Sunday, September 23, 2007

A couple of layouts

I have been having some fun working with different paper lines...and on the one below slopping some paint around. The Reflections of a Hot Young Woman was a bit of a tongue in cheek journaling regarding how one gets from Hot to Hot Flashes...and the fact that I actually like where I am now -- more than "back in the day" when the boys thought I was "hot."

This layout is about the day I turned 30 and chose to spend it fishing with my Dad -- it was just wonderful...early morning -- fish were biting all day....beautiful suroundings --- peace and yes, I caught the biggest fish!

Have a great week. I am headed to Dallas the end of the week for my Dad's 80th birthday. Will try and get his mini-album done before I leave....he doesn't know I am coming so that will be a fun surprise too. Take care all

Monday, September 17, 2007

RAK Winners

Thanks for all your help project is coming along nicely. I did the drawing last night -- and the winners are:

Renee Graham

Please email me and I will pop your prize into the mail to you.

Thanks again for everyone's help.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Couple of New Layouts

My students made it through their first round of speeches...and while it seems to surprise them -- nobody died! *smile* They did a great job -- and now that they have the first one under their belts, I am sure it will be easier for them next time.

It finally began to feel like fall today. There was a bit of crispness in the air -- enough to leave the doors open and just enjoy the breeze. Quite the change from just a week ago. Aren't the seasons a wonderful reminder that even the toughest things come to an end? The last month has seemed like the heat was going to be un-ending -- but today, a cool breeze blew and my memories of the heat almost vanished.
Here are a couple of layouts I've been working on lately...just like the weather, it seems my style changes too. Go figure!

I love this picture of my sister sitting in the middle of the bed -- she is so animated -- which how we both are when we stay up talking these days. We did the same thing when we were little -- although it was mostly giggling then.

This one is of my brother-in-law. If I could have picked a brother -- I would have picked him...he is smart and driven and a "guy's guy" -- and underneath it all he has an incredibly tender heart and loves the Lord -- the best of all worlds -- and I love that he loves my sister.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dad is Turning 80

Hello friends:

I need your help. My Dad is turning 80 at the end of this month. I am in the process of putting together a mini-album for his birthday. The goal is to have pictures from every decade of his life...along with quotes about Dads/Fathers and I want there to be 80 of them and I am running out of ideas. I would love it if you would help me by leaving a message here finishing one of these sentences:

A Daughter needs a Dad because....

A Daughter loves her Dad because....

I have just finished organizing my studio and have created two boxes filled with surprises and scrapping goodies. If you leave me a message here finishing one of those two sentences, I will
put your name in a drawing for one of those two boxes. I am planning on doing the drawing on Monday the 17th, so check back here and I will let you know who the winners of the goodie boxes are.
Thanks so much for your help. Have a great day

Saturday, September 08, 2007

OLW -- *Pure*

Ok...this didn't scan very well...but I took this "cool" picture of two Heidi Swapp hearts floating in a wine glass...IRL the photo looks clearer...I added the real hearts on top of the photo...the plan was to keep it simple to highlight the picture -- but since the picture doesn't look so good here you kind of miss the effect. ha!

Journaling: Our pure love was worth waiting for... I knew I would know it when I found it...and I just kept waiting. Honey, you are the best there could have ever been for me and even if I found you later than I would have liked -- it was worth waiting for.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Oh Sew Fun

One of my fave scrappers is Becky Novacek. She issued a challenge for us to sew on our layouts. I sew often -- but I decided to take it up a notch...and use fabric a lot more than I normally do. I had some fabric left over from a baby quilt I had done -- and I didn't want to throw it out -- but there wasn't much left...(yes I know -- thus is the rationalization of a certified "pack rat") -- so I decided to use it on this challenge layout.

I have some hidden journaling that reads:
There is journaling that you can't see that says: Little girls grow into young laides all too fast. I pray that you will always take time to build castles and to dream of joy. Sandcastles are there for a moment and then gone -- but the time is still well spent in building them. Your dreams will last a lifetime. Take time to do both kinds of things...those that are for the moment and those that will last much longer. They will both enrich your life.
Hope you are all set for a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

GEN teXt: 9/05/07

I have been pondering this layout for a while...just didn't know what the title would be (and you know me and my titles)...but due to a good spell of insomnia last night I came to the conclusion that the title needed to be GEN teXt....the whole thing being about this generation of young people who communicate almost exclusively via cell phones and IMs. After that, the layout came together really quickly.Am getting ready for my students to start giving their speeches next week. It is going to be great fun. These are really simple speeches...but I am looking forward to them, because they are how I get to know my students and see what strengths we can build on -- and identify what skills we need to shore up.,,,fun fun fun.

Hope you are all doing well this week. I am hoping the have a scrappy weekend. I feel the need for just a big slice of it. How about you

Monday, September 03, 2007

Tag...I'm it

Chelle tagged me...for eight interesting facts....hmmmm -- let's see. What qualifies as interesting....

  1. When I was in graduate school, I had to make a documentary on an assigned topic. Mine was supposed to be on a local rattlesnake roundup (I went to college and post-grad in Texas). There are very few things I am afraid of -- but snakes are definitely one of them. It was one of the scariest experiences I have ever had...but now -- it is kind of funny to watch the video...I was in the middle of a pit of rattlesnakes (more than 300) and trying to do the interview with the snake wrangler shaking like a bowl of jello. Perhaps it was just a confirmation that I was never supposed to be a news anchor or reporter! Ha. As a sidenote -- rattlesnake really does taste like chicken.
  2. I remember random useless what color shoestrings someone I met ONE time was wearing...don't know why I do this -- but it did come in handy in school for remembering facts...I am old enough now that my brain is crowded with bizarre useless information -- but fortunately, sometimes it comes in handy.
  3. I think the three most relaxing places on earth are Amalfi, Italy, Abaqui, New Mexico and Maui, Hawaii.
  4. It takes me three days to unwind on vacation -- oh I relax on the first three -- but it is on the fourth that my brain stops thinking of all the stuff I am NOT doing...this is on my list of things to try and work on because very rarely do I get more than one or two days in a row to clearly I need to learn to RELAX FASTER! *laughing*
  5. I have a goal to read all of the New York Times Best Sellers list novels this year.
  6. There is something about chocolate pudding that makes me happy.
  7. The best sleep I ever get is when: there is a thunderstorm that lasts ALL night, I am sleeping on an overnight train or I have the bunk on the bus that is over the generator...there is a low hum to all of them that seems to lull me to sleep.
  8. When I grow up I want to write a novel.

Ok...let's see my turn to tag. I tag Terri, Annie and Bethani

Here is a layout I finished today -- after working most of the day on this week's lesson is a picture I have had of Royce for awhile...I love that it captures him in the midst of trying to figure out if he should say something or not. Someone who doesn't know him would probably just think he was "watching" the situation...but to those who know his personality...he is clearly distressed with the way something is being done. Unlike myself -- he does a GREAT job though at weighing his words before jumping in to give direction...I love that about him...and I love this picture.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Love *Jenni*

Finally had time to open up the August kit from Jenni it! First of all -- greens and blues are my absolute favorites...hands down...despite all the browns and sepias you see me use in scrapping -- pay no attention to that...I LOVE my blues and greens. So -- this kit was a shoe in for "favorite." Secondly...I have an addiction to ticket stubs...and there they were -- a WHOLE page of them. Wowsa! The possibilities were endless. Also...did you see that acrylic star?!?!? Huge! And oh so clear...just waiting to "frame" something. I even went so far as to get my Dremel drill out and poke holes in it so I could sew through it... loved it! So...without further are a couple of layouts that "popped" right out of the kit into finished pages.