Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Card...Finally!

I had a workshop for the first time in YEARS this past weekend. Seriously, I think my last "true" workshop was back in 2007, maybe even 2006!! I know I had a stamp club that took the majority of 2007 to finish, but I didn't really do many proper workshops outside of the club each month. Isn't that crazy?? Even joining back up this past July, I had customer orders from friends but no real workshops. So my friend Tabatha finally succombed to my severe whining and had one for me. :) We have a great deal: she had one for me, and I'll have a Pampered Chef show for her. I'm dying to get my hands on the entire PC set of knives, so I know I'm going to be happy!

I don't even know what the name of this card style is...maybe some sort of pop-up? All I know is I learned from my upline, as she did it at one of my workshops earlier this year. Tabatha wanted a Christmas card and a "thank you" card, so I used the card I posted earlier HERE, the top card, and we just used a different sentiment. I actually just brought all of my sentiments so the guests could choose their own, which I think they appreciated.

Colors used were slightly atypical for Christmas, which I liked. I'm trying to branch out and try new styles and color combos. This is Whisper White, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry. Its pretty striking, I think. I used an embossing folder on the background (something called Dots...Perfect Dots, maybe? Golly, I need to brush up on my terminology!), as well as the big snowflake die for the Big Shot. Used Whisper White Craft Ink on the sentiment and then heat embossed in Iridescent Ice EP. Seriously that is one of my all-time favorite things...I'll be sad if SU ever gets rid of it! I love putting it on all cards, especially Christmas ones. Fortunately I have a couple of prospects for workshops in the new year, so I'm very excited! I really want to get this into an avid business.
(all Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft
Stamp Sets: Word Play, Contempo Christmas
Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflake Die, Dots embossing folder, Old Olive 3/8" grosgrain ribbon, Iridescent Ice EP, heat tool, Scallop Edge Punch

Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Spectacular!

Stampin' Up! is having a fantastic Online Spectacular with lots of awesome deals! Many items are 40-50% off, including My Digital Studio which is 50% off...so its only 40 bucks!!! Also a great feature is orders over $150 will qualify for free shipping! Please go to my website at http://jennifermagreevy.stampinup.net and check it out!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Long time no see!

I don't think I realized that I hadn't posted since August 23rd. Golly, that's not good for someone who wanted to really get a Stampin' Up business going, huh. Oh well. Mostly that reason was because of this cutie:

I know I'm partial, but he's seriously the cutest kid EVER. This is my son Cameron, enjoying the bouncy house at his 2nd birthday a couple weeks ago. I can't believe he's two: I feel like I just found out I was pregnant! I know, all moms say that. :) But getting ready for this party, as well as other things I've taken on this fall, and also Cameron's never-ending schedule of appointments (he's delayed in a few areas and requires physical and speech therapy to try and get him back to where he should be), I'm one busy chick.

One thing that takes a lot of my time is my involvement with MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers). Seriously this organization has been my saving grace! Not only has it helped me to meet other moms in my area, but it has helped tremendously with my growth and development as a mom. I've taken on some leadership roles this year, including being the Creative Activities director and a discussion group leader. The creative activities role is a lot more intense than I thought it would be! Our first craft was a "no sew memo board", which while it sounds easy enough, it involved a LOT of cutting on my part. Here is my board, covered with the projects we did at the Stampin' Up regional in Ft. Worth last month.

Here it is without anything covering it. How cute! I really like it. I'm debating on making a bigger one that can go next to my desk so I can really cover it with stuff. this one is only about 12" x 20", give or take.

Here are the regional projects. We received the "Day of Gratitude" set in our fee, as well as all the materials to make six projects. This really opened my eyes to a couple of things: (1) Old Olive isn't as yucky as I thought it was, and (2) any stamp set can be versatile, if you open your eyes to see the possibilities.

This one is an 8.5x11" scrapbook page. I mostly scrapbook in 12x12, but the best thing about scrapbooking is you can just slap this sucker on a 12x12 piece, add some embellishments, and there you go. :) Easy peasy!

