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Monday, December 17, 2007

It's about taggin' time!

I'm so bad at fufilling blog tag duties! My good friend Tobey tagged me today and I'm going tag a few friends, most of whom have tagged me in the past at some time or another!

The rules of the game:
*Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok, 7 random facts?
Let's see...
1. I despise any food leftover in the sink. Sink must be spotless and foodless!
2. I played piano for about 10 years. I can barely play a song now.
3. I have a heart condition.
4. My daughter loves Big Comfy Couch. My son loves Spongebob.
5. I was a terror as a little girl. I was a terror as a teenager!
6. I went to 10 different schools. Army brat and proud of it!
7. I have a stack of completed scrapbook pages about a foot and a half high that need to be put in albums. That stack is resting on 2 empty albums. =)

So I'm tagging, right here and right now:
Jen W.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

another wall comes down.

You may or may not know that I have a 'wall of layouts' downstairs. I get to post 12 of them up on large clips and thumbtacks for all to see. When 12 are hung, and the next one scrapped, I take down the wall. I always take a picture of the wall, intending to blog it, but never get to. Instead of blogging the wall, I made a Slide instead. Enjoy!
Under each is the title and the site I designed the page for: ScrapStreet (SS), Transparent Touches (TTT), Scrapper's Anonymous (SA), or From Here 2 Scrapternity (FH2S).

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Who's Kissin Santa Claus?

Kenna's kissin' Santa Clause!
Still can't figure out if there is an e on his name or not, but who cares!
Finally got around to using my Prima Paintable!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Gee, whatever will I work with?

My canvases are blank and my subjects, just beautiful in my eyes!
This is just the 1st of many Christmas photo ops...
and look what I've got to work with!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

don't slow down

in the midst of the busiest time of my life (who knew?!) I'm pledging to do a little more blogging about my otherwise boring little world. I mean, at least to blog more than once a month... lol.

I've joined The Amazing Race at Transparent Touches & Tags - "TTT" - home to the world's most wonderful transparencies and personalized customer service... Gonna post a little Slide.com with my layouts... it's winner by draw, but we can stay and design as long as we want. I'm in round two, now, finishing up that layout soon. Oh, and you'll have to view the gallery to see them in color!

Saturday, October 20, 2007


It seems, after 2 weeks of broken printer, unhappy computer, rebuilding time and no editing program, I can see the light! When it rains, it pours. Although my husband did say it was nice to have me "around the house" for a few more hours a day than normal, it feels nice that the end is almost here. It seems that PhotoShop CS2 is on its way home - right now, 9 pm on a Saturday night!
So say hello to a newly cleaned computer, a new Canon scanner/printer, Word programs that actually work for me now, AND CS2... it's the new me!

Monday, October 08, 2007

digital contest --> leads to a c.t. postion!

Visit for details here:

Digital Designer Contest

This contest will take place during the month of November 2007.On Friday November 2 the first round will begin. There will be four rounds in total in which you will be asked to design a variety of papers, elements or layouts (or a combination).For each round the details of the challenge will be posted and you will have one week to complete the challenge.There will be no elimination during this contest so every contestant will have the same opportunity to show her/his work.

Winners will be announced December 7 and invitations to join the ScrapStreet Digital Design Team will be sent by December 10.

As a ScrapStreet Digital Designer you will receive:
- Unlimited free space in the store to sell your designs. You will receive all money after PayPal fees.
- Free download of all the other digital work in the store.
- Publication of your designs and layouts in the magazine.

As a ScrapStreet Digital designer you are required to:
- Create a minimum of nine digital kits (or paper packs plus embellishments) per year to sell in the store.
- Create a minimum of one free kit per year for the ScrapStreet free monthly kit for the magazine.
- Create a minimum of four layouts or projects per year with other designers’ kits.For more information and details please view the complete digital designer contract here: contract.

How to enter:
Upload to the Scrapstreet.com Audition Gallery either a preview of a kit that you have for sale or a digital (or hybrid) layout or project by November 1, 2007. You need to be a registered member of ScrapStreet.com to have access to this gallery.

Please note: By uploading your work into the Audition Gallery you will automatically declare the following:
- I have read and agree to abide to the rules and details of the contest
- I have read and agree to the digital designer contract
- I declare that I am able to enter the contest. In the event of being successful, I am free to sell my digital designs at Scrapstreet.com, without infringing any other contracts I may currently have.

