Friday, December 18, 2009

The best laid plans...

Ok, so I was supposed to have a two-day stay in the hospital. Things did not go as planned. Let me say first that I am home and healing.

Minor surgical complications led to my hospital stay being extended to 3 days right from the beginning. The complications basically made the surgery last longer, which led to more bleeding, so they wanted to keep me an extra day as a precaution.

Pain management issues led to extending my stay one more day.

Blood clots in my arm resulting from multiple IVs almost led to another full day. The blood clots ended up being small and in peripheral veins so I was able to come home late Thursday night.

The surgery ended up being more extensive than I originally envisioned. I had had open abdominal surgery before, so I was thinking that laproscopic surgery would be a walk in the park in comparison. Apparently this isn't true, the main difference seems to be the amount of time you get off work.

I hope to resume posting this weekend, lots to share. Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Off I go...

Tomorrow is the day. I'm off for surgery. Send me happy thoughts.

I won't be coming home until Tuesday at the earliest. I hope to resume posting on Wednesday.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Daily - Page 17

Page 17 displays the three Christmas wrapping papers I selected for this year. I simply adhered the papers to the back of Clear Scraps ornament shapes with Glossy Accents, added silver eyelets, and adhered silver ornament hangers (also with Glossy Accents).

The twelfth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the twelfth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

December Daily - Page 16

Page 15 consisted of an embellished 5x7 photo mounted on a page protector. To create page 16, I simply mounted a 4x6 photo on a 5x7 photo mat behind the previous photo. Before adhering it down, I embellished the edges of the photo mat with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

The eleventh tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the eleventh of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The tenth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the tenth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.
I think this one might be my favorite so far. Very modern.

Taking a night off from the December Daily. Come back tomorrow for my next daily post.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December Daily - Pages 14 and 15

Two photos of my Christmas lanterns with a few Making Memories confetti words...
and the closing bling flourish from the previous page.

The ninth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the ninth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.
This one is totally for my mom. Yes, that is me in the photo, circa 2-years-old. I was not pitching a fit, Santa's fake beard was merely tickling my nose.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The eighth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the eighth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

December Daily - Pages 12 and 13

Another 2 page layout, this one showcases the wreath I made:

Also, I felt pages 11 and 12 were missing just a little something. So I added some poinsettias topped with mirrored snowflake brads:

Monday, December 7, 2009

December Daily - Pages 10 and 11

A two page layout of our new ornaments on the tree.

The seventh tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the seventh of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The sixth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the sixth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

December Daily - Pages 8 and 9

Pages 8 and 9 are a two page spread.

On the back of the "December" calendar page, I placed a piece of patterned paper cut to size and a matted 5x5 photo (with brush by Christine Borgfeld).
In front of page 9 I added a "1" chipboard piece from 7Gypsies. I covered the chipboard piece with embossed Bazzill and added Hiedi Swapp rubons and a stamped embossed frame (Unity stamps).

Behind the "1" is a photo of our decorated tree. I outlined the ghost letters with Stickles.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The fifth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the fifth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

December Daily - Pages 6 and 7

Page 6, easy peasy. I adhered a cropped 4x6 photo on the back side of the clear tabbed page, framed by the kraft envelope. I printed a quick title on a Fontwerks label by adhering the label to a piece of printer paper (where I had already printed the title) and putting the paper through my printer again. Page 7. Another Jenni Bowlin calendar card.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The fourth tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the fourth of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

December Daily - Page 5

To make page 5, I adhered a Maya Road envelope to a clear acrylic tabbed page from Zutter. I stamped "tradition" on the outside of the envelope. Inside the envelope is a little flip book I made to hold photos of our favorite Thanksgiving specials.

I created the flip book by adhering pieces of stationary weight paper back-to back to create four pages. I then scored these pages 0.5 inches from the left edge. I sewed the four pages together, just inside the scored line.
What I love best about a book of this type of construction (mixed pages) are the serendipitous moments. After I made everything for page 5, I realized the word "tradition" could be seen from previous pages:
How perfect is that?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The third tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the third of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

December Daily - Page 4

On the back of the 5x7 photo on Page 3, I adhered a 5x7 patterned paper photo mat (Little Yellow Bicycle) with my day-after-Thanksgiving menu printed around the edges. I then nestled a 4x6 photo in the middle of the mat, with a little "home sweet home" sticker.

On Thanksgiving Day we had done dinner out with my in-laws, on the day-after-Thanksgiving, we had a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner, just the two of us, at home.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Second Tag of Christmas

Here is my take on the second of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

The frame stamp is from Unity, the letter stamps are Art Warehouse. I used scarlet Glimmer mist for the background, copper Zing for the frame embossing, and bronze Perfect Pearls.

December Daily - Pages 2 and 3

I like to start my December Daily album with Thanksgiving, because that's really when the holiday season starts for me. On the back of Page 1, I added a Jenni Bowlin November 2009 calendar. You can see in this photo that Pages 1 and 2 were built on a page protector. I added trimmed transparencies to all of my page protectors so that I could use them as clear pages instead.
The front of the next page is a photo from Thanksgiving. The photo is adhered to a trimmed die cut paper.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

First Tag of Christmas...

Here is my take on the first of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.
I'm making mine ATC sized. I used an Inkadinkado stamp and black glitter Zing embossing powder.

December Daily - Page 1

On the opening page of my December Daily album I used a photo of some of my Christmas decorations (decorated lanterns) matted with red cardstock. I digitally added a poem and an edge brush to the photo. I added Thickers for the year (covered in Glossy Accents to keep the glitter from getting everywhere). The patterned paper label shape backing the year is actually the back of the following page, but it provided a perfect spot for the chipboard numbers.
Remember, you can click the photo for a larger version. You can see my other posts regarding this album here (cover), here (binding), here (alterations), and here (base pages).