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The Early Years

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Having children is no easy task. Personally, I am merely an auntie and I wondered at times how I would survive. During the first few weeks we  think: how cute, we want to hold them all the time, hearing them cry breaks our heart, we dote and dote and dote. Unfortunately those feelings won’t last long, they wear off quicker than you’d imagine. Instead our thoughts become: when will they become more independent, we long for the day when they will sleep through the night, we no longer want to hold them all the time – we need time to continue with our daily tasks, when will they use the potty – cleaning diapers is torture. You might think yourself to be bad parents for having these thoughts but kids are challenging.

During these times, time keeps on ticking. It never stops and those innocent babies grow; growing happens quickly; sooner than you think they are little characters of they own. It is only when this happens that you take a moment to reflect. It’s at this time you begin to wonder where did the time go? If only you could have those earlier days back. If you think twice about it however, it’s really not what you want at all.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Babies

 

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Transformation Thursday: How to Be Charming

Theme: Baby’s Charm
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Scrapbooksetc magazine. Sketch posted 1/12/2012
Freebie Download: Pre-made page
Materials: 2 photos
Paper: 5 – 1 pattern, 4 plain
Main Colors: Pink
Supporting Colors: Red
Embellishments: Book, stitching, flower, word-art, bling, frame, ribbon, journal pad, monogram tags, photo corner
Sources: KiddyKit Designs, Mangels Designs digital kits
Details: Nothing beats the charm of a toddler. They are fun little sponges that bring you laughter, love and fulfillment. Did you know there are statistics that show that children laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh 4 – 11 times. How sad are we adults. There is also a Stanford University study that shows laughter lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, improves lung capacity, massages internal organs, increases memory and alertness, reduces pain, improves digestion, and lowers the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin. Let’s take a page from Hannah’s book on How to be Charming.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Babies

 

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Transformation Thursday: Cousins Love

Theme: Cousins Love
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Macy’s Flyer. Sketch posted 1/3/2012
Materials: 3 photos
Paper: 3 – patterns
Main Colors: Yellow
Supporting Colors: Red, Blue
Embellishments: Diecuts, arrows, hearts, bears, dolls, star overlays, baby bracelet, word art
Sources: KiddyKit Designs
Details: Summer of 2010. My sister visited from Washington and it was a blast. The day was a day spent exploring the city. We lunched at Serendipity, spent way too much money at Dylans Candy Store, and explored 5th Avenue. Hannah and Autumn was happy little troopers together despite the long day.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Babies

 

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Transformation Thursday – 1st of Many

Theme: 1st of Many
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Macy’s Flyer. Sketch posted 1/3/2012
Materials: 4 photos
Paper: 3 – plain
Main Colors: Red, Orange
Supporting Colors: Blue
Embellishments: Sun, stars, floral swirls, flowers
Sources: KiddyKit Designs
Details: Only a few months old and so adorable, we scheduled a photo shoot. I’m sure it’s only the first of many more photo shoots to come. Autumn was very restless and too little to care about the camera, and getting the parents to focus was a challenge. It took forever to make it through the session. Luckily we managed to get a few good shots.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Babies

 

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Transformation Thursday – Cutie Pie

Theme: Cutie Pie
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Kiddy Kit Designs. Sketch posted 10/22/2011
Materials: 3 photos
Paper: 3 – 3 patterns
Font: Floralies – dafont.com download
Main Colors: Green
Supporting Colors: Pink, Blue
Embellishments: Faux Flowers, Hearts, Butterflies, Beads, Dingbats, Love You banner
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Tips: Splash boy associated colors-blue-on a girlie theme
Goal: Chronicle the baby years. The times when all they can do is eat, sleep, poop. Before long they’ll forget these times. It’s up to us to remind them.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Babies

 

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Template Tuesday – Featured Template: Cutie Pie

Inspiration Source: Kiddy Kit Designs
Basic Materials: 12×12 design template, 4 Elements – 3 photos, 1 paper: 1 pattern
Supporting Materials: 1 font, color swatch
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Preparation Tips: Determine a theme in advance. It will help when thinking of the patterns and embellishments needed. I’ve decided to use this template with a baby theme
Upcoming: Check back 10/24/2011 for the final design

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Babies

 

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Transformation Thursday – You are a Sweetheart

Theme: Baby Laughter
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Retail Magazine. Sketch posted 10/18/2011
Materials: 1 photo
Paper: 2 patterns, 2 plain
Font: CK Grandstand, Bubblegums,
Main Colors: Green, Yellow
Supporting Colors: Pink
Embellishments: Rainbow, Sun, dingbats, hearts, ribbon, hearts, butterflies, circle diecut
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Tips: Round photo edges to give it a feminine touch
Goal: Create artwork that set the mood for laughter. My niece was so excited in while taking the photo, I needed to capture the happiness.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Babies

 

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