Monday, December 15, 2014

December... Daily? (maybe just twice)

Hey there. I love December Daily!  Well, I love the idea of it. I love the idea of documenting this time of year, with so many fun traditions and special memories. However, I'm not really great at doing it. In fact, I never really commit to doing it because I know I won't be able do complete it, at least not in the sense of documenting something each day. But I do want to document our various holiday activities, and there are SO many awesome holiday products I'm dying to use that I always seem to create something.

But between my dead EHD, the added stress and busyness of this time of year, and a kid who doesn't like to go to bed (ahem... DANIEL), I haven't had much of a chance to play. I finally cranked out a couple of pages! These my be the only pages I get done, but at least it's something!

created with Memory Pockets Monthly: JOY; Joyful Papers, Joyful Elements, and Pocket Full of Joy by Stolen Moments Design; Bebas Neue font

created with Dashing Collection; Holiday Spots, DOTW Stamps & Transparency Journal Cards by Digital Design Essential, Pea MelodyShay font

For the first layout, I used the Memory Pockets Monthly collection plus some add-ons by Stolen Moments: 

For the second page, I used a bunch of new things from Digital Design Essentials. Gina has been adding new things to the shop almost daily, plus tons of freebies on the blog!
We'll see if I get anything else scrapped... hope you're having a wonderful December too!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Goodbye MSA!

My Scrapbook Art is closing its doors in a little less than a month. It's sad to see a site that's been around for many years go away! I've been blogging there for the past couple of years and have really enjoyed being a part of the team and being so inspired by the gallery and blog posts. It was one of the few open galleries left, but I can see it was time to let it go. I know Jen (the owner) poured a lot into keeping the site going, but the truth is people just aren't hanging out there anymore. 

The sliver lining is that there's a beautiful farewell collab kit available from some of our talented past sponsors including Allison Pennington, Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, Jacque Larsen, Gennifer Bursett, Sissy Sparrows, Snips 'n Snails,  Fiddle Dee Dee Designs, Sugary Fancy, Tracey Martin, and Little Butterfly Wings. This kit is really pretty, and includes more than just what you see in the preview:

I used this kit to create a page for this months journaling challenge, which is to journal about goodbye or a "last" something. I kept it light by scrapping about saying goodbye to my yellow living room and changing it to a mellow blue. Come play along, one last time!

created with the MSA farewell collab kit, Hello... Goodbye; Housegrind and The Reed fonts

A very fond farewell to MSA... you will be missed!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 49 & and sadness...

Ugh. Sadly, I have lost my ENTIRE scrapping stash. I did everything I was supposed to - I had it all on an external hard drive which was backed up to my CrashPlan account (cloud back up service) - or so I thought. My hard drive died over the Thanksgiving holiday, which was confirmed by the Geek Squad guy at Best Buy. So I got into my CrashPlan account and my files aren't there. My computer hard drive is all backed up (but I didn't keep scrapping stuff there), and some of my external drive, but it looks like the last few years aren't on there. I'm still dealing with CrashPlan to figure out why it wasn't continuously backing up my EHD, but I've pretty much lost hope of recovering those files. Needless to say, this has been a HUGE mojo killer.

I had a ton of Pixels & Company stuff, and now with most of those designers gone and setting up shop at The Digital Press, I can't just go back in and download that stuff. (That includes my PL template, by Laura Passage.) Luckily, I will be able to recover everything from the designers who stayed at P&Co, since they keep your download links forever.

I also had a TON of product from The Lilypad. They only keep download links for a month though, so I was only able to re-download a few things. I had to re-download the collection I used for this PL spread.

And of course, I had various other things from all over digi land, much of it kits for sites like My Scrapbook Art that only offer them for a limited time before they're gone forever. :( I'm just really bummed about it. I'm trying to keep it all in perspective- this is SUCH a first world problem - but it's still pretty disappointing. I've also spent countless hours organizing and tagging my product in ACDSee and it all feels like such a waste.

