Friday, December 11, 2009

'Tis the Season...

Merry Christmas! I know I have been missing from my blog for quite a while. I have no excuse really... I really do admire those bloggers who post so faithfully and share every little detail of life. I do long to be so transparent. I guess when I get busy, stressed, worried, and unfocused, I tend to isolate myself. And here I have a perfect, supportive outlet I could be utilizing!

We do have our home decorated for Christmas! That is done. My husband (and my kids, too!) insist that we decorate as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I will enjoy sharing our decorations with you as part of the The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes on Monday! I have a pretty button over on my sidebar that will take you right to the list of all the wonderful bloggers also participating!

As far as other Christmas preparations.... essentially I have nothing done, except for a couple of short lists created. I am heading out later today to do my food shopping. We don't have a Christmas photo of our family, no Christmas card design yet, not one gift purchased, and really, no plans to make anything unless I get inspired very quickly! Did Christmas sneak up on anyone else?!? I am not really stressed about it -- yet. But I realize I have two weeks, and probably, lots and lots to accomplish.

So what did my husband and I decide yesterday morning? We should plan a Christmas party!!! So that adds a couple extra things to my list... I designed the invitations last night and they were uploaded for printing this morning, as well as emailed out. Please come if you can!!!

I also had another divine inspiration yesterday. Allowance for my kids just has not been in our budget for a while, so they are in need of shopping money. So we are offering our services and holding "Parents Day/Night Out" times! Our friends can drop off their little ones and our 3 wonderful children will play games, do crafts, and have snacks for them. (I'll will be here too, of course!) 12/17, 3-8pm 12/18, 3-9pm 12/21, 10am-8pm 12/22, 10am-4pm! Donations accepted, and RSVP's needed!

I want to share this beautiful project I am working on! I was commissioned to create a wedding album. I am loving all these gorgeous photos I have been playing with. I am ready to upload the proofs for approval, then will get page prints made that will be put into a scrapbook album for my client. I love that with digital scrapbooking, you aren't confined... sometimes I have hardcover books printed, and sometimes I print individual pages that go in traditional albums! this project is using our new Black & White Power Palette. I am loving the designs!

Below is a detail from this page that I just love and have to show off!!! The bride wanted Ruth 1:16 in her book. StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 has this wonderful feature that lets me easily place text "along a path". If you click on the picture, it should give you an even closer view of how I had the verse wrap around the circular photo and across the page! This was my very first attempt to use this new feature! I am so excited at how it turned out!

Have a great day! How are your Christmas preparations going?


Jessica said...

I think your drop in idea is wonderful! What a treat for parents to have some alone time and celebrate the season.

I love your sweet and thoughtful heart!

Jessica <><

Melanie said...

Yes, yes, yes! Christmas snuck up on me too this year! We still do not have our cards done yet either...we have had pictures taken, but have not picked out the "one." We usually decorate right after Thanksgiving, too, but with selling our house, we had so many showings that week it was too crazy to decorate...but we got our tree today, so hopefully we will be beautiful by Monday!

Oh, I <3 that wedding album, GORGEOUS!!!

Jenny said...

Oh Terri...I love your drop in idea. What a GREAT way for your kiddo's to earn some extra money!!!

You did a super job on the wedding album! It looks fantastic. LOVE the black and white!!!

Celia Jimenez said...

Your kids are so sweet and responsible to want to watch kids to earn money! And good mommy to be willing to "help" out!! :-) Love your beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Great job on the wedding layouts!.. They look so pretty. I am using the same digital kit for my sons wedding book.

Have a blessed day!..

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