Monday, December 31, 2007

Forever & A Day!!!

It really has been that long since I've sat down to spend more than an iota of a moment at the computer. Between being pregnant, holidays, working part-time, running a household, and managing this family of six very individualistic people...well life has been a bit WHACKY!!!

But I did manage to upload photos from the camera today and even edit a couple to share.

Here they are...Emma & Maggie with Santa at Krohn Conservatory the Saturday before Christmas, and Nora giving me some cheese on Christmas Eve.

I really will try to be a bit more "responsible" with my future updates. Thanks you friends for being there as you always have been! Happy Christmas & New Year from me to all of you!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

This Crazy THing I Call LIFE!

First of all, I haven't forgotten about the tags. I will get to them...someday. But here's what's been happening.

Maggie broke her elbow.
Emma has Chicken Pox. She's one of 6 kids (as of today) in her class with it.
We're 8 weeks pregnant with a surprise gift from God!

How's that for distraction?!?

I did do a little Ali-inspired layout today that has been floating through my brain for the better part of the last week or so.

Life is certainly moving along quickly here! And it's only about to get busier!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Scrap Green!

I'm not referring to the color green.

Backtrack a moment...did you know that Monday was Blog Action Day? Well, it was. While reading Ali Edwards' blog on Tuesday I learned that small fact. It is now Thursday and I finally acted on her challenge to scrap green. I set up a small paper recycling station in my scrap room. This is so easy to do! Seriously, if you're going to throw that paper away, instead of putting it into the trash can, place it in a separate bin or brown bag for recycling. A bonus for me...Emma's school participates in a paper recycling program where the school earns dollars for paper placed in the designated dumpster. So not only am I helping the environment, I'm also helping my daughter's school raise education funds.

I highly encourage all of you to do what you can to scrap green! For more ideas on how you can scrap green, visit Ali's blog.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

All that Glitters is Gold!

Well, maybe not all the time, but it was definitely the case on this recent layout. Here's just a peek at it today. The title letters are actually Heidi Swapp ghost letters. In case you're wondering how I made the glitter stick, here's my trick:

~Paint the letter with a clear varnish.
~While the varnish is wet, dip the letter into a tray of glitter. I recommend using tweezers to hold the letter. That way you won't get quite so much of the sparkley stuff on your person.
~Set the letters aside to dry.
~When dry, apply a coat of clear varnish. This will act as a sealant/protectant.

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Layouts

As promised, here are the complete layouts. The Scrap4Life newsletter was officially released this weekend, so I am now free to share. Both designs were based on Becky Fleck sketches, which can be found on her PageMaps website. I must say that I am absolutely in love with shaped pages right now! It's almost difficult for me to do a traditional square at this time.

Can't you just see the likeness between Maggie & Autumn? I never really noticed until recently just how much Mags resembles her biggest sister. Maybe that's because I wasn't here when Autumn was a wee scrap of a lass like my Miss Mag.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


As these are assignments for the Scrap4Life Design Team, I can't post them until after the newsletter is emailed, which should be within the next fews days. In the meantime, check out these blue eyes! Sometimes this little girl astounds me...well maybe it's most of the time! She sure is something special...

Beyond being very busy scrapping & getting work done for Scrap4Life, all is well. The new part time job (that I started a month ago) is really making a difference in out life. Amazing how that little bit of extra income can relieve so much stress! My duties with Emma's school (I'm on the PTO board) are in full swing as well, but not too much strain on the day-to-day life. And now Girl Scouts will be starting back up this months as well. Yup! I'm Emma's troop leader too. We're going on our third year together as a Troop. Somehow I have managed to bring these 12 girls from Brownie to Juniors. WOW! I really need to review the Junior handbook materials and get things ready for them to start back up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Sneak Peek!

