Before you toss all those cardboard boxes that came over the holidays, check out this amazing project over at Ordinary Normal. Upcycled materials + Google Street View + Imagination = an amazing activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours. I am so in love with this idea, thanks 2girlsandapoodle for the inspiration!
before you recycle all those cardboard boxes that the holidays bring — and leave behind — consider what else you can do with them. my kids were on holiday for a whole week BEFORE Christmas, so we had lots of days to fill with something fun and creative to do. one of those days found me spontaneously turning a big cardboard box into a nice little house for my four year old’s Toy Story Jesse doll. i was just winging it with that one … Read More
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I was running low on gift tags, so I put together a sheet of printable tags in Photoshop and have posted it below to share with you. This printable sheet features eight different holiday tags that will give your gifts a bit of whimsy and holiday charm. Simply print onto cardstock, hole punch and tie with ribbon or yarn or print on full sheet mailing labels, cut out and stick directly on packages (that’s what I’m doing). Click the preview to download and enjoy!
My December Daily album is coming together, and I’m loving the process. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a paper album, and it’s fun and rewarding to touch and feel everything. I’m done the first week – although I’m not too happy with one page I’m trying to move on – and working on my photos for week two. I didn’t expect to find time to work on it since we’re so busy with work, kids and holiday obligations, but the nasty snow/ice/rain/storm in Ottawa today was a perfect excuse to stay in my PJs all day and scrap. Thank you Mother Nature!
It’s December 1st, the unofficial start to the holiday season. This year, thanks to my amazing friend, I am capturing our memories with a “December Daily” album. She makes these amazing albums with thrifted/found/upcycled items and I was so excited to find one in my mailbox last week. It’s fabulous with all kinds of vintage items in it, including some pages made from Little Golden Books (remember those?) and a cover made from a re-purposed 45 album of “Joy To The World”. I also have tons of her cool little embellies and am awaiting my order of washi tape for completing my pages. I’m very excited to get started!
I haven’t quite decided if I’m doing daily photos or not, I think I’m just going to let the process go where it takes me and see what happens. I know our already busy house is soon to be much busier with Christmas preparations, so my semi-formed plan is to take my photos and keep journaling notes and then put my album together as time permits, probably in January. Thankfully Joanne sent me a few of her awesome little mini jot books, so I’ll keep one stashed here and there for recording moments as they happen and then transfer that information to my album when I have time to sit down and work on it.
If you want some great December Daily inspiration, check out Ali Edward’s blog for amazing projects and ideas. She’s the master of memory keeping, and I’m sure I’ll be referring to her site often this month!
If the idea of a month long project is a little overwhelming to you, you can pick a special day this month – the day you do your holiday decorating, or Christmas baking perhaps – and do a “Day In The Life” album. There is a great tutorial for a low-stress way to document a day in your life over at Our Big Earth.
If you’re like me – that would be crafty and busy – this time of year can bring a lot of pressure to make cool things. That’s why I was so excited to discover Amy’s printable holiday tags; I can make them myself but someone else has done all the hard stuff. Simply print on cardstock, hole punch and tie with ribbon, raffia or twine or print on full sheet labels and adhere to gifts. Super cute, super easy and best of all she’s offering the pdf for free. How’s that for holiday spirit?!
Thanks Jo for pointing this out to me!
I borrowed a great idea from clever Jenn and had the kids make “summer lists” yesterday. It was a really fun activity (that filled nap time quite nicely, TYVM) and gives us all some things to look forward to this summer.
Three year old Oliver had some help, but wrote a few of the numbers and chose the stickers. He did his on construction paper, but the bigger kids were given poster board. My 8 year old did a mix of pictures and written items and my 10 year old in true Haden-style drew an elaborate set of images that contain his lists. He doesn’t ever colour, so it didn’t photograph that well, but i managed to capture some of the best parts. He drew the Xbox 360 dashboard, a DS, an iPod, an Xbox controller with chat pad and a Wii box. Since writing this post he has also done a DS game case, cut out and bound, with a summary of all the items. The handheld version, if you will.
I didn’t do an artsy craftsy list, but I did do some thinking about what I’d like to do this summer. Now I could make a list that reads “clean out walk in closet, paint baseboards” - that would be true Maranda-style – but I decided to break out of my box a little and plan to do some things that are actually fun. Wish me luck!
So here, in no particular order, is my Summer List:
- Go to the drive-in (ok, we already did this once, but it wasn’t “summer” yet, good excuse to go again)
- Go for a grown up patio dinner at the Black Dog in Manotick
- Take the kids for ice cream at the old country store on the way to Smiths Falls
- Eat Greco’s pizza
- See a 3D movie in a theatre
- Sew something for myself
- Go to PAX! I’ve got my tickets, can’t wait to attend!
So my list involves a lot of food, but that’s ok right? Item number two involves leaving all four kids with a babysitter for the first time ever. That will be a big deal for me, probably less so for them. I think I’m ready? I know I’m ready to eat out somewhere with real napkins and where they don’t give you crayons for your place mat.
We’re all looking forward to crossing things off our lists, big and small. What’s on your list this summer?