Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Walk Down Memory Lane Blog Challenge & Tutorials!

I created two tutorials for a blog challenge on the AWDML DT blog. Check it out here!

Here's a look at what I created using one of the tutorials.

Thanks for looking! Remember, check out the DT blog for details on the challenge. You've got until the end of the month to enter to win some goodies from the AWDML store! :D

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Project 12-January

I almost forgot to post this! Yikes!
Cardstock~Bazzill, Patterned Paper~Pink Paislee, Glitter Glue~Stickles, Stickers~Sassafrass Lass, Journaling Spot~Creative Imaginations, Letter Stickers~American Crafts
I got a little Stickle happy, but I love it!
Journaling reads~Our new year in our new house didn't get off to such a great start. Septic problems were followed by well problems. Fortunately, Andrew was able to get it under control and we should be all back to normal this summer. The kids and I spent a lot of time with Granny. Mickey is learning to be a lot more self-sufficient and Audrey is developing quite the personality. They are also becoming great playmates. I finally got a new DT gig and re-learned crochet.

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CKC-Portland, the Saturday Edition

Ok, now for Saturday's events!

Saturday, I left the kids home with Andrew so I could take some classes.

My first class was called Tool Time and Maren Benedict from Paper Crafts was the teacher. She was very nice and it was a fun class. The class was about using the Epic Six with dies and embossing folders to make projects. I don't have the Epic 6 but I do have the Revolution and I wanted to be inspired to use it more. This class totally did it for me! (The next three photos are all class samples, I finished my projects later and haven't shot them yet. )

The first thing we made was a cute layout. I got my pieces embossed and cut and we also did a bit of piercing on one of the squares. I wound up using some wedding photos and the same title they did and finished the layout on Thursday with my friend Jackie. Yeah, baby! Now I've got two wedding layouts done! LOL!

Next up, a card! We used quite a bit of Coredinations cardstock and did a lot of sanding it. We also cut felt with our QK die but it didn't work so well. It cut a bit of it but we had to go back and cut the rest with our scissors. I did take off the foam from my die and it worked better but still not fabulous. I assembled this card at home, too.

And, finally this super cute little tag! Now, we couldn't make this tag using the negative space of our cut butterfly because the die that QK donated to the class had two butterflies on it. So, we cut another butterfly out of the dotted paper and mounted it on the aqua cardstock. I changed mine a bit from the sample idea and I like it a lot more. When I get a few more CK projects done, I'll post them for you all. Oh, and I won a door prize! It's a Paper Crafts card magazine.

Well, this class got me all in the mood for taking classes so I called Jackie and signed up for the next class she was taking! LOL! It was the Latest and Greatest with Basic Grey. I've taken this class before and always enjoyed it. This time was no different. Shelby from Embellish It was the teacher and she did a great job. This year, she spoke a bit about the layout we were working on, giving us a few helpful hints, and then let us work on it. While we were working, she walked around and answered questions and such. I work well this way and enjoyed it.

Here's my cute friend, Jackie and her mother-in-law, Marilyn. How cool would it be to have a MIL who scrapped?!? Jackie's husband, Eric, works with Andrew and she and Eric have a little boy named Blake who is 13 minutes younger than Audrey! Oh, and we were renting their house from them when the babies were born. Yep, that pretty much makes us family. LOL!

Speaking of Audrey, Andrew brought the kids up about lunch time so I could feed Audrey. He drove from Canby to downtown Portland and didn't complain once! (OK, maybe once or twice, ha!) Thanks, honey!

Now, this next class, I'd been looking forward to and when I found out who was going to be teaching it, I was even more excited. It's called Masking and Misting and is sponsored by Studio Calico. The teacher was Davinie Fiero. Yep, of the Studio Calico design team and the Pink Paislee design team. Pink Paislee, people!!! Isn't she a cutie? I was seriously loving her hair. The color was fabulous!

