Playing with Paper

So many yummy papers, so little time.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saying goodbye to summer

Is it really over? End of August, all the kids are back to school. Why is saying goodbye to Summer bittersweet? I think it's because Summer represents a carefree attitude. Swimming, lemonade stands, playing in the sprinklers, walking to the park, sunscreen and air conditioning. It's like a long weekend, time to play. I scrapbooked with cherries and flowers.

Also at the end of Summer is my favorite season-Fall. Oh I love Fall. Cooler weather, leaves dancing in the street, apples, Halloween, Thanksgiving, colors of orange, yellow, brown and red. Fall is introspective for me. A time to re-focus. I want to scrapbook with travel themes and back-to-school themes.

So goodbye Summer! Thank you for the play date!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No news is good news?

Life has been pretty normal lately. I go to post a new entry and find that I don't think I have anything to write about. Normal life and routines. That's good, everything is as it should be, no major stresses! So that's worthy to write about.

I'm only working 15 hours this week so I've been trying to make every "free" minute count! I've finished 2 FULL layouts! Can't remember the last time I finished 2 layouts. I finished my CTMH "Passages" mini album and organized a ton of scrap studio supplies! I was inspired by Fabulously Artsy. Where are the pictures you ask? Well, that's my project for this weekend. I'm completing so many projects that if I don't tackle the camera (ggrrrr) soon, it will be too late. Plus, I LOVE show-and-tell!

So here's to life being normal and routine, I find I'm most comfortable when life is stable. So happy me this week!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scrap Club

I had some friends over to scrapbook last night and we had a blast. We need a name for our little growing club. I love these girls, so easy to hang out with. I don't know why, but when someone says they "don't stamp", I get it into my head that they are missing out on something fun. But then I remember when I didn't own a stamp or ink pad and it was a decision not to stamp. Scrapbooking can be expensive, so add stamps, inks and the other goodies that come along and stamping adds up fast! But I just started with one stamp and one ink pad. Now I won't shut up about it! That just means I really do love what I do. Isn't everyone looking for that?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Last "Free" Friday

Well, my work schedule is about to change. I've been so lucky to have my current schedule. I've been on-call for a good chunk of the week (for the past several months) and today is the last day I have a morning free. Everyone take a minute to mourn with me...

I tend to like the same routine, same people and schedule. I'm like a baby, I want to know what's next...but if everything were to stay the same, would we ever experience or learn anything new? I stay in my comfort zone too much. Need to reach out, I'm trying....

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Day in the Mountains

My uncle took my brother, niece (LG), hubby and myself to the mountains yesterday. He always knows the perfect spot to go. I don't know how does it. LG is 2 1/2 and already associating our uncle with the mountains. She kept her eye on uncle's car and saying "that's uncle, we're going to the mountains with uncle!". I rode with my brother and LG was like a little music station. Singing every song she knew.

LG fell asleep about 20 minutes before we hit our lunch spot so we drove to a nice river and chatted for a bit. Then we were on our way to a very local restaurant-by-day-biker-bar-by-night kind of place. We were the only customers in at the time so it was perfect. We sat on the patio upstairs and the view was so calming. Even LG kept saying "we're in the mountains, these are the mountains".

Then uncle took us to a playground and of course the 4 adults were following LG wherever she wanted to go (which turned out to be everywhere!) She kept saying "this way guys!", so we followed. Uncle took some pics and hopefully they will turn out. I took pics too (duh, I'm a scrapbooker).

A beautiful day in the mountains. Thanks uncle!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sleeping with your eyes open

Apparently, I do this. A couple of months back I scratched my cornea on a piece of cardboard. Very painful but healed fast. Then about 2 weeks ago I started waking up with that same eye scratched sensation (by the way-did you know that the white part of your eye has NO nerve endings? Weird, I know). I started to remember a night I lightly scratched my eye with my pillow case. So, yesterday my eye is really hurting. Like the day after my first scratch. I can't drive or be in the sunlight. My conclusion? I sleep with my eyes open. My wonderful hubby went to Walmart at 1:30 in the morning to buy me eye drops and a sleep mask. I know, you're all jealous, but he's mine so score one for me :)

So, don't sleep with your eyes open or you're go blind :) Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sale, Sale, Sale

Who loves a sale! I do! Close to My Heart is having a wicked awesome sale on stickers and level 1 and level 2 paper kits. Sale runs from Aug 4-11th. They have a selection of those items for 50% off! You can shop at: I'm going to stock up! Yeah sale!

Monday, August 2, 2010


I love glitter. I inked some white chipboard stars and then spread glitz from CTMH and this morning they were sparkley (my spell check doesn't like that word-is it a word?) and waiting for me! I love glitter.

What I create is perfect for me

I have a love/frustrated relationship with my Disney layouts. The vacation (the ONLY vaca I've been on in the past 5 years! Gasp, I know) was so (cliché alert) magical that when I try to scrap it, nothing is good enough. How do I capture the smells, the feelings? I didn't take enough photos and the ones I took were in the dark. We went during Christmas/New Year's so it was extra special. But now I have dark photos and my memory is fading. So, what to do? Well, I go through my Disney box and start remembering again. I wrote down what we did at each park on a post it so I would always remember. Right now I'm working on Epcot. I get so excited again. I have to let go of wanting "perfection". What I create is perfect for me. Should that be today's motto?