Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finishing up...

...so tonight I should be finishing up the last bit of December Daily, but instead I'm sitting on the couch scrapbooking something else...lol all my boys are watching a movie I'm not interested in at all...so I decided to scrap some pictures from the summer...better late than never right? :)

See Supply List {HERE}

...I'll never be completely caught up but it feels good to be able to go back and grab some pictures from this summer and complete this page. Thanks for stopping by...and maybe...just maybe the next time you stop by I will have my December Daily done and ready to share :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What did you ask for...for Christmas?

...every Christmas you always hear people saying they want this and they want that for Christmas...Well, this is what I asked for...I wanted for the sick people in my life with no cure to be able to be cured. I wanted them to be able to see their families and not have to worry about which night is their last...and though I still haven't gotten that...we did received some VERY GOOD NEWS...and recently, when we heard the words "recurrent growth" and we all thought the air had been knocked out of us...my Dad's recent MRI showed that his latest GammaKnife treatment is working...the inner core is dying and the outer core is frazzled...that is all very good news...so right now we continue living each day...celebrating "life"...creating as many memories as we can and just LOVING each other! In two months we scan again and pray that we get the same results.

Yesterday, someone got caught under the mistletoe! I cherish every one of these little moments...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

...only 12 days till the end of the year!

I have spent most of this year feeling very sad...I have cried more than I have laughed...and nothing can make these feelings go away...but Nisa Fiin made this amazing template to document the year and I LOVED IT AT FIRST SIGHT...it forced me to go through my photos and see that I truly did have some great moments this year with my kids...and even though I was so sad most of this year and it made me think that it must have been miserable for my children too...I wondered what did they feel through-out this year as well...what will they remember most about 2010? ...I was a little surprised that I was able to come up with photos from the entire year with smiles on their little faces...Nisa "thank you" for a great template to use...to document the year 2010...and help me to see that even through all this sadness we still did have some good times...

See Supply List {HERE}

...my children and I both have learned some valuable lessons this year...we have learned that life is too short...we have learned to give to those who are need...we have learned that some will never change...we have learned that disappointment is a part of life...we have learned that people will lie to make them feel better about themself...we have learned that sometimes we must let go in order to continue to more forward...we have learned that what we fill is most secure can be taken away at any moment...we have learned to never stop fighting for what we believe in...we have learned to always give 100% in whatever we are doing...we have learned that sometimes looking out for yourself first is more important than putting others first...we have learned that trusting others continues to be very difficult...we have learned that we are strong and we are loved...we learned who our TRUE friends are...I am very happy that my children know they can trust me and we have a close relationship...I hope that it will always stay this way...I will continue to teach them...that the way you treat others is the way you treat yourself....that true respect for another comes from self respect...true love for another comes from self love...true forgiveness for another comes from self forgiveness...I think that's a great way to live!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

...finished up the last of my tubes!

...these tubes are PERFECT for almost every occasion...I made them for the kids' teachers...and then I just let them pick out which ones they wanted to give to their teacher...luckily they pretty much picked different ones...and there were no arguments.

...on these two I used Crystal Wilkerson's {Merry & Bright} digital papers and elements...I didn't use my nice presentation paper so my colors were off but I really like how it turned it...it was perfect for this silk ribbon I have been really wanting to use...

...and I am still really LOVING this paper collection from Echo Park "Everybody Loves Christmas" so I pulled it back out and finished up the last one...

...I filled all my tubes with a handful of mini-marshmallows and chocolate covered peppermint sticks...and added a hot chocolate packet from Starbucks...a perfect little thank-you to the teachers we appreciate so much!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Daily December...

...I have had several people ask me about it...and it's coming along...I'm working on it...I decided to make it ALL digital. I actually had planned on that and just add some elements to it when I printed out the pages such as ribbons...brads etc...I haven't printed anything out as of yet because since I will be printing so much I will go ahead and use Costco...and they are just swamped right now with Christmas Card orders...so I will be waiting a bit longer to print...however, I will go ahead a share a page with you...because I know that some of you are just dying to see what format I decided to go with...I am using Crystal Wilkerson's 5x7 Templates Sets 1 & 2 which are available at JessicaSprague.com. I am still trying to keep the colors on each page mainly gray, white and red and Kraft (or a variation in the color). This years DD has been such a wonderful experience...anyone that knows me...knows I can get really uptight about my camera and photos...most of the photos I am using for my DD are actually coming from my iphone...I am focusing on our times together the memories we are creating NOT about snapping the perfect photo...and heavens knows I never can get anyways...so there's no sense stressing out about it.

Yesterday, I had a great time with my father-in-law looking for their new Christmas Tree...he hates shopping...but he was such a trooper dealing with the crowds. He knows I'd do anything for him...and I'd drop whatever I'm doing and always be there...

