Welcome

It's been awhile seen I have blogged. Life got a little busy when my family kept growing. I now have three under 4 years. I wouldn't trade any of them for the world, even on days that I can't seem to catch a break.

When I first started my blog it was mainly to write about digital scrapbooking but I have moved on to other areas. I still love it but can't really do it like I had in the past. I have also learned to crochet and that has really taken over my life! Never thought it would.

I would like to keep my blog open but for all of my crafts. I think I might even learn something else who knows. Hope you stick around.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Boy did I have a busy weekend!

I didn't get any scrapping done for the last few days! I've been sooo busy! Friday was my birthday and my MIL took me shopping. I had not been out of the house in a while so it was a good change. My FIL came down with something so our plans to have dinner together flew out the window. So it was just myself and my DH. It was really nice. We were able to talk about our baby's name alone, but still no names yet. I can't believe how tough it is to choose one!! We discussed so many details about the baby and where we are going to put her. You see we live with my in-laws, my BIL and his paternal grandmother. All the bedrooms are taken! So we have to make room for her in our already tiny room! For the most part the living arrangement works for us but we really need our own place with a baby on the way. But right now is just not a good time. But I believe things will work out. On Saturday, we had our all day long childbirth class. Most everything that was discussed was a review for me because I did a lot of reading. The only thing I hated was when they decided to show us the epidural needle! I hate them and as long I don't look or see the needle I'm fine but no the other women in the class had to see it. By the time we got home I was exhausted. I'm not sure what I was more, tired or hungry. I did observe something during the day, that I truly have a wonderful husband. He was so much more attentive then the other husbands and I never noticed how much so until I saw other husbands of pregnant women. I mean I always knew what a great person he is but even so more now. He let me nap while he made something to eat and it was ready when I was. Sunday was also pretty busy. My MIL and I went to a bridal shower and the food was so delicious that I over did it. Which is something I don't normally do. I was miserable the rest of the evening! Then Monday came along and I had to go to a doctor's appointment. I was already tired at the beginning of the weekend from the lack of sleep and then all the activity I did over the weekend I was drained. I can't believe how much energy I expend just being pregnant! I sleepily ate my dinner last night and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed but I couldn't get comfortable enough to just fall asleep! But I'm not ready for my pregnancy to be over quite yet. I can't believe it's almost over! It's seems like just yesterday I was beginning the journey to motherhood.


Something fun...
Your Christmas Sprit Level: 45%

You definitely have some Christmas spirit, and you enjoy the holidays as much as the average person.
You don't go over the top celebrating, and by December 26th, you're ready to pack away your decorations.

You have your own special Christmas traditions, and you tend to pick and choose what you like about Christmas.
The holidays are important to you, but you don't let them take over your life.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another LO

I had fun making this LO. I used Silvia Romeo's Whiskers kit. This is my oldest niece. When we first arrived for our visit she didn't want anything to do with either one of us, especially Edward. The minute Edward even looked at her, she would begin to cry. It took about an hour to finally relax and then she was all over him. My sister bought the sunglasses she has on back in April and she did not want to wear them. She still doesn't but she allowed Edward to put them on and she would run around the house with them for a little while. When she took them off she would run back to Edward so he could put them back on her. It was so cute. My mother thinks she's going to hate this picture when she grows up but I suspect that she will only hate through her teen years.

Credits

And now for something fun! take the test and post your results in the comments section.


You Should Have a White Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent joy and sprituality.
The true meaning of Christmas is important to you - even if you're not religious.

The holidays are a time of reflection for you.
You like to spend time thinking about what's important in life.

Your white tree would look great with: Bright, bold ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: The Nativity Story

What you should bake for Santa: Sugar cookies - served up with a tall glass of milk

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A couple of LO and a Little Something Fun

I was able to do a couple of LO last night despite the fact that I was in the kitchen again for the third time this week baking. Edward's Aunt Maggie is the baker in the family and she is GREAT at what she does. I enjoy having her around because my sweet tooth is ALWAYS satisfied! Plus I am learning from her. She was making cookies for a bridal shower this past weekend and I helped her get the dough ready plus I was able to make some dough for my family and it's waiting for me to roll them and bake them. My DH took some pictures so I could scrap about it! I love our digital camera! And last night she made upside down pineapple cake and it was to die for. My favorite cake!!

Anyhoo, this first LO is for my niece. I really don't don't have too many pictures of her and so I have to stretch and sometimes reuse her photos because her sister has a great start on her album. I can't wait to see her for the holidays. I used Midnight Garden by Lynne Simmons, it was perfect for these photos taken when she was barely a month or two. These were the only pictures of her by herself. Her sister is not camera shy by any means!!

This second LO is of my precious princess whom I miss so very much. She is living with my mother until we have our own place. She was living with me but had to be confined to my bedroom and she was beginning to lose her fur and some weight. Poor baby she is accustomed to being in the same room as me quietly sleeping somewhere close or bathing in the hot sun outside but I was too afraid to let her go outside because there is a hole in the fence with a German shepherd on the other side. I used Whiskers by Silvia Romeo and it's such a great kit for your four legged prince or princess but I have found it's great for a little girl too!




