Monday, July 5, 2010

All Inclusive

Today I have a few more Bella Blvd. projects to share. Above is a card made from Man of the House and below is a layout made from the All Inclusive line. I can't believe I made this layout in January, it feels so warm and sunny! There was actually snow on the ground when I photographed this layout believe it or not :)
To save paper I actually cut out the middle of the orange background paper and used it for another project.

I don't have much else to say today! It is 4th of july weekend and I have spent it relaxing and doing all the nothing that I can stand. I often feel guilty for not spending more time doing activities with the kids and this weekend was all about laying back and just recharging my batteries so to speak. Every mom needs a little time to just sit back and say "I'll do it tomorrow" and this is officially my weekend for doing just that, I am claiming it and I am going to savor it. Tomorrow it is back to work and back to the balancing act that is my everyday, I'll be ready- are you?

Book and thoughts of the week

Reading. Studying. Gardening. Cooking. Creating. All of these things have been fighting to be the forerunner of my activities the past several weeks. I have been drinking a LOT of coffee and doing as much as I can handle before giving up and crawling into my bed, surrendering to the warm chocolate brown sheets and melting into a much needed deep sleep.
I am in week 8 of my first term of classes with Kaplan University. Only two more weeks left and so far I have a 99% in all my classes! I am really happy with this and I have actually learned a LOT. I'll be graduating in about nine months from now and everyday I think about the future and feel a little tinge of excitement at the fact that I am finally finishing school, I wish I had done it sooner. I wish I had known how easy it would be to go to school online and get a real deal degree from a big girl school :)
This week I am reading The Passage by Justin Cronnin. I absolutely had to read it after seeing his interview on Good Morning America- seriously Stephen freakin' King called in during the interview to tell Cronin how much he loved his book and said that he hoped it sold "a million copies". Seriously. That was the moment I knew I had to read it- besides the fact that it is about vampires that is ;). I am about halfway done with the book and lemme' tell ya what- Cronin's vampires most definitely do not sparkle in the sunshine and fall madly in love with teenage girls! I am enjoying the book but it's definitely not the genre I would normally read. There have been several parts of the book that I would have liked to have been written differently. It hasn't been - for me anyway- an "I can't put this down for anything except to go to the bathroom and eat" book, but I think I need a little more time to get fully engrossed in the book, it is after all- one ginormous book!
I also have one more bit of exciting news I want to write about. I have been a work at home mommy since 2004 and I have done just about every different type of WAHM job you can think of. I am adding a new item to my resume of work at home experiences- freelance writing. I have loved reading and books ever since I was old enough to listen to a story, let alone read one myself. I don't know why I never recognized how fulfilling the act of writing and creating my own story could be. I've always thought it would be the most amazing thing to be the author of a story as enthralling as those of my childhood, why didn't I ever sit down and actually write? I don't have an answer for that, I've always been creative so it's only natural to me that I feel a new creative desire- to write.
I know I've got a lot to learn so I'm starting small. I have accepted three freelance writing gigs to get a little experience before writing on my own topics. I'm having fun- so we'll see where the creative ride takes me!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Love, Mom - a mini album memoir to my children

For the Bella projects I created for CHA in January it was requested that we stick with the main theme of the line when creating our projects- and this was challenging for me when it came to the Estate Sale line. I have a fairly good amount of family- that is true, but my family generally does not spend time together, most of us harbor a grudge against one family member or another for various reasons, and it’s really sad for me that things have to be that way. When I sat and thought about “Estate Sale” I thought of the great grandparents I never really knew, about my living grandma in Ohio I have seen only a handful of times, and about my other grandma that is like a second mother to me. I don’t have any photos of any of these people, I know my grandma that I am close to has lots of old photos, but yet again the “I never got to know these people” factor was in the back of my mind. So I decided to take a different angle.

The Bella Blvd. estate sale line is about long-term relationships, both family and friends, that are important to us and who will forever be remembered with love and good times. I decided to make this album about my OWN family and relate my past to my present and how I want to be better than the family I grew up with (or actually grew up WITHOUT).

This album has the most heartfelt journaling of any other I have done and brings out some feelings that I have never felt were easy to discuss with anyone, but they are things that need to be said to my children, and that’s what scrapbooking is all about for me- relating my feelings and thoughts to my family and recording them so that they know exactly how much I love them and have tangible memories of my life and our memories together. So- enough chit chat already! Here’s the album!

It's one of my faves- paper bag book.

Had to include a pic of myself of course ;)

I picked a different word for each set of pages that represented one of the most important feelings I wanted to talk about and convey to my children. The first one is faith. There is a journaling tag in the right side page.

One of my favorite photos and pages, it needed a close up :)
Left side page has a magnetic closure and is a tri-fold page, photo below shows the inside of the page:
This inside portion is about how my family DOES love eachother, but we never say it. I am determined to break that cycle with my own children and let my feelings be seen, heard, and felt no matter what!

Dream- this page is about thinking big, believing in yourself, and always believing that you can do ANYTHING if you put you mind to it and work hard enough. I don't want my children to ever feel like anything is holding them back.

health- this page is about my hope that the kiddos will learn some healthy eating habits from me and like their veggies LOL! Ok, it's more about my hope that they will be better than me in the health dept.- be active, play sports, excercise. It may sound a little out of place compared to the other hard topics, but obesity is a real issue in my family and even my husband and I battle our weight and eating habits. My hope for my children is that they will see the lifestyle changes we work so hard to make everyday and that they will come automatically for them, that in their adult lives they will not have to worry about their weight, that exercise will simply be a part of their everyday schedule.

