Friday, November 30, 2012

The Story of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's true - I do feel that way about Christmas. I love this season! I love it first and foremost because of it's meaning as the cornerstone of my faith. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government shall be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6)

And I love it because it (generally) means time to spend with friends and family celebrating the occasion and catching up on the year. Although don't ask me what I'm working over the Christmas break this year because I don't even want to think about it :-(

One thing I don't really do is spend a lot of time in the scrap-room. It's usually much too busy for that. And once the New Year hits I guess I kinda move on. So what that means is that I'm always scrapping my Christmas photos a year behind! I've recently even taken the plunge and started my 2011 not-quite-a-December Daily! I'm going to be sharing some of that with you real soon.

But my first Christmas project for the year was this layout which also became my very first JBS blog-post as an Ambassador. You can read what I wrote about my design process over on the blog here. I was pretty excited and nervous to see what the response would be :-) So far, so good!

And speaking of exciting and amazing DT news (making reference to the hints in my recent blog post).... I am proud to announce that next year I'm going to be joining the first Evalicious Design Team!! Yay!! Check out the announcement and who else is on the team here. I can't wait to work alongside these talented ladies and to further feed my flair addiction! 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Story of Sad School Days

When Munchy first started going to school Moodles found it really hard to adapt. Some days we would find her like this, standing at the front door calling out for her sister to come home. Heartbreaking isn't it?

I guess it's also comforting in some ways that these two girls have such a strong connection. They get along really well, and are always looking out for one another. I just pray it stays that way ;-)

When I was making this layout I wanted to reflect the sadness of the situation so I focused on neutral tones and included the clouds across the bleak skyline as my major embellishment.

That's probably one reason why I'm dissatisfied with this layout - because it's not my usual bright and happy kind of page. But it's real life and that's why it's important to document in my opinion. The other reason is because it's one of those pages where I had an idea in my head about how it would look and it never quite made it. Never mind!

She's much better at letting Munchy go to school now though. In fact, now she's learned that it's also a great opportunity to have special adventures with Daddy, play with the toys uninterrupted and generally exert her independence. So it's not all bad!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Giveaway etc etc

Scrap Friends have just posted their super-huge and fabulous Christmas Candy that they're giving away to one lucky winner. Check out all the details on how to win this prize package on the SF blog here.

And whilst I've got your attention can I also turn it to the fact that I've just posted my very first contribution to the JBS blog! Eeeekk! How exciting!

Here's a sneak peek of the page I made, and just for you my loyal bloggy followers, this is a peek that you won't see on the JBS blog ;-)

And lastly, if you can work out what these 4 layouts have in common, then I've just given you a big hint into some new and exciting news that will be announced next week. I'm still grinning from ear to ear at the mere thought of it! 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Story of Moodle's 3rd Birthday

I admit that sometimes I'm not the world's greatest mother. Like a couple of days ago for example when it was Moodle's birthday and The Man called me from the car to say he was almost home which meant we could celebrate the occasion together as a family for the first time. And then he said, "I've got her present in the back of the car, have you made a card?"

And I totally flipped out.
Because I hadn't.

So I rushed around my scrap room finding lots of purple things ('cos that's her favourite colour) and lots of fun birthday-type embellishments. And I slapped them all down and sprinkled it with glitter. It turns out the 3 on the journaling card and on the Scrabble chip were just a very happy coincidence. I did a little victory dance :-)

And she was none-the-wiser and enjoyed every minute of her day.
The End.

PS. She got a bike


Monday, November 19, 2012

The Story of the Marcus Aurelius Quote

Oh yes... I did warn you didn't I about using those die-cut stars on everything lately? I adore them. And what I love most is that I just cut a whole sheet of them at once, and now I'm slowing using one chunk at a time for my layouts. Saves all that Silhouetting every single time :-)

But there's quite a few things I love about this layout actually (can I say that and get away with it?!) I adore the colour scheme for a start. I love all the muted colours but still with the rainbow of embellished chipboard squares painted with the spectrum of JBS paint dabbers.

Which contrasts nicely against all the other white embellishments like the FWAB Grace Pearl Flourish, and Imaginarium Designs clouds and feather.

The idea for this layout came from the Marcus Aurelius quote I've used here as my title. I saw it Pinned and immediately got inspired. It says "the soul becomes dyed with the colour of it's thoughts" and my brief line of journaling follows this up and says "so it's lucky all your thoughts are sunshine and happiness".

Which is true. I've scored myself one happy-go-lucky chirpy little cherub. Who just celebrated her 3rd birthday today. Happy birthday Moodles.



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