Supplies : Perhaps paper by Basic Grey; CS by CTMH; Buttons by My Minds Eye; Thickers letter stickers by American Crafts; Felt flowers Unknown (RAK); DMC embroidery floss
I was in the mood to use up some more of this paper and these pictures. This time I focused on Caitlyn's smile. The bottom photo was the inspiration for the entire layout. I caught this picture on film and just couldn't throw it out even though it cuts off the top part of her face. It got such a great part of her laughing smile that I saved it thinking I would be able to find a way to use it and I did :D It's almost 2 years later, but hey it's better late than never! Just a simple page using up the scrap piece from the Full of Joy layout. The longest part was the stitching. It took me forever to remember how to do the blanket stitch on the heart and I'm still not certain I did it right, lol, but it looks well enough ^_~ Have a Happy Thursday everyone!!
Well he's been having a hard time and we found out why from the new MRI. He has another new lesion in his brain in addition to the one they found 5 months ago and his MS is active again. His neurologist is putting him on injection medication. We're trying Rebif and hopefully he won't have a bad reaction to it like the others he's been on. It's a subcutaneous injection 3 times a week and I am praying that it will help. He's been having such a hard time and every day it seems to get harder for him. To top it all off he needs to have a root canal and an extraction (which we have to pay for since we don't have dental insurance). So not only are we both stressed about what's going on with his MS, we are worried about this dental bill.
Needless to say I'm scared. We talked about what we would do if he wasn't physically able to work after getting his degree, the plans I had for going back to school, what we'd both have to do about jobs, budgeting over the next few months for his dental work, etc. We agreed, even if he has to take it slow, for him to finish getting his bachelors since he's worked so hard and is getting close now. I still won't be able to go back to school until the kids are both in grade school but I wonder if worse comes to worse, if I'll be able to handle working and trying to go to school, yet still be there for my girls and Paul. With Caitlyn's PDD and Paul's MS I just feel so frightened and worried for the future right now. I know everything works out in the end, I'm just having a hard time seeing that right now. I usually try to not post about this kind of stuff. I know most of you come for the art, but thanks for reading this. For some strange reason it helps me to get over feeling down and be mentally able to tackle those challenges ahead. All the art I post lately has been previously scheduled, so at least I don't have to worry about that, lol. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs to all my readers out there!
Sparkle's Darling Whipper Snapper Ghost Card
Alanna's Cute Simple Spider Card
Kim's Fun Happy 'Owl'oween Card
Supplies: Discovery and Enchanted PP, CS, Ribbon anchor with brad, Spot on Backgrounds, Say it in Style, and Playful Flourishes stamp sets by CTMH; Orange brads and Ribbon unknown
This layout was done for the #1 Inspired Blueprints sketch. They just barely went live on the 1st and are looking like they will be a great sketch site to visit. A sketch is posted on the 1st and the 15th of each month and they are very 4x6 photo friendly so far. This photo is a 5x7 for the sketch but I saw one of the designers use a regular 4x6 pic in her example. In fact this sketch was perfect for this photo. I had taken only one (SO rare for me, lol) so I had a 5x7 printed out already instead of a 4x6 since I knew it would be the only pic on the page when I got around to scrapping it. I adore how this came out. The journaling is very meaningful - about what I wonder what Audrey will grow up to be, what she will be like and if she'll still be like how she is now, shy and loves animals. I tried to be a little poetic and I started off the journaling with the title and then ended with the title. It was a very fun layout for me to make, very out of my box but I think I did fairly well in still keeping this layout to my own style.
(EDIT:)So Blogger is still having trouble with the photo thing, but I've figured out how to get my photos back to posting the correct size. For those also using blogger that haven't figured it out yet here's what you do. You need to go into the edit HTML tab and find this section in the code for your each of your pictures in your posts: (This will be within an alligator bracket)
img style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 600px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 481px; TEXT-ALIGN: center"
img style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center"
That will allow your photo to fit within your post and should keep the aspect ratio of your photo (it did with mine). You will have to check all your future posts as well since I notice it's doing it to the ones I scheduled recently but haven't been posted yet. When you preview your post and are in the compose mode your photos may look smaller than usual but the photos should publish to fill the body of the blog text. Kind of a pain in the butt, but at least it works for now :D Good luck everyone, and I hope that helps!
