30 March, 2010

Blog Train!!

OK. That amazing kit I showed you yesterday? Well, here's your chance to get some awesome freebies! Ellay and Nicole's CTs have gotten together to hand out some fabulous free quick pages! You can just about have a book when you're done with all of these!

Here is a preview of mine:
You can download it from 4shared here.

Here is the rest of the blog hop (if they're not up when you get there, please be patient and return as we're all in different time zones):

Ellay has a link on her blog to Nicole's for Nicole's CT pages!

Until next time...

29 March, 2010

Food of Love...

Here's another great kit...this time it's a collab by Scraps of Ellay and Digi-Designs by Nicole. This is a beautiful, romantic, musical kit called Food of Love. However, it has so much more than that and can be used with other things, too! Here are a couple of layouts I've done up with the kit.

This first one uses a template by Poupy and is from our trip to Indianapolis.

Here is a preview of the entire kit, which you can pick up at Stuff to Scrap.
If you come back tomorrow (Tuesday) I'll have a special treat for you, too!!

Until next time...

24 March, 2010

In the Woods...

Well, Scraps of Ellay has come out with another new release this week! It is a very cute and springy kit called In the Woods. I love the colours in this kit and come up with, what I think, is a couple really cute layouts! This first is for a desktop challenge at Stuff to Scrap. This is what I will look at for April.
I really like how this page turned out with the black and white family picture!
Here is a preview of the kit that you can pick up at Stuff to Scrap. It is 25% off right now! Also, Ellay has a freebie alpha on her blog right now!!
Until next time...

18 March, 2010

Some Layouts I've Done...

I realize now that I haven't really posted much for layouts lately, other than my CT stuff so I figured it's time to show off some of the things I've done! I've done some pages I really like lately.

Here they are:

This one was for a speed scrap and is from our trip to Indianapolis.
Blue paper, mattes, glitter and rope - Greased Lightning by Scraps of Ellay
Staples - Just Scrap It by Scraps of Ellay
Striped paper, Checkered ribbon, float - Fabulous '50s by Kathy Winters Designs and Laurinda's Digiscraps
Alphas - Plain Alpha by Flowerscraps and Tiny Tin Alpha by Nibbles Skribbles

This next one is from the speed scrap at STS a couple days ago and I love how it turned out.
Kit - In His Pockets by Scrapalicious Cereal
Alpha - Plain Alpha by Flowerscraps

This was a challenge to feature green in your layout and I really love how it turned out!
Kit - Green Romance by Fanette Designs

This next set is a two page layout that I did for a motto challenge (Microsoft - Where Do You Want to Go Today?) featuring the snow storm we had in January. It snowed about 12" but our drifts were about 5' high in places!
Kit - Chocolate Frosted Snowflakes by Stolen Moments Designs
Template - CD#10 by Senovia Designs
Alpha - My Life by Stolen Moments Designs
Kit - Chocolate Frosted Snowflakes by Stolen Moments Designs
Template - CD#10 by Senovia Designs

This one was for a template challenge.
Kit - Lovely Mini by Eva Marina Designs
Template by WM2 Designs

This was of Xander's first dentist visit but I didn't actually get a shot of him in the chair that time!
Kit - Toothiness by Eva Marina Scraps and Creations by Rachel

I worked really hard to earn this kit free simply because I really wanted to use it to redo Evan's first bath page and I love how it turned out! This was a speed scrap, too.
Kit - In the Tub by TotallyD Designs
Torn Edge by Becky's Scraps

This was done for a scraplift over at Scrap Matters and I simple LOVE how it turned out. This is probably one of my all-time favourite pages.
Background paper, frame (recoloured) - Meliage by Petit Moineaux
Stitching - Hello Easter by Scrappy Cocoa
Greenery, flower stamp - Stop the Time by Melancolie
Seashells - Sea Life by Cajoline Scraps
Pearls - Remember Me by Sarah Bennett
Bow (recoloured) - Like No Other by Eva Marina Scraps

This one was also for a speed scrap but I think it turned out pretty cute.
Kit - Santa's List by Every Ever After Moment
Glitter - Thompson's Room by Scraps of Ellay
Tag - Beach Bum by Digi-Designs by Nicole
Alpha - Dandelion Dreams by A Work in Progress

There are several pages that I've been pretty happy with. Now, I've got pictures picked out for my next batch of weeks, I just have to edit and post. I hope I can do that sometime soon.

Until next time...

17 March, 2010

Fairy's Garden!

Well, Christie Dawn (who is also on the Scraps of Ellay CT) is one of Stuff to Scrap's newest designers under the name Scrappin' Serenity. She has some absolutely adorable kits but this is her newest one. It just went into the store today and she was nice enough to let some of us play with it! Here is a preview of the kit (followed by a LO I made with it).

Isn't it cute? You can check out her store at STS for this kit!

Until next time...

11 March, 2010


I just thought I'd drop a quick note to let you all know that there's a speed scrap over at Stuff to Scrap tomorrow and Lori from Scraps of Ellay is hosting it! She's got an adorable participation prize of quick pages from With All My Art. I'm hoping to make it...I probably will, if I don't forget about it! Sometimes my memory fails me ;). The details are all in the poster below!

Until next time...

07 March, 2010

New Kit - With All My Art!

Well, the days continue to fly by. I can't believe it's March already! Also, the Olympics are done but the curling's back today! I'm happy that the Brier started so we get another week of curling. Xander's been loving this, too, though he just watches a bit and then goes to "play curling" with some wooden alphabet blocks. He's so cute and even "cleans" his rocks and talks strategy while doing this. He wants to go see a real game sometime - maybe next year when the men's Worlds are here in Regina!

