Saturday, May 31, 2008

Layout of the Day--Birthday Boys

Celebrating my nephews' birthdays last December. Everything is from the Let’s Pretend collection from Imaginisce except the white cardstock and the Stampin’ Up marker I used to write the names and ages.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Our Little Genius

Preschool graduation was last night. I can't believe how misty-eyed I was getting during the program. Nikolas has made a bunch of good friends--unfortunately most will not be going to the same school as Nik next year.

When he was walking back to his classroom last night to take off his cap and gown, he said "Mom, I look like a genius!"

After the ceremony, Grandma Mary took us out for ice cream. Today was the last day picnic and thankfully, the rain didn't start until an hour into it. The kids enjoyed riding bikes, blowing bubbles, painting rocks and bouncing it a inflatable that one of the kid's grandmas brought.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Puppy Album

I got invited to a "puppy shower" for a friend and former coworker. I took a couple of hours today and put together this Instant Album (just add pictures) for her. I had everything I used on hand and got to use a bunch of the pattern papers from the Pet Stack from Die Cuts With a View. My scanner is not working, so sorry about the bad photos.

Layout of the Day

My eldest nephew, Ethan, graduates from high school this Friday. This is a layout I made for the scrapbook his mom has put together for his party.

Pattern paper (Let’s Pretend from Imaginisce), pig sticker (Westrim), button (Favorite Findings), epoxy stickers (Horizon Group), every thing else is stash.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Layout of the Day--Would U Rather...?

We had fun playing the board game, Would Your Rather while celebrating Christmas with my side of the family. Pattern paper and letter stickers are from the He Said kit (Aug 07) and the arrows are from the Edgar Allen Poe kit (Oct. 07) from Coordinates Collections. The journaling sticker is American Crafts and the card stock is from my stash.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Layout(s) of the Day

These are two separate layouts (events), celebrating Christmas with each side of the family. But since the layouts are identical I decided to post them together. Everything (pattern paper and embellishments are all from the Jingle Kit (Dec 07) from Coordinates Collections.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Mail

I love getting fun stuff in the mail! Today I received the scrappy stuff I ordered from I picked up the creative kit and baseball chipboard album for Love, Elsie's Cody collection. I was pleasantly surprised by how many pages the album includes. I will definitely be able to scrap Nik's whole tee-ball season, plus the league outing to the Kane County Cougars game next month!

Can't wait to get creative--just need to develop some photos.

Layout of the Day-On the Town

Amazing...two layouts in a row that don't have to do with Nik!

Glittery brads and jewel stickers from Doolebug Design. Everything else is from the My Fair Lady kit (April 08) by Coordinates Collections.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Finally a Newbery Winner That Truly Is

Just finished my the fifth of the twelve Newbery award winners I am hoping to read this year. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo is a sweet and wonderful fairy tale. As I was reading, I kept thinking, "This would make a cute movie" and I was right! The animated movie version is scheduled to come out this December.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Layout of the Day - Upgrade

It's had to tell since it matches the cardstock so well, but I hand-cut the pattern paper.

Card stock, pattern paper, flowers and letters are all from the She Said kit (Aug 07) from Coordinates Collections. Brads are from Oriental Trading and the journaling block is Wild Asparagus.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Field Trip

Today Nikolas' class took a field trip to Willowbrook Wildlife center, which is a "rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment for injured and orphaned animals."

Here is a falcon who is blind in one eye.

Some hawks.

A turkey vulture.

All the kids were so good on the trip. Part of the tour was the hospital, so everyone had to keep their voices down so they wouldn't disturb the animals.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Layout of the Day-Fire Station

Card stock (Stampin’ Up), letter stickers (Provo Craft), Fire Dept. stickers (Karen Foster), pattern paper (Basic Grey), title cut using Silhouette.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Our Tee-Ball Player

Here is Nikolas' first team photo!

Layout of the Day - The Force

Pattern paper and journaling block from Coordinates Collections’ Carmel Apple kit (Nov 07), Stamp and Ink (Stampin’ Up), title made with Silhouette.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Layout of the Day-Trike-a-thon

Pattern paper and letter stickers are Let’s Pretend collection from Imaginisce. Everything else (card stock and photo corners) is from my stash.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Layout of the Day-Good Stuff

Everything but the fiber threaded in the button comes from Coordinates Collections’ Carmel Apple Kit (November 2007). I found the hippo poem on the internet.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Layout of the Day-Me & You at the Zoo

Yet another zoo layout. Everything but the beige cardstock came from Coordinates Collections’ Hello Fall kit (September 2007).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Layout of the Day-Because I'm Your Mom

This is the first layout for my new “This is Me…My Life as a Mom” book. Some of the weird and wonderful things I now know because I am Nikolas' mom. Pattern paper and orange card stock (Let’s Pretend from Imaginisce), blue paper and letter stickers (stash).

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Layout of the Day-Interview with a 5 Year Old

This layout was based on a prompt from the scrapbooking thread of Walt Disney World Trivia book website. Pattern paper is from the Pet Stack by Die Cuts with a View, star button (Favorite Findings), ribbon (Michaels), cardstock (stash) and the journaling and calendar tags from Elle’s Studio on Etsy.

Monday, May 5, 2008

My Baby Lost His First Tooth!

Gary first noticed that Nik's bottom tooth was loose on April 15th, and it took almost three weeks for it to finally come out. We were eating supper and Nikolas had just taken a bite of watermelon. He spit something out and asked, "Mom, is that my tooth." After I told him yes, he told me he had thought he was chewing a piece of plastic. Then he told his tooth he was sorry he almost ate it. I told him at bedtime tonight that I was going to try to email the Tooth Fairy and ask if I could get his tooth back so I can scrapbook it.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Layout of the Day - Chewy

I spent last night at Archivers with my sister celebrating National Scrapbooking Day (We missed you, Jen). I got 13 layouts done (16 pages)! Here is the first one, another for the dog's book. The pattern papers are from The Pet Stack from Die Cuts with a View and I got to use one of the great doggy tags I picked up from Elle's Studio on Etsy.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Etsy Addiction

I may have been living under a rock, but I just recently found the awesome shopping world of Etsy. I describe it as the craft fair online. Here are my first purchases:

From Sew Sew Suck Ur Toe:

Calendar, journaling and doggy tags from Elle's Studio:

And super cute Kawaii matryoshka doll stickers from Little Apple Crafts: