Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chicago & Baby PMS

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week!

Last weekend we went on a very impromptu trip to Chicago. We basically woke up on Saturday, hubby asked where I wanted to go/do.. I threw some things out there and voilah!, Chicago, here we come! Other than Caleb being a little sick and uncomfortable (tummy issues), it was a great weekend. It was definitely a fun little trip and I have a bunch more pics that I'm sure I'll end up scrapping :)

Friday night my friend Michele and I went back to Archivers for their Friday night crop. All I did was talk (and shop) so I didn't get much done. But here's a layout I completed.
You gotta love finding an SD card (while searching my camera bag in Chicago) from almost four years ago full of pics of your super cute 16.5 month old. An SD card I thought was gone FOREVER. Love it!
So of course, I had to scrap some of the pics. This is Caleb in one of his "Baby PMS" modes. Where one minute he was the happiest kid and then all the sudden he was crying. I don't remember the reason why he was crying (I wish I did... bummer). There's something to be said for scrapping pics soon after you take them, LOL. Ah well.. still scrap worthy :)

"Baby PMS" - cardstock: Bazzill; scallop strips: Sassafras; "baby" alphas: AC Amy Tangerine; "PMS" alphas: cut out from Making Memories "Jack" paper; chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle

Monday Caleb starts his 3rd year of preschool.. he is SO excited. And I have lots of tagging to do for an upcoming consignment sale.
And I have TONS of work I need to do on this horribly messy scraproom. Lord help me, LOL.

I am pretty organized but very MESSY!

Where I sit:

Where friends sit when they come to scrap:

Have a GREAT week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Another One!

I'm on a roll! LOL

Last night my friend Michele and I went to a crop at Archivers for a few hours. Here's what I came up with.

"Happy Day"
Background pp: Basic Grey; Clouds, banner and strip paper: Jillibean Soup; Twine: My Minds Eye; Buttons: Epiphany Crafts; Mat cardstock: DCVW; Other: Sapphire Glimmer Mist

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend! We are off on a (very) impromptu trip to Chicago :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monthly Crop Layouts

YAY!!! I FINALLY scrapped!!!
Other than one I did for my friend Michele, these are my first layouts in over SEVEN MONTHS!! So I'm rusty.. be kind, please (but don't lie to me if they suck, LOL)

So my monthly crop was Saturday and I'll admit, I talked more than I scrapped :)
My friend Michele went with me and we just couldn't stop gabbing. She got like 10 layouts done and I got three :(
(I hadn't been to an NJS crop in over a year so I had alot of catching up to do with some of the girls.. LOL)

Anyway, here is what I accomplished. I apologize for the really cruddy pics. I still haven't figured out my PSE 9 editing software that I've had since Christmas (yikes!)

"Two of a Kind" - this one I let the patterned paper do all the work. Very simple layout about my son and his best friend at his Birthday party.
Paper: Fancy Pants & Bazzill; Alpha stickers: Doodlebug; Photo Corners: WRMK; used my Cuttlebug to cut the stars

This was my paternal Grandmother, Grandma Martin. She died when I was nineteen. I didn't know her well at all because I was estranged from my Dad until I was eighteen but I've heard alot about her from him and other family.
This layout took me four hours. I am NOT kidding. I stuck all the bling on by hand after the batteries in my Imaginisce bling tool died. What a PAIN IN THE BUTT!! I will definitely be buying Prima bling swirls from now on. It's worth the $6.99 to just plop it on there in a few minutes and be done with it, LOL.
Anyone want to buy my bling tool? Great idea but FAIL. Definitely NOT worth the time it takes. Even when the batteries ARE working. And my right hand is STILL hurting from using that tool!

Paper, bird diecut, flower stickers, all paper for roses & "Treasure" sticker: Colorbok "Flea Market" line; photo corners: Making Memories; other: lace doilie, Imaginisce bling

This is a scraplift of a local friend, Sarah Mullanix. I changed it up a bit, added the 5, etc. Love these pics from his Birthday party :)
Paper: Scenic Route, Imaginisce & Bazzill; Alphas: Doodlebug, The Paper Studio & Sandylion; Other: bakers twine, Love Elsie ribbon

Michele and I left the crop early to go to Big Lots for cheap, GREAT scrappy goodies and when we came out of the store, it was storming REALLY bad. What a crazy drive home that was (the crop was about 52 miles from home)
On the way home we heard about the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair.
God bless the families affected and the men and women who bravely pulled people from under the steel mess. I am very proud to be a Hoosier right now.

Speaking of the State Fair, we went last week. We rode the train from where we live in Fishers all the way down to the fair in Indy and Caleb was just SO happy with the train ride. I think that was his favorite part :)
Here are a few pics from the fair. This was a very impromptu trip.. we didn't know we were going til thirty minutes before we went. So after I shot the first picture below, my camera batteries DIED. I kidd you not. And I was stuck carrying around my camera ALL DAY at the fair. What a pain, LOL.
So the rest after this first one are from my cell phone:

Thanks for looking. Have a great week!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Flea Market

Okay so I won't lie. I've never been a big fan of Colorbok. Their stuff has just always seemed really cheap to me.
So imagine my surprise when I fell in LOVE with the Flea Market collection at Joann's yesterday. And, it was 40% off! (as is ALL of their scrap stuff right now.. except storage).
I have the PERFECT pictures of my paternal Grandmother I'm going to use with this collection. And I think I will scrap them on Saturday at my crop :)

The above picture doesn't do it justice. You HAVE to go to Joann's to check it out in person. Unfortunately for me (but great for my pocketbook), alot of the embellies were gone already (Castleton/Indianapolis location). But I managed to snag two different paper pads (which are to die for), the fabric labels, the journaling spots (they call them diecuts) and the fabric strips.

So go check it out. If you love vintage-y birds, flowers and pink, you won't be disappointed.

I'll be back next week to post my scrappy layouts from my crop :)