Saturday, December 20, 2014

December Traditions | Gingerbread House & Pinterest

I've got a couple more additions to my December traditions album. My book is moving  right along!

Lauren's Sweet Creations | Gingerbread House journaling reads:
Lauren was excited to make ginger- bread houses in her German class today. She teamed up with her friends Madison Swanson, Emily Frazier and Emma Swanson. Isn't the house and winter scene they made adorable? I wish she could have taken it home! Lauren was in charge of making the Christmas trees (she frosted ice cream cones). Didn’t they turn out pretty?! I love the added touch of powdered sugar and coconut snow!

Pinteresting journaling reads:
Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration for Christmas ideas (and all year long). * A “PIN” inspired me to browse through old family photos and use them as gift tags. Looking at the wrapped gifts under our tree this year is like looking at an old family photo album. It’s so awesome! * A couple years ago a PIN inspired me to create a book every year with all the Christmas cards we get. Too bad I saw the idea DAYS after I threw out years of Christmas cards. Ugh! * A PIN inspired me to snap photos of people from their Christmas cards to use as contact photos on my iPhone. * I showed Scott the PIN of a photo of a family on their devices as an idea for a Christmas card. I didn’t end up using the idea, but my friend Ann Marie did! * And, of course Lauren and I frequently use recipes we find on Pinterest. * Who knows what else we’ll come up with before the season is over! It’s fun, fun stuff!

Here's a little FYI for you. I discovered and started pinning on Pinterest shortly after it was launched in 2010. I later introduced Pinterest to my nieces (who had never heard of it before) and now they’re completely hooked too. I’m going to call myself the cool aunt. Wink. Wink. lol!

Credits for Gingerbread House page:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
Santa's Bake Shop by Misty Cato
borders by Samantha Walker
Bakers Twine by Splendid Fiin
Ornaments Collection No. 1 by Katie Pertiet

Credits for Pinterest page:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
(border) Al Fresco Elements by Nancie Rowe Janitz
Glitter Gloss Styles by Karla Dudley Design
stitching from Hello by Creashens

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Travel the World | Dusseldorf Weinachtsmarkt

For the past several years my husband has spent a week in Germany in mid-November for a medical show. During his time there my uncle Andreas and cousin Reinhold have always met him in Dusseldorf and they’ve spent an afternoon visiting, having lunch and wandering around the city. My husband's stay has always coincided with the start of Weihnachtsmarkt so it’s a great kickoff to the Christmas season!

Created using:

This Year 2014 Vacation by Scotty Girl Design; Stylin #78 Wood Veneer Style by Mommyish; wood paper from Be Joyful by Gennifer Bursett

December Traditions - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's been a few days since I've made a page for my December traditions album. We've had sickness in the house (and just when I thought we were done with sickness my son came down with a stomach bug today). Anyway ... that means we haven't done a whole lot of Christmas-y stuff to include in my album. Finally tonight I set up the tripod and snapped a photo of the living room. I knew I wanted to have a full page photo of the heart of our Christmas ... the living room. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It's not a perfect photo, but I was able to talk cheerfully with our adorable dog the entire time the photo was being exposed and I even got her to stay put, so I'm happy!

This weekend we'll do some baking, etc. so I'll have more pages I can make. I'm thinking I may even include recipes on my pages. I'm excited! 

Anyway ... I just thought I'd share ...

I hope you're all having a joyous Christmas season!

Created using:

papers from Merriment by Mye De Leon, Confectionary by Gennifer Bursett and Buttoned Up Holiday by Katie Pertiet Designs

Monday, December 15, 2014

I'm not short! lol!

Isn’t this sweet? My son's arm is around his sister. Awww! Is it love? Sure. But he’s also doing it because he’s trying to keep her from standing on her tiptoes cuz she was trying not to look short next to him. They make me laugh!

Materials used:
Be Joyful mini kit, journal cards and template by Gennifer Bursett

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Traditions - Watching Home Alone and memories of my dad

My December traditions album wouldn't be complete if I didn't talk about the movie Home Alone. We always watch that movie over the Christmas season. It's most definitely a family favorite. Besides being a side-splitting, hilarious movie, it also brings back memories of my dad. I always remember how much my Dad laughed when we were watching Home Alone the last Christmas we spent together back in 2004. So now whenever I watch the movie I always think of him and that makes me happy!

