Monday, May 7, 2012

June Card Kit

Oh, wow!  I am so excited about the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp!  Isn't this lovely!  There are TWO stamp sets in it!  One designed by Kristina Werner and a Prima set!  I can't wait to play with this!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Project Life Update

Hi, everyone!  I promised an update on my Project Life, and this is a pretty big one!   It's been a crazy kind of week, so I'm glad I'm actually getting it posted now!  On Tuesday, I had to get my gallbladder removed, as I had stones that were giving me a lot of problems.  I didn't expect some of the after effects, but it's getting better now.  I haven't taken a pain pill since Thursday morning, so I must not be too uncomfortable anymore!

My husband's hip surgery has been pushed back a month, so at least that's a little ways off yet.  He's still not sure he really wants to do it - he's not so sure about putting the business in the hands of me and our boys for a while.  I can kind of understand, but I think he really needs to do it, so I hope he still will!

Oh, and a couple of weeks ago, our little guy burned his had pretty badly.  Dave had put a new exhaust pipe on one of his lawn tractors, and it was nice and shiny.  He kept telling Jake not to touch it, but he got distracted by some of the other boys one time, and of course, Jake touched it.  Poor guy.  I was about 15 miles away when it happened, and when I got that phone call, I don't know how I got home so quickly, but I sure did!  Anyway, after going to wound care for 2 weeks, we've got it unwrapped, and it looks pretty good now.

Now, back to Project Life.  I'm not doing it a week at a time, so this encompasses many weeks.  And I can't believe how I felt so caught up when I got these done last week, only to last night see that I need to print a BUNCH more photos and do several more pages!!  But, here's where I am so far.

I'm still very much loving this - just wishing I could find a way to stay caught up with it!!
I will tell you I have fallen in love with just keeping a bunch of 6x6 and 8x8 pads for doing this!  All my supplies right now fit in a fairly small basket that I can carry anywhere, along with a trimmer and my book.  If I feel like I need something else (like Thickers or something), I just add those later when I want to go get them.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Hi, friends! I know, it's been way too long again! One of these days, I'm sure I'll get to start crafting and blogging more often, but that just hasn't happened yet. Life just keeps getting in the way, you know? Anyway, I got notification that my REBECCA coupon at Stop and Scrap expires on Monday, and I wanted to make sure you got one last chance to use it! You can use this more than once, but Monday, it's gone. Bummer. They have two of October Afternoon's new collection up for preorder right now, and I am so in love with both of them! The code REBECCA will get you 12% off your order!

In other news, I just saw this preview of Authentique's new line - Carefree. Wow! I am so in love with this!! And the quality of Authentique's products is incredible, so this will be great!

And one more little note - I just saw that the new French General line from Jolee's is starting to be come available. Oh, if only I had lots of money to buy it all!!! Hopefully I'll be able to get a few pieces though...

I have been working a little bit on my Project Life, and hope to have an update for you on that within the next few days (or weeks...)

Take care, friends!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Been a while...

Hello, friends! I know, I really must post here more often. I can't believe how long it's been again. I'm afraid I've been in kind of a constant state of overwhelm lately, and that doesn't do wonders for my creativity. But, I did get another spread done in my Project Life. I'm hoping to get that caught up soon, but we'll see...

I used my first insert in this one.

So, you may be wondering why I'm so overwhelmed lately... Well, for starters, I began doing Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago. That is going really well, but it does take me more time trying to figure out what to eat. And, for about the past month, I've been exercising 40 - 70 minutes nearly every day, which obviously takes away from time to do other things. But, the biggest thing weighing on my mind right now, and sucking my energy a bit, is the fact that my hubby has to have a total hip replacement in early May. Fortunately, I think we have the financial aspects of this whole thing pretty well taken care of, as we can still have guys working, even though Dave won't be able to do so for about 6 weeks. But, the stuff I have to worry about - the house, mostly, has me in a bit of a tizzy. You see, as he will be on crutches or a walker for quite some time, the floor is going to have to be clear. Plus, as he doesn't have a spleen, he is going to be super susceptible to infection, and he will not be able to have anyone sick around him for a while. Now, we have 7 of us living here right now, and with 3 of the kids in elementary school, it's rare that there is a time that someone doesn't have the sniffles or an upset stomach. So, we have decided that the house needs to be totally cleaned and disinfected. Not an easy task for me. We've been living here for 12 1/2 years, and we have a lot of stuff. And for a woman who has a terrible time just keeping the house slightly presentable some of the time, this is quite a job! Plus, frankly, the idea of having my hubby home for 6 weeks straight has me wondering how crazy I'll be by the end of it! Anyway, it'll all be okay, and I'll get my creative groove back one of these days. But, for now, my computer is being really slow, and I need to get an early supper made for the kids before I go and weigh in for the week, so I'll end this here. Thanks for sticking with me, even though I've been so quiet!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Okay, ya'll. It's really no secret that Crate Paper is my most favoritest scrapbooking company ever! (Though there are some that are very close seconds...) And I pretty much have to have everything they make, because I love it all. So, I've been waiting eagerly for Stop & Scrap to have preorders for their new products, and today is the day!!! Yippee! Their new items are so pretty, and as usual, I want it all! Just check these out!

