Sunday, September 27, 2009

Template 46 and Lots of LOs

Wow, I said last post I'd probably be back the next day and it's been a week. Ha. I'm a blogging slacker these days. But I've been scrapping like crazy! I started on Emma's baby book about what, 2 weeks ago maybe? Yeah...I'm halfway done. And it's going to be 40 pages long. If I keep going at this rate, I'll be done in a couple of weeks! My goal was to have it done before our little boy arrives - think I'll make it? I've got till January;) And I've got a template for you today:)

I was going to post an update tonight, but it's already nearly 1 AM as I'm starting this no update tonight. I wanted to start on this earlier, but Photobucket was refusing to recognize newer versions of files I wanted to upload. No idea why. But it kept loading images I'd saved over! Gyah. I finally got it working just now. I left it alone for awhile. Maybe the old images got cached somehow? Who knows. But it's all fixed now.

But before we get on to scrapping stuff, Emma is now 22 months old!! O.o Wow. How did that happen? My little girl will be 2 in just 2 months!! I'm making plans for her birthday party in my mind already. I don't know what day I'll have her party yet, though, as her birthday falls on Black Friday this year and a lot of her little friends will be out of town. I'm planning for sometime the week before, but no set date or anything yet. I've got some time;)

Kimi's Kreations has a super-cute new kit out! It's called Doodlebug and it is simply adorable. It's also 20% off right now! Image is linked to Kimi's store:) Her glitters are all 50%, so if you want some of Kimi's yummy glitters, now is the time to run over and grab them!

And here's what I did with Doodlebug:

That second one is now a magnet on my fridge:D My house really does need a major cleaning again. The problem is, however, I've had no physical energy. Sure, I can sit at the computer and scrap...but that's not exactly physically exerting. This pregnancy is seriously kicking my butt - at least in terms of energy to DO things. And the fact that even at nearly 26 weeks I need medication to keep me from vomiting...oh, and the heartburn. Speaking of, I need a Tums again. John would help with the cleaning more if he had time, but he's super busy with schoolwork. He does take care of the dishes and garbage, thankfully:) Those are 2 of my least favorite chores, so I really appreciate him doing them. The garbage gets pretty nasty...especially in Emma's room;)

Aaaaanyway. Back to scrapping. Kimi also has a cute freebie sampler of Doodlebug available to anyone who completes her progressive layout challenge at GDS. Check it out! Here's the page I did for it:

It's a Party - geniaBeana Scraps
Girl's Night Out - Kimi's Kreations
Lemonberry Fizz - Kimi's Kreations
Hoo's My Boy - KgB Scrap Kreations (Kimi's Kreations and geniaBeana Scraps collab)
MLAS September Pixel Edition - Kimi's Kreations

Ironically, as I was working on the steps per day of the challenge, John accidentally stepped on Emma's sunglasses and they broke. Oh well. At least they were hand-me-downs;) We'll get her some dollar store ones next summer.

Speaking of seasons, here's a page I made of a fun art project Emma and I did together. Ok ok, so Emma mostly sat there and watched...but she did a little of the painting. She's not really interested in finger paints. She loves to color and such, but the paints are too messy for her to enjoy them.

MLAS September Pixel Edition - Kimi's Kreations
Before Meets After Template 4 (modified)

And now onto Emma's baby book! This is the part my family wants to see LOL! Hopefully they'll actually read this...;) Man, it's a good thing I'm already pregnant while scrapping Emma's baby pictures. Otherwise, I'd have some serious baby fever. Going through Emma's old pictures and reading my journal entries is making me nostalgic. My little girl has grown up SO much. She's become little miss independent. I adore my sweet toddler, but it'll be nice to hold a tiny newborn again:)

