Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas is over!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was eventful here. The kids went crazy over their presents.

Cory is re-enlisting tomorrow for another six years into the Navy!! I am going to go to the ceremony. I got to have some pictures :-)

I have been scrapbooking SO MUCH, I now have pain in my back/shoulder area on the right. I think it is from the way I sit when I scrapbook. I have had an Icy/Hot patch on it all day. Last night it hurt so bad but I still wanted to scrapbook so my hubby was nice enough to rub my back for about half an hour, it felt so much better afterwards. My first Scrapbooking injury!!

Here is a page I created for Scrappin with Grace. The challenge was to scrapbook something you keep from your husband. I used a receipt from the store showing my cash back. On the letter C chipboard I wrote different words for Cash. I used the circle around the picture to separate the three pictures. I used Heidi Swapp masks for the word secret.

Right now I am working on my entries for Create My Keepsake design team call. If you have not checked them out you should...there is a great group of women over there.

Now here is a question for all of you...New Years I am going to a scrapbook store about an hour away to buy a new Quickutz font, it is my Christmas present but I wanted to wait until the store had a sale.

Out of these which would you choose? If you have them which do you find yourself reaching for more? original first choice
Olivia or

Thanks :-)

Friday, December 22, 2006


I LOVE the ribbon in this new kit from Savvy N Sassy.

Notice the one on the bottom, a must have for any ***BLING*** myself. You can order it here. I cant wait to use it, I will post my creations soon :-)

In other news...Today was Corys last day of work for 6 full days!!! I am so excited he gets so much time off. I am going to be doing a lot of scrapbooking :-)

My husband is sooo sweet, he told me he was going to go buy me a scrapbooking gift. I convinced him to tell me what so I can tell him what scrapbook store to go to to get it. It was not hard to get him to tell me, he can not keep things like that a secret. He said I am going to buy you "Calvin." At first I was like huh, then I realized what it was. He said he saw a list in a notebook that said "Fonts I Want", and Calvin was on the list.

He said he did not know what it was for he was just going to walk into the store and ask for Calvin. I told him you better hope no one named Calvin works there :-)

Anyways he could not buy it because none of the stores near me sell Quikutz so we are going to go to the scrapbook store that is an hour away during their New Years Sale and get it (any item 40% off).

It is the thought that counts. Now I have to think of something to get him...any suggestions??

Monday, December 18, 2006

Tonight's work

I created this tonight for the on-going contest at Scrappin With Grace.
I wrote the letter in my left hand so it would look like a child wrote it.

Today we went shopping so the girls could find presents for EACH OTHER. A concept hard to understand at 2 & 3, they wanted to pick out toys for themselves. Madison started to understand, she said "Brookie I want this Princess dress" and then Brookie said "O.k. Madison I want this princess dress."

They left to pick out a present for mommy and I bought the princess dresses. Later when we got home they wanted their presents they picked out for each other. They did not understand that we have to wait until

Here are some pictures from today...

Just let me Scrapbook

How many times have you said that :-) I know I have...well now I am going to say it again. I have been asked to join the design team for Just let me Scrapbook. I am sooo excited!!!

I am soo excited that Christmas is here. I have been wanting to do a selective coloring picture with a Santa hat. Here is little baby Cory in the Christmas spirit.

Friday, December 15, 2006

I have a Secret

I have an invisible counter on my blog that tells me how many hits daily. I had 42 hits today!!!! Wow, and thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I write.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

some Eye Candy

You know how much I love photography...I was messing around the internet and came accross this new kit club...Eye Candy. The kits looks amazing BUT I love how the owner took pictures of the kit. My fav. would have to be the picture on the bottom right on their home page.

Another cool thing I want to mention. Wendy Reed is scrapbooking my girls!! I am so excited to see the page she creates. She is using the Piggy Tails line featured this month at Create My Keepsake and she only has boys. She asked for pictures of girls and luckily I was one of the first to post. So Excited :-)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I made the Memory Works design team!!! I am so excited, I worked so hard on the submissions for this team. I have been working really hard on another DT submission that I just emailed today, so that is kinda a relief. Cory has been working a lot again, so I only scrapbooked a couple days this week but I still created so much :-)

Today was Madisons last day of preschool until next year, it is only two weeks off but she is going to miss it.

Guess what, I have finished my Christmas shopping :-)

Here are some of my latest creations:

I was experimenting with my new Cricut cartridge. Opposites Attract.

This is for a contest at Scrappin with Grace.

