Friday, October 24, 2008

BOO! to you

OK - so we REALLY got boo'd a couple of weeks ago. But i knew this would be the only way i would be able to trick the kids into knowing it wasn't me (but, i was still their first guess *sigh*). I love doing things for the kids and surprising them. Usually it's just Valentine's Day but this year i wanted to do it more often.

Thanks to Lori who showed me this link to on how to make these (she got it from here). I simplified it down so that my CraftRobo did all the work. All i had to do was glue it all together. Simple as can be, and they turned out super cute!

*If anyone wants the GSD file for these, just let me know and i'll email them to you (it's just the box and hair template).

The kids were surprised. They were sitting on the porch when they all came home from Daylon's basketball practice. It took a bit of convincing them that it reallly wasn't me. Apparently i'm the only one around there that even knows how to be crafty, according to them. By the time i was done, i even had DarRell convinced. Then i had to turn around and tell him it really was me. The little bags hold just enough goodies to be fun but not overwhelming. I had a couple of pencils, an eraser, a couple of spider rings, a lightstick, a halloween straw and then just a few peices of candy in them.

little bit of scrappiness

Just a few layouts i've been working on the last few day.

I stole these pictures of Rianne and Justin off Maria's blog (I hope you don't mind Maria). I think i remember her taking them on the deer hunt a few years back.

I love how these two are always together. These two are never apart when Justin and Maria are down to visit.

I did this layout for the Scrapping the Music challenge for this week. Fun song and i knew what pictures i wanted to use when i read the words to the song.

I love how it turned out. I was channeling my inner Elsie LOL. It makes it easier when you are using her papers and embellishments.

Monday, October 20, 2008

trying something new...

I'm trying something new that I've never done before. I'm going to take this class. I have stories really worth telling one way or another. They aren't necessarily something i want to scrap. Or maybe they are what i want to scrap. Or... whatever. I just need a means to a way of getting it out of my head and capturing it on paper.

There are a few reasons behind why i want to do this. Actually there are three main reasons why i want to.

1. it's free. that is always a great incentive to do something that i would normal just kinda pass by.

2. there are so many stories out there and in my head that i feel need to be written down or recorded in some way. I don't want these things to be forgotten. From stories of my three little ones to things they've said and I'm slowly forgetting them. And that just breaks my heart.

3. I watch my FIL ailing and go downhill slowly day after day. I see my dad interact with my kids the way we never got to with him. I see in the influence the my MIL has had on DarRell that has slowly made its way into our lives. I see a different side to my mom that I've never seen before. And seeing how my children adore their grandfather and grandmother Payne and grandma and grandpa Mac (and numerous other relatives), I've decided that now is the perfect time to capture it all... before it's too late. I don't want any of us to forget them.

This actually couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I'm excited to get started.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

at it again... finally

*sigh* it's taken way too long to get back into scrapbooking again. I've been wanting to do something for weeks now. It was fun doing my AE "week in the life" album, but i've really wanted to sit down and just throw together a layout. This one has been in the works now for a few days. Today i finally got a bit of time to sit down and throw it together. I found this great soccer paper line and thought of Rianne immediately. And it worked so good.

I did this for a sketch assignment. I think i did a pretty good job of it while still making it a bit of my own.
Have i ever mentioned how much i LOVE sketches????

Friday, October 17, 2008

and how cool is this?

Ali Edwards put part of my "week in the life" album on her blog! WHOOHOOO!

have a look: Ali Edwards

I just love that she has other peoples samples on her blog for others to get inspiration from.

Monday, October 13, 2008

seven days? really?

Are you serious? it's been seven days since i last posted? i have a good excuse. Every little chance I've had, I've been working on my "week in the life" album. I'm proud to say that i finished it late last night. It took a whole week to put together, and it took on a life of it's own.

I took a cheap album from Wal-Mart that i like and found another cheap one that had a binder mechanism in it that fit the same size i liked. I tore it apart and glued on some patterned paper that i liked. After that dried, I put the binder mechanism in the album that i gutted from the other one.

From there i started putting together pages. My title page is one of the self-portraits that i liked most and put a clock overlay over it. I thought that the saying on it fit the bill.

For each day i made:
*a mosaic of pictures
*the day of the week "the story of today" overlay
*5x7 picture that highlights the day with "3 beautiful things" for the day on the back of it
*the corresponding 3 beautiful things on the previous page in pictures
*the journaling of what happened for that day on the back of the previous page
*the day of the week overlay over 4x6 back to back pictures
*a front and back transparency of memorabilia i collected for the day
*another mosaic of pictures
Here's the whole book:

Title page:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6:

Day 7:

Back page:
Full album:

Monday, October 6, 2008

AE - A Week In A Life - Day 7

WOW! I did it. All 7 days. I'm actually feeling a bit lost without my camera with me ALL the time. Now to put it together! I can't wait!!!! Here is the whole process so far: Ali Edwards A Week In The Life

Here is day 7. A nice Sunday at home. It was a nice typical Sunday day. We spent what time we could outside since it's starting to get cool and was stormy a bit. The kids set up more halloween... spider webs to be specific. They love them but their dad loathes them. The best meatloaf ever for dinner... too bad Daylon can't stand it. Last chance at finding flowers not dead before too long and my newly cleaned and re-arranged kitchen.

Highlights of the last day:

Sam being a ham as usual. He had found the kids halloween vampire teeth and was cheesing them up

A nice Sunday dinner at home... at the kitchen table. It doesn't happen often enough. I do cook all the time but quite often the table isn't so cleaned off where we aren't fighting for space. It was nice to have it totally back for dinner again.

The view right outside my back door. It got cold enough Saterday night to put snow in the mountains. Add that to the fall quakey trees and stormy skies made for a beautiful sight.