Monday, May 31, 2010


I have been such a bad blogger!  Someone come and yell at me please. Yes, I was crazy busy, but who isn't?

*raises 2 fingers in salute*  I solemnly swear to do better. 

I have been keeping up with the challenges at All About Me's challenge blog.  I did not get to post the last one--the twist challenge--because I liked it so much that I am pubbing it in an upcoming issue of the mag.  Today I am back with my version of the shoe challenge led by the fabulous Janis.  I adore her blog The Reluctant Scrapper and feel so blessed to have her on my ScrapStreet team.  Although she and I scrap in styles that are world's apart, I always find inspiration in her creations.

Summer Shoes.  Supplies:  Paper: My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey, Ribbon: Little Yellow Bicycle, Alphabet: American Crafts, Alphabet Stickers: My Little Shoebox, Die Cuts: Fancy Pants Designs, Button: BasicGrey, Rub-On: October Afternoon, Font: Veteran Typewriter, Other: staples.

Journaling: No one would pick these out of my closet as my favorites shoes.  I love heels--the higher the better.  I wear them with everything as often as I can.  A new pair of heeled boots makes me more than a little giddy.  When I need to go casual, I have a couple of pairs of darling tennis shoes, but absolutely no flats enter my closet.  So what are thse shoes?  They are my summer grabs.  For the third year, I slide them on when school ends.  They may not be pretty, but they are comfy and easy-just like summer should be.

*lifts hands* I promise to be back tomorrow with another layout!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

am I done?

with this layout?  Ever have one of those?  Where you think it needs a bit of something more, but nothing you try seems to work? 

I started this one two weeks ago for the All About Me challenge.  I was supposed to choose a new angle.  I thought of using the angle of a conversation with my son--a moment when I realized I had become "every mother" but with a son that attacks life from his own angle.

Here it is:

One Million Times. Supplies: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup, Die Cut: Little Yellow Bicycle, Ribbon: Tim Holtz (Advantus), Rub-On: My Mind's Eye, Bling: Heidi Swapp, Fonts: Kristin, Bonded, Rebound, Other: pin.

Journaling:  I know I have said this at least one million times I say to my children in true mother form.  But before I can continue Zack puts on his thinking look.  I pause knowing I have lost his attention.  

Actually, Mom, it is more like two hundred thousand times.  A million is a bit excessive.  

(He is not being a smart aleck.  Nope.  He is just math obsessed.  Zack is literal minded.  Now he can tell a tale with the best of them, but NEVER if numbers are involved.  He takes those very seriously.)  

Thank you, Zack.  Now, back to my point.  Shoes go into the shoe basket.  Then when you need them, they are always there.  What do you think the chances are that this will be the lst time I have to say this?  

I'd say about  million to one.  

Sigh.  I knew better than to ask.  What was I thinking?

So, what does it need?  Is it done?  Help!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

8 days and counting . . .

I have the best jobs in the world.  Teacher, Mother, Scrapbooker--honestly, what could be better?

Ok, but now that we are being honest, each of these jobs offers a mixture of mountains and mosh pits.  Or as my darling Allie said yesterday--some days we make lemon squares out of the lemons. 

I absolutely love teaching, but I need to wrap up the semester.  Grading, final exams, explaining to some students that they will have to take the class again, racing to enter grades, and  final meetings for this and that all packed into 8 little days.  And then I can breathe in summer vacation.  Ahhhh.

I am heading into these last days feeling off balance.  Why?  Because I have not been able to scrap for over a week.  Not creating for awhile makes me itchy.  Off.  I get the same feeling if I do not have a todo list going.  I really am a mixture of organized brain meets creative brain.  Without a bit of each, I am just not quite right.

Between family events on the weekend and kid activities every single night, I am missing some of that free time.  I know it is all worth it, but I still feel like I forgot something.  That little niggling feeling, you know?

Since I do not have anything new to share, I am going to fall back on my ScrapStreet items from the April issue.  A few of my favorite pretties from earlier this winter.

