Thursday, October 4, 2007
Button Supplies Set
And the shoppe is so cool, they have a feature called Off-site Must-haves where they recommend products from OTHER stores! How neat is that?!?
I also discovered that they have a wonderful selection of stock photos - cheap!!
So, yeah, I'm happy to be MADE and I'm excited to post my first Sophia Sarducci layout, hopefully tonight! I'm having a hard time finishing it cause I want it to be perfect, so tonight, I load up the iPod and look for some mojo to finish it up! :)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Hope I've enabled some of you who were on the fence!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The Day The World Changed
When I woke up this morning, my first thoughts were of 9/11 (2001). I can hardly believe that six years have already passed. My personal memories from that day:
I started a new job with ADP in April 2001 and we got Rufus as a puppy that same month. Brian and I got married in 2001 (June 16). On September 11, I was in the office. It was a Tuesday and, at the time, it was the one day of the week that I was required to be "in-house". Most days, I was working from home or making sales calls. So, all the sales reps were in the office that day. I remember that a lot of the guys had News-alerts set up on their cell phones and on their laptops. Someone saw the video on CNN (I think) when the first plane hit the tower. We all watched it and my first thought was that it was a private plane gone amok. By the time the second plane hit the other tower, we had all abandoned the pretense of working and a tv was set up in the conference room downstairs. A group of us sat together and watched the first tower fall, live on TV. I was in shock and many of us were crying. ADP made an announcement that any employees that wanted to, could leave. There was a lot of fear and paranoia. Our office was located across the stree from Ford World HQ, we were in a city that was predominantly arab-american, etc etc. So, I went home. I called Brian on the way home and for the next 24 hours I was glued to the TV. I never felt so frightened and sad. I am lucky that I didn't lose anyone personally in the attacks. My heart goes out to everyone who did. God bless.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
1. No more beer or wine during the week. It's just extra calories that I don't need.
2. No more snacking on cookies and chips BEFORE dinner. This is actually what I perceive to be my biggest sin. I tend to get hungry right before meals and just grab whatever is in the cupboard. From now on, I am going to snack only on healthier options, such as carrots, raisins and figs (all things I love)
3. Exercise everyday, even if it's just a long walk or a bike ride. This is the most critical and the most difficult one for me. I have no idea why, because I love how I feel while exercising, I love how I feel after exercising...I just LOATHE getting started! This is where I need my own personal butt-kicker!
And one thing I learned in sales was that your goals need to be measurable, so since my true goal is to lose weight, I am going to commit to trying to lose 10 lbs by October 15. Phew, now it's out there! Wish me luck, I have a feeling that I'm going to need it!
On to scrapping stuff -
I recently completed my Hodge Podge layout and I really like the result. I am developing a personal style and I have to say that I think it is grungy/edgy. I seem happiest with my layouts when they are a little grungy or edgy. When I try to get cute, the whole thing just falls apart, IMO. So here's my entry:
(credits can be found at any of my gallery links, at right)
And I decided to enter the Stand Up and Scap contest after all. I think I will enjoy it, as I really enjoyed the Queen of the Crop contest at scrapbookgraphics.
I have a thought (I was going to say "concern", but that is too strong a word) about the attempt at anonymity. I understand the goal of keeping it anonymous, but I suspect that it will be impossible. I have only been around the digiscrapping world a short while and I already recognize layouts as "belonging" to one artist or another based on their children, who, understandably, star in 90% of the layouts! So, we'll see if they can take the PROM QUEEN/MOST POPULAR aspect out of it, but I doubt it. Still, it's for a worthy cause and the kit alone (with the coupons) is seriously worth it. The deciding factor to enter for me was actually the cost. To get it at SSD, and to register, the kit was $10. To get it at LDD (no registration), was $12. The $2 decided it for me, although I don't really have serious thoughts about winning. I was doubly glad I bought the $10 kit and registered when I found out that the coupons in the registration package don't come with the $12 kit!! (yes, I'm a bargain hunter!)
