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CUT to YOU | The Best Is Yet To Come | TN Spread

Hello everyone and happy hump day!

Today’s share is for CUT to YOU and this month Gwen has, once again, sponsored the Scrap The Girls challenge. I have drawn inspiration from the Pinterest board that Krisy linked, namely the inspirational quotes about “you got this” and also the aqua dress with the red cherries.


Something a bit different for me but I really enjoyed the more streamlined process. Less space = less stuff, yeah?!?Β 


I have used the “TN The Best Is Yet To Come” cut file for this page which I have re-sized in my Silhouette software. For the Custom Cut product head over here. I did record my process though I am not sure how it is going to come across on screen so check it out and let me know please! I’m new to this recording my screen thing and this is my first go!


Anyways, I stretched my files so that they would fill the pages. I have done that to both the Title and the 2019 but only ended up using the title so far!


I added some colour to my cuts using a combo of a couple of Shimmerz Paints to match the paper I had used on the other other side. Which has come from the Shimelle, Glitter Girl Project Pad.Β 


I pulled a bunch of aqua and red embellishments for this spread and just added bits and pieces until I was happy. I did keep in mind that I didn’t want to add too much bulk while creating.


Head over here for the STG January challenge. And head over here for the CTY store and to see all of the fun new designs for this month!! I just love that Gwen has added TN designs to the range and it’s really inspired me to get playing. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them yet, the TN I am using is actually a Pocket Page Notebook designed by Michelle from The Stamp Spot. You can find them over here.

That’s it for me for today! I will be back again soon (tomorrow πŸ˜‰ ) with another share so until then, happy scrapping!!

Melinda

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December Daily Days 17-21

Hi hi!!

So, I have shared very briefly that our 2015 December Daily album is in fact complete but I haven’t yet shared the last half of our album!

I will share days 17-31 here over a few posts, starting with today πŸ™‚

Straight into it, Day 17

A 6×8 page protector and a 5×7 photo as it was my big boys last day of Pre-Primary!

First, the 6×8
And the 5×7
And the pages as they sit in our album
Onto Day 18 πŸ™‚
Another 5×7 photo (adhered straight to the back of the other) and another 6×8 page protector
And the 6×8

With a fun shaker pocket sealed up with my awesome Fuse tool.Β 

Day 18 as it sits in our album
Day 19Β 

A single 6×8 page
Day 20

Another single page 6×8
Days 19 and 20 as they sit in the album
Day 21

Another single 6×8 page
And that’s where I shall leave it tonight!!

Days 22-24 I think next!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy scrapping!

Mel
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December Days 15 and 16

Hi there!! It’s been a few days and again life has happened. More to the point this time, I have been sick with a stupid summer cold and it has worn me out!! Oh well, it could always be worse and I am grateful for modern medicine!

Today I am sharing our day’s 15 and 16. 17 is almost done, I just need to add my journalling in strips from the typewriter. 18 and 19 I have stories for so it shouldn’t take me long to get back into the swing of things. Saying that however, I seriously cannot believe we are only 5 short days from the BIG day for this year, yikes!!

So, here is our day 15

All about our christmas cards for the year. And just as a side note, I wrote I was hoping to get the cards posted that need to be posted done by Friday and I indeed had that happen, yay!!

Most of the bits on this page were from the kit I have been using. The December strip, the red paper and the red bow all came from my stash πŸ™‚

Day 16

All about Jacob’s teachers!! He was so excited to give them their little gifts and cards. I printed the cards for him to decorate and wrote a personal message on the inside from myself while Jacob wrote his name is his cute 5 year old self writing – I love it!! We made some Β reindeer bell ornaments thanks to our Elf on the Shelf Pixie and Jacob wanted to gift one each to his teachers πŸ™‚Β 

Also, the 16th marks 1 year that my Pop has been gone. I found some words (finally!) that I wanted to write and remember on his 1st anniversary, popped them onto a tag from the kit, into a little baggie from the kit and behind my journalling card for the day.

