Saturday, November 29, 2008


It is like I can just hear someone yelling out, "Next..." as a signal that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe it is just a bad memory of the not-so-nice lady at Toys R Us yesterday morning. I know that there were a million people in the store since 5:00 a.m., but it doesn't give anyone the right to be rude. Thanksgiving was great. The kids are at an age where they just play, which meant Steve and I could actually relax this year. Nathan and Ella both tried turkey and stuffing. Black Friday shopping was fun--love hanging out with my other BFFs even if they do torture me all the time. I am on food overload and haven't scrapped in days, which is making me a bit cranky. But all and all, it has been a great holiday weekend.

To get everyone in the mood for the next holiday, I am sharing a Christmas layout. I used the December kit from The Nook. The tree is actually a die cut and then I used the ribbon and some rolled paper to make the garland and ornaments. It was fun. If you want to see my class on how to put this together, just go here. This Cosmo Cricket line has sooo many pieces to it and so many gorgeous papers. It will seriously go on and on for ages. I have done two layouts, four cards and have several other projects planned! Supplies are limited so grab yours soon! These were the big hits of last year: the dollhouse and pirate ship. And these toys stayed popular throughout the year. Hope Santa has that kind of luck again this year!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention---we are doing something special over at The Nook. Each day in December, a member of the design team will be posting a new card as well as a class to show how to complete that card! We actually started yesterday with Jen's card. So if you haven't done any yet or just want to see some great work, head over to the cards forum each day and check it out.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks!

Let's start with the giving part of this post. I saw my BFF Marcia this weekend. Her husband, cute baby Jack and she moved into a house just recently so I wanted to give them a little something as a housewarming gift. It was a sign from Target (love that place) that reads: And they lived happily ever after. I wrapped it is kraft colored paper, but knew that I wanted to make a cute little sleeve to dress up the package. I found a package of houses at my local LSS for only $1.50 (hello, how great is that price). Then, I went back to my stash and favorite paper line to grab this tree. I had cut it from the Pink Paislee paper a while back, but never used it. I think it works perfectly here. After a few alterations, this was created. A helpful hint if you would ever consider making one---score the lines where you will place the folds. It just creates a crisp edge!
Tomorrow is my second favorite holiday of the year! A time to give thanks and ruin your diet! When I tucked Nathan in last night, I was explaining the concept of being "thankful". Being only 4 years old, he doesn't quite get that word so I attached other words like lucky, happy, blessed. We even chatted about God a bit, how He has given us so many blessings. As he dozed off, I just stared and thought about how grateful I am. My life is wonderful despite those bad days, unachieved goals (that might not always be as important as I think), and stressful expectations. Those things need to be put in their place, not allowed to overshadow all that is amazing. Maybe it is all about perspective. Those things help you remember what you are thankful for. So I officially shout out, "I am blessed. I am happy. I am thankful."

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! May it be filled with good memories, good food, and good fun.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our BFF!

Ever since I read the book "Marley & Me", I find that I appreciate our dog even more than before. And I make sure to find time every day to hang out with Coop! He is our 7 year old, 100 lb. golden retriever. Our original child and now the best friend to the family. It is funny how pets can make such an impact on a family! The journaling on this one reads: I once said that you were one lucky dog. But really we are the lucky ones. You teach us how to be loyal and loving, how to play, finding simple pleasure on a sunny day. You teach us to stop and relax, demanding at least one belly rub every day. You add so much to our lives. Yes, you are a dog, but you're also our bff.

I used some Pink Paislee yummies on this layout. I will never grow tired of the Vintage Moon line. That shade of blue with the oranges--makes me happy! I cut the branch and those sprigs from sheets of the patterned paper.

Speaking of Best Friends Forever, I am off to brunch with my best friends from high school. We decided to not attend our 20 year (yes, I said 20) reunion and just go out to a fabulous dinner instead. Try making that work with three busy women. Couldn't, so now we are doing brunch. I don't care as long as I get to spend time with them and have some quiet, non-mommy time!!! I hope to get some great pics too!!! Have a wonderful Sunday!

**EDITED with pics! Just wanted to thank my two lovely friends Marcia and Tina for a wonderful afternoon. We had great food, great conversation, and great fun! Wish we could do it more often! P.S. We don't look so bad for three gals who graduated from high school 2o years ago! LOL!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Already???