Test your holiday stress! Here are my results!

Your Holiday Stress Level Is Low

You take it easy over the holidays, and you only take on what you can handle.
You know the holidays are about celebrating and fun - not standing in line at the mall!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CT LO for Alma Townsend

I made the following LO with Alma Townsend's Love Letters kit. The first one is my niece Danica, when I went to visit a few weeks ago. I came back with lots of pictures. And the second one is of my husband and me waiting for a flight on our honeymoon.



Read the journaling here.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Brag Book LO

I've been working on a brag book for my niece Elizabeth. I love how they have come out. RoseMcDigitals Brag book templates (set 1) are a real help. I was able to resize them to 5x7 without any problems. The two kits I used were Bliss by Ellie Lash aka Sugar Snap Scraps and Delicious kit by Lynne Simmons. I loved working with both kits. And the colors are perfect!

Credits for the left side Credits for the right side


Thursday, December 6, 2007

CT LO Midnight Garden

I love this picture because it makes me laugh every time I see it. This was taken on our honeymoon and Edward surprised me at the perfect time. I was disgusted but when I saw the picture I couldn't help but laugh. There is NEVER a dull moment with him.

Midnight Garden by Lynne Simmons


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Template Challenges

For those of you that love templates here is a list of the challenges going on this month:

Sweet Shoppe Cookie Decorating
Digital Candy Template Challenge
Gotta Pixel Blueprint by Monica
3 Scrapateers Puzzle Me Challenge
Rak's Sketch Challenge
Rak's Mega Memories
Deco-Pages Template Challenge

These are sketch challenges. They don't provide a template just the sketch.
Digitals Sketchy Details
SOTB Make Mine A Double

Hope you take part in them!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

CT LO for Lynne Simmons

This is one of my favorite pictures of my nieces. The older one decided to crawl up, sit next to her sister and give her a kiss. Thank goodness I had the camera ready. Of course, the camera is always in my hands when I'm with them! I have to get plenty of photos since I don't get to see them often.


I used Lynne Simmons Delicious Kit for this LO. I thought it was PERFECT for this LO. I love all the elements that are included. Click on the preview below to see it in the Digitals Shop.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Something Fun

Here's Something Fun I came across at the Sweet Shoppe Blog. Here's what my handwriting says about me.

What Your Handwriting Says About You

You are a fairly energetic person. You know how do pace yourself, and you deal well with stress.

You are somewhat outgoing, but you're not a natural extrovert. You think first before you act. You tend to be independent, rational, and logical.

You are balanced and grounded. You know how to get along well with others.

You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.

You are somewhat traditional, but you are also open to change. You listen to your head and your heart.

You are a decent communicator. You eventually get your point across, but sometimes you leave things a bit ambiguous.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

CT LO for Audra Little's Second Spring Kit

These are photos of my niece playing in the leaves. She was happily eating her watermelon and kicking up the leaves, while her grandmother, uncle and daddy raked them up.

Second Spring Kit


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New LO

I had fun doing this LO. I always wanted to use the B&W papers I have but I never got them to work to my liking.

The Blessing of our Engagement


For the entire story of our Engagement click here! Edward put a lot of thought in to proposing.

Monday, November 26, 2007

CT LO

The holidays really wear me out! It seems like you never have enough time for anything! Then there's Black Friday. I haven't hit the stores on Black Friday in years. Simply because after the first year I began dating my husband I spent the holidays with his family. (my mom at the Post office and must work through the holidays) So I wasn't in my home town for Black Friday and my husband's family doesn't get up for the shopping. I never pushed Edward to go because I really can't stand the crowds they make me a little nervous. Well this year, my husband saw something in an ad that he just had to have and he wanted two of them and the store had a limit of one per customer. I agreed to go with him. Our plan was to roll out of bed at 6 am, brush our teeth dress and run out the door to run in and out then back home and to go to bed for another few hours. We roll out of bed get dressed and run out the door. When we get to the store they are allowing a limited amount of people in at the store. So there's a line wrapped around the store. I wanted to cry! It was freezing outside and it was drizzling. I had a coat on but it wasn't very thick and I had no scarf or gloves. And my husband was in shorts!! We really thought we would run in and out. We waited in line for about 30 mins before we were able to get inside and then we look for the product my husband wanted and stand in line for another 30 mins and the store allowed everyone into the store so no more line outside! We then decided since we were already up to go get the keys to my FIL place of business and pick up our turkey. We cooked on Friday because we had so many family homes we had to visit on Thanksgiving. And then we went to eat breakfast. When we got home we threw the turkey in the oven and we were back in bed by 10 am. We only slept till noon, because the rest of the household kept disturbing us. I can't wait till we have our own place. It's days like these that I dislike our living arrangements. There are six total in our household and our baby on the way. Most days there's plenty of room for everyone but sometimes you just want to be left alone (it rarely happens but still).

