Thursday, December 18, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm with Heidi Swapp Project Life @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhigginsllc #projectlife #homemade #essentialoils #peppermint #lipbalm

Anyone who knows me knows I get excited about trying out new gift ideas during the holidays. Christmas time is the best time of year to get working on a new DIY! I also love giving. It is one of my love languages. I love give to anyone this time of year. Sometimes I like to even have little gifts in my purse, just in case I am out and see someone that could use a little something to 'make their day.'

Now, I don't have a huge budget. We are talking less than a $1 per gift. So, what better way to make it special than by making it 'homemade'? This fun gift idea of homemade lip balm in a gift bag is up on Heidi Swapp's blog! I even share the recipe!

Create Well: Share a little love this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bazzill Basics - Missing You This Christmas

Blend With Bazzill @bazzillbasics @createoften #bazzillbasics #bazzillcardshoppe

When I saw this sentiment stamp by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, I had to pick it up. During the holidays it always seems like we are away from someone we love. There were several years we didn't have our niece home for Christmas while she was overseas in the military. It is always hard to be away from any family during the holidays.

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This card is over on the Bazzill Basics blog and I hope it inspires you to make a card to send to someone you miss this Christmas!

Create Well: Send a little snail mail this week to make someone's day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pink Paislee - Countdown to Christmas Days 1-5

I can't believe it!!! I have been keeping up on my December album every day! Ha!!! Should I be so surprised? Maybe. I haven't finished every part of an album in years. I was looking at one yesterday with no journaling and another that the focus wasn't the photos so it didn't really feel like it captured our everyday life.  This is the first year that I am pleased that I have been able to print my photos right from home and add them to my book every night. It doesn't get much easier than that.

For Day 1, I tucked the extensive journaling inside the pocket and will need to add a little tab so it can be pulled in and out. Photos were taken in low light and usually when that happens I tend to go black and white.

I am making sure to pull out the DSLR for a lot of photos. I like that I have the freedom to use both my digital camera and phone to take pictures this year. I think my phone's quality and the way I take photos with my phone has changed a lot since I started doing a December album. 

Photos are a huge focus in this album. The more photos on a page the better. Journaling gets typed up about every other night. With these last couple of weeks I am going to have to do it every night because there is so much happening that I can barely remember to brush my hair in the morning. Seriously. I almost left the house with a wet tangled top knot the other day.

I am adding clean pages along with a few artistic ones. I like the clean look. I know what is the priority when I look at my album - it's the story. 

I added a Heidi Swapp Color Magic wood veneer and colored it with a Tim Holtz Distress Marker. I like the Barn Door red.

I kept the clear pages simple so that the other pages could peek through. As I have said before, I love to mimic the exact design on the opposite side of the clear pages so that no glue shows through.


I am adding lots of stars. Some have been saved for this exact purpose and some were a part of the Merry & Bright Ephemera Pack. I love them!

Stay tuned in as I have the next group of pages to share later this week! Hope you are enjoying playing along with Pink Pailsee's Countdown 2 Christmas! I know I have!

Create Well: Photos help you tell your story but if you do not write it down, who will be able to tell your story for you when  you are gone?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pink Paislee - Countdown to Christmas Day 11

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

I am back up on the Pink Paislee blog today with today's prompt, "Surprise your neighbors with treats!" I share our family's tradition... it is special! Here I wanted to tell you more about how I created these pages!

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

I created a page to add to my album, mostly because this was my special blog post and I wanted it to stand out from the rest. I added more journaling to the page.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

One think I didn't like from my past December Daily albums was that my photos seemed to get lost on the "artistic pages" I made. So, This time I made sure to just leave the photos in the pocket pages. They are protected there too!

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Stickers were added to the top of the page protector to preserve the photo.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

I love those layered pieces! I kept this pocket empty and just added a snowflake ephemera piece from the Merry & Bright collection. The pocket underneath shows through!

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 11 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

This year I added past photos in the album so that we can see how much my son has grown! It shows that we keep up on our family traditions!

Create Well: Add photos from past Christmases to your current album to visually see the change in your children!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pink Paislee - Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

I am up on the Pink Paislee blog today sharing my Day 10 Countdown 2 Christmas pages using the prompt "Holiday Playlist!" I love Christmas music! You will want to head over there to hear some of my favorite Christmas music memories!

Here, I wanted to show you my pages and share with you how easy it is to create several layers in your album. I love being able to see through to the other pages in my book and on Day 10 is a perfect example of that.

Day 10 starts on the page above with my pocket page. I have left the top left empty with a snowflake as an embellishment. This helps me see through to a clear page and our holiday photos! The top right pocket is a screen photo of my playlist that I created on YouTube.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

On the right of that page is another clear acrylic page that I loved adding a We R Memory Keepers' stag die embossed with Darcie's embossing folder (1218-39) and Bazzill cardstock.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

I always save any silver glitter stars I might find through out the year for my December albums. They are a favorite. These Recollection ones that my sister bought me layered perfectly under the red Merry & Bright ephemera. I added some trim that is oh--so-cute on the antlers. (You are getting a peek into Day 11's page here.)

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

The trick that I love to do in decorating any clear page or pocket is repeat the same on both sides. That way you do not have to hide glue or embellishments. See how easy the clear page was below.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Then, let the next page peek through! Think about your placement on the next page so that it looks good and you are not hiding anything  you don't want to.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Here is the back side where you can see Day 10 peeking through! Darling.

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

This year I plan on adding QR codes where I can. I can scan this and it will play my playlist from YouTube! I just love that!

Countdown 2 Christmas Day 10 @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #ppMerryandBright

Make sure to check back tomorrow because I am back up on the Pink Paislee blog again with Day 11!

Create Well: Crank up the music and let's celebrate Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bazzill Basics - Joy to the World

It's a Match: Joy to the World Mason Jar Card @bazzillbasics @createoften #bazzillbasics #card #christmas #masonjar #diy

I have mason jars on my brain. Ever since I visited Craft Warehouse's Open House event last month I just can't seem to get the mason jar snow globe off my brain. Even after the event, my paper crafting friends and I sat and drank coffee talking about how I could make a mason jar snow globe card like a bunch of complete nerds. We bounced ideas back and forth to try and come up with an idea where it looked realistic.

Let's just say that you should be happy to see the above photo instead of a wide angle shot of my space. There are mason jar snow globe supplies everywhere. Also, I almost had a heart attack when Bre grabbed the bag of powder snow and started to take a run for it. I saw a picture of white flakes everywhere in my home for the next five years flash before my eyes and I booked it over to her to grab it before any damage was done.

Hop on over to Bazzill's blog today as I share the details behind making this first of many mason jar inspired projects.

Create Well: If you do not succeed, try and try again.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Pretty Pockets Week 11

Pretty Pockets Week 11 @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #projectlife #hsmemoryplanner

I am up today on Heidi Swapp's blog with three new pocket page ideas for either your Memory Planner or Project Life album! I had a lot of fun creating this page! I was inspired by my own Christmas tree and its lights.

Pretty Pockets Week 11 @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #projectlife #hsmemoryplanner

Don't you love Christmas lights? Our neighborhood is brighter and brighter with every day that goes by. We just love it. E loves driving at night to see them all. I think it feels magical.

Go on by and visit her blog where I also give advice for staying on top of a monthly planner like this for 2015!

Create Well: Be inspired by something you love about Christmas.
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