Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Daily | Day 11 Good Cheer

I did very little this day and I am glad.  I kind of planned this page the night before and just went with it.  I had printed out this picture for Nandini's book and she gave it back to me.  I think it is really pretty so I kept it.  

I just taped it to the outside of the page protector and glued this large acrylic word piece from Elle's Studio on top.  The white worked so well with the blue and black stripes in the picture. 

I used a cork number from the main kit and a few translucent stars. 

Because I used tape the photo just flips up to show my journaling.  I added another photo to the back showing the Cocoa Daisy project I worked on that day. 

I added a chipboard sticker and the sentiment "all is calm".  I really needed that after this past month. 

I wanted to add one more kraft element so I got a cork star from the KP kit.  This paper is also from that kit.  It is the perfect light blue color.   

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope you are getting your time to rest and reset too! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Daily | Day 10 Wildflower Center Luminations

The Wildflower Center is one of our favorite places in Austin. We even had Nandini’s third birthday party there in the cathedral of oaks. At Christmas, they set up a beautiful luminary display all along the paths. It is crowded but not the insane lines at Trail of Lights or something. 

I printed two 3x8s for my main story of day 10.  

I still had a 3x4 page to fill up from the back of yesterday.  I just used a picture I had already printed to talk about, what else? Marshmallows.  

Lakshman has been asking for roasted marshmallows every day and he even had me make them on sticks at the girl scouts meeting at our house. 

I used two of the gorgeous cards from the KP kit and a Paislee Press card. The only embellishment is a rubber charm.

Here it is with the 3x8 insert. 

I simply added white text over the sky in this photo.  The font is Garamond.  I added a white chipboard number from last year.  I love elements hanging over the edge. 

The had a whole candy bar and bakery shoppe set up inside on of the galleries this year.  The kids made a beeline for the candy of course.  I just love this capture.  I may have directed them to get a piece all at the same time, but it was pretty natural.  Lakshman basically did have jelly beans and cupcakes for dinner.  I put his quote after finishing eating on the photo. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are full of lights and sweetness too! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily | Day 9 Gingerbread Houses

This weekend we went to one of our favorite local art museums, Laguna Gloria.  They host great monthly kids crafting events.  We usually go in the summer but I signed us for Gingerbread Houses this month.  

We had bought a kit from Target and tried to make a little village at home but it was a total failure.  So glad they got a second chance.  

We took a nice little hike around the grounds after building our houses.  I kept the spread pretty simple with 2 4x6 photos and 2 3x4s.  

I used an old Crate Paper wood veneer number for the date card. I used a rubber charm and a chipboard heart for embellishments. 

I love this light blue DEC card from the Kelly Purkey kit.  I used some stylized handwriting on it to make a title card of sorts. 

My journaling is just totally simple and scribbled on tags behind the date number card. 

I wrote about how I spend a lot of time planning activities for our family, especially in December.  Shockingly, my daughter said that she loved the holidays because we always do fun things together every day.  It is nice that she notices the things I do sometimes. 

I also wanted to show you how I incorporated my journaling from yesterday.  I copy and pasted what I wrote in my blog post and then sized it to fit in this Kelly Purkey TN paper.  The size worked out to be 4x5. Perfect for printing. I decided to add something to the edges and a gold airmail washi seemed to fit perfectly.

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope you are getting your fill of family fun too! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Daily | Day 8 Winter Wonderland

Yes, we woke up to actual snow. It was remarkable and unheard of. When it started snowing on Thursday afternoon. I thought I was lucky to catch the five minutes of snow we were getting for the year. 

I had no idea the snow would last all night and stick! The kids got a snow day which is a bit unwarranted but I think it was worth it for them to have the chance to play in the snow at their own house. 

Avinash was totally captivated by the backyard when he woke up. I decided to try and take the kids out for a walk. Getting them bundled up was not easy but we made it out. 

I am so glad we did. We walked through our green belt. It was completely transformed. We took pictures every 12 inches. 

Their is a large hill right past the trees. Avinash went running ahead and rushed back to tell us they were covered in snow too and could he please go sledding. 

We went back home and brought down laundry baskets. I made Avinash put on socks. 

