Thursday, January 24, 2008

new blog

hey gals...this blog is not repairable so all my January stuff is here, please change your link. Looking forward to your comments FINALLY! Thanks Renee:)For those of you who can't click on the link here's the addy:

Denver, happy mail 52 weeks and 365 days!

This is a serious photo post! I have almost finished my DENVER album! So check out the lovelies! I still have some pages to finish but wanted to share what I have so far.

This is the front cover and first page. I used a hambly transparency and my CIRCLE (I know u love it Karla!) punch to put one of everyone in each circle. The facing page is all our shoes at the front door. The little journal circle says:
Paradise found: there was no beach or fabulous tan but I found paradise amongst the shoes for it meant I was surrounded by friends.

This first one is of Amber, I funked it out cuz this lady has some funky style!

This is Chrissy, supermom and world traveler, and who cares what they boys say Chris, we love your sunglasses and your hair! Boys are silly heads!
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Jude played along and "Requested" a kissy face picture! I was so honored! make me pee my pants!The kids are always asking for a Karla story.

And're so beautiful, I snuck a 2nd page on this little transparency in here right in the middle of the other two! The rest of you all are beautiful too...sorry I was being shy (ha ha I know!) and I got a chance to talk to some more than others.

Kim is fabulous and my page says so! This photo was taken the day we all found out about her fab news...go check it on her blog and our prayers are working cuz her little miracle is coming on just fine!

The one and only who put it all together, the hostess with the mostess...hey what was the deal with the cup cake photo? I forgot to ask then I loved it when I was going through them again so sorry for posting a pic of you eating, but no one ever looked better eating a chocolate cup cake!

I also didn't get a lot of time to chat with Vee but I visit her blog and I am telling you this hunny has scrap mojo like nobody's business! I have jacked a few things!
So that is it for Denver so far...funny Jessi and I must see each other too much cuz there was only ONE pic of us ha ha! Almost done that page!

for 52 weeks I am a couple days late posting the quote but better late than never and I loved this photo so I thought I would post it with it:
While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt.

and one of my pics for 365 days...I loved this cake stand I bought for Ireland's birthday so i keep trrying to find ways to use it. I treated myself and 2 lucky recipients to some costco roses. They were so pretty I had to buy them!
So happy scrappin...if you want some happy mail, go here!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy mail and holy scrap!

Well, for some reason blogger doesn't love me! I am having so many issues with the comments section! So hopefully (once again) I have the problem corrected.
On to bigger and better things.
Does anyone besides me love getting something in the mail besides bills? Well if you do go here. SHe is starting a group for happy mail. Each month you get a goodie bag from a secret pal and there are no bills included! Sounds like fun to me!
I have been trying like a banshee to catch up last year's UFO's so I can make a whole new pile this year lol! So I finally completed Vaughn's first year book. I will post another day. I am having it bound. I love how it turned out but I am so sad that my new little babes is so big! Time for another one.....NOT!!!
I have also been in scrap mode. I actually did myself a favor and packed a scrap bag with certain "pages" and used only what i had packed...amazing myself, I completed every layout I had taken with me and I LOVE how they turned out! WHat do you guys think?

Also, I have decided to partake in the 365 DAYS but pondered how in the heck I was going to get that many photos in one album.I thought of buying the cheesy album from Wal-mart but then I found a fabulous album from Making memories It has room to place one photo per square and serves as a calender. I am going to scrap my favorite photo from the month on the top. You can fit 3 4x6! The side of each calender has a lovely journal spot where I can summarize the highlights etc. I have a couple photos missing as Vaughn decided to rip off a few ( little stinker!) but here is the outside cover and the first part of January

She said she has something amazing in the works for this dilemma as well and though I haven't checked it yet, i am sure it will rock so check her out too!
Last but not least here is this week's quote for 52 weeks:
Well behaved women rarely make history, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

about a dodge...

