December 29, 2010

Christmas Roundup

A little Christmas roundup....
Ah, there's nothing like sitting at the kids' table on Christmas Eve. Such well behaved little angels. Ha! I tried to make it cute, dressed the table up just for them with matching glasses and decorations and place cards. And still, it was a race to eat as quickly as possible and be excused from the table. But not before pelting the little plastic snowflake confetti at each other. Because you know it wouldn't be Christmas Eve dinner without a little mischief and one small temper tantrum (Little Miss Y). One day we will miss this right?
Oh and this beauty of a picture right up here? This will end up in one of the boys' wedding videos for sure. I'll make a point of it. Just looking at it makes me laugh out loud and hum "you've got a friend in me". Hmm... I think that might be a page.
A cheesy little grin after opening the much coveted Phineas and Ferb guitar. One of the top 3 items on his list.
Happy like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. There is nothing better than that!

December 28, 2010

I am Tickled Pink!

So very happy about this...
I love Pink Paislee and I can't WAIT to get started on this team. Have you seen the sneak peeks for CHA Winter...
I love them all, but I think they made Hometown Summer and Daily Junque just for me! ;) Wish me luck on my very first manufacturer's design team. I think it's going to be fun!

December 20, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

With just 5 more days to go, my little pip is trying so very hard to be on his best behavior. Last week, I caught him having a conversation with the smoke detector in his room (he thinks it's a Santa Cam, but that's another story). He was pleading his case for being on the nice list while I listened just outside the door and tried not to laugh.
This layout was made for Right at Home Scrapbooking.
When I came across this 'Nice or Naughty' list paper, I knew I had to do this page. You see Nico's behavior is either very nice or very naughty, there is no in between with him. Last year we had a running checklist with nice and naughty days and he very barely made it on that nice list.

This year we didn't do the checklist because I figured I was never going to allow him to be fully on the naughty list or suffer those consequences, so why even do it. Thank goodness that turning five has made a world of difference and Nico finds himself having many many more nice days. The stubborn streak and bossiness are still very much there, but he has learned to reign it in and let Mom be the boss.

Here's to another year of Nico the Nice!

December 18, 2010

Christmas Photo Tags

Just 7 short days left....are you ready?

I've been wrapping gifts like a madwoman, I'm just about DONE! I had a tiny bit of time for a scrappy project and so I sat down and made this photo tag.
 I used the White Christmas line by We'R Memory Keepers (paper, chipboard & glitter lace) and some raw chipboard that Right at Home sent me. I  ran a sheet of white cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the Seeing Spots embossing folder. I layered together one of my favorite holiday photos, all of the paper and chipboard, added some sewing, twine and voila - one photo tag in 20 minutes. Not bad!

I think I just might make a few more and add them to some of my wrapped gifts instead of traditional name tags. I think the kids would get a kick out of finding their "faces".

I guess its back to wrapping for me!

December 16, 2010

Cricut Hello Thursday

I have a new Cricut cartridge sneak peek to share with you! I received the Best of Pixar cartridge and I'm in love. Designing for the Cricut Circle has been a dream assignment for me. I have a great team to work with and then every once in a while a cart like this arrives on my doorstep. For a Disney freak like me, it's heaven!
There are tons of images of Nemo, Flik, The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc on the cart. I love this collection of Disney pictures from our trip, so I decided to use the Nemo title, anemone, coral reef, flowers and sand bar to put together this page.

There are 9 other brand new Cricut carts and you should see different projects from each of the circle designers go up throughout the day. And for the Disney folks, there is a Classic Disney cart with Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Bambi. You will love it!

I hate to post and run, but I have 30 gifts to wrap before Nico gets home from school. They're not all for him, but he can't be around because I've discovered that the little stinker cannot keep a secret for beans!

Tomorrow I'll have a Christmas tag and maybe a minibook...

December 6, 2010

Christmas Traditions

This is my first Christmas page of the season. I usually take hundreds of photos of what we do and where we go during Christmas time, but I rarely get around to scrapbooking them. Once I take the tree down, I'm done and I don't want to see any more Christmas related things for the rest of the year. And so I have years and years of layouts that I really need to do.

I started with a tradition that Nico and I have had for years. I've been reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to him since he was just a few months old. He's always loved the story and illustrations in the book. This was the first year that he picked it up and attempted it to read it himself. I took these pics recently and I knew right away that I need to scrapbook them.
This layout was made with the December Work in Progress kit.
I combined the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 line (again) and Pink Paislee's Father Christmas. The light blues in these lines match really well.
I love the little border of text with a line from the story. Thank you Pink Paislee for making that - it's perfect! I created the banner for the journaling out of grid paper and rolled it up at the top. It reminds me of the "checking it twice" list that Santa makes.

The title came together quickly with some weathered wood letters by Pink Paislee and glittered alphas from the Dear Lizzy collection. All of the paper is Cosmo Cricket.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back soon with a few more Christmas projects and sneak peeks.

December 1, 2010

I Do Frou

I usually shy away from the frou-frou look. I like it, but I do ugly things with it. I think I have a natural tendency towards clean lines and that usually doesn't work with the fancier styles. This Circa 1934 line by Cosmo Cricket has a mixture of both ornate and bold patterns which I really like.

These photos are from Nico's baptism. That's my Dad and grandmother holding him. I love the look of pride and happiness on her face. I remember her telling me that she was so grateful that she got to live long enough to meet her great-grandchild. Looking at these pictures is bittersweet because I can clearly see how rapidly Nico has aged and how quickly she is fading. Her wish was to meet him and mine is for her to live just a few more years so that he can remember her.
This page was created with the December WIP Kit.
This layout started with the circle chipboard embellishment and the polka dot paper. I loved both and tied the circular theme together with the black patterned paper. I cut a long strip of the "tag" paper and placed my title, date and small photo on it.
This was a fairly quick and easy page to put together. I think the colors and patterns dress it up without having to add much.

So that's it, my one frou page - which actually is not very frou is it? I guess it's the feel of it more than anything. I'll be back tomorrow with the last Circa page - my first Christmas page of the season!