Friday, December 31, 2010

Wine Charms

I love everything having to do with paper... and I love wine... so why not make the two things come together??? Well, I do!!! LOL! I know that it is silly, but if you are a visitor in my home, you can pretty much count on the fact that I will offer you a glass of wine. It may not be the best kind, but you can count on a glass nonetheless. I have become obsessed with making wine charms for all events held at my house... well, heck, I'll even make them for events at your house, if you want me to!! :) Anyways, this post has been LOOOOOONNNNNGGG overdue because I've been making them forever but here are some examples of the charms I have made....

I made these for my best friend who was going to a baseball themed bachelorette party. Didn't know the girl getting married, but each girl attending had their own numbered shirt so I made these for each girl.

Christmas 2009, added a gem to the top of each tree, but you can't see that here.

Christmas 2010, made the leaves from a circle punch, tutorial I saw somewhere...

For Alana's baby shower, this monkey was on her invitations so I scanned in the picture of her, cut them out and mounted on a scalloped punch.

Tupperware party!!!!! LOL! I cut apart one of the catalogs ahead of time!
I have done them for my girls' birthday parties too! Care Bears, Dora, exc. Ah, but so much fun for me!!! It's a blend of two things that I love! :)

And finally, look what my hubby did to our cupboard because he knows how much I love my wine and all the glasses...
Ah, love the organization!!
He's the best, in case you didn't know! :)
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

90 days of working out...

One of my New Years resolutions will be to begin working out again. Although we recently had to eliminate the gym memberships, we need to continue to work out and make exercise a priority in our lives. Last year my resolution was to run a half-marathon and we did it! This year I would like to do it again! It is in June and I don't want to wait as long to train for it, as we did this past year. So to help get us on track, I made us little mini-calendars on Excel with fun fonts to track our workouts for 90 days. I know that if we can get to 90 days, we will have a huge weight-loss and we will be in a better place to really start our serious training for June. My goal is to beat my time from this year, which shouldn't be hard if I stick with this plan! LOL!

I used today! It was fun! Thanks, Tarynne! Downloaded about 8 different fonts! It was so easy and I got a few great ones that will be useful for my classroom too!

This one is for me

For my hubby...

Just wanted to share his January in ESPN font...

Pretty new font!
Thanks for visiting! Happy New Years to you! I hope that 2011 is a great year for finding employment for my family. We've had just about enough of 2010. I will happily kiss it good-bye! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Scrapping from Thanksgiving Break...

Along with my goal of making 52 cards in 2010, I set a personal goal to do 52 layouts in scrapping, as well. I'm also failing there but doing MUCH better than the 1 card so far this year... Here are a few lo's that I did over the Thanksgiving vacation because we were able to stay home this year so I got to do what I LOVE and that's scrap!!!

This first page was for Taylor's album from Christmas Morning in 2008. I had done Madison's page but never Taylor's so with another Christmas approaching, I figured I better get one it! I cut the trees from a very busy sheet of 12 x 12 paper and then foam mounted them for some dimension. She was only 5 months old here.

This next page is another one for the Yosemite album. I actually based the layout on a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. I loved these papers! Very fun colors! Josh and I rented the raft to float but Madison wasn't old enough, so my In-laws brought her to the bridge in the picture and we "picked" her up and took her down the rest of the way with us. They kept Taylor while we did it, so that is a picture of them and Taylor as we left. This was the highlight of the trip for me! :)

Finally, I did this lo for a Monochromatic challenge on It had to be in purples and this was so hard for me, yet I like the end result... and then I forgot to go post it on the site! LOL! Oh well! This was Madison at 9 months old at my parents house. She LOVED the dishwasher and would always "help" with the dishes. I couldn't crop the floor out of this picture because I wanted to remember that flooring in their kitchen. It is the house I grew up in and they replaced the flooring a few years ago. Now that I am finally getting around to scrapping this picture, I wanted to remember that flooring! So silly, I know!

Thanks for visiting, as always!

Thanksgiving Card

I LOVE and I used to visit often but due to life being busier lately I haven't frequented as often as I would like, but hey, whatever! While on my week off for Thanksgiving and LOVING that we stayed home ALL week... other then both girls being sick almost the entire time... it gave me some time to create and visit I LOVE their Challenge forums. I like to work on a challenge so my pages don't all start to look the same and push myself to try something new or different. I don't make cards often and actually had a goal to make 52 cards this year which I'm not even remotely close to... below is #1 this year... but again, whatever! Using a sketch from the November Card Challenge and using the colors (red, orange, green) and theme category (thankful), I was able to create this card. I actually made two of them and sent one to my In-laws and made one for my Aunt Patty who hosted Thanksgiving at her house this year. Thank goodness we only had to be a guest this year, especially since I had to spend Thanksgiving morning at the Urgent Care with Maddie for ear infections! Thanks again, Aunt Patty!
I hope that your Thanksgiving was WONDERFUL! We have more appreciation and are more thankful this year, probably more than ever!

VID Family Picnic

Growing up, my Dad worked for the Vista Irrigation District (VID). Every year they had a family picnic and I have very fond memories of attending it. We always had fun and playing Bingo was one of the highlights! My Dad was lucky enough to retire at the age of 55 and took a few years enjoying his time off until a seat on the Board of Directors opened at the VID for his division and he decided to run for the position. We all helped with his campaign and he won which was very exciting for us all! (Geeze, that was 4 years ago and was just re-elected in Nov! Time flies!) Due to his office, we now get to attend the Family Picnics again and it is VERY fun for me to attend, bring my kids and my FABULOUS husband to share a piece of my childhood with them. And due to his recent re-election, we can count on at least 4 more years of Family Picnics with the VID! I'm looking forward to them! This year was held on Sept. 11th hence the red, white and blue!

For Taylor's album, 1st time having her face painted. She is always so serious!

For Madison's album, her face painting.

Took these last few with my phone so not the best quality, but here are pics from the day.

The clown did a magic show. Madison, Taylor and Brody were watching and saying the magic words. They also "helped" in the show.

My nephew Dylan LOVES the rock wall. He'd stay there all day if he could. I decided to give it a try this year in spite of my fear of heights... didn't do that great but it was kinda fun anways! Finally, the last picture is of my Mom and Dylan playing Bingo, our favorite thing to do. I HAD to include the picture because we NEVER get any with my Mom!

Halloween Lanterns

My cousin shared a picture on Facebook of some lanterns that she made and I decided right away that I just HAD to try them as well! Here are some pictures of my kids, nephews, and my sister and I at work! All we needed were some jars, tissue paper, Modge Podge, and ribbon. Sorry it has been 100 years since I've posted!
Madison putting the tissue paper on her jar.

Taylor and Brady working on theirs.

Everyone hard at work.

Clean table, eh??

We struggled to get the candles lit on two of them but they were cute!
There were Madison's, Taylor's, Dylan's, Renee's and Brody's.
They were so cute, I'm thinking that I need to make some for other holidays... maybe, we'll see!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's paper, but the working type...

So what's been keeping me from scrapping... 1st grade... and my type A personality... I just have to tell you that 9 years ago, in my first year of teaching my principal said something to me along the lines of, "Well with you being a type A personality..." I don't even remember the rest. I said, "What? Type A? Me??" and he said, "Yes!" I walked out of his office VERY offended, even though I adored him as a principal... He was soooooooooooooo right and I didn't even know it! Anyways, back on track, I bought some clipart to use for my classroom this year from Scrappin' Doodles so I have been busy creating things with that clipart to use in my classroom. So these items are things that I made in Word and Excel on paper, but for work, not for fun... but it's still been fun and will hopefully keep me organized this year, while still lookin' cute!
Made a calendar for each month... these are just some of them...

I also made a calendar of the months to do some Long-Range planning for the year:

This is a list to record how the kids get home each day... need this for 1st graders:

A Birthday Chart by months to record my students' birthdays:

And finally, I need to give credit for these ideas to the blog at Littlest Learners because her blog has been very useful to me for these ideas and I LOVE her ideas for the classroom.

I've still got it...

Well, I think it has been MONTHS since I have scrapbooked but yesterday I realized I've still got it! LOL! I had a scrapping date with my friend Honeye and without her locking me into a date to scrap, I probably would not be posting this right now. I was able to get 4 layouts done, well one was a two pager. I'm trying to work on our Yosemite album. We went there for vacation LAST summer and I've never scrapped the pics until recently. I want to get them done before I forget what I was taking pictures of... yikes, I better get my wedding done then, as well! LOL!

