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The news that you have all been waiting for the winner of the class pass to December Story!

I had 43 comments (2 came to me as e-mails and I counted those as well so do not worry!)  and the randomly selected number is…….


Congratulations to Roberta V!

she said:

This is my first year doing a Dec Album so I’m not sure how I like to document it. I am planning on telling the stories of family, friends and special activities and “chores”.
Thank you for the chance to win a spot in the class.

Roberta make sure to get me your e-mail you can go to the bottom of the blog and use the “contact me” to send me an e-mail, then I will get you the info for your class!

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December Story Get It Scrapped – Blog Hop

I got a peek at “Your December Story” and I’m giving away a free pass

I checked out lesson 1 of Debbie Hodge’s Your December Story this weekend, and I want to tell you about the class and give you a peek at how it’s inspired me. And I’m giving away one pass to the class. (If you already purchased the class, you’ll get a $24 gift card good for any other GIS/MSD classes.)

Your December Story is shaped around the Hero’s Journey

This December, like Dorothy dropped into Oz or Alice tumbled into Wonderland, you will receive a call to adventure. You will move from the ordinary world into a one of magic and tests as the holiday season arrives.

Many of the most-loved and best remembered stories play out in a story form described by Joseph Campbell as “the hero’s journey.” This class has prompts and page ideas for visual storytelling that have you telling Your December Journey, from the heralds, to the challenges, mentors, special tools and the return to the known world and what you take forward.

You can take the journey and get a $10 gift card . . .

but only through midnight Wednesday, November 20th. When you purchase “Your December Story” by midnight PT, Wednesday, November 20, you also get a $10 gift card that you can use for Get It Scrapped and Masterful Scrapbook Design classes. Click here to purchase Your December Story and get the $10 gift card.

This is the layout I created using the first lesson and how I was inspired to create it;


November Normal by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: paper and chipboard; Farmhouse Paper Company, sticker letters; Jenni Bowlin, leaves; Prima, ink; Copic, other; transparencies and computer font

Debbie inspired me to look at the entire holiday season as an adventure, from day to day life transitioning into the preparations and then into the holiday itself.  Year after year I take the standard photos of the holiday season and I find I run out of things to say about the same old, same old photo shots.  I am excited about taking a second look at the holiday and the deeper meaning of the events and emotions surrounding it.  I know just from this first lesson that my pages this season will have more meaning to them and tell “the rest of the story”.

The page I started with is about where I am starting at today.  My “November normal”  I had a fun time trying to capture shots of where I spend a majority of my time and then sharing about each of them.  I used my phone to get these photos, the goal being to make it look like you are getting my exact view of my current world.  Here is what it looks like a little higher up.

selfiefor Novembernormal

The journaling is a little hard to read since it is printed onto transparencies and then layered over patterned paper.  It is much easier to read in person.  Here it is if you are curious however 🙂

photo 1-The daily grind at the Houghton home is where I am at.  This is a look at many mornings for me a large batch of laundry at my feet Maisey near by on her cushion napping.  You could replace the pile of laundry with bills to pay, floors or bathrooms to clean or food prep for later.

photo 2-Computer and art at this desk is still a joy for me.  I spend time both creating and learning at this spot and continue to love creating in my own little corner of the crafting world.

photon3-Car time is a much bigger part of all of our lives than we would like right now.  This year the car time has been bumped up significantly with 4 days at Chow’s Gymnastics and swimming and diving still running.  The girls have become VERY adapt at getting work done in the car!

photo 4-Yep you guessed it, watching.  This is at the gym where I spend a lot of hours these days.  Chow’s is 20 minutes from our home and the girl’s classes overlap so there is no running home to get a few things done.  I will run errands at ovations near by but mostly just like the girls I have become very adapt at using my time.  I travel with my laptop and art work often and get a majority of my writing done at the gym, with my girls flipping away in the foreground.

Next I will do a page about my “heralds” and the “call to adventure”  I am already scheming and trying to think of how to get them on a page.

See how the rest of the blog hoppers are using this class (and get 20+ more chances to win)

Put your name in the drawing to win the class

Leave a comment telling me how you like to document your December memories. I will draw the winner on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

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Get It Scrapped latest

Hello family and friends.  Well we are rolling right into November and through it quickly!  I have two layouts to share from Get It Scrapped and I believe I will have a third later this week.  As per usual my assignments seem to line up nicely in little batches.  Here is the first based on a fun trend right up my ally, DOODLING!  Yep I actually got to doodle all over my layout 🙂

Doodle re-mix


Merry Christmas by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: paper, bling, cardstock borders and stickers; SEI, markers; Sharpie, Zig Bic, Too Marker Products and American Crafts

I had so much fun drawing all over my layout and my photo.  I designed the layout very simply purposefully knowing what I was join got do with it, but it could have stood alone without the doodling.  Here is a before shot;

before doodling

I stuck with a tone on tone color scene with creams and golds kept the embellishing simple but still included all my elements of title, journalling, embellishing and keeping the design balanced.  But THEN I got to play!  I used 4 different types of markers to get all the pieces in place some are opaque and worked well on the photo where others did not so there was some experimenting on a spare photo.  The girls LOVE that everyone got crowns.  They both did a double take and asked when we dressed up like that and then Sara said do we all look like kings and queens?  I gave her a big hug and said you got it girl!  She was excited that she got the purple dress :-).  I have to say the Creative Team did a great job on this assignment and you will want to check out the other Marker Doodle Re-Mixes!

The next layout assignment was to add found objects onto your layout.  Not just found in your scrapbooking stash but found from the rest of your life.  I had the perfect page in mind and was excited to put it together.

Embellishing with found objects

In Loving Memory by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: papers, doilies, tag, brads, crochet flowers and die cuts; SEI, ink; Sharpie, chipboard letters; American Crafts, butterflies; my husband’s grandmother

There is not much to say here other than I have been saving these magnets to include on a layout about these amazing wonderful people that I am honored I get to say I am related to, even if it is by marriage only, it is still an honor.  Kathryn and Eugene are two of the most selfless, giving people you will ever meet and I am blessed daily by having known them both while they were still in their prime.  Eugene leaves a legacy of love in his amazing family, he is and will be missed.

To  see the other wonderful work from the Creative Team check the article HERE.

As I type this it is snowing outside!

Happy Monday all!