Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Got Milk?

I created this layout for the 2008 Gr8 Cr8tive Idol contest at Just Cr8. The challenge for the first week of the contest was to create a layout using an advertising slogan from a business. When I first read the challenge "Got Milk?" immediately popped in my mind because I knew I had these photos I had taken of Katelynne nursing and that I really wanted to scrap them for her baby book. I know that some people might think it a bit strange to take a photo of a baby nursing and then scrapbook it- and share it with the world- but I am honestly PROUD to be breastfeeding and I just feel like it is something worth sharing and encouraging other moms to do. Also- I really want Katelynne to know how special it was and how important it is to me that I did breastfeed her. I plan to make a right side page to go with this so it will be a double layout, I want to journal more about breastfeeding- such as how it felt to do it in public and so on! I also need a photo of my super cool nursing cover I bought from Lovey Duds!

Anyways! I hope you all are inspired by this layout and that you will stop by Just Cr8 and check out the contest!

OH and also I wanted to share that I won FIRST RUNNER UP in the MOSD album contest! I am very excited to have won this place- it's not THE winner, but close enough :) I'll be getting prize pack of MOSD goodies soon too- can't wait to play with it!

Here's some close ups of the page:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween Canvas

Today I want to share another Halloween project- it's made of two canvases attached with ribbon. They decorated similar to a shadow box. I really loved making this project because it is so unique from the things you normally see made with a canvas!

On this side the pictures flip up and there are more underneath- you can see the tabs on each page below the first photo. The letters on this canvas are also glittered- it's hard to see in the photo. I cut the spiders using my Quickutz Silhouette and popped them from the canvas.
This side has a coluzzle file folder which I glued halfway up the folder so it would stay closed. It holds tags in it (one for each year) and they have journaled on them what we ate and what we did that year, and what the kids dressed up as.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bat Shaped Mini Album

While getting out my Halloween things I ran across this and knew I wanted to share it! Would you believe that this little album was up for sale on Ebay last year and NEVER sold? I was FORCED to put my pictures into this stinkin' cute album! I cut the bats out using my Quickutz Silhouette and then embellished with K&Co Tim Coffey Halloween paper and embellies, plus some prima flowers and ribbon. Here's some more photos below!

Love this poem, it's almost as stinkin' cute as the album!

SO- the QOTD (question of the day) on several of the scrapbooking forums I participate on has recently been "what do you do for Halloween- do you decorate and hand out candy?" So I thought I'd share my answer here for anyone who might be wondering.... I always decorate for fall and halloween plus I usually have a Chilli dinner on the big night- complete with caramel apples and puppy chow (or sometimes called muddy buddies). This year is going to be even better because my little princess will be a lot of fun to dress up- I have hand made her a Halloween tutu and can't wait to share photos of it!

In case you are looking for a great treat to share with your friends and family this year- here's the recipe for puppy chow!

9 cups crispy rice cereal squares
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.

More spooky projects and recipes coming soon :) I think I might even have my first blog candy...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Flyin' Kites

I am happy to say that Lucas is back to normal- actually he seems to be "supernormal" in that he is bouncing off the walls more than normal- I suppose he has to make up for all the mischief he missed the day of surgery when he was too groggy to get up and RUN. Lucas does not walk, he runs- and that past two days he has been BOUNCING and can't stop talking, all he can do is beg to go to the park, slide, and swing! Today we took him to the park and flew kites because it was verrrry windy- all you had to do was let go of the kite and up it went! When we were done with the kites we gave them to some of the other families with children playing at the park.
And my artwork share for the day- these are the two cards I made for this month's sketches for the Let's Scrap Design Team Blog. Yet another creation from Scrap Pink! As one of the cards says- Enjoy :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Everything is OK!

Lucas was such a brave boy today- he didn't cry even once. When he woke up from anesthesia his eyes got really big because he heard the other little boys (seems like it was all boys today!) that had just woke up and they were screaming- I bet he was wondering what was being done to those other kids that was making them scream like that. He was very sleepy and calm. When we went to the recovery room his Aunt Beck came to visit and brought him a spiderman fishing pole- he really woke up then and played fishing, he was still playing with it in the van on the way home and even when we got here 2 hours later he was STILL fishing! Right now he is about to take a nap- I think he did a little bit too much playing too soon :)

I couldn't have asked for a better outcome or for him to have been more calm and peaceful in the whole situation- thank you to all of my friends and readers who have been praying and thinking of us today!

Here's my Berry Sweet paper gift bag album I Promised a few weeks ago! I finally finished it! It is currently listed on Ebay, CLICK HERE to go see it and more detailed photos. Even if you can't bid be sure to add it to your watch list :) Also check out my other listings to see the PFOP charity auction and get in on the action!

