Sunday, August 28, 2011

American Crafts Design Team Call

Hello fellow scrappers!  Just stopping by to share a couple fun projects I made for the American Crafts Design Team Call.  I obviously didn't make the cut (no surprise there!) but I had fun using AC product and creating non the less! 

I made a banner for my doggie Emma - why does she need a banner?  I have no clue.....

I really liked the neutral, earthy feel to this banner.  I also liked all the textures, although I got the impression Emma didn't care for any of those elements at all.

I also made a card, I used Campy Trails and lots of border punches for this fun card, hope you like it :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our CF Clinic Routine

Hi all! Just a few layouts and some cards to share with you today.

Crate Paper (my faaaavorite!) is having a challenge to scrap your "Routine", so of course I think of Charlie's CF [Cystic Fibrosis] routine since it takes up so much of my days.  I had some pictures from our visit to the CF clinic back in December that I thought would be perfect.  While a doctor's visit may not seem "routine" to most parents, it defnitely is for us!  When Charlie was younger I was bringing him to the CF Clinic monthly (where he meets with a nutritionist, pulmonologist, PT nurses, social worker, and clinicians), having a visiting nurse come by weekly, bringing him to the GI doctor bi monthly, and then hauling him to all of his normal pediatrician appointments as well - and that's not counting any bonus visits to the Children's Hospital for xrays, etc! It definitely felt like all I did for 2 straight months was bring Charlie to the doctor or go to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions haha! 

Anyways, here are the layouts- lots of little tiny details tucked away in these babies :)

On our way to Pulmonary (aka the CF Clinic aka Hartford Children's Medical Center)

And the photo's from the CF Clinic:

And a couple cards I've made.  One was a thank you to my GrandpaDad for having us come to visit- this tractor from Crate Paper was calling his name since he's a farmer :)

Here are a few Valentine's Day cards I made using's kit Truly Scrumptious :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Class Flying

Hi there everyone!  Long time no see :)  I haven't dropped off the face of the planet- I was in Washington State visiting family last week and I've been busy working and scrapping since then! I've been getting projects ready for the Paper Variety's One Year Blogoversary Blog Hop which should be lots of fun, make sure to head on over there September 7th to see all the great fun and prizes they have in store :)

In other news, thanks for all the travel advice!  The plane ride out there was pretty tiring but Charlie mostly behaved (with the exception of an hour long melt down on the ride home that i'm pretending didn't happen haha)....being in first class instead of coach helped a LOT.  We wanted the extra space and we were also hoping Charlie would be exposed to less germs if he wasn't ass to elbows with strangers back in coach.  Unfortunately a couple days after we got to Seattle he came down with the flu :(  He almost went a whole YEAR without being sick (we have a nanny to keep him out of daycare that I think is part of the reason) but it had to happen sooner or later.  Because Charlie has Cystic Fibrosis he has a very labor intensive sick plan that we must follow whenever he gets sick.  His normal breathing treatments include Albuterol, Chest Physiotherapy, and Pulmicort twice a day (this takes about 30min each session), but we had to bump the treatments up to 4x/day.  This is a challenge under the best circumstances but add in a 3 hour time difference, a new location, a cranky baby, and traveling across the state of WA and it was just about impossible.  Plus we still had to remember all of his other 5 prescription medications he needs throughout the day.  it was exhausting!!!

But we had a wonderful time anyways! My Aunt Penny is a fabulous host and we also traveled to Othello, WA to visit my 91 year old Grandfather who finally got to meet Charlie.  Seattle is such a great city, it's so clean and it's just beautiful.  I ate sooooo much food it was ridiculous (but oh so tasty).  Othello is a really crazy town too, it's all farming so it's very different than what I'm used to.  It was a tiring, but totally fun and awesome trip :)  Here's a couple photos (c/o RobbCyr Photography):

NOW- you probably came here to see a scrapbook layout huh?  Well the challenge for this week over at the Paper Variety conveniently is TRAVEL.  Well how about that for timing?  So I made a layout about our plane trip using Noel's kit the Bee's Knees, which has lots of yummy Sass goodness in it.  This layout also works for the challenge over at the Sassafrass Lass blog which is to use 3 colors of their alphas in a layout. 

I hope you like it! Have a great week everyone- and make sure to play along at TPV for a chance to win this awesome prize from The Paper Trail :)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Paper Variety Color Challenge: Orange, Green, and Yellow

This was a tough challenge for me at first! Orange, green and yellow are pretty far out of my comfort zone but then I found this fabulous American Crafts collection and the layout came together in a snap!  I used this picture of Charlie wearing a flannel shirt looking like Al Borlan from Home Improvement (does anyone else remember that show or is it just me?) I also used a Jenni Bowlin starburst stamp for the embellies on the right hand side along with some layered diecut stickers....and Cricut diecuts (and buttons....and twine....those things are legit haha). 

I really loved this line by AC so I made a bonus layout too :) Doesn't go with the challenge colors but I love the orange/green/blue combo just as much!

I hope you like the layouts and make sure you play along over at The Paper Variety for your chance to win an awesome prize!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Always Happy

Hi everyone!  Just stopping by to show another layout I made of Charlie using's kit Truly Scrumptious.  The colors are just so fun and I'm really enjoying crafting with bright summery shades lately :)  They match Mr. Charlie's personality quite well!

We're off to Washington state for a week on Sunday.....a 6hr non stop flight with a 1 year old mega-squirmer who cannot stand being held.  PLEASE offer me some wisdom!  Please!  Or if you could just sit with him for 6 hrs while I nap in my seat alone during the flight that would be helpful too.....

I hope you enjoy!  Don't forget to leave some baby traveling advice- pretty please!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Well a few weeks ago I decided I needed to have Rocket Age by October Afternoon and I must say it was a wonderful decision :P  Everything October Afternoon makes is so aaaaawesome!  Here's my first project with this line- I think it's oh so cute.  I followed a PageMaps sketch, but I turned the square elements into circles.  This also plays along with the Paper Variety Challenge for this week which is to use lots of circles (I do this a lot anyways haha!)  Anyways I hope you love it :)

Journaling Reads:

 "I love how the grass tickles your toes and makes you smile.  I love how you'll pick up a blade of grass and thoroughly inspect it.  I love how you'll grab a dead leaf and crinkle it in your tiny fingers.  I love how you can sit outside and play for hours, even at only 7 months old.  Every little thing you do makes me fall in love with you more and more"