Materials used:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
+ various other this and that from other kits. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Project Life | Week 49

Geez ... I've been so wrapped up in my December traditions album I almost forgot to make my Project Life pages for last week. (Whew! I'm caught up again!

Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
Light Strings No. 1 by Katie Pertiet
Styled #127 Beveled Leather Action by Mommyish
sad face from the internet

Friday, December 12, 2014

December Traditions/Favorites - Kids' Art Wall

I've kept my kids Christmas art projects since they were babies. They're 18 and 15 years old now and these projects mean even more to me now. I absolutely LOVE the whole process of hanging up all of these projects in my hallway and looking at them whenever I pass by. It's definitely a big part of the Christmas season (and December in general) so I wanted to include it in my December traditions album!

Created using Mye De Leon's Merriment and Peppermint Winter Collections

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Traditions: Favorite Childhood Christmas Memory

I'm enjoying making my December book as a traditions book this year! I made this page about a favorite childhood Christmas memory of mine ... now I want to see if my husband has a memory he can share and that I can put on a page too! Maybe I'll include a page from my kids when they were little too. Hmmm ... I have to put some thought into this!

Until the next page ...

Materials used:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
Blendable Layers No. 13 by Katie Pertiet Designs
Frosty Fun brushes by Nancie Rowe Janitz
Ready Made Christmas Borders No. 2 by Studio DD

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Traditions: Fontanini Nativity

I stayed home from work today. My teenage daughter is sick and I decided that I don't have that much more time that I'll get to hang out and take care of my kids when they're sick so I stayed home with her.  I'm so glad that I did. It meant I had time to chat with her AND time to be creative and work on my December book. Nice!

On a side note ... I was watching Frosty the Snowman with my daughter and she told me that she had wondered why I stayed home with her because she would have been fine alone, but she said that she was really glad I stayed with her. Yay! :)

Created using:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter by Mye De Leon
Blendable Layers No. 13, Post Marked Holidays by Katie Pertiet Designs
Hoilday Overlays by Nancie Rowe Janitz

December Traditions: Favorite Mugs

Gifts that make someone smile and think happy thoughts of a person every single time they're used have got to be the best gifts, right?!

These mugs make me so happy ... I knew they HAD to have their own page in my traditions/favorites book!

Materials used:
Merriment and Peppermint Winter kits by Mye De Leon
Messy Stitched Rectangles by Katie Pertiet

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy 18th birthday!

I completely forgot to share this page. I've got grand plans. For 6 or 7 years I've been making number pages for my kids birthdays. Now that my son is 18 I'd like to make a bound book. I'm going to stop making the # pages at 18 (I'm a little sad about that) so my thought is that I'll go back to the previous 10 or so years and make # pages for the earlier years. That's a bigger project than it sounds like because so many of the years are pre-digital so I need to do lots of scanning. I do not enjoy scanning but I'll do it! I want to get it done before my son's graduation in the spring. I thought I'd also make a facing page for each of the years and do a large spotlight photo on the facing page. Hopefully now that I've actually written this down I'm committed! lol! Wish me luck!

FYI, I can't believe my son is 18 years old! Time flies. He's an awesome, awesome kid!

Materials used:
Karla Dudley Designs | Butterfly kit, Dreamer Frames, The Good Stuff Buttons, Anywhere Frames; Creasers Vol. 1 by LivE Designs

December Traditions Album ... 3 more pages!

I've got 3 more pages to share for my December traditions album. I've got 5 pages done already. I'm feeling pretty good about it. I'm keeping it simple and I think that's always a good plan when trying to put together an entire album in a month! 

I've used a few miscellaneous elements on these pages but for for the vast majority of it I'm sticking with Mye De Leon's Merriment and Peppermint Winter Collections. They have such a great color scheme!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another 2-page Thanksgiving celebration page!

Here's another 2-page layout that I made for Thanksgiving. I designed it so that it coordinates with the walk around Bill's Pond page that I posted last night. So you can see how the pages coordinate, I'll post the Bill's Pond page as well.

Have a great night!

