Sales and more sales…

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a traditional dinner on Thursday with all the kids and one of the grandkids. The other two were at their other parents’ house and we missed them.

Are you a Black Friday shopper? I’m not so much. I don’t like the crowds and the parking and all that jazz, but I have been trying to scoop up deals online as I find them. I don’t have any particularly spectacular ones to share, except in the digi-scrapping community! Yes, there are Black Friday sales there, and they are not to be missed. Along with some upcoming Cyber Monday sales! Here are just a few of the things you  can pick up this weekend:

At The Lilypad:

Enjoy-Life-(BF)
Carpe Diem by Little Butterfly Wings and Studio Basic
October 2017 Layout Templates by Sahin Designs
Together
Family Matters – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee
Family Matters Journal Cards – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on
Storyteller 2018 November Templates by Just Jaimee
Tacos
Family Matters – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee
Family Matters Journal Cards – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on
Storyteller 2018 November Templates by Just Jaimee

 

At The Digital Press:

Love
Hearth and Home Mini Kit by Dawn by Design
Quick Scraps Vol. 6 by Anita Designs
Christmas
Hearth and Home Mini Kit by Dawn by Design
Quick Scraps Vol. 6 by Anita Designs

 

And at Sweet Shoppe:

Merry-and-Bright
Home for Christmas Collection by River~Rose
A Million Little Things Templates by Crystal Livesay
Elf-Aware
Let Me Take an Elfie Collection by River~Rose
Me Time Templates by Crystal Livesay
Always
You’re Still the One Bundle by River~Rose and Studio Basic
Me Time Templates by Crystal Livesay

And with all this scrapping, I’m behind on getting my DYD pages prepared and my PL, but I hope to be back on those tomorrow while I work on another little project that’s due in December 🙂 I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and find some time to relax in the madness! Until next time, peace, out…

Documenting December…

Yes, I realize it’s still November and lots of people get kind of upset when we start talking Christmas before Thanksgiving has even happened, but trust me, there is a reason behind my madness.

I absolutely love doing a document your December project every year. It helps to get me through the long dark cold days and has rejuvenated my love of Christmas. I will admit to being a total scrooge in the past and severely lacking in Christmas spirit. 

I thought that I would take a little bit of time to explain my approach to documenting my December, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and how I manage to finish every year. 

This is my 7th year doing this project, and if you’d like to see my completed pages from previous years, you can check out the December Daily portion of my blog. I will start by saying that I do my project completely digitally. I so admire hybrid and physical projects, and there are so many inspirational albums and books on Pinterest and in other places, but I know that if I tried to do something similar, I would never finish. At this point, I don’t really have the time to commit to doing the printing and cutting and all that goes in to a beautiful physical album. I can whip out digital pages pretty quickly.

There are tons of other options and some of the cutest hybrid examples I have seen are little 4×4 flip books. Also, many do full 12×12 pages. I do my project in 6×8 size simply because it seems to be the easiest for me to manage. After all, the ultimate goal is to finish the project, right?

I start by finding the perfect set of templates. This year I chose December Memories 2018 by Desgined by Soco.

Then I decide on the color scheme and choose the kits I want to use. This year, I am using pieces from Document Your December – Tis the Season at The Lilypad. 

I create a folder and name it DYD. I have sections for Kits, Foundation Pages, and pages that I intend to share on the web. By doing this, I only have one location I need to go to to find what I need. 

Then I start, usually about the middle of November, creating foundation pages. I start adding papers, cards, and elements, and then the numbers for each of the days. These are by no means set in stone. If my photos end up working better on another layout, I simply switch out the numbers. Here are a few of the foundation pages I’ve done so far:

For these pages, I have used pieces by Rachel Jefferies, Sahin Designs, Sahlin Studio, Etc. by Danyale, and Pink Reptile Designs.

I’m almost half way through December and, as long as I stay on track doing a couple of pages a day, I should be ready to go when December starts! Then it’s just time to take the photos and add the journaling! While some like to keep a Christmas theme to their projects, I tend to just document whatever is going on in our lives on that day. Sometimes it is Christmas and sometimes it’s not, but it’s all about the joy of this time of year. 

One of our wonderful creative team members at TLP, Farrah, has created a list of prompts that may come in handy if I’m ever stuck for what to photograph.

I will screenshot this image and save it to my phone for easy reference, and I might even make it my phone background for December so that I can remember. 

My biggest tip if you are wanting to document your December is to be prepared. Get started early, create foundation pages, and be ready to go when December starts. We all know how busy it can get! 

