Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily ~ Day #4 through #7

Hello & Happy Friday!   Ready for more pages from my December Daily?  Some of them are very Christmas related & some aren't... but that's how December goes.

For Day #4, I documented our annual Band Mom Christmas Party.  I don't usually do two-page spreads in my DD album; however, the 2x2 page protector that I used on Day #3 didn't leave enough room for my journaling and large group photo.  The supplies from this page are from the Ali Edwards & Jasmine Jones DD kits this year.

Day#5 & #6 ~ I used supplies from the current Ali Edwards DD kit.

Day #7 ~ I used the circles from the Ali Edwards & Jasmine Jones DD kits this year along with dies and embossing folders from Taylored Expressions.  The sticker letters, #7 & the snowflake are all from my stash.

Have A Great Weekend!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #48

As you can see from my posts over the last week, I'm working on lots of projects right now!  I love getting back into my creative space ~ it makes my heart so happy!  I still need to finish up the last few days of my December Daily album, so for today, I thought I'd post my latest Project 52 page from last week.  My page includes cards from the Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit and photo overlays from the Project 52 Overlays and the new Explorer Edition Photo Overlays.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Daily ~ Day #2 & #3

I'm on a roll with my December Daily Album!  I'm going to try hard to keep up on it either daily or every few days because I'd rather document as things happen.  

For Day #2, I decorated the outside of the house.  We had temps in the 50's over the weekend (which is very unusual for Northern Indiana), so we took advantage of it.  I took a photo of the greenery on my lightpost with the porch garland in the background.  I added my journaling in Photoshop Elements.  The sentiment, stitched circle die and holly die cut are all from Taylored Expressions and the polka-dot paper is from Felicity Jane.  I added a coordinating Day #2 tag that was from the 2015 Ali Edwards DD kit and added the "Day" and holly from Taylored Expressions Dies.

For Day #3, I used the 2x2 pocket page that came with my Ali Edwards album and cut apart the squares from the Jasmine Jones Mini Kit.  The "Day 3" are thicker letters from American Crafts and the snowflake is from my stash.  I added little clear gems to embellish the pattern paper.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Daily ~ Cover & Day #1

Welcome to December! 

I decided to do a December Daily Album again this season since I enjoyed my finished album so much last year.  So yesterday, I pulled out and organized all of my DD supplies and worked on the cover page and "my reason why" page {which is also my Day #1 page}.

For the cover page, I used a transparency from Felicity Jane's Joy Kit.  I die cut a large red double stitched circle and embossed the "twenty seventeen" stamp from Studio Calico with Versa Ink and clear embossing powder.  Then I added the large white wooden tree & rubber shape (both from my stash that were in the 2015 Ali Edwards DD kit) and the red felt heart from this year's Ali Edwards DD kit.

On the back of the transparency, I added another double stitched circle the same size with another pattern paper circle inside.  The sticker letters are from Studio Calico and the wooden circle and cork #1 are from the current Ali Edwards DD kit.

For my Day #1 post, I typed up "My Reason Why" page in Photoshop Elements and added a pretty snowflake from my stash with a small felt heart from the DD kit. 

Here's a close up of the snowflake/heart circle.  The title on my letter "My Reason Why" was a free download from Ali Edwards blog last year.

I'll be back next week with more pages from my DD album!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

One Little Word ~ September Prompt

Hello Crafty Friends! 

I spent the last few days catching up on my One Little Word prompts for 2017.  This is one of the projects I vowed that I would finish this year, even if I was doing the prompts a bit late. 

For the month of September, the prompt asked us to look at our word as it relates to the words Rest ~ Pace ~ Joy. Are we finding time for those things and are we managing them?   The cards for this month were a digital download from the class & I filled in the text using Photoshop Elements and I added the stamped words from this year's OLW stamp set.

Below are a few photos from this month that described what was happening in my life, a quote card from the monthly download and the Reflections card with my thoughts for this month's prompt.

I'll be back next week with my October & November prompts!  Woohoo ~ it feels great to be caught up on this project... well I am until tomorrow when the December prompt comes out.  LOL!

