Thursday, November 25, 2010

Srsly Stoked – a new collab with Kate Hadfield & a SALE!

'Seriously stoked' in an understatement when it comes to describing how I felt about the opportunity to work with the wonderful Kate Hadfield! She is such a sweetheart and so terrific to work with! Inspired by our teen and pre-teen boys and their love of music, skateboarding, gaming, bikes and general boyish grunge, we had a blast creating this rockin’ kit packed with hand-made elements and cool colors.

Here are the awesome layouts my fabulous creative team did!

To see them closer, along with layouts by Kate’s team and The Lilypad team, you can check out this little gallery I’ve set up here. :)

The kit is 20% off this weekend only!! Hurry and grab it now!!

AND, in honor of Black Friday, ScrapDish is having a Storewide Sale through Sunday!! Save up to 40% on my designs!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!! :D

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Layouts: Speak Marble-ous

I love that not only does PixelWorks continue to create fabulous funky eye candy, but she also comes up with such unique inspiring products that spur stories in themselves. I couldn’t help but ask the kids to pose for me and answer the prompts in “Hear Me Out”. They had a blast coming up with their answers. :D

Matthew’s list:
My honest opinion: I like math more than any other subject.
Believe me when I say: Pie is the best food in the world, and I mean the BEST... if it is apple.
This I know is true: I’m displaying great amounts of knowledge, but I don’t know the answers to any simple problems.
This is what I think: Wizard 101 is awesome! Why am I wasting my time here?
I want you to know: I like the subjects in school; I just don’t like school because there’s too much work.
Kaylee’s list:
My honest opinion: That shirt’s ugly. Just kidding.
Believe me when I say: Pigs fly!!!
This I know is true: You are a monkey!
This is what I think: If I was a cupcake I would be scared and extra sweet!
I want you to know: Never hire a fish as an employee and pay it! EAT IT!!!!!
Border journaling:
I love the kids’ responses when asked to complete these prompts. Such a fabulous snapshot of each of their unique senses of humor and what they had on their minds. As usual, Kaylee was all about being as silly as possible, and it’s fairly obvious that Matthew’s state of mind was heavily influenced by an all-too-typical rather long evening of homework. November 3, 2010. Matthew, 11, 6th grade. Kaylee, 8, 3rd grade.

Random and Retro papers and Hear Me Out elements by PixelWorks at The Lilypad.
fonts: Blackout Serif Px (Pixilate) , Dirty Ego (Misprinted Type), Pea Jenny & Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), LD Remington Portable (Lettering Delights)

This collab with the cool paper-piecing queen, Jacque Larsen, was perfect to scrap this example of Matthew’s creativity last month. :)

Journaling: Matthew often plays with his toys in creative and somewhat unconventional ways. On this particular occasion, he spent the morning recreating the battlefields of the Wizard 101 online game using marbles, coasters, dice, and small action figures. Oct. 10, 2010

Jack of All Toys by PixelWorks and Jacque Larsen at The Lilypad
font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

That’s it for today! Have a terrific week! :)

Layouts: Salted Fabulosity

Now for a couple of layouts of Kaylee featuring kits from the ever-fabulous Misty Mareda! :)

I love the non-traditional colors in this fall kit of Misty’s, and I jumped on the opportunity to use it for a non-fall-themed layout!

Journaling: Kaylee has a new spelling class this year. The homework consists of activities that are supposed to make practicing the words more fun. This particular assignment was to “write” each of the spelling words two times with her finger in a tray of salt. It turned out to be a lot more labor intensive than it sounded, taking her nearly two hours to finish the list of 24 words. Needless to say, she did NOT choose that activity the next time it was available. 9/14/10
Frolic by Misty Mareda at MScraps
template: Vanilla Bees Freebie by Crystal Livesay
fonts: Pea Jenny (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), LD Remington Portable (Lettering Delights)

I think I might have actually squealed when I saw this kit that Misty put together for her feature at the Daily Digi this month. I love the colors (the kit actually has orange too – such a cool combination) and the fun funky flowers! It was perfect to show off Kaylee in all her glorious fabulosity!

