Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

Carrying a new to me brand Paper House Productions and loving their two new collections.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Flashback Friday

Flasback to when I taught my first ever scrapbooking class...the Lullaby Album at Maria's house. I had a full class and remember being super nervous. Fact, I'm always super nervous before an event and calm right down once I get there. The lullaby album had a title page, and then 12 lullabies plus space for a pic of baby on the opposite page - one more each month of the first year. I believe everyone had a choice of a boy or girl album and we used Chatterbox papers!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

I remember the days when all Jori wanted to do was line up his hot wheels and drive them one at a time on the roads of his town rug. And when Darin went through a train phase and always had a train with him everywhere we went. This new layout is perfect for those pictures and I plan on using the title A Boy and His Toys. This is a quick and easy 2 page layout...reserve yours today, I only have 9 in stock.

Friday, July 10, 2015

I Am...

planning our summer vacation
hoping to also get in a camping trip
working on layout kits to add to the store for the fall
adding lots and lots of cool new scrappy products to my wishlist
reading as much as I can while my schedule is a little lighter than normal
trying not complaining about the heat but the humidity is a different story all glad it finally broke
balancing work and fun while the kids are off from school. This may be the last summer they're willing to stay home and hang out with me
breathing deep as they try my patience...don't get me wrong, I love having them home just not the bickering
enjoying the rest of baseball season

I will be taking a little hiatus from the blog to enjoy the summer with my family. I'll be back before you know it ;)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nailed It Wednesday

Looking for a dessert that was easy to make and also easy to transport, I came across this S'mores Brownie Bar recipe by Deliciously Sprinkled on Pinterest. It was super easy to make and everyone at the softball game loved it. So much so I don't have a picture of it. I'm sure I'll be making it again, and again.
photo by Deliciously Sprinkled

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Share A Card Tuesday

It's so nice out I thought I'd try to get some work in out on the deck. And then of course the clouds rolled in and I'm back in the scrap cave. Today I am sharing with you the cutest card I've made so far. This is stamp set by Paper Smooches called "Let's Roll". There are several other sayings and sushi types but I haven't played with them yet. I had to dig up some rusty masking skills and got creative with my limited copic colors.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

We set off on Friday for Rochester NY for the annual La Familia 4th of July softball game. We went for the first time last year when the boys had a break from baseball and it was forecasted to rain all weekend here in MA. This year, their cousins started texting way back in May and the boys were insistent that we go again. Once we knew their schedules were clear, we decided to make the 6hr drive.
 Saturday morning, after breakfast, we got a call from a cousin that another cousin had bailed on a donut eating contest he signed up for AND if one of the boys would like to participate. D said "Why not!" and she said, "Get here ASAP. Contest starts in 15 minutes!" He had cold feet in the car and kept saying he was stuffed from breakfast. We told him to just participate and no problem if he only ate 1 donut. We got there and were told to eat as many as he could in 5 minutes, the rest he could take home. He had a tray of 24 fried cake donuts and cups of cider to wash it down. He was Antonio for the contest and that's the cousin's boyfriend next to him. Results: D ate 1, cousin's bf ate 4 and winner ate EIGHT!!! We took over 3 dozen donuts home to share with the rest of the family and they were delicious.
Group pic before the game...more showed up later while some left for work/other activities.
Epic paint war battle after the game and here are the cousins...they kept at it long after everyone gave up. Ages from left to right...soon to be 14, 13, soon to be 15, when they're so close in age.
Slip n Slide back at the house, bocce, corn hole, etc etc before heading over to another cousin's house to hang out before walking over to the river for fireworks. It's a carry your own chair/blanket affair and we were the ones sent over early to grab a spot. Our group tripled when the fireworks started.
It's so much fun to get to spend time with family. We're thinking this might be an annual trip for us. Hope your fourth was family & fun-filled too!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

Back again for another Sneaky Sunday post. This time I have robots and gadgets to share with you. Kaisercraft's K-bot collection was the perfect line to put together 4 pages - two 2 page layouts - to highlight the boy in your life. They are titled All Boy and Best Buddies. There is quite a bit of fussy cutting involved but so worth it. Wait 'til you see the pages.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fave Five

Just some random stuff I found on pinterest. This looks like an easy enough project...wonder if my boys would help me with it. Now that they're teens, craft projects with mom isn't quite so cool anymore.
Sea glass still my heart. I have a pile of sea glass in a jar from our time in the pacific and it would be awesome to make them into wearable jewelry. In my spare time, right?
And this sign...I'm thinking I need to make one for my store. Yes?
This! This made me almost spit out my coffee when I came across it. So super accurate especially the part about "what my mom thinks I do"...I think it should say "what my FAMILY thinks I do". No one quite gets it.
Someone once asked me if I got tired of scrapping baseball pics. My answer was it's not too bad, I just do a layout for each kid for each team they play for and when I started listing them...we just looked at each other and laughed. Seriously this year alone, Jori's album will have layouts for the three teams he's on plus All Stars. These Sports Page Titles will definitely come in handy.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Garden Tales 07.02.15

A little late for a post but better later than never, right? We'll start with this cutie visiting my parsley when I really need her at the dill's since there's aphids moving in. I tried moving her over but she decided to fly away home. 
Here is a patch of the healthiest cilantro I've ever grown. I let the plants from last season go to seed and left them alone. They're growing all around the tomatoes and we're using them as fast as we can. 
And just in case you're wondering why the tomatoes are a weird color, it's a weird hybrid that I thought would be interesting to have in the garden.
Moving on...I Spy a baby zucchini. Always so exciting when I find one. I'm a pessimist when it comes to the zuchinnis and squash. 
There's even a little hint of red on the raspberries. Can't wait!!!