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see your December projects!! Until next time… peace, out…

Most Wonderful Time…

I know I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of cold weather, winter, snow, any of that stuff. The shorter days can really get me down. But, there are a couple of things that keep me going through a lot of those days. One of those is my December Daily project. I just added a page here on the site for it and my cover page is done. I’ve also been working on some foundation pages so that I have it all ready to go when December starts. I’m trying to do a couple of pages a day, so that come December 1st, all I have to remember to do is take the photos. I talk a little bit about my process and other ways of going about it in this thread – DYD Sizes and Styles – at The Lilypad. I may come back one day soon and share a little more detail here. Everything I’ve used is from the Document Your December section of The Lilypad store. You can also check out what I’ve done in previous years in the December Daily section here on the blog.

For now, here’s my cover for this year:

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December Memories 2018 6×8 Templates by Designed by Soco
Home for the Holidays Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
December Days No. 4 by Sahlin Studio
Merry Everything Elements by Sahin Designs
Falalalala Elements by Rachel Jefferies

And here is a sample page I did:

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December Memories 2018 – 6×8 Templates by Designed by Soco
Chalkboard Holiday Tags by Etc. by Danyale
December Days No. 4 by Sahlin Studio
Home for the Holidays Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
Home for the Holidays Elements by Sahlin Studio
Falalalala Elements by Rachel Jefferies

Are you doing a December Daily project this year? I’d love to see how you go about it!

I also want to share this absolutely gorgeous new release from Just Jaimee this week! The colors are stunning!!

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Starry Night – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee
Templates – Storyteller 2018 November Add-on by Just Jaimee

I’ve got more goodness to share, so I’ll be back sometime this weekend! Thanks for looking and I hope you are enjoying your Friday night!

November already…

Ha I honestly did not think it had been almost a month since I last posted! Not quite sure what happened but it sure feels like I have been super busy every single day. Just dropping by today to share some fantastic new releases for this week!

Rain
November Rains Collection by River~Rose Fall Market Templates by Crystal Livesay

Simplicity
Simplicity Collab by TDP Designers

Thanksgiving
November Documented 2018 Kit by Rachel Etrog Designs Cold Hands Warm Heart Templates by Designed by Irma

Wild-and-Free
Native Bundle by Lynne-Marie Better Together {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

I’m hoping to do some more updating soon, maybe this weekend! I am so excited to start planning my December Daily. It really helps keep me and my mind occupied during the cold dark days of winter. Thanks for looking! Peace, out…

Oh Spring…

Spring just keeps popping in here for a day and giving us a little taste and then runs off again. We had a winter with pretty much no snow and now we are getting ready for our second winter storm since the first day of Spring. I am not a fan. I am not a cold weather person. I do not like snow, especially if there is a chance I will have to drive in it. But I don’t reckon there is anything much I can do about it, so we bought a bunch of snacks and we’ll just hunker down for the weekend.

I know I haven’t been by here for a couple of weeks, but I have been trying to stay on top of a class that I’m taking this semester and do a little scrapping here and there. I wanted to make sure that I got here to share some amazing new releases this week.

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Hoppy Easter – Storyteller 2018 March Add-on by Just Jaimee
Hoppy Easter Journal Cards – Storyteller 2018 March Add-on by Just Jaimee
Templates – Storyteller 2018 January Add-on by Just Jaimee

Treasured
Spring Rhapsody by Etc. by Danyale
Boho Soul Paint and Doodles by Etc. by Danyale
Boho Soul Kit by Etc. by Danyale
March Challenge Template by Dawn Inskip

Garden
In My Garden by River~Rose / Mix It Up V3 by Crystal Livesay

 

And I also wanted to tell you about the amazing Retirement Sale going on at The Lilypad!! There are some gorgeous designs that are going, going, gone! Make sure you take a peek and get them while you can.

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Army Forever by Paula Kesselring Grow with Love – Letters Edition {March} by Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay

Bite-Me
Bite Me by Allison Pennington and Valorie Wibbens Grow with Love – Kids by Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay

Hope
Olive Tree by Sara Gleason Grow with Love – Letters Edition {June} by Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay

 

I’m going to do some PL catch up this weekend and get my Planner set up. It’s been awhile since I updated photos of it here. I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend! Until next time…peace, out… 🙂

Moving right along…

Not so much here, but in life I guess I’m moving right along. I’m taking a class this semester on Google Classroom and Google Suite, so any and all spare time I have had has been spent on that. My new year plan for posting more regularly has kind of fallen by the wayside for right now. Maybe I need to stop thinking and planning and just do.

