Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day everyone! Hope your day is filled with sun, fun, good food, and a few fireworks! Even my little birds are in a patriotic spirit!  🙂

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Happy Planner Weekly Spreads | July 3-9

Hello!! Happy July!

Today I am sharing my first spreads for July in my Happy Planners! It’s all about the 4th of July (one of my favorite holidays!). Stickers are from Mambi, Target Dollar Spot, and Pebbles.Happy Planner July 3-9 | JM CreatesHappy Planner July 3-9 | JM CreatesThe theme continues in my Mini HP! Mini Happy Planner July 3-9 | JM CreatesThanks for stopping by today! Have a fun holiday week!

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Easter Week in my Happy Planner

Hello! I just wanted to share this week’s layout with you! I can’t believe Easter is next Sunday! Spring is in full swing here and I wanted my spread this week to scream spring fever!IMG_7694Are you ready for Easter?

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Carpe Diem February Setup

Hello!

I realized I never shared my Carpe Diem planner setup for February here on the blog, so here it is!

I love my beautiful coral planner, and February seemed like a perfect month to dress her up! I made some dividers in a pink, black, and floral theme (perfect for Valentine’s Day) and added some fun Cocoa Daisy cards in the pocket.

When I got this planner last fall, I remembered I had this lovely rosette ribbon by Dear Lizzy, so I secured it to the front of my planner. I have loved it so much, I never removed it! While I don’t use this planner daily (though I should…), I love leaving it open by my computer desk. Instant inspiration for sure!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Valentine’s Day Weekly Spreads

Happy Valentine’s Day week!

I just wanted to share my weekly spreads (before the pen) today! I used a kit from Polished Patterns that I purchased way back during Black Friday weekend! I have been patiently waiting to use it, because I knew it would be gorgeous for Valentine’s week! I love the birds on these stickers- they totally remind me of my own feathered flock!  🙂

First up is my Happy Planner spread:

I had more than enough stickers, so I decorated my creative planner too!

Have a great week!

Holiday Wrap-up 2016

Hello there! I have been wanting to put this post together for about a month now (how has it been a month since Christmas??). I just wanted to wrap-up Christmas 2016 and share a few favorite photos.

My ever-so girly tree.

Athena’s Christmas dress.

Our main (upside-down) tree.

Jake was checking out the Gurglepot to make sure it was ok to have in the house.  🙂

I made these last two photos into cards on the Becky Higgins’ Project Life app. I love how easy it is to put something nice and professional looking together so easily!

That’s it for Christmas! And that’s about how quickly it goes by in real time too! Onto Valentine’s Day…

Ways to Document Your December

Hello there!! It’s snowing a little bit outside and that makes me so happy and ready to get out my December albums and reminisce.

I wanted to share a few different ways you can document your December. It doesn’t have to be a pretty album and with expensive papers and embellishments. As long as you get your photos and words down, you’ve done a good job! Simply making the time to record it all is the biggest challenge.

First, I am currently working on this pretty album below. I got it last year from Felicity Jane, along with a kit that I used inside. I didn’t put it together last year because I wanted to think about what I wanted to be in this album. I finally decided to make it a ‘best of Christmas’ album. The photos I cherish the most from over the years are going in here. I have enjoyed putting it together so far!

Of course, one of the most popular ways to record the season is with a December Daily. One of the most recognized faces of this project is Ali Edwards. She has so much inspirational content, so check her site out.

I have been making a December Daily album every year since about 2010 I think. Some years I put a photo/sentiment for all 31 days of December, some years it’s just a 12 Days of Christmas theme. It can be whatever you want it to be!  🙂

This album below has a collection of Instax photos in it. Some albums can be tiny, to just highlight a specific series of photos. The design of this album was inspired by my favorite, Dear Lizzy.

Another way I’ve been recording December since 2009 is with Shutterfly books. I gather my favorite photos from December at the very beginning of January and put them all together in an album and Shutterfly ties it up with a bow! Not really, but it’s a fun process. Just put aside to do it soon after the holidays, because the more time that lapses, the less likely you will be to get it done. Sad, but true.

If you sign up for their emails, Shutterfly offers a few free books a couple times a year. My advice is to put the book together, so when the coupon code comes out, you can just hit ‘buy.’ My word of warning is to allow yourself time to upload the photos. I use a Canon DSLR and the files are quite large, and it can take hours to upload the photos. And, remember to save your work. Check more than once. Trust me.  🙂

Another way to document December is with a classic layout! I have been making scrapbook layouts for many years now, and it’s still satisfying to create a bunch of layouts and put them in an album.

This year, I’m using a Traveler’s Notebook to record December. I guess you can say I have been taken over by the planner community, so it’s natural to reach for a planning style book to document this month! I got this particular TN from Michaels over the summer for $3!

Here’s a peek inside…

Papers are from One Little Bird (2015), washi is from Sugar Paper for Target, and wooden numbers are from Felicity Jane (December 2015 kit).

Thanks for making it this far! I hope you now have a few ideas about how to get your December holiday memories down. Make it simple for yourself. You’ll be glad you made the effort!

Holiday Tree Festival | 2016

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I wanted to stop by and share some of this year’s Holiday Tree Festival with you. There are always so many creative ideas! We have been going to the Tree Fest since, well, forever, and it’s a tradition I love!