And the last photo for the day, days 15 and 16 together as they sit in the album

Hubby is out tonight so I am hoping to have some energy and motivation to get the words written down for day 17 (my big boys last day of Pre-Primary!) and days 18 and 19 (possibly plan day 20) together. I hope to be back with an update tomorrow, so fingers crossed!!

I hope you are enjoying your December whatever you are doing and happy scrapping!!

Mel
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December Day 14

Hello, hello from me to you today!! I’m sharing with you today our day 14, or more, MY day 14. But with Mum’s what is their’s is everyone’s. Thankfully it seems the germs are ONLY mine which is a blessing, I don’t really want sick kids or a sick husband, especially when he has been so eager to help me out!!

So, MY day 14 looked like this


Yep, a bunch of cold and flu and sore throat medication. A trip to the Dr confirmed it was a virus – which is both a good thing (nothing serious) and a bad thing (nothing to kick it’s butt outta my system!!) but, at the end of the day, it is what it is, December or not!! Haha!

The only things not from my kit from The Stamp Spot are those stamps – I pulled them from my stash. I actually brought them awhile ago from Michelle and if they look like something you wanted to add to your stash head over to her website, she is having a clearance at the moment and when I last checked these stamps were still available – at 40% off. As is the rest of the store!! She has a blurb on her front page, time for a re-brand and re-think etc on her behalf.Β 

I realised when I snapped this photo that I had forgotten a couple of “in the album” shots so first up here is day 14 next to day 13 in our album.


And here is page 1 of day 12 next to day 11

I love the difference in size!!

And page 2 of day 12 next to day 13 πŸ™‚

That’s it for me for today!! Good timing, dinner is ready πŸ˜‰

Hopefully I will find some mojo today or tomorrow morning to get day 15 done – teacher cards and gifts!! Otherwise, I will be back with some more days of our DD as soon as I feel up to it!

Happy Scrapping!
Melinda
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December Day 13

Hi hi! A little later than the last couple of days but done!!

Day 13 brought about one of my most fave December magic moments, Santa photos!Β 

A front and back design on a 6×8 page.Β 

The front (obviously!) is a blown up photo of both of my boys with Santa and you can see from the looks on their faces there was no fear or anything, they couldn’t wait for their turn!! The big alphas are from my stash and so is the twine. The red paper in the background is the cute reindeer pattern paper from the kit πŸ™‚


And the back is 2 photos printed a bit smaller than 3×4, mounted on some red card from my stash. I attempted my journalling straight onto the background paper (which is the other side of the red) but it wasn’t readable so I pulled out my electronic typewriter and did journalling strips. I punched a scallop circle from one of the glitter 6×4 papers, numbers from the kit and a few red gems from my stash.Β 

That’s it for me for today! I love how these pages turned out, I just love Santa photos and seeing their eyes twinkle with the magic.Β 

Happy scrapping!

Melinda
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December Day 12

Hello again!! Yay, I am so pleased that I am keeping up!

I’m not going to ramble too much today but here is our day 12.



We had hubby’s work kids christmas party on yesterday at Adventure World – the only theme park type thing this side of the country! A very different experience with little people to the last couple of times we have been but we all had an awesome day and were absolutely shattered when we got home!

The day included lots of kiddy rides, some water slides – shame the weather is not co-operating more it was not hot enough for hubby or I to spend all day IN the pool/on the slides, but the boys LOVED it!!

I decided on not using a page protector today just for something different and decided too to go vertical. 2 5″x7″ photos printed and matted on a piece of transparency for strength and little bit of extra room to punch the holes without chopping off letters from my writing. The very few embellisments I used are from the kit which is available at a discount here. I did add in those sticky black tabs which I stamped and embossed in zing gold embossing powder.

Really happy with how this turned out! Can’t wait to throw together today’s pages as it was photo with Santa day and the boys were so excited!!

I hope you are enjoying seeing our DD come together and that yours is coming together (whether it be in an album or in real life) nicely too!!

Happy scrapping!!
Mel

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December Days 7, 8, 9 and 10!!

Well hello there!!

Sorry for the delay if anyone as been waiting to see my pages, life has happened over the last little while and time got away from me but I played catch up last night and today πŸ™‚ I have day 11 to work on (which is today) but am up to date again, woo hoo!!

