Some of My Scrap Works

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye Bye 2009!

Not exactly sad to see you go!
As we enter another decade.....wishing you all blessings and memories that will take you through the year...
And if you are taking down your decorations, don't throw those cards away...make a LO out of them. This was something that Ali did a few years ago and I have finished off the year doing it ever since!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Belated Merry Christmas!

Talk about a speed week!!!! Work got crazy, as it does at the end of the semester...then we had a MAJOR Blizzard - a record 26 inches of snow the Saturday before Christmas, which put me waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind. I am proud to say though, that I did get everything done - cooked, cleaned, wrapped and ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - usually I just do a big buffet bash - my entire family - all my kids, my grandkids, my sister and her family and my niece and her family...all jammed into my tiny house - and no one seems to mind at all! It is always a great, fun time and this year was no different - lots of good food and some tasty cocktails - the hit of the evening were these little candy mice that I made. I could not resist posing them with a mouse trap and featured on the very front of the plate are the Three Blind Mice, which had the kids howling in laughter! I bought crazy hats for the kids and we did our annual song fest. I hope someone got a better photo than this one though. The hats were Santa heads and Snowman heads and really cute but I think maybe too big for most of these little heads!
This year, I had Rich's family the next day for a sit down dinner - it was very nice, but I was WIPED out with two days of cooking and cleaning up. It did not stop me however, from running out to do some after Christmas Shopping!!Now that I have recovered, I am getting ready to take an online Scrapbooking Design class - I really don't "know" how to scrapbook, so when my friend Connie talked to me about it, I just figured I'd go for it. I am already in a panic about my 1st assignment! Will keep you posted though!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday - hooray!

We had such a great time on Black Friday - pre crack of dawn shopping with Dana and my niece Maria. We were at Kohl's at 3:45am - the store opened at 4am - we walked in, got what we wanted and were on our way to AC Moore for 5am opening - and this is so cute - two men where there buying Cricuts for their wives - I helped!! There will be two extremely happy scrapbookers come Christmas morning...and two guys who have amassed a huge number of good hubby points....I picked out 4 cartridges for each of them and the housing and blade to cut chipboard and a spare mat and of course, some vinyl!! We grabbed our stuff and then were off to Toys R Us, Michael's, Target, Bath and Body Works, Bed, Bath and Beyond and a quick bite at Panera...finsihing off at Marshall's. It was a lot of fun and laughs and we were home by 10:30am! I started decorating and putting the tree up- Cara and Jami both came over with their kids....I wiped out at 10pm.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Altered Clipboard

Welcome to the AC Bailey Jingle Bell Hop! With the holidays literally around the corner, the AC Bailey Design Team has decided to help Santa (and you) out this year with some fun and easy projects to help make the holiday gift season a bit easier. And just like Santa, we've also gotten some extra help this year and asked some additional elves to help out and post some of their cool projects too! And if that isn't enough help...we've also arranged for some early Black Friday sales just in case you need some products to get the projects completed.
So come out and meet our "Elves"...check out their projects...leave a comment on their blogs and be eligible for a prize - upload some of your completed projects from any of the tutorials into the ACBailey gallery and be eligible for another prize! Projects need to be completed and uploaded into the galleryby Tuesday, November 24th at Midnight Eastern to be eligible for a prize.

If you are new to my site, I hope you take the chance to look around and find a bit of inspiration. I have not been a great blogger lately - the day job sometimes requires a lot of major effort and that eats into my fun time. I am going into my third year with ACBailey and I can't say enough good things about the company, the products available and the great gals and talent on our forum. After you've checked out my tutorial for an Altered Clip Board, be sure to click the link that will take you to Connie, who has a great project for you on her blog.

Altered Clip Board – a Great Gift for Teachers and Coaches

I make a few of these every year for teachers and coaches and they are always a big hit!


