Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
WE had alot of fun at Aunt Liz and Uncle Ty's house . This is the 2006 family ornament. The dog/ferret rodeo and the kids opened their gifts. SHe got 3 Stuart little movies that she says stuart little looks JUST LIKE DAISY so she calls them the DAISY movies (daisy is the ferret you see riding the dog waldo in the above photo) SHE also got her very OWN scrapbook to fill up!
Then we went to Uncle windale and Aunt Karen's (and taz and Marlee's house, that is marlee anxiously watching Bella) and she redecorated their tree for them. They spoiled her and Grandma and all her cousins even more. (Uncle WIndale spoiled me by making me my FAVORITE stuffed bell peppers (kasi's favorite too) instead of the usual christmas dinner) She got the Leap pad reader system and several of the books she LOVEs that thing. and the 12 dancing princess tea set (she LOOOVES the 12 dancing princess's by the way) and grandma got her the cinderella barbie doll THe little mermaid movie on dvd and some other things I didnt get to see cuz she kept running off with it.
SO what are you doing this lovely night as it is Rain rain raining and windy here?
I will post some layouts as soon as I can. They are a surprise for the dt's Im on for the kit and also THAT sponsor for January but OMGOSH THEY ARE SO FINE! I LOVE these papers you are gonna be so Jealin when you see them but dont be jealous for long run dont walk to ICS and SCrap That moment and purchase them. THEN You tooo can be having as much fun as me (and my old butt)
See ya tomorrow :)
Thursday, December 28, 2006
TO make goals for ourselves for 2007 we must look at what we did in 2006. I know one of my goals I wanted was to be published in a mainstream magazine/idea book. Which I had a small victory for 2006 for a local well I say local it is national in the south east Hobby lobby magazine and several online magazines. I did get published in scrapbook trends but it wont be out till 2007.. so I guess I really cant list that for 06 can I? Alot of people ask how did you reach this goal. There are several things that have to be done and realistically have to be done if this is what you want to do. FIRST thing is look at your photography. Think like a magazine. when you look at the photos on the scrapbook pages what do you see. You see the PERSON or the focal image and THATS IT. If you look at your photos and you see clutter in the background a wide angle that shows laundry, access furniture, alot of other people that have nothign to do with the theme of the photo its out of focus or at a bad angle then your starting out with unpublishable. Now alot of you may argue with me cuz yes there are calls out there for pages with NON Perfect photos but lets face it people. grab you a scrapbooking magazine.. what do you see in the photos.. I rest my case. I made a point to get a better camera and work on my photography skills. I asked lots of questions and looked at the people that were being published. what were they doing that I wasnt.
Follow your own method.. In scrapping develop your own style and polish it. I did this by getting someone I really respect that is an amazing scrapper/artist and get her to critique my work. Most people will be glad to do this but be warned. YOU MUST be prepared for the good and the bad. Remember YOU ASKED to get help so get on your big girl panties and deal with the constructive criticism or either DONT ASK. By doing this I was able to pick up those little tips that help you get the edge on your layouts to make them polished and more noticeable. You have to make your work stand out from the other 500 that are sent in every month.
Watch for the pub calls and submit regularly. Just because you are turned down once KEEP TRYING dont give up. ALot of times they may like your work but they want to see that you can continually give them quality work. WHY ELSE do you see the same people over and over in the magazines.. They want dependable people they can call and say I need one more page that is on this subject WHat do you have... that is the reality of it people. Now not all magazines are this way but most of them are. At least what I have seen. The more you scrap and look around at your personal goals and the more you try to focus on them the easier it will get.
Start with baby steps. Get published on a local front first at a local scrapbook store or an online design team. It will help you get practise and get the motivation to get those pages done and also have you working with the latest greatest product. Sorry but it is hard to get published with last years paper. Manufacturers want to sell what they are spending their money to produce RIGHT NOW. so you need to use whats hot. what you see advertising. say if in one magazine you never see a certain brand advertise... DONt use primarily that brand on your page to submit. look through the magazine what products are the sponsors and what products are in the ads. Use primarily that product. You always scrap a season ahead also.. It is crazy to do but that is what is published. Magazines are always a month ahead.
