Catching up on my posting my pages from the end of 2014...
November, as usual, was quite busy. Thomas's science class had a field trip to the Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn about watersheds. It was amazing. I was astounded that Lake Braddock is the only school that takes advantage of the Nature Center this way. The kids got to take samples, determine water quality, look for invertebrates, and much more.
In addtion, the AAP kids participated in NaNoWrMo - with a 5,000 word minimum. Thomas wrote over 6,000 -- quite an achievement for a boy who doesn't like writing. Rachel was inspired to start writing her own novel, about dragons, complete with illustrations.
Here's the Design H page that opens the month (front and back):
My Girl Scout troop did another round of archery. This year they got to use the foam targets as well and had a mini-competition at the end. The Design A page has another archery pic, plus a shot from them at a local gem & mineral show.
I also included a shot from my first watercolor class - when we finally moved on to painting a still life, as well as some packaging from the Lucky store (our new favorite shop), and of course, the changing leaves - my favorite part of fall.
The backside of the page has more Thanksgiving-related cards. We ended up hosting this year at the last minute when our friends had a burst water pipe. In between gettting their college son's clothes washed, cooking and hosting I completely forgot to pics. Instead, I included a shot of the first snow of the year and the kids volunteering at our church packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
And finally getting around to photographing last fall's pages.
I'm still working on my December pages along with my December Daily -- and I keep moving things back and forth between the two. But I am ready to finally call the rest of the year finished. I'm sharing two pages per month with you as this post is already quite picture-heavy. Most of the supplies in these came from either Studio Calico or Cocoa Daisy's monthly kits.
September -- Did I really not post September? First up, my front and back Design H page. I still get shudders when I think about buying all those school supplies. I included our weekly schedule on a pocket card - all the afterschool activities, scouts, sports...
And important shots, like the first day of school. The color's a bit wonky - which is what I get for not photographing these outside when the weather was still way above freezing. I'm not going to even mention the snow we're supposed to get this afternoon...
onto October's Design H page to start the month...
and I'll share one of the Design A pages. Scouts, more scouts, Girl Scout cookie training and Halloween.
... and one of my resolutions for 2015 is to catch up.
December really got away from me this year and it seems the older the kids get the busier we are. We just eeked by on the Amazon ordering deadlines, the tree was bought on the 16th and we got our cards in the mail right before we left to drive down to my parents' house in Florida. Throw in volunteering for Girl Scouts and a few fencing competitions and that was our month.
We started January tired, cold, and unprepared for a week of snow delays and cancelations ... finishing with me coming down with the nasty stomach bug making it's rounds. So it's fair to say crafting took a back seat.
I do have the first section of my December Daily / Journal Your Christmas book complete. This year I'm using a binder by Simple Stories. When I saw it this past summer I immediately grabbed it. And then once December rolled around I went back and forth on using this vs. making an album using wooden Michael's frames. Since I had already bought the album and page protectors, this won out.
I used a Tim Holtz Bigz die to cut the labed shape and painted it black. I used cut files from Wilna Furstenberg behind a felt snowflake topped with bling from Pretty Little Studios. All that was left to add were my two favorite Maya Road stick pins.
I used a page protector to hold one of Wilna's wreaths. These are from her heartfelt Christmas class, and honestly, I signed up for it just to get all the files. I'm using them liberally throughout this album and have been cutting most of my accents in white cardstock.
The December is from Kerri Bradford and I cut that from red vinyl and applied it to the outside of the protector. I've been toying with the idea of adding confetti, sequins or chunky glitter inside the protector.
The first page is a 4x3 pocket from October Afternoon. I had fun filling the pockets!
On the next page is a pocket card calendar for the month, Hero Art's tree, and photo of our lights. I used another Kerri Bradford png as a brush directly on the photo.
The flip side holds a calendar - what we did all month and room for a bit more journaling or an accent on top.
The last page I'll share today holds our Christmas card. I placed it inside of a pocket protector and sewed all around the card. On the back of the protector I sewed the return envelope and added a copy of our family newsletter.
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