Clip Board for an Office Supply Store

Mod Podge Matte

Foam Brushes

Patterned Paper of your choice (you need at least 2 full sheets – one each for front and back and a bit for the inch that the paper doesn’t cover)






Threading Water Punch


Jenni Bowlin Bingo Card

Because these are so wonderful personalized for the receiver - I just pit a link to where you can find these products.

A few notes before you start – Sometimes when using Mod Podge, air bubbles can occur under the paper – in order to avoid that, I seal the clip board with a coat of Mod Podge, and then when it is dry I paint the Mod Podge on again and then adhere the paper making sure to press down hard. The heavier double sided papers seem to work the best and automatically coordinate.


  1. Seal the Clip Board with a coat of Mod Podge and thoroughly dry.
  2. Measure your paper and cut using the Clip Board as a guide.
  3. Coat one side of the Clip Board with Mod Podge and adhere paper making sure to press down hard to avoid any bubbles. Using craft knife, trim where necessary. Repeat for side 2.
  4. As you can see, the paper is just a bit too short, so you will need a coordinating paper to cover this area. I used what was left from cutting the width and edged it with a Fiskars Threading Water Punch. Adhere with Mod Podge to the back of the Clip Board.
  5. For the front of the Clip Board, where the clip is, just run your paper to the edge of the clip and using your fingernail “score” and cut about ½ inch, then using your fingernail “score” the angle of clip and then cut. Once you have made the cut adhere with Mod Podge – better larger than smaller – you can always trim. Repeat this step for the other side of the clip.
  6. Trim any excess papers and ink the edges, if desired.
  7. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of the covered Clip Board. When dry, repeat on the other side – I usually just hold the clip open til it dries – it only takes a few minutes.
  8. Now the fun part – embellish using chipboard, buttons, stickers, sayings – whatever goes with your design…just remember not to put any lumpy stuff on the front of the Clip Board where it would be used to write. Put a flower or chipboard embellishment on the front of the clip and personalize with the name on the back. I tie ribbons in the hole and leave a long ribbon to hold a pen.
  9. Once all your embellishing is done and adhered well, paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over everything – front and back. Let dry and repeat.
  10. Add ribbons to clip If desired, the Clip Board can be sprayed with clear acrylic for extra protection.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jingle Bell Hop and a Pre- Black Friday sale!!

AC Bailey Designs Jingle Bell (Blog) Hop!

November 20th thru 22nd

AC Bailey Blog

With the holidays literally around the corner, the AC Bailey Design Team has decided to help Santa (and you!) out this year with some fun and easy projects to help make the Holiday gift giving season a bit easier!

Just like Santa, we've gotten some extra help this year and asked some of our "local" ACB Elves to help out and share some of their favorite Christmas Projects and Gifts, too! AND... we've arranged for some early Black Friday sales just in case you need some products to get your projects completed ;)

So, come on over, meet our Elves and check out their fun and easy Christmas project tutorials.

Leave a comment on their blogs and be eligible for a prize - upload some of your completed projects from any of the tutorials and be eligible for another prize! (all comments and uploads must be posted by 12am EST 11/23)

so, if that wasn't cool enough....there's this!

AC Bailey Designs Sale

November 20th thru the 27th
Enjoy Black Friday ALL week!!
Take 40% off ALL
American Crafts
Cosmo Cricket
Staz on inks
Bulk Buttons and Ribbons
and EVERYTHING in the While Supplies Last Section!
*Offer not valid for Albums.*In stock items only.*One coupon per customer, cannot be combined with any other coupons.*
Discount will be taken from the price shown in your cart.
Use code BLACK to get your discount.AND...
Buy a Gift Certificate and get another for half the amount FREE!
Buy a $10 GC and get a $5 one, FREE!
Buy a $100 GC and get a $50 one, FREE!
*Limit 1 per customer*
Free GC cannot be used until after DEC. 1st*Additional GC Code will be sent separately to the Buyers email address provided with the order.

