I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin.
I am a scrapbooker.
I have always been artistic, it just took me a while to find my outlet. I sew, needlepoint, and draw. I also enjoy cooking and baking. I have dabbled in scrapbooking since high school by adding memorabilia to my pictures, but something was still missing.
I found modern scrapbooking after our first daughter was born and I have not looked back. I really do hope that someday, my children look at my scrapbooks and really get who I am and how much I love them. Within the last few years, I've been introduced to mixed media and well, the world will never be the same.
My husband of 12 years and I have two sweet little girls, aged 9 and 3. They are funny, sassy, sometimes naughty, silly, gorgeous, loving, bright, often cheerful, diva-esque little princesses, and they are the lights of my life. I am lucky to be married to my best friend; I swear, I love him more every day. In real life, I am a portrait and wedding photographer, but my true loves are all at home. :)
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

July c2p and fun in the sun :)

The July Commit2Paper kit is packed full of summer sun--Fancy Pants Designs Summer Soiree papers and a cool 12x12" transparency, fun golden ric rak, Prancer Thickers in red, Bazzil 1.5" Primula flowers, and coordinating Bazzill cardstock. I had so much fun with this kit!!

are YOU groovy?

for july, groovy deb challenged us to create a "zero angles" layout--a layout containing no right angles. it was such a fun challenge! here's my take on it:

be sure to cruise on over to if it's groovy to see what the rest of the dt came up with and to enter your creation--there's a great rak up for grabs!!

the two page team has been busy, too. you can see the sketch we used at if it's groovy, and this month, our technique was paint! i used white paint all over--the edges of the layout, the patterned paper squares and the lollipop flowers are all dry brushed with white paint. i also used a stamp with white paint and i like how it turned out! i used a white paint pen to outline the title letters and to journal with. :) here it is!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Ballet Recital

evie rocked her first recital. it was a long week, but both smith families made it through relatively intact. the chilis were up for a week so they could see evie's performance. my mom, my sister, our friend bonnie, and her daughter also made it.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

june c2p!!

lots of summery fun, full of bright colors, fun prints and gorgeous butterflies and birdies :) get yours!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

you've still got time! a basic grey collection pack of your choice is waiting for you :)

and don't forget to hit the next stop on the blog train by visiting Nik!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Are you ready for a Groovy Blog Hop?

that's right, us groovy girls are doing a blog hop crop challenge. to sweeten the deal, our theme is the 80s! oh, the 80s!! hair, movies, music, fashion.
so here's how it works: if you've wandered over here, feel free to hop on over to Nik's Blog for your next blog hop crop stop. each groovy dt member is sponsoring her own challenge and prize, so you've got until june 14th to win all kinds of groovy goodness!
when i think back on the 80s, i remember most how MUCH of everything there was. hair was big, fashions were loud (and can you say big earrings?), music was extreme. it was the decade of excess! so i challenge you to go to extremes and use too much on your layout--let's see those puppies decked out to the max dude! the prize for my challenge will be a basic grey collection pack of your choice. link your layout here in my comments by june 14 to enter my random drawing, and don't forget to check out the other blogs in the blog train for even more prizes!
here's my sample layout:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

sneak peek!

i just received my june c2p kit and i had to run to take the picture of it before i tear into it and absolutely devour it!!!
what's that you say?
you want to see too?

well, ok, but just a peek. cruise on over to commit2paper in the next few days to see the whole kit!

...and now i've got some scrapping to do!

by the way...have you finished your GROOVY salad and green goddess layouts yet? only a few days left to get them in!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

may c2p layouts

the may commit2paper kit was fantastic to play with! it includes 6 patterned papers (2 of each design) from the paper trunk maybe baby collection, a sheet of die cuts, artsy.licious splendid treasures in kohl, glitter thickers, prima crystal flourish, and some pretty ribbon.
here are my may creations:

and while you're at c2p, don't forget to check out the blow out sale! all 2008 kits are on clearance for $15 plus shipping. THAT is a steal my friends :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

everyone needs a good challenge every now and then :)

hello my friends!
i just wanted to remind you that the month is halfway over! don't worry, you still have time for Groovy Deborah's out of the box challenges!
did you know that the month of june is national salad month? yup, you heard me right. it's time to celebrate salad! whether you love it or hate it (or just wanna use those yummy salad colors), let's see what you've got! here's my take on the challenge:

cruise on over to check out the other Groovy Chicks' challenge layouts. give me your salad story; link your entry back to me by 5/28 and i'll send you a RAK just for playing along :)
this layout was made with the may commit2paper kit; check out the rest of the Inspiration Squad layouts here and get yourself a kit before they're gone. :)

also, don't forget to check out Deb's Groovy Green Goddess Challenge while you're looking around If It's Groovy.


