Thursday, December 24, 2015

December Daily 2015 Week 3

Moving right along with my December Daily album.

DEC 13

DEC 14
I had my Christmas cards made at Minted.com this year.  I'm happy with the way they turned out.  My brother took this photo of our family during Thanksgiving.

I tucked the little crafts that Noel gave the kids into the pockets after they completed them.

DEC 15
The kids received letters from Santa in the mail today.  They were postmarked from the North Pole. 

Poor Ethen got a little bad news in his letter.  I wasn't sure how he was going to react to it.  He read it intently, and then had a little smile when he got finished.  Thankfully he didn't burst into tears.  Poor Santa just can't give everyone all of the things they want for Christmas.

DEC 16

DEC 17

DEC 18 
So much hype about the movie.  I was so excited!  I am a huge fan.  Reality is that I was crushed and in a bad mood for days after I saw it.  I'm totally angry at JJ for ruining my Star Wars world.

DEC 19

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December Daily 2015 Week 2

Here are my layouts for December 6-12:

DEC 6
DEC 7
DEC 8
Despite the warm temperatures, we had fog nearly every morning this week.  To mix it up, I trimmed a column of 2x2 page protectors and embellished it with tags for a small page.
DEC 9
The jingle sticker and snowflakes are from Heidi Swapps O What Fun collection.  I had the music washi tape already in my collection (not sure who the manufacturer is).
DEC 10
The Relief Society Dinner photos were really dark, warm, and gritty.  Converting them to black and white eliminates all of the distractions in the photo.
DEC 11
Turns out the kids don't like coconut, but they thanked Noel for the sweet treat anyway.
DEC 12
Houston Symphony puts on a Family Series that has concerts on Saturday mornings that only last an hour.  Kids are encouraged to dress up and sing along.  Ethen had so much fun at the Halloween one wearing his Harry Potter costume, that he decided to wear it again.  


Here is a fun video clip of us singing to the orchestra.  Maya got a compliment on how well she sings from the lady in front of her. ;)  We all felt like Elsa singing with a full orchestra (except maybe Dad, who would if he would just "Let It Go..."



Sunday, December 6, 2015

December Daily 2015 Week 1

I'm getting started on my December Daily album for 2015.  This has been a tradition for me since 2009.  I am using Bella Blvd products this year, from their Christmas Cheer and Christmas Countdown collections.  I chose a pink polka dot Project Life 6x8 album from Becky Higgins that I picked up at Michaels to put it in this year.

Here's a look at my title page.  I sewed some colorful sequins in the pocket.



DEC 1
Noel arrived as usual on December 1st.  This time she had a request for the kids to fill a box with old toys to donate.  It was a hard thing for them to part with their toys, but they did manage to put a few things in the box.

Once again I made my own Lego advent calendar.  This year I divided the Lego Winter Toy Shop into 24 groups.  I got some milk carton boxes from Michaels and decorated them with bows from Recollections and numbers from Heidi Swapp's Oh What Fun collection.

DEC 2
Noel took sELFies with our devices.  The kids were mystified how she was able to get one on the old iPad that doesn't have a camera.  She sure is sneaky!  The cute elf stickers came from Michaels.

I got the tree set up today, and the kids decorated it after they got home from school.  I'm currently also working on an ornament mini album that documents where each ornament came from.  This has been a project of mine for years now.  I'm hoping to get it up-to-date this year.

DEC 3
The "glisten" word came from Heidi Swapp's Oh What Fun collection currently in Joann Stores.

DEC 4

DEC 5


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2014 December Layouts

And the book is done - sent to the publisher!  Here are a look at the final few pages.