Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Daily 2012

December is only 2 days away and I just finished the cover for my December Daily album.  Not that it took me a long time but I am getting a late start this year. 

December Daily 2012 Cover

I am sticking with an 8x8 format this year.  Inside the papers will be mixed in size with some small page protectors, transparencies, and envelopes tossed in.  I am looking forward to digging into this project even though my foundation pages are not in the book yet.  Baby steps!  I will be working mostly from my stash this year which isn’t what I normally do so I am looking forward to the challenge.

There are so many new things for us to document this year after living in Germany for the past 4 years.  Since the girls were itty bitty when we moved overseas they get to experience the American traditions for the very first time.  I am amazed at the small things I missed while we were abroad and yet I find myself already missing some of the German traditions.  Christmas markets, fun and affordable Haribo advent calendars, the cookies! 

Do you make a December Daily album?  Are you wondering what I am talking about?  Check out the ├╝ber talented Ali Edwards’ blog and get the scoop!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy Christmas Card

As December is only a few days away I figured I better get my butt into gear and working on some of my Christmas cards and my December Daily album.  November flew by and I am not quite ready for the next month. 

Christmas Card 2012

A simple card without bulky embellishments that I can mail without extra postage or fear of damage before it reaches its intended recipient was a must for me.  To me the card is simple and elegant.  It shares an important message without having to add very much to it.  

A little bit of info on the card here.  I used watercolor paper and watercolor paints to paint the background blue.  After it dried completely I used a gorgeous stamp set from Hero Arts and black Staz On ink.  The nativity and the phrase are not attached so you have a bit of versatility here.  I then used a clear and yellow Stickles to outline the star and halo over the manger.  I mounted it on white card stock and then stamped  “Praying You Have A Blessed Holiday Season “ inside. 

Easy enough to mass produce if that is your thing.  I usually make 2 or 3 different designs and then make a few of each.  I only send about 30 cards and with a nice coupon from Shutterfly for 10 free cards I only need to make 20 to mail out.  I will make a few extras for my daughters teachers and a couple neighbors. 

I hope this card inspires you to try painting your own background.  It was super easy and I love the watercolor background against the black ink. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, November 9, 2012

There’s No Place Like Home


Hello friends!  It has been too long since I have sat down and written a blog post.  I could make up a hundred reasons why I have neglected my blog but I’ll be honest and say that I just haven’t felt like blogging!

We have been getting settled into our new home and routines over the past 3 months.  In October we went to NY State to visit my brother while my oldest was on her fall break.  I love being in NY, even the small, rural area in which I grew up.  Even though I only have a handful of family members still there, Western NY will always be my home!

Letchworth Visit 1

While we were there we took our girls to Letchworth State Park.  I grew up just 15 minutes from here and we went there often.  After traveling in the Pacific Northwest and a bit of Europe this place is still gorgeous and one of my most favorite places in the world.  The Genesee River runs through the park and after 10,000’s of years has created a stunning gorge with 3 waterfalls.  In the photo above the train trestle sits high above the Upper Falls.  Sadly, the trestle is supposed to be removed much to the dismay of many.  It is a symbol of the park to a lot of people but it is old and the railroad doesn’t want to maintain it any longer.

Letchworth Visit 3Letchworth Visit 4Letchworth Visit 7 

The third photo is of the Middle Falls, the largest in the park.  The last photo is taken from “Inspiration Point” and it offers the very best view of the Upper and Middle Falls.  The fall colors were gorgeous and I am glad we were able to visit during this time.  I miss NY the most in the fall.  With many hills covered in gorgeous and vibrant colors I haven’t been anywhere that offers such a stunning show of Mother Nature at her finest.

We had a great visit with my family and I cannot wait to see everyone again now that I am back on the east coast!