Sparkle RAKed me with a sweet Halloween card and some Witchybella and Trick-or-Treatabella images just in time for her color challenge which are Halloween colors. I had checked the colors yesterday afternoon and laughed because I thought I'd have to get really creative again doing Halloween without Halloween bellas. But later that evening when my hubby checked the mail I got a wonderful surprise!! So here is my first Witchybella :D I've already sent her to my lil sis since I hadn't made a card for her yet for Halloween (one of the reasons why the post is late since I spent last night getting cards written and ready to send out :D) and she LOVES the bella cards I give her ^_~
Supplies: Enchanted PP, CS, Bigger Brads, and Sans Small Alpha stamp set by CTMH; Orange large flowers by Prima; Velvet flowers and sparkly centers by Petaloo; Glazed Brads by Basic Grey; Thickers alpha stickers by American Crafts; Chipboard (altered) by Rusty Pickle
Sparkle's Darling Tilda Bagalope
Jena's Cute Cupcake Card
Alanna's Hoppy Birthday Card
Kim's Lovely You're a Star Card
Supplies: CS, Brads, Creme Brulee Ribbon Collection, It's a Party, Spot on Backgrounds, and Say it in Style stamp sets by CTMH
The girls have been entertaining themselves quite well in their room, playing ponies and now I can hear them pretending to cook up stuff in their toy kitchen. Yet instead of doing all the other things I know needed to be done around the house, I felt compelled to look around online. So I peeked around on some of the blogs I love but don't get to visit often. I started with The Scrappy Side of Me and from there found a new scrapbooking sketch blog called Inspired Blueprints. They are so new that they just debuted on Oct. 1st and only have 2 sketches up so far.
Somewhere along the way I read on one of the designer's blogs for the sketch site about this woman, Aleida Franklin. I never knew her, I had never seen her blog before, but I have been affected by what had happened to her. She died at only 41. You read through her blog and life was just happening like it always does. Posts of her art, posts of her darling kids... and then suddenly she's gone. Someone runs a red light and that's all it took to take her away from her life. She scrapbooks, she makes cards, she blogs, she has kids she adores, she takes lots of pictures and I thought, that could be me. I pondered what would I leave my girls, what would I leave my husband with if suddenly I was taken away?
The last post she made was about 9/11 and how she would never forget what happened that day in her own life and I wonder now that she's gone how many people will never forget her or the day they visited her blog to find out she had passed away. It's truly amazing how the internet connects us. I can be touched by someone I don't even know, someone who's left this world because her story reminds me of how short life is and how terribly unexpected it can be. Her story reminds me of why I scrapbook - to preserve precious memories. And more importantly her story reminds me to live each day in the moment, to treasure the memories I am making with my family first, and then to preserve them second.
As I look through my scrapbooks there is very little of me in them, though. How would my girls know me if something were to suddenly happen? They would know that I love them from all I tell them so in the pages about them, but would it be enough? There aren't stories about me in our scrapbooks except when I'm pregnant. And I don't journal about my life or my feelings or dreams. If I take anything from this, I want to be more active in scrapbooking about myself and more persistant about having my picture taken with my girls. I am always the one behind the camera and I think I've grown too comfortable with that position as the documentor and never the documented. I want to try and journal more and not just on the pages I complete. Life is short and I find that I remember plenty about myself even as I get older. It's the people close to me that need to know more about me and I hope I can start doing that a little better. Anyway, I thought I'd share this and let you all know that I love having you as readers (or just lurkers ^_~) on my blog. And thanks for reading my little moment in time today.
Sparkle picked Tulip, Ocean, and Spring Iris for the colors this week. She's hosted 30 color challenges now, yay!! If you haven't visited the Bella Forums you should drop on by, it's a blast! I've had this cute little teapot stamped out for a while now and this was just the color palette I needed to inspire me to finally color it in ^_~.
Supplies : Twinkle Fairy by Chichibolie from Stampingbella; Green and Orange CS from Bazzil; CS and Black Brads from CTMH; Flowers by Prima; Sakura Stardust pen
This card is for my SIL whose birthday is close to Halloween. She loves Halloween colors so I thought she'd like this ^_~. I almost put ribbon on the card too, even though I usually don't use ribbon on my cards, lol. Highlighting done with the silver stardust pen, it shimmers a lot more in real life :D
Supplies: Bubblebella by stampingbella; Green and Orange CS from Bazzil; CS, brad, and swirl from CTMH; Rhinestones; Acrylic flower by American Crafts; white gel pen by sakura
And here is my project for the 2nd challenge : make a Halloween treat box. I don't have any Halloween bellas so I had to get a bit creative. I thought Halloween bath treats would be cute and Bubblebella was just calling me to make her tub into a cauldron, lol! I found the template for this acetate treat box on the SCS forums and just went to work. So imagine there are cute little green bath fizzies in there for Halloween ^_~ Here is the top and front view of the box. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!!
