Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Wonderland Waterfall Page Layout Class January 14, 2010

This is the new Winter Wonderland waterfall page layout. 

The three photos on the right each have a pull-out tag for journaling or additional photos:

Pull the ribbon on the right to flip open the pages:

This class will be offered January 14, 2010, 6:30 pm, at the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul.  If you would like to take this class please call or stop by the shop. 

There are a limited number of kits available for this class, and it is over half filled already, if you would like to take the class, please call today to reserve your spot!

Scrapbook Shop of St Paul Waterfall Page Class - Christmas Take 2

Thank you ladies for a wonderful class tonight!  I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to crafting with you again in January at the new classes!

This is what we made tonight in class:

The attached mini book opens by pulling the tab on the right to flip open the pages:

There are two new Waterfall page classes scheduled January 14 and January 28.  Watch my blog over the next few days for pictures and call or visit the Scrapbook Shop to sign up for the class.  These are filling up very quickly, if you would like to take the class please sign up today.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sweet Home Workshop on the Go

The Sweet Home workshop features the charming My Acrylix Enjoy the Journey B-size stamp set available only through this workshop. The crochet-like images paired with the Sweet Home Level 2 paper packet and coordinating accessories will wrap your memories in down-home warmth and beauty! The Sweet Home Basic Kit also includes the Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy Collection and a Workshop Guide all for just $29.95. Upgrade to the Best Option Add: Top Coats Framed-In and the Designer Ribbon Rounds Buttercup Collection.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Darrin's Robot Knees Update - 1 Month Post-Op!

Today we had an appointment with Dr. Ghose for Darrin's 1-Month Post-Op appointment.  He passed with flying colors!  He no longer has to go to physical therapy appointments, he can continue to do his excercises on his own.

Darrin is walking around our block every other day or so as part of his therapy.  He now no longer needs the walker, or any aid for that matter; unless he is going up or down stairs.  His recovery has been absolutely incredible, mind, body, and spirit!!!

Now that he has been excercising daily, and not eating as much, he has lost over 30 pounds!  He is going to try to start working again as well.  His first task will be to sift through about 2,000+ e-mails.  So I wouldn't expect any e-mails back from him for a few days.

Although Darrin has physically been able to move, excercise, and get around, he is still on pain medication.  It doesn't seem to effect him too much, until it wears off, boy then we sure know it!  Because of that he is still unable to drive or be left to his own devices for too long.  He also tires extremely easily, needing more than 12 hours of sleep each night plus a nap. 

This is a picture of how Darrin's knees have healed.  Boy it is amazing what our bodies are capable of after such a major surgery!

These are snapshots of Darrin's X-rays.  The first one is looking at him from the front.  So his right knee is on your left side.  That is the one that required more extensive reconstruction, so the spacer between is much thicker, as there was less bone left to work with.

These are side views of his knees while bending.  What the doctor was looking for was spaces between the bone and prosthesis.  There is none.  Also, he physically twisted Darrin's leg to make sure the prosthesis was holding, and it is just right.

Left knee side view

Right knee side view

We still have a lot of work to do to keep Darrin healing, excercising, and weaning off of the pain pills.  It will take time, but he is showing tremendous progress so far!  Thank you for all of your prayers, they are certainly helping!

The new Spring Idea Books will arrive on my doorstep some time today!

I will be hosting an Idea Book Premier and Customer Appreciation party on Friday, Jan. 8. It will be a girls night out! Watch your e-mail for an e-vite invitation or contact me for more details! There will be a free make and take, prizes, food and fun!  If you are not already on my e-vite list and would like to be, please contact me.

They are here as of Noon today!  SO GORGEOUS!!!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Come Play with me at the Scrapbook Shop of Saint Paul – I’ll be teaching 2 classes in December.

There are still spaces available, call the store today to sign up!  We will take last minute attendees.

For details go online or call 651.698.7979.

1. Dec. 3, at 6:30, we will create 12 beautiful 6”x6” handmade cards for $15 – including envelopes!

2. Dec. 10, at 6:30, we will create a 2-page Christmas layout featuring the waterfall technique. It’s a mini-album in a 12”x12” scrapbook page! This class is almost full, so contact the store ASAP if you want to participate!

Watch their website for upcoming classes. I have a lot of fun things up my sleeve to share!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Last Chance for FREE Stamps!