NOW I AM NOT AN EXPERT by any means on this. THese are just the tips I have picked up along the way to try to accomplish my goals. I thought it may make someone else stop and look at their work and re evaluate what they are doing and help them attain their goals.
I also spent alot more time with my family in 2006. Whether I wanted to or not haha just kidding. I stayed sick in 2006 between kidneys and female issues which they think caused all the other problems it is amazing what ones ovaries can cause to go wrong with the rest of your body. Im really really trying to focus on getting healthy in 2007. Not only for me but for my family. Bella needs me here with her and John needs me to help him raise her. WE got into this marriage together and we planned our daughter toghether.. so I want us to raise her the same way. Together. so I gotta get healthy. Whatever it takes.. if it is running my butt up and down the road every day with a big old mean dog chasing me then fine Ill have to do that. If it is juicing all the nasty veggies I hate and holding my nose and swallowing them hard.. then I guess that is what I will have to do. BUT I have to get healthy for all of our sakes. 2006 was rough on us physically mentally and still financially so we have to do this for all those reasons.
Get my baby FULLY POTTY TRAINED. WHy is this the hardest thing about being 3. WE have good days we have bad days. Bless her heart. She just is so busy with her life and her day that taking 2 minutes to potty is just such a waste of her time. IF we ever get FULLY potty trained Im gonna jump for joy! I did accomplish in 2006 getting her out of the pullups into big girl panties. Now to just keep em dry that will be for 07 haha!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
He finally found a gas station open and pulled in I guess the little HE SHE that was running it could tell houston we have a problem he helped us get inside to the bathroom and clean me up. It was horrible im telling you. I was sooo embarrassed. But we survived and I got home passed out and felt much better today. (Thank you GOD)
I have another dr appt. tomorrow so we can see what my test results are and let him check my kidney function and stuff. IM pretty sure it was the fact I didnt eat enough witha ll that was going on Christmas morning. You have to eat good and I dont mean just a donut you have to eat like a meal or you get sick with this stupid stuff.
Anywho.. we went to target because they had those cubes on sale for 20 bucks so I got me 4 more cuz John had me one under the tree and I had bought one earlier with a gift certificate we had from something I cant remember now... so now I have 6 I need 2 more but they didnt have the one I wanted so we are going to try another target tomorrow. IF THEY dont have it I will ahve to order it online and I DONT want to cuz the shipping will be awful cuz them thangs are HEAVY! BUt they look soooo cool! I am so excited to get my scrap room fixed all pretty. My father in law totally surprised me I mean knocked me off my feet surprised me with another one of the stamp shelves like he made me last year. I am so happy about it! NOW I can put all my paint up there on the bottom shelves and the other stamps I have at the top. I kept joking that I needed to go buy more stamps so I could fill it up hahahaha! I am so proud of it.
Every one seemed to enjoy their home made gifts that I had gotten to make. I still have some things I didnt get done but Im exhausted. My mom came today with the stuff that wouldnt fit in our car and to help watch Bella while I go for this scan tomorrow and dr appt. well I need to go crash IM exhausted. Yall take care. I will have photos tomorrow whewewew! I am uploading all 479 now so when it is all done I can add a few to blogger. bella was so funny she has been bouncing around on that hop ball all day. OK Im off here toodles
Monday, December 25, 2006
we went last night to my brothers house and had THE BEST christmas meal of all times. MY ABSOLUTE most favorite thing IN THE WORLD stuffed bell peppers but NOT JUST ANY stuffed bell peppers but My brothers stuffed bell peppers. MAN them thangs are good. IF I HAD KNOWN we were having them Id have woke bellas butt up earlier and drug her even more grumpy self over to have them, but that is ok cuz ON MAMA Time we had to wait a half hour anyway. (yall who dont know my mother will soon learn the woman is NEVER on time for anything in her life will be late when the lord comes back cuz she would be scared her shoes werent matching her outfit or have to "run a comb through her hair" (?) sounds like something done to ones lawn not a grooming technique if you ask me (love you mom) and IT held up my eating process so I was not pleased. BUT no one suffered much loss.
They have the knew hell hound marlee who is cute as can be she is a shit zoo (mama pick up your jaw I SAID ZOO on the end of it I know your forehead just hit the computer screen witha bolt cuz You figure someone in the family just saw me say SHIT ZOO online and you think I will burn for it but ma it will be ok I promise cuz that is REALLY the kinda dog it is...) Bella kept asking if it had eyes...
cuz it is like a little dust mop.house shoe looking thing... And all it's hair is in its face and you cannot literally see its eyes.. she would examine it in every direction tyring to figure out which way was the front on it and then just shrug. THE little dog is so stinkin cute though I must tell y a. Taz (their spitz hey ma I SAID SPITZ that is reallly what kind of dog it is too) didnt seem to appreciate her much but he tolerated her living in his space a little bit. I think he is happy to have someone else for my brother to terrorize besides him. Bella had a great time and got a ton of toys as usual NO not spoiled at all. She had a great time touching EVERY SINGLE one of Aunt karens hallmark limited edition ornaments that play music and do all kinda crapp that I could never replace if she broke. My heart kept switching sides as she played them each. BUt she did have a grand time. We got the coolest gift from them. a fire pit which means WE CAN SET STUFF ON FIRE NOW hehehehe beware fellow alabamians we have fire pit. Our weekends will consist of seeing now JUST how much you can burn and how hi the flame can get before one calls the fire department.... in the city limits when there is a burn ban DO NOT FEAR we HAVE A FIRE PIT now. We are way tooo excited about this we have a beautiful fire place which we love BUT CANNOT USE because our child cannot breathe when we do SO NOW we can use this outside!!! I know John has wanted one for so long and I have to say IT iS ROCKIN COOL! It is the coolest thing ever!!!! The down side... the company shipped the wrong one so we have to wait to make fire cuz we have to send this one back and get the way even cooler one that they originally paid to much for, I mean got, cuz they ripped em off by 150 bucks and iF You know us .....THEN YOU KNOW Oh heck no... that aint gonna happen!!! WE shall declare war against that company and get the one we are supposed to , a refund or a even better fire makin pit by gosh.....so we have a cease fire (hahahaha get it Cease FIRE) in progress until the correct one arrives... THEREFORE yall are all still safe for now.. step away from the fire extinguishers. BUT BE WARNED it is gonna happen soon hehehehhee.
My mom gave me a BEAUTIFUL crispy un named forthe main reason... cuz my husband dont need to know ,sum of money for me to spend on scrapbook stuff! (it had a note saying this is to be used on scrapbook stuff ONLY!!!! I SAVED IT!!) SO YALL BEWARE Tuesday I shall be armed with cash! Yeah she gave me double too cuz my birthday is Jan 1st ( I will pause so you all can write that down cuz I KNOW you will not want to forget that and all the things that were on my christmas list I didnt get I will be sure to let you know ... so you can get the appropriate gifts hehehehhee )
I really am happy mama did that cuz I have a few things I must have and we spent the last of our money time warping to Mississippi for the holiday... SO NOW NOTHING stands in my way but mileage. Well Bella is nestled all snug in bed for the moment and IM SURE she will be up to see if the fat dude in red has come to bombard her with THE TON OF TOYS I suspect that is in the living room as we speak, guarded by a short loveable yet determined grandma who is armed with a kodak easy share. I saw her camped out on the couch so she wouldnt miss the grand entrance of mini me. BY THE WAY stay tuned tomorrow to hear the tale of how my mother is also NOW ARMED with a digital camera.... THIS MY FRIENDS is gonna be an adventure ( I will explain more later but if you ever remember me telling you about my mom and the computer,,, when she received a notable spam email about certain ughmmm embelishments to help endow a man.and she couldnt figure out WHY ON EARTH someone would dare send her such a thing cuz she is a good christian woman and such garbage would never be acceptable for her to see better yet read (yet she read the entire email to me over the phone spelling the words she considered ugly instead of saying them cuz that is not NEAR as bad and god will not write that down in his big book if you spell it instead of say them) ..... YOU WILL think this is freakin hysterical I PROMISE!) STAY tuned we are on our way home tomorrow and I WILL HAVE a ton of photos to bombard and bore you to tears with.... still wishin I had the ferret /waldo rodeo on film for yall to see that ws priceless. I am on my mother in law (whom I love dearly but hate this freaking laptop she has.sorry mom it is more useful as a boat anchor we need to get you a better computer and if this is hi speed internet teh squirrels need to run faster on that little wheel cuz this is taking for flippin ever to load.... lord help us all... I know i forget where we are at... nowhereville yes I lived here for 34 years I remember this place but we live in the big there city of MOBILE now and got spoiled to finer things in life like.... HI SPEED INTERNET. I feel like we time warped.
SO MERRY CHRISTMAS YALL and thank GOD we are going home tomorrow and remember to Pray for my nephew Adam... He will have the pleasure of teaching my mom how to work her new digital camera........ He will hate us all forever Im sure.but he will receive a huge shiny crown in heaven just for this task i PROMISE YOUR ON THE GOOD LIST DUDE! MUAH!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Mind you it is not pub quality just a happy thing I did and spur of the moment, 3 hours total little book from scratch. I get asked all the time How I make these little books and they are SOOOOO SIMPLE you would just SOOOO slap yourself silly thinkin' its hard! SO here are the instructions.. Hope they make sense:
You take a sheet of chipboard like the kind that comes with the 12 x 12 packs of paper or on the back of the scrap pads. I get them in shipments sometimes to when they dont want my paper to bend. I save them just for this! Cut you a 6 wide by 12 strip. Then cut it in half so you have 2, 6 x 6 pieces. Cut you a sheet of paper you want to cover it with... 7 x 7 and wrap it over like a present (make sense you with me so far? (i use redline to adhere the paper to the chipboard so it will stick good especially if it is like basic grey or thick paper like cosmo cricket which is what I used here)
Take you 2 sheets of cardstock in coordinating colors or the same color. cut them in half (6 x 12 strip) then trim off an inch to make it 5 x 11 (does that make sense? EACH SHEET) fold it in half so it is like a little book (i ussually will trim the edge just a little more when I fold it over so the middle ones dont stick out but I do it after I bind the book... so it is even make sense?) (yess stack them all together and fold) I then take my handy dandy cropodile thing that is the best thing since sliced bread. EVAH!!!! Use the little hole punch and make it where its as far as it will go in length. punch you a hole as far in the crease going up and down on both sides up and down .... so you have 2 holes. (you can do all the sheets at one time should be 4) Then I take ribbon and start on the inside go in one hole out the other and then even it up then go BACK THROUGH the opposite holes again. Then tie on the outside in a little bow. Take your chipboard you covered... Glue the cover on the front of the book and on the back of the book (I use redline adhesive and I dont get stengy with it I use alot so it will hold up and be sure you want it where you stick it cuz it will be a mess if you have to pull it up.. YOu may wanna try it with some removeable adhesive first time then use the redline)
I like to then add a sheet of coordinating patterned paper and cover over the inside where the cover is glued to it so it is a smooth line and all pretty (makes it a little stronger too) OK now here is the one I made maybe it will make sense now.
I used the cosmo cricket jitterbug line and just a bunch of assorted scrap crapp i have in my scrap room to go on it. I didnt make it really fancy its kinda simple but they are so cute to give as little happys! I know they make me happy! what about you? I made a little christmas one and gave it to my friend Katrina... I hope she likes it. She seemed to. SOrry I didnt scan that one. Well I need to go finish washing clothes and get finished packing. we are headed out to the in laws for christmas. Yall have a merry christmas! I am sure I will be checkin in on yall! WITH PHOTOS oh wait I dont have my cable thingy on that laptop to upload crud. Well Ill bombard yall with pics when I get back SO THERE! SMOOCHIES!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Merry whatever your celebrating this holiday season.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
One.. I got asked to be on the design team for IMAGINE CREATE SCRAP and I am so excited! TWO I got my pre issue of the latest stampin, stationery and scrapbooking magazine and I have a page and a half spread in it. I knew I had several projects but I had no clue a whole page. That rocks esp since it was my moms birthday present that they put on the entire page. I also have another half pager with a older project I did with a coin folder and then my FAVORITE layout of Bella bug with winnies walls. IM so excited! Told my hubby I am gonna make him famous one way or another. Now his purty face is in print. Bella on the other hand thinks her picture should be in EVERY magazine. I see alot of people I know in there as well. A fellow Mobile resident Holly McLellan (way to go Holly) she is in there all the time, she rocks with the scrappin skillz. Another alabama friend of mine LaTonya Boike who is also on Imagine create Scrap DT. (you go girl) and KARI ROACH my dear friend we are on SCRAP THAT MOMENT design team together. Kari has the CUTEST page in there about her son and his sled. I was grinning when I saw it IM so happy we are in there together girl! There are plenty others as well, if I listed them all well, Id be here all night. SO don't mean to hurt feelin's.
