Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The kit had a school theme, although almost every sheet of patterned paper was double-sided. As an added bonus, the colors screamed "boy" to me. I noticed there were only 10 kits left, did a little figuring in my head and realized that even with shipping, I was getting a deal.Back sides of patterned paper
My kit arrived on Friday and I am such a happy girl to have so many products in hand that aren't available locally. The papers are by Cosmo Cricket (Boyfriend), SEI (Play Day), American Crafts (Junior), Imaginisce (Teacher's), and Jillibean Soup (Alphabet Soup).
The embellishments were just as wonderful as the papers. I received the Letterman Thickers I've been drooling over; Scenic Route rub-ons; Jenni Bowlin die cut paper, tickets, bingo cards, and mini alpha stickers; Melissa Frances chipboard flash cards, tags, and Tag & Envelope mini book; a Making Memories edge distresser, a Prima stamp; Jillibean Soup ribbon; Imaginisce paper flowers and large brads; an American Crafts red pen; an ink pad and several vintage items, too.
There were a few items in the kit that would need specific photos to work with them. Since I want to use the whole kit (or as much as possible), I went through my photo boxes first.
I knew the "sly fox" vintage playing card would be perfect with these shots of Kevin slipping in next to his crush as a basketball game. The photos are awful because I had to zoom my camera all the way across the gym and the gym lighting is terrible for photos. Still, I had to scrap this moment. The background paper is actually a free sheet of Creative Imaginations paper that I received as part of my free gift with my order. I mixed it with the Jillibean Soup and SEI (stripe) papers. I pulled the alphas from my stash - Thickers - and added some brads to accent the initial circles and here and there. Love this page!I had an idea to use the "book" Jenni Bowlin bingo card as part of my title - Book Smart. In my head the LO looked better than when I got it on paper. Blake liked it though and it is for his album. It shows off his Talent Pool research project from 3rd grade explaining how paper is made.
I think if I just came across the Imaginisce papers in a store, I'd probably pass them off as being too "theme-y" or childish. I do love them though and am happy to have received them in the kit. I also love this page I made for Blake with his four teachers from last year. I loved the "apple" card and worked it into my title, too - apple 4 my teachers. I made a pocket behind the apple card for a tag to slip in with journaling about his teachers and the subjects they taught. The Thickers were a brand new purchase (and a new favorite font of mine).
I also had a coupon for buy 2 Hot Spot items ($1.99 ea.), get two FREE. I was once again drawn to alphas. I picked up two packs of felt alphas by Making Memories and two (identical) packages of Cosmo Cricket Blackboard chipboard letters. They ended up being $1 each - can't beat that.
It was a nice outing! Now I need to get busy on some pages and use my new alphas.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Speaking of listening, our neighbor called one afternoon to tell me that she overheard her daughter telling a friend that my Kevin was her "husband." The mom questioned her and was told that it's already been decided that they'll get married when they grow up and have one kid. They are 7!
Ladies Man Part 2
One day after getting off the bus, Blake runs in to tell me that Kevin has a girlfriend. I ask if he does and he shrugs and says, "Yea." I ask who and he replies, "Haley." Haley who? "Haley-something." (Eyeroll.) Supposedly, she told him she was his girlfriend and he said okay.
The next day, he runs in all excited and tells me that Mallory (his major crush - the younger sister of Blake's best friend) told him she likes him. I jokingly remind him that he has a girlfriend. He does a headslap and hangs his head.
On the third day...Kevin walks in from school smiling. "Mallory is my girlfriend." I ask what happened to Haley. "She's my girlfriend, too." He looks at me like I have a third eye. "I sit between them at lunch." Oh, the life of second grade ladies man.
Kevin lost a tooth this month. The tooth fairy left him a dollar. When I was little, I got a quarter. That morning while getting ready for school I overhear Kevin telling Blake that the Tooth Fairy "only left $1 again...That's gettin' a little old." To which Blake replies, "Yea man, I know what you mean." ???
Who's the Boss?
Sometimes I wonder if Kevin is unhappy with his status as the little brother. WAY too often, I'll catch him bossing Blake around. Blake is three years older and has over 40 pounds on Kev. Yet, on a regular basis I'll hear Kevin reminding Blake to do his chores and pointing out that he's doing something he shouldn't be doing. With the tone he uses, he's lucky Blake is a good, kind brother!
With Kevin, there is NEVER a dull moment!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I think it's gotten to the point where I am expected to give scrapbooks as gifts, so I was happy to make a 6x6 album for their "first photos" of the baby.
I found a 6x6 American Crafts modern album at Tuesday Morning (cheap!) and it was PINK! Then I found some Heidi Grace papers at Michael's that actually match the decor for their nursery. I covered the front and back covers with patterned paper and embellished the cover and spine with Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Creative Imaginations felt, and a bit of bling. The pages are really simple so they can just add their 4x6 photos of the baby's first day(s) - depending on how many pics they take! On the first page, I have a blank journaling card for them to record the baby's stats. I kept the rest of the pages really simple. (These are in no particular order...)
And finally...the end.On the way out the door to the shower, I realized we'd need a notebook to record the gifts. Well...I had scraps left over from the album, so I grabbed a mini composition notebook I had and altered it with the scraps. I finished it off with a cute little pacifier charm. Now the countdown is on until we get to meet Reese Adeline.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's not a pretty sight!
I knew I had a crop coming up this month, so I took a day to clean up the bonus room where I scrap. I started with the floor and quickly cleaned up my "piles" and was able to sort them out and even get rid of some things. I was left with even bigger piles on my work table though!
At the end of the first day of the online crop, my work table was still clean. (Gasp!)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
"The Perfect Day" was a good way to describe a trip to a local playground a couple days before school started earlier this month. Blake loved it just as much as Kevin did.
I mixed my new kit with some old baseball embellishments. Blake's Rookie League team was the Orioles and I've had these Orioles embellishments for quite a while now. I even included the picture than ran in the paper announcing that the team was regular season and end-of-season tournament runner-up.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The first six layouts that I'm sharing with you were all made with the August kit from PS and coordinating products.
"The Line Drive Stops Here" is my new favorite layout. (I say that frequently, huh?) These photos were taken a couple weeks ago when Blake was FINALLY given a chance to play 3rd base in an all-star tournament. He did great - stopped a line drive. This LO was for a "summer fun" challenge to scrap a summer memory.Every crop has a "scraplift the design team" challenge. I took a single page LO by Carrie Postma and stretched it into a 2-pager. Pretty much the only common ingredient was the placement of the patterned papers.
One of my goals for the crop was to try to scrap some older photos instead of just grabbing the last batch I had printed. I pulled out these photos from 2006 to use for the "something new & something old" challenge. I used my new kit and for the old items used some Navy embellishments and the blue tag. This LO is special because it documents a close family friend visiting with us. "U Did It!" captured the exact moment I told Kevin he made the 7 year old all-star team. (Us scrapbookers think ahead!) Since Kevin had dreamed of being an all-star since Blake first made the team three years ago, I thought it was fitting for the "dream" challenge. I was inspired by a sketch by Scrappin' Day.
So, there you have what I've been up to since last Tuesday when I've had free time. The crop isn't over yet, and I still have some ideas. I may complete a few more.
Thanks for looking!