Making Gifts for Life

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Until recently, Making Gifts for Life has

been strictly a scrapbook display page for the pages that I make. But I haven't been scrapbooking lately, so I decided to include all the new things we have been trying, to share those with you.
Get ready for videos, shares, and new projects. Maybe you would even like to try them.
Enjoy and have a great day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holidays Festivities

Holidays Festivities

Are you ready for all the holiday festivities to start?
I sure am.
I have worked hard to have a wonderful season. And we all deserve the fun and family filled days ahead. I truly enjoy my family. Yes some of them drive me nuts. But I wouldn't have it any other way. They mean well. And well everyone is different. That is what makes the world so darn wonderful.

Up coming we have a family party on Saturday, cookie baking on Tuesday, then I have to make lasagna for my coworkers gifts (they asked for it) on the weekend, then it's a day of vacay to go to casino (part of my hubby's gift) and then it's the holiday. 

I love this time of year.
It doesn't help I am a December baby and I get to celebrate all the feels this time of year. I have grown quite accustomed to it. And now I quite enjoy it.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate, or even if you don't celebrate... just enjoy the day. 

And I also hope your New Year is glorious and better then this year (even if this year was great, there is always room for improvement).

Monday, March 9, 2015

You are so special...

You are so special...

Hi again all. I know two layouts in a week, wow! He he.
I told you I have to get this book done for my hubby's grandmother. She is super amazing so I want this book to be very special.

For this layout I used the MME Lost & Found Two collection of papers again.
I printed the pictures with two in black and white, one in color, to give that one center stage.

Again the embellishments I used were minimal because I want the pictures to be the most important thing.
Another thing I want this layout to show, all of these layouts for this matter, is how very special Gram is to all of us. She is an amazing person. 

And she is one of the most important parts of our family.

I hope I am doing a good job showcasing that.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.
Have a wonderful sun filled afternoon.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vintage Style Double Page Layout

Vintage Style Double Page Layout

Hi everyone. Long time no post. I know, I am trying but it's life. Doing too many things and there isn't enough time in the day. 

I was asked to make a scrapbook for my husband's grandmother's 80th birthday.
The scrapbook will include all of the family members.
So I started making pages, to move the process along, I don't have pictures from everyone yet, that is turning out to be the hardest part.

So of course I turned to MME to make these pages. I love their papers and everything they have. I wish the stores around me would carry more then just the papers. All their embellishments are so pretty.

This is the Lost & Found Two Collection of papers.
This has to be my favorite line ever.
I love the color scheme of these papers. They work really well together. You can mix and match all day long.

This layout has enough room for three 4x6 photos.
The embellishments were done on the simple side so that the photos can take center stage.
For this book I am printing the photos out with two being black and white and one color. I think it looks good that way and then you don't have clashing colors either from one picture to the next.

The papers as I said are MME.
The wooden heart is Studio Calico.
The flowers are Prima.
I used a Martha Stewart punch for the two borders.
And the stamps I used were out of the $1 bin at Michael's.

I hope you enjoyed my layout.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Have an amazing day.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015



Today I have a lovely layout I want to share with you with one of our furry friends on it. This is Paris. She is one of the babies. She is getting so big. I can't believe how time flies. Paris is our scaredy cat. She is afraid of everything. I swear she might even be afraid of herself.

I am not too sure about this layout. I love the papers. I am just not sure about the embellishments. I had to make my own since I couldn't find any to go on it. I looked and will continue to look. But so far, in all the stores around me at least, I found nothing the right color. I did have the brad I needed. But as far as other mustard yellow things, I had to make them myself with a stamp and some paper. Normally I am okay with that, but I don't know.

I do however love this picture of Paris. Here she is sitting on part of the obstacle course my husband started building for them, so far them have a bridge and three tree stumps to climb on. They love it. Maybe it's all dogs, but I don't really remember our lab and shepard climbing on things as much as these pitbulls do. They absolutely love it. I am excited for spring. I can't wait to see what we can find them or make them to play on.

The more I learn about these dogs, the more I love them.

The papers I used to make this layout are a paper line called "In Bloom" by My Mind's Eye.
The black and white washi tape is made by Recollections. 
The black rinestones were bought at a CKC a couple years ago.
All the stamps are from the dollar bin at Michaels or ACMoore.

I hope you enjoyed my layout.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The New Year ...

As I sit with wine in hand and my crafting supplies around me, I feel content. I have everything I could ever want. (Well okay there is one more thing I really and truly want and that is a house with more land for my dogs, but my dogs know this life and they are happy and so am I.) 

I want 2015 to be a better year. I want to accomplish more, to be a better person, and try new things.
I, no longer want to be a negative Nancy, if you know me then you know that I rarely am, but when I am alone I feel hard to not be. I live almost everyday in constant pain, it's not a good place to find yourself sometimes. I also would like to work out more and continue with it even when it gets really hot outside (which seems to be my down fall) and I would like to become a healthier person and lose some much needed weight.

Now along with all that, I would like to share more pages with you and be more creative, try to step out of the box, out of my own head and really let me creativity take me to wherever it feels I should go. And I would like to take you with me, if you want to go. :p

These are not goals or new year's resolutions, because if I call them that, I will give up tomorrow and that will be that. It's just where I would like to be months from now. And then next year, I will have more things to add to my list of changes I want to make.

What changes do you want to make in the New Year?
Did you make resolutions last year? Did you stick to them for the whole year?

I would like to hear from you all.
Share with me, with us.

Have a wonderful New Years!!!!!
See you in 2015!!!

P.S. I am working on a page right now. :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
to you and yours.

Hello all. I hope you are enjoying the approaching holiday festivities. 
This time of year can be very stressful, and we tend to get caught up in all the spending.
When it should be about love and family, spending time, with the people we don't get to see all year, or even the ones we do.

To me the holidays are a time to make gifts and enjoy the giving part of the season. I love to make cookies, lasagna, stuffed animals, cards, scrapbook pages, paper bag books or whatever and I love to give those to family and friends. I love to see people enjoying what I make them.

This year I made lasagna for my bosses and the massage therapist I work for, I slaved over the stove all weekend making sauce and putting the pans together. On Tuesday, I got texts from all of them (almost at the same time) stating that they loved it and they were so thankful. That is the kind of stuff that makes me happy. It's not about what I get in return, or even if I get anything at all, because I don't expect things. I love giving gifts, I love giving homemade gifts more then gifts I have to go buy, it's so much more personal.

After the holidays, I hope to have some news things to share with you. 
New techniques and new pages.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.