January 18, 2018

It's 2018...I gotta do better! I swear...

It's been a whole month since I've been here! I should be ashamed...BUT, life gets in the way sometimes, well, most times. Let's kiss & make up and catchup shall we??!!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December-full of sickness (kids and Thing 3)...December Daily-my first ever and no, it's still not done because since the kids were sick, we didn't really do anything fun!  No going out to eat, no Christmas  photo shoot, no Christmas lights at all!  We made plans but they all fell through due to the flu (the boy stayed out of school for 8 days sick as a dog! I guess I can document that though :)  We did decorate a little bit and we did do Ugly Christmas tshirts but we never wore them :(

December also bought a new way to do holidays; we decided that we have enough of the STUFF.  Life should be about being more present in what you do instead of what you got so we decided to decrease the gifts to about 4 for each child and to travel for the holiday.  So off we jetted to the Dominican Republic.

 Not my favorite  trip for a variety of reasons, but it was our first time traveling during the American holidays and so next time, I'll know what to do and what not to do.  And of course, 24  hours after we returned, who got extremely sick?? ME!!  Norovirus and it was not pretty...6 days of illness before I felt almost 100%.  So, today was the first day of catching  up  email and the blog; tomorrow will be the first day going back to playing with some paper!  See you on the weekend for more catchup!

December 15, 2017


December 15th and I haven't posted a single thing for December because I have been super busy and also because I haven't had time to craft!  I plan on rectifying that situation this weekend for sure...come back for some pictures of my first December Diary (couldn't do a daily) and some layouts cause I AM making time for myself this weekend!

Will catch you up in the "fast weekend update" sometime this weekend, but for now, how about a Flashback Friday layout???

November 30, 2017

last day of the month already?/Finishing up my kit

It truly does NOT feel like we are about to go into December and that's ok with me...temps are warm for us (58 degrees and sunny)...man, where has time gone???!!!  Well, as I said yesterday, I got a lot of layouts done just for me and so here's the rest of how I killed my November Counterfeit Kit.

I present to you Layouts # 7- 14 :

I actually have 3 more but they photographed pretty weird and it's dark out so I'll post 2 of them tomorrow (1 is of my great niece and I'd rather not post her on the blog since I don't have permission and she's a little kid :)) - see ya tomorrow for the start of a new month!

November 29, 2017

CKCB November hoard (photo heavy)

I know I just posted my November Counterfeit Challenge Kit 2 weeks ago and normally, I'd post layouts as I went along BUT with the kids home last week, I checked out on technology (I still scrapped at night though)  and so you're just  seeing some layouts!  I am never caught up on scrapping any photos, so I'm STILL just scrapping what's in my totes or on my desk :)

Remember I met Dee Dee Catron when I went to Vegas last month?  Well, when I got back, I ordered some stuff from her ...received some awesome flair and stencils from Unwow Studios  and how awesome is this light bulb??!!
So there you have Round 1 of November's layouts!  See you tomorrow for the rest of the reveals .........

November 13, 2017

My November Counterfeit Kit (FINALLY!)

I'm just putting a kit together quickly so no judgement!  I'll be honest too-I haven't printed out any pictures from my Vegas trip!  But, hope to do it this week since the kit is finally put together.
This month the paper divas at the Counterfeit Kit blog used the 2016 November  Emerson kits by Cirus Twist Kits as their Counterfeit inspiration:
Image result for emerson kit by citrus twist kits

 I combined all their kits together (scrapbook, add on and PL) and was drawn to the tribal feel with mix of blues, pinks and yellows of the papers...I knew I had Maggie Holmes goodies in my stash that I saw in the scrapbook kit, so as usual I started with the papers...I knew I had wood veneers, the FP puffies, stars, black mini phrases ( I had Tim Holtz and may have some Heidi Swapp up in the stash)  and journaling cards so that's how I put my kit together.

Gold, feathers, enamels and VOILA!  MY KIT:

November 4, 2017

Scrappy Sunday! Look who I got to meet last week??!!

During my Vegas travels, I still found time to pack a mini kit and head off to one of the local scrapbook stores to meet some fellow scrappers!

The beautiful and talented Rochelle Spears who owns The ScrapRoom and runs the The ScrapRoom blog gathered some friends together to meet me and we had so much fun!  Thank you Rochelle-this was AWESOME!!
We met at the Paper Bunny where the lovely and also talented Deidre Smith was-shame she was working behind the counter that day otherwise we could've talked all day long!

It was short (we were double booked that day) but sweet and we made plans to scrap again -It was great meeting Pamela, Dee, Stacy and Claudia  and we may meet over at the other scrap store depending on where folks live next time but we will scrap again!

I'm back from Nevada...

and rested from that jet lag...it was bad!!  I was okay going, but coming back was another story, I think it was because we got up early to do photography and went to bed late every night.

5 days of nonstop photography-Nevada has way more to do than just the casinos!

I did stop in 3 crafty places...will tell you all about those tomorrow!

November 2, 2017


Vintage October Afternoon....layout 2012....wish I had hoarded up more OA!!

October 27, 2017


Sorry peeps, it's just me popping in real quick..layout #16 with my CKCB kit..I've probably done 20 but I'm on my way to VEGAS  and so I won't be posting anymore layouts  until November (it's around the corner)-Will pop in with some photos but no crafty work!
Used my CKCB (Counterfeit kit) for the Paper Issues Facebook Group challenge...every month I write down all the ones I wanna do and then only get 2 or 3 done on time...
Used their Sketchy Saturday sketch done by Ann and I was gonna do a fall layout but hadn't printed any fall photos...so I'm still scrapping summer!

Before I go, I just wanted to thank Julene and the wonderful ladies over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for asking me to be October's Guest Designer; I was so motivated to scrap and for the first time ever, I really used my kit in a major way!  

October 23, 2017

Mojo Monday

Took a little break from my Counterfeit Kit (CKCB) and just wanted to use up some of the kits that were sitting in my travel bag.  Scrapped while I watched my team lose!
Got out my list of challenges and Victoria Marie was having an online crop so I jumped in on a few of the challenges.

First one:  BLACK  & WHITE ONLY!
and then the second one I did was a recipe kind of challenge:
I also joined in with the ladies of Paper Issues Facebook group and did Scraplift Sunday. We had to scraplift this awesome layout by DT Becky so I actually did two-one of each kid.

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