Monday, August 31, 2009

A Taste of Summer

Layout done for a Natali Designs blog play day at Scrapbookgraphics.

Wordart: Grabbag No. 15 by ON Designs @ SBG
Sea side by Natali Designs @ SBG
Seagull (extracted) from Along the Beach by Manu @ SBG
Font: Myriad Pro

Friday, August 28, 2009

Constitutional Growth Delay/Deficiency

It's been quite a while since I last posted photos of the I took some photos yesterday while we were at the park. They looked so cute! It's a good thing, too, since it rained today.

Last February when I took Kay for her 8th yr. checkup the doctor was concerned that she appeared to be too short for her age. He asked her to return in 3 months to monitor her growth. We went back in May and sure enough, she hadn't grown. The doctor ordered some blood work and urinalysis, which came back normal. A bone scan was ordered to determine bone age. While she is 8 yrs. 5 months in cronological age, her bone scan revealed that her bone physiology is that of a 6 yrs. 10 months girl. She was sent to a pediatric endocrinologist. The doctor asked me all questions that he could think of, looked her over and told me that she was healthy and that she is more than likely a "late bloomer." The fact that her bone age is off by 2 years tells him that she has lots of more time to grow. She'll see him again in February of 2010. In the meantime, her pediatrician wanted to see her again. We went today and she appears to have grown a little more than an inch and gained 3.5 pounds! She is now taller and heavier than Liam. Anyway, all this time I was so worried about her growth delay, which turned out to be nothing. I am thankful for the good news. 4658

Do You Have A Superhero or Know of One?

Are you a Batman fan? I know I am! Isn't this the best theme kit ever? You can scrap your love for cartoons, create an homage to the winged hero, scrap your favorite Batman actors, or in my case, scrap the pictures of Batman the Ride and the batcar at Great Adventure. This kit would be great for Halloween, too!

Anyway, Tangie Baxter has a kit called Hero of the Night, which is fab! Check it out HERE. You'll be seeing a page from me in the next few days. :) 4658

Peta Boardman Sales

Peta Boardman
is retiring a few of her kits, which you can grab at extremely low prices. Each is $1.50 or less. Where are you going to get a good quality kit at this price? Hurry on over to buy them before they are removed and gone forever. 4658

Monday, August 24, 2009

Favorite Beach Memories

I did this page for a Manu playday over at Scrapbookgraphics. If you'd like to see the other pages made with her designs, click HERE.

Want to learn more about Manuela (Manu), click HERE to view her interview and to get the 50% off coupon.

Credits: Along The Beach - Page Kit By Manuela
Font: Inkburrow 4606

Saturday, August 22, 2009

First Day of Pre-Kinder

This is Liam on his first day of pre-kinder. I find it hard to believe that he is now going to be in 2nd grade.
Below is Pixelworks Funky Junky 5 Old School available at ScrapArtist. It has a wonderful array of elements and papers.

CREDITS: Fonts: Century gothic and KidsFirstPrint
[b]Funky Junky 5 - Old School, by PixelWorks, Rachel Young and Kate Hadfield[/b]

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Freebies

I don't have a lot of free time since the kids need to be kept occupied at all times. It's been a while since I posted a few freebies, so here you go:

Template 84 by Lindsay Jane.
Chut by Bellisae @
Templates by Michelle Filo
Quickpage by Redjuscrap (There are links to 4 additional qps)
Natali has a sampler from her latest kit, Summer Delight.
You can find Natali's designs HERE.
School Wordart by Lauren Grier
Blue Alpha by Misty Cato
Paint the World sampler by Lara's DigiWrorld
Summer Splash by LGrieverson @ the Shutterfly Blog
Number stamps by Sueli Colbert
Little Bird freebie by Vinnie Pierce
French Frog part 3 @ French Frog
Angelica has some wonderful doodles.
note: Look for the previous post as she has another set of doodles.
Template @ Danielle Corbitt's blog
Miniature Cabinet @ GoDigitalScrapping
Template @ Scrapmatters
Quickpage by Scrapmuss Designs
Birthday Candles by LiliamWing
Jubilant Alpha by Connie Prince
Birthday Doodles by Angelica

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


ON Designs has a wonderful array of kits, elements and alphas...let me show you a few that are my favorites and dirt cheap at the moment and are in the CLOSE OUT section:

Alpha No. 2

Frames No. 1

Alpha No. 13 - Cardboard

Calendar No. 3

Alpha No. 17 - good for school layouts

Ribbon 4 You get 29 ribbons for $1.00 4532

Monday, August 17, 2009

New LO: Moments Like This

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Tape: Dumpster Diving Elements by Maya
Fortune Cookie Sayings by Maya
Country Garden Scene Creator - Maya
K & L - Ransom Note Alpha by Maya
Wordart - Playing with overlay 6 - by Natali
(Note: I altered the wordart from "a moment like this" to "moments")
Realistic Stick Pins by Jen Caputo
Purple flower-Natural Wonders Collection: Wild Long Stems By Jenu

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Memorial Page: Pioneer Spirit

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I am back at square one with scrapping my mom's memorial book. I lost all of my pages in a computer crash earlier this year.

Amongst Mom's albums and things, I came across this photo of Mom as a young woman, together will all of us as little kids. Evelyn appears to be about a year old, which makes this circa 1975. I think that we were at Abuela's house (Julia) by the river. Mom looks so young, still.

In retrospect, she really must have been a woman of strong determination and must have had a pioneer spirit to leave her home, her parents and everything else behind, to come to the US, where she only knew only one person: her brother Geraldo. She remained in Trenton, N.J. until her death in Feb. 27, 2008.

1-Bg. ppr., paper stays/holders, frames, chests, wagon with horse, beaded frame, banjo, telescope and dolls from A Pioneer Story Kit (With Everything In It.) By Lorie Davison (in collaboration with her friend, Clementine Howell)

2-Round metal buttons, jewel encrusted cross, silk lace and buttercup flowers from Faerily Moonlit Kit Collection (With Everything In It!) By Lorie Davison @ SBG

3-Compass from Ticket To Dragon's End A Storybook Kit (Everything Is In It!) By Lorie Davison @ SBG
Font: AL Modern Type
Map of Puerto Rico and newspaper clipping from my personal stash.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New LO: Home on the Range

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I have always loved the song, Home on the Range, and that's what inspired this page. This kit is the creation of the uber talented Lorie Davison and Clementine Howell, titled Pioneer Story, available for sale on Friday, 8/14 @ SBG.

Little Old Alpha from Blooming Sweethearts in the Garden Elements by Lorie Davison @ SBG
Photo by Android.Coconut on Flicker.
Font: FO Giggles by Fontologie

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Scraplift Chall. @ SBG

COME JOIN US! This is the inspiration layout for this week's I Can Scraplift That! Isn't it gorgeous? 4447

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Worst Movie I've Ever Seen

A few weeks ago I got a notice from my satellite provider that they had given us for free 3 months of Showtime.

I have a bad habit of not seeing movies right from the beginning...bad habit. I should really read the review before I watch, but hey...

Movie #1 Bottoms Up with Paris Hilton. A total waste of time and I think quite a few of my brain cells were killed during the viewing of this movie. SKIP IT.

Movie #2 Beowulf. Great animation, but nothing else worthwhile. A lesson in what happens when a man listen to his p-e-n-*-s and not his brain and how history repeats itself. Enough said.

Ok. Let's move on to movie #3, the worst movie I have ever seen in my life.

I am a night owl, so about 3 days ago I was up in the middle of the night and I decided to watch a movie. I came across a so called "horror" movie titled, "Hostel 2, by Eli Roth."

I got to tell you that I haven't watched a horror movie in quite a few years - 9 years to be exact. And by horror movies I mean the Alfred Hitchcock kind.

Anyway, when I started watching the movie it was already in progress. I see 3 American girls in a foreign country (I imagine Serbia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Slovakia or some other European country) attending some kind of fair. This is the only good part. Before I know it, one of the girls gets taken out for an idyllic ride on a lake and when they reach the other end, she's surrounded by a few men, who cover her face and push her into the lake. Next thing I see, she is stark naked, dangling/hanging down from the ceiling, in some kind of dungeon. Next, a woman walks in, strips down and starts to inflict wounds on the poor girl. You can guess what happens next. The girl is subjected to the most hideous torture, all show in extreme details. The fate that awaits her other 2 companions is worse, if you can believe that. Let's just say that it involves chain saws and other types of electrical implements.

I couldn't stomach this movie. The minute I saw the fate that awaited the 2nd victim, I turned off the tv altogether. I was deeply disturbed by this so called horror movie. It is the most violent, horrific and sadistic movie that I have had the displeasure of viewing. I can't imagine what purpose this movie serves anyone. This movie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. My first and last time watching an Eli Roth film. I won't ever see another of his films ever again. I guarantee you that!

I can't help but to wonder what induces a director to produce movies such as this and people to watch them. Are we so jaded and is violence so deeply ingrained in our society that we think that movies such as this are an acceptable form of entertainment?

Round 4 Voting Has Begun ...and My Layout

Image is clickable. Journaling blurred to preserve privacy.
The Studio Crew decided that we wanted to scrap "MOMENTS" for our round 4 challenge.

IORenewal by the Studio Girls @ SBG
Brooch and green leaves from IOHeritage by the Studio Girls @ SBG
Studio Tangie Fonts: The Director {CU OK} By Tangie
small Typewriting
Stitching from IOComfort by the Studio Girls at SBG

Title/Journaling placement inspired by Zatul's page titled BOY TOYS, found here:

Photo placement inspired by Kate's page titled LOVING, found here:

Here's a link to the forums where you can see all 5 entries together.
Layouts in the forums

Here's a link to the poll where you can cast your vote for STUDIO CREW
please vote for the STUDIO CREW...thank you.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that Scrapbookgraphics is currently having a 50% off sale off of the collaborative mega kits. It means that instead of $15.00, you pay $7.50. No coupon required.

This is the time to buy those mega kits that you have been keeping an eye on . If you look around, you will notice that you will likely pay $7.50 for kits with lesser quality and quantity.

What are you waiting for? Click HERE to go shopping!

Monday, August 3, 2009

New layout: She's So Fickle - Bluebell Designs

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After doing round 3 of the battle of the creative teams, this layout was a breeze. I especially enjoyed not having to count the amt. of items I had to use...scrapping without restrictions rocks!

Head on over to the SBG BLOG to get your coupon code so you can purchase any of Bluebell's designs at a reduced rate.

Credits: Font: Myriad Pro
font: Studio Tangie Fonts: The Director {CU OK} By Tangie
Rustical Whisper by Bluebell Designs @ SBG
Drafts & Blueprints {Bundle Ten} By Tangie Baxter @ SBG
Alpha from Troublemaker- The Alpha by Flergs


Voting for Round 3 of the Battle of the Creative Teams has begun!
Please cast your vote at the below-listed link.
Please vote for STUDIO CREW.


If you'd like to see the 5 entries from our team, click here to be taken to the forum where they can be see.

Thank you. Your support is very much appreciated.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Round 3 layout for BOTCT @ DSA

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This round was hard! It had many requirements which really restricted what I could do.

Layout completed for the Studio Crew (Scrapbookgraphics Store) BOTCT Round 3. Our team's formula is:

1 alpha - White alpha from Breeze kit by Natali Designs @ SBG

2 clouds - Clouds from Tea Party [Full Kit] By SussieM_designs @ SBG

3 frames - Scalloped frames from Cherish kit by Natali Designs @ SBG

4 photos - By me!

5 fonts
Century Gothic used on journaling except where note.
FO - Giggles: Used on phrase: Smithville Lake
* Fontologie by Steph
TBD-DirectorBold Tangie Baxter @ SBG: Used in journaling: Coneflowers
Studio Tangie Fonts: The Director {CU OK} By Tangie
Times New Roman: Used on paper strip/Title (Fields at Smithville Lake)
SV Basic Manual - used on date July 2009.

6 papers
Light Blue paper and striped paper: A Perfect Day With Kaye Winiecki By Flergs
(paper used made by Flergs)

Light green paper from Spring Breeze kit by Natali Design

Kraft (brown) ppr. from Freshness by Natali Design

Pink and Wood bg. papers from Little Miracle With BONUS By Natali Design

7 animals (2 ants, 2 butterflies, 1 fly, 1 caterpillar, 1 bee)
Yellow/blue/green Butterfly: Country Garden - Scene Creator by Maya

Blue Butterfly from Spring Breeze kit by Natali Design

2 Ants, 1 caterpillar and 1 fly from Green Fingers Doodles by Berna Datema

1 bee from Spring Breeze kit by Natali Design

8 leaves
Scattered leaves from Bunnies, Bees And The Bird's Big Balloon Elements By Lorie Davison @ SBG

9 flowers
Dried flowers from Cherish kit by Natali Design @ SBG

10 staples
Staples from Madeleine - The Elements by Birgit Kerr @ SBG



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