Materials used for the Thankgiving pages:

Katie Pertiet Designs: (1) Taped Together Frames No. 2, (2) Photo Clusters No. 31, (3) Taped Together Overlays No. 2, (4) Blendable Layers No. 13; (5) Christmas Letterbox Clusters, (6) Leaf Clusters No. 1, (7) Leaf Clusters No. 1, (8) Really Big Leaves No. 1, (9) Happy Words (gathering); (10) File Tab Words Fall, (11) Spooling Sentiments No. 1

Splendid Fiins: At the Office Evidence Date Stamps
Sweet Caroline Studios: Water Color Overlays; Noted Elements (coffee stains)
Brandy Butchersly: Ephemera Pack (dictionary paper)
Audacious Designs: Pop A Cork Alpha (coffee stain)
LivE Designs: Creasers
Wishing Well Creations: Thankful (clock & wood date stick)
Michelle Coleman: Leaves
Patti Knox: Epoxy Extravaganza Thanksgiving (epoxies)

Anita Designs: Fresh Start Elements (fabric flower)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Walking in a Winter Wonderland (Walking around/on Bill's Pond)

We had a lot of fun walking around/on Bill's Pond when we were up north for Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day! We were talking on the walk and I don't think that in all the years my parents and then the Sengers have owned the resort (30+ years) that - to my recollection at least - I have ever walked on Bill's Pond. Weird! (Then again ... while I am a Minnesotan, I really am not fond of walking on frozen lakes. It kinda freaks me out!) It was fun walk though!

Materials used:
Katie Pertiet Designs:
Blendable Layers No. 13
From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 2
Dictionary Blendables
Mixed Stamp Titles No. 2
Winter Woods Kit
Christmas Linen Buttons
Taped Together Overlays No. 1
Taped Together Overlays No. 2
King Me Papers
Page Blends No. 4
Christmas Letterbox Clusters
Doily Edger No. 4
Watery Spots No. 5
Taped Together Photo Clusters No. 40
Wooden Alpha No. 16
Memorable Spots Months
Capped Winter
Tied Fasteners No. 3

Celeste Knight: Watercolor Overlays
Jodie Lee: Floral Overlay
Designs by Dani: A Little Christmas & Chill Out

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 December Traditions Album (the designing of a Christmas Card & Favorite Childhood Song)

Happy December! I started my December album tonight. It feels good to get it started. The first page or two are always the most challenging for me. This year I'm approaching my December album more as a traditions/favorites/observations kind of album and not so much a page-a-day kind of album that I've made in the past. My plan is to make pages as I think of topics I want to include. (I have created a list on my phone so I can jot ideas down as they come to me.) It's all about flexibility this year! I'm taking Traci Reed Designs' My Digital December class at Scrapaneers so I'm relying on the class to help me with prompts, ideas and inspiration. 

FYI, I'm going to use various items for this album but for the most part, to keep it simple and consistent, I'll focus mainly on using Mye De Leon's Merriment and Peppermint Winter Collections.

Have I ever mentioned that I love Google? My favorite childhood Christmas song is Morris the Moose from this old Peppermint Candy Kids album - yes album. I wanted to include the lyrics and the album cover. I couldn't take a photo of the album cover because my sister has the album so I did a Google search and was able to come up an image of the album cover AND someone had typed up the lyrics. It's like it was meant to be don't you think?

Are you doing December Daily or some version thereof? Link me up in the comments if you are ... I'd love to check out your pages for inspiration!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Project Life Week 48 + Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (those of you in the U.S.!).

I had a odd situation this week for Project Life. I of course wanted to make a second 2-page spread to highlight Thanksgiving, but for my "regular" week I had almost no photos. I decided to include more journal cards and do more writing. I also updated my Facebook individual and design page as well as my blog header and I also made a Christmas card so I thought ... what the heck ... I'll include that too. I still managed to fill up the week!

FYI, for all 4 pages I used Mye De Leon's Snuggle Up Collection. Isn't it a fun collection?! For the first part of the week I also used the Merriment Alpha which is also by Mye De Leon.

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Merry Christmas! (Yes ... Thanksgiving is officially over so Christmas is beginning!) ;)

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving today! The "official" U.S. Thanksgiving Turkey Day is over so it's time to get the Christmas card going! OK ... to clarify ... Thanksgiving is not over for my family because we've got another big German-themed Thanksgiving celebration to look forward to on Saturday! :)

I like to get my Christmas card going early when I can (in part because I want to be able to pick my cards up before the incredibly long crazy lines start at the photo center at Costco) so I sat down for a while this morning before the rest of the family got up and made our Christmas cards. It's early but it's still time to share ...

