Friday, December 30, 2011

Old Times

One of the best parts about not scrapbooking chronologically is that I get to flip through years of photos to find something new to scrap about- and I discover old pictures and stories that I get to reminisce over! These pictures make my husband and I laugh because of that stupid swing... We found out we were pregnant when we lived in Idaho- just months before moving to Turkey. We knew that it would be slim pickin's as far as baby supplies go so we scrambled at the last minute to buy as much baby furniture as possible before the movers came to pack up our house. It was stressful but totally worth it as we were so right- there was hardly anything to choose from once we got there.
Anyway, with all that, we were so glad to have the swing- because every baby needs one! Well, except Luke who absolutely HATED it. We tried and tried but it would take five minutes and he wanted OUT! It's funny now, but when you're an exhausted mother running on no sleep and recovering from a c-section it was a paaaaain. =)  It really just sat in our living room the entire time we lived in Turkey laughing at us.


Oh, that Luke.
Anyway, I'm working on some Project Life goodness and hope to have that up this weekend! If I'm not back before then, Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Recap

I had a fun advent calendar page go up on the Pebbles blog yesterday- just my quick way to recap the holiday with a lot of photos and journaling without a lot of work.

This way I can continue to focus on my December Daily but still include a little glimpse in our regular albums as well.
I've also been working on a lot of cards- I haven't been able to get good photos lately without my flash bounce so I'll just share the one for now:
(This uses American Craft's Garden Cafe line and the stamp is from Papertrey Ink.)
Anyway, just this quick post today so I can get back to scrapbooking while my son is still entertaining himself! Have a great day!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gearing up for Project Life

I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas! We had such a good time- this year Luke was actually excited to see what was under the wrapping paper, rather than just playing with the bows! We made the mistake of getting too many things that were just a little bit too old for him, so our day was spent trying to repeatedly show him how everything worked. =)
Anyway, with the new year approaching, I have decided to jump on board with Project Life. However, I'll tell you up front- we are NOT exciting people. We prefer routine around here, so it may end up being sparse. Yeah, we are in Germany so there might be the occasional travel opportunity, but I'll take pajamas and sleeping over an event any day!
Even so, I've come up with a few things to focus on to help me fill in some of those spots from week to week. The first thing is funny things Luke says. He's 2 so I'm sure there will be plenty of that! I will make one card a week specifically for this and I'll keep it laying around the living room so I can fill it in as soon as something is said. The things that Luke is learning will be really great to have as well- I just haven't been so good at writing down his milestones but PL will help remind me to do so.
The next thing is our weekly menu. We have a tendency to fall in a food rut so I'm hoping this will encourage me to branch out a few times a week and try something new. I know seeing tacos repeated so often will definitely help snap me out of it! 
So once I convinced myself that this is a worthy project regardless of how "not busy" we are, I began putting together my supplies. Here are some of the things I will be using:


We R Memory Keepers Page Protectors - Multi Pack


I wanted a good variety of page protectors to choose from, so I will also be adding in the occasional 6"x12" protector as well- these will be good for memorabilia, menus, programs, etc.
For papers, I thought long and hard trying to figure out which line I wanted to work with all year long. First I thought about American Craft's Chap line because it's my absolute favorite right now, but I didn't want to have to buy a lot up front or have to worry about running out near the end. My solution? Digital papers. This way, I'll always have them around, can print them as needed, and can even make some modifications to make my own journaling cards or embellishments. I've picked Pink Paislee's Circa 2012:



 (You can pick this up at JessicaSprague.com). Isn't this perfect? The journaling spots alone will make the process really easy and I love that the papers are neutral enough for any time of year. I'll be printing as needed, rather than keeping a collection somewhere- just so I don't have to worry about storing anything I don't need to.
I'll also be trying my hardest to pull items from my stash. I have plenty of small embellishments that should work well and it will help me to declutter this year.
I'll check back with you in a couple days to show you some more of my Project Life beginning stages!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmastime slump.

I started my DD, have a page or two done and I'm already feeling burnt out. Anyone else?
So, rather than stare blankly at it, I decided to get back to making pages. It feels like it's been a long time!
I put this together really quickly, even pulled out my sewing machine.

(Sorry for the bad photo, I've seem to have lost my beloved flash bounce).
Anyway, about my DD, I think I've decided that I'll keep taking photos for it, but I likely won't get back to it until after Christmas. I feel like that way I can focus on the holiday and be more committed later!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Whew, I'm back!

Sorry for being SO quiet last month- I'm finally home, settled in, and getting back to crafting! We've been getting into the holiday spirit around here with decorating, baking, and shopping- and I've opted to do a December Daily this year. I'm taking more of a loose approach- I won't organize it by day as we don't do something Christmasy EVERY day, but I'll be sure to capture the important things like our family traditions. I'm already late to the party as we're already a week into December, but I'm hoping to catch up this weekend. Today, I finished the cover to give me a little more motivation to get crackin'.


