Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A little reminiscing

Today I was thinking about how I needed to do some scrapping, I haven't been up to my poor abandoned scrap room for over a week! Then I started to think about "what was I doing at this time last year? What did my projects look like?" SO ... I conveniently still have the photos on my computer!! At this time last year I was avidly selling premade things on Ebay, and making nothing for myself! I must say, the things are awefully cute, but they'd be cuter with pictures of my cuties on them ;)






I did, however, create ONE page for myself at this time last year, in fact I took photos of this page exactly one year ago from today:

So, I hope my reminiscing was at least a little bit inspiring to you ;) I'm hoping to bake some goodies tonight plus I got some pictures of Lucas playing in the snow before preschool today, so hopefully there will be some more recent artwork to share soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

He's Makin' a List

Here's my layouts I wanted to share today- I made them using the November Life Preserver's club kit, this paper line is adorable! These are photos from Thanksgiving two years ago.
But- what I wanted to write about today has absolutely nothing to do with my layouts I wanted to share today :)
Today it seems like everything is hitting me- my family Christmas dinner that I am hosting at my house is five days away, Christmas is next week, and soon it's all going to be over! This time of year everyone is busy with many different things, everyone knows that, but today I've just been feeling a bit smothered by everything I haven't gotten done and the realization of the things I am NOT going to get done. I'm just a little bit OCD when it comes to keeping organized and keeping my house clean, so this really bothers me! I have grocery lists for my sunday dinner and all the things I am making for other family dinners, lists of presents I've bought, lists of presents TO buy, lists of things around the house I wanted to get done, lists of chores & errands that have been put on hold. Right now I'm thinking "I wish I was Santa, at least he only has to make ONE list!"
Right here, right now I am going to make one more list. This one is a stress free happy list- it's all the things I have accomplished this holiday season, there's no point in stressing over what needs to be done or isn't going to get done. So here goes!
1. Our Christmas tree is up and decorated, and we put up lights outside our house too!
2. I have bought all the supplies for the handmade gifts I am making
3. I have already planned and bought supplies for some pretty cool Christmas crafts for the daycare kids to make
4. I have planned what we are all going to wear on Christmas (it was quite a task finding the perfect Christmas dress for Katelynne's first Christmas!)
5. I have planned what I'll be cooking for my family this Sunday.
6. I scrapbooked some great photos from past Christmases and shared them here!
7. I've got everything ready to wrap presents
Here's to looking on the bright side!- I challenge you to do the same, if you're Christmas to do's are weighing you down just take a moment to be in the here and now and cherish your accomplishments and your family!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tough

Today's layout I wanted to share is about Lucas' recent surgery. I remember writing about how much I loved the picture on the bottom of this page, it's one of those that really is worth a thousand words. Just by looking at it it reminds me of what I was feeling that day in that moment and how Lucas was after coming out of surgery. I can even remember the smell of the hospital. I created this page for a guest designer position at Backporch Memories, but it really became one of my favorite layouts that tells a special story. My journaling is really meaningful to me and I felt like I really wrote what I wanted to say and something that will be meaningful to Lucas too.
Today I am feeling anxious because tomorrow I will get to find out if I have been chosen for a few guest design team/ design team positions that I have applied for!
But on a happy note- I have been invited to join the We Kit U Not blog as a full time design team member! I really really like the idea behind this blog- inspiring scrappers to USE their monthly kits they have purchased! I think monthly kits are so much fun- getting a box of fully coordinated scrap goodness in the mail along with a website that has lots of ideas of what to do with it- and lots of ladies to chat with too! Well- at Kit U Not they have several of the most popular kit of the month clubs all TOGETHER making it even easier to get some great inspiration. I am going to be representing the Life Preserver's Kit Club, which I have been purchasing monthly kits from for over a year now. The layout I shared here today was in fact made from their November kit. Anyways- to end this long bit of rambling, you will see my work starting in January on the We Kit U Not blog :)
One more tidbit- I got some great photos at the Christmas Train- I'll definitely be making some layouts to share!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

December Addicted Scrappers Kit Creations

This month I worked with the Good Cheer kit from Addicted Scrappers and I couldn't have been happier! Plus there was a surprise of some yummy chocolate in my box... there's nothing more motivating than that LOL!
Ok so I got the photos taken and the projects done... and I simply adore the layouts I created with this kit!! I have them all hanging up on the refrigerator so I can admire them before they get put away in the scrapbook!
This layout was based on the pagemaps sketch contest for this month:
and this layout was created for this week's Sketches! {By Tamara} Blog:
This one was also based on a pagemaps sketch, I really like the foam Christmas trees as a border for the page and I was excited at how well the journaling spot "fit" on this page!And this little bag is my project of the month, get the instructions for it at the Addicted Scrapper's blog!


