Thursday, November 26, 2009

April 2009
2009.04.23
A few things about Terrance @ 22 months.
Yesterday she got into my purse, found my gum, took a piece, chewed it, LOVED IT exclaiming "Uuuuumm!" more than once. Then she swallowed it and asked for more, all of which happened in a matter of seconds.
She recently climbed from her toy chest, onto the kitchen counter, pulled the silverware drawer all the way out, (like, it was resting only on the little wheels) and sat in it!
Joe took her to the park the other day and when she saw the geese she ran up to them saying, "cack, cack. cack, cack." Yeah, she knows what a duck says, it's very sweet.
Last Saturday we went down by the river at Wallace Marine Park where Terrance was perfectly content throwing rocks into the water.
When she pushes her little stroller around the house she says, "beep, beep. beep, beep." =)
This picture is from a couple of weeks ago when we went to the Discovery Museum downtown. I love the sweet expression on her face and how she's totally into the phone but, is peeking at the dinosaurs in the next room.







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2009.04.02
To all you talented lurkers...
Rusty Pickle is looking to expand our elite design team!

Ten finalists will be chosen to run an "amazing race" where their talent (and ability to function on minimal sleep ;)) will be put to the test. Of these ten finalists, five will be chosen to join the Rusty Pickle team.




The deadline for entry is Sunday May 31st at 12 noon Mountain Standard time. Please submit the following 3 projects for consideration: (1) 2-page 12x12 layout, an altered project and a mini album 8x8 or smaller with at least 6 pages. Projects must contain 100% Rusty Pickle product to qualify. Email all entries to: amazingrace@ rustypickle.com.


Please limit one email per contestant with 1 project image of the layout, 1 project image of the altered project and one compilation image (six images) of the album (this compilation can be done using photo-editing software). The images are to be no more than 700 x 700 pixels. In the subject line put only your name.

The ten finalists will be announced Friday, June 5th at 12 noon.




Thank you and good luck!

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2009.04.01
i'm thinking Spring.
As promised, the weekend before we headed to Louisiana I was held up in my studio creating some Rusty Pickle projects and I finally have time to share the fruits of my labor. All of the cards are Spring themed and feature Rusty Pickle patterned papers, rubons, stickers and some of their yummy lace!

That's it for now...I'll be back soon with some super cute pictures of the babe and a new layout or two.

Take care!




















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March 2009
2009.03.20
Winter term 2009 is officiallly over.
I took my last final this morning at 10 o'clock and I feel great! I had two computer science finals, a lab final and a calculus final this last week all of which I totally owned and am so confident that I'll be boasting a perfect to near perfect GPA for the term. Yay!

This weekend I'm going to be in my scrapbooking room creating some rocking Rusty Pickle projects and whatever time is left will be spent packing for our vacation! Next Tuesday we're flying out bright and early to Louisiana to spend six days with Joe's very best friend and his family.

Alright, that's all I've got for now. Stay tuned for the aforementioned RP projects. =) And have a great weekend.

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2009.03.07
already an artist.
We've recently discovered finger painting and the babe loves it. Notice the focus in her eyes?

*Note: her mad scientist look is a product of pigtails all morning and then a two hour nap. I think it works for her.*

Hope you're having a great weekend!

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2009.03.02
an update, part 2: new projects. beware, this is a photo heavy post.
I finished this several weeks ago. It's a congratulatory layout to myself for finally finishing my Associate's degree last December. The layout is a Rusty Pickle project and features the School Daze line along with the Starry Night 12 x 12 chipboard. Both of which are a couple of my personal favs and can be picked up at the Rusty Pickle book this weekend at Portland CKC I also used their new alpha stickers for the title but, as a mask rather than actual stickers. Scroll down to see what I mean.


This technique is really simple, really versatile and really cool. First, adhere the stickers to your layout (card, mini album, or whatever other project you're working on) as you normally would. *Don't push down on them too hard though, because you will be picking them back up and you don't want them to tear your paper.* Once they're down simply trace around them with any pen of archival quality and when you've finished that you can fill them in however you desire.



Mine are scribbled in from side-to-side to match the feel of my layout. You could easily do anything and everything else from polka dots, to tiny dots, zig-zags, BOLD, or leave it as just an outline. I've also used these same alphas as masks here. The difference is that I first painted the chipboard shape white, then put down the sticker masks and then painted over them and the entire chipboard shape with the blue. Cool, right?

This next project is the only thing that I've accomplished all month (and I mean February when I say that because I have yet to accept that it's already March of 2009, holy sheep shit). One of my very best friends, Mandy, whom I've known since the 4th grade and is like a sister to me is pregnant. Yay! Oh, and her birthday is on Friday. So, in lieu of both of those things I spent a few hours in my scrapbooking room creating this for her.



When I decided that I was going to create this I went through my stash and pulled out all things that would be journaling friendly. Any thing with any sort of resemblence to lined paper was fair game. The idea was to have some sort of line on every page so that she could write everywhere. It was the best way to utilize the already limited space that I was giving her for keeping track of such a momentous occasion. Now that it's complete I don't think it's big enough for a pregnancy journal but, it's gorgeous and one-of-a-kind and I think that those totally make up for the lacking pages.



Because this Rusty Pickle album is spiral bound I was able to easily remove it and work on each page individually. I also embellished a few random tags, a transparency and a pocket and turned them into pages by cutting out the small binding holes using my exacto knife. *I'll point them out to you through out, they all turned out great and I love what they add to the journal.*







She's already about 12 weeks pregnant, maybe a little bit more and the beginning of the journal includes pages where she can record how it's been so far and then there's a spot for both her and her husband to each journal their thoughts on the experience thus far.
*there's the first tag that was added.*









There's a monthly divider for each month and then a few pages of actual journaling space for the month. Weirdly though, I missed the month 4 pages when I took these pictures so we have to move on.





You'll also notice that there's no rhyme or reason to this journal at all, as far as colors and coordinating goes. The pages that make up the spreads usually match but the journal as a whole is very eclectic and was literally pieced together. *there's another tag.*



I think the month 6 is my favorite spread, I love the color combo.












*There's the transparency that I added. It's actually just one of the 4 x 6 My Minds Eye overlays. I stamped the "blossom" on using Stazon, the permanent marker of ink pads.*












*there's another tag.*





*This pocket was added and is actually a page from one of Rusty Pickle's 3 x 3 albums which will be available in the Rusty Pickle booth at CKC this weekend.*



The journal concludes with a spot for a snapshot of the new babe. I meant to add a bit of embellishing to the photo mat but totally forgot to before I photographed it and then taking the picture made me remember to do it. But then I forgot again and boxed it up already so it's stuck like this.

And that's it. One custom made journal for my very best friend on her birthday.

Thanks for looking/reading and have a great rest of the week!

Oh, wait, one last thing. If you are heading up to Portland this weekend be sure to check out the booth for some awesome products, great deals and lots of inspiration! And if you have time, take a class: the ones being offered are listed on the Rusty Pickle blog.

And no, I won't be there. With only two weeks of classes left I'll be at the library studying this weekend...or if the weather permits, we'll skip town and head to the coast for an awesome day of beach combing.

I am a scrapbooker for hire. If you're interested in me creating a similar journal/project for you please don't hesitate to contact me using the link at the top of the site.





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February 2009
2009.02.27
an update, part 1: the LB (little babe).
My lovely little girl is 20 months and 3 days old.

She clearly (well, to me and joe at least) says, "where'd it go?", "peeease!", "what're you doing?", "i'll get it!", "high five!", and lots of other things in a high pitched squeaky voice that melts my heart each time I hear it.

When she gets up in the morning the first thing she does is put on her magenta high-heeled plastic dress-up shoes.

She's a drama queen: one that begins to flail her limbs fiercely, throw herself on the floor and shriek a blood curdling scream for 3 - 5 seconds. Then gets up, (as if nothing happened), points at the same balloon that she pointed at 6 - 7 seconds ago and expects to get it this time. Uhm, no little girl. It still belongs to the same little boy that it belonged to 8 seconds ago. Nice try though.

Her hair is long enough for pig tails! Hopefully the new do will stop the voices: "you're little boy is so cute!" Of which I've never understand because the girl lives in pink.

