Saturday, January 30, 2010

Love Me Do!

Welcome to Lovebug Scrapbooking's "INSPIRE US!" blog hop!! This is the first of 12 months of inspiration, each to take place on the last Saturday of every month. Thanks so much for joining us!

If you just happened by this blog and didn't realize a blog hop was taking place, please go back to Lovebug Scrapbooking and start the Hop. You won't want to miss all the ispiration from our members....... or the prizes :-)

Our theme for January is "Love is In The Air".


I got some new My Mind's Eye papers in the mail this week -- the "Love Me Do" collection. How sweet! ....... and I've been singing the Beatles' song all day!

Here are my lovely creations (using up some older photos from 1992-1995)

I have a little give-away :-)
Leave a favorite LOVE quote for your chance to win!


This blog hop will run from today, January 30th until February 6th. There will be a prize drawing on February 7th.

You've reached the end our blog hop! Head back to Lovebug Scrapbooking blog to leave your comment and be entered in the prize drawing.

Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Layout share

Did this one for a white.... er, black space challenge :-)

Using up the some of my Dixie Pieces kit.

Loving this Basic Grey ORIGINS line! Some of my favorite colors :-)

Monday, January 25, 2010

New theme is posted.....

on my cooking blog.

Hope you can join me!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lovebug online crop.....

this weekend!

“It’s a Space Odyssey … it’s a Lovebug Crop … it’s, it’s … a Lovebug Odyssey!!

Are you ready Lovebugs for a most epic journey to the final frontier? The new year is upon us and we are almost ready to travel outta this world… who’s with us?!?!

Clear your calendars, the Lovebug Shuttle will be taking passengers on January 22nd and returning to earth sometime on January 24th. That’s right a journey lasting 3 whole days!! You had to know that something as fantastic and futuristic as the year 2010 would mean big things!”

Hope you can join in the fun!

I've been scrappin'!

These were done for the sketch cop at Scrap Friendzy.

This layout was for a challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap -- Ali and Helen challenged us to use the WILD quote :-)

This was done using the Basic Grey pagekit.

The next two are based on sketches by Deanne Burton, my sis!

Take a look at Sketches: Creatively Yours and see what the rest of the DT did with Deanne's sketch!

Another one-hour challenge on Sisterhood of Scrap. LOVE those challenges!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

my cooking blog

I have a blog carnival going on right now (and every Monday!). First theme is COOKIES. Check it out :-)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Something new at Lovebug!

Lovebug Scrapbooking Blog


Trying to do up some reading goals for this year.

One thing I really want to get back to is reading to Jessica and Benjamin. I've kinda left that by the wayside a bit, but now the plan is an hour of reading each weeknight. We started last night with one of my FAVORITE books -- Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield. This is my third time reading it aloud :-) I will get Jessica and Benjamin to choose another couple of books each for when we've finished this one.

As for me, I love to read historial fiction and Christian fiction. Whatever I can get at the library will make up some of my list of books for this year. Also, my mom (who is away teaching right now) always brings a few boxes of books when she comes home for the summer. Can't wait for that! New books :-)

I also have The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, that I want to get through. Others that I want to read (some are re-reads) are:

~~ To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee -- I read this one in highschool but want to read again.

~~ Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis -- another set that I read as a teenager.

~~ Even Greater, by Reinhard Bonnke

~~ Take Control of Your Health, by Joseph Mercola

~~ Florence Nightingale, by Laura E. Richards

~~ Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

~~ Laying Down the Rails (Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook), by Sonya Shafer

~~ The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill

I'm sure I'll have more to add this year, but this'll do for a start :-)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

sketch layouts

I created a couple of layouts about by son, Timothy. Isn't he sweet!?!!

(sketch by Becky Fleck)

(sketch by Allison Cope)

Online crop at Scrapbook Heaven!


You won't want to miss this weekend of SKETCHES, FUN, GAMES and of course, PRIZES!
Remember to get registered early!! As an added incentive, bring a friend and both you and your friend will be given an extra ticket into our grand prize draw!!

