Friday, March 30, 2012

April kit at the Nook

Here's the full reveal of our April kit.
Crate Paper Story Teller!!!

I'm pretty sure I could sit down and just scrap until it's gone.

You know I'm a fan of scrapping my older photo's.  I'm not bound by doing things in order, whatever works, works for me ;)

this layout shows Jack and his 2 cousins 2 summers ago.  They are all pretty close in age and I love that they have each other.  What is better than 3 little boys growing up together (even if they are separated by a state or two)  They are each SO different and unique but like I said in my journaling....they are each gonna live BIG lives...they are full of spunk and vinegar!!!

I scrapped these Easter pics of Kristen a few weeks ago and found this kit perfect for Samanthas.  Love the blues and greens together, I just couldn't help this pairing,

This layout uses the April grab bag that was offered as a special to new subscribers.  I was lucky enough to get one ;)  It contained a few sheets from Crates Pretty Party line and lots of beautiful embellishments.
This picture I'm sure you recognize, from my recent trip to Hawaii. I kept things soft and pretty with just a punch of the green.  I love how this turned out.  Loved that stripe pink paper ;)

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I'll be enjoying a relaxing one at home listening to our prophet speak....I can't wait, it's become my favorite time of year ;)  You can find out more about General Conference here
It also makes for goooood scrapping time ;)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BLog HOp Winners!

Thank you so so much for all the beautiful comments.....you guys are all the best ;)

All the winners have been chosen and you can check out the Nook blog for the full list ;)

My April kit has made it's way all over my scrapbook table!!

I've got a huge mess but lots of fun stuff to show for it.
Here's a peak at my first layout, i've got several more just waiting to be photographed ;)

She just can't help herself.....feeling pretty makes her giddy!

 These are those fun pictures I took of Samantha the night of her daddy daughter date. 
 I couldn't wait to get these scrapped.

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more layouts ;)

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Scrapbook Nook Blog Hop!

Welcome to the My Scrapbook Nook Spring Blog Hop!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hiding among the blogs from the list below are 5 prizes and one HUGE Grand Prize!
We're giving away FIVE $10 prize packs and ONE prize pack valued at $150!
So be sure to leave a comment on EACH blog's post,
because you never know which blogs have these prizes hidden.
To qualify for a prize, comments are due by Midnight PST on Wednesday, March 28th, and all winners will be announced on the My Scrapbook Nook blog on Friday, March 30th.

The Nook blog  
 Carol   You are here ;)

I've got a little layout to share with you using the March Kit

Here's a peak at the April Kit....coming your way soon!!!
It's filled with the gorgeous Crate Storyteller Line.

And here are a couple of more reminders:
Don't forget that the Nook April special is that new 12-month subscribers get the April kit for FREE and then after their subscription is over they receive ANOTHER kit for FREE!
This month's April Grab Bag is valued at over $55, but only $10 for kit subscribers.

Guess what ELSE is happening at the Nook right now? We're having a DT CALL!!! Be sure to check out our message board to find out more info!

Thanks for hopping with us!

Monday, March 19, 2012

It was my birthday, shout hurray.

I had a birthday, not that long ago.
I turned......old.

Wanna see.....

This my friends, is the face of 40.
And I've decided I'm like, totally ok with that!
Phew......that's good to get off my chest.

I've allllllwwwwwwaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyysssssssss dreaded turning 40.
It has represented OLD to me.
Heck, I remember when my dad turned 40 and his sisters and my mom threw him a big party.  Everything was black, his cake was a tombstone....I mean come.on. What else was I supposed to take from that mind blowing death inspired party!!!!

So when 40 was knocking on my door I was heading for the hills.......i did not want to give up my 30's.  Heck, I hadn't wanted to give up my 20's!!!!

But it came and went and nothing earth shattering happened. 

I guess it's ok.
I mean I still feel like the same person.  Though I've decided that being mature and wise and knowledgeable is SOOO overated and it's just never gonna happen.

And I'm happy.
Which is saying a lot.
Life has taught me loooooottttttsssss of lessons.  I mean lots.
And a lot of them have been jam packed into the last few years. 
I was seriously getting over it...big time.

And when I thought I really could.not.take.it.any.more.....I took it a little more and than miracles happened.  And I was reminded that Heavenly Father knows who I am and he IS watching out for me.    Which was another good lesson.  I don't love the things I've been through but I can see how they've changed me and helped me and made me be more who I need to be.  And for that I am grateful.

