Saturday, May 30, 2009

Shutterfly photobook

I just ordered a Shutterfly photobook with 75 pages. I really scrap that much!? YEP!!! They are having a 20% off sale right now. So I got all that for $72. I couldn't have them printed and then put in album for that price. So it just made sense to have it done as a photobook. I'll let you know how I like it. I have heard mixed reviews about the quality. I have used them once before a photobook and it was cross your fingers!

I just printed a bunch of stuff in Jan 09 then again in March 09. I try to print stuff every 3 months or so. Easier to stay on top of it that way.

Friday, May 29, 2009

To all my designers

You are killing me this week! LOL The Ettes, Jennifer, Sine, & Peta have all came out with some rocking cool stuff. OH LUCKY ME!!! But I am running out of time, energy, and Mojo!! And I have seen what Kristin is working on...oh my gosh....beyond words. Just be ready for a big ole honking post of layouts next week! LOL


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ScrapbookGraphics- IO Whimsy

Since I am on Peta Boardman's CT I was able to use the SBG June Collab called IO Whimsy. WOW! Fun kit! I have no clue on price but it will be available 6-1-09. Watch for it!

Peta Boardman-Boys and Toys

Credits: Peta Boardman-Boys and Toys available at SBG
This is such a cute kit! I just adore soft blue and red together. There's just something about it that really pops and makes me smile.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Graduation Announcement/Thank you Card

Ok...Here's some things I worked on that I could not share until now. But I also want your input...Which of the THANK YOU cardfronts do you like the best? I have my Fav but want to know yours. Please tell me! Thanks! This is my little cousin that just graduated this weekend. So help me out and tell me which one you like. 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. And our school colors are Orange & that's why those colors. Although they picked Silver and Navy for graduation gown colors.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

My FIL Garden. I love this new urn they got. Makes me smile! Maybe it will do the same for you?

Krystal Hartley-Song Sung Blue

This kit is GORGEOUS! Promise you get lots of miles out of this one ladies!

Meredith Cardall-not so mellow melons

Available at ES and FS.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Busy again...still?!

So this weekend was a blur...Friday was the last day of school and we moved right into the graduation mode shortly thereafter. Had a cousin Graduating this weekend with an open house on Saturday night. So I have been very busy with helping out with that. I have not even opened up photoshop in a few days. Today was the actual Graduation and then we went to my Inlaws to work on/in the garden. We planted pinto beans and watermelon today! Great combo huh!?

Josh has been super busy too so I haven't seen him much this past week/month/year?! LOL BUT....Tomorrow is a new day and I HOPE we can finally just 'lay low'. We have the Memorial Day Parade that will go past my house this year for a total of 3-4 minutes! LOL It's super short as always. The vets, HS band, some bike riders, and the fire trucks. No candy. My house is just up the road from the cemetery so by the time they get to us, they are always OUT.

so this whole weekend has really got me thinking about my own sons. It's amazing how fast this time goes. My oldest is officially in his last year at the elementary school and it off to Middle school which means...3 years later, HS? WHAT?! Ok so I know it's like 4 year away but still. In just 5 years we are here at the current state of affairs! So that's like no time at all! LOL

I just pray my boys will continue to hold education as a high priority. We are always enforcing the need for learning. It's vital for a successful future. It's been proven time and time again. I just pray they continue down this current path. I am so proud of my sons and seeing my little cousin graduate today really got me thinking about this...we can only do so much for them and then there comes a time when they have to spread their wings and fly. Will I have given them enough love, encouragement, faith, hope, praise, knowledge, trust to see them into the future? whew. That's deep.

Friday, May 22, 2009

School's Out!!

Teacher let the fools out! Whew...where DID this year go?? WOW!? It was a super year. And as sad I was to see it end...I'm glad it's over. I long to just hang with my boys again. I fell like I am watching Zander move into a new phase of his life and I am afraid I won't be able to spend as much time with him in the future. Will still NEEDS me, but Zander can function on his own very nicely. Why did I raise him to be independent??

We were blessed with the BEST TEACHERS this year. I feel like I added to my personal family. It's wonderful. Now we move onto next year. Winds of change have blown and things will be VERY different next year. I am just going to look at the silver lining and move forward. We can't change it so we might as well just enjoy the ride! I had my moment of tears and I am ready to smile and move forward.