Here she is teaching with a working projector. This was her second CKC class ever but since the first one that day didn't have a working projector, it kind of was her first time teaching it properly. The projects were awesome and since I read her blog, I was clued in to bring some photos and was able to get quite a bit done in class.
The two layouts I made are almost completed, they both just need journaling. Story of my life it seems! Oh, and the sample layout below is about three of your favorite things and I brought three photos with favorites from my wedding so when I get it done, that will be three wedding layouts! Whoo-hoo!

The layouts were all done using Maya Mists and we got quite a lot of product from Studio Calico including a really cute stamp set. Oh, and a coupon good for $10.00 off our next purchase from Studio Calico. Super fun class! There were some awesome door prizes in this class but, alas, I didn't win one. :)

The last two classes I took were Slice 101 and Slice Tips, Tricks and Techniques. Since I have the Slice and was hardly using it, I figured that these classes could get me going on it. Marianne from Making Memories was the teacher for both classes and she was such a sweetie!

Here she is reading off someone's name for a doorprize. Not my name that time but I did win some Animal Crackers Ella stuff. Very good prize for me as that is the line I'm using for Aud. Oh, and in each class we got a pink Slice apron and at the end of class a Seasons Slice card. It's exclusive to the classes they teach but I think it has images from other cards on it, no new images. I gave my extra card to my mom. I figured it was the least I could do as she bought me my Slice! LOL! In class we didn't do any assembling of projects. They just wanted us to get familiar with the Slice so all we did was cut and emboss. Perfect for me. The first class we made (well, cut) four cards and the last class we worked on a layout. I learned quite a bit in both classes and not just ideas on what to make with the Slice but tips on how to use it. That was exactly what I needed. A very worthwhile class.

Here's one side of the layout from the second class. See that cute bird on a branch? It's on the Vintage Findings design card and now...I must own it! Hee!

All in all, they were wonderful classes and I enjoyed each and every one. I've got a lot of projects now to work on when Mr. Mojo decides to leave the premisis and I shopped a lot! :)

Oh, and since I was about to leave on Saturday and realized that I hadn't gotten a single picture of myself, I stopped a fellow scrapper and begged her to take my picture. Thank you, whoever you are! :D

Saturday, February 13, 2010

CKC-Portland, the Friday Edition

I had such a good time at CKC-Portland this year! Here's my rundown of day one!

I had my dad come over and watch Mickey and I took Audrey with me. The plan was to just shop the whole day. Since I'd registered for enough classes on Saturday, I got a free entry pass for the vendor faire both days and free early entry on Friday. So, Aud and I headed down first thing and then my friend Mandy was supposed to meet up with us later. Well, she called about an hour after I'd been there and said she couldn't go. Pretty bummed about that as the vendor faire is always more fun with a friend.

Aud and I power shopped all morning. She was pretty good until it hit her normal nap time. Then she would cry unless I held her. I finally gave her a snack in her stroller and she totally sacked out.

Apparently, even though it's not as fun, I shop better alone as I'd pretty much made the rounds of the vendor faire by noon. I was thinking about leaving when I got a call from my friend, Lynn. She and some of her friends were eating lunch on the stairs and so Aud and I joined them. I don't know what I was thinking but I didn't get any pics of that! I think I was just too frazzled from Audrey being upset. She's a really mellow baby so I don't have a lot of experience with her when she's fussy.

Audrey woke up right before the girls had to leave for their class and then she and I hung out on the stairs a while longer. She was pretty interested in the stairs as we live in a one level house and don't have any for her to play on. She took to them like a duck to water!

I finally decided to call it a day around 1:30. On the way home I stopped at A Joy Forever as I hadn't been able to find a brown journaling pen at the vendor faire and the CKC brochure had a 20% off coupon. I found some MME Halloween paper that I'd been looking for a few more sheets of paper and then when I finally got up to the counter, I forgot to get a pen! Long day, I guess! LOL!

Friday, February 12, 2010

14 Reasons I Love Scrapbooking

In honor of Valentine's Day, here's my list of 14 reasons why I love scrapbooking.

