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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I still had pictures from LAST Easter I hadn't scrapped yet, so last night while "watching" the original Tron movie and the new Tron movie with my husband, I pawed through my stash and came up with a little something like this:

One for Erin, talking about the changes I've seen in her over the past year...

A mirrored layout for Paige doing the same thing...

And if you want to, you can even enjoy them together!

Happy Resurrection Day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My Security

Hello everyone!
I'm constantly posting layouts I've done of my daughters, and today I wanted to show you their Daddy.  My husband, Jon, and I have been married for over 12 years now, and when I think about all of the great things about Jon, the number one thing that comes to my mind is how trustworthy he is.  I can trust him with my heart, and I always know that he has my back.  He's my security.
I have the hardest time getting my photos of my layouts to be straight, but I promise you, the layout is straight and balanced!  For this project, I used primarily Basic Grey papers--an old one from "Offbeat" for the background, and a couple of new papers from "Life of the Party."  I used one of my O alphabet stamps to circle the numbers on the ruler paper to show how many years we've been married.  The heart is from Kaisercraft, and the envelope is Maya Rd.  On the reverse of the ruler paper in the envelope is my journaling...a little love note to my hubby about how much he means to me. 

I still have pictures left from last year's Easter that I haven't scrapped yet, so I'm off to do that now.  :)
Happy, blessed, joyous Easter! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Will Christmas Ever End?

Apparently not, because I keep working on a backlog of Christmas pictures from this Christmas AND last!  Here's the story of how Erin Grace wound up with a giant stuffed frog for this Christmas.  She had neglected to mention to Santa that she wanted one until we went to see Jolly Old St. Nick on the Santa train in our hometown.  It was there, just a short time before Christmas, that she shared with him her dearest wish for a stuffed frog.  Luckily, that Santa, he's a smart guy and he managed to still get her one on such short notice!  I included the news story that ran in our local paper with the girls' pictures and their wishes.  They were on the front page!  Santa ~had~ to come through!

Okay, this next layout isn't Christmas, but it FINALLY happened the day after Christmas.  We had planned on letting Paige get her ears pierced on her sixth birthday as she had been asking for them to be done.  So, we drove to our friendly local Walmart, and took her in.  I'll spare you the gory details, so I'll just say it was a NO GO at that time.  Fast forward nearly two years later, and at only one month shy of eight years old, Paige finally felt ready for this life changing event.  It really did change my life--I still have the scars from holding her while they did the piercing.  (kidding!).

Not to be outdone, Valentine's Day wants its share of the holiday glory.  I used a line I bought last year, and some close-ups I'd saved of the girls to make these two layouts.  The Little Yellow Bicycle 10 Things I Love About You pockets were fun to use!

Craving just a little bit of sunshine and summer on this April 17th day when it snowed (yes, I am not kidding this time!) and accumulated on the ground, I have a picture of the girls from last summer.  I used Echo Park's "A Walk in the Park" line and my trusty sewing machine.  (Oh, how I love you sewing machine!)

For you Echo Park purists, yes, the color is a little off here.  Like I said.  Snow.  Clouds. 
No good natural light to take the picture.

My poor friend who was visiting me this from Ohio said, "There's snow on the ground." 
 (Imagine that spoken in a horror-filled voice)
"That's not snow," I told her.
"What is it then?" she asked.
"Dandruff." was my reply. 
 I think it works.  They're both yucky--especially at this time of year!

:)  Thanks for stopping!!  ~Wendy

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Mind's Eye: April Showers!

At My Mind's Eye blog, they are running another sketch challenge.  The theme is April showers...
Here is the sketch, created by Anam Stubbington:

Here is my take on it:  "The Dance of the Spring Shower"!  I took my pictures of Paige playing in a sudden downpour in our backyard. It was a remarkably warm spring day, so we let the girls put on their swimsuits and enjoy splashing, belly flopping, and swimming through the puddles!
Paige was hilarious with those puddles, and it is one of the best memories I have of that spring.  It was a moment I was proud of myself as a Mom because I let go a little, and let them swamp around even though it wasn't summer yet. 

Creating this layout gave me my first opportunity to play with the Stella and Rose line, and it made me wish I lived closer to the store where I bought these papers so I could go get more. :) If I win the challenge, my dream might come true!  The prize is three complete collections of My Mind's Eye!!

Thanks for dropping by!  Don't forget to play in the puddles this spring!!  :)

A Sassafras Lass Challenge!

I'm a big fan of Sassafras Lass products with my two little imps for my inspiration.  Their papers and embellishments often have a whimsical, playful feel.  For the month of April, the good people of Sassafras Lass are running a sketch challenge.  Here was the sketch created by Valerie Salmon, owner of the "Got Sketch" blog for the inspiration:

This was my take on it using some photos of Erin from when she was two years old.  We had a sudden downpour on an uncommonly warm day in May, and we let the girls put on their swimsuits and party!  Our backyard (with clay soil) turned into a swimming pool.  They had a blast!

And just for the fun of it, here are a few more primarily Sassafras Lass layouts I've made in the past. 

We had a beautiful spring day here in Michigan.  I hope life is treating you well where you are!!
:)  Wendy