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Monday, December 13, 2010

Another One Bites the Dust! (Snow day, that is...)

Yay for a four day weekend!  You know what's even better than getting a snow day call in the morning?  Getting a snow day call before you even go to bed the night before!  Woo hoo!  I went to sleep at 9:30 last night, and other than several wake-ups throughout the night (thanks, dog), I slept until 8:00.  That's over ten hours of sleep for me!  What to do with all of that energy?  Get creative, of course!

Here's my Gracie Bug outside on our front deck.  I used the Bo Bunny Winter Joy line because the colors were just perfection with her coat and hat.  The journaling reads:  "Just as each snowflake is an original work of art, You, too, Erin are one of a kind.  You brighten each of my days with your innocent, pure sparkle."

I covered the back of the snowflake stickers with powder after putting a pop dot in the center of them.  That way they have some dimensional off the page.  I also cross-stitched the two sides of the LO with purple floss.  (There goes one hour of my life I'll never get back!)

Hope you enjoy!!  Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow Day Yay!

I started obsessively watching the weather two days ago...wintery mix predicted for Thursday night into Friday.  Oh, how I wanted a snow day!  A freebie!  But, I woke up this morning at 5:30 as usual with no early morning gritty voiced phone call telling me there was a snow day.  Bummer!  Onto the shower and being completely dressed and ready to go.  Imagine my surprise when my phone rang at 6:24.  That is EXTREMELY late for a snow day call, but YAHOOOOO God sent enough ice to give this girl a snow day.  I love you, God!  :)

Strangely enough, I've been using this day to be domestic (which is really not my bag, ordinarily).  I made pancakes for breakfast.  Chili is simmering in the crock pot.  Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies are baked...  The kitchen has been thoroughly cleaned about five times now.  I think I deserve a little break for the moment to post a layout I made last weekend.  (We'll just look away from that carpet that needs to be vacuumed, 'kay?  If I vacuumed it, the dog would just immediately spread his crunchy little doggie bits of food right back all over the floor lying in wait for shoeless feet to fall upon them.  Those things hurt!)

So............now that I have a SNOW DAY (did I mention that yet?), it seems the perfect time to show off a fall layout I made using a mix of items from my stash.  We've got Basic Grey here, Maya Rd., American Crafts, Prima, Doodlebug, etc. 
As always, the picture doesn't really do it justice.  Winter in Michigan is a hard time to get a picture using natural light!  My girl Paige was out "raking" the leaves (which involved using a snow shovel) so she could jump into the piles.  I ran to get my ladder and took some photos from above the scene.  I love how this shot of her turned out!  Such a little impish face enjoying one of the most basic of childhood joys in the fall!

I sealed up my Maya Rd. kraft envelope and then cut the side open so I could use it as a pocket for my journaling.  These prima golden flowers have been in my stash for at least 6 months, and I thought they added a nice touch for the fall leaves.  Basic Grey Sugar Rush is the orange paper, and Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers form the half circles.  :)

Thanks for taking a peek!  I'm hoping to get one or two more done this afternoon before we have to head out for dance lessons (the big recital is next week, so NO snow day there!) and the staff Christmas party.
In the meantime, I'll be cranking the Christmas music and enjoying the peace and quiet.  (The girls are ourside in the white stuff running off the chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.  Yay for me again!!).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tidings of Comfort and Joy...Comfort and Joy!

Last week before all of the craziness began of shopping and Thanksgiving and company and parent/teacher conferences and Scholastic Book fair started, I found some time to get a little peace and sanity!

This first layout is another of Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking line.  When I finished with this one, I cut all of my remaining papers up for card making.  Erin got a Bible for her birthday this year, and she was just as delighted with it as she was with her Mobigo (video game system).  It really touched my heart she would be thrilled with having her own Bible.

Unfortunately, the picture of this layout isn't the best with that touchy November sun in the great up north, but you can get the gist of it.  On the bingo card, it had all of the digits of her birthday (7-20-10) so I used my new Big Bite to circle them up.  Fun!

I also dug into my Basic Grey stash for this layout from our jaunt to the pumpkin farm this past October.  We did the corn maze for the first time ever, and my hubby powered through that thing like no one's business.  They warned us before we started that it could take as long as 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to complete.  He victoriously announced as we exited it that we had made it in 45 minutes!  Basic Grey's Origin's line was JUST perfect for these pictures and subject.

I included the map of the corn maze because it was pretty complicated--at least to me.  If I'd been the guide, we might still be wandering through there! 
Thanks for stopping by, and happy belated Thanksgiving.  Maybe I should be wishing you a Merry Early Christmas!!  :)  Wendy

Saturday, November 13, 2010

You've Come A Long Way, Baby!

Hello!  Welcome to another installment of....This is Wendy's life!  I'm your host, Wendy. 
Catchy, isn't it?

Anyway, I was given the assignment of working with Bella Blvd.'s line, "Lovey Dovey," for my design team duties, and immediately I thought of a picture I had of Erin that was just the right style and colors to use for this line.  Of course, I'd scrapped this picture way back when....you know...in the Stone Ages of 2006 when I first took this picture.  Want to see that LO?  I thought you'd never ask.  Here's an oldie...(not so sure about the "goodie" part.)
Back in my beginning stages, this was a pretty standard layout for me.  Flat border along the bottom, flat border along the side, a couple of matted pictures, and SHAZAAM!  A beautiful layout to treasure!  Of course, it would have been nice if I'd thought to put a DATE on the thing.  I'm GUESSING Erin is about 8 months old here. 

So now, 4 years + later, we have a retake on one of these pictures.  I still kept the design pretty simple, but this time we have some dimension, some sewing, some journaling(!) and some paper layering.

I love how the background paper this time just makes her picture pop off the page.  It's probably hard to tell, but I lifted up one of the "Loads of Love" strips and the pink elephant in the border.  (If you'd like a larger view so you can read the journaling, click on the picture.)

 I can't believe how quickly time has passed!  Just recently I've had three different people mention how Erin's lost her baby face...she's growing up.  Thinking about those comments and looking at a picture I took of her on our deck at the end of the summer, I came up with another layout I titled "Changes." 

Lately Erin's been dealing with some emotional growing pains (and exhaustion, I think).  For the past two weeks, we've had complete MELT DOWNS on Friday afternoon trying to get to dance class.  This week, I couldn't even get her into the building.  So, we came home last night, and I gave her a bath and dinner.  After that she laid down and sang and hummed to herself for an hour (literally!).  She was happy as a clam to be doing NOTHING.  Today we are taking a break at our house.  It's 1:23, and I'm not even out of my pajamas yet.  When I announced this morning that we weren't going to go anywhere today, Erin cheered!  The girls have been happily coloring and playing all day, with hardly even a disagreement. 
I think Erin's days of dance may be done for awhile.  She doesn't seem to want to go, although she did say she wished her lessons were on Tuesdays.  Could it be that by Friday she is just fried from long days at school? 
My point to all of these musings are that it can be very stressful sometimes to be the Mom and not know what to do.  Thank God we have Him to guide us...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Five Years of Sisterhood

I decided the other night I wanted to do some baby picture scrapping even though my youngest baby is five years old.  Looking through the albums, I came across a picture of Paige holding Erin shortly after she was born, and I thought of the picture I'd just taken this past August on the front porch when Paige spontaneously scooped Erin up into her arms.  (It's hilarious that Paige can pick Erin up when they weigh within two pounds of the same weight!)  Anyway, trying to go to sleep that night, I thought about doing this LO with the two pictures together.  Throw in a little bit of Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking line and a wee touch of Prima and I have a layout that just showcases their close bond!
 The journaling reads:  "These two pictures~taken in August 2005 and August 2010~show a beautiful friendship just born and now thriving.  I love how Paige is holding Erin in both pictures.  Sure, they fight like sisters do, yet they depend on each other too."

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Ride in the Park

I crawled out from under the steamroller of life for an hour or two yesterday and satisified my crafty needs!  Here's my Paigey girl who learned to ride without training wheels this summer.  The journaling notes that she is a bit older than most to get rid of the extra wheels, but we don't have any cement at our house, so they don't get to ride bikes all that often.
She got the trainers removed and learned to ride at her Nini and Papa's house, which is neat because it's the same place I learned to ride 28 some years ago!  I finally played with my Echo Park A Walk in the Park pack for this one.  Great cheerful patterns and bright colors!  I used a fair number of pop dots to add a little dimension.

                                                             Thanks for stopping in! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

One Lucky Ducky

Whoa!  And we're off!  These past two weeks have been full of school, and homework, and soccer practices and games, and cheerleading clinics, and dance classes and piano lessons, and meetings, and...and...and.... scrapping one LO for the survival of my creativity.