Ryan said he often looked and wondered which part of the hill would be good for sledding. It was so fun to actually try it out. There was barely an inch on the ground but those hills were so good for sledding. Lakshman wanted to walk around at the bottom of the hill because that is where the “real snow” was. He set off exploring and I just kinda followed him.  Nandini was scared but Avi went right down. A very sweet neighbor came out and lent us real sleds. Then we were going really fast. 

However the kids proved themselves to be real Texans pretty quickly. Lakshman’s feet were cold from his little walk down the hill. Nandini was still scared but she took a few tries.  Then Avinash took off his shoes and left them at the bottom of the hill. Of course it was a disaster and we had to go home after that. Ice stuck to his socks and his feet were still “frozen”after Ryan retrieved his shoes. 

Of course it was barely cold out and the kids were all totally fine. It was above freezing all morning already. You could hear water dripping like a National Geographic show about the spring thaw. It was really fun for Ryan and I to be out sledding in nice sunny weather.  At least while it lasted. 

I did my best to edit. I have about five pages here. It was the best I could do. 

A full page picture of us on the trail. 

I added a 2x2 divided page for lots of extra pictures. 

I tried something creative with those main kit acetate diamonds, but I just ended up with the simple approach. 

 I used the rubber wreath with a KP white number sticker.  I just love that picture of Lakshman.

I added a full package of star sequins to the page.  Some are just in the pockets and a few are glued on the front.  I should probably fuse the pockets shut because they keep falling out.

The reverse has more snow pictures.  Is that holly? I'm not sure.  It looks pretty.  I had to take every snow picture I could think of taking.

I added a rubber charm and some chipboard over patterned paper. 

I added a dotted transparency from an old A Beautiful Mess kit, I just cut it down and punched holes.  

I printed this photo on vellum. I added a die cut snowflake (meant for gift wrap) to the middle.  So glad I saved it.

I printed out two extra 4x6s and decided to include them too.  They are just too fun. 

I finally added a little journaling.  I need to print out the beginning of this blog post and add that too.  

Thanks for checking out my pages again and listening to me go on about a half inch of snow!

I hope you are getting your favorite December weather! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Daily | Day 7 Snow Day in Austin

A simple page for a great day with basically no pictures. I grew up with blizzards and snow days and I loved it. I also kind of like not having to deal with the realities of snow now as a grown up. 

But one day of snow every five years? Pure magic and miracle. The kids basically went crazy. It was really late before it started really coming down. We both took lots of pictures. I tried printing them and they were so dark that I just used one from the next morning. 

I got the story told and I am so glad. Patterned paper, one stamp, wood trees and one die cut. Simple and meaningful. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily | Day 6 Trimming the Tree

The kids finally put the ornaments on the tree today. They have been dying to do this since before Thanksgiving. 

From a one page spread yesterday, I am back to a double page photo with a flip out and an insert. Then I added this tree branch card which is super bulky. 
My album is never gonna close.  It’s only day six. 

The tree card was already a flip up, it’s an old anthro gift tag. Yes, I collect and save multiples of their packaging. Inside I wrote a little more about my feelings and tried to express my gratitude. 

This insert is just a page protector cut in half. I put more pictures on the back. 

I printed out an 8x11 photo of Nandini inside. 

I used an older large cork number on the photo, which flips open to hold my journaling. 

I used plain paper on the inside and decided I needed something to make it special, so I dug around and found some silk screens.  I repeat screened the pattern of stars for an ombre effect. 

This is why I love scrapbooking every day with this project.  If I hadn't been wanting to try something different I doubt I would have reached for my silk screens again for a long time. 

I used my old typewriter for the journaling.  A more factual account of the evening.  I added another photo, probably way too many word strip stickers and a stamped embellishment.  

The gold foil circle is repeated over the one on the cork number. 

The full spread.  I love the 'surprise' of opening up a photo. 

Again, if you have any questions please let me know.  

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily | Day 5 Holiday Cheer

Usually around day 5 I need to make a simple and quick page in my album. I start to worry the project will turn into three albums. 
Two 4x6 photos, totally simple. 

I added a strip of patterned paper to a photo and stitched on vellum and a piece of star transparency. I had to do something fussy. 

I made a little tag with bullet point journaling. I used a label cut in half to add the stripes to it. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope you are getting your fill of cookies and cider too! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

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