Friday, December 28, 2007

New Template Freebie

Just a real quick post today! I made a fun template, you know the one I was going to do 2 weeks ago! LOL!!! Anyway! I think this is my favorite one so far!

Download Here

Here is my page that I did with the template!!!

Journaling says: Hayden on the Dance floor with the flower girls at my nephew Richards wedding! 2003

Falling For Autumn kit by Ellie Lash available at ScrapMatters

Font: Adorable from

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winding down!!!

I don't know about you, but I feel a real let down after Christmas is over. We spend so much time and money shopping, decorating and wrapping. I get so excited just thinking of what I've gotten for the kids, I can't wait for them to open there gifts and to see their excitement. Then Christmas finally comes and they open their gifts faster than it took me to wrap their first presents. By the end of the day I just feel a little sad that all the anticipation is over. Our family has always done things a little different that the traditional Christmas. A lot of it has to do with the fact that we share Hunter with his mother and then my husbands parents do a ton for the kids, really a lot more than what they need. Because of this we always get up very early Christmas morning, wake up our kids and take them over to my in-laws house to open their presents over there. We usually just have the kids open their presents from us on Christmas Eve because there is no time in the morning to open and by the time we get home from everyone's house on Christmas it is usually night time. I really wish that we could have the traditional Christmas where our kids wake us up in the morning and come out to see what Santa has brought them. This year the kids didn't even see their Santa presents until late that night. But the whole Christmas morning thing is important to my in-laws. I guess I sound like a complainer, and I don't mean to sound ungrateful, it just feels so rushed and crazy all the time. Anyway, that is the end of my thoughts on that. The Saturday before Christmas we had some excitement. My little Daschund Paige had her 1st litter of puppies. I don't think I will ever do that to her again. Poor thing had 5 puppies. We own the daddy. Paige was supposed to only be here long enough to breed with Dax but then we have never been able to get a hold of the owner of Paige, so I guess that makes us the owner. Anyway, I have never seen this before and it was awesome yet quite disturbing at the same time. My sister-in-law helped us since she had done this sort of thing before. I thought they just had them and took care of everything but Brigette had to help her with every puppy. Two of them she had to pull out because Paige was so tired she wouldn't push. We lost the runt on Christmas Eve. She wasn't even strong enough to nurse. I was so sad! That was my Roxy that we lost. So now we have an extra dog and 4 puppies. Which makes 9 dogs! Yikes!!! I have homes for 2 of the puppies. I need to find a home for the other 2 also. They are so cute though. Little tiny wiener dogs. I thought I might keep breeding them, but after watching her go through all that and losing 1 of them I don't think I want to do that to her ever again.

On brighter notes, my baby rolled over for the 1st time today! I was starting to get worried because I haven't been giving him a lot of floor time, mostly due to his acid reflux. Tummy time really bothers him and I have to wait awhile after feeding him to lay him down. He's not too far behind when Hayden rolled over the 1st time. Hensley rolled over at 3 months but both boys have been in their 4th month.

I have had some time to scrapbook with all the excitement going on. Here are a few of my layouts I have done for ScrapMatters.

I scrapbooked my kids 9 month pictures which were both done at this Kiosk in one of the mall's here. They do heritage type pictures. Hensley's is done with Rose's Secret Garden kit by Andilynn Designs. I knew this kit would be a perfect match for her pictures. I did Hayden's with Private TMR kit by Scrapped Treasures.(Teresa P.) I love how both of these pages came out. I haven't scrapped them earlier because I wanted them to be perfect!

This page was done using Ellie's Adam kit! I love the colors! It is a perfect baby or kid kit.

This page was done for a Font Challenge at ScrapMatters. Brittney's challenge was to do a page with this fun font You Are Loved. The page also had to have at least 2 buttons, 1 patterned paper, 2 photos and of course the font!!! You can check out the challenge here.
I used Melissa Ortega's Xmas 2007 kit for this challenge. The buttons came from Ellie's Merry and Bright kit. The frames are from one of Ellie's freebie's on her blog.
I got a new printer and a digital photo frame for Christmas. I still need to set up my new printer. Fun, fun, fun!!! I got the new printer so I could print out my own pages, I've decided to switch to 8x8 size but now I have all my layouts on my photo frame so I probably won't print out as many as I was before! Still fun!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Santa Baby!

I finally got my Christmas Cards out, I ended up doing a matching letter and labels with Brittney's It's Christmas time in the City kit. I'm relieved to have them done. I'm such a procrastinator. I took Landon to the mall on monday and got his 4 month pictures taken. I do them every month just because I did it with the other 2. They turned out so cute, I have been waiting all week to have the time to scrapbook them. I used Ellie's Merry and Bright kit. If you haven't already read on another blog, Ellie is taking a break from designing for a while. So sad!!! She has an awesome Quick Page on her blog using the same kit I did.

Here is her kit available at ScrapMatters.

So, so cute!!! Now here is my little Santa Baby!!!

Isn't this the perfect kit for this picture! Now I need to finish some other pages that I have been meaning to get to. Hope your weekend is fabulous!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007


I've gone from having a baby that sleeps all the time to a baby that seems to never sleep. Cat naps, that's what I'm getting from him. It is putting a real damper on my computer time. He has gotten tired of the swing, hates the floor and he's not quite sturdy enough for the walkers and jumpers yet, he is getting one for Christmas though. So TGIF because my husband is home tomorrow. I have also been super busy getting done with my Christmas shopping, I just have 1 more present to get for my dad and I am done! Wednesday night my church had a free babysitting night by the 12 year olds. It was so nice. We took Hayden and Hensley and they had a room for toys, a room for arts and crafts and then a movie room! They had a lot of fun and Brandon and I took the baby and went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory(yum) and then went to the mall to finish up what we needed from there. It was a fun night!

ScrapMatters has come out with a ton of new products from their new designers! So fun! I've already showed you Brittney's awesome kits, but here are some more available at ScrapMatters.

Here are just a few from Dirty Feet designs by Heather. She has some really fun alphabets, frames and other elements.

Here are a few kits from Sunshine DigiScraps. I love the color and elements of the surprise party kit. Love the envelope! And I love the snowflakes on the Merry Little Xmas, the stitching is so fun.

These kits are by Melissa Ortega, I cannot wait to do a page with her Delicate Purity kit. It has Hensley written all over it. The elements are so fun on her Christmas 2007 kit, I love the popsicle sticks.

This is a beautiful kit from Teresa P. inspired by her grandfather. This kit would make perfect heritage pages.

These kits by Ellie are awesome. I love the elements, I think the Adam kit is so precious and I love the colors of Falling for Autumn. Annabelle is sweet and soft. She also has a preview of a new Christmas kit that will available soon, you can check that out on her blog.

Also available at the store Brittney has her We Zigged and Zagged templates. They were part of her grab bag. These are some fun templates, here is what I did with a couple of them.

I used her blistery paper pack for this one, I also altered it a little to fit all the kids on the page.

This is one of my favorites. I love the stitching. The kit used is Holly Jolly Ho Ho Ho by Andilynn designs, the same kit I used for my banner and siggy.

And, last but not least, ScrapMatters is having a template challenge. The template is from Kristie, a member of our CT. It is a really fun template! You can find the download link for the template at the ScrapMatters Team Blog. Winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate.

Here is the template...

and here is my layout...

You can find other examples on the team blog or at ScrapMatters.

Whew, that was a long blog. I started at lunch and now it is time for dinner. And my baby has still not taken a nap. TGIF!!! Hopefully this weekend I can put a new template up! Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Template freebie

I have a new freebie for you! I made this template last night while I was making a page using Britt-ish designs Snowbound kit. I had to dig out some old pictures of when I actually lived where it snowed. Her kit is a lot of fun, I love the penguins and polar bear. So here is my template.

Download Here

and now here is my layout...

Full Credits Here

I hope you enjoy! I like to make my templates so that you have complete versatility when it comes to the papers and elements that you want to use. Hope you have a great day!!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Card

I made our Christmas Cards last night and I have to say I am so happy with how they turned out. I used the 'It's Christmas time in the City' kit by Britt-ish designs, available at ScrapMatters. I also used a little bit of her inspiration from her 'So this is Love' layout.

I love her kit, it is fun and crazy but then you can make it elegant also. She has a new kit today called 'Snowbound', I can't wait to use it but I am going to have to dig up some snow pictures

Also, ScrapMatters announced their new designers...

There are some fun kits, I am downloading them as we speak!!! My husband went out of town this weekend to go quad riding. My plan was too scrapbook all night, but sadly it is not even 10pm and I'm thinking about calling it a night! Sad huh!!! Where did my energy go?

Monday, November 26, 2007

So Lazy!

I am having such a lazy day today. These days are nice sometimes. My 6 year old is home from school sick, he was up all night. Now he has quite the burst of energy, him and Hensley are driving me nuts!!! So in my laziness this morning I scrapped a new layout and then turned it into a quick page for a Quick Page contest at ScrapMatters.

Credits: Brown Eyed Girl Kit from DesignerBrittney available

at ScrapMatters.

Font: LD Hand

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Pictures went so good today. My husband had almost talked me out of getting all the kids pictures taken but I decided to brave it anyway. They turned out so cute, I can't wait to start on my Christmas Cards. After we took them to see Santa and then when we came home we put up all the Christmas decorations. I love Christmas lights.

Isn't this just the cutest picture? I have to brag but I think he is just the cutest baby ever. But seriously, would you even know if your kids weren't cute. HeHe!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

New Tempate

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Mine was really nice. Kind of makes me feel bad about my previous blog posting. I did not go out this morning! The last place I wanted to be was at stores on the busiest shopping day of the year. I am going to attempt pictures tomorrow. I really want pictures of all the kids. I don't have any with Landon and the kids. We have Hunter this weekend so we will see how it goes. Hensley does not cooperate for pictures.

I made a new template that I wanted to share. It is very simple but you can add a lot to it.

Download Here

Here is my layout


Snow Wonder Kit by Ellie Lash

Font: CK Bella

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Black Friday at ScrapMatters!

Don't forget to stop by ScrapMatters for your Black Friday shopping!!!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quick Blog!!!

Another quick blog! I am so excited!!! I found out this morning that ScrapMatters newest designer is Ellie Lash from SugarSnapScraps! I have been stalking her blog for a couple of months now and she is an awesome designer! She started designing for Scraphead and now is at ScrapMatters. I can't wait to start scrapping her designs! I will be back tomorrow for some store news about Black Friday!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Excited for the Holidays!

I absolutely love the holidays. As soon as Thanksgiving is over I start decorating for Christmas and all that fun stuff. Thanksgiving is an ok holiday for us. My husbands family is a little, oh how do I say it nicely, dysfunctional! Ha Ha, not trying to be mean but I am just surprised sometimes by how they act. My parents are very quiet people and we never fight about anything. My husband is a sweet heart and so is his dad but throw his mom, sister and my nieces in the mix and they are just not happy unless there is some drama going on. They even will make stuff up if it's been a little too quiet and peaceful. My step-son is just as bad. The older grandchildren will have a contest to see who can feel the most sorry for them in their hard hard lives. Everything can be going along just fine and then my step-son will tell my mother in law that he is going to live with his mom because he has it too hard at his dad's house. We are so mean, we make him do chores, and he has brothers and a sister he has to deal with and if he gets in trouble he is disciplined. I know, someone call CPS. Didn't mean to go on a rant, just thinking about Thanksgiving. Last year we didn't even eat until 7pm. Juice was spilled in the oven so we spent a few hours outside because the smoke alarms were so loud we couldn't stand to stay in the house. It is kind of funny to think back now, it's a good thing we live in Arizona or it would have been kind of cold outside. So I guess we will see how it goes. I guess I kind of got off of my original subject. It is kind of different here in AZ though.The weather is still really nice so you have to remind yourself that it is Christmas time. There are Christmas lights on Palm Trees and Cactus. Growing up in Utah, it was so cold and every year we would go to Temple Square in Salt Lake City and walk around and then go across the street to the Crossroads Mall and shop. I still can't stand the cold, but snow is so pretty. ScrapMatters has a new Christmas Kit in their store called Holly, Jolly, Ho Ho Ho by Andilynn Designs. I used it on my Blog Banner. I absolutely love this kit. I love the Holly Berries and the little tags that say Naughty and Nice. It is such a fun kit.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Template

Just a quick blog since it is late. I have extended a challenge to my Digital Scrapbooking Group on Cafe Mom to create their own template. So I wanted to display my template and make it available for download for those who are interested.

