Then & Now

I actually finished one of the circle journals early! Melanie's theme is "Then & Now." I found a fun photo of myself in the early 80's posing with Scooby Doo at Carowinds and paired it with a photo of Trent & me with Mike and Sully at Walt Disney World last month. On each side I listed similarities and differences between myself as a child and as an adult. I stamped the words "then" and "now" using Making Memories foam stamps and a teal Sharpie marker.

Supplies: Miscellaneous black cardstock; Uniball Signo white pen; Bazzill edged cardstock; Making Memories foam stamps; Sharpie marker. Inspired by Dec 24th of dw2008.


Craving #1

I've been fortunate that except for the week I dared to try taking prenatal vitamins (they are evil!), I haven't had any morning sickness. I've returned to my OB approved Centrum + folic acid to make sure I'm still getting those important vitamins so the baby & I are healthy but without the sickness. I do have some cravings and food aversions though. A bit more picky in what I'll eat at the moment. But one thing that has been ok regardless how I've felt - chocolate ice cream! Scoops or a shake - yum!!


New Addition

I've been a bit tired over the last few weeks and began to slow down in order to get much needed rest all for this little one:

Trent & I learned on our anniversary that we are expecting. What an amazing and beautiful blessing!

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock (yellow); Archiver's cardstock (orange); Fiskars threading water punch; Making Memories patterned paper, clip and fuzzy letter stickers; QuicKutz die; Doodlebug Designs rub-ons. Inspired by Dec 6/7 of dw2008.


Merry Christmas!

Looks like we made the nice list this year... :)

A very Merry Christmas to all! May you have a wonderful day surrounded with those you love. And be thankful for the best gift of all - the birth of Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day!


Twas the day before Christmas...

The last few days have absolutely flown by. Our Christmas celebrations began last Saturday with a family gathering at Trent's parents' house. We enjoyed lunch, catching up and present swapping with his parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It's so rare we all manage to be in the same place at one time and so much fun. Afterward, we hurried back to Raleigh to attend a dinner for my company party. By the time we returned home that night, it was almost midnight and we were exhausted!

An overnight rainstorm left us without power on Sunday morning and caused us to oversleep. Probably just as well as tired as we were from the day before. We spent the day at home cleaning up, finishing Christmas cards, and relaxing.

Monday and Tuesday were work as usual. I was so worn out Monday night that I went to bed at 8pm! Yesterday we caught up with a friend for dinner and a trip to Target for odds and ends.

Today we're thinking of catching an afternoon matinee. We haven't been to the movie theater since June when we saw You Don't Mess with the Zohan. I need to look up what's playing. I honestly am not sure what movies are out right now. Hopefully a good comedy. :)

Better get off this machine so that I can get a few things done (couple more gifts to wrap) before we head out. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve! And don't forget to track Santa tonight! He's already started on his trip... Norad Tracks Santa 2008


PhotoHunt: Wide

"Not so wide" half Bugs from the Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.



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Early Christmas Gift

In the spirit of giving "memories," we pre-celebrated Christmas last night with my sister & her husband. The four of us decided earlier in the week to attend the NCSU / ECU basketball game together. The tickets became our Christmas gift to each other. Although only 3 of us were pulling for the winning team (go State!), we all had a good time and enjoyed quite a few laughs.


Secret Obsession

My finished pages and tag for Terri's "My Secret Obsession" album. My two obsessions are dark chocolate peanut M&M's (maybe not so secret) and all things Pottery Barn. :) Love that PB swirl bowl I placed the M&M's in for photographing.

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo papers; misc. journaling spot; Doodlebug rub-on letters; QuicKutz Tangerine font; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; Stickles; Micron black pen; black stamp ink pad; Bazzill cardstock; corner rounder punch; Come Unto and Pottery Barn fonts; American Crafts ribbon; My Minds Eye rub-ons. Inspired by Nov 28th of dw2008.


Purging & Wrapping

Yesterday we did some much needed purging and filled 2 big boxes for Goodwill and 1 smaller box for electronic recycling. After dropping those off, we returned home and finally decorated our Christmas tree. It's only been in our living room for a week. ;)

Today after church I need to complete my pages for the latest circle journal so I can mail it out tomorrow. Then wrap and box a few gifts that also need shipping. I think Christmas is sneaking up on me this year. I'm *almost* ready.


Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Years ago Trent & I decided to give each other "memories" for special occasions. Rather than a physical item, we would go do something together. For example, each year for our anniversary we take a trip and for Christmas we give each other mini plan tickets for the Durham Bulls baseball games. My birthday last month was no exception. Trent gave me tickets for last night's Disney On Ice "Worlds of Fantasy" show. This year it featured the characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Tinkerbell. The costumes & performances were wonderful!

A little glimpse of the show:

Thanks, sweetheart, for wonderful night! :)


Christmas 1987

Last night I dug through some photos and found a cute one of Trent & his sister from Christmas 1987. Using odds and ends from my stash, I quickly lifted an idea from Dec 4th of dw2008:

Supplies: miscellaneous olive green cardstock and felt tree; Basic Grey patterned paper; Autumn Leaves chipboard; Martha Stewart Crafts pen.



I had no intention skipping out on blogging the last two days. I caught a nasty bug and didn't feel like doing much of anything except resting. A true sign I'm sick - no computer and no scrapping. At any rate, I began to feel much more like my old self yesterday. And, to start getting more into the holiday spirit (we still haven't decorated our tree *gasp*), I decided to "Elf" us:

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Have you been Elf-ed this year?


Cookie Exchange

Each month our church has a ladies night out. Typically we meet for dinner at a local restaurant. Tonight we're getting together for a cookie exchange. I baked my favorite Christmas cookies to share - ginger snaps. After bagging, I added a little label to each made using Avery labels and a digital kit from Two Peas.

Supplies: Avery 2x4 labels; Rhonna Farrer's Holiday Polka Gift Package kit; Pupcat font.


PhotoHunt: breakfast

My favorite recipe from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook - French toast made using pureed bananas. Yum!



Happy birthday, Charles!

Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; KI Memories patterned paper; The Paper Company mulberry paper; Heidi Swapp iron on greeting.


Martina McBride - timeless tour

I scrap as I'm inspired - which means sometimes I skip events until inspiration strikes. Case in point, last night I dug out photos from a 2006 concert we attended. The photos at 4x6 are a bit grainy. I cropped them to a smaller size to improve their look and used a sketch to help arrange them in a digital layout. Here's the end result:

Supplies: Paper 1 from Erica Hernandez's Martha kit; Office Note Rip from Rhonna Farrer's Office Supply Tool kit; staples from Craft Jar kit at Peppermint Creative; date brushes from Rhonna Farrer's Celebration kit; Ligurino Condensed, Caflisch Script Pro and Antique Typewriter fonts. Inspired by Dec 5th of dw2008.


Thanksgiving 2008

Our family photo from Thanksgiving:

Supplies: Autumn Leaves and Wheat Pudding papers from the Plumberry Harvest paper pack at Peppermint Creative; tag & year date stamp from Rhonna Farrer's Celebration kit; Rhonna Farrer's TypeSet alpha; Come Unto Me font. Inspired by Dec 10th of dw2008.


Thank You notes

I finally slowed down last night long enough to make a few birthday thank you notes and write them. I kept the design simple using supplies from my stash.

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View cards; K&Company patterned paper; Making Memories tiny alpha stickers. Inspired by Dec 9th of dw2008.