She's been in daycare part-time for a month now and is doing wonderful! I'll even admit that my heart breaks a bit each time she'd rather stay than come home with me. But, I'm also so happy and absolutley relieved that the transition was smooth and easy. T's a natural adapter and makes her mama proud. Oh, and Susan (the daycare provider) does crafts with the kids and I have baby art from the LB. =) It's so exciting!!

stay tuned for part 2.

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2009.02.04
and the winner is...
Angela Vorderstrasse! Congratulations and THANK YOU ALL for playing. It was so awesome to read about everyone. And, I was pleasantly surprised by a few of you gals that I knew when I worked at the scrapbooking store. WE MISS YOU TOO! *hugs* Thank you for all the compliments and kind words and for introducing yourself. =) Hopefully you won't be so shy in the future and will be willing to say hi more often. Or, hey maybe even start a blog of your own that I can stop by.

Alright, that's all I have time for this morning. Thanks again everyone and have a great day. I know I will, it's supposed to be 60 and SUNNY today! =)

Oh, and this is T a few weeks ago when she was sick and obviously not amused but, still super cute.

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2009.01.31
happy valentines day, early.
Love is in the air and on all the store shelves. I've been inspired for days and finally found some time yesterday to sit down for awhile and get something done.

I played with brown and pink paper lines from Rusty Pickle: White Chocolate Bunnies and Chocolate Kisses. I also used a few chipboard shapes, rub ons, butt-ons and bling to make these cards complete.

They're cute, right? They can be all yours just for leaving a comment. And, along with the three cards & matching envelopes I've put together a coordi-nating prize pack full of Rusty Pickle papers, buttons, chipboard, rubons, stickers and bling. Here's the catch: you have to introduce yourself to me.

Seriously, I'm calling all of you lurking readers out. =) I know people read my blog (because the little stats thing that I've attached to it tells me so) and I want to know who you are. Are you a regular? Is it your first visit? What's your name, where are you from, do I know you in real life, do you have a blog that I can read? Yada, yada, yada...the point is that I want to know who my readers are and I'm okay with bribing you all to find out. Just please, don't make me beg.

You'll have until Monday night to leave a comment to be eligible for the prize. =)

Thanks so much everyone and I can't wait to get to know you all. (Or, hear from you again if you do leave me comments already).

Here are pictures of the goods that you'll win: a complete 12 x 12 Lil Chubby chipboard alphabet, Lucky flourish rubons, alphabet stickers, a variety of chipboard pieces, buttons, bling and 10 sheets of patterned paper.

Oh, and the winner of the tags and the Rusty Pickle RAK from my last post was Pam. Yay! I'm not sure when the RAK will go out but, I'll get the tags in the mail to you sometime next week.

That's it for now.

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2009.01.18
I am so lame. read on, *there's a giveaway at the end.*
Two weeks since my last real post - lame.

Seriously though, I've been busy. Classes resumed on the 5th and since then calculus and computer science have been consuming my days. I finished my AA last term at the community (easier than regular) college and have transferred out to WOU to finish my BS.

Products:
Rusty Pickle White Chocolate Bunnies paper, Candyland alpha stickers, On the Edge rubons, February rubons, Beautiful rubons, Jotting it Down acrylic journaling stamps, ribbons.

I'm now a day student rather than a night student (which I love) and my class schedule from here on out will be full of math and computer science classes which really makes me excited. I love doing what I love, ya know?

Speaking of, Friday night I stayed up really late and worked on a few projects. These tags being one of them.

Products:
Rusty Pickle Chocolate Kisses paper, February rubons, Love definition rubons, Jotting it Down journaling stamps, button, ribbon, jewels and stickles.

*The giveaway is a RAK that comes from the Rusty Pickle warehouse.* Exciting, right?! If you'd like a chance to win, just leave me a comment and I'll choose a name at random on Tuesday. And just to make it easier on me, if you do leave a comment please also email me (using the link under my picture) your mailing address so that if I choose your name I won't have to email you for it. If I choose your name and I don't have your address I'll move onto the next name...fair warning.

I'm also going to include these tags in the giveaway so, if I choose you you'll get a package from Rusty Pickle and a small envelope from me...and who knows, maybe I'll throw in some Rusty Pickle out of my stash because believe me, I have PLENTY!

Products:
Rusty Pickle Petite Cherub paper, February rubons, Jotting It Down journaling stamps, chipboard hearts, button, jewels and ribbons.

That's all for now. Happy 2nd to the last football Sunday of the season! Yay!

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2009.01.10
update coming soon.
classes resumed on monday and i've been a very busy girl.

just for fun how about two new pictures of my sister's little boy? yeah, like i said, cutest baby ever.



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December 2008
2008.12.31
kato the triceratops.
he's a robotically animated "real" baby dinosaur that giggles when his tummy is rubbed and purrs when you scratch under his chin. he has fabric leaves that he "crunches" on when they're placed in his mouth. he roars, he blinks, and he wags his tail. he is absolutely adorable and up until a few days ago cost nearly $300. now though, they're only $99 and that's a deal joe and i couldn't pass up. when i called the target at keizer station this morning and confirmed that they had them in stock (unlike every other store in town) joe was on his way!

i mean really, what kid wouldn't want their very own baby triceratops that roars, groans, eats fabric leaves and wiggles his horns to jungle music? terrance has been a big dino fan since she got her first dino book as an infant. and for christmas we got her a set of little action figure like baby dinosaurs and she loves them. seriously, how could we go wrong with a 3 foot animated dinosaur?

when joe got home terrance was excited just to see his picture on the side of the box and when we took him out she could hardly contain herself. it was love at first sight. she climbed on started bouncing and then gave him lots of kisses.

then (this is where it went horribly wrong), we put the batteries in and turned him on. once he roared and blinked his big robotic eyes it was all over. terrance's screams were filled with terror. she ran to me, wrapped her arms around my neck and inserted her fingernails into my skin where they stayed until the dinosaur was removed from the room. the upside is that she's totally digging the box that he came in.


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2008.12.30
finally, i have something crafty to share.
I swear that this girl was blessed with the most fantastic cowlick. A majority of the ones that I've seen are in the most horribly wrong spot and doom a girl to years of bad hair during middle school and high school.

Products used: Rusty Pickle alphabet stickers, chipboard shapes, patterned paper, jewels and journaling stamps. Worldwin cardstock, misc photo corners.

Terrance, not so much. She's got it in just the right spot for her to have "sweeping bangs" for all of her days, as Whitney so fiercly wished for while T was inutero. Seriously.

Whitney thinks that my husband has a big forehead, which she commonly refers to as a five-head. Really though, he doesn't, he's cute and perfect and totally four (not five) headed. =) Because she thought that the big forehead gene would be passed on to baby T, all throughout my pregnancy she insisted that when Terrance was old enough I give her "sweeping bangs." Meaning, her bangs would "sweep" across the forehead from one side to the other all the while giving her a fashionable look and covering up the atrocious five head.

Well, I'm proud to say that Terrance came out a normal four-headed girl. Weirdly though, she got the sweeping bangs. Some biological super power must have agreed that it'd be a good look for her and made it so. =)

On a side note, Christmas was great and I am so ready to ring in the New Year. Not that I really will in any sort of "partying" manner. I'm lame and will probably be sleeping when the clock strikes twelve. Joe will be playing Call of Duty 4 on Xbox live. It's going to be epic.

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2008.12.24
cutest baby ever.
seriously.

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2008.12.22
Gunnar Eugene Tamez.
Here he is brand new and looking sooo much like his mother.






He weighed a whopping 6lbs 15oz and measured 21 inches long. *sigh* I can't wait to see him and hold him and love him. =)

Congratulations to Whitney and Adam. They're going to make great parents.





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2008.12.21
a baby is on the way and a new layout.
My sister called a few hours ago to let me know that her water had broke and she was on her way to the hospital. Yay! And I just now got off the phone with her husband, they're at the hospital, she's in pain and did not want to talk. I told adam to keep me posted! How exciting, Terrance is going to have a sweet little baby cousin. =) Oh, and have I mentioned that they (Whitney, Adam and Gunnar) are going to be moving back to my side of the state in the Spring? Well, they are and that throroughly made my entire year when she told me!

