Monday, May 26, 2008

Two new layouts

I was able to finish 2 layouts yesterday for my design team at Scrappin with Grace -

All papers are Pink Paislee - Love these colors! Cardstock and buttons are SU. Felt is Creative Cafe. Chipboard letters are AC Thickers and alpha stickers are Pink Paislee.

I LOVE these photos of Christian - it is so rare to catch a smile, and it is such a beautiful thing when you get a glimpse of it!! Tried to keep this page simple and masculine - never easy for me. Papers are all Pink Paislee, transparancies are Hambly, tiny alpha is Making Memories, and Foam alphas are AC Thickers.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Have a WONDERFUL Holiday Weekend!!

We are planning on laying low this long weekend - grateful for the easy pace and a little quiet time! We're hoping to get the kids to see Indiana Jones this weekend, and then if the weather allows, a BBQ and swim outing with friends on Monday. And of course, as much as I am able, I will be scrapping!! It seems layouts are taking me forever to finish lately, so I hope that I can remedy that and maybe get a few accomplished over the long weekend - we will see!

I did get photos from Easter and some from the Mother's Day Tea at Lauren's preschool printed yesterday, and they go beautifully with the papers that I received for this month's design team projects at Scrappin with Grace - so I have no excuses!!

I finished this layout this morning.

The patterned papers are all Pink Paislee (LOVE LOVE PINK PAISLEE!!). The chipboard alphas are Scenic Route and Lisa Bearnson. Letter stickers are Pink Paislee. Ribbon, pearls and CS are SU, lace from Joanne's. And yes, the "beauty" in the title really shows up just fine - just not in the photo! Below is a detail shot of the flowers and pearls - they are raised with pop up glue dots.

I am off to make a yummy and extremely fattening brunch for the family, and then back to scrapping! Hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Happy Monday!

Hope you are all doing well! I can honestly say that I am doing GREAT! We had a lovely weekend, even though the weather was over 100 degrees here! We spent the day Saturday swimming at grandma's, went out for a lovely dinner with the inlaws, and then yesterday I took the kids to see Horton Hears a Who at the nice, chilly movie theater! I am feeling so fantastic and energetic these days...who knows, I might even start to catch up with my crazy life! I started drinking an amazing nutritional supplement that has done such wonderful things for my body - How awesome is it to feel great!?!

Anyway, I got a layout done this week!! I was so excited to receive my kit for design team at Scrappin with Grace this month! There was a mix up with last month's kit, so I received both April and May on Friday. I have so much pretty stuff to play with! I am hoping to get lot's of time this week so I can really show it off. I received products from Crate Paper (April's Sponsor) and from Pink Paislee (May's Sponsor), and an adorable album set from SEI - all of which I LOVE LOVE LOVE so I have no excuses not to scrap! Although I do need to spend some time editing photos so that I have something to work on!

This layout was done using the Blue Hill collection from Crate Paper...OMG I love every piece of paper in this collection! The colors are simply gorgeous!

These photos were taken of Lauren at Disneyland last summer - she LOVED having her face painted!! I used the negative space from some Scenic Route chipboard as a template for the butterflies.

All patterned papers are Crate Paper. The chipboard (glitter) letters are American Crafts Thickers, the crystal swirls are Prima, the pearls are Icing by Glitz Designs, the rub on is by Hambly Studios, and I used Making Memories tiny alpha. I wished the photos showed the "bling" a bit better!

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week - blessings and hugs!

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Crazy Week, A Crazy Night, and some Crazy Women!

Yep...that's what I have to talk about since my last update. I know, I ALWAYS say life is Crazy...but it is always true! The past week or two have been no exception. I am back to work full time, which is great, but means I have less time than ever, so yeah...CRAZY!! In fact, in the last two weeks I have had my son's birthday, my husband's birthday, my wedding anniversary, my Mother in Law's birthday, a party for a friend's birthday and two of the kids friend's with birthday parties to attend. Yikes!

Can you believe my oldest child has become a teenager! I can't... I am trying to let it sink in. The fact that my house has been TP'ed and I get prank calls from silly children on a regular basis makes it very clear that this is real!! I had the pleasure of having 5 teenage boys to spend the night the weekend before last... THAT was an experience! Aside from losing a night of sleep, I think the part I will carry with me always is the memory of thirteen year old boys (most of which I have known since kindergarten and one of which I gave birth to) telling "That's what she said" jokes till dawn. Painful. I want to laugh, and cry at the same time! Sigh.

I have had a little scrappy time (a very little, but I made it worth it!) and made a gift album for my dear and beautiful friend Nicole, who turned 30 today (well, I guess officially yesterday since it is now after midnight) -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE! Here she is at her cutest!

That is one hot momma!! :)

She was totally surprised - which rocked! I was so glad to have been a part of making her day special.
Here she is with her best friend Stephanie, who throws one fantastic party!! Good Times, I tell ya!
Of course, I loved getting a chance for a night with the girls, and got to spend time with the very lovely Charissa - this girl rocks!

AND I got to see my sweet friend Ali, who better email me so we can see eachother more than once a year!!

Here is a group shot -- Aren't we cute?? And isn't it adorable that we all somehow ended up color coordinated. Yep, we are cool.

One more and my birthday buddy. We made a pact that I am going to wait for her to catch up to me before having any more birthdays of my own. Yes, it is silly that I have friends turning 30... I think it says a lot for my maturity level!! (I also agree that you are as old as you feel - so it works!)

Here is the album I made for her to keep notes and photos to remember her special night. I added some pages for guests to sign, and she can add pics and mementos as well. I used a Maya Road chipboard album, and mostly Pink Paislee products for this book! I had so much fun making this for my friend, and hope she truly enjoys it!!