Monday, December 1, 2008

Lots of Catching Up!

First off, the latest GUTTER GIRLZ challenge is up! It's a great one, too! We have our first ever Honorary Gutter Girl! It's Linda Woods! Linda, along with her sister Karen Dinino, are authors of two amazing books about creating and being art, Visual Chronicles and Journal Revolution. You can also see and purchase more of Linda's art in her etsy shop. Hop on over and check out the great layouts from the Design Team!

Can you believe it's December 1 already? I certainly can't. One thing I'm very grateful for is that my great hair stylist, Ralph, keeps me busy starting in November doing upwards of 250 Christmas cards! All year long I get my hair cut and colored (not that I would ever do that), and at the end of the year I "pay" him in however many Christmas cards he wants! This year was not quite as hard as years past with only 160 to do. Here are some of the designs:

I'm really proud of the cards this year. It's always a challenge to find different ideas each year especially after, gosh, maybe 10 or 12 years.

And since I'm ahead of the game with getting the cards done, I actually did a little scrapbooking this weekend. I needed some "scrapping for me" time and I took it. I'd spent two and a half days reorganizing my office/scraproom and rather than move on to my next cleaning project in getting ready for Christmas, I decided to sit and scrap a bit. Of course, Jake was the subject as usual:

Every year on his birthday I photograph him at the time he was born whether he's sleeping or still up playing with birthday presents. So far, I haven't roused him while taking those sleeping pics!
This photo was so sweet to me, pardon the pun...just look at that face!

And this...well...that face just gets me every time. What kid doesn't love playing in the leaves that so desperately need to be raked? Except for the alphabet tape, the buttons, and the transparency blackground, everything on this layout is from Tallyscrapper's Autumnal Inspiration kit. Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE this kit. If you've never purchased a Tallyscrapper kit, then you are definitely missing out!

What else? I still haven't posted pictures from the Tally Rally. What a loser! I am still working on an album about the weekend so maybe I'll just post the album. I love how it's coming along.

If you're in need of scrapbooking supplies, I've got a huge assortment for sale on e-bay. After two and a half days of cleaning and sorting, the winner of this lot will get lots of great papers and embellishments! It really is a good deal...I'd imagine well over $300 retail value.

Thanksgiving! Well, let's just say it was nice not to have to cook this year. My mom cooked a great dinner, and even though I didn't get to see my nephew, it was nice to see my sister.

Okay, so back to work and cleaning and making Christmas shopping lists!!


createdmonster said...

Beautiful cards!!

DO you know you have one of the cutest little boys ever?! (Well, of course you Those LOs are perfect!

Michelle said...

Jan your cards are gorgeous!love the red & white snowflake one A-mazing! and loving your layouts!

Christine said...

love the cards and great layouts too!

Laurajean said...

WOW girl...your Xmas cards are gorgeous!!! You have been a busy bee girl....Miss chatting with ya, we need to call eachother and catch up :)