And, here's my layout that was inspired by the journaling challenge on 2 peas. It said to use 1 word to sum up 2008. I, instead, used 1 phrase: deadlines & due dates!

products: Hambly pp, Bazzill cs, Tim Holtz grungeboard and distress inks, Heidi Swapp chipboard alpha, Doodlebug sticker alpha, My Minds Eye diecut calendar, misc pens.

Journaling reads: from January through December I was enrolled in 13 classes for a total of 44 credits and maintained a 3.52 GPA. I completed 3 projects a month for Rusty Pickle. I was a contracted scrapbooker for the last 3 months of the year. I was a wife and a stay at home mom. Needless to say, I was busy! This last year, my life more than ever, has revolved around a calendar and the circled squares - deadlines and due dates.

The background of this layout is just a plain white sheet of cardstock. I used a straight edge and pens to draw the journaling and accent lines. I used distress inks and Tim's ink blending tool to create the subtle color on the background and really love the way it turned out.

Thanks for looking and Happy Sunday!

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2008.12.20
a couple more christmas cards.
Just 5 more days until Christmas and I'm really excited. We went shopping for T the other day and let me tell you, the girl is spoiled rotten!

My mom will be here on Monday and will be spending Christmas with us. I'm super excited for her to be here and for us to get a chance to spend some time together.

I'm thinking that I'll drag her to the movies to watch Marley & Me and then maybe a late night or two of scrapping.

Oh, and, my sister wasn't in labor the other day. So, we're still waiting.

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2008.12.18
coasters and a matching box.

i stole some pictures off of my bff's myspace (most were taken with a cell phone), touched them up, printed them out and created these fun coasters for her.

















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fyi: i'm super pissed.
i have a laptop that's less than 3 weeks old and the sd slot is suddenly not working. LAME. therefore, i can't share the project that i just finished. *sigh* why do i always get the cart with the squeaky wheel?

something that's really exciting though is that my sister is in labor. she's 37 weeks and 16 days away from her due date. a month ago her baby was 6 lbs and by now he's obviously more than ready to appear.

i called her earlier and she told me that she's having lower back pain AND menstrual like cramps AND every so often it feels like she has to take a huge crap. yep, she's in labor. she kept saying, "we'll see." and i'd say, "i'll bet you $5 that you're in labor." and she'd laugh and say, "we'll see." and then i'd ask her some other tell tale answering question and when she answered it correctly (with a symptom that indicates labor) i'd say, "yeah, you're in labor." and then she'd say, "we'll see."

she's so sweet. and cute. and beginning the most wonderful part of her life.

at the baby shower that all of my scrapbooking women threw for me when i was pregnant with terrance, my sister had created an "advice box" that the women filled with theirs. my favorite one came from a wonderful woman named Kelly Meier and it's worth sharing:

"Time passes quickly, keep momentos of all her firsts. They are open books and we are the ones to guide and help them to write on their pages. Love, kiss and squeeze her all the time (even when you are mad at her). Allow her to explore and test her world. She will be more willing to step out and take risks. Also, let her be loved by others, she will learn to be comfortable with people and trust in mankind. Lastly, accept her perfect little self with all her wonderful personality traits, even when they may not be your favorite. She is a precious gift. Enjoy every moment that you have with her."

and just for fun some earlier layouts of terrance:









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2008.12.15
I'm inspired.
I found this journaling challenge posted in the pub on 2peas:

"A lot can happen in 365 (or in the case of this year 366) days. It's possible you took thousands of photos this year. If you're a faithful scrapper, you may have hundreds of new layouts in your album. With all that's happened, it may not seem possible to capture 2008 in one layout.

But this week we're taking on that challenge. 2008 in one layout. And just to make things really interesting, how about 2008 in just one word? As you look back on another year gone by, what one word sums it all up? Make that word your title, and use your journaling to fill in the rest of the story."

Deadlines and due dates. That's mine. It's not a single word but, it's a single phrase and that's interesting enough for me. And, even if I was really interesting, a single word wouldn't flow as rhythmically as "deadlines and due dates" does. Right? The obvious answer here is, yes. It's true.

All year I've been a full-time student at a community college. I've also been a member of the Rusty Pickle design team. I'm a mom and I'm a wife. And for the last few months of the year I've also been working as a contracted scrapbooker. I've been busy and my life this last year, more than ever, has revolved around a calendar and the circled squares-deadlines and due dates.

There you have it.

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2008.12.14
better late than never.
because I really suck at printing pictures of Terrance off and sending them to friends and family, I've decided to do it for christmas. meaning, i'm making gifts (coasters, albums and some simple frames) that all have pictures of her included.

today I started the box for a coaster set and took pictures as I went.

I started with a square wooden box that I found at a craft store (4 coasters were included). After painting it I used a mask, distress inks and the ink blending tool to create a background pattern.

I outlined the pattern using a white pen.

I stamped the flourishes and added the quote.

Once the flower outline was filled in with white paint I embellished the center with a button and rhinestones. Next, I traced the stamped flourishes with black stickles.

My final step for tonight was to adhere the trans-parent embellish-ment and large brad with diamond glaze.

Tomorrow, I'll use this to "flood" the top of the box and create a super thick and shiny top coat and it's going to be really, really cool.





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2008.12.13
a new client layout.
I'll be back later with some new projects of my own and they're super cute!



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2008.12.06
Dear Joe,
I want to say that I love you and that you truly are my soulmate but, it all sounds so cliche. In this day and age true love no longer exists within society rather, it exists within oneself. The truest of loves can never be spoken of rightfully because no one has ever said a sentence, phrase or single word that conveys the astounding sense of "being" that love brings. You've brought that to me and I am so grateful.

The way you look at me makes me feel as if I'm the only person in the world. Our love comes from the deepest parts of the heart and soul. You complete me.

I love you now and I'll love you forever.

NOTE: I'm in my scrapbooking room on my laptop and am supposed to be writing a research paper but, my ADD kicked in and I found an old notebook that I used to journal in when I had a sudden urge. I was reading through it and found this bit of journaling about Joe. Sweet, huh?

And just for fun, how about some random projects that feature the love of my life.

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2008.12.04
remember this?
A few months ago I posted this and said that the pages would house the stack of photos I have of Terrance doing the cute and funny things that she does. And while I had really great intentions of doing it and keeping up with everything, months had come and gone and I still had the stack of photos and an empty album. A few weeks ago I glanced at on in my shelf and got inspired to just do it, and I did although, not in the way that I had originally planned.

Journaling reads:

"Terrance, this book is dedicated to you my sweet heart little girl.

Terrance, I have to be honest. When I was pregnant I had the best intentions of keeping up with your scrapbooking once you were born. But then, you were suddenly here and I hadn't even completed my pregnancy pages (and still haven't almost 2 years later). Then you were month old and I hadn't even scrapbooked the story of your birth. The fact was that I was getting farther and father behind by the day and there was no end in sight.

Almost a year and half after you were born and with my continued failure to properly record your infant memories, I decided that I'd make a small album that I could easily paste 4x6 photos in, jot down a quick note and consider the memory scrapped. It was a good idea and a project that I eagerly started but, once I decorated the cover I set it aside and left it empty and forgotten about. I was again failing at keeping up with recording your everyday moments. The truth is that I so badly wanted to create some sort of chronological album for you but refused to work on anything for you unless I could do it from start to finish. Don't ask me why, I don't even know, it's just how I am when it comes to scrapbooking.

Last night, though, I finally came to the realization that I am not a chronoligical scrapbooker, that there will never be an end to your memories, and that no matter how good my intentions are of eventually being able to sit down and play "catch up" and rightfully, by date, arrange all of the wonderful photo I have of you AND journal about them, it will never happen. There, I said it! You will never have those first year, moth-by-month, milestone layouts--NEVER! And I'm so sorry, because I really wanted them too but, what you will have is a compilation of my absolute favorite photos and my accompanying thoughts from that time interval. I'm pretty sure there will be no exact dates as to when you ate your first solid food, although, I do remember it was apples (which you loved and you were around 4 months old) or when you said your first word (mom). But, like I said, you'll have my memory of it and maybe a few other random thoughts.

So, here's the deal with this book: It'll be an ongoing journal about you, narrated by me. It'll always be out of order, as I plan on adding to it whenever with whatever photo I've found or recently printed. But, I do promise that I'll do my very best to at least include some sort of vague reference to month/year when I can remember to do so."

I included that picture of me in labor at the hospital because when I found it, I was astounded at how round my face is in it. I always remember thinking when I was pregnant that my face wasn't gaining any weight. Uhm...note self, yes it was! Also, it was the only picture that I had of myself pregnant already printed so, I used it. =)

My mom fell in LOVE with T when she was born. This is one of my favorite pictures of them and because I had it on hand, I used it. The pages following these ones will be journaling from my mom. She'll be here for xmas and I thought it'd be nice to have her write something to Terrance.

And, speaking of my lovely mother, it's her birthday on Sunday, December 7th and I got her this gorgeous bracelet. I found it at a great local store called Spencer's Alley. Their website really doesn't do the store justice at all. It's a giant store with teeny aisles lined with hand made delights that range from furniture to jewelry and everything in between. It's full of antiques, nick knacks, patty wacks and gorgeous holiday themed items in every style from country kitchen to classy and elegent. To sum it up, it's like a giant treasure chest in every sense of the word.

And, an added bonus is that it's right next door to Stampin' Cat Studio. A great little shop bursting at the seams with all of the latest and greatest stamping products, including this guy's. So, if you're going to follow along with Tim Holt'z 12 tags of Christmas and need a local retailer, Stampin' Cat is it.

Alrighty, that's all I got and T should be waking up soon.

Have a great day.

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2008.12.02
bigger girl, bigger sticks.
Since she was big enough to go outside and explore, the girl has loved sticks. And as you can see, the size worth collecting has grown right along with her.



May 2008
11 months.






Dec. 2008
17 months.

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November 2008
2008.11.30
Cards, cards and more cards.
That seems to be all that I've been working on lately which is so unlike me. I usually have the hardest time EVER making a damn card that I like, let alone 10 of them. So, I guess having all of these done is like a personal victory for me. =)

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, rubons and ribbon. Bazzill cardstock and Making Memories alpha stickers.

Our Thanksgiving was awesome. It was just the 3 of us. We slept in late, Joe made breakfast, we played with T, when she napped Joe played his new xbox game while I cleaned my scrap- booking room and then scrapped. We stayed in our pajamas until we went to Denny's for dinner, rented Hancock afterward (which was excellent), stayed up late gaming and scrap- booking and then went to bed. It was a great day with not a single meal cooked or a dish cleaned by me. =) I couldn't have asked for me.

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, ribbon, file folder and buttons. Bazzill cardstock and Making Memories alpha stickers.

For the most part, we stayed indoors the day after Thanksgiving. I did hit up Craft Warehouse to pick up supplies for the Christmas gifts that I'm making this year and got most of them for 40% off which was pretty sweet.

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, rubons, ribbon and buttons. Bazzill cardstock.

I invited my friend and neighbor, Jenee, over lastnight for some much needed hang out time in my scrapbooking room. We watched girly movies, laughed until we cried and got a whole lot of nothing done. And for some reason the blog has decided to turn the underline option on and not let me change it. Weird. Okay, so on that note I guess I'll be done because it's bugging me!




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2008.11.23
It's Sunday
which means that my husband will be in front of the TV all day watching football (yuck!) and I will most definitely not be here! I'm heading to the library to catch up on Calculus and Statistics homework.

Before I go I thought that I'd share a bit about CKC Seattle and a couple of new cards that I made.

I was originally supposed to be going to Seattle to work in the Rusty Pickle booth but, Thursday night at about 8 p.m. after a long day of setting up the booth, Alaina got word that the instructor who was flying from Cali. to join us wouldn't be making it after all. She was sick. So, guess who got to teach the classes? Uhm, yep! That would be me (insert big smile here)!

Friday I taught 4 classes and in the first 2 ended up bribing a few of the ladies with a free RP idea book in exchange for the use of their tools during the class (as I had none!). The classes were a breeze and the women who took them were all awesome and a lot of fun.

On Saturday I saw a lot of faces from the previous day. About 20 women (10 in the first class alone) had signed up for more RP classes after taking one on Friday. They told me they loved my teaching methods so much that they had to come back for another class which was a huge compliment and a bit of a confidence booster for me! Thank you to everyone, you made my day!

To make up for my absence in the booth, Rusty Pickle flew out a darling girl named Cora from the warehouse to help Alaina out and she was awesome. Actually, they were both pretty awesome! Both Friday and Saturday night we ate at Red Robin, drank a little bit, laughed a lot and then slept hard.

I flew home early Sunday morning and was happy to find my gorgeous little girl and handsome husband waiting for me. Oh, and T was fine with out me! It's like she didn't even notice that I was gone.

A huge thank you to Rusty Pickle for the opportunity to represent them and teach their classes and I'm certainly hoping to do it again. =)

While I was there in the booth I was able to pick up some of their newest products which included the White Christmas line and matching stamps along with their new journaling stamps! All of which were used to make these cute cards along with some of their bling and buttons!

Thanks for looking and happy Sunday.

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2008.11.16
Who's up for a challenge?
There's free product involved and it's easy. Well, sort of. Read on...


Here are 4 cards that were created using all Rusty Pickle products, or were they? You tell me.

Here's how it works. In a comment, list all of the Rusty Pickle products that were used to create these 4 cards. Whoever lists them all correctly (or closest to them all) will win a RAK from the Rusty Pickle warehouse. If more than one of you list them all, I'll put your names into a bowl and draw one at random. You'll have until the Wednesday, the 19th to leave your comment. And if you're playing, please, email me (using the link to the left) your name and full mailing address so that if you win I'll already have the info to submit to RP.

Oh, and if you're worrying about your comment being copied, don't. I'm holding them all until this is over.

Good luck!

One more thing, you have to be specific when listing products, you can't just say patterned paper or rubons, I want to know exactly what line they came from!

And I did get back from Seattle this morning but, I'm way too tired to post about it. Maybe later this week.

Happy Sunday.

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2008.11.11
Hug a veteran today.
Not only for their sacrifice and courage but, because they're responsible for a day of no classes for me! =)

And, as promised here's the paint storage:

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2008.11.10
alright, i'll admit it.
I'm actually kind of (in the itsy bitsiest way....) looking forward to 3 whole nights away from my family.

Here's the deal: I'm going to CKC Seattle on Thursday morning to work in the Rusty Pickle booth. I live in Salem so I'll be flying thus, not returning until Sunday morning. I have a 16 month old daughter who I have never been away from overnight since she was born. At first, once the reality of the fact that I'd be away from Terrance for 3 whole days set in, I cried. I'm a new mom, it makes me sad. But, after much thought and looking at the schedule that was emailed to me, I came to the realization that those three nights will have me "off" from work in the early evening and the rest will be spent by myself. I mean, I'll of course be rooming with the other girls I'm sure but, I'll get 3 nights all to myself of which I won't have to cook a meal, clean a dish, give a bath, brush teeth, change a diaper, or have sex (i'm just being real). I'll get to be around scrapbooking products all day and at night i'll eat dinner out, lay around in a hotel room and do homework. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to it. And, wow, I am so easy to please...and kind of lame.


Also, I got this layout uploaded and online. It's for my client Jenny. It's presenting them as husband and wife. I LOVE this picture and that it has really captured their bliss--they look so happy!

The perspective of it and the colors made it fun and easy to design around.

Ooh, something else: I am very proud to say that my scrapbooking room is 85% clean. And I'm proud of that because it's been in a constant state of "being cleaned" for about a year. In reality the only cleaning that I did for awhile was to move stuff around to give me just enough tiny bit of space to work on while the piles and piles of things would stay and continue to collect. After awhile though, when it got really bad and I finally realized that I would never have an entire few days to devote to cleaning the room in it's entirety, I began to slip in there for ten or 15 minutes, and sometime less, and pick up and put away (keyword) one bit of a pile. So, with all of my progressive work and gaining a bunch of new storage I was able to really make a dent in it this weekend! Of the new storage, my favorite is for my paints. It's easy, keeps them accessible AND upside down (the best way to store paint)! I used a large wooden board and adhesive velcro. Yep, it was that simple and I now have a place for all 62 bottles of my paint to be visibly stored. One thing I didn't consider before I started was the weight of all of the paint! Those little bottles add up. My board didn't have proper hardware to be hung up with so it's sitting on a shelf against the wall for now.

Seriously, tomorrow, I'll take a picture of it because it's really neat. I can't take credit for it though. A few weeks ago I was reading a ladies blog (I'm not sure who, though) and saw that she had done the exact same thing but on a much smaller scale with her stickles. So, if that woman happens to read this entry, thanks for the idea and sorry I can't give you proper credit!

I'm now exhausted and going to bed. Good night.

-A

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2008.11.07
CKC Seattle is next week!
And, I'll be there in the Rusty Pickle booth! You can view the classes and daily event schedule here.

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2008.11.03
Redskins lose tonight = Obama is the President
I've always thought that I hear the most ridiculous statistics when I watch any sort of preshow/after show/high light show or actual football game with Joe, and I'm usually right. Tonight, though, just before the Steelers kicked off to the Redskins, the commentators were talking about this which says, "For the Redskins' entire history in Washington, D.C., the result of the team's final home game before the presidential election held the key to the result of electoral college. If the Redskins won, the incumbent party would retain the White House. If the Redskins lost, new blood would take over."

FYI: the game just ended and the Redskins lost.


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November 2008
2008.11.30
Cards, cards and more cards.
That seems to be all that I've been working on lately which is so unlike me. I usually have the hardest time EVER making a damn card that I like, let alone 10 of them. So, I guess having all of these done is like a personal victory for me. =)

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, rubons and ribbon. Bazzill cardstock and Making Memories alpha stickers.

Our Thanksgiving was awesome. It was just the 3 of us. We slept in late, Joe made breakfast, we played with T, when she napped Joe played his new xbox game while I cleaned my scrap- booking room and then scrapped. We stayed in our pajamas until we went to Denny's for dinner, rented Hancock afterward (which was excellent), stayed up late gaming and scrap- booking and then went to bed. It was a great day with not a single meal cooked or a dish cleaned by me. =) I couldn't have asked for me.

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, ribbon, file folder and buttons. Bazzill cardstock and Making Memories alpha stickers.

For the most part, we stayed indoors the day after Thanksgiving. I did hit up Craft Warehouse to pick up supplies for the Christmas gifts that I'm making this year and got most of them for 40% off which was pretty sweet.

Products: Rusty Pickle paper, stamps, rubons, ribbon and buttons. Bazzill cardstock.

I invited my friend and neighbor, Jenee, over lastnight for some much needed hang out time in my scrapbooking room. We watched girly movies, laughed until we cried and got a whole lot of nothing done. And for some reason the blog has decided to turn the underline option on and not let me change it. Weird. Okay, so on that note I guess I'll be done because it's bugging me!




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2008.11.23
It's Sunday
which means that my husband will be in front of the TV all day watching football (yuck!) and I will most definitely not be here! I'm heading to the library to catch up on Calculus and Statistics homework.

Before I go I thought that I'd share a bit about CKC Seattle and a couple of new cards that I made.

I was originally supposed to be going to Seattle to work in the Rusty Pickle booth but, Thursday night at about 8 p.m. after a long day of setting up the booth, Alaina got word that the instructor who was flying from Cali. to join us wouldn't be making it after all. She was sick. So, guess who got to teach the classes? Uhm, yep! That would be me (insert big smile here)!

Friday I taught 4 classes and in the first 2 ended up bribing a few of the ladies with a free RP idea book in exchange for the use of their tools during the class (as I had none!). The classes were a breeze and the women who took them were all awesome and a lot of fun.

On Saturday I saw a lot of faces from the previous day. About 20 women (10 in the first class alone) had signed up for more RP classes after taking one on Friday. They told me they loved my teaching methods so much that they had to come back for another class which was a huge compliment and a bit of a confidence booster for me! Thank you to everyone, you made my day!

To make up for my absence in the booth, Rusty Pickle flew out a darling girl named Cora from the warehouse to help Alaina out and she was awesome. Actually, they were both pretty awesome! Both Friday and Saturday night we ate at Red Robin, drank a little bit, laughed a lot and then slept hard.

I flew home early Sunday morning and was happy to find my gorgeous little girl and handsome husband waiting for me. Oh, and T was fine with out me! It's like she didn't even notice that I was gone.

A huge thank you to Rusty Pickle for the opportunity to represent them and teach their classes and I'm certainly hoping to do it again. =)

While I was there in the booth I was able to pick up some of their newest products which included the White Christmas line and matching stamps along with their new journaling stamps! All of which were used to make these cute cards along with some of their bling and buttons!

Thanks for looking and happy Sunday.

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2008.11.16
Who's up for a challenge?
There's free product involved and it's easy. Well, sort of. Read on...


Here are 4 cards that were created using all Rusty Pickle products, or were they? You tell me.

Here's how it works. In a comment, list all of the Rusty Pickle products that were used to create these 4 cards. Whoever lists them all correctly (or closest to them all) will win a RAK from the Rusty Pickle warehouse. If more than one of you list them all, I'll put your names into a bowl and draw one at random. You'll have until the Wednesday, the 19th to leave your comment. And if you're playing, please, email me (using the link to the left) your name and full mailing address so that if you win I'll already have the info to submit to RP.

Oh, and if you're worrying about your comment being copied, don't. I'm holding them all until this is over.

Good luck!

One more thing, you have to be specific when listing products, you can't just say patterned paper or rubons, I want to know exactly what line they came from!

And I did get back from Seattle this morning but, I'm way too tired to post about it. Maybe later this week.

Happy Sunday.

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2008.11.11
Hug a veteran today.
Not only for their sacrifice and courage but, because they're responsible for a day of no classes for me! =)

And, as promised here's the paint storage:

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2008.11.10
alright, i'll admit it.
I'm actually kind of (in the itsy bitsiest way....) looking forward to 3 whole nights away from my family.

Here's the deal: I'm going to CKC Seattle on Thursday morning to work in the Rusty Pickle booth. I live in Salem so I'll be flying thus, not returning until Sunday morning. I have a 16 month old daughter who I have never been away from overnight since she was born. At first, once the reality of the fact that I'd be away from Terrance for 3 whole days set in, I cried. I'm a new mom, it makes me sad. But, after much thought and looking at the schedule that was emailed to me, I came to the realization that those three nights will have me "off" from work in the early evening and the rest will be spent by myself. I mean, I'll of course be rooming with the other girls I'm sure but, I'll get 3 nights all to myself of which I won't have to cook a meal, clean a dish, give a bath, brush teeth, change a diaper, or have sex (i'm just being real). I'll get to be around scrapbooking products all day and at night i'll eat dinner out, lay around in a hotel room and do homework. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to it. And, wow, I am so easy to please...and kind of lame.


Also, I got this layout uploaded and online. It's for my client Jenny. It's presenting them as husband and wife. I LOVE this picture and that it has really captured their bliss--they look so happy!

The perspective of it and the colors made it fun and easy to design around.

Ooh, something else: I am very proud to say that my scrapbooking room is 85% clean. And I'm proud of that because it's been in a constant state of "being cleaned" for about a year. In reality the only cleaning that I did for awhile was to move stuff around to give me just enough tiny bit of space to work on while the piles and piles of things would stay and continue to collect. After awhile though, when it got really bad and I finally realized that I would never have an entire few days to devote to cleaning the room in it's entirety, I began to slip in there for ten or 15 minutes, and sometime less, and pick up and put away (keyword) one bit of a pile. So, with all of my progressive work and gaining a bunch of new storage I was able to really make a dent in it this weekend! Of the new storage, my favorite is for my paints. It's easy, keeps them accessible AND upside down (the best way to store paint)! I used a large wooden board and adhesive velcro. Yep, it was that simple and I now have a place for all 62 bottles of my paint to be visibly stored. One thing I didn't consider before I started was the weight of all of the paint! Those little bottles add up. My board didn't have proper hardware to be hung up with so it's sitting on a shelf against the wall for now.

Seriously, tomorrow, I'll take a picture of it because it's really neat. I can't take credit for it though. A few weeks ago I was reading a ladies blog (I'm not sure who, though) and saw that she had done the exact same thing but on a much smaller scale with her stickles. So, if that woman happens to read this entry, thanks for the idea and sorry I can't give you proper credit!

I'm now exhausted and going to bed. Good night.

-A

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2008.11.07
CKC Seattle is next week!
And, I'll be there in the Rusty Pickle booth! You can view the classes and daily event schedule here.

Posted at 10:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

2008.11.03
Redskins lose tonight = Obama is the President
I've always thought that I hear the most ridiculous statistics when I watch any sort of preshow/after show/high light show or actual football game with Joe, and I'm usually right. Tonight, though, just before the Steelers kicked off to the Redskins, the commentators were talking about this which says, "For the Redskins' entire history in Washington, D.C., the result of the team's final home game before the presidential election held the key to the result of electoral college. If the Redskins won, the incumbent party would retain the White House. If the Redskins lost, new blood would take over."

FYI: the game just ended and the Redskins lost.


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2008.10.31
Happy Halloween!

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2008.10.29
finally!
I've been trying to blog all day, to no avail, until now.
I did, however, make rice krispy treats. I gave Terrance 2 baby sized spoonfuls to taste when they were still warm and she loved them. Who wouldn't, though? They're a classic treat. Everyone likes them.
I made 2 cards that I just now finished.
And, I have a layout to share that I finished late lastnight.
:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
I'm getting excited.


These are Rusty Pickles new Bling (in jars w/ 5 different sizes!), fancy chipboard frames and alphabet stickers (which were used as masks for "snow"). The rubons are also all RP from the "January" sheet.


"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."
I got a ton of new product from Rusty Pickle a few weeks ago including the entire line of Candy Land and all of the coordinating alphabet stickers (5 colors: pink, green, yellow, orange and purple!) which are also a brand new font. It's very QK Studio-ish and I love it!
All of which can be seen on this layout along with a fancy frame and a scalloped edge.
Other products that I used include alpha stickers from Jenni Bowling and Making Memories, Cosmo Cricket black board and Doodlebug flowers and, a Glitz designs rub on.
These pictures are from last month and the beanie is one that my sister crocheted for her. Yep, it's pretty much a perfect fit for the girl. =)
This day she was all smiles because I was chasing her with my camera and ocassionally jumping out right in front of her. Of which, she thought was hysterical. =)


Grade Report: Calculus exam 1: 99%, Statistics exam 1: 92%
In my best Napoleon Dynamite impersonation, "yeeeeeeeeeeessssss!"
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2008.10.23
some Rusty Pickle goodness.
Seriously, Halloween hasn't even passed yet and the stores are already lining their shelves with Christmas decor-ations. It's kind of sickening and at the same time absolutely absurd and unbeliev- able.
This year is almost over?!
Anywho, seeing all of the Christmas decor- ations got me inspired and I made this sweet little card. All of the products are by Rusty Pickle.
Oh, and, FYI there's a give away going on at the Rusty Pickle blog right now until the 31st. All you have to do is leave a comment and you could be the lucky winner of a great assortment of Rusty Pickle buttons!
Go now!
Me, I've got to finish my homework.
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2008.10.19
6 days of classes, a statistics test, a calculus test and a crap load of homework being due all makes for a very busy week.
Holy shit! I don't think I quite knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to add a Sociology class to my schedule. Not that it's hard but, as with any class there's, what I like to call, busy work to be done and 8 hours of lecture to sit through each week. Add those hours to my other 4 classes and you can bet your ass that I'm a full-time student who also works full-time as a mother/wife/designer.
So, to avoid entirely a tangent about what I do each day and how my husband STILL fails to sometimes realize what exactly it is that I do, I'll show you the layout that I finished late lastnight.
This one is also for Jenny who, as I've said before, is giving me such gorgeous things to scrapbook that these pages are really putting themselves together.
products: Making Memories - paper, chipboard & alpha stickers, paint and brads. Heidi Swapp - chipboard alpha. CI - circle frame stickers. Tim Holtz - grungeboard. Bazzill - cardstock
Her now husband, then fiance, David, proposed to her as they were having "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in NYC. She kept the bag as a keepsake and I put it directly onto this layout (which the entire page was designed around) and makes it that much more special. =)
There's a letter that David wrote up and read to her that day (that is very, very sweet) and also her recount of the moment tucked behind the patterned paper.
I also tidied up my scrapbooking room a bit today and I'm really hoping that this coming week I'll be able to have it totally and completely clean (which means that I'll vaccuum). =) Here's to hoping...
Have a great week! =)
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2008.10.14
yoga pepper,
that's what my yoga instructor prefers to be called. pepper because it's her last name and, yoga because she obviously loves it! she's been practicing since the 70's when about yogi's were doing it on sheepskins rather than mats. she's a true fountain of knowledge when it comes to the practice and it's really exciting being in her class.
my last yoga instructor was more of a model. she demonstrated poses and the class copied her. she didn't lecture or share any of the knowledge that went with the poses which yogi's call, asanas and I guess, I just really appreciate that pepper does since it's something that i'll be doing for the rest of my life. =)
moving on.
i love calculus. and i do not love statistics.
And some good stuff:

This is Jenny and, her husband, David. She's hired me to scrapbook for her and this is the first page. She's sent me her wedding album to do first and it's practically going to put itself together. Her pictures are pure inspiration: a gorgeous bride and groom, an AMAZING location, awesome photography and her wedding colors (which are slightly reflected on this page) are all going to make this a very fun album to do.
The story behind this page: Beginning 7 days before their wedding day, each day David gave Jenny a card and in them he would right a numbered list that corresponded to the x number of day before the wedding. So, in the "Day 7 card" he wrote, "Dear Jenny, Here are seven reasons why I want to marry you." And so on and so forth for each day. I know, so amazingly sweet, right?!
To incorporate the cards directly into the page (with out actually having them on it), I took a few quotes and journaled with them down the edge of the layout and under the picture. I then scanned the actual cards themselves, resized them, printed them and made a sort of a book (which is attached to the orange and black scallop at the top of the page) and slipped it into a pocket behind the blue background.
I've got a page in progress that's for their engagement story, of which is fairytale like and SOO romantic! I'm waiting on a picture and some journaling to have it done and will be able to post it. And, finally, I've been tagged by 3 girls that say they love my blog!
They're are all fellow scrappers and are full of inspiration and creativity: Pomaika`i, Jane and fellow chef, Brenda!
Thanks girls!
And here are 7 blogs that I can label as ones that I love:
1. Whitney: my lovely sister who just happens to be a pretty awesome scrapbooker, designer, instructor and maker of teeny circle shortbread cookies with powdered sugar on them extraordinaire, 2. Tessa Ann: scrapbooker, designer and maker of gorgeous hand made scrapbooking embellisments extraordinaire, 3. DOOCE 4. Sarah Fordyce: pregnant and more than willing to tell you about it in a very opinionated matter. =) and she scrapbooks. 5. {:Fresh vintage:}: 6. Icing. 7. Kathie D: fellow chef and an amazingly talented and creative scrapbooker!
enjoy.
i'm going to bed.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

September 2008
2008.09.30
i did it! i cut it off
and I LOVE it! I was at the mall on Sunday and after browsing around JC Penney for a bit I walked into the first salon that I saw and said, "I need it cut off."
I got in the chair and she asked me what I wanted. I told her to cut enough for locks of love and that I didn't care what she did with the rest. She asked if I like layers, I said, "sure." And this is what she gave me. =) I'm extremely please with it and the simple joy of blow drying it in just 3 minutes (instead of 40)!
And, my hair has body and volume again and it bounces when I move my head. Who knew that taking 12 inches off would make such a difference?
And, my latest scrappy project is another acrylic wall decor thing (dang, that's technical). This time it's all about LOVE and was skillfully designed with the upcoming season in mind. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of the rich colors that appear (both in nature and in stores).
Moving on to the sweet little girl whom I call, T. She's discovered that if she kicks her leg up at the right angle and finds the exact spot on the couch cusion to use for leverage, she can pull herself up.
And as of a few days ago, she's been wearing my shoes and walking around in them. Which is probably one of the funniest things that I've seen (aside from her ALWAYS digging my bras and panties out of the laundry basket and my drawer and putting them on her head. Why? I have no idea, she just does).
Oh, and here's something that confirms my thoughts of her being a total girly girl: last Saturday T and I ran into Payless Shoes so that I could quickly grab a pair of flip flops and I also grabbed her a new pair of shoes. We came home and she was not happy until Joe sat her down and put those shoes on her. And then she proceded to walk in circles around the apartment as she admired them while occasionally glancing up at us to make sure that we were noticing her in her new shoes. =) She melts my heart.
Alright, that's it. I've got a house to clean and classes to get ready for. The term started yesterday. Tonight is yoga and calculus, yay!
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2008.09.20
her latest accomplishments.
I've been really bad about keeping lists of what T has been up to as far as milestones and new developments so, here we go:
she can now step off of the curb by herself (no more reaching for our helping hands)
she can throw very well and practices often with pinecones and blocks
she plays with us. for instance, last night I was sitting on the couch and she was running around in front of me playing and she suddenly stopped, put her hands over her face and then began peeking out from behind a few fingers that she had spread apart. At first I didn't get what she was doing but, once she started tilting her head to the side and giggling at me, I caught on. Joe and I constantly peek at her from behind things and she thinks it's hilarious...now she's the one doing the peeking. =)
instead of a baby that settles with the fact that something is out of reach and moves on for something else to play with. T, now, wants to find a way to get to it...which means she's stacking, scaling and climbing furniture.
I now find it funny to know that this is what people were talking about when they said, "oh, she'll be into everything!" When I first started hearing that I would think, no, our house is baby proof and there's no more for her to get into when she's walking that she could have when she was crawling. And certainly, I was right, we're baby proofed and there's not anything within reach that she shouldn't have. But, she's finding ways to get to the things out of reach. *ugh* Kids are rotten. =)
she talks baby jargon constantly and uses her hands to help tell the story. She also pushes her lips out like this when she talks.
she gives big, open- mouthed, slobbery kisses very selectively. the cats always gets kisses, along with her toy puppies, her grandma's in eastern oregon got them lots, shelly got some yesterday. joe and i get them, oh maybe once a month.
she answer yes and no questions by nodding. =) love that.
And that's all that I can think of for now.
Tomorrow is going to be a great day! Shelly is shutting down the shop, Karen is celebrating a birthday, and we're scrapbooking all day!
Yay!
Have a happy day. =)
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2008.09.17
home sweet, salem.
A few things to report: 1. I won a $250 gift card from Craft Warehouse, all of which was spent the very next day! Yay!
2. T and I spent a week in Weiser/Vale visiting friends and family in the dirt. Joe drove down 4 days later and spent the weekend with us visiting more friends in even more dirt. We got home late Sunday night.
Honestly, I had forgotten how dirty it is there. I had to try to stay clean and by the end of the day you'd never know that I had been making an attempt. Terrance was filthy and her bath water was brown. Needless to say she had a GREAT time.
Aside from causing cleanliness issues, the dirt also served as the culprit in my newly discovered allergies.
*sigh*
I'm so glad to be home. The air is fresh and when I get undressed tonight my clothes will still be clean.
3. I have less than 2 weeks left of my break from school. This term is going to be a doozie: statistics, elementary calculus (purposely taking a step backwards and giving myself a chance to review), and research writing.
Okay, actually, I'm kind of excited for my math classes. =)
4. My class @ Scrapbook Fever is a go!
5. I'm going to CHA Winter in Anaheim! Just before I left for Vale, Rusty Pickle released their 2009 calendar to the chefs for sign ups. Along with CHA I'll also be working at the Porltand, OR and Seattle, WA CKC's. Oh, and the Vancouver, WA CKC is coming up in November and I'll be there as well. Yay!
On a completely different note: my sister has entered her 3rd trimester which means it's baby shower time!
We decided to go the digital route in creating her invites because it's faster and much cheaper! They're going to be printed as 4 x 6 photos and mailed as post cards. Sweet, huh?
I have a ton of pictures from the Vale trip that need to be edited and printed.
*sigh*
It always takes so long.
Okay, enough for today.
Have a happy one!
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2008.09.01
getting back in front of the classroom.
What: Haunted Rusty Pickle step albumWhere: Scrapbook Fever, Salem, OR When: Saturday, Sept. 27th @ 11:00 amCost: $50
Seats are limited so, call early and reserve your spot. (503) 763-3501
I'm really, really in love with this album. A lot of the embellishments were handmade using chipboard and felt and the techniques are great! I'll be posting pictures of a few of the inside pages sometime this week so check back for that.
Hope to see you there!
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August 2008
2008.08.24
a late night laugh.
WOMAN'S PERFECT BREAKFAST
She's sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

Keep reading-they get better!!!
WOMEN'S REVENGE
'Cash, check or charge?' I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase.
As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.
'So, do you always carry your TV remote?' I asked.
'No,' she replied, 'but my husband refused to come shopping with me,
and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.'
UNDERSTANDING WOMEN
(A MAN'S PERSPECTIVE)
I know I'm not going to understand women.
I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax,
pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root,
and still be afraid of a spider.
MARRIAGE SEMINAR
While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication,
Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor,
'It is essential that husbands and wives know each other's likes and dislikes.'
He addressed the man,
'Can you name your wife's favorite flower?'
Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, 'It's Pillsbury, isn't it?
CIGARETTES AND TAMPONS
A man walks into a pharmacy and wanders up & down the aisles.
The sales girl notices him and asks him if she can help him.
He answers that he is looking for a box of tampons for his wife.
She directs him down the correct aisle.
A few minutes later, he deposits a huge bag of cotton balls and a ball of string on the counter.
She says, confused, 'Sir, I thought you were looking for some tampons for your wife?
He answers, 'You see, it's like this, yesterday, I sent my wife to the store
to get me a carton of cigarettes, and she came back with a tin of tobacco
and some rolling papers; cause it's sooo-ooo--oo-ooo much cheaper.
So, I figure if I have to roll my own .......... so does she.
(I figure this guy is the one on the milk carton!)
WIFE VS. HUSBAND
A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and
neither of them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs,
the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?'
'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws.'
WORDS
A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day....
30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men...
The husband then turned to his wife and asked, 'What?'
CREATION
A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can be
so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.
'The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain.
God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me;
God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!
WHO DOES WHAT
A man and his wife were having an argument about who
should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first,
and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.
The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and
you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.'
Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.'
Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.'
So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says 'HEBREWS'
The Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home
and were giving each other the silent treatment.
Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him
at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.
Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper,
'Please wake me at 5:00 AM .'
He left it where he knew she would find it.
The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of pap er by the bed.
The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.'
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.
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2008.08.23
I made this today.
It's a decor thingy for Katina's niece, Kalli (obvi-ously).
Products: Rusty Pickle - White Chocolate Bunnies patterned paper, andom hipboard alphabet, chipboard star, rubons, circle acrylic album and button. Prima - flower.
She and I spent the day at Scrapbook Fever. She worked on her class kits and I just played with my stuff. It was fun.
Joe and T got to hang out all day which is something they don't get to do very often. It makes me happy because Joe really enjoys it.
And it's neat to hear how a day with her goes through his eyes. I also like that he gets to see her do something new before hearing about it from me first.
Speaking of the little stinker, she's been climbing for the last few weeks and has so far conquered all of her toys and toy boxes, the sweet little baby sized rocking chair that Mandy and Brent made for her (yes, she stands straight up on it and doesn't fall. the girl can balance), my pots and pans that she drags out of the kitchen and as of today, our computer chair (which is actually my sister's kitchen chair that I've had for 3 years). Joe said that he was making dinner and looked over to see her standing completely up on the chair watching the yellow submarine themed screen saver that's on our computer.
In lieu of this, we're taking in her to the NW Kids Club tomorrow so that she can climb on all of their foamy climby things. It should be fun, we haven't been there for awhile and I'm sure T will enjoy it more now that she's older.
Now, I'm going to see if I can convince Joe to get off of the Xbox so that I can watch the Mad Men DVD that I rented. It's the last 4 episodes and I haven't seen them yet...
p.s. Go here to pop virtual bubble wrap.
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2008.08.22
i'm a little tired this morning.
Mandy (BFF since the 4th grade) and I stayed up late last night playing Yahoo Canasta. It's a variation of our favorite card game (hand and foot) and is what we settle with doing since we live across the state from one another and can't really stay up playing rummy and listening to the same Tim McGraw cd all night while taking swigs of bad whiskey and chain smoking cigarettes.
After losing terribly, or rather "looseing" as the person we were playing against kept saying, I went to bed at 1 a.m. and for some reason unknown to man, Terrance decided that she wanted to get up at 4:30-ish a.m. to have her morning juice and banana. I'd be lying if I told you I didn't put up a good fight that consisted of me begging her to lay back down and go to sleep. It was to no avail. We were up by 5. And at 6 she thought that it was a good time for her to go back to sleep. Me, not so much. I'm already up. I made myself some coffee and reached for the chocolate milk (to make a mocha) and decided that today I was going to shake the jug really hard. I like the foam it makes. And on the second full swing shake (I meant business) the lid popped off and chocolate milk went everywhere. Including all over the inside of my fridge because, let's face it, I was so eager for that chocolately foam that I couldn't wait to close the door before I started shaking.
So, the much needed morning caffeine had to wait. I had chocolate milk up to my eyebrows and everywhere within a 5 foot radius of my toes. *sigh* Fast forward 15 minutes: I've got fresh, clean PJ's on and my floor is not as covered in chocolate milk. What I can say? It was way too early and I was way too sleep deprived to properly clean it up and I decided that the inside of the fridge could wait a few hours for a thourough wipe down.
Moving on.
Along with the few hands of online cards I played lastnight, I also accomplished some scrappy things. The first being a layout with that cute picture of T from my last post.
The circles here create a large pocket that some journaling and extra photos have been tucked into.
Products: Rusty Pickle - White Chocolate Bunnies and Popstar patterned paper, buttons, lace, tag and rubons; Making Memories - chipboard and sticker alphabets; Prima - flower; Maya Road - ric racAnd a lovely detailed shot of the title.
One thing that I often do (and you can see here) is color rubons. This one blended in with the stamped image on the tag too much so I couldn't leave it black. I used my Uniball Signo white pen and just traced over it which made it more noticeable.
*For a large view, click on the image.*
And, the other thing I started is this little album.
I've decided that I have way too many pictures of T doing cute stuff and am hardly able to keep up with full page layouts. So, this little album will house snapshots of her being her super cute and hilarious self and bits of journaling from my POV.
Products: Amerian Crafts patterened paper, Tim Holtz grungeboard alphas, Making Memories alpha stickers, Prima flower, Heidi Swapp jewels, My Minds Eye die cut
The cover is all that I have done, but I have a small stack of pictures waiting to be put in here. I'll post pictures of the inside layotus as I complete them.
p.s. This lace stamp is my favorite. Notice I used it on the tag in the layout above?
Finally, T and I went out the other night with Katina and Brayden. We had dinner at Red Robin and then made a quick stop at the Children's Place where I picked up this cute beanie for T.
And I've decided that I need a new camera. I've had mine for almost 4 years and it's becoming obsolete. It only has 5 megapixels and the grainyness of my photo's is really starting to bother me. That and the fact that it's getting harder and harder to snap the pictures that I want. She's too fast and my camera is too slow.
That's all for now.
Happy Friday!
Posted at 07:49 AM in Rusty Pickle, terrance_, {Scrap}booking Comments (4) TrackBack (0)
2008.08.20
i love her.

