Friday, April 30, 2010

It's National Scrapbooking Day!

Are you doing anything special?

I'm checking in at several online crops this weekend, including ScrapbookDeals4U, Cookin' Up Creations and A Million Memories. There are some others that I would like to check out, too!

We're in the middle of going through closets and corners, throwing out or donating things that we no longer need, haven't used in years, etc. In the process, I've cleared out the room off our family room, and I'm turning into a scrap room -- complete with a closet with shelves and an attached half bath. It's so exciting to be organizing my supplies and tools -- finally! -- which should make it much easier for me to scrap, if I'm not searching all over the place for things.

I work part time as a substitute teacher, and this week I was subbing three days. The kids are great but I'm usually worn out by the afternoon, and so I haven't scrapped this week. I did finish one layout, using photos from youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday.

My scrap room isn't done (and neither are all of the closets and corners), but I'm off to enjoy some creative time anyway. Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Join in the fun -- April 30-May 2 at SD4U!

In honor of National Scrapbooking Day on May 1, ScrapbookDeals4U is hosting a weekend-long online crop. Their crops are always a blast with games, great challenges, good friends and prizes.


Friday, April 23, 2010

It's been a scrappy week!

Now that the wedding has come and gone, I've got time to get back to scrapping. Thanks to the April THaW (Three A Week) at Willow Traders, the mid-month challenges at ScrapbookDeals4U, and posted challenges at A Million Memories, Sketch Inspiration, Paper Posies and Inspired Blueprints, my scrapping mojo has been ignited! (Do you think maybe I'm getting a little bit addicted to these challenges?!?!)

Anyway ..... I completed five layouts and one card between Sunday and Friday. All except the last one fit into the challenges at Willow Traders; but each one also satisfied a challenge on at least one additional site.

For this one, I used the posted sketch on Challenge #10 at WT (with some modifications) and combined it with Challenge #12, to use punches. I used my Fiskars Treading Water Punch, EK Success Swirl Punch, and a Marvy 2 inch square punch. It also satisfied a challenge at SD4U to use a posted ad as inspiration -- I drew on the color scheme. The subject is my youngest granddaughter, Anna, getting up close and personal with Lake Michigan (her mommy sent me the pic via her cell phone). The papers are Crate Paper Brook from the April kit at The Scrapping Spot. The alpha and swirl/flower rub ons were from my stash.

I used the fabulous sketch #120 at Sketch Inspiration for this one. It also satisfied Challenge #11 at WT, to recycle something on the layout. (I used netting from wedding decorations, misted with Glimmer Mist and spray glitter; and some vellum from the wedding invitation kit, to punch out those "ghost butterflies"'; I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist too) And ... I'm not done with the challenges here! I used the November 2008 kit from Paper Posies, featuring Basic Grey Offbeat papers and rub ons, as well as music (sheet music from the internet, printed on cardstock) for the April 12 challenge at Paper Posies. AND .... I also used Lady Grace's recipe challenge on SD4U as inspiration -- one photo, cardstock, four pp's (including the music), torn edges, misting, stitching (on the pleated ribbon) and butterflies. Whew!

The photo is a proof from the wedding photographer and is just tucked in, so it can be replaced with a "good" copy of the photo. This is during the first dance at my daughter's wedding on April 10.

Since I was on a roll, and in the mood to scrap wedding photos, I pulled out my photo book from my older daughter's wedding in 2001. This one also used something recycled (the transparent acrylic piece that I saved from a package and used to stamp that "ghost clock"). I used the sketch by Karen Grunberg and Stacy Taylor's challenge to do a monochromatic page at A Million Memories. I've had this page of black, gray and white papers from Walmart for a couple of years and never knew quite how to use it. I love the way this turned out! The photo doesn't do justice to the sparkle and shine that the Prima swirl, the glittered stickers and rhinestones give it.

On this one, I used the annual grandkid roundup picture. We always take one at either the Thanksgiving or Christmas family dinner -- whichever one everyone attends. The results are usually a bit comical, never a perfectly posed shot, and always endearing. It also used punches (Dotted Scallop and Scalloped Lace from EK Success -- hey, JoAnn's had a sale! -- and a circle punch). The papers are also BG Offbeat, from Paper Posies' November 2008 kit. I used Julie Bonner's sketch on the PP April 19 challenge for this one. It also worked for Misty's challenge on SD4U to use green as the main color.

I made a card for my new son-in-law's birthday tomorrow using card sketch #46 on Inspired Blueprints -- and then mailed the card before I scanned it or took a picture! Oh well ...

I finished this one today, from my oldest granddaughter's 12th birthday. The design is sketch #45 at Inspired Blueprints. The papers are Scenic Route Garden Grove from SD4U's September kit; this was my entry into the April "use a kit" challenge.

Clean Up Days here in town start May 3. The city will haul away almost anything you set on the curb; but since you don't know for sure what day the truck will come through your street, you have to get it out there on Sunday night. We're going through 25 years of detritus; what a lot of useless stuff we own! I've been purging and organizing my scrap supplies. I didn't realize how many punches I've accumulated in a fairly short amount of time! DH was .... rather amazed .... also.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

What a beautiful day!

After all those weeks and months of planning, it's all over -- and my youngest daughter is "Mrs. Computer Guy". His Facebook status last week was priceless -- "I am a married man. This is weird!"