Can I tell you how much I LOVE these papers??? Just loved the colors and I really like the way this page came out, given that Taylor is rubbing her eyes and it's not all THAT great of picture of all of us, who cares! Who takes a crawling baby to Yosemite for a week anyways? Crazy people do! Not to mention that this rock was really high up and I'm afraid of heights and just wanted to get DOWN!

These are of us at Yosemite Falls which was beautiful. Josh's parents watched Taylor while Josh, Madison and I hiked in on the rocks a little closer and got sprayed from the falls. That's what the arrow is pointing to... it's us!

Finally, these are pics of Madison and my Father-in-law washing the breakfast dishes. Madison was really excited about helping Grandpa wash the dishes.

I won't lie and say that I LOVED this vacation, but I did survive and I still do want my children to be able to look back on these pictures someday... but I did make my husband promise that we won't go back until our kids are able to do the hikes on their own. I think it would be much more fun because Yosemite really is beautiful!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thanks for "popping" in!!

I haven't had much time to scrapbook and already the summer has flown by! I just can't believe how fast this time goes, every summer, same story! This is the first year that I think I am THIS excited about going back to school. I am moving to 1st grade this year (I've taught it before) and I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!! I didn't mind teaching 6th grade, don't get me wrong, but if I had my choice, 1st grade is where my heart is! I am sooooooo excited! Soooooo... instead of scrapping lately, I've been working on things for my classroom... they still involve paper, of course! On the Friday before school starts, we have a 3 hours block of time where the students and their families can come see the classroom and meet their teachers. We haven't done this in the past so it is new for us this year, because of ALL the changes in the district. Anyways, I decided to make these and put them on the students' desks. It is a bag of microwave popcorn. I think they came out cute! I can't wait to meet my future students and hopefully have a WONDERFUL year!!! Thanks for visiting!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sometimes you just have to try!!!

As most of you know, I'm about to embark on my 1st half-marathon. My husband, Uncle Dick and I will be running the Rock n Roll in San Diego. We fell off the training bandwagon but we tried to pull it together in the end. We have 4 hours to finish 13.1 miles. It should be doable but I'm nervous as hell!!! Yep, I said that! I hope that it will be more on the fun side than the painful, miserable side but I really have no idea what to expect. This is something that I have been wanting to do ever since my cousin lost her sweet daughter Ravyn to cancer last year. I am running, in part, for her tomorrow! For both Ravyn who had to leave this Earth FAR too early at the age of 7 and Kathy, my cousin, because her strength through this all has been amazing to me. Tomorrow is also exactly one year to the day that we lost my Aunt Amy to cancer. Even in her fifties, it was an unfair loss. She still had so much life to enjoy and grandbabies to play with. We miss her! Finally, this particular run benefits the Leukemia and Lymphomia Society and this year my cousin, Alison was diagnosed with Lymphomia. She is the reason I signed up for this race. At 25, she is an amazing person and handled this diagnosis like a champ! She is running the relay tomorrow! The relay is with 4 people for the full marathon. They each run between 4-8 miles each. My cousin Alana and her husband, Tim are running legs of the relay too! I'm excited to take on this adventure with them and for a good cause. Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer but this is my turn to give a half-marathon a try! Night all! 3:30 am will come early!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Like Mother like Daughter...

I have been trying to post this picture FOREVER on my blog but life has just been FAR too busy lately and I haven't even been at the scrappin' table in what feels like months. But being that today is Mother's Day, I figured that I just HAD to get this one posted today because this blog is all about how I LOVE PAPER!!!! This seems to have been a trait that I have passed along to my oldest daughter Madison. She appears to have more fun tearing apart the paper in her coloring books, rather than coloring in them. At first I didn't mind... then I got REALLY annoyed with the constant piles of torn up paper laying around the house... finally, I have accepted the fact that she is just like ME!!! She just loves paper. Whether she is coloring it, cutting it, painting on it, or tearing it... so I will continue to clean up after her messes... while blaiming myself. LOL!

