Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas from The Smith Family


I have sent out Christmas cards every year for 16 years, 
but this year I just didn't get it done. So I am doing
a digital-only version this year!



MERRY CHRISTMAS 
FROM THE SMITH FAMILY


J.J. is 13 and is in 8th Grade at Spectrum Academy. This school has been heaven-sent for J.J. and his parents and has helped us get through having a teenager with autism. J.J. loves Star Wars, Phineas and Ferb, and Minecraft. He is happiest when he is watching movies and playing on his tablet.

Beth is 10 and in 5th grade at Spring Creek Elementary. She loves school, being with her friends, and excels in reading. She sings in her school choir, is learning to play the violin, and is in a theater group (they will be performing Aladdin in April). She is happiest when she is reading a book, listening to music and singing, or doing some kind of craft!

Joey always stays busy with work (and teaching in Elders Quorum). He has done quite a bit of traveling this year to places like Nashville, Las Vegas, and New York. In his spare time (which is not much at all), he enjoys being with his family, reading or listening to music and audiobooks, and playing Guild Wars 2. 

DeDe has stepped back a lot in her blogging and designing digital scrapbook products this year, but is hoping to get back to her creative side in 2016. She loves her calling in the Primary presidency (except for the actual teaching Sharing time part). She loves the kids and being able to use her talents to create wonderful things for the Primary, the Ward, the Schools and sometimes even her family and friends! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, creating (especially with her new Silhouette Cameo), selling books for Usborne Books & Jewelry for Origami Owl, and procrastinating housework.


Our family's highlight of the year was visiting Disneyland a few weeks ago. We have a love of Disney in our household and we really enjoyed taking my brother and his family with us this year. We really enjoy the Christmas Season at Disneyland and it was so fun to be able to participate in Disneyland's 60th Anniversary as well. As a family, our favorite thing to do is watch movies together (with popcorn).


Our Family wishes you all a VERY VERY VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a joyful HOLIDAY SEASON! We hope each one of you feels the REASON FOR THE SEASON and the true magic and spirit of Christmas! We hope you have lots of family time and that your season is the best ever!

Love you all!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

FREEBIE | 2016 Primary Theme Posters

2016 PRIMARY
I Know the Scriptures Are True

So if you are LDS and happen to be in a Primary Presidency, 
I have a freebie for you today. 

I AM a part of my ward's Primary Presidency (specifically the second counselor), and I'm so excited about these posters that I created for the upcoming new year! I loved the posters that I created last year, but I love these even more. I'm so excited about how they turned out.

If you are in the Primary, you know that each month we have monthly themes that go along with the yearly theme, plus monthly scriptures. Many wards, including my own, like to display posters with the month's theme on it!

We wanted the kids to really delve into the scriptures this year and this is the perfect way to introduce the scriptures to the children. When they look at the posters, they can see what actual pages of the  scriptures look like and they can see and read the month's scriptures. It is making me excited to re-read the Book of Mormon this year and hopefully be able to share the great stories with the kids!

I have 2 versions for you. We love the big 16x20 posters but I also have 8x10 posters if that is easier for your Primary room! We actually use the big posters in our Primary room and the smaller posters on a bulletin board in the foyer of our church! The files are large because of the high quality jpg files! 

 I really hope you can use them! 
I would really love to hear what you think!




 
 
 
 
 
 





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Magical Mousetery Tour | December 2015

Welcome to the very first 
MAGICAL MOUSETERY TOUR!


I was so thrilled to receive a message from the team at Magical Mousetery Tour, inviting me to join in a fun Disney Blogtrain! I jumped at the chance to be creative again and anything Disney is just my favorite thing! In fact, when this post goes live, I will be at DISNEYLAND with my family!

Thanks for joining me here on my blog! If you haven't been here before - please take a look around and make sure to download all my Freebies!


Take a look at all of my products in my blogstore HERE.



This month, we are celebrating Walt's Birthday with 
A MAGICAL CELEBRATION!

Pick up all the fun freebies on the tour to have a great mega kit full of 
papers and embellishments to scrap all of your Disney Celebrations!


Check out my little contribution:

DOWNLOAD LINK

Thank you for jumping on board the inaugural Magical Mousetery Tour! If you're following the Tour route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Magical Scrapper and your next stop will be Peppermint Creative. If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main Magical Mousetery Tour post to view the master list and get back on track. 


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Be sure to follow the tour through the BLOG and on FACEBOOK!



Have fun and please feel free to leave your comments, questions, and suggestions by leaving a comment! I love to hear from you!



Monday, November 16, 2015

A New Disney-inspired Blog Train!

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 This December will see the launch of a brand new Disney inspired blog train - The Magical Mousetery Tour. I'm so excited to announce that I'll be one of the designers joining them on their very first train, departing December 1st 2015! 

 As part of the countdown for the first train, they have been revealing participating designers 1 by 1 on their blog. Head on over there now to see my feature, learn a little about me and pick up a great discount coupon for my store! You can find my feature here.

 You're going to love the submission I've been working on!

Monday, October 5, 2015

NEW! Fab 5 Countdown Chain

I'm so excited for my family's upcoming Disneyland trip - we are on countdown.....54 MORE DAYS! One of the fun things we have going are some Disney Countdown Chains. I will have some more templates up soon (think Princess Chains, Pixar Chains, etc.), but today I'm excited to share my 
FAB 5 COUNTDOWN CHAIN TEMPLATES


Planning a Disney trip? Want something fun to countdown until your trip? Well this is it! Get ready to get crafty and create your own countdown chain! 

This template set includes 5 different templates to help you create chains that represent Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto! You can use them separately, or combine them for a fabulous look! Your kids will LOVE it- mine sure do!


Check it out in the store HERE.

Aren't they so fun?
FAB 5 COUNTDOWN CHAIN TEMPLATEZ by DesignZ by DeDe (DeDe Smith)



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Character IllustrationZ are here!

I'm so excited to present my new product line - CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONZ! I can't wait to create more and I have tons of ideas.

But first up is my rendition of the love-volcanoes from the latest Disney-Pixar Short.  My husband and I got a huge kick out of this short movie. We find ourselves singing the "I Lava You" song all the time and it has come to represent us as a couple. I am planning on making some great t-shirts with this illustration for us to wear on our upcoming Disneyland trip! I will have to share pictures of the shirts when I get them finished!

Check it out in the store HERE.

So let me know what you think of this new product and hopefully this means I am on a creative streak and you'll be seeing much more of me on the blog soon!

I LAVA YOU by DesignZ by DeDe (DeDe Smith)


Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Magic | Saving on Disney Gift Cards

Are you saving for a Disney trip or 
want to get some Disney gift cards for gifts?


Well, today I have an amazing tip for you.  As you probably know - I am a bit of a Disney geek and I happen to be saving to go to Disneyland AGAIN in December! I'm so excited. Anyways, I love the forums at Disboards.com and I recently came across an awesome tip about saving on Disney Gift Cards. These cards are awesome because - sure you can use them at the Disney Store (online or local store) and you can use them at most places inside the parks for dining, souvenirs, and even your hotel stay, if you are staying at a Disney Hotel. So basically you can pay for your Disney vacation (minus traveling costs and purchases outside the parks) using just gift cards! It's a fabulous way to keep in your budget too! It does take a little extra work, but saving at least 10% (usually more) and getting more for your money is awesome!

* This process can also be used for other kinds of gift cards too.


So to get the most out of the process, you will need:

1.  A Swagbucks account - If you don't have an account already - sign up HERE. Use this site to do searches, surveys, and shopping to earn "money" that you can use on rewards like gift cards. So if you earn enough you can even get a Target Gift Card and then get more Disney Gift Cards as an additional bonus!  :)  I use this site a lot, basically everytime I make an online purchase and am currently using it as my search engine as well to get extra "bucks." I prefer online shopping, when I need something, so this has worked great for me!

2. A Raise.com account - Sign up HERE. Use this link (or referral code dsmith4) when you sign up and get a free $5 to spend at Raise.com. This is the site where you can get discounted gift cards of all kind. Get more for your money!

3. A Target REDcard - You can get approved for a card HERE.  This card will get you 5% off on purchases at Target, including Disney Gift Cards, plus other benefits! So it's a nice card to have. You can do debit or a credit card, so its easy to get approved!


Once you have these 3 accounts you can get started!

1.  Login to Swagbucks.com. Go to the SHOP menu and then use that page's search to find Raise.com. Click on the SHOP NOW under the Raise.com page and you'll be sent to Raise and once you make the purchase you will receive your Swagbucks for that. (currently 1 SB per dollar).

2. On Raise.com, search for Target. It will bring up a list of all the Target gift cards available. The page will show you the value of the gift card, the percent off that you will get, and the total price you will pay.  Check back often because it changes minute by minute! The best Target Gift Card I've gotten so far was 8.6% off.  Choose the gift card(s) that you want and add them to your shopping cart and of course check out.  Raise will process it and you will get an email when your gift card is ready (it's usually really quick, like within an hour of purchasing). You'll login to your account and get the gift card information.

3. Head on over to Target.com.  Once you have your Target gift card number, go to MANAGE MY ACCOUNT. Under Account Information, click the link that says EDIT PAYMENT METHODS. Make sure you add your REDcard and make it the default payment - this will get you the 5% off your purchases. Then in the PAYMENT METHODS, add your gift cards. You can use up to 3 gift cards per order in checkout.  Now you are ready.  Go ahead and go to GIFT CARDS in the Target Menu and find the Disney Gift Cards. They are available in $50 increments, so add as many to the cart as you need (I think the limit is 10 per order). Checkout and use the gift card codes you entered!


Using this process can save quite a bit on your gift cards. You get the 5% off from Target, whatever % off you bought the Raise cards at, PLUS you will earn SwagBucks that can be used for Gift Cards too. It all adds up and any savings that you can do for a Disney Vacation is so worth it! Make sure you use SwagBucks for your other online purchases too, so that your "bucks" will add up and you can earn your rewards!

If you have any questions about the process or if there is 
something I can do to help - please let me know!


Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some 
thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!