Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This is a layout I made of Lacy's too (yes too, not two) darn cute kids again. I used sketch #50 at 52sketches52weeks for this one.
Lacy and Dusty take their kids sledding all the time in the winter. There is a big hill at a park in Lindon, and the kids just have a blast.
I hate sledding. I don't like being cold, and I'm too fat to stand up without rolling myself on the ground first lol. I remember I used to love sledding as a kid though.
That reminds me of a story. We were up American Fork Canyon with the Parker family in the winter one time when I was like 10 yrs old. I think we went to go sledding and play in the snow. In any case, the seven of us kids were taking turns having Scott pull us around on this big tire tube. Well, my butt hit the hugest rock. I can still feel the pain. I was crying so hard and he just kept pulling me around. I think he thought I was laughing. No bueno dude.
Anyhow, here is my layout. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


We had a great Christmas. We slept in (I love having a preteen who values sleep almost as much as me :), got up and opened presents, then we went out to eat at IHOP with Kim, Jason, and Andy. That was pretty fun, except Andy took his thermal shirt that Kim got him for Christmas off because it was so hot--and someone freaking stole it. Nice Christmas spirit huh?
I'm so mad at myself. I totally forgot to take pictures. And I'm an obsessive scrapbooker! So disappointed in me. So, I made everyone pose for me because I need something to document it. Shane did take video, like he does every year, so it's not like it's lost. But, I'm still mad. So, these pictures are totally fake and posed, but whatever.
Shane looks so much goofier to me in this pic than he usually does lol. He just barely woke up, give the guy a break! Sorry if the shirt I got him, or the mug I got Andy, is offensive to anyone. I thought it was funny :) Maybe I have a warped sense of humor.

It was fun for me and Shane Christmas morning. We had Garrett believing that his Christmas would be really small and that we had no money to get the big things. That is actually true, but credit cards save the day--as long as you pay them off fast enough. He really didn't get that many presents, but two of them were expensive.
Shane told him he'd have to wait until his birthday to get a red-dot scope on his gun, and I told him that he wasn't getting an iPod because it was too much money. Just a little background here--I washed his iPod with the laundry about 2 months ago, so I was feeling really bad about it. I have told them both a zillion times that I don't check pockets, but still.....
Anyway, so I give him some accessories for an iPod as one of his last gifts, and he's all looking at me like I'm stupid and says, "Mom, I don't have an iPod." Then I tossed him the iPod for the last gift. He loves it. I knew he would. The last iPod he had was constantly in his pocket, so I was happy I was able to replace it. Especially since I'm the one who broke it in the first place.
Then, a couple hours later--when he thinks it's done and over with--Shane says, "Hey Garrett, Andy's never seen your muzzleloader. Why don't you go get it and show him." This should have thrown him off because Andy was actually there when he got it for Christmas last year, but he didn't even think about that. So, he goes to get it, and we hear this yell from the bedroom, "You guys are liars!". Shane had put his gun in the case with the scope he wanted already mounted. It was pretty funny.
Shane is off work from now until January 4th. Lucky! He might have to go in one day to unload a train car, but only for a coulple of hours. I of course, have to work. Such is the nature of retail. But, this will give my boys some quality time together. They are planning on doing a lot of duck hunting and going practice shooting up the canyon. Garrett's two friends that live next door got muzzleloaders and 9mm pistols for Christmas. So, they will all have fun with that.

