Friday, November 30, 2012

December Countdown, December Daily, Journal Your Christmas, etc.

So I have recently been exposed to this thing called 'December Daily'.   I had never heard of it until this year.  It is very similar to the ProjectLife and all the other daily type scrapbooking, albums etc. you may have seen.  There are various ways to do this.  Since Christmas is my favorite season (even with all the stress etc :) at times around it), I though it would be fun to do.  You can use what you have to do this. Some people are using a SMASH book, some the Recollections type smash books, the ProjectLife pages, etc.  Use what you have.   So tomorrow is December 1st. I am going to *try* to do mine everyday if not every few. I kind of have to get through to next Wednesday before life settles back to it's usual craziness for this time of the year so I may be delayed the first few days.  I have already covered my album, minus the title.  I've also done the tags up through Dec. 25th.  I have not decided if I'll do the whole month or not yet.  We'll see.   So, follow along, share what you're doing, etc. 
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP, November 10-12, 2012

Back in October, I stumbled somehow across a wonderful blog hop hosted by Ellen (CardMonkey) that was occurring in which all of the banner's were going to a hospital for children with special needs to make it festive for Halloween as there are children that wouldn't be out trick or treating.   You may know that I teach children with special needs and so they all hold a special place in my heart.  Having spent my own time in a hospital for surgeries on and off growing up,  I know how 'sterile' a hospital can be and it can leave a very lasting impression. Even though people were friendly and nice, it's a place that I don't care to go to if at all possible.  Even driving by one brings memories up.  So, when I saw this hop I wanted to participate because the positive memories I do have are of places that were bright, festive, fun looking, etc.  and so what a perfect opportunity to hopefully make a child and their family smile while they are in the hospital during the holidays.  Children love decorations and children don't have expectations of 'it's not perfectly lined up on the page' usually. (I'll say usually as I do work with some that do :) )  So, if you enjoy making banners or like this idea, then make one and donate it to a hospital. Get a few crafting friends together and make a couple.  I'm sure they would be received with love.

With that said, I tried to think of a neutral holiday banner so it wouldn't be too religous, but I just couldn't get away from the idea in my head.  I did put Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  I have all this great glitter paper that I bought at Joann's.  I love it because it doesn't get ALL over the place and cuts nicely.  It goes on sale every so often so I just stock up then.  I made this banner heavier duty than I usually make my own banners so it would last. These also have chipboard as one of the layers. 
Cricut Cartridges used:  Christmas Cheer and Sophisticated Font 2
The bulbs were cut at 5.15" wide / 6.5 inches high (I used my gypsy)
My letters are 3.6" high (Used Cricut Craft Room)
Eyelets set with my Big Bite tool

This will be sent to Madison Womack in order to go to the children at the 'Children's Hospital Central California'.  As I said, inspired?  make one and donate it too.

Here is the Hop line up for Saturday, November 10:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Edwina -
  5. Jenny -
  6. Shawnee -
  7. Scrappin Madge -
  8. Jeannie D. -
  9. Jessica E.~
  10. Kimi ~
  11. Janet ~
  12. Theresa Neubaum ~
  13. Khrista -   <-- currently="currently" here="here" li="li">
  14. An'Jenic -
  15. Jennifer R -
  16. Gloria W.
YOUR NEXT STOP is:  An'Jenic -

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor. God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!

Sunday and Monday's line up you can come back to as a reference:

For Sunday, November 11 (Thank you to all our Veteran's!):
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica S -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Lori -
  5. Jenny D -
  6. Lissa Marie -
  7. Robin -
  8. Scrappin Madge -
  9. Jeannie -
  10. Rebecca T. -
  11. Lisa T. -
  12. Kimi ~
  13. Beth~
  14. Dena ~
  15. Patricia ~
  16. Robin L -
  17. Jenny -

For Monday, November 12:
  1. Ellen ~ CardMonkey -
  2. Marianne -
  3. Beckie ~
  4. Tami -
  5. Heather D. -
  6. Jearise -
  7. Susan B -
  8. Jamie M.
  9. Linda Simpson -
  10. Theresa ~ www.thescrapbookingqueen.com_
  11. Vicky -
  12. Debbie T-
  13. Pam Funk -
  14. Shelly -
  15. Alina -
  16. Lisa L. -
  17. Nancie -
  18. Dorcas -
  19. Debbie _
  20. Rexann -