I haven't done much in the craft world this year, though when inspiration strikes I've been painting lately. Mostly on small canvases, just for the joy of creating. Yesterday I went to a friend's house and saw her little girl's owl themed room. These ...

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  1. I've been painting lately
  2. Organizing Greeting Cards
  3. Daily December... Day 2 and a Dream Come True!
  4. Holiday Card Planner - FREEBIE!
  5. Project Life...
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I've been painting lately

I haven't done much in the craft world this year, though when inspiration strikes I've been painting lately. Mostly on small canvases, just for the joy of creating. Yesterday I went to a friend's house and saw her little girl's owl themed room. These friends are very near and dear to my heart, so last night I went to the craft room and started painting a little owl scene while I prayed for her little girl. I started with the background tree and owl body and when I went to bed, it looked something like this:

This morning I finished it and now am waiting for it to dry so I can write my prayer for her on the back of the canvas. Here's the finished product!

I don't remember exactly what the owls in her room look like or exactly what colors they are, but my hope is that this little painting will make them smile all the same and they will know how loved they are.

Organizing Greeting Cards

I know that I'm low on greeting cards, but every time I sit down to make some, I have no idea what kinds of cards I ought to be making. I mean, do I need more Thank You cards, or Birthday cards, or Blank cards? Who knows? Well, after tonight, I KNOW!

I sat down to organize my cards and came up with these category tabs:

They're designed to be printed on sticker paper, or printed on regular paper and run through a Xyron sticker maker, or even just printed and then adhered with double stick tape. Whatever works for you! Since my printer has trouble with sticker paper, I opted for the regular paper / Xyron option. Then I adhered the tabs to half-sheets of white cardstock and voila! I have card dividers! 

The dividers and cards fit perfectly in some bins I got at Michael's a while back, so I was excited to have a pretty place to store them, while keeping them easily accessible. Here's what it looks like... 

I also now know just WHAT categories I'm running low on, as well as where to get cards when I need them! Hooray!!

If you think having card divider labels would be helpful for you, too, feel free to pick yours up HERE!

Daily December... Day 2 and a Dream Come True!

On the 2nd of December we made some Christmas cards!!

From Christmas 2012
Actually, ELIANA made some Christmas cards. First, she made a list of friends she wants to give Christmas cards to.

From Christmas 2012
Then we went up to the craft room and crafted together and chatted. It was WONDERFUL! I have decided that 6 is a magical age where Eliana's interests and my interests overlap and her skills have improved enough that we can spend quality time doing things that we both enjoy, and having conversations that actually have content. Hooray!! It's awesome! We created an assembly line in which I tied on the fringy string and Eliana put the snowflake stickers and Happy Holidays sticker on the cards in her own style. Really, it was a great time, and the cards turned out great!

From Christmas 2012
Well, MOST of the cards turned out great... There was this one card that she decided she was going to draw a nativity in...

From Christmas 2012
It's baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the stable. And Joseph is running away because, in case you can't read the speech bubbles (which have arrows leading to other speech bubbles because, well, Ellie's speech bubble to handwriting size is still a little off...), Joseph is saying, "AAAAA! I forgot my pants!"

Ah, 6 year old humor. Hopefully she'll just be signing her name in the rest of the cards...

Holiday Card Planner - FREEBIE!

Have you gotten your Christmas cards mailed out yet? My goal is to get them mailed out tomorrow morning, which means that TODAY I need to get my address list updated and print out mailing labels. Hopefully that won't take too long, because I also need to get set up for the week ahead. Of course, as I was signing my Christmas cards last night, I started thinking about next year's Christmas cards. That may seem premature, but a lot of how I do things this year is to set up for a simpler year next year. So I made a Holiday Card Planner that will come in handy when I get the urge to start making my cards for next year (which usually happens in February, or July). Here's a peek:

Download the Holiday Planner HERE.

I am hoping to make a Homeade Card Planner soon, to correspond to this and help you design the card, purchase the correct amount of supplies, and make sure it all gets done by the time you want to send them out! Enjoy, and good luck with your cards this year!! If you find this helpful or have suggestions, please leave me a little comment love!!

Project Life...

I'm pondering doing something like Project Life this year. Not so much buying Becky Higgins' albums / pages, etc, but the same general idea. Basic layouts (or even divided page protectors) that sketch out the year for me with places for journaling cards, etc. Has anyone out there done Project Life? What are your thoughts?

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