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it’s december!

Whoa…when did that happen?? Just thought I’d pop in to see if any of you were starting with your December Daily today. There’s lots of fun Christmas kits to be used for sure, but have you thought about some of the others? Like these?

And even though this is designed as an advent calendar, you can also use it as  tag shapes or even just the components themselves on your December Daily!

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the photo templates!  While you could use any of them and size them down as needed for your album, these Snapshot templates are specifically done in 4×6 and 5×7 sizes so you can just drop, print and put–all into your page protectors. (Great for Christmas cards too.) Or the photobooth templates would be a fun way to present some photos in your album as well! These are an awesome way to get multiple photos within one photo slot!

Have fun starting your albums. Just 24 days left until Christmas!
(who said that?)
Cindy - December 1, 2012 - 10:41 am

I am all ready to start my DD today and all your Silhouette Designs are just waiting to be printed and/or cut. I have some awesome photos to get me started too and a great color palette was just posted (from Help [Me] Ronda) that I plan to use.
I’m hoping to figure out the photoshop problems, PSE 11 should arrive in a few days, and I’m hopeful that the photo templates were not corrupted when my computer crashed; the ones on my thumbdrive are so not working with PSE5. (Could be operator error too since I’m not all that familiar with PSE.)
Thanks for that reminder……..24 more days, seriously? (that’s not much time!)

christmas magic

It’s that time of year…time to start thinking of all those Christmas pages you’ll need to do. Want a fabulous idea to help you get yours done in a jif? Check out this Christmas Magic from Nichol!

[ Shapes | December Twenty-Five (“magic”) / Picture That [Go Long] / Christmas Countdown (tree) / Here Comes Santa Claus (“christmas”) / This & That Family (spool) / XOXO (doily) / Background Basics (diagonal background)


Okay, spools for the trees? Genius! love. And I looove how she used the diagonal stripe design for her background. Looks very cool!

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

This page was completely inspired by the homemade Christmas trees I’ve seen where people create a “tree” to top a spool. I think they are just adorable and thought that the die cut trees and die cut spool shapes from Kerri’s kits would make a cute page embellishment! I wanted the page to have a more “rustic” look and feel and chose to die cut Kerri’s diagonal background from a 12×12 sheet of woodgrain paper and then pop a sheet of burlap printed paper behind it for contrast. A cute title created from word die cuts and decorative die cut doily with embellishments add color and texture to the page. I gave my photos a bit of a vintage feel with photo actions and dropped them into one of Kerri’s templates for an eye-pleasing arrangement.


Cindy Sowell - November 30, 2012 - 12:44 pm

I love the texture and dimension on this layout! Great job Nichol!

Gaby - December 1, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Great LO by Nichol and love that doilly/snowflake!

Ruth G - December 2, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Truly magical! The colors are fantastic, the tree with the popcorn and cranberries is so much fun and the photo layout is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

o christmas tree, o christmas tree…

So this year I decided I wanted a fancy tree. According to…well…mostly my girls, I was ‘stealing Christmas’ because they didn’t get to decorate it with all the ‘I remember…’ ornaments. They really are joking about it, but next year I will invest in a second tree for the family room where they can have Christmas once again. :)

This year though, I had my ‘tree whisperer’ and best friend Kristy Banks come up with this new ‘ensem’ for my fancy tree. I wish I could take credit, but we shopped for stuff together and she decorated it for me. Isn’t she the best??? She loooves decorating trees (at least she says she does) and I am her fifth tree already this year. She does a FABulous job!


Thanks so much bestie! You are the tree whisperer for sure!

Katrina - November 28, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Very pretty!

Rhadonda - November 28, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Gorgeous!!! The tree and the friendship.

ana roat - November 29, 2012 - 7:39 am

BEAUTIFUL! Love the gold ribbon. So grown up and elegant.

I’m busting out the tree this weekend. My hubby’s birthday is Nov 23rd so nothing can be done regarding christmas (with the exception of Black Friday shopping) before December 1st. He said growing up with his birthday so close or actually on Thanksgiving was equal to being born on Christmas eve or Christmas day. No pizza or lasagna….just turkey…poor guy…

This year I’m having a whimsical tree to celebrate our new grand baby Reagan. She is 18 months old and such a little joy. I’ve been busy making tiny felt ornaments so that she can decorate her very own little pink tree.

Small treasures make such big memories!


Cheryl :) - November 29, 2012 - 2:14 pm

WOW! That is absolutely beautiful!!!

