Thursday, July 31, 2008

Li'l Baby - 52 Sketches #30

Using more than two or three photos on a page always befuddles me. But I need to get through this stack of pics for that gift album, so I was quite excited when a couple of five-photo sketches came up on the 52 Sketches...52 Weeks blog a couple of days ago! This layout is for sketch #30. Cardstock is Bazzill. The patterned paper and thickers are from American Crafts.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This is my chance to catch up!!

My Google Reader is loaded with stamping blogs with a few scrapbook and home-ec type blogs thrown in for good measure. At last count, I think I was close to 2000 unread posts.

Thank heavens for the SU convention!! I'm guessing this week is my chance to catch up and get that Reader cleared out. Wish me luck. :)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's been a Scrappy Weekend!

I got three more layouts finished for the gift album I'm working on, the altered tin and one card. No wonder my house looks like a bomb went off.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Altered Tooth Fairy Tin

Well...lots of drama and tears also came out with the first tooth this afternoon. Silly tooth has been loose for MONTHS!
You would think I would have had plenty of time to play with an idea that's been floating in my head all that time. However, in typical Rachel fashion, we're getting by with the just-in-time method. Luckily, I was able to quickly put my hands on an old Altoids tin and some epoxy stickers my friend Linda had RAK'd me several months ago. I used some paper from Daisy D's and Dream Street, some misc. ribbon, alpha stickers and ticket, and a poem found through Google.

What's the going rate for the tooth fairy these days anyway???


I actually finished a layout. I'm still trying to get an album done for my niece before she leaves for college in less than 3 weeks now. Thanks to one of the Scrapfest challenges at Creative Scrappers, here's one more page for her album. The old Making Memories eyelet plaque says "A father sees himself in his child's eyes."

Friday, July 25, 2008

If you haven't heard....

20 layout sketches and 5 card sketches! WooHoo! Anyone wanna guess what I'm doing tonight? Well....actually I'm just getting started. We took the kids to see the Wiggles tonight. Clark absolutely LOVED it. Addison had very mixed emotions. She really wanted to enjoy it one minute, but then the "big-girl-I-can't-possibly-still-like-the-Wiggles" side would appear. Anyway, we stopped for a late dinner and now the kids are in bed. So I'm gonna stay up late and scrap!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm Exhausted

The slightest possibility that extended family might need a place to sleep tonight en route to their vacation destination sent us into a flurry this weekend to deal with the all the boxes in the guest room...the room that can end up being a dungeon for months after a move. I'm happy to say that the boxes are mostly gone, the beds are made, and I would not have been embarrassed to have overnight guests even though it turned out they didn't need to stay here. But I'm tired and the alarm is going to ring way too early tomorrow morning.

The scraproom is coming along slowly but surely. Maybe I should just invite ya'll over to scrap in a week or two. That would be one sure way to make sure all these boxes get unpacked. Right now I've gotten just a tad too comfortable with them stacked out of the way. *sigh* On the bright side, the guest room is ready if we decide to pull a late-nighter! LOL
My husband keeps asking me where all this stuff came from? And how in the world I fit it all in my little 8x8 space at the old house. The sad thing is that I really don't know!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008


I got tagged this weekby my friend Kris! So here goes:

Each player answers questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 or 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.

What were you doing ten years ago?
Hmmmm....Gosh that was before children and scrapbooking? What did I do? Working, settling into married life, and going to alot of sporting events.

5 things on todays "To Do" list
1. Saturday housecleaning stuff
2. Figure out what I'm taking to a pot luck tomorrow
3. Pay bills
4. Work on unpacking more boxes
5. Referee kids

I'm addicted to
The Grocery Game
Mexican food

Things I would do if I were a MILLIONAIRE
Pay off the mortgage.
Worry a little less about funding college and retirement.
Take some awesome family vacations.

Places I have lived
Laurel, DE
Nashville, TN
Brentwood, TN
(I resist change, can you tell???)

And I'm tagging:
Julie S

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sketches at Creative Scrappers

I finally got around to setting up my little sewing corner today. I think I'm going to love being able to keep my sewing machine out. Hopefully, that means I'll use it more often. Now I just need to find some cute fabric and sew a cover for it! It is taking forever to get this room the way I want it. But progress is progress I suppose.

I'm loving the weekly sketches at Creative Scrappers. For the second week in a row, I finished both the weekly layout sketch and the weekly card sketch. The layout is the cover page in an album I'm making for a gift. The papers are Prima and Daisy D's. I'm still not sure what's going on with the shadows on my scanner. I must have messed up some settings during the move???

For this quickie card, I used some Doodlebug scraps and an AL Rhonna Farrer stamp paper piecing the little guy's wing.

And I'll leave you with a pic of my baby. He was home one day this week with some kind of tummy bug. I was on the phone when I saw him lay down in the family room right in the middle of the floor. By the time I got off my call, he had fallen fast asleep and stayed right there for over two hours. If you know Clark, you KNOW he felt bad to do something like that!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Our Creative Corner Sketch

I'm seeing lots of Christmas in July, so I decided to bring out the Christmas papers and stamps too! I've been wanting to try some of the weekly challenges at Our Creative Corner, and finally found some time to work with the sketch for this week. As I was finishing up this card I realized how easy this design would be to mass produce when it comes down to crunch time in mid-December. Someone remind me of that if when I get in a panic five months from now!

Paper - Making Memories, Stamps - CTMH Snowman Holiday, Misc. Ribbon.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Snapfish Deal

I have SO many photos that need to be printed, so I couldn't pass up the latest offer from Snapfish. Use coupon code JUL4PENNY08 and get up to 50 digital prints for a penny each! Even with shipping of $3.44...that's 50 prints for under $4.00!!! A great deal in my book.

Edited to add: This deal is only good through July 12.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

My Day

I read a great quote this morning at the Creative Scrappers Forum....unfortunately it proved to be the story of my day.

"Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee."
~David Frost

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Creative Scrappers Sketch #6

Put on your sunglasses for this bright layout! And I'm not sure what is going on with my scanner, so I'll apologize for the shadows on the scan.

I just discovered the Creative Scrappers blog and forum...and I'm glad I had time to work with this sketch! Check them out. A new sketch goes up every week.

Little Surprises!

After living in the same place for almost 18 years, it's been fun to wait and see what is going to bloom next at our new home. I'm loving this triple daylily.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth!!!

I used stars instead of circles for this card sketch challenge at Creative Scrappers. I just found this site a few days ago after being out of the loop for so long. I'm such a sketch challenge junkie...this place is right up my alley! LOL

I also took some time last night to scrap a layout. You can see it here.

We watched fireworks last night at the local country club. It was nearby, fun, and we were able to meet some more of our new neighbors. But I'm thankful we had a test run. At 9:00 Clark was begging to go home. When that little guy gets tired, he is ready to go to bed NOW! That made it clear that we're going to have to skip out on the festivities in Downtown Nashville tonight. Can you believe the Nashville display is ranked #2 in the nation???

Hope you enjoy your day however you're celebrating our independence!!