Rules of Scrapstreet Design Contest 2007
1. All designs and projects must be created specifically for this contest. They cannot have been used, shown or sold (including freebies) anywhere online via a store, free listing site, gallery or blog.
2. All contestants must host their designs for download with a file sharing and storage site of their choice, e.g.. 4shared or rapidshare. Only download links from such a service are acceptable.
3. All downloads must contain your Terms of Use (including a list of commercial credits for any commercial use items) and a preview image of size 600x600 pixels.
4. All elements must be JPEG or PNG files in 300 ppi. Papers must be 12” x 12” and any frames must be standard sizes e.g. 7x5, 6x6, 6x4 inches etc.
5. High quality work is required; please check your work for stray pixels, jagged edges etc. Sloppy or careless work will not be rewarded by the judges.
6. Each round requirement will be posted in the Scrapstreet Digital Design Contest Forum after the preceding round has closed. This should be no later than Saturday 9 A.M. Central Time.
7. You must upload the design previews and projects with any relevant details to the correct ScrapStreet Contest Round gallery at a size of 600x600 pixels. If applicable add a link to the zip files for download in the description. Be sure to list all credits, including credit for anything you used that you didn't make yourself including commercial use items. Do not post any direct links to any other website or blog, personal or business in your gallery descriptions.
8. You are allowed to promote your contest work on your personal websites and blogs provided you link directly to ScrapStreet.com. NO downloads are allowed from your personal or any other website/blog until after the contest.
9. The cut off time for each round will be Friday at 6 PM central time (time is as shown in the forums).
10. You will not be allowed to make ANY changes to your kit, description, links or projects after the cut off time and date for each round.
11. You agree that all registered members of ScrapStreet may download your designs for free personal use.
12. The judges will award votes for each round. These will be combined and the total amount at the end of the 4 rounds will determine the top designers. Based on the results of the contest, invitations to join the ScrapStreet digital team will be sent to those top designers.

Please note: Not observing the rules is grounds for elimination.

PS. Are you not a kit designer, but do you like to create digital or hybrid layouts and projects with digital elements? You may be just what we are looking for! For details see here: Creative Team search:

Do you like to create digital or hybrid layouts and projects with digital elements?
Show us your work!
During the contest the contestants will create digital papers and embellishments which will be free to download for registered members.To show your appreciation and support for the contestants, please download their designs, create some wonderful projects with these and upload them in the Appreciation Gallery!
We may send you an invitation to join our Creative Team!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Memory Mania Masterpieces!!

Hey all! These are the layouts that were picked up by Memory Mania Masterpieces!
Enjoy& tfl!
page 9

page 13
page 23
page 27
page 93
page 95

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Live your life with arms wide open...

hey! fast forward!! listen here:

SO much traffic comes to this very post, I wanted to share John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If you want more information or want to talk, just leave a comment!  xoxo

Natasha Bedingfield's UNWRITTEN touches me so deeply every single time I listen to it. I've been meaning to scrap the words, especially the arms wide open part for some time. Now, it's time. Lyrics are below. Lyrics are on the blog. Song's on my MySpace and now, on here, too. Thanks for taking the journey with me.

Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

I am unwritten,
Can't read my mind
I'm undefined
I'm just beginning
The pen's in my hand
Ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah
Oh, oh
I break tradition
Sometimes my tries
Are outside the lines, oh yeah yeah
We've been conditioned
To not make mistakes
But I can't live that way oh no

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in

No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pure Mania!

Got the book today- it's more fabulous than I could have ever expected! I have 6 layouts in it and Matthew and McKenna both had a ball looking thru it with me, discovering themselves - and other kids! Plus, it came with a lovely kit full of goodies, a canvas bag and the book - all neatly wrapped up in a puzza box! I'd say... they know how to please. ;)
Oh! and "stay tuned for Masterpieces II". I will!!

Why scrap from scratch when you can
scrap from sketch?

to buy the book: http://www.memorymaniac.com/
view the blog: http://memorymania.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I wanna be a Cool Chick!

Back to one of my lil fav sites...Creative Crafts & Stickers. Cool contest!