Time to stock up!!! I love a good sale-see ya there!!!!!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Boo not Moo

The DT over at ACBailey hosted a Midnite Madness and everyone needed to create a project using the following poem---
so clear off those tables and turn on your light because you will need to be able to choose some Cardstock as Black as Night .......
now take a clue from the spirits all wispy and slight and add to that Black some Ghostly White .......
when those two things are done, it will be time for a bit more fun....
dig deep into your button stash and make up some pumpkins that cannot be smashed
and now's the time for a little Trick or Treat!! Add a bit of ribbon, oh so neat!
Ghosts and Goblins parading around, dressed as cute as can be,
Time to dress up your layout with some bright, shiny bling,
and be
one step closer to creating something
As the bell tolls twelve, many screams will be had if you don't find a place to fit at least three brads!
Now look at your project and what do you see?
A mad composition, thanks to the DT!

I used the ACBailey October Goodies KOTM - there are a few left - and today is FREE SHIPPING! Just click on my link and it will take you right to the store!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

No Fear

of Flying???? Anyone who knows me knows I am terrified to fly....and when I took a ride in this tiny plane, no one believed me! I have had this LO sitting on my table just waiting to get photographed and posted. Labor Day weekend I went to New Hampshire to visit my friend Gail and her husband took me for a ride in his plane - it was a beautiful Fall weekend in new Hampshire and we had a lovely time and a lot of laughs. Took a bunch of silly more to come. Loved working with these great papers too!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A Little Sassafrass Lass and the 1st Day of School

Since I have no school age kids I need to wait to get some photos of the grandkid's first day of school. Shane started Kindergarten this year and he was so excited to be able to go on the BIG yellow bus! He loves his teacher "pretty much" but thinks there is too much work and not enough play. Shane is perpetual motion and on the go every waking minute. My daughter Jami is starting to "think like a scrapbooker" and thought to take a picture of the bus as it pulled away! I love how the Jenni Bowlin Bingo card looks as a frame for the photo of the bus. One of these days I will really stitch on layouts instead of using a pen. I used crackle Paint on the Chipboard apple and also used a White Signo pen to outline the Jillibean Soup alphas for the title.
Aidan started second grade and just looking at his picture I am amazed how grown up he looks - he is getting so tall and what a smile - that chin! I got him a few Tony Hawk shirts and he loves them and wore one on the first day of school. He really likes his teacher this year and I have the feeling this will be the year where he will shine. Loved the little Chipboard stuff with this kit - I covered the bus with paper and make windows with Rock Candy Stickles - on the pencil I used my trusty Crackle Paint...jeez I love that stuff. ACBailey is getting ready to have another event....can't spill the beans, but stay tuned ;)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

ACBailey October Goodies Kit of the Month

Oh My! This kit is so adorable I am wishing October away just to get some new Halloween photos of the grandkids!!! I absolutely cannot wait to start working with this kit, so I think maybe I'll do some Fall layouts first. These kits go fast... if you want one, click HERE

Friday, October 02, 2009

World Card Making Day!!

Did you know that THIS Saturday October 3rd is World Card Making Day???

Yes, and I researched the history-
It began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on. It is now in its fourth year, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community -- hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers -- to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making. So, I went to the Papercrafts site and found this!

World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family as well as to kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season. How many of YOU have already started your Christmas cards???

We here at AC Bailey want IN on the festivities, too! So, we will have another weekend contest here at the AC Bailey forum to celebrate the art of card making!
Join your ACB Design Team and special guests TONIGHT for challenges, a contest, and some only they can do! And of course, we will have PRIZES!!!

Get ready for some more fun ladies- it is coming your way!
All official posts to be launched Friday evening in the Forum - be here you will not want to miss this!

Win a Spot in the ACBailey Blog Hop!!

Enter to win a chance to be a featured Blog during our AC Bailey Blog Hop in November!

The design team has come up with a little blog challenge for you. Sign up by October 7th for the challenge in which you have a chance to win a prize along with the opportunity to be included in a unique AC Bailey blog hop, giving your blog additional exposure and visitors.

