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Life Unfolds

31 Dec

Another spread in my never-ending Holiday Minibook.

Can you believe it’s the last day of December? The last day of the decade? INSANE! I was in 7th grade when everyone was fearing Y2K and whether or not computers would live to see another day come the year 2000…and… nothing happened. Ha! However, because of this mass panic, we had three weeks off for Christmas break as opposed to the regular two – in my book at the time, Y2K was fabulous! But now I am 23 and can fully appreciate the gravity of moving into another decade. So much to learn, experience, enjoy, discover…I feel lucky to be exactly where I’m at and look forward to seeing how life unfolds.

Have a wonderful New Years Eve and I wish you nothing but the best in the coming decade.

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Christmas Party 2009 Recap

27 Dec

Things I love about our annual Christmas Bash:

  •  Lovely group portraits that make  for perfect scrapbook pages.

  • Lovely group portraits involving Heather showing off her best cat impression while everyone else smiles nicely. Makes for even MORE perfect scrapbook pages.

  • The customary white-elephant gift exchange (this year was so mellow! Next year we are going high-stakes!).

  • Reconnecting, laughing, divulging, laughing, gossiping, laughing, reminscing, laughing…

  • Food, food, and even more food…have I mentioned that we like to eat?

  • Playing our new favorite game, Telephone Pictionary. You never know what will come out of that game, but one thing is for sure: Heather will always be distinguished by her one-sleeved blue dress!

  •  Talking about knowledge.

  • Hot chocolate in the oven, apple bottom jeans and boots with the furs, kickboxing 20 times a day, crying because my Uggs are on fire…

  • The one time of year we are all able to reunite! Love you girls SO much!

Happy December!

1 Dec

I can’t believe November has already come and gone! I hope this month slows down a bit so I can savor every minute of it! Thanksgiving weekend was fabulous, as always. It involved lots of food, family, photos, scrapbooking, cleaning, working, friends (including a surprise visit from a dear friend who recently moved to Hawaii!), and the funnest game I ever played called Telephone Pictionary (talking about knowledge! haha)! So here is my Thanksgiving minibook, in all it’s chunkified glory:

Fast and furious minibook-creating is just how I like it!

Hope your first taste of the holidays was wonderful, as well:)

Holiday Book

17 Nov

The cover of my Holiday 2009 mini-book (excuse the wonky pom-pom trim, it needs a bit more adhesive!)

I’m so excited about creating my own version of Ali’s December Daily album. In my case, my book will be more than just Christmas and it won’t necessarily be a day-to-day thing (although I do love that idea as well!). Instead, I want to include the season as a whole, whether it’s holiday mail, Christmas cards, shopping receipts, gift tags, my birthday, Thanksgiving, etc. That way, I am able to piece it together nearly everyday, which makes me happy because I love gathering and creating holiday ephemera any chance I get!

The inside cover and first few pages. Chipboard letters (NOV) are from the Target Dollar Spot!

I want to document all the little things that make up the holidays for myself and my family and friends. I’m currently on the lookout for cute holiday journaling spots that I can simply punch a hole through and write a little message.

Jenni Bowlin Bingo card.

Back of Bingo card and front of holiday mail from the mall.

I made a little envelope page to showcase highlights of my birthday.

Back of envelope when it’s closed. Front of Starbucks Holiday cups (love those red cups!).

Envelope when it’s open. Contains ephemera from my birthday such as a map, a receipt, and a gift card holder.

Random pages that have yet to be filled out/organized. Vintage holiday postcard.

Envelope from Anthropologie. Starbucks sleeve.

Additionally, I want to make a Thanksgiving mini (separate from the Holidays book) out of this cute chipboard album from Michaels. I was inspired by Cherie to pick one up and give it a whirl! I’m hoping it will look half as cool as this one by my new favorite scrapper Jen Jockisch. I plan on painting it (not sure what color yet) and then printing out photos with my little Polaroid PoGo Printer on the night of Thanksgiving. Typically there’s not a whole lot of action after everyone has gorged themselves on turkey and pie, thus, it is the perfect time to relax and throw together a quick little book!

P.S. Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away? Crazy how fast time is flying! I better hit the gym double time this week! Haha!

Christmas time is here (as far as I’m concerned)

4 Nov

Christmas Polaroid

In my book, Christmas time starts the day after Halloween…thus, we are already 4 days into the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Holidays, everyone!  Heck, almost every store I went into last month already had holiday decorations starting to burst at the seams, and that was before Halloween. We don’t mess around about holiday time here in 90* Southern CA! Ha!

So, as you can see, I am super inspired by the always-inspiring Ali Edwards and her December Daily album. I am already chomping at the bit, getting ready for holiday cards and ads and little bits of ephemera to come my way, so that I can hole-punch them and stick them in my cozy little book. Exciting!! I have made the basic skeleton of the book, which provided at least a good hour’s worth of finding Christmas papers and embellishments from my treasure trove of goodies. And while doing this, I heard “Save Room” by John Legend on the radio; while it’s not exactly a Christmas song, it’s very reminiscent of the holiday season for me and the perfect soundtrack for constructing my book! Thus, the holiday season has officially begun!