Anyway, I thought I’d stop by before bed time tonight and share a couple of new pages for this week.

This one is using Just Jaimee’s Storyteller 2018 – March Collection! I can’t wait to see it come to life in my PL pages!

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Storyteller 2018 March Collection by Just Jaimee Templates – Storyteller 2017 June Add-on by Just Jaimee

 

And this page is using the new Perspective by River~Rose

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Perspective by River~Rose Stand by Me Collab by Crystal Livesay and Two Tiny Turtles

 

I am working on this week’s pages, but other than that my PL is up to date. I have been going back and using some older JJ templates this year, instead of the Ready to Go pages. I am kind of missing them, but looking forward to a new look in my book I just had my 2017 book printed and I am loving going through it!! Here are the last couple of weeks:

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Hopefully I’ll be back soon. I’m hoping to get a planner update done in the next couple of days!! Thanks for looking!!

Rabbit Holes…

Ever get sucked down them? I sure do! Just about every time I sit down at the computer to do one thing, I’m off on adventures looking up a thousand different things! And that’s why I never seem to get here like I intend to! I swear, I can be going to upload a layout and next thing I know I’m looking at phone cases or reading about missing people or any other random things, but I never remember how I got there haha.

But anyway, I just wanted to pop in tonight and share some amazing new releases out this weekend and get caught up on posting my MOC layouts!

You can check out my page – MOC Pages 2018 – to catch up on all things MOC!! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost over! I am caught up through today and looking forward to the last three days of challenges!

I’m telling you, Etc. by Danyale and Little Butterfly Wings make the most beautiful babies!! They have this one out this week called Dear Karma 2: Innercircle

Real-Friends
Dear Karma No2: Innercircle Kit by Etc. by Danyale and Little Butterfly Wings Dear Karma No2: Innercircle Paints by Etc. by Danyale and Little Butterfly Wings The Best is Yet to Come {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

 

And it’s time for an amazing new Storyteller from Just Jaimee!! This is the February 2018 Kit

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Storyteller 2018 February Collection by Just Jaimee

 

River~Rose has a lovely new kit out called Two Hearts today that I used for 2 pages of my kiddos. The first uses an older template – Mix it Up Vol 2 – by Crystal Livesay, and the second uses a brand new template – Shapin’ Up: February by Crystal Livesay and Jimbo Jambo Designs.

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Two Hearts by River~Rose Mix It Up Vol. 2 by Crystal Livesay

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Shapin’ Up: February by Crystal Livesay and Jimbo Jambo Designs Two Hearts by River~Rose

If I am not babysitting, I may try to swing by tomorrow and do a planner update. I haven’t done one of those for awhile! I’m out for now! Thanks for looking and I hope you have an amazing upcoming week!! Peace, out…

Too Much Time…

We’ve had a couple of snow days this week, and while surprise days off are nice, I am just not productive when it is cold at all. I don’t want to do anything except be huddled under a blanket. I’m still working on getting my organization for the new year together, but not have much luck as of yet. I will blame part of it on the madness that is MOC! So much going on and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I do love it though and that’s the main reason I’m stopping by tonight. I wanted to share the last few days of pages that I just got uploaded!

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All Dogs Go to Heaven by Little Butterfly Wings Real Life {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Bubbly
Effervescent by Bella Gypsy The Best is Yet to Come {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-Dee-Dee

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Shabby Boho by Etc. by Danyale Shabby Boho Indie Kit by Etc. by Danyale Shabby Boho Word Art by Etc. by Danyale Gypsy by Etc. by Danyale Boho Soul by Etc. by Danyale Beautiful Mess Scatters by Etc. by Danyale Fiddlesticks No. 30 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

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24 Seven Elements by Just Jaimee 24 Seven Papers by Just Jaimee Storyteller 2016 March Vellum Alpha by Just Jaimee Story Planner January 2016 Sticker by Just Jaimee Days of the Week by Just Jaimee Storyteller May 2017 Stamps by Just Jaimee Stacked Photo Templates – March 2017 Add on by Just Jaimee

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Snow Fun by Just Jaimee

MOC-Day-16---Off-Center-Focus
Chunky Vellum Alpha – Storyteller January 2018 Add-on by Just Jaimee Click Digital Kit – Storyteller April 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee

MOC-Day-17---Username
Magic is Something You Make by Valorie Wibbens Magic is Something You Make Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens Sprinkles v27 by Valorie Wibbens Storyteller 2016 May Alphas by Just Jaimee Topography No. 19 by Valorie Wibbens

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Storyteller 2016 May Collection by Just Jaimee Mix It Up Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz

So fun!! My MOC pages are always ones that become some of my favorites for the year! Even the ones that stretch and challenge me a bit! It’s called Month of Challenges for a reason!