Here's how it will work:
1. Sign up for the challenge in our Forum (you must register first), with a link to your blog. You have until October 7th to sign up. (If you don't have a blog yet, but want to start one and join the challenge, that's fine, as long as you get the link to us by the 14th.)

2. Everyone who signed up will have 1 week, from October 7th to October 14th to spruce up her blog. Some ideas might include a new header, a new background, frequent postings with interesting content, cleaning up your page elements, maybe adding some blinkies, (links to AC Bailey will score some points :D ) The idea is to make your blog represent you and your style. The Design team will post a few links to tips and tutorials for blogs during this time.

3. From October 14th through the 17th, the design team will visit all the blogs entered in the contest. We will be looking at overall design, uniqueness, and blog content.

4. Three winning blogs will be awarded a prize from AC Bailey Designs and will be chosen to participate along with the Design Team in a Blog Hop in mid November!

Can't wait to look at all the cool blogs! Good luck!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

ACBailey Fall into Scrappin' Crop

What a fun time!! Some wonderful challenges and even a chat with Jenni Bowlin! Although it was a busy weekend for me because of "other stuff" too, I was able to complete a bunch of challenges along with the challenges my own and if I am lucky, since it is cold and rainy today, I may be able to do a few more. One of my challenges was to create a layout using labels that you love. This idea had been in my head for a bit and I was pulling labels off stuff whenever I bought anything - so they were all ready to go. I used October Afternoon paper and die cuts, and Thickers for the title (as usual) and a funky Prima flower. The second layout I did was from a fabulous sketch that Connie posted. I reall struggle with primary colors, so that in itself is a challenge for me. Shane's yellow soccer shirt left me no options, so I went with Basic Grey June Bug and offset it with some white Bazzill scalloped cardstock. Since no layout for me is complete without a button or a flower, added both and a few brads for good measure - and of course, a Thickers title. And no, I did not stitch on my layout - although I do love the look, I used a white signo pen and went over the dashes a few times so that they would look like real stitches. One of these days I may find a sewing machine at a garage sale and really sew on my layouts, but I don't see that happening in the near future. I am happy when I can get a layout done! If you have some time, hop on over the the ACBailey forum and check out the crop challenges - you have til tomorrow at noon to get them done and be eligible for the great prizes!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall Into Scrappin' Online Crop

We're having an online crop over at ACBailey!!! Tell your Friends!!!!

Join us the weekend of September 25th - 28th for a fun filled online crop! We will have Jenni Bowlin on for a quick Q&A on Saturday morning and Tracy Weinzapfel of Helmar and Clear Scraps doing a product Q&A on Sunday. Of course there will be online games, challenges from our Design Team and LOTS of goodies given away. (You could even win one of the new Cricut Cartridges!)

Visit the Forum today to take part in some of the fun already started with a Scrap Quest game and "And she told..." referral contest. (You must be a registered member to play)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Trying to Get into the Groove

Now that public school is open, the traffic is back to typical Long Island yuckky - my commute has more than double just because of the sheer volume of cars on the road. While I am sitting in traffic I can see the leaves on the trees just starting to turn. And luckily for me, I have friends who commute at the same time, so I do get to chat a bit -"hands free" of course, now that I have figured out the Blue Tooth. I still struggle to get up in the morning because I really am a natural night owl and would prefer to stay up til 1am and get up at 7am...oh, well, I try to get to bed by 10pm but it's usually 11:30pm and 5:30 comes very early. Getting a bit of scrapping done - The ACBailey September Goodies Kit of the Month is just adorable...I cranked this LO out last night and cannot wait to get some pictures of the grandkids getting on the school bus. This kit is so sweet - Sassafrass Lass, Maya Road, Prima, fabulous ribbons...Take a look..............These papers are so cute - and so colorful I can't wait for some more photos of the kids. There is a paper with ice cream cones that will be perfect for doing a layout of the huge Ice Cream sundae I shared with my friend Gail when I was up in New Hampshire last week. Coming are being printed at Costco as I type ;)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Back to School for Me!

