Jan 26, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Final Walk Thru Part 1

December Daily Album Inside Decorations


I know it's a little late to be showing off Christmas projects but I finally finished my December Daily® album and I wanted to share it for the simple fact that I'm proud of my self for actually completeing it, and because I know there are a lot of people still working on their albums.

I've attempted this project every year for the past three years and this album is the only one that I've completed. I thought for awhile I would go back and complete the other two but in honesty I'm over it and moving on. I'm letting those two be reminders that if I don't stick with this project in real time it will never get done. And that was my best motivation this year, those two half done albums sitting next to my desk. They haunted me every December night when I was too tired to work on my album.

So my first tip if your looking for tips is stick with it. Don't give up and don't get behind (too much) because that will turn into empty pages and lost memories. I have such a bad memory that if I don't get something documented usually within a few days... it's gone. The little quirks, funny sayings, or the feelings in my heart at a particular moment are basically erased. So, for me, to be successful in a project like this is to stay on top of it. Own it. Be the boss. And get it done.

Alrighty, you'll here it is, well the first 9 days anyway. I've also included my video walk-thru at the end of this post. 

Back in November when I was planning and prepping for this project I thought I would use one of my Simple Stories Snap Album that I love dearly but I fell in love with this polka dot album from Felicity Jane.

This album is beautiful as is but I always decorate the inside of the album with something, usually stamps. Usally star stamps. I used the Studio Calico ink, Poppy, with an old star stamp from my stash. I just eyed the pattern as I went. Had a mishap and decided to cover it with this DIYed pocket that holds my Christmas countdown card and my handwritten reason why. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
Over the month of November and even into December I was collecting new supplies to try out in my album. I shared my extra large December Daily haul on my Youtube channel. When it comes to adding different layers into my projects I try to keep an eye out for things that aren't neccesarily made for scrapbooking but would in fact serve well. I found some cute glassine bags and little fabric pouches in the Target dollar spot. This super cute lumberjack sack is holding all of my extra photos that I want to include. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
The next page is a 2x2 protector cut down to 8 squares instead of 12. Sometimes I can handle 8 better than 12 and I like to include different sizes of layers. I filled the squares with cute little embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Me and My Big Ideas and some random goodies from my stash. I also threw in a few of the needles from our Christmas tree. Now we'll always have a piece of that tree with us forever. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I also like to add different size photos. My favorite this time was 5x7. I used a strip of vellum to add the photo to the rings so it won't shift around. I also like to mix up black and white and color photos. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I wanted a heavy photo album but without the thickness so the best way I could acheive that was to make use of templates. As a hybrid scrapbooker templates are one of my go to resources. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I had to include a picture of this guy, our very first Elf on the Shelf, Chippy. I also love to include fun embellishments like tags and sequins.

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
For story 7 I pretty much copied Ali's idea. Love the layers and textures of the tags! I used the same papers to make a coordinating page. And my pocket, it's a DIY as well. I'll have a tutorial on that soon! 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
December Daily Album Inside Decorations

Story 8 was a collection of parties we attended through out the month. Yep, I found that 8 at the Goodwill. Keep your eyes out, ladies! 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
And story 9 was probably my favorite of the whole album. My dear sweet Alifair (4) dressed her self for our homeschool group Christmas party. She wore multiple layers, none that matched, but felt extremely confident and beautiful the entire night. She had so much confidence that she decided to sing in the talent show. I had no idea she was going to do it until she popped on stage. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
So there you have it! The first 9 days of my 2016 December Daily album. If you  want to see a video of the walk thru click play now.



Jan 24, 2017

{VIDEO} Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom

Are you'll ready for a REAL look at my  daily mom life. AHHH!!! Be kind please, just sharing what a typical day looks like for me and my kiddos.



Jan 18, 2017

My Very First Plan with Me | Includes Household Homeschool and Social Media Weekly Layouts

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

I'm pretty sure it's no secret that I love all things papercrafting and that includes pretty planners. Over the past two years I have been using the Me and My Big Ideas® Happy Planner™ and I love it.

I love The Happy Planner™ for a few reasons:

#1 It's so darn cute.
I mean really? How could you pass up the beauty of this planner? There are several styles to chose from and they even include topic specific planners such as; fitness & teacher. Yay! And not to mention the beautiful caboodles of accessories that are available. So gorgeous and fun!

#2 It's so versatile.
With the disc bound set up, removing and adding pages is super easy. They literally pop in and pop out.

#3 It's functional.
You can tell a lot of thought went into the design of The Happy Planner™. It really does "flow" well. And with several expansion sets you can customize the planner for your individual needs.

I went back and forth on whether or not to get more than one Happy Planner™ and decided I would try to make one work. I honestly needed three; one for home, one for homeschooling, and one for my social media accounts. However, I decided to create three planners in one. How I did that was by removing the already existing calendar and making photo copies on to card stock. This can be a little tricky to make sure your getting the right pages printed together. But after a little while I had three planners in one. Each month has three monthly calendars and each week has three weekly calendars. When I plan for the month or week I plan for all three. I like having them all together and in one planner. If you would like me to do a more in depth tutorial on that just leave a comment and I'll try to make one.



Okay, okay! Enough about the reasons why and how... On to the fun and pret ty stuff.

I wanted to share my take on planning and how I do it. I use this planner as a functional planner but I want it to look pretty at the same time.

My first weekly spread is for our home calendar. 
This holds all of our appointments, to do list, bills to pay, things to buy and do.

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

 The next spread is the same week's homeschool layout.
This holds everything we need to know for homeschooling; lessons, co op, field trips, projects, etc. 

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me



planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

And the next spread is my social media weekly layout for that exact same week.
This holds all my scheduled blog and vlog post, promotions on Facebook and Instagram. And to do list for editing and writing post.

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me

planner scrapbooking crafting supplies diy plan with me
If you would like to see part of my process CHECK OUT THIS PLAN WITH ME VIDEO on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL !!!




Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM FOR ALL OF MY LATEST PLANNER POST. I hope that I've inspired you to get a little more organized and to do it beautifully. And just out of curiousity are you planning in a Happy Planner™? What does your planner set up look like? Any one using one for homeschooling?

Jan 17, 2017

Scrapbook & Planner Haul | Mighty Dollar Dollar Tree Walmart & Burke's Outlet

Okay I know I am trying to be super frugal this year but spending only $20 on a crafty shopping trip is beyond amazing for me! The challenge to save money is actually turning out to be fun because it forces me to really think if I need something or will use it. I know I will use everything I got in this trip!

CLICK THE VIDEO TO SEE WHAT I BOUGHT!



Jan 7, 2017

Craft Closet Tour | Small Space Inspiration

Finally I'm sharing my craft closet tour! We've been living in our new house for almost a year and I've only just not got everything unpacked and put the way I want and need it. Click the video to see where I've set up shop in our new home.



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