Check below for more stuff I've done recently, including a couple of new cards and an awesome fabric wreath that will be the November craft for MOPS. I'd show you the October craft...but I don't think you'd really care too much to see homemade fingerpaints (using flour, dish detergent, water and food coloring) and homemade playdough (using flour, peanut butter, and honey). Its all a gooey mess. :)

Fabric Wreath

Okay. This took FOREVER. But it is sooooooo cool. Seriously. I'm already planning on making a larger Christmasy one for our house, as well as one for my Mom's. Plus this just happens to be the MOPS November craft, so I have a lot of fabric cutting in the next two weeks!

I just {heart} this. Seriously. I just keep looking at it and petting it. A friend of mine made one last year, and I had this memory of it, so she told me how to do it and I winged it. I did one thing different (she used a styrofaum wreath ring, whereas I used a straw ring and didn't take the plastic cover off of it). You cut the fabric, then jam it into the ring with a screwdriver. It takes forever. Seriously, this is only a 10" ring, and it took 2 yards of fabric! I think it probably took 3-4 hours to cut the fabric to size, plus another 1-2 hours of putting it together. But so cute. LOVE.IT. :)

Edited to add: the size of the fabric pieces is 3x3" square. Cut them using pinking shears (available at fabric stores and Hobby Lobby), because they cut in a criss-cross pattern so the fabric doesn't constantly lose threads. For a 10" ring, you'll need at least 2 yards of fabric. A 12" ring needs at least 3 yards of fabric. Don't cover the entire ring: leave part of the back of the ring along so that it has a flat surface to lay against the wall or door. I made three more of these: one for Christmas here, one larger one for my mom and one larger one for my mother-in-law. I am so fabricked out! I plan on making a big one (like double the size) for our house...but I'm not doing it now. I think I'll barf if I look at any fabric. :)

Two new cards

One of the best reasons for being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is that everything matches. It takes the guesswork out of trying to color coordinate things. It also makes it a ton easier to keep track of what you used for a card. :)

I love how bright, yet comforting this card turned out. I had an opportunity to play with a couple of my new stamp sets, Word Play and Growing Green. I absolutely LOVE stamps that can be cut out. I love how they add a new dimension to a card. I used a watercolor wonder crayon and an Aqua Painter to add slight color to the flower, which was stamped in Stazon. I used markers on the sentiment so I could accentuate specific words. I {heart} how it turned out!!

Materials Used:
Stamps: Word Play and Going Green
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Celebrations DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Black Stazon
Markers: Pacific Point, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Watercolor wonder crayon (umm...I think certainly celery), cutter kit, dimensionals, smooch spritz

I love that Stampin' Up is now selling fabric. The problem is this: I don't have a sewing bone in my body. Seriously!! I have one of those Janome Sew Mini sewing machines, and I can't get the damn thing to work. So I decided that I wanted to showcase that the fabric can be used WITHOUT sewing. This is also without any of the other fancy shenanigans you're supposed to use (something with fabric adhesive sheets, an iron, etc etc etc). I slapped that piece of fabric on with some mod podge adhesive. :) Now, it did end up bending the main cardstock, so I just put it under a heavy object overnight and it was fine. :) I also did some other do-it-yourself techniques on here. I don't have a Sizzix Big Shot, but I'm sure they have a die that could have cut that scalloped rectangle. Instead, I used my scallop border punch and went along to make my own. No, its not perfect. But a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a Big Shot. I also decided after I had already stamped the two ornament images that I wanted them to sparkle, so I restamped over the images with versamark, then used Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give it the sparkle I wanted. I love how it turned out!
Materials used:
Stamps: Seasonal Sentiments, Contempo Christmas
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Versamark
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand
Other: Deck The Halls designer fabric, dimensionals, scallop border punch, crystal effects EP

Monday, August 23, 2010

New layouts

I keep forgetting to update with the only two layouts I've been able to accomplish this month. :) Ugh, soooo busy! And to top it off, now I'm sick! I've had a hellacious sinus headache for the past two days. I think its weather/allergy related, as the temp here has been above 100 for the past week, with horrid air quality and its just so yucky out. Unfortunately, my child does not understand those things, and basically DEMANDS to be outside whenever possible. So, good Mommy that I am, I suck it up. And then get slammed with the headaches.

