Friday, December 13, 2013

Cozy Christmas kit

Whew! What a whirlwind of a season! With Thanksgiving being later this year, everything has been on fast forward for me. Has it for you? I guess it always feel rushed because I am a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas shopping. Hopefully one day I can be like my friends who get it all done in July. Wouldn't that be nice?

This Christmas season feels different for me and here's why. The day before Thanksgiving when I was making rolls, they were on the pan and ready to go in the oven. I realized that my oven wasn't heating up! I had to quickly call a friend and borrow her oven to bake my rolls. When we got back home after the Thanksgiving weekend, I called the oven guy and he came and said the control pad was broken in the back. He ordered the part and it was going to be delivered the next week. The day later I got a call from the oven company and they said that part is discontinued and so they wouldn't be able to fix my oven. WE HAD TO BUY AN ENTIRE NEW OVEN!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!! It still isn't here yet and won't be here for another week!

So, I am going through baking withdrawals because I LOVE to bake, especially around the holidays! 

I also realize I need to not complain because this has helped me do two things: 

1) Since I am not baking the treats, that means I am not eating cookies and therefore I MIGHT fit into my jeans for Christmas. (I've had to supplement with ice cream and Reese Christmas trees, so maybe not).

2) Since I couldn't bake neighborhood treats (which normally takes me awhile), we simplified this year which has helped me spend more time with my kids. 

But I can be patient...just 6 more days and all will be well again.

I love being with family at Christmas time. I love snuggling with my kids. I love talking on the phone to my sisters. I love seeing my brothers when we travel to Mesa to see them. I love seeing my dad and step-family and in-laws. And I love the special tradition of taking my kids just 3 days before Christmas to bring breakfast and eat it at the cemetery at my mom's gravesite. We call it "Breakfast at Grandy's." Spending time with those I love is what my favorite memories are. I really hope that I can instill in my kids that same feeling. I know when I was little and I was in the moment it was all about the presents. But as I look back at it and think of my memories, it was the time spent with my family (followed by running around to my friends' houses to see what they got and show them what I got).

I included two quotes in my Christmas kit this year that I learned as a child. I have always loved them and they've stuck with me. The first one is a play on words and it says, "Are you part of the INN crowd, or one of the STABLE few?" This one actually helped me as a teenager to know that it wasn't as important to be part of the "in" crowd, but instead that it was more important to be part of the crowd who loved and served others. I chose good friends who helped me to achieve this and I feel that I've been blessed in my life to have been taught by my parents and others of the importance to do good to others and to not think so much of myself. Being this way has helped me to be "stable."

And that leads me to the second quote. It's an acronym and it says, "True JOY comes from serving Jesus first, Others next, and Yourself last." I have learned that when I keep my life in this order, by first, never forgetting to pray and read my scriptures and learning more about our Savior, and second, serving others and being kind to everyone I meet, and finally, doing the things that I want to do...when I prioritize my life in this order I find true happiness. 

Whew! My fingers just took over. Sorry for this novel. I guess to sum it up, I hope that you all are able to prioritize your time so that you have time to spend with those most important to you. I hope you all have a wonderful winter season and a Merry Christmas. Below is the kit called Cozy Christmas and below that is our Christmas card this year. Enjoy!


Click here to download the kit. I apolgize for the amount of downloads. Where we live we have a very slow internet connection so I had to do it this way. And for those who have trouble figuring out how to download, CLICK HERE for a tutorial I had made:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three Part Frame

It's been awhile! I hope you are all doing wonderful this winter season. I am just about done with a Christmas kit, but I thought I'd post this little frame you could use if you were designing your own holiday card, or you can use it whenever! There are three parts to it. You'll have to follow THIS TUTORIAL using only steps 5 thru 7 to do it right. Make sure the image you want to use is ABOVE the layer of the black frame before you create the clipping mask. For the other two layers just make a rectangle the color you'd like to go over the dotted edge and the thin line edge and follow the above steps. (I hope that makes sense).

But this is a picture of my gorgeous sister-in-law and her cutest family that I made into a card using the frame.
(The fonts I used were Sketch Rockwell and Witched)

Click here to download the psd file of the three-part frame

Monday, July 8, 2013

Lovin' Me Some Liberty kit

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic summer. Ours has felt pretty sporadic this year. Here are some things that we've been up to at the Driggs household. First is a picture of my favorite people in the husband and kids. Sorry for the grainy picture taken with my phone. This was for Father's Day:

Then I left to go to Utah to help my sister who had a new baby by c-section. I loved spending time with my nephews and nieces. It was really good to visit with my sister too for an entire week. And I must say, it was really fun to take care of a newborn when "I" wasn't the one recovering!

After I got home from Utah it was time for my daughter Caitlynn (age 12) to go to Girls' Camp for our church. Since I am one of the leaders over the Young Women, I got to go with her. Even though I was busy doing my own stuff, and she was busy doing her own stuff, I loved the little moments when I got to see her or say goodnight to her before she went to sleep in her tent. I look forward to doing it again next year! (The pictures below are 1) Caitlynn and I the morning we left, 2) me and the other leaders doing a welcome dance, 3) Caitlynn rocking it at archery!)

