November 25, 2009

I Went, I Survived... I Created!

So... most of last week was devoted to working at my local scrapbook store's "scrapbook camp".  As always, it was a blast and as always, it was exhausting.  I get very stressed leading up to this retreat, just because there's always so much to do to prepare for it... not to mention just general life, my day job, my family and being in the midst of the holiday season.  Every time, I take everything including the kitchen sink and every time, I get sorely disappointed about how little I get done.  This time, while I still was packed to the gills, I did purposefully leave things home and I set a very small set of goals:

1)  Complete a calendar for a Christmas gift for one of the ex-laws
2)  Complete a pack of handmade cards and gift holder for one of the ex-laws
3)  Start, if not complete, creating my Christmas cards.
4)  And with all of the projects above, I set a goal to K.I.S.S.  (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)

What did I get done?  #1?  Check.  #2?  Check.  #3??  CHECK!  Well, I didn't get ALL of my Christmas cards done, but I did complete two sets of cards (two different designs), which is a huge start for me.  Wanna see?  I knew you would! 

Okay... lest I bore you with twelve months of calendar pages, here is January and July so you can get an idea of how well I kept it simple.

Nothing major, but I liked it when it was all done.  Let's see... here are a couple of the cards I made for the gift set.  I made a set of 6, two of each design:

And, last but not least, here's one of the Christmas cards I created.  I'm only showing one of the sets so far, because the other one may be going to a few people who might just glance at this blog, and really... why ruin the surprise?!

It was very flattering, too, that as I was making some of these cards, some of the women who were at the retreat were very flattering and complimentary.  One woman, in particular, bought all of the product I was using for one of my Christmas cards (not shown) to scraplift my card for herself.  I was very flattered and a little excited.

Is that wrong?

Anyway, I just wanted to share what I'd been up to since I've been missing in action recently.  I hope to get a little more scrapping done ... the rest of my holiday cards at least... this Thanksgiving weekend.  I do have some travel and work over the weekend and into next week, but I'd love to carve out a couple hours to get that done.

Wish me luck!


  1. Wonderful cards! and calendar. I made my first calendar (digitally although & professionally printed) & my first of many Christmas cards (hybrid) left to make & send out. I bow to you & all your card making skills, paper scares me! Love the KISS philosophy too!

  2. Congrats on knocking out that to-do list!! Feels amazing, huh?!! Good for you. And gorgeous cards, too!

  3. AWESOME to get things crossed off the scrap goals list!!! I'm so not CAMP...I'm STILL fascinated by this idea of scrap camp!!!

  4. Hope I get to see one of those cards in person(crossing her fingers and toes...) :)

  5. definitely not wrong hun, i get excited about things like that too!!! :D :D you made some lovely stuff at your retreat.

    glad you figured out the blog award xx


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