Monday, December 31, 2007

Another box

I made this exploding box back in October. At the time, my sister was keeping four puppies for a friend of hers who was in the hospital. They are both chihuahua breeders. We thought this might be a great get well present for her. Please ignore all the clutter in the

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wow, what a year! At this time last year, I was still working at McDonald's, though I was on a leave of absence through the winter. I would do that every winter because I'd always get extremely sick hanging out the drive-thru window in the cold... So, I happened to need to go to the bank one day, and noticed a sign in their window that they were looking for help. I went online and applied, and within a week or so, I was working there. (started Jan. 3, 2007) What a change from fast food! And a much needed one, as well.
In Feb. I had a pretty bad accident on my way in to work one morning. I was driving our Toyota Tacoma and hit black ice on our curvy mountain road. I hit a bank and flipped onto the roof. Somehow, I was able to crawl out on my own steam and was remarkably not hurt too terribly bad. I am still getting monthly adjustments on my back, however...who knows how long that will have to continue.
Working at the bank is a part-time gig, so I though I would try to sell some scrapbooking supplies on the side. I signed up with MemoryWorks in April. I had my first show in May and another in July. Then work got crazy with vacations and what not, I was working nearly full-time, and have been ever since. I'm hoping things calm down soon and I can start scrapping and having scrap parties more. I really enjoy that far more than bank work.
My husband and I started looking into fertility treatments in October...nothing has really been done to this point, we're just in the beginning, testing stages. Hopefully it works and we have a baby some day soon. What a blessing that would be.
So now, here we sit with one week left in the year and nothing really exciting to report on...but that's how real life is sometimes...

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Leaving...on a jet plane...

I'm flying to Indiana in a matter of hours. An early Christmas. I can hardly wait!
I'm very nervous that they're going to lose my luggage, though. But I have no choice but to check it because I'm hauling Christmas goodies along with me. Ah well, I'm sure all will work out great.

Over at MemoryWorks, I was involved in a Secret Santa Swap. Today was gift opening day...sooo fun! I got some great scrapping supplies including the McKenna kit from K&Co, pretty buttons and rub-on transfers. Lots of other goodies, but no time to list them.

See ya in a few days!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Nothing here's a video...

Well, my life isn't that exciting right now. Just mostly hectic with work and getting ready for Christmas and activities every weekend. So I was enjoying some downtime and came across this youtube video. I'm sure it's widely seen already, but new to me and amusing. - Watch more free videos

I'm going to a Penn State men's basketball this Saturday night with my little sister and my cousin, so maybe that will give me something interesting to talk about.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Where does time go?

Wow, it seems like just yesterday was the last time I posted...and now it's been nearly a month. I wish I could say I have been supremely busy, but that's not the case. Or that I've been working on lots and lots of scrapping stuff to share, but that's definitely not the case. I guess I've just been neglecting my blog. Ah well. I'm back for now.

A kind lady from the MemoryWorks team posted a challenge on her blog that I decided to attempt to take part in. I did a digital layout based off of her layout "First Day" in her idea gallery.

Here's my take.

I got the kit at Peppermint Creative. I definitely recommend checking them out. They have tons of great kits for digital scrappers. This one is called Twinkle Toes and is actually currently their free download.

Friday, October 19, 2007


Tomorrow I leave (after work) for a few days of rest and relaxation at my dad's house in Indiana. My sister lives with my dad and has about a dozen chihuahuas there (she's a breeder) so this should be fun. I'm excited to see my dad, but I'm also planning a day of running around trying to see some of my friends who live there. One just bought a dog kennel in Muncie, so I'm going to see that. And another has just moved back to Indiana after living in Alaska and Arkansas for over 6 years with the Air Force. I haven't seen her since my wedding almost 4 years ago. How time flies.

So here's a few digital pages from some of my trips home last year to set the mood.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A day off.

Ah, a day off. How I've longed for one of these lately. I didn't get to sleep in, though. I had to take my dog to the groomer's and then get the oil changed in the truck in preparation for our trip to Indiana next week. Boy will it be great to go on a mini-vacation.

I didn't achieve anything scrap related today, though. I would have liked to, but decided a nap was more intriguing. I did finally print labels to put on the back of my Memory Works catalogs, though. That's an achievement to be proud of.

I hope everyone is having a lovely day.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Thoughts for the day...

