12.29.2007

End of Year Goals Update

1. Daily Bible reading (52 Week Bible Reading Plan) - I missed 49 days out of 365 days.
2. Get re-organized - Still working on it-2 rooms & 1 closet left to do.
3. Continue work on debt repayment - Down to 1 car pmt. & 1 credit card
4. Finish getting house together & decorated - I don't think we'll ever be done!
5. Read 1 book a month - I read 16 books.
6. Scrapbook & stamp regularly - Not even close on this one.
7. Exercise regularly - hahahah
8. Lose weight (30 lbs.) - 0 lbs lost
9. Finish decluttering house - Only 2 rooms & 1 closet left to do.

I completed 1 and almost completed a couple of other, so I guess all in all I did not do too bad this year. Now on to next years goals.

PhotobucketHAPPY NEW YEARS!!!Photobucket

12.25.2007

Merry Christmas!

Here are the cards I made for this year. And wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


Stamps: Lockhart, Amuse - Paper: Memory Box, SU - Accessories: Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils














Stamps: Whipper Snapper - Paper: SU, Memory Box, Basic Grey - Accessories: Brad, Twill, Prismacolor Pencils with Gamsol, Stickles & Liquid Applique

12.12.2007

Snowman Ornaments

This is what my youngest son's teachers are getting for Christmas. I saw these posted on a stamping message board and just loved them and new they would be great teachers gifts. Here is a tutorial on how to make these. I have several dozen glass ornaments from when I was a SU demo. Bought at 1/2 price and I got the baby socks at Target in the $1 section.

11.22.2007

Now We're Rockin' Week 4

Here is the last layout for Jessica's Now We're Rockin' class that I took. She gave us such cool things to learn and do. I highly recommend her classes for anyone wanting to learn digital scrapping!

11.14.2007

I forgot to post weeks 2 & 3 ...

I have been taking Jessica Sprague's Now We're Rocking digital class this past month and I just realized I forgot to post weeks 2 & 3 layouts on here. So here they are:

On week 2 we did a 4 section circle which is a cool way to get multiple photos on a layout.

On week 3 we did a 2-page layout.

11.09.2007

Autumn ATC

I have been so slack about posting on here. My MT course is kicking my butt right now. Here is an ATC I just finished for a swap over at Croppers Cottage. This is ATC #3 for me and I'm still trying to figure out if I like them or not. Don't get me wrong I love looking at ones others do, but I'm just not sure if my stamping/scrapping style works for ATCs.

I also have a layout I did for Jessica Sprague's class that I am taking, but I'm going to redo it before I share it. This ATC & 1 layout are all I've done creatively this week.

Paper: Bazzill, SU, 7Gypsies
Ink: Distress Ink
Misc: Button/Computer

10.25.2007

I've done something creative every day this week so far!

It is amazing that after not doing hardly anything creative in forever I have actually done something every day this week so far. Here is the card I did for the Color Combination & the Sketch Challenge at SCS. They are 2 separate challenges, but since it was Thursday I decided to combine them together. For the color challenge I have not purchased the new SU In Colors so I had to use the alternate colors, but I really like how this one turned out.

I used retired SU stamp Stippled Hydrangea.

10.24.2007

First layout for Class

Here is the first layout for Jessica's new class - Now We're Rockin. We did a couple of really cool things for this one. This was definitely more difficult than the layouts we did for the Up & Running class, but not hair-pulling difficult. I can't wait to see what else she has planned for us.

For this one we changed the photo to sepia & then selectively recolored 1 part of it. That was so cool to do. I'm still struggling with being able to do 8.5x11 layouts, but I'm liking this size very much. It is amazing how much harder it is to do a rectangle in comparison to a square.

10.22.2007

Here it is

Here is the card I started yesterday & did not have any ribbon to use on it. I stopped at Walmart this morning while out and picked up this organdy ribbon for 27 cent.
I participated in this weeks Featured Stamper challenge at SCS. This is the card that I cased for the challenge. For this challenge you are suppose to case a card from that weeks stamper and change 2 things. My changes were the colors & the pattern paper.
This is also the first time this stamp set has seen ink. It is a Papertrey set.

10.02.2007

Check this before you buy Pink!