Journaling: Kaylee, running into the room: “Mom, Mom, Mom! Take a picture!”
Me: “Why”
Kaylee: “Because I look FAB-ulous!!!”
Yes, Sweetie, indeed you do. :)   9-6-10

- by Misty Mareda –
kit: Little Zoie in
The Digi Files #23 at The Daily Digi
Long Legged Alpha at MScraps
Frolic at MScraps
- other –
font: Century Gothic

Layouts: Moment White Fluffy

Michelle Coleman continues to create such beautiful products! I love this funky tree art, and I paired it with some of her amazing photo overlays. This was a shot from a beautiful morning that resulted in an unfortunately very drab photo, but the overlays totally transformed it to capture the spirit of the moment.

- all by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs –
paper tree:
Happy Little Trees – Autumn
photo textures: Limelight Photo Textures Vol 1 – Illuminate
papers: Fall Delight Kit and Sample
alpha: Letter Press Brushes
stitching (recolored): Bohemian Summer Kit
- other –
fonts: CK Ali’s Hand official, LD Remington Portable

I used this fun Christmas kit to scrap the kids out enjoying our rare white Christmas last year. :)

Journaling: It’s unusual for us to get any snow at all, so it was a rare treat when we received about an inch of snow on Christmas morning. The kids had a blast out playing in it during the short time it lasted. 12/25/09
Countdown to Christmas
Kit and Sample by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
fonts: LD Remington Portable, CK Cursive

And I used this adorable collab with Wish Bliss Studios to have some fun with a photo from February of Mark and Kaylee with their snow creation. :)

Journaling: Mark and Kaylee built a snow-person with a plastic egg face and shrub branches for hair. Kaylee named her Mrs. Fluffy.
Winter Garden by Michelle Coleman and Danielle Donaldson of Wish Bliss Studio at Little Dreamer Designs.
font: Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

Layouts: Road Magic First

Yikes! Another month flies by! Time for another layout-palooza. :)

First up, fun with designs by Aja! I had a blast playing with her Ultimate Word Art Snips to put together this layout about our summer road trips.

Journaling: It’s become a bit of a tradition, the summer road trip to visit the far-flung family members we see far too little of the rest of the year. It may not seem like a dream vacation, but we have a lot of fun making memories along the way. Even a new hotel room seems like a grand adventure. And the amazing invention of the built-in DVD player in the van makes the hours on the road more bearable and means we have to endure far fewer exasperated refrains of “are we there yet?” The days spent with the people we love fly by quickly, and before we know it, we are once again homeward bound, blessed to have had so many wonderful moments that we will remember forever.

- All by Aja Abney, available at
Oscraps and Scrapbook-Bytes -
word strips:
Ultimate Word Art Snips
Educated Alpha
papers and elements:
New Day collab with Danielle Young (recolored)
- other –
font: CK Ali’s Hand Official

I went back in time to work with two fun collabs that Aja has released this month for her guest spot at CatScrap. The tricycle in “Imagine Childhood” just demanded that I play with this old photo of my cousin and I. :)

kit: Imagine Childhood by Aja Abney and Fiddlette Designs at Catscrap
worn overlay: Something Blue Studios
fonts: CK Ali’s Hand Official, LD Underwood Pica

And the sparkly vintage vibe of “Sugarplums” was perfect for these shots of my first Christmas. :)

Journaling: I love these snapshots from my first Christmas Eve. Opening gifts with Mom, Grandma Draeger, Aunt Judy, and BJ at Grandma’s in La Crosse. I imagine Dad is the one who took these, and I’m sure Uncle Barry and Grandpa were around there somewhere too.

kit: Sugarplums by Aja Abney and Nancie Rowe Janitz at CatScrap.
font: Beyond Wonderland by Christopher Hansen

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Layouts: Thankful New Day

Final post today, featuring two layouts with products from my newest creative team, the wonderful Aja Abney! She sells her fabulous designs at Oscraps and Scrapbook-Bytes. :)

Counting my blessings right now. Thankful for the little things... sunny days and a park across the street for the kids to play in. :)

Kit: Thankful Collaboration Kit by Aja Abney & Anne DeJong, available at Oscraps and Scrapbook-Bytes.
Font: Pea Jenny (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Kaylee jumping with excess excited energy while waiting for the bus on the first day of school. :)

Kit: New Day by Aja Abney and Danielle Young. Available at Scrapbook-Bytes and Oscraps.
Font: LD Olympia Portable by Lettering Delights

That's it for today! I’ve been busy, busy, busy with a web design project for a friend of Mark’s. Add to that being sick last weekend, and then Kaylee getting sick this week, and it’s been a little crazy around here. I’ve still got another week to go on the project, but everyone seems to be relatively healthy now, so hopefully things will get back to normal soon!

Layouts: Clowning Picnic Science

Time for fun with felt with Pamela Donnis!! Such totally cute and playful pieces!

First up is a spread I did with her Backyard BBQ set using shots from a picnic with Mark’s side of the family last year.

And a closer view of each side…

- by Pamela Donnis –
felt and ants:
Backyard BBQ at LDD • alpha: Doodley-Do (not currently available) • stitching: Learning to Sew • kraft paper: Out Came the Sun at LDD • gingham paper: Berry Blossom (not currently available)
- other –
grunge brushes: Brush Stroke by Michelle Coleman (retired)
font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

The science felts in Pam’s Back to School were perfect for this layout about Kaylee’s crazy “experiments”.

Journaling: Kaylee loves to conduct what she calls “smell experiments”. She will mix all kinds of odds and ends together to see what it smells like. She’ll then stick the resulting concoction in the freezer, pulling it out months later to see how it has changed. She was delighted to find ice crystals on this one, which was comprised of leftover Valentine candy dissolved in water. Other experiments have included juice, fruit-flavored miniature marshmallows, and even metal pop top tabs. 1/31/10
- by Pamela Donnis –
felt and symbols:
Back To School at Little Dreamer designs • papers: School Stuff at Little Dreamer designs • doodled alpha: Doodley-Do (not currently available)
- other –
felt alpha: Felpha by Kaye Winiecki
stitching: Bad Sewing Machine – Don’t Be Square by Traci Reed

And finally we have one of my silly kids last year having a contest to see who can be the silliest. :)

Kit: Tickets, Please! by Pamela Donnis and Juliana Kneipp, available at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Pea Lacy (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Layouts: Bloom M September Sister

PixelWorks has really been rocking my scrapping world, as usual! :)

Love Blooms Here is such a gorgeous, homey kit. I was inspired to use it to scrap this page about our house. :)

Journaling: We had this house built just for us over 15 years ago. It’s the only home Matthew and Kaylee have ever known. This house has seen laughter and tears, struggles and triumphs. It has sheltered family and friends, and even acquaintances. This house holds memories and expectations and much more “stuff” than should ever be contained in this much space. While the exterior makes it very apparent that we have an unfortunate lack of talent for cultivating plant life, there is always plenty of nurturing for those who dwell inside. 9/5/10
Love Blooms Here by PixelWorks at The Lilypad
sketch action: MCP Actions
font: CK Ali’s Hand Official

Big Stampy Alpha was just perfect for a monogram on a layout of this favorite picture of Matthew.

Journaling: Matthew was in a particularly good mood this morning, telling me how happy he was to have his new game and how he was looking forward to spending the day with a friend and so on. So sweet. 7/30/10
- All by
PixelWorks at The Lilypad -
Big Stampy Alpha
Papers and elements from Paint the Town Pink, Teen Scene, Everyday Awesome, Love Blooms Here, and Rain On My Parade.
font: Pea Jessica (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Then I was getting into a fall frame of mind with the adorable Kitschy Fall.

Just a couple of shots of Matthew hanging out at the park. :)
– by PixelWorks at The Lilypad –
Kitschy Fall Papersdoodles: Kitschy Stitchy Fallalpha: Big Stampy Alphastitching (recolored): Paint the Town Pink, Rain On My Parade
- other -
font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

PixelWorks has such a flair with all things vintage. I’m so loving this “Generations” product line and used a few pieces from it to scrap this old pic of me and my brother. :)

Journaling: I love this shot of me holding my brother; I suspect it was probably the first time. I love the burrito bundled blanket and his tiny newborn fingers and squidgy little face. I love my sailor dress, matched right down to the white knee socks and navy sneakers, and the awkward way my feet are dangling over the edge of the giant brown couch. Mostly, I love how happy I look, so proud to be a big sister.
- by PixelWorks at The Lilypad –
{Her}storyframes and paper elements: Vintage Papers and Framesalpha: Vintage Ransom Alpha
- other –
September ’10 Template Challenge Freebie by Amy Martin at The Lilypad
font: LD Underwood 5 by Lettering Delights

Layouts: Bunny No Coffee

And another month flies by! Is 11 layouts too many for one post? LOL I think so, so I’m going to catch up by team. :)

First up are a couple I’ve done for Michelle Coleman. Her store is just full of gorgeous autumn colors!

I’d been doing a little walking in the mornings after the kids are in school. I took this shot of the pond at Bunny Run at a little park near our house.
- By Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs – Fall Delight
Kit and Sample Letter Press Brushes (pond) Distressed Alpha font (Bunny Run) - other – font: Pea Lacey (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Michelle has a really fun new kit with all kinds of fabulous coffee-related graphics. I just had to use it to document my non-love of java. :D

Journaling: As much as I want to love coffee, I just don’t. I don’t even like it a little. I can tolerate the smell, but the taste – ugh. I have a major sweet tooth, but I can’t stand desserts that have even the slightest hint of a coffee flavor. There are so many times I would love to be able to revel in that super-caffeinated coffee buzz, or be one of the cool crowd obsessing over the latest craze at Starbuck’s, but I just can’t get past that taste. I guess me and coffee just weren’t meant to be.
Credits: I Heart Coffee
Kit and Sample by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Free Spirit Alphabet by CD Muckosky at Little Dreamer Designs.
font: Bookman Old Style.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Layouts: Toy Lockers

PixelWorks is all settled into her new home at The Lilypad!! She’ll be bringing back some favorite kits along with loads of fun new designs! I had so much fun playing with her pieces of the September BYOC!

First up is Matthew mastering his new locker. :)

Journaling: Matthew got his locker number and combination at his middle school schedule pick-up. Sixth grade is the first time the kids get lockers that actually lock, so learning how to use them is a big deal. He practiced a bunch of times until he got the hang of it, and then he practiced again the night of orientation. By the time school actually started, he was an old pro. August 2010

- September BYOC by PixelWorks at The Lilypad –
The Teen Scene –
Boy Papers, Papers & Frames, Doodles n’ Things. Varsity Chip Alpha.
- other –
font: Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

And then we have a little trip down memory lane with me and “my” first car. :)

Photo: July 1985, journaled Aug. 2010
The Toy Story: That’s me at 17, leaning proudly against the car I drove in high school – a 1977 Toyota Corolla. It wasn’t fancy, but I was very lucky in that my folks bought it and paid all the gas and insurance. The black vinyl interior wasn’t ideal in the summer, but it did have air conditioning, and orange and black were my school colors, so that was fun. I called it “The Toy” because of its size, and because it had sort of an un-sturdy toy-like feel to it... and, of course, because it was short for “Toyota”. :)
For the most part, it was a good little car. It got me back and forth to school and work. There was the one time a piece of plastic somehow wound up in the fuel line, and the car suddenly decided at random intervals to not go more than about 2 mph. And I just happened to be on a country road in the middle of nowhere at the time, but that can hardly be blamed on the car. I drove it for two years, until I went off to college, and then later my brother drove it when he got his license. The Toy served us well.

- September BYOC by PixelWorks at The Lilypad –
The Teen Scene –
Boy Papers, Girl Papers, Papers & Frames, Doodles n’ Things. .
- other –
fonts: Pea Cari, Pea Swimmy Script (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

That’s it for now! I’m just sitting here on a dreary rainy day, trying to stay awake and take advantage of my kid-free time before the after school homework chaos sets in! :)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

SALE! And 2 New Old Products!

ScrapDish is having a storewide Back To School Sale!!
I’ve put everything over a $1 at 50% off!!

Included in that sale are 2 NEW OLD PRODUCTS! :) I’ve re-released my portions of the gigantic 8-designer Girlfriends Collaboration. If you missed out on that mega-kit, now is your chance to grab my little parts of it!  The Alpha and Micro-Mini are now available in my store at rock bottom prices!! :)

Hurry over now and save!! Sale ends Sept. 15!

Layouts: Protracted Roses Piggy School Siblings

Back again with more layouts to share! :)

Pamela Donnis is back from her summer off and is getting all settled in over at her new home at Little Dreamer. I’ve got two very different layouts using some of her latest additions! First up is one with a few shots of Matthew hard at play earlier this last month. (How did it get to be September already?)

Journaling: Matthew asked for a refresher on how to use a protractor, so that he could measure out angles to divide up an area of a game field he was drawing. He took his time figuring everything out and was very meticulous. I love watching him work on something like this… the shoulders and brow go up… or the bottom lip disappears. It’s Serious Business. He spent hours working on the drawing, perfecting every detail. Yep, the kid definitely has “engineer” in his blood. August 8, 2010.

- by Pamela Donnis at Little Dreamer Designs –
School Stuff alpha: Fridge Fun
- other –
stitching: Learning to Sew by Pamela Donnis
fonts: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), Misproject (Misprinted Type), Blackout Sans Px (Pixilate)

Then we have a much softer antique-y vibe one. I had fun playing with some of my shots of the neighbor’s roses from this spring. :)

- By Pamela Donnis at Little Dreamer Designs –
Rosebuds and Lace Element Pack (frame, mat, embroidery, stamp, lace, flowers, torn paper)
Rosebuds and Lace Add-On (paint, leaves, white paper)
Out Came the Sun (kraft paper)
Learning to Sew (stitching)
- other –
font: CK Ali’s Hand Official

Next is one using Michelle Coleman’s latest kit, “Wonderful”. This is such a versatile kit. You could easily do Independence Day layouts with it, but there are also some terrific greens in it that can take it in a totally different direction. I used it with this fun shot of the kids. :)

Journaling: Matthew and Kaylee definitely have their moments of not getting along. At all. But in between those times, they are wonderful friends. I love the way they play together and support each other. This shot of Matthew giving Kaylee a random drive-by hug for the camera cracks me up. You can see from her face that she’s pretending to hate it, but she really does adore her big brother. 8/5/10

Kit: Wonderful by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

Now we’re on to some Misty Mareda goodies!  I used this cute doodled frame to showcase a pic of Kaylee’s adorable little toes. I had fun playing with the title work on this one, and the layout was spotlighted on the Gallery Standouts blog!

Journaling: Kaylee came down with a bit of a flu bug and spent the day camped out on the couch, missing school. She consented only to a picture of her toes. 5/24/10

- by Misty Mareda at MScraps –
Photo Wraps
pink paper:
Cool It Now
Brighter Days
- other –
fonts: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), Hotel Coral Essex (Pennyzine)

And, finally, one with Misty’s latest kit, “First Day”, a fun twist on the traditional back to school kits… and it just happened to perfectly match the kids’ choice of outfits for their first day! One of the comments I got most on this layout around in the galleries was how much they look like me. Must have something to do with the way I’m always walking around with my thumbs up. ;)

Journaling: The kids pose for our traditional first day of school shot by the front door.
Kaylee - 3rd grade. Matthew - 6th grade. Aug. 23, 2010.

- By Misty Mareda at MScraps –
First Day
Alpha (back):
Clipped Alpha
Summer Flies
- other –
Fonts: LD Letterpress (Lettering Delights), Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

So that’s the layout round up for now! With the closing of ScrapArtist, PixelWorks is in the process of relocating to a new shop. I’ll be back with layouts with some fab new goodies from her soon though!!

Oh, I also wanted to mention that the “Model Camper” layout I posted last time also got chosen for the GSO blog! Woo hoo!! :) So bummed that Jess’ little foray back into designing is over for now. :(  Getting to work with her designs again reminded me just how much I miss them!!

Have a great day everyone! :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Layouts: Camper Butterfly Heart Blush

I’m so excited! The amazing Jessica Bolton has popped back into designing, guesting at Scrapbookgraphics this month to help them celebrate their big 7th birthday!! Along with three old favorite kits, she’s got a brand new one – “The Long Haul”.  It has some absolutely adorable camping themed elements, but is also loaded with wonderful any occasion goodness in that unique Jess style that I miss so much.

I had so much fun using the new kit to scrap some fun pics of Kaylee from this spring, adapting a P365 post and adding a couple of extra pics. :)

Journaling: Kaylee LOVES the school’s theme weeks with dress-up days – the more elaborate or “out there”, the better. This time, as part of a reading themed week in conjunction with their book fair, it was “Camping Out” … “hike into a good book”. Her outfit was thrown together in the morning right before school… one of my old flannel shirts (with the sleeves rolled up about eight times), my bandana tied in her hair, and Matthew’s canteen slung across her shoulder. This pose she struck while we were out waiting for the bus cracks me up. I’d say she’d make a good model, but she doesn’t take direction well. In fact, if I suggest anything, she usually does the opposite just to be stubborn. 3/10/10

Credits: The Long Haul by Jessica Bolton, August guest at Scrapbookgraphics.
Fonts: LD Remington Portable (Lettering Delights), Pea Swimmy Script (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

I’ve also got a layout with Misty’s newest kit, “Summer Flies”.  Such a fab color combination in this, and the doodled elements and flowers rock!

Journaling: Mark did a few magic shows at the Kiwanis Butterfly Festival at a local mall. Directly across from where he was performing, there was a face painter. Kaylee thought that was the coolest thing ever, and just had to have hers done. She chose a colorful butterfly design, which she happily showed off for the rest of the weekend. She was disappointed when I insisted we scrub off what was left of it before she went back to school. 5.15.10

Kit: Summer Flies by Misty Mareda at MScraps.
Fonts: LD Remington Portable (Lettering Delights), Dirty Ego (Misprinted Type), Pea Swimmy Script (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

And two with Michelle Coleman scrumptiousness. This first one actually uses a gorgeous (and huge) wedding themed kit. So much more in it than the little bit I’ve used here. If I did hybrid at all, I’d totally be whipping up some amazing cards with it!

Some favorite snaps of Mark and the kids. :) Photos 1/18/10 - scrapped 8/10/10.

Vintage Wedding Collection by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Pea Swimmy Script (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

And, finally, one with Michelle’s luscious “Bohemian Summer" Kit and {Sample Pack}.  Just amazing color and texture.

Journaling: You’ve always been very sensitive to the heat. At this time of year it doesn’t take much time outside for your cheeks to turn bright pink. 7/12/10

Bohemian Summer Kit and Bohemian Summer {Sample Pack} by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Fonts: LD Remington Portable, PegsannaHMK.

That’s it for today! Off to do some pre guest magician cleaning and back-to-school paperwork! Only one more week of summer break left! Where did summer go?!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Layouts: Summer SprinkBrella Shark

So I mentioned in my last post that I was accepted to two teams. The second was none other than the amazing Michelle Coleman. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I got the news. Michelle is a bit of an icon in the digital scrapbooking world. And me? Well, I’m just… me. LOL  I am so honored to have been selected!

Michelle’s products are wonderfully unique, and she has an amazing eye for color. Her papers have rich depth and a subtle sophistication, and her elements are creative and fun and funky. :) 

I got to play with her “Get Wet” series, and I couldn’t stop until I’d done three layouts! The first two are featuring photos from the kids’ sprinkler session the other day.

Journaling: Mark picked up a new Buzz Lightyear sprinkler for the kids, and they couldn’t wait to try it out. They can use the handle on the controller to adjust the water level and launch the rocket. If it’s lined up right, it goes up pretty high! But mostly they just played in the water. They had a terrific time playing in the water, keeping cool, and just enjoying a summer afternoon. Friday, July 23, 2010.

Kit: “Get Wet | Girl” by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

I can’t put my finger on why I like the photo below so much, but it’s one of my favorites, even (especially?) after I pushed the processing on the colors to a slightly surreal level. I just adored the way the colors looked with it. And, yes, I made up the word “SprinkBrella”. LOL

Kit: “Get Wet | Boy” by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Misproject (Misprinted Type).

This last one is of Matthew, with photos from our summer road trip last year.

Journaling: The summer of 2009 was when Matthew finally conquered his fear of the water. A minor incident in a swimming class about 5 years earlier had magnified in his mind into a near-drowning, making him extremely anxious. A few private swimming lessons, along with some time to play in the hotel pools on our trip, gave him the confidence to get past his fear and enjoy being in the water. Way to go, Matthew! :) Photos July 11, 2009 - Webster City, IA. Journaled Aug. 4, 2010.

Credits: “Get Wet | Boy”, “Get Wet | Girl”, and “Get Wet | Alpha” by Michelle Coleman at Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

Phew! That’s it for today! Four posts in one day! I’m not sure if it was any less overwhelming than one giant post, but it sounded easier in the beginning. LOL  Hopefully, my days will stop flying by quite so quickly soon, so that I can take a breath and do shorter posts more often. :)

Layouts: 11½ Silly Boredom

Even though I totally love scrapping, I find that I really have a hard time making myself do it if I don’t “have to”. So in late June I started looking around for calls from designers I really love, wanting to add another team. Competition is pretty fierce for some of these calls, so while I was hopeful, I wasn’t really was expecting to be chosen. Imagine my shock and delighted surprise when I was asked to join not just one, but TWO wonderful teams! :D

The first to make my day was Misty Mareda. Misty has a really fun, whimsical style, without being too young for me to use with all my current pics of the kids. She does a lot of hand-drawn elements and uses bright, happy colors that just make me smile. :)  I’ve done three layouts for her so far…

This first one is a mish-mash of several of Misty’s products. Matthew officially turned 11½ last month, and I've never done one of these list layouts for him, so I thought it was about time. :)

Statistics - • grade: going into 6th • height: 5’ 1” • weight: 78 lbs. • shoe size: 5.
Favorites - • color: aqua • foods: salad, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream • restaurants: Olive Garden, On The Border, Fuddrucker’s • family games: In A Pickle, Train, Skip-Bo • video games: Halo, Transformers (DS/X-Box), Mario Kart • books: Halo series • sport: 4-square, 2-square, basketball, karate • school subjects: Math, Reading • best friends: Terry, Matthew O, Sado, Matthew S, Jared, Derek, Hunter.
Dislikes - • food: peanut butter • school subject: writing • sport: soccer.
Goals - • learn to play sax • continue learning karate • become a karate instructor or scientist when he grows up • save up to buy his own laptop computer • complete the entire series of Halo video games.

