Isn't my Little House cute? I just got back from a relaxing retreat with my friends at http://ColumbusScrappers.org. I decided that I was only going to do digital scrapbooking over the weekend so I didn't get the chance to do anything with my retreat kit until yesterday. That's when I decided it would be the perfect thing to use on this little house box from Maya Road. (I got it at my favorite Scrapbook Store: http://www.cordcamera.com/Scrapbooking-C227.aspx ). The house has a cute little mini album inside. I still need to add photos to mine and I'll post it when I do. I'm particularly proud of the little Barn Star on the top of the front. The house looked bare without something above the door, and my friend Wendie suggested I try to find a tiny barn star. While I loved the idea, I got a little irritated trying to find one that small. Then it hit me that maybe I could make my own with paper. I went to this tutorial: http://http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/fold_and_cut_star_shape.htm , and made my own! I'm pretty proud of it, and it was so easy to do. The other products used for this were: BoBunny Beau Jardin paper from the Back to Basics line, Basic Grey Brad (front door knob), and of course, my trusty Cricut and Doodletype Cartridge (house numbers on the back).

On a side note, I'm trying to follow along with Ali Edwards as she does one of her A Week in the Life projects. Seriously this is about as hard as dieting! I keep falling off the wagon and forgetting to take pictures, so I'm going to have to do a little bit of re-creating. Wish me luck!


Eleven Years Ago Today...

and tomorrow, these two came into the world kicking and screaming. And, thankfully, the world will never be the same again ;) The one on the left is mine, the one on the right is one of his best friends who just happens to live a few doors down (in my friend, Jan's old house). They were born just one day apart!

We'll be celebrating tonight with Domino's Pizza (Me: "Really? You want Domino's Pizza for your Birthday Dinner?" Nate: "Yep! Mom, you know that's my favorite!") So it is written... so it shall be done! Happy Birthday Big Guy! Love you lots!

(OH, and by the way... I'd really like to thank whatever teacher told my son he looked 'Great' in that red-tie dyed shirt! Thanks ever so much! *insert rolling eyes here*)


What my profile should say...

I recently came across a scrapbook page that I made, about myself, for an album of Columbus Scrappers. It was written in 2004, so I had to change a couple of things. Cancer and kids, they have a tendency to throw wrenches into life! For the most part, things are the same though. It's long, so it wouldn't fit in my profile space, but if you want to know a little bit more about me, here it is...
I am Tim's wife, since 1994 and forevermore. I am the mother of Corwyn, Elizabeth, Timmy & Nathan. Mother-In-Law to Nicole & Grandma to Elijah! I've been a stay-at-home mom (for the most part) since 1997 when I quit my full time job of 12 years working for Frigidaire (which is, incidentally, where I met my husband). I'm an Air Force mom, with my oldest son stationed at Hickam Air Force base in Hawaii. I've worked as a Scrapbooking Instructor for Cord Camera, off and on, for the last 8 years. I was most recently the Scrapbooking Coordinator at the Hilliard location, but left so that I could spend more time with my family and more time teaching classes. I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since April of 1998. I've been a Columbus Scrapper since Feb 2002, and a member of Scraps in Ohio since April 2007. I am a two-time Breast Cancer survivor (Jan. 2003 & Oct 2005). I'm quick with one-liners. I don't like to get bogged down with details. I constantly battle my weight. I'm a music fan of Queen, John Denver, Enya & anything else I can sing to. I love to sing out loud in the car, even though I'm completely tone deaf. I don't dance. I'll watch any movie with Edward Burns it it. I love Coca-Cola Classic, Joseppi's Pizza (a favorite since childhood), Carrabba's, Seafood, Long Island Iced Tea and Mini M&M's. I'm a total night owl. I cry everytime I sing the Star Spangled Banner. My husband totally spoils me. My life has been blessed by God with family and friends. It's good to be me!


Mini Album for Silent Auction

Not again! Ok, so DS #2 (age 13) is now home with the flu. He's not the type to puke but I knew something wasn't right when he slept through his alarm. This child is usually up the very minute his alarm goes off, checking ESPN to see if anything major happened in the world of sports overnight! He's upstairs sleeping it off, DS #3 went back to school (and the exciting world of the 5th grade Safety Patrol!), and I have yet to take a shower today because I was so geeked up about finishing a project that I started last night.

Yesterday I saw a post on This blog that inspired me to drag out some recent (ok, well at least in the last year!) purchases and make a mini album. I had a Scenic Route Roxbury Christmas kit that I love but hadn't found a use for yet. And, I needed an item for an upcoming Silent Auction to benefit the March of Dimes. Are you still following me? One thing you'll figure out soon -if you haven't already- is that I tend to ramble. Bear with me though, it all comes together in the end! Right, Wendie?! So, this is the book that I made based on the book that I saw. (Oh, and by the way, the blog I linked to ROCKS! It's one of my favorites.) In addition to the Scenic Route kit, I used an Old Olive Classic Ink Pad from Stampin' Up! (hereafter known as SU!), some Bling from Heidi Swapp, Twill Ribbon (retired) from SU!, my trusty Scor-Pal, and the Bind-it-all. So here are my pics. I hope to work on another album or 2 this afternoon and I'll post those if I do. Enjoy!


A Monogram Letter & a sick Safety Patrolman

What can you expect from a day that starts with your 11 year old puking on your bed while you're asleep? Oy! Is there anything worse than that smell? Of course DH was already at work so I got to be the one that cleaned it up. Why am I always here by myself when the kids puke, or the dog has diarrhea on the carpet? Oh my, it sounds funny when I put it that way but believe me when I say that it's not anything I enjoy! So I did what I imagine any mom would do in the same situation- Clean up *him AND my bed*, call him in sick to school and then go back to bed! Poor little guy was so upset, he was supposed to have his first day on the Safety Patrol, but instead he was sent back to bed. Just another reason why I'm so glad that I quit my full time job. I really loved it, but it was hard to be a good mom with all that stress and responsibility.

But things got better after that. My friend Susan called, wondering if I could put together a monogram letter for someone she was visiting today. Well, of course! I love doing these altered letters, in fact I'm kind of a pro at this point ;) It took a few minutes to pick out the paper. Thank God for Basic Grey and their little 6x6 paper pads. They are my first choice for small altered objects. I love that they scale down the size of the prints. I always use a glue stick to glue the paper to the Making Memories letter (after I've traced and cut it out). Then I sand all of the edges. The sanded edges look SO finished, it's amazing. I printed off the last name on my printer, and used some (retired) Hodgepodge Hardware from Stampin' Up! and some Prima Flowers to finish it off. Anyway, here's the finished product. Sorry the picture isn't the greatest. Remind me to add photography studies to my list of things to do (in my spare time, of course!). Hope your day turns out better than mine began!