Sunday, February 28, 2010

How's that for Photo Freedom

And really loving your pictures so much you want to sleep with them. :)

I am repeating Stacy Julian's Library of Memories class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, which is based on the book Photo Freedom (which is sadly out of print). This time around I decided to go back through the parts that I had previously completed to see how well I have been doing on keeping my library flow.  I went through all my chronological binders to move them to 3 ring binders, which was a result of my huge mistake in buying the wrong kind the first time around. I cleared out tons of pictures I just don't feel enthused to scrap anymore.

I ended up with piles of pictures on the floor by me.  Nicholas came over and started looking through them and naming everyone and everything in them.  So we took one of my old binders and made this for him...

 He now has his own photo album that we can add to as I have pictures I have no use for.  He doesn't care if the shot isn't perfect, he just likes to look at his family and places we go and things we do.

It's a rainy Sunday here in what is usually sunny Arizona.  Last night I made this Marmalade French Toast Casserole I found at It was quick to cut up the bread and mix together the ingredients:

 Pour the mixture on top and stick it in the refrigerator overnight.

Sleep in this morning and stick this in the oven for 45 minutes and we had this yummy stuffed with orange marmalade French Toast for breakfast.  We skipped the walnuts the recipe called for because Mike doesn't like nuts and I don't need the fat in them.  Next time though, I will sprinkle some cinnamon on top. The nutmeg wasn't quite enough for me.

While it was baking our impatient guys had to have breakfast, while Jackson ate pancakes and cereal....

Nicholas stood by the window and watched the raindrops hit the pool (pancake in hand):

And to leave you off with a little scrappy fun...last night I found this layout in the Studio Calico gallery by Stephanie Howell and I lifted it to make this one with a favorite photo of my dad and Nicholas at Christmas.

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday.

Freedom...and other things I have discovered this month (long and photo heavy)

As February comes to a close I am still pondering the future, if any, for Color Me Daisy.  If you missed it, we announced with the release of our February kit that we were no longer going to offer monthly kits (the official announcement can be found here) with the original thought that we would do periodic kits 4-6 times a year.

Life has changed dramatically in the past 2 years, we have an active 1 and 3 year old. My job is incredibly non-stop busy and I am working a lot more than I was a year ago. I don't want to miss anything with my two little guys and I want to enjoy life a bit more. I turn the big 4-0 at the end of the year and it is making me take stock of where I want to end up come the end of 2010.

I decided before I think about any future direction for CMD I need a break from kit planning and the business side of scrapbooking.  I got to a point where my heart wasn't in it, I wasn't scrapping and when I did, I was just slapping it on the page.  While life is still busy, I have had a lot more fun this past month with my family and my scrapping.

One of the things I did at the beginning of the year was a major scrap room overhaul.  I came across several class kits I never completed from past CKC's.  So one Friday night a week or two ago I grabbed this one and finished up these 2 class layouts...

These two were based on a  CK Sponsored class, but I don't remember which one and I am guessing it was a couple of years ago at least based on the products used.  But I think they are pretty timeless pages and I love them.

When I finished up these I had a sheet of Kraft cardstock still and lots of scraps, so I used them to make my least common layout for my Library of Memories class at Big Picture Scrapbooking that I am repeating as an Alumni this year.  My least common layout was People We Love and Why, this is about my nephew Andrew who is a big brother to two and helps his Dad (my brother), who is a single dad, a lot. I am proud of the young man he is becoming and the good example he is.

I have never been adept at creating a layout from a magazine ad, I usually look at them and can't see an actual layout. But after I finished my last issue of Real Simple this past month I did a quick flip through and landed on this ad (sorry for the pens in the corner, but they paper was lifting when I was taking the picture):

From this ad, I created this layout from our trip to California last July for my Grandfather's funeral.

One morning, when we didn't have to be anywhere early we drove down to Laguna Beach, grabbed Starbucks and had breakfast on the beach. It was Jackson's first trip to the beach. But the journaling is about how attached Jackson is to Mike. Everything is all about Daddy for Jackson right now. Most of the supplies used for this was from a mystery box I picked up from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. I think for less than $50 with shipping I got a huge box of goodies with a original value of about $150.  I sorted through it, kept what I wanted and anything I didn't think I would use went into the yard sale pile for the LSS.  I figure I didn't take much of a loss and ended up with some cute things.  The Thickers and small letters were not from the mystery box.

I made this card for Mike for Valentine's Day. We had a crop over at Color Me Daisy this past month and one of the challenges was to make something with only what was within reach. It worked out for this card, ribbon, cardstock, a punch, patterned paper, foam dots and stickers were spread out on the desk and this came together pretty fast.

Since I am cutting back at Color Me Daisy I had to fill the void. I am still a huge fan of kits and always will be. I love to scrap with a coordinated kit, it helps me focus, I didn't have to spend the time to get the "ingredients" together. It simplifies the options in the room that I scrap, i.e., the mini store.  LOL!

Anyway, long before CMD was a thought in my mind I subscribed to Mosh Posh and still do. I never cancelled my sub even after I started CMD, I thought that for the most part the kits from Mosh Posh were very similar to my style and several kits overlapped what I did at CMD so they rounded out each other pretty well. So in February I got their kit featuring October Afternoon, Farm Fresh. Not really a line I would have picked, but I also saw a sketch on their blog that I liked and wanted to use.

So I ended up with this...

We were walking in the barnyard section of the zoo and Nicholas ran over to the turkeys and did this, and I actually got it on camera. The month before we fed the turkeys and chickens in a Zoo Animal Program and he had a ball. We went in the cages with the guides and he was able to pet the chickens and feed them. He wanted to pet the turkeys too, but they wouldn't let us near them. We just threw their food and stood back.  I guess they are aggressive with little kids. But when we were back on this day, he ran over and started talking to this turkey. And this paper that I never in a million years would have thought I could use, ended up featured on a page.

