Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the super simple december daily {a mini album project}

I'll be honest, I was definitely NOT going to do a December Daily. It was just too much work. And I knew there was no way I'd remember to take a picture every day.
But then about a month ago, I was in the scrap room and my son was going through the Summer Mini album that I put together using this kit from my friend Monika's shop, when he said, "I love looking at these little albums, Mommy." And I realized how often they look through our little mini-albums. And suddenly working on a December Daily didn't seem like that much trouble after all.
I decided to put together my album ahead of time-I kept things super simple. No fancy binders or overlays. I wanted something the kids can pull out and look through any time they want.

I used kraft cardstock as my base pages. I had purchased a couple of sheets of the Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas at Archiver's 43% off sale and decided to use that for all my accents. I paired it with a plaid print from Basic Grey's Oxford line.

My pages are 6" x 6". I'm either going to use 4" x 6" photos or since I take so many photos with my iPhone-4" x 4" Instagram photos printed by Postal Pix.

I'll add a few extra embellishments once I have pictures and journaling but I love that most of the work is done. Super simple and fast! I plan on either punching some holes with my Crop-A-Dile and adding some binder rings or getting a cheap red binder-just depends on how big this album gets.

Either way, I'm looking forward to starting this tomorrow! :) 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

all boys {a scrapbook layout}

Have I ever expressed how lucky I am to be a momma of 4 boys? How thankful I am to be raising a houseful of young men? Recent events in our neighborhood {girls bullying other girls, makes me soooo angry!} reminded me of how lucky I am to be dealing with the non-drama of sports, consuming massive quantities of food, and a lot of random wrestling.
I love being a mom of boys. Of these boys. They are amazing and funny and kind.
And sometimes I need to stop and remind myself of that.

Yup, there's no pink or purple in this house. And that's okay. Because I've come to love the blues, grays, and greens these boys have brought into my life.

Monday, November 7, 2011

he finally loves snow {a scrapbook layout}

I think I may have posted a layout in the post with photos of my little one clearly not enjoying snow. That all changed this past year. I'm not sure if it was the super cool Iron Man rain boots or if at 2 years old he finally figured out that living in Ohio meant we'd be dealing with it on a yearly basis, but this year he seemed to love the white stuff.

I was very excited to get to use my Elle's Studio winter goodies on this layout-they match my Jillibean paper perfect!

I also got to use an ATC card I made at an Archiver's Make and Take a few months ago-the colors and sentiment were perfect for this layout.

I rarely use my Make and Takes for what they were originally intended for-these are a great way to save money. I keep a little box with all of my M&T's in them. I go through them every now and again to remind myself of what I have and to get a little inspiration. :) 
Happy Monday!