In any case, here's what I've worked on. Both kits used are from RebeccaB at MLAS.

The first is using her kit called Lets Hear It For the Boys, a collab with Dream Big Designs. I did a challenge at MLAS called "Scrap Mix", that requires you to use the numbers of your birthday to figure out what portions of a list you are supposed to do. My numbers worked out to using black & white papers, color extraction (changing a color photo to sepia tone and then "extracting" the real color back onto the photo), a date stamp, and to bring the theme of soap operas somewhere into my page. While I probably could have used the title of a soap opera (These Are the Days Of Our Lives...), I decided to just get dramatic in my journaling and make that my overall soap opera theme. :)

This one is from RebeccaB's kit called Little Boy Magic, or something like that. I can't remember if that's right or not. :) I love the scary tree element and the way I used the star-like element behind the trees. Can't believe my little boy was only 4 weeks old in that picture! Just today I was looking at Halloween costumes for him this year, he'll be two in only 5 weeks!! Wow how time flies. :(

Friday, August 13, 2010

Holy Craziness.

I know its only been two weeks since I posted last...but I seriously feel like its been MONTHS. All the moms out there know what I'm talking about: when your kid manages to pick up two consecutive illnesses that both require medical attention, and one of those times you're on vacation. You have to love a child's ability to know when NOT do do something, and do it anyway. :-/

In any case, I'm glad we're finally on the mend. We spent 8 days visiting family in Ohio, and Cameron was sick almost the entire time. At one point he wouldn't stop crying, which totally freaked me out. Typically I can soothe him and calm him down to just a whimper, but he was screaming, arching his back and tightening all his muscles like he was in a lot of pain! After a trip to urgent care (God bless Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, which is well known nationally, because they have created a group of Children's Urgent Cares around the Cincinnati area, so I knew we were getting really good care from doctors who specialize on kids!) and a couple of tests, it was determined Cameron had a virus. Way to narrow it down for us! Sheesh. Lots of motrin and cuddles, and he was finally better the day before we left to come home.

So I have had no time to do any crafting. I have a thousand craft-related things on my plate right now, so I better get crackin'. :) I'm the Creative Activities Director (maybe "director" isn't the correct word, but whatever...I like thinking I'm the Director...hee hee!!) for my local MOPS group, and our first meeting is coming up the first week of September. We're going to be making "No Sew Memo Boards", which just means you use a lot of hot glue. :) Actually we will be sewing briefly, as the original instructions I found involve using staples, but I found they don't hold as well as they should. Plus, goofball me actually managed to staple my own damn finger. Not kidding!!! I stapled almost straight through my pointer finger. Hurt like heck! I couldn't bend my finger for almost two days. Needless to say, I feel a needle and thread is less involved than a stapler. :)

On top of that, I have to create some banners to welcome new moms to our MOPS Kickoff Party, which is next week (eeeek! I'm procrastinating on this!). I also need to create swaps for the Stampin' Up regional coming up in a few weeks. It would also be nice to actually attempt to get some workshops and whatnot on my calendar, as I should attempt to do this in order to make MONEY.

As for my digital scrapbooking life, I've had no time. Seriously no time. Ugh.

The only thing I managed to do this week was join Weight Watchers. I'm seriously sick of being the fat person in the room. And no, I'm not being hard on myself. I'm fat. Seriously fat. I'm in the "obese" category...which is disgusting. 10 years ago I was the skinniest I've ever been, a size 8. I have only kept a few items that I had back then...and I think I could get one thigh in and that's about it. Its pitiful. I've also noticed health problems that are related to obesity. Acid reflux, sleep apnea, joint problems, exhaustion...And I know that these problems could only get worse with age. Did you know there is a direct correlation between waist size and a bunch of types of cancers? And strokes? And heart disease? Its appalling. Its even more appalling that I let myself get to this size. In any case, after my first week of WW, I lost 4.8 pounds! I'm stoked. I can't wait until I've lost enough to actually see and feel a difference. And the wonderful clothes that will be available to me in my closet....woohoo!!!!!!

