Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Much Needed Update

Where did May go?? I did get more layouts in my LOAD challenge done, but unfortunately, I did fall off the wagon about mid-month.

We were presented with one offer that didn't pan out on our house, and then within the same week, a second offer that has worked out. And even then, a third cash offer that we turned down. I've gone from planning summer vacation to looking at resales, debating between building (and living in an apartment in the meantime), and then back to looking at resales. We've now made two offers, both of which were fabulous houses that we SHOULD have been able to afford if the sellers had any sense of the market, but both were too caught up in the "my house has X Y and Z" and it's worth more (and obviously didn't NEED to sell), so therefore they weren't motivated. I think now, we've set our sights on two houses where the sellers are in fact motivated. Hubby just went to drop off all the contract papers to the realtor for the first one we're going to try for and hopefully this can all be done with quickly.

There's much (so MUCH MORE) to tell, but I don't have the energy at the moment. Spring sports are finally over, kids are out of school, our house passed inspections with flying colors, and it'd be nice to get set in a routine for summer instead of deal with constant house headaches. Matthew's birthday is at the end of the week, and we're supposed to be packing . . . poor kid will have no party it appears this year.

I hope there will be more soon . . . take care if I fall off the blogging wagon yet again in the next few weeks and keep checking back!

Monday, May 04, 2009

LOAD 5/2 and 5/3

B is for Birthday: had this paper for a while and knew I wanted to use it with birthday photos - just a matter of doing it.

Silent Night (okay, so really it was morning): I love this time of peace and quiet before the chaos of morning gifts. I try and take a photo like this every Christmas Eve.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Point Of View

Our most recent assignment in Art That Happens to Be Your Life was dealing with Point of View - both literal and figurative. We could choose to take an inspiration photo of another photographer and make it ours by putting our perspective on it, or change up our typical point of view. I actually combined both. I love the photo I took of my older son lying on the ground with his soccer ball, so I chose to have my younger one do the same thing. I'd actually prefer to get a ladder and put all of my kids with their heads together sticking out like spokes on a wheel (maybe that will make an appearance soon since it's not been done yet) . . . but that is what ATJ refers to when she says she'd like to see the ladder shot.

Here's the photo I ended up adding to the gallery for a critique. Here are Allison's comments:

What a great idea! Your light looks good and it's always nice to start with a concept in mind--I'd love to see that ladder photo! Your composition is not static with his head in the upper part of the frame and , of course, his crazy expression is cute too. I like that you consciously switched up your POV from your normal routine.

I'm sure somewhere around my blog, you'll see the photo I took of Matthew last summer, and it's a photo that I still just love, so I figured I'd let my younger son in on the act and get him also lying down, of course instead of having a soccer ball in his hands, he's being his goofy self! I love how it turned out. I added that I would love to get out a ladder and do this shot with all three of my kids in it - with their heads together and feet sticking out like the spokes on a wheel, which is what ATJ is referring to in her comment about the ladder shot.

I'm learning A LOT from reading her comments on ALL the photos in the gallery though, and there are some fabulous ones in there! I hope to be back later with some of the LOADs I've been working on!

Happy Sunday!!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Friendship Blogger Award

Today when I checked in, I realized my friend Tami had awarded me a special Friendship Blogger Award. Tami is an amazing scrapbooker and fellow coach in Library of Memories and I'm looking forward to finally meeting in person this summer. I stalk her blog, ask her all kinds of questions about ADHD, and even continued to text/bug her via twitter this past winter at CHA. Thanks for putting up with me Tami and considering me a friend!

So, without further adieu, I now get to pass on this little cutie badge to others out there in blogland that I consider friends - who I know will at least acknowledge their gift from my heart (sigh) and still love me in the end!





and last but not least,


Happy National Scrapbooking Day to all my scrappin' buds!!

Friday, May 01, 2009

National Scrapbook Day Discount and Freebie!

Just want to share the love of one of my favorite scrapbooking online education sites. Big Picture Scrapbooking is offering 50% off of one of their Projects Now Classes and for those of you who know me, I love Big Picture Scrapbooking! Use the code nsd2009 and it expires on May 3rd at 10 pm PST.

Jessica Sprague also has a free class right now if you want to try out digital or hybrid scrapbooking! She's also an excellent teacher and I've never heard a complaint about one of her classes.

Enjoy and be productive tomorrow!!

It's Time!!

Yep, today is May 1st, and I'm back in the groove. Today's prompt (which I highly needed since it's been MONTHS since I've scrapbooked) was Perfect Imperfection . . .
Journaling reads: it's hopeless to tell you "no" when there's mud around - you just can't help yourself . . . at least you tried to keep your shoes clean, but the cause was eventually lost!
This one was super simple and done in less than 20 minutes! I handcut the patterned paper along a line, didn't crop a single photo, used AC and AdornIt letter stickers and didn't even try to get them straight. Then I grabbed a brown journaling pen and wrote away . . .
So glad to be scrappin' again!