There were some last minute uh-oh's, but they were only minor. We lucked out with a warm, sunny day and clear skies. The Wine Cellar was a beautiful place for a wedding and reception. The bride and attendants all had their hair in updo's and looked gorgeous. The flower girl (my little granddaughter) was adorable and threw her petals overhand, with great gusto.

And the bride ... her father got all choked up when he saw her. "That dress is perfect for her and she looks beautiful". She was truly stunning. The wedding music was outstanding -- the bride walked down the stairs and up the aisle to Paul McCartney's "Calico Skies", beautifully played and sung by her friend Jared Bartman . I hope the photographer caught the look on the groom's face as she walked toward him -- one of my favorite memories from the whole day. Jared also sang "Shelter from the Storm" as the couple lit the unity candle, and Ben Harper's "Everything" as the recessional.

We had a wonderful mix of family and friends at the reception, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Jared played keyboard and sang (mostly his own compositions) during the cocktail hour, which the guests enjoyed immensely. He is such a talented (and nice!) young man. The DJ took over during dinner and for the evening's dancing.

The photographer, Tiffany Doubek, has posted a few shots on her Facebook and blog, and hers are fantastic. Can't wait to see all the photos she took that day (she will provide a CD to the couple, and you can be sure I will be making a copy!) Here are a few that I managed to take:

Kristen enjoying a quiet moment with her daughter Anna during the photo session after the ceremony

This is what flower girls do to entertain themselves after the wedding -- before the party begins. Anna threw her petals into the air and then watched them rain down on her.

My older daughter Heather, the lovely matron of honor

Kristen and Ian's first dance to Ingrid Michaelsen's "The Way I Am". Do you think they noticed that anyone else was in the room?

Grandson Cameron missed his afternoon nap. After a snooze during dinner, he was refreshed and ready to dance the night away!

The candy buffet was lots of fun -- guests were able to create their own party mix from an assortment of old fashioned goodies. We had more than a dozen choices, from M and M's to Jordan almonds to candy sticks in an apothecary jar.

The banquet tables looked lovely with the candle arrangements and mini layouts that I made, and we received lots of compliments.

Kristen and Ian (and Anna) are very happy with their new status as a married couple, and we are all thrilled that Ian is officially a part of our family.

It's a relief that it's over and everything went well, but I'm also sad that it's behind us. Does that make sense?

This week has been filled with catching up on household chores that were neglected during the pre-wedding rush; but I pulled out the scrap stuff today to make a couple of cards.

This one is for my awesome grandson Ethan's 9th birthday on Wednesday. Papers are Dream Street's Urban Ink. The card sketch for this and the following card are from this month's card challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U.

This one is a "just because" card for my niece, Marisa. She is 18 with special needs, but is doing awesome. She attends high school and recently obtained her driver's license. She came to Kristen's wedding with her brother Matt (who did the reading during the ceremony) and wrote us a very nice letter afterwards. She is such a sweetie!

This afternoon hopefully will be spent with my scrapping stuff. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!!!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

One week to go ....

... until SHOWTIME, otherwise known as my youngest daughter Kristen's wedding day. All of a sudden, thousands of annoying errands, duties and details are popping into my head, and I wonder if we will get everything done. But the truth is, all the "important stuff" is done. From here on out, it's just gravy and anything that doesn't get done .... well, it really wasn't crucial anyway. If there aren't more candles on the table or bows on the chairs, at the end of the day Kristen and Ian will be just as married as if all the frou frou had been there.

And my biggest role this week seems to be to remind the bride to BREATHE. And my husband's job is to tell the mother of the bride to RELAX. The mother of the groom handles the "what about's" and her spouse's role is to sigh, furrow his brow and get out of the way. And the groom's job? To laugh at us all, because all he really wants is to marry my daughter and the rest is inconsequential to his computer-guy mind.

I'm having fun scrapping these little layouts for the reception. Here are some more that I finished during the week:

Christmas at our house:

This one was my response to a challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U to use a Dr. Seuss quote (The sketch is from Pagemaps):

The April THAW (Three A Week) Challenge has begun at Willow Traders Forum, and I couldn't let a little thing like an upcoming wedding keep me from participating! We were allowed to combine the sketch challenge with one of the other challenges. So ... I used the sketch (by Liz Qualman of My Creative Scrapbook) to do Challenge #2, which was to re-use something. I used corrugated cardboard torn from a box (see, good thing we bought that case of microbrewery beer in Michigan last summer so I could rip off a box flap!) to die cut my title and flourishes.

That's my grandson Cameron enjoying a fresh snowfall. My oldest daughter, Heather, took those fabulous pictures. The papers are Basic Grey Dasher.

The third challenge was to scraplift one of the posted layouts. I chose one based on a sketch from Sketch Inspiration, and used a kit that my daughter gave me from Transparent Touches.

This was my youngest granddaughter, Anna, enjoying a birthday breakfast at the Truck Stop. The papers and stickers are Crate Paper Bliss. The alphas are Pink Paislee, and I cut the little flourish with a Sizzix die. And I had to add rhinestones and Stickles for bling.

And before I leave, just had to show you these shoes. Are they not fabulous????? Yes, I am wearing them to the wedding ....

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!