Come and check out the summer's COOLEST SECRET....Come and visit Creative Crafts and Stickers for the summer's HOTTEST contest. Come and create some scrap pages, meet some new friends and win some prizes!!Contest begins on Monday August 13th. Contest sign ups will be held up until Sunday August 12th at 12 noon EST.In order to enter, you must sign up to be a member of the Creative Crafts and Stickers message board with a minimum of 25 posts (not including game posts) by the start of the contest.Random prize draws will be done every week for all participants and our last COOL CHICK standing will WIN BIG!!!!A BONUS prize drawing will be held for all of those who sign up before Tuesday August 7th. So come and sign up early for LOTS of fun!To find out more details about this COOL contest, check us out at creativecraftsandstickers.com.

Friday, July 27, 2007

designed my 1st tutorial!

this was fun! Special thanks to Janneke & Amber for their help at ScrapStreet.
Here is my (very basic, and meant to be) photo resizing tutorial!


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

sumptin' gone digi diving!

all weekend, was catchin' up on the digi. Besides the fact that I sent my first digi kit to ScrapStreet for listing...which I'm totally (and sillily) excited and nervous about...

I've missed digi, but just lost some mo and jo for it. got 5, i think? maybe 6... done. yay!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

just what I needed!

a surprise girl weekend on the Streets! Lookie what they cooked up... with $100 (plus the $15 I saved with my bday coup) in new LSS paper-n-stuff and LOTS of pics from the last 2 months, I'm in desperate need of a girly scrappy slumber party! On my way!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I've been so crazy busy this July with the nephew in town, but I have managed to sqeeze a few pages out, mostly for ScrapStreet's latest Team contest. You likey?

Don't forget to check out http://MixnMatchSketch.blogspot.com - we're up to sketch #5! One of my newest layouts below is a Mix-n-Match sketch: can you guess which one?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

another great TTT crop!

Even though I can't be there nearly as much as I'd like, you should certainly check it out... these crops are always so much fun with great games and fantastic prizes!! Go check it out: TTT Sizzling Summer Cyber Crop

Monday, July 02, 2007

new dt!!

I am absolutely THRILLED to be on the inspirational team for a tiny little, but most importantly FAITH-BASED community, called FromHere2Scrapternity. I wasn't sure if another dt was the thing for me, but FH2S's open welcoming arms are assuring me of a good decision. Anyhow, I'm just getting things back up and moving from being away the long weekend, plus we have our huge family & friend picnic tomorrow for the 3rd of July fireworks, but I'll catch up soon!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Get Down Tonight!!

SNS...: in style!! My friend "CJ Jen" and I are hosting Saturday Night Scrap, Disco-style!! Come on by ScrapStreet's Town Square for all the fun starting around noon-ish June 16th. We've got some serious challenges, bingo, chatting and games planned to keep up as long as the disco ball is still spinnin'! Come on by all weekend... don't forget to tell me you're there!!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New sketch site!

I just found this really awesome new sketch site!!

Ok. uuhhhh....yeah. you got me. I just started this new sketch site, lol. It's called Mix-n-Match Sketches and it's a fun and cool concept that I hope will catch. Since I refuse to choose between one-photo and multi-photo, one- or two- page layouts, I'm working on designs to benefit any scrapper. Just my idea. Run with it!

I wanted to show you the layout on which the first sketch is based. Shown here!

anyways, if ya go take a peek, I'd love it~

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I'm coming back.

soon. I know it's been a while. Just not in the blogging mood. But I'm working on something I'm getting really excited about. I've designed my first one. I'm now in the process of digitally designing it and then I'll reveal. I hope you like. ;)

Let's call my Mix-n-Matches, for now.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Cosmo Cricket...and me!!!

I'm in the gallery, yo! A good friend and I were picked from a team contest to be put on the Cosmo website!! I couldn't be more thrilled! The layout they chose is the one I did for the MM idol contest, and I submitted it again. I had another favorite, but I'm thrilled with the one they chose!!

Ok, go here and click me!! See?! I'm thrilled, of course, as it's become one of my most favorite companies!! See next door to me? Michelle Boeckermann - she's my friend, lol. How adorable is THAT layout?! Oh and yes, Michelle, Dora, another Michelle and Jenn and I altogether WON that contest!! It was so cool to participate as a team ... and then WIN!! I'll post my layouts for that contest... you like?!

...this one was a sketch project... I just love the photo, and there is a page two: with a snow pic of Matthew and the other half of that snowflake.

