Plugging right along and still keeping caught up! I have yet to be tempted to deviate from my simple start...the galleries are full of so many incredible DD pages but I know what's on my plate this month so I am keeping my head down and moving forward with simple!
Today I get to announce the winner in the Pretty Little Studio Blog Hop, Char K please let me know what your email addy is so I can pass that along so you can claim your $5 certificate :)
This year I am making sure I do 2 things differently from last. 1. Keep it simple and 2. Include journaling. I am not a fan of my handwriting so I decided to make up cards with my journaling on my computer. I plan on typing them up at night, print them up on kraft cradstock and then use my 3x4 punch to make the card.
I am keeping embellishments to a bare minimum. Just the gold date Thicker and maybe a sticker or stamp here and there but I really want it to hold up and be kid friendly! So far so good, cover, title page and days 1-2 are done and they only took a few minutes...bonus :)
I have 2 projects to share with you today, the first has an autumn feel to it thanks to the fall colors of the Arrow Head Note Strips, Peppermint Bark Tabs, and the Twas the Night Bookmark tag. I used my Cuttlebug to diecut leaves from 2 of the papers in the 8x8 Woodland Christmas Paper Pack and sprinkled on a few stars from the Twinkling Star Stickers sheet.
I created the title with my Cameo and some kraft cardstock and then finished off the LO with some gold Color Shine.
For my second project I scrapped one of my favorite pictures from last Christmas. I created the layers on the right using 2 Twas the Night Bookmark Tags, 2 of the Woodland Santa Journaling Cards, that cute little deer diecut & the "Jolly" flair from the Jolly Santa flair set.
The title is again cut with my Cameo and I added a couple of wood veneer stars plus a few vintage sequins to add some shine.
I hope my layouts have inspired you to add some vintage touches to your projects! Today and tomorrow over at the Pretty Little Studio store you can take 20% off your order with the code 20MONDAY
As a thank you for stopping by to look at my projects, I am giving away a $5 Pretty Little Studio GC, all you need to do is leave a comment below by Friday for your chance to win!
One of her teeth has been pretty wiggly for a few weeks now, but last night as we were on the couch it became obvious that the tooth was going to come out within the hour! She sat there twisting and pulling on it and I thought I had a pretty strong stomach but it was kind of making me uneasy!
Shortly after this picture was taken out it came! I thought she might be a little upset but she laughed, giggled and gave me a few high fives :) We weren't quite prepared for the Tooth Fairy last night so I ran to Walgreens after she fell asleep to pick up a couple of things and then whipped up a quick tooth fairy certificate.
This morning when she woke up she immediately looked in the little tooth pillow we made a couple of weeks ago and then saw the extras that TF brought her. Yeah we went a little overboard (and i'm not even talking about the tree in her room!) but we weren't there for that first tooth coming in so we kind of make a big deal out of any firsts we get with her so she got the Seat Pet she had been asking for. Sigh, look at that happy little face ♥
This morning I took a few pics for her album. The last one cracks me up as our resident squirrel who she calls Kitty photobombed the picture lol!
Save 25% all day in the shop with the code BLACKFRIDAY25...stock up on flair for your December Daily and of course, flair makes a great stocking stuffer for your crafty friends :)
This week marked 1 year and 11 months since we became a family of 3...just a few more weeks and it will be a full 2 years! The 18th of the month never passes without stopping to think where we were on the 18th of December 2011. As much time as passed, it will still be another year and a half before we can say she has been with us for as long as she was without us and that breaks my heart to think about how long that was for her to wait for a forever family. We will always be thankful to her caretakers in China as she was so well taken care of, but nothing can replace the love and security of a family.
Just 24 hours after meeting her she was just starting to show us glimpses of her personality
Who knew that all of this was hidden under the surface?! And that hair, I have serious hair envy lol!
As Adoption Awareness Month nears it's end, I wanted to offer one last free printable.
Print can be resized as you like, I printed mine on 8.5 x 11 smooth, white cardstock. For best results ensure printer is set to "fine printing". Feel free to share the link but please remember this print is for personal use only, thank you! Links to the other free adoption themed prints I designed for this month are available here and here.
I used one of the pieces from this set on a layout I worked on last night...love that cheesy smile!
If you place an order today or tomorrow (November 12-13) for 3 or more sets of flair I will include this free Shine mini embellishment kit with your order!
Kit includes Shine flair biutton, 1.5' of white and gold baker's twine, a sprinkling of vintage sequins, 2 vintage book embellishments, and a cute little turquoise clip.
For the month of November, Paper Issues is inviting you to share what you are grateful for each day on Instagram by using the hashtag #30gratefuldays. Since posting on IG is no problem for me (I might be slightly addicted!) I have been posting a picture each day. Some people are scrapping their pictures, some are doing albums, I would love to create a PL style mini-album at the end of the month, we will have to see how much time I end up with!
Late last night when I should have been sleeping, I decided instead to catch up on Top Chef and work on another print to offer for free(!) for Adoption Awareness Month. Just click on the link below to download.
When I printed the one for myself (shown below), I tweaked the color a bit to make it a bit more blue as I already had another print on her wall in a similar color.
I created the print as 11" x 14" but feel free to resize as you would like. A couple of tips for printing, I used a good quality, smooth heavyweight white cardstock to print on. Also ensure that your printer is set to "fine" printing to ensure the best quality. Please share the link to this post if you have friends you think would like this print as well but please note this is for personal use only...thank you!
Here's quick example of how it could be used as an adoption announcement as well although I want to print this and frame it!