Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Would a Year Look Like?

I have been seriously considering doing a photo-a-day scrapbook also known as Project 365 or Project Life. After seeing the gorgeous kit on Becky Higgins' blog, I feel motivated to do this.

I've ordered the Real Red linen ring album and a few page protectors to help me get started.

Traditional, digital or hybrid scrapbooking? For this project, digital all the way. Okay, maybe a little bit of hybrid scrapbooking. Why? With the number of photographs involved, it will be too overwhelming to print, organize and put together a weekly layout. My Digital Studio or any other photo editing program is a perfect tool for this kind of project.

Why a photo-a-day project? With big changes coming into my life (i.e. our 1st baby), it will be a great way to document what life was like a few weeks before the baby and life afterward. Also, I know with these life changes, scrapbooking will be something I will have to put aside.

Let me know your thoughts on a photo-a-day project? Are you going to try it? Or will it be a weekly or a monthly endeavour?

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Some Decorating

My husband was in a decorating mood the other day so he strung up the little stockings and placed the Christmas shrub in the corner of our home. Yup, the Christmas shrub. We cannot have a real Christmas tree in our condo and I do not want to store a fake tree in our already cramped space, so the shrub it is.

Home decorating with the Ho's

While he did the decorating, I decided to do some baking. I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. A few red sprinkles and dragees...perfect.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Now, some gifts have to be wrapped...or not!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Merry Cards

Some more Merry Christmas cards I made over the weekend.

Merry Christmas 1

Merry Christmas 2

Loving the bling and the reds and greens at the moment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December Daily update

I've been slacking a bit on the December Daily pages, but I managed to get caught up during the weekend.

The 12th: Christmas lights @ mom & dad's.

December 2009 album 018

The 13th: Cupcakes from Big City Cupcakes. A special treat from my sweetie.

December 2009 album 019

The 14th: Watching my sweetie write Christmas cards. He's more concerned about the hockey game.

December 2009 album 020

The 15th: Hot Chocolate. Need I say more?

December 2009 album 021

My album is about the little and big things that take place over the holidays. We don't have set traditions yet. Maybe next year with our wee one.

Monday, December 21, 2009

First Day of Winter

It certainly doesn't feel wintery in Vancouver. Cold and rain. Typical weather.

We've been trying to become somewhat festive in our home, but it's been rather difficult being on bed rest. We received some wonderful Christmas cards from family and friends this year. Usually, I would line them up on the fireplace, but this year, I attached them to my Umbra Fotofalls tree which I purchased at Winners.

Cards on display @ home

As we receive more cards and photos, the tree will fill out leaving a beautiful cascading effect.

One of the cards we received was from my upline, Kari, which was made with Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio. It's such a gorgeous card.

MDS card

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 17, 2009



Thought I would share a layout I made about my trip to Sprinkles in Newport Beach this year. I love cupcakes and will seek out any bakery to get my hands on some.

This layout was inspired by Kelly Purkey. She used the wooden spoon and similar patterned paper on her layout as well. Too cute. I had to do the same for my layout.

As for the cupcakes....they were delicious!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Holiday Penguin

I love this die cut!

Holiday Penguin

Christmas was the perfect time to bring out the die again. I made a few cards using the Happy Holiday Penguin, so I expect that a few of you may see it in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Days of Holiday Sales

Stampin' Up! has come up with another great sale! If you want to get great deals on Big Shot dies, check out the online store each day from December 11 - 22 to see what's on sale.

My Ideal Gift

What I would like to see in my stocking... A girl can dream.

iPhone dd

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sketch Challenge #93

Here is my submission for this week's challenge at Taylored Expresssions.

I decided to do two cards and varied only the paper choices. The stamp set is "Just Beclause" from the Holiday Mini Catalogue.


Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Cards are Ready

Christmas card 2009

The other night, I was in "the zone" and ploughed through making all the Christmas cards that we will send out this year.

I designed most of the card in Photoshop. It was easy. I added digital patterned paper and the various greetings to the photograph which was then printed at the local photo lab. The size of the photo is 5x7. Afterward, I added additional paper from the stash piled on my desk including the Merry Moments designer paper and the mistletoe ribbon.

The rest was simple. Add some glue and stick to the front of the card.

Christmas card 2009 2

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gingerbread Adventure

Last year, like most years, we went to see the Hyatt Regency Gingerbread display.

Gingerbread 08 2

I love how the lobby of the hotel smells so good like you stepped into a bakery. Mmmm. It makes me hungry looking at all the beautifully decorated gingerbread houses and figures.

I'm a little behind on my scrapbooking. ;) Using what festive items I had, I made a two-page layout about our gingerbread adventure. The highlight was being able to stick our heads through the cookie cut-outs. I hope they bring that back again this year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cupcake Jammies

A present for me! I'm starting off the season right!

Christmas PJs 2

When I saw these cupcake PJs, I couldn't resist. They were so cute. You can find them at La Senza.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Start of my December Daily

December 2009 album cover

December 1st is here! Legions of Ali Edwards fans will be embarking on the December Daily today. I am one of those fans.

Most likely, I will post my daily pages on a weekly basis and provide you updates on my progress. I invite you to participate and comment.

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