Sunday, September 26, 2010

And A Couple More

I'm almost finished - I promise!
This page was done as a sketch challenge at Backporch Memories. The pictures were taken last year in Paris on Jenna's "Semester Abroad" trip:

And another from Kristin's Spring Break trip to Florida:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Can't Keep Up

Lately I feel like I'm always running but still come up a day late and a dollar short. I've finished several pages, but haven't scanned them and still have several more page challenges that I wanted to do this month, that I obviously won't get to. I know this is all supposed to be done for fun and I shouldn't stress over it, but it does get frustrating sometimes. So I'm just trying to go with the flow and do as many pages for the kids' albums as I can get done and eventually I hope to fill in the many gaps that come from trying to complete a lifetime of pictures with a very late start.

First - a simple page of Jenna and her best friend just acting silly. I used the picture templates at Scrapbooks, Etc. for a quick, easy page:

This page was done as a page challenge at Color Combos Gallore. We had to use the color scheme: midnight blue/black/Grey/School Bus yellow together in a page. "Goodnight Moon" was one of Kristin's favorite stories when she was little. The tag behind the photo has hidden journaling sharing what a special time our nighttime ritual was for both of us.

Shopping With Boys is just a silly layout I made using pictures from our trip to Pigeon Forge from last summer. Kim and I met my sister, Tina and her husband there for a week of vacation. Needless to say, Kim, my nephew and his best friend didn't enjoy the shopping excursions as much as Tina and I did!

Watching For Cars is another silly layout using a picture I found on Jenna's Facebook page. She and a friend went to downtown Oklahoma City on a photo shoot - I just thought this was funny. It was also another challenge from Color Combos Gallore:

"Insights" was a page challenge where we were supposed to complete a page using a memory that we didn't have pictures for. I've included the journaling below.

Sitting on the dock with our feet in the water, I was complaining to mom about my frustration of being a stay-at-home mom, how hard it was to deal with kids all day and how unfair that at the end of the day Kim always came home to a hero's welcome. He got to eat lunch out, talk to adults and shmooze with clients; while I was at home doing laundry and housework and dealing with boredom, snotty noses, bickering, dirty diapers and tantrums. It was so unfair that Kim was the fun one that the kids were so excited to see when he walked in the door at night. I talked about how frustrating it was to try to cook dinner every night while the baby cried for me to hold her. I was afraid to try to juggle her while stirring hot pans of food. Kim tried to help, but she continued to scream for me leaving Kim frustrated, the baby frustrated and me frustrated. After raising six kids while dad worked two jobs, I'm sure mom knew exactly how I felt, but she just listened without saying a word. She then gave me a piece of advice that changed my attitude. She said in a very loving tone: "I think that you will be much happier when you accept the fact that motherhood is not fair. You are the mom - you are on the hook.It's not ever going to be a 50/50 proposition. But hang in there because it's all worth it."

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Well - it's been awhile

Last weekend I went to a retreat at the Scrappin Pad and had a really good time. I finished several pages for challenges so I'll just go ahead and add a few here and post more this week when I have a chance. Good times!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Jenna. This page was done as a color challenge at Color Combos Galore. We were using kraft/pale pink/black and white - don't you just love that precious face!

These pictures were of Kristin and her girlfriends on their Florida Spring Break Trip. (She's going to add the journaling):

This last page was done as a challenge documenting the most influential person in your life. We also had to use our own handwriting, a circle somewhere on the page, paint and stitching. The journaling is below:

(Mom was the best! Not a day goes by that I don't think about her - and miss her. Sometimes the realization that she's gone hits me with a wave of sadness, but more often I think of her when I recall a funny memory or hear myself saying something she would have said. Nowadays those memories are more comforting than painful, but even though it's been thirteen years since her death, there are still occasional painful days - especially on her birthday or Mother's Day. I wonder if that's something I'll ever get over, but I think that in reality there will always be a mom-sized hole in my heart that will always remain. And yet I know even when it hurts, that the Lord blessed me to have given me a mother who was such a wonderful influence - a fun-loving woman of wisdom, a great role model who loved me unconditionally. How lucky am I!)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Florida Vacation - Jenna and Erin

These girls sure know how to have a good time! I loved working with the challenge colors from Color Combos Galore this week! They just seemed to shout summer to me! I'm going to make this a 2-pager - so many photos (so little time).

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I discovered a fun new place to spend some time! is a new challenge blog that I'm hoping will inspire me to play with more of my scrappy supplies and stretch me try some new things. They have a great design team who will be publishing a monthly newsletter full of challenges, tips, tricks, articles, tutorials and beautiful pages - and it's all totally FREE! What could be better than that! Just visit their blog to sign up!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beautiful Jenna

This week's color combination at Color Combos Gallore was aqua/yellow/white and Blue. I did this challenge with an old picture of Jenna for the page.

I realized I forgot to include a couple of other layouts so I'm adding them now too.

Cupcake Birthday Party:

The Cuppy Cake Song lyrics are printed on the journaling spot:
"You're my Honeybunch, Supgarplum, Pumpy-umpy-umpkin; You're my Sweetie Pie, you're my Cuppycake, Gumdrop, Snoogums-Boogums, You're the Apple of my eye. And I love you so and I want you to know that I'll always be right here. And I love to sing sweet songs to you because you are so dear." HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUPCAKE!

