Friday, October 31, 2014

Pause in 2014 {November}

It's rapidly approaching time for me to create this year's holiday cards and while I was looking into a stamp and die set, I came across this post for the Caring Hearts Card Drive and immediately knew it should be my November project for focusing on my word.

While my own grandmother lived in a nursing home, she was fortunate to have plenty of family visiting her and her room was filled with photos and cards. Sadly that's not always the case and so I was more than happy to participate.

Each card I made was different as was the message I wrote inside. I used plenty of dies, punches, and stamps, and this card was one of my favorites. If you have a chance, take a look at the link above and help them surpass the 3600 cards they collected last year. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Gearing Up}

I'm excited to create another December Daily album this year and am happy with the supplies I've gathered. I thought I'd buy a kit this year, but didn't end up seeing any that I loved and the price tag on some of the kits available is pretty steep. So for about $60, I made my own!

I went with traditional reds and greens with wood grain and chalkboard elements. I'll be putting it all in a red burlap SN@P! 6"x8" album, using a variety of pocket pages.

I bought the 6"x6" paper pad from the Pink Paislee {Merry & Bright} collection and 12"x12" papers from Simple Stories {Cozy Christmas}, My Mind's Eye {Sleigh Bells Ring}, Carta Bella {Christmas Time}, and Pebbles {Home for Christmas}.

Of course I needed some gold glitter Thickers from Shimelle's line and wood veneer pieces from the Gossamer Blue {Get Happy} collection. From my stash I added washi tapes, new flair from my Etsy shop, and I'll be using plenty of sequins, stamps, and dies.

I also made a set of numbers on wood grain patterned banners and you can download your set here via Google Drive, no login needed. These are free for your personal use and I'd love to see how you use them! Here's a couple of examples of what you might see in my album.

In case I need additional inspiration throughout December, I'll use my photo a day challenge, but I've also made a list of prompts to refer to that includes holiday and everyday ideas. On top of that, I'll be going on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt. The hubs and I always take one evening to drive around and look at decorations, so I thought this would add a fun twist. Feel free to print off this 4"x6" image and head out with your family and a camera!

If you'd like to see last year's album, you can view it in my gallery, and all blog posts can be found under the label #decemberdaily on the right sidebar. Let me know if you're doing December Daily so I can take a look as your album progresses!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 1

In early September, the hubs and I took a mega road trip up to Maine, stayed a couple of days in Canada, and then stopped in Lake Placid before heading back home. It was a fantastic trip, though not our longest, but I was surprised at how few photos I took.

48 hours out of the 144 of our trip were spent driving, and so I did wind up with quite a few snaps out the front window. I used Picasa to make a collage with 6 of them and then placed my photos over layers of tags from Crate Paper's {Notes & Things}, tags I cut with a Lawn Fawn set of dies, and all sorts of labels. So here is my title page and I'll certainly be sharing the rest as they get completed.

No surprise, I assembled a kit of supplies and it's sitting in a pile on my desk. I went with a wide variety of manufacturers which is out of the norm, but I wanted to push myself to expand my mixing and matching.

I bought multiple papers from Crate Paper {Notes & Things}, Fancy Pants {True Friend}, We R Memory Keepers {Shine}, American Crafts {Shimelle}. I also picked up a sheet from Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Pebbles, and of course pulled from my stash. I don't have a lot of papers on hand and so whenever I undertake a big project, I always have get to buy pretty new paper. ;)

For embellishing, I picked up the one pack of tags, a pack of rub-ons and a sticker sheet. I made some printable labels and the rest will be taken from the supplies I have. I'm hoping to make a dent in my alphabets, Project Life cards, and little embellishments. We'll see! Hope you have great weekend! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seasonal Goodies

I had grand intentions to complete another mini album this year for My Thankful 30. I really enjoyed creating one last year, I of course still have plenty to be thankful for, and even purchased all of my supplies. But, as November approaches I've decided not to work on this project, but no worries, my lovely supplies will not go to waste and I have a new set of free printables to share!

I bought much of the new Maggie Holmes collection {Open Book} and honestly, I'll be buying more of it, it's gorgeous. I created my labels and banners with those papers in mind, even though I hadn't gotten them when I sat down to work. Don't fret if you don't have those supplies, the soft colors and warm wood grain will go with many projects and not just fall related ones.

You can download them free for your personal use, here, via Google Drive, no account needed. If you use them, let me know, I'd love to see what you do!

In other news, I have a shop update and hope to have one more before the year is out. In the shop now are 3 new sets of mini flair, Do More, Tis the Season, and Hello December. Don't forget, there are also a couple of fall themed sets that I introduced last month!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I have a big stack of supplies on my desk for the next project I'm undertaking, but I pushed it all to the side to create this layout. When I saw the current linky party over at Paper Issues, I knew I needed to play along because the theme was right up my alley.

The issue is, "Woodn't You Know, it's Fall" and so I printed off some of the fall photos from our latest trip to the pick your own farm. I used a grid design for my page and incorporated several dies and a punch for my main embellishments. For my banner, I cut the tails off and used pop dots to raise the middle after I stitched down the title. A few sequins, both plastic and wood, finished off my layout.

If you're inspired to use fall photos, wood veneer items, or anything else that goes along with the current issue at Paper Issues, there's still plenty of time to join in the fun. Have a wonderful weekend!