Friday, October 15, 2010

Catching Fall....

...and catching up on blogging! These past 2 weeks have been sooooooooo busy! Way busier than an "average" busy time for me--which is really saying something! We have had all kinds of fun family activities like out trip to the Oil Ranch:

Wish this one wasn't so over-exposed, but Spencer was moving so fast I didn't have time to take a closer look at my settings and realise that I wasn't in the camera mode I thought I was. Oh well, editing it helped a lot--and it is too cute a pose to not keep it! :)

Blake had a hard time deciding on just one :)

Showing off their "Indian War Paint" as well as their pumpkins :)

And also our area's 100 yrs of scouting Jam--which was lots of fun! Plus Ty's third grade field trip to see an Opera! It has been a jam packed October so far and the month isn't quite half way over yet!

Also contributing majorly to the business is the fact that I've scrapbooked over 58 layouts and made 37 cards in the past two weeks. Now granted, some of the layouts and most of the cards were duplicates for Queen and Company's Board Program--all done in assembly line fashion late at night with a little help from Marc--but all of them took a great deal of time!

The rest of the work was all related to this book which hit shelves today:

As part of my design team work with Creative Memories I had the opportunity to contribute both to this book and to design one of the scrapbooks that are going on the media tour with Nancy. I also contributed to her page planner book which became available at the beginning of October.

Here is a little bit about the book from the Creative Memories web site:

Written in conjunction with Creative Memories, a leader in the scrapbooking industry, "Full of Love" explores the power of the family photo album. Illustrated with sample album pages and filled with how-to tips, "Full of Love" draws on Nancy’s own experiences, the advice of renowned child psychologist Dr. Kenneth Condrell and the expertise of acclaimed photographer Ulrica Wihlborg. Whether interviewing celebrities on the red carpet or co-hosting Access Hollywood for the past 13 years, O’Dell has always found time to capture her favorite memories in scrapbook albums. “I take so many photos at my children’s events, home and work,” O’Dell said. “I love having them to look at later with my family and friends.” O’Dell said she’s been making albums since she was a child. “It’s something I learned from my mother and grandmother,” she said. “They both created beautiful scrapbooks and showed me how important it is to have special memories you can hand down from generation to generation. It’s a tradition I now continue with my children.” O’Dell’s love for memory-keeping makes her a perfect partner for Creative Memories, a company that started the scrapbooking phenomenon nearly 25 years ago. “I know first-hand how important scrapbook albums are to kids,” O’Dell said, sharing her memories of the albums her mother made for her. “When I look at those albums, I feel like I was the most loved child in the world. I want my children to have that same feeling, that same sense of family connection,” she said. “There is no question that having those albums made me feel important. And I can already see that developing in my own family.”

And it doesn’t stop with a book. Nancy has also designed a full line of scrapbooking products in conjunction with Creative Memories, called the
Hummingbird Series.

I've gotten to know this collection well over the past few months and it is beautiful! In fact that beautiful scrapbook tote just showed up on my doorstep today and it is the prettiest scrapbook tote I've ever seen--by far! I love it and plan on using it to take along some scrapbook supplies on our next little weekend trip :) If you would like a chance to win some of this collection be sure and stop by here.

You can also read more about the book here:

Or just keep an eye on your TV over the next couple of weeks as Nancy goes on her book tour. She kicks it off on the Early show Monday morning in the 9am hour. I'm hoping to see a few quick peeks of some of the stuff I designed at that time :)

Additionally, you can win one of her books next week here on my blog! I think they are sending me 3 copies of her book to giveaway, so come back soon to leave a comment and pick up this book for free :)

And because I feel like I need to post some scrapbook work instead of just talk about it--here is a layout I created with the beautiful October kit at

The papers are from the Lilly Bee Catching Fall line, the alphas and flowers are by Basic Grey, and the flower shapes are by Jillibean Soup. The puzzle punch is by Creative Memories.

Journaling reads: ""This past summer you became a reader Ty! This was a hard fought battle to help you overcome your learning disabilities that have made reading so hard for you, but we are so proud of you for working so hard with us this summer to succeed! These are photos I took of you after you realized that you could read a book as long and complicated as “Green Eggs and Ham.” You would sit on the couch and read from cover to cover for as long as it took to finish it, and you enjoyed it too! I cried watching you do it, and thanked our Father in Heaven for this simple and wonderful miracle! Summer '10"

Thanks for stopping by today and putting up with my lack of blogging. (Like you had a choice, right? :) )

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Your photographs are amazing! Your boys are so cute!
    Love your page, and the tote! Now I want one! LOL
    Have a great week!

  2. Great post. Way to go Ty! Book sounds like a good one, never heard of anything like it. I bet it does well.