But, how fun and bright is this??!  Sassafras Lass' new line Count Me In mixed with a fair sprinkling of Prima beauty!  Here are my two beauties from a photo taken in August.  I loved the sparkly butterflies and bling lines!  And I am definitely a lucky ducky to have my two girls.

I used a mat from a picture frame I'd bought to hold another picture, and I chalked it a bit to dull down the sheer white.  I am digging the numbered patterned paper here too.  I've seen it in other designer's layouts, and now I've finally gotten to use it in my own.

I have so many awesome pictures just waiting to be scrapped, and I'm hoping to get some time tomorrow for those.  But in the meantime, one more happy bit of news!  I was the August winner of the sketch contest at Liz Qualman's blog!!  Woo hoo!  Check it out at http://lizqualman.blogspot.com/2010/09/august-sketch-challenge-winner.html !  Erin is now convinced she is famous.  :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Don't cry because it's over. . .

...smile because it happened."  I swear Dr. Seuss was one wise guy.  Have you ever read some of his quotes?  What a profound man he was.  Anyway, I won't cry because my summer vacation with the girls is over...I'll smile because it happened.  I realize I'm extremely fortunate to have a job that allows me to be a stay at home Mom at all--even if it's only for 3 months of the year.

Speaking of not crying because it's over...while doing my DT work with Sassafras Lass's Mix and Mend, I went back to some baby pictures of my girls!  I haven't had any "baby" scrapping since I first started, so it's fun to go back with some of these shots and do them up in my style now.  Plus, I honestly don't think I'd ever scrapped either of these photos.

First up, Paige with a much younger puppy, Alex.  He's turning 12 this January, and still holding his own.  Paige has always LOOOOOVED Alex.  Probably more than he wanted to be loved, on more than one occasion.  In this layout, Alex had been sent down to doggie time out (the bathroom) for some offense or another.  I can't remember why he was there, but the point is that sweet little Paige just felt for him.  So she toddled herself right down there to the bathroom and climbed on top to give him a sympathy hug.  She truly, "had his back."
You can see from the expression on his face that Alex was so grateful for her attention and empathy.  Yes, sir.  The Mix and mend line is really user friendly.  In fact, it feels like you're cheating.  I didn't do much here beyound adding the chipflowers, borders, title, journaling and pearls.  The rest of what looks like some incredible layering, is actually already on the paper!

Next up, a picture of my Erin when she was two years old.  I had some fun with my brand new Martha Stewart butterfly punch on this one!  The owner of my LSS, Vanessa, had actually ordered the punch for herself, but I saw it and fell in love with it.  I've seen it used beautifully on so many layouts.  So, she very kindly let me buy it instead, and I promised her we could have shared custody.  :)

As always, you can click on the picture to see it in a larger size, but I also played with my macro setting to show off a few of the details.

I punched the butterflies out of a different sheet of Mix and Mend patterned paper and embellished with some Prima e-line pearls.  I love the delicacy of these beauties!
And then...

a little crochet flower and some prima ribbon and a chipboard flower, oh my!  Plus, one more butterfly.  I tell you what, I'm going to get my money's worth out of this punch!  Oh the possibilities!

And then, just when you thought Mix and Mend was only for girly or old fashioned pictures....I used it on a zoo (yes, ZOO!) layout I had started but gotten nowhere with.  All I had down were the pictures on the Basic Grey Just the Basics paper.  Then I gave up and threw the pages on my shelf.  They just happened to get pulled back down last night, and I saw how the Mix and Mend colors would look great with them!  I still had a ton of journaling blocks and borders to use up, and so....

I couldn't leave the fussy blue flowers and such on the journaling tag I used, so I covered the middle up with some Sass playing cards I had in my stash.  I was very pleased with how this turned out in the end!  And, I'm only a year and 2 1/2 months behind on scrapping these pictures.  :)

I would love to have some more "followers" for my blog here, so if you have any friends who enjoy reading the rambling thoughts of a mid-thirties woman, please send them my way!! 
Thanks for stopping in, and enjoy your Labor Day. 

P.S.  Despite my optimistic title, I may still internally cry a little tomorrow night.  Feel free to send some comments my way to cheer me up!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

You, again?

