My Mind's Eye team was asked to contribute to the NEW Scrapbook Generation's Digital Magazine, CREATE! It's a wonderful publication full of inspiration. This is actually their second issue, and let me tell you that it is fabulous. AND if you are a sketches person like myself, then you will be tickled pink to see that there is PLENTY of sketchy inpiration just waiting for you in each and every issue.
Each of the MME's team members were sent two sketches to work with. I was chosen to work with the Double Page Sketch and the Card Sketch. Here is a little peek of my doubler that I created.
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This week was pulled together using My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Collection. I was itching to use those two 4x6 cards, and this was just the right week to do so. If you want to see more of my process of pulling this weekly spread together, just jump on over to their blog HERE.
This week we had some exploring in the basement for the kids, a new furnace to keep us warm (which I am now so HAPPY we got because there is no way the old one would have survived through this bitter cold we have had!), Sam played with an oldie but goodie, and I had two little mini chefs help me in the kitchen.
Sam had his big Christmas Program at school. It was amazing to watch him sing along and do all the motions this year. We had the Jaquet Christmas get-together, so lots of special family time. Chris and I also got lots of Christmas shopping done too.
December is in full swing and our halls get decked!
This week was documented with the awesome Cut & Paste Collection by My Mind's Eye. I showed off earlier I actually had this up on their blog over two weeks ago. I guess with our million "snow/cold" days this month, it slipped from my blogging schedule. The kids actually only had 11 actual days of school during the month of January. Ummm... What!? I am ready to get back to our regularly scheduled program. Anyway... that really has nothing to do with Week 49 of 2013! If you would like to see my post over at the My Mind's Eye blog, please jump on over HERE.
Monday was kicked off with a breakfast with Rexy our Elf. The kiddies had Cheerios, while Rexy choose Cheese-its. What a silly little Elf. Chris continued to move a little forward on getting a new toilet in our master bathroom. He loves to start a project at the most opportune time. I don't ever doubt his mad handy skills. I am very lucky to have such a talented hubby. This is actually the 3rd toilet he has installed just in the duration of our marriage. I just know that several trips to the Home Depot are in order because of issues in this house, which just doesn't work during a normal work/school week. I just try to convince myself that we can't be the only people cursed by every home project we take on. Right?!? Anyway, Sam and I also got our trip to the library for our weekly hunt for dinosaurs.
With lots of rain the past several weeks and snow in the forecast, I knew Thursday was going to be our best and last chance to clean up the backyard full of leaves. So, Sam helped me get busy collecting. It was still a little damp, but I didn't want to see those things out there throughout our winter thaws. He was excited to reap the benefits of helping with jumping in the piles. I am a pretty lucky Mom to have such a strong and helpful boy to pull all those leaves to the front curb with me. This is the time of year where I am not so happy about all those trees in our backyard. HA! I am just glad we did it then, because as predicted, the snow came in! I was also lucky to get away to spend some time with my good friend Project Life-ing away at Archiver's. YEAH!
This was also the week we got our Christmas tree.
I created an insert to include extra pictures of our adventures searching for the perfect tree...
... and then decorating it too.
I shared this on my blog earlier. You can find that HERE. Having this documented already was fun, because I could keep the rest of the week non-Christmas theme-y. I love that I was still able to pull the same colors out of Cut & Paste Collection by My Mind's Eye though!
I continued using Studio Calico's November Project Life Kit Cuppa for this week. I was itching to use those "1, 2, 3" cards, and this was the perfect week for it. The pictures could easily be broken down into three key topics. In a nutshell, it's what I am thankful for.
I started my week off by listening to Elsie read her family notebook. Usually, she writes about what she did all week long at school, but this time it was all about what she is thankful for. Talk about a good start to a Thanksgiving week. She makes me smile. AND that boy of mine does too. He had his little Thanksgiving program at school. It's something that each class does for each of the other classes. The parents aren't invited, so it is all about being in front of their peers. I was a lucky Mom when he made a very good attempt at singing the performance at home for me. Then, we were off to visit the family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
... and the rest of the week was spent with my family at my sister's house!
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's November 2013 Cuppa Kits, Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter font.
For this week, I dove into Studio Calico's November Project Life Kit, Cuppa. I gotta say, these colors are right up my alley. I am all about the bold primaries with a twist.
I opted for the weekly summary this time. I am finding that this is so easy and simple! AND I can fit plenty of pictures too.
We started the week off at Urgent Care for Sam. The kid had an ear infection. I am just glad it hasn't been as bad as it was last year. Chris was out of town for a couple of days, so we had a fancy dinner at Panera. Sam created his family for a homework assignment he had to do for school. I am very sure this is the first time I have seen all four of us drawn together like this. So cute! I also documented Elsie's nightly homework routine. She likes to smell her blankie as she is doing her math homework at the counter.
On Friday, Elsie had her Thanksgiving program at school, which was so fun to see her smiling up there singing away. Saturday evening, we braved the cold windy snowy night to go meet the Big Man and see fireworks in the Square. Sunday brought us a dinner date at Dairy Queen to support Elsie's school.
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's November 2013 Cuppa Kit, Becky Higgins Design A & C page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, Bohemian Typewriter font, heart stamp from PSX Antique alphabet set.
For this week, I put Studio Calico's September Project Life kit called Double Scoops to good use again. I guess I was on a roll with this one from last week. The frame pattern paper was just right for some quick journaling for the second half of the week.
We celebrated Veterans Day at Elsie's school with a special assembly honoring those that served. The first snow fall of the season came early this year, and Sam was right there to enjoy it. Then we said goodbye to our special guests. It was too short of a visit this time around.
I spent lots of time on Thursday ironing and sewing on Elsie's hard earned patches. She was pretty excited to see her vest all done up like that. Friday, it was time to enjoy a cozy fire. Yep, I do love fire season. For the weekend, we enjoyed special treats with the buy one get one at Starbucks, got the Christmas lights up and ready while the snow disappeared for a little bit, the kiddies played some learning games on the computers, and my cookie man got busy.
With the pictures pretty self explanatory for the second half of the week, I went with a fun quick way of journaling. It was a slight pain with a few mess-ups, but I got to add a few little buttons to cover those up. Actually it was smooth sailing, until I was adding the last one. Isn't that typical.
Supplies Used: Studio Calico's September 2013 Double Scoops Kit, Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, Becky Higgins Date Stamp (old version), American Crafts Memory Marker, My Mind's Eye decorative buttons, Bohemian Typewriter font.