So I am now officially the mother to a 5th Grader and 2nd Grader. WHAT?! Man, that sounds really bad. I can't believe it. I have two very very very smart kids and I am very proud of each of them. Ok...darn these tears...go away. Man, I am sooo emotional. whew...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

15 years and counting

Happy Anniversary to us!! May 21, 1994....Yep, 15 years of marriage has come and gone. And we are both still alive to talk about it! heehee So it will be a nice long weekend for us and I just hope the weather holds out. It was flipping 83 here today. And upper 60's yesterday. It's no wonder we are still dealing with one person sick on the family at all times since October.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Field Day 09

This kit is by Flergs of and it's FREE.
The school had Field Day today. The boys had a ball as usual. I just had to do a quick layout with one of the freebie kits over at DSA for the SoYouThinkYouCanDesign contest. Totally love the papers in this kit.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Amy Jo!!!

My lil sister is turning 33 today!! We went up to her house Saturday and had a wonderful time...other than freezing to death. which was not her fault! Darn Michigan weather. WARM UP PLEASE!

Look....She's glowing she's happy! LOL huh?! I have no clue what happened with this picture. But she actually sat down for 10 min or was it 5?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meredith Cardall-Sun Sand & Seashells

Credits: Meredith Cardall & Emily Card collab. Coming Monday to ES.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Krystal Hartley-Off Tha Chain & others

My soon-to-be Nephew, "Lil Don" He's one awesome skate boarder dude!
A mini kit by Krystal too!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Drowning in responsiblity

oh dear....I feel like I am spinning out of control with responsibilities. It's time to do something about that issue. I am going to have to step down from a couple of my CT's. I just can't possibly keep up this pace. I look back at the past few weeks and I have no clue how I did it. Well yes I do, you can't see my house. LOL's in dire need of some attention. So I am going to put a few names in a hat see what happens. I have few changes in some current CT's coming up that are going to require more of a commitment than I was required to do. Peta Boardman is making a huge move to ScrapbookGraphics...She's gonna be a studio girl!!! So I really want to focus on getting her up and running. And few friends of mine are taking off with their designs as well and I need to be there for them too. to think.

Kristin Aagard-Spaced Out

click for credits! This is a super duper cute kit!

Lara Payton-Adoration

Credits: Lara Payton-Adoration available at GP.

This is the couple I shot on Saturday. She's going to have a wee one soon too! She looked amazing! And being a close friend of the Groom's family, I really enjoyed myself at this one!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Outlaws from Outerspace-Krystal Hartley collab

So this super duper kit was released on Friday...GASP...I went 4 days without scrapbooking. Say it isn't true! Sadly, yes, it is. But here's one from me finally!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Computer Virus

ACKkkk.....I had a freakin rotten computer virus today that I got at 4Shared...grrrrr....It cost me a pretty penny to get it off too dang it all because I was trying to download a freebie. I think I am done doing that now.

So my whole computer is jacked up now too. I have spent hours today re-installing and fixing crap. yes, I am using bad language...I'm ticked.

Not how I wanted to spend my Mother's Day. We did go down to my MIL for lunch and I saw my own mom for 3 minutes. I am stressed beyond words with life so I don't have much to report other than this.

I have so many kits waiting for me and no time to do them. I was thinking I would stay up late tonight to get them done but I just can't. I'm way too tired and stressed out from the weekend events. I've never been so glad to see a Monday.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Not stopping...

I am just coming up for air here. Oh my goodness...what a rush. I worked all day home about 7:45pm, didn't even eat dinner. Bathes, checked homework, computer time, bed. Back up at 6am. At the school at 7:30 AM left the school at 9:40 PM! NO JOKE. In the middle somewhere, I ran home to get my camera to drive to Adrian to check on the church for today's wedding but the rest of the time was devoted to the school. I took an hour and half leave from the grounds. Can you say SORE FEET. I am sooo sore. I switched to Tennis shoes in the late afternoon but it didn't help. FUN NIGHT was a blast! Its soooo much work though. And the parent volunteer levels were almost non-existant. SAD. Those that give their time give it 200% and those that don't DON'T. So I think they will have a rude awakening next year when there is NO FUN NIGHT. We are going to focus or effort on other things for the kids and try to push the fund raising early in the year instead. You just can't pull off something of this size with 9 parent volunteers in a school with 400 students. If we didn't have the National Honor Society Students from the HS we would have been lost. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to those students. And to those few parent who donated time, THANK YOU. And to the staff that helped, donated items....THANK YOU TOO!

