Friday, February 29, 2008

A Week In The Life...

This is the Title Page; the highlights from the week...
Every day of the week has an opening page with a picture and my gratitude moments for that day...
Each day also has an 8 x 12 page that is the highlights of that particular day...we used a Giga punch (approx. 2 inches, can be found at your LSS) to make the squares for this 'square' page...I also included punches of junk mail...emails, etc....anything that created interest from the day...
The back of the 'squares' page is a collage of more things and observations about the day that I didn't want to forget...
Behind the 8 x 12 page is an 8 1/2 x 11 page that highlights an important story or picture...I also did a layout behind each of these pages because I had so many 'good' pictures to use and stories to tell.....
The last page for each day was a 'food and work' shared what we ate that day and what we did for work...highlighted by photos of course!

I have finished the 'insides' of my Week In The Life Album. This album all started last June when I took pictures and saved EVERYTHING from a week in our life! I then took a class from Ali Edwards at CKU, and her philosophy about photographing the everyday. It was unbelievable. Now, that I have completed the album, it is even more amazing. As I look back on this week I am in awe of the things that I don't want to forget that passed by too quickly. I also had many aha! moments during this process.
I am so grateful to be able to 'stay home' with my kids. I know that this mom job can become tedious,or the same day after day, but I found that I when you look for the magic in the are indeed blessed. During this time, last summer, I was feeling that I needed to be doing something else, maybe working, or earning money; but then I realized that where I was, with my kids, is definitely where I am supposed to be RIGHT THEN. And that is the same way that I feel RIGHT NOW.
I just need to complete the 'outside' of the album and will post a picture of it after the weekend. Comment if you have any questions and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Today we were so blessed to have the sun shining and a bright blue sky! After the kids left for school, I stood in front of the sliding glass door and felt the warmth of the sun. I stood there for ten minutes. I didn't want to step away from the warmth. Ella thought I was crazy.
I thought I was crazy.
But it felt so good.
Even when the sun is shining here, it is just playing a trick, because the moment you step outside, ha - it is beyond freezing! But inside, today, I could feel it on the glass pane and it felt so good....sunshine.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just for Tuesday...

I am just about done with a project that has been in the works for 7 months. I started it last June, and keep pulling it out and working on it. Last Friday, I worked on it a bit more, and now I can't stop until it is done. As soon as it is finished, I will post it here. It is really not a big deal, but something that I think everyone should try, someday. It is good...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Need a quick hairdo? Put on a hat and add two messy ponies! Love it! Let's get outta here.....
(Hat provided by Ella's know who you are!) After these photos were taken, Ella had to take a few of me. One of them turned out great, and is now the picture on the right....

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Little Project

Now that my sister has received her b-day gift, I can post about this project that I made before Valentine's Day. The inspiration for my project came from Ali Edward's weekend creative project. This is what I made....enjoy! (I used papers from Love, Elsie, Rusty Pickle, My Mind's Eye, and October Afternoon. They were all scraps from previous projects that I punched with my heart punch and adhered with pop dots.)

HB to my CF

Happy Birthday to my Creative Friend, Lynn!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dear Mr. Winter

I have really enjoyed your stay here at our home. It has been great to have you here. The kids have enjoyed sledding, I love sipping hot chocolate with you, and the big, fluffy flakes of white are beautiful to watch out the window. But enough is enough. You have worn out your welcome. The coats, hats, boots, snowpants, gloves, scarfs, sweaters, and hoodies that have been left on my floor everyday for the past three months are driving me insane! I love the coziness of our fireplace, but the dry skin and lips is pushing me over the edge. Please, take the next warmfront and get the h-e-double hockey sticks out of here! Do you hear me???
Love ya,
P.S. See ya next year....

Friday, February 15, 2008

Have you had enough yet? Well...

I used all the extra copies of our Christmas card photos for the background paper and frame. This scrapbook page came into my mind just before I fell asleep last night and it took me less than 30 minutes to construct this morning. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kara circa 1975
Kara today...
Hope everyone has a wonderful day full of love! And Happy Birthday to my older sister, Kara!

Starting at the top of the pile...

and working my way down. I have a huge stack of photos....I have been just making a pile as I find pictures that have a story to tell. After looking at all the CHA inspiration, I just had to make something. So I went through all my patterned paper and found my favorites that were hiding...grabbed some of those photos and started. Just starting....that was big. And it really didn't take me long to get these six pages done. They are not magazine or LSS worthy, but they are good for me, my family, and that is enough. The pile is getting smaller...oh wait, I have some more that I took of today that I don't want to forget...forget about the pile and just remember each and every moment.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I forgot one...

Another one of my favorite scrapbook companies is Jenni Bowlin. This lady is amazing and her goodness flows from her products. We have had some of her stuff in our store, and it sold out completely. Now I just need to get my glue-encrusted hands on some Tangerine Dream. (I know I have shared this layout before but this is some of her stuff from the vintage red line...)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Slushy Pop

The one and only good thing about freezing temperatures, is how your pop tastes straight from the garage! It is the best....full of ice crystals, and slush. Yesterday it was -3, or-15 with the wind chill. Artic temperatures all week! If you live somewhere warm, please leave a comment and tell me the temperature! I need all the sunshine I can get!

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Girl Can Dream Right?

I open my email this morning to find a advertisment from Country Home Magazine about cupcakes, cookies, etc. for Valentine's Day....but what catches my eye is something bigger. A Catch-All Room. This is a fantastic concept! A room for laundry, cleaning supplies, paying bills, gardening, crafting, etc. I guess we will be knocking out walls this weekend. (Hee-Hee) Hey Linzi - if your house plans aren't complete...I would add this in!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Want List

Dyson Vacuum
Bedroom Furniture
Trip to CHA-Winter
Organized craft area

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I Get By With a Little Help from my Friend...

and my neighbor......thanks for digging us out!
Ella had to taste it to see if it tasted as good as Hallie says that snow is...
"I was a huge fan..."
Snow day today. Lots of heavy, frozen snow. Kids played in it for about five minutes. Too cold....came in and now they are back playing Wii....
Hat hair!

Monday, February 4, 2008

I {heart} scrapbooking

I had very good intentions of posting every day this month about scrapbooking. It is already Feb. 4th and I haven't started. But today I do want to list my Top 5 scrapbooking companies. These are the ones that I love, that I always turn to for their paper, chipboard, tools, stickers, etc. These are in no particular order and I could have a new one tomorrow, it is always changing, but for today this is:
Love their chipboard, mini-albums, and their Chocolate Kisses paper line
Love their letter stickers, journaling stickers, and their shimmer paper
Love their Thickers, ribbon, and their paper is happy & bright, yet it
Love their chipboard letters and patterned paper..this is a tough one to when I see it I want it all
Love their buck naked chipboard, die cuts that cover the chipboard perfectly, and ALL their patterned paper
What are your TOP 5? Leave me a comment.....
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