14. It's fun!
13. I've met a ton of wonderful women!
12. It's a fantastic reason to take more pictures!
11. Can you say shopping?
10. I don't have to worry if that patterned paper comes in my size. ;)
9. My little man thinks I'm cool when I scrap.
8. It gives my creativity an outlet.
7. I have a stash of supplies for almost any craft my kids want to do.
6. I can commit to paper all those cute little things about my kids that I might not remember.
5. I can document my grandmother and her love of my kids so that when she's gone, they will still remember her.
4. I can make meaningful gifts for my friends and family.
3. It helps me focus on the good things in life and serves as a reminder when things aren't always going as smoothly as they could.
2. I can totally give into my anal organizing desires and ROYGBIV everything in my scrap room!

And the number one reason...

1. Those two smiling faces up in my blog header.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Newsletter is Up!

The A Walk Down Memory Lane newsletter for February is up!

Check it out here and see a layout from yours truly! ;)

If you'd like to get the newsletter sent directly to your inbox, go here and sign up! :D

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fancy Pants!

I made a bunch of projects lately using some super cute Fancy Pants product.

First off, a mini book! Sigh, I love minis!

It's just some pictures of my kidlets as they've grown up until now. The page with Mickey says "He is my soul". The page with Audrey says "She is my heart". And then the back cover reads, "They are my everything". Pretty much covers how I feel about those two wonderful little beings. :)

Next up, a layout! :D This one is based off of a sketch by Kim. To see the sketch and another layout based on the sketch, sign up for the A Walk Down Memory Lane newsletter here!
Cardstock~Bazzill Patterned Paper~Fancy Pants Felt~Queen & Co. Letter Stickers~Making Memories Doodlebug Ribbon~Crate Paper
The journaling reads, "Adored by your family. Admired by everyone you meet. Audrey, you are such a sweet baby!"
Finally, one more layout featuring Miss Audrey! (I really gotta bust out another Mickey layout or he's gonna get a complex! LOL!)
Cardstock-Bazzill, Patterned Paper-Fancy Pants & Jenni Bowlin , Punch-Fiskars, Flowers-Imaginisce , Buttons-Fancy Pants , Ribbon-American Crafts , Journaling Card-My Mind's Eye , Stamp-Scenic Route , Pens-Unibal, Spray Colorant-Maya Mist
The journaling reads, "Today you turned five months old. You celebrated the occasion by showing off your ability to sit propped up on your hands. Looking good!"

All three projects use the same paper line from Fancy Pants. It's easy to see with the first two but the last one uses a back side of the paper and gives a completely different feel, doesn't it? Sigh, I love back sides.
Wait, that totally didn't come out right! LOL!
If you want to get your hands on some fab Fancy Pants, head on over to the AWDML store. Fancy Pants is one of two featured manufacturers this month and they are 25% off! Yeah, baby!

Friday, February 5, 2010

I'm Off! CKC-Portland! If you see me there, holler at me! :D

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Double Digits, Baby!

Yep, Miss Thing has hit double digits today! She's 10 months old!

~She has six teeth, four of which are on her right side.

~She takes a few steps every few days but still prefers crawling.

~She eats bananas and cheese sticks whole.

~She still tries to eat dog food every chance she gets.

~She likes to take a huge drink of water out of her sippy cup and then let it dribble down her chin.

~She and Mickey get along so well and love playing together. Just this morning Mickey was having her giraffe give her kisses. So stinkin' cute!

~She will not lay still while I'm changing her diaper unless I'm singing to her. Which is fine at home, not so fine in public. LOL!

~She just learned how to give high fives and it's awesome!

~She is still the sweetest thing and lights up whenever she sees her family.

Happy 10 Month Birthday, Baby Girl!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My First Design Team Blog Post...

for A Walk Down Memory lane is here. Check it out! :D

Monday, February 1, 2010

Inspiration in Pajamas

Exhibit A~Audrey's pajama shirt

Exhibit B~Birthday card for a friend

Any questions?