My fabulous niece found this and I thought it was worth sharing. I think that this is a universal favorite. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.
This layout is about the move to our new home. We were so excited and so grateful to the many people who helped us. Here are three of our sons taking a break. I had a little fun with the thought bubble. Since this is a masculine page and a bit grubby I had fun with this worn notebook paper and elements by Gunhild Storeide. She has some great freebies every Friday from Norway. I love seeing the amazing creativity of so many people. They inspire me to be more creative. I really appreciate the generosity of so many people who share with the rest of us.
I learned a new technique in this layout. There was an area that needed to be filled in and I learned how to do it with the clone tool. My mind is reeling with the possibilities of this tool and I can’t wait to try it again. Since I only had two decent pictures for this layout I used the second page to journal. I always have lots to say and love to tell stories so a place for journaling is great for me. I also like the fact that I can share these stories with all of our family. We are all so spread out geographically that it is hard to stay connected as much as we would like to. I wish that we would have had these tools when my children were young.
This is a fun layout because it brings back some fun memories that I wish could continue. My husband’s siblings got together quarterly to have a Theme Party. The host would decide on the theme and then assign food based on that theme. We always dressed up and had so much fun. I don’t know why we didn’t take more pictures at this party but since I like to do two-page layouts I used the second page to journal. I didn’t have any quilt backgrounds so this is my first attempt at making my own background for a layout. I am not happy with the texture but I now want to research and figure it out. Here is a layout about our Amish party. Thanks Brenda and Merick for such a great idea and fun time. Two of our families moved from the area so now we don’t have as many theme parties but I wish that we could. Our lives have also gotten busier with more children and grandchildren and busier lives
Because of Asthma I can’t go back to the area where everyone else lives (without getting sick) so that kind of puts a damper on plans. Sorry guys! Maybe this summer we can have another theme party here.
Here is another Digital Layout for my Christmas Gift Album. I used Spring Into Boyhood by Misty Cato Designs and I also used her Date Bits 12. I really loved these kits for a casual feel for my 44th Birthday with some of my grandchildren. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day, except to have ALL of my grandchildren with me!
One of my favorite things is literature so I read a lot or listen to audiobooks. I have tried to make sure that my children and grandchildren were exposed to a wide variety of literature. Reading opens up the gateway to learning and I never wanted my kids or grandchildren to feel like they couldn’t find answers. Taking a break and visiting a far off place, another world or any other kind of adventure is also a great reason to read. Sometimes we all need a break. History is also another passion of mine and we can learn so much from reading about the past. Learning is so important but sometimes we need a bit of fun as we do it.
In the first layout my husband is on the floor playing which is a normal activity for him. He is just a big kid and I’m glad.
Celebrations are so fun and I love to try to make them special. Not everyone feels this way. To me, to be able to celebrate the birth of someone is to celebrate their life. I don’t mean that there needs to be lots of presents or that we have to spend a lot of money. There are lots of ways to let someone know that we love them and are glad that we are a part of their life.
During this Birthday celebration the hand balloon pump was a big hit. We blew up different shaped balloons and made funny animals and crazy head gear. Not a lot of money but LOTS of fun.
This layout is the celebration of one of our granddaughters. Isa has a brother but is so delicate and ladylike. She has the cutest little giggle and gives wonderful hugs. Even though she isn’t the oldest child in her family she mothers everyone gently. I am so grateful that she is in our lives. At the time these pictures were taken these grandchildren would spend several days a week with us and it was so fun to watch the dynamics and growth of each child.
I had just married their grandfather that year and so I was new to the family. All three of these grandchildren pictured was introduced to me and their parents explained the circumstances and I fell in love instantly. The kids just accepted me and we were soon playing on the floor as if we always had. I am so grateful for the innocent acceptance that I received and for all the time we were able to spend together.
Sadly one family moved from the area. Because of health, we moved also. We now only get to visit each other for short periods and phone calls. I miss them so much but every time we talk on the phone it is as if no time has passed. More children have been added and we still have many reasons to celebrate these precious lives. We pray for them daily and think of them often. We love all of you.