Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Letter

So do you ever feel 'behind' in life?? 
Like the Holidays sneak up and then fly by?
We all do! 
It's a rare few who send out cards each year, even fewer who send out Holiday Letters and then there are those, like me, who send them late when they do!  I'm OK with that - some day, when I don't have little hands that distract me... life that isn't so busy and demanding... (will that ever really happen?!?!)
I look forward to, again, mailing our Christmas Cards on time and our Holiday Letter along with it!
THIS is our Holiday letter!  Well, the lay out and beginning.... my family doesn't necessarily want me to post all their comings and goings to the world.. lol.  I have 6 amazing kids, 5 girls - 1 boy... we are a busy lot and haven't had less than a 2 page letter in years! 
THIS year - instead of printing a ton of pictures to mail out, I sent a Digital Card - via email and Facebook - to our family and friends.  Then I was able to send out a Digital Holiday letter to my craftin' friends and customers...
It was madness with the flu that hit our home, my broken foot... life... so I am feeling pretty fly by getting this out in a timely manner!
I wanted to send the pictures of the kids to our family and friends who may not see them as often as they'd like.  We have family all over the world - Mongolia, Italy, Germany, China, Japan, Colombia, Belgium (these were just the exchange students that are part of our 'extended' family over the past few years.... then we have family in the Middle East serving as missionaries, family who live in Italy, Australia and all over the USA!
I hope that YOU have FUN with your Holiday Letters... it's never too late to catch up with family and friends!!  Resolve THIS YEAR to reach out to those you love.  You may be the highlight of their day!
My Digital Studio makes it EASY and FUN to create Stunning Digital work and letter, scrapbooks, calendars and more... by using this (Retired but one of my Favorite) Designer Series Paper Packets.. I can use it over and over!  It layers and when framing it with the amazing family photos shot by a dear friend Nicole Ricketts... this letter is just stunning!!  Who wouldn't love receiving this letter?  Saving it is easy and Sending it is easier!
What can YOU do with these Designer Series Papers, Stamps, Embellishments and the best artwork of ALL... Your family! (Well, they are stunning, in my biased opinion... lol.)

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What Others are SAYING about Getting Crafty with Jamie

Jamie is so passionate and creative about making cards - and wants everyone else to join her in the fun! She is so encouraging and positive in her attitude, helping me along when I get frustrated - and then rejoicing with me at the finished product! I love going to her classes to get new ideas, learn techniques, and have loads of fun in the process. ~ Christine C.

Jamie has wicked awesome classes! If you don’t like a particular stamp or paper/ink color Jamie wants you to change it to suit your style! I did my sister-in-law’s entire bridal shower from invitations/thank you cards, party favors to decorations, it was quaint and whimsical! Everyone ooh’d and ahh’d! I’ve had lots of special requests for classes and Jamie delivers; she always has tasty treats and flavored coffees too ~Ashley W.

I have been attending Jamie's classes for over a year. Her ideas for cards are fresh and fun. She always tries to have several different styles of cards available, so everyone gets to make cards that fit their personal style. The techniques she shows each class can be used in many different applications. She is very patient teacher when instructing class members on how to use the Stampin Up products. ~ Carol D.

If I looked up the word sparkle in the dictionary, I would find Jamie Albanese picture there. I have had the sweet blessing of knowing Jamie and her family for over 5 years now. Every time I am with her I feel loved and inspired. When I am in one of her classes I feel my creative juices flow, as she encourages me to go outside my comfort zone. Jamie helped our girl scout troop make cards for a soldier who needed some encouragement!!! For any of you who have not been in one of Jamie's classes, please don't let another day slip by. She is a beautiful friend and she will become yours too. ~ Blessings, Karen:-)

Jamie has a great eye for style and flair, and it shows in her work. Yet she can pick up on your own individual style and makes great recommendations. I love that she is always flexible for last-minute decision maker mommies like me! So much fun to host craft events with your friends and family - that personal touch always means so much. ~ Adonna

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