15 January 2012

Christmas Cards, what now?

So what do you do with all those Christmas cards that you receive over the holidays?
Some I might break down and use in my Christmas scrapbook layouts. Yes I cut them up. But the rest I don't want to just throw away. Someone spent the time and money choosing these cards and caring enough to send them, because lets face it. It has become a digital world. Christmas, Birthday and just plain old I am thinking about you cards have gone away to an email. So I want to preserve these the best I can so that my girls can see what was sent to us and by who.
So I make one page and "file" them all in there.

OK so here is how I did it. This is the second year that I have done this and this years I am not embellishing a lot just because the paper that I used is so busy. You could however add what ever you wanted.
So first I gathered my cards and separated them. I like the photo cards on one side and the regular cards on the other side. I do this because I can then make 2 pockets one larger then the other to support the square cards that I have received and so that they are not all falling around rubbing on each other. Which might over time ruin some of the photos. 
Next I select two 12x12 papers, cutting one down to 6" or in this case four then adding a 2" border to the top of a diffrent print. You could always add more pockets this way as well if you wanted.
Then you need to attach them. Now here is where I have seen different things. Some glue along the side and middle but I like to bring in my sewing machine when possible. Yes I like to sew paper. Plus then you can get a exact line on the edge and not have to worry that something might not be dry all the way when you put your cards inside. Which could result in a glued together mess. So I lay the cards on top mark where I need to sew and head to my sewing machine.

Now with sewing I am making holes in paper which could lead to perforation so I go back and on the sides I put a tiny drop of glue just to act as a support for those first few stitches. I don't know if this is necessary but it makes me feel better about my work.

At this point you are done. I wanted to make the year as a page title. So I cut out 2011 on my pazzles (which I love by the way) and glued it to the bottom right corner and called it a night.

It took just a few mins. It might be in fact the quickest page in the whole scrapbook album. lol.
If you make a page like this one email it to me I would love to see it. Also I would love to know what you do with your Christmas cards after the holidays?

Till next time,
God Bless you and yours,

Project 365

My princess in her new hat knit for the new Valentine collection in my shop. She is so cute.

13 January 2012

Project 365

This is  a self made portrait of me and my dog Sadie. This is the last picture of Sadie before she was laid to rest. I has been a hard week here at our house. A lot of tears and missing our big friend.
She will always be missed.

04 January 2012

Project 365

This is the best thing ever for a mom. When ever my day gets crazy or out of control. I grab my planner and head to my Keurig for a little pick me up.

03 January 2012

Project 365

So here we are to start a new year and that means a new set of yearly pictures. This year I hope to stick with posting them on a regular basis. Maybe not everyday, if I had that kind of time I would be getting more sleep. Hee hee. So hopefully every few days I will post the pics that I have captured. Now that being said to me project 365 is not about always documenting the amazing pictures I take. Of which there are so many, right. (Just smile and nod.) But its more about documenting the pictures that show our lives the best with meaning. Even if that means posting a pic that was taken from my iphone, gasp!!. Yes sometimes that is all that is avalable at the time and I am not one to miss the moment.

So here are the first 3 from this year so far.
While trying to clean out my office, if you can call it that. Kitty showed me exactly what she thought about my new household book that I made for the new year. By the way this has become the second most used item in my house. It is my go to for my day. In my humble opinion every mom needs one of these books.

This was cought by my husband at some early early hour with our very sick lil one. But it is moments like these that I want to remember. Not the fact that she was sick but the bond that was made stronger by this moment.

In the mornings I like to do some sort of craft with the girls together. Then when sara goes down for her nap Savannah and I can do school work then more crafts. Today I let them finger paint. Which evendently it was more fun to squish the paint in your hands than paint. Oh well they had fun.