It’s going quickly…

Summer vacation, that is. It’s been a short one this year. “They” decided that the school calendar needed adjusting, with school starting and ending earlier. But in order to make that happen, we have to deal with a couple of unusually short summers. I have a couple of weeks left, but, most of this coming week, I will be spending at work on some extra duty building a new curriculum for the coming year. That will leave me with one week to fill with all the things I haven’t been able to do yet. I have accomplished quite a few things, but there is still so much to do. Never enough time. C and I took off last weekend and went to Carowinds with A, his wife, and daughter. We had a blast, but were worn out. I love that we’ve been able to get away some this summer, but it seems like it takes days to get ready before we go and days to recover when we get back. I’ve spent some time working in M’s old room some more this week. We tore up the carpet in there and are almost done painting the sub floor. I just need to get my big area rug and move all of my stuff in there. It will be nice to have my own private space. I’m going to try to post some pictures of the process when I am finished.

It’s an exciting month in my scrappy time. I’m guesting this month at The Lilypad! Also, one of my favorite people, Etc. by Danyale, is also guest designing there this month. I’m super excited. I need to get my gallery here all caught up and get back on track with my Life in Pockets. These are some of the layouts I have created since the last time I was here:

All Year Round: Relaxations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
All Year Round: Relaxations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
Messy Marla by Amy Wolff Junk Drawer Frames by Amy Wolff Giddy by Amy Wolff
Messy Marla by Amy Wolff
Junk Drawer Frames by Amy Wolff
Giddy by Amy Wolff
On The Street We Live by Etc. by Danyale NSD 2015 Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Cyrstal Livesay
On The Street We Live by Etc. by Danyale
NSD 2015 Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Cyrstal Livesay
Girls of Summer by Traci Reed
Girls of Summer by Traci Reed
Work Day Bundle by Sahin Designs
Work Day Bundle by Sahin Designs
July Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff July Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff July Woff Pack Alpha by Amy Wolff
July Wolff Pack Papers by Amy Wolff
July Wolff Pack Messy Marvin by Amy Wolff
July Woff Pack Alpha by Amy Wolff

Now to get them added to the gallery and finish up that floor! It’s also a beautiful day, maybe a little trip to the pond with C for some fishing is in order. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! Peace, out…

I’m Baaaack!

Holy cow, I really didn’t realize that I had not been here in so long. I honestly think about this blog every day and open it to start a post and then BAM something or someone distracts me. We were gone for a week to the beach and I didn’t have as much online time there as I thought I would have, and most of the time the internet sucked. I am planning to add some pictures to my Photos page when I have a little patience time.Since we’ve been back, I’ve jumped in to a couple of project that really needed taken care of.

First of all, I painted my daughter’s room. I could not stand another day with the bright a$$ pink that was in there. It is one of the first things you see when you walk in the house, and there was always this pink glow every where. Here is the before and after:

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I absolutely love the new color! I am going to rip up the nasty carpet in there and have decided that I am going to try painting the floor underneath and adding a throw rug for the time being. We’ll see how it turns out and I will try to remember to take photos of that as well. Can’t wait to finish the process of turning this in to my new office/craft space.

Yesterday, I cleaned out my incredibly messing junk laundry room. It is a huge room and I would love to come up with some neat ideas for fixing it up. I think I need to hit up Pinterest!

I have scrapped some…not a lot, but some. I’m not too far behind on my Life in Pockets and I will update that page as well as my Scrap Pages. Here are the pages I have done since the last time I was here:

Destination Mini Kit by Amy Wolff Messy Marvin Vol. 5 by Amy Wolff
Destination Mini Kit by Amy Wolff
Messy Marvin Vol. 5 by Amy Wolff
This is June by River~Rose
This is June by River~Rose
Giddy by Amy Wolff
Giddy by Amy Wolff
Limited Edition by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid
Limited Edition by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid
Curated: Wander - A Pixels and Company Collection curated by Celeste Smith
Curated: Wander – A Pixels and Company Collection curated by Celeste Smith
Sprinkles V37 by Valorie Wibbens Worth Melting For by Valorie Wibbens Worth Melting For Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens Pocket Topography No. 1 by Valorie Wibbens
Sprinkles V37 by Valorie Wibbens
Worth Melting For by Valorie Wibbens
Worth Melting For Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens
Pocket Topography No. 1 by Valorie Wibbens
Travelling Home by MEG Designs Color Me Autumn Templates by MEG Designs
Travelling Home by MEG Designs
Color Me Autumn Templates by MEG Designs
Dawn's Early Light Papers by Amy Wolff Dawn's Early Light Elements by Amy Wolff Topography No. 19 by Valorie Wibbens
Dawn’s Early Light Papers by Amy Wolff
Dawn’s Early Light Elements by Amy Wolff
Topography No. 19 by Valorie Wibbens
Get It Girl by Traci Reed
Get It Girl by Traci Reed

We are supposed to head up to my dad’s old office today and move some furniture and finish cleaning it out. It makes me a little sad, but I know that my mom will be relieved to not have to deal with it any longer. She needs to relax a little. Have a wonderful Wednesday!! Peace, out…

Mellow Monday

I was going to title this post Manic Monday, but it wasn’t really manic at all. I spent the first part of the morning on the deck reading a new book and then cleaned out the hall closet. We had sloppy joes for dinner and I’ve been scrapping ever since. The title also reminds me that next week we will be at the beach and I can eat at one of my favorite places, Mellow Mushroom!

Just swinging by to share my latest Life in Pockets pages. I am all caught up!!

Week 25 uses Here Comes the Sun – June Collection by Pixels and Company:

Here Comes the Sun: June Collection by Pixels and Company Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Here Comes the Sun: June Collection by Pixels and Company
Weekly Edition by One Little Bird

And Week 26 uses Pocket Life ’15: June Collection by Traci Reed:

Pocket Life '15: June Collection by Traci Reed Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life ’15: June Collection by Traci Reed
Weekly Edition by One Little Bird

I have training for work tomorrow and working at my dad’s old office with my mom on Wednesday to try to get it cleaned out so they can sell the building. Hoping to get another baseball game in there as well. So, I’ll be back when time allows. Have a great start to the week!

Sweet Sunday

A day of rest. At least I hope to make it that way! It’s been a busy couple of days. We had C’s end of season pool party with his baseball team on Friday night. They are a really great group of kids and everyone had a blast. The moms that worked to put it together did such a great job and the cake was awesome! There were even little jersey shaped cookies with the kids names and numbers on them.

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Yesterday, I spent the day cleaning out two rooms of the house. M had come and picked up her bed for her new house, so her room was a complete disaster. I worked most of the day in there. The next step is to paint her BRIGHT pink walls! I’ve been wanting to do that for years!! And then I’m hoping it will become my new craft room. Today, I think we are headed out for a while to eat and just get away from the house.

But first, I wanted to come by and share a couple more layouts that I worked on for this week. Both use All Year Round: Destinations Collection by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio at Sweet Shoppe. The first is a pocket style page and the second a more traditional layout (using a retired template by Zoliofrope).

All Year Round: Destinations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
All Year Round: Destinations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
All Year Round: Destinations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
All Year Round: Destinations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio

I’m looking forward to using this one again when we go on vacation in a week! I’m so excited!! We didn’t get to go last year for various reasons, but this year I am ready to get out of here for awhile!!

And one more reminder that it’s the last days to get in on the fantastic deals from Etc. by Danyale before her store closes at SO. Make sure you grab what you can before it’s gone for good. And make sure you are following Danyale, either on Facebook or by newsletter to find out all the exciting things to come!

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And I am out of here for today. Hope everyone has a sweet Sunday! Peace, out…

Holy Cow…

Yeah, so it’s been a couple of weeks and yeah, same ole busy, busy, busy. I am taking a class this semester and, every little bit of weekend time that I’ve had, I’ve spent working on stuff for the class. It’s interesting stuff, if you like classes on teaching methods, but between that and the usual spring IEP, paperwork, testing, etc, I don’t have much “free” time. We have a 4 day weekend going on right now. That is the extent of our “Spring Break”. I am so envious of those who get a whole week off, but we are on the countdown to the end of the year! I’m also tackling a pretty big project in my time off…painting all my kitchen cabinets. They’ve needed an update for a long time. I got about half way through yesterday and will probably get the other half tomorrow. Today, we are going to color eggs and go to mom’s for dinner.

We got C all signed up for baseball a couple of weeks ago and he had try outs last week. We heard from the manager of the team yesterday and he will get to be #45 (Michael Jordan’s baseball number). Their team is the Giants and we have our meet and greet on Tuesday evening.

I haven’t had a chance to see it in person yet, but M now has a house of her own! I have informed her that she now must come and get all of her stuff haha. I’m dreaming of a craft room! But all of that will probably have to wait until summer, when I have the time to do it.

I have managed to get in some scrapping the last couple of weeks, and pretty much keep up with my weekly spreads. I’ve updated both galleries, but here are some of the pages I’ve managed to squeeze in…

Little Somethings V10 by Tracy Martin [ link ] Facebook freebie paper by Tracy Martin Topography No. 27 by Valorie Wibbens
Little Somethings V10 by Tracy Martin
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Facebook freebie paper by Tracy Martin
Topography No. 27 by Valorie Wibbens
Fuss Free: You Are Here by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Gentle Rain by Etc. by Danyale
Fuss Free: You Are Here by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Gentle Rain by Etc. by Danyale
Hello Pretty by Valorie Wibbens Drama Queen No. 3 by Valorie Wibbens Typo Grow by Valorie Wibbens Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
Hello Pretty by Valorie Wibbens
Drama Queen No. 3 by Valorie Wibbens
Typo Grow by Valorie Wibbens
Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens
All Year Round: Beautifications by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio retired template by Zoliofrope
All Year Round: Beautifications by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio
retired template by Zoliofrope
This Is March by River~Rose and Southern Serenity
This Is March by River~Rose and Southern Serenity
Fuss Free: Dots and Bows 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Gypsy by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Dots and Bows 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Gypsy by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Plan Ahead Apr 2016 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Gypsy by Etc by Danyale
Fuss Free: Plan Ahead Apr 2016 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Gypsy by Etc by Danyale
Sugar Sugar by River~Rose
Sugar Sugar by River~Rose
Be You - April 2015 Collection by the designers at Pixels & Company Layered Layouts v7 by Deena Rutter
Be You – April 2015 Collection by the designers at Pixels & Company
Layered Layouts v7 by Deena Rutter
Glam Pop by Traci Reed Convostation by Zoliofrope (retired)
Glam Pop by Traci Reed
Convostation by Zoliofrope (retired)

Thanks for having a look and hope everyone has a happy and blessed Easter! Peace, out…

Well…

I’m not really sure where the last few days went, other than we did finally get back to work for 3 days and then off another 2. I am over winter. Fortunately, it does look like the next week or more will be beautiful and no temps below freezing! I also love, love, love the time change! I really do think about this blog every day and say I’m coming to post something and then one thing leads to another and I piddle around and don’t do it. But anyway, I’m here now and wanted to share a few new things for this week!

First up, it’s a brand new month at Simple Scrapper! If you haven’t checked out their Premium Membership, you really should. It’s a great community filled with wonderful scrappers! You also get access to a full library of sketches and Story Starters to jump start your creativity, Spark Magazine, planning tools, and lots of other unique and awesome content. Here are the layouts I created with sketches and story starters from the Premium Membership:

Love The Life You Live by Tracy Martin Simple Pleasures by Tracy Martin Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership
Love The Life You Live by Tracy Martin
Simple Pleasures by Tracy Martin
Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

 

All Year Round: Foundations by Traci Reed and Jady Day Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership
All Year Round: Foundations by Traci Reed and Jady Day
Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

 

Basketball season is winding down and we are in the playoffs right now. I have so many photos to scrap and Traci Reed read my mind! She has this great new basketball kit and matching cards!

3 Point Shot and 3 Point Shot Cards by Traci Reed 365Unscripted Plastic Stitched Grids by Traci Reed
3 Point Shot and 3 Point Shot Cards by Traci Reed
365Unscripted Plastic Stitched Grids by Traci Reed

 

Val C. has a great new challenge over at Oscraps! I just loved playing with the big words that she provides for the challenge.

Creative Box - Big WORD by Val C. Designs ArtBook - This Day - The Bundle by Val C. Designs ArtBook - Posing ART by Val C. Designs
Creative Box – Big WORD by Val C. Designs
ArtBook – This Day – The Bundle by Val C. Designs
ArtBook – Posing ART by Val C. Designs

 

Also out this week is a beautiful kit called Create Joy by River~Rose. I paired it up with This Journey called Life template by Two Tiny Turtles.

Create Joy by River~Rose This Journey Called Life by Two Tiny Turtles
Create Joy by River~Rose
This Journey Called Life by Two Tiny Turtles

 

And I am off to get ready for a day at basketball! Have a terrific weekend! Peace, out…

The Best of Intentions…

So I did plan to come back here a few days ago and share some more wonderful things, but I’m telling you, this weather and time off work have really gotten to me. I have no motivation to do anything. I keep thinking of all the things I could have had done around here with all this time off, and yet I have done nothing. Well, I have cooked, eaten, and washed dishes repeatedly…but nothing extra. I’m not going to spend any more time whining about it. There’s nothing I can do about it, I just wish I could make myself enjoy it a bit more. That hasn’t happened. C is ready to go back to school as well. He keeps saying that he is getting more brain damaged every day. I guess even more so than 9 year olds already are hahaha.

But anyway… here is what I failed to come back and share over the weekend. I got to work with some amazing new goodies by Traci Reed. One is a solo kit and one a collab, and they are both awesome.

This one uses She Is:

She Is by Traci Reed Retired template by Zoliofrope
She Is by Traci Reed
Retired template by Zoliofrope

 

This one uses Rise and Shine:

Rise and Shine by Traci Reed and Amber Shaw
Rise and Shine by Traci Reed and Amber Shaw

 

And this one uses both:

She Is by Traci Reed Rise and Shine by Traci Reed and Amber Shaw Kickstarters January by Traci Reed
She Is by Traci Reed
Rise and Shine by Traci Reed and Amber Shaw
Kickstarters January by Traci Reed

 

I just finished up my week 8 layout for Pocket Life. It uses Pocket Life ’15: February Collection by Traci Reed,
Out of the Box v2 by Gennifer Bursett, and Weekly Edition by One Little Bird:

Pocket Life '15: February Collection by Traci Reed Out of the Box v2 by Gennifer Bursett Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life ’15: February Collection by Traci Reed
Out of the Box v2 by Gennifer Bursett
Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life '15: February Collection by Traci Reed Out of the Box v2 by Gennifer Bursett Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life ’15: February Collection by Traci Reed
Out of the Box v2 by Gennifer Bursett
Weekly Edition by One Little Bird

 

I’m off for now…going to maybe do a little more scrapping and trying not to think about the fact that more snow is coming tomorrow night :/ Peace, out…

 

Cabin Fever!!

Oh has it ever set in. I love my family, truly I do. But after a week of being trapped in the house with them, it’s a wonder we are all still alive! I know I’ve mentioned that we have gotten off pretty easy in the weather department this winter, but Mother Nature decided that it was time for us to pay! It started snowing last Saturday and we got a little and then all hell broke loose. We have been out of school all week because of a combination of more snow and below 0 temperatures. I am seriously going stir crazy. This is definitely the time of year that I wish I lived in town and not on these hilly, windy, privately maintained roads. I have only ventured out the front door to shovel. And not only that, but I have been a total sloth inside the house. I just have no motivation to do anything. I feel like I have spent the last week doing nothing but cooking, eating, and washing dishes.  Ok…I’ll stop complaining now. They were calling for up to 12 more inches tomorrow, but have backed off to a more mix type thing, changing to rain. Thank GOD! I so feel for all of the people in states where they are dealing with much worse than we are.

We’ll move on to some scrappy things! I have done a little of that this week, so I will share some of the fabulous stuff you can find in the shops and on sale this weekend.

I’m loving my guest spot with Two Tiny Turtles! She has some great new template sets out this week…

This one is called For the First Time and uses a re-release from River~Rose and Pink Reptile Designs called Scrapazzi:

Scraparazzi by River~Rose and Pink Reptile Designs For the First Time by Two Tiny Turtles
Scraparazzi by River~Rose and Pink Reptile Designs
For the First Time by Two Tiny Turtles

 

And this one is called Do Your Best and uses Traci Reed’s Pocket Life ’15: February Collection:

Do Your Best by Two Tiny Turtles Pocket Life '15: February Collection by Traci Reed
Do Your Best by Two Tiny Turtles
Pocket Life ’15: February Collection by Traci Reed

 

Etc by Danyale has a fabulous new kit called Cottage No9.  There is also matching Word Art (and believe it or not, I did not use a template on this haha):

Cottage No9 by Etc by Danyale Cottage No9 Word Art by Etc by Danyale
Cottage No9 by Etc by Danyale
Cottage No9 Word Art by Etc by Danyale

 

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has some fantastic new templates this week called Fuss Free: What’s Your Angle. I used a kit called Eskimo Kisses by Tracy Martin for this one:

Fuss Free: What's Your Angle 4 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Eskimo Kisses by Tracy Martin
Fuss Free: What’s Your Angle 4 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Eskimo Kisses by Tracy Martin

That’s it for today! I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more awesome new stuff!! Stay warm. Peace, out…

Hump Daaaay!