- By Misty Mareda at MScraps -
alpha (Matthew):
Clipped Alpha
photo border, stitching, cards, paper (blended), bubble stamp:
Go Cat Go
circles, ricrac, papers:
Play Outside
tabs, staples:
Address Book Alpha
ribbon bit:
Cool It Now

- other -
numbers: Micheline Martin, Dawn Inkskip, Krystal Hartley, Creative Confusion
fonts: Pea Anderson & Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas), Dirty Ego (Misprinted Type)

Next up is a scraplift. Vanilla Bees ran a challenge to scraplift someone you love in the scrap community. I immediately knew I wanted to lift my friend Tania Shaw (lunafaerie). I love everything about her pages… the wonderful shots of her adorable kids, her heartfelt journaling, the happy way she uses color, her fabulous composition. And the girl can ROCK patterned paper! I get inspired every time I look at her gallery! :) Her original layout is the adorable “I Love You So”.  And here is my lift using one of Kaylee’s infamous insulation day self-portraits. :)

Journaling: This is just one of a dozen sweet and silly self-portraits I found on the camera after I’d given it to you to help keep you occupied while we were blowing insulation into the attic. I love that you’re not afraid to be goofy. I love that you love looking at yourself in pictures. I love that you are always happy just being you. Kaylee, age 8, July 2010.

- By Misty Mareda at MScraps -
Brighter Days
Long Legged Alpha

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stitching: Learning to Sew by Pamela Donnis.
font: Onder Px by Kemie Guaida.

And lastly (is that a word?), a simple page featuring one of Misty’s latest alphas.  I used a shot of Matthew from the Day he Surrendered to Boredom. :)

Journaling: Most days if you have some downtime, you find all kinds of creative ways to entertain yourself. On this particular day, however, you were bound and determined to immerse yourself in total boredom, rejecting all suggestions of activities and offers to play games. You just sprawled out on the floor and moped most of the afternoon. 7/24/10

- By Misty Mareda at MScraps -
Scooter Alpha
paper, colored squares (partially recolored):

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fonts: Misproject (Eduardo Recife), Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Layouts: Dog Dreams Outside

Next up, my few most recent layouts for PixelWorks!

Even though we don’t have any “real” pets, this dog themed kit was just too adorable for me to resist playing with. So I scrapped our pet alternatives. LOL

Journaling: All the pets in our home are of the toy variety. They’re quiet, don’t eat much, and don’t chew the furniture or leave stains on the rug. And they are the paws down champs at “sit” and “stay”. 7/18/10

Who Let The Dog Out? Papers and Elements by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Stitching by Syrin. Font: Pea Cari (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

And then I have a couple with PixelWorks’ latest Artist-to-Artist pieces. Here’s a sweet dreamy one of Kaylee using my June 8 photo. The border is an excerpt from the lyrics of a song that’s in an Amazon Kindle commercial. The ad came on while I was working on the layout, and it seemed to be a perfect fit. :)

Kaylee 6.8.10. Lyrics excerpt from Annie Little's “Fly Me Away”: Silver Moons and paper chains, Faded maps and shiny things. You're my favorite one-man show. A million different ways to go. Will you fly me away? Take me away with you, My love. Painted scenes, I'm up all night. Slaying monsters, flying kites. Speak to me in foreign tongues. Share your secrets one by one. Now I can't think what life was like Before I had you by my side. Can’t say what I'd do without you, Knowing what it's like to have you.

Some Kind of Wonderful Dreamer Doodles, Dreamer Mini, and Papers by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Fonts: A Little Pot, Misproject.

Going the exact opposite of the peaceful dreamer, we have half a dozen random shots of my kids being... themselves? LOL

Photos June 2009 - July 2010. Scrapped 8/1/10.

Some Kind of Wonderful Dreamer Doodles, Dreamer Mini, and Papers by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Alpha (“outside” - recovered): Old Skool by Kate Hadfield.
Fonts: “think” - Blackout Sans Px (Kemie Guaida); “the box” (extruded in Eye Candy) – Ravie (Ken O’Brien); journaling – Pea BethC (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).