Materials Used: CreativityByCrystal: 5x7 Templates #1, ITM: Sassy Season Elements; Moments (Paper and Elements) available soon!

hee hee hee...when my dad told us...

...he was going to grow a beard...we all said WHAT? He said yep...I am going to try it once in my life and see what it looks like and maybe it will be grown in just in time for Christmas...I think maybe just because he surprisingly grew his hair back after Chemo and Radiation he wanted to see how much hair he could grow - lol

Materials Used: Jessica Sprague Template 1+13, Echo Park Hybrids: Everybody Loves Christmas Element Pack, Everybody Loves Christmas Paper Pack 1, Crystal's {Merry&Bright} Element Pack #2

...and here's a couple more digital LOs to share...

See Supply List {HERE}

Lots of Cosmo Cricket "The Boyfriend" ...I almost forgot I even made this one :) (The Boyfriend Elements and The Boyfriend Paper Pack is available at JessicaSprague.com).

Thanks for stopping by today...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Everybody Loves Christmas...

...and this time of the year is always so busy trying to get everything just right for the "Holidays". Echo Park has the perfect Collection out right now for your cards and projects...

Recently, Camryn wrote her letter to Santa...I asked her to open it up for me so I could use it as the Journaling on this LO...some things may be spelled wrong because I typed it up just as she had wrote them on her letter...then we taped the envelope back up the best we could and sent that letter off to the North Pole.

...and these TUBES just don't get old...here's my 2nd one...I already have 3 more in the works :) Brrrrr is right it sure has been cold outside here in the Pacific Northwest and what is better then being able to come inside and have a HOT cup of hot chocolate...not much...well maybe a HOT White Mocha ;)

...so before I say goodbye, I just want to make sure you all know to look when you are out and about for some "Everybody Loves Christmas" by Echo Park...and check out their BLOG....HERE. All my local friends be sure to head to CWH they are carrying 3 lines of EP right now :)

I hope you all are enjoying this "BLESSED" Holiday Season!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Have you ever tried SRM Stickers?

...I have heard A LOT about them over the last year...but recently I got to used them for the first time and I must say they really are AMAZING! ...and whether you are a card maker or a scrapbooker they are "PERFECT" for you!!!

My Mother-in-Law is getting ready to retire and last week we went to her retirement party at work to help celebrate her 40+ years as a Nurse...the last 42 years she has been a Public Health Nurse and has enjoyed every minute of it...

...this is the card I made for her...

...now if you've been to the SRM BLOG recently than you have seen all the amazing tubes that have been shared...they looked so fun I just had to try it for myself...so I made this "happily ever after" one...perfect as a wedding favor...don'tcha think!

Materials Used: Spellbinders Die, SRM Stickers, Carina Gardner: PinFeathers Pretty Peacock 1 Digital Papers and PinFeathers Element Set available at JessicaSprague.com, tulle, Making Memories Buttons, AC Cardstock, Kaiser Kraft Jewels and some Birdseed :)

Now...what is even more exciting...is SRM is having a Design Team Call =) ...you can check out all the info HERE!

After using these stickers I can see why SRM Stickers is considered a leading scrapbook and card making sticker manufacturer their product truly is QUALITY!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

...still smiling...

...as we begin this last month of the year...my dad also begins his 9 month battle with Brain Cancer...such a fight this has been...and my whole life when the camera has been out its been hard to capture a smile on my dad's face...in the last 9 months I have been very grateful to capture MANY smiles! ...here are just a few...tfl

See Supply List {HERE}

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I know alot of people don't like that...but I do...I have alot of friends who don't celebrate Christmas...and I respect that...just like they respect the fact that I do...to me Happy Holiday's still represents CHRISTMAS...you will also hear me say "Merry Christmas" ...and with that said...I can not believe today is December 1st...only 30 more days until the New Year...I just don't know how this year has gone by so fast...what a year it has been for my family...I wish I could look to the new year with anticipation and excitement...that won't be happening this year...all I can do is enjoy each day as it comes.

Well it's time to share my "December Daily" with you...here's my cover of my album...I went with simple...I used our family photo...which is also our Christmas card this year...but I turned it black and white...my album will be sporting the colors red, white, grey and black...and a little bit of my all time favorite kraft thrown in here and there. I am keeping it simple to focus on the memories we will be creating this holiday season....focusing on "family" and the time we get to spend together creating memories.

Materials Used: Chipboard: Melissa Frances, Grosgrain Ribbon: Details & Accessories, Queen&C.: Pearls, Ali Edwards: Digital 25 December 2010 Title, QueenofQuirk: Reindeer Games Digital Pattern Paper

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back to see the rest of my December Daily throughout the rest of the month.