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Bella

This color combo is one that I have never worked with before- navy blue with hot pink and brown, a touch of lime green. I like it! It is different! I was honestly surprised that I had an outfit of Katelynne's that matched the paper too! This layout uses the Estate Sale line from Bella Blvd. and was another one of my creations for CHA in January.

Some more Man of the House for ya'll here. I was proud of myself for using my silhouette and cutting out an odd border to use on this page. I like the effect and had really been feeling like I needed to use my Silhouette more. This photo was taken on our sixth anniversary last year and although the date we went on totally sucked (thank you mr. negative attitude!) I like the photo... lol! We went to a casino for the first time and my husband hated it, he was a real party pooper if I do say so myself. Oh well, at least I got a nice scrapbook page out of the deal right? Now if our anniversary this year isn't more enjoyable I may have to think of a more cruel and unusual punishment for him other than using his face on a scrapbook page!

I just finished reading the Harper Connelly mysteries by Charlaine Harris today. I have already preordered the next book in the series from Amazon, can't wait! Perhaps I will try to write my first book review and post it here? Maybe no one will want to read it other than myself, but hey it's my blog right? :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bella Blvd. Man of the House

I was ecstatic when I got asked to make a few things for the Bella Blvd. CHA release back in January, and I really liked the new products I got to work with. I was in my downhill creative slump at the time so I procrastinated until the day before my projects were due and had to ship them express mail to Bella.... yeah that was stupid!!! Anywho- here's a couple of my projects. This first layout is about lucas' SEVENTH trip tot he ER. My hubby freaked out when he saw the big gash on Lucas' forehead after he hit it on the side of the bathtub, but super-mom me used a bandaid to hold everything together 'til the ER doc could use some good 'ol Dermabond on him and fix it all up! Of course, Lucas cried more when the doctor touched him than when he actually hit his head. I think I'd cry too if I had the sort of memories concerning hospitals that he has.

This is my other layout and it's the first one I created with my goodies. After all- the line IS called Man of the House, so I had to make a page about the man of my house. He hates all the photos of himself but I told him he'd have to just get over it because I was putting his picture on THIS layout and he'd just have to cry more if he didn't like it! My inspiration for this page was the way it makes me feel when he gets home from work everyday. I work from home so I'm here all the time, and on those days when he has to work late I can just feel the need to talk to him and sit with him while the kids play. Sometimes he comes home grumpy, or comes home and finds me grumpy, but talking to him makes me remember who I am and why I do what I do. Now if we're BOTH grumpy at the same time when he gets home from work... thats not as much fun, but I omitted that scenario from this particular scrapbook page HA!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blog Resuscitation

Hmmm... it's been a little dead around here lately hasn't it? I mean, gee the blog owner hasn't posted anything NEW for 6 1/2 months. She's also neglected her daycare blog and facebook page. It's almost as if she has disappeared off of the blogger universe!!

I think about blogging at least once every few days, and then I never do anything with that thought, it simply slips to the back of my mind, filed away for another day. I have always enjoyed reading blogs and posting my own thoughts and projects here. I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist and I truly believe that for a very long time I was trying to do things that simply were not me or what I truly wanted to be. I'm not happy go-lucky, my life isn't perfect and I'm not ever going to try to make myself feel like it is through always optimistic scrapbook pages, albums, and yes- blog posts. I've come to realize that my life does NOT revolve around scrapbooking, YES I have other interests! From the moment I picked up Twilight and started reading it was like an affiar with a former lover and it is full of all the heat and passion our relationship once had years ago. I haven't been sitting idle while I wasn't creating or blogging about those creations. I have read 45 books in the last 6 months and I'm still going! I've even started writing a little something of my own...

I guess that what I'm here trying to say today is that I had to step away from art for awhile, from scrapbooking for the recognition rather than the love of the art itself. I have barely been able to pick up a piece of scrapbook paper or glance into my craft room without being disgusted with myself for the huge accumulation of supplies I have allowed myself to frivolously purchase. Yes- I am definitely not the only scraphoarder (remember you heard that term HERE first! LOL) out there, and I won't be the last, but I am going to stop it- I have stopped. I destashed my room of everything I could part with and sold every bit of it in a garage sale. I haven't purchased any craft supplies in months unless it was for my children. Scrapbooking became a like a dragon that had made its cave inside my craft room and it was hoarding every new line of supplies, every bookmark on my computer, every bit of internet surfing time, every last minute of free time I could funnel away from my family! It took me this long to realize why I couldn't create anymore, it wasn't that I was bored or needed a break, it was that I was totally disgusted with my behavior. I couldn't create because I had to slay that dragon hiding in my craft room, it wasn't big enough in there for the both of us!

So... if you're still reading and don't think I'm crazy yet- you may wonder what I am doing now? I'm still not in the mood to create, and we are in the process of trying to sell our house so some of my stuff is packed away, and I'm ok with that. I see other people's creations and they inspire me and ignite a tiny spark that makes me want to get to work at a new project, but it's not quite enough to convince me to go up those stairs to my sweet little attic room and get my hands dirty. I've been thinking about making Katelynne a new dress... or maybe one of those cute and trendy aprons, maybe sometime soon I'll do that. For now, I have decided that I want to keep sharing here on my blog, maybe not always my scrapbooking, but I want to write and talk about my garden, cooking and weight loss, reading especially- I need someone to discuss these books with after I'm done reading them! I have some projects I have never shared here before too, perhaps talking about them will help me fuel my creative side?!

Either way, I am back and I'm going to keep posting, I hope you will continue to follow my blog and enjoy reading about my experiences and my creations. Maybe you are a scraphoarder too! :)