Monday, November 17, 2014

Mustache Memories

Why do I love Project Life so much??  As a child my Nanna and Pappa had a wall that Pappa made into a bulletin board.  Nanna covered the board in pictures that caught her eye.  She was always taking photos, as were the many siblings and cousins, many seemed to land in her hand and a small percentage on her wall.  As a kid I would stand and look, touching the photos of those I loved and some I didn't know.  Legacy pictures of family long since passed to a recent picture of my cousins and I playing canasta (our family game).  My Uncle and Aunt scanned all the photos and split the pictures for the family after the passing of my beloved grandparents.  I now have a large gallon sized bag of pictures that I am in.  I don't have those of my great Uncles and Aunts, etc. 
So, as a mom of 6, I want to leave a legacy of love for my kids.  One they can have in one location (off of my phone and Facebook and into actual books) and that they can touch, remember and enjoy.  There is just something so special about touching a photo, seeing your loved ones in them, yourself, and having the chance to go back again and again when your heart desires.  With as many kids and activities we have I have to have a simple but stylish, easy and fun way to do so.  Scrapbooking material load my garage but I found that this system, Project Life and how Stampin' Up! paired with them, gives me colorful, fun, easy and stylish cards to create  12" or 6x8" books QUICKLY - score, baby! 
As I clean up, if I don't find an activity for my kiddos, they will destroy a different part of my home.  So my youngest wanted to see some photos... we grabbed the 12" book and brought it to the kitchen so that I could clean.  I loved how cute she is looking and enjoying the photo.  Here, back on Cinco De Mayo we had a fun mustache and taco night.. she was busting up at seeing her siblings in mustaches.  Because she was asleep during the mustache fest, using our Mustache framelit I created her personalized mustache out of our cool Designer Series Paper.  See THIS Post here
  I love this system, even the way you store the collections!  They come and all fit, by style and collection, in these handy-dandy boxes!  I LOVE them - the Card Collections come in a box and yes, the Accessories will fit in, too!!  Easy storage in my limited space at home!!
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It is SUCH FUN to see my kids, hubby and family, even friends, enjoying our memories and sharing them with one-another.   Memories don't have to be from a long time ago.. sometimes it's fun to see what we did on a recent trip of event.  Being able to quickly get those pictures into books and books that look good makes me feel like a Super Mom and Wife!  I love flipping through our memories and seeing how fast the kids are growing, don't you?  From a double date with friends, sporting events, a fun dinner, time on vacation, or just everyday life... there are so many reasons to celebrate and document.  Join me in Documenting and Celebrating our Memories (every Monday there is a post of Memory Documenting and Celebrating and we have a Once-A-Month Club that meets to crop and create pages for our books.  Click HERE for More info!) and find Joy in the midst of the chaos we call life. 

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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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