Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The year revisited

I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2008. It is scarey how fast the time goes by. A little sad, too.

So, at the beginning of 2008, I set some scrapbooking goals and since this is the last day of 2008, I guess I need to evaluate how I did. My goals were to create 300 pages and to finish 2007. I did not accomplish either! I failed, but not miserably, at least. I was able 200 pages, which is really pretty impressive since I think I only did 40 in 2007. I am also just about 4 pages from finishing 2007. I was really pretty much done with 2007 in the fall, but didn't print enough pictures for what I was doing, so, I printed the pictures but then didn't finish the pages. I also did some other projects which I didn't specify for goals like about 50 cards, some altered notebooks and jars for teachers gifts. So, even though I didn't accomplish everything I had hoped to do, I still feel pretty dang good about all I DID accomplish!

Obvioulsy, I need to re-evaluate and change up my goals a bit for 2009. So, I have decided that I will set my goals a bit lower. I am going to shoot for 200 full size pages, these can be 8 1/2 X 11 or 12 X 12. I also want to do 50 "mini" pages for my photo carousel, these are 4 X 6 (they are so much fun!), 50 cards and 5 altered items. I also want to finish the name books that I started LAST year! (yep, I started them in 2007, sad, I know), they are all cut and bound, I just need to embellish them. so, looking at this list now, maybe I didn't set my goals lower, they just may be a bit higher! But, I do think I can accomplish them, if all goes well with the year. Oh! I almost forgot! I also want to do better at keeping my blog updated, I want to actually take pictures of my finished projects and get them up here. Phew! That's a lot to do in 2009!

I wish you all a safe New Year's Eve. Please remember, don't drink and drive! Here's to a happy, healthy and productive 2009!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Classroom and teacher gifts

Usually for classroom gifts, I do like every other parent does, go to the dollar store or search Oriental Trading for some cheap gift for all of the kids in the class. Randy always had nearly 20 kids in his class, but Brandon only has 11, it would have been easier to do that I guess. But, in reality, how much "junk" do the kids really need? I always find that bag of presents some time during the summer with everything still inside it. This year I decided to give the kids something all kids love: Popcorn and hot chocolate! I had decided this a long time ago and then I came acroos the link for these cute double pocket, uh, things... And they are perfect! These were super quick! And I'm done! woohoo! This is for Brandon's teacher, I'm going to fill it with Hershey's kisses. I also altered her a cute notebook, which I forgot to upload!
This is for Brandon's title teacher. I will fill it with some sort of hard candy, I think

I seriously can't believe I am done with these projects!
Thanks for looking!

Calendar pages January thru March

Every year I make my in-laws a calendar for Christmas. The idea actually came from one of my SIL's, we used to do it together, but I do it by myself now. Anyways, usually I am working on this all the way to the last minute on Christmas Ever, but this year, somehow, I have managed to get it done with nearly a week to spare. Of course, I haven't done the actually calendar pages yet, but, I hope to get that done today, too.
I have to apalogize for the quality of my pictures. They suck, but, I don't feel like redoing them, so, I'm just going to go with them. thanks for looking

Calendar pages April thru August

notice that I sewed on this page? I do not sew, this is a major accomplishment for me!

Christmas Calendar August thru December

Woops, I added this one twice! Oh well, isn't my neice Kadence, just adorable?