Country Gals.  Supplies: Paper, Alphabet, Twine, Flowers:  Jillibean Soup, Stickers: My Little Shoebox, Buttons: BasicGrey, Markers: Copic, Font: Distressed Typewriter, Other: brushes created from clip art.
Journaling: We are not cowgirls.  We do not rope & ride.  We never say yee-haw.  We do not own boots.  We like to sleep late.  We are country gals.  We love the music and we make these hats look good! July 9, 2009.  Taylor Swift Fearless Tour.  Sidney (9), Lauren (12), Allie (9).  Country Thunder.

Two.  Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Chipboard, Rhinestones: Kaisercraft, Glitter: Sparkle N Sprinkle, Ink, Embossing Powder: Stampin’ Up!, Tools: Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), Fonts: Kristin, Lucinda Handwriting, Franklin Gothic Heavy, Harrington, Cooper Black, Papyrus, Script MT Bold, Kartika, Freestyle Script, Arial Black, Impact, Magneto, Ravie, Gill Sans Ultra Bold.
Journaling: peas in a pod, compadres, pair, buddies, 2 of a kind, comrades, couple, dynamic duo, matched set, twosome, partners in crime, team combo, double trouble, birds of a feather.

Hello.  Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Rub-Ons, Rhinestones, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Cardstock: Jillibean Soup.

Playing Rain.  Digital Supplies: Rainy Play Kit by Dora Phillips for, Font: Distressed Typewriter.
Journaling: Hey, Mom? Yes, Zack? (I look up from my lawn chair in the yard.) I want to play with my umbrella. Can you make rain? Sure, kiddo. (Up I go to set up the sprinkler just right.) Hey, Mom? Yes, Zack? Don't you want to get your camera? I look really cute. Sure, kiddo. (He is right. He does look adorable.)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Winner Time!

Did you all have a ball during NSD?  I would love to say that I scrapped my little heart out, but I had back to back family events and only managed to play a bit online.  Still, I had fun!

Winner of my BasicGrey prize is:

TNScrapper said . . . Very nice LO.  Thanks for the chance to win.  I loooooove BasicGrey!

TNScrapper, send me an NSD Winner in the subject line this week please and I will send your prize right out!  You are going to love it!

And now on to our regularly scheduled beginning of the month . . .
The May Issue of Magazine is live and fabulous!  So many talented scrappers are featured this month.  
Grab a beverage and enjoy all of the inspirational goodness!  If you are not yet a subscriber, it is FREE.  Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy NSD!!!!!!!!

Welcome to the ScrapStreet Blog Hop!!!!!!!!  

Did you start at the ScrapStreet Blog?  And did you pop into the Forum Challenge Board?  We have some fun scrappy challenges and are sharing all of the other fun scrappy spots as we encounter them.  Equal opportunity fun!  Make sure to peek in our digi store for a sale and freebies, too.  Need a little inspiration?  Peek in the Gallery for lots of eye candy!

I am so excited to have a whole day to scrap and play.  That is the whole plan for today--just enjoy all of my pretties with all of my fun online scrapping friends.  Perfection!

What do I have to offer today?  A bit of inspiration in the form of my current favorite layout.  Don't you just love when you make a layout and it just feels perfect?  I made this one a month ago and it has remained my fave--maybe today I will replace it with a new much loved layout.

Share.  Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey, Crate Paper, Die Cuts: Crate Paper, Bling: Kaisercraft, Acrylic Circle: Bo Bunny, Font: Tempus Sans Italic, Tools: Punches: Fiskars.

Journaling: We share our obsession with magazines.  Perfect bites of knowledge wit bright pictures on glossy pages.  We grab them out of the mailbox and drop to the front steps to start devouring.
What else to share?  Blog candy in the form of a kit filled with BasicGrey goodness.  See:

I will pull a random comment on Monday morning.

Where do you go next?  Off to see the super talented Melissa.  I know her blog is always inspiring to me!

Want a peek at the whole list?  Here you go!

Dora (hey, that's me!)

I hope you have an absolutely fantastic day filled with lots of inspiration and scrapping fun!!!!!
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