I have a similar day today. I have a wedding to shoot today at 2pm. I hope I have enough energy to pull it off smoothly. And that I can actually walk by then. I am not legs, feet hurt so bad from standing ALL DAY. Whew...I'm used to sitting and cleaning teeth! LOL

I have some really cute kits to work with once I catch a break. Krystal Hartley and Kristin Aagard BOTH released an alien type kit this week! FUNNY! Must be the HOT TREND of the week?! Meredith has a super cute melon mini kit coming up. And then not to mention all those great FREEBIES over at DSA! whoot!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Peaceful Garden

Credits: Creations by Racheal-My Secret Garden it was a freebie kit over at FPD last week. Maybe she won a spot at the store and you could buy it??? It's a super cute kit!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ElisaLou RAK

My friend, Elisa, just adopted a baby girl! So as a RAK for her, I did these layouts! They are her photos from her blog and I just "borrowed" them so that I could use these pretty pink kits I have waiting for me to scrap. She's a doll baby, huh! CONGRATS Elisa and Andy! Thank you for letting me use your beautiful new daughter to scrap.

Kitty Designs, Amy Sumrall

Kitty Designs: The Garden Poetry Kit available at Oscraps.comAmy Sumrall-FREEBIE KIT! She's doing the So You Think You Can Design (SYTYCD) contest over at DSA and there are all KINDS of freebies there for your scrapping pleasure! I also entered this in the contest for the SYTYCS(scrap) contest. So go leave me some on layout and it will take you to the area to do so!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


So, I must say this...Kitty Chen of Kitty Designs is THE nicest person. I had some personal issues with a collab kit and she allowed me to share my concerns and then on top of that...she let me shop within her store. And it had NOTHING to do with her stuff. AMAZING. I repeatedly told her I didn't want her to do it but she insisted. So I picked up a few things and then bought more! This is from her Wishes and Dreams kit. Her stuff is so different than my normal kits but it is a blast trying new stuff. I also got: BeeBuzzBuzz and The Garden Poetry.
And you guys know my freaky issues with CQ. And she passes. Man, when did I become such a type A freak? LOL oh wait....I always have been. SO THANK YOU KITTY! Super Customer Service!

New Month New Header

I am so in love with Krystal Hartley's newest kit, Shabby She...I had to use it for my Header for May. How fitting with Mother's Day just around the corner, huh. I have a wedding on Saturday to Shoot so that will fun. It's my BFF's from HS's nephew so I know the family very very well. Looking forward to a nice day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Tangie Baxter-Star Wars kit...Had to buy this for these pictures. More layouts to come soon.

This was a freebie kit from Funky Playground Designs-Capture the Flag Contest

Two from Kristin Aagard: Dino Daze and Fruit Salad.

Meredith Cardall-WhoLovesMyBoy

Kristmess of GP-Child's Play
I Know I did a few others but I can't remember right now! LOL I'll find them and share.

Jennifer Barrette-Grab Bag

This was a fun Grab Bag! I love love love these photo masks (which I have NOT used yet! LOL) they are so cool. I love those date things too! This kit has a great mix of real and digi elements in it too. Fun stuff for sure and for $3 you can't go wrong.

Jennifer Fox-Vintage Chic

If you want a HIGH QUALITY, FREE KIT you MUST download this one. Jen is brand new designer and friend of mine from another CT that we share together. She is incredibly talented in her scrapping skills and clearly this transfers into her design work as well!

Go leave her some love and download this kit. You will not be sorry.

Here's a layout that I did with this kit.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

Make sure you give when you can, please!

Krystal Hartley-Shabby She

Here's her first kit for Sweet Shoppe~ Those yellow flowers are my all time favorite! I love them!