The only thing that is keeping me from going completely crazy is 1} watching funny or romantic tv/movies and 2} working on my computer. So I go back and forth between the two. When I get sick of one…I do the other. So I did a couple of layouts that I’ll share. And now I’m sick of the computer so I think I’ll go watch something…and maybe try to get some sleep since I didn’t get any last night.
I just love watching the Olympics. There have just been so many great competitions and stories. I’ve loved watching the competitions with my girls. It brings back memories of being a kid. I love sharing memories with my girls. I love hearing the American national anthem almost every night! ;D Even tho it makes me tired I love staying up late watching it with Corey. When they have stories of Olympics past we remember lots of them and we are starting to feel old! ;D
The Olympian stories are not the only thing I find inspiring. I absolutely love the logo for the Olympics this year! Whoever worked on it is a visual genius in my opinion.
I love seeing this logo in its various forms at the different competition venues. I felt so inspired I had to do a little creating. I couldn’t help myself!
You can find these new paper packs in my store.
Happy New Year!
Here’s how we are celebrating.
Ava laying on the ground playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii with the controllers over her head. When I asked her about it she was like, “Well yeah of course I play like this. It makes it so much more interesting!” Yep. SO Ava!
Laney playing Lego Rock Band. She was dancing around while playing the guitar. It actually helped her play better. Go figure. ;D
Are you going to do Project 365? I think it is being also being called Project 52, Project Life, Design 365, etc. I haven’t completely decided what I want to do yet. However. If you are planning on doing this “project” this year I will have a line of products designed specifically for it. I’m calling them Capture 365. I’d rather not call it a project. It sounds too much like something more to do in my life! ;D My first installment is a calendar template. You can find it in my store.
I also have signed up on Facebook for my business Jen Maddocks Designs. Come on over and become my fan! I’d love to hear from you!
Think. Think. Think.
Winding down. Finishing up. Making resolutions. Thinking ahead. Yep. It’s that time of year. Again. Ali is posting her word for the year. Some are wondering if they should strike out and do project 365 again. Or for the first time. Yeah. I’m thinking about all these things too.
So for me I’ve decided that a new blog header might be nice. Two. A new Jen Maddocks Designs logo was in the works so that needed to be revealed. It is in my sidebar. You will see it below and on my new paper packs now. Three. I need to go through my blog and see what links and other things I need to keep/remove/add. Working on that. What about you? What sort of “resolutions” or things are you working on?
I have a couple of new items for the store and I have a Freebie for you. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for making this a fantastic break out year for me in the digital design world. I cannot wait to see what 2010 holds! ;D
Yes. I am still sick. In case you were wondering. Being sick during the holidays really…bites. I could use other words. But I won’t. So. Moving on. While I’ve been sick I’ve been doing a whole lot of…nothing. The house is becoming a mess. I don’t want to get up off the couch not so much cause I’m sick but because I don’t want to look at the mess. Eating has consisted of take out. Because I’m too sick to grocery shop. Oh, and Corey is sick too…did I mention that? On that note Corey and I found a great new Chinese restaurant that we have added to our faves. At some point I’ve got to go to the store to get something for Christmas dinner. Or we are probably going to eat pizza. If I’m still sick. Yes I’m that sick.
No matter how sick I get I can’t seem to stay away from the computer. It can lay with me on the couch pretty well. I can’t stand to do nothing as many of you know. Since my mind often races…but my body won’t let me do anything…I’ve been doing a little design work. I got my December Daily day 18 layout done. The background paper is from the new paper pack that I designed.
paper, date stamp, word art JMDesigns
mask Anna Aspnes
overlay Joanne Brisebois
May I present my new paper pack called Frosty.
I hope you are well and all prepared for Christmas! ;D
I have a new weekly freebie in my sidebar. Just in time for your December daily projects. I used one of them in this photo as well as my number set from the December Dayz Element pack.
Are you going to do the December daily this year? Have you done it in the past? This will be my second year doing it. First year doing it digital. So looking forward to documenting December!
And YES I have my first layout done for my December daily album. Having templates helps!!!! ;D
Been busy. Doing this and that. Mostly kid stuff. Practices and games and festivities at school. The kids are now on Thanksgiving Break. And we are relaxing. But there was so much going on leading up to it! Phew!
Corey and I saw New Moon. It rocked! Then I saw it again last night with my friend Jill. Even better the second time! ;D
After 35 years I finally did this…
Ava had a “mini play” in her class the other day. They were focusing on Pilgrims and Columbus and things of that nature. She was Samoset in her play.
Grandparents day was yesterday at school. Every class performed something. Here’s Laney.
Where are you headed for Thanksgiving?
