Friday, September 14, 2012

Using my Stash

I want to be more creative.
I want to make the time to create.
I want to get some scrapbooking done.

These wants have been on my to do list for a long time. Something always comes up - cleaning, work, cooking, kids. You know how it goes. But I really miss playing with my goodies. I want to get my memories down before I forget everything. So, I'm making the time. I'm trying to just sent 15 minutes (if not more) ever few days and get something in process.

My goals are to get some pages and/or cards completed. Use the DigiFiles I get every month, instead of just collecting them. And use my stash of paper supplies.

Here's what I did the past few weeks:

Papers: Basic Grey Oliver Pad, CTMH Circuit Cartridge for Banner

Stamps: CTMH. Paper:I made this years ago, Rub-on stitching:unknown Inspiration from kwernerdesign.
Kit: Lost & Found by Valorie Wibbens TDF45; Template:Yin Designs

Monday, September 10, 2012

Family x12

Taken on Hummer Ride in Maub Utah

I've recently shared some photos of the places and things that my family enjoyed over our summer vacation, but I've saved the best for last.

The reason for the joy.

The reason for the time spent.

The reason it was worth all the time and money.

My family.

By Sylvan Lake

I've been blessed with a wonderful husband and three amazing boys.

In Gold Mine in Jackson Hole

Each day they bring me joy, challenge, frustration and laughter.

Floating down the Colorado River

My life would be so dull without them brighten my spirit and helping me grow with them.

Hiking in Arches National Park

I love you guys!

This is part of the Family x12 blog hop.  Your next stop on the hop is over at Carol Anne.  Here is a complete list of everyone in the hop.

Carol Anne

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Colors and Texture

I was not planning on doing anymore post about our summer vacation, but as I was looking through the photos of our trip two things kept jumping out at me.


and Texture.

 I'm very drawn to color and texture.

All these photos where taken at Yellowstone.

Each part of the park had it's own color and texture associated with the area. 

When most people will take a landscape photo, I like to get up close and see the lines and contrast in a small area.

Don't get me wrong, I still take the landscape photos, but these photos really capture my attention. 

They make me think

and use my imagination.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Using bits and pieces

I've been spending as much time as I can trying to clean and organize my crafting area. I use to be a huge collector of everything that was new. At one time I was getting 5 different monthly kits, plus visiting my local scrapbook store at least once a week. 

I was out of control.

I loved opening up my packages and looking at all the new, shiny items. Then I would put them back into the boxes they came in and put them on a shelf.  I realized I was using these items to bring me happiness, but it really wasn't.  So a few years ago I started cleaning house. I had over 2 years of kits in my closet that needed sorting and I had a room full of odds and ends that was just cluttering up my room and my mind. I still have a few cabinets to go through but I've made a huge dent in my supplies.

I have several large boxes of items that I'm going to sell/donate this year. At the end of the year they will all be gone one way or the other.

During this long cleaning project I was discovering some items that I purchased that I really wanted to try.  I put a small box out and would put these items into the box.  When I had some time to be creative I would grab one of the items to play around with and see if I wanted to keep them or put them in the donate box.

The first item I decided to play with was Flower Soft. I purchased this last year at the Michigan Mega Meet.  It's pretty messy, like glitter.  It gets everywhere, but I really like the texture it adds to an image. Here is a set of cards I made with the Flower Soft products.

I just love the little porcupines!  I think I will keep this product to do a set of Christmas Card Fronts that I purchased and then I will make the final decision on if it stays or goes.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monthly Round-up

1. What types of media did I enjoy this month?

I took my boys and my Mom to see Ice Age 4. I recommend seeing this movie especailly if you enjoyed the other Ice Age Movies.

My Mom watched the boys for my husband and I so we could have a date night. We went and saw Hope Springs.  It was a cute movie but the part where Tommy Lee Jones and Merle Strep were making out was like watching your parents make out and that's just not comfortable.

Read Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh.  This is a series I've been reading for years. I really like most of the books but they are getting slightly repetitive.
Morrigan’s Cross, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence (circle trilogy) by Nora Roberts.  I really enjoyed this series. It's was a different type of book for Nora Roberts because it was fantasy with the romance.  The main characters were a wizard, witch, a shape changer, a queen, a vampire and a vampire hunter. The characters were from different times and worlds but had to come together to save all the worlds.  It was a very entertaining story.

Run Like a Mother by McDowell & Dimity. This book took me forever to read. It had some good information about running and diet and racing. I felt it was more for the hard core runner and I couldn't really relate to many of the stories the authors told about their own running adventures over the years.

2. What did my kids do/learn this month?

The boys are still taking swimming lessons and they are learning so much. I'm just amazed watching them in the pool. William moved up another level and he has been asking lots of questions about getting on a swim team.  I think the Olympics helped with that idea. 