Wow. Fall has hit hard and fast here, and it's lovely! Last weekend at this time it was 90 degrees and, 60, sunny, breezy and beautiful. I really should be outside...but here I sit, clacking away at the keyboard. I had a lovely photo shoot with 2 of my dogs until all of my batteries for my digital camera decided to die at once...sigh. Guess it's time to get new ones, they really don't seem to hold their charge very long any more. Here are the shots I loved most, anyhow:

These are the lovely ladies who live in my household. There's Layla on the left. She is a CKC registered Chihuahua. Chloe is on the right. She is half rat terrier and half...spaz? They're both quite playful and friendly, but can get a bit rambunctious. I was just lucky enough to catch them being somewhat sleepy and enjoying the sun, or else I probably would have had nose prints on my lens.

I hope everyone has a lovely day!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Back woes...therapy scrapping...

I made this page awhile ago...but just got back from the doctor cracking my back, so thought I might put it up on the web and talk a bit about it.
I was in an accident in February. I was on my way to work one morning, when I hit black ice. I fish-tailed a bit and then hit a bank which flipped me onto the roof. Amazingly, I got out of the vehicle on my own and didn't suffer any major injuries. I did injure my back, though. I am still having monthly manipulations on my lower back, and some days it hurts so bad I just want to cry. I try to remind myself that at least I am alive to feel the pain and that helps...just some days are harder than others...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Exploding boxes!

Well, I made this explosion box a few weeks ago and I LOVE it! I'm addicted, and have gotten my friends super excited about making their own.

I also decided to try making a smaller version, and I love the way it turned out, too, though I don't know what I'll do with it. It's on loan to a friend while she works on making her own box to use as a reference.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Some of my favorite digital layouts...

This is one of my very first digital layouts. I don't think I was too creative, but I love these pictures and the colors work really well together. This was our first group vacation to the beach. It was such an experience! We went again this past summer, and hope to go many more times in the future.

This one is from our last vacation. We went to Outerbanks, NC. It's amazing how different the beach was here. Our group got a bit smaller, our house was much nicer and the weather was perfect. We don't think we'll go back to the Outerbanks any time soon, though, as it's quite a drive from central Pennsylvania. It was definitely another great experience, though.

This last one is my absolute favorite digi-layout at the moment. It's a picture of our outside cat, Shrek. He has since disappeared, but I still think of him often. I just love this picture and all of the colors in the kit I used.

Ok, that's all of the digital I'll share right now.

If you have a good art program on your computer, I highly recommend trying this great new art form. There's tons of free products out there for the taking, just follow the copyright laws and enjoy!

Gotta start somewhere...

Well, this will be my first blog here. What would I like for the world to know? I guess I will share a little of my scrap-philosophy. I'm not a perfect scrapper, far from it actually. I enjoy my imperfections, though. They set me apart. I rarely measure my cuts, and I often end up with some wonky looking mats. I eyeball all of my placements, and don't sweat the small stuff like the picture is just a fraction of a centimeter not level. These things make us human, and should be embraced. Scrapbooking allows everyone to do things their own way, and no one person can say that theirs is the right way. I love that. It truly is an art-form, but yet, you don't have to be extremely creative to enjoy it. There are products that anyone can use, and there are products that most people don't even know where to begin with. I'm enjoying learning new things and being able to let my creativity shine.

I have done traditional paper scrapping for about 10 years off and on and have within the past year started digital scrapping. I like how quickly the digital scrap pages are to make, but have yet to print any of them out to put in books. So, traditional is my main focus, and that's OK. I'll share some of both here, honestly, it's hard to tell the difference sometimes!
My scrapping interests right now are mostly pictures of myself as a child. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who loved taking pictures as much as I do, so I have tons of lovely pictures to work with. This particular photo was for a challenge on the Memory Works forum where we were to use a sketch that was actually made for a card, and transform it into a layout. I'm really happy with the way this came out. I used the Vintage Brass collection from We R Memory Keepers for all of my patterned card stock and Heidi Swapp's "cherish" acrylic stamp. The ribbon is just some random ribbon I had laying around. I was about 3 years old in these photos and mugging with my doll I had gotten for Christmas. I hope to continue scrapping my childhood over the next few weeks and hopefully finish my "baby" album before Christmas so that I can work on a few other crafty projects to give as Christmas gifts.