This summer sure went quickly. I feel like I just finished up last semester and I am ready to start a new one again. Classes start Monday and another bunch of Freshman will be starting - it's fun though watching these tentative teenagers come in as freshman and in a quick four years, leave as mature adults and it's humbling to be part of the process. I guess that's one of the things that fueled the scrapbooking frenzy of the last few days. I think I was afraid I would not get back into my room for a while. I have plans to make a mini album of the photos from CHA, but I could not resist doing a little layout of myself and T!m and him teaching the Make & Take, which I photographed and cut out.......My friend Gail took the photo and it's all blurry - I am not sure whether she shook the camera or was all a-twitter being around T!m :) This is layout was done with the Pink Paislee Captivating Line - just love the toasty browns and blue. I added a Jenni Bowlin Bingo Card and used Puffed Thickers for the title, which I outlined with a brown Sharpie and inked up a bit with Staz-On to make them stand out more - they are white with tiny blue polka dots and look really good in real life.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Belonging to the LI 3-H Club

HAZY, HOT and HUMID!!! I has been almost 10 days of the most oppressive weather - so hot and humid. Up until now, this summer has been pretty cool - lots of rain in June, but a cool July and beginning of August...and then BANG! No time even to acclimate to this. I don't do well in this weather and have been whining for a week. I also went back to work, so I am cool during the day which I think, makes this weather even less tolerable when I get home. Need to make some cards for this weekend - a Sweet 16, a Graduation and a Wedding - will post when they are done - it is torture sitting in my hot little room under the OTT light. Here's a layout I did before the 3Hs hit - it is done with the ACBailey August Goodies Kit of the Month. I used Core'dinations Cardstock as a base and sanded over an acrylic frame to have the blue core show through the brown paper. I also
carried the swirled dots on the journaling tag off the tag and onto the page using Dimensional Pearls. Thickers, as usual for the title. I absolutely love those things.
Just a reminder - today is the last day of the awesome sale over at ACBailey - making some room for all the new stuff we picked out at CHA. Some of the Thickers are half price!!! Check it out!

Sunday, August 02, 2009


What an exhausting but fun time - seeing all those new releases had my head spinning - lucky for me I wasn't doing all the ordering or I would have broken the bank!! Really got me into the mood to get some scrapping done and use some of the products that I hate to touch because it is so pretty. The Freaky Friday Challenge over at ACBailey was alot of fun! We had to use 4 different patterned papers, 7 buttons, more than one photo, at least 2 different fonts and some older techniques, like photo turns, paper clips or eyelets. I used Chatterbox "Fabulous" paper and it is rightly named - the texture and colors were wonderful. Thickers are also 10% off this week !You can buy them Here

Monday, July 27, 2009

Woo Hoo! Off to Orlando for CHA! Cannot wait to see the new stuff up close and personal!! Have you seen any sneak peeks??? I am in LOVE with the new Jenni Bowlin and the new Maya Road embellie type stuff - forget the papers, I like just about everything!! Love the new Basic Grey though - what a surprise!! See you in a few!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lazy Blogger

Gee! My last post was the 4th of July??? Where is the time going? For most of the last two weeks I was working at my "real" job - and we had Freshman Orientation, so I was there to meet, greet and register our program's new students - It's always fun to see a new class come in - so young and tentative - and to be able to witness their growth by the time they graduate is incredible! I have been fitting in a bit of scrapping this summer - definitely not as much as I had expected to do.