My mom is here for a few days to help out with Bella. John has to go back to work and well I still am runnin fever and taking this stupid medicine that makes me wobbly OK more than wobbly so I was scared to be here by myself better yet chase Bella.I hate taking all this stuff but if the cure don't kill ya huh! It is amazing this hand full of crapp I have to take 3 times a day knows where to go and what to do. BUT anyway I got mom to come chase her I mean watch her. Yall know from recent posts Johns company got bought out by another company and they are revamping everything so he is taking a test right now. He seemed kinda nervous I dunno why. He is really smart and the NUMBER ONE SALES REP IN THE SOUTH continuously (wheheeweeww thank you god for commissions) so I will toot his horn a little Im so proud of him. MY sweet hubby went by Its Not just scrap (a local scrap book store in a neighboring town) today and got some scrapbook paper I needed. It is beautiful. It is by the BE BLESSED line. If you havent seen this paper. Check out in my previous post the page where bella is playing with the mickey mouse ice skater thing on the shelf. (blacka nd white with a hint of color photo) and it has all the stuff I outlined with the sakura stardust pen (WHICH IS THE most awesome sponsor and That December sponsor at SCRAP THAT MOMENT (how cool is that) he took my layout in and said I need 2 of this and 2 of this. and walked out with NOTHING else. My mouth is on the floor. Id have spent a hundred or so easy. BUT I love that line of paper too. Perfect for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas what is on everyones list? scrappy stuff? I already know what hubby is getting and well I know what he is getting me.. my island in my scrap room finished and the floor finished. It is gonna rock so much. Now my pals can all come scrap and not sit on top of each other lol I know katrina will be VERY HAPPY when its done.
Christmas is what 2 weeks away (as I look at the projects that are lying unfinished laughing at me) and my mom comes in bearing gifts Im shaking my head. I know I know its her last chance at a grand child my brother sure isnt having any more and well my baby making equipment is gone so let her spoil her. Well that is enough from me tonight. I havent checked in in a while so thought Id catch you up. Thanks for al the continued prayers. SOME DAY I will have 2 fully functional kidneys and can actually be a part of the outside of my house world again. Until then... TAH TAH
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
THe TRUE GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS. I used the stardust silver gelly roll pens, the stardust gold gelly roll pens, and then the Glaze pens to color in the metal embelishments. IT is hard to see but I went over the entire design with the silver stardust pen in the back ground. You can click on it to make it bigger.
On THREE WANNABE. I used the Permapaque pens to color the chipboard letters. I used the souffle to make the dots and stitches and fill in and outline the flowers.
I used the stardust Gelly roll in silver and in blue all over the Nana's Kiss layout. It is hard to see but I colored in the paisleys of the basic grey paper as well. You can click on the images and it will enlarge them.
PRETTY CUTE: I used the permapaque pens to color the chipboard and the acryllic letters. The souffle pens to color the back ground paper. The soufle and the glaze pens to color the outlines and insides of the flowers. Again you can click on the images to make them larger.
and Finally.. the lamp I made. THe base is an antique bottle that we found at my grandmas I cleaned up and used the Stardust gelly roll pens, Glaze pens, and the permapaque markers on. The lamp shade I used the permapaque markers, the permapaque opaque markers, and then the Stardust pens (I used the markers on the stamps of the flourishes, stamped the shade, then went over it with the gold stardust pen) you can click on it so you can see the detail. It really sparkles in real life. Then there is the full view of the lamp.
Be sure and go check out SCRAP THAT MOMENTS gallery today and see my co team mates designs as well. They have been putting out some MAJOR eye candy on the site for SAKURA. Let me know what you think. Have you ever tried these pens???? OMGOSH you need to if you haven't!