Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Reed's first Christmas is all I think about these days. Making new traditions, old ones gaining new meaning, and our usual Tuesday picture produced this little candid shot at the very end that I had to do something special with. It is so Reed. He is constantly sitting fiddling with toys, checking out the little feet under the stove, and the tiny wheel on the freezer drawer. You know, just doing his usual inspections...


The Daily Diary kit is great for more than just pocket style scrapbooking - I used several 3x4 cards on this layout to create the backing to anchor my photo, and the little wood stars? Oh yum.




That's all for me today. I hope you are all running around like crazy headless chickens, just like I am, getting ready for Christmas! Have a great rest of the week!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Cheer

Can you believe that Christmas is not even two weeks away?

Are you ready?

This year I can safely say that I am...not.

Presents have been bought and are hiding in my closet but most of the decorations are still not out and may not make it this year.

It has been a crazy-busy time with other activities going on, kids and me being sick and trying to keep up with piles of laundry both dirty and clean and the Christmas decorating has fallen by the wayside.

We have yet to have our annual gingerbread decorating and the nativity scenes are still in their boxes.

Even without all of the decorations out we have lots of Christmas cheer!

Today I am sharing a layout with you that shows just that:

 

To start off my page I layered two sheets of patterned paper from the Cable Knit kit cutting just 1/4" from each side of the text/poinsettia paper. I trimmed the trees in the background from another piece of patterned paper using scissors and a craft knife and adhered that piece to my page next.


I am not a stamper by any means but I loved the stamp set in this month's kit and decided to use it (and some mustard ink) on my background. I also added some ink splatters to bring in more of the blue color. 


One of my favorite things about Noel's kits is the mix of alpha possibilities. This month we got the Christmas words along with this large green sticker from Fancy Pants. I used the white gel pen from the kit to add faux stitching and help the green alpha stand out more. 

I adhered my photo to a piece of patterned paper and then added some of the gorgeous self-adhesive red lace trim to the bottom of the picture. I tucked a snowflake under the edge of the photo and added a piece of gold trim to the Fancy Pants envelope and adhered that to my page. I used some Pebbles cardstock accents along with that cute little green deer (♥) and used some of the buttons and a wood veneer snowflake as well. I finished off the page with stars from the word sticker sheet and from the enamel My Mind's Eye stickers. 


We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season so far! 

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Passing the love along

Hi friends! I'm going to be really quick today because today is a fun day for me and my biggest girl. She and I will be participating in a day long craft day that is organized by our church. The organization behind it is called Created for a Purpose, and today is the Christmas version of their summer crafting camp.

Since I'm the adult in charge of her group, I got the awesome opportunity to do my crafts last night. And guess what? I brought along my Noel Mignon Cable Knit kit and whipped it out when the director said that we'd be making canvases with scrapbook paper. Perfect timing!

SOOO, here's what I'll be making today with a group of 3rd graders. You've probably seen versions of it on Pinterest.


We chose to keep the background simple--just a single layer of acrylic paint--so that we wouldn't be waiting forever for gesso, paint, etc. to dry.  Then we stacked 1" strips of patterned paper in the shape of a Christmas tree, and added other shapes as presents to the bottom. Last up, we embellished the tree and gifts. Pretty simple, a lot of fun. And best of all I get to help pass along the love of crafting to a group of young girls. It's fantastic! And for the record, they'll also be making burlap Christmas ornaments, and white chocolate peppermint bark. So much fun!

Hope your day is as fun as mine is going to be!!


Friday, December 12, 2014

handmade gift bags

Hello again!

We've switched some things around this week and I am here today to share a few little things with you that I made using the gorgeous December kit, Cable Knit.

We hope you are enjoying the variety of projects we've shared with you using this kit so far this month.

Today I have some quick and easy handmade bags to share with you to help make your holiday packaging needs come together a little more quickly.


I used a basic kraft bag for the base and added papers and embellishments from the Cable Knit kit as well as the American Crafts Zazz gold glitter glue we got in the kit a couple of months ago. I think I might soon need to buy another bottle!

I cut a strip of Fancy Pants patterned paper and then cut around the scallop shape to add to the card above.


For this bag I cut the poinsettia from a Jillibean Soup card and added some glitter glue and some of the beautiful gold trim from the kit. 

One of my favorite parts of the kit this month is the beautiful adhesive lace trim from Maya Road. It is a festive red, perfect for holiday projects. I used lots of on this bag and the others.

For this last bag I used some paper from Fancy Pants, more red lace trim and a flower. I actually cut the flower from the layered poinsettia and then used a glue gun to add that and the enamel My Mind's Eye dot center to the card. The sentiment is one from Elle's Studio. I added gold glitter glue to the edge of the knit printed paper and added a piece of gold trim to the bottom edge of the bag. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Simplified December Memories Album


Every year, I attempt to make a December Daily album. Some years I succeed, and some years I do not. I've discovered that trying to document every day is not something I'm very good at and I end up grouchy and irritable and overwhelmed... not feelings I want to add into my favorite season! 

