May 31, 2007

June kit is here!! Yay - WE R MEMORY keepers!!!

Wow - I can't believe June is here already! This month we chose a warm and spicy kit from WeRMemory Keepers. We saw this line at CHA and loved it (along with some other ones from them). They are really doing a great job of coming out with new papers each show! This is 2 sided with rich colors on the back!

When I first saw this kit, I knew I wanted to do atleast one layout with pictures done in sepia! It has that nice brown town to it that would be perfect! I pulled out pictures from camping, beach trip, birthday, Ezra in the sprinkler and Mother's Day at Cameron's school. I always look over the papers before I begin and get a rough idea of what papers I may use with certain photos.

I started out by getting two 8x12's from Costco. I love this size and they are only $1.49! I know the photo people at Costco well now ! hehe. I turned the one of Cameron and I in that sepia color and loved it! I thought the curry paper with flowers would be a perfect paper for it. I also got a 4 x 6 of another photo we took that day. The page came together pretty fast but I did decide to cover the outside of the chipboard frame and that took awile! I covered the frame and then had to use an exacto knife to cut along the scallops on the inside. I put some of the gems inside the flowers to give it a little bling and added the ribbon for a little more texture. Overall, i love the way it came out!

Sometimes I think I like to challenge myself by varying my work. For the 1st layout I used 2 pictures but for my second layout, i used 8 photos! I wanted to some how block them without matting them. I thought the Verde paper would be perfect! I layered the photos and decided I wanted a monogram. I was going to use the chipboard "S" but it was just a little too big so I used the thicker. I think placed eyelet brads in the center of some of the sun flowers. I used my black pen to draw stitching around the outside of all the photos. I added a few photos and gems and felt like the layout was complete. It was a quick and easy layout!

As soon as I took this picture, I couldn't wait to scrapbook it! It is Ezra's first time in the sprinkler! I decided to use my favorite paper from this kit - The dot paper (Puntos). I placed the photo on the green cardstock and then cut 2 large strips of the dot paper. I decided to do something different and place the title longwise. I covered the chipboard S with the dot paper and then used the thickers for the rest of the title. I placed the small wallet photo with a little journaling around it. I punched 4 circles out of the cardstock for the year.
I printed some beach pictures from 2004 in sepia. I have been meaning to scrap these photos for a long time! I trimmed the 3 photos to fit alongside each other. I matted the main photo and left the cardstock on the right side so I could place the title. I decided to use the thickers for the beach part of the title and stamp the "girls" part. I wanted the beach part to stand out. I used the 3 metal squares above the title. I threaded the ribbon through the gold slider and placed it under the photos to separate it from the patterned paper.
I created a collage of Cameron's birthday in photos and then matted it. I used some of the scraps from the other pages to put the date on. I decided to cut the top of the journaling card and ink it in orange to add a little more to the page. It is just a simple page but gives the basic detail: who, what, where, when, etc.

I still have 2 pieces of patterned paper left and hope to finish of the kit at some point. I thought this kit was easy to use and liked the color combination!

May 28, 2007

Daddy's Weekend!

Wow - It has already been a week since I blogged. It was a crazy busy week (as usual).

This weekend Larry took the boys on their annual Memorial Day camping trip with friends. They had a blast! They got to go on a long bike ride, go swimming, and it even snowed! I had the weekend to hang out with Ezra - so of course I did some shopping, scrapping and hanging with friends!

I did 10 layouts this weekend and one of them was this one:

Larry is an awesome father! I know the boys love doing things with him! He loves hanging out with them when he gets home from work and gets bummed out when they have to go to bed! Even Ezra called Larry on his play phone while he was gone and said "dada". It was very cute! I am just so proud to watch him be such a great dad! I feel blessed for myself and our kids! I LOVE MY FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 20, 2007

Sunday 5

Ok now here are the Friday 5 photos posted on Sunday :

Mother's Day:
My new flowers! Photo by Andrew
Daddy and Ezra watching Andrew play baseball
Andrew up at bat
One of my favorite new flowers! I love the colors!

Poopy Dog

Wow - I have stayed away from the computer the whole weekend! This is my first time on! I wanted to post my Sunday 5 pictures from the week (doesn't seem to happen for me on Friday Carrie - lol). Had a super busy weekend but today an awesome family day! We even went to the movies (with Ezra!).

Side note - Gross story! We went to Joe's today (formerly GI Joe's - still can't believe they changed the name). As I was walking in, I see a dog running around the lobby area. Then we noticed another one, walking very funny. He was hunched over and going to the bathroom everywhere! There was a trail from the carpet to the linoleum to the carpet. The poor dog had diarrea but WHAT was he doing in the store? The owner was like "oops - better get him outta here and scooped up the hunched over dog". He must have left 10 little piles! The smell was awful and everyone was staring. The employees look horrified as they silently argued over who had the clean up duty. Anyway, it was a weird experience - lol.

Ok - since i posted that story I just can't justify putting cute pictures of my family in the same post - lol. I will start a new one!

