Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's Not Too Late!

To join me and many other crazy scrappers as we participate in Lain's LayOut A Day Challenge. Check out THIS LINK for more information on how to get her your money and get signed into Flickr for your own invite to our private sharing group! Not only do you have the chance to win random scrappy prizes, be entered into a drawing for a Grand Prize, and be a part of a fabulously motivating group, but you also get Hugh Jackman eye candy whenever Lain decides to spoil us! AND . . . You get one of these:


What more could you ask for??

What? Convince you to join? You've not scrapped in months so why would you start now? Well, put it this way, it takes 28 days to make a habit, and if scrapbooking is something you love, then you need to make time for it. Hopefully, even though it's going to cost you some money to join in the fun, each layout you do this month is one more than you would have otherwise done without joining! Make a new habit this fall and join me in Lain's October LOAD!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In honor of football season in full swing, I'm sharing a layout I did of Matthew's football season from last year. I've heard a few moms on the team talking about how they bought an album last year for them to scrapbook their son's first season and they haven't even started. Say what!??! They're going to do an entire album of the entire season? For those of you who have found Library of Memories, can you even begin to imagine how boring that could be? I mean, our children are only 6 and 7 years old. Can you imagine how many albums you could end up with if they did an album a season for their entire football career? No thank you.
For me, I'll take summary pages like this one in a heart beat. This, along with a layout previously shared of Matthew's end of season party AND a future layout I want to do of some of his closer friends that he's made through football, will be the only football layouts I do from last year. I'm putting a few photos into category drawers as well, but for the most part, TONS of photos I took are going into cold storage. I think there's this thing with sports photography that you can't really tell how good a photo can be (or what's even happening in the photo) until you get them printed!
In football news so far, the Gators are kicking butt . . . yeah, they generally do the first two games of the year as they're chump teams. Next week, we take on Tennessee at the Swamp and that, my friends, will make for an interesting game! Matthew's team is currently undeated as well. We beat Yulee, tied Callahan, and beat Flagler today! They're doing AWESOME!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" will be a quote I will not soon forget. That quote and it's following story (Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier) has overnight become one of my all-time favorite novels. The characters will not soon leave me, nor should I want them to. I dreamt of Manderley last night and I've never even been there.

I think Rebecca has become the best work of fiction I've read to-date, though don't hold me to that. It could be that I've just forgotten along the way (but usually that doesn't happen if it's an all-time favorite, does it?) . . . I read this book in less than 24 hours, and that was in between a holiday spent with family and fun yesterday. Needless to say, I've read other books in that time frame, but this one by and far, not only hit me with the characters and the plot, but also some wonderfully descriptive language . . .

Have you ever had one of those books just rock you to your core and became an instant favorite overnight? Feel free to share with me.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Today's the Day!!


If you haven't met Ella yet, head over here and learn all about her! They're doing a blog hop today with free prizes being given all week long, and an eZine launch tomorrow too!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Just started a new class

Big Picture Scrapbooking

over at (you guessed it) Big Picture Scrapbooking! This one is called Me: The Abridged Version, and is taught by Cathy Zielske. At first, I wasn't that hyped about the class. I was stumped on where to start MY story and while I wanted to borrow the book the class is based off of from the library, unfortunately our library system here didn't carry it (and I just don't have the funds to run out and buy every book that sounds great)!

Anyhow, the classroom opened today, and after tackling my grocery list (with the hopes of doing shopping later), I sat down to watch Cathy's opening video. WOW! As if I should have expected anything different, I was amazed. As always, the message boards are hopping, and everyone is sharing fabulous ideas, and all of a sudden, my planned grocery trip was side-tracked until tomorrow (oops, sorry honey). I'm having a ball in class and I think everyone else is too - trying to come up with meaning for each of the letters of the alphabet for our own "encyclopedia" of me and working on the stories to go with them.

One student in class put this in the Help board (a place where we go to find letters that we need help filling): W - Work, need to M - Mortgage doesn't get paid by R - Reading Message boards and O - obsessively posting. Only thing needed to add was See also: BPS, addictions.

If you're not there already, and you love to scrapbook, yet find you're always leaving your story out, this class is for you . . . and okay, even if you already do all that, you need to take this class because Cathy teaches it and she's a fabulous teacher and it's in a fun and happy environment!