Monday, May 31, 2010

Hello Summer!

Aghhhhh! It feels like forever since I have been on this computer! The last two weeks of school are always so stressful. But it is now officially summer vacation!

The good things about summer vacation:
  • I can sleep late
  • No school
  • Lots of things to do with Frances
  • Warm weather
The bad things about summer vacation:
  • There's actually only this one- I made a super long to do list of all the things I have been putting off. I am going to start on it first thing tomorrow morning. It's boring stuff like clean out the garage, blah, blah, blah.
And speaking of summer! There is a new sketch at Scrapbook Challenges today that just screams summer. When I saw it I thought of this picture of Frances I have been putting off scrapping. Whenever I see it I can't believe how tiny she was! There actually was a time when she couldn't run away from me!! And after today I kind of miss those days- lol! I think I said "Frances NOOOOO" about 1000 times today.

Well onto to this sketch! Here it is:

And here is my take:

You can see what the rest of the DT did HERE.

And if you live in the US Happy Memorial Day. God Bless everyone who is serving or has currently served in our military. Right now I have two cousins overseas, one in Afghanistan and one in Egypt and we couldn't be prouder.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Here it is...

Monday's sketch that is! Check out the new sketch from Scrapbook Challenges.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take:

You can see what the rest of the DT did with the sketch HERE.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Join us

for the May Simply Obsessed crop!

Simply Obsessed throws the best crops! Hope you will stop by!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Time for a new...

sketch! Here is Pamela's new sketch at Scrapbook Challenges.

And here is the two-pager-

You can see what the DT did with the sketch HERE.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there. Seriously one day is not enough!!! This should be a repeating holiday throughout the year. My husband made me breakfast, gave me some flowers and candy and then watched Frances while I finished up a layout for the July issue of magazine. I am so excited I was asked to be a guest designer for the month of July. I just finished my layout and sent it off. It will be published in the July issue.

I told my husband for Mother's Day I would like the new version of photoshop elements. I don't think that's what I am getting, but I can hope! I have been playing around with it lately (with help from the Jessica Sprage website) and there is so much you can do to your pics. Last night I practiced on this photo. Here is my orginal:

Here is the one I edited in photoshop:

I changed the color to a soft hue and blurred it a little, then added the frame mask. I read that the effect is a lot better with the newer version of photoshop, but I think this looks pretty good. I have a few pictures I took of Frances playing in the backyart I want to fix up next.

Here are two of Frances on our patio. Not sure why blogger uploaded the right on sideways??? Blogger is so weird sometimes! You can see her cute litte pink converse I just bought her. She looks soooo cute in them!

And this one is of her running away from me. I want to crop it, angle it, lighten the color and then put a mask frame around it.

Well thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

And the winners are...

The winners have been announced at Scrapbook Challenges for the Scrapbook Challenges blog hop and the NSD crop. You can check all winners HERE.

I did a random draw of all the comments on the blog hop post and of all my followers.  And the winners for the packages of Sassafras goodies are...

#1 for leaving a comment is.............

lespeterson74 said...
I love how you added the paper behind the sketch. i am a use the full page gal... no open space for me.... Its kind of like that ackward silence.... it makes me uncomfortable! Cute little one too!


#2 for being a follower is..................

Christy Strickler

Send your addresses to me at and I will get your package of goodies out to you.

And thanks again to everyone who left such sweet comments.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday's Sketch

Hello everyone and thank you for the wonderful comments left on my blog this weekend. They mean more to me than you know! I appreciate everyone's kind words so much. I will be doing the two random draws for the packages of Sassafras goodies as soon as Pamela announces the winners over at the Scrapbook Challenges forum. Please check back to see if you won!!

Until then here is Pamela's new sketch for the week. Have fun with it!

And a two pager if you'd like:

I didn't participate this week, but you can see what the rest of the fabulous DT did with the sketch HERE.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Another challenge

*****There's still time to participate in the Scrapbook Challenges blog hop! All comments and entries are due tonight May 2nd at midnight MT time. See my post below for all the details!!*****

Lots of new challenges this weekend for National Scrapbook Day!! Here is one more. On the first of the month I post my challenge at Challenge Masters. This month my challenge is to scrapbook a memory that you don't want to forget. I came up with this challenge when I was looking through my photos from last summer. I saw the photo of my cute little Frances on the swings at the park. I remembered how scared she was when I first put her on the swings! Doesn't that face say it all! She is growing so fast and these are the things I don't want to forget.

If you want to play along all you need to do is go on over to the Challenge Masters forum and become a member of the "The Daily Grind" group. I am offering a RAK and there is a random draw for participating in any challenges posted during the month of May. Up for grabs this month are kits (yes KITS, with an S) from our May sponser Queen Scraps. There are a ton of challenges to choose from and every challenge completed earns you a draw for the kits.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Challenge Masters Crop

If you are here for the blog hop it's the next post down! Thanks to everyone who left comments. Your comments are always so sweet and I can never get enough of hearing how cute baby Frances is!

So now on to the Challenge Masters Crop! Challenges Masters is having a crop for NSD. It is filled with fun challenges, RAKs and a chance to become a guest designer. There is still time to play along with us. Check out the forum for all the details. I am hosting a card challenge and here is the card I created for my example:

I hope you'll come by and check out the crop! Happy National Scrapbook Day!!