Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

From our Nest to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

(digital artwork from Persnickety Prints)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve!

I hope you're enjoying your Christmas Eve.  Through the magic of FaceTime, I got to see snow falling in Pennsylvania.  Here in Georgia, it's rainy and dreary, but even the lousy weather can't stop the Christmas Eve excitement in my house!

I've got a short post for you today.  I'm (finally) going to share my week 2 December Daily pages.  I had every intention of posting last week - and even this weekend - but I got sick and my whole schedule was thrown.  Thankfully, I'm feeling better now, and I'm trying to be a busy little elf and get all the last-minute preparations done for tomorrow.

So, here are the long-overdue pictures from my December Daily album.  We're taking a break on Craft Your Nest for Christmas and New Year's, so I'll share the finished album when we come back on January 7.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's, and I'm looking forward to Crafting together in 2013!


Monday, December 17, 2012

O Christmas Tree!

Happy Monday!  I was hoping to share the second week of my December Daily album today, but it is not yet finished.  The past few days have been busy (this month kicked into high gear!), and I'm behind.  I should have the photos up on Thursday though - and I'll be celebrating, because all my grades will be turned in!  (I think I enjoy Christmas break more than my college students.)

I do have something for you today, though.  My Memories has some really cute, printable 3-D trees in their store - and they're FREE!

The first set is called "Key Lime" and may be downloaded by clicking here:

The second set is "Merry and Bright" and may be downloaded by clicking here:

And the third set is called "Candied Peppermint" and may be downloaded by clicking here:

These kits are available until December 24, and you may download one, two, or all three of them.  Here is a full-color tutorial on how to make the trees - they're pretty easy, which is nice during this hectic time of the year!

I'm off to grab some hot coffee - it is wet and chilly here in south Georgia today.  And don't tell my family, but I'm procrastinating on some chores to spend quality time in my craft room!  :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Instructagram Photo Tag

Hello Nesters.  Can you believe it's Friday again..................already?  I could count the days remaining 'til Christmas, but I won't.  LOL

SO, have you all heard about INSTRUCTAGRAM?  It's kind of like Pinterest, but everything on there is a "tutorial" (they would probably call it "instructional").  Well, I put my first "Instructagram" on there today.  I created a tag with my grandson, Asher's, picture on it and as I was making it, I took pictures of each step.  My original idea was to put the tutorial on here today like I do so often.  Then I thought,"why not make my very first Instructagram"?  So that's what I did.  Here's my tag.

Here's a screenshot of what my "Instructagram" looks like:

There was an "embed code" but I think that must be for the sidebar, because I couldn't get it to work here in the body of my post.  Like I said, this was my very first time to do this.  Here's the link to my tag instructions on Instructagram:  http://instructagram.com/igrams/1356.

I also started a new board on Pinterest called "My Instructagrams" and pinned this to my Pinterest board.  It's so much fun, isn't it?  I just love all of these things and can only hope I don't become as addicted to Instructagram as I already am to Pinterest.

I hope you're all in the home stretch for your Christmas projects and preparations.  I know I am and it feels good!  I got the last of my cards addressed today.

Thanks for stopping by and hop on over to Instructagram and check out my Photo Tag Instructagram.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scrapbook a Favorite Saying or Mantra!

It's funny because I had just posted this layout
on my personal blog last Wednesday. The title is something I have been slowly learning as the years pass.
And then what do you know. On Saturday, my daughter became sick with a cough and fever. The same day as a big 40th birthday party I had planned for my husband. A party I had been planning for over two months!
Talk about testing my positive outlook on life!
But I had just created this page for Scrapbooking From the Inside Out kit club, so it was on my mind.
And I decided to call a good friend to talk about the situation. She immediately offered to babysit even though she was supposed to be a guest at the party. And this is pretty much how our friendship goes. We are continually going back and forth helping each other when things get rough.
And it just reaffirmed my belief, that things will always work out to some degree if I just stay calm and let it happen.

Is there a mantra or saying that you live by? Something that you could scrapbook as a reminder or a life lesson? Would love to hear your thoughts on this and see any pages you create whether here or on the Facebook group page :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

December Daily, Week One

Even with a somewhat impromptu trip to Tallahassee this weekend, I got the first week of my December Daily mini-album completed!  I am so proud of myself...now I just need to keep this up for the rest of the month.  :)

I've got lots of pictures to share this week, so this won't be a very wordy post.  I ended up creating two-page spreads for each day (except the first, because I made a "title page" of sorts).  It's been challenging creating with the random-sized papers, but it's a good thing for me to get out of my box.  I have to confess - I'm already thinking about changes I'd like to make for next year -which I think is a good thing.

