Carrie loves her new kindle hanging out with my friend Susan meeting her new daughter baking cookies with my sister fighting with unemployment getting tons of new ideas on Pinterest teasing the cats. . .they had a crazy fascination with shadows Becca's baby shower
64. Guest Sunday school teacher, spoke about being right where God wants me to be. What a blessing! 65. new ice scrapers 66. the movie Courageous 67. meeting Natalie (2 days old!!) 68. not getting stuck in the snow, mud, and ice on my errands 69. Catching up with Susan 70. happy picture mail 71. gorgeous weather and sunshine! 72. helped Karyn take her 3 little ones shopping 73. good health. . .this time last year I had Costochondritis 74. finally finished my December Daily 75. talked to my Grammy on the phone. . .can't even remember the last time I talked to her, we are not real close! 76. nice relaxing bubble bath 77. mom got home from work early 78. Hope's compliments and encouragement 79. did not have to go anywhere in the extreme downpour 80. cranberry scented candles 81. a very productive crafty day 82. Rebecca's baby shower 83. new devotional book I borrowed from my Nana 84. sister time while cat sitting (teasing the cats with shadows on the floor!)
After breaking the glass on a frame that was the perfect size to hold a 2 page layout, I searched pinterest for ideas on how to still use it. I found a few suggestions, but the one that appealed to me was the one that still allowed me to hang my layout. All I had to do was adhere some fabric to the cardboard insert of the frame and add clips. So simple. After seeing how easy it was to make I tried another, smaller one. An 8.5x11. I added 2 clips for 2 4x6 pictures. Then I was feeling a bit creative so I embellished the frame some, not too much I don't want to overpower the pictures. I am loving all the ideas I keep finding. I have several other papercraft, mini albums I want to try so be on the look out for more completed projects!!
I have another project to show you. Have I mentioned that I am addicted to pinterest? Well I am and this is one of the reasons why. . .the cutest ideas for crafts! Who would have ever thought to make something so cute? Certainly not I! But I saw it and decided to give it a try. Love the results! and it's really pretty simple to make.
I made this out of 11" circles. I made a section for each member of my family since it had four divisions and decorated each section with coordinating blue and purple papers. This is what each individual section looks like after it is adhered together. Then each section gets glued together. (except the 1st and last sides) I kept the cover/title page very simple, since I figured it would probably be displayed left open. Finished product: outside and inside Isn't that just the neatest idea? And it looks so cute just sitting out on the coffee table. Makes a great conversation starter too!!
I thought I would share a bit more about how I made my Christmas card books. They were very simple.
First I went thru and punched 2 holes in all of the cards. I only worked on one year at a time since I had a few I wanted to get thru to get me caught up to this year. I made a template out of a piece of cardboard to make sure that all the cards were punched evenly. I tried to centralize the holes on each card. After all the cards were punched I chose a good sized sturdy card for the back, and one that I thought would make a nice cover for the front. I threaded all my cards onto some elastic ribbon, although it would have been just as nice to use book rings. (and probably a little easier too, I just didn't have any on hand) For each book I punched out a scalloped square to write the year on and simply attached it by stapling to the end of the ribbon. I tried to vary the card sized to make the book more interesting to look thru, I really enjoy the staggered look. I included any picture cards that may have come as well. As well as any Christmas letters. This was where I had to get a bit creative. I wanted to be able to read the letters after they placed into the book. I played with a few different options. First try was simply punching holes in the top and folding the letter up. Second option I tried was placing all letter into an envelope. I had several smaller pictures to include for this particular year as well, so the envelope worked out perfectly. And I really liked the look that the added envelope provided. Had I been making these in real time I may have saved one of the envelopes I received to reuse in my book. My finished books all varied in thickness and variety. I also tried to make sure my covers would all be a bit different to add some visual interest too. Now all I have to figure out is how I am going to display them each year. For now I have them all stacked in a big basket, which looks pretty neat. Maybe I'll just bring out the basket each year and place it somewhere everyone can have access to it so we can peruse the cards from year to year. We'll see!! If any of you have put one together I would love to see your finished books!! Let me know!!
I had to exclude several pictures this week in order to respect some privacy.
Sunday we took a church family picture. I didn't personally take the picture, but am using my copy for my book.
Making dinner-simple hamburger helper- while mom rested as she hasn't been feeling too well the last couple of days Being a mother's helper for my friend Karyn. . .isn't the face just too cute? Wednesday: it was community helper's day at mom's preschool. I have a picture of her whole class with the SWAT truck and police that came in
Mom's birthday was pretty low key. We gave her a bunch of her favorite lotions and gels from Bath and Body Works Pizza night Learning a new game, Blokus, with good friends after Bible Study
I decided to add a few extra shots since I couldn't post Sunday and Wednesdays! Our first snow storm of 2012!! trying out his new snowblower!
43. Hugs from best friends 44. the modern miracle called advil!! 45. Carrie's homemade quesidillas 46. coffee date with mom 47. the instinct to nurture those who are sick 48.pinterest. . .so many new and creative ideas 49. the time to help a friend in need (and walking away feeling as though I got more of a blessing then I was!) 50. an unplanned dinner with friends 51. Karyn's listening ear while I am feeling discouraged 52. notes of encouragement from those who are praying for me 53. free car wash 54.a father who know cars and can help me figure things out 55. really quick and easy (and cheap) grocery shopping trip 56. giving a friend a ride (it amazes me how many times I set out to help someone and they end up being a huge blessing to me! God is good and knows exactly what I need before I even know to ask Him!) 57.learning and sharing with my Bible study girls 58. a faith that can celebrate even in hard times! 59. able to change my bank account easily. . .all the problems I thought I was going to have were all in my head! 60. the Lord's leading to share a piece of my journal to make a difference in someone else's life 61. fresh snow. . .so beautiful. . .constant reminder that my sins are "white as snow" thru Jesus' blood 62. the opportunity to share my scrapbooks with others 63. learning new games