Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Layouts for Scrapbook Heaven

Here are two of my projects for Scrapbook Heaven DT. I received a mini-kit for December.

It includes paper from the Rhonna Christmas Line by Autumn Leaves

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

It's just after midnight here so I guess it's officially Christmas Day :-) We have the children settled in bed and we are just getting ready to stuff the stockings. Veggies for tomorrow are peeled and ready to cook. Stuffing is made. Turkey is thawed and waiting to be popped into the oven in the morning. We are all set.

Remember I mentioned about one of our traditions is to put together a puzzle? Well, we started a 1000 piece on Friday evening -- it's now completed :-) We'll probably start another sometime tomorrow.

The kids have opened their Christmas ornament -- I get them a new one each year, and get their photo in front of the tree.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Traditions

Susan posted a blog challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap. She wanted to know about our Christmas traditions. We have many :-)

One of our traditions is that we open a small gift before bed on Christmas Eve. The children usually pick a gift from one of their siblings.

Another is that I give the children a Christmas ornament each year -- this also gets opened on Christmas Eve. I get a photo of them sitting in front of the tree with their ornaments. This photo is from last year.

Christmas morning, the children bring their stocking into our room and open them together. While they play with their little gifts, I head downstairs to get the turkey put into the oven. Devin gets some music on the stereo and we light the lights. The children are called down and we start opening gifts. We take turns with opening so that we all get to see the gift and hear who it is from.

We have our turkey dinner around 2pm on Christmas day. Lots of veggies, turkey, stuffing and of course, dessert -- usually Cherry Cheesecake. Yum!

We put together at least one puzzle each Christmas holiday. Friends and family who drop by are welcome to help. Our favorite is a cork-backed puzzle of lots of santas. I think we've had this puzzle for 8 or 9 years now. We did get two newer puzzles last Christmas and managed to put together all three. We'll see what happens this year :-) School is done here now, so the puzzle will come out this evening. Here is a photo of my 88 yr old grandmother helping with our puzzle -- she LOVES doing puzzles!

Some of our traditions have changed over the past few years. When the children were younger, we would sit together each evening in the living room. Candles were lit and Christmas music played softly on the stereo. We would just sit and listen for 1/2 hour or so. It was so nice to have that bit of quiet time in such a busy season. Now that the children are older, we don't do this as often -- everyone seems to have something else that they want to be doing. I miss it though.

This year was the first time that we did not get our own Christmas tree -- we bought one instead. It's a beautiful tree and the kids have decorated it in their own way. I don't mind the little extra in expense to buy it.

So, those are some of our traditions. I'll post in a few days time with some of our New Year's traditions.

Scrapbook layouts....

Just posting a couple of layouts I did recently :-)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Recent layouts...

This layout was for the Fiskars "Sketch of the Month" for November.
PP is Basic Grey Periphery.

This was for a challenge at Lovebug Scrapbooking. Kathy sends out 3 products to 3 scrapbookers. It's really neat to see how we use things differently.

This was for a challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap. I used supplies from our November sponsor - Fresh Pages Co.

This week's challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap.

Another challenge at Lovebug.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Google images tag

Here's a fun TAG post. Type in the answers to the questions on google images. Then paste the first picture that comes up (at least pick something on the first page!)

1. Age at my next birthday…

2. Place I’d like to travel…

3. Favorite place…

4. Favorite objects…

5. Favorite food…

6. Favorite color…

7. Nickname…

8. Place I was born…

TAG, you are it!! Post a comment so I can see your pics!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

KI Memories contest

We are having a KI Memories Contest this month at Scrapbook Heaven!!

So, pull out those KI Memories goodies and start creating!! Any kind of KI Memories product will do!

- Entries will be judged on best use of KI Memories products. Items accepted will be layouts (any size), altered items, and albums using KI Memories.
- Entries must contain 75% or more of KI memories products. PLEASE list ALL supplies used.) - Scrapbook Heaven's Design Team members will be judging the contest. Winners will be announced on January 15th, 2008.

You could win $50.00 in KI Memories products!!

Just in case you need to stock up on KI Memories goodies for this HERE for a load of product to choose from!!

Check the forum for more details!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Saturday sketch at Sisterhood of Scrap.....

Today's sketch was by Vanessa Colant. Here is my interpretation of it :-) It is page one of a two-pager. The second page has photos of each of my children. Just have to add some finishing touches and then I will add it here.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Another birthday!

My second son turned 13 yesterday -- now I have 2 teenagers! Timothy is my one child that I think is most like me. We get along great and I generally know how he is feeling and what he is thinking. He is very thoughtful, helpful and giving. He can also be stubborn at times :-) Timothy would most likely be described by those who know him as a "sweetheart".

Here are a few photos of Timothy through the years. Enjoy!

Timothy doesn't yet know what he wants to be when he "grows up", but he is in Air Cadets (his second year) and is really enjoying it. He is very disciplined.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Timothy!! We LOVE you!

Addicted to blogging...

Did this little test this morning :-)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Recent layouts...

Had some fun this weekend at Scrapbook Heaven -- a fantastic online crop! Winners will be announced sometime today. We flooded the gallery with tons of wonderful layouts!! Here are some of my recent projects:

My youngest son at the insectarium. He was a bit nervous about the Walking Stick!

My second oldest son -- he really is a charmer and knows how to make you feel loved and feel special!

Done for our Sisterhood challenge this week. Took inspiration from a magazine ad. Photos are of my oldest son -- way back when he was the only child. LOL!

My oldest son 3 years ago on his birthday. He looks so young here!

Yes! That is one BIG butterfly! My daughter had a GRAND time at the insectarium!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Scrappy news......

Our Sisterhood blog is now getting sponsors for prizes. It's the next logical step in our journey and we are very excited to be able to offer prizes to our participants.

Our first sponsor is fresh pages co., located in Kamloops, BC, Canada. They have a variety of monthly kits and you can even send in your ideas for a kit. How neat is that?! Anyway, check them out, and check out the Sisterhood challenge layouts for the month of November. We are each using a different kit from fresh pages for our layouts.

Fresh pages co. is offering a full kit to one lucky winner. Anyone who does a challenge throughout the month of November, will have their name put in the drawing. Can't win if you don't play! LOL!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Benjamin's cake

Benjamin designed his own cake :-) He has this "thing" about having a theme cake each year, and... he remembers each year and what kind of cake he had :-)

Make a wish!

One of his favorite gifts -- Webkinz Seal.

He loves Geronimo Stilton books -- had this one finished in an afternoon.

Benjamin is 10!

My baby turned 10 years old yesterday. He is such a happy kid -- always wanting to be silly and to make us laugh. He likes things to be the same and is not one for changing routines. Benjamin loves to read and is very quick with his math work. He loves Jesus and loves to pray for others.

Here are some photos of him through the years:

Happy Birthday, sweetheart!!