Today is the last day to take advantage of Stampaganza - Buy 2 stamp sets and get 1 FREE!  I will be placing an order tonight.  If you would like to take advantage of this great deal, contact me!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Last Minute Christmas Card Class at the Scrapbook Shop on Dec. 3 just $15!

Just in time for the Holiday's ... Join me in making 12 - 6"x6" Christmas Cards with Cosmo Cricket papers and Chipboard die cuts.  Call the Scrapbook Shop at 651-698-7979 for more information or click here to go to their website.  Class will be held Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Be present at our table, Lord;
be here and everywhere adored;
these mercies bless and grant that we
may feast in paradise with thee.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jingle Workshop on the Go

The Jingle workshop features the cheerful My Acrylix Somethin’ Special B-size stamp set
available only through this workshop. The fanciful celebration images paired with the Jingle Level 2 paper packet and coordinating accessories will make your holiday memories come alive!
The Jingle Basic Kit also includes the Twinkle Brads Jolly Assortment and a Workshop Guide all for just $29.95. Upgrade to the Best Option Add: Dimensional Elements On Target and the Designer Ribbon Rounds Cranberry Collection.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sam is all BOY!

I love how the Emporium papers are so versatile!  My darling little boy came home still dressed up planted himself in the sandbox and got filthy dirty!  He played in the dirt for hours, he is such a BOY!  I love him!

This layout was created using the exlusive layout only available with the Emporium Workshop On The Go.  When you purchase the workshop you receive a full color step by step instructional guide including a template to cut out the lovely floral shaped frame.  If you would like to create this layout, contact me for more details.

Emporium Papers and Stickease
Pewter Decorative Brads
Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Colonial White Collection
My Acrylix® Connections
Foundry™ Frames
My Acrylix® Boutique Alphabet
Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Rubber Brayer
Sanding Kit

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cabin Daydreams

We are very fortunate to have a family cabin to play at.  We love heading up there to unplug and play outside.  We have a tire swing, lake, island, and trees galore to explore.  It is a great place to play with the kids.  I take pictures of the kids frequently when we are there.  It is just a great place for natural light photography.

These layouts were inspired by the Daydream Workshop On The Go.  I just love these papers, they are so much fun!  They can even make outdoor photos turn into fairy tales.  The recipe for these layouts can be found hereContact me if you would like to create these layouts.  They are a little time intensive, but well worth the work!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I received this in an e-mail from someone very dear to me.  It spoke to my heart, so I would like to share it with you.  I hope it speaks to yours!

By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin''
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

--Maya Angelou

Cousins or Best Friends?

My Sister, Kelly, and I are very close.  Because of that our children have become close as well.  Our kids are also very close in age, we took turns having them, Grace came first, then Sam came along 18 months later, Drake arrived 15 months later, and finally Lucy 12 months later.  They are so close in fact, that they do not understand how they are related to each other.

The Summer of 2008 the kids were playing in the yard together, so I took the opportunity to take some great pictures of them.  That week someone had asked Grace about her cousin Sam, she said "Sam is not my cousin, he's my best friend!"  Out of the mouths of babes.  I hope they stay best friends forever!

This layout was inspired by the Stardust Workshop On The Go.  The recipe can be found hereContact me if you would like to create this layout, I would love to show you how!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Puddle Jumping - Lee Family Style (2 of 2)

This is Lucy's layout of our fun afternoon jumping in the puddles in the street.  It was created with the retired My Reflections Best Friends Forever Level 1 Kit and Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Sorbet Collection

Level 1 kits make scrapbooking so fast and easy!  Pages are preprinted with the design so all you have to do is crop and place your pictures and title and embellish as you like with the coordinating stickease that come in the kit.  You can add matching embellishments as well to make the layout as detailed as you desire.  Click here for all of the Level 1 kits that are currently available.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Puddle Jumping - Lee Family Style (1 of 2)

In the Spring of 2008 there was a warm sunshower that left lovely puddles all over the street.  It was a quiet afternoon so we all went out to jump in the puddles.  The kids had a BLAST!  This is Sam's layout of the fun family time.  I will share Lucy's tomorrow.