In my "spare" time, I thought I'd be reading these last few weeks. I've now accrued a few more books that I want to read...my nightstand is looking like the local library. I must have 10-15 books scattered around the bedroom, study, and living room that I'm either hoping to read or have started and never finished. I loooove reading, and hopefully will get Cameron more into reading. Frankly, I think I might throw up if I have to read "That's not my bear! His nose is too squishy. That's not my bear, his paws are too soft. THAT'S my bear! His ears are so fluffy!" one more freakin' time. Cameron loves the "That's not my..." series. But he's loved them for almost 8 months now...will he ever branch out of that stage?? I'd like him to at least comprehend books come in other shapes and sizes that don't involve touch and feel. :)

I'll hopefully have some crafty stuff to post soon. As long as no illnesses threaten to send me over the edge.

(I apologize for my rambling post. Its 10:30PM, I'm tired, it was something like 108 degrees here today, and the heat is starting to wear on me. So there you go.)

Saturday, July 31, 2010


I'm so exhausted.

Seriously, its not even 9PM on a Saturday night and I'm debating on going to bed. It has been an absolutely CHAOTIC week. My child, who will turn 22 months on Monday, has decided to really get into the throes of the terrible twos. With complete concentration and clarity. I never thought I'd see so much food be thrown at the same time from two little hands. Or the look of evil that comes across a toddler's face right before he head-butts you.

On top of that, he suddenly spiked a fever of 104 degrees on Thursday, for no freakin' reason. He was fine Wednesday. Sick all day Thursday, fever Friday morning and then fine by the afternoon. Weird! A quick trip to the pediatrician found a sore throat to be the culprit. Poor kid. He just laid on the floor. He was so pitiful.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted. On top of all this, I made waaaaaay too many appointments and plans this weekend to be working on virtually no sleep whatsoever. I had a MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) retreat last night where we discussed what vision we had for our MOPS group, and really have some great ideas for our new year. This morning I met with two Stampin' Up demonstrators to see all the goodies that one of them brought back from the recent Convention. This afternoon I went and got my hair cut and colored. Tomorrow its cleaning day. Monday I have to meet with some people from the Air Force Base (I'm a "key spouse" for the Air Force, meaning I'm the contact person for spouses, a liaison for them to get in touch with the command if needed). Then Tuesday my son and I are flying to visit family for a week. Eeeek!!

I haven't done any scrapping this week, or any crafting at all. The closest I got to crafting was cleaning out my craft room and reorganizing all of my crap. Yep, I call it all "crap". :) Oh, I did do one crafty thing. I made a "no sew french memo board". I'll take a pic and post it at one point or another.

That being said, here's what I've done in the past few weeks that I forgot to post. :)

Template Challenge at MLAS. Kit was an MLAS Designer Collab called "And Many More." Lots of cutesy birthday elements.

Speed scrap at MLAS. Using a kit called Fresh & Wet by Rucola Designs.

Speed Scrap at MLAS. Using a kit called "Love Checker" by Rucola Designs.

Since I'm on vacation for the next week-ish, I won't be posting. I won't be bringing my laptop, I just don't feel like dealing with carrying it onto the plane. Its bad enough I'll have my son in my lap (hello!! Gotta take advantage of him flying free until the last freakin' minute!), so I doubt I'll want to deal with expensive breakable electronics in my carry-on. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


So I know I haven't updated this in awhile...I've been reorganizing my crafting priorities and trying to make important decisions about what I want to do with my "spare" time.

