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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!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

blood, sweat, tears & mm idol, lol!

That's right - it's time once again!

So the challenge was "back to the basics," with continuing off-limits lists popping up through the very first few hours and then throughout the week.

<~~~~We were also encouraged to use the Making Memories Deluxe Tool Kit as much as possible (and boy did it ever save me this week!) For my project, I needed the craft knife, hole punch/hammer, tweezers, ruler, and the glue pen saved my life!

Immediately, I got the idea, but it took all week to take shape.

My idea:
100% paper! There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING pre-made on this layout, other than the papers' patterns themselves.

My process:
*hand cut flowers upon flowers
*used deco scissors (talk about back to the basics!) to make my own ricrack
*cut & created "ribbon"
*made & handcut "metal" words and a "metal" frame
*made & created sticker letters (insert eye popping smiley here, that was pain!)
*made my own grommets
*made my own brads (I even made a button and staples, but they didn't make the cut!)

My technique:
*and then used my favorite technique, eyelet doodling (see where the kit comes in?) to add just a touch of style and technique to the layout. It's of a girlie girl in a masuline layout (oh, you'll see!) so I need a touch of softness to complete the idea.

My supplies:
*Sweetwater patterned paper
*Fancy Pants patterned paper (just a teeny little flower!)
*Bazzil and Paper Company textured cardstock
*Canson smooth cardstock for "embellishments"
that's it!! well, that's all you see, anyway...
*Making Memories Deluxe Tool Kit
*Making Memories ribbon glue
*Fiskars Paper Edgers Corkscrew deco scissors
*Sharpie metallic marker
*fonts inspired by 2Peas fonts

I do hope you like this week - the process was my focus and, although long and a bit painful, it was well worth the product! =)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Happy St. Patty's!!

There are two crops around here that I'll be popping into...
One starts tonight at ScrapStreet - goes all weekend long!

The other is Sunday at FromHere2Scrapternity :)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, McKenna!

a whole year. a very long year.
full of stress and relief,
full of pain and happiness,
full of life.

mm idol ~ kid's project!

mm idol's project #2 - voting until Tuesday 5pm MST!
I've had many questions about my project, even with the geeky pictures I posted! Let me see if I can break it down and explain the processes - both the actual and the one in my head...
As soon as I saw this challenge, I freaked. A little. A lot. Nothing, and I mean nothing was coming to mind! I thought of asking the girls I worked with in the preschool, looking thru some preschool idea books... So I started thinking, and I knew I wanted something textile - something Matthew could feel and see and really get involved with. As my almost 1-year-old was sitting on the floor tearing up paper she got a hold of, it kind of hit me!!

birthday + mckenna + gift + tearing + paper = something altered!

And behold, the wooden stool idea was born. with mosaic style in mind.
Let's see...we started by buying the stool, papers and paint.
A few days later, Matthew and I sat down and got the whole darn thing done!

1. painted the entire stool. Messy, but so much fun! (my step: handcut some pp pieces.)
2. painter's taped the entire top. (my step: I drew the best oversized 'M' I could).
3. (my step: tearing the first pp strips) and then we tore into smaller pieces together.
4. We then picked out the letters in McKenna's name.
5. Mod Podge, baby! not sure which he enjoyed more: painting the MP or peeling it off later!
6. get to stickin'! Since the area was taped, it was just a matter of sticking lots of small pieces.
7. more mod podge 2nd layer of pp pieces.
8. (and on from here are all of my steps.) I then secured the flourish, added the ribbon and elements along the top and sides, and finished it off by decorating and inking.
(ya see where I was going here? with the whole preschooler arts and crafts thing here? lol)

When finished, I'll mod podge the entire stool and
I'll sparkle mod podge certain elements.

It's pretty gawdy for those that know me...gold glitter is something I've most definately never worked with on a scrapbooking project. However, those DCVW papers were just too perfect not to use!