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Tattoo.........12*21*09

So, I've been wanting to get a tattoo pretty much since I was 18. I've always liked them and thought they were cool, but I was afraid of the pain. I was also afraid that it would be something I would regret. Well, after my mom died, I knew that I wanted one as sort of a tribute/memorial to her. That would definately be something that I wouldn't regret. But, I was still afraid of the pain and didn't really know what I wanted. Plus, I never had the money to get one. And, I wanted to make sure I had a good tattoo artist that wouldn't get it wrong.
Last year, my friend, Colin, got a tattoo from our other friend, Fawn's, cousin. (I"m pretty sure I just really butchered the grammar in that entire sentence lol.) I really liked her work. Then Fawn showed me some of the tattoos that Kami (her cousin) had done for her and her husband, Rick. Well, I was pretty much sold after that. I could see that she was good at what she did, and I knew I could trust her. But, I was STILL scared (and broke).
I thought and thought about it, and finally decided I for sure wanted to do it. I just kept waiting to have a little extra cash, which is sometimes hard to come by around here.
Then my sister, Kim, offered to pay for me to have it done for my birthday this year. I was totally excited--and nervous.
So, I called Fawn and she gave me Kami's phone number. Kim and I went over to Kami's house on December 12th and talked to her about pain, about design, price, and all of the aftercare stuff. I still knew I wanted it, so we made an appointment for December 19th to git 'r done.
That's pretty much the story. Yes, it did hurt. Probably more than I let on in some places. But, it wasn't unbearable. I don't regret it (so far). Although, in case you're thinking about it, the recovery is not all together painless either. I think it is beautiful, and I think my mom would love it.
We actually went to my Grandpa Mills's house last night (my mom's dad) to visit for Christmas, and I showed him. I was afraid he would hate tattoos (being 80 years old or so). But, he loved it. He seemed a little shocked that I was the one that did it, and I can't say that I"m surprised. I would't think it would be me either.
Anyway, here are some pics.

*The Sketch Kami made for me * and *Kami starting the outline* She used a special paper to transfer the image onto my leg so she could trace it with the needles.

Remember those parts that may have been more painful than I let on? *Almost done with the outline*

*Finished Product*

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Here are some pics of Christmas cards I made this year. Please don't feel bad if you don't get one. I made 50 of the maroon and green one, and by the time I got my list done, I had 80 people to send them out to! So I made some of the red one that is a little more simple, and I still didn't get all of my friends covered. So, I'm sorry if you didn't get one. That either means I didn't have your address, or my fingers were just too sore to make another card!
I think I'm sending store-bought ones next year. Seriously, this is a lot more work than it looks like lol.

Also, this is a page that I finished yesterday using sketch #49 at 52sketches52weeks. This is Garrett and Ryan playing in the wagon at Lacy's house in summer of 2006.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In Memory of Bryson

I didn't know him, had never heard his name, but he has touched my life. His story makes me look at my son and listen to him, laugh when he laughs, cry when he cries, and remember that time is a precious thing. My heart breaks for the family, especially the mother of this little boy. This candle is for him, and for his family. To show our support and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
To read more about this story, click here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


It snowed pretty good last night, so today is the perfect day for me to just cozy up in my little office and do some more scrapping. Shane is watching football, and Garrett is playing games with his best friend, so I'm not missing much there lol.
I spent a few hours at Lacy's house yesterday making my Christmas cards, so I'm pretty glad that's done. They turned out really well, but I won't post them because I'm sending them out. Wouldn't want to ruin the surprise (for those who enjoy that sort of thing). Lacy's sister-in-law, Linda, and her girls came too. We all had loads of fun. Katherine and Linda made some really beautiful pages for Kat's wedding album, and Julia made an awesome birthday card for a friend. Becka just came to chill--which was fun too.
Here are the pages I've done so far today. I used sketches from 52sketches52weeks. Ryan's page is sketch #9, and the hunting page is sketch #48. I'm still so sad that Julie won't be doing this sketch site next year. Almost everything I've done this year has been inspired by this site. I'll just have to reuse them~I saved them all to my computer :).
Anyway, here is today's work.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


This is my niece, Jordyn, with my dad in 2005. I just love this picture. It is so sweet, and it totally shows what a huge teddy bear my dad really is.

I used Basic Grey Bittersweet papers, My Minds Eye Paper & Tags, Sassafras buttons, and sketch #5 from 52sketches52weeks.

I'm so sad. Julie Bonner, the owner of 52 Sketches, is not moving forward with the sketch challenge site in 2010. I totally understand the decision--she wants to further explore her design career--but, I'm going to miss the inspiration. I'm sure it is a very demanding tax on her time, and her family's time though.