I was reading an article in today's paper about companies that are using the pink campaign to increase their revenues without helping the breast cancer organizations. Please be sure to check this sit Think Before You Pink before buying any of the pink items out there. If we all do that then we can be sure that our money is actually helping with breast cancer research and not just that company's bottom line.

10.01.2007

Pink for October


October is breast cancer awareness month so I've gone pink for the month. If you want more info about going pink check it out here. I have been fortunate that I have never had anyone close to me suffer from breast cancer. I had a small scare last year when I had my first mammogram done, but thankfully it was nothing.

Every woman over the age of 40 should have a mammogram done. Yes it is uncomfortable, but it is quick and could save your life.

9.28.2007

The Time to Fly

I joined an ATC swap that is due in a couple of weeks. The theme is Time and this is what I came up with. This is not exactly how I originally thought it would be, but I think I actually like it. I haven't done much creatively and definitely no stamping in quite a while. Figured that an ATC was a good way to dip my toes back into creating.

This is only the 2nd ATC I have ever made and I hope all the girls at the Cottage like it.


Supplies: Paper - SU Naturals Ivory, Basic Grey Stella Ruby
Stamps - Rubber Stampede Nostalgic Pocket Watch, Karen Foster Snap
Misc - Feathers (bought at Michaels), Ranger Glossy Accents (for the watch crystal)
Corner Punch


9.22.2007

Another Layout

For our midweek assignment the last week of Up & Running with Photoshop Jessica gave us instructions on how to take 3 photos and turn them in to a Trapezoid Photo Block. This is so cool! This definitely helps to keep pages looking all alike. You know when your kids play sports you feel the need to photograph every game or event; at least I do anyway and eventually all the pages seem to look alike so this is a great alternative to the standard every day page.

Supplies: Jessica Sprague - Festa, Shabby Princess -
Holiday Sampler, Katie Pertiet - Date Journaler
Stamps
Fonts Used: Impact & Century Gothic

9.21.2007

Up & Running Week 4

Here is the layout for week 4 of Jessica Sprague's Up & Running with Photoshop class.

When trying to pick a photo for this layout this particular photo just screamed for me. I even had to pull it out of the scrapbook it was already in to use and because it was a Polaroid I had to scan it. I looked & looked through all my digital photos and none of them seemed right.

DH and I were married by a justice of the peace and this is the only photo I have from that day. Being a Polaroid it is already showing signs of deterioration so I was glad to have a reason to scan it. Of course now I have an empty spot in that album.

I have one more layout from the class to share, but will have to add it later when I have a little more time.

9.18.2007

Name Tag

I figured I better come on here and make some kind of post since it has been awhile. I have seen this on quite a few other blogs so thought I would add it on here since I don't have anything else to post right now.

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Smoky Dakota

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) - Vanilla Oatmeal

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) SELS

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Blue Doberman

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)- Melissa Greenville

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Elswsu

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) - The Pink Mountain Dew

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) - Carl Hamilton

9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) - Chanel Mounds

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names) - Kaye David

I won't tag anyone, but feel free to play along with everyone else.

9.06.2007

I learned something today!

I suck at dictation!!! I am working on my MT course & today I had to do my first dictation. The punctuation was kicking my butt. I didn't have a lot of misspelled words, but man did I have a lot of incorrect punctuation. How on earth did I ever manage to graduate from high school?!?!

Luckily I don't have to turn this one in to my instructor. I need to try again tomorrow and redo it and see if I can do any better the second time. We are given 3 tries to make an 86% on our test. I hope that I don't have to use all 3 attempts, but we'll see.

9.04.2007

Week 3 Digital Scrapping Class

Here is the layout I did for week 3 of Jessica's Up & Running with Photoshop class. I have taken other digital scrapping class online & with each class I am learning more & more. I hope to be able to take Jessica's intermediate class in October.

I started traditional (paper) scrapping in 1995 and continued with it until about 3 years ago. I enjoyed paper scrapping I just didn't enjoy the mess it made and I always stressed about cutting the papers and then not liking the layout. It just seemed like such a waste of paper.

I decided a couple of years ago to try digital scrapping, but didn't really get serious about it until this year. I love the undo key. I love that if I "cut" a piece of paper and I don't like it I can just delete if from my layout & I haven't wasted anything. And NO MESS!