Yeah, it's me again!  A second blog post in one day!
The girls are playing so nicely together today.  Currently they are playing "librarian" which involves Erin sitting with her kiddie computer ordering Paige to clean up their bookshelf.  Paige has organized the books beautifully!  How can I complain about that??  :)  Anyway, since they are being such good little kidlets, I'm getting some Mommy time.  Now, we won't even discuss the way the HOUSE currently looks, but hey, I still have 3 more hours before Jon comes home from work.  No rush, right?

So, two more pages!  I created this first one for a sketch contest on the Crate Paper blog.  http://www.crate.typepad.com/
The sketch looks like this:
I stayed pretty true to the sketch, overall.  The main change I made was flipping the left and right sides.

The Brook collection was the one I had the most left of, so it's what I used.  Since many of the papers had a cream color to them, I inked the edges of the patterned paper with some chestnut colored ink to pop them off from the background paper  The colors in this line are just right for some beachy layouts.  Remember my Sand Swimming one?  :) 

Is the scrapping fun over yet?  No, it is NOT!  Next, I played with more of We R Memory Keepers "Show and Tell" line, but I added in some papers from two of their other lines to brighten up the palette.  I'm finally scrapping pictures from Paige's first day of first grade.  Go me! 
(She's starting second grade in about 3 weeks.)  :)

Once again, I used one of Liz Qualman's sketches for inspiration here. 
This is based off of sketch #55 at  http://lizqualman.blogspot.com/

There is some hidden journaling under the green paperclip that talks about how smart Paige is...how high her reading level is...all that proud parent blah, blah, blah stuff.  But, check out that super fun apple embellishment!  I took one of their apple tags, and I fussy cut some of the apples from the glitter sheet of patterned paper.  Some layering of different sized apples, with strategically placed glue, and viola!   I'm so proud of this thing!  :)

Well, I still have 2 hours and 45 minutes before Jon comes home from work...do you think I can get another layout in AND fix the disaster of this house too?  Eh, probably not....  :)

Embrace the Green!

Just a quick Saturday posting with another Echo Park "Sweet Summertime" layout I created on Thursday.  The pictures were so GREEN, and I didn't want to print them black and white because I thought they would lose something without their color.  So, I decided just to embrace the green!  Besides, when it's the middle of January and there are 4 ft of snow on the ground, I can look back at these pictures and remember I WILL see green grass again....someday.  :)

See what I mean about all of the green?  Other than the buttons and the background GREEN paper from We R Memory Keepers, the rest of the page is all from Echo Park.  I powdered the back of the letter stickers so they would have a little more dimension and not stick down to the pictures.  Paige and Erin had a great time running through the sprinklers.  Their favorite thing to do is the "booty wash."  That's exactly what it sounds like too.  :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tick, Tock, I Keep Hearing the Clock...

...reminding me that school is due to start soon.  Don't get me wrong, I really do like my job teaching second graders.  And I love my students.  It's just that a girl can get used to being a stay at home Mom and having some extra scrappy time.  So, I'm making the most of what time I have left!

Since last night, I've made four new LO's.  These are DT work for my LSS.

First up, Paige's performance in the Halloween Hustle last year.  Eh, we'll not talk about how this LO is a little behind the times, okay?  Anyway, Paige has quite a gift for running, and during this mile race she was the third first grader to cross the line.  Not only that, she was also the first girl in her grade.  Woo hoo!  Welcome to Proud Parentville, population two!  She ran the mile in 9:28.  Pretty good for a 6 1/2 year old, I think! 
I wanted to challenge myself to use the Pink Paislee Starlight collection in a different way than the other two LO's I've made with it.  It's supposed to be a Fourth of July line, but I think it's very versatile for other topics!
I had a hard time getting a good picture of this one, but it's sunshiney yellow and dark blue in real life.

Next up, Erin's preschool graduation.  (Well, at least that was in May...I'm not quite so far behind on this one!).  She had a GREAT preschool year, and she learned so much.  Not only that, but during our conferences, her teacher always made a point of telling us how Erin was a kind friend to all of the other students in the class.  That just warms my heart.  This LO is all from the We R Memory Keepers Show and Tell line.  The glittered alphas were so much fun to play with, and layering the thicker alphas on the top of them just mad me happy!  :)

Then, I used a very recent photo from Paige (taken in July) to play with those glittery alpha squares some more.  Yes, they are just THAT much fun!

