Happy Mail for Monday, November 26th 2012

Hello! I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My family enjoyed a quiet weekend at home, which means, of course I did all the cooking myself, but after being gone a week and with everything headed my way, it was just what the doctor ordered–and we had LOTS of leftovers. We went to see the new Spielberg movie, Lincoln (highly recommended) and we put together a super-hard 1000 piece puzzle of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. My children now think that I am Abe obsessed, it’s rather humorous!

Speaking of the EVERYTHING headed my way, I’m just slightly FREAKING OUT about the list of stuff I need to do to be able to leave for Hawaii in two weeks!! I am working on my personal yearbook project, so that I can teach it and I am making tons of little videos to share in the classroom. Anytime you do something for the first time, there is a LOT to learn and right now it is all those extra little (last minute) details that have my head spinning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m over-the-top excited, but I am also 100% maxed out. PLEASE tell me that you are signed up for the online portion of this event — trust me, it will be well worth your time, money and effort — that that order. The project itself is super easy, but I am absolutely head-over-heals in love with it. I LOVE gathering photos that highlight a year and putting them together in one inviting and  quick-to-digest album  and there are some very happy touches to this project. I find myself smiling when I think about it. At this point in my scrapbooking career, that has got to be a good sign!

I am still loving the concept of Happy Mail and the very fun campaign that we (BPC) and Doodlebug are doing to make the world happier, one handmade card at a time. Learn more HERE.

I did (accidentally) blow off my weekly card-making last week, but I’m back on track this week, with a time-saving option. Remember, I am the girl you look to for simple, realistic solutions, right?! Rather than make 14 different cards, I designed two cards and enlisted my wonderful Lauren to duplicate them seven times each. See? Solutions!!

Here is the first card. I gave you a little peek inside, where the message reads … I’ll be home for Christmas! This card is going to:

Cathy in Delmar, NY
Barb in Aurora, CO
Stephanie in Downington, PA
Tonya in Grantsville, UT
Colleen in Dardenne Prairie, MO
Heather in Coconut Creek, FL
and Jennifer in Burnsville, MN

And this is my second card. Everyone needs a “Get Well” card on hand, right? This cutie is going to:

Sharon in Houston, TX
Susan in Edmund, OK
Loretta in Raymond, IL
Jane in Leominister, MA
Leanne in Wellington Point, OH
Liz in Louisville, KY
Megan in Apex, NC

Have a VERY happy week.
And by all means please share your BEST “how to get ready for Christmas when that is NOT your focus until Dec. 15th tips”!!

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