I still make a mess when I make cards though. I guess that is why I'm not missing paper scrapping, because I still get to play with papers when I stamp & make cards and stuff.

All elements from Katie Pertiet.

8.31.2007

Week 2 of Digital Scrapping class

OK here is week 2 layout from Jessica Sprague's Up & Running with Photoshop class. I am very much enjoying the lessons and have learned some cool things about PSE that I did not know. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is interested in digital scrapping and wants to learn to do more things with PSE. From taking Renee Pearson's class and reading all the online tutorials I knew the basics, but Jessica's class is showing me all the extra little things and lots of shortcuts.

8.25.2007

Another Digital Layout

Jessica's class so far has been interesting. Love that she sends out daily emails! On Thursday she sent us on a "digital field trip" to Designer Digitals and she mentioned their challenge section. It looks like they have lots of freebies connected with the challenges. Anyway thought I would try one of the Ad Challenges and here is what I came up with:

Background Paper: Made by me using the patterns in PSE.
Journaling Strip: Designer Digital Ad Challenge Freebie by Kellie Mize
Font: Lucinda Sans Typewriter

8.23.2007

I'm back and...

busier than a one armed paper hanger in a wind storm. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had signed up to start a Medical Transcriptionist course. Well, I also signed up to take Jessica Sprague's class called Up & Running with Photoshop. My mom flew home yesterday after being here for a week and I am in the process of trying to get our lives more organized.

I did get to do a little studying for my MT course today while Matthew was in school and I finally got to start on the assignments for Jessica's class. It was so good to see my mom & get to spend time with her, but I don't usually get anything much done when she is visiting because we spend so much time shopping. I did get a family cleaning chart completed & just need to get some thing to laminate it with to hang on the refrigerator.

Anyway here is my first 2 digital layouts for Jessica's class


8.18.2007

Today I am 40!


Happy Birthday to Me and my son who turned 14 today. Yes I was in labor on my birthday. Believe it or not I do not have a problem turning 40 now 50 might be another story, but 40 is ok. Now if I just didn't feel like I look 40!

8.12.2007

Digital Organization

Since I am getting ready to start studying my Medical Transcription stuff and will be limited on time to create I really wanted to make sure my digital scrapbook stuff was organized and easier to use.

I have PSE Organizer, but never was thrilled with that and have read that when it gets full it bogs the program down. Anyone who has used PSE knows that it is slow enough as it is. I also tried the free trial of ACDsee. It is an OK program and lots of peop
le rave about it. I just did not want to buy another program when I don't even utilize all my current programs to their fullest potential.


Well one day while using Windows search for something else I had an epiphany! Why not use it for scrapbook stuff too. So I started doing a search at a number of different websites. I finally got my digital supplies organized!! Here are some screen shots of how it looks. (click on the images for a better view of them)


These are the folders that are in a main folder called Scrapbooking. The little green folder fronts I created using PSE 4 and named them folder.jpg so that they would show up on the folder fronts. I got this idea from Gina Miller's blog.









Here is the Kits-Full folder open: I went through all my digital files and renamed each item using this format: designername_kitname_itemname (i.e. brad, eyelet, paper, etc) I also added pattern or color names to the papers. And I renamed the preview folders to folder so that they would show up on the folder fronts. This way I can just scroll through the thumbnails if I'm trying to pick out a kit to use.





Here I did a Windows search for striped paper in my scrapbooking folder; as you can see it pulled up all my striped paper. When I named the paper files I used this format:
designername_kitname_paper_striped (or color name, floral, etc).


Hopefully this helps someone else who is struggling to organize their digital stuff and do it cheaply.

8.04.2007

One Word Blog Meme

You. Can. Only. Type. One. Word. No. Explanations.
WARNING: This is not as easy as it looks.
1. Yourself? happy
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend? nope
3. Your hair? gray
4. Your mother? friend
5. Your Father? dead
6. Your Favorite Item: computer
7. Your dream last night: none
8. Your Favorite drink: tea
9. Your Dream Car? Camaro
10. The room you are in: bonus
11. Your Ex: blond
12. Your fear: loss
13. What you want to be in 10 years: retired
14. What You’re NOT? rich
15. Muffins: blueberry
16: One of Your Wish List Items: laptop
18: Time: day
19. The Last Thing You Did: errands
20. What You Are Wearing: sundress
21. Your Favorite Weather: sunny
22. Your Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind
23. The last thing you ate: sandwich
24. Your Life: blessed
25. Your Mood: content
26. Your friends: few
27. What are you thinking about right now? school
28. Your cellphone: black
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: scorching
31. Your relationship status: married
32. What is on your tv? game
33. What is the weather like? hot
34. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
35. What do you do when you can’t sleep? read

8.02.2007

Why does cleaning out make my heart pound so?!?!