The story of the LO is really the icons around it and the wishes I have to go with them for her. Journaling around the edge reads: "May the sun shine warm on your face. May you always take time to fly a kite or enjoy a popsicle. May the wonders of nature, the rainbow, the trees, and the sweet songs of the birds fill you with the wonder of God. May your family and friends always be as loyal as elephants are. May you take the time to wish on dandelion fluff and dance in the rain. May your heart leap with joy, and may you be as wise as an owl." I know some of those are cliche, but that's what I came up with.

Finally, one more of Erin.  These are pictures of her from last...February...or so.  See, this is why I need to scrap so much during the summer.  There is NO time during the school year.  Anyway...  Here is Erin clowning around with her gorilla. She LOVES to get her picture taken and pulls many faces and moods like she's a model.  I took the angle of how a fuzzy blanket and a stuffed animal can be the ticket to happiness. :) The middle shot is framed with a transparency cut out in over the picture. I wanted the photo to stay crisp and clear. This is all My Mind's Eye So Sophie collection.

I seldom work with red papers, so this was extra fun!

That's it for now, folks.  We're off to turn these LO's in and to visit the library.  I need to get some more summer fun reading in too!  Thanks for taking the time to visit...I really appreciate it!  :)  Wendy

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dun, dun....Dun, dun....Dun, dun (Jaws theme...)

Well, hello to all of my fans...all three of you!  :)  I'm sure you've missed me ever so much since it's been quite a while since I've put up a new blog entry.  For ten of those days I was visiting family and friends in Ohio.  While I was in Ohio, I had a wee bit of a disappointment as I was not chosen for a Design Team I'd thought I had a good shot at making.  It made me go into a scrapping slump and some navel gazing.  I lost sight of the whole point of my scrapping, which is not to try to get other people's approval, but rather to have FUN, relax, remember the things worth remembering, and so on.  Maybe it's part of the Type A personality, but I've always been a pleaser since birth, probably.  What I need to focus on is whether or not I'm pleasing God, and the rest will fall into place.  How's that for some deep thinking at 9 am on a Tuesday?

Anyway, I am still on the Design Team at my local scrapbook store.  The owner, Vanessa, is such a great scrappy friend.  She got to go to CHA, and she returned with a pack of Echo Park's Life is Good for me to create with as she's ordering it into the store.  Echo Park satisfies my playful side of scrapping, but you can also use it to get a little more serious.  First up, a layout of my best friend Anita and I.  We've been friends for 16 years, since freshman year at college.  Now all of these years later, it's still one of those friendships as close as family.  I'm an only child, so Anita is my sister substitute. 

One of my favorite details on this LO is the layered punched edges.  After I created this LO, I got my new issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. and saw some other work where punched edges were layered.  I was so proud of myself for being cool ahead of time!  :)  This is NOT my favorite picture of myself, but we realized the last picture we had together was taken at my wedding 12 years ago.  So we were due for an updated one!

After I did a mushy, sentimental layout, I wanted to go back to my more playful roots.  Last Friday Jon took Paige to some car races, and Erin and I were left to our own devices.  Erin wanted a GIRL PARTY!  So, we gathered together all of the elements of a successful stay at home party, and we boogied on down...
This design was based on Liz Qualman sketch #54.  Her blog and sketches can be found at http://lizqualman.blogspot.com/

Here's the sketch: 

and here's my take on it.

Who wouldn't love a night of hugging and snuggling with your five year old?  Even if it means you have to watch a Barbie movie?!
Once again, this layout is made from Echo Park's fantastically fun Life is Good line. 

And yes, my life is good.
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to leave me comments!  I love comments! 
 (It's that whole pleaser/approval thing again.) 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I'm Not a Clutch Player, Apparently

Well, I've tried driving the stick shift car.  There may have been some tears involved.  There may have been some hurky jerky of bodies flailing in the car, and possibly there were some little girls in the back saying "Whoa!" every time I tried to find the correct balance of release the clutch, push the gas.  Perhaps I've been defeated for the moment...(and having nightmares about breaking the car) but I will probably try again some day...maybe....especially if we can get rid of the squealing little girls in the backseat first.

Hey, let's move on to happier news!  How about the fantastic Liz Qualman and her sketches for scrap pages that always inspire me?  This month I've tried out three of the four sketches, and I have to say I had fun with all of them!  I highly recommend checking out her blog at http://lizqualman.blogspot.com/ .  Here's the first design I tried:
and here's my take on it.

The journaling reads: While on my computer one day, I glanced out the window and discovered my two girls huddled in their towels on our back steps.  I missed the shot of them face to face, still cute tho!
This LO is almost entirely Sassafras Lass product with a small touch of Doodlebug thrown in.

Next up, this sketch from Liz....
For this one, I scrapped a year old picture from last year at Easter.  For those of you who may know the man in this LO (my dad), maybe we can just keep this a little secret, okay?  I'm not sure he'd love going public with a band of pink butterflies on his head!  But, what he doesn't know won't bother him, right?  Personally, I think it's sweet how he is with my daughters.

See, he's not real happy about Paige's decorating him, but he's putting up with it.  Can you believe that?  My journaling reads: Papa puts up with so much from Paige and Erin.  Case in point:: allowing Paige to put her headband on him!  He lets them drink out of his drinks.  These are things he never would have let me do as a kid!  Guess it's true....Grandkids really are different! 
Most of this LO is My Mind's Eye product, but the leaf vine is from Kaiser Craft.  I used mini brads to create the circle Liz designed in her sketch.

Last one for this month!
For my version, I flipped some of the elements and left others the same.  I used Creative Imaginations Loolah and Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking lines.  Love that Wishful Thinking!!

It's exceedingly rare that I go some place with only one daughter in tow, so this was a special event for Erin.  We were at Kohl's, where they were having their usual big "sales", and I told Erin she could pick out a dress to buy.  This is the one she fell in love with.  I tried to point out many other options that *I* liked better, but she would not be swayed.  This was the PERFECT dress in her eyes. 
The flowers are Girls Paperie, the butterfly is Jenni Bowlin, and I made my frame by tracing a frame from the So Sophie collection from My Mind's Eye onto a sheet of Loolah paper.  Add a little bit of Kaiser Craft bling, and we have a work of art!  I just love that picture of her goofing around pulling her bangs back!  (And yes, I know she looks pretty sheepdog in the other picture.  We're trying to grow the things out!)

Thanks for stopping in to check out my latest creations, and a big thank you to Liz Qualman for generously sharing her sketches.  I had a blast using them!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Meet the Family...

Today I worked on a picture I've had of Jon and Paige for almost exactly a year now.  I picked out the paper I was going to put with this picture at least 6 months ago.  Just today I finally had the moxie to sit down and just try it.  When surveying other artist's work, I always love checking out the style of shabby and chic.  I've admired scrappers who are willing to rip into their papers...rough them up...embrace messy.  See, while I may be shabby, I'm certainly not chic.  And messy?  Forget it!  (Remember, we're not talking about my house here, we're talking about my scrapping style!)
So, I finally decided just to go for it.  I'm getting to the point where I'm realizing it's not the end of the world if I create a layout I don't love.  The picture can be reprinted.  With the adhesive I use, most things can be pulled back off.  It's freeing to just attempt something without knowing for sure if I will match the picture in my mind.  Sometimes, it matches.  Sometimes it looks crummy.  Sometimes, it looks better than I ever expected!
Without further ado...
This is my beloved daughter Paige, and my handsome husband, Jon.  I know this picture was taken on July 20, 2009 because it was my younger daughter's fourth birthday, and they were sitting across the booth from us at Applebee's.  I absolutely adore how Paige is leaning into Jon and the look in his eyes.  Paige did the journaling for me here, "When I'm with Daddy, I love it.  I feel like I'm at home.  He makes the sun shine.  He makes everything feel exciting."  Awww...now if that doesn't warm your heart...
On the technical side of the layout, I know everything looks a little crooked, but in real life it's okay.  I really wanted to have some brown buttons in the corners to frame it out, but I had NONE in my stash.  Can you believe it?  But, I did have some transparent buttons.  So I used my special glue and some brown patterned paper (that matches his shirt!) to create my own brown buttons.  It looks like I've stitched on this, but I actually faked it with a template, my paper piercer and a brown marker.  I don't yet own a sewing machine, but I'd really love one....  Did you hear that, Santa? 
Throw in some paper tearing (Paige was a little freaked out watching me rip it up!), some Tim Holtz tickets and journaling spot, a Jenni Bowlin bingo card, and a Webster's bloomer, and you have a perfectly shabby LO.  It's nothing like the girly stuff I usually specialize in, and I love it!
Stay tuned for an Erin layout, and every dog should have his day, so I'll show off one of my Alex puppy too.  (Not so much a puppy anymore at 11 1/2 years old, but that's another story.)  Enjoy your weekend!  :)  Wendy

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Free goodies!