I did this very cool layout last night, but I can't share the whole thing as it's a DT assignment. I can show a glimpse though without breaking the rules completely...Seriously, I can't wait to share this one. Believe it or not, it's an Autumn (not the season, but my 17 year old daughter) page. Teens are a bit tricky to scrap, but I can say that she "approved" of this page. She chose the photo for me ages ago. Then when the page was complete last night, she gave it the official "it's cute" thumbs up.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Once Upon a Goth

Some time ago while cleaning out a closet, I stumbled across these old pictures of Mark "back in the day" as he says. I tried to do some restoration with them, but I had limited tools. In then end, I reformatted them as black & white prints. This is the page I came up with. It's a simple design; one that focuses entirely on these photos.

I suppose it's now time for me to break out my old photos...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pretty in Pink

No, I'm not talking about the classic 80s Molly Ringwald movie directed by John Hughes. Rather, this is about a beautiful confection of pink fluff that my dear friend Susannicole sent to Nora. Here is Nora looking all sweet & pretty in her 6 month big girl pose.
This page is yet another Becky Fleck Round Map - I LOVE these!!! I highly encourage all who scrap to try a shaped layout. It really is envigorating :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Slight Disappointment

As many of my friends know, I did not get the call to the October Afternoon Design Team. I am OK with that fact. I am very proud of the work that I submitted to the company call. I need only look at my daughters (and in the mirror) to remind myself why I scrap. It's for them. It's for me. Their legacy. My creative outlet. Nothing more, nothing less.

And now it's Wednesday...Hump Day...a day to do laundry, go the the library for preschool story-time, a day to hit the grocery for the mid-week catch...a night to scrap!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Early September Scrap

The September Design Team sponsor at Scrap4Life is Dream Street. Until this past month, I had never worked with this manufacturer. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen their product in my LSS. Anyhow, it has been a lot of fun playing with these fun new lines (released at Summer CHA in July).

Here are two pieces I've done to least two that I am now allowed to share ;)

The first is obviously a layout. It is based on a sketch I created (with the help of Autumn). The sketch drew its roots from an elementary Venn Diagram. This particular layout focuses on Emma & Maggie's room before & after we cleaned it. It was very very messy!

The second item is an altered door sign I made for Miss Maggie. It was very simple (& inexpensive too) with wood craft products purchased from Michaels. I'm very happy with this end result...and so is Maggie!

Patriot's Day

Today is set aside as Patriot's Day. The day that our country officially remembers and mourns those innocent lives lost and affected by the tragedies of this day six years ago.

It is only right that we take a moment in silence and prayer to remember those people...then hug those closest to us.

Monday, August 27, 2007

It was a MONDAY!!!

and it sure felt like it!!! Autumn went back to school today - as a senior. Holy cow! How did that happen? Anyhow, it seems that we have to get her a couple of new uniform skirts after all...the ones she has are too small and she can't button them. If she is caught doing the rolled waist, she will receive conduct points and potentially Saturday school. Guess I get to go to the uniform store tomorrow.

Emma returns tomorrow for her first day as a fourth grader. We were smart enough to have her try her skirts on a couple of weeks ago. We had to buy new ones - go figure!

Anyhow, back to my Monday of laundry, dishwasher loading, meal prep, childcare, and cleaning the bedroom of my 4 year old & 9 year old. It took us three hours, but it's finally done!!! OMGoodness! It was awful! There was a 3 foot walkway through the room to the beds & dressers and that was about it. The rest of the space was full of Barbies, dollhouse, webkinz, coloring books, story books, markers & crayons. They must get it from their dad's side of the family - certainly not from me. Being the scrap-mom that I am, I took before & after photos for a layout. Yep! I really did that. Look for it soon. The sketch based design is due to S4L by September 1. I think it will be called "A Girls' Room: Before & After (The Great Cleanup of August 2007)" or something like that.

Back to the grind....

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A PeaK & A Pic

I really did it!!! I submitted to the October Afternoon DT Call. Saying a hopeful prayer that I will be taken notice of (in a good way). I did have a lot of fun creating items for this call too. I made a mobile for the girls...bluebirds. Also cranked out one the best layouts evah!!! I really am proud of this Nora page. For the record, it is based on a Becky Fleck sketch. She absolutely RAWKS!!! The sketch can be found here.... The one I used is toward the bottom of the page - the published LO is from Marla Kress. Of course, I did take some liberties, but isn't that how the creative machine works?