And here is my page


Summer Brights Kit from Andilynn Designs

Available at ScrapMatters

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Exciting News!

I really need to be better about posting blogs. I have fun news today though. I applied for the CT Call at ScrapMatters and found out today that I am a new member of their Creative Team! I'm very excited. They have a new, fun site that I am excited to be a part of. They have some really fun challenges going on. I am really excited about the Digi Journal Challenge from DesignerBrittney. She has a fun template to go along with it and some awesome ideas. I really need to get going on it. There is also a fun template challenge from HappyScrapGirl and I received a template for a Birthday Card for participating. I will show you both of the templates as soon as I scrap mine.

Landon is doing much better. He still takes the medicine but doesn't throw up anymore. He is sleeping really long stretches at night so I've had quite a few nights that he has slept through the night. He is sleeping in his own room now, my baby is getting so big.

The kids had a lot of fun on Halloween. Hayden was a pirate, Hensley was a Pirate Princess and Landon was a Pea Pod. Hunter was with his mom that night and I guess hung out with friends. I have not scrapbooked my Halloween pictures yet either. I am so behind!

So, I will try to be better about keeping up on my blog!

This is my layout for the CT Call

Peace and Quiet Mini Kit from ScrapMatters

LD Journaling Font

This is my template layout

Template from DesignerBrittney - Tears, Tape and Stitches Template

Kit by Designs by Shelle - Primavera Kit

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Have you ever just spent the whole day surfing all the scrapbook blogs! I think that it is one of the funnest things to do! I have not been on the computer for a while, life is just kind of busy! Today I dedicated to wasting time on the computer and thoroughly enjoyed it! I stopped off at Happy Scrap Girl and Ikea Goddess to download a few freebies and then wandered on over to Simply Sarah and had forgotten all about her calendar freebie. I had downloaded January before my computer took a dive and then when I had that figured out my baby got real sick! So anyway I spent almost the whole day catching up with that and was introduced to a few new bloggers!

I am excited now to unzip all my treasures and hopefully start scrapbooking again! Landon has been sick for about 3 weeks now and last week started vomiting every bottle back up! I took him to the doctor and they had me take him to the hospital for x-ray's to see if he need surgery. Luckily he didn't need surgery and they put him on Zantac for acid reflux and he also had an ear infection. The sad thing is he is such a good baby that he wasn't even that cranky, so I didn't know he was that sick! He was even sleeping good! I even had one night that he slept through the night last week. He seems to be feeling better so I think the medication is working. He is 2 months old today! I took him in for his well check and they gave him 5 shots! Poor baby just can't get a break!

Everything else is going well. School is good for the kids and Hensley is ornery as ever. She likes preschool though and the break has been nice. My kids are out this week for fall break.

I did the baby's birth announcements a couple of weeks ago and still have not sent them out! I procrastinate so bad!

Oh well, I guess it is good that I am so busy now, I feel much better!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

September is here!

I have to say that I love September! It is also a little bittersweet though because I love September in Utah. The air starts turning a little crisp and the leaves start changing. I really miss fall. There really isn't any season changing here in Arizona. The temperature drops from the 100's to the high 90's. I couldn't wait to get out of Utah 10 years ago and now it makes me sad to know I can never go back, besides visits. Anyway, enough of that! I have a few things that I want to make mention of, hopefully I will remember them all. First, I have a Digital Scrapbooking group over at Cafe Mom, it has turned out to be a great group. I have Weekly and Monthly challenges and there are a lot of great and helpful people. The link is on my sidebar. This months challenge is an ABC album and the weekly challenge is back to school pages. Check us out and say hello! One of my group members is HappyScrapGirl and she has a freebies blog, her link is also on my sidebar. She also has a great template for a chore chart! I am excited to get mine done. I am going to make one for my 3 year old and 6 year old! I'll show you as soon as I am done with it.

