Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Daily | Day 8 Winter Wonderland

Yes, we woke up to actual snow. It was remarkable and unheard of. When it started snowing on Thursday afternoon. I thought I was lucky to catch the five minutes of snow we were getting for the year. 

I had no idea the snow would last all night and stick! The kids got a snow day which is a bit unwarranted but I think it was worth it for them to have the chance to play in the snow at their own house. 

Avinash was totally captivated by the backyard when he woke up. I decided to try and take the kids out for a walk. Getting them bundled up was not easy but we made it out. 

I am so glad we did. We walked through our green belt. It was completely transformed. We took pictures every 12 inches. 

Their is a large hill right past the trees. Avinash went running ahead and rushed back to tell us they were covered in snow too and could he please go sledding. 

We went back home and brought down laundry baskets. I made Avinash put on socks. 

Ryan said he often looked and wondered which part of the hill would be good for sledding. It was so fun to actually try it out. There was barely an inch on the ground but those hills were so good for sledding. Lakshman wanted to walk around at the bottom of the hill because that is where the “real snow” was. He set off exploring and I just kinda followed him.  Nandini was scared but Avi went right down. A very sweet neighbor came out and lent us real sleds. Then we were going really fast. 

However the kids proved themselves to be real Texans pretty quickly. Lakshman’s feet were cold from his little walk down the hill. Nandini was still scared but she took a few tries.  Then Avinash took off his shoes and left them at the bottom of the hill. Of course it was a disaster and we had to go home after that. Ice stuck to his socks and his feet were still “frozen”after Ryan retrieved his shoes. 

Of course it was barely cold out and the kids were all totally fine. It was above freezing all morning already. You could hear water dripping like a National Geographic show about the spring thaw. It was really fun for Ryan and I to be out sledding in nice sunny weather.  At least while it lasted. 

I did my best to edit. I have about five pages here. It was the best I could do. 

A full page picture of us on the trail. 


I added a 2x2 divided page for lots of extra pictures. 


I tried something creative with those main kit acetate diamonds, but I just ended up with the simple approach. 

 I used the rubber wreath with a KP white number sticker.  I just love that picture of Lakshman.

I added a full package of star sequins to the page.  Some are just in the pockets and a few are glued on the front.  I should probably fuse the pockets shut because they keep falling out.

The reverse has more snow pictures.  Is that holly? I'm not sure.  It looks pretty.  I had to take every snow picture I could think of taking.

I added a rubber charm and some chipboard over patterned paper. 


I added a dotted transparency from an old A Beautiful Mess kit, I just cut it down and punched holes.  

I printed this photo on vellum. I added a die cut snowflake (meant for gift wrap) to the middle.  So glad I saved it.


I printed out two extra 4x6s and decided to include them too.  They are just too fun. 

I finally added a little journaling.  I need to print out the beginning of this blog post and add that too.  

Thanks for checking out my pages again and listening to me go on about a half inch of snow!

I hope you are getting your favorite December weather! 

XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Daily | Day 7 Snow Day in Austin



A simple page for a great day with basically no pictures. I grew up with blizzards and snow days and I loved it. I also kind of like not having to deal with the realities of snow now as a grown up. 

But one day of snow every five years? Pure magic and miracle. The kids basically went crazy. It was really late before it started really coming down. We both took lots of pictures. I tried printing them and they were so dark that I just used one from the next morning. 



I got the story told and I am so glad. Patterned paper, one stamp, wood trees and one die cut. Simple and meaningful. 


Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!
XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.




Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily | Day 6 Trimming the Tree

The kids finally put the ornaments on the tree today. They have been dying to do this since before Thanksgiving. 

From a one page spread yesterday, I am back to a double page photo with a flip out and an insert. Then I added this tree branch card which is super bulky. 
My album is never gonna close.  It’s only day six. 


The tree card was already a flip up, it’s an old anthro gift tag. Yes, I collect and save multiples of their packaging. Inside I wrote a little more about my feelings and tried to express my gratitude. 



This insert is just a page protector cut in half. I put more pictures on the back. 




I printed out an 8x11 photo of Nandini inside. 


I used an older large cork number on the photo, which flips open to hold my journaling. 


I used plain paper on the inside and decided I needed something to make it special, so I dug around and found some silk screens.  I repeat screened the pattern of stars for an ombre effect. 

This is why I love scrapbooking every day with this project.  If I hadn't been wanting to try something different I doubt I would have reached for my silk screens again for a long time. 