I've decided to rejoin Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, and had my first workshop last week! My upline was wonderful with allowing me to essentially take over the workshop she planned herself...so I'm very fortunate that I was able to. I have a few customers in my client base so far, and am hopeful I'll be starting with workshops, classes and clubs this fall.

I'm very excited about this new endeavour, and looking forward to doing something that can help my family financially.

I'll have new projects for you soon!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New stuff!

Typically I like to do individual posts for each new layout I do...but frankly, its 11PM on a Sunday night, and I'm exhausted. So here you go.

First up is Dream Big Design's kit called Enchanted. Isn't it pretty?

I did a speed scrap with the kit at MLAS. I had to blend a photo into the background, which was my first time doing that! Fortunately another online contact had given me pretty good directions on how to do it. I love how it turned out. These two photos were taken right after we returned from a weekend trip to Dallas, the weekend where my son got horribly sick and had a temp of 105 degrees. After a shot of antibiotics (you can still see the band-aid on his leg), a bunch of drugs (hello, Tylenol and Motrin!), he was just completely exhausted. He was crawling between the bedroom door and bathroom door and just conked out on the floor. Poor kid!

The next layout I did was for the font challenge at MLAS. They do bi-monthly font challenges there, its a great way to accrue a lot of free fonts! I really like this font, its so cheeky and unique. The kit I used was a bunch of mini kits I picked up on a blog train MLAS had called Polar Opposites.

This next kit is also by Dream Big Designs, called My Kind of Christmas. How cute is this?? That little reindeer had me. :) I've been in a Christmas scrapping kind of mood, seeing as how its going to be in the mid to upper 90's all week and really humid. The grass is always greener I suppose: now I'm thinking of snow, sweaters, and Christmas jingles...and in December I'll be dreaming of heat. :)

The title is a font I found on dafont.com for free. I **LOVE** it!! Its so cute with little snowflakes. Check out that website, tons of free fonts in a variety of types!

I didn't scrap at all last week, so I spent all weekend (that I could) scrapping. I'm now scrapped out! I think I need to take a day of not staring at Photoshop. :) Of course, that won't happen. But a girl can dream. :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

JK Creations Kit Duckling Rain

I volunteered to work with this cute kit to see what wonderful things I could come up with. I didn't have too much time, or I would have had a few more layouts, because this kit is really versatile and so fun! Its by JK Creations and called Duckling Rain, available at MLAS.

I love how my layout turned out. This was my cutie when he was only about 5 months old, on his first trip to the zoo during Spring Break when it was only about 45 degrees and yucky outside. He was such a trooper, just chilling in the carseat and looking around. :)

Flower Scraps New Kit

Flower Scraps has released a new kit called Eileen, available at Stuff to Scrap. Deanna intends to create kits that are modeled after her kids, so the first is based on her 5-year-old Eileen. Its all pink and girly and b-e-a-UTIFUL! Check out HERE for a free add-on!

I can't even tell you how much I loved working with this kit! Seriously. I am surrounded by boy stuff. All my scrap pages are blue or something that is relatively manly. To get into all this girly stuff....I was in HEAVEN. Freakin' LOVED IT!!!!
I created a 2-page spread based on my niece Lauren, and my husband's niece Isabella. They were our two flower girls at our wedding. Lauren was only 14-months old when we were married, and Isabella was only 2.5 years. They were so cute walking down the aisle! I had them walk with their moms (April, my sister-in-law was a bridesmaid, and Kristen, my sister, was my matron-of-honor), and they were just so doggone cute!

I love how the spread turned out. It was the first time I attempted the true 2-page spread: when I've done them previously, I've just had two documents opened and I fiddled with them. This time I did a full 12x24 inch document, then split them for posting purposes. I had so much fun doing this! I'm so hoping I have a little girl in the future so I can fiddle with more pinks and flowers and cutesy girl stuff. :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

American Girly Girl

I have to admit, when I saw the title for this kit by Jenasis Design, I was scared. I thought with the word "girly" in the title it would mean I would REALLY have to think outside my boy-centered world! But this set, while it does have many girly elements, is so much more than that!! It is great for celebrating Independence Day, or any red/white/blue celebration you need. :)

Here are two layouts I made with the kit. The first was created using the June Template Challenge at STS. The challenge is awesome because it gives you the template, you just fill in your materials and photos. So it really helped me get out of a rut of using single photos on pages.

