22 January 2012


Yep, still using up that SC kit from October--it's like the gift that keeps on giving! Love that woodgrain paper from Pebbles--it's kraft and the perfect background paper, IMO!
This one is a bit of an experiment gone wrong--it didn't turn out at all like I pictured in my head. Oh well, I think it goes with the blurry pictures that are definitely less than perfect as well!
Finally, one about all of Sadie's nicknames--my favorite of which is her own name for herself--Sissy. "Sissy do it," is a refrain I hear many, many times in a day. Too cute! This is using Studio Calico's Handmade kit, and in response to a challenge to journal in the "dead space" of a photo.

Have a great week!

13 January 2012

Everyone with little kids is a little crazy,

am I right? I mean, just the experience of spending your day with little people changes your outlook on life. Oh, what's that I am sitting on, a can of ravioli in the seat cushions of the couch?--totally normal. Peter throwing a fit because I won't let him carry the plunger around the house--no biggie. Being so fried at the end of dinner that I make a "nobody talk to anybody" rule--this doesn't happen in your house? Leaving the house in my slippers, shrugging as the shopping cart goes careening across the parking lot unattended, because I can't do a damn thing about it with 2 two-year olds to keep safe--ah, f#%k it. I don't even know who I am anymore, I am so immersed in toddler-dom and preschooler-hood. What graduate degree, what salary, what clothes that don't have the word "yoga" in their name, what adult conversation?

Anyways, I don't want to sound like I am complaining, because I am doing exactly what I want to be right now--but this job is really flipping hard! So, here are some scrapbook pages to look at--they make my life look much more fun than it actually is on a day to day basis, but that's why this hobby is so great--you get to focus on the happy moments. And who doesn't benefit from that?

Instead of taking pictures like I normally do, I scanned each half these pages and then used Photoshop to stitch them together. So they look a little crazy--but it has been overcast and raining here the last 2 days, so...

I'm still using up the Studio Calico Field Guide kit from October (which I also combined with the Add-on paper), plus I used a sketch from the SC blog on that top one--love how it came out, and I would never think of those diagonals on my own!

11 January 2012

Scrapbooking helps keep me sane...

Seriously, with 2 two-year-olds and four-year old, I need all the help I can get. Even if it's just 15 minutes to think about something other than diapers, crackers, and Polly-pockets, it makes a huge difference in my outlook!
Especially when it means looking at fabulous summertime pics--it's so nice to be transported to warmer times outdoors while we're stuck in the doldrums of winter!

The layout above and the next 3 are all made using Studio Calico's October (I think?) kit. I am glad I got these pictures scrapped--some good memories here :)

 I had to open my Halloween box to dig out all those pumpkins--haven't looked in there in while!

I used the latest Scrapjack for this one--Kelly Purkey is great inspo--I had such fun lifting her layout! I love the stack of rainbow-colored patterned paper along the right of the pictures--the colors in the SC kit were a perfect match for these fall photos...

And another using Echo Park's Happy Days--I'm going to use up every last piece of that collection!

04 January 2012

Well now...

It has been a little while, hasn't it! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a fun-filled New Year to you...that just about sums up all I've missed!

I guess I'm finally ready to come out of hibernation and post here--not that it hasn't been a productive past few weeks, just that I haven't made time for sad lil' neglected blog. I have a few projects to share, and I'll be back in a couple days with a few more--it's kind of nice to have a bunch to get caught up on!

Here are some pages I made last year:

Let's see, that's a whole lot of Echo Park's Happy Days line, and one from EP's boy line from last year, some older AC Dear Lizzy, and Snow Day by Pink Paislee. All good stuff I got from Paper Issues!

Finally, here's a project I made for my Grammie for Christmas--cuz you never can have enough pics of the grand/great-grandchildren!
I altered a Maya Road Trinket box (also from Paper Issues). Let me point out that this little box is only 6 bucks, and it's infinitely customizable--love that! I also used some trim, tiny clothespins and JB doily flowers from the shop, along with some vintage buttons and other bits from my stash. I'm linking this up to the Paper Issues linky party too--the theme is "We've got your number"--anything that uses paper goes!

I'll be back soon, I hope!