This layout was inspired by the Animal Cookies Workshop On The Go.  I just love these papers, they are so cheerful and versatile!  The recipe can be found here.  If you would like to create this layout contact me.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lucy's Last Day of ECFE 2008

The Emporium Workshop On The Go worked perfectly for my pictures of Lucy's last day of ECFE last year.  This workshop was so much fun to put together.  If you have the perfect pictures for this layout, I would love to show you how to create it!  The recipe can be found hereContact me for more information.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Memorial Weekend 2008: Back Country

We went up to open the cabin Memorial Weekend 2008.  The kids just couldn't wait for it to warm up, so they both worked their way into the water.  It's pretty tough to have a big lake to splash in while Mommy and Daddy are trying to convince you that it is too cold to swim. 

The CTMH Back Country papers were perfect to showcase that weekend's memories.  The first layout of Sam is the exclusive layout for the Back Country Workshop On The Go.  Lucy's is another layout from Imagine.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sam's Last Day of Preschool 2008

These layouts are from the Stardust Workshop On The Go which is still available.  If you have the perfect pictures for these layouts, let me know.  They are very fun to create!  The first layout is an exclusive with this workshop.  It comes with a full color step by step instructional guide, as do all of the Workshops On The Go.

Stardust Papers & Stickease
Stardust Flexi Labels
My Acrylix® Wishing Star
My Acrylix® Extreme Caps Alphabet
Sassy Strands - Summer Carnival
Bitty Brads
Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Chocolate Collection
Summer Soft Chalks
Bamboo, Honey, Moonstruck, Topiary

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Grace Workshop on the Go

The Grace workshop features the elegant My Acrilyx Beautiful Flourish B-size stamp set available only through this workshop. The stylish images paired with the Grace Level 2 paper packet and coordinating accessories are perfect for spotlighting any person or event that is close to your heart! The Grace Basic Kit also includes the Rustic Edge Anchors and a Workshop Guide all for just $29.95. Upgrade to the Best Option Add: Basic Craft Buttons and Crystal Blue Waxy Flax.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Grace's Dance Competition

Lucy and I went to see Grace perform in her dance competition in the Spring of 2008.  Lucy thought it was so much fun seeing all of the other kids dressed up in costumes dancing on the stage.  She even did some dancing in the aisles!

Notebook Papers & Stickease
Chocolate Alphabet Large
Whooo Loves You
Classmate Alphabet
Adorning Corners
Versamark Stamp Pad
White Embossing Powder
Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sam's T-Ball Pictures from Spring 2008

Sam played T-ball in the spring of 2008. Darrin was the Assistant Coach. We played rotating ISD-15 fields Monday and Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks. We did not keep score. Most of Sam's time was spent making designs in the sand in the outfield. When he actually tried to hit the ball, he generally made contact, and sent the ball all the way into the outfield. Which was a feat, since most of his teammates barely hit the ball to the pitcher’s mound.

The night we went to take team pictures, all of the ISD-15 teams gathered at the Elementary School playground and took turns taking individual and team pictures. There were several hundred people there; including parents, grandparents, and kids. After pictures, Sam and Lucy played on the playground for a while. All of a sudden, Sam walked over the edge of the park, dropped his pants to his ankles, and peed into the grass. We all got quite a chuckle out of that.

Needless to say, this wasn't Sam's sport.  Maybe we'll try again in first grade, if he wants to.  Sam is just not really a sports kid, but if Lego was a sport, he would definitely score in the big leagues!

The left page is a 12 x 12 print of the action on the field.  Sam was playing pitcher while Darrin was trying to keep the infielders in line.  If you want to learn patience, coaching little league T-ball is a great place to start!

These layouts utilize minimal papers.  Just CTMH black cardstock, vellum, and two sheets of double sided T-Ball themed paper that I found at the Mora scrapbooking store.  The2008 ribbon was cut off of his medal.  We got the trading cards and button with his picture package.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Darrin's Robot Knees 6.1

Day 5 after surgery and Darrin is continuing to amaze everyone!  Tonight Sam and I went to visit him, Lucy still has a cold.  Darrin got up from the bed without pushing with his arms at all.  He just slid over to the side and stood up!  He was able to stand there unassisted while I brought the walker over to him.  We walked over to the family room together, and I actually had to speed up to catch up with him!  I can't remember the last time that has ever happened!

They have officially listed Darrin as INDEPENDENT!!!  The main Doctor who can release him will not be in until Monday, but according to the Physical Therapists, he could come home today.  So we will most likely be bringing him home Monday.

Here are a few pictures from our visit tonight: