Saturday, November 24, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood.....

Yes!  I am finally on the homestretch of finishing my Halloween layouts :-).  Here is Maleia all dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood....







She is super adorable I must say!  The costume was all my idea and was carefully implanted into her little brain so that she was almost as excited as I was about it.  LOL.  I learned with my son Hayden that picking out costumes for them is a very limited time offer.  Every year I still ask Hayden if he could please dress up as Harry Potter......instead, he chooses Scream or the Grim Reaper.  

Just a quick note about the layout......I based this off of a sketch at Citrus Twist, a kit club.  I know, I know I may come off as a kit junkie, but I am really trying to find one or two (okay, maybe three) that fit me and my style, so I have been giving a few different ones a go.  And let me tell you, Citrus Twist has made my list :-).  Happy Scrapping.


Michelle

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pumpkins.....

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!!  Hope everyone's day was full of fun and family and went as planned!  My day took a few twists and turns with plans being scrapped after my son became too ill to leave the house, a quick run to the store to see what I could salvage for a Thanksgiving dinner, a trip to the ER in the evening for a little girl with an ear infection, and ended with a slumber party on the couch where I slept with a two year old wrapped up in my arms all night.......It was certainly a day we won't forget!  LOL. 

Thankfully we all seem to be on the mend this morning and should be able to make the wedding tomorrow that my husband is supposed to be in ........Honestly though, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Since January I have caught EVERYTHING my son has come down with, so my fingers are crossed......

Meanwhile here is a layout I want to share made with the Gossamer Blue October Kit......


Okay, this layout sort of makes me feel a little wierd--it seems so naked!  Lately I have been taking a bit of a departure from my usual style and have been embracing grids and simple design.  And, despite the mild discomfort this gives me, I am happy to have this layout in my album now.  It is different and that is good :-).

Happy Friday!

Michelle


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving.....

As I was cruising through my daily blog reads this morning, I came across a quote that for me, really grasps the concept of Thanksgiving, especially during a time when I feel absolutely bombarded by the giant media blitz surrounding Black Friday.......

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting
what we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
 - Frederick Koenig

I know today, I will spend all day long counting my blessings--good health, a nice home, an abundance of love, and most importantly my family. 



Yes, I am married to Beetlejuice and I am ever so thankful for him :-).

Happy Thanksgiving.

Michelle

Friday, November 16, 2012

Love This Girl.....

Of all the releases at Summer CHA I was most excited about Crate Paper's On Trend and therefore, here is my first layout working with it:


I have really been flirting with simple layouts lately and I am really liking the results even though the empty white space gives me a bit of anxiety :-). 

I also want to say that I LOVE all of the Thickers that have been released for Crate Paper--I might possibly own every one .....LOL.   A little obsessed I guess.

Michelle

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sketchabilities Design Team.....

Yeah!  I made the team!!


I have made the lovely design team for Sketchabilities!!

Here are the other ladies joining me for the December 2012-February 2012 term:

Karolina Wu- POLAND

Sandra Jahn - AUSTRIA

Marcia Dehn-Nix-USA  

Linda Iswariah UNITED KINGDOM

Catherine Brancieq-REUNION ISLAND   

 K├ítia Cristina- BRAZIL

Tomoko Kimura, JAPAN 

Sandra McKelvey -CANADA 

Caroli Schulz , CHILE 


Jennifer Haggerty-USA

Elisabeth Bottoms, AUSTRIA 

Kaoru Kyomoto, JAPAN 

Leanne Nankervis-AUSTRAILIA -returning

 Anja Akkermann-GERMANY-returning

If you are unfamiliar with Sketchabilities please head on over and take a look.  Karan, the owner of Sketchabilities, creates amazing sketches twice a month and I am so happy that I get to work with them for the next three months.  Each sketch is beautifully thought out and super inspiring.

To give you a little taste of what Sketchabilities has to offer, here are a few examples of my own work using  Karan's sketches:

Sketch #51


Sketch #54



And finally Sketch #77

 
 
Wishing everyone a happy Tuesday!

 
Michelle

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Paper Posies' October Kit.......

Wow.  It has been absolutely forever since I last blogged.  I have thought about doing so, but had not quite sat down to do it until now.   I have been scrapping along at my usual pace, but no blogging.

What have I been doing these last ten days??? 
  
Attended one TYF football playoff game where my son scored ALL 14 points!  Woo hoo!  Go Hayden.  Unfortunately they lost--this was the second round of playoffs--but they played awesome.  So sad to see the season come to an end....

Spending an insane amount of time on the ground playing with my girls.  My littlest has been crawling for a few weeks and Maleia and I love it!

Obsessing over my December Daily.  This will be my first DD and have been busy gathering all my products and planning.  I made it sort of simple for myself by ordering a kit and taking a class at Gossamer Blue taught by some awesome designers including Stephanie Howell! 

Ignoring my laundry.  I have been doing the bare minimum because laundry is not fun and I am a rebel. 

Taking my first Zumba class.  Went with my aunt and had SO MUCH fun!  Seriously, awesome good time!  Cannot wait for my next class on Monday.

Making Christmas lists and starting my shopping.

And of course, spending way too much time scouring the web for scrappy goodness!

Which bring me back to the main purpose of my post today--sharing 4 layouts I have so far finished using my Paper Posies' October kit.

Here you go in no particular order:


Tried something new here--a large, chevron-like shape using strips of pp.  Had seen this popping up in some galleries and thought I would give it a try.


Seriously LOVE this layout.  Used Sketch #77 from Sketchabilities and actually included another photo of myself--yeah, I do exist in my albums!  I am missing two people though in this layout-my son, whom recently has developed a very teenage-esque attitude and refused to be photographed and my husband, whom made some wierd faces in his pics. 


See, I am totally making an effort to get in front of the camera more often!  LOL.  Love this pic with all my kiddos!

And finally,


Lots of paper strips and stitching going on here :-).

Happy Saturday!

Michelle