Tuesday, November 27, 2012

holiday mini {a mini album}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was full of family activities-including getting family photos taken! So exciting-this is our first family photo since 2009-I can't wait to see how they turned out.
I didn't do much scrapbooking over the long weekend but I did manage to finish all of the base pages for my holiday mini album. Now all I will need to do is print the photos and add embellishments each week.
I think I will borrow an idea from Becky and use post it notes on each page until I get my photos printed to show where each photo should go.
I wanted to share the cover and a couple more pages with you-I'm using We R Memory Keeper's Merry & Bright collection. I used a very muted line last year, so I wanted something bright and cheery this year. I decided to use an actual 6x6 AC album rather than binder rings-we'll see how I feel when it's all said and done.
Here's the cover:

And some of my base pages:





Oh and I almost forgot to mention-look what Katie and all of her fun posts convinced me to order on Black Friday for 2013:
Yes, that's the Amber Project Life kit-I got the core kit, the page dividers, and the matching cardstock. Sigh. Let's hope I can do this.

Friday, November 16, 2012

twas the night before {a scrapbook layout}

Oh Moosey. There are so many stories of your childhood we will someday embarrass you with. This one, though, was embarrassing for both of us.
You see, we took the Moose and his brothers to the Candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church. It was a beautiful service. Quiet and reverent. No sound system, just a piano for music. Moosey was getting restless a few minutes in and a I gently shushed him. "Shhhh". That's it. Nothing more. He sprung up and in his VERY loud Moosey voice yelled, "NO MOMMY YOU SHUT UP!"
Oh brother. Needless to say, service was over for me and the Moose. I could hear the snickers of the teenage youth group as I hauled him out of the sanctuary. Good thing Santa was already on his way!

Side A:
 Side B:

Happy Friday! We are attempting family photos for Christmas cards tomorrow-wish us luck!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

christmas with the sawyers {a scrapbook layout}

I love Christmas. I love the lights, the tree, the decorations. I love spending time with my family. I love the true reason we celebrate-the birth of my Savior, Jesus. It's just such a special time of year. As I get older, I appreciate the meaning behind the traditions more and more. It's not about gifts any more-it's all about celebrating the birth of our Savior and spending time with our loved ones.
We've been really blessed the past two years. My mother, who is my best friend, has had a couple of really difficult and scary health scares. Both of which landed her in the hospital and were life threatening. So to say we have much to be grateful for this year is a HUGE understatement.
Layouts like this one-celebrating the holidays with my family, are really important to me. I want to document for my children and grandchildren this special time. I look back on the many Christmases I celebrated with my grandparents and I can barely remember them-how I wish I had scrapbooks from my childhood.
 Using some "vintage" Cosmo Cricket on this one with those Thickers I got from Big Lots and some twine.

Side A:

Side B-ornaments made with circle tags and twine. :)


Happy Thursday friends!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

just a dusting {a scrapbook layout}

We didn't get very much snow last year. We live in Southern Ohio, so we expect at least 2-3 decent snows. But last year? I think we got maybe an inch total. So sad.
It's hard to build snowmen or forts with just a dusting-but the boys got out there and gave it a try.

 I used Bella Blvd paper and embellies, Thickers, and some bling that have been in my stash for about 4 years!

Side A:

Side B:

Embellie Tags:

Here's to hoping we get more than a dusting this year! :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Have You Mailed Your Christmas Cards Yet?

No, me either.
Haven't even taken the photos yet.

My friend, Kristina, can help us though....

She's a finalist in the Becky Higgin's Holiday Card contest!!! What????

Now I need to ask you a super quick favor – if you could, would you go to Becky’s Facebook page HERE and click on the post with the Top 25 card submissions and vote for hers? This is her design:



So if you could scroll through until you see hers and click LIKE that would be awesome! Plus if she wins, we get to use her design on our cards for free-sweeeeet!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

christmas morning {a scrapbook layout}

Christmas morning photos are always a little hard for me to scrap. They are almost always blurry and feature lots of bed-head. That's when the boys open the presents under the tree that Santa brought them.
2010 was no exception-featured lots and lots of bed head hair and quite a few blurry photos. It also featured the last year that the twins believed that Santa delivered the presents under the tree. :(
Fortunately, I still have two little guys that believe {and two big guys that help make the magic happen} so there are lots of memories still to make in this house.
I've been using my stash like crazy lately. This layout features some Cosmo Cricket that's been hanging out in my craft room for some time-love the muted colors.

Side A:


Side B:


Paired it with some of those Thickers I got at Big Lots/TJ Maxx recently:


I used some of the die cut tags for my journaling:

{I love that photo of Moose there in the middle-he was thrilled to get Rock Star Mickey!}

I've got quite a few more Christmasy layouts to share this week but I wanted to give you a sneak for my holiday mini-I think I might share a little sneak each day. {Maybe I'll do a quick video when I get the base of it all put together!}
Here's today's sneak:
Anyone want to take a guess as to what line I'm using? I'll give you a hint-it is NOT a current line, I'm working in my stash and the colors are "bright". :)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

their #1 fan {a scrapbook layout}

Just a quick layout share today. I have lots more to share this week-including a sneak at my in-progress holiday album {some of you might be calling yours a "December Daily"-I prefer to not make that kind of commitment}. LOL.
This one pager is all Bella Blvd. I've got lots of photos of the Moose on the sidelines of one game or another for one of his brothers-thought I'd document this important aspect of his young life.


Hope you had a chance to go out today and exercise one of the most important rights we have-to vote. I stood in line for about 30 minutes this morning at my polling place. First time there's ever been a line. Pretty cool atmosphere. I have a feeling tonight might be a long night. :)
See you tomorrow, crafty friends!