Now, without further babbling, here is the first week of my December Daily album:

Since the page for Day 6 was a flash card, I had to get creative with the picture.  I ended up making a tab out of the picture, and just mirrored it on the back.

So that's week one for me.  Please share a link in the comments or on our Facebook group if you're also creating an album this month - I'd love to see what you're crafting!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lots of Christmas Ideas & Some Freebies

I just LOVE finding cute Christmas ideas and love it even MORE when they're free!!  I thought I'd share some new sites and blogs that I've come across lately.  I'm going to keep some of these ideas in my "To Do File".

This first blog is called Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess and believe me, there's SO much to see!  I clicked on "Christmas Stuff" and loved some of the ideas I saw - along with links to fabulous freebies to download!

I found a site called ALL FREE CHRISTMAS CRAFTS!  All I'm going to say about this site is that it's amazing!!  Again, this will go into my "To Do File.  The very first link on the left hand side is Advent Calendars.  I know it's probably too late for this year, but there's always next year.  LOL

I'm going to close with this post because you still have time to do this one.  It's the CUTEST free owl calendar that I've ever seen!  I absolutely love owls and even though this isn't a Christmas project, I want to share it with all of you Nesters.   It's on The Owl Barn blog and here's a little preview:

Can you resist that face?  LOL

I hope you've enjoyed my freebies today - you know I share my very best here at Craft Your Nest!!  We're still looking for Guest Bloggers, so if you're interested, just let us know here or over in our Facebook Group.  If you haven't already joined, we'd love to have you!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thanksgiving Challenge Winner!

Wanda, one of our Facebook Group members, created this great page for our Thanksgiving challenge.
I love the fall colors and product, plus that great row of photos across the page. Such a fun design and page!
Thanks for joining in, Wanda! And don't forget to email me so I can send out your prize :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Daily - The Blank Slate

I bought this album kit a couple years ago on etsy, with every intention of making a December Daily album back then.  Well, life got crazy, and the kit didn't even get opened.  With my recent purge of the scrapbook room, I've rediscovered the album kit and have made it a priority to complete the mini-scrapbook this year.

I wanted something a little eclectic for this album, so the kit I purchased has pages made from scrapbook paper, chipboard, cardboard, felt - you name it.  It's a little funky, but it makes me smile.  :)

I ordered the pages, attached number tags, and now it's waiting for me to add photos, journaling, and some embellishments.  Here are a few peeks of some of the pages in my blank album:

I've hand-picked a few Christmas embellishments to add as I go along:

My goal is to print out the week's pictures each Friday and work on the album over the weekend.  I'll share my progress each Monday with you.

Is anyone else making a daily album this year?  You can share in our Facebook group - I'd love to see what others are making this December!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry December!

With three children in the house, the entire month of December is one giant countdown to Christmas!  Today, I'm going to share two ways we measure the days in our home.

First is the drawer box that I fill with Hershey's Kisses.  I made this box 5 or 6 years ago (it's from Making Memories) and it's become a tradition in our house.  As soon as this was unpacked this year, my youngest asked - daily - when we would buy the candy to fill the boxes.  He's very specific about it the candy, too...each box contains one red, one green, and one silver Kiss.  :)

Last year, I made a mini-book countdown calendar for my boys that was inspired by the gals at eighteen25 (you can download the printable numbers through this blog post).  I used a Bazzill chipboard album from my stash (it had 12 pages exactly!). I printed out the numbers, cut them into squares, and then mounted them on some old Basic Grey Christmas papers.  The boys love turning the page each morning (though sometimes two of them will turn a page and we'll magically jump a day closer to Christmas!).

Do you have any Advent calendar traditions in your house?  We also have two Lego Advent calendars going in my house this year...we really like counting down to Christmas.  ;)

P.S.  Tomorrow, I'm going to share my (blank) December Daily album.  I had every intention of posting last week, but I had an unexpected medical issue that really threw a wrench in the works.  All is well now (it's amazing what a difference a few days makes sometimes) and I'm just about back to normal.  :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Some Layout Sneaks

Hello Nesters and Happy Friday to you!  I did something this week that I haven't done for a long time.  I created a 12" x 12" PAPER scrapbook page!  I've really been caught up in creating digital layouts for about a year and the rest of my scrappy time is taken up with cards and smaller things like tags, ATCs and Inchies.

