Thursday, December 18, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Hey guys - Christmas is next week! How did that that happen?! I swear there was a Nickelodeon show when I was a kid about a girl who could stop time by putting her fingers together. That's the super power I want! Because you know what I would do? Stop time and take a nap. That's right. Uninterrupted sleep. No alarms (aka kids) just sweet slumber. Ahhh. A girl can dream right? ;)

My parents are coming to spend Christmas with us this year (yay!!) and I'm still trying to make things lovely and cozy for them. So I'm working on a few printables for the finishing touches. I've loved the chalkboard look that has been floating around on Pinterest for a few years now so I'm making a few of those. I may frame some and I may mount a few others on foam core; I haven't quite decided yet.

This is the first that I made using the Watercolored Winter download:

I wanted a few more and as I was scouring through my massive list of fonts for the perfect ones, I realized that I have several amazing downloads already. Why not use what our amazing Stampin' Up artists have already designed for us?

Voila! From the O Holy Night download:

Quick and so much fun! So before you spend oodles of time trying to duplicate that amazing printable on Pinterest that you don't want to pay for, take a look at your downloads and see what's already there. You might find something that you don't have to tweak at all! 

Before I send you on to Cindy I just wanted to take a quick second and thank you for visiting my blog. I've been doing the MDS Blog Hop since it started 3 1/2 years ago and it's been such an amazing opportunity. But 3 1/2 years is a long time and I need a break! Life is crazy (as we all know) and I'm finding that I need some time to step back and focus on my family. 

I have loved being a part of this group and it's pushed my creative limits much farther than I ever dreamed. I'm amazed at how far I've come in the last few years! I've made lifelong friends as well - something I will always cherish. Hopefully I'll be able to still participate in projects with these amazing women in the future - I don't plan to drop off the face of the earth completely! But I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has followed us whether you've stuck with us the whole three years or just popped in every now and then to see what we're up to. Your support really does mean a lot and we love being able to share our love of digital designing with you!

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Ok... now you can head on over to Cindy's blog ;)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Christmas Traditions

Hello! Can you believe it's December already? Crazy how the year flies by. Today on the blog hop we're sharing our Christmas traditions with you.

Last year in our house a cute little elf named Christopher started coming by to visit and ahem...caused some mischief while he was here. When he first came the other toys weren't too thrilled to be sharing their territory. They chased him all over the house. But this was one of my favorite days - we found him playing a game with a few of the guys. Looks like he's finally fitting in.

My boys are so excited that I'm creating a book of all our Elf memories - a book for each year that he comes. "But where are we going to keep all those books?!" they asked. Well, on the shelf of course! 

I hope you're enjoying today's hop and love taking a peek at all the fun traditions our blog hop team is sharing! Cindy is up next :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MDS - Project Life (PLxSU)

Thanks for joining us on the MDS Blog Hop today! You may have just come from Monika Davis's blog; she's our guest designer this month and we're super excited to have her! I've admired her work for a few years now so it's fun to have her post some MDS projects with us.

This week we're working on Project Life layouts - have you caught the PL bug yet?  I think the concept is fantastic and it's so cool that Becky Higgins is collaborating with Stampin' Up to create these adorable products! 

The only reason for my hesitation is that PL is just different from my usual style. Change is hard, no? But it's growing on me - especially when I know I can finish albums quickly and get caught up on my kids' scrapbooks. Simplifying can be a very good thing. For now, I'm trying to combine my style with the PL style. It's still a challenge for me but with any luck I'll find a happy medium and keep getting better with practice! 

I chose to start with some pictures from our summer vacation to Utah. In the few years that we've been gone, my parents decided that they wanted to raise chickens for the eggs and to help cut down on the bugs in the garden. With my brothers' help they built an adorable chicken coop.

I knew Andrew and Simon would be excited to see the chickens, but I didn't expect it to hold their interest for long. Boy was I wrong! The boys loved gathering the eggs, feeding the chickens and of course - chasing them around the yard. I think the chasing was Simon's favorite part. I have about a bazillion pictures of the boys and the chickens, so a PL layout is definitely the best way to scrapbook all of them. 

