Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Am I the only one who has to decorate a mantel with a Ginormous TV in the middle of it??? It's kind of distracting don't you think?!
I love to hang our stockings from the staircase and display all of our Christmas cards from the mantel. All you need is a long piece of string and tiny clothespins.
I love to look at the mantel and see so many faces I love and miss.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I thought I'd share with you what I did just in case you are in a similar situation... it's not too late to get a great Christmas card out.
First I bought a Santa hat from The Dollar store then I found the spot in my house with the most natural light. We are lucky to have a lot of big windows in our home so natural light is easy to come by. I created a back drop with a white sheet and took pictures (turn OFF the flash on your camera... you will get much better pictures with natural light and no flash) of each of my kids wearing the Santa hat.
I LOVE this site for FREE digital scrapbooking kits and she just posted a beautiful Christmas kit you could use for your card. When your all done just print them out at your photo store (I paid 13 cents for each card, WAHOO!).
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Melissa wearing her scarf in Utah.
Me wearing my scarf in Kentucky.
These are sooooo easy and inexpensive to make. I made mine a little longer than the tutorial suggested ( I did 108 inches long or 3 yards instead of the 72 inches or 2 yards that the tutorial suggests).
I bought 3 yards of the jersey knit (I used my 40%off coupon and so I paid $7.00 for 3 yards) and I made 5 scarfs out of it!!! I'm going to JoAnns tomorrow to get some more fabric and elastic thread. For that price I can make one for all the ladies on my list!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Disclaimer: If you WANT to have excuses for missing special days (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, holidays) you DO NOT want to make this "Save the Date" binder. You will no longer have an excuse and everyone will know you are just lazy.
(I'm still struggling with this idea myself... I like having an excuse as lame as it may be.)
Of course if you make these as gifts then they will have no excuse for missing YOUR birthday! ;)
Now for Step 2:
This page goes behind each monthly divider. Just write the names of your loved ones next to their birth date so at a glance you know all the birthdays in June for example.
Download and then print 1 of these (for February- 29 days) here.
Download and then print 4 of these (for Sept, April, June, and November- 30 days) here.
Download and then print 7 of these (Jan, March, May, July, Aug, Oct, and Dec- 31 days) here.
Next is the AWESOME info sheet so fill in each section with the info for each person with a birthday that month. This makes everything so easy. No more excuses for missing birthdays.
Download the Information sheet here.
Here is the holiday page great for keeping track of traditions, recipes, and new ideas you want to try the coming year. Put one of thse pages under every month with a Holiday you celebrate.
Download holiday page here.
These Christmas pages will help you keep track of who you are giving to, what the budget is, ideas you have, and what you purchased. Oh, and it is a reat place to jot down where you hid the presents so you don't forget!
Download the Giving-to list here.
Download the individual gift list here.
Put this birthday page under the months of your husband and children's birthdays so you can plan in greater detail.
Download Birthday list here.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Download Binder Cover here.
Now you need the month tabs.
Download January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.
(This is how we did our month dividers but you can obviously make different ones if you don't like these. )
When you print them out (on card stock) they will look like this:
You need to measure over 8 1/2 inches and then cut around the month tab like this:
I rounded the corners on my tabs.
Laminating the monthly dividers is optional.
Then punch holes into the pages to fit into the binder.
January through September punch holes to fit in the top 2 rings like this:
October through December punch holes to fit into the bottom 2 ring like this:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(sorry to my friends who have been waiting for me to post this for weeks)
We will have the files for you to download all of this in later posts. This is just a preview.
A tab for every month with a list of birthdays and holidays for that month along with extra pages full of information to help you remember everything.
Now some of my favorite pages.
THIS is what makes this organizer different and what I am so excited about!
Fill out these sheets with all the information you need to remember your loved ones special dates. It includes all the ways you can get a hold of your loved one (address, phone #, email, facebook, etc) to tell them "Happy Birthday". Oh, and when you BFF mentions to you that she loves that thing she saw at the store today hurry and write it down under "gift ideas" so when her birthday or Christmas comes along you know exactly what to get her!
This page is great for this time of year to keep track of who is getting what. I also write on it where I am hiding stuff so I don't forget that gift I bought on sale in July that is tucked deep under my bed and also how much I've spent on each child.
Just make sure the kids don't get a hold of this information! We also have a page for Christmas exchanges like with family, friends, neighbors etc. so you can keep track of who is on your list and you don't forget teachers, bus drivers, mailman etc.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO SHARE.
I'm so excited about this. It is just what we need and we hope it helps you too!
We will post the files and detailed instruction soon so stay tuned!