Alanna's Sweet Thinking of You Card
Sparkle's Adorable Tilda Card
Jena's 8 is Great Card
I miss making square cards. The only reason I don't make many of them is because I like to be able to fit my cards in a standard invitation envelope for mailing, but I know I will be hand delivering this card to Caitie's teacher so I can get away without having an envie for it ^_~ I used Nursery Bash for the numbers and the little toucan from the Life's a Jungle stamp set because I always imagine him in primary colors anyway, lol. Have fun with the challenge, I can't wait to see what you all make!
Supplies: Cardstock, Twilight Brads, Creme Brulee Ribbon Collection, Nursery Bash and Life's a Jungle stamp sets by CTMH; Red Cardstock by Bazzil (I'm out of Cranberry :P)
This card was made for the SC197 weekly card sketch challenge on SCS. Only after I finished making the card did I realize I jotted down the sketch slightly wrong as my big middle panel should be aligned more closely to the bottom and left. I drew it on my post-it at in the center, oops! But it still came out nice ^_~
And here is my pretty Princess and cutie Bat. We had finally found a costume for Audrey and when we got home she wanted to wear it right away. Caitlyn is going to be Super Girl for Halloween so when we found this Batgirl costume we just couldn't pass it up. It is SO cute. It has boot covers, a utility belt, the cape, mask, and even little wrist bands! They are going to be adorable as little super heroes this Halloween. Caitlyn is wearing a new Cinderella dress in this pic ^_~ Her Sleeping Beauty one finally got tossed (it was so ragged!!) so we let the girls have this one to replace it with. They were too funny posing and playing in their costumes. Caitie kept kissing Audrey and Audrey kept insisting she was Bat Man, not Bat Girl, lol.
In case anyone was wondering exactly how the dance layout came together so quickly (it was an under 10 minute layout), this is how I did it. The flower background paper was a scrap as was the photo mat paper (though I did have to trim this one a little bit). So I simply glued down the big strip on the plaid paper then matted the photo and glued that down. The flowers and journaling pieces are preprinted cardstock elements by My Minds Eye so I grabbed a couple that matched, layered, and the glued down (except the transparency, I used a big brad for that). A couple more regular brads for the mini journal tag and then putting on the letter thickers and all I had left was the journaling. Since these journaling prompts leave you with just enough to put a few sentences it was easy to fill. The mini journal tag holds Caitlyn's name and the date. Nothing fancy and everything was already precoordinated. Easy, simple, and quick :D
This is such a simple layout and it literally came together in minutes. The papers are all from the same Dreams 2 set from My Minds Eye and the flowers and journaling prompt also come from the same set. No trying to match things up, they match already! I used some odd ball letter Thickers for the title. I keep reading that you shouldn't be afraid to mix up your fonts or colors with letter stickers so I decided to give it a whirl finally. Journaling reads "I love to watch you dance and twirl! You are so free and confident, I don't have to 'hope you dance'. I know you will!" Have a Happy Thursday everyone!
A couple weeks ago it was pretty cold. Cold enough for Cait, Audrey, and I to all be wearing hoodies around the house. Since the girls looked so cute together I set them up to do a fun photo op on the couch. Caitlyn was hilarious, making tons of silly faces as usual and these two pictures were a couple of her funny growling faces. I knew as soon as I got the prints back that the Whoopsidaisy paper would match her sparkly pink hoodie just perfectly.
I used a Pagemaps layout for the base part of the page and then used my photos the way I wanted and added a journaling square which is one of my favorite parts of the layout. My favorite part (aside from the photos) is the single flower cluster that ties the two photos and journaling mat together. A super fun layout for a super fun girl!
Alanna's Sweet Hello Girl Card
Ashley's Pretty Treasure Love Card
Sparkle's Gorgeous Butterfly Card
Jena's Darling 1st Birthday Cards
My Sample :
Supplies: Cardstock, Parchment Brads, Col White Ribbon Collection, and Treasure Life Stamp set all CTMH