A Closer Look | My Incomplete December Daily Albums

It's beginning to look feel a lot like Christmas!! Don't tell my hubby I'm singing that song. He has a very strict "no Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule. Or my Dad for that matter, who started thinking about Christmas before Halloween was even over!

I've been soooo excited seeing everyone's' December Daily albums + posts + prep work + talking about what products they are using/will be using. I get this insane excitement for December Daily every year, but do you want to know how many December Daily albums I have completed? Go on, guess! (I'll give you a hint, you can count them on one hand, if your hand zero fingers!).

Yep, so I suck at completing projects. It's no secret! But this year, I am absolutely determined to go back and finish some of my incomplete December Daily albums. ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED. To show you what a fail I can be, I just recorded a video that's on my channel now, showing a flip-through of three (yes three) of my incomplete December Daily albums.

These albums are 2011, 2012, and 2013. I haven't even started December Daily 2014, 2015, 2016 or this year's. Yep, I'm THAT much of a fail. But this year, I'm DETERMINED to complete some of them (and in fact, am already done with 2012, thank you very much!).

People always say "it's never too late," and I am a firm believer in that. So this year, I am working to complete as many December Dailies as possible. Follow along with my journey on my Instagram account + the December Daily Facebook group + my You Tube Channel. I'll be sharing a flip-through soon of my completed 2012 December Daily album (Wahoooo!).


P.S.: Are you working to complete any December Daily albums?  How have you done in your attempts? Leave me some notes + love in the comments so I feel better about my crappy progress! haha.

A Closer Look | My First The Wild Hare Kit!!! (with video)

I don't know about you, but I've already soooo gotten the Christmas holiday bite (for at least a month now, haha). Seeing all the videos + posts about December Daily and scrapbook holiday kits coming out just gets me all giddy!!! (Although according to my husband's timeline, there is no official celebrating until after Thanksgiving).

I've had several attempts at December Daily, but so far have none completed. Last year, we were going through a fertility procedure around the Christmas holiday, so I didn't even bother doing anything extra.

So, in thinking about what I might want to do this year to document the holidays, my immediate thought was to go back and finish. Finish past albums that are still incomplete, record last year's memories that I did nothing with, and other precious memories that didn't get documented. Then think about how I might document my Christmas memories this year (maybe in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner).

Anywho, so I knew I wasn't going to order a December Daily kit because I don't want to be working on a whole album this year. I want to focus on catching up. So, I decided to order my very first The Wild Hare kit!

If you haven't heard of The Wild Hare kits, you definitely need to check them out. Like now!!! I first heard about their kits on the Tracie Claiborne podcast, and I also saw a kit that a friend on Instagram ordered.

To say I'm totally in love with this concept doesn't even begin to describe it. I have always struggled with getting kits once a month and quickly fall behind. On top of that, sometimes the product I receive in the kits is just something I probably won't use or isn't my style (with the exception of the Story kits, of course).

So I loved loved loved the idea of a kit being designed specifically with my tastes, my style, my loves! And ordering whenever you want.  That's right. Whenever! Since I also desperately needed to replenish my Christmas/holiday stash, I thought I would try a holiday-themed kit for my first kit!

I recorded a video of the kit I received. Check it out for a closer look at everything that was included in my kit, and more details about my first The Wild Hare Kit.

Below is a list of all of the products I received in my deluxe kit.  I am overall very happy with the kit and what I received, and I hope you will check out The Wild Hare kits and maybe order one for yourself!

  • 3 12x12 papers from American Crafts (Sweater Weather collection)
  • 1 12x12 paper from Echo Park ('twas the night before Christmas collection)
  • 2 12x12 papers from Bella Blvd. (Santa Stops Here collection)
  • 1 12x12 gold foil paper from Shimelle (American Crafts-Glitter Girl collection)
  •  6 6x6 papers from Pinkfresh Studio (December Days collection)
  • Foiled woodgrain stickers from Pinkfresh Studio (December Days collection)
  • Chipboard alphabets from Bella Blvd (Amorie Alpha)
  • Cork Trees
  • Glitter clothespins from American Crafts (Whittles)
  • Ephemera cardstock pieces from Echo Park (A Perfect Christmas collection)
  • Pinkfresh Studio Everyday Labels stamps

PS: I must say that I was in no way compensated or reimbursed for my opinion. This is just me, ordering a kit with a concept I really like, wanting to try it out!

PPS: I will be sharing more Christmas/holiday posts soon so stay tuned for some inspiration and ideas!