I used Mye De Leon's I Collect Memories Merriment Collection. This Collection is just so darn cute! I've used it several times already in the short week I've had the kit!

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Project Life | Week 47

I used my friend Mye De Leon's gorgeous new I Collect Memories Merriment Collection to make this week's Project Life pages. The entire collection is on sale for only $10 through tomorrow at Snap Click Supply Co. in case you want to check out an awesome deal!

It seems like the focus this week was on driving. My daughter got her drivers permit ... she is positively thrilled! Also, my son got into a fender bender at a parking lot this week.  No one was hurt so really - the fact that no one was hurt is all that really matters. Other than that, it was quite an expensive lesson, but we are so proud of how he handled himself. He left a note on the car he hit and has been taking responsibility. Scott was out of town the beginning of the week so Grant did all the talking with the other car owner earlier the week. This kid is growing up. What a great kid! Yes, I'm going to call him a kid. He's not 18 for another week so I get to say kid for a few more days, right? 

Materials used:

I Collect Memories Merriment Collection by Mye De Leon (+ twig from Peppermint Winter)

My sister and me back in 1965! (I couldn't resist the old photo!)

I'm pretty caught up on my recent photos. Yay - and weird! When that happens I think it's fun to go back and scrap some really old photos. Here's a photo of my middle sister, Karen, and me taken circa 1965. I love this picture!

Materials used:
(paper and edging) Sugarplum Paperie's Heart Art Open Book Papers and Heart on the Edge
(pink floral paper): Pink Paislee's Sweetness Paper Pack
Tender Moments LT Template (altered) by Katie Pertiet
(smears) Mye De Leon's Happiness Lies Within Smears
(viewfinder) Lori Whitlock's Office Oriented Frames
(lace Trim) Gennifer Bursett's Simply Adore You

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Feeling Nostalgic this morning (my kiddos - 12 years ago!!!)

Feeling nostalgic ... 

Journaling reads:
As I write this, Grant is just days shy of being 18 years old and Lauren is 15 years old and went driving for the first time yesterday. WOW! I ran across these photos and they made me smile. Geez ... I sure do love the adorable kidlets they were back then and the awesome young adults they are now!

Created using:
Everyday Flair, Hello Stitches and Watercolor No. 1 Journal Cards by Creashens

Lift from Jan Sowder

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Love. Love. Love.

For some reason I don't get a lot of photos of both of my kids and me. I loved these photos of the kids and me when we were on vacation this summer and of course wanted to scrap it! Love these kids!

Materials used:
Gennifer Bursett: Blueprint No. 9, Simply Adore You kit; Made of Awesome papers (chalkboard paper), Indian Summer (pink flower), Toolbox Mists Vol. 7

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Accepted! (Michigan Tech)

A happy, fun page to share tonight! This page started out entirely different. Darker. Vintage-y. Different. I showed my page in progress to my daughter and she and I decided with the bright playful design of the "READ ME" book that the page needed to be more fun. Well I think I accomplished that. I really like Just Jaimee's super fun storyteller kits! They're so full of paint and colors and playful stuff. Plain and simple ... fun stuff!

Materials used:
Border Line frame brushes by Splendid Fiins

Delight in the little things

The hubby has been traveling his week so I've been catching up on scrapping. Love making pages and being productive!

Materials used:
Layer Works No 231 by Studio DD
Vintage Findings papers by Jen Allison

Floral Overlays by Jodi Lee Designs

Living Stations of the Cross

This past Easter my daughter volunteered to help out presenting the Living Stations of the Cross at our church. We were so proud of her. It took a lot of time, but she really enjoys helping out at church etc. We sure are proud of this girl!

Materials used:
In Other Words Kit (papers) by Taylor Made Designs
Coffee Stains by Agnes Biro
Photo Clusters No. 7, Taped Together Overlays No. 1, Linen Buttons, Hey There Kit (doily) and Spot Dot Brushes by Katie Pertiet
Bermuda Triangle (tag) by Pixels & Co.
Paint Mist by Splendid Fiins
Blush (stitches) by Mye De Leon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sharing a couple pages ... sweet memories

Last Friday was a girls night. My husband was traveling and my son was working for my daughter an I went out shopping to get new UGG boots, had dinner at Panera and then we came home and she baked to her heart's content. It was a fun evening!

Materials used for Making Sweet Memories page:
Confectionary kit by Gennifer Bursett
stitches by Robyn Meierotto