Cindy is up next on the hop and I can't wait to see what she has to share with us! Hope you enjoy our layouts :)

Once again Blogger isn't cooperating and it won't let me add the link 
into our next button, so please click here for Cindy's blog.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Hello! Welcome to the MDS Blog Hop. We're excited to share our latest projects with you!

I actually have a lot of projects going on right now, but I wanted to show this one because I'm really enjoying the fall weather this year. A friend of mine posted a quote by George Eliot about Autumn and I knew it would be perfect on a page with some pictures I took last year. This page is still a work in progress; but I'm at the point where I want to walk away and take a break. When I come back to it I'll decide if I'm finished or if I want to add something more.

Cindy is next on the hop - enjoy! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MDS - Halloween Decor

Hello! My post will be short today; my oldest two boys have been fighting colds since the weekend and my youngest is just starting to get it. Loads of fun! Did you catch the sarcasm there?

I haven't unpacked any of my crafting supplies yet, but I know I want to put up a collage of Halloween pictures and printables. I went straight to the templates option in MDS and pulled up two of my favorites - Sophisticated Spooks and Toxic Frameable. I love that these look like I spent hours creating them when in fact, Stampin' Up! did all the hard work for me. I feel like I'm cheating a little bit...but then again, who cares? It saved me a ton of time!

I don't have the rest of my collage finished yet, so I just propped my finished printables up for a quick photo. Don't worry - once it's all done I'll be sure to post more pics :)

I know Cindy has been working hard on her project for this week - can't wait to see it! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Welcome to the MDS Blog Hop! We're so glad you could join us!

So, I was pretty excited to see that the swatchbook download Faces I Love is one of the Weekly Deals this week. I've been thinking about putting together a book for Jesse of our family. I know he loves to look at pictures and it'll help him to remember our extended family. We visited this summer and it took him about a week to warm up to my parents - and we were staying with them!

This download is very simple. You really can just drop your pictures in and it's ready to print. Although, I'm playing around with it some. I've changed some of the background colors and added cute little stick figures from the All in the Family stamp set. I'm not sure yet if I want to add more. I'm a big fan of embellishments,'s pretty cute the way it is. I'll have to think about it. :)

Here are just a few of the pages:

I'm so excited to print this swatchbook! I thought of using it as a stocking stuffer, but I don't think I'll be able to wait that long ;)

Cindy is up next on the hop and she always has something amazing to show us! Btw, I can never get Blogger to let me add a link to the picture below so I have to put Cindy's link separate. Sorry!

Click here for Cindy's blog

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Time to Print!

Hello! I've been away from the hop for the summer. Things just got too crazy for me to keep up so I took a little break. I'm glad to be back and hope I can inspire you with some fun projects today!

We spent three weeks visiting family this summer and my kids were over the moon to spend all that time with their cousins. Who wouldn't love a party that lasts for three weeks?  The kids are definitely missing each other and can't wait to be together again but with the time zone difference and school schedules it's difficult to keep in touch. I'm always trying to get my boys to write cards and send them to family but they're resistant to the idea. They like getting the mail, but sitting down and writing seems a little too close to school I think.

I decided that if they had some fun cards to write on they might feel a little more motivated. I chose to do a post card because it's a smaller space and they won't feel like they have to write a novel. See how tricky I am? ;)

I started with a template from the Fifty Nifty download and played around with all my downloads until I found combinations I liked. Definitely the long way to do things, but it works for me. So far I have two designs and I've got a third one brewing in my mind... My boys will definitely want some options. I mean, who wants to send the exact same card over and over again? :)

Design 1:


Design 2:

I'm pretty excited to get these printed! Crossing my fingers that my boys will actually use them!

Cindy is up next - can't wait to see what she's sharing with us today! 

Click here for Cindy's blog

Thursday, June 26, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

The big news in our family this week is that school is officially out for the summer! It's bittersweet; we're moving in a few weeks and it's really hard to leave a school that we love so much. My kids have grown leaps and bounds while attending Halley and it will always have a special place in our hearts.

I feel like I put a lot more on this page than I normally would, so I'm still playing around with it some. But I'm close to finishing. I can feel it. :)

I'm excited to see what other projects are in store for us this week!