I've already posted some pages, but I'm going to repost them here anyway so you can get the full effect. It's only 2 extra pages anyway;) I did a bit of reworking on the birth pages, so they need updated copies up. I skipped a few pages here and there, since the kits I want to use for them are either in progress, need finding, or don't exist yet;) Anyway. I'm doing 2 pages per month, plus 2 pages for special events and holidays (Christmas, baby blessing, etc). Now you know why it will be 40 pages long! Credits are posted every 2 pages. I've been using a TON of Kimi's My Darling kit. It's SO perfect for a girl's baby book! I've been using pretty much all CT stuff for it. Anyway, here is Emma's baby book so far:

Country Caramel - Kimi's Kreations

(BTW, the family tree LO is still available as a free quick page a few posts down;))

(Insert ultrasound and belly pic pages here - waiting for a certain kit-in-progress to come out)

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations

(Insert 1st Christmas pages here - need to find a kit for them still)

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations
GDS Birthday Bash alpha - Kimi's Kreations

Happy Go Lucky - geniaBeana Scraps

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations

Peaches and Cream - Kimi's Kreations (her very first kit! It was a freebie; not sure if it's still available)
My Darling glitter - Kimi's Kreations

My Darling - Kimi's Kreations

Queen for a Day - geniaBeana Scraps (her very first kit! It was a freebie; not sure if it's still available)
BCC2 glitter - Kimi's Kreations

And that's what I've got so far! Phew! Thanks for looking! 20 pages done; 20 to go. Most of which will become templates in the semi-near future;)

Now that you've waded through my plethora of pages, I have a free template for you. It's of my Shades LO, from Kimi's progressive challenge. Template 46 is a single page LO in PSD format. As always, I'd love to hear back from you and see what you do with any of my templates:) Here's the preview:

You can download it here.

And that's all for tonight! I hope to get some more templates up soon ish, now that I have a tooooon of LOs that need to be templatified, so keep checking back! And of course, I'll be posting more baby book pages in the process;) Night all!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Template 45 and Vacation Update

Wow, I have freebies 3 days in a row! I haven't done that in awhile. I've got another couple of LOs that I plan to turn into templates as well:) Me scrapping more means more templates for you;)

But first, it is time for my way overdue vacation update. We went on vacation for most of August to visit family. The majority of our families live about 800 miles from us. And we drove. With a toddler. Actually, Emma did extremely well on the trip. It helps that we have a portable DVD player that straps onto the passenger seat;) Emma got upset a few times and said "up" when she decided she wanted out, but overall, she did great. Though there were a couple of times where she'd said "up," so we stopped when we could...and she threw HUGE fits over getting out!! Aaah, the joys of traveling with a toddler.

We split the driving into 2 days, with a hotel stay between. John has a couple of married sisters who live about 3 hours south of the rest of the family. We went there first, since Rebecca was due at the beginning of September. We stayed at Trenna's house for a few days, then spent a few days at Rebecca's. Poor Emma threw up as we were turning into Trenna's neighborhood...thank goodness for washable car seat covers!

While we were visiting Trenna and Rebecca, we had a big birthday bash for our nieces and nephews with July and August birthdays. It was so fun! Rebecca made an amazing cake for it, too. I'll have to scrap it one of these days. She makes THE coolest cakes ever.

The day before the party, however, we made an unpleasant discovery: Emma is allergic to peanuts. Her cousins, ages 7 and 8, asked if they could give her a cracker. I said sure...but I didn't realize they were talking about those peanut butter filled bright orange cheese cracker sandwiches. I'm one of those anal no-peanut-butter-till-they're-2 kind of moms, so she'd never had any nuts before. My dad is allergic to all nuts, so I knew the possibility was there. At first, she didn't react to it, so I thought it was ok. But later, her face started puffing up and turning red. And then there were hives. Joy. We gave her some Benedryl and lathered her up with hydro-cortisone. Thankfully, her breathing was normal the whole time. It was pretty scary, though. Her poor cousins were SO freaked out. It was really sweet how worried they were about her. Once the reaction had been under control for awhile, I put her down for a nap. When she woke up, her poor face was SUPER swollen. I talked to her pediatrician and they said to just keep giving her Benedryl every 4 hours till she was better, but to take her to the ER if she had difficulty breathing. Thankfully, she was completely fine. It just took awhile for the puffiness to go down. She looked SO different all puffed up like that! It was weird.