Sooooooooo..... .... there should be another project from this kit coming soon- when I get some scrappin time! Last night I had to veg out in front of the TV to watch some CSI, House, SVU, and Life! My DVR was gettin too full! And tonight we are taking Lucas to ride on the Christmas Train at Dry Gulch, Ok with my mother and father in law- it should be fun and there should be some GREAT holiday pics to scrap with more of my Good Cheer kit!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Baby Belly Pics

Soooo.... I'm late in getting my December Addicted Scrappers projects posted- still need pics of two things! I wanted to give you all something new to read here there so I am going to share more BELLY PICS from Carrie!! Her baby belly is now a thing of the past as we welcomed Aubrey into the world on December 1st! She weighed a whopping 5 lbs and 15 oz! Holding her reminded me of a sweet little baby Lucas- he was 5lb 9oz when he was born and even smaller after all his first two surgeries he had early on.

Anyways- here's the pics of Carrie's beautiful belly!







Sorry- no pics of the baby yet (I know it's hard to believe!) but you can bet they'll be coming soon! We are planning to take that pretty pink ribbon that was around Carrie's belly and tie it around the baby for some of the pics. I really can't wait and can't believe I didn't take any pics of katelynne posed when she was newborn! Oh well- maybe with the next baby right?! ;)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

This Week at Sketches! {by Tamara}

This week was Tamara's first ever 6x12 sketch, and in making it, it became the first page to go in my 6x12 album! I am scrappin away at these two year old pictures- they were SO GOOD but I still hadn't gotten them scrapped, I'm glad that's changing!

And by the way- this page was also made using the contents of my December Addicted Scrappers kit! I'll show you the rest of my creations with this kit tomorrow :)

Today I went on a big shopping trip, my mom and both kids in tow, I am tired to say the least! Lucas was doing everything he could to be as annoying as possible, I promise you would not have wanted to be with us at Wal-Mart tonight! I am excited though because I bought a mini pine tree at wal-mart and got some adorable pink mini decorations at Hobby Lobby- I cannot wait to decorate my own little pink tree! I'll share pics as soon as I'm done :) Right now I am off to gather the energy to decorate our BIG Christmas tree!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Full Reveal of November Addicted Scrappers Kit Projects

Sooo... I finally got the time to photograph my fall family mini album and it was my last project to be made using the November Addicted Scrappers kit, so I wanted to share the full range of goodies I made using this kit! I really enjoyed everything in this kit, and I have never used Bella Blvd. paper before- I really liked it! So, without further ado- here's the rest of my mini album and other goodies:


And here's something pretty for my purse- it's a pocket planner and I altered the cover of it so that I have my two cuties staring at me everytime I pull it out of my purse!
And now for the Layouts (drumroll please!):

Yes- this is yet another page made using my circle template- I punched the holes and put some more pattern paper behind it to make a window effect- will I ever get tired of this technique? I don't think so! This is what- the fifth layout I've used it on? I'm just proud of myself for using a tool I bought more than once!

And guess what showed up in my mailbox today? You guessed it- the December kit! It is absolutely beautiful, and the paper is from OCTOBER AFTERNOON, my new favorite :) It's like my chocolate truffle of scrapbook stuff right now! I already made a page with it this evening and you'll all get to see it on Sketches! {By Tamara} on Monday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hold Still!

I'm still trying to hold off in posting all of my projects from the November Addicted Scrappers kit- so I'm going to share a page I made with last month's kit! I called this one "Hold Still" because well- a photo of lucas holding still is nearly impossible to get these days!!

I picked up the scallop "flowers" idea at my LSS- when we made them at a make 'n' take I knew I would HAVE to buy the punches- even though my quickutz silhouette can make them too! Sometimes it's just easier to grab a punch ya know?

