Sunday, May 5, 2013

National Scrapbooking Day!

Hello everyone!
It's been a while since the last time I've posted. I have been busy with school and getting ready for Wesley. I am 34 weeks and I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has progressed. It seems just like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant. Now, I am mere weeks away from holding my little boy...I can't wait for him to be born!
So yesterday was National Scrapbooking Day and I did most of my homework on Friday so that I could join in on the fun! I decided that once again I would join in the fun at Big Picture Classes . This is the third year that they have had a NSD cyber crop with fun challenges and prizes. I have taken many classes from them and have LOVED them all. The great part is that they are archived so you can go into your account at any time and review the class. There are no time limits!
The first challenge was from Stacy Julian herself and it was to use an I story to create a layout. I had pulled out a Iris photo container labeled Summer 2010 earlier in the day and decided whatever photos were in there, I was going to scrap them! So I decided to pull out photos of the first tomatoes I grew when we moved here to West Virginia. I love how it turned out!
Supplies Used:
Crate Paper ~ Little Sprout Collection Sunshine
Brown CS ~ Bazzill Basics
Jillibean Soup ~ Minestrone~ Chopped Tomatoes
Scenic Route ~ Scrap Strip ~ Sonoma
Tomato Seed pack ~ Freshly Picked Cricut  Cartridge
Green CS ~ Cricut Earthtones
Red CS ~ Tim Holtz Distress Collection
Corrugated letters ~ Unknown
Tags ~ Unknown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twig ( My FAVORITE brown)
SMASH journaling pen/glue stick in black
My next Layout is for challenge #2 and I seriously pushed myself on this one! My supply of paper is seriously lacking in summer papers so I had to find something that was bright and cheery for the photos I wanted to use. I found the perfect match with All About Girl from Fancy Pants. I was bound and determined to make it work and I think I did a great job!
The challenge was to create extra space for photos by creating a pocket page panel. Aly Dosdall used a We R Memory keepers 4" pocket page that she cut down. I did not have any in my stash but what I did have was Memory Book flip Pocket pages! I have had these for at least 5 years and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to use. The flip pockets are individual 4 x 6 pockets that you adhere to the page or you can use it on the outside of the page protector. I decided to make cut down a manila file folder and adhere them inside. I have been using file folders and making my own flip books for years as a way to add valuable retail space on a page. I was overjoyed when Heidi Swapp came out with her system! It saves me a lot of work!!
This is what it looks like when completed. In each pack you receive 6 page protectors. I had enough for all my photos and some more space for journaling!

I also made a flip book on the left page so that I had plenty of room for my title and more photos and journaling. I covered the file folder with paper but you could also use Glimmer Mist or Heidi Swapp's Color Shine to color the folder. If you decide to go that route beware that the file will curl and warp a bit. I used a paper iron to flatten it out or you could place it under a heavy book overnight.
Cardstock is from Wausau, everything else I used is from the All About Girl kit from Fancy Pants!
I had every intention to scrapbooking all night but my legs and back had other plans! I have Sacroiliac Dysfunction on my right side so managing to sit and scrapbook for 8 hours without having major discomfort was amazing. My poor lower legs though suffered the consequences..major swelling! So at 1030pm I called it a night and went upstairs to put my feet up!



Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wesley's First Pages..


It's been a while since I posted so I figured I needed to update all of you. I am now 26 weeks pregnant and while I feel good, I do have gestational diabetes. So far I'm doing well controlling my BS with just diet. Yay! Me!
I'm also in the last week of College Algebra and so far I'm maintaining a B average, which is great for me considering I'm horrible in math. this 41 yr old brain still can learn new stuff! LOL

I have had 2 finished layouts on my table for weeks now that I want to share with you..One is of the ultrasound photos when we found out we were having a boy and the other is of Wesley's namesakes.

It's a Baby Boy
I used Bella Blvd's Baby Boy the giraffe!
Your Namesakes
I used an old Chatterbox kit that I had in my stash to complete this layout.
Thanks for Looking!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

17 Weeks

Hello friends Happy Snowy Saturday!!

It's been snowing here in WV since yesterday afternoon..We only have about 5 inches or so to show for it. So I'm busy in my studio finishing up on some projects and homework!

I have been scrapping the new baby's Ultrasound photos..trying to keep this book updated! LOL

I used Bella Blvd's We're Expecting collection for this layout and I love how it turned out!
The yellow heart doily is a dollar store find from last valentine's day. The pack came with white, pink and white. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Jingle Bells to color it yellow. The Wiggle Worm accent is an epoxy bubble I have had so long that I forgot I even had them! I backed it with yellow CS. The flowers are a mix of old Prima paper flowers and Making Memories. The brads are Making Memories. The title is Thickers Lullaby in charcoal. The purple dots is a journaling card that slides out to reveal the journaling.

Thanks for looking!! I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Playing catch up!

Hello Friends!

Where has the time gone? I'm so behind with my posts..but I have an excuse..Pregnant brain! LOL

So, since I have baby on the brain, I found some of Emilee's ultrasound pictures that were yet to be scrapbooked!

Here is the first one. This paper collection from Flair I've had probably 10 years! I kid you not, so I guess it was time to use it!

Next one is when we found out sweet Emilee was a girl..
The layout is based on a Jan 2013 Page Maps sketch
And the last one is of the postitive pregnancy test that certainly took me for a loop!
I used the W'ere Expecting paper collection from Bella Blvd.
More baby layouts to come!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello Friends!

I have my christmas card for this year to share with you. It was my Grandmother's tradition to always send cards with the three wise men on them. She said it was an old Irish folk lore and it was to bring good luck in the coming year. You are suppose to hang it on the back of your front door to bring good luck! I can remember as a child always seeing the wisemen hanging on the back of her door.

I used the three wise men stamp by Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous. The background was made by swiping it through Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries Distress Inks and Tarnished Brass Distress stain. The star is from Christmas Memories from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous. I used Ranger's Queen's Gold Embossing powder to make it pop.The card base is precut cards from DCWV. Inside I put a little quote of the Irish tradition.

Wishing all of my friends a very Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

1st semester is over!

Hello Friends!

I know it's been a while since I posted anything crafty! The last 2 months have been rough between starting school and then finding out I am pregnant and then fighting morning sickness..well to say the least I've had a lot on my plate!
I am officially on Christmas break and have started making Christmas cards so I will sure to post them when I get a chance! Plus I am starting an 8x8 Disney album next week too. It is a christmas gift for my parents! Can't wait to start it. I got a great deal on on a Queen and company Disney mega kit. It retails for $99 and it was on sale for $37.99!! I saved over $60!!! The rest of the kit will be used for various Disney projects from our first vacation.
I bought the album from Disney and I have to say that for the price it is well constructed and also comes with papers and stickers. I can't wait to share them with you!!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hello Friends,

It's been a busy month for me with Faith's birthday on the 8th and my parents coming to visit. School started on Oct. 1 with Design Principles and so far I have an A in the class! This week is our last week and next week I start Typography and Color Theory.
I also got some shocking news on the 19th! I am expecting!! At almost 41, I did not think having a baby was in the cards but God's got a plan!

By my calculations I am about 7 weeks and due around my Mom's birthday which is June 13th! I am excited but also a little apprehensive because I feel like i'm starting over..Faith is 10 and Emilee is 5! I know this is God's plan, there is no other way to explain the fact that I am pregnant with the extensive history I have!
So, that's my October..and the reason I have been MIA! I have been feeling kind of crummy with nausea and indigestion but I'm hoping that goes away soon!