Sunday, November 15, 2009

Trick or Treat?

Every year we look forward to Halloween and I'm always happy when the boys want something creative or different for their costumes. This year, Kevin found one of those arms that they sell to hang out of a trunk as a decoration in Michael's and he was running up and down the aisle acting like his arm had been cut off. I literally saw the lightbulb come on as the idea for his costume popped into his head. Quickly, I was agreeing with him and we decided the old button up shirt that was used as Dr. Frankenstein's lab coat last year could be converted into a shirt with the arm cut off...and bloody.

A couple days before Halloween, Kevin and I were in a party store and he saw fake mustaches. Well, he had to have one. On Halloween as I was getting him dressed, I looked at my little man with the mustache and busted out laughing. He looked like Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell's character in the movie "Anchorman")! I had to cover up "Dr. Frankenstein" that was written on the shirt already, so for an inside joke with my family, I pulled out a "Hello my name is" sticker and added "Ron." I cracked up during the night when people passing out candy would call him "Ron."

For this layout using the Fancy Pants' papers from the October Personal Scrapper add-on, I used a quote from "Anchorman" for my title: "I don't know how to put this, but I'm a pretty big deal."For those of you wondering about Blake's costume...well, he was the "guy that cut off the arm," as he liked to tell everyone. Blake loved wearing the mask this year and having a blood-stained shirt. I think the "bloody" knife was his favorite though.One of my favorite shots from Halloween was the group shot of my family's trick-or-treaters. Joining Blake and Kevin were my nephews Dane and Luke who were a pirate and a parrot; my niece, Reese, who was the cutest pink monster ever; and my sister Kaitlin. Kaitlin was dressed up as a Transformer (Megatron?). For those of you who don't know, Kate is 21. And, when I list her as a trick-or-treater it IS because she went around trick-or-treating! I think it would be an understatement to say, "A good time was had by all."

I have so many pictures from Halloween, but not enough time to scrap them!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Croptoberfest Part 4

At Personal Scrapper, we had until November 6 to complete and upload the LOAD challenges. I finished my final two layouts and uploaded them today. Here are the remaining layouts I haven't yet shared.

October 22 challenge: Use something 6 months old or older and some of your oldest photos
I used Basic Grey Offbeat papers that I've had for quite a while, Doodlebug paper frills, and an OLD Li'l Davis 2005 dated clip and K&Co gold Navy embellishments. These photos were the oldest set in Kevin's "to scrap" photo boxes - from June 2005.
October 23 challenge: color combo challenge
This challenge really had me stumped until I noticed someone else using papers I had. That was my jumping off point. The only color missing was the yellow and I pulled that in with the ER pass. In just over a month, I was in the ER with Kevin for his concussion, a sister who was in a head-on collision (she's ok!), and a sister who had emergency surgery to remove her appendix! I'm tired of the hospital!
October 24 challenge: Use Halloween colors on a non-Halloween LO
These skulls were perfect for scrapping Kevin's concussion for his album. October 25 challenge: any 2-pager
We had options for this challenge, but I took the 2-pager route. I enjoyed using my October add-on from PS using the Fancy Pants Halloween line. Kevin pretty much carved his whole pumpkin by himself this year.
October 26 challenge: scraplift anything
This started out as a scraplift of a LO in the October Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine. I took a 2-page LO, made it a single page, and rotated it.
October 27 challenge: use stamps
This was a challenge because I rarely ever use stamps. Here I used them as a border along the bottom of this page. October 28 challenge: scrap something on your "to do list"
I had these photos pulled and thrown in my "kit" bag to use with these products. Plus, this marks one of my Design Team projects off my list for Scrappin' {Sports} Stuff.
October 29 challenge: use cardboard on your layout
I used a piece of cardboard, covered it in paint and stamped it ON my layout. This page documents the brands that Blake both requested and received for his 11th birthday last month. October 30 challenge: use a collage
I used Shutterfly Studio to make this 8x10 collage of Blake stealing bases during all-star season. Again, I used products from Scrappin' {Sports} Stuff. I love how this one turned out!October 31 challenge: use "sweet" in your title
I scrapped Kevin's crazy hair. One night after showering, he made "Elvis hair" and went to bed with it wet. The next morning, he woke up with wild hair. I love the colors of this page. I also have one more layout that didn't fit into a challenge. I used the October PS add-0n. This page is for my personal album and it shows the pumpkins that Tom and I carved this year. I loved my mini "double" pumpkin. That little thing was hard to clean out though!

Now that Croptoberfest is over, I hope to concentrate on my Scrappin' {Sports} Stuff commitments over the weekend. Stayed tuned for those projects!