It was an honor to be on the 2013 Project Life Creative Team. This year seemed to fly right on by. Though I skipped more than 10 weeks randomly throughout this year – my Australia & New Zealand trip is completely missing – I am grateful for this way of documenting. Kari posted this last batch of projects on Becky’s blog. Here’s one of my favorite spreads from this year.I plan on continuing this style of memory keeping on a somewhat weekly basis for 2014. Some of these photos are from Persnickety Prints (they offer a Project Life size with optional rounded corners that fit perfectly into the pockets) and the others are printed at home from my Canon SELPHY CP900 Wireless Printer. Which actually reminds me, I need to order a few boxes of paper and ink.
We got back from our short trip to Hawaii late last night. It was Jack’s first time flying and he did fantastic. Pretty certain we have a little jetsetter on our hands but I will elaborate more on that later. For now, I am still laying in bed with two space heaters on full blast wondering why we had to come back to temperatures half of what they were in Oahu. I realize most of the country is far colder than here in LA, but I feel the need to whine just a little bit because we are not properly equipped for this. Or, our house isn’t at least. As I thaw out (only a minor exaggeration), and get back to our normal routine, I’ll return to normal blogging tomorrow. Hope you all are warm/toasty/at least comfortable wherever you are in the world!
Love that Fynes Designs put together a list of 50 Christmas Gift Ideas for Crafty Women. It wasn’t all too hard for me to come up with the list of items, as her categories are perfectly suited so you can find the ideal gift in your budget.
Here are my picks:
- Stocking stuffer- Kelly Purkey washi tapes
- Big ticket item- Silhouette – these machines are a must-have and there are Black Friday specials going on through December 8th – Use code: TANGERINE
- Something to read or learn- (book, online class, event etc.) Craftcation Conference – Ventura, CA
- Can’t live without- American Crafts This to That adhesive
- Something personal- Choose a print from Kal Barteski’s amazing shop
Happy gifting! I would love your suggestions for some small shops/etsy stores for unique items. Is there anything else you crafters can’t live without?
10 years ago when I moved to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to go see the Ellen DeGeneres Show (that’s what it was called back then). It was the very first season and I was freelancing for Hudson Jeans. We delivered some denim to Ellen. Yes, meaning I got to not only meet her stylist, but also her!! It was awesome and I remember thinking that she was just so funny, genuine, and down to earth. I attended several of her tapings and remember that the studio used to be SO COLD. I brought my cousin Cindy to a show when she visited during one of her school breaks – she remembers it was the episode with Jerry O’Connell. It was awesome and I really didn’t know how good I had it. No waiting in line, just parking the car in the lot (it was a different location back then) and walking in through some door and getting seated shortly after. Then one time my friend Stacey came from Atlanta to interview Ellen and she had 5 minutes after a show on stage one on one. I simply sat in audience (all alone) and watched the two have a lovely chat as if Stacey was her private guest. Several fun and amazing experiences that I am ever so grateful for, though wish I had documented properly, as I do not even remember who the guests were.
Then fast forward 10 years. JC’s mom (a HUGE Ellen fan) is staying in our converted one bedroom garage unit for a few months. JC manages to get 4 tickets and we announce the surprise at dinner one night. Everyone was super excited, but I have to say my cousin Cindy wins the award for best immediate reaction. Should have gotten it on video.
Yesterday was our big day out and since I wasn’t sure what the rules about cell phones/cameras would be, I made sure to get some documentation from the get go. Here we are about to leave for the show. Unbeknownst to us, we miraculously were in for the most amazingly traffic-free drive. We arrived earlier than anticipated, but enjoyed relaxing and sitting around soaking up all the excitement. Even the security people were in good spirits, making us laugh for the photo.Once we were let in, Cindy and I couldn’t resist sitting in the big chair, that they promptly took away seconds after we snapped this.So before I go on, I have to preface that Cindy and I went a bit overboard trying to figure out whether we would be on a 12 Days of Giveaways episode. After seeing many years of the fantastic segments and then Paige’s post about attending several years ago, Cindy added it to her bucket list. According to the calendar and what we thought were incredible detective skills, we decided there was a pretty good chance (over 90%) that it would be. Paige went on December 2nd and it was the 1st day of giveaways. Our tickets were for December 3rd, so we thought the chances were pretty high. JC was pretty adamant about advising us not to get our hopes up. We talked ourselves into not being disappointed either way, I mean, he got us amazing tickets to the Ellen show! But we tend to get over zealous and we kept going back and forth convincing ourselves we would be happy no matter what. Because we DVR the show (it airs at 4pm locally, typically the day after taping), we saw a teaser on an episode about Adam Levine being the guest for the 1st day of giveaways which was Thursday. Since our tickets were for Tuesday, our episode would likely air on Wednesday, the day before 12 Days was to start. We were a bit sad, but still grateful to go and see an awesome show. And let’s just say, in true Ellen fashion, she did not disappoint! I don’t care much about seeing myself dancing like a fool on tv, but if you want to try to spot a needle in a haystack, I am right next to the DJ booth in the second row. You can see mommy very clearly in her gold shirt at around 2:45 in this video of Ellen’s monologue.
An amazing day we will absolutely never forget!
