Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Getting ready!

Fantastic! I sounds like all the stickles I bought when they first came out will not go to waste. I have almost 30 of them - most were never used. I just hope they're still good!

I'm liking a lot of these new products. I think I'm going to reward myself with new purchases of some of this new stuff when I reach certain goals. The goals are tbd!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

These look fun.

Can anyone tell me about - or better yet show me some pages with - these products?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I'm thinking about buying a photo printer ...

Does anyone own a canon photo printer? If so, which one, and would you recommend it? I have a canon camera, so I'm thinking maybe I should get a canon printer too.

I would like to get one of the larger ones that does photos bigger than a 4X6. While I like the compact, I do scrap a lot of 5X7s.

Then again, maybe I should just go with the compact, and get the 5X7s developed by the pros. The larger you go with a photo, the more quality you lose.

I could use some guidance, if you don't mind!

Take care, and Happy 4th!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hey everyone! One of my favorite scrappy sites,, is now on facebook! Check it out by clicking RIGHT HERE!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mama Likes!

I could really get some use out of this. During the summer, We travel across the state from our house to my parents' house quite a bit. This would be hand. I'm tempted ...
Here's the info:
The Scrap-N-Stow is the perfect storage and organization solution for scrapbookers on the go or with limited space.
Table Top Compartments are sized specifically to hold your scrapbooking tools and materials
Spacious work area—52" x 26"
Table measures approximately 33" tall
Heavy duty—table is sturdy enough to handle all kinds of craft projects
Eliminate setup time, cleanup time and store your work in progress
Luggage Wheels and Drag Handle make it easy to move around

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Footnote to most recent post

A lot of gals at AMR wanted to know how my family and I have been, so let me just indulge that question here: Well!

Allen did deploy again, but we're coping. My son was born with Erbs Palsy, but it is so, so, so mild. He will be in physical therapy for years to come, but it is more precautionary than anything. I know a lot of you were saying prayers for him, and I think they worked!

The girls are doing so well. They've had a heck of a time the last few months with all that has happened, and I'm very proud!

I'm Back - Sort Of!

Ok, so I finally did get my scrap corner cleaned up. The last page I scrapped would have been sometime around April of 2008. Yep, over a year ago! Wowza, where do I begin? I do want to thank my IRL scrapping pal GayleV, who also participates in the AMR forum, for nagging me once in a while about getting going.
Here's what happened:
  1. Most importantly, I have come to realize that I allowed myself to lost the joy and creativity of scrapping. I became so focused on getting published (never happened, btw) that I no longer was doing any project for the simple joy of doing it. In the July CK, someone wrote, "Stop overthinking, and start creating." That's what I'm going to do. While entering every contest was good for me because it challenged me to try new techniques, etc., it put too much stress on me as well. No more. I'm not saying I won't submit anything (I'm too competitive not to try), but my intention of scrapping will be for the joy, creativity, and for leaving something for my children.
  2. After having baby #3 last fall, all bets were off. Anyone with three or more kids will tell you, having a third changes everything. It does not seem like it would be so much more than having two, but our household changed.
  3. As my scrapping seemed to stop, my scrap area because sort of a dumping ground for everything that I didn't want to deal with. When it turned in to the staging area for a partial remodel of my kitchen, I knew I had to take a stand.
  4. I subscribe to five different scrapping magazines (plus a couple of parenting, a household mag or two, lifestyle mags, etc.). I have not read one since Travis was born in September. My goal was to read them this summer as the kids swam during the day. That goal got shot all to hell when I lost almost every magazine to a flood in the basement. Ugh. All those magazines were totaled!
  5. Finally, my husband deployed to Afghanistan again last February leaving me with even less time to get things organized.
So, I finally got my scrap area, cleaned up enough for me to say that I can start again. Here is the next problem:
  • I won't be home for most of the summer. The kids and I stay with my parents when they're not in school because they give me a lot of help in Allen's absence.
Here are some immediate goals that I'm going to set:
  • Get reacquainted with some of the online forums that I used to frequent. I want to see who is there, and what they are doing.
  • See what techniques are hot, what are not and what the newest stuff might be.
  • Check out online galleries and read the new magazines that arrive in the mail.
  • When I do make it home, I want to start page kits. I'll have to go through all my stuff and re-familiarize myself with what I have first though.
  • Check out contests, page calls and challenges to get my juices flowing. Maybe I'll make some sketches based on these things.
  • Eventually, I want to bring the page kits to my parents' house and maybe get a page or two done to get me back in the swing of things.
I think doing those things should get me ready to hit the ground running once the kids and I move back home for the coming school year.

So now, if you are still reading this, please tell me where you think I should start or just give me some words of wisdom. I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Here's why ...

... I've been so inactive.

Aside from two active girls and a newborn of course, things have just been a bit more busy than normal. It's the holidays, we have been renovating here and there in the house again, more and more.

Allen did buy me some new organizing stuff for my scrap area, and I've put a few things away. My New Year resolution is to get the Scrap Corner put back together and to get back on the saddle and do some scrapping in January. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year! I hope you take time to listen to all the beautiful music in your life during the new year!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Travis Chip is here!

He arrived Sept. 26 and weighed in at 9 pounds, 9.4 ounces (both of my my girls were barely over 7 pounds each)! Here's some photos. Most of you reading this know that there was a complication (Erbs Palsy). Here's a link to find out what it is exactly. I'm glad to say that things are looking up, and I'll update everyone later this week. Prayers are appreciated even though we believe he will sail through this without any long-term complications!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

No Baby Yet, But Scrap Area Is Getting A Facelift!

40 weeks along now. 40 long weeks. Oh, bother! I walk 56 miles a day and drink hot salsa like water, and nothing!

On the other hand, I packed up all my scrap stuff today in preparation of it being re-painted. It's been too long since that room was painted, and I am very excited!

I'll show off pictures when it is finished and everything is put back in place!