DCVW patterned paper, chipboard elements and alphas
Crayola glitter glue
Archival ink
Apple Barrel paint
Mod Podge

adding in a closeup of Matthew's handy work:

Monday, March 12, 2007

Saturday, March 10, 2007

...SNS at ScrapStreet, of course! It is, of course, what brought me (and stuck me ) to ScrapStreet, ya know. If you've never been, you most definately don't know what you're missing. Let's see, do I start by telling you about the demented bingo game? how about the 10s of tons of challenges put up - which have other rewards as well... Scraplift? that's a chance to be in the mag. Street challenges? could win you a kit!
more? You'll just have to stop by and see!! This was 'S' week...so S is for Saturday - get scrappin'!

I finished my mm project, am uploading pics for it, and have just a few things left for Mckenna's 1st birthday party which is tomorrow, so I got to play just a bit. Alphabet bingo was a blast...and I won!! Think I'm going to digi up a SNS sketch layout and then call it a Saturday night!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Life is a Highway...

Holy Toledo. What a day. Just your normal average Tuesday turns into total chaos and bedlam, but the way I like it!

Here's the lowdown:

  • mm idol - top 30!! thank you everyone for voting for me: old friends, new friends...everyone. I'm so incredibly touched, but just as nervous thinking about my next challenge! You'd think, as a preschool teacher at heart, that doing a project with a kid would come easy...not so! It made me nervous, like I'm putting even more pressure on myself. Silly, I know, but fun!

  • ScrapForums - finished the Funk It Up challenge #2 late last night and it's in. I actually quite like it and it's pink and fun. :) And it might just be a little funky, too! plus, it made Doug cry, so it's all good. ~challenge #3? going from what 'I'm gonna do' to what 'I know for sure' - geesh! talk about fork in the road!

  • Scrap-Tastic - just barely got my idol contest entry in there, tonight. It was my first time working with an oversized picture - like the kind that takes up a whole half of a page. Teehee...whole half, get it? Anyway, it's cute and simple!

  • How about a game of layout tag and some March Madness at a group I used to frequent, lost during their design team hunt a few months ago (I always seem to disengage from dt times if I'm not trying out). Anyhoo...just finished one for Creative Crafts and Stickers and it's kind of a cutie, too.

  • more? you want more? Our hometown shoe store is going out of business. I mean, it's that place we've been going to since the day we moved into town almost 20 years ago. I've never been anywhere that long and certainly never shopped in the same store for that long. So Doug's parents took the kids there after we picked Matthew up from school and they both got shoes: Matthew got gray New Balance, and McKenna got her first pair of Stride Rite walkers. And then someone asked me if I had the camera. *sniff* No camera!! Can you believe that? Not for either the store's closing (which was today) or for McKenna. It's just so sad, ya know?

  • Did I mention that Doug has 10 days off? That McKenna's birthday party is this weekend and in exactly one week she'll celebrate her first birthday? Think I can make it a whole week without tears? Doubt it!

  • and the BIGGIE! No details yet, but we might be taking the For Sale sign off the house tomorrow. ;)

Now, back to getting some chatting done on the boards (GDT for TTT and I've barely gotten to spend any time there!!) And get this - I was asked to be on the digital team at ScrapStreet, and aside from changing a few sigs, I haven't told a soul. That's fine, though...I'm still a learner. :) Leaving you with one of my latest digis - one I've fallen in love with!!

Things to do:

  1. April nametags for ScrapStreet.
  2. challenge #3 for ScrapForums.
  3. mm idol entry.
  4. chat it up! I miss everyone so much!
  5. show CP's kit layouts.
  6. show ScrapStreet's kit layout.
  7. plan Disney for May!
  8. change this blogger banner & colors!
  9. finish watching Prison Break, dern it!


Monday, March 05, 2007

mm idol ~ please vote!

Hi everyone, me, again! All votes that were cast last week were
erased due to a system crash at Making Memories.
So I'm here, humbly asking for your help again!

brand new votes; all votes from last week were erased!http://www.makingmemories.com/mmidol/index.cfm?go=showPublicPortfolios&CFID=2333650&CFTOKEN=72527767

you may have to register to vote and there are 2 pages of layouts.
Of course, I'd be honored if you'd vote for me,
but there are two pages of amazing layouts to view!

thank you, everyone!

*voting closes Tuesday, March 6th at 6 pm EST.

by the way...MM is also offering a rak if you post on their blog,
right there where you vote! ;)