Every where I look, I see signs of of the holiday season. The stores are packed with decorations, gift bundles and wrapping paper. It seems soo early, but then I remember that Thanksgiving is next week!!! So, to continue to get everyone in the mood for the holidays, I am sharing my latest layout! I used the December kit from The Nook, which arrived a few days ago. I tore right into it because I simply adore the Cosmo papers and the yummy trims! It is a good thing that I didn't scrap any of my Christmas pictures from last year!
The flower and vine on this was handcut from one of the sheets of patterned paper! I did some paper pleating, which seems to be my new favorite technique! We are going to be having MANY card classes over at The Nook, showing a different card each day for the month of December. You really need to head over now and see my fellow DT member, Jen's mini cards! Leah, our wonderful leader, calls her the Card Diva and it is totally true--she rocks and so do her mini cards. Be sure to check it out!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I can't wait as it is my favorite meal of the year! But it is special for other reasons too. It's a time to stop and really give a quiet thanks for all my blessings. I think I want to start a gratitude journal again. Even if I just try to fill it out once every month. My favorite part about journaling is actually looking back, seeing where I have come from, where I still have to go.

To get us in the mood for the holiday, Lucy posted a new challenge over at So Tell Me Your Story. The charge is to do a layout showcasing what you are thankful for. I came up with the layout above. I used the very yummy Fancy Pants Daily Grind line. I adore these colors and actually handcut most of the details! The journaling reads: Sometimes I find myself smiling, feeling grateful for my blessings. Our babies, this house, our love, friends and family. There was a time when everything I have now felt like a distant dream. But it is real. All these blessing begin with us. So thank you for all the gifts you have given. For loving me.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Feel This Way Sometimes!

These pictures just make me giggle. That is Ella in full force. Dramatic, stubborn, strong and attention-seeking. She makes this particular face and shows this body language at least two times each day. Did you see the glare in one of the smaller photos? Imagine being on the receiving end of that. Oh, Ella. She doesn't realize it yet, but I am stronger, more stubborn and more dramatic than her. LOL! I love this Making Memories line! The colors are so vibrant and I wanted to pick up the pink in her jacket! I made those flowers by wallpapering some chipboard flowers!

I am working on a cute little gift idea using my November kit from The Nook. I really don't want this one to run out! LOVE the colors so much! I will post it this weekend! I also plan to work on a mini-album and do a layout for The Journaler's Junction. I think I am going to try to incorporate the prompts each week!

One more picture:

Is this kit gorgeous or what??? It should be on my doorstep today or tomorrow! I can wait. Look at that trim and those letters! Puts me in the Christmas spirit for sure!
TGIF everyone!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy Wednesday! I can't believe it is the middle of the week already. Time is moving much too quickly. I had the day off yesterday and enjoyed having that slower pace, more time with the kids, and an extra chance to scrap! I recently won a contest over at Color Me Daisy and was sent their October kit. It is lovely and I made this card with some of the product! Gee-any guesses as to why I am wanting to play with Pink Paislee (besides my major obsession with the product) right now? A girl can dream right?

Oh, and something else that is pretty cool--Head on over to ScrapScene to see my "Today" layout and ribbon tutorial featured as one of a few tutorials in today's post by Angie! I don't know about you, but I am addicted to ScrapScene! I take a trip there daily and have found many awesome blogs from their site. Funny thing is, once you go there, it will take you right back here! LOL!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For a Good Cause!

A few weeks ago, I was asked by a good friend if I would be interested in donating some scrapbooking projects to a silent auction benefit. Her cousin was seriously injured in a tragic accident and is now paralyzed. After brainstorming, we decided that I would do a Christmas-themed basket filled with a bunch of stuff. I altered a notebook, made a set of cards, altered a round box and filled it with ornaments, and created a layout. It was a lot of work, but was totally worth it. It felt great to use my scrapping skills for a good cause. I must say, that it also got me in the mood for the holidays! Have you ever put your skills and talents to good use!? Let me know how! The basket ended up going for $75.00--not too shabby!

I am off from work today and I am quite happy about that. It has been soo busy, and I am exhausted. I think it will slow down a bit for a little while. I am just about done with my scrapping projects for my responsibilities so now I can just play. Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I have 8 billion things to do today. Things I have to do and things I want to do! Any guesses as to which of these will actually get done! I was inspired to create the layout using the title of Today based on the challenge over at the Journaler's Junction. I had the opportunity to write an article in Magazine featuring their very cool blog! I took these pictures the other morning before work. Yup, they were standing in the driveway. I wanted some pictures because I knew this fabulous kit was on the way from The Nook. Seriously, look at the colors and the mix of embellishments. I journaled to capture what this "Today" was like. It reads: "Today you...fought, hugged, screamed, argued, & hugged again. All before 8:00 a.m." Isn't that the way it is every day!