This layout is from a Kodak Moments sketch that I just loved - and as soon as I saw it, I knew the picture and papers I would use.
This paper and chipboard is from the Prima Dude collection. I used Core'dinations cardstock and sanded around the photo but it did not show up very well. The alpha is SEI and the little soccer balls are Queen and Co. felt. I used pop-dots under some of the stars to make them stand out and lately i have been into tying buttons or chip buttons with fine hemp used to make macarame bracelets. I really like the look. I started a Flip Flop Album with the ACBailey July Goodies Kit of the Month,
but I haven't put any pictures into it yet. These My Mind's Eye Papers were just perfect!! I always struggle with yellows and oranges, but both the LO and this little album turned out quite well. I have the August Goodie kit sitting on my table and it's just gorgeous. I need to get working on some layouts and projects with those supplies for the launch of the kit on the first of the month. Since I will be a CHA in Orlando and won't be back til very late on the 30th, I really need to get a move on because I don't print my own photos and I will need to decide which ones I will use and upload them to Costco. Enjoy this very warm summer evening!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!!

Wishing you a wonderful and safe day with Family and Friends! Thanks to those who sacrifice to keep America the "Land of the Free"

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Two of my Little Guys

are Cub scouts and a few weeks ago had a Moving Up ceremony. In an earlier post, I spoke about Colson receiving the Arrow of Light Award, which is the highest Cub Scout Award that can be earned.
I did a 2 page layout with some of the photos that I took of the ceremony, the citations he received and his Bridge over to Boy Scouts - and instead of journaling, I wrote a letter to him. The papers are called Industrial Park - great blues, golds and grays, perfect for Cub Scout layouts and come with a die cut that looks like a big gear. This layout was about the message, not the design - actually hand cut that Arrow Symbol - and used my Wishblade to cut the rest of the title. Cameron moved up to Webelo, so I used the rest of the paper to do a layout of him getting his new neckerchief. He is well on his way to earning the Arrow of Light for next year! For this layout I used Thickers for the title and Making Memories Mini Alphas (boy, I love those little things!). I crack up with the Webelos - I always want to say "Webelos Wobble but they don't fall down". Does anyone remember those toys, or am I showing my age?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Two Sunny Days in a Row after This Storm!!!

Wow! What a beautiful weekend! It's been a long time since we saw this much sun here! Was in PA for a few days - sunny and HOT there...drove into a wicked storm on the way home late Friday afternoon.Jackie and I were on the Verrazano Bridge , stuck in traffic and watched the two storms converge - scarily awesome! Here's a picture I took out the car window from the Belt Parkway by Sheepshead Bay and of the one storm merging with the other. Try as I might, I could not get any lightning photos. The rain came down in buckets and the lightning crackled from one side of the island to the other - north to south then south to north - very weird.
Took us forever to get home, but it started to clear up right at sunset. Red Sky at night, sailor's delight :)
and Saturday was just gorgeous! Worked on a few layouts too, will get them posted shortly. Wishing you a beautiful week.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Crazy Days!

Holy crow - my last day of work was June 5th----I have been off for more than 2 weeks and have been running around like a crazy person IN THE RAIN because it has rained all but 2 days in June so far (actually, it is teeming as I type this). It's been a crazy two weeks - I will not bore you with the details, but a bunch of health related stuff with my daughters and grandkids which made this mom/grandma a wreck! Add to that the typical end of school festivities and goings on - Cub Scouts, Dance Recitals, Concerts, Teas, Baseball and Soccer, Graduations...etc. And being the good grandma I try to be, I get to every last event when I am not working, so I am driving from one end of Long Island to the other IN THE POURING RAIN trying to attend all these functions. Suffice to say that I have a TON of pictures and will be doing some scrapping when things calm down. I was able to get some ACBailey Design Team stuff done this afternoon, which I will be posting on the 1st.
Tommorrow is Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year...wouldn't it be nice if the sun stayed out until it actually was supposed to get dark??? One can only wish if you live in the Northeast.....
Until I can get some decent layouts on here, I will leave you with a photo of my grandson Colson getting a citation from out State Senator.
Colson was awarded "The Arrow of Light" in Cub Scouts - (which is like Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts). He was such a "little man" and so cool and confident, took his oaths and spoke without any nervousness - I was so proud of him - and I promised him I wouldn't cry and although my eyes welled up, I did really well till the very end, and then I felt this huge tear spill over and run down my face. Oh well, it wasn't the first time I shed a tear of pride and it won't be the last :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I just got tagged (by Emma) with this so I am passing it on. If your name is below, please follow the rules.