Nothing too fancy, but simple and clean- just my style. I wanted to make sure I didn't layer too much, that way it will be able to sit next to other albums on a shelf nicely.
I started with a single coat of Modge Podge just to give it a bit of a finished shine, then adhered the Crate paper (my favorite Christmas paper EVER).


I'm not usually big on glitter, but I think it works nicely here and helps tie everything together. (By the way, I'm using the December Daily kit from Studio Calico, plus a lot of other bits and pieces I ordered online).
I'd probably have a little more of this album done if it weren't for this other project I've been working on...

This is the Silhouette Advent calendar (sorry, they're sold out now!) and it was so much fun to put together! I just started going for it without much of a plan, putting together boxes as I had time. I used mostly American Crafts' Hollyday line for this, as well as Pebbles Welcome Christmas and Crate's Peppermint. I love how it came together. The best part about this, though, is that since I have all the templates for the boxes on my computer now, I can change this up every year if I want to! Now to fill it with goodies...
Well friends, thanks for stopping by and being patient with my infrequent posts. I promise- I'm back and will post more often now!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ready for Valentine's Day??

I haven't even put Christmas decorations up yet but man, I'm itching to get some Valentine's made. This new Pebbles line is TOO cute. Seriously. The heart paper I used on this page is my favorite ever.


And, I used my Cameo for the first time with that swirly heart border on the top- man I love that thing and can see many hours in my future glued to the Silhouette. Hopefully I can get some scrap time when I'm home from vacation!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Grateful Mini

Hi Friends!
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, got to do some Black Friday shopping, and are starting to pull out your Christmas decorations! I'm still on vacation enjoying my break from real life. =) We are headed back next week and once we're over jet lag, I should be back to posting regularly.

Yesterday I had a mini album go up on the Pebbles blog featuring the last little bits of the Fresh Goods line that I still had. I love making minis that use up scraps!







For this album, I decided to share some things that I am thankful for this year. I have a lot of blank pages in the back so as something else comes up, I can add it in. I dated it with 2011 so I can make one of these each year and continue to document the things I am thankful for year 'round.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All is quiet, but not so calm...

So I just wanted to pop in and apologize for being quiet this last week. I worked on the quilt I talked about in the last post- but halfway through quilting it I noticed I had a serious tension problem and now I have to take all that free-motion quilting OUT. So, since I have no patience for that at the moment, the quilt is going back on the shelf for a while.
And, I've been working on a few projects but my printer ran out of photo black in the middle of a mini album.... and my local American store has been completely out of this ink for months now. I tried going to a German electronics store but I guess Euro and American inks aren't recognized together in my printer as being compatible. Talk about a pain!
Thursday we leave for vacation- a looooooong 11.5 hour flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco and then from there to Boise. We've been missing our families a lot lately so this is a much needed trip- but there will be lots of alcohol consumed on the plane, I assure you. I can already imagine Luke kicking the seat in front of him, not wanting to sit still, and screaming at the top of his lungs because he's cranky... Okay, so maybe it won't be THAT bad but prepare for the worst and then be surprised, I guess! I'm going to take a few supplies with me so I can have a few posts here and there (hopefully).
And with that, I'll leave you with Luke as Luke Skywalker for Halloween this weekend... =)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Punkin' Patch!

This year we visited a local pumpkin festival- complete with corn maze, pumpkin brats, and the best part- pumpkin soup! Mmmmmm. We had a lot of fun checking out the local vendors, enjoying some beer, and letting Luke run around all the pumpkins. He just loved that he could pick them up (or at least try!).

 I tried to pull as much out of my stash as possible- I'm really up to my ears in stuff I've had for over a year so I'm trying to sneak things on here and there. All the patterned paper is old- the only new things I brought out here were the alphas and the Studio Calico tag.


I took a cue from the Pebbles butterflies from the Fresh Goods line and use three layers to build my little pumpkin. I used corrugated sheets from a very old 7 Gypsies ephemera pack, inked up the raised portions and the edges, sandwiched the orange paper in between them, and then sewed down the center. Easy and dimensional!
And while we're on the subject of fall activities, I forgot to post this page I did for Pebbles last week!


I used a few different lines for this page. I hand-stitched the leaves in the background and then built the page around them. I'm starting to hand-stitch a lot more lately- I love that I can keep my hands busy while still be out with the family, rather than alone in my scrap room.

Today I'm working on that quilt I started way back when.... Hopefully I'll have progress to share with you tomorrow! Thanks for visiting!