When I was checking my email today I got my weekly email from Sweet Shoppe Designs and they are having a really cool challenge! It is called Stand Up and Scrap. To register you pay $10 and then can download their mega Stand Up kit. All the proceeds go to the Alliance for Climate Protection. I thought that it was cool. Check out their kit and challenge information at their blog.

OK, last but not least! Last week on Cafe Mom the weekly challenge was a puzzle page. I played with this all week and came up with a few pages. I also have one more page from one of my group members but I am still waiting for her to approve me to post it. The challenge and tutorial is still available on Cafe Mom!

Kit is by Eve Recinella

Flowers by Isabelle Kit

Kit at Scrap Girls

Precious Boy Kit

Template by Kim Liddiard

Here is the puzzle page by Beckag99, she is in my group at Cafe Mom, I am completely impressed by this page!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Getting Back to Normal

I think life is finally starting to get back to normal. I am starting to feel human again and Landon is such a good baby that I know I am so lucky. He sleeps good at night. I usually only have to get up once in the middle of the night depending on when I put him to bed. He is so amazing! I can't even imagine life without him now. He wasn't exactly planned, but I am so glad he is here. Hayden has been in school for a couple weeks now and seems to be adjusting well. Hunter is in 7th grade now and likes it alot. He had a skateboarding accident a couple of days ago and broke his wrist. I am getting kind of tired of doctor's appts. Hensley will start preschool next week. She has really enjoyed having my mom here. I don't know how she will be when she is gone. She is a good sister though. I so far only have one page done of Landon. I have been spending most of my computer time downloading new baby kits, I guess it is time to start putting some pages together.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

1st Day of School

So school started today. My stepson started Jr. High and my 6 year old Hayden started 1st grade. I've already been nervous about him going all day, you know the usual. So I take him this morning. Just a waddlin', and he was completely fine but I just felt so sad leaving him there. I know it's the hormones but I just wanted to cry but I didn't because I knew that would be worse for him. I watched the clock all day and was excited to go to the bus stop and get him. The bus shows up, kids get off, No Hayden. I call the school, he's still there, somehow he ended up in the parent pick up line, which I guess that is better than getting on the wrong bus, I just felt so bad for him. He seems fine to go back tomorrow. Anyway, I didn't think it would be this hard for me. Kindergarten wasn't even this hard, but he was only half day. Oh well, I guess I can't keep him home forever. I just have 2 more days until my C-section, I'm excited but scared. I haven't posted a page for a while. I worked on this one today while I was waiting for school to let out!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dr. Appt.

Well, I went to the doctor today and he checked me and I still haven't dilated at all. I'm pretty sure this is why I had the 1st emergency C-Section to start with, I don't think I do dilate. I never got past a 2 with Hayden. So it looks like I will be having this baby next Friday, which is fine. I still have to get Hayden to school on Wednesday. I would feel bad if I couldn't take him to meet the teacher or to his 1st day of 1st grade next week. I can't believe he is going into 1st grade, that makes me so sad. Hensley will start preschool in September! I am excited to get this baby here and move forward with life. I feel like I have been in limbo for months now!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

So stir crazy!!!

I am so stir crazy today! I'm even sick of the computer! I need to have this baby and fast! Anyway, only 9 more days left and then I'll probably be wishing for some down time. I have Hunter and Hayden ready to start school next week except the socks that I ordered them are too big, you'd think that I could order socks but I guess not! I'll have to take them to the store and exchange them. Maybe walking the mall will put me in labor, one could only hope! Here's my newest page.

I got the template from Simply Sarah blog!!! I am so addicted to templates right now!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

I've joined the world of the blogger's!

I have been playing around with the whole blogger thing for months and never do anything with it, so here goes! Be patient! My whole interest in blogging is the scraper's blogs! I love looking at everyone's pages and reading their daily stories! So here is a couple of my favorite layouts that I have done recently and hopefully I can contribute to the scrapper blogger world!

Credits: The only element that I used that

wasn't mine was the stacked photo effect

from Jen Caputo. I duplicated the photo to black

and white and then added the color!

Font: CK Bella

This is my favorite kit from Shelle by Designs

Magnolia Kit

Font: Lucinda Handwriting

The Template is from HappyScrapGirl