March 31, 2007

April's kit revealed.... Crate Paper!

The time is finally here! I have been waiting since I first saw this paper at CHA! It is the beautiful new Crate paper. We are using papers from both the Samantha and Brunch line! With gorgeous patterns in greens, red, purple, and blue these papers are so fun!

After pulling out all of the papers, I pulled out the potential pictures I would want to use with this kit. I knew the papers would be awesome for some of our Hawaii pictures from 3 years ago! I also pulled out pictures from the zoo, Cameron as a baby, Easter, and family pictures.

Page #1: Buddies...

So for the first page, i decided to use a large photo I had printed of Ezra and Andrew from the zoo the other day. I cut the photo into a circle. I matted it on the guacamole scallopped bazzill paper. Next I used the leafy ribbon and added a few of the small flowers to it! The package has 50 flowers total so I was excited to be able to use these on several pages! I used the Scenic Route sticker letters to form the title Buddies and Zoo in the lower corner. I underlined the word Zoo with the ricrac. The page did not take that long to create and I was happy with the results!

Page #2: Bath Time...

For this one I decided to do some of Cameron's baby pages. I picked the striped paper because I liked the way the yellow in the paper matched the duck. I matted the 5x7 photo with the patterned paper and cut 2 strips to surround the photos. I put the title on the scalloped circle and the rub on. Then I used blue ink for the edges. For the green and blue strips I got creative and actually used the strip at the bottom of the paper that describes the paper. Overall this was a simple page and I liked it! I also added the year at the bottom. I like that these sticker letters have upper, lower and numbers.

Page #3: Maui

I loved this picture and have been waiting for that perfect paper! As soon as I saw this sheet of paper, i knew this was the one! I took an exacto knife and cut around the teal, purple and blue flowers to frame the photo. Then I added the small assorted flowers with brads to the border. After adding the title, I took the purple eyelet ribbon to frame the rest of the photo. I added the teal ribbon with "2004" and the Bliss rubon. This page made me love the paper even more!!

Page #4: Cameron
I had these sweet black and white pictures of Cameron as a baby and i wanted to do a simple page. I mounted the smaller photo on the vanilla cardstock and teal paper. I cut a few patterned circles and squares. On the one of the circles, i wrote his age and date and put the flower clip in the middle. I put his name on the vanilla cardstock and put a red brad in between each letter. I love how this page came out.

Overall, I just love this kit! The papers are gorgeous. The backs of the papers come in a variety of beautiful colors with that weathered look. The embellishments were really fun: rubons, sticker letters, flowers, chipboard and ribbons. I enjoyed using them all and still look forward to more pages.

March 27, 2007


Our family has been enjoying the decent weather we have been having (although today it is raining). We recently got a new bike trailer from our friends and now Ezra can go biking with us! On Sunday we rode our bikes up to Quiznos and had dinner. We look forward to more bike rides! We will have to get a picture of whole family riding bikes!

March 23, 2007

A sicky sick Day

Boy I am really fighting something today. I felt like it was just allergies and my asthma but I have been off and on feverish all day. Now I made the mistake of taking DayQuil (non drowsy) so I am awake but not feeling well. I am going to veg on the couch :)

Even on sick days like this, pictures always make me feel better! Both Cameron and Andrew make Ezra smile big time but I don't always get pictures of Andrew and Ezra since Andrew is at school most of the day.
This is from the Zoo the other day:

Some of my favorite scrapbook pages

I really want this to go on the side of my blog. Melissa - help? lol

March 22, 2007


I am so super busy today just getting "stuff" done but wanted to try to post again on here. :) I have a lot to learn on here but think it will be fun to keep in touch with more people!

I recently created these pages about Ezra's first visitors. I used Photoshop to crop the photos and then put names on them. I love the way it turned out and I got 18 pictures on 2 pages!

March Kit featuring.... Scrapworks!

Here is our March kit for

This was my review for this month's kit:
Ok - here we go! Here is my personal review of this kit.

We are using the ScrapWorks Florabella line that just debuted at Winter CHA. The paper and rub ons have arrived fresh from the printer! We will be one of the first ones to use this paper! Yay! I just have to say that Scrapworks has awesome customer service! We have doubled up on the sampler sheet of paper and then there are 8 other patterned papers. They are all double sided paper. Most of the backs show a very distressed sold color.

Here was my scrapboooking process this month:

After I got the kit together, I went through some of my pictures from 2006 to see what would go with the papers. It wasn't too hard to find pictures that went: baby, grandpa, family, trophies, friends and even a PersonalScrapper crop.

I decided to start with pictures from the PersonalScrapper crop! This is the crop we had last summer. It was a very fun crop and a few of our members were able to join us! I decided to do a block style on one of the patterned pieces of paper (its actually called florabella! and it is one of my favorites from this kit). I then mounted it on the blue cardstock. I added to it with the American Craft sticker letters. I cut one of the bling flowers apart to put rhinestones on the C for crop. I handcut a few flowers from the paper and added a few bling flowers to it. With a few flowers, rubons and some distress ink the layout was complete!

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Next I worked on one of Ezra at 2 months. Kimberly took these cute photos of him! I had them printed at costco in wallet size and it makes it fun to work with. I used my very favorite sheet in this kit (sketchbook). For the title I cut apart the rhinestones (again!) and made the word "MY" and then used the stickers for boy. Next I covered the arrows with the back of one of the papers. I sanded the edges to give a white look. I also added a few rubons on this page. It was pretty quick and simple but what made it easy was the pretty paper, easy embellishments and nice photos.

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I have been wanting to do a page about Andrew and his trophies! These pictures have a yellow tint to them so I knew i wanted to use some yellow. I double mounted the photos in yellow, then the dark red. I used the sampler paper on the brown cardstock for the back of the photos. I cut a strip off the sampler sheet to place behind the word proud. I also decided to line it with the ric rac (although you can barely see it!). I double mounted the word PROUD! and just cut them into rectangles with my paper trimmer. I covered the arrow with paper and distressed it. I journaled around the photo about how much Andrew loves his trophies! The layout is ok but Andrew loved it so that is really what matters!

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Last I worked on a layout of my boys and their cousins from New Year's. I had a hard time keeping this one simple. I kept wanting to add more but just left it! I made a frame for the photo and included flowers & brads. I also rubbed on the word family right over the letter F. After covering the arrow with paper, i wrapped 3 ribbons around it. It was quick and simple.

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If you really made it this far - Yay!! Please leave a comment on here because I am curious who really reads this and is interested in me doing this again :)