This layout was created to focus on the WEBN Fireworks in Cincinnati, Ohio. WEBN is a rock radio station there. They've done this fireworks show for as long as I can remember...since at least the 80's. They bring in two huge barges, both chuck full of fireworks. They even close two bridges and have stuff shooting, or falling, off of them! Its an awesome spectacle. It is loooong, going for 30-40 minutes. Its done on Labor Day weekend, typically the Sunday of the weekend so that way people have the next day to recuperate. It draws thousands and thousands of people to the banks of the Ohio River. When you're sitting on the Kentucky side of the river, you watch the fireworks with downtown Cincinnati as the backdrop. My dad used to live in a high-rise apartment complex in downtown Cincinnati, on the 26th (top) floor. So literally the fireworks were RIGHT THERE. :)

So its a great versatile kit! Check out the Jenasis Design blog, her store, and you can grab this specific kit HERE!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I'm a Challenge Queen

Seriously, I'm becoming addicted to the challenges on Stuff to Scrap and My Life and Scrap. I need to get ahold of myself. :) MLAS had a "night owl speed scrap", which was held at 11PM Saturday night my time (midnight EST). This actually works for a lot of people that aren't in the U.S., and I chatted with a couple fellow scrappers from Australia. Nice to branch out!! :)

For those of you who are unaware of a "speed scrap", essentially it involves the hostess giving directions every 10 minutes on what you need to do. It helps getting creative juices flowing when you're stuck in a rut. The directions are subject to interpretation, as you can see if you check out the gallery for speed scrap admissions HERE. Everyone reads directions differently, and that's completely okay!

I used JK Creations kit Dotty Boy again. Ahhh, I seriously love this kit. It is just so beautiful and fits so many of my needs for scrapping stuff about Cameron.

I decided to go waaaaay back and scrap a newborn photo. Here he is at 2 weeks of age, can you believe it?? I am flabbergasted that he was ever that small. This was one of the first pics where I feel like he looks like himself. Newborns come home all puffy and slightly misshapen from being in the womb...or at least mine did. He looked a lot like my father-in-law, actually...now he looks like my husband. If they hadn't yanked him out of me, I would have thought he wasn't mind, cuz the kid doesn't look a damn thing like me!! :)

The font on the tag is Ali's Hand font, from Creating Keepsakes. Its Ali Edwards' font, and its FREE! I'm all about freebies. :) The alpha is the matching alpha for Dotty Boy, and can be purchased in the bundle on MLAS to get all the matchy-matchy stuff.

Lots of new things coming in the next few weeks, so check back!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Another challenge

I completed this layout for the template challenge at MLAS. Ironically I forgot how to do a template, I had to go back through my Jessica Sprague classes to find her tutorial! I used Scrappy Towne's Summer Breeze kit, available at Secret City Treasures and Ahhh Scrap, and soon to be available at MLAS.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Dotty Boy

As my first assignment for MLAS's Spirit Squad, I was asked to work with a kit by JK Creations called Dotty Boy. It is SO FREAKIN' ADORABLE! Seriously. And for you moms to girlies, there is a matching Dotty Girl kit, so go check it out!

The kit can be purchased as a bundle that features a matching alpha and word art set, and the alpha is awesome! I'll use this kit a lot, it is so wonderful!

I created this page for a challenge at MLAS using a new font. The font is called "Satisfaction", and is on half of the title, and the date in the lower right corner. I thought about journaling more on this page, but I just really wanted my son to be the main focus and let his cute little grin speak for itself. :)

Don't miss the Birthday Sale that Jenasis Design is having this weekend!!

Go check it out HERE!