This one was about layering and using pink and yellow...Well, I needed to do this layout "showcasing" all of McKenna's "talents"...so it worked out well. :P

Blech...I loathe quote challenges, but I think this one turned out okay. ...and yes, they even got me to make a card!

This one...the last challenge. Ad insp. Not my favorite, but cute and colorful nonetheless, and still used stash as I promised myself a month or two ago. Eh~

This was a bonus challenge, I digi'd it. Had to make you laugh. Did I?

...and now for one of my new favorites... is it that I used so many (120 or so!) of those damn eyelets that I had to go out and buy new ones 8oO or that I finally used a flourish...used being a relative term, lol. ;) wink!!

Friday, April 20, 2007


ok, ok, I guess it's about time I post. Just going to respond to the tags I've received to help me get back in the blogging swing of things. ;)
Thank you to (someone?! Who was it?!) and Nicole Martel for tagging me...

Here's the deal, I list 7 random facts about myself and then choose 7 people to tag to do the same thing on their blog. Here goes!
  1. I was a military brat.
  2. I have a dog, Toby.
  3. You know my 2 kids, Matthew & McKenna.
  4. I only work (at the gym) 2.5-3.5 hours on a weekday.
  5. I did gymnastics for 18 years, graduated college doing it.
  6. We're selling/house hunting.
  7. The guys at Subway start my order as soon as the see me walk in.

JFF, I'm going to do 7 random Scrapbooking facts since this is, after all, a scrapbook tag.

  1. I scrap 12"x12".
  2. I scrap mostly after 10:30 pm.
  3. If I ever owned my own forum, it'd be called Midnight Scrappers.
  4. My first publication was in a book.
  5. I've never been published in a paper mag.
  6. Most of my layouts are pics and paper only.
  7. My favorite size photo to work with is 5''x7''.

So now, onto tagging: NicoleB, OneCreativeJen, Miranda W., Melita, Dianne K. Nelson, Ambearluv, & Emine. Even if you've been tagged before, have fun with it!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

not so bad...

honestly, April is not!
First of all, what a surprise and honor that ScrapStreet's admin/editors chose me at "Resident of the Month" for April - boy, did I need that pick-me-up!

""This month we are honoring a member of our community that came to us almost a year ago. She has been a scrapping Diva with style and grace in her pages that lead in the inspiration department! She adores her family and shares the antics, love, and goofyness of her life with us on a daily basis. We love her for her quirky humor and if you haven't had a achance to see it, just go look at her thread SExy legs in pixel place! ""

That and the fact that I'm sort of NOT looking for contests. I love STAR that I've been doing at SStreet, and a team one we're doing at ScrappingWithGrace, but otherwise...well, not that I've actually done a page, but I plan to! And maybe I'll start submitting instead of just showing. I don't know, we'll see how that goes.

My nephews are up this week, so the computer has been slowed down. A little spring break, perhaps... we went to the Museum of Natural History today mostly to see the dinosaurs, as Matthew's been so into them lately. Here's the best part of today...we walk in and the 1st room has T-Rex, of course his favorite. He grabs my mom and gets all teary-eyed, so I grab him, thinking something's wrong. He cups my face in his little 4-year-old hands and says, "Mommy, I just can't bewieve it!" Some things just aren't picture worthy. This was one of those times.

So maybe one thing bad happened today. I took one -and only one- picture of McKenna on her birthday - it was late and she was asleep, but I got one... and it's gone. :( Can't find it anywhere. Trying not to tell myself I'm a bad scrappery mom, but it's not really working.

Boy oh Boy...a bit of a stream of consciousness today. Off to catch up on GH and get some zzzzz's... been a long, been a long, been a long daaaay!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

rejection sux

it does. really. getting dumped from 2 - yes 2 - idol contests in 2 - yes 2! - days. Let's just say I've had better weeks. March was pretty lucky for me, I'd say. However, I'm just not expecting much from April.

I wonder...and I'd love to know - the scrappers we call our mentors, our inspiration, why don't we see them talk of rejection? Have they never experienced it? By not talking about it, does that somehow immortalize them? We read what they write in foofy magazines, but never really get to know the real them?