I also picked up some adorable Christmas papers at my LSS this weekend- can't wait to start creating with them! I bought some gift bags at wal-mart in red and green... I have been dreaming about all the wonderful things I can do to them later- LOL! Now if only I could stay awake at naptime today... and have both babies and all the other kids asleep AT THE SAME TIME... oh wait- I think I might have been dreaming again :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

This Week's Sketches! {By Tamara} Layout


This week's sketch was a double page layout- it was fun to work with! I decided to make my pages for Katelynne's baby book, so I used the K&Co little wonders paper that I have planned to do the whole album in. Be sure to check out what the rest of the layout design team did over at the Sketches! {By Tamara} blog- there is so much talent there, you will be inspired!


I took these photos myself too- I am really happy with how they look, and a lot cheaper than going to Sears!

Ok so those flourishes you see on there? Those are Prima's new Say it in Studs- I bought 3 packs of these because I thought they were so cool and I really really liked the say it in crystals flourishes. Well, if you were thinking about getting some of these studs DON'T! It takes like five minutes just to get one on your page because the adehesive they used for the studs isn't stable enough and when you take it off of the acetate they come on the flourish doesn't hold it's shape- it gets all stuck together and is next to impossible to get on your page!! I think they look absolutely adorable when you get them on, but I will not be buying anymore of these unless they change the glue!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Baby Shower

So one of my excuses for not posting for awhile was a baby shower- for one of my best friends! The dad is my husbands best friend from school and I have loved Carrie ever since he first brought her to town after meeting her at college. I knew I wanted to throw her a baby shower ever since I found out they were expecting! Oh yes and to make it even more special- you might remember my post a few months ago about the baby shower I threw for my friend Ashley- well guess what? Corey is her brother! That's right, they are going to have babies 3 months apart, how cool is that?


Here's the photos I took of them and the belly pics! I think they turned out really good, I just wish I could buy that Cannon Rebel I've been eyeing!

The lighting was a little bright in this one- and it was hard to get Corey to get a serious smile on his face, good thing Carrie looks cute enough for the both of them lol!



















And here's the money shot- the belly and the fancy wedding ring all together :)













































We all loved this pic because of the shadow of her belly, you can't really tell how big her baby bump is but her shadow gives it away.




































Baby shower game prizes!





And now for the baby shower! We had it at the Sirloin Stockade here in town during the saturday breakfast buffet.





<---- If they were having twins they might have enough babies for all their stuff!





A glimpse of the table as guests walked in- Carrie made the scrapbook with her preggie pics and ultrasound photos. I ordered the princess rubber duckies from oriental trading- they were too cute! I saved one of them for Katelynne!





Here's the cake and cupcakes I decorated for the shower- and yes the cake says "Woot! It's a girl!" If you didn't know- Woot is the webster's word of the year and one of Carrie's favorite expressions, I just had to use it. And for anyone who didn't know- yes I do like to decorate cakes! I loved doing the pink and brown flourishes and flowers on this one, I even decorated it while babysitting- quite a feat if I do say so myself!







A close up of the diaper cake I made for them! I used mostly size 2 diapers so they wouldn't have to take it apart right away. I really enjoy making these diaper cakes and have a feeling that that will be my gift of choice whenever I am invited to a baby shower! The middle of the cake has a large bottle of baby powder in it too.










And last but not least- another table decoration I made for the tables, they are little pink pails (also from Oriental Trading) and I put the preggie pics onto candy sticks and tied little bows, there is sticky putty in the bottom to help hold them up. I made 6 of these, each with different photos.



Friday, November 14, 2008

No one missed me but I'm back

Well, I don't think that anyone was devastated to not see any new posts from me in awhile- but if you were, I am back in the game! With Halloween, my mother's birthday, a baby shower for a friend, and a new baby girl in my home daycare- I have been just a little bit busy, just a little. I've been scrapping plenty, just haven't had the time to share, so I'll be trying to catch up in the next week or so, expect some adorable baby shower decor, fall layouts, and maybe even a halloween project ;)

First I wanted to share my layout for this weeks Sketches! {By Tamara} blog:



This was also one of my creations using this month's kit from Addicted Scrappers- I'll share the rest of my kit creations soon!

Next- a mini album I made for my mother to carry in her purse and share with her friends and coworkers, it's made using badge holders I found in the stationary dept. at wal-mart.



And here's a pic of Katelynne on one of the last nice sunny days of fall, can you believe she's crawling now?!


I'll be back with more later!