This sale also includes the soon to be released American Girly Girl!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Frogs and Elephants Kit

I finally had time to work on another kit from Scrappy Towne, called Frogs and Elephants. And Michelle from Scrappy Towne had some GREAT news today! She's the newest designer at My Life And Scrap!!!! Since I'm getting really involved over there, I'm soooo pumped she's bringing her stuff there so I can showcase it! Anyone still interested in getting on her CT, check her post HERE for information!

I chose to do another challenge at MLAS called "Scrap Mix". Basically its a free-for-all based on your birth date. Yep! There are four categories, you take the month, day, year and your age to figure out where you fall into what category and what rules you have to follow. My four categories I had to follow were to (1) use stitching, (2) use tone-on-tone paper (meaning patterns but within the same color), (3) use a theme of "to do", and (4) use a quote. Well, I started this layout without remembering the last two requirements...so I kept having to go back and recreate it. :) Apparently I wasn't fully concentrating on this or something!

The kit is Frogs and Elephants, which is available currently at Secret City Treasures and Ahh Scrap, and the stitching used as a frame around the photo is from Scrappy Towne's kit called Summer Breeze (also at both places listed above). The title font is Digs My Hart, and the journaling font is Eros Medium. And yes, I already know there is a spelling error on here. The quote is featured on the photo, and there is an extra letter in there. I was trying so hard to get it done, and meet the requirements, that I had a momentary lapse in spell-checking. :)

I hope to have more time to fiddle with both of Michelle's kits, and she's also going to be sending me some more stuff soon. Yay!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Another new thing!

I know I said I wouldn't post anything this weekend, but I found out this morning that I've been accepted onto the My Life And Scrap Spirit Squad! I'm excited! Check out their website for great forums, challenges, designers, and galleries!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Breeze...

...makes me feel fine...something-something-something-...of my MIIIIINNNDDD!!!

Sorry. Everytime I think of "summer breeze" I sing the old song in my head. I think the something-something-something is "going through the chapters of my mind" or something like that. :)

Here is my first layout using Scrappy Towne's Summer Breeze kit, available at Secret City Treasures and Ahhh Scrap. Check out her blog to see what other goodies she has available!

I'll be out of commission for a bit. We have family visiting this weekend, and then my son will be getting tubes in his ears on Monday. He hasn't had too many ear infections (two in the past month, however), but has always had fluid in his ears. Since he's not yet talking, we're concerned the fluid is screwing with his ability to hear correctly. He hears...but we don't think he's hearing as well as he should. So tubes are going in bright and early Monday morning. Wish us luck!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Boo hoo :(

I didn't make it to week 4 in the STS This Scrapper's Got Talent competition. I'm bummed. :(

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Week 3 Challenge

The week 3 challenge for the This Scrapper's Got Talent competition on Stuff to Scrap was to journal, and we couldn't use any pictures with people or animals in it! Crazy, huh?!?! You also had the option of not using a picture at all, which is what I chose to do. I decided to reminisce about Cameron's story and all the trials/tribulations we've encountered from early on in my pregnancy.

Here is a brief outline:

*I was told at about 5 weeks pregnant I was going to miscarry because I was spotting.

*I was told at 8 weeks it was twins.

*I was told at 10 weeks one twin had probably died: the ultrasound could see something, but they couldn't figure out what, so they assumed it was a twin that died. Apparently this is phenomenally common: kind of Darwinism in the womb, I guess. Survival of the fittest.

*At 22 weeks we were told Cameron had "mild ventricular swelling" of the brain, as well as "mild kidney dilation". These two factors can point toward down syndrome. We began a flurry of specialists and tests, undergoing what seemed like weekly ultrasounds checking to make sure nothing else was wrong. I met a slew of doctors, it was ridiculous.

*Cameron is born, an ultrasound is done and decided there is no kidney dilation.

*A CT is completed and no ventricular swelling is detected, but a "brain matter abnormality" is detected. We begin seeing a neurologist.

