Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Disney Experience

We are still in Disney World so it seems appropriate to share more scrapbook pages from our last trip 4 years ago. Pages that I scrapped 3 days before heading out to Disney again. Had to make room to store some more photos in the Disney box. Didn't want to confuse one trip with another. One might say I was on a mission to get this accomplished and that one would be so RIGHT! The main goal was just to get our old pictures on paper so these pages show very minimal effort. Hope you are enjoying my express pages. Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Disney Pages

So, by now you've probably have seen ore than enough of our fun adventures at Disney. Well, I've got a few more Disney pages to share.

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Disney Character Breakfast (MDS)

We've been in Disney for a few days. Today we went to a Character breakfast where the Disney characters come around for pictures while families dine. You can make reservations at various restaurants at each of the parks to take part in these. We had ours at Animal Kingdom in the Africa area at the Tusker House. The food was amazing!!!! The kids got to sit in the end seats to be more accessible as the characters make their way around from table to table. They even had a mini parade around the restaurant led by Mickey Mouse. Each kid was able to pick a musical instrument and follow Mickey's lead. It was pretty cool. A great experience for everyone. Our 17 year old was even happy because the food was more than satisfying. I'm so glad we got to squeeze this in.

For this page I used the Simple Punch letters and lots of circles for making my own Mickey.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

and even More Disney Pages

More Disney pages to share.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Disney Pages

More (just getting pictures on paper) Disney Pages to share.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Disney Pages

Hi There, As promised, here are two more pages I completed before heading back to Disney World. Disclaimer: These pages are super quick with the main intention of getting them scrapped before going back to no masterpieces here, but well documented preservation of memories.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Disney Pages

Ok, so we are soon heading off to Disney World and the family is pretty excited. I am, however, having a bit of anxiety as a scrapbooker. The last time we went was almost four years ago and I haven't scrapped a single picture from the Disney pack! While we were there last time I took lots of beautiful pictures and they have been sitting in a Disney box anxiously awaiting my attention. Up until 3 days ago I only had 2 pages partially completed and those were done over a year ago! For 2 nights (I skipped one, couldn't keep my eyes open to be creative), I've been a busy girl and have since completed 16 pages. Yes, 16, not masterpieces, but none the less, 16, and I am sooo proud! I still have maybe 4 more pages to be totally done. I couldn't imagine truly relaxing (I mean that relatively) on vacation. My thoughts would constantly be on the fact that had so many unscrapped pictures at home. I am feeling much better about taking new pictures while there. While we are away I will be posting a couple of my pages each day.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Real JOB!

Not long ago I was asked to talk about summer reading on a local news channel so I thought I'd share a peek at my real life, okay so no I am not usually on television but I am usually talking about reading to someone on a daily basis. So, go on, take a peek.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Father's Day with Grandpa! in MDS

Another quick and easy MDS page.

My kids are so lucky. They have grandparents that will drop everything when my kids need them. My kids know that they are truly loved and adored by their grandparents. We spent Father's Day with one of their Grandfathers...Grandpa Gold. We went out to dinner then back to their house where the kids hit balls on the lawn and played with other kids in the neighborhood. It is always hard to get them away from there, but that is a good problem to have, now isn't it?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Little Golfer

On Father's Day my little guy watched with envy while his biggest brother swung a golf club and hit a few balls on the lawn at my in-laws. Our oldest guy is a golfer. He takes lessons and plays on a league at school. My littlest guy enjoys miniature golf but never really experienced the real weight of an adult club. Once he got it in his hand and the club made contact with the ball he was sold on the idea of golf as a sport. For the next hour he swung and hit the ball across the lawn and back again. Surprisingly to all of us he did well. We might have another golfer on our hands...not the cheapest sport. I'll have to remind him of how much he likes basketball. Just kidding!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

For The Graduate!

Now that school is officially over, I am hoping to share more with you on a regular basis. Todays' card started from this card which was designed by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Donna. Donna shared this card a recent upline meeting we both attended. I liked it so much so, that I used the same layout when it came time to make a card in honor of my friend's daughter's graduation from college.
For this card I figured you can't mess with perfection so I kept everything the same and just changed out the papers. I used the retired Night and Day designer series paper that can be found here. I also used basic black, whisper white, basic gray, and certainly celery cardstock. I'll be sending this card on its way tomorrow.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

It's A Card Set!