Oh, boy, am I ready for a Pretty Party! And I love to be a Storyteller!

The great news is, at Stop & Scrap, these are already 11% off MSRP. But, what's even better? If you use the code REBECCA, you can save an additional 12%! And you can use that code over and over again, so if you've used it once already, don't worry, you can use it again!

In other news... have you seen the new monthly Card Kits from Simon Says Stamp? I didn't get February's, and wished I had. So, when I saw March's kit, I jumped on it! I see they still have some available. How lovely is this?!

Lovely, right? These kits are designed by Kristina Werner, and they look just beautiful!! I can't wait to get mine!

I haven't done any scrapping lately, though I'm still trying to keep up on my Project Life. I'll post more as soon as I can on that. I have found a new little fun passtime. When I have things uploading for work, I usually have a few minutes of free time, and I've been playing Words With Friends with my boys. Yep, I have one game going with each of the 4 older boys. And right now, I'm winning them all, except with William (who's the youngest - go figure!) It's such a fun game, and I believe it's good for my brain, right? If any of you enjoy playing that, let me know! I'd love to start some new games!!

Okay, until next time (hopefully soon...), take care, friends!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Life - end of January

Yay! I finished Project Life for January! And January isn't even quite over. (Hopefully nothing really eventful happens yet tonight that I want to include, or it will throw my whole plan off!) I decided that I really want to do this more by month, than by week. Maybe that weird, but that's just me. Weird. Anyway, here's the two page spread

And close-ups of the two sides

Okay - I'm off to get some supper started for the kids. I'm trying to work on making food from my pantry, instead of buying more all the time. My plan tonight was to make a Tuna Helper that has been in there a long time (we pretty much never eat packed meals like that), but when I pulled it out a little while ago, I saw it only had 4 servings. Probably not good since there will be 7 of us tonight. So, it was back to the drawing board. I found two packages of mac and cheese and 2 cans of Spam. It's crazy what's hiding in my pantry! Add some green beans, and I guess we've got a weird meal! :) Yep, that's me, weird!

New Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp!

Just as I said the other day, preorders are now available for the new lines from Pink Paislee at Stop & Scrap! They also have the new Heidi Swapp lines! These are the two lines I am most excited about!

But Prairie Hill, She Art (from Christy Tomlinson), and Indigo Bleu are all available for preorder now too! I am totally in love with the clear stamps from Indigo Bleu!

Oh, and they also added the new lines from Lily Bee yesterday!! And remember, if you use the coupon code REBECCA you receive an addition 12% off your order! I love that!!

I HOPE to be back later with my finish of Project Life for January, but we'll see how the day goes... Take care!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wow! Check out these preorders!

Oh, my goodness! The preorder collections at Stop & Scrap just keep getting better and better!! I am so excited about these new Basic Grey collections! I mean, seriously, how pretty are they???

And I really think this new collection from Simple Stories is quite nice too!

They've also added today Simple Stories Fabulous and Awesome lines!

Guess what else they just added?

Yep, Jenni Bowlin's awesome new release! These are so fun! Even the new Chalkboard Easel and Mini Reproduction Box!

I'm also really stunned with the beauty of this new release from Echo Park! Especially the Graceful collection!

And, remember, if you use my coupon code, REBECCA you will get an additional 12% off your order!! That is so sweet!!