Another kit club I have joined to fill my CMD void is Studio Calico. I had heard of them, I don't live under a rock :)-, and checked them out several months ago. When we decided we were going to cut back on the CMD kits I was looking for another kit club so I could get a monthly fix. I like that their kits are so different from what I would put together; but, I love all the products that are in them. I knew their kits would stretch my scrapping style.  It took me a couple of months to get around to using one though.

They have challenges on their blog each week, the perfect thing to get my scrapping. This challenge was to use baby colors on a layout. The layout didn't need to be baby themed and since right now I am over those pages, I did this one instead.  The DT over there mists a lot, and it is inspiring me to give it a try.  I was looking at one of the SC exclusive papers in the kit and noticed that the circles on the paper created a perfect frame on the edges. So I cut out the circles, misted my cardstock using a chipboard piece from a Maya Road Mini Book and placed the semi-circles around the page.  This is to tell the story about Nicholas and books right now, he loves to read and I love it when he comes over and says "Read to Me".

They also have a weekly sketch challenge on the blog at SC and this was from this past week. I love these pictures of Nicholas on my laptop. He loves to watch YouTube videos of the Wiggles, Barney and Blues Clues on my computer and one afternoon last summer I caught these pictures of him.  I also got to try out my new Martha Stewart Butterfly border punch. Love it!

Rounding out my recent scrap adventures....I got a box in the mail a few days ago with all this new Jenni Bowlin goodness. I can't wait to get these on a project!

And lastly, I recently received this in the mail. Assuming there really is a next Color Me Daisy kit I am quite certain something from this catalog will be in it....

If you are still here...have a great Sunday!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Class & February Color Me Daisy Layouts

Today I had the pleasure of taking a class at one of my LSS, Paper Vineyard. This store opened up just as we were losing our Recollections store 2 years ago. To celebrate their 2 year anniversary they hosted Linsday Moore (co-owner and funny blog poster over at Cosmo Cricket), for 2 days of fun classes with lots of giveaways.

I would have loved to take them all, but I have been so busy with work and the February kit release that I just couldn't manage all 3. So I settled on the class that was going to feature my favorite new release from Cosmo Cricket, Material Girl. The class was an easy pace, lots of entertaining stories from Lindsay and a full house. The kits were all pre cut so, very easy to put together this cutie pie card and layout combo. Some wonderful soul did all the sewing for us on these, so we ended up with these great additions to our scrapbooks and card collections:

I am proud of myself for being able to tie the bow here, usually I just tie a knot and call it good. :)

Now this layout is a bit girlish but, their example was the exact same title with pictures of a little girl carrying around snacks. I immediately thought of a few similar pictures I have just like them of Nicholas. So I kept the title and we will be okay with pink in his scrapbook ;). I just love that tape measure paper. And we got a whole package of those cute new chipboard alpha's that Cosmo Cricket just came out with. When I got home I added some Glimmer Mist in Patina to the paper but it didn't show up in the photo.

They had a lot of giveaways in the class, everyone received a double stack paper pad, 2 packs of the new chipboard alphas and a pack of the mini alphas. I got the Earth Love and Boyfriend paper pack, but some lucky ladies got a Material Girl and Garden Variety pad.

After class, I needed to pick up some of that Cosmo Cricket. They were out of a few things already, but I did get this from the Material Girl line. (Sorry about the product photos, it was dark when I decided to take the pictures, so had to use the flash).

And this from the Garden Variety line (including those cute Ready Set Chip Alpha's). The backsides of several of these papers are super cute as well!

And anyone who knows me, knows I love my alphas. So between the giveaways in class and my purchases I am now the happy owner of every stinkin' one of the new Cosmo Cricket alphas. Heaven!

And since they were having an anniversary sale, I picked up these Prima flowers that I think will be awesome misted, And I couldn't resist the Martha Stewart Butterfly Border punch. I don't think I will tire of butterfly's.

And now on to my February layouts for Color Me Daisy's "Change of Heart" kit. We announced this month will be our last monthly kit. I am missing too much time with my boys and have decided to cut way back on the number and frequency of the kits. The announcement can be read here.

February's kit Change of Heart is so much fun with lots of Jenni Bowlin, My Mind's Eye, Maya Road and American Crafts. I love the red and black for Valentine's and love and everyday photos too. I have finished 2 layouts so far, first is this simple one. "This is Us":

For my 2nd layout I painted the Maya Road and flower chipboard first with red paint and then covered it with a rose glitter paint. I also used the Smooch Spritz from the February add on's to spray the library pocket and turn the white polka dots red. I also used Martha Stewart butterfly punches for the butterfly's only adhering the middles and lifting the wings off the page.

Well that's it for now. Mike has been making homemade Roasted Tomato Soup and Macaroni and Cheese and it smells delicious. Hopefully he will be feeding us soon. Happy Saturday!

Monday, February 1, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons....

It all started out innocent enough. We have several fruit trees in the backyard and they are full of lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit. So, I took Nicholas out to pick some fruit so I could make some fresh lemonade.

After digging in the back of the cabinets to find the juicer, I whipped up some delicious lemonade. Not too sweet, not too sour...

With a couple of lemons left over I hunted around in the freezer and found a pie crust and came upon this Paula Deen recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie. And I had all the ingredients, it had to be fate.

A quick mixture for the filling...

The new KitchenAid came in handy for the meringue...

Layer it together...

A short time in the oven...

And about an hour after we picked fruit from the trees, we had this yummy pie for dessert...

So when life gives you lemons...make lemonade...and lemon meringue pie.