December Daily 2014

December Daily is a popular project for project lifers and traditional scrapbookers alike. Ali Edwards describes it, “December Daily® is a December mini-album project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day.”

This is my first december daily so I have made realistic, yet challenging standards for this project. Continue reading


New Year’s Eve party ideas


Once Christmas has come and gone, too quickly as usual. New Year’s Eve will be upon us before we can blink. Whether it’s a soirée for your closest friends in pretty dresses and suits or just your family at home watching the entertainment on tv, I think every little event should be celebrated in some way. Here is some inspiration to get your plans made before Christmas sneaks up on us.

Number 1: Don’t forget the confetti.

New Year’s is so much more exciting (Especially for children) when confetti is used to celebrate. This means fully committing to the confetti idea. You can’t buy confetti and then freak out when the floor is covered. Revel in the idea that this one night, the floor will be a mess, cups will be on every surface, and everyone is blissfully happy because Christmas stressing is over and they are for once allowed to throw little pieces of paper over their head. Now there is a loophole that should make your OCD mind feel a little bit better. Choose confetti that is 1 inch big. It will be much easier to clean up, especially if you have a vacuum that can handle something like that.

To DIY this, just use a circle paper punch 1 inch in diameter and cut any paper you want. Wrapping paper, gift tissue paper, cardstock, or construction paper. If you’re fancy like me, use your Cameo Silhouette die cut machine to cuts tens of circles out at a time from 12 by 12 paper. If you want the cheap or free option, just cut colored paper into squares. Uneven squares look even more authentic so have at it scissorhands.

Extra points: choose a color theme for your celebration and cut your confetti out of coordinated papers. My color choices are pink, coral, and tangerine with black and white accents as shown in the title.

Number 2: Have pretty drinks.

Whether there will be alcohol or not, you must have a festive drink. Sparkling grape juice is a tried and true alternative to champagne. The price tends to increase around Christmas so try to get it while it’s still regular price. Get creative and have a few cocktail ingredients on hand for guests to play bartender with all the right tools. Have a look at my pinterest board for some drinks ideas.

Number 3: Pass the time.

Have surprises every hour or have a game night. No way to make it from 8 to midnight better than with Monopoly. Apples to apples is perfect for most gatherings, as it seems to adapt to the occasion based on how you play your cards. Casino night is another idea, a poker table and a homemade spin it to win it wheel. Do movie night with all the proper goodies like popcorn, twizzlers, and milk duds. Kick it up a notch and offer chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn as well.

apples to apples

Apple to Apples board game

Number 4: Snackable energy food.

Have fruit and nuts available as well as water to keep everyone healthy and hydrated. A granola mix instead of, or along with – let’s be serious, chex mix will be better for staying awake all night. Don’t forget warm food and protein. Meatballs in a sweet & savory sauce hit both notes. Everyone loves pizza but options are great. Perhaps you could try the pastry options here.

Easy New Year's Appetizers by

6 appetizers for a New Year’s Eve party spread.

Number 5: Dress pretty, you too boys.

Choose a flashy dress with sequins or gold for this one night only. Boys should dress up as well, so make sure they get the memo. Dark rinse jeans and a good sweater or button down are good minimum effort outfits for the men. On the invite, or text.., include the dress code so people don’t stress with guessing.

Number 6: Bring out the banner.

Cut out triangle banners and draw the letters out in clear bold lettering and string up with a ribbon. Or find a printable online like this one. Hang it over the mantle, near the food table, or above the tv if you’re watching the New York special.

Number 7: Have fun.

Get the food prepped early and have back up ideas for dull moments. That way you can enjoy the evening stress free and focus on being with you family and guests.
Follow Haley’s board New Year’s Eve celebration on Pinterest.
Explore my New Year’s Eve pinterest board for more links and inspiration!

Thanks for listening,


Project life: the beginnings

I started scrapbooking for project life in April of this year. It’s a simplified, no-glue-necessary, quick-fix type of scrapbooking. Typically in a 12×12 size, the sheet is divided into pockets- either 4×6 or 3×4 inches. This means you can simply print 4×6 at the print shop and slip in your photos and a title card here and a card with journaling there. The benefit of working with 12×12 pocket pages is, if you’re a traditional scrapbooker you can still do full-page 12×12 layouts and add it to your binder. That’s another thing, PL (project life) is based out of a large binder with snap rings instead of post bound. this means your pages lay flat and you can easily add or remove pages without dismantling the whole project. If I’ve confused you here’s the source, Becky Higgins herself.

I scored a deal at Joann’s when I first started project life and this is what I kickstarted my hobby with.



These turned out to be great purchases. The project life coral core card kit gave me immense options for layouts and the die cut cards from We R let me into the die cut craze without buying a die cut machine. The set also came with kraft paper envelopes that fit into pocket pages. They are kind of finicky because the folds are inside the pocket so the inserted card gets caught. I have to take the whole envelope out to put the insert back in. Which defeats the purpose unless the insert is ugly handwriting or a piece of memorabilia that doesn’t match my page but deserves to be included.




Enamel dots are one of my favorite embellishments. You can put them on just about every layout and still love it. I like the date stamp because it adds continuity between my layouts. I know I can just write the dates but using an ink pad is so much cooler.

The alpha sets are wonderful because my handwriting is pretty terrible. The white alphas are useful for dark backgrounds but too big for pocket page layouts. The Becky Higgins alpha is a huge value and a good neutral color for using whenever the need arises. It’s made for pocket pages so it’s versatile in my work space where I typically use pocket page layouts but occasionally will use the alpha for subtitles on a full 12×12 layout. The 12×12 sheet of alpha and word stickers are good for subtitles as well.

Thanks for listening,

Hay Rhea