Okay, so I know there was no horse shoe in my butt when I was born but seriously some days I wonder how crazy things happen to me. Today is a story about a dodge. Once upon a time I had never owned a new vehicle. Being pregnant with my third child, my husband bought me a lease buy back mini van that was a year old. After being left starnded on the highway several times, we did convince the dealer that the vehicle was a piece of junk. Maybe that was their ploy...sell us crap so we come back and exchange it for the brand new 10 thousand dollar more van.
So all preggers we have a freak freezing rain storm and I get in an accident with my new van. I jump out and I'm like oh my gosh, my husband is going to kill me...then the other driver is like OMG!!!! YOu're pregnant! I was a little in shock then I thought oh crap! My baby! Porter arrived via emergency cesarean...fat and healthy.
So the van gets fixed. Then shortly after we get it back all pretty our foster kid takes it out for a joy ride...minor damage but its fine.
Six months later it gets taken again and written off! My 48 months of payments loom above me as I watch it get towed to the wreckers. So then I buy (my third silver dodge caravan)van I have now. I am pregnant with Vaughn and take it to his God parents wedding as I did the wedding cake.
When I wake up in the morning prego brain grabs me and I can't recall where I parked. After a fruitless search I think oh crap! I never checked in with the desk...maybe they towed it!
So I check with the desk and they don't tow but she casually says maybe it was stolen. HUH??? ANd after frantically arriving at the church on time and then getting back to the hotel, security knocks on my door and takes me to see a video...of my car being stolen!
Maybe it is the silver color I don't know. So anyway, we get it home with a screw driver for a key, plastic on the windows and no stereo but insurance fixes it but it never runs the same again.
Yesterday, I am coming home after dropping the kids at school after the dentist and some guy rips through the school zone and turns right into my lane side swiping my silver mini van...writing it off.
Up side, I get a new van and was looking at one at the dealer's anyway. SO this guy kind of did me a favor lol!
I hope everyone else finds themselves as lucky as I have been!
please join in 52 weeks and don't forget to post. A day late due to my accident but week two is:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Henry Ford

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

52 Weeks

Well I am one day late but I am so excited for this new year! I took a spin off Emily's art cards and Ronna's 21 day challenge and came up with 52 weeks of quotes. You can do anything goes! This year I chose to do a book that I repurposed from an old vendors catalogue instead of the playing cards. In the end I will have a beautiful book of quotes that I can add to, I can take out and display etc. I hope you all join in this challenge.
I will tag each weeks quote so you can easily find any that you miss.


This first photo is my first quote: it says "Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself"

This second photo is another view. You can write the quote and scrap book how it relates to you or what inspiration it invokes or you can just do the quote itself and make it pretty. Make it your own!

My daughter on new year's eve decided to pop all the poppers before her bedtime and she was so tickled by the huge mess of sparkles and glitter. I love the look of sheer delight on her face!

Vaughn was excited for an almost empty cone to chew. We had no big brothers as they were at sleep overs. Anyone wanting to get your Christmas pictures squared away, I have a few sets left for $25 (see previous post for photo and list) if anyone would like one let me know via email.
I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas and a great start on the new year! For those who had trouble posting previously, I have made some changes in the comments section etc so please post and then I will know it worked! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas week 2

Hello! This is a picture post if you ever did see one so watch out!

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Photo one is a little envelope and tag I sewed. My best friend of 15 years came to shop and it was awesome cuz I rarely see her.
day 8- unfortunately the picture wasn't great but I went to Whitecourt to see my boy for his staff Christmas party
Day9- just journaling and apparently I have the only kids on the naughty list the last few days! What is up with that?
Day 10-A little mini envelope by ek success contains journaling
Day 11- we spent outdoors as the weather has been gorgeous!
Day 12- yummy! Christmas cookies with royal icing is a tradition every year. This year I did mittens with a design I stole from Vaughn's baby gap pj's
13- New sleds compliments of Aunt Jeanette! We barely left the hill all day!
Day 14- Family and friends gathered for some Christmas cheer. The best part? Jeanette and Darcy kissed and made up (they are brother and sister)
Day 15- was a rough day. Kids and cleaning and everything seeming to go wrong hten there is a ring at the sweet boy drove 3 hours to surprise me and got up at 3 in the morning to drive back to whitecourt in time for work! Gotta love him!

this is my layout for one little word. I love doing the challenges but a birdie told me I can't ever win as I know too many of the judges so I'll post here. I loved this picture of Kian, he is looking so grown up.