May 14, 2007

Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I had a great Mother's Day. I was sad not to get to see my mom and grandma though! I wish we lived in the same town!!

They said it was my day to do what I wanted :) I wanted to spend it with the 4 of my boys (including Larry). We went to church, then Macaroni Grill (it was AWESOME), and Home Depot for new flowers.

We came home and planted our new plants and flowers all the way around our deck. I love it! We have added so much color and variety to our yard. It makes me want to do more!

We had some dessert with friends and then the boys were off to bed! It was a great mothers day. The boys both made me some cute little presents. I will take pictures (of course!). On the way home, Larry and the boys all named 3 things they loved about me. It was really cute! I am so happy to be their mommy! I would never have guessed that I would have 3 little boys one day but am so happy that i do!!

Larry got me some cute outdoor plates, bowls, cups for this summer! Also, 3 neat green Hosta plants from each of the boys.

I think it was my best Mother's Day ever (besides not getting to see my own mom & grandma).

May 13, 2007

My Friday (Sunday) Five...

Here are 5 photos from this past week. I think they all tell their own story!

May 7, 2007


We had a very busy and fun weekend. I can't believe that I did not take one picture! From a gardening fair, baseball, yardwork - it just didn't happen. I was happy to just be in the moment! Larry built another set of stairs for our deck. They look awesome! He works really hard on his projects and I love them!! and him!

Wow Summer is coming! We had BEAUTIFUL weather here in Oregon today. I felt really guilty because I stayed inside most of the day but finally we all went outside. The boys played in the sprinkler and then set it up outside the trampoline. They had a great time! Here are a few photos (I am sure you will see the scrapbook pages soon!)

We had our National holiday in the scrapping world this weekend, National Scrapbooking Day. In honor of that holiday, we had a crop at There were some fabulous layouts!! I did 5 myself and wanted to share 2 of them with you!

May 2, 2007

May revealed..... It's Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl!!

I can't believe it is May already! Time is flying! This month we got another great kit coming your way! I really enjoyed this line at CHA and thought it would be a great July kit since it is primarily red, white and blue but as I read the phrases on the strip strease about spring and May - I realized it would be perfect for May!

When I got my kit, I looked over all of the papers and embellishments to get an idea of the photos I wanted to scrap with it. I knew it would be perfect for mother's day, Easter, the boys and vacation.
Layout #1: Andrew had just lost his tooth so I decided these pictures would go with the kit. I created little before and after tags with the red cardstock and white sticker letters. I then used my corner rounder on the top corners to make a tab! For the photos, I simply trimmed them and rounded the top edges. Under the top photos, I put the polka dotted ribbon all the way across. I put one of the 7gypsies phrase stickers on the chipboard circle. One of my favorite part of this kit are the 2 sided journaling cards! It was very easy to journal about Andrew's new smile!

Layout #2 - This is the only layout featuring a picture not taken in April! I love this sweet picture of my boys! I have been waiting to scrap it! I really wanted stars on this layout - especially with the color scheme! I put the title on a piece of the striptease paper and added a few buttons. I trimmed the 12 x 12 patterned paper and placed an eyelet brad in each corner. Using the journal card, I was able to add wonderful and the sweet things in life titles. I double matted the photo and added the stars.
Layout #3 - We actually got some good pictures of my mom, grandma and I on Easter so I really wanted to scrap these! I knew I wanted the larger photo on the flower paper - especially since I don't do many girly layouts! I cut out different strips of paper and placed the mon the blue cardstock. I distressed them with brown ink. Next I worked on the top section. I matted the photo and then placed the big I sticker tilted next to the photo. I spelled out the word love on the next paper section and placed another photo. On the 3rd strip of photo, I put a smaller photo with a phrase on it. Next I inked one of the scalloped frames and attached it. I also cut out a flower out of the patterned paper and placed a button in the center. Once I put these items on the page, I added the flowers for a final touch. I really love the way the layout came together!
Layout #4 - It is really hard getting a photo of the 5 us. On Easter we were able to get a few shots of our family. I got a 5 x7 printed and printed some smaller ones on wallets at costco (i love doing this). I picked out the background paper and matted the main photo. Next I used the computer to print the title on green cardstock. Next I placed the smaller photos at an angle and ran ribbon underneath them. I put 2 eyelets in between each set of photos. I added another phrase sticker and placed the flowers selectively on the layout.
Layout #5 - This is a very simple layout! All i used was one of the white sheets of cardstock, a journaling card, sticker letter with cardstock, and the 2 buttons and flower. I loved these photos of Ezra at the park and all of his expressions. I knew it was a page where I would really want to journal so I focused on that. Layout #6 - Last but not least! I think this one may be my favorite! I played around in photoshop to get the circle collage - its not perfect but a start! I cut out the half circle and a few strips of the patterned paper. We used the journaling cards for a title. I used my cream colored ink to ink the scalloped frame/circle and then added the words (which I outlined in red) I added a few photos for the final touch!