PS - I also see that the new Pink Paislee lines will be available here for preorder this week. I soooo want them!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Project Life Weeks 2 & 3

As promised, I'm back with some Project Life photos. I got a little behind last week, but yesterday made the time to get totally caught up. This week I'm going to try my friend Sasha's idea of just doing one pocket at a time - I can totally see taking a few minutes each day to work on this, as opposed to an hour or two each week. I'll give it a try at least! Anyway, here is week 2's pages:

And week 3's pages:

I'm not sure how y'all get both pages in one photo - I have a hard enough time getting high enough to get one full page. Oh, duh! I could photograph it with the book on the floor I suppose. Hmm... I'll have to see where in my home there is plenty of natural light on the floor...

Take care, my friends!

New Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection!

Is anyone else as excited about the new line from Dear Lizzy as I am? Just the name - Neapolitan - alone evokes a response from me, since my favorite book as a kid was called "Striped Ice Cream". But, aside from that, the whole collection is so darn cute! I mean, seriously, check out this stamp!!

And pardon me, but the ruffle papers are the bomb!!

These are all available, plus the other new American Crafts and Pebbles collections, for pre-order at Stop and Scrap! And if you use my code, "REBECCA", you will save 12% off your order! How sweet is that? I seriously would have bought the whole collection if I could have, but I had to draw the line somewhere...

I'll be back later today to show you my weeks 2 AND 3 Project Life! I was a busy bee yesterday getting all caught up on it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Prima Available for Pre-Order, plus a coupon!

Have you seen the lovely new collections from Prima? I just pre-ordered some of the new goodies. I got a few goodies from this lovely collection - Nature Garden.

Of course that's not all I got... I also added to my cart some of the great new stamp sets from the new My Mind's Eye collections. Yay! Check out all the items available for pre-order at Stop AndScrap! They've got a lot of fun goodies!

If you use the coupon code "REBECCA" when you check out, they will take 12% off of your total! How fun is that??

Monday, January 16, 2012

I was being hasty.

Yes, I was. In being honest with myself, I know that if I don't show off what I do somewhere, I'm probably not going to do it. It has to do with some amount of accountability, but much more to do with the fact that I'm proud of what I do, and no one in my real life (save my younger kids) really has any appreciation for it. And I am NOT going to let fear of what some monster might do to with my kids' pictures stop me from showing you all what I'm doing. It's just not going to happen. My husband can say all he wants about how I make the kids think that technology is all wonderful, and how I'm being so irresponsible putting our kids' photos all over the internet. I just don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong. You know? I try to be very tasteful in what I post. My brother-in-law (who works in government security) told me that Facebook is one of the worst places to be posting photos of kids, so I stopped. But, I am not going to let fear keep me from doing what I love. So there! lol

That said, here is a photo of my finished December Daily album. I had taken photos of each page that I hadn't shown you yet, but then last week I deleted them all, and I just don't feel like going through all that again - sorry. Maybe someday I'll have some streak of wanting to photograph and process several pages at once, and do it, but for now, I hope you're happy with a photo of the whole book - I am! It got quite huge, but for now the binder rings are working, so that is likely how it will stay.

Moving on, I did my first week of Project Life last week. I am in love with this project! It took me a while to figure out what I was really doing, but once I started putting things in here, I don't think it could really get much easier (well, I guess I could just put photos in and use the PL journal cards and call it good, but what fun is that?) So, here are the pages of my Week 1 (I haven't made my cover page yet...)

I used a lot of Crate Paper's Farmhouse line, and a paper from their Random collection. I hope to start printing out photos and working on Week 2 later today, as long as things work out for that.

One of our daughters celebrated a birthday this past week, and after I finished making a card for her, I loved the design so much, I made 3 more! Why not? Here are 3 of them:

And a photo of all 4 (the close up of the 4th was all blurry.)

I used papers from Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe line, a stamp from Papertrey Ink, Versamark ink, Zing embossing powders, and flowers from Sassafras. Oh, and my Zap heat tool, my ATG, and my Fiskars 2" circle punch.

When I finished making those cards, I made a little banner for her birthday cake with some of the scraps. I hadn't planned on putting a candle on this cake, but she really thought she needed to blow something out, so we put on one candle (not 12, as the banner probably would have caught on fire!)

I hope you are all having a fantastic start to your week! You all rock, you know that? I love that there are some people here who enjoy seeing what I make - it makes me feel good! Thank you for that! Take care!