June 29, 2007

Some More Hybrid Pages

I got a few more pages done in the past couple of days. I'm really loving the Heidi Swapp Ghost Letters. They are VERY cool and very versatile. I've also been using the dickens out of her self-adhesive journaling spots. I highly recommend them. Okay, so here we are:












That's all of them for now. More to come, eventually. I am excited to say that Daddy will be home at some point tomorrow night and then we have a fun day planned at Grandma and Grandpa's lake for early fireworks. Should be fun. And, Nana is coming over tonight to help me clean the house! THAT's fantastic, right? RIGHT.

June 28, 2007

Some Online Shopping

I'll spare you all the details of my yummy Ikea chair and footstool that are on their way here for the nursery, and skip right to the good stuff - scrapbooking supplies. Last night, I was browsing through my digital files (umpteen bagillion of them) of kits and paper packs and I found myself bored. Maybe it was because I hadn't bought any new digi supplies in so long. Maybe it was because I was sick of looking at the same old papers again. Whatever the reaosn, I cleaned them up, deleted a ton, and bought some new. I think my total cost for everything below was less than $25. I did good, I think... and I can't wait to use my new papers for some NEW hybrid pages! All items below were purchased through http://www.digichick.com/, http://www.catscrap.com/, and http://www.mydigitalmuse.com/.






Aren't they yummy? Can't wait to use them!

June 27, 2007

Scrapapalooza

Oh my heavens. I can't believe that I was able to get this much scrapbooking done in the past few days. I planned it all ahead of time, yes, but even that doesn't usually buy me quite as much time as I was able to spend this week. Andy being sick at home yesterday did help; he was quite content to watch movies all morning and early afternoon. Trevor was immersed in his Nintendo DS and I didn't bother him. Baby sister was content to kick the morning away and didn't cause me too much of a backache. We did sneak out for some pool time around 3, but after the boys went to bed, I went back to work on some more pages. It was very nice... so relaxing. I am very pleased that I started using traditional scrapbooking supplies again. I've gone hybrid, I guess. It wasn't easy for me.



Until recently, I made every single one of my scrapbooking pages 100% digitally, including digital embellishments like paint, staples, ribbon, title, all of it. I literally did not step foot in a scrapbooking store for over a year. Then, a few months ago I had a crisis of conscience of my lack of traditional scrapbooking supply usage. I think I just needed to feel the elements in my hands, smell the paint, see the stack of finished pages sitting there with some bulk to them. Don't get me wrong, I still love the ease of digital scrapbooking, and come to think of it, I have always done it in some respect, but I doubt I will ever do a 100% digital page again (wow, did I just say that?). My best friend may shoot me, because I called her up and sang the praises of digital scrapbooking so loud that I tipped her right over into converting. It is much easier after all. Now look at me - a traitor. Truthfully, I had more FUN these past few days than I had while doing things at the computer. Now I can just start there, and then let crativity take over. It was fun to plan out the pages and think about what I wanted to glue or paint or embellish. I LOVED it. It made my heart happy. And I can tell you that I love every single one of the pages below, and I love them at least a thousand times more than I liked them before. They are completely different than they were digital. I changed so many things - I made each and every page *fit* me. And it was worth getting the paint under my fingernails.



So, below are the pages that I've gotten finished since Monday morning. Please keep in mind that the base of each page was already completed digitally and printed on photo paper. Yes, each one was planned out in a notebook, but I'm all for improvising or using fun things that you have on hand. And my supply is low. I like it that way, but I also like to improvise. I used a lot of ric-rac this week. I'm liking it. I also came to the realization that I need to buy stock in chipboard letters and Making Memories paint (you were right, Lulu). They are a favorite of mine. There is some sweat in these pages and it felt soooo great to put it there. While I was working I noticed that the print quality of some of the pages isn't so hot... but for now, I print on the printer I have. Maybe later I can send some pages to ScrapbookPictures.com (my favorite) for printing. Until then, I am going to be THRILLED with what I have and the freedom to just create the way I am!

Finally, I'm afraid to tell you that I apparently cannot stand still while pregnant and almost every one of these layout photos is blurry - sorry about that. I will try to steady myself more for the next round. Oh yes, I'm so pleased with these that I'm going to dig back into my 100% digital stash and find a bunch more layouts that are flat and uninteresting to me now... and then I'm going to liven them up and sweat them out, too! Okay, okay, enough talking already!


Note: I'm not going to take the space to write out all of the supplies I used for each page, but if you are interested in something I have used, just let me know! Okay, here we go...
















Still Spinning, But More Slowly Now

Well, Andy is feeling much better. That kid can rebound like nobody's business, I tell ya. Such a happy little critter. The boys have been having a blast at Safety Village, a safety program put on by our local school. The other day they came home with these cute frames of them and Officer Bill. Tomorrow, I've been told 100 times, is firetruck day. They are both really looking forward to that!

On the way to school today, Trevor asked me if later, could I please lay down on my back so that they could use my huge belly as a hot wheels ramp? Seriously. I told him no, lol. Huge belly, huh? Well, almost. But trust me - it gets bigger. I still have at least 10 weeks left, if not 14.

Finally, before I started my scrapathon, I wanted to work on the baby's room. I did end up hanging the curtains and the rods, which included one hell of a corner arrangement. If you look closely you will see a rubber band. Oh yes, isn't this an engineering marvel? I'm hating it. A lot. I'm hating it so much that I may rip it all down and then return the curtains to Pottery Barn (not very modern looking at all) and the rods to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Now about the rods, I realize that I bought them all traditional-looking, but that's only because they are exactly the same as the curtain rods in the rest of the house... and for resale purposes down the line, shouldn't they all match??? Sigh. I am disillusioned by the curtains in the nursery. Boo.

I also made a total score at Michael's by accident this week. As I was walking in, they had these finish-it-yourself wooden frames in their $1 bins. I grabbed up 4 and painted them to match the nursery and the stitchettes. I *think* I like them, but I reserve the right to change my mind (and waste my $4) once the rest of the nursery is put together. I'm loving the colors and everything, just wondering if I wouldn't like white metal frames instead, now that I know these are 4x6" frames. I'll have to think on this some more.

June 25, 2007

I'm Spinning

Wow. We had a great weekend and I got SO MUCH accomplished. Perhaps this is one of my last bursts of energy before the third trimester hits...

Our (yes, I enlisted help on some things) list of things accomplished:
- Work picnic at the baseball game... 12 innings plus fireworks, home at midnight - CHECK
- Graduation party for a cousin... 6 hours in the heat plus a half dozen cupcakes per child, home at bedtime - CHECK
- Helping Daddy pack for a week away from home (*tears*) - CHECK
- 4 loads of wash, folded and put away - CHECK
- Finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (just refreshing myself before next month's big book debut) - CHECK
- Fishished the last of the 4 Stitchettes (which can be found here: http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/store/ ) - CHECK
- Sorted through about 12 pounds of old bills and papers that had to be filed... painful, but - CHECK
- Andy sick with strep? Oh, you betcha... CHECK

My end results:








and the gorgeous Stitchettes:

















That's all for now. I'm off to pick up Andy for the doctor's. Update more later.

June 21, 2007

Inspired



I found this image while perusing my favorite blogs this morning. Loving it... and feeling very inspired to craft something. You can find it here: http://neststudio.typepad.com/moopy_me/


I want the chair... in fact, I want both of them.



Plus I am totally loving what she's done with her kids' artspace/playspace. The boys make some really, really nice artwork sometimes and I would love to get it up on the walls. Trying to think of ideas on how to do it without having to frame everything, though - that gets boring. I honestly may pick up some 12x12-ish canvases from Michael's and then ask both of the boys to paint them as they see fit. I have the acrylic paints and they have the creativity, so why not? They can each paint one for over their beds and then both work on one together for baby sister's room perhaps. More thinking on this...



Last inspiration (from the same site - I love her, lol) was this ultra cute paper-pieced bunny. I have so many ideas for the walls in the baby's room that I am really going to have to sit down and think of what I really want in there. This is just too cute for words, and seems so easy to create. This is 8 pieces of paper, some adhesive, and a pen... that's it! Love it.





















June 20, 2007

Oh So Many Pictures

Lots of pictures to share today. Settle in for a great show.











First up, Andy Man. He was the ultimate cool while watching Trevor's last T-ball game two weeks ago. He said he was feeling macho because his little girlfriend was there. Darling.









Trevor's kindergarten class celebrated the last day of school with a field day. With a pirate theme, Matey! They dug for gold in the sand, made pirate snacks (mini pretzel rods, goldfish, and mini marshmallows), made treasure box crafts, walked the plank, and played tug of war. It was VERY cute. Here's our pirate.











I LOVE this picture. I always catch these great action shots as a fluke (then, when I want them the lighting isn't right or something isn't working). So, we were visiting Daddy's side of the family up at Marr Lake in Michigan's Irish Hills. This was Trevor's first swim of the year - Memorial Day weekend. The water was chilly, but the boy did not care... he went flying off of that dock before I had time to even adjust my lens. Thank goodness for "auto". I especially love his fingers all poking out, like he's bracing himself for the water. Hee Hee.





Oh my. Is he not the cutest? He has a tee shirt on his head and he was being totally silly, but I can see the 'little-boy-innocent' in his eyes. Just beautiful.








Here is Trevor strangling Andy at his preschool graduation. In a pew. At a church. You know, God was totally laughing.
















Oh heck yeah, T Dog. I told you the kid had an arm! Look at that stance, too! No one taught him this, he just started doing it. The coach was really thrilled to have Trevor on his team this year... he really, really appreciates the game. I can't wait to watch where he takes this as he gets older. Very cool.













And I love this one, simply because he looks small in it. Little. Young. My child. Unlike Mr. Macho throwing the ball in the previous picture. I love these little glimpses of youth that show up in Trevor these days. It's so sad to me that he's growing up so fast, so I really really love to see when he looks little. But, it makes my heart hurt a bit.














Here we are at Grandma and Grandpa's lake on Memorial Day. The funniest thing about this picture is that they are looking at themselves like "how did all this sand get here?" They spent a good while sanding up before dancing around like mud babies... I will most definitely humiliate them with this when they are older.

















So, that's it. Well, it's some highlights. What we've been up to lately.

















Home Update

The lamps and pillows arrived yesterday. I love, love, love them so much. They really look lovely, don't you think?

I just need to find another set of pillows that pull together the rustic browns, the greens, and the ivory in a graphic way to tie it all together.




Overall, I am very pleased with the way the living room turned out.

I also made a new floral arrangement for the entryway. I got the idea from Heather Melzer (http://heatherannmelzer.typepad.com/heather_anns_web_land/2007/05/score_of_the_we.html) to fill a clear vase with black beans and then add the stems. I love how this came out, but I think I might need a couple more bags of black beans... it looks a little bare now that I compare it to Heather's lucious tablepiece.














I guess I should also post a current photo of the nursery. The paint is up, but still to do: baseboards, curtain rods (anyone have any ideas for a corner window like this) and curtains, lay the run, assemble the crib, and organize the closet. Yeesh.




























Lots and lots to do, but I am thrilled with the opportunity to do it in PINK!