Feb 8, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Final Walk Thru Part 2

December Daily Walk Thru Day 2 Title Image

Yay! I'm finally sharing my final pages of my 2016 December Daily. It's been a process that's for sure.

If you missed part one of my December Daily walk thru click here to check that out.

Picking up where we left off... Day 10

December Daily Walk Thru Day 10I painted large wood veneers from an last year's Week in the Life™ kit. The red star paper is from Ali Edwards' December Daily® digital kit, which I had printed at Staples. The brown paper bag holds extra photos from a craft night I hosted. And I used a template for photos from our youth group's Christmas party.

December Daily Walk Thru Day 12Day 12 was a lazy day at home. I used a 2x2 page protector to add some simple photos of our normal lives during December. I used a clear tab, adhere with a glue runner, and added a tiny word from Tim Holtz. 

December Daily Walk Thru Day 13
Day 13 and 14 were days that I didn't have much. We stayed home for the most part and worked on getting the house cleaned for a few get togethers we were hosting. Another 2x2 page protector holds a cut up photo of our decorated home and for day 14, some drawings from the girls. 

December Daily Day 14

Day 15 was our Polar Express Pajama Party! I added a few photos from the day. 

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 16
Day 16  we went on a double date with some new friends. Dinner and Christmas shopping! 
December Daily Day 16
December Daily Day 17
 Day 17 was my son's 10th birthday party. I added this picture that was taken in Walmart the day of his party. 

December Daily Day 18

December Daily Day 19

December Daily Day 19Day 18 was the story of wrapping gifts and a photo of some wrapping paper I purchased this year. 
Day 19 was the story of how we went on a play date with some friends. The middle divider is just an extra layer of "fluff" I used another piece of printed paper from Ali's digital kit and stamped some stars onto the back. I like the little pop the blue start gives against the black ones. 

December Daily Day 20
Day 20 was another lazy day at home resting up for Christmas weekend. We spent the day watching movies and vegging out. I didn't watch all 20 of these movies that day but I did watch all 20 during the month, so I thought it would be fun to include them in a template and use it for my day 20 story.

December Daily Day 20

December Daily Day 21
Day 21 I got my hair trimmed and we spent the day at home being silly and having fun. 

December Daily Day 22

Day 22 was a shopping day. I went to Aldi and Target and forgot to take pictures so I borrowed some from Google. And I added a small shopping/to do list on the side in 2x2 pockets.

December Daily Day 23

December Daily December Story Insert

December Daily Gather Shaker PocketDecember Daily Gather Shaker Pocket
Day 23 was the story about how we are gathered for Christmas weekend. I hosted my entire family here for the entire weekend! It was amazing. I used an old chipboard divider from an old Simple Stories album to diy that star divider. I cut the red star with my Silhouette and embossed it with red embossing powder. And I think this "gather" shaker pocket is probably my favorite thing from the entire album. I used a 6x8 page protector cut down, some sequins and confetti glitter from Target dollar spot (I showed that in my December Daily Haul Video) and the acrlyic word "gather" from one of Ali's monthly kits. I absolutely love it!!!

December Daily Day 24 Christmas Eve

December Daily Day 24

Day 24 I hosted two Christmas meals/parties. I put all of those photos in templates with the exception of a few which I enlarged to a 5x7 and added in the middle of the album.

December Daily Day 25

December Daily Day 25
Christmas Day! Another template to display my favorite photos from Christmas morning and a large photo of the beautiful mess. 

December Daily Day 26
Day 26 I included a photo of Lilli jumping on her new trampoline that Santa brought here. Love the fact that she's still in her new pajamas. 

December Daily Day 31

December Daily Day 31
I took a break after the 26, as I was only planning to include up to the 25th. However, I decided to throw these pages in the end. Another template with our photos from New Year's Eve. 

And there you have it folks. December Daily 2016 wrapped up and all done. I hope that you were inspired by my album. If your not already finished I wish you good scrafty vibes as you wrap this project up. And remember grace not perfection. Getting anyting documented is better than nothing. 

If you wanna check out my December Daily 2016 Walk Thru Part 2 on YouTube play the video now...

Are you still working on your December Daily? Or have you finished? Do you blog about it? I would love it if you would leave you links in the comments! Can't wait to check them out. 

Feb 6, 2017

Plan with Me Episode #2 | Homeschool Weekly Layout


It's obvious that I love pretty paper and planning things out gives me a sense of being organized. And I'll take all the "feeling" of being organized that I can get. I mean with five kids being organized is pretty much impossible but that doesn't stop me from trying.

In my first Plan with Me episode I shared how I have my Happy Planner set up. It's pretty basic except for every week I have three spreads. So, for example, for 6th through the 12th, I have three copies of each week. I do this by simply making front and back copies of the planner pages and sandwiching the copies in between the orginal pages. I make two copies so that gives me three weeks. The two copied weeks and the orginal week! 

The second weekly spread is for our homeschool plans for the week. The top box in each column is for Jackson's plans, the second box in each column is for Lilliana's, and the last box is for their group work. 

I thought it would be fun to share with you how I plan for our homeschool week. 

First, I gather their workbooks/curriculum, printables, and any projects they may be working on. I also grab my grade book that I keep, it has notes about what each one needs improvment on. For example, I know Lilli is struggling with counting by twos. 


So, with all of their work laid out I can make a small list of work for each one. I usually use a small notepad or to do list for this. 

plan-with-me homeschool-planner

Next, I gather my planner and my pretty planner making supplies. I usually do this on Sunday night so that we are ready to go on Monday morning. 

the happy planner-homeschool planner-creative planner

I usually start by making the pages look a little more prettier .... that's just me. You can leave them blank if you aren't into decorating. But I am! And, I absolutely love all of the bright and fun supplies that coordinate with my planner. 

the happy planner-homeschool planner-creative planner

Next, I begin to write in the boxes and usually add more decorating as I go. I usually add their day by day plans being sure to leave notes on where to find certain supplements, for example, YouTube videos, etc. 

And at the end I usually add in a little more pretty. Just because papercrafting is my hobby and I like to make it look a little more me

the happy planner-homeschool planner-creative planner

the happy planner-homeschool planner-creative planner

Nothing fancy! But it works. I love having our school plans written down and looking pretty. It keeps me motivated. 

CLICK THE VIDEO to watch my Plan with Me Episode #2 Homeschool Weekly Layout video!


Feb 2, 2017

Homeschool | Organized Homeschool Supply Cabinet

Last week I had had enough. I mean it, I was so overwhelmed with the mess in my house. Mess, everywhere. A huge part of the unorganized chaos was our school supplies. Earlier in the year I had designated our official pantry as our homeschool closet and it took about five months before I realized it just wasn't working out for us. Supplies were getting thrown in but not organized. Art supplies were spilling out everywhere. It was just a t-total disaster. And at the same time so was my food cabinet.

So... I had the bright idea to switch the two and put the the food were it should go and utilize the kitchen cabinets as a smaller more compacted place for our school supplies.

Here we go.....

organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet

Yes that was before....YIKES! I told you it was a mess...what, you didn't believe me?

So I pulled everything out and started re-organizing it. About two and half hours letter I was done and it was so much better!!!

organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet

organized homeschool supply cabinet

Who knew that a little time and a lot of elbow grease could actually turn a mess into a functional space? I think I had forgotten how having things organized makes me feel. Or maybe I never forgot, but the fact of having five kids, and twins that are into everything, makes it pretty much impossible. 

We'll see how long this last. :P

Okay, homeschool moms, for those of you without homeschool rooms, how do you store your school supplies? 

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