Straight into it!!

Day 7 – letters to Santa

As I have mentioned previously I am participating in Shimelle Laine’s JYC class this year and one of the prompts suggested taking the photo from a different angle and I came up with these. I just love them!!

Top is my little guy “drawing” and bottom, well obviously, my big guy writing Santa! LOVE this shot!!


The next “page” is a bag from my stash that I have made sturdier by sticking in a piece of plain white cardstock, then I punched 2 holes and made little re-enforcer things using some of the papers in my tray from the kit πŸ™‚ The bag contains copies of the boys letters to Santa which I have scanned before sending off and this is what they look like πŸ™‚






















I just added a cluster to the bag and LOVE how it turned out – especially that “joy” hanging over the edge the way it is!! Apart from the bag and letters for “Santa” everything has come from Michelle’s gorgeous kit which you can still pick up here – be quick, it’s on sale!

How these 2 pages sit in my album

Day 8Β 

Yay! My 1st shaker pocket! I added in the swarvoski crystal star just for a bit more bling from my stash. Everything else, again, is from the kit.

I am seriously loving just how much progress Jacob has made this year and his enthusiasm for all things Christmas and for giving!!

Day 8 in the album with the back of the bag next to it.


Day 9
A real, everyday life story! My Thermomix stopped weighing accurately so a trip off to the Dr. As a side note I got a txt yesterday telling me it was serviced and being picked up by courier today so yay! Hopefully will be back Monday!!

This page has a couple more bits from my stash – the alphas, the scribble circle and the red ticket I cut in half just as something to layer.

And finally Day 10

Yikes!! I was so spoilt in the card swap I participated in over at Kit and Clowder. My card is beautiful and is currently up on the wall with all of our other cards.

And Days 9 and 10 in the album together πŸ™‚

I hope you are enjoying your own December journey and that you are enjoying seeing my album together!! Until tomorrow, yep, tomorrow πŸ˜‰

Happy Scrapping!
Mel
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December Day 5 & 6

Hi hi!!

Finally, 10 minutes to sit down and blog! Yep, today is officially day 10 here and I have completed up to the end of day 6 πŸ™‚ I have stories for days 7 and 8, maybe 9 and a story for 10 so I feel pretty good about it all!

I am also participating in Shimelle Laine’s Journal Your Christmas project this year and though I am not “up to date” I have completed up to day 4 – a whole new approach and am happy with where I am!!

So, onto our DD

Day 5

Day 5’s story is all about me! Haha! Well, about me and a group of crafty friends who catch up once a month for a crop. This being December we decided a Christmas Crop was in order! So much fun! Our host was amazing!!

I really am thankful for this group of girls. I have never really been comfortable or confident in a “room full of girls/women” but this little group just works well.

I was up to a full 6×8 page so that worked perfectly for documenting the fun night we all had! All of the bits (apart from the red cardstock and the big alphas) are from the awesome kit at The Stamp Spot. And I actually used both the front and the back!


But before I show you the back here is day 4 sitting next to the front of day 5 in our album πŸ™‚


And the back of day 5

We had a fun little photo booth set up happening, lots of decorations and of course heaps of food, chatter and laughs!

And onto day 6

Pretty straight forward couple of 6×4 pockets here. The paper I have done the journalling strips on is one of the pages that Beth so kindly shared! I have pulled out my electronic typewriter and typed up my journalling before chopping it into skinny little strips. I really like the way the ornaments on the paper don’t line up but you can sorta see what’s going on anyways!

And last but not least the back of day 5 sitting next to day 6 in the album!

That’s it for me, thanks so much for stopping by! I have thoughts and ideas swimming around my head but I think a good night’s sleep is higher on the list for now so till next time (hopefully tomorrow!!) happy scrapping and happy December!!

Mel
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December Days 1, 2 and 3

Hi hi!!!


Well, it is officially the 3rd December in my little part of the world and I am officially “behind” but hey, life happens! As the title suggests, I’m bringing you days 1, 2 and 3 in one shot and voila, up to date!!