Kyle and Logan are still taking piano and violin.  This summer we didn't do a great job with practicing so they haven't made a lot of progress but they are doing so great. I love to hear the music being played in the house.

William got his braces off. This was phase one of the braces.  He's teeth look great but we have to watch for the rest of the baby teeth to come out before they can do Phase 2 of the braces.

3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

My mom came in to visit for a few weeks.  She is doing so well from her brain surgery last year.  It was such a joy to have her stay with us for two weeks.  She started to teach the boys how to do needle point and knitting.  

We also had a visit from my sister, Marion. She hasn't seen the boys in a few years so it was nice for them to spend some time with her. She is going to be moving down south so it will be much harder for visits.

It was nice to get a family photo with almost everyone. One of my sisters is missing from the photo, but it's been a long time to just get four of the my siblings together with my mom. And it wouldn't be a photo if my brother's didn't give everyone bunny ears.

We had a lot of mini celebrations this month.

I went with some girlfriends to Bar Louie to celebrate a friends birthday.  Our whole family and my brother's took my mom to Frankenmuth for dinner.  I had a date night with my husband. We had our annual Fantasy Football Draft party. And to end the month we went to a friends house for a pool party.

The big event was the boys school open house. This was new for this year were we could see which teacher they were assigned but we could also go into the school to see the classroom and many of the teachers were there to greet the class.  I really loved this and I think the boys had fun seeing some of their friends that they having seen all summer.

Took the boys to the zoo.

4. What creative things have I done this month?

Started new semester of classes at MCC – Advanced Photoshop and Digital Editing.

Scrapbook Pages:

5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Needed to buy CS6 Master Suite.  I had CS5.5 Design Suite but I needed After Effects for my class.

Signed up for the Project Life class at Big Picture Classes.

6.  What were my fitness/health accomplishments this month?

My fitness goals were very up and down this month.  While on vacation I only did some hiking. When we returned I planed on getting back into some running so I could do a 5K this month. That plan got tossed out the window when I pulled my back out and was laid up for two days.  I had to take it easy for a week just to make sure it was not going to get messed up again.  I did start doing the new Julian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30. I was able to get 5 days done this month.

7. What were my accomplishments this month?

My big accomplishment was getting back to school. I'm really looking forward to these classes and the challenges that will come from them.

8. What were my disappointments this month?

When we returned from our vacation we noticed that the freezer door was left open. Everything had to be thrown out which was very sad. At least it made me clean out the freezer.

9. How did I do on my goals for the month?

Get School Shopping done.  Finished
Clean and Purge Closet Downstairs.  - Finished
Look into new budget software.  – Started using  So far really like it, but it will take a few months before I can use the budgeting feature to the fullest.

Goals for September (in no particular order):

Get an area set up for Project Life.  I decided to take the plunge next year and I want to get everything set up now.

Get a meal plan together.

Sign up for Yoga Class

My Photo 365 Project:

1. Last shot of the west before the long ride home.
2. Starting our journey back home.
3. Home Sweet Home.
4. Piles of laundry from vacation.
5. Getting ready for this years Lego Robotics.
6. Dirty dishes.
7. New stamps.
8. Celebrating friends birthday
9. Lunch run to Panera
10. Ice Age 4 ticket
11. Halloween town at Bronner's
12. Laundry Hampers
13. Basketball Court at William's camp
14. Favorite bottle of wine.
15. Oma doing Highlights book
16. Lego creations
17. Taped up Freezer. The door keeps opening.
18. Cleaned our workbook cupboard.
19. Working on some cards (post hopefully coming soon)
20. School Supplies
21. Boys School Area. Were we keep papers, lunchboxes, water bottles and backpacks.
22. Last minute reading for the boys.
23. Reading for mama.
24. First thumbnails for project in my Advanced Photoshop classes.
25. Fantasy Football Draft Board.
26. Started Ripped in 30
27. Got hit with a soccer ball during my Monday night game.
28. William without braces.
29. Ken working from home so I can go to my classes.
30. Map of Detroit Zoo. 
31. Logan licking mixer paddle after helping me make some cookies.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

OLW September

I'll be honest with you.

I really didn't think about my word this month.

It happens. Life is busy.

Even in the busyness of life, I was still living my word.  I was defining who I am and becoming more comfortable with that definition.

This month's prompt for OLW was simple. Take a self portrait and add a few words. Simple and to the point - just what I needed this month.

For more information about OLW please check out Ali Edwards class over at Big Picture Classes.

I missed the official sign up for the blog hop this month.  If you would like to see more OLW goodness please go to Margie blog to start at the beginning of the blog hop.