After Girls' Camp my daughter Claire (age 5) had some tests done for her Tuberous Sclerosis disease. She's been outgrowing her seizure medication and we noticed that instead of just the right side of her face being affected during her seizures, that her left side has been affected as well. So we needed to do an MRI and an EEG to see if any new tumors have formed. The results of the MRI show that nothing has changed as far as new tumors are concerned, so that's good. But, the EEG did record some seizure spikes that were stemming from the right side of her brain which is new. So we just started her on a new medication to see if we can get them back under control. She is the sweetest girl and is so excited to be starting kindergarten this fall. This is a picture of Claire and I the night before her EEG. She had to be sleep-deprived for the test because they needed her to sleep during it, so she got to stay up until midnight which she thought was way fun! (She did not think it was fun when I had to wake her at 4:00 the following morning though). She truly is a joy!

The week after that I got to go watch my middle kids perform in their Musical Theatre Workshop that they had been doing for 2 weeks. Annika (age 10) and Brock (age 7) got to stay with my in-laws for 2 weeks to do this workshop. (The first week they were there is when Caitlynn and I were at camp, and the 2nd week is when we were doing Claire's testing). Anyways, Annika and Brock had an absolute blast and did such a great job. It was fun hearing them perform and watching them on stage.

The very next day all 4 of my kids continued to stay with Grandpa and Grandma, and I was able to fly to San Francisco to be with my husband. He had already been gone for a week for work, and so I got to join him when he was done. I had never been there before and I loved to see all the buildings and houses. I loved walking around Fisherman's Wharf and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. Most importantly, I loved spending time with my husband. He travels a ton and when he's in town, he is still a busy guy. So I loved to just tour the city with him and enjoy his company.

And finally we got to come home in time for 4th of July. This has probably been my favorite day of the entire summer because our whole family got to be together. I once read that "Time spent with family is time well spent." We got to go to a breakfast at our church, followed by taking the kids to see Despicable Me 2, then swimming and grilled hamburgers, and we ended the night with climbing up on our roof to watch 5 different firework displays all around in various parts of the city. 

And that's where we are today! I had tried to finish this kit in time for the 4th, but it just got too busy so I am a little delayed. But I hope that you all enjoyed your Independence Day and if you haven't yet, to stop and think about all of the blessings that we have because of our freedom. Enjoy this kit called "Lovin' Me Some Liberty"!

 Click the links below to download the FREE "Lovin' Me Some Liberty" kit:

P.S. For those who voted for me back when I entered my sunrise picture in the photo contest, thank you! I won for my category and it's all thanks to you!!!

P.S.S. My younger brother Jonathan is publishing his first book and I couldn't be prouder of him! Jonathan is a licensed marriage and family therapist. On the side he has a weekly entertainment column with Meridian Magazine and writes reviews of current Hollywood films. His first book "250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families" is available for pre-order right now at Amazon and will be published the beginning of September. 

I have ordered mine am so excited to get it. Being a mother of young children, I am pretty strict on what movies I allow them (and myself) to watch. I choose to not watch R-rated films. My favorite movies are the ones where I end up feeling emotionally moved....movies that help me appreciate my family and my life and my beliefs. Movies that help me want to be a better person. 

Jono writes at the beginning of his book:

"A frequent complaint I hear is that “good” movies are often not good movies. This is to say that cinema that promotes faith, marriage, family, honesty, and other vir- tues is often poorly acted, painfully written, and shoddily directed. The word “cheesy” is often mentioned. Those who crave compelling stories, well-rounded characters, creative film-making, and believable acting often look to movies whose values do not correspond with their own.

When it comes to cinema, we ought to seek out and support those efforts that excel both in moral and artistic quality. These are the films that have power to bring souls to the Savior, and here’s why: their inten- tions combine with emotional authenticity, which allows audiences to see the real-world applications of eternal truths. Solid writing, direct- ing, and acting enables audiences to relate to the person onscreen; the effect of true principles on such a character resonate far more with viewers than do the effects of the same principles on a one-dimensional caricature who doesn’t talk, think, feel, or act like a real person.

Furthermore, beautiful cinematography, inspiring music, and thoughtful editing all combine to create an experience that stirs the soul. This is not audience manipulation, but rather the efforts of art- ists whose respect for the material inspires them to give their very best."

Jonathan takes 250 movies that he feels have both the "moral and artistic quality" as he states above. With each movie he gives a small summary. Then he gives it a grade (A+, A-, A, B+, etc.). Next he shares the Content Overview and shares if there is anything offensive. And finally, he shares the messages to discuss with your kids in a spiritual way. For example, with Over the Hedge the messages to discuss are: All secrets come to light sooner or later (Luke 8:17). If we steal we should return what we've taken and apologize (Ezekial 33:15-16). Families should forgive one another (Genesis 33:3-4).

My little bro has given me a digital copy to review and I really think this is a great resource for families. So yes, I am trying to help him promote his book, but at the same time, I am personally looking forward to using this with my own family. We love to sit and discuss movies and what we learned from the characters and their actions, so I know that our family will personally put it to good use. Go take a look!