I'm trying to sort through all my pattern paper & cardstock. Good grief! Where did all this paper come from? Is it reproducing itself during the night while we sleep? I haven't counted it, but I am positive that there has to be at least 3000 sheets of paper in my craft corner. And since there is so much of it why does the thought of sorting it and getting rid of some of it make my heart pound so. I had to take a break from sorting it because it is literally making me feel faint to think about getting rid of some of it. I obviously have a serious addiction to this stuff. Even if I started making cards with all this paper right this minute there is no way I could make enough cards to put a dent in it anytime in the near future. I have enough for years of card making! Note to self: STOP BUYING PAPER!!!!!!!

7.31.2007

I finally finished Harry Potter and I'm so nervous about my course

I finally finished reading Harry Potter. Now I can stop avoiding the tv & internet. It was pretty good. It definitely did not end the way I was expecting it too. I don't know why I was expecting it to go a completely different direction than it did, but I can see there being spin-offs of the book in the future.

I received my MT course material today. I am so nervous about this course I signed up to take. I read over the student syllabus. When I think about the studying and the test taking it just makes my stomach turn somersaults.

7.27.2007

I did it!

I signed up to start an online course in Medical Transcription. Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 18, I started taking a Medical Transcription course, but was in a very bad place in my life & had to quit school after the first quarter. Now I am going to be able to complete something I started long ago. I am very nervous about it though. I have 18 months to complete the course and must pass with at least an 86 to get my diploma. I haven't done any actual studying in 22 years! Hubby says he has no doubt that I will do fine with it, but me I'm not feeling so confident at this moment.

7.21.2007

Not jumping on the Copic wagon...

While in Hobby Lobby today I made the decision that I am not going to jump on the Copic wagon just yet. I am going to work on getting better with my Prismacolor Pencils first. I have 72 of these pencils and I have used them some with Gamsol, but I haven't spent a lot of time with them. So I am going to concentrate on learning to use these things to their full extent. I will be sharing things here are I work on them.

I know I haven't posted here in 5 days or more, but I've been concentrating on cleaning out. Tomorrow is going to be eBay day and I am going to be listing a bunch of stuff. I also picked up the new Harry Potter book today and plan on starting to read that tomorrow too. I am trying to be so careful what I read online & watch on tv because I do not want to know what happens in the book until I read it. IF I don't post for a few days you know that I am engrossed in the book, but I will be back soon.

7.14.2007

Cleaning Out!

I am still working hard on cleaning out my craft corner. I got a good start on it yesterday, but still more things to sort through and get rid of. I have a pretty sale box going already. I'm trying to take pictures of everything so I can get everything listed. Figure it is better to take pictures as I go instead of all at the end, but that is slowing my progress down. My creativity is missing and I'm sure it is just lost in all the mess & will be discovered soon.

7.08.2007

Trying something new...

I am starting to digi-scrap again. This is the first digital layout I have done in a while. Still not sure I'm completely happy with the layout. On Jessica Sprague's blog I found a tutorial for Journaling Block on a Blurred Photo . Her directions were incredibly easy to follow. I loved the layout she used and thought I would scrap lift it. I changed a couple of things though.

Papers: Smarshmallows-Shabby Princess & Happy Flowers-Audra Little
Swirls: Smarshmallows-Shabby Princess
Font: Arial & Arial Bold

7.02.2007

38 more days...

until school starts back; not that I'm counting. We have had major listening issues the last several days and I just haven't felt like doing any creating. I haven't even worked on the BPS class I signed up for. I printed out all the stuff just haven't worked on it yet. We have a peds appt. in the morning and hopefully a change of meds will help. I need to get Matthew to work on his fine motor skills in preparation for school starting. That is the one area that his preschool teacher said he was lagging and I have been trying to get him to work on it at home.

Promise to get back to creating soon & posting again.

6.26.2007

2 more cards...



