Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Days of December 2014 | Week 2

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

I tucked the journaling tag right between the two letters to Santa, and it can be pulled out and read.

Day 10

Day 11

This tag is off of the gift bag that Noel brought.  I have to make a note here that I made Ethen's shirt!  Noel is getting the credit as far as my kids are concerned (about a lot of things actually :), but I doubt they'll be reading this so I can tell the secret.

I searched for a deer silhouette image on the internet and brought the file into my Silhouette Portrait software to trace.  Then I got some iron-on adhesive transfer and stuck it to a shirt I bought from Target.  Easy as pie!   

Day 12

This is another Project Life 6x6 memorabilia pocket.  I used it to store the program from the live nativity.

I just pasted a piece of paper to the back of the memorabilia pocket to add some journaling.

Day 13

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Days of December 2014 | Week 1

This year I am continuing my tradition of documenting each day in December.  These are always fun times, and my kids and I love to look through past years to see traditions developing and how things have changed.

This year I am using a Red Leather 6x8 Album from Simple Stories.  So far I haven't embellished the front cover at all.  I think I will just leave it plain this year.  Most of the paper and embellishments I am using inside come from the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright Collection.

Generally I try to document what Noel (our Scout Elf) has been up to, and also something that we did that day.



These wood veneer ornaments came from Target.



I cut "the halls" with my Silhouette Portrait using sticker paper.


I tucked my Christmas Card into a Project Life 6x6 Pocket.  The Special Delivery tag is a freebie from Pink Paislee.  On their blog they are offering a free item each day for download for their Countdown to Christmas.



It's hard to tell in the photo above, but this page just has some sequins sewn into the clear pockets. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lego Advent Calendar - DIY

So the last few years I have purchased a Lego advent calendar (you know the ones: Lego City, Lego Friends, and Star Wars) for $30-40.  I think they are so lame because they make only little tiny things that don't really belong to any set, and they don't really build on each other.

This year I have decided to make my own Lego advent calendar out of a Lego we actually want to build.  Lego releases a new installment of their winter village each year, so I purchased a Lego Creator Santa's Workshop

I then divided the set into 24 things to build.  I bought a small gift box kit from Michael's called Recollections Make It Christmas Boxes Kit. It came with 14 boxes to make and also the mini glitter bows that are attached to the presents.  I found some other boxes that were the sizes I needed at Walmart to bring the total to 24.

I was inspired by this advent calendar by Oh Happy Day! I saw on Pinterest, but I knew my boxes had to be large enough to hold lots of Legos.

They provided a free template to their fun flags, so I snagged that too. 

I also purchased a few trees from Walmart from 75¢ to $1.  I then tried to position my boxes so that each consecutive day would be ready to open without tearing the whole display apart and began gluing.  I glued the boxes shut for those curious hands that will undoubtedly peek and shake.

The kids are aching to begin this fun tradition.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Remembering Grandma

Grandma Becker and Maya - Oct 2007

  1. Spending a week each summer at her home in American Falls
  2. Swimming at Indian Springs
  3. Ring pops at the Circle K
  4. School shopping in Pocatello
  5. Blue Buick
  6. Staying up late to watch the weather
  7. Morning coffee
  8. Stargazing in the backyard
  9. Orange sofa
  10. Thanksgivings and Mother's Days
  11. Lying in the hammock in the front yard
  12. Tea parties in the basement
I have always known my grandma loved me.  I am so happy for the joyous reunions she is having now with her parents, August, Gus, Irene, Daniel, Herbert, and many others.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

February 2014 Layouts & Happy National Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Not to be confused with regular National Scrapbooking Day (which is in May).

To honor this sacred holiday I spent some time making some digital layouts for you to enjoy.  Here are my pages from February.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lost teeth and battleships, oh my!

So I've been doing pretty good at keeping to my goal of a page a day this week.  I've completed 3 more digital pages and 1 hybrid. 

I bought these cute Loose Tooth journaling cards from Rebecca Cooper's Simple As That store.  I modified them a bit to suit my page.  I'm going to print this layout because it's digital and then cut a hole in the page to put her letter to the tooth fairy.  Hopefully that works.

Friday, October 24, 2014


I've finished our family photos from last year.  Once again I used the Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Project Life Kit that is available only at Michaels.  It's hard to tell, but I cut out the LOVE with my Silhouette Portrait on gold foil paper (it looks black here).

 Again, it's super easy to duplicate these layouts and make them apply to both kids' albums.

Monday, October 20, 2014

January 2014 Layouts

So I'm challenging myself to make a page a day to get caught up on my scrapbooking.  I am just now getting started on my 2014 album and it's absurd how quickly the memories in my head fade.

We all know that once Halloween is over, then Christmas starts happening in full swing.  We are taking a week long vacation for Thanksgiving, and I already anticipate making a Cancun mini album, another December Daily album, and I've really got to make that ornament album I've been putting off for like 5 years.

Here is the start to my 2014 album.  I kept a lot of the same ideas that I loved last year, like the wooden background.  I just chose a lighter veneer.  Again I'm going to keep the base stuff the same -- it saves time and I liked the continuity it added to the finished album.  These pages really don't take a lot of time, so hopefully that goal isn't too lofty.  Here's to 2014 ... via October.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Maya is Turning 8!

My sweet angel baby. . .

. . . is still my sweet angel baby -- but now she's turning eight!

I took her to the Houston LDS Temple to take some pictures of her in her beautiful white baptism dress.  Looking at these pictures brings tears to my eyes.  She is an angel not only in appearance, but her personality has always been one of compassion, kindness, and always looking to help others.  Here are a few more pictures from the photo shoot.  She was patient with me as I snapped away for a long time in the hot, humid weather.

She hopped and skipped around for awhile.  It threatened thunderstorms all day, so I went a little early.  It ended up being too hot.  We had to take a dinner break and return closer to sunset.

I made her necklace literally 15 minutes before we left.  I followed this tutorial here from Simply Modern Mom blog.   It was so simple yet elegant.  I bought the pink beads at Michaels for 99¢ and some ribbon.

After we returned from dinner the sun was lower and the light was so much softer.  It made a big difference.

Quite a lot of silliness from her, but I love her for it.

Eight is great, sweetie!  I'm so proud of your decision to be baptized into the church.  I love you clear past the sky!

She was excited to "actually touch the temple."  One day that will seem so soon to me, she will get to go inside and be married; but for now, she is still my angel through all eternity.

Friends and family are invited to her baptism.  We'd love to see you there!