Anyway, the point of this post is to tell you that Scraps of Ellay has a new kit out this week! It's called With All My Art and is a collab with Knittenjen from our CT! At first I wasn't sure what to scrap...my boys are not the most art-y (probably because I never think to do crafts). Evan's just starting to get into it and does love to colour but we do very little at home. Then, the perfect situation presented itself. Xander coloured parts for a house and then glued them together at church on Thursday and his teacher was telling me how impressed she was. This led to him wanting me to show him how to draw a house on Friday and then him drawing houses all weekend! I even took some pictures of his pictures, which I think is a great way to "save" them without the paper clutter!

Anyway, here are the two LOs I did with this kit. This is a two page spread and I thought the corkboard was perfect for this!!

Page 1

Page 2
Here is the preview of Ellay's part, which you can pick up in the store here. It's 25% off right now! Also, if you go to her blog here, she has a freebie for everyone!

I didn't get a chance to do a page with Jen's part but she is GIVING HER PART AWAY FOR FREE on her blog here. So, you can pick it up in parts this week and check out some pages done with hers. Here is a preview of that part:

I've done a bunch of other LOs that I really should post at some point in time (I really love some of them) but not tonight!

Until next time...

03 March, 2010

I Guess I Should Start 2010...

Well, I haven't been on here much lately. I'm not sure why - partly it's because my back gets sore sitting at the computer and partly I've been trying to get other things done (oh yeah, and falling asleep with the boys when they nap and...that's right CURLING!!) I figured that I should at least get a couple of weeks posted for 2010. I actually have a lot of photos for week 2 but that's OK. There's a couple of days before the Brier starts and I have to go back to watching curling again so I have a bit of time. That was the best thing about the Olympics this year...there was curling to fill the gap between the Scotties and the Brier...can you tell I like curling? The boys are even getting into it. Xander is SO cute curling with his wooden blocks and showing me what his strategy and path is going to be and how it will curl. Even Evan walked around the other day saying "I wanna watch curling". He mostly likes when it's yellow's turn.

I'm also getting more pregnant by the day. I'm really starting to feel huge and it's getting harder to get the boys around. Luckily, they can both now climb into the car by themselves and that really does help...especially with their motivation to actually get in the car. Xander has made it into a booster seat so he can get himself out of the car, too. Work is so-so. I'm definitely not enjoying it like I once did and am ready for the end of April...8 more weeks of "winter" ;).

Anyway here are some pictures and I'll organize them by week.

Week 1 - January 1-2
This was Jan 1. Auntie Rona stayed with us for a day or two before she left town for visiting and, eventually, Edmonton. Here she is helping Xander build some LEGO.On Jan 2 (really early for me) we took down the Christmas tree. I'm not sure why, but I was ready for it to come down this year. I guess I just wanted my space back. Xander did a really good job helping me take down the ornaments and the lights. I also liked the looks of the pile of ornaments below so I thought I'd add it to week 1!

Week 2 - January 3-9
This was the final for our fantasy football league. The last game of the year and my husband played my dad. Oh the tension! Not really but my husband won for the third time in four years. This trophy hasn't been out of our house since we started the league!
Here is Evan doing actions to "12 Men Went to Spy on Canaan". He is so incredibly cute when he sings this and he is doing "spy" here. The cutest is when he sings 10 were bad and 2 were good and his thumbs up ends up being more like an arm swing to big band music (or maybe Carlton-style if you know what I'm talking about ;) ).
Xander had to go get his 4 year immunizations. He's so good about needles and he did really well. He did freak out a little bit because the nurse made Jason hold him down. It was the holding down that made him cry and he could have cared less about the needle. She should have just let him sit nicely. Anyway, here he's showing me the gum he got for a treat while we wait our 15 minutes before leaving.
This is Xander's Mii from the Wii. He finished all of the cups on 50cc in MarioKart Wii (pretty good for a 4 year old) and it "took" this picture of him with Mario and Peach. I'm finally getting to the point where I can beat him (sometimes) but it has taken a LOT of practice.
My brother-in-law Tyler got to run with the Olympic torch in Manitoba and he posed by this giant pumpkin at the end of his run. It was great for exposure, since he made the news and even the Olympic website, I believe. We didn't get to see him run in real life but this is a picture of the TV from the news coverage that night.

The Saturday of this week was the day that the Olympic torch came through Regina. Now, it really no longer means that much to me but I remember my parents taking us to see things like this if they were coming by and those were great childhood memories of things I got to experience. I kind of wanted that for my kids, too. As I was thinking we should do this, Jason's parents invited us to come watch it from the balcony of their building as the torch would run right past it. Now we definitely couldn't pass that up. I think this might get a separate page as I'd like to get in pictures of all of us there (even new baby).

Here we all are waiting for the torch to come by:

Me (and new baby) - my mother-in-law actually took this picture because I am never in my own pictures!

Jason and Evan watching for the torch:
Xander waiting in the slightly chilly evening:
Then came the torch. It was dark and we were on a second floor balcony so my pictures didn't turn out that great, even though I had my good flash on. They are OK for what they are, though.

This is probably my best one. It's a bit foggy but you can actually see the person and everything.
This is without the flash. It's not bad lighting-wise but it really is quite blurry.
This one was from a distance so the flash didn't do much but light up the reflective parts of their uniforms. I actually kind of like how it turned out because I ended up with a good picture of the flame and the Olympic rings lit from behind. Kinda neat, I think.
And that was the second week in January. So, I guess you can see how my photo project for 2010 will turn out. Some days may have multiple pictures and some days may not have any but I'll try to capture a slice of life.

Now, the boys slept horribly last night (and in my bed so I had very little sleep, too) so I should really go to bed now.

Until next time...