Happy Day

My trip to the USA is at an end. I am home and very jet lagged. Our bags arrived home 4 days after us which meant plenty of time before I needed to tackle the laundry. We had done most of it before we left America so I knew it would not be too bad.

Being as tired as I am and wake all hours gave me some time to start going through all my photo’s and scrap a few of my happy day memories while they are still fresh. Here is just one of them for today.

The photo was taken in Galveston Texas at a shell store that is built out over the water on a dock. Pretty cool place and it had a vast selection of shopping to make anyone happy. Even Minnie Pearl would have been happy at the selection of hats complete with sales tags still hanging off.

I have used Happy Day Scrapbook Kit from Quirky Twerp for this one. Just perfect I would say for a memory of a very happy day. (Hot too – it was a stinker there with the unusually long hot and humid heat wave they had in the USA this year.)

Jenni Bowlin Inspired One Little Word Canvas & Blog Hop

Phew, that must be my longest blog post heading ever! Mind you the post is long enough to match! 🙂

Welcome to the One Little Word blog hop. If you are on the hop you would have arrived here from Margaret at Gutsy Mum.  Read through to the bottom for the next stop on the blog hop. You’ll also find a list of all stops at the very end of the post.

As I have already shared here and here too about my One Little Word for 2011, I thought it would be good to give you a look at my layout for Ali Edwards BPS class – and then onto a little project I completed this week using my one little word.

This ended up slightly rearranged, printed, cut up and added to the 9 ATC page protector in my album.I will share that in a later post but for now lets get on with my Jenni Bowlin Canvas showcasing my OLW.

Jenni Bowlin Inspired Canvas Art

During the Cocoa Daisy trip to Mykonos island in Greece late last year I had the opportunity to spend time, not only with Ali Edwards, but also the awesome Jenni Bowlin. Jenni is such a sweetie and, while the hi-light was getting to know her, another fab experience was doing a class with her.

It was supposed to be a “home” canvas but morphed into what was going to be a memory board incorporating memorabilia from the Mykonos trip. I had a little issue challenge with my paint not drying and the thing not coming together like I was wanting it to. Of course with traveling away again so soon after getting back from Greece it just sat there.

And sat there, and sat there, right through Christmas and New Year. Finally it came down to do something with it – or throw it away. Which wasn’t really an option because of my one little word. Balance for me is making do this year which extends then to using things already stashed rather than buying more. Up-cycling, re-purposing , and re-inventing uses for things to bring them into where I am right now.

Which is why the unfinished canvas board project from Jenni Bowling morphed into my inspirational one little word canvas.

This is how it looked when I returned from Greece. You can see a bit of the photo that it should have looked like from Jenni Bowlin on the left. Armed with the leftover bingo cards and other items from the class kit I got to work on it.

Luckily for me the word Mykonos and the word Balance have the same amount of letters. 🙂

Inking up the edges of the punched bingo card numbers and layering them over the top of the others was easy. Just needed to change the last number of the year date. After making some “butchers twine” from DMC# 5 in ivory and light blue I corded it and glued it along the top edge to resemble bunting.

I wanted to keep the essence of Jenn’s project so based the added elements and ephemera around the her butterfly rub-on.

I made the pocket using some packaging and nestabilites. Of course a girl has to have some bling too.

The card sitting in the pocket will have my list of priorities that I hope to work on for my one little word. The main area’s and things I most want to find balance in.

Jenni’s bingo cards and buttons are the cutest touch. I made the tag behind the bingo with one that came on a parcel for hubby and adding the word  family with a 7 gypsies stamp. The vintage cotton lace came from my stash. 7 Gypsies and House of 3 stamps helped fill in the background too.

The butterfly is sprinkled with glitter an raised up on a pop dot for dimension. Pretty!

So there you have it – my finished “Balance” canvas with much thanks to Jenni Bowlin for the original inspiration.

Your next stop on the blog train is Tere, pop on over and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Here is the rest of the OLW BLOG LIST (Jan)

Complete Album

Here is my complete Daily December/ Journal your Christmas album.

Well at least as complete as I can get it right now. Until I place an order with Bind It All that is. For now I have two whopping big O rings holding the thing together.

You can see here how thick it became.

There are a few little lumpy bumpy’s inside. The little tag envelope was made from one that a card came in this year. It seemed the “square” cards were in vogue here and I was very pleased to find the envelopes  fit into the album perfectly. They are a nice sturdy paper too which is nice.

Everyone wrote out their Christmas wish list on the back of these fabulous Vintage Christmas Tags from Quirky Twerp.

I just altered the red envelope a little at the top. Added some cute “measuring” tape to the top and stuck it to the page for the day. Nice, easy and a fun Christmas tradition for everyone to get involved in.

Another lumpy bumpy page with all sorts of things attached like the tea bags and coffee bags from here. Of course we had to indulge in a few special little treats! It’s amazing how different Liptons Teabags are all over the word.

Hey – now there is an idea for a mini album. I might just start collecting them on my travels.

One last image – just for fun.

I kept the tag off the butterball turkey. Washed and wiped down with iso it should be fine. It was purchased in Bahrain and has the weight and price on it. Tucked into the back of the coffee bag where I created a pocket, it should be a fun reference to look at it the future.