Stamps: Hampton Arts
Paper: Basic Grey, Bazzill
Embellishments: Prima flowers, unknown brads

It is hard to see in this picture but I used my paper piercer & SU template for the very first time
















Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Paper Tray
Paper: Basic Grey, Bazzill
Embellishments: Bazzill & Prima flowers, unknown brad, Mays Art velvet ribbon

Creating again...

Here is one of the cards I made for my card group at the lss. When I first finished this card I wasn't sure that I liked it at all, but the more I look at it the more I am liking it. It is quickly becoming my favorite of the 4 I just made. This is the first time this lovely lady has seen ink. I got her at a stamping convention I attended in Nov.


Stamps: Sparkle N Sprinkle-Vivian
Paper: Basic Gray, Bazzill
Embellishment: unknown photo turn, Mays Art ribbon

Image was colored in with a couple of different things. For her skin I used a Copic marker ( the only 1 of these markers I have so far), her lips are colored in with a Sakura Gellyroll pen and the rest of the image was done with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.





Stamp: Hero Arts
Paper: Basic Gray, Bazzill
Embellishments: Bazzill flower, Prima flower, unknown brad





6.18.2007

WOW! I'm really not talking to myself..

I was shocked to see all the comments on my poor pitiful whine yesterday. Thanks Allison for sharing a link to my blog! Everyone kept saying they found me through Allison's blog so I had to go investigate. I will definitely be checking out every one's blogs. Can't believe how much I enjoy blog reading. Thanks everyone and y'all come back ya hear!

Don't know what got into me when I posted that. Guess I was just feeling a little left out after doing my regular blog hopping. I should of had some cheese & crackers with that whine?! Promise to not go there again. I hope everyone enjoyed what's here so far and please feel free to make suggestions for changes.

Still plugging away at trying to organize my craft corner. Our youngest starts his allergy shots tomorrow and when we get back from that I have to start sorting & organizing my pattern paper and cardstock. Yuck! There is so much of it that I really don't know where to start with it. I really need to stop being a paper ho (I mean hoarder)! I'll have to take a picture of the before so everyone can see just how bad I have it.

6.17.2007

Am I here alone?

I have been keeping this blog for over 2 years now. It is unbelievable that it has been going this long. My first post was March 23, 2005 and I said I didn't know why I was starting this blog and even after 2 years I cannot tell you why I continue with it. I originally started it on a whim I guess. I always wanted to be one of those people who kept a journal year after year of their lives. Something my sons could have when I'm gone and that they could share with their children, but I've never been very good at keeping a written journal. I started many, but never continued for long. I think the closest I've come to keeping a journal are all the letters I have that my husband & I wrote to one another when he was deployed so much in the Navy.

I read so many other blogs and see quite a few who after just a year or less have over 100,000 views. And I have moments where I think it would be so awesomely cool that so many would be interested or care what I have to say or do. I am grateful for the few who have posted comments at least I know that I had something interesting to share. I hope that those who do read will continue to find interesting things on here and that everyone will occasionally comment so that I know I'm not entirely alone.

6.14.2007

June Card Group


This is my card I made for the card group I'm in. I cased a card from Amy Westerman. You can see her card here. I used different paper & stamps, but the same idea & layout. I have done so little creatively that it is a very difficult process for me.

The only thing on my to do list for tomorrow is laundry so I will definitely be working on organizing in my little corner of creativity. My hope is that once everything is organized and I can find stuff and not feel like screaming every time I sit at my desk that I can get back to crafting regularly.

Stamps: Technique Tuesday & Tim Holtz
Paper: Daisy D's, Autumn Leaves, 7gypsies & Bazzill

Now I really need to get busy scrapping

Shabby Princess had a birthday bash sale recently and I did some shopping. Here is what I got:



Oh and my new blog header is from there as well. I just love all the digital stuff at Shabby Princess. Not sure why it all appeals to me so but it is just so yummy and now with all these things I really must get busy scrapping.

6.13.2007

Back to Organizing

I finally finished a couple of projects I had started for Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and Operation Quiet Comfort . I made medicine bags and cool neck ties. I started these before I went on vacation and my sewing machine decided it didn't want to play nice anymore so I had to wait until I got back and buy a new machine. My old machine was only about 30 years old. They just don't make things like they use to. Now that these are finished and in the mail I am going to get back to organizing my corner.

6.08.2007

Swap & First ATC

No organizing done today, just couldn't get myself to do it. I did however get my SCS Swap cards done & my first ATC which I will be mailing to Chia for her ATC Contest. Here is a link to her blog where you can get the info.




Since I had this paper & stamps out I went ahead & copied the card for an ATC except I used Stickles on the ATC.

Stamps: Papertrey
Ink: Stampin Up
Paper: Stampin Up & Rhonna Farrer
Embellishments: Offray Ribbon & Stickles

6.07.2007

Still cleaning our & trying to organize

Well I changed my mind again about the drawers. I took the 4 drawers ones back & bought 2 more of the 3 drawer ones. I know that the plastic drawers are not the prettiest things in the world but at least everything will be organized and easier to use. Maybe in our next house I will get to have a craft room that I can put pretty cabinets & nicer furniture in.

Not only am I trying to organize and clean out I signed up for a card swap on SCS that I have to get done. Started working on that this morning. I have 1 made and started doing all the stamping. I like to try and work in assembly line fashion when making a bunch of 1 design. If all goes well I hope to have it completed and in the mail by Monday. And I need to get my kit out from the last card group I went to 3 weeks ago and come up with some cards with it before next card group. Oy Vey!

6.05.2007

Change of plans

I posted on my idea for organizing my craft area. I took the Target cubes back to the store today. When I bought them I did not know that the drawer rails were made of plastic. I just didn't feel that the plastic would hold up well to a lot of use so I didn't want to even assemble them and then they not last well. I bought 3 more Sterilite drawer organizers. A 4 drawer one and two 3 drawer ones. I'm hoping that I can get all my supplies in them and then use the 8 1/2 x 11 -3 drawer ones I can then use for all my wood mounted stamps.

Every time I try to get started organizing my mess I get so overwhelmed & frustrated that I end up giving up. I decided to day that I just need to pick one thing and straighten it up so I scanned a folder full of receipts today and then I trashed the originals. I had kept them so I could do a home inventory and so they are all scanned & added to the inventory on my computer. I found this free home inventory program online. Tomorrow I will decide on the next thing to do.

Unfortunately that is all I got organized today. Youngest had an allergist appt. this morning. We changed his doctor so they retested him and discovered that he is allergic to 35 out of 40 things. Also had his blood drawn for the first time. That was just loads of fun - NOT! Made my return to Target and then started going through the receipts. Both boys started karate this week. I am going to be at the karate school 4 days a week for the next 8 weeks. I have to get photos of them. They have each had 1 class each and bad mommy didn't take any pics yet.

6.03.2007

Cleaning Up My Mess...

Here is my problem and mess. I am surrounded by so much mess that every time I sit down at my desk I just want to scream. I can't find half my stuff and if I do find it I have to dig through a ton of other stuff to get it. This is a 6 ft. by 6 ft. corner of our bonus room that is over the garage. I share this space with hubby's computer and the television/video games and kids toys. The room is 20 ft. by 25 ft. so there is plenty of room for out family to hang-out together and I can be on the computer or creating all at the same time.





Here is my solution to the mess. I've decided to use these cubes from Target. I picked up 2 of the 3 drawer and 1 of the 4 drawer and a 4 shelf one from the store today. I bought all they had and I will still need more so I am going to have to make a trip to the other store and get some more. I will be working on cleaning out my corner this week and hope to start sharing my clean and organized corner with you all here. Wish me luck!

6.02.2007

1/2 Way Through with My 2007 Goals

I cannot believe that the year is half over with already. Time is going by way to fast.

1. Daily Bible reading (52 Week Bible Reading Plan) - I've missed 27 days out of 152 days.
2. Get re-organized - Still working on it-house is almost done
3. Continue work on debt repayment - Down to 1 car pmt. & 1 credit card
4. Finish getting house together & decorated - I don't think we'll ever be done!
5. Read 1 book a month - I've read 10 1/2 books.
6. Scrapbook & stamp regularly - :(
7. Exercise regularly - hahahah
8. Lose weight (30 lbs.) - 0 lbs lost
9. Finish decluttering house - Only 2 rooms & 1 closet left to do

5.29.2007

Glad to be home!

