Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Diwali | Celebrating the season of lights

Diwali is one of my favorite holidays of the year. The weather is usually wonderful.  The unbearably hot days of summer have finally started to fade, replaced by the beautifully temperate days of autumn. The leaves don't change colors here but it is finally cool enough for my rose bushes to explode into full bloom. 

The actual day of Diwali is on Thursday this year. We celebrated last weekend at the local temple.  They have a very fun carnival atmosphere with food stalls, fire crackers, kids games like balloon darts, and archery.  Our kids were begging for cotton candy but we got them little bags of popcorn.  So funny how this little treat (which they get by the bag full at home) is so fun for them.  The night was capped off with fireworks and dancing.  We danced around the parking lot instead so we could make a quick getaway. 

What do I really love? Getting everyone dressed up and taking pictures with the big camera.

Holding hands.

Those little toes.

Timer shots.


He wanted those tickets really badly.

She is definitely the calm one.  It is her first year to even hold a fire cracker.


He was pretty much fearless as always. I love just watching him have fun. 




Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!!

You can find my previous Diwali decorating posts and ideas here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JBS | Vintage Halloween, littlest pumpkin


I love this collection so much. Not only is it all about one of my favorite times of year but it helps me scrap all the Halloween photos that keep piling up!

I pieced together several fun papers here along with the vintage labels and journaling cards. They are great resized for project life too.

I used my vintage printers block alphas on a regular old shipping tag. After stamping it I went for a dip dyed look with a few swipes of watercolor. I stitched some wavy lines across the different phases of the moon. I just stitched borders on the other pieces I used. I love putting layouts like this together. I can make a collage of different elements digitally, print it in one sheet. After it is printed I cut them apart and glue it back together. It just adds that dimension and texture.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Disney Bound!


A few months ago we started planning a trip to Disney World for our family.  Lakshman still hadn't been yet (outside of my tummy at least) and friends of ours were going as well.  Plus, I just love that place.  The magic is palpable. Plus, I love how it changes each year as our children get older and appreciate different things.  Each trip is a new opportunity to savor time and hit the pause button for a little while. 

One thing we have heard about a lot is the Disney trip surprise.  I have always wanted to try it so we thought we would give it a shot this year.  Luckily our kids are young enough that they are pretty oblivious to the conversations we have and don't have very good short term memory anyway. 

We left midweek but due to a last minute illness we were not able to pack until the morning of our trip.  We let the kids watch TV while we ran around and gathered up princess dresses and dragon costumes from various corners of the house.  Finally, I dressed them up in Minnie and Mickey garb and turned on the video camera.  At this point they still had no idea.  Ha!

video


How cute is this montage from my google+ page?  I honestly have to say I am loving the app on my phone and what it does with my pictures. 


So glad we captured it on video, even if they are pretty stunned at first.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And, Now We Are Six

He came running down the stairs and into my room yesterday, bursting to tell me the news.  "Mommy you know what day it is? My last day of being five! And, you know what you're gonna do tomorrow, bring me breakfast in bed."  The suggestion more of a demand than a question really.  I guess I am I thought. 

We already celebrated with a surprise trip to Disney World.  His party is a few weeks away.  Today we just celebrated as a family.  Dinner and mini golf. Two of his favorite things.  We listened to Harry Potter on the way home, his current favorite book series. 

Like everything these days his birthday has arrived out of nowhere.  Six just feels so big.  He missed the cut off for kindergarten last year by a few weeks so I don't have to worry about him being in the big school just yet.  First grade is a whole year away.  Still, six is undeniably big.

I told him I can't remember a time without him.  "Me either" he replied in earnest.  Ha.

He has an undeniable confidence about him.  I never remember him not having that.  There is nothing he shies away from.  Except maybe dogs, after an attack at the age of two still ingrained in his memory.  He loves his family and God fiercely.  He is a good friend and empathetic.  He has so much joy inside his heart that it spreads to all of us.  He is smart and makes us proud. 

And, now he is six

minutes,

 days,
 
weeks,  

months,  

and, now, years.
 
 
But now I am six. And I'm clever as clever. And now I think I'll stay six now forever and ever.
-A.A. Milne




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Project Life | Be Yourself.



This Week| A visit from Nani is always fun.  We went to bubblepalooza downtown.  Which really should be called like bubble afternoon. It's just not at palooza levels yet. The bubbles need to be at least three times this size for them to call it that.  Also, brunch pictures at a place I half love just because of the lighting in there.  The pancakes don't hurt either.  My chalk drawing with Avinash and a story about his helping spirit. Love that.

