Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More new layouts for Scrapbooks.com

Quick post again today. I have a mountain of stuff to finish up this week. We decided to paint some of the downstairs and finally print and hang up some enlargements of some of our favorite photos over the years. I've wanted to do this for some time, but we never seemed to get around to it. Well no more! I'm almost done editing them and then they are off to mpix! They should be hanging on our walls by the weekend! I'm excited!
I'll have to post a peek once we get them up!

I'm also excited that I got an email from Amber of My Mind's Eye yesterday. Seems I won the Honorable Mention spot from their recent blog sketch challenge! Yay! I got to choose a collection to play with, so now I'm waiting for the mail man to come so I can play with their Little Boy Blue collection that I've been eyeing since it came out at CHA! I'll show you what I make with it :)

And last for today, here are my other 2 layouts I did for my March assignment at scrapbooks.com. They both feature more new goodies from Cosmo Cricket. This first one uses a mix of their Garden Variety, Material Girl, and Joy Ride lines. I love how easily Cosmo Cricket lines work with each other!
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This one uses mainly their Joy Ride line with a bit of Boyfriend chipboard accents. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Scrapbooks.com layouts

Well the 20th came and went yesterday and that means I have a few new layouts to share.
This first one is from a visit last fall to the Oil ranch with Blake's joy-school group. We had a really great day there, and Blake even got brave enough to milk the cow, unlike last time when he wouldn't go near it. He still wouldn't let the cows lick the food pellets out of his had--he preferred to toss them to the cows--but I can't say I blame him--that is kind of gross!

There is a bunch of the new Cosmo Cricket lines on this Mostly this is their Garden Variety line with just a touch of Material Girl and Joy Ride tossed in. The letters are Basic Grey.
And this next one is a simple one about Blake and one of his many dress up adventures! This time he was a Harry Potter, Jedi, Clone Trooper and he wanted to be sure I took a photo of it :) So I did :)
I'm going to miss this stage.
This one uses mostly the October Afternoon Road Map line, but has some Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend chipboard and and bit of the Boyfriend paper as well. Letters are American Crafts.
Thanks for stopping by today, I have 2 more to post to the blog in the next little while so come back soon :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge

Each month My Mind's Eye does a sketch challenge on their blog. This month they had another awesome sketch that I had to play with and it went along with the theme "Blast From The Past." This is the resulting layout. It is about how much Blake swinging on the playground with his dad reminds me of one of my favorite childhood activities:
The journaling reads: "
I love to watch you swing with your dad Blake!
You laugh your big huge laugh, smile big, and yell to go higher and higher.
It reminds me of how much I loved it as a girl, I too always wanted to go higher!
It is so fun to relive this childhood favorite through you Blake! June 2009
I kind of went to town with my Cuttlebug on this one to add some texture. You can see the embossing better in the close ups:
Hopefully the photos aren't too washed out. I'm on my laptop tonight and sometimes editing photos on it tends to result in washed out photos. I'll be glad to be back to work on my regular machine tomorrow :)
Have a great night everyone!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New sketchs and a new project

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but it has been a rather busy week at our house!
Case in point-- over the weekend Marc and I bought a bunk bed for the oldest two boys and until last night it was still sitting in it's box in my living room just waiting for us to have time to put it together.
After awhile I got tired of stepping over it and decided to get started on it even though Marc would be home late from work that night. The boys helped me open everything up and organize all the pieces into piles.
Finally, once we got everything out of the box, I realised that there were no instructions in the box. I looked everywhere hoping I'd missed them somehow--after all the boys did help me unpack it--but nada.
No instructions.
Just a lot of pieces now scattered all over my living room.
Now if you know me well, then you know I can be rather determined to do things on my schedule. I finally had time to work on this and I wanted to build it right then--not in the morning when the 1-800 number on the box would actually answer their phones.
First I did some sleuthing online hopeful that a PDF of the instructions might be on their web site.
No luck with that idea.
So I decided I'd take a look at all the pieces and see if I couldn't just figure it out. Thankfully there was a very good photo of the completed bed on the box--so I spent the next hour or so determining where each part was supposed to go and what hardware each piece used. Then I started construction, which went really well.
Marc joined me soon after and together it didn't take us very long to finish. We only had to back track once or twice and in the end there weren't even any "extra" parts left over :)
It looks great in their room, and as long as we can get Spencer to use it more for a bed than a jungle gym, we will be good to go :)
Anyhow, enough of my long story, I also have a few scrapbook related things to share. First off a couple of sketches. These are #39 and #40, which will also be added to my sketch page--here. That first one may look familiar as it was the sketch I based my layout in the last post on.

I've been busy working on other pojects that I can't share yet, so these sketches are to make up for that :)
Lastly, here is a look at a little something I am very excited to complete. The other day I noticed a neighbor of mine tossing out this very cool weathered frame with 4 openings. It used to hang on the fence in her garden and it had a little shelf at the bottom that had fallen off. I thought it would be easy to repair so I grabed it and cleaned it up.

Now I'm just trying to decide what I want in the four openings, then it is going up on my wall in my scrapbook room. The openings are about 8 1/2 "x 11" so the possibilities should be endless. I'll post another photo once I have it finished.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thank you Cosmo Cricket!

Last week I received a surprise message from Cosmo Cricket on my blog saying that they had noticed a layout of mine in the Feb issue of Scrapbook Trends that used Cosmo Cricket products. They mailed me a "Thank you for using Cosmo Cricket products package" a few days ago chock full of their "The Boyfriend" line. I love that line as is it perfect for scrapbooking boys.

And I happen to have a few of those :)

In fact just a few posts ago you can see a few other projects I did with that line for my KMA assignments last month. And here is a little something I worked up with their gift package. It is about our trip to an amusement park in Utah last Summer with my extended family. Spencer, being the youngest boy was pretty much along for the ride. He bravely went on a lot of the slightly bigger rides that would have scarred Ty and Blake at his age. I think he was having a good time at the park, but he wasn't super excited about it like his older brothers were. Later in the day we found this ride for Spencer and it was the first ride that he truly *loved*

There is a little bit of Cosmo Cricket's "Snorkel" and "Hello Sunshine" lines mixed in with "Boyfriend" on this layout. Title is Cosmo Cricket chipboard paired with a hand cut title from the font Pea Alicia Script from http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/ I love the fonts from this site--you should definitely check them out!

Journaling Reads: Spencer you were very patient with our 2 days at Lagoon. You followed the crowd and tried to understand why we would all be enjoying the various rides we flocked to over and over. You tolerated the small rides we put you on fairly well, except the boat ride you tried to climb out of, smiled a little at our crazy antics on the tilt-a-whirl, and you did really like running around the kids area in the water park--until you got too cold. However, it wasn't until we put you on this ride with your cousin that you truly seemed to be having the time of your life. You grinned and smiled and generally had a great time. I'm glad we finally found something that was more your speed! --August 2009

Anyhow, I just wanted to say a big Thank You to Cosmo Cricket! That was a really fun surprise and I look forward to making lots more fun paper crafts with the supplies you sent me!

Have a great day everyone!