Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back to School and More Layouts

Well, unfortunately, Kaylee's fever was not just a 24-hour thing – it was a 36-hour thing, followed by a few days of stomach flu symptoms. And poor me, who also ended up sick, although with somewhat different symptoms, had to deal with most of it on my own while Mark was out of town at a magic convention. So Kaylee did miss meet-the-teacher day, but she was completely better in time to go to school on Monday. I did not bounce back so quickly, being majorly sidelined with fatigue and aches and upset stomach for several days after. And now that my body is slowly recovering from that, I have a sore throat moving in. The fun never ends. :-b

Anyway, although the illness completely disrupted our normal back-to-school prep routine, we did manage our traditional pics at the front door Monday morning. Here are a few of the best shots.

The kids, Kaylee especially, seem to have a problem maintaining eye contact. Her eyes were everywhere. And she keeps brushing her bangs "out of the way" even though they're nowhere near being in her eyes when they're down. LOL And Matthew now does this thing where he unconsciously slouches and/or tilts his head when posing, added to the existing cheesy fake smile. But at least I had two happy, healthy kids headed off to a good first day of school. :)

So we've gotten through the first week, although it doesn't quite feel "natural" again yet. The kids seem to be enjoying it so far. I haven't even seen Kaylee's teacher yet, since I was sick, so that feels really odd to me. I was well enough to go sit through the rambley 2-hour 5th grade parent orientation meeting Thursday night, so at least I've seen Matthew's teacher.

Because of the age difference, this will be the last year the kids both go to the same school. It's going to seem really odd next year to be sending them off at different times (the middle school schedule runs 45 minutes later) to different places!

On to the layouts...

First up is another ScrapDish layout. I went way back to Kaylee's earlier princess-y days (age 3½) to use this fun fairytale kit by Melissa Daniel.

Kit: Once Upon a Dream by Melissa Daniel at ScrapDish
Font: LD Remington Portable

Here's another one of Kaylee I did with Jessica Bolton's gorgeous "Glenda". I love the colors in this one and had used bits of it before, but this was the first time I used it as a whole.

Kit: Glenda by Jessica Bolton at Funky Playground Designs
Sketch action by MCP Actions.
Font: Bayern Handschrift NF

And finally, I don't normally even really look at CT calls, but I accidentally stumbled upon one for PixelWorks at ScrapArtist. I've always loved her style, so I applied on a whim and was over the moon when I got accepted! Here's my first layout for her, using an amazing collab with two other fab designers - Kate Hadfield and Rachel Young. This is the kids getting off the bus on their last day of school this past spring. It seems like it was just last week. Where did the summer go?!?!

Kit: Funky Junky Old School by PixelWorks, Kate Hadfield and Rachel Young at ScrapArtist
Font: Onder Px

That's it for now! Hopefully, I'll be back healthy next time!! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flying on the Merry-Go-Round

Just popping in with another layout! :) I did this one with Kristmess' Al D'ant'e Page Kit. It's got loads of fun picnic and grilling themed items, but I just loved the tree and the sunny sky paper, and thought they'd be perfect with this pic of Kaylee from her great-grandfather's birthday picnic this summer. She's such a spinny girl (just like me when I was a kid), so she loved the merry-go-round. :)

Poor kiddo is running a fever right now. It started yesterday afternoon, and spiked up during the night when her ibuprofen wore off. It's quite a bit lower so far today, so fingers crossed that it's just a 24-hour thing, and that Matthew doesn't get it! The kids have their "meet the teacher" on Friday and start back to school on Monday. I'd hate for this to drag out into something that made them miss any of it!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

BOTCT Round 4 Layout!

The voting for round 4 is not open yet, but I finished my layout way early, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it. :)

For this round we had to make a layout "lifting" features of other layouts by two of our teammates. I lifted Robin's (rmcabana) "Good Girl" (camera angle, toes popping out, lacing inspired by stitching on mat) and Melinda's (mmbstaley) "Rainbow Row" (title work, general composition). I love the way the layout turned out, especially the title and photo. And the models worked cheap... just a little extra dessert! LOL

(Click on it to see it bigger.)

Journaling: The older you two get, the more you seem to fight. Maybe it’s the gender difference, maybe it’s the age difference, maybe it’s just normal sibling rivalry. I don’t know, but whatever it is, it drives me up the wall. And then there are occasions when you are so sweet to each other and get along perfectly, and no one would guess that you ever have even the slightest flash of conflict. It’s those moments that make all the rest bearable. Thank goodness for those moments.

Credits -
Kit: Eclectic Scraps by Jessica Bolton's "Pastiche for the Boys | Full Collection" at Funky Playground Designs.
Fonts: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), Broken 15 (Misprinted Type)

Not too much else going on around here right now. We've had a lot of storms lately. It seems unusual for this time of year. One moved in pretty quickly yesterday, and I didn't think to pick up the stuff in the yard. Kaylee and I sat and watched through the windows as the wind turned our little yard umbrella inside-out. It looked like a giant black and white striped flower. Eventually it turned right-side out again, and then just as we thought the storm was over the wind started up again and pulled the umbrella out of the ground and tossed it over the fence into the neighbors' yard. It was crazy! Apparently it landed upside-down just over the fence, so Mark was able to get a step stool and retrieve it this morning.

We've got 2½ weeks left until the kids go back to school. I think this summer has gone by faster than any I can remember. It's so hard to believe this will be Matthew's last year of middle school! Where did the time go?!?!?

Monday, August 03, 2009

BOTCT Round 3 Layout!

It's another BOTCT layout!! This time our team had to come up with a formula for the number of items we would use according to a countdown type format. Our formula was:
7-journaling strips

Here's my layout with a few pics I snapped of Kaylee at a park in Iowa on our road trip last month.

Journaling: Kaylee was so very proud and excited as she mastered the playground. July 11, 2009

Credits: All from Eclectic Scraps by Jessica Bolton at Funky Playground Designs (some items not currently available).
10-flowers: Delight in Photographs Part 3 (3), Delight in Photographs Part 2 (2), Little Darlin' (1), Thrifty Blooms (3), Brighten Up Winter (1)
9-buttons: Outnumbered Girl (1), Whatever Mama! (1), Eclectic Needs Variety Designer Variety (2), Eclectic Needs Variety Neutral Colors (5)
8-stitches: Eclectic Needs Variety Basic-n-More Stitches (6), Delight in Photographs Part 3 (1), Home Life Eclectic Kit (1)
7-journaling strips: Little Darlin' (7)
6-staples: Teeny-Tiny Torn Tags (6)
5-arrows: Delight in Photographs Part 2 (1), Painted Arrows (4)
4-papers: Delight in Photographs Part 3 (1), Delight in Photographs Part 2 (1), Thrifty Solid Pack No. 1 (2)
2-alphas: Teeny-Tiny Torn Tag Alphabet, Thrifty Stamped Alpha
1-font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

And the Round 3 voting is on! You can see all of my team's layouts here and go vote for Jessie's Girls here. And it looks like the voting glitch from last round has been fixed! At least I haven't seen any complaints yet! LOL

Just one more round to go! it will be interesting to see if I can keep my scrapping momentum going once the contest is over! LOL