Sunday, January 30, 2011

Me 'n my hunny

Just a quick post to show you my latest LO. This is for the Shabby Princess template #8 challenge. 

You all know how in love with my husband I still am (I know...barf). He and Maylee are my favorite subjects to scrap, of course! This year, I've vowed to be in more pictures, so I'll have more pages with me in them, too (as much as I hate that!). So without further ado, here 'tis!

Yours Truly by Shabby Princess
Font: Pea Devon

  Isn't he just the cutest! I know, I know, I'm shutting up now.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scrapping challenges!

   Oh, I've been a-scrappin'! I've had some interesting challenges to scrap for and I'm excited to share them!

   The first challenge I scrapped for was over at The Shabby Princess. She has kind of a "non challenge" challenge going. A lot of people do a 365 project or a 52 project. She didn't want to set us up for failure so she did "Project Scrap." We have to take at least two pictures a week, and scrap 2 layouts per month. She even supplies us with templates each month! Then, at the end of the year, you'll have a book to print out! The format is a multi-picture page and a companion single-picture page. I scrapped one page with no problems (the single-picture page), the other page not so much. I scrapped the whole page and didn't like it, so I did another one. So here are my Project Scrap pages for January:

This is the one I didn't like very much. Yick, right?

Papers: Happy Go Lucky by Shabby Princess
Stitching: Splendid by Shabby Princess
Word art: Thank You by Digital Scrapbooking Experts
Font: Adobe Casion Pro

Here's the other one I did. Much better. (Click to open in new window to see journalling)

Papers: Happy Go Lucky by Shabby Princess
Font: Pea Martha

 And the companion page:

Papers: and Spring Breeze by Shabby Princess
Alpha: Moody Blues by Shabby Princess
Flower: Sunrise by Ellie Lash
Font: Adobe Casion Pro

   So, the next challenge I took on was one that we came up with in the Creative Forum Discussion thread over at DST. One of the regulars (Stef, check out her stuff, she's amazing) is an advocate for never using scrap kits. She's a graphic artist and is very talented. I don't know how to do a quarter of the stuff she does. So we challenged her to do a page USING a kit, and she challenged us to do a page without using a kit. To put it mildly, this was a challenge for me. I struggled with coming up with something, and then when I figured out what I wanted to do, I still struggled. But I'm pretty pleased with the finished product. And to be technical, I still don't have a finished product, because I did the LO two different ways and am waiting for the crew to tell me which one they like better. Personally, I like the second one better.

   Let me know which one you guys like better. Oh, and two things, just an FYI. The background is my living room carpet (LOL!), and extracting long curly hair is HARD. And time-consuming!!

Love to all,

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting to know, me

I've always like these little question/answer thingies. Feel free to copy/paste onto your blog and let's get to know eachother!