When: Jan 29th & Jan. 30th
Time: Friday 6pm est
Challenges due by: February 5th

One entry for each challenge you participate in! (by random drawing).

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another couple of layouts.....

This is based on a sketch by Alison Cope. My second boy and Deanne's second boy -- they are so alike they could be brothers :-)

Loved the photos I took of this little froggy friend. Benjamin actually spied him on the grass when we were walking one day. We all took turns holding him and then we set him on the ground again. He jumped into the water and swam around a bit. So neat to see him swimming :-)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I've been busy.....

in this new year! Actually scrapped more than I thought I would.

LOVE the paper I used in this layout. Too bad you can't see all the sparkles on it. It's the new Bo Bunny -- hubby bought it for me for Christmas. Sketch by Amy G.

Benjamin praying for snow! LOL! We were just about buried in it, couldn't open the front door! Sketch by Ann Seleshanko.

Look at my sweet girl! Used Glimmer Mist but you can't really see it that well. This was done using Dixie Pieces December kit.

Bad photos, but I still wanted to use them. Used Creative Memories paper. Sketch by Liz Chidester.

LOVE the colors in this layout. Again, I used a Dixie Pieces kit (wonderful kits, btw!) Photos of out little hike to Boot Harbour this past summer. Sketch by Pamela Young

Reveal time at Scrapbook Heaven

These are my layouts created with January's elite kit at Scrapbook Heaven - Scrapbook Treasures. Unfortunately it is SOLD OUT already! Well, unfortunate if you wanted on of these fabulous kits! You can subscribe and be sure you get yours next month :-)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas cards already!!

Started working on Christmas cards already :-) Maybe if I get some cards done, I'll actually mail them out in time for next Christmas.
Deanne and Lesley post a different challenge each month on Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. Check it out!

Here are my cards for January.

The four cards (above) were also done for a challenge at Scrap Friendzy -- they have a Super Sketch-a-Thon going on this month!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let's talk resolutions.....

Linda, our new SISTER at Sisterhood of Scrap, challenged us to write down our resolutions and post them so that others can help keep us in line :-) With that in mind, here are my resolutions.

~ submit at least 2 layouts per month -- I haven't been submitting much at all, but I think I would like to see a layout of mine actually in print in a magazine.

~ scrap at least 3 layouts per week -- SHOULD be attainable, considering that I usually create between 200-250 layouts in a year

~ organize all my photos, both printed and digital -- Most of my digital prints are organized; I just want to get them printed and then organized into file boxes.

~ I would like to post more on my blog. Lately this has been very sporadic.


~ Definitely to lose some weight, probably 25-30 lbs. This one's gonna be tough and I love potato chips - they are my weakness!

~ Walk at least 4 days a week.

~ Keep up with my devotional in the mornings. Currently I'm following a blog that gives the readings for each day, and also some thoughts about the readings. It's called "For the Love of God".

~ Spend more time reading to my children. This is one thing we've kinda left by the wayside. They enjoy it so much, though. Tomorrow we will pick out a few books and decide what we'll start with.

I think this will do for now :-) I may think of more later.
I am busy this week with organizing and purging. Starting with the children's bedrooms. I want their rooms done before we start back to school next week. Then, while they're working with school, I can get my room done and also the living areas of the house done. That's the plan!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Every Day is a Gift

I've decided to choose a PHRASE for this year -- one that I can think about, pattern my choices after, and live with this thought in mind. My phrase is "Every Day is a Gift". I want to keep in mind that we are to live one day at a time; not looking to the past with regret, nor looking ahead with worry. If I look at each day as being a GIFT, then I certainly wouldn't want to waste my day :-)

Now, since the new year, I have not been doing good with this -- I've really had to work at getting my attitude right. I can see that this will definitely be something I'll need to work at. So, I think I chose the right phrase.
How about you? Do you chose a WORD or PHRASE for the year? I'd love to hear about it!

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. " James 1:17