Yeah, played out, I know! Wednesday has another name around here…just plain ole trash day. That’s how I gauge the days of the week..by what has to be done on certain days. The trash doesn’t really run on Wednesday, but around 6am on Thursday, so out it goes on Wednesday night. And for the record, taking the trash out when it’s bitterly cold really sucks! We also had basketball practice today, getting ready for the game tomorrow. C’s team is undefeated so far! Another busy week. I went to have my nails done yesterday and I get my hair done Friday for the first time since A’s wedding! My roots are baaaaad. There are seriously so many days that I wish I would just go gray already. I’m going to think of them as my natural highlights and let it go. But so far I have only had 2 or 3 here and there.

But I didn’t come here to blab about trash or basketball or hair. I am just swinging by to update my Project Life pages. Four weeks in and keeping up so far. Traci Reed’s Pocket Life ’15: January Collection is just amazing and has made the pages come together so easily. Here’s my week 4 (The Week 4 title is by One Little Bird and the templates are Traci’s 365Unscripted.

Pocket Life '15: January Collection by Traci Reed 365Unscripted Stitched Grids by Traci Reed Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life ’15: January Collection by Traci Reed
365Unscripted Stitched Grids by Traci Reed
Weekly Edition by One Little Bird
Pocket Life '15: January Collection by Traci Reed 365Unscripted Stitched Grids by Traci Reed
Pocket Life ’15: January Collection by Traci Reed
365Unscripted Stitched Grids by Traci Reed

So far I am keeping up with the 2 page spreads…we’ll see how long it continues 🙂 I will be back in a day or two to share all the awesome new releases that I got to play with this week! There’s some good stuff!! Until then…peace, out!

Let’s Get It On!

The new year that is! Bring on 2015! I’m ready for the new year with new plans and new organization…at least in my mind ha. We’ll see how it all pans out. We had a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve watching the festivities from New York on TV, eating lots of junk, and playing around with silly photo booth stuff that I printed for C. The new year, so far, has been spent doing a whole big bunch of nothing.

I have been working on uploading some scrappy stuff and will be getting  my Scrap Pages updated when I wind up this post. There is all kinds of fantastic stuff to start the new year! If you make it to the end of this, kudos to you!!

Danyale has a great new set of journal cards called The Dirty Deck – Holidays. These are so much fun! I used them for this page along with her new release all about Christmas Catastrophes called Better Luck Next Year:

Better Luck Next Year by Etc by Danyale Dirty Deck - Holidays by Etc by Danyale Gimme Pockets Vol 1 by Cluster Queen Creations
Better Luck Next Year by Etc by Danyale
Dirty Deck – Holidays by Etc by Danyale
Gimme Pockets Vol 1 by Cluster Queen Creations

Pixels and Company has an absolutely amazing new collab for January – Winter Wish! I’m telling you, I could not stop using this beauty! Here are several pages with it:

Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers
Winter Wish by P&Co Designers

MEG Designs has a fun New Year’s kit as well. Great sprinkles, and even a couple of fantastic coordinating templates:

Sparkling Year  by MEG Designs
Sparkling Year by MEG Designs

Cheryl is helping us all plan ahead this year with calendars for 2016! How cool is that..no last minute calendar creations..create them over the course of the year!

Fuss Free: Plan Ahead 2016 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Getting Artsy: Winter Blues by Cluster Queen Creations
Fuss Free: Plan Ahead 2016 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee
Getting Artsy: Winter Blues by Cluster Queen Creations

I already have a start on my Life in Pockets! The cover page is done thanks to a fantastic freebie from Traci Reed Designs! This also uses her kit – I’ve Got Sunshine.

2015-Cover

And if you stayed with me this long…thank you!! Wishing you all the best for the new year. Peace, love, and happiness 🙂