Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve!

I don't know about anyone else, but it's hard to believe that 2011 is coming to an end. I have to admit, I say this every year, but it seems like the older I get, the quicker life is passing me by :(
Looking back, 2011 wasn't a terrible year, in fact, it was pretty good for the Harper family. We had lots of blessings, and very few valleys, and I feel so blessed that we are together, healthy and happy.
On to scrappy related things, I have managed (so far) to complete all of the Count Down to 2012 challenges that have been posted over at Birds of a Feather Kit Co. I have to admit, that several of them have been super challenging for me, but that just makes me love the challenge, more.
Here are the rest of the challenges that I've completed, so far:

December 26th: Progressive Challenge
Day Four - Add something that has been misted/painted/stickled/smootched and a metal embellie
I misted the lace with two different colors and then added the tiny metal "t" at the bottom. The "t" stands for Toby :)

Day Five: Add a title with at least two different fonts and add your journaling

December 29th Challenge: What you may have missed in 2011
I did this layout about my mom. I need to remember that she is often alone, now, and I need to make sure that I check in with her several times a week. I love and appreciate her so much, and I need to remember to tell her these things. 
I used the August Birds of a Feather kit for this layout.

December 30th Challenge: Bucket List
I had a ton of fun with this layout. I've wanted to do a Bucket List for a while, now, and this challenge gave me the push I needed. I was totally inspired by THIS awesome layout from Wendy McKee. 

Here is a look at the journaling that I included on the tags. 

Okay, off to see if I can get anything accomplished on my December Daily. I've only printed the pictures for the next two days, TWICE, and now I can't find them (roll my eyes).
Anyway, off to get crafty. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Count Down to 2012

Happy Thursday! I don't know about you, but it sure doesn't seem possible that 2011 is almost gone! The older I get, the quicker the time seems to fly.
Well, this week over at Birds of a Feather, Amy and the DT have put together a Count Down to 2012 challenge. Each day, one of the gals post a challenge, and you have until midnight (your time) to get your layout posted. There are prizes for each day, and I have been having a blast doing some 'fast' scrapping. Seriously, it usually takes me FOREVER to put together a layout, so knowing that I only have until midnight is an added challenge that I am loving! 
If you want all of the details for each challenge, you can check it out, HERE. So far there have been three challenges, and I am happy to say that I have completed all three of them. Here is a look at each of them:

December 26th: Progressive Challenge:
This challenge is probably the hardest one for me. We have certain steps to follow each day, and in the end, will have a finished layout.  Since I like to plan out my layouts before I do any gluing, this has been the most challenging for me. However, I'm getting into the fun of it, and have to admit, I'm liking what I have, so far. 

Day One: Two pictures, cardstock background and three different patterned papers. 

Day Two: Three brads and at least two pieces of chipboard.

Day Three: Add a tag or ticket next to a picture. 

December 27th Challenge: 2011 Year in Review:

A closer look at the journaling. I printed it out and then cut it all apart. 

December 28th Challenge: Color of the Year:

Now to wait to see what today's challenge has in store for us :) I have to make a run to the grocery store, too. I'm thinking I should do that, first, so that I can spend the rest of the day scrapping!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a magical and blessed Christmas Day! May God's love and blessing surround you today, and in the coming year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

December Daily

Happy Christmas Eve, Eve!
It's been a busy one, today. I got up and headed out to do my last minute shopping. I ran by Home Depot to pick up stuff for a DIY marshmallow shooter for Kaleb, then Game Stop to pick up Jon's and Zack's last gifts, and finally to Walmart for groceries and some stocking stuffers. 
Once back home, I put everything away, finished up page 9 in my December Daily album and then started working on cookies and goodies with the kids. I made cookies, Taylor made cookies and Kal worked on the Buckeyes (which I wasn't going to make, but made special for him). 
After all that baking, I decided to get started on Christmas dinner, working to get some of the prep work out of the way, since we will be gone for a while tomorrow. 
Now I am relaxing, thinking of working on my December Daily some more. Usually, I don't even start my DD until after December, but this year I decided to try and work on it during the month, and even though I'm behind, I'm still loving the process. 
And, speaking of my December Daily, I wanted to share those pages that I've already finished. I've been using mostly Echo Park's Season's Greetings and Authentique's Wonder lines

Here is the cover. It has a window cut out in the center, and you can see the picture that is on the next page. 

 The cover opens up to show the Introduction Page.

December First:

December Second:

December Third:

December Fourth:

December Fifth:

December Sixth:

December Seventh:

December Eighth:

December Ninth:

I am starting on December Tenth, but it's going to be hard because it's about my very last visit with my grandpa. I almost stopped my album after everything that happened with Grandpa, but since I'm a good, bad and ugly type of scrapper, decided to continue with the album. After all, this project is all about what happens in our lives during the month of December, and Grandpa's passing is one of those happenings. 
Okay, off to see if I can make any headway with the next couple of pages. I have a feeling I may not be doing too much scrapping the next couple of days!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Memorial Wreath

This has been a super crazy month for all of us in the Harper household, especially me. My grandpa went into a nursing home right before Thanksgiving. On December 8th, he made the decision to stop dialysis and go into Hospice. He passed away quietly, on December 13th, surrounded by his children. In my heart, I know he was ready to go, but it has still been hard for me. His showing was this past Sunday and the funeral was on Monday. Now it's time for the family to grieve and then begin to heal. Instead of sending flowers to the funeral home, I decided to make a special wreath for my mom, full of pictures of my grandpa. This way, I figured she could keep it and hang it up. Since I was already making something similar for my mother-in-law, I had a lot of what I needed, and picked up the rest of the stuff at Hobby Lobby. Since red was Grandpa's favorite color, I knew it had to be the dominate color on the wreath. I gave her the wreath on Sunday, right before heading up to the funeral home, and she cried. I am so glad I decided to do this for her, and it was really worth the time and effort. 
Here is a picture of the wreath. Please excuse the reflection of was REALLY hard to get a good shot!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

It's December 4th!

I can't believe how quickly the days are slipping by me! This is both good and bad. It's good because I have a very challenging group of students this year, and days moving quickly mean that I am quickly moving towards May 23rd and the last day of school. However, it's also bad because this means that life outside of school is also flying by and I can't seem to enjoy everything!
Anyway, is anyone else working on a December Daily album? I've done one for the past three years, so am super excited about doing it again this year. I'm going to try a couple of different things this year. In the past, I've kept my journaling on a Word document and then gone back in January (or later) and put the album together). This year, I want to try and work on my pages during the month, getting things done at night, after work, or on the weekends, if possible. Also, in years past I've picked one scrappy line that I love and do the whole album using that line. This year, I've put together a total hodge-podge of papers and embellies and am totally excited to see what I can create! 
With that all said and done, I am going to work on the album cover today and see what else I can accomplish, after we get back home from Zack's indoor soccer game. Hopefully I will have something to share with everyone tonight or tomorrow :)

One more thing before I get off of here, I wanted to share the last Birds of a Feather layout challenge that I created this month. For this one, we had two pictures for inspiration, and I picked this one:

And this is what I created. I picked up the papers at Hobby Lobby and then had a ton of fun using my new Sizzix Big Kick to cut the flourishes and flowers. This was a little out of my comfort zone, since there's no real patterned paper, but I loved the end results, especially the fun bright colors! 
Okay, off to look for the perfect papers for the cover of my December Daily album and then jump in the shower and get ready to head out to the soccer game. I hope that everyone has a blessed Sunday!