Now I am off to do something I have not done in a long time. Quilting. I heard today that a group has started up locally and I want to go. I feel like making myself go out and getting the motivation of seeing others quilt might give me just what is needed to get started again.

It is one of the things on my bigger picture “to do” list for this year.  It used to be my full time hobby and it is something I have missed not doing much or any over the last couple of years. I have a few unfinished ones on the go so they are my first priority. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album Cover

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and have recovered from all the festivities and celebrating – if you did! 🙂

You know, I was laughing out loud as I wrote that post title, and yet still could not help myself.  My new years resolution dear reader is to not write it again…. At least not till next Christmas. 🙂

By then I might have worked out what it is I am actually doing. One thing for sure it needs to be even simpler than it was this year. That or give up on some of the other things we do during this already busy month for most people, that also holds so many birthdays  and other celebrations for us.

This first few days of the new year have entailed catching up on my December Daily album and getting the cover finished off after cutting the cover shape some weeks ago.

My aim was to keep this year’s album simple and easy. Which in some ways it was to be – by sticking with one (or 3) digital kits and a fairly simple style of page. One side was to be for the journaling and the other a photo. Not thinking about the total of pages that would mean, especially adding overlays to photo’s and changing the journaling pages to match the photo or daily happenings was a bit of a blunder on my part.

See that pile of pages in the back.  All 104, 5 x 7 sized pages!       104!!!

Yikes..how did I manage that when I only did 25 days? Imagine if I had done all the days of Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas.

However it is totally finished. All ready to bind. Which brings just one more challenge. I am not sure that Zutter Bind it All Owires will be big enough to hold the album together. The 1 inch is not large enough and they only go up to 1.25 inches. When I get the chance to order some online I will let you know how it goes. For now I have punched it and am using O rings to hold it together.

Now on to the journal cover.

Using papers from the kits in the journal, for continuity, to cover the thick chipboard I had already cut into the bracket shape, was the easy part. Coming up with the rest took a little longer.

Red cardstock from Creative Memories was shaped with a Martha Stewart Punch for the doily edge. Then layered with some red checkered ribbon over a piece of my own design blue paper and all stuck down with doubled sided Scor-Tape.

The tag was created by starting out with a stamped image from Pink Paislee House of 3 Parisian Anthology stamp set onto a white shipping tag. Then a small leftover red scrap of paper from the journal pages was added.  I made the “Christmas” alpha in CS3 with an alpha from Basic Grey’s digital kit “Blitzen” and layered it over little cream squares.  Those were cut out individually and stuck down with the double tape too. The red year 2010 alpha is from Kaiser. A length of butchers twine and some crystal blingage layered over the stamp completed the tag.

The small crystal circle with red checked ribbon through it is actually an old buckle from one of my daughters shoes. I’m know to hang on to pretty things – just because I might want them for something one day. The medallion is made from the same blue paper and is hot glued behind the buckle and the ribbon tucked around behind. Aren’t those little blingy stick pins from Jenni Bowlin just the cutest – and the prefect finishing touch to the medallion? I layered the whole lot on top a small white scrap embossed through the Cuttlebug.

The small metal “believe” plaque from Making Memories was the completing touch to balance the front cover out.

The back cover is done more simply with the layers of paper and checked ribbon. Antique Silver Owires from Bind it All are planned to bind the whole thing together.

So there we have it – my completed 2010 Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album.

Oops – broke my resolution already. 🙄

Been busy so not had the chance to update this last few days. Short and sweet tonight too. Here is today’s Daily December pages.

Will write about our day and evening after it is printed, including the surprise the children got when I pulled out a new bauble this year. As we were not having a “Christmas tree” they assumed we were not having a new bauble which is one of our Christmas eve traditions along with new PJ’s.

No pj’s this year but we still had the new bauble. 🙂 They were most impressed – and worked out where to hang them on the decorations we had put up.

I hope all your gifts are wrapped, your food prep done and you are relaxing with a chance to reflect on the truth of tomorrow. The real reason for the season. May you be blessed with a wonderful day surrounded with loved ones both family and friends.

High Tea

Today Chloe celebrated turning 13. She had requested a proper tea party with a purple and green theme.

Eight well dressed young ladies, lots of giggles, cake, pots of tea and sandwiches later, it was declared a success.

We had a hat decorating session when everyone arrived, after which we played another game. Chloe opened some lovely gifts and then it was onto the eating. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tea party. One girl declaring she was in heaven as ‘the spread looked so beautiful’.

A Serious Face for a Serious Job

The boys took their job of butler very seriously. It created a fun atmosphere and everyone got into the party mode very quickly. We wondered if we had created a problem for ourselves. The girls loved it so much they may want ‘tea with a butler’ every day. 🙂 Jarred is wearing the sunglasses at the request of one of the young ladies who said he looks like someone out of ‘Men in Black’. He earned the nickname ‘shades’ by the end of the party.

Chloe had a wonderful time too. She absolutely loves all things ‘cupcake’ which made the choice of a giant one for the birthday cake fairly obvious.

We held it early as school breaks up on Wednesday and her friends are all leaving kingdom for the Christmas break. Which meant no one was going to be here. With Christmas being so close to her birthday as well it seemed better to have it now.

All in all it was a fun , if exhausting 🙂 day.