Well, this is me. All me. Disappointed. Sad. A little ticked off. Well, wouldn't you be? C'mon! Sometimes it's so sweet you can taste it, although it may be miles away. I'm tempted to say, "Well, that's the last time I'm taking a risk," as was the challenge for Scrap-Tastic - I took a risk and really went for it, doing something so completely out of my comfort zone that I almost didn't do it at all. But. Not good enough. I had unbelievable support from family, friends, scrappers and people I didn't even know knew me! But. Not good enough. Thing is - I loved both of my projects this week, for both idols. I told mom earlier this week that the ones I love are the ones that don't make it. How true it is.

Someone told me I could always try next year and my initial response was..."ummm...no thanks." Not sure it's something I'd want to do twice. But, you know what? That's not entirely true. I've been a competitor all my life, enter gymnastics for 18 years. I'll never *not* try. I'm realizing that I fear regret more than failure. I'd rather make it this far and not be chosen to finish, than to not try at all. So, someone remind me next time 'round, k?

However - the good news is, I've got plenty to keep my mind off of things. Like the Cadbury minis and 10 packs of Orbit bubble mint we just bought at BJ's. Like 2 crops at 2 of my favorite places coming up (CMK & TTT). Like "competing" with some of my favorite people - favorite scrappers - for a team scrapper thing and getting to laugh with them behind the scenes. {GO LEMONDROPS!} Like my next attempt at being a "STAR" at ScrapStreet. Thing is, life will go on. And, as soon as this stream of consciousness ends, so will mine.

One last thanks "to all my fans", lol - I've got support coming from angles I never knew existed. Fans in friends that I did know. So thanks...for the rant, for the fun, for the support, for the encouragement, for the laughs, for the tears. *whew* do I feel better!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

mm idol - GO PARTY!!

Time to vote...and this week's theme is PARTY!!

Y'all know that I act like a party girl, but rarely do. I'd rather be home with my kids and my scrapbooking and my famil-----hey, wait! I have an idea!! Easter's coming up, right? THAT'S my party!!

lol...that's kinda of train of thought last week. ya know, how I got to my party idea?

Basket popped into my head...and I just had to go for it! It's all paper and all my own original design, and best of all - it really works!!! The egg holder was just a cute side idea, but how could I not "alter" (decorate, for the non-scrappers) the plastic eggs? I almost went all-out with real eggs and egg blowing and dying, but I wanted them to last throughout Easter...that's right - all this stuff is really on my table, so pretty!

And yes *gasp* that IS a card!!! It's a rare occasion, friends... :)

So thanks for the support, I am so appreciative to each and every one of you who have supported me thus far. I need all the help I can get with this contest these days, so vote, spread the word...and I'll keep ya updated.

*mwah, friends!*

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Color Code

what code are you?
Got this from Wendy Reed's blog - and it's really intriguiging...
actually provided insight into myself.
The Color Code
Congratulations. You are YELLOW.

YELLOWS are motivated by FUN. They are inviting and embrace life as a party that they're hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable. They are highly persuasive and seek instant gratification. YELLOWS need to be adored and praised. While YELLOWS are carefree, they are sensitive and highly alert to others' agendas to control them. YELLOWS typically carry within themselves the gift of a good heart.

YELLOWS need to look good socially, and friendships command a high priority in their lives. YELLOWS are happy, articulate, engaging of others and crave adventure. Easily distracted, they can never sit still for long. They embrace each day in the "present tense" and choose people who, like themselves, enjoy a curious nature. YELLOWS are charismatic, spontaneous, and positive; but can also be irresponsible, obnoxious, and forgetful. When others interact with you, as a YELLOW you respond to them best if they take a positive, upbeat approach and promote light-hearted, creative, and fun interactions with you.

Understand that no two YELLOWS are exactly alike. Although you share the same core motivation as many others, your personality is still unique to you alone.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


*for MM idol fans, thank you for getting me into the Top 15! People ask me, I answer: It's just WEIRD! lol - FUN, but weird!

*My last week at CreatingPages.biz design team fall/winter term. *sniff* Not that I'll be going far, just not on the inside of the fun dt room :). To celebrate? A lil Spring Crop this weekend!
*I made this fun & springy blinkie with a Christina Wall kit, Full Bloom, available in the digi store at ScrapStreet. All fonts 2Peas.
*So come on by, chat a little, have fun a bunch, and say goodbye to the old team, and hello to the very talented new one!