My internet and computer have been giving me problems over the last few days so I've only been able to do a few LO. I was able to get my Christmas Card done! Yeah!!



And I was able to do a CT LO using Jan Hosford's Love Notes and Love Notes Extra Kit. I also used Carole Neale Year in Review Template.



Thursday, November 22, 2007

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Monday, November 19, 2007

LOs

I did a few LO yesterday with no problems. I just had to want forever to get the papers and elements to upload. And even longer for them to save! I never realized what a RAM hog PSE 5.0 was until recently.

I did this LO for a challenge at Gotta Pixel. I finally learned how to "tear" paper. And I love the colors to the papers. My husband or I are always making faces at the camera but never together. And we never know who until we see the photo. We always get a good laugh but the rule is we can't erase it. This time it was him.


I did this LO for my mother. Natasha followed my mother around at a friends apartment parking lot and stole her heart. At first she thought she belonged to someone and then soon realized the cat was homeless. She's a mean cat. Well not all the time but she will turn on you at the drop of a hat. Even when you're scratching her ears. She just has enough and swings at you. We always have to watch her around my nieces. She will tolerate them for a little while and instead of just running away she bats at them.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

CT LO for Lifesong Kreations

These are the LO I did using the Expectations kit by Lifesong Kreations. I really liked working with this kit. I love the poem she wrote for the second LO. It was perfect. My husband and I have been waiting for our family and now we just have to wait just three more months!! YEA!!

My Beautiful Niece


Credits

My husband and me


Credits


Want a good laugh go here!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Some New LOs

My computer was not acting up yesterday so I was able to do some LO. Here are a couple of LO of my nieces. They are 11 months apart and my sister has her work cut out for her! The baby is such a sweetie. She smiles just by talking to her. The other one demands your full attention but hey she was the first baby in our family and that's what we taught her. I have many pictures of the older one and I have scraped her many times. I was starting to feel guilty that I didn't have many LO of the baby but I do live 6 hours away and my sister rarely takes pictures. Shame on her! LOL. So when I went to visit this past weekend I made sure I took plenty of pictures! Especially of the baby. I want her album just as big as her big sister. I wish I could have brought her home with me, but I'll have my own soon enough. I can't wait for my little girl to arrive. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and everything is going smoothly and I have entered my final trimester. The ride to visit my family really took a toll on me so no more traveling for me, at least not by car!





Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm so fusterated!

My computer is getting slower by the day! I was working on a LO for my niece, Danica, and while I was creating a paper tear my PSE stopped responding! I lost my LO! I was so fusterated I decided to try again tomorrow. I did get at least one LO done today of my niece, Elizabeth. I did it for the ad challenge going on now at SOTB. I love the way it came out.


That's it for now!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I won!

WOOHOO!! I did another LO for a challenge at Digital Freebies for NSD last week and I found out that I won today!

Here's what I got with my $10 gift certificate!! I can't wait to use them!




I went to see my family this weekend and came back with plenty of pictures to scrap. Especially of my newest family member my beautiful niece Danica. I can't wait to scrap for her. I have so many of her sister.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Challenges in the Digital Scrapbooking Community

This month some of the scrapbooking forums are having some great and fun challenges. If you have ever had a brain freeze on what to scrap next or want to try something new or to give you some inspiration, these challenges can be great! Plus most have posting prizes! Meaning if you participate the host gives you a prize. For the LO I did for How you are most like your MIL (See yesterdays post), I would have never thought to put that page together! Another LO I did was Why I Scrap for a challenge hosted by Maria LaFrance at Digital Freebies for NSD. I have decided to use this as my Scrapbooking Cover page. Without this challenge again I would have never come up with this idea! Check out some of the challenges at Digital Freebies, Gotta Pixal, ScrapinFreeStyle and SOTB!

Here's one I did for SOTB Make Mine a Double


Credits

Some of these challenges give you templates to work with! I love to work with templates. They make scraping and creating so much easier!!

Here are just a few of the Template challenges going on this month.
Double Sketch with Eva at Digital Freebies
Sketch Template Challenge with Andrea Gold at Go Digital Scrapbooking (she's ill right now so it will be a few days before her challenge is posted)
Marsha's Monthly Puzzle Template at 3 Scrapers

That's it for now!! See you Monday!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New CT with Ellie from Sugar Snap Scrap

I'm so excited to be on her Creative Team. I love her stuff. Here are some of the LO I have made with her Products!



Above LO I used Lickity kit and a Free Template by Eve Kipler


I used Bliss Kit. I did the above for a challenge at DST. I had to do a LO on how my MIL and I are alike and I won a $10 gift certificate from Tangie Baxter Store!!!

Here's what I got!
Tangie Baxter Store Thanks Tangie!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New LOs

Siblings


Little Reader
Both LO were created using Love Naturally Kit by Lifesong Kreations.
For Siblings I used a template by Monica McGill.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My First Post

Here are some layouts I created:




Credits: Swell News Kit and Add on by Rose McDigital Designs.
Get it Here!

Above Layout I used a template by Leah Hoddinott. You can get it here!