As always, thanks for reading + watching + commenting!

A Closer Look | SC Gypsy Moon Documentor Kit (with coupon code!!)

HELLO! I know it's been a little bit since I've been on here and I'm excited to return and share something fun with you! Recently, I purchased my first ever iPhone (ahem, have no idea what the heck I'm doing!) A big reason for wanting an iPhone was so I could create scrapbooking and memorykeeping-related videos a little easier.

So I'm excited to share with you that I just uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel! I recently had the opportunity to work with the Studio Calico Gypsy Moon Documentor kit, so I thought I would record a quick video with a closer look at the kit.  I looooveee it sooo much (even though there is lots of purple in it!).  I invite you to check out my video for a closer look at it.

I'm still working on what memories I will be documenting with the kit. I (of course) wanted to go with traditional fall memories, but I really want to go outside of the box and document some other fun memories too.  I"ll definitely share a video with what I end up creating.

COUPON CODE:  I'm also excited that Studio Calico gave me an opportunity to share a coupon code with my readers and followers!  If you sign up for a new 6-month or 12-month subscription using the code shareSC5, it will only be $5 to start.  How freaking awesome is that?!!!  (Please note the deets: Promo cannot be combined with other offers, and must be entered at checkout. Offer valid on the first month of a new subscription). 

I hope you enjoyed my video!  There definitely will be more to come!


So far for Week in the Life (WITL), I am:
1) take photos: CHECK!
2) document words and stories: CHECK!
3) upload photos: CHECK!
4) blog about words + photos for the entire week: CHECK!
5) order products to help document WITL: CHECK!

The Week in the Life project is such a long, multi-task project, and so far I haven't finished one completely.  (I attempted only in 2014 and it was an epic fail and I haven't tried since).  But I think about what Ali said about finishing: it pays off the most when you are done and have all the Week in the Life documentations to look back on.

That is what I am really aiming for!  To finish this and be able to look back on this next year when I attempt WITL again...and in a few years when I have a collection of WITLs.  And I can see what has changed and what hasn't.

Today I am sharing the products I ordered to use to help me document WITL 2017.  I was very selective about what I ordered because one of my goals this year is to use lots of my stash.  I have lots of past Story kits that are perfect for everyday documenting.

1) Storytelling Stamp set.  I looked at a few different stamps from Ali Edwards and loved this one the most (hubby too!) because it had lots of different phrases + Mon-Fri stamps + would be the most versatile in re-using.  (This was originally from the Storytelling workshop and is now available for individual sale).

2) Acrylic paint.  I bought more paint because I have a handful of silk screens that I love but need more paints to use them with.  (Thanks Dad for getting them for me as my Secret Santa for Christmas!!)  The Pendleton + Black Butte + St. Helens came in a group you could purchase together (found in the Christmas products).  The Cascade was then purchased separately.  I can't wait to use these!!!

3) Color Theory Album - 9x12 Clean Slate.  After looking around for lots of album options, I decided to give the Sttudio Calico (SC) 9x12 album a try.  I've never purchased SC albums before + have never scrapbooked 9x12 before, so I'm excited for the challenge + to give their albums a try.  (I ended up with two, so I might use one to finally document our concerts + memorabilia!)

So that's all I ordered. I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but I definitely want to make a dent in the stash that I have.

My next steps are to start ordering some of my photos!  I think I'm going to order from Persnickety Prints versus the 1-hour Target photos I usually order, because I would like these to be a little better quality and I'll have more size options.


PS:  I've been sharing lots of videos and photos on my Instagram stories if you wanna check it out!  I shared details on all of the products above and even showed some of the silk screens I have.  (You can find me by clicking the icon above (if you're on a computer) or search my name @kelsterjean).  See ya there!
HIYA HIYA!!!  Happy weekend (and happy 3-day weekend to my readers in the states!)  It's a bummer that my hubby has to work this weekend, but it gives me llllotttsss of time to catch up on my To Dos...if I can just stay focused!  Anywho, just wanted to wish you guys a happy weekend.  I'm sharing this post and another post manana too!

Last weekend, I spent some time with my cousin Lexi so I could help her create some scrapbook pages!  I felt so honored and special that she wanted to use me as inspiration to help her create.  It's soooo crazy that at one point I was a beginner myself and now I am helping others document their memories!

Here's a peek at our super messy creating table!  (I took this with my wide angle lens standing on a chair...love that lens so much!)  I really enjoy using stuff from my stash and sharing it with friends.  I still feel like I have waaaayyyy too much stuff to ever use on my own.