 First Side| This spread and the next one have a lot of pastels, which works for summer.  The sun is so bright here everything looks that way anyway. I stapled a horizontal card to a bigger card to write a bit.  I love the look of those cards but it can be a lot for me to commit to a full page with a different orientation. 




Second Side| More pastel, this time with watercolor.  My photos are edited with the VSCO cam app.  Very bright. Silver sticker is on the outside of the plastic.  I love the look of this technique but I only do it when I'm pretty sure the embellishment won't fall off.  Stickers like this and foam thickers are a good bet usually. 


This Week| Visits to the wildflower, which are almost weekly in the summer.  Lessons from camp, after a fieldtrip to the planetarium.  Nandini's new ballet class. And a birthday party for Daisy Duck.  All the important stuff.


First Side| I played around with this side alot.  Especially the 4x6 slots.  Unless I use a full photo I usually feel stumped.  I tried stamping the animals in different colors but ended liking the grey with smudged neocolors on top a lot better.  The pictures of Lakshman and my mom looked just unfinished so I doodled some black frames around everything.  It helped a bit. My favorite picture is the "steeltown girl on a Saturday night" one anyway.  Oh, Flashdance.




Second Side| This side is a little better.  I liked tilting two smaller photos of Avinash on one card.  I offset the photos with washi and a journaling card scrap from before.  Underling the journaling on it also seemed to help.  The other 4x6 card again looks unfinished.  The photo is just randomly floating in the middle of the card and I'm not sure what to do about it. Blah.  I do love the block of color and pattern from the 3x4 slots.

Window pocket| Matching chipboard shapes.  Here I took two diamonds and adhered them to the outside of the pocket front and back.  With a simple shape like this you could also cut paper to the same shape and back it with that if you don't have a chipboard double.

Card Idea| Stack up thickers for a fun longer title all on one card. 

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project Life | Be Free



This Week| In this spread I included Father's Day brunch, new ballet class for Nandini, the Austin Splash Mob and bits around our garden & home.  I have way lost track of continuity this summer.


 

First Side| I really really liked the way this week turned out.  Maybe why I'm sharing it on it's own instead of with a buddy.
The black and white card next to the blue really appeals to me.  It is available here and is one of my own designs :)  The rest of the spread has a lot of lighter blue and green.


Second Side| This transitions to pink and cream with a bit of yellow in between.  It's a rainbow spread and I just love it. I slipped a wood veneer flag under a journaling circle as a sort of prize ribbon simplified. Word art on the photos is from the A Beautiful Mess app again.

Window pocket| I added a wood veneer card I've been hoarding for years I think. The little circle outline cut out totally counts.

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Project Life | Black & White and making it work.



This Week| Moving in, getting settled.  Taking time to play and avoiding unpacking.

First Side| Lots of great black and white cards here.  Not a lot of faces in the pictures here, but they still tell the story.  The word art on the photo is from the A Beautiful Mess app.  I used a diamond transparency as my window pocket.  The tag was run through my die cutting machine to the get the 'hello' on there.

Second Side| I wasn't that happy with this side.  I think all the browns didn't match well with the black and white.  I normally love woodgrain, but the woodgrain post card just didn't look right. The watercolor hearts show through from the other side. I added a lightbulb transparency on top for fun.  The lightbulb moment of Lakshman's first laugh maybe?


This Week| Baby checkups. Avinash playing basketball.  This happened every week for a while because he was in two leagues, but I really don't have to document it every time. Also, science experiments at the museum and reading Noisy Nora with Gudiya. Oh, and a bear eating my nose. Important stuff.



First Side| More black and white.  The peonies photo has a lot of white space which is nice too.  I have a bunch of random die cuts lying around and the Love This circle (from Ali Edwards' files) was a perfect fit here.




Second Side| I sort of love how this page is wildly colorful.  Somehow, what wasn't working the previous week suddenly does.  I still have one page of black and white but they somehow mesh better together.  When in doubt trust in white space, here on journaling cards and an extra large border around the photo of Lucky and me. Those colored doilies are just my favorite.  They are from the SC kits and different from regular doilies.  Blue green is always a fun combination.  And, when right on top of red and pink it reminds me of a rainbow.  With yellow coming from the pie chart card, a card I designed myself and for sale in my Etsy shop here. One red asterisk from my SC kit letters is the perfect window page.

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

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