After our trip, we had a follow up appointment with her pediatrician. They want to hold off on allergy testing till she's 2.5, but they gave us a prescription for an Epi-pen, just in case. Hopefully we'll never need it. The advantage to growing up with a father with nut allergies is that we never really had nuts in most foods. Sure, we ate PB&J sandwiches, but Mom never put nuts in main courses or desserts. John and I actually prefer our baked goods and ice cream nut-free anyway. Except for peanut butter...I LOOOOVE the peanut butter and chocolate combo. But it's not hard to avoid it when I'm around Emma. I can always enjoy it after she's in bed;) So hopefully, avoiding nuts won't be an issue. We're hoping she grows out of the allergy, but you never know. Especially since we've got the family history. I guess we'll see next May/June or so.

Anyway, while we were down there, we went to a Goodwill outlet. I didn't even know those existed! It was pretty cool. They sell things by the weight, so I got a huge bag of stuff for just under $20. My goodies included a navy blue infant car seat cover and a blue winter coat with a hole for the car seat buckle. Sweet! I found some clothes for Emma and for the baby, and a couple of things for John and I. The downside is that the clothing and such isn't really organized; it's all just shoved into bins and you have to sift through it to find anything. Basically, everything at the Goodwill outlet was rejected or not sold at a normal Goodwill store. And some of what we found in the bins were pretty nasty...boxers, whitie tighties, granny panties, lacy thongs...yeah. NASTY. Seriously, who would BUY used underwear?! And who in their right mind would donate that stuff thinking someone else would actually WANT it? I understand not having much money, but you can buy a pack of undies for really cheap at Walmart...there are just some things that shouldn't be reused...especially when you know nothing about the previous owner. Ew. Just ew.

Moving on. We also went to the zoo with Trenna, Rebecca, and their kids. It was fun! Though we were definitely tired by the end. Later that day, we drove up to my parents' house, which is where we spent the majority of our trip. John's family lives 20 minutes from mine, so we went back and forth quite a bit. We stayed at my parents' house though because it's a bigger house and less people live there. That, and we get the basement all to ourselves when we're there. Well, we had to share a room with Emma the whole trip, but it was fine. Though it WAS wonderful to have her in her own room again when we got back! And to sleep in our own comfy bed. But I digress.

I got to go fabric shopping with Kimi (yes, of Kimi's Kreations - we've been good friends for 11 years now) while we were home! It was fun! We had to take our kids, which was interesting (a 4 year old and 2 1.5 year olds in a fabric store...), but they were all pretty well behaved. Especially since we had graham crackers and apple juice for them;) I picked out some cute fabric for Kimi to make me a Mei Tai with. I'm excited about that:D We then took the kids to a park so they could get some energy out and we could have some mommy friend time. Of course, they kept wanting to run off in different directions, so that didn't work so well.

Before our trip, John and I hadn't seen Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince yet. We hoped we'd get the chance to while we were home visiting, and we did! We went with my sister Lisa to see it in the Imax theater while Mom babysat. AND Mom paid for our tickets, too! Sweet! We get a babysitter who pays FOR us to go out? Excellent. Moms are great like that:D Of course, she loved having one-on-one time with Emma. The movie was AWESOME. I totally want to see it again. I can't wait till it comes out on DVD!!

Just a couple of days after we got to my parents' house, we went on a mini road trip with my mom to my brother Paul's house. He lives about 2-3 hours away, but in a totally different direction. It was REALLY nice to visit with them. We drove over the day before my birthday and spent the night. But before we went to their house, we walked around this cute little tourist town near them. I have so many memories of going there as a child - it was neat to go back again. Then we had dinner at Paul and Kari's. After Emma went to bed, we relaxed in their hot tub. Aaah, so nice. Then we sat on the porch and talked for awhile. It was really nice and relaxing. On my actual birthday, we drove back - but not before hitting the Carter's outlet on the way:D I love that store. I could seriously go into some major debt there. Mom bought us some cute clothes for the baby and a few things for Emma, too. We got his coming home outfit! It's SO cute. Oh, and Rebecca gave us a bag or 2 of baby boy clothing, too. Yay! We're slowly getting there. We have some of what we'll need, but definitely not all of it. Hopefully someone will throw me a baby shower, since having a boy means I need a whole new baby wardrobe. Oh, and Kari gave us my nephew's old crib set, so we now have crib bedding for our little guy! It's really cute (I scrapped it already; scroll down an entry or 2 to see it). As for my birthday, we did the whole cake and celebration thing after we got back to my parents' house.

We spent quite a bit of time hanging out with our families. At one point, we went over to my other brother's house. Ironically, Scott was working the whole time we were there, so we didn't get to see him. But we had lots of fun with Laini and the girls! We ate a yummy lunch with them and played outside. Emma had a blast with their sidewalk chalk before she discovered their kiddie pool. We didn't have her swimsuit or a swim diaper on us, so we just let her play in the water in a diaper and onesie. Ooooh my goodness, that diaper got SOOOOOO overloaded with water! It was hilariously poofy. Talk about super absorbent. Of course, we HAD to take pics. I'll definitely have to scrap those. We had to leave after that so they could get to Rachel's soccer practice, but it was really fun!

Kimi and I wanted to hang out again, so she came over to my parents' house and we all just hung out. The kids had a BLAST running around like crazy and having fun. Kimi brought her nice camera and took lots of pics. She also took family and maternity pics for us:) She got some FABULOUS shots!! She would have tried to take more family shots (getting Emma to hold still when she had 2 little friends to play with is NOT an easy thing!), but her battery died and the charger was mysteriously missing from her camera case. Sadness. Oh well; it just means she'll have to take family pictures of us again someday;) Though when that will be, I have no idea. Living 800 miles away stinks.

For FHE one evening, we picked blackberries from my parents' yard. They have TONS of wild blackberries growing all over. I didn't get as many as I'd have liked, though, because I didn't really want to crawl into the super tight blackberry patches. That, and it was starting to get dark. But I made some mini blackberry pies:) They turned out fairly well. They weren't as good as I'd hoped, but they were still pretty good. Emma loved helping us pick the blackberries. She even started saying blackberries, in her own toddler way. She picks up on everything these days.

Our last night there, we went to a wedding reception for our good friend Kim. It was really nice:) They looked SO happy! It was a great way to end our visit:)

The drive back was looooong. We got a much later start than planned because we hadn't packed up much the day before. We meant to, but there was a family emergency that Mom had to attend to, which meant we had to transport Lisa to her dentist appointment...and yeah. Things happen. The first day on the road was ok-ish, but the second day just seemed to drag on and on and on. It doesn't help that we were both really tired, either. We had to stop more frequently to stay awake. Honestly, Emma did much better on the way back than John and I did! But we FINALLY made it safe and sound.

All in all, a nice vacation. We got to spend a lot of time with family. We ran around a lot, but we also got to veg with family at home, too. We didn't get to see everyone we wanted to, though. I especially regret not getting to see my uncle, who was recently diagnosed with cancer with approximately a year left...we wanted to visit him, but it just didn't work out. He was running around to doctor's appointments like crazy the whole time. Oh well. We also didn't see my grandparents, but...they aren't exactly on my good side at the moment. They've been making this whole situation with my uncle way more dramatic and stressful on everyone else. It's a long involved story that I don't want to get into, but suffice it to say no one is happy with them right now. At the latest development, I asked Mom if I could shoot HER mom and she said, "you'll have to get in line!" Yes, it really is that bad.

