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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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.

Friday, March 13, 2009


i've just received notice that four of my layouts will be published in the next issue of scrap 'n art ezine! i'm so excited :D :D :D
i will have to take these down for the period between april and july, but i'm just so tickled!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

lots of catching up to do!

in fact, i often feel like i spend most of my life rushing to catch up on something. or with something. i really have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy things. :)

but here's a random happy thought that just happened to make itself accessible to my camera:

how can you not be happy looking at a little girl curled up under the couch cushions sleeping in a sunbeam?

the CAT scan went fine. it was weird but the entire thing lasted under 5 minutes. heck, i was in and out of the office within 15! anyway, i'm not really sure i get the whole thing; like every specialist appointment i've ever had, there was more waiting than there was time with the doctor and i never think of the questions i need to ask while i'm there. he thinks a surgical procedure that has something to do with my mucus glands and draining my sinuses will help, so i'm scheduled for 3/19. it's outpatient so it shouldn't be too bad. :)

so i have been one busy scrapper this last month! first, i finished off my february c2p inspiration squad layouts. this kit was way out of my comfort zone with it's bright blues and reds but i really got into it and managed to make some pretty layouts, too. at least i think so :)

then there are several for a weekly challenge i'm participating in:

poetry in motion--a haiku and photos showing motion

bling baby! lots of bling and at least 6 embellishments

over under sideways down--i don't remember everything lol but you had to have one vertical and one horizontal photo, an element going up and down, something with at least 3 layers, and something hidden.

the last challenge was to use the oldest, ugliest, FUGLIEST patterned paper you could find! i had this really bright and obnoxious tinkerbell paper pack. i cut out the butterflies, leaf, heart, and flower from some of the more obnoxious papers and used the pink, green and orange for blocking. :) i think it turned out rather pretty!

sorry...it's been a month since i last posted so i've got a lot. :D

i realized the day before evie's school valentine's celebration that i had no valentine's cards for her to hand out. i asked her if she wanted me to go get her some pretty ones or if she wanted to make some with me and she chose make them, of course. so we ate dinner and got to work. she went to bed and i kept working. then we lost power at 10-ish and it didn't come back on. so i finished the last 2-3 by candlelight. thank goodness there are only 10 children in her class!!

....and that's all folks! i'll be back soon with my march commit2paper layouts :)