I used my old typewriter for the journaling.  A more factual account of the evening.  I added another photo, probably way too many word strip stickers and a stamped embellishment.  

The gold foil circle is repeated over the one on the cork number. 

The full spread.  I love the 'surprise' of opening up a photo. 

Again, if you have any questions please let me know.  

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!
XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily | Day 5 Holiday Cheer

Usually around day 5 I need to make a simple and quick page in my album. I start to worry the project will turn into three albums. 
Two 4x6 photos, totally simple. 

I added a strip of patterned paper to a photo and stitched on vellum and a piece of star transparency. I had to do something fussy. 

I made a little tag with bullet point journaling. I used a label cut in half to add the stripes to it. 





Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope you are getting your fill of cookies and cider too! 

XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Daily | Day 4 Four Seasons Gingerbread Open House

One of our favorite local events is the Gingerbread Open House at the Four Seasons.  They provide cider and cookies and everyone gets to meet Santa.  They have a big display of Gingerbread in the lobby with a different theme every year.  

Going here is one of our favorite traditions.  My pictures turned out so well last year and my spread.  I just don't know if this years compares.  It is less cutesy but it has a simple style. 

I did wide white borders on my 3x4 photos divided page. I added a little line of text to Nandini's photo (a dress worth twirling in...) and added a few stars. 

I used a Paislee Press card and chipboard.  I like all the chic black and white in that kit.

I used the six hole punch Ali Edwards recommended (from Amazon) to add this Kelly Purkey TN kit paper.  I punched a large circle and stamped a sentiment from that kit inside. 
I love have elements go right over the edge.  I stapled another star on top.  

Also, look at Lakshman's eyes.  Just sparkling with pure joy. 



I had so many pictures to include.  Especially this one of Lakshman.  I can't resist bokeh.  I've noticed my iPhone portrait mode doesn't really do bokeh.  I used my dSLR for this with the lowest f stop that it has (f/3.5 for my lens). 

The stickers are also from the KP kit.  

 Acetate star plus chipboard Santa sticker.  This page flips up to show more pictures.  I stapled an old holiday tab sticker to the side.  This year's kit has white and red ones.

The flip up. 

These stars are cut outs from yesterdays die cut page.  I typed my journaling again.  The four tab is from a letterpressed page in the Kelly Purkey kit.  I was so not sure about cutting it up, but I did it.  Sigh.  

 I added a strip of gold star vellum to the top photo and stitched a perforated sentiment on with gold thread.  



Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope you are getting your fill of cookies and cider too! 

XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

December Daily | Elgin Tree Farm Day 3


Our annual visit to the Christmas Tree Farm in Elgin.  We had a very mixed experience there this year and I was a bit trepidatious about documenting it.  But I did and I included the hard parts too but overall our family was happy being together.  And to get a BIG tree! 

 I used my silhouette to cut out this Ali Edwards word art from the photo.  I backed it with gold star vellum to keep the translucent effect.

It took way too long to make this page.  I first printed the photo with the word art already added on top of the photo in white.  Then when I cut it, the cuts were slightly off leaving a weird shadow effect to the cut.  Also, the photo paper stuck down really hard and curled up badly when I took it off the mat. 

For the second go around I used a normal photo and just added the cut file on top.  I also added a few stars and the scalloped border. 

I put washi tape strips under the photo this time to make it easier to peel off.  My photo paper is not as thick as cardstock which is what caused the difference from my normal Silhouette cutting.

I probably should have cut a second piece out of cardstock to back the photo but I ended up not doing that.  I did sew on a strip of white cardstock and place that under the photo. 

I also added a circle chipboard and cork number from the main AE kit. 

I did my journaling on a green background, another idea from Ali Edwards.   I like the contrast it gives to all the red we were wearing. I left two spaces in my journaling.  One measured to fit this Paislee Press stamp and one roughly shaped as a tree.  


The reflection from the die cut on the journaling page was a total happy accident.  If you look closely you can see it says December on the top of the green.  


I added a gold star and word strip to the wood tree (old old Target Dollar Spot).  I can't believe how well the sticker matches my journaling background.  Totally not planned.  

We look totally vintage.  So much plaid.  Ha. 
I added this bit of text, knowing I was going to use the big JOY stamp underneath.  Avi is the best at jumping photos. 


 I added a few more pictures in a divided 3x4 page.   The page was looking too flat and I decided it needed something.  I added little bits of stitching to the 3x4 photos and card, this time in gold not red.
I also continued the cork embellishments with little stars and a "love this" circle. 


Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!
XOXO,
Niru

ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

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