So those are my thoughts for today!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
1. Cider mills
2. Sweater weather
3. Riding boots
4. Carving pumpkins
5. Football and hockey seasons start
6. New TV season (Heroes, Lost!!)
7. Great sleeping weather
8. Hot cocoa
10. Christmas catalogs
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The challenge is to scrap someone new! A new face starring in your layouts! I chose Gabrielle, my adorable, 8 year old niece and my first God-daughter!
Here's my layout - Just Be You
And since the last time I posted, one of my layouts was selected as the Page of the Week at Scrapbookgraphics (last week! whoops!)
And another layout of mine was selected to be in the Mini-Skinny newsletter at Scrapbookgraphics! Fun stuff for me this week!
On the homefront, Declan is potty-trained 100%! No diapers (except at night) for a week and ZERO accidents since day three (0r thereabouts) of potty-training! It was really much easier than I had anticipated - guess he was ready after all!
Friday, August 17, 2007
And I made a couple of layouts for your viewing pleasure (click on title for credits):
Life is Beautiful
AND, last but not least, you HAVE to check out the Funky Train Collab at scrapbookgraphics. And definitely hit the forum for the coupon code BEFORE you buy, nudge-nudge, wink-wink!
Have a great weekend bloggers!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So here are the results of my freetime - a GLUT of layouts!!! (ok, so actually there are only TWO layouts, but I'm feeling so good about it, let's all pretend there is a GLUT!)
Credits are HERE
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Well, the challenge was to take a sensation and to apply a color to it. For example, what color is "hungry" to you? I chose to write about my frustration and here is what I came up with:
Frustration - the gray stone walls surround me and I am enclosed in a prison of futility. I fight it, I bang on the walls repeatedly using my hands, my feet, and eventually my head, but by then I'm not trying to escape so much as I'm trying to shock myself with pain. Fruitless, useless, pointless to try that way again. By now I should know that there is only one way out of this cold, dull and dim confinement. Let it go. Just let it go.
And you know what? Just writing this down made it easier for me to let go of my frustration and to accept what I need to accept. I feel freed!
And I also managed to finish a layout today - here it is:
Monday, August 6, 2007
Well, there's nothing really more to say, except this layout features my little guy (as usual) and I used one of Chantal's wonderful photo clusters! These things make scrapping SOOO easy! :)
Thursday, August 2, 2007
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Sausan Designs and now that I'm on Trish's CT (for a month anyway), I am sooo thrilled!!! Anyhoosle - here's my very first layout using Trish's awesome stuff -
I used her Journey in Time kit, plus her taped stars (recolored blue). (I also used Jessica Bolton's vintage mat which you can get at scrapbookgraphics)
You can find Trish's stuff at her own shop here and at scrapbookgraphics!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
So, without further ado, here are my New Month Resolutions for the month of August, 2007:
1. Go to the pool once a week
2. Work out three times a week (an oldie, but a goodie!)
3. Comment more in the galleries I post layouts to (Scrapartist, Scrapbookgraphics and DST and maybe go back to Scrapbook-bytes again.)
4. Participate in one contest per week from Scrapbookgraphics, and Scrapartist AND do either the Hodge Podge challenge OR the Digidare challenge every week.
5. Try to get back to completing one layout per day
6. Make dinner five days a week!!!! (that's a big one!)
I think that's PLENTY!
To help me with resolution #3 (more commenting in layout galleries), I am participating in contests at DST and at SBG for the most posts. I won June's contest at SBG with over 1900 comments for the month of June but that will be impossible for me to replicate! My personal goal is to comment on 24 layouts per day at each site. That's a LOT, but should help keep me inspired to create my own layouts!
So, that's the skinny here.
Oh, and here are a couple of layouts from this week:
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Well, I managed to do a couple of layouts somehow and here they are:
This one is actually animated and you can see the animation by clicking here (credits are there also). It was for the Hawt Mama Challenge on Traci Reed's team blog. The challenge was to scrap about a "first", to use something you bought in the last 4 weeks, use different fonts and use glitter.