I just love her sketches, and I've actually exceeded my goal of doing at least 52 layouts this year, all thanks to Julie. There are other sketch sites, but I just really liked this one.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Birthday Card

I just made a quick card for my friend, Autumn, for her birthday. Hopefully she doesn't check my blog much. That's why it's not on facebook.
Anyway, I used the Home Decor Cricut cartridge for the cupcake. I embossed the bottom with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and the top with the swirls one (can't remember the exact name for that one). Then I put some strawberry Stickles on there--you gotta have a little bling. Or, ummm.....a lot.
The white base carde is pre-embossed with different size friend words, but you can't tell in the picture. It is a Die Cuts With a View card base.
I've been dying to use this little cupcake cut, but didn't have anything to use it on. I could have used it on Jordyn's bday card, but she needed a princess.
Anyway, thanks for looking!!

Teach Me

Shane is watching hunting shows this morning, so I was able to sneek off and do a quick scrapbook page. I used sketch #47 at 52sketches52weeks, and I already had pictures & paper in mind, so it came together pretty fast. This is all Bo-Bunny paper except the green background is Creative Imaginations.
The color in this pic isn't really right, but I had to take the pic inside. It is too windy outside to try to get a picture right now. It blew my page clear into the neighbor's yard. You should have seen me outside chasing it down in my pj's. Swearing as I went :)


Well, we went to my dad's house in Fountain Green for Thanksgiving. We drove up on Wednesday night and had a few drinks before bed. Then, we got up early, cooked, and cleaned. I tried to get some pictures, but everyone wanted to be jerks and put their hands up in front of their faces or make crude gestures with their fingers (Shane!), so I deleted them all.

Diane's mom and dad came, and that was interesting. They are religious, and none of us are. You ought to try telling Shane that he needs to be polite. And then, just to top things off, grandma didn't like big dog's. Angel is like Shane's little girl. I can understand why she didn't want the dog in the house. She could get dog hair all over in the food. And, she thought that Angel might get up on the table and get the food. If she knew her, she'd know that Angel would never dare, but whatever. Of course Shane didn't understand any of that. He was really pissy about it, but he didn't say a lot. He just stayed outside with her. So, I was left to try to explain, and let me tell you how comfortable that was.

All in all, it was an Ok day. I don't think we'll be going to Dad's for Thanksgiving again though. Not if Grandma's going to be there. Shane won't be having that. I'm just glad to have gotten home without having major drama. My dad and I are the only ones who knew what was going on the whole time, so I guess that was probably a good thing. Not so fun for us, but it didn't ruin everything.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Busy Today

This is G after he got bucked off of our friend's horse a couple of years ago. I tried to tell him you just have to get right back on. But, he was having none of that. I don't know where he gets that stubborn streak. Must be from his dad.........:)
(The patterned stripe paper is Basic Grey, the black distressed background is Paper Loft, and the black cardstock is Bazzill. And, I used sketch #44 by Julie Bonner at 52sketches52weeks.)
My side of the family got together at my dad's house in Fountain Green this year on the 4th of July to take a ride up Maple Canyon. It is perfectly gorgeous up there. But, I still missed my fireworks. I love fireworks, red white & blue, and the 4th of July is my fave holiday.
No sketches used here--all me. I used my Base Camp Cricut cartridge for the letters & numbers, a Stampin' Up punch for the single stars, and Cricut Home Decor cartridge for the flourish star. The little stars in the "of" are from the center of the flourish star.
Shane and Garrett after a trip to Schofield last year with Shane's dad, Terry.
(used sketch #46 by Julie Bonner at
Paper and sticker letters are Bo-Bunny, and I used my Imaginisce I-Top tool to make the center brad in the flower circle.)

My niece, Jordyn, at her fifth birthday party a couple of weeks ago.
(used sketch #45 by Julie Bonner at
Paper and photo corners are from We R Memory Keepers, and Princess Arora and title are EK Success stickers.)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bird Hunting

This is what my hubby, son, neighbors, and dog have been doing the last three weekends. Angel, our dog, LOVES hunting birds. It's hard for them to even get her to leave when they're done.
And, our neighbors dog, Cocoa (who is Angel's mother), loves it too.
The photos are not so great. They were taken with Shane's Blackberry, but you see what you need to.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Time

I'm so putting up my Christmas decorations this weekend.

And, I'm so changing my blog because my stupid background keeps malfunctioning.

That'll be all for now.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Snow Snow go away, please come back one December day.

Today we got our first real snow. It has snowed once or twice before now, but it didn't stick, and it wasn't significant. There are at least 3"-4" on my lawn right now, and I think it's staying.

I always feel like snow starts winter, and fall isn't nearly long enough. It never has been.

That will be all.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Couple of Things.....

I had to go to St. George and Cedar City for a couple of days on business, and Shane missed me so much he got me these! I love the red and yellow together. Isn't that sweet? Hmm......I should go away more often. It's sort of funny because I was gone for a week to Orlando, and he didn't miss me THIS much. lol

And, my niece, Jorydn, is having a birthday party. So, I just had to make a b-day card. I mean, how can you be a buyer for a craft chain and not make the card? You don't even know the ration I may get if I showed up with a store-bought card.
Jordyn is SO into princesses right now, and she just IS a little princess. She will be dressing as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) for her party, so I thought this would be fitting. She invited some girls from school and around the neighborhood to come to a dress-up princess party. They will be decorating their own crowns and watching a princess movie.
Her mom better not show her this card before I give it to her, or she's in for it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Dad

This is a layout I have been contemplating for a while. I love this picture of me and my dad, and I really didn't want to screw it up or have it be a layout that just wasn't up to my satisfaction (I can be picky like that). I wanted it to be special, because it is very special to me.
I remember when I was little my dad would wait for us girls to get out of the bathtub, and he would brush our hair and tuck us in. And, when he was laid off of work around that same time, he would also put our hair up in curlers.
My dad is just one big ole teddy bear. But, you don't want to mess with any of his kids either. Or he will be one different kind of bear.
I love my dad very much, and I hope he knows that.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Times Square

This is for my NYC album. If you can't read the journaling, it says, "Times Square at night time is amazing, exciting, and a little intimidating for a small town Utah girl."
I used skech #42 from 52sketches52weeks.

My Pity Purchase

I went shopping today--trying to find new winter clothes and couldn't find anything that would fit me. I was feeling really bad until..............I saw this.

All better.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Funny Little Story

So, I went to Subway for lunch with my sister and my soon to be 5 year-old niece yesterday afternoon.
While we're sitting there eating, Jordyn tells my sister, "Mom, the next time we come here, get me pickles ok?"
Lacy says, "Oh, Ok Mother."
Then Jordyn proceeds to get this little attitude head bob and retorts back, "I ain't your motha."
OMG--cutest thing ever.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

dad's girl

This is my take on sketch #41 at 52sketches52weeks. OMG--do you realize there are only 10 weeks until Christmas!!! That freaks me out. I wish I could slow time down.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Just a quick page I did tonight for my Disneyland album. I took the picture in the house because it is dark outside, so sorry for the glare.
Garrett didn't want to take his picture with Pluto, but I thought he'd be sorry later if he didn't, so I made him lol.
I used sketch #40 over at 52 sketches 52 weeks, but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the sketch. I didn't follow it closely at all because I only had one picture. But, the point is that it gets your juices flowing, right?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Just a Nice Fall Day

Today has just been one of those great fall days. It is cold outside, so we've got the heater on and we're curled up in our tv blankets watching some football. Or, reading a magazine while Shane watches football as the case may be lol. It's just a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon. I love these days. I wish I could just slow it down so I don't have to work tomorrow.
I'm making my first stew of the year today too. It smells so good. I try to make it like my mom used to, but I'm not sure if I get it right. I think it's pretty close. It has potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and elk meat. That part I know is different, mom wouldn't have been using elk meet lol. But, it is close enough. I think she just used the ready chopped stew meat from the grocery store. Hmmm...those are the same ingredients I use for roast, but I don't chop up the meat. Maybe we'll have that next Sunday.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I can keep up on a blog, facebook, and two emails, but I can't seem to keep up with my housework. Curious.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some More Pages

