Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ho Ho Ho!! Merry Christmas!

Love Santa!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thank you Mellie

Thank you for all my sweet Christmas surprises. I love them all! Thank you! (not pictured...home baked cookies that were gone w/in the first 24 hours :))

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Signs of Christmas all Around!

Enjoying the season and hope you are too!
Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2008

White Christmas...well sorta?!!

Only is Cali does it hail and/or snow for 2 minutes like once every 10 years! It's about as much of the white stuff as we'll see this winter.

Happy Christmas everyone

Sunday, December 07, 2008

tag book '09

I thought I'd share the simple tag book that I made at my crop on Friday night. I used some free CathyZ tags..... these are ready for a fave photo-a-month to document "our original story" for the New Year!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Children's Thanksgiving Artwork ....and weekend Layouts

Centerpiece by Zak - 3rd grader

Dedicated to Random....Journaling: Indian Summer stay in my heart forever!

In memory of my best friend Kelly - July 7, 1963 - June 13, 1997
Journaling: One of these days we will sit across from each other and fill in all those blank spaces.

I made the background paper using journaling stamps. Inspired by one of my many blog stops.

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Album - December '08

My Ali inspired project - thanks for visiting me!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stories in Hand

Here's the album that I'm creating from the Free online class at

Documenting, writing, saving little stories about family, self, spouse and children. What could be more inspriring? Possibly one of the best ways to leave behind the stories for future generations.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

30 for November Kickoff!

I'm taking part in a new challenge to complete 30 layouts in the month of November. It seems like a very tall order and I may not make it, but it just seemed like a lot of fun to try. I have so many photos and projects that need to be completed, that I thought this would be a good way to motivate me to get some things finished.

Here are the first of many layouts to come in the month of November. Stay tuned for lots more! If you're interested in joining the fun, here's the link to the challenge.

This first layout I made using the photos that Suzelle sent me in the mail, also some cute chippy flowers that she gave me too. Thanks Suz! I think it turned out real cute! I sure loved it when Christie came to Fresno to visit us and we spent the day shopping and chatting. That was so much fun!!

The is a 6x6 layout for my "I Love Life" book and it goes perfectly into my "friends" section. are a doll and I so loved hanging out with you. We must get together again real soon!

This layout was made using a freebie download from Heidi Swapps blog. The paper and the embellishment was printed off on my laser printer. I'm officially entering the hybrid scrapping world!! I loved this photo of the family from last Thanksgiving and decided that I would scrap it again and display it on the mantel this November.

A current layout for my "Halloween through the Years" book. Zak in his shining armour and Matthew as the ghost from Scream. I wonder how many more layouts I'll be able to add to this sweet book, before the kids decide they no longer want to trick or treat. I hope I have at least a couple more years!

My October entry for the "8 on the 8th" Album. This little book is the one that Susan and I have been creating all year long. We scrap 8 of our favorite photos each month of the year. Wow! what a treasure it is becoming. I will post the book early in the New Year in its entirety. This has to be one of my favorite 2 page spreads.

It was a challenge to coordinate beach wedding photos, with pumpkins, and Halloween. The Providence line, proved to be a work horse line yet again. One of my all time favorite paper lines from Scenic Route. I will definitely be doing this type of album in '09.

A few very simple photo cards to drop in the mail for those long distance "Happy Thanksgiving" greetings.

If you're still with me after all these creations...thank you for visiting me.
Have a beautiful November!


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Total Happiness

A kid on a swing....pretty much as happy as it gets!

Total Happiness....quiet, Fall, crisp breezy day!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The best of October

I love the fall days of October and they just seem to vanish at the speed of light! I just wanted to take a sec to reflect on a few of my favorite things about Oct.

I love Saturday afternoon drives in Oct. that magically turn into fun Saturday nights! This LO is a memory of one of our drives....

Only in Oct. can you find a Cheesy little Pumpkin Patch on a random corner, complete w/ bouncy slide. Who could resist that? Have you ever stopped at a Punkin Patch at night time? Oh gosh it's just fun! We had the best time picking out giant pumpkins for this years jack-o-lanterns!!

I love the lake and mountains in October:

My favorite day in Oct. has to be Halloween! My two goblins are the Knight in Shining Armour and the Scream Ghost!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Layout overload!

Just a little late night and early morning scrapping happening here this weekend. Thought I'd share a few layouts with friends.

"The things i love about you" & Suz....We had a good laugh about this journal tag when I threatened to leave it blank! I felt so mean when I tried to do it! LOL! just didn't have the heart to....he can be really sweet when he tries ;)

How quickly they grow! He's even bigger than the "now" photo! (it's an '06 school photo that I love because of those missing front teeth....I just HAD to use it)

He's the one that loves every single sport he tries! I just loved this little "bobble head" photo of him :)

Summer in San Diego!

Summer in LegoLand in Carlsbad!

Hope you are having a great weekend! We sure are loving it. Thanks for visiting me.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

October 18th....Meeting Christie - Girls day Out!


I love these girls!!

Christie, "The Garlic Queen"...I so love you girl!

This long awaited day finally came when I got to meet Christie. I loved her the second I saw her, just like I knew I would. She's as sweet as candy! As cute as a flower!

Christie, thank you for making my day today. Thank you for driving all the way from Gilroy to Fresno and then back again to meet me and Suz and Tracy. I'll always remember this day and meeting you.

Suz and Tracy, it was so fun to see you again and laugh with you and hang with you. Really, I'm serious about reviving the crop night.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Week in Our Life - Sharing Project Album

Title Page - created with the patterned papers that are used in the album.

Living for Today - Journaling page for each day of the week, kept this simple with one strip of patterned paper at the margin, day and date at the bottom of each jouranling page. Self-portrait taken on each day of the week. I made a monogram for each day of the week and used it as a tab to divide the days.(here, "S" is for Sunday, the first day of my project week) I also cut a slit in the page protector so the monogramed tab could hang out over the edge. Each monogramed tab is made to match journaling strip along the margin on the opposite page.

Each day of the week has a two-page "collage-style" layout. Each picture is matted on black. I liked this style because it accommodates those days when I took many pictures or only had a few.

That is the "formula" that I used for each day of the week.

Thanks to Ali, the mastermind....thanks to friends that joined me on this project. It was an awesome journey to take with you. I'm glad to have created this little memory of a week in my life. A week in "our" life too!