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Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Mini album

Good morning all!  I want to share the Christmas mini album I completed.  I've never done one of these before, but I loved the look of all the mini albums I've seen lately, so I thought I'd give it a try!  Just a quick note:  all the paper I used are from my scrap stash!

This is the cover!  I used my Quickutz handtool and a leaf die to make the wreath, and a Quickutz alphabet for the letters.  I tied a simple bow and added some red gems.

Page 1:  I used a christmas tree die cut and added gems and stickles for the decorations.  Love how the leaves from the cover border this page!  The bg paper is some left over scraps from an old, old paper pack!

Page 2- I used the Quickutz handtool and the candy die.  I alternated red and green swirls. 

Page 3- Quick and simple, I glued my paper down and embellished with stickles. 

Page 4- I used a Santa die cut on this page.  I haven't decided how to embellish Santa yet...ideas are still churning!

Page 5- I had the present/bow die cut in other colors, but they didn't match my paper, so I traced around them on paper that matched and fussy cut it out.  I love how Santa seems to be peeking around the side on this one.

Page 6- Love these poinsettia fussy cuts.  I bought them years ago at my LSS's yard sale.   What a great find!

Page 7- The holly fussy cuts were purchased in the same pack as the poinsettia flowers.  I love how they coordinated with my green paper.

Page 8-  I used a cardstock bg on this one with plaid and glittered paper.  I embellished with a tag, sticker and a little tin star! 

Page 9- This is the last page.  The tag was purchased at the LSS's yard sale a few years ago, and the paper is from my scrap stash. 

Nothing has been titled yet!  I'll add journaling, titles, and any extra embellishments when I add the pictures.  I loved putting this together and can't wait to do another one.

Have a wonderful day my friends. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful friends!  I hope and pray that each of you are surrounded by love, family and friends today.  Take a minute to count your blessings today, no matter how small or large they are.  Each one is precious.

Lots of love from my family to yours,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Your Thanksgiving Meal Says About You~ Quiz results!

For my blogging challenge this week I chose to take a quiz!  Here are my results:

When it comes to the holidays, you follow and love the big traditions. You look forward to them every year.

You see the holidays as a time to be close to loved ones. It's a good time to reconnect and make memories.

You like the aspects of the holiday that remind you of your childhood - opening presents, treats, and old favorite foods.

During the holidays, you are likely to feel comforted. At your worst, you feel a bit over-indulgent.

You consider yourself a big kid, and you're proud of it.

You tend to spend your holidays sharing and pitching in. You'll do whatever needs to be done.

This is me exactly!  I love tradition and the holidays bring up wonderful childhood memories.  I love being with family and loved ones and I absolutely consider myself a BIG kid! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I am thankful for...

Good morning all; 

You may have noticed that there is a running list on my sidebar with the same title as this post.  I am taking part in a challenge where you list something you are thankful for every day during the month of November.  You can find the challenge here.  At the end of the month one winner will be chosen and receive a $30 gift certificate to their favorite scrapbook store or to Target.  To participate, click the link above and join in.  Good luck to you all!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Soundtrack of My Life

My blog challenge assignment this week is to list songs that have defined certain moments in my life or that apply to my life right now!  At first I thought this would be easy, but…I got caught up in the memories and I had a hard time deciding which moments/songs I wanted to use!  I finally came up with a comprehensive list of songs that highlighted/defined all sort of moments in my life.  Here they are:

1.        Against All Odds by Phil Collins
This song always makes me think of a guy I had a schoolgirl crush on (my first real crush)—he was 2 or 3 years older and a complete hottie…at least my 12 year old eyes thought so!  Nothing ever came of that crush; but I can’t hear that song without him coming to mind.
2.       Anything by New Kids on the Block
I’m an admitted teeny bopper and I loved every minute of it (still do if the truth be known!).  On concert days my friends and I would go downtown when they were in town and run around from about 10:00 a.m. until the concert started.  We haunted the hotels looking for the guys.  Got lucky a couple of times too…no not that kind of lucky J, we ran into Donnie Walhberg in the elevator of his hotel, Jordan Knight on the street getting out of a limo and taking pictures of the crowd, and Tommy Page (opening act) and his dancers in the lobby of the hotel.  Actually, I almost knocked Tommy down the stairs!  I was coming down, he was going up.  I wasn’t paying attention…thought NKOTB was in the lobby and I was moving fairly fast….next thing I know I’m knocking into someone and I stop to apologize and there he was!  My friends laughed at me the rest of the day!  Those are some great memories.
3.       Everybody Dance Now by C&C Music Factory
Best dance song EVER!  Loved driving down the road with my friends with this song blaring!
4.       One More Night by Phil Collins

Prom Theme song.   I had just turned 18 and “real” life hit me in the face!  I wanted just “one more night” to be a kid with no worries, no responsibilities, and no bills!

5.       Amazing Grace
This song means so much to me.  Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.”  How wonderful to know that Jesus found me and saved me.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without Him.
6.       It’s Never Easy to Say Goodbye by Wynona Judd
My best friend passed away at the age of 23 (years ago) and this song has given me so much comfort.  When I get down or feel lonely I put this song on and think about her and how it didn’t matter how many miles separated us or how long it had been since we had seen each other, our friendship was always the same.  I take great comfort from the chorus “It ain't easy, To ever say goodbye,  It ain't easy,  Lettin' go of the ones you love,  But believe me, Begin by and by,  If not here,  Then somewhere up above”.  I know someday I’ll see her again, and it will be like we’ve never been apart.
7.       I Get Knocked Down by Chumbawumba
This song was my anthem for so many years!  When I would get “knocked down” by life, people, etc, this song gave me the guts to get back up on my feet.
8.       Brown-eyed girl by Van Morrison
Reminds me of my daughter.  She has such beautiful brown eyes.
9.       Have I Told You Lately that I Love You by Rod Stewart

My husband’s and my song.  We heard it on a date and it’s been ours ever since.

10.   Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

The first time I heard this song, I realized all that I had gone through in my life had led me straight to my husband.   I realized that even though I couldn’t see the signs, God was leading me right to where I needed to be.  We danced to this song at our wedding reception.

11.    Mayberry by Rascal Flatts

My middle son loved this song, and his one request when I was planning my wedding was that we would dance to this song.  Still one of my favs!

12.   TNT by AC/DC

My husband is a huge AC/DC fan and he loves this song.  When my youngest son was about 8 months, my husband had it playing and he went wild over it.  It only took the first note or two for him to know that “his” song was on.  He would stop whatever he was doing and dance along. 
There are so many more songs that I could probably list, but these are the ones that stick out for me.  Maybe at another time I’ll sit down and add to this list.