Have A Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #47

Hello Friends! I have to say, I was very tempted to do several pages for last week because Week #47 was super jam packed with activities!  The guys started out the week in Indianapolis and we all ended the Thanksgiving week in Philadelphia and New York City.  Whew... lots of miles for sure!

I used the Wander Edition Kit from the Project Life App for this page & thought it fit the busy week rather well.  I'm sure I'll be using this kit to document more pages for this trip in the upcoming months.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #46

Another week over and that means that I have another page for my Project 52 album.  This page features cards from the Project 52 ~ 2016 Edition.

Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AE & Felicity Jane Page: Surprise!

I'm not sure if you're more surprised by the fact that I'm posting twice in the same week, or that I actually had time to make a 12x12 physical scrapbook layout!  LOL!!! It think this is the first 12x12 layout I've made since April or May and it felt great to get into my craft room again!

Over the last few weeks, since marching band finished up, I've been working on finishing my son's sophomore year Band Album. This is the final page of the school year when he was named Drum Major for his junior year. It was such an exciting night & Matt's reaction was awesome!

I used the Felicity Jane Heidi & Caroline Kits for the pattern papers and embellishments.  I love how their kits work so well together month after month.  The big acrylic "Surprise" word is from the Ali Edwards Surprise Story Kit. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #45

Good Monday Morning!!  This morning I have my Project 52 page from last week to share.  It's been such a crazy fall season with marching band it was nice to have a weekend with some down time.  As you can see, my son took advantage of it too :)

For my page, I used the Coral Edition Kit from the Project Life App along with overlays from the Just Add Color Kit.

Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #44

I know you aren't going to be surprised by another Marching Band page; however, this week I have a REALLY good excuse.  Last Saturday was State Finals & the Concord Marching Minutemen made it!  Our band has been in Class B for the last 30+ years and have made it to State Finals all but one year.  This year, it was our first year in Class A because our school population went up and many in the marching band community didn't think we would make it to finals!  Well we did & we placed 5th!!!  It was a very exciting week of activities and then Finals on Saturday!  

For my page, I used cards & overlays from the Confetti Edition Kits and I also added a few Just Add Color Overlays to the photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week 43

Hello Friends!!!  Thanks for hanging in there with me only posting Project Life App pages during this busy season of my life.  I promise I'll have some physical pages posted soon!

I thought I'd add a touch of fall this week on my pages so I used the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Kit from the Project Life App with a few of Matt's senior pictures.  

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #42

How is it possible that I am sharing Week #42 of this year already?  This year is flying by and I'm so thankful to have the Project Life App to do this project so that I can document the day-to-day.   I used the Azure kit from the App for my page this week. 

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #41

Hi Friends!  Some days I wonder if things will ever slow down... I'm thinking they won't & I'm working hard at embracing that thought.  Don't get me wrong, I love being part of all the things we are involved in, but a little time to catch my breath is a good thing too.  I also think a little time to scrapbook with physical products would do wonders for my soul.  Maybe I can carve out a little time this week... maybe!

Anyway, I wanted to share my Week #41 page with you today.  I used the Project 52 ~ 2016 Edition for my cards and the Dream Chaser & Currently Photo Overlay Kits.

Have a Fantastic Day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #40

Another great week and another week of band, band, and more band!  This has been our life for the past 7 years and it's the last season with Concord Marching Band.  Next fall will look very different, that's for sure! 

For this page, I used 2 cards from the Project 52 ~ Fresh Edition.  The cards I used to highlight our band activities are super simple, but I felt like they summed up the week very well. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #39

Happy Monday Friends!  

Once again I have a Project 52 page to share with you.  This time it's for Week #39 and I kept the cards pretty simple with lots of white space which really makes the photos pop.  I haven't taken tons of photos the last few weeks, but I have spent some down time watching lots of new TV shows.  So I decided that since that week in September was full of season premiers, I would document what I've been watching.  

