Monday, December 31, 2012

Snow Cold

ScrapRoom's January kit will be revealed sometime today, and boy is it a good one.  For my sneak layout, I got to use Little Yellow Bicycle's Winterings.  LOVE the blues, browns, and creams.  So pretty!  

Snow Cold

Since the embellishments in the kit were all snow related, I had to dig deep in my picture stash for this layout.  We've only had snow twice in the last ten years and those pictures were already scrapped.  I found a cute picture of my little guy all bundled up.  It was his blue eyes that really made me pick this one though.  Despite the red in his jacket, I like how it looks with the papers.

Burlap!  How awesome that LYB included bits of burlap in their embellishments.  Too cute!  All that you see in that little cluster came in my kit.  

I grabbed some Thickers from my stash to finish off my title area.  I couldn't believe how well they worked on this page.  Every time that happens, I think to myself, "See, you do need all 1,057 packs of sticker letters."  Not quite that many.  But almost.

I hope you have a Happy New Year!  I'll see you in 2013 with some more January projects for the ScrapRoom.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Project Life: Renewed and Recommitted

About this time last year, I received my Project Life Amber Edition kit in the mail.  As soon as January started, I jumped right in snapping pictures and creating weekly spreads.  And then I shared them online and with my family and friends.  Here's a couple of spreads from way back when.

Week Two

Week Three

And then other scrappy obligations started piling up, and I just couldn't keep up.  I set Project Life aside unsure of where I would go with it.  I thought maybe I'd just restart it in 2013.  After going back to teaching in August, I found that I was scrapbooking even less so the simplicity of Project Life started calling to me again.  The idea of fewer products and albums and layouts stacking up was exactly the jumpstart that I needed.

And why ditch the whole project just because I'm so behind?  I've always been behind in scrapping my pictures, so why should Project Life be any different.  Simple thought, but for some reason . . . enlightening.  I decided that I would continue with my 2012 album right from where I left off.  I went to Pinterest for some inspiration and jumped right back in.  

Week Four

Since this will now be my main form of scrapbooking, I decided to venture away from the Amber Core Kit that I bought last year and use up some of those scrapping supplies that have been piling up for a while.  So excited about that part!  For this one, I used My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday.  It had all the colors in my photos. 

Those chipboard alphas are so old.  Pink Paislee Weathered Wood 365 Degrees.  Love them!!!

Ok, I think I've used that maple leaf punch like twice in the ten years that I've owned it.  If it weren't such a small punch, I probably would've gotten rid of it long ago.  Glad I didn't.

This 6x4 slot might just be my favorite.  I used my Silhouette Cameo (an awesome new toy I got for Christmas) to cut the shape out of butter colored cardstock and then backed it with patterned paper.  So fun!  I've got a slew of new cuts just waiting to be used in my Project Life album.

I am renewed and recommitted to finishing my 2012 Project Life album.  Right from where I am.  And since I'm almost a year behind, all the upcoming 2013 blog posts and pins will just encourage me to keep going.  

What about you?  Did you finish your PL 2012?  Did you fizzle?  Are you going to pick it back up?  Did you do a major catch up?  Share your tips and tricks.  I'd love to know how you've kept up or caught up.

Happy Scrappin'!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Teaching Blog Update

I fixed the settings on my teaching blog (Life Between Summers) so that it is not invite only.  For those of you that couldn't follow before, I hope you'll pop back over and see what's going on.  And since I was already tinkering, I decided to give it an update.  The template I had uploaded before was busy, busy.  I needed clean lines and vibrant colors, so I made a new header.  Fun stuff!

If you know of any teaching blogs that I need to check out, please let me know.  I'm always on the hunt for new ideas to improve my teaching.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stampin Up Clearance

Over 300 new Clearance Rack items have been added to the Online Stampin Up Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last! And for the first time ever, stamps are included at up to 40% off.

I've got my Christmas money in hand, and I'm off to spend it!  See ya soon with some projects.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Check Out My Other Blog

As you may have noticed, I don't post here very often anymore.  And as you may know, it's because I've gone back to teaching full time.  I've started a new teaching blog called Life Between Summers.  Just wanted to invite you over.  If you have any teacher friends, I'd love for them to stop by.  And if you have a teaching blog, please share.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Card Photo Shoot Outtakes

Today was the day I planned to get the dreaded annual Christmas Card Photo Shoot done.  So, I dressed up the kids, grabbed some props, and headed to the backyard.  There wasn't much thought or planning that went into it because we have been so busy for the last couple of months.  I crossed my fingers, made a couple of bribes, and started snapping like crazy.  Funny thing is, I think I like the outtakes more than the final shot.

Just so ya know . . . there is not a picture of my kids in sock monkey Santa hats on my card.  I grabbed those in a half-ditch effort to coordinate my kids' outfits and actually plan the look.  I knew as soon as they put them on that I needed to go to plan B.  The kraft letters on my mantel.  Just goes to show you that sometimes winging it is better.