I am very un-patiently waiting tonight to see who won the MOSD Guest Designer contest- check my archives for the mommy moments album I entered! I am going to head up to the craft room to scrapbook, that will surely make the time fly!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Surgery Tomorrow & Some Projects

My little boy is getting big! These photos are from his first day of school. Tomorrow, well actually in about 5 hours from now- we'll be headed to St. Francis children's hospital in Tulsa, Ok for him to have his 6th and hopefully final surgery. It is an outpatient procedure so it's not going to be anything like some of the surgeries he has been through- but this mommy is still worried of course! At his last check up with the pediatric surgeon (Dr. Richard Rainne- THE BEST!) I mentioned that the pediatrician was worried that his right testicle which had previously been operated on for being undescended was not there. He believes that something happened after the surgery and the testicle is yet again not where it is supposed to be. It worries me more that this surgery is not just an orchiopexy, but also an "exploration", I am sure that it will be OK, just I don't like that the word exploration could mean that there is something there that is "unknown" ya know what I mean?

I still remember three years ago at this time I was changing colostomy bags. I can't even imagine what it must have felt like for him to have gone through these surgeries, I have never been to the hospital except for delivering my babies- and yet I'd rather go through labor a hundred times than hold my baby down to have a nurse attempt to put an IV into his neck, arm, ankle, and at last scalp. One of the hardest things about having a young child go through surgeries is that you can't even begin to explain to them WHY they have to do this, WHY they have to feel the pain they will feel, and WHY you can't protect them from it.

Lucas is one tough guy, he doesn't cry when he falls down- just asks for a band aid because he thinks they look cool ;)

This is definitely the longest post I've ever made on my blog- hope it wasn't too boring :) I've scrapbooked about all of Lucas' surgeries and they all have a LOT of journaling, so someday when he asks where the big scars on his belly came from I can tell him all about it!

So- I've got the bags packed with toys, crayons, markers, coloring books, story books, baby toys, snacks, magazines, changes of clothes and blankets- because I know my brain won't be functioning at 4 am!

Here's some more scrappy goodies to share:

I found the step by step instructions for this SUPER CUTE halloween sign HERE , LOVE this blog :) And I love my sign too! Can you believe it all started with a piece off of a cardboard box?! I took my sign one step up from the tutorial and I added green and purple stickles to the cardboard- and a small big of green paint. Love the effect! It was actually Lucas' idea too- he saw me painting and wanted to do it too and he grabbed a bottle of stickles- it turned out realllllly cute, plus I LOVE bling!

AND- the PFOP charity auction is LIVE!

CLICK HERE and please- if you have an ebay account just add it to your watch list, even if you can't bid this will help get us into the Ebay Pulse so that we can raise a nice chunk of change for the Susan G. Komen foundation! Here's the finished tin which I made, then all the ladies of the team sent me their recipe cards to fill it up!
And here's the recipe cards I made for the tin- I have got to admit- these cards were a LOT of fun to make! I might just have to make more for myself!
Thanks for reading my super long post today :) I appreciate your prayers and thoughts for big boy Lucas tomorrow, I'll post how things went as soon as I am able- and share some photos.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PFOP Breast Cancer Fundraiser Sneak Peak

The PFOP girls have been busy planning our annual breast cancer fundraiser for Ebay! This year we have a totally new idea and I can't wait to get the auction going! Here is just a sneak peak at just a part of what will be in the auction, and you can bet I'll be posting a link here as soon as the auction goes live :) I really hope that the auction will be successful in raising a significant amount of money for the Susan G. Komen foundation, and honestly- the winner of the auction will be getting some great boo-tay too!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Birthday Card

I made this card today for my brother in law's birthday- yes I am quite sure a man cannot appreciate a handmade card as much as a fellow scrapper would- so I snapped a pic first :) This is also another creation using the october home is where the heart is addicted scrappers kit.

I am super tired tonight- had a garage sale this morning!! I am trying to work up the energy to stay up just a little bit longer to scrapbook, we'll see!

I made a new post on the PFOP blog today- and it's a feedback friday one so stop by there and leave a comment or two :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pagemaps October Contest Sketch Layout

I made this layout today during naptime- it's for the contest on the Pagemaps blog to create a layout based on a sketch with the theme of "I heart _____". I had to think about this one for a few minutes because I "heart" a lot of things... just which one was worthy of making a page about? It finally came down to these photos, they are two years old but I am that far behind in my personal scrapping!!! They really remind me of everything I love about fall- cool weather, pretty leaves, fall holidays, fall baking- the list goes on and on :). f

I also created this page using my October kit from Addicted Scrappers, so if you HEART this page- be sure to head on over there and grab a kit before they're all gone!

Fifth Avenue Mini Book

I created this little number and listed it on Ebay last night! I have been so busy actually making things for myself that I haven't sold anything for quite some time. I still have a Berry Sweet gift bag album about halfway done- will finish it some day...

I really like making these mini books- they are fairly quick to create and PERFECT and I do mean perfect as a gift, and they would fit nicely in a diaper bag/ purse for sharing in the middle of the grocery store when you run into an aunt or friend you don't get to see very often :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we visited the pumpkin patch and I got some amazing photos- so I made a pretty layout to go with them! I used the MME Magnolia papers and transparencies along with a sketch out of my Pagemaps book! My fave part of this layout is definitely the transparencies- they just add that special something to the photos and these two just happened to be exactly the right colors!
This is another product from Scrap Pink :) It's my favorite layout from the weekend! I have another one I'll share later this week.