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December Daily- the guts

Yes, I know it’s December 2nd already. ha! That’s how we roll around here. Here are the guts of my album, the base pages- just finished them up today.  Still working on the cover, but I have ideas in my head- just need to find time to play. These are some of my favorites- you can see the complete pages in my flickr album here. I stuck with Ali’s basic layouts and used her templates, as well as the Studio Calico binder from the kit. Honestly I’m okay with that given how busy things are and that project life continues too – I’m just so happy to have some time to play, and to get some things documented.  Most of the paper, transparencies and ribbon were from my stash.

Used some of my project life pocket pages and trimmed them down. Then put a punched out star in a pocket with some Martha Stewart Snow glitter & sewed the top shut. One of my better ideas in a while ;) 

Typed this on my new vintage typewriter that I’ve been wanting forever & finally just bought myself. Yes, it’s almost xmas- but really how can you ask someone for a vintage typewriter when you really are picky about the color, look, feel etc? I finally just went for it ! yay!  Works almost perfectly – space bar just sticks a bit but easily fixed. I’ll have to take a picture to share later.

Coasters from SC kit (sold out), Joy tag from Bananafish studio on Etsy- my favorite purchases for this album have come from her. Star tag from Jenni Bowlin, and silver star is a $1 ornament from Target. Love raiding their Xmas section for good finds to include!

Bought some cork at the craft store a million years ago, and put it through my die cut machine – love!

The more I go through this album, the more I love it- although it’s starting to get a little tight and I’m thinking 3″ binders might not be enough? yikes! I stuck with my favorite classic red and limey green, with a little black thrown in, and stars- lots of stars.  I’m thinking next year a new theme is emerging- creams, whites and silver with a touch of red- and snowflakes. My favorite page so far is this one…

Tinsel ribbon was one of my favorite finds that I’ve been hoarding- red & silver from my LSS. Love this but it adds some bulk.

I’m not sure I will need or keep the pages and patterned paper strips- may end up using some full page photos, etc. but it’s easier to have them done and have less to do later on.

Love that my husband is humoring me with this project- look what he posted to instagram yesterday with the comment “hello december” ;)


December Daily Album

I love this project. This year I was thinking Christmas before Halloween was even over- which was a real problem when we had a huge storm and lost power for a couple days, and Trick Or Treating was postponed until tonight. I ordered the kit from Studio Calico– mainly for the binder. To be honest, I have enough stash to do the entire album without the kit, but the binder alone made it worth it. Plus I knew once it sold out that’s when I’d really want one :)

My kit won’t arrive until next week, but I decided to get started early- I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to include. I started by going through my Holiday stash and pulling out things that I might want to use. And then I made a mess with it all over the floor :)

I love Ali’s album (as usual), and given the fact that I work full time and have two kids, plus wanting to actually enjoy the holidays- I tend to stick pretty much to her foundation. Last week I purchased her new digital templates for my photo pages – I’ll likely use a mix of these and paper pages. I love the design, and they’re already sized to exactly what I need. Today is Digital Scrapbooking Day, so there’s a sale over at, so I purchased the dated pages and printed those to cut out sometime this week.

I liked Ali’s version of her cover with the large embossed numbers, but right now I’m loving kraft and red so was experimenting with what different combinations would look like using a scrap of cardboard.

I think this one’s the winner so far- American Crafts Zing in Rouge, and Versamark Ink. Still thinking about whether or not that much bright red is going to be too much.

Here’s some of the other combos I tried:


Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup Ink w/ clear embossing powder- came out darker than I had wanted.

Amuse Studio Diamond embossing powder is very pretty / glittery, but a bit much on a large scale.

Here’s all my transparency pages laid out:

And the first few pieces that I’m working on. Martha Stewart Snow Glitter & a star I punched with silver glitter sticker paper (sewed the top of the pocket shut). Phrase stickers from Girl’s Paperie last year’s Christmas release – stuck inside the pocket, then sewed on top so they wouldn’t move around. Felt star punched with Papertrey Star dies and Papertrey felt. Jenni Bowlin peace card & October Afternoon red sticker.

Star & Clock transparency by Teresa Collins. Chicken Wire -Hambly, and Christmas circles is from 2 years ago- can’t remember the name. Looking forward to getting the kit and having all the pages in the binder, ready to go!