Le sigh... anyway, I'm still trying to scrap, despite my loss. I made the template myself, with square corners because I'm lazy but I do like the rounded better. Being on Jaimee's team, I am able to re-download things if I need to use them again, so I grabbed the December Storyteller to use on this spread. Isn't that card with the animals and trees the cutest? I also love the cut out words cards in this kit, and had to use one. It's beginning to look like Christmas around here!

created with December Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee; template by me, The Reed and Bebas Neue fonts

Left side:

Right side:

So, thanks for reading/listening to my sob story! Maybe go check your back up, just to make sure...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Family Photo Shoot

Last week, Pixels & Company announced its new monthly subscription. I'm so excited about this! The collection is huge and it has options for pocket scrapping, more traditional scrapping, and even a bonus product - this month is a set of gorgeous printables. 

Beautiful, right?! There are so many possibilities with this collection! I broke it out earlier this week to create a spread that will be in insert in my Project Life album. While we were on Thanksgiving break, we had a big family photo shoot with everyone in my husband's family. I snapped a bunch of phone photos and used them to create this:

created with Joyful Digital Scrapbook Collection and Joyful Everyday Life Journaling Cards by the Pixels and Company designers; Page 2 Templates vol. 1 by Meredith Cardall

What I love about the subscription (besides the fact that is gorgeous and HUGE!) is that you have the option to subscribe for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months, and the longer you subscribe the more savings you get! I'm thinking this would be an AWESOME Christmas gift for the digital scrapper in your life - it's the gift that keeps on giving all year long! I can't wait to play around with this collection some more!

Holiday Traditions

We have quite a few different holiday traditions, and one of my very favorites is a trip to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights. Oddly enough, we usually don't make it until the week after Christmas, but it is still a big part of our celebrating! I made a page using some Instagram photos from our visit last year:

created with 2014 December Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee; Harting font

I used the big & beautiful December Storyteller from Just Jaimee. There are so many fun things, I was barely able to scratch the surface with this layout. I can't wait to use this collection again for some December Project Life pages!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Do You Elf?

I know there are a lot of elf lovers out there, as well as some pretty passionate elf haters. Our elf, Fritz, came to us three years ago and has created a lot of Christmas magic for our family. He isn't one of those super mischievous elves... he just likes to keep and eye on things from different places around the house. He is much beloved by the children in our home, and an important part of our December traditions & celebrations. This new pocket collection by Just Jaimee and Mommyish was the perfect thing to document our elf.

created with Real Life In Pockets - Shelf Elf by Mommyish and Just Jaimee; Project Grids vol. 2 templates by Amy Martin; Deming and Handy George fonts

In fact, Fritz always makes an appearance on November 29 - that's today! We are out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday until tomorrow... I wonder if he will be waiting for us when we get home?! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

... these are few of my favorite things!  (This song is totally stuck in my head.  And now yours, probably.) I wanted to share a pretty and easy way to wrap gifts this holiday season.  We are heading out of town for Thanksgiving later today, and we'll be seeing our entire family on my husband's side. We are going to do a big family gift exchange while we're together.  I'm explaining this just so you know I'm really not that on top of my game this year - this is the only Christmas shopping & wrapping I've done so far!

But the wrapping... I love wrapping gifts. I saw these tags in the Pixels & Company shop and knew I had to use them. I went with a kraft paper and baker's twine to keep it simple, and helped myself to some of my neighbor's evergreen sprigs (snip, snip!).  I think it turned out simple and lovely.

brown paper packages, tied up with string... made even prettier with Fair Isle Festive - Tags by Celeste Knight

To print the tags I just arranged some of them on an 8.5x11 canvas in Photoshop Elements (I resized a few of them), printed on white cardstock, and cut with scissors. Very fast and easy!

I simply remember my favorite thiiings.... anyway, thanks for stopping by! Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!