Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's Over?

I really can't believe Christmas is over! We had such a wonderful time with my parents and sister & borther-in-law at our house! It was really nice to just take a break from the everyday and relax. My house seems so quiet now that everyone is gone. **sigh**

I'm working on editing my holiday photos so I can get those scrapped. Last week I took a break from holiday crafting and made this little layout about our trip to the Bahamas in October. It was nice to remember how beautiful it was (and how WARM it was!). The Queen of Quirk has released another fab template called Memento  (it's on sale right now for $1.59!) which allowed me to fit a TON of photos onto one page! I love how she has some of the photo masks going right off the edges of the page.

Next goal--cleaning out/up my scrap room by January 11th, in time for the "Soul Restoration" class with Brave Girls Club. I received the kit in the mail yesterday and it is spectacular! Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Club CK!

I logged in to the forum at http://www.jessicasprague.com/ this morning and found out from one of the sweet designers (thank you, Linda!) that my little "Glimpse" layout was highlighted this week at Club CK! I'm actually a bit insecure about my abilities and really never think my layouts are that fabulous...so this little shout-out made my whole week! Check me out if you have a sec! TFL! Wishing everyone a magical Christmas! I feel so very blessed to have my parents, sister and brother-in-law with us this year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

More in Store Mondays!

There are some fantastic new releases at Jessica's site today! I really like the new template by Queen of Quirk with narrow photo masks...they allow for just a peek at your photos, or some of the CT used all of them together to showcase one photo (which I NEVER would have thought of! Thank goodness for those talented gals!).

Splendid Fiins outdid herself with some fantastic "Year-in-Review"  templates. I love the idea of adding some of my favorite photos from the past year as a little recap. Here's one I put together this weekend (check out the template here):

My parents are arriving tomorrow for a whole week and my sister and her husband come on Wednesday! I am so excited to have everyone at my house for the holidays! Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Be Still My Heart!

Can it be? More digi templates? YES! Crystal came out with some fabulous 5X7 templates this week that are simply perfect for cards, adding to 12X12 layouts or just putting some photos together for a little gift. Some of my favorite photos from 2010 are from my amazing trip to Spark in September. Not only did I get to spend 5 days with 3 of my most favorite peeps...but the eye candy and inspiration were dazzling! I wanted to thank my friends for taking the trip with me to celebrate my birthday, so I threw some Spark photos into the template and adhered it to a 5X7 canvas. I then used Glossy Accents to add some hot pink lace ribbon and a bow (which I got at Spark!) to finish it off. I think it would be really cute in my gals' scrap rooms as a reminder of what an AMAZING time we had! Now I just have to make 2 more of these...!

TFL! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thanksgiving Photos...check!

I love love love digital templates...they make my life so easy! And I especially adore those with tons of photo masks so that I can scrap all of the photos from an event on one page! In days of yore, I would have probably done at least 2, if not 4, layouts all using these Thanksgiving photos. What I have come to realize though, is that 1) not all photos of an event must be scrapped; and 2) most events do not require multiple pages to sufficiently record all that took place. It is truly freeing! **wink**

This is one of LivE Design's latest templates and I love the simplicity of it! Check it out here! It is 20% off for the holidays--how can you resist?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Coffee Filter Tree

I apologize in advance for this photo--taken in the evening with horrible lighting! I am quite happy with my little coffee filter tree; although I need to find something else for the topper. That round ornament isn't working, but that's all Hobby Lobby had left yesterday! Can you believe they are already putting out their spring stuff? It's not even the 12th day of Christmas yet! :)

I also finished up my Christmas lollies--I am seriously making these for every holiday until I just can't stand them anymore!

Thanks so much for looking! Hope you're having a GREAT week!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Simple Bow Wreath

I made another wreath over the weekend that looks suspiciously like the wreath I posted about last week (can you tell I am obsessed with turqoise and silver?); however, this one took much less time! I put this together using my trusty glue gun, a styrofoam wreath form, a bunch of silver gift bows, a few ornaments and a glittery decorative pick. It could not have been any easier: glue the bows on first, then the ornaments, then the pick, and...voila!

On Saturday night I put together a fabulous tree using coffee filters! I will post some pics later this week. Click here for a great tutorial on that project!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Welcome to December!

It's here! It's really here! December 1st is always such a blast for the kids because they get to start their Advent Calendars. Kendall is using the calendar I made years ago. Each drawer has a clue in it as to where her surprise is hidden. Today her little gift was in the oven. It was a princess ring and she loved it! Cale and I had such a great time together shopping for all of her Kendall's goodies at the dollar store the day before Thanksgiving. (He really can be a sweet kid when he wants to be! **wink**)

Cale got a Lego Advent Calendar this year which will be a lot of fun! Everyday there is a different figure to build--today was a darling little snowman. (Even though he is trying to be cool, I know he's excited about it!)

I'd like to give a little shout-out to my Uncle Bill Chastain (or Uncle Butt, as my kids call him) today! This evening is the release/signing party for his latest book, Peachtree Corvette Club!  Congratulations, Uncle Bill!

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