What did you give as a teacher gift? This is always the trickiest time of year. I want to thank my kids teachers for working so hard to make learning fun. My kids LOVE school and they absolutely LOVE their teachers. I am so grateful to them for how special they make everyday for my kids and I really want them to know that I appreciate them....but what is the perfect thing to give? I am a teacher and I get dumbfounded each year when this time rolls around. This year I had my kids tag along to help pick things out. We gave each of the teacher's a couple of things, a 4-card, card set, which I placed in a cellophane bag with a ribbon around it. I stuck it in a gift bag with a Vera Bradley organizer for two of them and then a Vera Bradley lunch bag for another one. Lastly my youngest son's teacher just got engaged so we gave her a wedding planner book. Hopefully they liked them. My kids said the teachers loved their gifts but what else would the teachers say (LOL)!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Hope you are enjoying your Father's Day! Here are two (style) cards I created for the men in my world. Hope you have a wonderful day with the men in your world.

Both cards were created using the Open Sea stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog and the Nautical Expedition Designer series paper. Both were quick and easy.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

School's Out!

School's out! WooHoo!!! I am so excited. I think teachers are even more excited than the kids. We started our countdown when there were 30 school days left. The students in my school got out yesterday. Today, the teachers were busy cleaning up their classrooms for the summer and we all had super wide smiles upon our faces. It's been a great day. Today's card is the card I created as a thank you for my kids teachers. It was a lot of fun to make, but really aren't all cards fun to make? Anyway, for this card I decided to get the butterfly punch out of the plastic it came in and give it a go. I used some rhinestones to perk up the butterflies a bit. I made six of these cards but I ran into a slight problem. I only had four buttons so then I remembered seeing these faux buttons on someone's blog and I just had to try it. I made them by using my circle punches and some crystal effects. Can you tell which one is sporting the faux button? I'm sure you guessed it. It's the shiny one on the left. Next time I'll put some linen thread through the holes to spruce it up a bit.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Matching It Up!

Do you ever dress like your kids? Do you dress them alike or am I the only one? Well, some days I feel like looking like my kids so this is what the end result turns out to be. My boys actually love to dress alike. I wonder if I had anything to do with it? Hmmm!

I started this page months ago and then became much too busy, with soccer practices, soccer games, swimming lessons, and school activities, to finish it. I downloaded these Ice Cream Parlor papers and accessories during Sale-A-Bration. I like the happy feelings the colors generate. This photo was taken over 4 years ago when my youngest was just 8 months old. So much has happened and time surely has flown by ever so quickly. We are each wearing matching sweaters that I found and thought I just had to have. Aren't they cute? Come on you know you want one too! The sad part is that I think we only wore them the one time because they were a bit too warm. My kids heat up ever so quickly.

New goal...get more pages done both digital and...hmmm...what does one call a scrap page that isn't digital...the old fashion way???

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Friday, June 3, 2011

A Growing Thank You

At the end of each school year there are always guest teachers (long-term substitutes), that we have to say goodbye to, who have been filling in for teachers who are out on maternity leave. This card is for one such teacher. She has been with us for 2 years and the teacher she has been filling in for is ready to return to work. For this card I used the On the Grow stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog. I used blender pens to water color the image and then I added some buttons to make it extra special. This card truly took me only 15 minutes to put together. I am loving my embossing folders. One quick little step really adds to a card. I hope she likes it. This card uses River Rock, Basic Gray, and Confetti White card stock and some fabulous ribbon.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scooting to Retirement

One of my colleagues is retiring this year. I saw this image and thought it would be perfect for her. Can't you just imagine riding on a country road or through a quaint little town on this adorable little scooter? It makes me dream of a carefree life. Something I hope to have later in life. This stamp set is in the Summer mini and is called, On the Grow. I used the Curly Label-Extra punch to frame the image unit. I cut it in half and adhered one end to the top of the image unit and the other to the bottom. Then I added the buttons to give it a little umph! Hope she likes it.

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