  • What scares you the most and why?  Well, as far as someTHING that scares me, it would be snakes. I'm absolutely phobic, unfortunately. But of course, the thing I'm scared of the most is something happening to my little girl or hubby.
  • Do you like chocolate? Uh, is the Pope Catholic? In other words, yep. But dark chocolate is my favorite.
  • What do you do in your free time? Read or digital scrapbook. And check Facebook incessantly. I can't stop myself.
  • What makes you bored? Stupid movies that my husband has seen 1,000 times.
  • Do you like rainy days or snowy winter days more? Hhmmm. I think rainy days. But there's a secret behind that one ;-)
  • If they were president, what would you do? Oh, where do I start? Major for me? Healthcare is a must, gay marriage is a must, tax increase on wealthy is a must, bringing our troops smartly and safely home. I think taxes on cigarettes and alcohol is a good idea. People are GOING to pay extra for that stuff, it's just a fact. We need $$ where we can get it! This is just touching on what I'd want done, but it's a start.
  • Do you like spicy food and why? Not so much, but I wish I did because I heard on TV that it helps fight of bad germies in your body.
  • Tell me about someone in your family? I've kept this one blank and saved it for last because I really wanted to think about it. It's hard! I have a very...interesting family. But I'm going to take the easy road and tell you about my mother-in-law instead. She has collected her whole life, years before she even had any, for her grandchildren. When her own kids were young, she would collect things for them, and get more on top of those and put things back for her future grandkids. Her house is an absolute playground. She lives for her grandchildren, and boy are they lucky to have her.
  • What is your all time favorite comedy movie? Hmm. I love My Big, Fat Greek Wedding. That's a romantic comedy. Favorite dramedy is Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Favorite is The Princess Bride, which some may not consider a comedy, but I think is very funny, in a kitchy kind of way.
  • Tell me about your favorite book, magazine or comic? My favorite book of all-time is Beach Music by Pat Conroy. I also love Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Love The Help by Katherine Stockett, all of the Harry Potter books by Jo Rowling and, of course, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I could go on and on, but I won't.
  • Which was the last movie you've watched? Hhhm. We rented Salt a few weeks ago. It was good. We're Angelina Jolie fans. I have Inception to take home this weekend. I've heard good things about it.
  • What country you would like to visit most and why? Ireland. Or New Zealand. Or France. Or Italy. Or Australia. Or, or, or...
  • What was your favorite sitcom growing up? I loved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Blossom. When I was a little older, I loved (and still love) Friends.
  • Do you like to shop? Hate it, hate it, hate it. I don't mind so much online, but I hate to go to stores and shop.
  • How often do you go online? All the time. Too much. I'm on at work, I'm on at home. I have certain sites I check ALL THE TIME. (See my Facebook reference above.)
  • What's your middle name? Elizabeth
  • Are you old fashioned? Nah. I'm too liberal to be old fashioned LOL! I like the nostalgia of old fashioned, though.
  • What music do you like listening to? Pop, Rock, R&B, classic rock, a cappella, classical. I love all kinds of music, even a few country groups.
  • Define a great life. Family. 'nuff said.
  • Where do you like to go to have fun? Where ever my little girl is. She's fun and funny! My hubby's also awfully fun to have around.
  • What is your happiest childhood memory? Out riding my bike. I would ride around for hours...all day. It's so sad that kids can't do that anymore.
  • Will you ever go sky diving? Probably not. If I lost weight I may consider it.
  • What three possessions could you could not live without? My computer (with internet), my TV (with cable) and my cell phone. These are the POSSESSIONS I wouldn't want to live without. There are much more important things I couldn't live without.
  • If you knew that you'd die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are? If so, what? I wouldn't be so lazy. I'd meet with my friends more. But I'm mainly a homebody right now, and I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing because all my favoritest people are right there with me.
  • Who would you love to meet? Jane Austen. Jo Rowling. Angelina Jolie (and if Brad Pitt's there, that would be ok, too.). My grandmother at age 18. President Obama. Jon Stewart.Ellen Degeneres.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blechedy blech blech

   Nothing. I haven't done ANYTHING! I haven't scrapped... I haven't read... I haven't...well of course I've watched TV cause that's what you do when you're just lying around. Watch TV. And I've done A LOT of just lying around because I've been sicker than a dog! This whole house has been sick! Started out with Maylee on Tuesday, then Mom caught it from her, then I caught it from her, then Brandon. What a horrible game of dominoes! It's the saddest thing in the world to see your baby so sick, not being able to control herself and vomiting and can't make it to the potty, so sad. I felt so sorry for her! Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Thank God the bad bad stuff only lasted about 8 hours for me. But my body is so sore from vomiting. You really use muscles you usually don't to do that. Yick. The first day I felt up to it, I went to the store and bought some Clorox wipes and wiped down pretty much every surface in my house. And scrubbed bathrooms. I really hope we don't get this again this year.

So anyway, that's an update of my past week. Sorry I have nothing exciting to share. I've gotten a lot of inspiration from some ladies over at DST this past week, so I hope to do some scrapping soon!

Here's my baby, all sicky :( Don't you just wanna snuggle her up?

Even after a couple days, I knew she wasn't herself yet for two reasons. One: We got quite a bit of snow while we were sick and she hasn't asked once to go out and play in it! Two: I asked her if she wanted a chocolate pudding and she said NO! Unheard of!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


   I think I've put off blogging for so long because I have so much to catch up on. I think I'm just going to skip it. Sorry for anyone who was truly interested. I'm sure this post will be long enough without me describing what the last month has been like! Let's just suffice it to say I had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We had snow on Christmas and no where to go except home with our little family, so it couldn't have been better! Scrap pages will follow...