I love this picture. Expect to see it on a layout soon.
Oh, and I got my final grades today: Writing-A, Differential Calculus-B. Yay!
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2008.08.15
you'd think I would feel kind of useless with nothing to do.
But, on the contrary, I feel revitalized and so motivated now that there's nothing that I HAVE to do. I spent my day doing all of the deep cleaning around the house that I haven't had time to do these last 2 months. It felt so good to have a spotless house (even if it was just until T woke up).
Yes, that means that I finished my last two calculus exams last night and I'm officially done with school for the Summer!
I have quite a "to do" list for myself, but they're all things that I've been dying to do and just haven't had ample time to do them.
1. Clean my scrapbooking room. I should post before and after pictures because it's messy!
2. Scrapbook.
3. Teach some classes. =) I spoke with the owner of my lss last week and I'm scheduled to teach two classes next month. I'm super excited to do this as I haven't been in front of a classroom since February. I'm itching to teach and see some people that I haven't seen in a long, long time.
4. Visit my family and friends. We're orginally from Vale (which is a teeny, tiny town on the Idaho/Oregon border) and all our really close friends and family live in that area. We're planning a trip next month and I'm really excited.
5. Get family portraits done. We originally had these taken several months ago when T was about 8 months old, she's almost 14 months now so it's been awhile. Anywho, I wasn't happy with the results of the portraits and have been needing to get back in for a reshoot. We're doing it next month!
6. Go fishing. Last Summer we weren't able to go once and it about killed Joe. He's been dying to go and now that I won't be spending my weekends studying calculus, we'll be able to find the time.
7. Shampoo my carpets. This is a must and will get done soon, I can hardly stand to look at them.
8. Try lots of new recipes. I love to cook and love to try new things, but with not having any extra time what-so-ever, I've been sticking to what I know. If you got a great recipe and it's not a secret one, please share it.
9. Excercise. I actually cancelled my Curves membership last month because my shedule didn't mesh well with their's and I've been dying to get on my mat and do yoga. My body needs to stretch! And I always feel so much better once I've done it. With no homework to monopolize my time, I'll be doing it.
hmmm...that seems to be it.
Posted at 08:13 PM Comments (0) TrackBack (0)
2008.08.10
i did it.
I studied for about 5 hours yesterday and another 5 today for the test that I had tonight. I got a B. Needless to say I'm overjoyed! This stuff is hard and I'm teaching it to myself, one can't help but to take some pride in it. Moving on.
Here it is as a whole. I've scrapped these pictures before, but I found them on my desk and then this layout just happened. For some reason lately most of my work has been coming together with very little effort. I'm not sure what exactly has been the contributing factor, but I'm not going to complain.
Before it was kind of as if I was always in a some sort of a creative rut and everything felt forced.
Not now--I feel like a new person.
.....happy day.............p.s. RIP Bernie Mac..............................................
Posted at 10:47 PM Comments (0) TrackBack (0)
2008.08.09
almost there.
Today is the last Saturday that I'll be spending at the library studying calculus. Seriously, this is it! Next Thursday my final exams are due and then I'll be completely finished with school for this term. You have no idea how excited I am.
With my Summer break being so near I've been spending a lot of time scrapbooking and it feels so good. I've got a couple of layouts that I want to share, but I haven't had time to scan them yet. So, how about some "peeks?"
Happy Saturday!

Posted at 09:19 AM Comments (0) TrackBack (0)
2008.08.04
a new layout and an old layout.
I stayed up kind of late last night to finish this layout. The pictures are from my birthday during the day when it was just me and T at home. I scooped her up and tried to tickle her, hold her and take the picture all at the same time. =) They turned out okay, I like that they're a bit candid.
The yellow graph is something that my sister bought at Joann's in Easter Oregon and sent to me. Apparently, it's a clay mold, but we've been using them as stamps. It came in a package with another design and if I remember right, I think she said they were on clearance for $0.99, what a deal!
And this layout of Terrance as a brand new, 4 day old, precious little newborn baby was published in the Aug/Sept 2008 issue of Somerset Memories. Which is now my new favorite magazine, by the way. I got a copy of it as compensation and I was (since it was the first time I'd ever laid eyes on an issue) blown away by it. It's an amazing publication! It's completely different from every other mainstream magazine that's on the shelves. It seems to me that they're targeting a whole new market. The advanced scrapbookers/paper crafters/artists! It was really a breathe of fresh air. I'm debating on whether or not I should subscribe to it. It's kind of pricey at $30 for a year's (6 issues) subscription, but I'm thinking that it'll probably be worth it since 1. I LOVE it! and 2. No one in my area carries it (that I've been able to find) so I can't just go out and buy it.
Anywho, that's all I've got for today. I'm now going to work on my 1,000 word argumentative research paper that's due next Monday. My topic is something along the lines of how we (as a society) would benefit if "parenting licenses" and other regulatory acts were to be implemented by the government. And yes, I would be for it. There are way too many people out there who have kids and clearly shouldn't.
Any thoughts?
Posted at 04:13 PM in {Scrap}booking Comments (1) TrackBack (0)
2008.08.01
Let's review.
Since my last post, this is what I've been doing--a crap load of calculus. I've decided that this will be the absolute last term that I take a math class online. It's just too much work. So, if you've gone to the Salem library in hopes of checking out a calculus book only to discover that they're all gone, now you know where they are.
And I used to whine about having to go to class for 2 hours every other day, but the thought of having the information fed to me by an instructor sounds like heaven right now considering I spend pretty much every spare minute of my day (and night) reading these texts. One more week until finals, though, which isn't long at all and then I'm out until the end of September!