December Daily – My favs!!!

Started December Daily and so far here are my favorites so far :

Favorite cut with my Silhouette…

Favorite SMILES….


Favorite Holiday activity…..

Favorite Elf on the Shelf activity…… per Braxton If he were the elf he wants to bring joy to the world and everyone believe in Santa. #Christmasspirit

I love sitting back during the holidays and enjoying the season!  #Christmasspirit

Proud moment! My son and his friends participate in a Social Studies Fair. Out of 10 groups, they came out second. All the kids worked hard and Braxton was the oral presenter. One of the teacher’s observing sent me a message that the judges LOVED his enthusiasm. #Soproud! When I got ready to scrap this wonderful moment, Ali Edwards Story Kit ‘Believe’ was perfect to capture the moment.

#Aliedwards #storykit #craftthestory

Again… Life with two boys 

I always feel like I am barely keeping up with life, work, kids, house, etc.  So here is my newest attempt at blogging about my favorite hobby….SCRAPBOOKING!!  Let me say again and again…. The reason I love this hobby is because I get to capture some of my precious moments with these two little ( not for long) boys who call me Mommy. 

 Sunday I played catchup on last three weeks of Project Life using my newest story kit from Ali Edwards – Little Things.  This was my second favorite story kit that she has created. It was so relevant and easy to work with. Here are some of my favorite highlights.
 Love the bright vibrant color combination and I got to use some white string that I have had forever.  

Art walk fun, playtime, capturing memories..

  
Wonderful journaling card that helped me capture current snapshot of that little one who keeps me on my toes.

  

 

Capturing 5 little memories of the week…. Love those teal words that I incorporated into the journaling.    

Story of the week: Jaxson’s mosquito bite…. He woke up and told me that he didn’t want his teacher to see him like this and thought he needed to stay home.   He’s only three and already trying to negotiate out of going to school.

  

FAVORITE PICTURE OF THE WEEK….MY LITTLE BLESSINGS

  

My grandmother passed away five years ago.  I got this plant from the service and the week of her birthday this year I had the most blooms ever. Guess my special little angel is looking down on me.

 
#aliedwards #projectlife #scrapbooking #lovebeingmomofboys

#ProjectLife Week 18 America has a tornado, Dear God, breaking my feelings, and not wanting to grow up.

The main reason I love doing this project it to capture the cute and sweet antidotes of my children. My favorite story from this week was Braxton hearing tornado warnings on the radio. He told me he needed to call his best friend to tell him that America has a tornado. So cute and so sweet.

20130514-205955.jpg

I have to say that I have been through one or two challenges in my life and this quote that I saw online spoke to me about being strong. Dear God….

20130514-210205.jpg

20130514-210222.jpg

Braxton: I didn’t mean to break your feelings.

20130514-210528.jpg

My favorite photo of the week, so unusual to get both boys looking at the camera.

20130514-210628.jpg

My cape jasmine plant …. It survived ME. I do not exactly have a green thumb so after Manny’s funeral 3 years ago, I took home a plant that could be buried in the ground to increase it’s odds of survival. Every time I look at it I think about her and how she loved her plants and flowers. She enjoyed the beauty of life every day and I am thankful that she taught me to enjoy it too.

20130514-210740.jpg

But I don’t want to grow up…. Sweet little Braxton crying worried about who is going to take care of him when he grows up and I grow old. He really wasn’t excited when I told him that it would be his turn to take care of me! But of course I told him he could live with mommy FOREVER.

20130514-211310.jpg

#ProjectLife week 15 #baseball #friends #playgroundfun

Week 15…..opening weekend for baseball, playing on playground, fun quotes, mouse trap, busy week

20130423-213531.jpg

20130423-213552.jpg

Braxton’s 1st handwritten note, phonetically correct , too cute. He was so worried that I would forget to bring his toys to karate.

20130423-213631.jpg

Let’s Rock This Baby Out…..

20130423-213805.jpg

Bottom right picture is Braxton’s self made mouse trap. He was going to sit there until mouse ran out to eat then capture it with the bucket. So incredibly sweet especially since he knows how much Mommy dislikes those furry little creatures.

20130423-213852.jpg

My girl Jill came to visit. She is always there with a smiling face and words of encouragement. We help support each other through daily life challenges.

20130423-214048.jpg

Have I said lately how much I love this project and capturing our memories!

#ProjectLife Celebratory Blog Hop: 25% done

I started Project Life in 2012. I was so focused on trying to make it like other Project Lifers creative pages that I forgot what my purpose was: TO CAPTURE THE MOMENTS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.

When I was trying to decide whether or not to do Project Life in 2013, I needed to make a change to simplify this year. Here are my Five Survival Tips:

1. Organize supplies so they are easy to find. Project Life kits, tape, pens, embellishments such as date stamp, rub on letters, days of the week stickers, letter stickers, washi tape, etc.

20130411-205319.jpg

2. Identify tools that you can use to capture your week:
– iPhone camera, Digital camera, iPad
– Voice Notes on iPhone or iPad to capture stories
– Instagram to dress up photos
– notes on iPhone or iPad to capture things I want to say during the week
– location to store memorabilia throughout the week. Mine is on top of my Project Life basket.

20130411-205732.jpg

3. Know your Purpose! Project Life is whatever you want it to be: creative outlet, photography display, or story telling of your daily life. This year my purpose is to TELL the stories. I am not worried about keeping up with the latest creativity trends. I am using the supplies I have and focusing on capturing the story.

20130411-205822.jpg

4. Keep it Simple. Simplicity with this project has allowed me to keep up this year and enjoy the process more. One key way I have simplified the process over last year was to use the Design A and Design I protectors only. This enables me to quickly select the pictures and journaling cards needed for my page layouts.

20130411-210301.jpg

5. Plan for the week: try to develop some consistency with when you work on your album. If you develop some habits early on, it will help you update your album weekly. My process is to upload pictures on Sunday night to my favorite photo lab near work. Then depending on my schedule, I pickup either Monday or Tuesday. I add the photos to my album then work on my journaling cards. My goal each week is to to get layout completed by Wednesday night.

This is truly one of the most meaningful ways I have ever used to scrapbook our lives. I am enjoying the process, the moments, the ease of use, and the end result. By simplifying it, I am able to keep up each week while having two little boys at my feet.

Capture. Purpose. Simplify. Enjoy.

Please check out the next blog hop participant (blog hop goes live April 12 at 4am PST)
Emily http://mrscraftyadams.blogspot.com

Here are the rest of the participants in this Celebratory Blog Hop – enjoy!!!!

Margie. http://xnomads.typepad.com

Maya http://mayadahan.blogspot.com

Michelle http://www.table-for-five.com

Kristy http://kmstewart.blogspot.com

Michelle R http://MichelleRoger.wordpress.com

Emily http://mrscraftyadams.blogspot.com

Barbara www.maynardpl.blogspot.co.uk

Katina www.lovinglifeslittleblessings.com

Michelle B www.michellebostinelos.com/blog

Tina http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com

Nicole http://nicolemann.blogspot.ca

Marisol www.mariclaudibenitez.blogspot.com

Brooke www.graceandlight.typepad.com

Scruptious http://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com

Rechelle http://levanfamily365.blogspot.com

Kelli http://whimsickel.blogspot.com

Sonia http://www.craftshandson.blogspot.com

Shay http://sbookinshay29.blogspot.com

Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.wordpress.com