gallery

Cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery