2015 December Daily Foundation Pages: Part 1

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This will be my third year of using Ali Edwards kits to work on my December Daily album, but looking back I must not have blogged 2014's album. You can find 2013's cover and foundation pages in the archives though.

I loved that Ali broke out some of the elements so that you could by mini kits and albums separately.  I was lucky and was able to order a Jasmine Jones Merry album before it sold out, and also paired Ali's main kit with Jasmine's mini kit.  I did have some left over items from various other Christmas albums that I pulled from my stash to include in this year's album.

The past few mornings I've woken up early to get a start on this year's foundation pages while it is still quiet.  I've enjoyed listening to Christmas music, drinking coffee from my elf mug and getting a little crafting time.

So far, I've been able to complete foundation pages for the first 9 days of the month.  Hoping to be able to spend a little more time this weekend on it and then finish it up by Thanksgiving.

For my cover I used a little Santa that must have come from a gift tag or card paired with some elements from this year's kits.

Then I pulled down Ali's intentions from her foundation pages, and really focused my story on experiencing the joy this holiday season.  I used the an extra piece of a transparency from the 2014 kit as a divider with a Joy tab stapled on.

I started last year with a calendar and our advent activities written in and like looking back on that to plan this year's activities, so I've repeated that process.  For the one card I used a chipboard "1" and embossed it.  I will include a picture below that, and then on back side of the cut down page protector I've included a 3x4 card and will have another photo.

For day two I've included a 2 tag embellished with some wooden stars and washi tape.  I've included space to tell that day's story on the "so loving this card."

For days 3 and 4 I've included a shaker spot with some kit elements.  I really love the paper that the large red chipboard 3 is on.  On the 4 card I used more washi tape and one of the cute word stickers that reads "Tis the Season."

Page 5 is just a placeholder now that isn't built out.  Typically we see Santa that first day so I will embellish that photo with the 5.  Going into Day 6, I used a large gold 6 from last year, and placed it on my favorite December paper.  I'm not completely sure that the 7 will stay, but for now it is there.  For the 8 I used I a wooden snowflake from Michael's paired with an 8 sticker and adhered them to the beautiful snowy transparency.  Then there is a place for a daily story and photos.  Then on page 9 I've included some wooden pieces, and the wooden snowflake will get fused in once I'm sure everything is set there.

 So there are the first 9 pages. More to come!

Please Christmas Don't be Late

Thursday, November 5, 2015

a little story to keep a sweet record our lives...

Me: "What do you want for Christmas? What would you like Santa to bring?"

A: "Tickets"

Me: "Tickets to what?"

A: "The airplane. Go up in the clouds."

Me: "Where are we going to go? Where is the airplane going to take us."

A: "To Hawaii.  To the beach.  See the waves."

Me: "You want Santa to bring you airplane tickets to Hawaii?"

A: "Sounds good."

Christmas, Christmas time is near,
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We've been good, but we can't last,
Hurry Christmas, Hurry fast.
Want a plane that loops the loop,
Me, I want a Hula-Hoop.
We can hardly stand the wait,
Please Christmas don't be late.

Fall Back Sunday

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time change can do a number on little bodies who don't understand time yet.  Heck, the seasonal change can do a number on me too.  I wake up and go to sleep at weird times, finding myself hungry when I shouldn't be.

Sunday afternoon the little guy needed some extra rest after waking early, and ended up falling asleep late in the afternoon.  The light and shadows danced across his face and I knew I need to capture a few shots.

Trick or Treat

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Well our little Gru again refused to wear his scarf, so I'm sure my neighbors wondered about the little boy who showed up in plain clothes with a furry bucket for candy.  At least I was able to put a little make-up on his face to give him Gru's intense eyebrows.

This year our little guy may not have wanted to put on the costume, but he sure wanted to run from house to house.  He was so excited, and did a pretty good job telling everyone "Trick or Treat" and "Thank You".  We did just a small loop of houses on our short street.

So thankful the snow held off this year a little longer and can't wait to see what next Halloween brings.  I think he will finally understand the costume and trick or treating.

After we got home we unloaded his loot and he rolled around in his little candy pile and tossed his candies into the air.  I think he had a really good time.

Trunk or Treat at School

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last year we didn't volunteer.  This year, I knew I couldn't pass it up and my guess is the all the parents in the class felt the same because all the parents turned out for the event.  The preschool class puts on a Halloween parade as they trunk or treat in the bus loop.  Watching all of the little kids dressed in the costumes was so cute.  Our little guy still doesn't have a fond love for costumes so it is always a tough decision to pick something that doesn't involve too much for him.  This year he (or really we) picked Gru from Despicable Me.  Which really meant, a gray sweater, black pants, a black coat, a gray and black scarf and then the little dog crafted into this trick or treat bag.  At Trunk or Treat he didn't want to wear his scarf so he so sweetly pulled it along the bus loop as he went car to car whispering "Trick or Treat."

Being a working mom is tough though.  First, my car certainly wasn't the most decorated, as I quickly just pulled a few decorations from our front porch to throw on the car. (Although, I did rock it with handing out treat bags with a Halloween lacing card and stickers.)  Then after the event, A said to me, "Mommy, please don't leave me."  I told him he would have a great rest of the day playing with his friends and riding the bus, to which he responded with, "Will you ever come back for me again?"  Pull my heart out!  As I pulled away from the school and Jason called to see how the event went, I broke down in tears retelling the story.  My sweet boy.

Hoping to get a few photos that turn out well for Halloween night.

Our Family Photos

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier post we recently had our family photos taken.  Our photographer, Jennifer Ewing, did a really beautiful job.  We took advantage of one of her mini-sessions, and it was perfect.  Little A can be a handful to photograph and she was able to really capture his sweetness.

Now it is going to be really tough to pick out our favorite for our Christmas cards.  Here were a few of the beautiful images Jennifer took.