We just got home late this afternoon from visiting my family and I am so glad to be back home. I love my family but I miss being in my own home & bed. Everyone is showered and I've got laundry going. Load 1 is done, load 2 is in the dryer and load 3 is in the washer. I am one of those people that has to completely unpack the minute they get home.

5.18.2007

I had an d'oh moment!

Good grief have I neglected my blog. I didn't realize until just now that it has been 2 weeks since my last post. In case there is actually anyone who reads this besides myself I promise to try and do better.

I have been trying to figure out how to get more organized. I actually had an d'oh/slap my head moment in regards to my digital scrapping stuff. I keep wanting to get busy with digital scrapping, but when I sit down to start I get frustrated because I have to go through all the downloaded kits to look for each element I want to use. I've been trying to figure out a way to search for particular items and I didn't want to have to pay for a new program to do so.

I have Photoshop Elements organizer but every thing I've read says that when you put a lot of stuff in it is bogs the program down and lord knows PSE is slow enough as it is so I didn't want to use that option and I didn't want to pay $39.99 for ACDSEE (which is a terrific program-I tried the trial version). Well it dawned on me Wednesday that as long as the items in the files have paper, eyelet, flower, etc in it's file name then I could just do a Windows search & see every item I have in that group. D'OH! I started going through each kit and making sure that all the items have what they are in their file names. Can't wait to get done with that as it is going to make finding things so much easier for scrapping.

5.04.2007

95 year old woman to graduate from college!

This lady was on Martha today by phone. It was just amazing to me to think about someone going to college at 95. I guess it is hard for me to understand someone that age getting around so well & having the mental capacity to do that. My grandmother just turned 80 this year and even at 60 or 70 I could not even begin to image her doing something like this. Joe's grandmother on the other I could see. His grandmother is in her 70's and runs a little convenience store full time & takes care of her sick kids and her home and garden too.

Most days I don't even feel like getting out of my pj's much less doing something like going back to college. I really do hate feeling like this. I have often thought about going back to school and getting a degree in something. I just can't seem to find the energy most days to take care of my house much less anything else. Maybe going to college would do me some good. It would get me out of the house and maybe help me shake this depressing mood I stay in too. Something to think about for when both boys are in school full time come August.

4.29.2007

Lots of fun & stamping yesterday

The Tennessee girls on SCS got together yesterday for lots of fun & stamping. There were 20 of us there and it was lots of fun. I haven't done that much stamping in a long time. Here is the card I took:


Stamps: SU Happy Everything, SU Wishing you the Best
Paper: SU- Gable Green, Basic Black & Whispering White, Rhonna Farrar
Ink: SU Gable Green & StazOn
Embellishments: Offray ribbon, Stickles, Circle & Corner Rounder punch

4.27.2007

My baby baby is going to school in August...

I had to register my youngest for kindergarten this morning. I cannot believe that he will turn 5 in less than 3 weeks and will be going to kindergarten in just over 3 months. Where have the last 5 years gone? The school is so close to the house that I can see the roof from my kitchen window. He and I walked over there this morning. I think that I will probably just walk him to school when it isn't raining or too cold. Lord know I could definitely use the exercise.

We've had 2 big milestones this week - 1 high school registration & 1 kindergarten registration. Time is just going by so quickly and I'm not sure I'm ready for all of this at once.

4.18.2007

2nd Week of BPS class

I know I have been a bad blogger this past week, but I've been sick & haven't felt like doing much. Taking antibiotics now so hopefully I'll be back to normal soon. Anyway here is my digital layout for my 2nd week of Doing it Digi! at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

4.11.2007

2nd Doing it Digi! layout


I'm following Renee's class handouts. This is my second layout for the class I'm taking at BPS.

4.09.2007

Doing it Digi!


I signed up to take Renee Pearson's Doing it Digi! class on Big Picture Scrapbooking . It started this past Thursday and I finally sat down today and read the first lesson. I need to order her book Digital Designs for Scrapbooking. There are so many things that can be done with digital. I tried switching to digital scrapping in late 2005 and after a couple of months gave it up and tried to go back to paper scrapping. Well I have decided to give digital another go around and see what happens. I so need to get all the kits I have downloaded organized so I can find what I want to use.

Anyway here is the first digital layout I did for the class. We're suppose to do at least 2 more before the next class.