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous Mom's out there and especially my own!!! She is truly amazing and I am so thankful for our close relationship. Josh made a full spread for a late breakfast for my sister, my mom and I this morning. Of course all the kids and my Dad were there too! And did I mention the Chandon... FABULOUSNESS with fabulous company! I hope that your day was just as wonderful and that I will be back to share some layouts with you all very soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Break Accomplishments

It's my Spring Break from work... well, it's actually almost over. We spent a week up in San Jose visiting my In-laws but we are back home now. I'm sure that you will be seeing plenty of pictures from that trip soon enough as I have already ordered the prints (thanks to Snapfish having a great deal) and will be scrapping them soon enough. For me, as you've probably heard me say before, I measure the success of a vacation or weekend by how many pages I get scrapped. LOL! Well, here are the two that I just finished. I still have one more day off (tomorrow) and with any luck, there will be more to share.

First is this layout, which is for my In-laws album. More left-over Bo Bunny papers!! The pictures are of my In-laws and Maddie making Candy Cane cookies. If you haven't had them, they are DELICIOUS but I don't cook/bake (if I don't have to) so I leave this part to them, and my husband. Margaret (my Mother-in-Law) bought Madison this cute purple apron and they had a great time baking. Steve just came in to steal a cookie. I always see people adding the little dots to their lettering and so I decided to try it on this layout (which I will refer to as an lo for now on, for those of you who don't scrap).

These next pictures are from June 2007 when Madison was 13 months old. Josh is a HUGE San Francisco Giants fan so for Father's Day I took Madison to get her picture taken in this Giants outfit. I also did this lo in Giants' colors. Josh loved it... I think it's just okay, because I'd rather it be PADRES!!!!!!!!! LOL!

I love when I get some pictures from the past done. I have SOOOOOO many pictures to scrap so when I can get some pages done I feel a sense of accomplishment. Did I mention that my mom took Madison to the movies?? Only having 1 kid at home helped too! Josh is building and installing a new garage door at my parents house yesterday and today... he's never done this before... let's hope it all works out. I tried to help today, but I was useless. Crossing my fingers for a successful, WORKING garage door at the end of this. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays from the past...

I've mentioned them before but Sketchy Thursdays is one of my favorite blogs to visit. I just love the sketches. They are supposed to be done weekly but I can never seem to find the time to do them ON TIME so here are a few from their previous weeks that I have recently completed.
I don't have a family album, or an album of just Josh and I so I'm not too sure where this layout will end up but I wanted to scrap these pictures. Maybe someday when I get around to ACTUALLY doing a wedding album for us, then I can add this to the back! LOL! I wish I had more pictures of my parents when they were young so I'm hoping that no matter where this layout ends up, someday my kids will appreciate it. These are pictures of us at Justin and Jamie's wedding in San Francisco. It was great because my In-laws met us at the airport and got to keep the kids for the weekend while we enjoyed some time alone. The colors reflect their wedding colors, too!

If you know me well, you know that I hate turquoise! This layout doesn't reflect that! LOL! I just loved how Maddie's pajamas popped off these pics so I ran with it. I stitched the lines and added some splattered red paint. It is the first time I have "painted" on a layout. Now I wish I had done more red but it's okay. I still like it. I mostly love that she really was proud that she "READ" the book "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A busy day at the table...

My idea of the perfect day is a day at home sitting at my scrapbook table and doing what I love. I got to have a day like that today and here are the results of it. Thanks for visiting!

I loved the color combo on this one! This is a priceless picture! How many people did YOU have at the hospital? LOL! We have great families, as you can see here! We were all very excited for Madison to arrive. This was May, 2006.

This is a picture of Madison cruising around the coffee table. I used some left over Bo Bunny papers from over a year ago. I LOVE their papers. They are beautiful and thick! He, he! I stiched the black to pull that color out from the stripes. I cut the swirls and LOVE from the "Home" cartridge on my Cricut. Then I added some jewels to the swirls. This pic is from March 2007.