My perspective that has helped is to make an album of 25 favorite moments or memories I want to document, and to NOT do them in chronological order (necessarily!). Y'all, this relieves so much pressure for me! 

Here's the opening page of my album. I used a Simple Stories album and the Cable Knit kit. 

I also used some Silhouette files and printables from Wilna Furstenburg.

To add to the cohesion of the album, I used these free number printables


You can see that I didn't add many specific words because I will fit in what I want into each section and numbered memory as I print the photos.


I used a mixture of pocket sizes and am trying to take pictures in different orientations and sizes so when I print, they will all fit in somewhere! I will go in and edit my photos at the end to just make sure.




I love love love to make transparencies a page of their own. I added this one in and I'll either adhere journaling or a photo or both on the back to have it peek through.








I'll share more of my album soon, but I wanted to encourage you with this technique, it's not too late to make your own album for this Christmas! 

One final tip: I made a list of 25 memories I wanted to document this month. I probably won't put them in my album in this exact order. Here's my list in case it helps you! 

1. Decorations
2. Putting the star on the tree
3. Visiting Santa
4. Baking
5. Ballet Recital
6. Xmas Parade
7. Visiting with special friends
8. Caroling
9. MDO Christmas party
10. School class parties
11. Christmas Program at MDO
12. CPC Ladies' Party
13. Sabby's birthday party
14. Home Alone @ the Alabama Theater
15. Fave Christmas STories & MOvies
16. Stockings
17. Wrapping Gifts
18, Kids' Wishlists
19. Advent Art Journal
20. Christmas Party at Grams'
21. Candlelight Service
22. Christmas Eve Excitement
23. Christmas Morning
24. Family Pic
25. Christmas Hymns


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

meeting Santa // recording memories through photos

Hey all! I have a layout to share today of my little one meeting Santa last weekend. I used the wonderful Cable Knit kit to record this special moment for her scrapbook.

I used the photo taken by the 'Santa people' as I did not pull out my camera once. My 3 yr old was having such a sweet conversation with Santa that I didn't want to miss one bit of it :)


After they took the typical 'smile for the camera' photos Addie began her conversation with Santa, telling him that she wanted a doll for Christmas. As I watched, I turned to the photographer & said 'you can snap a few of these'. Because what I saw right there told much more of the story than her sitting there smiling. It told the story of my sweet little girl who was more than thrilled to meet the big guy in red and tell him the one thing she really wanted for Christmas...all while sweetly holding his hand.

So I would encourage you to go for those unexpected shots. The ones when your kids aren't looking. Because sometimes those are the ones that will tell the story more than the posed ones!
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Memories!

Heellllllooooooo!!! So today I wanted to show you what I have so far in my December Memories album. I was doing pretty good for four whole days, and am falling behind now. Life. But tonight I am catching back up and will post more of my album later on in the month.


 I made this chalkboard a while back and have been doing a new design for each season so far this year. LOVE IT! Usually I print and trace on my designs, but this one, I am proud to say, is entirely free-hand. It's definitely not perfect, but I'm learning!

 
Usually, I have a wreathe for the season hanging on the hook at the top, but I decided to switch things up for December and hang my December Memories on it.


 I decided to use the Maggie Holmes flip album and a few of the included pages. The meat of the album is going to be made using a mix of the Cable Knit and all past kits from NoelMignon.com. The kits all coordinate so well, it was an easy choice to make! For the cover, I used my Cameo to cut the 25 out of cardstock and then glued on the sequins. LOVE that little wood snowflake from the Cable Knit Daily Diary kit!


 I am attempting to follow the December Photo A Day list from onestorydown.com and the first day was joy. Of course, I didn't make this decision until late in the day when I was in no mood to actually take a picture, so I made the executive decision to just use the word, if I'd rather tell a story than show a photo. This should make life a little easier. I have been hoarding this 4x6 card from the Tea For Two Daily Diary kit, and it was an obvious choice for Day One. And could those Thickers BE anymore perfect?


 Again with the keeping-it-simple approach. Just a simple number 2 rubon from those adorable Crate Paper rubons in the Maple Creek Kit. And um, day two was supposed to be "hanging" but I um couldn't find anything that worked, so I changed it to "shoes" for day 30. Whatever. It's just a guideline, right?


 Day 3 is "home decor" and I was still working on taking down all of my Fall decor. Thank God my mamala came this weekend and took over all of the Christmas decorating for me, cast and cane and all, poor thing! For this page I grabbed a few little bits and pieces from my stash, and those tab stickers and paper scraps from the Maple Creek kit.


This is another piece I have been hoarding that was perfect for this album. Day 4 is "handwriting" and so I took a picture of the mirror in our bedroom that I wrote out an anniversary card to my hubby on in soap! Yep, that's me. Super corny. And I had some journaling that I wanted to keep private, so I just clipped them together with that beyond adorable arrow clip and slid them inside the envelope.

And that's all from me today! I hope you will post your December memories up over at the Facebook page - we love seeing the kits at work!