Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Crazy Freestyle Mischief

Jess has a new kit out called Freestylin' Fall. It's loads of fun and so versatile! Here are two layouts I did with it, and I'm hoping to find time to do at least one more, since I'm itching to use the other pieces too. :)

First up is one with the kids just being their normal goofy selves a few weeks ago. :)

Kit: Freestylin' Fall by Jessica Bolton at Funky Playground Designs.
Fonts: Blackout Serif Px and Onder Px

Next is a shot of Kaylee taken that same day. I love the sparkle of fun in her eyes. :)

Journaling: Kaylee with mischief in her eyes. 9/6/09
Kit: Freestylin' Fall by Jessica Bolton at Funky Playground Designs.
Font: Bayern Handschrift NF

The kit is on sale this week, PLUS Jess has a coupon on her blog for an additional 15% off! Such a great deal!

In other news around here... well, there really isn't much news. LOL Kaylee and Mark are still suffering from allergies, but other than that, we're healthy for the moment. The kids' homework load has picked up quite a bit now that we're getting deeper into the school year, so it feels like that's all we're doing lately.

The kids, especially Kaylee, are getting really excited about Halloween already. We went and picked out Kaylee's costume this weekend. She's going to be Glinda from The Wizard of Oz. The kids saw the movie for the first time recently and loved it, so it seemed like an appropriate choice. She actually had her heart set on being a princess from the Mario Kart video game, but they don't sell pre-made costumes as far as we know (except custom-made, which was not in our budget), and she was less than confident in my ability to sew one for her. ROTFL Can't say that I blame her. It's been a long time since I sewed, and my cheap old machine is not the best, so I'm sure it would have been an exercise in frustration for both of us. I'll admit to being a bit relieved that she didn't take me up on my offer. LOL

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Layouts again

I really need to think of some more interesting post titles for when I just have layouts to post. LOL

I did my ScrapDish layouts this week. First up is one featuring Matthew doing his homework inside his "bed tent" last year. He had SO MUCH homework almost all of the time last year, and of course Kaylee would be finished with hers way before he was done with his. Since he's easily distracted, and it's nearly impossible to keep Kaylee quietly occupied for too long, he would often retreat to his room to work.

Journaling: 4th grade was a heavy homework year for Matthew, so he would often retreat to his bed to stay focused and avoid distractions (which usually came in the form of his little sister).

Papers: Radient Gradients by Connie Prince
Frame & stars: Cluster Date Frames by Connie Prince
Beads: Bead Buddies by Melinda Staley
Alpha: Stamped Alpha 1 by Melinda Staley
Staples: ScrapDish Designers Basics Collaborative Kit
All of the above from ScrapDish.
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

My other layout this month is quite different from my normal style, but the kit just pulled me in that direction. So I came up with this pretty little thing showing off a couple of shots of Kaylee this summer.

Tag: Kaylee, 6/24/09, age 7.
Background text: you are my sunshine, my only sunshine. you make me happy when skies are gray.

Kit: Day of Sun by Carola Mondini at ScrapDish
Fonts: LD Remington Portable, Pea BethC

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 18, 2009

First Day layout, Camp, Star Student

Howdy! I'm back with another layout! I had lots of fun scrapping a couple of the pics from the kids' first day of school with some of Jess' new goodies!

Journaling: We only had a semi-traditional 1st day of school this year. Flu the week before had meant no new clothes and no riding the bus the first morning (so Daddy could show Kaylee where her class was). But we did get our customary smiles at the front door.
All by Jessica Bolton at Funky Playground Designs.
Kit: Primarily Educational
Alpha: Basically Shadowed Alpha
Fonts: Onder Px, LD Remington Portable

Update on us... Matthew's fever and cough knocked him out for the rest of last week. He was well enough to go to his 5th grade camp this week though. They spent 2 nights at a facility about an hour northeast of here. He had a terrific time in spite of a lot of rain, with archery being his favorite part. He also went canoeing and fishing, played games, and had lots of nature lessons. He's just full of information on the prairies and plants and such now. :)

Kaylee ended up getting sick last week too. She missed school Thursday and Friday with a fever, but thankfully never developed much of a cough. She's doing fine this week, and as you may have guessed from the post title, she was selected to be her class Star Student today!! She gets all kinds of special privileges next week and just generally gets to be the center of attention. :)

I took a few quick shots of her with her certificates and let her pick which one to use. She chose this one because she thought it was funny that her eyes were so big. LOL She was trying not to blink, a tendency she inherited from her dad. ;)

We're mostly likely just going to keep the next couple of days low-key and hang out at home, especially since Matthew's still a bit drained from being sick/camp. I could do with some extra nap time myself. ;) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Just a quick note to let you know that ScrapDish is having a storewide sale this week! Everything in my store (excluding Dollar items) is 50% off right now!!

Also, my entire Cardboard Bits series is currently in the Recession Busters section, marked at just $1 each. So while not technically on "sale", they are also marked at 50% off their regular price!

Thanks for looking! Ill be back with a "regular" update soon! :)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Geekin' out!

PixelWorks has a new kit out today called Geekazoid, and I squealed when I saw it! So packed full of delicious geekitude! First I just had to do a layout about how, in spite of my deep down geekiness, I used to absolutely hate computers. LOL

Journaling: I’ve always had more than a bit of a geeky side, and I was a major perfectionist and full-fledged bookworm by the age of six. As time went by, I also developed a strong interest in math, art, journalism, and architecture, among other things. I had a tough time deciding what field to go into when I entered college, but I finally settled on electrical engineering, since it seemed the most likely to provide a solid income. But while my liberal arts classes were fun and easy for me, and math and physics were an interesting challenge, I really struggled with my engineering classes. Eventually I got the hang of the complex theories and equations involved in circuit design and signal modulation, but at that time computers were still relatively uncommon in everyday life and very foreign to me. The fun I’d had learning a little BASIC in junior high and high school turned into frustration as I tried to decipher more complex programming languages, leading me to decide that I HATED computers. As I moved out into the working world, and computers got more user-friendly, I got more comfortable with them, but I still just viewed them as a tool. It wasn’t until several years later, when I discovered digital photography, building web pages, the magic of Photoshop, and eventually digiscrapping, that I truly came around. And today I can honestly say... [Hello. My name is Kim and I am addicted to my computer!]

Then I just had to come back and do a purely for fun layout using this super-cool TV! Don't the kids look cute in cyber-glasses? LOL

Text on computer: "Subjects: Matthew, Kaylee. Date: 05/18/09"
Text on walls: "Scrapped 9.6.09"

Hope you had a good Labor Day weekend! The kids and I just hung out and home and relaxed, while Mark went down to Houston for the annual state magic convention. Poor Matthew woke up yesterday with a cough though, and he had a fever by noon. Fortunately, he feels reasonably ok when the ibuprofen is working. But he's disappointed about having to miss school. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a quick thing, and he'll be able to go back in a couple of days.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yet another layout...

Yep, another one! :)

This is with PixelWorks' latest collab, this time with HGD by Laurie Ann. This kit is jam packed and works for a huge variety of layout subject and styles.

Journaling: Kaylee, playing with the hat Matthew had worn to school for “dress as your favorite book character” day. 4/3/09, almost 7, 1st grade

Kit: No Place Like Home by PixelWorks and HGD by Laurie Ann at ScrapArtist.
Font: LD Remington Portable

Not much else to report for today. I'm feeling somewhat better, so hopefully that trend will continue! :)