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!
After last year, I swore I wouldn't attempt a December Daily again this year after only making it to day 16. I kind of felt like I didn't need to bother again since I am doing project life but then I changed my mind when I started thinking about my project life album turning all Christmasy for the last month and I wanted a different place to make that happen.
I started by considering what didn't work for me last year. The first thing was the format. I bought the October Afternoon DD kit last which I loved, the album that came with it wasn't the best choice for me though. It was a chipboard album with pages to embellish which 1) ended up become too detailed and embellished and 2) started to fall apart when we pulled it out this year to look through it, embellishments started raining off the pages! I decided that this year I needed to do a more traditional album with page protectors and keep it simpler & more child friendly. Here's a sample of what mine looked like last year...
I was also hesitant because of cost. There are so many beautiful kits out there but at $75-$100 each that just wasn't going to happen. Because I didn't make it through the whole month last year, I still have quite a bit of the kit I purchased left over. I pulled out what I had saved away and then went through my stash to see what else I could use. Turns out I had a Simple Stories album with inserts that I never used so score! Album dilemma solved and it works with the color scheme I am going to use.
I invested in a couple of items, a set of Winter Project Life themed cards (yay for 40% off at Hobby Lobby), some chalkboard stickers (yay for Target Red Card discount!), and I thrifted a haul of sequins in Christmas colors for just a couple of dollars. Of course I am adding some Panda Eight flair too.
When we began our adoption journey in August of 2010, we were not aware of a global orphan crisis. We didn't pursue adoption to save an orphan. We quite simply and selfishly wanted to become parents and start a family. You travel halfway around the world to meet your child and bring them home, you think you are going to return home and start your lives together and carry on as usual but that isn't possible because suddenly the world is a much smaller place and those nameless faces of those countless orphans now have names and cannot be ignored.
"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes." - (David Platt)
Yesterday churches around the world united to bring awareness to the fatherless and the global orphan crisis. I had the privilege of sharing our story along with ideas and resources for defending and supporting those without a voice. I was thrilled that our pastor not only allowed me the opportunity to speak, but in turn devoted the whole service to the message of adoption. It doesn't end on one day with Orphan Sunday, the month of November is Adoption Awareness Month and every day children will continue to wait in poverty, in institutions, in the street even after the month is over. Every day should bring awareness to these children. Meeting the needs of orphans in distress is not only accomplished through adoption but also through family preservation. It is met through providing for physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
As part of my presentation yesterday I put together a short video. Thanks to some very special friends who I have met on our adoption journey, it hopefully illustrates just how much impact loving a child has.
Is adoption hard, yes. Every adoption begins in tragedy and loss. Is it a leap of faith, yes. Is it amazing, does it change your life infinitely for the better and turn your world and heart upside down & inside out..yes. Are these children worth it, 153 million times yes.
I'm sharing five different ways to use vintage books in your scrapping projects over at Shimelle.com this weekend. I have a hard time leaving books behind when thrifting and now have quite the collection, if you have ever wanted to try using book pages on your projects come check out my ideas for layouts, Project Life, and other projects!
Adoption is obviously a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I wanted to do something special to kick of the month of November which is Adoption Awareness Month so I designed this print that you can download for free by clicking the link below!
Feel free to download and resize as you would like, I printed the one I used 8.5x11on heavyweight white cardstock and then hung it with a wooden hanger. Download and/or share the link to this post, but please note this is for personal use only...thank you!