10 things I learned growing up on the river:
1. How to pack for the weekend in fifteen minutes.
2. Rattlesnakes can not swim.
3. How to make a yummy cake in a Dutch oven with hot coals.
4. You have to swim upstream to get downstream.
5. How to read a river.
6. Milk can be in an ice cooler for three days before it goes bad.
7. If you annoy the guide you will be pushed out of the raft.
8. How to have a lot of fun.
9. How to set up a tent in record time.
10. Family time together is important.
I spent every summer on the river while my parents managed the rafting company. It was a fun experience and is a big part of who I am. I would not change any of these unique childhood experiences.

Love FPD. So fun to work with.

I love trying to use Christmas lines in a non-Christmas theme, it is a fun challenge

Wow I have been busy :-)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Todays Happenings

Cory has had a BAD schedule this week. He is great though, he is still giving me time to scrapbook :-)

I made this layout for a contest at Scrappin with Grace.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

My recent creations

I cant post everything I recently created but I can post these :-)

Madisons first scrapbook page :-)

I let Madison scrapbook with me the other day. She did not loose interest at all, she scrapbooked for over an hour. I recently bought her a pair of Fiskars Kids scissors and she cut her hair with them. She got them taken away but I let her use them only when she is scrapbooking with me.

Here is her page.

Monday, November 27, 2006

It SNOWED today....a lot

It was so much fun taking pictures of the snow at so many different angles and working on my composition. Oh and also taking pictures of the kids in the snow....four memory cards full of pictures actually :-)

Here is one I post-processed quickly to post. You would think that with all the heavy snow I would go to my room and I went out with the crazy road conditions, slipped and slid my way, with the help of traction control, to a place that had lots to photograph. Here is one of those pictures.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Here is a page very dear to me.

A mother makes sacrifices and important decisions everyday for her children. When I found myself pregnant at sixteen my responsibilities as a mother began. The idea of adoption scared me; I could not imagine giving my own child up knowing a bond would be created during my pregnancy. I wanted my daughter to have a great life with parents able to care for her in every way and to have every opportunity available to her. I, as a mother, made the biggest sacrifice. I put my feelings, desires, and insecurities aside and gave my daughter up for adoption. When I was in the hospital, after giving birth, a nurse told me I had given the family that adopted my child the greatest gift. Now many years later I realize at the same time I was giving my daughter the greatest gift.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Inspiration from last night...

I did a lot of scrapbooking yesterday and really like what I designed. Here are two of the pages I did for contests on Create My Keepsake and A Peek into Yesterday. I created a page of baby Cory sucking on his two fingers...BUT...I think I am going to save the page for HOF. I will however post the picture :-)

Here is my recent picture of Cory, he always has these two fingers in his mouth, it is funny.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Finally took pictures of my Christmas Album

I made this album last year, and love it. I finally took pictures of it the other day.

This album is unique because it is made out of Bazzills' Really Big Chipboard Letters. The album is about our Christmas traditions and the letters spell out TRADITIONS. Each two page of the album is a new letter.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cory had to leave for two weeks :-(

Since Cory had to go to San Diego for two weeks I have been on the computer even more than normal...hard to believe. I have been processing pictures from RAW and getting ready for a huge order to the print shop. I want to have my pictures by the time Cory gets back and I have a 3 day scrapbooking marathon in my scrap to join me :-)

The kids are driving me nuts and the more I spend online the more money I spend but other than that it is actually going o.k.

Here is one of my favorite pictures I took during our Halloween pumpkin carving session. The girls were looking in their pumpkins and each others and I was able to get some great shots. I tried to get them to be more posed after the initial excitement of the candles being lit BUT you know how toddlers are...that was not going to happen.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Recent Pages

I took pictures of my recent pages....

Although i have not finished the journaling on this page, I posted it because I love this little emu. He came into my window at the Wild Animal Park (drive-thru).

I love this page, Madison loves her little siser but they do bug eachother. When I heard Madison one day tell Brooke "stop talking your ruining my ears" I knew I had to scrapbook it :-)

My free spirited Brookie

Madison looked so cute after her first haircut...I was really happy with what the stylist did.

Madison and Brookes favorite place to go to at Sea World was the starfish. I know that they miss it now that we living in Washington.

always creating :-)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Now is the time...time to start blogging. It is the craze on the internet and I am a computer junky. I am going to start out with a couple of pictures I have taken recently.

I just got my new flash for my 30D, the
430ex, I have been bouncing flash of of everything and getting some amazing shots...unfortunatly I have not converted any of the pictures as of yet (from RAW), so here are some picture I took last week (before I got my new flash).

Yes Cory is a boy but with two big sisters he has been passed down some girly clothes :-)

Madison found a big puddle to jump in :-)

Love my camera...5 frames per second :-) Brooke and Madison playing and jumping in puddles. Yes, brookes shoes are on the wrong feet, 2 year olds are stubborn.