Friday, July 31, 2009

An Award...For Me!!!

Well, looky here. I have been given an award. I feel so lucky. Thank you so much Aimee for my Kreativ Blogger Award. You are awesome to think of me!

The rules for this award are:
1. Thank the person that nominated you for this award.
2. Copy logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person's blog that nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post a link to the 7 you nominated.
7.Leave a comment on each blog to let them know they are nominated.

7 Things about myself that you might find interesting:
1). I use to dance on a television show in high school with Kelly Ripa...didn't know her personally but she was there. 2). I love feet....little babies and kids, so cute and plump. 3). I love cookies and milk...yum! 4). I'd rather have dessert and skip dinner...not good I know. 5).I drive a mini van...How did I get here???? 6). I love Harry all the books and eagerly await each movie...yes, I saw the new one on the first day. 7). I love it when BROWN stops by my house (The UPS man that is:-)

My 7 Nominees: 1.Tiffany 2. Tenia 3. Jacki 4. Donna 5. Heather 6. Christine 7. Julie

Month by Month On Board journal

For each of my children, I took their picture every month of their first year on their birth date. I got this idea from a co-worker of mine. I write out the particular month on a 5X8 card or any size piece of paper that is handy. place my baby on a specially chosen blanket for this occasion and thus the tradition was adopted into our family. I am so happy to be able to look back and see their monthly growth. This book is the most in depth of them all. The others are neatly placed in a small album with very little writing. I am sure in time I will update the look of my older children's books.

To create my son's book I used Stampin' UP!'s On Board Art Journal. I kept the pages simple, wanting the picture to be the real focal point. I used a retired Simply Scrappin' Kit. I love the fun colors of this set and thought it would be perfect for my energetic little guy.

For the cover I used the On Board Timeless Type Chipboard Alphabet. I covered it with Chocolate Chip craft ink and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I am really happy with how it turned out. Throughout the whole process, my eight year old daughter kept picking it up and reading each new entry.

The first page shows a picture of me with my very pregnant belly just before heading out to the hospital to give birth. In a weird and border crazy way I miss that belly!

The book is just about complete with one small problem.....I can't find my son's eight month picture!!!! I may resort to just picking a picture of him taken during that month. Yikes! I am only including a few of the inside pages so as to not bore anyone.

Enjoy...Thanks for stopping go stamp something.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hoppy Zoo Memories

Earlier this summer my youngest and I trekked to Philadelphia to visit the Zoo. We had a wonderful time looking at all of the animals and we even ran into a couple of people we knew. We had a great time! I decided to put these few pictures from that day onto these two pages. I used the retired Hoppy Memories Simply Scrappin Kit with very limited stamping and these are the pages I came up with. I hope you enjoy looking at them. I had lots of fun creating them.

Thanks for stopping go stamp something!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Sweet Scrapbook Page

Today I am posting another scrapbook layout courtesy of Gail Murray, my second level upline. She designed these pages and I happily followed her instructions and stuck pictures of my daughter on them. These pictures were taken on Easter in 2008. This Easter sticks out in my head because my daughter and I picked out this dress for her to wear on Easter. She wore it to church. Her grandmother also bought her a dress for Easter, as she does every year. Right after these pictures were taken my daughter changed into her second dress and then we all headed to a family dinner. Two dresses for one occasion! I am hoping we are not starting a trend. As these photos show, my daughter loves to pose. Now I need to make some pages for my boys.

For these pages we used the big shot and alphabet die to cut out the needed letters from chip board. We then cut the same letters from designer series paper and adhered the cardstock letters to the chipboard letters. We also used the scallop circle punch to create the popsicle and the scallop edge punch.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Scrapbooking in Red, Whit, and Blue

These layouts were designed by my second level upline, Gail Murray. I love the way she put these colors together to create such beautiful patriotic pages. I added pictures from our recent trip to Philadelphia where we got to celebrate the birth of our nation. The kids had fun making crafts and visiting the varied booths full of historical facts, trivia, artifacts, re enactments with people dressed as historical figures. What a wonderful day!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Family Reunion Welcome

I'm Back!
Here is a card I stamped to welcome family members to this years' family reunion. These cards were placed in these cool backpack bags we had for all of the adults and the bigger kids. I t was cute seeing so many people sporting their bags. My daughter is sporting the one on the right and my brother's son is sporting his on the left.

Well, it has been awhile.Somehow when summer approaches I am under the illusion that I will somehow miraculously have more time for crafting and blogging. WRONG! Just because I am not working outside the home for 10 summer weeks doesn't mean more free time. My kids and I have been more busier than ever! First we began with a 2-week themed summer camp for my 2 middle ones (dinosaur camp and clay and pottery camp), leaving the youngest one of all staying at home for camp Mommy time. This included trips to the park/playground, Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, swimming, biking, and other little fun stuff. They loved these two weeks but these weeks exhausted me. I could bore you with the rest, I won't. Just know each day left me more tired than the rest. I resolved to leave today for minimal swim club, beach or anything today. We will just BE today.

Amidst all of this fun, my sister and I have been working on our family reunion. So during camp time I was also busy preparing and finalizing things. I stamped welcome cards to put in the reunion bags that housed all of the information for the weekend. I wanted to include something hand stamped to show our appreciation for them joining us for the family reunion. Usually we travel to Ohio, but this year they traveled to us.

For the card I used:
Stamp set: Warm Words
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Gray and retired Urban Garden designer series paper
Ink: Basic Gray