GIVEAWAY: Ellen’s I’m Gonna Make You Dance Jams CD and Bastille’s debut album Bad Blood. To enter, simply leave a fun comment. Giveaway will close Friday, December 6 at 7am, and a winner will be announced here and notified shortly after.
Just love what Kelly Purkey has done with the Noted Daybook, available online at Two Peas and Simon Says Stamp.And I am crazy about her washi tapes – the colors are perfect not only for this season, but anytime. I personally don’t need any excuses to collect more of this sticky stuff. Keeping it simple and small these days seems like a theme I can work with. How about you?
The plan is to finish each day in the evening after Jack goes down. Keeping it simple and printing photos on my Canon SELPHY CP900 Wireless Printer is how I am going to approach this. I will also ask for help from family to contribute to the journaling cards, so you’ll see some different handwriting in here on random days. I’ll probably only share the pages sporadically, but the main thing I want to try and do is document the random little bits. I used some photos taken before December in the intro page and the first spread. Not going to stress at all about fudging and not having photos from the exact day. Since I am also participating in Big Picture Classes December Duos (starts December 12th), there will be some prompts thrown in. Oh there’s nothing like feeling caught up with a project like this from Day 1. Let’s see how long it lasts.
Not sure quite how we got to December already – the last 11 months sure have flown by. Last night before going to a friend’s birthday party, I decided I was definitely going to do December Daily this year. I started by painting the cover with white paint, then I embellished it using mostly Studio Calico’s kit, but also throwing in Kelly Purkey washi tapes and a custom Kal Barteski design. Then after returning from the party around 11pm (way past my bedtime), I added the finishing touches and was in bed by midnight. I plan on sharing pages as I get them done, with no real plan other than to have it finished by the end of this year. Keeping it simple, printing out photos and carving out time each day to get this done will be a welcome challenge that will no doubt be worthwhile to look back on someday. It is after all, my first time having a real Christmas tree, Jack’s first Christmas, and our first Christmas in our own home as a family. Bring it.
**To help celebrate the start of a very special month, we are doing a promotion and giveaway with one of our creative partners**Pinkfresh Studio is a fresh online shop that offers their own exclusive range of washi tapes, trendy shaped enamel stickers – these are my favorite, brad stickers and fresh press cards in fun colors. They have recently started selling Ombre print washi tapes which are really different and so vibrant. The airmail and aztec prints look so gorgeous. And last but not least their 1st ever stamp set called “Delightful Tales” is great for all your layouts, PL pages and cards. Their products are really fun and colorful to add a little something extra to any paper crafting projects. Make sure to like their Facebook page and connect with their blog to stay tuned for their next release of beautiful color blocked wood veneers.
Promotion: Take 30% off your entire order using code ‘AMY30OFF’ from 12/1 12:00 AM to 12/3 12:00 PM CST… this is a special offer just for 2 days and there after the code will be good for 15% off your entire order til 12/5 12:00 PM CST
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, but you can still enjoy the Promotion mentioned above.
2 people will get $25.00 worth of goodies of their choice. Simply leave a comment with your favorite word/words to describe December. Giveaway closes 12/3 at 7am CST and winners will be announced & notified shortly after. GOOD LUCK!
The winners are #37 and #106 –
Sierra says: December 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm & Jessica Yoder-Jones says: December 2, 2013 at 6:44 am
There were so many things I loved about Studio Calico’s Blue Note kits. The only thing I didn’t love was not being able to carve out more time to create with these kits. I started a few bits and pieces and will be sure to include them in future layouts and Project Life spreads. I even went so far as taking a photo of my favorite things with intentions of Instagramming it on reveal day, but alas forgot. Blaming mommy brain once again. This month I got the Scrapbook kit – love the Heidi Swapp alphas, Project Life kit, as well as Sinatra and the Project Life add-on, Armstrong, which is already sold out. And here is what I created: For this layout, I used the Scrapbook kit only. I’ll show you how it all came together in a couple days.And here is some VERY exciting news!Small Business Saturday means big savings for Studio Calico class enthusiasts! We’re bringing back seven of our most popular classes and are offering them to you at an all time low price. Your favorite industry experts sharing their best tips and tricks at up to 70% off the original price!
For a limited time, my class that ran only for a month back in February 2012, Stretch Your Kit is available for just $12. I highlight tons of tips for making the most of your kits – there’s PDF’s along with videos and projects from contributors. You can also get the bundle at a huge discount by adding all of the classes to your cart and using the code: SBSCLASS.
1. We think Jack’s pretty darn cute & if you do too, please vote for him in this contest for a local store called The Pump Station. It just takes a second and we would so appreciate it!
2. It’s Black Friday online at Studio Calico. Grab some really great products at amazing prices. For those who missed out on this exclusive embroidery stencil kit, you can grab it now for just $2.99. Sale ends Saturday 12AM EST.
3. I am absolutely crazy about this (new to me) Instagram account, mommasgonecity. I mean, is there anything better than puppies and babies together?! I think not.
4. I’ve been saying the serenity prayer on a daily basis (sometimes multiple times a day). “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” Also I’ve been trying to remember to pause and take deep breaths. Just did it now, and you should try it too.
5. Silhouette is having a HUGE hoiday sale!Visit Silhouette and enter the code TANGERINE for these amazing offers valid through December 8.