Friday, May 1, 2009


the may/june issue of scrap'n art magazine is out...with FOUR of my layouts! i'm so excited. :) you can download a free copy here--this is the last month the magazine will be free. there's lots of really cool stuff inside so check it out!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

who doesn't love a little blog candy?

check it out here, these posies are fantastic!


and here is an awesome kit!


Evie and the butterflies

we had such a nice afternoon at the butterfly house, located near the 4h children's gardens at msu.

i haven't been very good at updating, but i thought perhaps a photo post would be fun. :) easter was fun. we had an easter egg hunt for the kids. this photo of my sister, brother and i is the first one we've done in a couple of years. and evie and cousin makenna had lots of fun playing together :)
i seem to have taken a lot of photos of evie eating this month. poor kid. so here is ice cream at coldstone creamery and the biggest, reddest strawberries i've ever seen. i'm going to add some pics of evie at the butterfly house in another post because i can't make this darn thing rearrange the photos!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

if it's groovy!

i can finally announce that ms. groovy deborah has invited me to become a member of her groovy design team. how exciting! i'll be working on 2 page layouts (ooooh a challenge!) and also participating in her monthly challenge. i was asked fairly close to the april deadline (and i'm pretty sure the surgeon took my sb mojo gland instead of the one he was supposed to remove), so i haven't got a layout for april. yet. but i'll be working on it!
this month is national frog month (go figure!), and that's the theme for deborah's monthly RAK opportunity. so pull out your froggies, whether they be princes or toadies, and hop on over to if it's groovy to enter the contest :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

i'm not usually the type to pass things like this on, let alone pray for anything, but i find i cannot resist this poor, innocent baby and the struggle he and his family are going through. if you have it within yourself, please send a prayer their way:

Prayers for Stellan

Saturday, March 21, 2009

i had the surgery on thursday. ask me again in a week, but at this point i never would have chosen the procedure if i'd known it was going to be this painful. i feel like i've had a good pounding in the face by a very large man with brass knuckles, a scent of garlic and a name like vinny. my poor nose hurts (as do the rest of my sinuses) and is swollen to nearly twice it's size. this too shall pass?

i haven't gotten much scrapping done, but i manage to finish all of my c2p layouts before the deadline (well one was a little late...) sweet bug, let's go fly a kit, bubble beard, and swimsuit models were done with the delicious march kit; fancy pants daily grind papers and embellishments. while i really like most of amy's kits and always have fun working with them, this one is definitely in my top three. :)

although i've been out of it (i had a panic attack coming down from the anesthesia and that in and of itself was scary, and then vicodin is just not good to me), evie was very excited coming home from her ballet class today--they got to try on their costumes for the upcoming spring recital. i must have missed the day miss liz showed the pictures, but that'll be a nice surprise. i believe they will be blue and lavendar butterflies :) she was also told that she needs to practice at home, so we'll have to work on that. evie's not so good with independent activity. like me, she prefers to be with other people. :) school has been going very well for her--this year has been amazing to me. she's READING! and getting so good at spelling and sounding things out!

andy's about the same. they lost someone at work and so he's been busier than usual, having to take customer support calls. he'd rather program but is glad that this is spurring the new sales guy to help out with the phones more.

i've started a new project for my sister--she gave me a shoebox full of pictures that i'm scrapping for her. don't really know why i've taken on another project when i have many many many shoeboxes full of photos, myself, except that i'm no good at saying no, especially when it's from someone i love and also a sincere compliment. :) so the "too much party" and two senior prom layouts are for her.