Happy Mail Sent

Earlier this month, I made some happy mail envelopes with stickers and washi tapes and sent them to my sisters, sisters-in-law, and friend. It was a lot of fun to make and assemble.

The washi sample was made using a Project Life divider tab. The stickers were cut with the Silhouette Portrait. The mini envelopes (below) for the washi tapes were made following a Youtube tutorial by 49dragonflies.

These vellum envelopes were purchased from Michael’s about three years ago. Never really used them so was happy to finally put them to use.

Made these larger mailing envelopes using 12×12 Prima Marketing papers.

Sticker credits: Flamazing digital scrapbooking kit by Blagovesta Gosheva, Good Vibes by Webster’s Pages, Roots by Illustrated Faith, and Happy Place by Illustrated Faith.

Birthday Girl 2

Last week was pretty crazy with all the news about the Corona Virus. The kids are out of school for two weeks. This week is their spring break but they’re off next week as well. I’m kind of curious as to what the plans are after that. Anyway, hope everyone is staying healthy and being kind to each other.

Birthday girl 2 is my youngest. Her birthday was two days after birthday girl 1. A couple weeks before her birthday, in her rebelliousness, she got a pixie cut. No, she’s not really a rebel, but likes to think she is. She knows she’s very different and it’s her way of saying, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, I’m going to be me.”

I don’t often post photos of her or her activities. Swim isn’t a pretty sport and there’s really nothing to share. It’s all about speed. I did however, scrapbook some of her swim photos from one of the meets. The pages were done quickly so they’re not pretty or anything, but they do allow her form to show. The photos were taken by a professional.

The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.

Scrapbook.com Haul

This isn’t the full haul. I was planning on splitting it into a few different ones but I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of time especially because it’s the holiday season. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo and should be done here within the next few days. Then, I plan to work on December Daily.

Btw, my 21.5″ iMac died a couple of weeks ago. One afternoon, after a day at my daughter’s swim meet, I came home and turned on my computer and it wouldn’t turn on. Tried many times but it just wouldn’t turn on. A week later, I went and got a 27″ iMac. The screen is huge! I’m still trying to get used to it. The bad news is, with the new desktop, my Photoshop CS6 doesn’t work anymore. I contacted Adobe and they said CS6 is not compatible with Catalina (iOS). I cried a little. I’m still heart broken and have been having a very difficult time deciding if I want to get the CC. I am at 85%-ish in my decision to go forward with it. I’ve been researching other design/art software and just keep returning to Photoshop. It’s a hard decision. I’ll keep you all updated.

Anyway, enjoy this haul video.

The items listed are in order as they appear in the video.

  1. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – 12×12 Paper Pad with Foil Accents
  2. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Chipboard Stickers
  3. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Ephemera
  4. Kaiser Craft – Miss Betty Collection – 12×12 Single Sheet Pattern
  5. One Canoe Two – Golden Rod – Stickers
  6. Simple Stories – Simply Vintage Botanicals – Chipboard Stickers
  7. Tim Holtz Scribbles Layering Stencils (THS036)
  8. Tim Holtz Blossom Layering Stencils (THS031)
  9. Ranger Dylusions Border Stamp and Stencil **Item was purchased through A Cherry On Top.
  10. Jane Davenport Ultimate Waterproof Pen (free item)
  11. Scarpbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Roll 1/4”
  12. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 6×8 Paper Pad
  13. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 12×12 Combo Stickers
  14. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Chipboard Stickers
  15. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Mini Sticker Tablet
  16. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Foliage Bits and Pieces
  17. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Bits and Pieces

A Couple of Layouts

These are two layouts I finished yesterday. I also made a process video of the second layout and hope to share that soon. The journaling has always been the hardest part for me but when I flip through older layouts, I find that the journaling is what I’m drawn to.

Products used: Cut files by Wilna Furstenberg, ephemera by Prima, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors, stencils by Jane Davenport and Tim Holtz, Pentel Touch, Staedtler Pigment Pen, and Silhouette Portrait.

Mixed Media Layouts

My kids have been busy with summer activities so I haven’t had much time to do anything really.  Both the girls have left the world of dance.  One moved on to Poms and the other to swim – although swim is only for the summer.  I haven’t decided if I’ll be putting her in anything in the fall and winter.  She isn’t too enthusiastic about physical activities, except for maybe running, but even that I don’t think she takes very seriously.  I’m still looking for a voice coach for her because she’s very passionate about singing but I just can’t seem to find anyone in the area.

With the “no time” I have, I’ve somehow managed to finish four layouts I’ve tried to finish since March.  These layouts are from a year-long course I’ve been taking online by Wilna Furstenberg who is an amazing artist.  I’m actually taking two of her online classes: Art to Heart and Artventure.  Art to Heart focuses on the self following scriptures from the bible and Artventure focuses on family.  I’ve learned so much from these courses.  I’ve learned not to be afraid to mix different types of media and it’s been very fun and stress relieving, except for the journaling part.  I always have a hard time journaling.  I find that strange because I love to write.  The mind is so mysterious.