Another spot on my page features a super cute photo of my daughter.  I haven't seen her since Labor Day weekend, so I told her I missed her face and that she should send me a photo.  I 💖 it!

I don't normally do this, but I used a combination of kits on this page ~ Currently & The Poet Society Card Collection.  

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #38

Today I'm sharing my Project 52 page for Week #38.  It was a hot and steamy week with lots of band activity and not one but TWO college acceptance letters for my son ~ Western Michigan University & Indiana Wesleyan University.  So that was pretty exciting!

The kit I used for this page is the Bridgeport Childhood Mini Kit in the Project Life App.

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #37

Each week has been a new adventure lately.  For week #37, it was all about hosting our band invitational & that made for a week filled with lots of prep and planning.  And then when it's over, you think you're gonna have lots and lots of time... NOPE!  Still behind and trying to play catch up.

My page Project 52 page for Week #37, I used the Project 52 Fresh Edition for my cards.

Have a Happy Day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #36

The weeks are just flying by and I am itching to get back into my craft studio to create some pages with all the physical products I have stacking up.  However, with marching band season in full force, I am thankful for the Project Life App so that I can keep up with the weekly events going on.

I created this page with the Capture Life kit in the PL App.  There were lots of fun photo opportunities this week & I love how this page turned out.

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week 35

Hi Friends!   My Project 52 page for week #35 features the September Skies kit in the Project Life App.  As usual, we had lots of Marching Band stuff... even some retro uniforms for the Drum Majors.  I also moved my daughter back to college for her final year.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #34

Hello Friends!  This page has been done for over a week & I thought I posted it already.  Then I looked and realized it was just sitting here ready to be typed up ~ oops!  My routine has been a bit off this week because my sweet pup had to have surgery last week for a torn ACL.  This is her second one in 16 months... poor baby!  This injury and surgery requires a lot of special care and months of rehab.  The good news is, she is doing very well... so I've very thankful for that!

The top two card on this page are from the Jade Kit and the "Not the Best Day" card is from the Project 52 Fresh Edition, both from the Project Life App.

Thanks for hanging in there with me on my blog.  I'm trying to carve out more time to work on my albums, but it's been hard.  However, on the flipside, I'm that totally involved parent for my son's senior year and having my daughter home for the summer.  So... no regrets there!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #33

Hi There Friends!  Today I have my next page from my Project 52 Album for Week #33.  This page is a little less band heavy and a little more... well... miscellaneous.  Haha!  Last week was the start of the school year for my son & his it's his senior year!  ACK!  When did that happen!

I used the Project Life App for the page with the Personal Yearbook Mini Kit and the Hello Lovely Edition.  I don't usually mix kits, but I couldn't find a card for the lower left photo that I liked.  I also used a few photo overlays from the Project 52 Edition Photo Overlays kit.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Project Life ~ The Solar Eclipse

Happy Day After the Eclipse!

Yesterday we viewed the solar eclipse with our favorite marching band.  It was so much fun watching the kids reaction to the event.  {Yes, they all had the specially approved glasses}.  I made my page using the Project Life App and a free Solar Eclipse download from Elle's Studio.

Have a Great Day!

Monday, August 21, 2017

One Little Word ~ August Prompt

Hello Peeps!  Last week I was able to get some time to catch up on my One Little Word prompts & it felt great to get back into my studio.  Fingers crossed that I can get in there again this week to create some layouts!

This month Ali Edwards challenged us to print just 3 photos ~ one about where we are right now, one about what we are celebrating, and one about what we are struggling with.   At the moment, this chapter is all about band; I'm celebrating a great relationship with my son; and I'm struggling to get into my studio.  The other big struggle is staying in the moment so I can enjoy each little thing during Matt's senior year. 

In addition to those 3 photos, I found several things on Pinterest meant to inspire me with my struggles this month. I printed those as well as my prompt card for this month, the August Actions card, and the August Reflections card.

I'm pretty happy with my pages for the August Prompt & excited that I carved out time to finish work on them!