Wherever you end up I’m sure you are thinking what kind of photos am I going to take and what kind of layout am I going to do? Take lots of photos I always say. The delete key is your friend! ;D You can never take too many photos and you can never get back the moments and retake the photos but you can always hit delete if you have take too many…GUILTY! ;D
So what should you take photos of??? EVERYTHING!!!!
Your plate of food.
The turkey in the oven.
YOURSELF!!!!! Get someone to get at least one photo of you!
People lounging around.
Playing the Wii! ;D
Decorating for Christmas…if you start to do that now.
Things that don’t seem so important. They will later!
People praying or giving thanks.
Then when you get done with your projects there are some great ideas for Thanksgiving layouts here. I know they aren’t digi. But you can use the ideas to inspire. I do! ;D
Lastly I’ve been working hard on some Christmas digi stuff. I want to do a December Daily album but this year I really want to do it digitally. So I’ve designed a kit for just that. I cannot wait to share it with you! It is all done I just have to put it in my shop! More to come…;D
…about Corey is how he always tells the girls he loves them. This is important because I don’t think I ever heard it verbally from my dad and I don’t think I’ve ever heard Corey’s dad say it to him either. It is interesting to me that he seems to have no problem saying it. As a girl/woman I know how important this kind of thing is to hear from your dad. Knowing my girls are hearing it from their Dad makes my heart happy. That was one of the many sounds I heard this morning as everyone was getting ready. Corey yelling, “I love you!” as Laney raced out the door for car pool. Ava was already outside as it was 10° (yes. brrr.) and wanted to prove some point of waiting out in the cold. ;D
Last night I was feeling creative. I had some paper I had just gotten from Gina Miller that I knew would go perfectly with what Laney was wearing yesterday sledding. So I made a layout. ;D Here she be!
Layout credits here.
Laney lost another tooth last night. Well. She didn’t quite lose it as I pulled it out for her. It was ready to come out and it was annoying her but she couldn’t quite get it. And she was scared. Ava helped her pull the last one. But she was nervous to have her do it again. So she tried for half the night and I finally asked her if she wanted me to help her. She agreed. I pulled. She cried. It came out. In the end she was happy. But she “never wants me to pull another tooth again!”
So Laney put her tooth under her pillow and waited for the Tooth Fairy. And the Tooth Fairy in this house is a bad Tooth Fairy and sometimes forgets. Sigh. I woke up this morning and thought of it right away. I didn’t hear the kids up so I thought I was ok. I slipped into Laney’s room and she looked like she was still asleep and so I found the tooth and exchanged it for a dollar. She woke up just after the exchange. So I thought I was safe. She told me the Tooth Fairy forgot to give her money and I asked her to double check. She did and was happy to see the dollar. I thought I had gotten away with it but when it all came out she revealed to me she had been awake earlier and downstairs. She had also been “faking it” when I thought she was sleeping and said she felt her pillow moving when I was taking her tooth. Another sigh.
“Mom. Are you the Tooth Fairy?”
“I’m sorry Laney. But yes I am. Are you okay?”
“Yes. But what about all my other teeth? And Ava’s teeth? What happened to those?”
“I took them.”
“Where did you put them?”
“It doesn’t matter. In a special place.”
Ava emerged and we told her. I asked her if she was okay. “Yes, I’m fine. And I don’t believe in Santa either. Because he’s Lauren’s grandpa!” Apparently a friend of hers at school has a grandpa that looks just like Santa.
“Well. Since we are talking about this do you want to know the truth about Santa?”
“Santa’s not real either???” Laney exclaimed.
“No. Not in the way you think. There was a person who existed called St. Nicholas who passed out gifts to children. But there is no Santa.”
This conversation continued on for awhile. I could tell Ava was totally fine. I knew she would be. I could tell Laney was completely devastated. I knew this was going to happen as well. Insert another sigh here. So. In order to help out the situation, because at this point Laney was pouting…something she is very good at…I reminded her the REAL reason we celebrate Christmas (and Easter). She immediately said, “JESUS!” I told her she was right. I told her that even tho things like Santa are fun and we could still pretend and have fun, that Santa was actually a distraction from the real reason of Christmas. After I explained it, she was okay. Needless to say I had no intention of this happening this morning. In a way I was very sad and also glad. What do you do in your family with Santa and the Tooth Fairy? Do your kids still believe?
Last night it started snowing. I was looking at the snow and loving it but I really needed to go to bed. Corey suggested I go out and take some photos. It was midnight. And cold. I didn’t want to go out. But I did. I was freezing. And LOVING IT! Do you ever feel that way about something?
Here are a couple of layouts I did with this kit.
And last but not least…if you have stuck with reading this entire post…I made it on to the next round of the My Scrapbook Art Ultimate Artist contest with this layout. Total surprise…and looking forward to the next challenge which is being revealed tomorrow!