I got to spend all day scrapbooking today. It's hard to believe I still like it now that I'm the scrapbook buyer at work. I'm good at separating it in my head though lol. But I do hate when I go into a different scrapbook store and it looks better than ours. It ruins my shopping buzz. That happens a lot lately. I'm trying to redo the entire scrapbook section in our stores, and it has been less than fun.
Anyway, back to the pages. The first on is my niece, Jordy. She's so cute. This is her first day of preschool last year.
The other two are pages for my New York album.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Elk and Deer Hunt **Warning--long post**

Ok, so we've been back from hunting/camping for a few days, but I haven't had the time or the energy to blog about it yet. We had a ton of fun. And we were really stinky and dirty when we came home, tee hee. I don't think anyone could have enjoyed a shower more than me at that moment. I was just in awe of the hot water. Our water heater in the trailer doesn't work, so it seemed like a luxury when I came home. I did get desperate one day and hung my hair over the shower to wash it in ice cold water with dish soap. Hello---that'll wake you up in a hurry.
As I mentioned before, Shane drew out for a limited entry bull elk tag in the Strawberry hunting unit this year, and Garrett's very first muzzleloader deer hunt was the following week. I am happy to report that they both harvested their animals.
It couldn't have been a more perfect vacation. Shane waited 14 long years to draw out for that tag, and he waited 12 long years to watch our only son harvest his first animal. And, it just so happens that he gets 3 weeks vacation this year instead of the usual 2 because it is his 15th year with the company. He was in seventh heaven.
I have to say--Shane worked his tail off for his elk. He must have put 50 miles on his legs hiking around trying to get one to step out. On the first day of his hunt, he could here a huge bull very near him bugling, but it wouldn't come out of it's hiding place. I think if it had, he may have been shaking to bad to shoot it anyway, lol. Then he almost got trampled by an entire herd of cow elk. But, for the first five days of the hunt, he didn't see one worth shooting. I think he only actually saw one bull, and it was a spike. He was getting severely discouraged.
I could tell he wanted to give up, so we had a good talk on Wednesday night before we went to sleep. I'd heard him say something about God punishing him for being a bad person, and that upset me a bit. I don't go to church, and I can't quote bible verses or anything. I'm not what you would really call a religious person. But, I take offense when people start to blame God for things. And, Shane is a really good person. I know that he may have done things he regrets in his life, but he has asked for forgiveness with a true heart, and I believe he will be forgiven for any transgressions. God helps those who help themselves.
I won't get into embarrasing mushy details, but I basically said that I felt that he just needed to have faith and keep trying. I told him I didn't think that God would "punish" him or try to kill his dreams and that I really had a feeling it would happen soon.
Well, the next morning, Shane's dad told him that he just felt that today was the day---and it was! Best of all--Garrett was with him when he got it.
They were watching a herd of cows feeding in a clearing that evening, and I guess the cows wandered a little to far away from their bull. Because, he came running out looking like he meant business. Shane just started blazing away at it. Garrett was throwing shells at him left and right, and he just kept shooting until it went down. He didn't want it to fall back down the hill because it would have been harder to get it out. I think he shot 7 times and hit it 4 out of the 7.
Well, he shot it right before dusk, and he didn't want to leave it there for someone to steal, so he came back to camp to get help. We (Shane, Garrett, and I) loaded up the wheelers and headed up after it. We got back to the elk around 9:00 pm and started to try to pull it out. It wasn't going anywhere in one piece--even with a wench hooked to it--so we gutted it and cut it in half. We spent about 2 hours hauling the front half up to the wheeler, only to realize that there is no way we could even lift half of it onto a wheeler with just us three. We gave up around midnight and left it there.
Shane and I went down the canyon to make a couple phone calls asking for help--at 1:00 in the morning. We called my dad, and he said he wouldn't be able to get there until after 10:00 am at the earliest. We went down to Shane's cousin, Tracy's, camp and asked her husband for help. He said he could probably help, but he had another elk to go get first thing in the am.
So, basically Shane and Garrett ended up going back up first thing in the morning on Friday and quartering it out by themselves. They had just finished hauling it when Tracy's husband (Terry) showed up with horses. Lousy timing, but his heart was in the right place.
Shane didn't get the monster that he always dreamed of, but he got a good size animal. It is a symetrical 5X5 with good mass and width to it. It'll make a nice mount. Oh damn--where the H in my house will we put it? Another battle for another day.
After Shane's hunt was done and we had gone to town for showers (oh ya--and to get the elk to the butcher and the taxidermist), we moved camp from Strawberry to Tabiona on Saturday afternoon. We had 3 days before the deer hunt started, so we did a little fishing. Wow--the fish that came out of that reservoir were amazing. Especially considering that the water is so low. We couldn't keep a line in the water! We only kept what Shane and Garrett planned on eating, and we released the rest.
Wednesday was the first day of Garrett's deer hunt. Well, all the men were hunting, but no one planned on shooting anything but a trophy except Garrett. Grandpa Terry (Scott) spotted two deer for him on opening morning. He says he thought one was a 4-point, but he motioned for Garrett to get out of the truck and come out to where he was standing. Garrett promptly obeyed--and left his gun in the truck. LOL--he didn't know he had deer spotted. That makes me laugh. Total inexperience showing through. He went back and got his gun, but it was too late. They ended up coming back to camp early that morning because grandpa was tired.
The next day, Thursday (exactly one day after Shane shot his elk), Garrett went on the morning hunt with Shane. Almost as soon as it was light they had deer to shoot at. Shane says Garrett had bucks everywhere. All small ones, but still, that is pretty lucky. He shot at a couple and missed.
Then they stopped to look at this one herd with a 2-point in it. They didn't want to rev the truck, so they slowly creeped up on it. That dumb deer started running right at the truck! Garrett got out and shot, but he missed. We think it's because he only has open sights on his gun. So, Shane capped his gun and handed it out to Garrett. Garrett shot, and he hit the deer right in the hind quarters.
Shane knew he hit it, but it wasn't a good enough hit to keep him down. And, if they tried to track it, it would just have them chasing it for hours. So, he got G back in the truck and drove up to try to get radio contact with the grandpas. About a half hour later, he finally got in contact with them, and they booked it up to help track the deer.
They were all looking for it, and it jumped right up in front of G and Shane. Scared the shit out both of them. They both shot and missed it. Grandpa Terry shot and missed. Grandpa Neal shot, and we're pretty sure he hit it once. Grandpa Neal walked right past it once before they finally found it laying there in pain.
Garrett had shot about 8 times by then, and hit it twice. He ended up having to shoot it in the head to put it out of it's misery.
He's pretty proud of his first deer--it's bigger than a few of his dad's first.

I didn't intend for this post to be so long, but I've decided that I can use my posts for a sort of journal to look back on so that the details don't get fuzzy. Anyway, here are some pics. Most of the people who read my blog are on facebook, so I posted all of the pics on there.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A hunting we will go.........

We're off to go hunting and camping for two weeks! Of course, we're going to have to come down and shower a few times. I'm a nature lover now, but umm...........not that much lol.
We normally only take one week of vacation each year for the deer hunt, but Shane drew out for his dream elk hunt this year, so we will be gone two weeks. He's been putting in for limited entry bull elk for 14 years now. I just knew it would happen this year because everything seemed like it was set up right. He gets 3 weeks vacation this year because he's been at his company for 15 years. Next year it goes back down to 2 weeks--which is just weird. And, this year is Garrett's very first deer hunt--so lots of exciting stuff happening this time around.
It's kind of cool how the hunts ended up being back-to-back. Not! I sort of wish they were a little further apart so I could have two separate vacations lol.
Anyway--see you all in two weeks with lots of pictures I'm sure.
I hope they get their animals now. It would totally disappoint to have everything work out so perfect and then not get anything.

Monday, September 7, 2009


This is my nephew repelling down Battlecreek Falls this last July.
There is hidden journaling behind the polka dot tab that says:
Ryan, you were so brave to repell the falls all by yourself! Your Uncle Reggie told you that if you did this, you would have one up on your dad. Well, that's all it took. You were determined to do something dad hadn't done yet. And, you can see how proud dad was of you for it to. Brave little man.
(used sketch #36 at 52sketches52weeks)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sweet Girl

I did these layouts to catch up on the sketches I've missed at 52sketches52weeks. My goal this year is to do at least 52 scrapbook pages (That works out to 1 scrapbook layout a week.), so I was ecstatic when I found this website. That's why every post I do has it in there. It's rude not to say if you didn't come up with an idea on your own, you know?
Anyway, when I saw these pictures Lacy took of Jordyn, I had to scrap them. She is such a sweet and adorable little girl. Even when she's being naughty she's cute lol. She really is very helpful and is always giving kisses and hugs and sharing with people. She's a doll and we're all lucky to have such a sweet little girl in our lives.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

NYC Taxis

(sketch #35 at 52sketches52weeks)
This is a page I did about NYC Taxis. They are, afterall, part of what people identify as being classic NYC. I loved them. I don't know why. I think they just made me feel like I was actually there lol. You really would have to be crazy to drive in NYC anyway. People will run you over, and if it is a pedestrian's turn to walk, they just walk right out in front of cars. It's a little scary, but you know, I never saw one wreck.
I'm lovin my new I-Top tool. I used it to make all of the brads on this page. I've used it on a few pages lately. It is so fun. But now I have to go buy new piecses. I ran out already lol.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Phantom of the Opera

This is a 2-page layout I worked on today about going to Phantom of the Opera in New York City on Broadway in March. It was fantastic fun, and if you get the chance, you should definately go.
The first page with just the one picture of all four of us was done using 52sketches52weeks sketch #4. The second page was using sketch #6. BTW--the bottom of the second page looks crooked, and it is. I haven't got the inclination or energy to fix it right now lol.
Sorry for the glare on the second one. It was taken inside the house, and it's the best I could get.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Flower Girl

This is my niece Jordyn. She was the flower girl for her cousins wedding in June. Isn't she a doll? Irresistable I tell ya.
I totally copied this layout from my sister, Lacy. When I say copied, I don't mean I used some of her ideas or used the layout with different paper. I mean, I copied it all the way. I used the same paper and everything. Why mess with perfection? I believe in giving credit when it is due--so thanks for letting me rip off your idea sis lol.
The only thing I did that is different is that I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the black paper with some swirls. You can't even hardly tell in the picture though.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ryan's Seventh Bday

Sorry for the glare. I wanted to share this layout, but it is dark outside, so I had to use my flash.
This is my handsome nephew again on his birthday. I've been doing a lot of layouts of him lately. He's just growing up too fast.

(sketch #34 at 52sketches52weeks)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

First New Car

This is a picture of the first brand-new car I ever got. It was just 5 years ago, and I still love this car. But, I have since learned that cars lose their value way too fast. You're much better off buying a "gently-used" model with low miles. But, it was still fun knowing that I was the first owner. It only had 5 test-drive miles on it when I bought it (three of which were from me). It's treated me well so far. Let's hope it gets me through without breaking down before I can pay it off.
(sketch #33 at 52sketches52weeks)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Growing Up

This is my nephew, Ryan. He is getting so big! I can't believe he just turned 7 last week. Holy cow.
This is a page I did using sketch #32 from 52sketches52weeks.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I think this might be my favorite page so far. It is totally my style, my colors, and one of my favorite subjects. My sisters and brother mean everything to me. I thought the quote on here was perfect. I know you can't read it without enlarging the photo, so here it is:
"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." ~Maya Angelou
My husband doesn't get along with his sister, and he hasn't even spoken to his brother in over 13 years. That got me thinking today about how lucky I really am to have these friends who are my siblings in my life.

There was another quote I thought about using, but it didn't fit the mood I was going for. I want to share it anyway though because it is funny.

"It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on!" ~Author Unknown
This is my entry for sketch #31 at 52sketches52weeks.