I'm so excited I had to share what our kids will enjoy tomorrow... their first pet guinea pig!
For those of you who know me, I'm not a big fan of animals. So you may be as surprised as I am that this cute little critter has already captured my heart. And I can't wait to watch my kids love on him too!
An update will come after we've officially named our little guy. Isn't he cute?
I'm working on some new Design Team projects for Paper Pals! I've got one layout finished, but have more work to do.
Here's a sneak peek at the first layout-- I used some products from one of my very favorite companies, American Crafts. These fun, springy patterns come from AC's Blue Skies line. Great patterns on one side, fabulous solids on the second side. Their little product books are irresistable-- I used a journaling sticker from their "Remarks" Journaling Sticker Book.
I created the hybrid page after being inspired by a layout by Cathy Zielske. I used one of my favorite photos from this last summer of my niece on a swing at a family birthday party. Her blue eyes just popped in the pic, didn't they?
Look for more projects by moi using these papers and journaling stickers on the DT blog within the next week!
My Christmas cards are not in the mail yet, but they're close!
This year I really wanted to make my own christmas cards, but I was also interested in saving time and money. So I found a solution that I think lets me have my cake and eat it too!
Shutterfly had a great sale in October that gave me incentive to order photo cards early for a great price. I intentionally chose a very simple design so that I could add some of my own glitz (using stuff from my stash)to make each card unique. (I also added a removable note that includes our family blog address.)
So here is the card SOTM (straight out of the mail):
And then here are some examples of the finished cards with my added embellishments: ribbon, chipboard shapes, glittery star stickers and brads:
Now... if I could just get them into some addressed envelopes with stamps...
When my first grader was given an optional homework assignment of creating a diorama based on a book, she dismissed the idea that it was optional (and actually put it as priority over other homework!). She had so much fun recreating a scene in the book "Sheep in a Jeep". I really enjoyed watching her process and thinking while she came up with every little element in the simple shoebox. The hard part is deciding on whether we dismantle it so that her brother can have his toy jeep back...
I enjoyed my second Creating Keepsakes Convention in November. Seven of us ladies packed up and made the roadtrip to Seattle (actually Bellevue) to take in the festivities.
Here's the whole group when we gathered for lunch at Taco Del Mar on our roadtrip over. Me and my pal Angela (we go WAY back...say, 30 years...)
Once again, it was so much fun! Crazy shopping at the vendor faire (like having a hundred scrapbook stores in one room!!!) and good classes where I learned some new stuff and brought home some great projects partially completed. This mini book was my favorite class-- I made it hybrid by prepping for the class before we went to the conference. I created some text pages that have lyrics from songs in the background and journaling on top of why that song is meaningful to me. Great class! And, last but not least... the stash of goodies I purchased! Mostly from the dollar booth and clearance bins on this tight economy year. But still lots of fun!