on this layout. You see, KI Memories was my favorite company when I started scrapping. And in all of the years of cleaning out my supplies to make way for the newer goodies, I have never been able to part with my stash of KI. And while the company made some changes and didn't produce a lot of patterns for a few years, they came out with some calendar papers that are TO DIE FOR, and this summer even introduced more patterns. Check out this line. I'm so excited!
So here is a layout using some of my stash. So I have room for the new stuff of course. LOL!
Jenna woke up again with a migraine. They come in cycles, where she doesn't have any for months, then gets 3 in the span of a few weeks. Today's was particularly brutal. So I'm running a bit behind on my blog post. I sat in her room for almost 4 hours this a.m. That will cut into your day, for sure.
Here is a layout from happier days. This was the last day of third grade, using BasicGrey Sweet Threads.
Have a great Wednesday. I'm off to catch up for the day.
Busy, fun weekend that is. Friday night was a purse party with lots of laughs and fun, Saturday was shooting an old-fashioned baseball game, and hanging at a friend's pool to plan for Relay for Life, then Sunday was Bill's family reunion.
Today I have pictures to edit, chores to do around the house, and more work on Relay tonight with the girls. Life is good.
Here is my layout of the day. Jenna at her "bridging ceremony." Not the best pics, but I documented the moment.
First up, my layout du jour. Using the SC July kit again. Three down, three to go and kit is killed.
If you're doing any scrapping this weekend, check out the challenges on the Sassafras blog. Prizes involved!
And on with my story. So the other night Bill went out to cook my chicken shish kabobs only to find out there was a family of mice living in our grill. I guess it's been a while since we used our grill. It's been a while since we've been HOME long enough to use it!
Bill put on these industrial-length gloves that reached his elbows, and was holding these really long tongs. All the while standing a good 10 feet from the grill. You can only imagine the look on his face. Momma mouse had three young-uns hanging from her, and one made it's great escape out the bottom of the grill. Then Jenna and I started our whine. Would that baby survive without momma? Was it OK? We're pathetic, really. And we looked to Bill to fix it. I'm not sure how he could have handled the job, given his proximity from said grill.
Finally they all made the great escape on their own, as we watched. We then put the lid back down on the grill and tried to figure out how we could dispose of it. The grill, that is. Because I'm quite sure I will never eat food prepared from it again. We broiled the kabobs in the oven, and they were delish. If you know of anyone who needs a gas grill . . .
And I'm feeling a bit closed in, just like the winter. Have I mentioned how much I hate winter?
So in my boredom, I've decided to challenge myself to 30 layouts in 30 days. I have been a scrap-failure this summer. No time! And to be honest, I've taken a break from lugging my camera around with me, which means I don't have a ton of pictures. So I figure if I can get 30 layouts done I won't feel like such a scrap-reject. The only problem is I believe I have forgotten how to scrap. Wish me luck on this.
And when I contemplate where 30 days will put me in terms of remaining summer vacation . . . well, I get a bit panicky. OK, a LOT panicky. I won't cry here, I know it would be awkward.
Here is layout #2 using the July kit from Studio Calico and a snap from my IPhone. And yes, I am still in love with my phone. And then some.
Spent the weekend with Em, Kevin, and Lauren in the windy city. Or around the windy city. Here are the highlights of the trip.
First night we went to The Glen. What a cool little area! We ate at The Yard House, where they serve beer by the yard.
Bill was happy! Plus the food was really good.
Then off to go bowling. We went to this cool bowling alley called Pinstripes, which is quite unlike the bowling alleys in our area. Upscale bowling alley sounds oxymoronic, but in this case was true.
Lots of laughs. And these shoes? Well, I'm in love. Lauren and I showing off our coolness. And we got to keep the socks. I know, right?
On Saturday we went out for breakfast, then the girls headed to Michigan Avenue to shop, and the boys went to a Cubs game. Jenna got to spend some of her birthday money at the American Girl Store. What could be better than that when you're 9?!?
Saturday night we went to the kids' apartment for dinner. We had traditional Chicago hot dogs and brats from an amazing German deli.
I swear, I would weigh even more if I had so many choices of places to eat or shop for food.
Before we went to the apartment we got to drive by Emily's school. I've never seen anything like it. IT IS HUGE. And it looks a bit like a prison.
No worries though. She's as happy as can be. She has a new assignment next year, and she's already prepping for it. Makes her teacher mommy very proud.
After dinner we headed off to play putt-putt golf. It was this old school course, and we had a blast. Notice Jenna's form?
Sunday we had brunch with Kevin's dad and stepmom, who were delightful. We didn't leave Chicago until late afternoon, and we took our time getting home. You know you've been on the road too long when you start trash-talking the GPS. We stopped in South Haven for dinner, and walked the beach for a bit.
It was a wonderful weekend. And while I am not destined to be a big-city dweller, Emily positively flourishes in the environment. Any hints as to why?
So I'm good. It's all we want for our kids, happy. I do miss her though.
One of the hot new trends in scrapbooking is to look for inspiration from color. This was my starting point. I've never been a huge fan of orange, but with these colors? I'm in love!!!
For my layout, I went with the cream/neutral background, a ton of orange, and a little bit of teal. I thought this pattern from Soul Food incorporated some of the melon color as well.
I also looked for some inspiration from the design of the room itself. Like the pillow and the impact of the swirly lace
And the shape of the three frames
And here is my finished layout, incorporating both the color inspiration, as well as some of the design elements. I puncded a swirly border from the pillow inspiration. And the frames made an appearance as well.
Soul Petit Orange paper (Soul Food)
Chipboard Butterfly Stickers (Soul Food)
Tying the Knot paper (Sweet Surrender) - grey stripe
I feel it . . . it's slipping away. July is going in warp speed, as always, and I'm getting a little freaked out. OK, a lot freaked out. I do know that when I go back to school I will not feel as if I've wasted the summer. I have had an absolute blast with family, friends, vacations, catching up with students, taking pictures . . . you name it. With a lot more fun in the works. If it could just slow down a smidge? Well, that would be GREAT. 'Kay? Thanks.
What made me smile today . . .seeing that my girls are on the package of this AMAZING line from Sassafras. I know, I'm a little late to the party, and it's been out for a while, but I didn't know.
Have a fantastic Thursday! Mine is booked, as usual. But life is good!