We're having a December Sketch Challenge at one of the sites where I serve on the Design Team and I decided to make a paper layout for the reveal.  Of course, I can't show you the layout yet, because the sketch and the Design Team's projects won't be posted until December 10th.  I had so much fun creating this that I just had to show you some "sneaks" of my layout.

I love banners and I love Echo Park and there are almost always banners in Echo Park Collections.  These are two fairly small banners that I "swagged" up in one corner.

How adorable are all of these little owls?  That's one of the pieces of patterned paper ~ SO cute!!

Here's a tiny piece of a bigger banner that says "HOHOHO" and one of the cute little owl with the Santa hat embellishments.

How stinkin' cute is that little owl?

Don't you just love this big "Do Not Open" embellishment?  I just love this whole collection.  It's called Dear Santa and I love the turquoise colors mixed in with the reds and different shades of green.  There's even a lot of navy in there.

You'll have to come back on December 14th to see my entire layout.  Next week I'll be able to show you the Christmas card that I made for the same reveal.   Are you working on anything special right now or doing something that you haven't done for awhile (like I am with this paper layout?)  We'd love to see your latest creations or just hear your stories in our Facebook Group.  You can load your latest project in our FB Group for all of us to see.

Have you joined our Facebook Group yet?  If you haven't, we'd love to have you join.  There's always room at the Nest.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mix it up Titles!

Today I want to share an older layout, but one of my all time favorites!
I made this a few years ago. Photos were from Evan's last day of preschool right before he started Kindergarten. He couldn't wait to show me how he could finally climb this tree in the school yard without assistance. He was so proud of his accomplishment. Something he had been trying to do all year!
I had been holding on to the quote for awhile and knew it would be a perfect "title" for my page.
I decided to use a variety of letter stickers by American Crafts to make the title a little more fun.
And every time I look at this page, I smile :)

So I would like to challenge you to mix up your letter stickers and create a longer title. Whether it is a quote, song lyrics or one of your own creation. If you do, please link up here or on our Facebook group page. Would love to see it :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

You're a Star!

Happy Monday!  For our American Nesters, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Around my house, the day after Thanksgiving is the day we start prepping our home for Christmas.  Right now, it looks like one of Santa's workshops exploded in my living room!  :)

I'm working on several crafty projects as both Christmas gifts and decor items for our house, so I'll be sharing those throughout December.  Today, I'm going to share three new giveaways from the kind folks at My Memories.

Today's free kits allow you to create 3-dimensional stars (they are perfect for holiday decor - or even as ornaments if you scale them down!).

The first design is called "Christmas Together" and may be downloaded by clicking here.

The second is "Tis the Season" and may be downloaded by clicking here.

The third is titled "Winter Magic" and may be downloaded by clicking here.

I'm planning on downloading all three and crafting a few with my boys for their rooms.  Speaking of crafting, I'm (finally) committing to create a "December Daily" album!  I have wanted to make one for a few years, but have always put it off.  This year, I'm not making any excuses!  :)  (Be on the lookout for a post later this week with my empty little album, and I'll keep you filled it as the month progresses.)

Before I go, I want to share one more thing...My Memories v4 was just released!  And right now, My Memories has it on sale for 50% off with promo code "CyberV4full".  This is a limited time offer, so if you've been thinking of purchasing the software, now is the perfect time to do it!

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Tropical Christmas Card

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and that you're not in too much of a "food coma".

Last week, I promised you that I was going to turn my Aloha Santa layout (from MyMemories) into a Christmas card.  Here's my Aloha Santa card.

Here's a side view of my card.

Whenever I turn a 12" x 12" layout into a card, I always take a side view to show that is really IS a card.  LOL  So, how did I go from this:

To this?:

That's another beauty of digital ~ you can make it almost any size you want to.  First, you have to print out your image.  I used Picasa, but you can use whatever program you want to use.  I've included a little tutorial below.

When you click on "print", your image will need to be resized to make it square.  Here's what it will look like:

All you have to do to make it square is click on "shrink to fit".  Here's what the first image will look like ~ it will be shown on a "full sheet".

You want your card to measure about 6" x 6", so click on 5x7 print size:

See how much smaller the print is?  I usually print two "cards" out on a sheet of cardstock, so I clicked on "copies per photo":

You're all set to print your "cards" out now.  I use white cardstock when I'm printing out a card.

All you have to do now is cut your images out and attach to your card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and we'd love to have you join us in our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group, if you haven't already.

We're looking for guest bloggers so if you're interested, leave us a comment here or in our FB Group.

~ Cheryl ~
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