Aaaaanyway. Our trip was great! But we are totally road tripped out for a VERY long time. The next time we'd go would be next summer, and we'll have 2 of which will be nursing...hmmm...maybe we'll fly, if we go back at all. I don't know that I want to attempt that drive EVER again, let alone with 2 kids! I used to enjoy road trips...but then I became a mom. Not so much now. Someday we won't live so far away from our family...but that's at least 2.5 years away. They are more than welcome to come to US now!

Oh, and the night we got back into town, Rebecca had her baby! Yay for a new little niece! Obviously, we've only seen pictures, but she's adorable. Her big brothers love her, too:)

Aaaaand now that my rambling easily-digressive update is done, you get a free template! I don't have any pretty new pages today, but feel free to scroll down to previous entries to see my latest works. LOL, I wonder how many people actually read through the whole thing? Oh well; this is more for my benefit than yours. And I have friends and family who read this blog, too.

Template 45 is a 12x12, 300 dpi template in psd format. As always, I'd love to hear back from you:) Here's the preview:

You can download it here.

Hm, I think that's enough for today, don't you? Time for bed. I still need to write up a general life update, but the vacation stuff is long enough as it is! Maybe tomorrow, with another template:)

Oh, and we STILL need a name for our little boy. Suggestions are welcome! We prefer traditional names:) Night all!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Country Caramel QP and More Pages

I had some lovely comments from people saying they missed my templates:) Thank you! I've been doing MUCH better. I took a scrapping break due to morning sickness, and then even after I got on zofran it took me awhile to get back into it. Part of it was the oh-so-lovely tiredness of 1st tri. I still need to be on zofran at 24 weeks, though. Every now and then I discover that the hard way (last week I managed to hit myself in the head with the toilet seat while throwing up...). Then, I slowly started scrapping again, only to go on vacation where I didn't have my scrapping stash or CS4 access. But now I'm totally back into it again:D

I'm back with a QP today! Kimi's adorable Country Caramel kit was officially released in her store today (image is linked):

Though, for those of you who participated in her recent progressive layout challenge at GDS got it for free:) She just started another progressive layout challenge, and I'm sure the participation prize will be just as fabulous!

Here are the adorable pages I made for Emma's baby book using Country Caramel:

I scrapped a fun fall art project page today, but I have to wait till THAT kit is released to post it;)

I also got to do a speed scrap tonight, hosted by geniaBeana over at GDS. It was really fun. I haven't done a speed scrap in ages. I used geniaBeana's Traquility kit, and her Template 31 (the first requirement was to use a template of our choosing):

And now for the quick page! I turned My Family Tree into a QP to share. When I first mentioned on the CT forum that I was thinking of making it a QP, Kimi said "The family tree one made me go 'awwwwwwwww!!! I want that!' So definitely make a QP!" :D And so I did! I also included the 5 generation pedigree chart as a separate png file. Just an FYI, when I put in my family names, I used Verdana size 12 font;) Anyway, here's the QP:

You can download it here. Please feel free to leave me some love:D I always love hearing back from you.

I should have another template for you soon, so stay tuned! And one of these days I really WILL do a vacation and life update - maybe with a new template tomorrow?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Template 44 and Lots of LOs!!

I've been scrappin' like crazy lately! It's been great! I still need to write about our vacation and a general life update, but for now, here are a whole bunch of pages I've scrapped recently. And at the end of the post, you get a template:) I have another template in the works and a super-cute QP that will hopefully be coming out soon.

But before we get to the pages and such, come join geniaBeana in a speed scrap over at GDS Wednesday night at 10:30 EST! Click here for more info:)

Also, Kimi is now selling custom glitter styles and sheets at GDS! Check out her store for details.