I am happy.
I'm learning that to be happy doesn't mean that life is just cheeky.
But I have been blessed with EVERYTHING that I ever wanted.
And I mean everything.
But life is going to throw me more punches....that, I have accepted!
It's just the way it is and I need to learn to be happy and grateful despite it all.
Things here are temporary and I need to prove myself worthy of it all.
In the end it's all going to be grand.

That doesn't mean I won't whine and complain here and there....I'm certain I will!!!
Maybe if I can be strong and prove that I've learned some lessons I won't need so many more lessons in the future.....a girl can dream right!

Oh and I also cut my hair.  
I was living in a fantasy world with that long mess!
You guys probably never really saw it cause it was in a pony tail 98% of the time.

Here's to being 40 and being ok with it!
oh, and it doesn't hurt that I was totally surprised with a little birthday bash with a gaggle of girls that I love and adore......I mean that makes any birthday awesome!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Get Picky March Sketch

The March sketch it's gonna put your sketch following skills to the test ;)
But it's totally worth it!!!
The design team came up with some great interpretations of this one....so be sure to check them out.

I played with this one for quite a while and messed with several different ideas till I came up with this.  I'm really quite in love with it and love the way sketches stretch my design style.  Makes me think of things I would have never come up with otherwise.

These pictures are of Kristen from last summer.  Our grandma has the most luscious back yard and the kids love spending their time out there.  Kristen came across a Croquet game a few summers ago and that's pretty much all she ever wants to do.  The rest of us get a little bored with it so she ends up playing by herself ;)  We have so many great memories in this yard.....all the kids have grown up back here ;)
 I used an old line from Crate..Portrait....it's not really that old, but in the scrapping world, I guess you would say, it's soooooo last season!  But I love it and haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this line!
I hope you give this one a try...and if you do, let me know ;)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More March Kit....

from the Nook....
Remember that deal I told you about a few posts ago with the grab bags.....well we've got a new deal for you over at the Nook if you're thinking of subscribing ;)

Thinking about Joining the kit club-read this- you will be very Happy!

Since Feb. we have been running specials each month for new subs! HERE IS THE APRIL NEW SUB SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Join now and receive your April kit for free!!!!!!!PLUS A FREE GRAB BAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VALUED OVER $55.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




In order to receive the above special new subs must sign up for 1 year:) 

Such an awesome deal, right!!!! 
As a reminder, here are a few layouts done with the March kit.....it's so pretty and I'm dieing to get bak into this kit and knock out a few more.....

 this kit has the most beautiful butterfly pattern paper in it......and i just happen to have a martha stewert punch that fit it almost perfectly ;)  All these butterflies, not fussy cut....no sir ree, punched ;) I am waaaaay to lazy for that kinda fussy cutting!

I've taken these pictures of Kristen out a gajillion times to scrap and then never do.  Which is good, because they were perfect for this kit.  I love her little face peeking over the bumpers.....ahhhhhh.

Here's another of Kristen.  A pretty simple page.  I loved the gray striped paper and the way the yellow and pink looked with it.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Soooooo Exciting!!!

Last month I was blown away when I received an email from  Courtney over at Websters Pages, asking me if I wanted to guest design for them!!!!  Heck ya!!!!!  Such an honor ;)

My post went up the other day and I wanted to share a few of my favorite layouts, and make sure you see what the design team did with mine ;)

I've got a few more up on their inspireME page  along with their design team lifts of me.
There is also a quick blurb on their blog about it as well ;)

Thanks again Websters!!!
It was sooooo much fun ;)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Get Picky Feb. Inspiration

The February Inspiration Challenge is up at Get Picky and it's a pretty one ;)

I knew exactly what product I wanted to use......Crate Papers Paper Hearts Collection.
Then I came across these photo's of Doug and I......ahhhhhhhh ;)
I pretty much hate pictures of myself....but oh well.
We should make an appearance in these books of mine every once in a while, right!

I got pretty brave with my mist and did a negative title effect.
I like it, but wish my nozzle wasn't a little wonky, it kinda went off on it's own a bit.
It's always a risk where mist is involved, but that's the beauty of it I guess ;)

Be sure to hop on over and check out the rest of the design teams work....they are amazing and soooo pretty ;)