The second layout is another challenge layout - this time for the Digidares. The challenge was to scrap about what "they think" about you and about your truth. Also to use 3 fonts/alphas and glitter.
Have a great week!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
See, I've recently become addicted to Kaboodle. Addicted to shopping/browsing the digi-scrapping boutiques and expanding my own wanton wishlist and addicted to carousing the Kaboodle lists of other digi-scrappers. What a fantastic source of inspiration for me!
And, I admit, I am enchanted by the whole shopping-list-collecting frenzy - by the idea that a shopping list is a peek into a person's private thoughts and world. So, I voyeuristically (in the purest sense of "observing", "seeing" and "watching") peruse the Kaboodle lists of digi-scrappers that I admire. (Angela Powers, Wellidesigns, twentytinytoes, angelbq, ditzyscrap and many more). I get a rush of shopping joy when I get to see what THEY have on THEIR wishlists...AND I also have discovered that I enjoy seeing what their most recent purchases have been, sooooo, I added that category to my OWN Kaboodle.
And without further ado, here is the latest sampling of things that I have purchased, and I'm even going to include my thought process in selecting these delicious items:
(Let me begin by saying that I am on a bit of a budget this month, since I blew through my paypal account in record time last month! Having said that, I am quite pleased with my purchases, they are unique and extremely versatile. Bargain-hunters - pay attention!)
I hit Sophia Sarducci's shop first since I am in awe of her beads and am on a bit of a bead-binge right now. I picked up these lovelies for only $2!!! (and available for a limited time, I might add!)
While shopping for the above beads, I noticed these sparkly little foil accents in the "other items people purchased" category and since I have admired the foily accents on some other scrappers' layouts recently, I could not resist for only 2 more dollars:
And I checked out the "cheap-o-rama" section for a bit of a laugh, but was immediately drawn to these exceedingly realistic and unique bows that were only $1 And lastly, I must include this item from Pixel Gypsy Designs. I freely admit that this item was free for me because I am lucky enough to be a Guest CT, but I can truthfully say that I would have bought this anyway because it's s0-dang cute and also a BARGAIN at only $1.85
So, there are some fun items I bought today and put on my Kaboodle list! Go and peruse the Kaboodles of YOUR favorite digiscrapper and link me up!
Friday, July 20, 2007
(Credits are here)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
In other news, my dh came home from work today and asked me if i had checked my email. I absentmindedly replied "no". Declan and I had had a VERY busy day (*wink*). Playdate and lunch with Macy and Laurie, a visit at my parents' house and then my Aunt Merrie stopped by for a little bit with her two kids and then Aunt Kathy came over and I cooked dinner. (Yes, busy, but still very FUN, thus the *wink*.) Anyhoo, after dinner, I asked Brian if he had sent me an email and if I should go check it. He said yes, so I begged him to just tell me what it said, but he stubbornly refused. So I ran upstairs to check the email and discovered that he had received word that he got the promotion that we had been waiting for him to get!!! HOORAY! He found out at like 8am so I have NO idea how he managed to keep his mouth shut all day - I talked to him MULTIPLE times throughout the day - LOL, that's a man for you I guess! hee hee I'm SUPER excited for him and very proud! He's a good man and a good provider - thank goodness!
Have a great rest of the week!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
So, here's a layout starring my little guy playing the garden.
Credits - Green paper and stitches by Jessica Bolton, Template and Beauty Mark by Two Sisters Design, Alpha by Amber Clegg, Tag by Sausan/Amy Martin collab kit, Ribbon by Sherrie Piegdon
Have a great week!!!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Products are Seeing Stars by Corina Nielsen at funky playground designs, Decorative Stitching by Ronna Penner at scrapadelic and the last one is just a fun kit by Heather Ann Designs called Art of Play