These pictures are of Madison doing an egg hunt in April 2007. I printed the pictures over a year ago but have had a difficult time scrapping them. I guess Springy layouts are not enjoyable for me. After reading Jennifer Priest's blog Hydrangea Hippo today, her latest use your supplies challenge is to use patterned papers. It's amazing how quickly that CUTE paper you bought, isn't so cute anymore. I tried to use this green flowery paper as inspired by her challenge. Jennifer is very talented and I started following her blog after attending one of her classes at The Pink Pineapple when I made a Father's Day book for Josh. She has been doing a challenge to encourage us to use the things you already have at home! I've been wanting to play along, but you know how busy life gets! All patterned papers that I used today, I have had for over a year. Thanks Jennifer, for helping me use it up and make space for more supplies!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tea Party Bridal Shower

My best friend is throwing a Bridal Shower for her future sister-in-law. Since Erica's family is from Scotland, they wanted the shower to be a traditional English Tea Party. (The wedding is full of Scottish features!)She called me MONTHS ago to ask me to make the invites which I of course said, "YES!" Then it took me a while to find the stamp that I wanted. Then comes the hard part... trying to design something easy enough to make because she needed 27 invitations but still making it look cute! I decided that I would make her three examples. They looked like this:

I had opinions about all three... I liked this, didn't like that... but they chose #1... I didn't really care for the top part of #1 (I thought it looked like a birthday party!)... so I changed it and ended up with this as the final product. I really hope that they liked them. They arrived at Erica's house today!

I love when things rhyme... I think that's the teacher in me. So for the inside I made it say, "Come enjoy a cup of tea, as we shower with gifts, the Bride-to-Be." And of course all of the details for the party. I also can't stand a plain white envelope anymore, so I stamped and cut the teapots in the plaid print for the envie. Much better and fun!

Thanks, Shad, for letting me make them for you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Altered Composition Book

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been venturing into the world of altering various items (although when I go back to read that post, all I can notice are the typos!) I guess that I shouldn't be doing these posts so late at night. : ) Anyways, I decided to try to alter a composition book. I didn't really use any guidance other than the fact that I have seen other people do it, so I decided to try it too!!! Obviously I made this one for Madison. I covered it with paper and stuck it down with Modge Podge. Then I used a strip of ribbon to cover the separation between the cover and the binding strip of paper. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters for her name from chipboard and covered them in Stickles. Then I cut out the flowers and layered them around the edges. I also added some Stickles to the flowers. Finally, I found it to be a little too plain, so I doodled the stitch lines around the edges and added the swirls and such around the flowers. She of course loved it, because she is three. I wasn't impressed but I will be better next time, if I decide to try again! LOL!! It's just fun for me to try something new, so that part I enjoyed!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pumpkin Pals

Just wanting to share the latest layout that I worked on... This seems to have taken me all week to actually complete, partly because it was a busy week at work, and partly because I couldn't find my Xyron refill. The Xyron is the most fabulous tool for sticking down those tiny letters for the title. I love that thing! It turns anything into a sticker! AWESOME! Lucky for me, my fabulous husband found my refills in the exact spot that I swear I checked 2 or 3 times. These pictures are of my youngest daughter, Taylor and my nephew, Brody at the pumpkin patch this past October. This year we went to a small patch in Fallbrook and had a great time! When I saw this pumpkin paper at the store, I knew I had to get it just for these pictures. I like the end result. I just folded the strips of paper behind the pumpkin that I cut out from the background paper to give it more dimension.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Altered Items

I've just been venturing into the world of altered items. I haven't done many things but I love seeing what others do and then using it for inspiration. I share more of them in the next few days but his one of the projects I have most recently done... be kind, they were first attempts! : )

This was my most recent creation. I spray painted (actually Josh did!) a cookie sheet black and used the wedding favor canisters from Michael's. I added magnets to the back so they would stick to the pan. I used Modge Podge to attach some paper to the pan and punched the circle from Making Memories christmas paper. Then of course, my fabulous Cricut cut all the numbers for me! I put some M & M's inside!

This is just a closer shot of the canisters:

And then finally, a side view from an angle:

Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A New Year of Scrapping

Well, I wanted to start this blog to share my creations in scrapbooking. This year I have set my goal of completing 52 layouts (lo's) and making 52 cards for 2010. I set the same goal for scrapbooking last year and ended up doing 60 pages so I figured that I should keep the same goal, and hope to pass it, because I KNOW that I have so many things that I WANT to scrap!

This weekend I was able to finish a few pages. These are actually going to be for my Mother-in-law. I made my In-laws a photo album a couple of Christmas' ago and I try to make a few pages for them to add to it every now and then.