These products are being given away at "Artful Delight" blog.  Follow this link, leave a comment and become a follower to enter in the drawing.  :)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Don't Panic, but...

So, I don't have my LO of me as a new woman yet.  We'll get to that one of these days soon, hopefully.  But today what I do have is some friendly scrapping advice from my point of view.  Gosh, and you didn't even have to ask for my thoughts.  Lucky you!  :)
See this LO?  Yeah, this beach LO right here.  (You can make it larger and easier to see by clicking on it.)
This was a totally unplanned photo series.  Jon was trying to take posed shots of the girls, and we did get a few, but then they just went goofy.  Both of them dropped to the sand and began army crawling, commando style.  I thought they'd been outside in the heat maybe a little too long, but then Erin explained it to me, "Mommy!  We're sand swimming!"  Of course.  Sand swimming.  That is a perfectly normal thing to do on a daily basis.  In fact, I think it's up for consideration as a new Olympic sport!  Point being, have your camera handy.  Use it often.  That's the beauty of digital.  Shoot away, delete the misses and revel in the amazing shots of real life with a four year old and a seven year old. 
But, there's something else to see here.  I'm sure you noticed it right away.  What?  You didn't see it?  But, it's so obvious!  Look, it's right here:
Yeah!  There it is!  That big, glaring mistake I made when the layout was completely done, except for this brown dot border I was adding.  Blissfully dotting along my ruler, every 1 cm, and then I got distracted.  Believe it or not, it happens in a household with two children and dog.  I dotted in the wrong place.  With marker.  When the layout was basically done.  Okay, deep breath, Miss Type A.  No, honestly I didn't freak out, chuck the pages to the floor and burst into tears.  First, I tried to decide if I could just live with it.  Um, that'd be a big no.  So, then I considered my options.  White-out?  Nah, it's on a cream colored paper.  It'd look way too obvious.  Then, inspiration struck!  The border strip of the paper had the same pattern on it as the paper.  I took my smallest hole punch, cut a circle, and carefully glued it down over the errant dot.  Yay!  A solution I could live with.  Honestly, when I'm looking at the layout, I don't even notice that spot.  And that's pretty good for a detail person like me. 
So, if disaster strikes, take a deep breath.  There will surely be a way you can cover it up!  There's a life lesson for you....when you make a mistake, just cover it up, gloss it over and no one will ever notice. 
Unless you point it out in a close up on your blog, that is.  :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jane, stop this crazy thing!

First post.   I never thought of myself as a blogger, but I do love to write.  And I do love to create scrap pages.  And I am trying out for design teams that ask for my blog address.  So...voila!  Welcome to my blog!

Now, let me tell you about the ideas I have swimming in my head for my next scrap page.  I just turned 34 about a month ago, and since then I've been trying a bunch of new things.  I've planted my first vegetable garden, and aside from not realizing the cucumbers would take over the joint, it's not doing too terribly bad.  Those cucumbers are incidious, let me tell you.  They have made several moves on my green and red peppers, but I continue to amputate their grasping tendrils and the peppers live to grow another day!

Then, my mother-in-law visited from Ohio and taught my seven year old how to knit.  Well, I decided if the seven year old could handle it (admittedly, she is near genius, but still), then I could too.  So, I learned how to knit.  That scarf may be holey, but it's MY creation.  It will only take three more winters to be ready for my younger daughter at the rate I'm working on it. 

Next on the list of new...I completed my first 5K race.  Note the word "completed".  I'm not going to say I ran it.  I didn't.  I'm not going to say I'm an athlete.  I'm not.  But, I'm a finisher.  That descriptor I can claim.  And, I finished it better than I thought I would.  You should try it sometime!  It's quite cathartic! 

Then I had three firsts at one time.  I bought my first fishing license, reeled in my first three fish, and caught my first case of poison ivy all on the same day.  Yay!  The family led me to this great fishing hole where the fish sit with mouths opened wide for any and all worms.  Unfortunately, it's a little off the beaten path.  Right off into a path of poison ivy, apparently.

Coming up soon on my list....learning to drive a stick shift.  My husband joyfully has our family's brand new (to us) car all to himself because it's a stick shift, and I am stick shift stupid.  Enough!  I shall learn...and then I shall STEAL!  :P  He will regret teaching me this, I vow....

So, all of these events combine to make me a new woman.  I think it needs to be celebrated on a scrap layout...  Stay tuned for the result to come!