Now for the pages. First of all, I made a super-cute new desktop using Kimi's Kreations' My Darling:

BTW, Kimi took the photos for me, too:D Well, except the ultrasound, of course;)

Then I finally got around to scrapping our 4th of July pics, using geniaBeana's Star Spangled kit. It's a 2-pager (and today's template), so here's the full 2 pages together, followed by the separate pages.

Before I discovered digiscrapping, I paper scrapped the first month of Emma's baby book. Well, my style and skills have changed so much since then and there is just so much MORE I can do with scrapping digitally vs. with paper that I have decided to start all over again and do the whole thing digitally. I must say I am LOVING the results so far! Soooo much better than the paper pages I already made! Here are the first pages I made since my restart (though they won't be first in the book). Once again, I used Kimi's My Darling kit. I looooooove this kit!!

I have a couple of other baby book pages that I reeeeaaaally want to post, but the kit hasn't been released in store yet, so I have to wait. But one of these pages will be a super-cute QP freebie!

In the meantime, I participated in Kimi's progressive challenge over at GDS and made this really cute page with the awesome Hoo's My Boy collab Kimi and geniaBeana put together:

And finally, today I made this really cute page detailing the kids' room rearrangements. I used geniaBeana's new kit, Jake's Favorite Things:

And last but not least, here is your free template! Template 44 is a full-sized 2 page template in PSD format. As always, I'd love to hear back from you:) Enjoy!

You can download it here.

I'll have more pages and freebies coming up in the next few days, so please visit again! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hoo's My Boy Collab and It's A Boy!

Kimi's Kreations and geniaBeana Scraps (aka KgB Scrap Kreations) have not only teamed up their CTs, but they made an AWESOME collab, Hoo's My Boy!

It JUST got released today, so head on over to either of their shops at GDS to pick it up:) Since this weekend is GDS' birthday bash, the whole store is 50% off!! You can get this kit for $2.50 right now! That's an absolute STEAL. This collab is seriously awesome. Be sure to check out their other fabulous kits while you're over there!

And this is what I did with it:

The timing of this release was perfect, since we found out we're having a boy RIGHT before we went on vacation for 3 weeks. I absolutely love how this page came out:) We still need a name for our little guy, so if you have any good suggestions, we'd love to hear them! We prefer traditional gender specific names if you're interested:)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

KgB Blog Party!

Two of the awesome designers I CT for, geniaBeana Scraps and Kimi's Kreations, have joined their CTs -- KgB Scrap Kreations! Both designers are opening up shop TODAY at and BOTH of their stores are 35% off until September 7th! Be sure to take a peek!!

Both Val and Kimi have created new kits for this special occasion, and as part of the celebration, we're having a BLOG PARTY! We've made a huge set of quickpages, wordart, and other special freebies for you to download, and they all coordinate with geniaBeana's "It's A Party" and Kimi's Kreations' "Girls' Night Out," so be sure to check out the whole blog train!

I joined in at the last minute, since I JUST got back from vacation. But I didn't want to miss out on all the blog train fun, so I whipped up a couple of fun QPs for you late last night:) Enjoy!

Here is my contribution:

You can download my QPs here:
Girls' Night Out QP
It's A Party QP

Don't forget to stop by the rest of the KgB blogs and snag all of the goodies! (Keep in mind we are all in different timezones, so if anyone's post isn't up yet, be sure to check back later.)
geniaBeana Scraps (Val)
Kimi's Kreations (Kimi)
Zeee Pink Boudoir (Zeee)
AZK Dreamin' Big (Angie)
Miss Mis Design (Misty)
Once Upon A Scrap Time (Niki)
Dylabel Designs (Belinda)
Scrapping Chel Creations (Chel)
The Cluster Queen (Mar)
Digital Scrappin' Rocks (Neeny)
Mamabear Scraps (Mamabear)
These Are My Moments (Brandi)
Laura's Daily Madness (LauraLea)
Kaelira's Digiscraps (Sara) <-- you are here!

Thanks for coming! I hope you enjoyed our blog train:D