I wanted to create an interesting use for the ribbon in the kit so I made a criss-cross pattern using eyelets. It is all about threading the ribbon using a diagonal pattern. It was very easy to accomplish and I think it adds a nice touch to the layout. I like the idea of the ribbon overlapping and connecting--sorta like my kids do! If you would like specific directions for completing the ribbon effect, check out my technique class over at The Nook.

Hope your today is wonderful!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thomas, Here We Come!!

Nathan and I are going on a little date tomorrow morning. We are heading down to Essex, CT to see Thomas the Train. The people who run this event transform the steam engine into Thomas. Nathan is going to be pretty excited. Auntie Sue bought him his ticket for his fourth birthday and I guilted her into letting me come along for the ride. How can I miss that photo opportunity?? Look at him laughing in this layout! He has such a zest for life and giggles with his whole being! This layout appeared in my journaling column in the October 2008 issue of Magazine. I actually had Auntie Sue write down her thoughts about Nathan and then incorporated them into the journaling. It reads: Auntie Sue Loves You. She loves how intense and smart you are, the mature conversations you can have. She adores those big eyes & how touchy, huggy & kissy you can be. She celebrates how loving you are to Christian. She treasures that contagious giggle. She loves you.

Just a FYI: I continue to compile a list of guest designers to contribute to my journaling article! Hoping to have a pool full of people and call on different scrappers each month. So if you haven't already, let me know if you are interested in getting involved at some point! My email is on the sidebar! Off to scrap, it is Friday night after all! (yeah, I know. No life...)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I am beyond swamped with life right now! Too many things due at work, scrapbooking deadlines looming, doctor's appointments and laundry. Whew! Being a working mom is soo tough some times! I long to just visit people's blogs and veg out while looking at eye candy! Tomorrow night, I am catching up! I deserve it! I did this layout a while back as an assignment for ScrapStreet Magazine. Love the bright Fancy Pants paper! It suits my daughter's energy! Whenever she gets excited or is proud of herself, she throws her arms out and yells, "Tada". Don't know who taught her that! I wonder we she gets her dramatic streak from! LOL!

Off to bed now. I have been glued to the TV tonight as history has just been made in our country. I want to live in a place where we can live judgement free and where things like color, size, disability and religious beliefs are recognized, honored. A place where we look for strengths, embrace uniqueness, and just care about a common cause. Not sure if this history will help us get there or not. I am choosing to have faith that it will.

Off my soap box and into bed! Good night everyone!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! Is it really November, moving closer to Thanksgiving??? Where is time going? I had a busy weekend attending the critically acclaimed Wiggles concert! It was the same price as a small vacation, but I guess that we are building memories with the kids. Seeing their faces was worth it. We even braved dinner in a restaurant after the show (no nap that day either). It went very well. My kids are growing up, especially Nathan. Moving past the terrible threes has been great for him. I wanted to record how proud I am of him lately, so I used my gorgeous November kit to make this layout. Would you look at these colors, the textures of the felt. Yummy. I handcut those flowers from one of the sheets of paper. Who says flowers aren't for boys? The Grungeboard adds even more texture. I wonder if the larger picture is too big. I think I have issues with scale. Anywho, just thinking out loud. Overall, I really love this layout. Everything on it came from the kit!! It is a good one--head on over to The Nook and grab yours before they sell out!
Hope your week gets off to a great start!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


So I had the wonderful opportunity to contribute to the PageMaps November Newsletter. I am a huge fan of Becky and PageMaps, following both online and through Memory Makers Magazine. She sent me a half-map, which is a size I don't usually use when scrapping. But, isn't that what life is all about, trying new things. My layout is about Steve and I. How I believe that we need to embrace all the positives, hold hands through the rough patches, find solace with each other in times of stress. We adore each other, but life can get in the way. The journaling means a lot to me. It reads: I believe our marriage is influenced by our state of mind. The choices we make. Do we compete or support? Push or pull? Laugh or cry? When it's either for better or for worse, I choose for better. Just by adopting this frame of mind, I have seen a change. More laughing, less bickering. Can it be that easy? I think so!!

The November issue of Magazine is also up! I am never disappointed. If you are a digi scrapper, this is also a magazine for you!!! I had the opportunity to feature many wonderful artists and friends, (Go Jenn & Kristii) in my journaling article. I also wrote an article featuring the talented gals from The Journaler's Junction! Go check it out!


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