Happy Girl:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Challenge 151

This week's color combination at Color Combos Galore was Orange, Yellow, White and Teal and in addition, we were challenged to use something transparent on our page. I scrapped pictures from Natalie's wedding and used clear letters on the word "Sweet". I also used pieces of a transparency above the large picture and on the lower right corner of the bottom picture on the left side of the page.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


This week's challenge at Color Combos Galore was to use the colors Sky Blue, Liberty Blue, Sand and Firecracker Red. We were also supposed to use a combination of gingham, checkered or floral patterns in our layout. This was what I came up with. It's a Glamor Shots picture of Kristin and Kendra that was taken before Kendra moved away. Fun challenge! I'm really enjoying using up some of my old papers that have been hanging around forever.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Perkins!

Congratulations to my niece, Natalie and her new husband, Andy Perkins! They had a beautiful wedding and the most perfect day for it! Best wishes to you both. I have no doubt that your life together will be filled with much happiness!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

History Repeating Itself

This page was done as a "Backporch Memories" challenge to use pictures and comparisons of two people at the same age/stage in life. I used pictures of my college graduation in 1979 and compared them with Kristin's college graduation this Spring. It was a fun challenge, but I couldn't seem to think of a way to do anything "different" with the page - I guess I'm still struggling through my creative slump.

It was really hard to get a good scan of this one - especially the journaling since it was on a transparency.

I’ve celebrated two BIG college graduations;
First, my own; and just as exciting - Kristin’s!

Both of us went to MCC (now Rochester College)
Both of us lived on Third Floor of Alma Gatewood
My Roommate: Renetta (Patton) Proffitt;
Kristin’s roommate: Jamie Proffit (Renetta’s daughter).
One of my best friends was Beth (Dunn) Rajter;
One of Kristin’s best friends is Jamie Rajter (Beth’s daughter).

When I went to MCC it was only a two-year school so I transferred to Oklahoma Christian in my Junior Year.
I lived in Michigan but went to school in Oklahoma; Kristin lived in Oklahoma but went to school in Michigan.
Kristin was very involved in Student Government, her club, newspaper, yearbook, etc. I didn’t get involved - preferring to hang out with my friends.
Kristin was a much better student than me - graduating Summa Cum Laude!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Daughters layout

Recently I made a pledge to myself that I would start using up the old papers I have or get rid of them - use it or lose it. Why is that so hard? Yet I really need to get rid of some of the stuff that's been piling up in my space for years. This is a combination of some old and some really old papers and rub-ons: It was done as challenge No. 148 at Color Combos Galore:

Quote: "Daughters may outgrow your lap, but they will never outgrow your heart."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color Combos Challenge No. 147

This week's color combination at Color Combos Galore was: Chocolate, Honey, Cream and Olive.In addition to the color challenge, we were encouraged to journal about "our table" (traditions, feasts, gatherings, meals, history, etc.) This is what I came up with. The picture was taken in the summer of 1967 with my family and my Aunt Dorothy and her two children (Uncle Joe must have been taking the picture.) It was fun to reminisce about the good ol' days.

I was a child during the 60's when stay-at-home mothers were the norm and the family dinner hour was sacred. Every family I knew did the same thing. My dad got home every evening at 5:00 and my mother had dinner on the table shortly after his arrival. My five siblings and I were expected to be home from our various after-school activities on time so that we could all sit down and eat together while the food was hot. A phone call was required if we were going to be late; and we needed permission to skip. For an hour or so every evening we shut out the rest of the world. The phone went unanswered and our friends went home (or occasionally joined us) for dinner. Even if we didn't want to eat, we sat in our designated seats and participated in the conversation and enjoyed each other's company. It was the time of day when our large busy family, as well as others like us, touched base with each other and strong family bonds were formed. It wasn't a chore - we enjoyed being in each other's company and we had a lot of fun around that simple family dinner table. Sometimes we stayed for awhile after the food had been eaten and other family members had been excused, just to talk. I enjoyed seeing my busy mother relax as she drank a cup of tea before resuming her full schedule of evening chores that come with a large family.

Looking in on any given night, you could find: people talking about their day, good food, pouting, laughter, someone telling a joke; someone being scolded, laughter, an I-Spy game, planning for upcoming events and activities, tears, someone talking about a fight they had with a friend, laughter, discussions about religion, homework questions, moral dilemmas and mean teachers, Doug drumming on the table, a discussion about how unfair something was, laughter, current events, tears, Dad reading a Bible verse, people picking on each other, laughter, mom's "Connie grin", stories from the past and more laughter.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Prince Charming

I did this layout in honor of Father's Day and as a color challenge at Color Combos Galore. We needed to use a color combination of gray, ivory, lilac and taupe. The title says it all - Kristin and her daddy definitely have a special bond.
"I found my Prince Charming and his name is Daddy."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Finally Scrappin'

It's been awhile since I've had the chance and/or inspiration to get a page done and boy did it feel good to finally be scrappin' again. I did a page for a PageMaps challenge - their sketches are always a good jumping off point when I have no mojo - and to sweeten the deal, Webster's Pages is offering these gorgeous papers as a prize. That was wonderful incentive for me to give it a shot!

