Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas LOs

With Christmas in the past (already), I have a few LOs from our fun.  Not too many, but not just one.  I'm not finished, but I do want to share what I have done before I completely forget what I've been working on.

For full credits, click on the LOs.





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Sunday, December 28, 2008


So I created two calendars this year as Christmas gifts. The first was for the grandparents, starring my children. The second was for my sister-in-law, Stephanie. I created her a calendar featuring her two boys. Now that Christmas is past, I am able to share them with you!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Layout Contest from Lliella Designs

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Monday, December 8, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like. . . .

Christmas!!  This is one of my favorite times of year!  No, I don't love the hustle and bustle, pushing and shoving or crowds.  But I love all the smiles and friendliness this time of year brings.  I also love the meaning behind the season - the Lord came to earth as a baby boy to save the world from eternal damnation.  And I love that my kids know what Christmas is all about - not just presents.

This Advent season, our church is looking at Advent from a different perspective.  We're reading John 1:1-18 instead of the story from Matthew, Mark, or Luke.  And it's really eye opening.  I never thought of John 1:1-18  as being the Christmas story, but now I do.  And the scripture verse we chose to put on our card this year is John 1:14.  

Now on to the layouts that I've been working on.  I have three "Christmasey" layouts. 




This LO was created using Pamela Donnis's kit, Merry and Bright.  This the first year EVER that both my kids would sit on Santa's lap together.  Hannah sat on his lap until the winter she was 2.  Cayden sat on Santa's lap his 1st Christmas and not since.  Last year,  there was no sitting with Santa.  Both kids screamed and cried.  It was mad chaos, so this photo delights me!  Santa is the magical and fun part of Christmas that helps us to remember what it was like to have Christmas as a child.  It's magical, and yes, I still believe.





This next LO was created using photos from our "Christmas Photo Shoot."  We did not go to the mall this year; we did not have Uncle Kenny take our photo."  This year, I shot the photo of the kiddos, and our dear friend, Jill, too the picture of our family.  And it's beautiful.  I just LOVE it, standing in front of the big Christmas Tree at the Ruby Ranch Lodge (where our church meets).  The photo is great, the one of the kids is perfect, and the others were just fun to shoot while trying to figure out what we were doing.  In this LO I, again, used Merry and Bright by Pamela Donnis.  This is a great Christmas kit!!



And finally, our Photo Christmas Card.  I used Christmas Time by Claudi Designs and a template I created last year.  I'm very pleased with the card.  I cannot wait to have them printed.


Okay, I'm out.  I've got lots to do, including make 2 fleece tie blankets this evening. 


Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Daily Download at Groovy Scraps


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Finally some new LOs

No scrapping this week.  Literally.  I'm in shock.  But I've gotten 2 done today and 1 yesterday.

The first one, my December Desktop was created using Lliella Designs's Re-released kit, Fancy Schmancy Christmas.  This is my favorite kit from last Christmas.


The next LO was created using Christmas Time by Claudi Designs


And finally, a LO of precious little Miss G, using Everyday Princess by Donna Duncombe Designs.


Be sure to stop by my family blog for photos from our trip to Sea World and my family decorating our tree.  Blessings!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Gifts & Cards

I have had little computer time this week.  In fact, I have not been home much, and when I have been at home, I've been working on gifts, Christmas cards, Jamie's wedding video, or helping out friends.  Thankful, today is a very easy day for me.  Cayden will be taking a nap shortly, and I will once again be in the office finishing up the wedding video.  I must say that it is a pretty awesome video - and much of last night was spent in tears from either being overwhelmed with emotion (watching the bride dance with mom and dad) or from laughter (watching the bride's pure country brothers dance to Lolli Lolli and Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."  HILARIOUS!!!

So, next week is Thanksgiving, and the kids will be giving their teachers and principal a small gift.  We found these baskets, candles, and scarecrows on sale at 80% off at Hobby Lobby so I grabbed them.  Add some homemade pumpkin bread next week, and the gifts will be complete.


Tomorrow is the Christmas Card Shoebox Swap.  I created (okay modified)two cards for this event (one for me and one for mom).  I think they are soooo cute.

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And lastly, Brandi's birthday is tomorrow so I went ahead and made her this blanket (thanks to Traci's expertise from 4 years ago, this has been a pretty standard gift in my book).


So although I have been working on a couple of Digital Christmas gifts, I cannot share them here due to spoiling the element of surprise, but I can share everything else I've been doing.

I'm also going to be making these two desserts for our class Thanksgiving Feast of Desserts.  Found them in on the Family Fun website. 

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats


Sweet Turkey Treats (not that's not my child)


And we'll be completing this art project during the party (I will be gluing the pompom part on this weekend).


Saturday, November 15, 2008

New LOs

I have been so busy lately with actual "life" that I haven't had much time to scrap.  I'm working on my dear friend, Jamie's, wedding video.  It is taking quite a bit of time to edit, but I think it's going to be a wonderful memory that I was able to help preserve.  I love the editing software I am using.  It's pretty amazing.  But here I sit, bleary eyed, trying to get this post made. 

Don't get me wrong, I have been able to get some scrapping done, but outside of that, I've been doing lots around the house (did I mention I cleaned it a million times this week and you still can't tell).  I also made a Baby Shower gift for my dear friend, Molly, made a couple cards, and played with my kids, not to mention kept a girlfriend's little girl so she could get some Christmas shopping taken care of and volunteered up at Hannah's school. 

Thursday I did stay home from work with Cayden since he came down with croup again.  Poor baby boy.  He's been pretty miserable, and his cough is sounding worse (without the barking), but the pediatrician's nurse told me to just keep doing what we're doing and if he's still bad on Monday to call and bring him into the office.  We'll see what happens.

Okay, onto the LOs:


Created using Autumn Time by Claudi Designs.


Created using the Elemental Scraps October Kit, Tricker's Treat.


Created using Ellie the Elephant by Julie Cohen


Created using Charlie the Cheeky Monkey by Julie Cohen


Created using Ellie the Elephant by Julie Cohen

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ready for some Pumpkin LOs?

All LOs are clickable.


First, my November Desktop



Next two LOs are using the same 2 photos different.  Hmmmm. . . . wonder if I did these while on pain medication.



And look at this adorable little spider!



Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall/Halloween Layouts

I've been working on several CT layouts this week.  My designers have some of the cutest kits out there for this fall!!  They also have some really elegant kits.  I love this one by Claudi Designs.

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This one is called Scare Me by Sherri Tierney.  Isn't it just the cutest kit EVER???  Lots of fun to scrap with, too!!



I've also been working with Pamela Donnis's latest kit, Tricks and Treats.  She saw my layouts and asked me to be on her CT.  I am honored and excited to work with her designs. 


My sister-in-law, Stephanie, helped Hannah make this adorable sock pumpkin last week when we were car shopping.  It is now placed on our entertainment center as a part of our fall decor.


The photo for this LO is from last year's Halloween.  D, K, and Hannah all went trick-or-treating together for the 2nd year in a row.  We can't wait to join them this year as well.  In this LO, I also used Pamela's Tricks and Treats.


Another kit I have been able to work with is Tricker's Treat by the designers at Elemental Scraps. 


At Homecoming Weekend, my kiddos visited the little Pumpkin Patch display the students set up for photos. While at the display, I went ahead and told my kids to take the littlest pumpkins so they thought we were at a "real" pumpkin patch. So the story of the pumpkin thieves.

Created using the Elemental Scraps Mega Kit, Tricker's Treat. Pumpkin Word Art by Inspired Mommies Designs.


I forgot to mention Lliella's new fall kit, Fall Frolic Folly.  I used this kit for my October Desktop




I've also been working on this year's calendar pages, but I want them to be a surprise for the grandparents so I can't share them until after Christmas :(

I also have a couple LOs I created of my PreSchool Class.  I used Misty Cato's ABC123 Kit for this 2 page LO.