Wee bit o’ love

I may have mentioned this before…I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day.  My husband is supportive of my non-belief.  Here’s why….I think it’s a “Hallmark holiday” – an over-priced and unconvincing non-holiday that corporations dreamed up to increase sales when the masses are receiving their Christmas bills and are coming off of their New Years Resolutions of eating healthy, exercising more,  and saving money.  Plus I don’t need a day on a calendar to remind me to show my love to important people in my life. OK…rant over 🙂

You may be relieved to know that I do not insist that everyone around me adhere rigidly to my belief. Of course the boys take Valentines to school and all that. I even try to make a Valentine card for my boys in order to “participate as a normal member of society.” But I don’t go out or make a big expensive fuss.

For Liam, who has an email address I think I will email him his Valentine this year.  That will be a new one.

I started with the As You See It Assortment Challenge to create my digital Valentine.

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then I threw in a dash of the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #78

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And here is how it turned out:

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I liked it fairly simple. I added lots of things and ended up taking them all back off – working digitally is cool like that…no glue!  Even with the hearts and the purple I don’t think it is too girly or frilly to send to my pre-teen boy.  We’ll see how this goes down 😉
Do you exchange Valentine’s with anyone?  Have you ever send an e-Valentine? Would you?

Happy New Year

Did you have a great holiday and new year?  We certainly have! This is the first time (in we can’t remember how long) that we have not had a schedule or places to go or people to see or anything at all to do. This has been a real staycation for us – thank goodness, ’cause we’ve needed it.

The first of the year marks the end of my December daily…to see all that we have been up to and to see my photos you can check out www.justforme365.wordpress.com that is where I keep my photos. I have been printing out many of the photos throughout the month and have been adding them to my Stampin’ Up pocket pages (so easy!) Just need to print off my last batch and then I’ll share the whole book (watch for that soon).

Our family always does a family photo on the first of the year, so I thought that would be the last page in my book.
For my page I used both the As You See It theme challenge this week and the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

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So, here is all that put together –

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What do you think? Do we look rested and ready to take on a new year? I hope so! Have a great 2014 everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent

Yah, I noticed it was December…thanks for mentioning it.  While we were away on the weekend, we did not drop off the Earth.

I have just not yet had time to get organized for our advent calendar….that is until today. Well, partially anyways.

Here’s the scoop…

I love the advent calendar. I grew up with the traditional chocolate one – even though I wasn’t a big fan of the chocolate (WHAT?!?! Yes, it’s true.).  But the countdown and the anticipation of the upcoming celebration is what gets me grinning.  I have organized a few different things for advent calendars in the past…. One has these teensy tiny board books that are also little ornaments with three pictures each day (this is a favourite and we pull it out year after year). Last year I made one up and divided lego kits with several new pieces each day.  This year will be different again.  I wanted to make something that would make memories, which would make us create space (and time) for holiday-ish stuff.  So, each day will have something for us to do together. I started by making up the advent pieces in My Digital Studio today.  Wanna see how them… They turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself)…

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Tomorrow I will print them out and write all of our activities (after I consult our family calendar), punch them out, and add the to our homemade advent calendar…then Bobs your Uncle I’ll be only a couple days behind….not too shabby.

I will try to update with a photo of the kiddos with the “final product”.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:
Paper: Joyful Times Designer Series Paper, Lemonade Stand DSP, and Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Days in December, Jolly Bingo Bits, Be Brave, and Lemonade Stand
Punches: Circle, Star, Modern Label

 

 

Driving through life…

Work and family commitments are in over-drive and I can’t get out of first gear! Unfortunately I do not have time for chit chat….on with the projects.

As You See It Challenge 013 this week is an exciting new challenge…
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Whatever your favourite stamp set is…use it!

I used Hello There digital stamp brushes to make two projects (because that is how committed I am…oh, and it was a requirement of our design team). I used the stamps, paper, and embellishments to make my first digital card, and a 12×12 page.

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So, what’s your favourite stamp set?

As You See It Colour Challenge

Truly, the colours for the As You See It Challenge this week are NOT my colours…. I’m not much of a pastel person whatsoever.

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But I managed to pull off a pastel scrapbook page. In fact it is a scrapbook page with my BOYS on it. I am impressed. I have stretched beyond my usual creative ground, that makes today a good day 🙂

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Ok, so perhaps this particular page does not jive with the current season. I opted to go with an Easter theme for these pastel colours.

I actually started with a designer template in My Digital Studio. The Special Delivery Subtle Kit already had the paper, embellishments, photo boxes, text boxes and a title all ready for me.  Here is the template I chose ->

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Then I just made it my own, by recolouring some of the paper and embellishments and adding a title that fit with my photos.  It came together VERY quickly.

Anyhoo….it goes to show that if I can use these colours, then ANYBODY can. Hope you play along with us at As You See It.

Seriously…I can’t stop!

I had this series of pictures of Chae helping Granny pick apples that I knew I wanted to scrapbook, and I found the perfect layout at ScrapMuch –

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And since I’ve been on such a digital scrapbooking spree, I figure why not ride it out?  It’s not all the time that I have the inspiration, motivation, or time to sit and work on these.

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These pages feature the Autumn Traditions Kit that was one of the kits that was one that I got for 50% off  during digital scrapbooking days.  And this is my first two-page spread in My Digital Studio *pats herself on the back*

I hope you are enjoying checking out all these digital pages that I have been making, and perhaps inspires you to make a page too.
Thanks for popping in.