Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

I am a little late but Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful time bringing in the New Year and that you all feel as refreshed as I do. Although I have started off the year with the Flu and my body feels awful,my mind is organized and ready to go!

I wasn't going to make resolutions this year because I never keep them but then my friend Gayle, a fellow Scrappy Treeer, came up with a great prompt to ring in the new year, check it out here, it's never too late to be inspired! I know I had fun with it!

I am hoping to blog more often this year, so yes, I am already four days behind...better get started...sorry this may be a lengthy post!

First up, I wanted to share my year in pictures from 2010

Next up, I finished a few albums just in time to give them as Christmas gifts. The first was for my MIL. She always hosts Easter and it is a long running family tradition. We play games, color eggs, look through scrapbooks, watch old movies (yes silent 8MM ones), play croquet, and EAT way too much! Each year, her yard gets more and more flowers and we take a tour around the yard to enjoy them all :) For me the best part is that is where my husband grew up, so I get to see his old toys, pictures, they tell stories of when he was a boy and had a band and if we are nice, he gives us a tour of his old play house, but only if you know the secret code to enter (HINT, the geese fly low)

Next up, our Grand doggy Layla, who we recently adopted from my daughter, so I made her this book so she didn't miss her cute little face too much :)

Next up, probably the best idea I've ever had! I was really bummed last year to miss a bunch of birthdays, even if it was just a card and note saying hi, so...this year, I vowed to make all of the months cards I need at the same time! At the beginning of each month, I will knock them out, and even though they may end up being similar because I have the same paper and embellies out, all of my friends and family will get a home made card this year :) Here are some of January's:

Last thing to share today is another project I decided to do to organize myself for the year. I am going to call it my Week by Week journal. It will include everything from planning my week, to sparking creativity by noting music lyrics that may inspire me, photos I am in love with, words and quotes that help me focus or make me smile, there will be a space for sketching, writing out Layout and template ideas. Lastly keeping my mind, body and soul in check with a place to organize, simplify, and make and track goals, to track my diet and exercise, and to list my gratitude and Karma for the week. You are more than welcome to join along if you'd like, join the Scrappy Tree community (while you're there, check out all of our new groups!) and find the docs HERE. Below are a few sneak peeks of my journal and the first few pages.

Each week you will be invited to download the current weeks blank document or the Inspired document that will have some of my prompts included. I will focus on a different area each week to hopefully help inspire, organize and encourage creativity and us!

Okay all caught up, thanks for reading:)

See you soon!



  1. Got to go to work now but I'll be back later for another read - there's SO much!

    Have a great day,


  2. Such lovely projects. Especially like those cards with the almost wood-grain type texture. Happy new year !

  3. I had to giggle at your DH's password. How sweet that he let you in on the secret! I really love the projects you did. My favorite is the flower shaped mini album! Gorgeous!

  4. Wow, so much inspiration! I love your cute little albums and hope you are feeling better now :)

  5. Hi Kristen! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I joined yours too. Your dogs are adorable! Love your albums too. Keep in touch - Jen

  6. Such a fantastic idea! Your blog inspires me.


  7. Hiya K :) I didn't realise I was so behind on my visits! Thank you for sharing your photos, I LOVE looking at them and can proudly say I actually am familiar with some of them already :)
    Your mini-albums are gorgeous :) how supercute is that one for Layla!!
    And I take my hat off to your organisation in making cards ahead of time, great way to start the new year :)
    Loving your new project btw, look forward to seeing it as it goes on throughout the year :) xx