   In other news, there's not much news. Same ole, same ole, really. My mom and brother have moved back in with us. We put Spencer's bedroom in the basement and set up cable down there for him. He's pretty much a happy camper. It gives him a little more freedom and he doesn't have to ask permission all the time to watch TV in the living room. While the cable guy was here, we had him put cable in our bedroom, too. I said I'd never do this, but I kinda like it. Just some nights, it's nice to snuggle up and watch something together instead of having to try to situate ourselves together on the couch. We aren't using it non-stop and I really hope we won't. I've always been a firm believer that the bedroom should be a place of SLEEP, and not associated with shoot-em-up movies and football games. We'll see how it goes.

   I just want to mention that one of my cats, my old cat Tuxedo, is always sleeping on one of the vents in the living room. We shoo her off all the time and tell her not to be so selfish with the heat, but she doesn't listen. She covers the WHOLE vent and nothing comes out into the room! I just looked over and she's on it again. Dang cat!

   Well, onto scrapping. I've actually done quite a few pages since I posted last. I had some creative juices flowing for a couple of weeks, so here goes! (Yikes, I just looked and I've done 13 pages since then. This could take a while! Just hang in there with me. I think this is the best part, anyway!)

This is my least favorite of all I've done recently. I almost didn't even keep it, but thought, oh, what the heck. 

I want to fly by Honey Designs

Thought this one turned out really cute. Love the colors...very frosty.

Snow Angel by Raspberry Road
Font: Chopin Script

One of me and my honey. I don't do enough of him....he's my love.

Smooches by Irene Alexeeva
Crayon hearts from Crayon Hearts by Irene Alexeeva
Photography by Valerie at theSweetLifeImages 

Now we're moving into Christmas territory.

Scrap Orchard Christmas collab Advent
Papers: Irena Alexeeva
Elements: Irena Alexeeva, Lyndsay Riches, Fruitloop Sally, De Crow Designs, Laura Banasiak, Designs by Kat, Tracey Howard, SuzyQ Scraps, Designs by
Font: Pea Bitt Bitt

And another (really loved some of the photos in this one!):


Countdown to Christmas by Michelle Coleman (Little Dreamer Designs)
Font: sf Tick Tock

Christmas morning:
Template by Armina Designs
Holly Jolly Christmas by Christin's Creations (Stuff to Scrap)
Font: Pea Faye

Here's proof of our White Christmas
Christmas by Ivy's Inspirations
Word Art from Winter Wonderland by Summer Driggs

Last year, I got the idea of scrapping some recipes in 8x10 size to frame and hang on my kitchen wall. I'm even going to paint my kitchen the blue or green in the kits. I redid the Chili one I had done already because it was pretty bad, and I did a new one, too. Mmmmmm. Foooooood.
Holiday Kit by The Shabby Princess

I did a few pages of Maylee reading. You all know how important reading is to me (us), so I thought I'd put down some reading memories. This first one was with photos from a long time ago. Sigh, my little girl is so big now, but she's still using a paci in these pics!

Sugarshock by Sugar Hill Co. (blog train)

And with more recent pics:
Bookworm by Chaos Lounge
Font: Pea Darlin' Deb and sf Scribbled

These photos are some of my favorite ever taken of my little girl. I had used these pics in a LO earlier in my "scrap career" and it was horrible! These pictures are just too important to me not to have in a great LO. So I redid it...and I love it. My sweet baby girl!!!!

QP by Eryn's Scraps
Font: Pea Jane (journaling)
Pea Biggio (Word Art)

And last but not least, a LO I did of some fun we had this past weekend. 
Sweet Pea by Digital Scrap Cafe
Alpha by Modern June Designs (she's moved blogs and I can't find her!)
Font: Pea Kristin

   So that's that. I'm just going to sign off now before I start rambling on about something or other. Like how I'm listening to this awesome book at work right now, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The narration is so great and I can't wait to get to work every morning so I can start it. I'm loving it so much!

   Okay, I'm really shutting up now. Love to all!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A pre-post post

  This is a pre-post post. Meaning it's the post I'm posting before I post a real post. Meaning I'm going to do a real post soon, just not right now LOL! But beware, one's coming!

Love to all,