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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

December Daily: Days 24 and done!!!

done done done, and OMG my album is so full!

i was kinda hoping that i'd put this baby to bed before we headed off to Vietnam, but was trying not to stress if i didn't.

a horribly rainy saturday, and a not too busy sunday gave me the perfect opportunity to finish it off.

i still need to print my 'Thoughts on Christmas' page.
i basically wrote how i threw my toys out of the cot on Christmas Eve.

what can i say - it's an emotional time!

loved using these giant manilla tags

 these tags were almost an after thought, but i'm SO glad i did them and so happy with the way they turned out!  i wasn't sure what sort of 'reception' i'd get from my family, but i should've known they'd be willing.

i asked them to write what their favourite part of Christmas was.

as with most of my scrapbooking endeavours, they accepted the blank tags without question. some wrote freely, some briefly, some struggled a little, but ALL wrote the same thing.


...and i have those precious thoughts, in their OWN hand, forever.

happy sigh...



after the 31st, i included words and photos from my 20 year old in London.
she (like the rest of my family) indulge me and are happy to send me photos and words from where they live. i hope that she'll appreciate the documentation of her first Christmas away from home on the other side of the world.

putting this baby to bed just in time to start documenting Week in the Life - ha!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

December Daily: Days 22 & 23

ugh - i feel like i'm dragging the chain a bit, but i'm getting there!

Christmas Eve was quite an emotional day for me, but i think once i journal my thoughts and work on that particular page, i'll really feel like i'm in the home stretch 

you might not be able to tell from this pic, but my hair had LILAC streaks in it
i loved it!

it was great to have my parents here this Christmas
they stayed in their home town last Christmas and they hadn't been to stay during the year

those rum bottles had dust on them!

i had a few photos i wanted to use for this day, so i made a concertina fold out thingee

this is what it looks like folded up

then folded out

then the reverse side folded out

then closed.

my eldest and her partner arrived from Auckland later the same day

our house suddenly became [wonderfully] full!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December Daily: Days 20 & 21


silver lining to absolutely APPALLING new year weather 
(where it SUPPOSED to be summer mind !) is guilt-free crafting time!!!

i must say picking this project back up after a couple of weeks at DAY 19, is FAR better than picking it back up after more than a month at DAY 12, which is what happened last year.

these 2 days came together in the album quite quickly, and i'm pretty happy about that.

SO! i cut out the 'december daily' box packaging at the time my goodies arrived, and i'm glad i created the opportunity to use it.
i didn't really need the index tab as you can't really use it to flip the page on account of the 'dd' card being quite heavy. ya really gotta punch those holes in just the right place!

i really wasn't sure which Christmas Light photos to use either
they were pretty impressive to see, but didn't photograph that well
i thought using one this way was a good compromise.

also - this Christmas Cocktail menu may have accidentally 'fallen' into my bag at the bar...
(it's for the good of the craft - which is what i would've said if i'd been caught!)

CHOW is one of our favourite places to eat
the food AND service AND cocktails are always great, 
and we were happy to introduce someone else to its delights

the person who decorated their house in the photo below lit their ENTIRE ROOF!
we all thought that quite inventive, which is why the pic made the cut (if truth be told lol)

eye candy
they tasted pretty good too

a simple layout for day 21 where i was back at my work (after finishing up there 3 days earlier)
i may or may not have invited myself to their Secret Santa Christmas morning tea...

Friday, December 23, 2016

December Daily: : Days 18 & 19

not sure how it's the 23rd already, but here we are!

i have vowed and declared that i won't be leaving the house after 2 o'clock today once i've picked my parents up from the airport.

no, i really mean it. i've already been to the supermarket 3 times this week...

reason #whatever that we're still in this house -

room for strays/friends of our girls

nora (on the right) moved in on the weekend for a few days before heading home to Michigan for Christmas.

the day before she left us welly turned on a beaut day. it was almost 80 deg F - talk about your contrast.....

a simple page featuring a 3x4 from the heart kit and one of this year's 4x6 digi files that i cropped to a 3x4

i'm absolutely thrashing my RADLAB and have most certainly got my 35% discount worth out of it.

my go-to moves are:

lights on

then maybe

prettizer or luxe soft

monday's PLAN was - well you can read about it below, but you know what they say about the best laid plans...

the '25' is how old meredith is, not the date
and believe me when i tell you, i have TWO of those chipboard stars
- one with 19 on it and one with 25 because i actually confused myself


kinda borrowed from one of ali's pages here
i couldn't get the configuration right for words, b&w and colour pics, 
but in the end i just went with it.

see you back here after Christmas no doubt!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December Daily: Day 15, 16 & 17

i can't believe i've almost caught up!
i guess that's what happens when you get a dedicated few hours to work on it
- AND you've finished your job contract and have lots of spare time even though it's the week before Christmas!

i'm enjoying using these Week in the Life wooden numbers
i cut down one of the 6x8 papers for the 3x8 pp

i also found one random 3x8 'morning, afternoon and evening' insert' so put that to good use on a very busy/social day i had last week

i love these layered templates. they're so versatile

basically i had my work Christmas lunch, a girls' night and boxing class drinks all in one day, and i wanted to capture a little from each event.

i loved that i could use this digi stamp and add the white stickers

i've done it before, but here's a phonetic pronouciation of the POHUTUKAWA, also known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree


if they bloom early, it means we're in for a long warm summer

fingers crossed!!!

the end of the week was also the last day of my 3 month contract at the RACP
i certainly didn't expect flowers, let alone brownie (not pictured on account of the fact that we ate it all...) and a card that contained many heartfelt sentiments.


my thoughts on leaving this particular contract made up part of today's story

one of the fun initiatives at the RACP during December is the 'POD' decorating contest.
the theme this year being '2016 the year that was'

for obvious reasons, Prince featured a lot, and the gals on the 5th floor went ALL.OUT.

it was another stunning afternoon, so al fresco cocktails and tapas were DEF on the menu.

the photobombing grandpa was NOT lol

i've had this glittery gold frame sticker for AGES (i think it's heidi swapp) and saw an idea on the DD Facebook page that gave me the inspiration to use it

i hadn't used this font before ('always in my heart'), and it did this weird cursor placement thing when i typed. as a result of that, i SOMEHOW ended up with an unwanted apostrophe.
as a grammar nazi this bothers me intensely, but not enough to trash the whole page.

on this day i also wrote about how i have wrapped Christmas presents in shoe boxes for the past 20 years, and how i didn't have any this year because i threw my surplus out last year thinking we'd be moving house during the year and they'd be one less thing to throw out.


so i had to go forage at a couple of my local shoe stores.
this is the BEFORE photo btw...

saturday night was a catch up with friends who have/are celebrating december birthdays

i love this digi stamp.