So, if you missed it, I am using the gorgeous, full to the brim Documenting December kit from The Stamp Spot. You can see my share of the kit and the start of the album over here and you can purchase the kit here.

So, since I have been really slow off the mark this year I will also share the couple of foundation pages I have put together!

First up is our cover page

I used those big gold alphas from my stash. Other than that, the “december” I stamped using one of the stamp sets available from Ali Edwards and my sewing machine everything is from the kit. LOVE this colour scheme! So pretty and NOT wintery at all!!


Also, the only other page I prepped is a “cover” page for the 25th πŸ™‚ I love how this turned out! Again, everything apart from the acetate and the sewing is from the kit. I just used a Martha Stewart border punch along the edge.


So, straight into it!


Day One – Left page


The very few embellies are all from the kit.

Day One – Right page


One of the girls that was on the DT with me very kindly shared some of the extra papers from the Ali Edwards kits she purchased so that ornament has been fussy cut from one of those. The gold thickers that spell tree and the green chippy tree and the stamping are the only bits not part of the kit. I punched the scallop circle from one of the papers and just trimmed down one of the sides of that super cute pink foiled card that Michelle included in the kit.

And both Day One pages together in the album



Day Two – A one pager πŸ™‚


I’m not sure who loves the antics of our elf Pixie more, the boys or hubby and I!!

Day Three – Another one pager πŸ™‚



The journalling sums it up – that’s the story I chose for today and I’m surprised I managed to find another Christmas story, that’s 3 in a row!!

And Day Two and Three in the album together


So, that’s it for me for today!


Planning on “being on track” from here on out but, heck, life happens and I have my tray with all my goodies ready to go on my CLEAN desk!!

Check this out, this was before (and a BIG part of WHY I hadn’t got started yet)


And after…


So, Happy December and enjoy making and recording all of those special memories that this time of year brings!


Melinda

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And finally a start!!

Hello, hello and welcome to my 1st official post about my Documentung December 2015 album!

Firstly, for those that don’t know or would like the link I am using the beautiful kit from The Stamp Spot as Michelle asked me if I would like be a part of her DD team again. I couldn’t resist, especially after learning her colour palette and working with the full to busting kit last year!!

Here are some shots of the kit but for the whole comprehensive list head over here and there are lots of photos and words (I just ogled the photographs if truth be told!!). And you can purchase the kit here.







And here is my work space. I hope that it stays somewhat like this throughout December!

I plan on printing every day after my boys go to bed and doing that days spread. I know some days life will happen and there may be a few that don’t go quiet to plan but a little pre-organisation proved its worth a thousand times over last year!

I have yet to fully unpack my kit and sort it so I have easy access throughout the month but this is where my kit will live. I got this cute tray from spotlight.Β 

I haven’t had much of a chance as yet to do much in the way of prep but I did pull out my diary, my previous 2 DD albums, some post-it notes, my 2015 album (which is a gold 6×8 PL album) and page protectors. Oh, and a pen πŸ˜‰

As you can see there a few things already scheduled in. For example on the 5th a group of my scrappy friends and I have decided to do a Christmas Scrap, secret Santa and everything, so I know that that’s the story I want to tell for that day. Assuming I only use 1 side of the page protector (I’m totally flexible about this!) day 6 will be on the back side. I have pulled out the gold numbers from the Heidi Swapp pack included in the kit and popped those numbers into the page protector.Β 
For other things that I don’t have a date for but I know I want to include I have just written a note and popped into a page protector. A lot of those things will be just slotted in around the day to day stories I will tell and the already booked in things.Β 

And for anyone that is new to my Documenting December journey, our albums, though they are heavily Christmas influenced, are about our December. Not specifically Christmas related. Both of my previous years albums include photo’s from my big guy’s last day at school fro the year, some charming moments between my kids, an enlarged photo of my Pop that passed away last year (no doubt there will be some mention again this year and quiet possibly many to come) and last year I documented the entire December so there was some photo’s and stories from our mini family holiday πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to get started but how I wish this year would slow down just a little!!Β 

That’s it for me for now. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you!! And make sure you head on over to The Stamp Spot to pick up your kit before they are all gone!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!!
Mel

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