I need to get a few other places updated tonight, but I’ll be back to share some new goodness this weekend!! Hope you have a wonderful Friday ahead! Peace, out…

Sundays are for…

Relaxing, catching up, couching. That’s what Sundays are for. I haven’t gotten to the couching part yet, because DH is hogging it up! I’m going to kick him off of there soon!! But, I thought I’d take the time that I have and come by here and share some layouts for the week. It’s not to late to catch a lot of these awesome designs on sale!

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Fête | Bundle by Sahin Designs Glitz Template by Anita Designs

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Crystal’s Layered Templates Set 2 by Crystal Livesay At Summer’s End by Studio Basic

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Work It Girl Kit by Just Jaimee Work It Girl Journal Cards by Just Jaimee Storyteller 2016 November – Template Pack by Just Jaimee

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A Stacked Mess Borders + Clusters – Storyteller January 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee Stacked Frames – Storyteller January 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee

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Man of the Moment by Etc. by Danyale Movie Time Template by Sabrina’s Creations

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Evolving by River~Rose and Sugary Fancy Stray Paper Template by Crystal Livesay

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Embrace the Crazy by River~Rose Stray Paper Template by Crystal Livesay

I’m still playing along with MOC at The Lilypad! I’m caught up to today and will try to get that layout done after some couching 🙂 Here’s what I’ve done since I last posted:

(for full credits, check out my gallery at The Lilypad)

Jan 7: Blind Scrap

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Jan. 8: All About…

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Jan. 9: Clean and Simple

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Jan. 10: Storytelling

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Jan.11: Specific Photo

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Jan. 12: Filled Template

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Jan. 13: One Word

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And if that’s not enough, I’m also caught up with PL. Here’s this week’s spread using Just Jaimee’s Ready To Go Pocket Pages:

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And now I’m off to remove DH from the couch for a bit. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!! Peace, out…

Document Your December

I’ve been working on my pages as I have a chance. I absolutely love this project every year. This is my 5th year doing it and I enjoy it so much. I love looking back on past years as well. My photos are not all Christmas related, they are mostly just a glimpse in to what was going on that day, no matter how small a thing. I thought I’d run by tonight and share what I have done so far. I have yesterday and today mostly done, and hope to get them uploaded tomorrow but here is my cover and days 1-8 🙂

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The Sparkly Season Papers by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Elements by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs

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Felted Holiday Elements by Etc. by Danyale Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Fancy Whites | Papers by Pink Reptile Designs Gilded Winter Element Pack by Amy Wolff Holly Days Element Pack by Amy Wolff Whoa Rudolph Template (retired)

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Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Fancy Whites | Papers by Pink Reptile Designs Holly Element Pack by Amber LaBau Gilded Winter Element Pack by Amy Wolff Gilded Winter Paper Pack by Amy Wolff Whoa Rudolph Template (retired)

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Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Mod Style – Holiday Kit by Etc by Danyale Fancy Whites | Papers by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season | Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs Holly Days Element Pack by Amy Wolff The Sparkly Season | Papers by Pink Reptile Designs Whoa Rudolph Template (retired)

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Fancy Whites | Papers by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Alphas by Pink Reptile Designs Mod Holiday Paints by Etc. by Danyale Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Shimmer Elements by One Little Bird Gilded Winter Elements by Amy Wolff Whoa Rudolph Template (retired)

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The Sparkly Season Papers by Pink Reptile Designs The Sparkly Season Elements by Pink Reptile Designs Ink Pad Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs Storyteller 2016 :: Stamps *N* Styles – December Add-on by Just Jaimee Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Whoa Rudolph Template (retired)

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City Sidewalks by Amber LaBau The Sparkly Season Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Whoa Rudolph Templates (retired)

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Storyteller 2016 – Holly Collab by Just Jaimee and Anita Designs Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Whoa Rudolph Templates (retired)

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Shimmer Papers by One Little Bird Shimmer Elements by One Little Bird In Stitches Elements by Etc. by Danyale Ink Pad Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs Storyteller 2016 :: Stamps *N* Styles – December Add-on by Just Jaimee Date Minder Set by Etc. by Danyale Whoa Rudolph Templates (retired)

The QR code on the last one is to a recording I did of C’s concert. My phone cut off before the very end. One day soon I will have my Life in Pockets updated as well hahaha. Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend! Peace, out…