*An MRI is done at 4 months. No brain matter abnormality is detected, but excess fluid is seen on the frontal lobe of the brain. (see a trend? One problem goes away, another comes!)

*We've continued to see the neurologist since that point. The fluid hasn't gone away, but hasn't grown or forced swelling of the brain. So they aren't concerned, just monitoring it. Originally it was discussed we would do a follow-up MRI this summer, but the neurologist doesn't feel its necessary anymore.

*Cameron has a very large head (off the charts) but low weight and small height (25th percentile). This has prohibited gross motor development. He's still not walking at 20 months. We started seeing a physical therapist back at his 1-year mark, and that has helped tremendously. We've also added a orthodist to the mix, who fitted Cameron with small foot braces, because his ankles turn inward. Add to that the fact that he has fluid in his ears, so we're seeing an ENT this week to discuss getting tubes (he doesn't say any words yet other than mama, but he recognizes lots of things and does a few signs), in hope that he'll be able to hear better, and possibly walk better because the fluid could be effecting his balance.

In any case, writing this journal entry was hard because it really made me reflect back on things. The brain matter abnormality was crushing to me, because words like "severe mental retardation" and cerebral palsy were thrown out there. The spectrum of possibilities was that Cameron could be completely normal, or be so severely retarded that I couldn't care for him. That's quite a wide array to think about!

Okay. Here is my page. Click on it to maximize, or go to my gallery post at Stuff to Scrap to see more info.

I really like how it turned out. I could have blown up the journaling font and deleted the frame, but I love how it framed the words. Of course, I would love to put a picture of Cameron there...maybe now I will since I've already submitted this. :) I'll find out Tuesday evening whether I made it to week 4. I assume they'll be cutting quite a bit this week because we only have 3 weeks left of the competition. But I'm excited I made it this far!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I made it to round 3!

I'm so excited, I made it to round 3 of the "This Scrapper's Got Talent" competition at Stuff to Scrap! The judges eliminated 16 people this round, so we're down to 50 contestants. The next challenge is posted Wednesday morning, so we'll see how much trouble I'm in. :)

Scrappy Towne Designs CT Call!

My friend Michelle is having a CT Call for her wonderful creations! Check out her blog HERE to see some of her work. She sells at Ahhh Scrap and Secret City Treasures.

I, of course, jumped on her CT as soon as she announced it. In fact, I think I emailed her back in April and told her when she was ready I was game! :) I've known her for a couple years now, as we were pregnant at the same time. Her son Alex is only a few months younger than my son Cameron...although from pictures, they could be long-lost cousins with their white blond hair and pretty blue eyes!

I can't wait to start working with her wonderful kits and showing you stuff here! If you are interested, please contact her! She's looking to fill 3-4 more slots!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Puckered Kiss

Jenasis Design has a new kit called Puckered Kiss available!

Here's what I did with it. Love the bright colors of this kit, and how wonderful the black elements and alpha really POP on the green!!

So check it out at the Stuff to Scrap store, and be sure to check out the Jenasis Design blog for more info!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My very first QP!

Flower Scraps and Nibbles Skribbles have gotten together to create two kits called "Terrible Twos", and both Creative Teams have some freebies in our own little blog train! This is my first ever blog train, so I'm psyched to give away my very first freebie and my very first QP, or quick page! For anyone who views my blog and doesn't know what a Quick Page is, it is just that: a quick page. :) I've created the page, and you just stick your photo in and add some journaling. Great for when you want to scrapbook in a hurry!

Here are the two kits that started it all, from Flower Scraps and Nibbles Skribbles.

And here is my layout...

Which I turned into a QP for ya!

Go to the link to download!


**if this link does not work, send me a comment or message immediately! This is my first time using 4shared, as well as my first time ever "zipping" a file...so I may or may not have done it correctly...LOL!

Now check out the rest of the wonderful Creative Team members and their creations!

NOTE: My QP is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Do not attempt to sell the layout as it is not YOURS. :) Just enjoy the pretty colors as you have a wonderful keepsake for your scrapbooks!