Family Traditions Hop with Glue Dots

I'm so excited to be back!!!

I took a crazy long hiatus from blogging because so many things were changing around the Deeply Rooted house that I needed to spend some dedicated family time. I changed jobs, which, ironically for the hiatus, gives me a lot more time at home and a lot less travel. Both kids started back to school, the youngest for the first time, and the hubs began working at the kids school - his first step back into the 'working outside of the home' world since our oldest was born 6 years ago!
I've been dedicating a lot of time to the kids, which has been great for our family. I've also made the decision to put myself first in several areas of my life, including my physical well being! I've thoroughly enjoyed the process of regaining health.I can hardly wait to keep talking about that aspect of my life, but I'm also super excited to tell you about my continuing adventure as a DOTTESS!!

I've been with the Glue Dots® Design Team since 2011, and I'm super, super, SUPER excited to be joining them again this year! With all of the craziness that life can bring, being a Dottess keeps me grounded in crafting, which in turn keeps me grounded in my passion. I love that this year I'm going to be getting back to some of the basics with some good ol' 12x12's and 4x6's, as well as pushing my creative boundaries at times and exploring new artsy ventures.

To kick off the 2014-2015 Dottess year, we're celebrating Thankfulness and family traditions with a fun blog hop through the team. More than ever, I'm incredibly thankful, first and foremost, to God for blessing me with much more than I've ever dreamed to deserve. He's blessed me with an amazing life full of love, laughter, and some hilariously funny kids, who always make great photo subjects!
Through the years, you two have always loved playing outside in Fall.
I pray that you'll never grow tired of jumping in the leaves and exploring the world together.
 Without fail, every Fall the kids love to escape into nature to play. Swings flying through the crisp air filled with squeals of delight, little bodies shooting down the slide into a pile of crunchy leaves, and my hubs and I unashamedly playing along with an unexplainable joy. While I'm afraid there will come a day they'll not think that running through the leaves and swinging on a tire horse with their mom and dad isn't cool anymore, I pray that their playful sense of abandonment will take over and this tradition will continue for generations to come.

* Cardstock
  -12x12 - Crate Paper
  - 6x6 - My Minds Eye - All Spice
  - 4x6 journaling card - We R Memory Keepers
* Cardstock and canvas stickers - Little Yellow Bicycle
* Die Cut Cardstock - Jillibean Soup
* Photos

* Ultra Thin Glue Dots®
* Mini Glue Dots® 
* Sewing machine
* Typewriter
* Black pen

Directions: 1. Use Ultra Thin Glue Dots® to adhere 6x6 cardstock to 12x12 cardstock base.
2. Type journaling onto card using typewriter (or print from computer), adhere with Ultra Thin Glue Dots®.
3. Reinforce cardstock and canvas stickers using Mini Glue Dots®, adhere to layout.
4. Using sewing machine, add stitching to layout using several types of stitches.
5. Add handwritten journaling.

Here are a few tips I always like to follow:
-When using materials that are purchased already adhesive backed, always reinforce the adhesive with the appropriate sized Glue Dot®. You'll thank yourself years in the future when you don't have to go back through your albums and reattach your pages!
-Always include your handwriting on a layout. While you might not appreciate your handwriting, I promise that your child and grandchildren will! If you're not the best at penmanship, use a computer or typewriter to accomplish the majority of your text, and then add personalization where you can.

The other talented Dottesses have great projects for you to check out, as well! Head on to Grace's blog to check out her amazing work!

I'm so excited to share all the new things that are in store around here...next time! 
Keep yourself DeeplyRooted!