Now more than ever do I want to take time out to be grateful. I made these pages for my Simple Stories blog post before the events of the past few days, but it's a great reminder that we are are truly blessed in so many ways, and I need to focus on the positives, and not the negatives.
My daughter is now in good hands and improving. I can not thank people enough for their thoughtful emails and comments. You really have no idea how much hearing the support and suggestions helped. I will try to reply to each of you individually to thank you. The idea of finding a patient advocate got me heading in the right direction, and I think there was a unanimous vote for Children's Hospital. My daughter actually went there when she had meningitis a couple years ago, and they really are second to none. I hadn't initially thought of them because my daughter is so much older now and we usually just go to the closest hospital, but in this case location made a difference. So thank you so much for taking the time to help me in a dark moment by sharing your stories, your suggestions and your encouragement. I truly do feel blessed!
I just wanted to post quickly here and say I know I owe a lot of people emails, and some people are having trouble printing the right size for the DD calendar. Unfortunately right now my daughter is in the hospital (appendix) and I am spending all of my time and energy there. Hopefully I will be back next week and can get back on track, and if I can figure it out I will post printables of the journaling cards I made as well. In the meantime any good wishes and prayers would be much appreciated! Thanks.
Here's the calendar I made for my 2014 December Daily. You are welcome to download and use it for your own album if you wish. It is 6x8 and sized to have a white border around it, so if you cut along the outer grey line it should be the right size.
I'm over on the Crate Blog today making some autumn decorations using the Open Book collection.
It's a combination of leaves and tags, some Christmas lights, and a piece of barn wood. I have to keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy the season and not just jump straight into Christmas. So today I'm sharing a little love for autumn. Have a great day.
It's been really fun to start seeing December Daily foundation pages popping up. This year will be a mix of old and new for me.
New: for the first time I am using a kit... Ali Edward's December Daily kit to be exact. There was just too much to love in this kit for me to pass it by. It was a big expense, but I know anything that doesn't get used in my album will go towards holiday decorations (those big gold letters will make a great banner), Christmas cards, mailing envelopes, gift toppers, etc. I am really excited to use the kit, and find inspiration on how others are using it.
Old: once again I will be using a SN@P! Binder, this year a red one. Not only do I love how easy it is to modify the cover, but I also love the different configurations of pocket pages that Simple Stories has. I will also be using some of the Cozy Christmas line. I am going to use the off-white album I ordered with the Ali Edward's kit for a different project.
Old: I am putting together some of my own embellishments. I don't set up foundation pages in advance but I do like setting up a pile of embellishments that I can add in at the last minute. It makes it really easy to throw together a page when you're in the midst of the holidays.
New: I think I am using more gold this year. It seems to be trending now and readily available. I made this train ticket with a gold vellum tag from Crate Paper and a rub-on from Tim Holtz. Neither were Christmas themed, but sometimes those are the funnest finds.
I should add I don't like sticking to a single color scheme or brand for my album. For me it's much more fun to mix things up.
Here's a look at what I've made so far for my album. The printable for the round tags can be found here. I haven't come up with an idea for a calendar yet.
I'd love to hear what others are doing this year. What brands, styles, kits, themes are you loving?
Wednesday started with rain and ended with rain, so I knew I needed to include it in my pages.
I took this picture straight up through the sunroof of my car (right after we had missed the school bus).
It's funny because when I started this album I was imagining including all sorts of autumn things like leaves, sweaters, fall colors, etc. Instead the album became more about real life which is a very good thing. It's much more meaningful now.
I also learned when in need of extra photos I can always raid my kids cell phones. Now it's on to Thursday, where it was still raining but things were much brighter.
Thanks to Megan, Nathalie, Tracy and Annette for encouraging me to keep going with this project even though the week was not going so great (and hence I was not taking many photos).
I did some extra journaling behind the 3x8 protector. It will be good to look back on it someday and reflect on how we tried to turn things around. By the way my husband now has the stomach flu that my son had at this point. Awesome.
It's ironic to me how many kitchen pictures I have on this day when my son couldn't even eat. I guess when you're stuck inside you'll take pictures of pretty mundane things.
I'm determined to work through this project one way or another. Next up is Wednesday where I hit a bit of a low point, but things start to get better from there.