If you're wondering, the mobile was created with wood embroidery hoops for the structure, a polyfill cloud covered in "pixie dust" (white glitter), ribbon, and recycled chipboard for the birds (my own design). Right now it's hanging for the antique copper light fixture on my scrap "porch", but it will eventually move into Emma & Maggie's room. Maggie now wants me to make some butterflies for the wall next to her bed....

And here's a photo I snapped of Nora early this morning (around 7:30 AM). The morning light was just perfect...I couldn't resist. Somehow, I even managed to get some smiles out of her! It's hard to believe that she's almost 6 months old. Where has the time gone, Nora Mae?

Friday, August 24, 2007


How did that happen?!? This surely has been one of those weeks. First, I decided to go for it with a manufacturer DT call. I need to put the final touches on my BIG project tomorrow morning, photograph it, touch up the digi file, then get everything emailed off before midnight their time. YIKES! It is overwhelming.

This was the girl's last week of summer break too. Hard to believe that Autumn will be a senior. My baby Emma will be in 4th grade. Maggie will be 4 years old in just a few short weeks. Time has flown by!!! So many much to little time...

I am happy that they are returning to school though. Maggie & Nora will be with me during the day as always, but I hope to get our "routine" back. We'll be doing our toddler story time at the library again...preschool workbooks for Mag will be so much fun.

Tomorrow or perhaps Monday, I find out if I got the part time job at the local market. I think it's in the bag (hah!) as they called me in for a second interview tonight. All went very well. It was very short & sweet...seemed to be part of their due process for hiring. I'll find out soon enough.

Emma starts riding lessons in just two weeks. She's counting the moments till the day arrives. She has found her passion! Just look at her... Have you ever seen a little girl so in love with a horse?! BONUS...she gets to help our friends out with their horses at the boarding stable again tomorrow afternoon. What I wouldn't give for her youthful exuberance...

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Layouts

I am so pleased with how these pages turned out - especially the page with Nora! Both of these were completed as part of my assignments at Scrap4Life this month. Once again, I can't say how much fun it was to work with the new 3Bugs collections. Not to mention the pleasure it was to play with my new Crop-o-Dile and stretch myself to use my tools for a change - used my corner rounder punch (along with the CoD) to create the punched scallops. Even pulled out my old photo corner punch for that embellishment too....and the polka dots on the "Sisters" page - those were made with a pencil eraser dipped in white paint!!! I'm all for scrapping on a budget ;)

Now I have a huge decision to make...and I can't reach my conscience to pick her brain! Jodie sent me information today for a new manu DT chance. Do I audition or stay in the wings? What to do!!! I love the product of this fledgling company and it would be so exciting to get in on the ground floor, but am I ready with 4 daughters in the house - the oldest getting ready to start her Senior year in High School, and the baby at just 5 months old. I going to have to really think this one over. And I'm not going to say the name of the company in fear that I might jinx myself if I decide to go for it!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A New Color Scheme

I've been playing around with different color schemes on this thing & think I've finally found one that I like! What do y'all think of the pink? Be brutally honest now. I want to hear the truth! I may have to live with it for a few days to get a real impression of it all. Then again, if someone suggests something else that they think just screams me, I might go with it.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Early August Scrap

In August, the S4L DT had the privilege of working with 3 Bugs in a Rug latest collections released at Summer CHA. I received the Cotton Shop and Back Porch collections. Here are two of the pages I have created (that I am allowed to share at this time).

I just love the expressions on Maggie's face in the "Back Yard Swim" page! She really is quite the photo-hog!!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

A Promotion of Sorts

As many know, I have been on the Scrap4Life DT for almost 18 months now. Well...this past week, Jodie (the site owner) contacted me to inquire as to if I would be interested in being a Co-Coordinator for the Team. I am so honored to say that I have accepted this additional responsibility. I really look forward to pushing myself to drive her site ever forward. My additional responsibilities will include maintaining the S4L Blog. YIKES! I suppose I really should get this whole bloggin' business figured out so I don't muck it up!