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Welcome to my window on the world. A snapshot of my life and experiences. I'm a photography junkie and a scrapbook addict. I capture it all here, and share my journey down this amazing road called LIFE with you!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Gin X Scientifically Weird

Gin-X is some nice paper! I'm serious! I haven't had any experience with their stuff until our lss had a 40% off sale of the entire store! I bought this kit and a few sheets of coordinating Bazzill cardstock. I've made another lo beside the two here, but it is part of a 5 week contest so I can't post it!
We sure do go to the beach alot! I guess it's a good thing. It seems like I take so many pictures of dd during the year, but at the beach it is mostly ds, so I guess it all comes out in the wash.
Skimboards or skurfers sure are alot of fun. I even tried it, and nearly killed myself, but hey! What kind of mom would I be if I didn't give it a shot!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

When Did I Start Looking OLD

When did I start looking old? It seems to have snuck in out of nowhere! Those laugh lines so etched in the corners of my eyes. The lines above my forehead, which I have had since I was 10, from years of lifting those eyebrows. The furrow between my eyes from the years my mother was so ill and worrying. The puppet mouth. I even notice that my neck is finally going. What is happening? I'm wearing make-up and it's not helping. Ah, age!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Lots more layouts done

My friend, Mandy, and I have been scrapping so much this year that we are caught up on our current photos and are going back. It's all thanks to a great site called Scrapstreet and some fabulous crops, along with two weekends away doing nothing but scrapbooking and cropping Friday nights at our lss.

It's amazing to have that much done. I feel so good because I don't have all that current stuff hanging over my head. I know it shouldn't feel that way, but it does. The few photos I have left from last year are all in bags, sorted by topic, and ready to be scrapped. I only have about 4 of those left! Isn't that great!

Now by no means am I anywhere close to being caught up! I have boxes and boxes of photos and memorabilia. But at least the current things are done! I am looking forward to going back and working on the kids baby books some more. It's fun to relive that time!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Exciting Getting Published AGAIN!!!

I submitted a few pages from a Garden Journal that I keep. I take photos of pictures of flowers and I scrapbook them in a gate hinged album from Kay & Co. This is a very simple little book I have that I can doodle in or write poems or I can scrap more elaborately in, but I am leaving it fairly flat. I want it to be a free form, random thing so I can just enjoy the fabulous flowers nature provides in all their colors and shapes and sizes!
Anyway, Scrapstreet's E-zine picked up my little sample for publication in May, which is very exciting to me. I have some drawings in this garden journal that I am rather proud of, and those were in the pages I submitted. I wonder if that counts for art?
My great Uncle Arthur was quite the artist. We have some of his work here in my house. I have a charcoal drawing he did of his grandfather, Cockety, a pastel of a kitten and a few oil paintings. He had a wonderful eye and was very talented. My mother was artistic, but with floral design more so than anything else. Although she did decoupage in her younger years and made some terrific things, along with a needlework phase.
I guess Uncle Arthur rubbed off on me a little bit too with my limited drawing ability. Nothing too defined. I think that Matt has that talent, more along the lines of Uncle Arthur, but he doesn't want to take any art classes.
Arthur's brother, my Pop-pop, was a doodler all of his life. Not serious doodles, just silly drawings. He would do those for me all of the time. He would start drawing, and we would have to guess what he was making. He was a funny guy so it was always something funny like a fat lady from behind or a jalopy.
Anyway, this has made my day. When June comes, I will post a few of my pages so you can see what I submitted. Can't have them up anywhere for the month of May!!!
BTW, thanks to Meesh for picking it in case you ever read my blog. I'm never sure if anyone reads it really, except for a few friends. But that's ok. It's my window on the world, and if I"m the only one that sees it, so be it!!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

birthday card

Someone in my family has a birthday today. Growing up and changing. Sometimes it is hard to be the mom and be left behind because they don't need you so much anymore. But it is also a blessing. To celebrate, I made this card. Very simple.

I made this lo the other day based on a sketch by Dora Phillips. I really liked the sketch, and of course, I have plenty of photos to use! This was a fun sketch to do. I bought Chatterbox Poolhouse kit because it was more boyish to me, and I knew I had these pictures to do.
I'm trying to scrapbook as much as possible. I've made 137 layouts towards my goal of 272, which means I'm more than 1/2 way there now. Think of the amount of paper and supplies I have used!
I'm really trying to not buy alot of stuff just to have in my stash. It gets outdated so fast and new stuff is always coming out. I have been enjoying using these smaller kits that companies put out with paper and embellies. You can do several layouts with one kit and use all the stuff. That way you aren't sick of it!

Friday, March 09, 2007

My Celebrity Look-alikes

My cool celebrity look-alike collage from MyHeritage.com. Get one for yourself.

Holy crap. Joan Collins? Are they kidding me? Well, it's only a website's opinion! YIKES! It was a little chuckle. You ought to try it!

Going cropping tonight with my scrapping friends. Can hardly wait. Hmmm...will definitely have some more to post tomorrow! I have printed out my crop weekend photos to and will do a layout about that. That definitely was a fun time!

Contest at Scrapstreet doesn't start for another month, but we do have a challenge coming up next weekend. That will be fun. I love those. They get the ole brain thinking along new lines!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

My Celebrity Look-alikes

My cool celebrity look-alike collage from MyHeritage.com. Get one for yourself.

I've just been playing at this website that my friend found. It's not really on that much, but it's a fun thing to do. Mostly people tell me my dd looks like Christy Brinkly. Maybe she's not one of their picks. I'm also trying to see who they say my ds looks like and then me and my dh!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Editing Photos for a Different Look

Here are two recent lo's. I submitted the one of my ds. We'll see. I like the journaling, which I lifted from Starbucks website - their make your own coffee. The other lo is a scraplift challenge, which I edited one main photo two different ways. Something I don't do very often. I really like the effect.

Friday, March 02, 2007

More Layouts Done and Some Shopping Too

Well, I have about 120 layouts done so far this year towards my goal of 272. The first layout you see is an 8x8 that I did for a scraplift challenge. I printed right on the cardstock with a new font I found, Depot. I really like it. It's typewriter-y.
I love the colors in this lo, too. Strictly straight off teh color wheel! Orange is opposite blue so it makes it pop! I also used 3 ribbons slides from my stash of stuff. 3 down. Have to make room for more stuff. Sick of looking at the old stuff!

I submitted the beach lo. Not sure if it will get picked up or not. I really like the colors in it, too. Very summery. It just reminds me of being at the beach, which is what the lo is about.

The last layout is a heritage book lo of some photos of my brother from 1971. It was a sketch challenge. I love those. They always get my creative juices flowing! However, I'm not in the dark color mode lately, so I might put some heritage stuff on the back burner for a while. I'm just really feeling the color lately.

The last pic is of my ds. I'm planning on scrapping this photo tomorrow. He's such a cool kid. I have a great idea for my journaling, too, which I lifted right off of Starbucks website. You'll have to wait and see!

I went to Hobby Lobby today. I nearly bought some paper, but controlled myself since the new Crate Paper is supposed to be released on Monday. It was tough, but I just don't want all that paper lying around. Use it and get some new stuff is my new motto.

I did get some new MAMBI glitter alpha rubons for 50% off. I felt a small tinge of guilt as I had put them on hold at the lss, but they are $20, so 1/2 price is an awesome deal. I got over it real quick. I also bought one pack of jumbo brads. I don't need to go crazy and get them in every color. I'm sure I'll use them this weekend. That way I won't have them in my stash forever and get sick of them.