Here are the latest layouts. As mentioned, they were started in March and I completed them earlier this week.

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Here are close ups.

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On a side note, I purchased a couple of different coloring media: Derwent Watersoluble Pencils and Caran D’ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Pastels.  I’ve been watching YouTube videos on these two products and comparing them to Prima Marketing and a few other brands with similar items.  I chose to go with these two because they’ve been in the market longer and  I wanted to get a feel for them before trying the newer brands.

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2016 December Daily Supplies and 2015 December Daily Photos

Last year I did my first December Daily album.  December Daily is a term Ali Edwards uses to describe a scrapbooking photo documenting method for the month of December.  I didn’t do it sooner because I was doing Project Life (a documenting method by Becky Higgins) and Project Life takes a lot of time.  Once I slowed down the Project Life by not documenting daily or weekly or even monthly, but just special occasions, I was able to put more time into December Daily.

I happen to really enjoy December Daily and I do take a photo or more a day and scrap it.  Last year, my album went into 2 6×8 albums because I was taking a lot more photos than I had anticipated.  I didn’t want to put any December photos in my Project Life album because I felt that having two places with December photos was redundant.   I was okay with that but this year, I just really want one 6×8 December Daily album.  I know I will take a ton more but I’ll put them in my Project Life album.  It might be redundant but I’m treating December Daily more as an art and photo documenting album.  It contains photos, embellishments, paints, and digital prints.  My Project Life is pretty much photos and journaling cards.  I’ve also gone mostly digital with Project Life which means no art in it.

Here are my supplies for this year’s December Daily:

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Products I’m using:  6×8 2-ring binder by Becky Higgins, 6×8 sleeves by Simple Stories, Snow and Cocoa 12×12 paper by Crate Paper, Illustrated Faith Christmas ephemera, 6×8 paper pads and stickers, and Wilna Furstenberg’s Artventure December elements. I’m also using clear plastic craft paper, watercolor paints, acrylic paints, gesso, matte medium, stamps and inks, writing tools, washi, and various other products.

What was supposed to be a super simple and quick December Daily has once again turned into a time consuming art piece.  I’m just going to accept this.

Here are some photos of December Daily 2015.  I’m only showing a few pieces just so you have an idea of my style and what I like doing.

Again, I added way to many photos and ended up having to use 2 albums.  I’m still not done with the album.  I stopped at day 25 so another goal is to finish up the album.

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I once did a 30 days of Christmas where I gave my girls an envelope with a surprise note.  After a couple of years, it was just too much, so I cut it to just 25 days for last year.  But, that was still too much so this year, I’m doing weekly, 5 envelopes – one for each week in December.

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Remember all the craze about the Starbucks plain red cups?  I didn’t mind at all.  I just love going there and being served expensive coffee just because.  There was one night when my daughter and I got coffee and returned to the dance studio and we saw a deer that had been hit.  I explain it below in the words.  It was pretty sad.

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That year, we got a tree from Costco.  We couldn’t tell how big the tree would be so when we unwrapped it, it was this giant thing.  It took up all the room in the living room.  We didn’t have enough Christmas lights to go around the tree so husband had to buy a couple more strings.

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The studio where the girls dance is near an old town.  I’ve seen the lights before just driving by.  One day I thought to go see it close up so we dropped off one daughter at the dance studio and husband and our other daughter went to look at the lights.  It was breathtaking.

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Those reindeers were done using a stamp pad and thumbs.  It was one of the surprise envelopes the girls had to do.

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Had the girls take selfies.  LOL.  I love looking at them.  The page next to it was made to remember a friend’s funeral I went to.  It was a very sad day and so heartbreaking.  The girl that passed away was only 22 years old.  She was a student in my Catechism class when she was in 8th grade.  One day after mass a few years later, she came up to me and said, “Thank you for inspiring me.”  She said a few other kind words but those were the words that really stuck with me.  My intention (aside from learning the words of God) was to just help the students move in the right direction in life, to dream, and never give up, and so when she said those words to me, I felt humbled.  It’s rare for people to thank each other and to really appreciate them being a part of our life even if it’s for only a few minutes.  I think we need to do that more often, even myself.  Life and death will always be a mystery but while we exist, I think it doesn’t hurt to keep in check and remind ourselves how very precious life is.

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Husband and I went to see “The Letters.”  It was a great movie.  Mother Theresa was one courageous and intelligent woman.

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Last month was the first time I flipped through the 2015 December Daily since I made it and I didn’t realize how emotional I’d get flipping through the pages.  This was why I decided to keep going with December Daily.  I love the stories and seeing all the photos.