Happy Eclipse Day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

One Little Word ~ July 2017

I know you didn't expect to see me again this week ~ SURPRISE!  This morning I finished my July Prompt for the Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop and I wanted to share my pages.

The prompt for July was to express your personal manifesto by creating a mixed media piece of encouraging reminders.  I started out as I usually do, with a printed graphics that I found on Pinterest.

Next I added my Action card for the month and my mixed media piece.  Since I didn't have any stencils and paint, I used an embossing folder and white ink.  Then I added my messages with alphabet stamps.

For the next page, I added my Reflections card and more positive messages form Pinterest graphics and another stamped card.

I love the prompt this month, but I'll be honest that the cards I made didn't really come out like I would have hoped.  However, they are done & I'm just going to be OK with that because it's the message that really matters.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #32

This summer has been a whirlwind of activities for our entire family.  Matt had his final full week of summer and along with several band practices, managed to fit in a visit to Western Michigan for a trombone lesson and some flight lessons.

For this page in my Project 52 album, I used the Project Life kit called Honey.  It is in the App & I love the cute cameras on these cards.  I thought they were perfect to go along with the pictures from the formal photo night for band.

I'm hoping to get into my craft studio this week and create.  It's been months since I've had time to do anything other than my Project 52 album.  Wish me luck!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #31

Hello Friends!

My page for last week centers around the band's prep and the Indiana State Fair track show last Saturday.  Each summer our band performs a goofy summer show, either at Cedar Point or the State Fair.  This year they dressed as carrots with the color guard as rabbits and performed the song 24 "Carrot" Magic.

The cards for this page were from the Awesome Edition card kit.  I love how the colors on the cards coordinate with the photos this week! 

Have a Wonderful Day!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #30

Hey There Friends!  We are still knee deep in Summer Band, but I did manage to take a few picture of other fun things going on ... like 4H projects, the 4H parade, a fun concert at the fair and a shopping day with my daughter.  We live in Elkhart County (Indiana) and have the second largest county fair in the country (after San Diego). In fact, our county fair is larger than most of the state fairs in the country.

I used the new Sandlot Card Collection in the App and love the bright colors.  I kind of wish there were more cards in this collection because they are so fun.  

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #29

A bit Wednesday Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm sharing another page from my Project 52 Album.  Last week was Band Camp for the entire marching band, so it was a very busy week for the whole family.  So this leads to lots of band photos, lots of band themed pages, and zero time to scrapbook anything other than my Project 52 in the PL App. :)

This week I used the Better Together kit from the Project Life App.  I thought the arrows and music notes were perfect for this page.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #28

Hey Friends!  Welcome to my blog and another weekly page from my Project 52 album!  This week it's all about band... and guess what?  Now that band has started... a lot of my pages will be all about band. It's what our family does starting in July... well, at least for one more year.  This page officially marks the start of Matt's senior year of band.

I used the Project 52 - 2016 Edition for the cards on my page.   

Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #27

Hello Peeps! I hope your week is going well and you are finding time to enjoy all that summer has to offer.  Last week we enjoyed lots of time with family and then I ended the week with our marching band seniors on their Senior Leadership Weekend.  What a blast & a great group of kids! However, it is a little bit bittersweet that my son {and youngest child} is a senior this year... I think it's going to be a pretty emotional year in band.  Band has been part of our family life for the last 10 years and this is it ~ what on earth will I do with all my spare time next year??

For my Week #27, I used the Coral Edition kit for my title, filler and journaling cards.  On the filler card at the bottom of the page, I may add some sort of embellishment or stamp once I have it printed. So far, I haven't printed any of my pages for this project so I may send them off this week.  I'm going print them as 12x12 pages and then I will cut them down the middle with my paper trimmer and display them in a 6x12 album.  I'll post some pictures once I have that done.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #26

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a sparkly 4th of July holiday! We had a house full of company, so I'm just not getting last week's page posted.  I used the new Dream Catcher kit that was part of the last Project Life App update.  I added the date to the title card and changed the ink color to white.

Have a Fantastic Day!

Friday, June 30, 2017

{Explore} One Little Word ~ June Prompt

So don't fall off your chair, but I'm back again with another post today!  I took some time yesterday to finish up my One Little Word prompt for the month of June.  The OLW workshop is another project that I don't want to get behind on because I know that if I do, I may not go back and finish.  I also feel like this is a project that needs to be done each month just for me.

For the first page, I pulled a graphic off Pinterest and printed it on my photo printer, then I printed the "JUN" button from the OLW digital package.  The "In-Progress" pages, are the June downloads for the workshop.  I typed up my responses in Photoshop and printed them on kraft cardstock.  Then I stamped the "Keep Moving Forward" from the OLW Icon Stamp set and the camera image from the Lens Story Stamp in Poppy Ink (Stampin' Up).

For my next few pages, after they were printed, I added stamped phrases from the OLW Icons & OLW Messy Circles sets, as well as the Brave & Lens Story Stamps.  The card with the big heart is from the Brave Story Kit.

On my final pages of the June prompt, I printed off my Actions & Reflections cards and added stamped phrases from the Icons stamp set.  I also printed two photos that I pulled off Pinterest.  The "You Can Do It" is from the OLW June downloads.

Woohooo!  Another OLW monthly prompt it finished and even though I had a few setbacks with my OLW goals this month, I gave myself a pep talk and I'm ready to move forward.

Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #25

Welcome to another Wednesday!  Is your summer schedule all wacky too?  My motto this summer is... "Everyday is a new adventure".  Usually, I thrive on routine and To Do Lists, but this summer, I don't have a list or a plan for each day ~ and that is totally not me!  But soon enough (like in 2 weeks), my son's last year of marching band will start and my schedule will begin fall in place as my last year of lead band mom.  So for now, I'm just going to enjoy the break!

Today's Project 52 page features a few more pictures of my finished floors and the rooms getting back to normal.  However, I've already added a few things to the rooms, put up some photos and changed out the rugs (I seem to change things daily).  Matt had his last Jazz gig for the year this past weekend and it was fabulous to hear this group play, one more time. Then he finished his 4H Shooting Sports Trophy shoot that afternoon.

Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #24

The reality of renovation... dirt, dust, and mess EVERYWHERE!  Yup... that's what my days were like was this past week & the subject of this week's Project 52 page.  On Monday during demo day, I thought I might actually lose my mind because the noise level was so bad and you could actually see a cloud of dust inside the house.  I was so thankful for the RV where we could keep the dogs in a cool place, a quiet place to get away, and use the stove/fridge for cooking meals.  We ended up eating lunch in there everyday and a few nights for dinner as well because the kitchen was so torn up.  We also set up a TV spot in our sunroom so we could chill out in the evenings.  I am so thankful this phase of our remodel is finished and we are able to start getting the house put back together.  Once everything is back in place in the rest of the house, our next project is removing the dining room wallpaper and paint.  Then replacing the carpet on the stairs and hallway & the sunroom.  Once those things are done, our first floor should be finished & we'll move to the second floor updates.

For my page this week, I documented the transformation of our flooring using the DIY kit and the Maggie Holmes Open Book kit.  I thought the cards were perfect for the subject.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #23

Last week was an exciting week for my kids & I'm so happy I was able to document it in my Project 52 album.  My daughter spent the last two weeks in Germany, Austria and Paris for one of her college classes.  She said it was the best 3 credit class EVER!  :)  My son started a new journey in aviation to become a pilot & he celebrated his 18th birthday!

As for me and my husband, we had a 3 day garage sale (which I will never do again) and we cleaned out the house to get ready for new flooring that started this past Monday ~ that was not nearly as exciting!  Next week's page will cover all of that madness!

For this week's page, I used the Wander Kit in the Project Life App.  I thought it was perfect for these photos of my daughter's trip and my son's flight.

Things have been super quiet here on my blog because as we work on this home renovation project, I have zero time to work on any pages other than my Project 52.  Don't worry, things will calm down soon ... I hope!

Thanks for stopping by today and hanging in there with me until I find a bit more time to work on more pages.

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