Now on to some new days. Dec 5th:
Monday, December 12, 2011
Now on to some new days. Dec 5th:
Monday, December 5, 2011
This is the first year we are doing the Elf on the Shelf. We watched the show that was on CBS last week, and ever since Avery has been asking when we would be getting an elf. I had always planned for it to arrive on the 1st of December, so she had to wait a few days. She was excited to get the package from Santa. All day long though she kept telling me how the elf couldn't REALLY fly, it wasn't REAL. She said it over and over...I think she was trying to convince herself. I just kept telling her...we'll have to wait and see! She was very surprised the next morning to see that it had moved, and has been excited to go look for it each morning since. I'm not sure if she really believes the elf is magical or not, but it's a fun little tradition nonetheless.
With this page all I had to do was stick the foundation page in the typewriter and type up some quick journaling, then add Avery's photo above it with a strip of washi tape. I also added two more strips of washi tape below with the number sticker, and I stitched the white cardstock onto the page. Done. Very quick and easy....which is the only way I'm going to finish this thing in December.
The 2nd wasn't very exciting...I spent the whole day cleaning and making food for our party the next day. The only picture I could think to include was one of the chocolate covered grapes I was making (probably nicer to look at than a mop and bucket, or toilet bowl cleaner, or laundry pile, don't ya think?).
For this page I already had the background page of stamped/embossed Christmas sentiments done. I added the tag, with typed journaling (and a little bit of stitching), along with some chipboard snowflakes and letters. Again, quick and easy.
I'm not sure about this page yet. It really bothers me that the picture on the right is turned to the side, but that's the only way I could fit it on the page as a 6x8. I don't know...may have to do a collage or something over there instead. Anyway, the journaling was typed on the cardstock and then I added the ornament and number sticker, the joy stamp (which I then embossed), and the ribbon. Another quick page.
Since we didn't actually do much yesterday and I didn't take any photos, I decided to include these pictures from when we went to the zoo lights in November. I like how this page turned out. The four and circle were stamped and embossed, and the "merry & bright" is a sticker from the Echo Park Holly Jolly collection pack. I also added two pieces of washi tape on the smaller photo, and that's about it!
I'm loving how fast the pages are coming together, hopefully things will continue this way. If you made it this far, thanks for looking!
Friday, November 18, 2011
I decided to make my foundation pages 6"x 8", and I made my own album cover (see below), using just some cardboard with the paper glued to it. I'll probably be going back and using Mod Podge on top, but I haven't gotten that far yet. I did a little bit of stitching on the front cover, and the "Merry Christmas," "Life's Little Moments," "2011" and "december" are all stamps from separate manufacturers. The reindeer sticker is from the Holly Jolly line as well:
For my foundation pages, I wanted to use a couple different templates repeated several times throughout the album (but using different patterned paper and embellishments). I'm hoping this will create a uniform look and also make it a little easier on me to complete the album in December (the last album took me until SEPTEMBER of this year to finish, HA! Slacker! But, I had a newborn to attribute to my tardiness ;) I'm hoping to actually finish this one in December. I'll probably regret putting that down in writing, but oh well! The basic setup for my album will be to have a 6x8 page on the left for journaling and adding embellishments etc., and the 6x8 page on the right will be a full page photo from that day.
The first three photos are using the same design template. I used different PP on each, and stamped the numbers above the PP, using red ink for the number I wanted to highlight:
I probably should have photographed the following three separately, because it looks a bit chaotic with them all side by side like this, but for these pages I intead to add a white journaling strip in the largest section of each page. I left this cardstock off the page for now. The journaling on these pages will most likely be typed, and I'll use these pages for the days that I have a longer story to tell:
Monday, February 7, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The film strip is from Designer Digitals (Katie Pertiet). I changed the photos to black and white because there were just too many colors going on in the pictures. The circle journaling spots are from Jillibean Soup.
On the back of this page I cut out another page from the Holidays with Matthew Mead magazine. It fit the size I needed perfectly. I added a strip of ribbon at the top and bottom to cover up some text from the magazine that I didn't want showing.
The next page (December 15), uses a baseball card holder. The top right is a piece of felt, the bottom right is a bingo card from Jenni Bowlin that I used for the date, just circling the number 15. The bottom left is a felt snowflake sticker that I added to the outside of the sheet.
On the back are three pictures from around my house, and then the bottom right I adhered the same felt snowflake on the outside of the sheet, to mirror the one on the front.
For December 16 I used another page from the Holiday with Matthew Mead magazine, and stamped the circle and number 16 in the white space. I thought this title worked well with the pictures I had for this day, which were of Avery and I making Christmas cookies. This was adhered directly on the back of the 4x6 stocking photo. Pretty simple.
So that's my album as up to date as it is right now. I'm itching to finish it, but my guess is the only time I'm really going to have to finish it up is when Avery is in school. My evenings tend to get a little hectic with getting the kids to bed (and we're still trying to figure out our evening routine with Grayson), and I've been hitting the sack right after the kids are down to try to get as much sleep as I can. That being the case, it'll probably take a while for me to complete, but I'll be sure to update the blog as I go.
Monday, January 10, 2011
My water broke around 10:30pm (while I was in bed trying to get some sleep, which is easier said than done when having contractions fairly consistently), we were at the hospital between 11:30 and midnight, and three hours later we had a baby! It was crazy fast, and crazy painful, but I did get the epidural, and once that kicked in things were smooth sailing.
I hate being in the hospital... with all the poking and prodding they do, you can't get any rest. So we were there for all of about a day and a half, and then we went home.I've been lucky to have my mom and my mother-in-law here since giving birth to help out. So I've been able to get plenty of rest, which has helped tremendously with my recovery (it also helps that Grayson has been sleeping like a champ at night). I'm feeling great this time around, which I definitely couldn't say when I had Avery. Yesterday was my first day being on my own, with no help from the grandmas, and with Abe at work. The day went pretty well. I ventured out for the first time on my own with both of them, to Avery's dance class, without any problems. Yay!
As for Avery, she is definitely the proud big sister. She is adjusting so well to having the baby here.
She thinks everything Grayson does (with the exception of crying) is "so cute," and spends most of her time around him with a big smile on her face.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
And here's what the page looks like. I used the same paper that I used on the front cover of my album, though you can't tell in this picture that it has the tone-on-tone white polka dots. I rounded the corners of the page as well as the bottom two corners of the picture, then stitched the picture with zig-zag stitching. For the title I used Thickers, and for some of the letters I just traced the thickers and hand-stitched the letter, just to change it up a little bit.