Project Life Update

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any Project Life pictures, but I’ve been keeping up and so very happy for that. I recently went back & looked at the first half of the year and was so grateful that I had stuck with it. This has been a huge year of change for us- new house, new state, Julia about to turn 2 and Ryan in kindergarten. There were so many little things that I had forgotten already. Can’t wait to do it again next year.

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(email Ryan asked me to draft to her grandparents :)

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Apparently I forgot to take pictures of the May/June pages – but that was busy for us -putting the house up, moving, etc. Will post more of my 2nd album, which I started in July.

I am also going to be working on my December Daily album – for the 4th year in a row. Can’t believe it’s been that long. Love love love this project. I will be posting my pictures from that here and in the Flickr group. I ended up buying the Studio Calico kit – mainly because I love the idea of having an album. I will most likely use a lot of my stash and the album. Last year’s album is still unbound in a plastic bag because I never could find any rings big enough to bind it – I just need to use some twine & be done with it….

Repurposed Magnet Board

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I had this old metal magnet board that isn’t being used. It was covered in a lime green paper that just did not go with my green desk (wrong green).

I’d been trying to figure out what to do with it forever. I finally decided to re-cover it in my all time favorite paper from Paper Source. Kraft paper with gorgeous colors & type- what’s not to love?

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Here it is when still wet. I put a coat of modge-podge down, then while still wet put the paper on, then 2 more coats on top. I didn’t do such a great job of working out the wrinkles/bubbles, but modge-podge is pretty forgiving. Once the coat dries, it becomes clear.

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Here’s the finished magnet board hanging up on the wall. It’s not perfect- but so happy that I get to look at my favorite paper every day.

Sock Monkeys for Craft Hope


All week I’ve been busy making sock monkeys for kids in Texas.  Craft Hope puts together these projects for kids periodically. I’m not that great at sewing so I haven’t yet participated, but this project looked easy enough, and they have tutorials on their site. We found some cute socks at Target and gave it a try.


I made a couple monkeys that I tested out on my own monkeys first (actually, they hijacked them), but it helped me realize my first ones were not strong enough to survive the abuse that kids will put on toys :) After re-attaching some limbs we were back in business!



The Good Life

I’ve been taking Amy Tangerine’s class called The Good Life over at BPC. This class has been so fun, and is one of the big reasons I’ve been inspired to get crafty again :)  She makes the cutest reverse applique t-shirts, and the first week she taught us how to make them. It’s a bit addicting!


My first attempt at a camera t- came out a bit crooked! I wouldn’t have gone w/ this combo but it was the only plain non-vneck shirt I could find in my drawer.

I pulled some of my favorite t-shirts that the girls had grown out of, and have been cutting them up to make the appliques. My favorite is this Gap rainbow tank top – I was so sad when Julia grew out of it, and now at least we can use some pieces of it again. Hard to see the bird in this shirt, but it’s about the only good picture I can get of a constant-in-motion almost 2 year old :)



Here’s my very first ones – Amy Butler fabric on the left, one of Ryan’s very first baby outfits from the Gap on the right. I’d been holding onto that little Gap bodysuit forever. Everything else I gave away except that. What on earth was I ever going to do with it? Glad I found a good way to use it :)

Family Photo Canvas

Ever since we moved to our new house I’ve wanted a family picture on the front steps. So, with all the chaos of moving and having 2 little girls and a full time job, that didn’t happen for a couple of months (let’s just pretend in happened in July, right?)  In September, Tim finally set up the tripod and we got some really cute family shots. These days, I’ll settle for all people looking at the camera :)


I thought this one turned out great, so I ordered it on canvas from Easy Canvas Prints.

Love how it came out – what do you think? 


It was much easier than I thought, and I loved that you could crop the picture right on their website to make it easy to see everything that would appear on the canvas. I also had the image wrapped around the sides, although I think next time I would go for the option of having the sides be the deeper 1.5″. I just love how it turned out, and captures our family right now.

I have a whole wall of photos of the kids through the years in our mudroom (yay we have a mudroom!). This little nook needed something, but I couldn’t figure out what. The 11″ square canvas turned out great in this spot.

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Right now they’re having a sale for 25% off and free shipping- love the free shipping!

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