Ruth G - November 29, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Wowza! That tree gets a gold star for sure and an academy award and a pulitzer…Oh, wait, it’s already got the Miss America gold sash so it’s all set! Really fantastic (and of course you took an amazing picture of it!!!) Thanks so much for sharing! Who knows? Maybe it’ll grow on the girls and they’ll want an elegant tree next year, too?!!

please excuse my quietness…

I’m apologizing in advance for not being ’round much this week. I have a project I’m working on and all my attentions are there this week. Nothing to do with my store or my classes though. Sorry.  :)

But I’m sure I’ll make my quick remarks on Facebook when the thoughts in my head feel like they need to be said. So if you miss hearing from me here on a daily basis and you want to keep in touch with my random blatherings, you can be sure to see something there.

I do feel like I need to post a photo–something visual–gotta have that. Hmm. So speaking of quiet. Here’s wishing I was some place peaceful like Glenalough, in Ireland.

Candy - November 27, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Hopefully above ground! LOL.

Kerri - November 27, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Oh my gosh! That is soooo funny! Yes, above ground….please.
(I didn’t even think of that. lol)

TeriBeri - November 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Oh yes Kerri….that’s a bit TOOOO QUIET if you ask me LOL.
Of course we miss you!!

photos, photos, photos . . . .

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Soooo much food! And leftovers. Gotta love that! We started our day off with caramel french toast as well as eggs, sausage and hashbrowns…topped with a little OJ. Yum! And for our big family dinner on Dan’s side? I made cheesy potatoes, sweet potato souffle, apple spice cake and pumpkin bars. More yum!

This time of year I think we all take more photos at any given time throughout the year. So many fun activities and memories to record! That’s why I thought a sale on photo templates would my fun little contribution to the big ‘sale’abrations going on this weekend!

These are such a quick and easy to capture a lot of memories!
Check out what Nichol did for a Christmas page last year! And this was just for one event!

For more details on this page, click HERE

To see all the templates available–with their sale price–click HERE.

The sale ends Monday night!

Have fun shopping these next few days . . . wherever your shopping may be!
I personally avoid all crowds when possible. :)

ETA: My Silhouette classes on
are on sale for 20% off too!

Click HERE for the classes.

Mary - November 26, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Ahh, I just squeaked in and got Just Add Color. Woo Hoo.

Kerri - November 27, 2012 - 7:48 am

Yahoo! :)

it’s almost over baby!


It’s been an amazing week! Looks like there  oodles and oodles of you who have taken advantage if the ‘Incredibly Grateful’ sale this week. But today is the last day, so if you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of it yourself yet? Best be doin’ it today. :)


a place to write your gratitudes

I’m in love with this idea. I love having a little place where your family can write down what they are grateful for . . . in an open place for all to see.

Take a look at this marvelous frame that Robyn made!

 [ Shapes | Giving Thanks ]

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

I have always been so inspired by a framed project that Becky Higgins has shown on her blog before of a frame and the kids write what they are grateful for on the glass throughout the month. I wanted to re-create that great idea for our own family this Thanksgiving. As soon as I saw the new kit from Kerri, Giving Thanks, I knew it would be perfect for this project. I cut a few of the words from the kit, each with a different piece of paper, and layered them on top of a vellum banner with an orange cardstock banner beneath. I glued it all to a fun piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper and placed it in my frame – sandwiching it with two pieces of glass.

I placed a Sharpie above the frame so that the kids can write things that they are grateful for thoughout the month of November. This hangs on the wall in our entryway so we see it daily. It is such a great reminder of the large and little things that we have been so very blessed with! Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!

What kinds of out-of-the-ordinary things do you think your family would write? Mine? I’m thinking cameras would be one. Cheesy potatoes maybe? (Yes, I especially make them for the holidays.) Maybe our dog + cat since we never had animals their whole lives? Maybe if you have youngins yours might say Legos or Barbies?

I think there’s some fun to be had there. And of course when the holiday season is over, you must take a picture of it before it’s erased. And how fun would it be to compare those writings from year to year?

Great idea Robyn! Thanks for sharing it!

And now, our Incredibly Grateful Holiday Celebration week is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of the sale yet? You might want to do that pretty darn soon . . . it ends Sunday!

And now let’s do some more of this!

Today’s flashback comes from the holiday stylings of Shari and Robyn.

There’s that snowflake again! :) How great would it be to make up some of these gift cards to have on hand to give to people over the holidays. Starbucks+iTunes are always people pleasers there.

(For more information on this, go HERE)

And how about another ornament like this one Robyn made to go with the snowflake that Nichol made in Wednesday’s flashback?

(For more information on this, go HERE)