The 2nd one is the perils of a growing baby. Vaughn is too big for 12-18 month clothes but too small for 18-24 so he has a cute little plumber crack bum!

These Christmas goodies retail for about $48.00 but the entire kit is available for $25.00 from ALbums From the Attic, email me if you would like one. It includes
one box of 6 coordinating ribbon daisy d (retail 7.99)
one box of chip board letters daisy d (retail 9.99)
one box of 72 buttons daisy d (retail 7.99)
one 8x11 sheet of Christmas rub ons daisy d (retail 5.99)
one 6x6 24 pack of paper daisy d (retail 11.99)
one maya road chip board album (retail 5.99)
It also includes step by step instructions for anyone wanting them.
I'm sure everyone will be away from blogs as christmas nears so for those of you MERRY CHRISTMAS and all the best in the new year!
Check back here January first for scrappy goodness!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

२५ days

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as I am sure you all know, this is a crazy busy time of year! So here is my first week of Christmas. I am on top of things and this week is almost ready to go so my post won't be behind! I hope everyone shares their books via Ali inspired or wherever. I love Christmas!
The first pic is my cover page
day1- Ireland's first Reconciliation
day2 Photos with Santa but holy crap batman! 20 bucks for a 4x6! I remember back in the good ol days when Kian was a baby it was a twoonie!
day 3- Kian gvae his brother and sister some of the money from his paper route so they could go Christmas shopping and he took them in the stores so I wouldn't see what everyone was getting. What a great big brother.
Day four- Vaughn saw his first snow fall and was so excited. He kept pointing out the window saying was zat was zat! He loved it even more when he got to play in it.
Day 5- I let the kids decorate their tree and unfortunately Kian had a chip on his shoulder but we managed to sneak a photo of him anyway :)
Day 6- yummy! I made a bunch of basic gray paper boxes and filled them with goodies for a cookie exchange.

The next photo is some bottle caps I did up to make napkin ring holders for christmas. I filled them with patterened paper, glitter glue and little beads. I used a mm sticker for each persons initial.

Last but not least I spent yesterday making the traditional ginger bread cookies and royal icing. The kids pick a few of their best friends and give them one of these in a pretty bag in lieu of a card cuz you can't eat cards right?
Last but not least, on a more serious little dayhome boy's uncle was killed in an accident today. He is the father of five. My prayers are with their family at this time but also
you never know how much time you will have with those you love, so make sure in this bad weather and everyday, you let those who are close to you know how much you love them, think twice before getting angry with someone over something that won't matter a week from now, take the time to do something special "just because".
Leave an I love you note in a lunch box, catch someone being good. Hugs for all you bloggers out there!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Christmas Photo Shoot


Well we took about 150 photos so I will have plenty to pick from when making christmas cards. Enjoy the sneek peek...and :( my surprise guest could not make it so you will be in suspense!
There is something fun coming to this blog in the new year inspired by Emily
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I hope you will all join in the fun. Rhonna also inspired as she taught a class using the quotes that was in Homespun magazine. She had students scrapbook what the quote meant to them and how it pertained to their life. I will try and post the ad if I can get the mag back from jessi! It may be hidden under a sea of boxes.
Some gals are doing journals and some art cards. Check out Chanel in my link list, she had some great quote cards mailed to her using the Heidi Swapp cards and I love them! You can display different ones on a little easel on your desk or after the year mail them to a friend who needs inspiration etc.Anyone wanting a set, I sell them at Albums from the attic for $10 per pack. Email me if you would like some.

In the Christmas Spirit, I am posting my first week of "25 days of Christmas" on Friday. I love this idea of taking meaningful photos and journaling each day, not just Christmas day. SInce I am in a Christmas mood, I am sending a random Rak to a poster so they can join in the 52 weeks of quotes and have some goodies to get started with!
Happy holidays...and YES I am all done Christmas shopping yay!