So - here's what I came up with:

The Journaling reads:

"Each birthday I felt a twinge of sadness at the realization that my little girls were growing up too fast, but they were still young and “grown up” still seemed distant.

I was so proud of Kristin at her high school graduation. It was an exciting time, but the twinge of sadness grew a little stronger. Although she was leaving home, I could tell myself that she wasn’t grown up yet, that she was still dependent on us, and that we still had a few more years before she would be on her own.

This year at her college graduation I could deny it no longer. Parents are supposed to work themselves out of a job - and we did. So with pride and sadness we had to let her go, to pursue her own future, realizing that although she’s all grown up, she’ll always be our little girl."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Peace Out - Kristin's RC Graduation

Last month we traveled back to Michigan to attend Kristin's graduation from Rochester College! She graduated Summa cum laude, receiving her degree in Public Relations. She is now finishing up a certificate in Graphic Arts. It doesn't seem so long ago that we were leaving her as a freshman, and it seems absolutely impossible that in just two short months school will be completely behind her forever! She's had a wonderful experience at Rochester College and she's grown up so much while being away from home that we hardly recognize her anymore!

On to the next big adventure!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jenna's Clipboard - 2 Years Late

This afternoon I finally finished the clipboard I bought for Jenna 2 years ago when I was making them for her friends that were graduating. This one is a lot bigger than the others. It's 18" x 18" which gives her a nice writing service while sitting on her bed. I forgot how much fun these are to make. I have another couple that I need to finish for this year's graduates. (I put a check under the clip but the clipboard makes the gift a little more personal than just giving them cash.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scrap Room Re-Do

Since last Fall, I've been distracted and too busy to motivate myself to do any scrapping at all. I finally came to the conclusion that my scrap space was part of the problem. Instead of it being my refuge and retreat, it had become a cluttered mess that I hated to enter. I didn't have the budget for a big re-do, and I especially didn't want to repaint the room, so I decided to start by de-cluttering.

The room used to be a patio outside the kitchen which had been enclosed by previous owners. Windows and doors make up three of the walls, leaving only one wall for storage space or shelving units. There is very little storage space and way too many windows, but I had to work with what I had. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, because even though I hated the room, I still felt very lucky to have a dedicated scrap space that I didn't have to set up (and pick up) every time I felt creative.

So . . . Here is my re-created space. I cut up the old curtains and recycled the white fabric with new black and white toile on the tops. I used peg board to hang embellishments and scissors, spray painted my previously bright-colored storage containers black, white, or black and white crackle, decoupaged my priority mail boxes and little storage containers with black and white papers, re-sewed throw pillows using black and white fabric and covered my folding and kitchen chairs with black and white chair covers. It may not compare with a lot of the awesome scrap spaces I've seen out there, but it's clean, organized and comfortable and it was done on a shoe-string budget . . . and that's all I need.

More Scrap Room Pictures

My scrap space doubles as an extra sleep space when we have out-of-town company. The couch folds out into a double bed and the computer desk folds up, leaving the room a little less scrappy and a little more suitable for guests (But usually Kristin prefers to sleep in the scrap room and give her room up as the guest room.) The storage towers have peg board on the sides to hang miscellaneous embellishments. Small metal buckets were from the Dollar Spot at Target. I painted them with crackle paint and used rub-ons and ribbon to decorate them. The no-sew chair covers are made by draping fabric (in this case a tea towel) over the chair back, clamping the sides with drapery rings and tying front and back rings together with coordinating ribbon. A three-tier metal basked is used to hold stamps and stamp pads.

Paper storage from decoupaged Express Mail boxes:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Be Kind to Yourself

We take care of our families, our work, our homes, showering kindness and love on the people in our lives. All too often, though, we don't show kindness to ourselves. Take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge yourself. Take a break, have a cup of tea, read a book, take a bath, plant the garden you want, make a page for your scrapbook or acknowledge something you like about yourself. Little things mean a lot.
(From Memory Makers Magazine)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wedding Invations

My beautiful niece, Natalie, is in the process of planning her wedding and totally flattered me by asking me to come up with a design for her wedding invitations that she and her fiance will make. For the past several weeks I've spent my evenings playing with paper while trying to design an invitation that will be pretty, economical, fit a standard sized (regular postage) envelope, and be simple enough to make a few hundred without taking months to get it done. It's been challenging but fun. Natalie received the samples in the mail yesterday - she loved them and that made it worth the effort! (Of course, at this point I don't think she has noticed the inside jokes and silly wording I used on some of the samples. She may have a different opinion when she discovers that!) Here are pictures of the front and insides of the invitation designs I came up with. The yellow one and the white one below it are made of long strips of paper (obviously the cover size in the picture is not to scale and the colors really did match in real life!) These are just samples of sizes and ideas - Natalie and Andy will decide on the actual colors and papers used and do all the hard work of putting the invitations together.