In this photo and the photo above (bottom left corner) you can see sneeks of the pages Lexi created!  She finished two pockets AND one traditional layout by the time she left.  HAZZAAHHH!!!  I also sent her home with some goodies (page protectors, fun products to use, etc.) and she had some extras that she purchased when we went shopping while she was here.

She really ended up loving the pocket pages too, which made me sooo happy since they are my ultimate FAV and I think they're great for a beginning scrapbooking.

While she created her layout, I decided to have a little fun and create my own layout.  I can't even remember the last time I did a traditional 12x12 layout (it's probably been about a year at least!).  I used a layout from one of my FAV scrappers, Dear Lizzy, as inspiration.

Isn't it great when you use up your stash, especially old things you've had for a while?  The patterns (paper) are the only new things on my layout.  (Love that paper from Hobby Lobby that Lexi and I purchased...so many fun patterns!)  All of the embellishments are older (mostly Freckled Fawn and Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, I believe) except for the flower pattern on the bottom, which was fussy-cut from the same paper pad.

The photos are leftovers from the last time I participated in Week in the Life (2014) and I thought I would never use them, so pretty exciting that I didn't just toss them!

Thanks for stopping by!


PS: I've been considering sharing some posts on beginning scrapbooking lately, so maybe I'll do that and share some of my own tips and experiences!

Week in the Life | Friday + Saturday + Sunday's photos and words.

I took the last week or two off from blogging because I was feeling sick and crappy thanks to an antibiotic I was on (my stomach is super sensitive so anytime I add anything new into the  mix, it goes chaotic).

I recently shared two Week in the Life posts.  You can check them out here: 
Today I'm sharing Friday + Saturday + Sunday's photos and words.  (This post is kinda long due to combining three days together).  (Also, a reminder that my photos don't always match my words because I wrote more versus taking more photos).

Friday, April 21st
For Friday's words, I used some of Ali's advice to inspire my journaling: document little details, tell me more.  Include the "why" of things.  Tell stories.

Hubby and I have separate alarms.  Mine sounds like what a princess would wake up to; his is a standard cell phone alarm.  I'm not sure why we use separate alarms when we get up together.

(I used to believe my days were all the same, but when I started paying more attention to details, I realized this was not the case at all.  They're generally the same but also definitely different).

This morning, I decide to forgo yoga for some light chores instead (not by choice...I hate folding laundry but there's a heaping pile staring me down).  While I make the bed, Cocoa rolls around on the floor like a feisty dog.  This is how an old dog with bad arthritis plays.

Today we get to wear jeans if we donated to charity.  I'm excited because jeans at my office is a rarity.  Jeans (and a screen tee) are my comfy clothes of choice, but lately I've been very self-conscious in them (due to what I believe is leftover bloating from our last IVF procedure).  (Also, the above photos reminds me of Alice in Wonderland because of how tiny my feet are-thanks to the wide angle lens).

So excited that as a result of donating to Soaring Eagle, we get to wear jeans AND we got these awesome re-usable bags.  I love donating to this charity because it hits so close to home and I really know my money helps make a difference.  (Thanks to my friend Terri for taking this photo of me!)

Our fav Chinese place for dinner because it's Friday + we eat out on Fridays to celebrate making it through another week.  We are regulars here and see the same ladies.  There's one in particular that's my FAV, and I hug her when I see her.  I finally ask her name after many many times here.  It's Michelle.  Ah, to know someone's name!

Stopped at Marshall's to walk off our dinner + pick up a new yoga mat for Cocoa (since I destroyed the other one cleaning it with dish soap...)  I almost bought that black coffee mug.  I end up in a complete bent-over-laughing fit after hearing a kid scream like a cat being scared.  (I'm even smiling now as I write this!)  Why screaming kids makes us laugh so hard I have no idea.

Saturday, April 22nd
For Saturday's words, I used actions to document my day.

  • Feeling blah as a wake up this morning at 6:30 a.m...so much for sleeping in.
  • Watching hubby play his video game (Cast and Conquer) and get in his "dailies."  I love that he does this regularly and enjoys it thoroughly.
  • Went back to sleep for a bit and feel grateful that it actually helped a bit.
  • Seeing Cocoa on her new yoga mat makes me so happy!  Sometimes she doesn't like change, even subtle changes.
  • Reading Mom's happy text messages about seeing Bishop Briggs next Sunday.  YAH for pulling the trigger!
  • Making the bed because I enjoy it so much these days.
  • Eating for breakfast: his-leftover pizza, her-leftover egg and potato skillet.
  • Braiding my hair, or attempting anyways.  I need more practice.
  • Hubby driving because I'm still not feeling well and he loves to drive our new car every chance he can get.
  • Listening to screaming melodies (Beartooth).
  • Shopping for a bunch of random things, including vacuum filters.
  • Browsing frames and then looking into custom frames and realizing we have no idea what the heck we're doing.  (We managed to finally collect a photo of each of our grandparents on both sides that we want to hang up together).
  • Eating: his-wreck salad, her-meatball sub.  Both starving.
  • Trying really hard to be patient and not give attitude as we wander around looking at (what feels like) everything in the store.
  • Mall-ratting it.  (Hey, that can be a word!)  We finally have a day to ourselves to buy tapers for my ears.
  • Trying on lots and lots of clothes because when you go to The Buckle, they wait on you and make you try on lots of clothes.  Nothing for hubby which makes me sad, but I find a beautiful pink top and wonderful black pants.
  • Listening to one of our finds at FYE, Sempiternal by BMTH.
  • Grilling for the first time this year.  (Last year, some sort of animal lived in our grill through the winter.  Not this year!)  The pork chops hubby made were amazing with a sauce we got from our Mantry box.
  • Editing and uploading photos in anticipation of our craft date tomorrow.
  • Drinking tea because I'm freezing cold (I've had a chill on and off the last two days).  I'm in love with my new tea dispenser!  (from Teavana, along with tonight's tea, Caramel Almond Amaretti).
Sunday, April 23rd
For Sunday's words, I thought it was fitting to use the prompt "grateful for" to end this documenting process.

  • Grateful for both of us being able to sleep in late and hubby getting to sleep in extra late!
  • Grateful for showing up on my mat and doing yoga, even though I don't feel like it.
  • Grateful for longer hair to wear "messy buns" even if it is a strategic messy bun. 
  • Grateful for being a proud army sister and for my hubby's willingness to take photos of me and for me.
  • Grateful for remembering to laugh.
  • Grateful for Target one-hour photo and clothes I can feel comfortable in and remembering my green bag I got earlier in the week.
  •  Grateful for sunshine and outdoor sounds and Cocoa sitting in the grass.
  • Grateful for The Very Best of Johnny Cash CD now playing (found at FYE yesterday).
  • Grateful for having friends that want to come to crafting dates.
  • Grateful for time to work on my OLW and Memory Planner albums.  YAH creative time!!!
  • Grateful that hubby loves our new camera and is willing to pick it up and take photos for me.
  • Grateful for the AMAZING buffalo chicken dip that my friend Jenna brought.
  • Grateful for the relationship that my hubby has with my family.  It means so much to me that they get along and actually care for each other!
So there it is, in a nutshell! Wwww0000000ttttt!  I'm super proud of myself for taking the time to get this far.  Taking the photos + writing down the words + now blogging the words + photos.  My next WITL post will be related to the products and plan I'll use to get all of this into an album.
Thanks for taking the time to look at/read/stop by and see little glimpses of my real life!

return of the pears.

"Guess how much we love you?  Just a hare above the rest."
xoxo Tia Kelly and Wujek Alex

Our new niece Julia was christened last Sunday in a small family ceremony.  She looked so beautiful in her little white dress (that was made from her Grandma's wedding dress.  So sweet!)  We celebrated with a small lunch afterwards at my sister-in-law's family's house.

Alex and I were undecided on what to gift to her, so we decided to go with the book "Guess how much I love you?" which we have gifted to friends in the past.  The characters are bunnies (so naturally, it's our FAV) and it's really really sweet.  I hope to read this to our future children one day.  I also found a prayer card with her name on it at the local religious shop.

In the front cover of the book, we wrote the little message above (Tia is "aunt" in Spanish and Wujek is "uncle" in Polish.  Gotta include all the cultures in there!).

My craft stash doesn't contain any religious-based products, and since it was National Scrapbook Day (NSD) last weekend when I was creating these cards, I decided to play along with a challenge from Gossamer Blue and use three different stamps on a project.  (Such fun hanging out in their Facebook group and playing along with challenges and chatting with other crafters!)

I used to really love these pear stamps and use them all the time when I purchased them a bunch of years ago to make a wedding album.  (It's funny how we forget about products we own when new things come out, isn't it?)  They're so versatile and obviously look good in lots of different colors!  Definitely need to use them more!


PS: If you have any questions regarding any of the products used, please leave them in the comments and I will give you the info if I know it.  Thanks!!