I have never shared the darling mini album I made to chronicle my first year of being a first grade teacher, when nearly another school year has passed, so it’s about time that I share it! Throughout the school year I kept a weekly list of 5 things that I loved and posted about it on Friday of that week. It was a wonderful way to stay positive and focus on all of the best things about being a teacher, even though there were many challenges and tough times. I used those lists, as well as other memories and pictures, to create a mini album that I’ll be able to treasure for a long time. Since many of the pages have pictures of students, I won’t be able to share too many. I used a mini 4×4 inch “Instagram” album from My Memory Keepers, as well as the page protectors that go along with them. My favorite pages are the quote ones! I’ve only made a few mini albums this small before, but I always forget how much I enjoy it. My next one is going to be one based on my dog 🙂
The spring-like weather we’ve been having today (and the rest of the weekend/into next week!) reminded me of a card I made for one of my niece’s birthdays. This darling card uses some of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp sets and has very spring-like colors, perfect for her spring birthday! (Owl from Critters in the Forest, birds from Chit Chat, and sentiment, hat, and swirls from Party Animal). Doesn’t it make you think spring?!
February snuck up on me this year, and already it’s only 11 days until Valentine’s Day! A few years ago we had missed doing an advent for Christmas, so I decided to create one for Valentine’s Day. I have loved using it over the years, but it has started to fall apart and needed an update. Because of the location where I was planning on hanging it this year, I decided to recreate it in pink, rather than white, and with teal and purple accents. I used this envelope and this heart shape from Silhouette for the advent parts. The numbers are leftovers from a Thickers set (I can’t remember which one). I wrote various Valentine’s themed activities inside like make a heart shaped meal/treat, listen to a love song playlist, and create Valentines for each other, to name a few. I think it turned out just darling!
Before January comes to an end I wanted to share one of the other cards I made for a January birthday in the family, this time for my 3 year old nephew! I decided to go with a cute monsters theme for his card, especially after finding this adorable shape set from Silhouette! I then used paper scraps, plus a balloon and Happy Birthday stamp from other stamp sets to complete the card. Isn’t it adorable?!