Here are the rules:
1. Make a list of what you want for your Birthday.
2. The list should be 10 items
3. Include the image of the award on your post
4. Give it to ten friends.

My birthday was in March, so I guess this could be printed out and saved ;)
Ten things that I would love for my Birthday:
1. A charm for my Pandora Bracelet
2. Lunch or dinner out with all 3 daughters at the same time
3. Tickets to the next Josh Groban concert (whenever that will be)
4. A Cleaning Lady once a month
5. A Major Scraproom Re-Organization
6. To finally get to a CKC
7. Monthly pedicures
8. A Really Good Haircut and Color
9. A Canon Digital Rebel Xti
10. A day trip to Montauk Point

who to tag next? Gail, Leah, Cheri, Rhonda, Hayley, Lynn, Erica, Kathy M, Tammy C, Karen H

Sunday, June 07, 2009

All Partied Out!!

What a great day yesterday - the rain stopped and the sun came out and it was glorious! Cara had Brennan's First Birthday Party (his real birthday was May 9th) and what a great party it was! Pirate and Ocean themed decorations - treasure chests and pirate's bootie and a bouncy castle. Wonderful food, good company - Brennan was such a cutie pie - too bad he'll only remember from the pictures - there were TONS of little kids - and half the moms there were pregnant - and fortunately a lot of Nurses, just in case. Layouts to follow, but check out this cake!! A very talented baker replicated a paper plate that had this design on it. It was good too - fresh strawberries in the filling.

Monday, June 01, 2009

ACBailey June Goodies Kit of the Month

I was so lucky to get to work with this month's beautiful kit - the flip sides of these papers are beautiful too - it was hard to decide which to use!! Keeping with the Red, White and Blue of Memorial Day I created this layout of my great niece Lexie. How perfect, that the photo I took of her on Memorial Day showed the star necklace she was wearing and my Jenni Bowlin bingo card said STAR! I traced a big star on the red and white polka dot paper and cut it out -placed that on the Bazzill cardstock, used the flip side of the paper I cut the star from to layer, ruffled a small piece of blue patterned paper, stapled that and then I slid the bingo card in, finished off with some flowers and journaled around the star using my all time Favorite White Signo Pen. I am starting to think that I am addicted to using Distress Crackle paint on all my chipboard alphas - a great way to always have the right color to go with the layout !

Monday, May 25, 2009

Remember to Thank a Veteran Today

We are so lucky to live in the United States- even in the worst of times, I would rather be here than anywhere else in the world. I found this photo online of Pinelawn National Cemetery - the boy scouts put flags on every grave. So thanks to all the Veterans whose sacrifices have kept us free.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A 3 Day Weekend!!!!

I just love Memorial Day weekend! I love a 3 day-er any time but this one kicks off the summer for me, signals that work is nearly through and I will be getting some well-deserved free time. The Air Show at Jone's Beach is this weekend and I always go with Jami and the boys - it's like the annual weekend kick off. Shane, who is 5 and a half now, has gone from screaming blue murder when he sees the paratroopers (thinking that it was the Green Goblin with Pumpkin Bombs, going to kill us all!) to spotting them in the sky and saying that's what he wants to do when he is grown up - either that or fly one of the jets! We were truly blessed with the weather, which was supposed to be overcast and rainy - a last minute wind shift and it was sunny and gorgeous, but very cool and windy as heck. I have the sunburn to prove it. The ocean was so cold that your feet cramped the minute they touched the water - even Aidan only jumped in and out for a minute - the sea was so rough because of the wind and I bet it was 45 degrees at most!

Along with others, the Thunderbirds performed (they alternate with the Blue Angels) and they were incredible but I think that the Canadian Snow Birds stole the show this year. It's really good knowing we have such wonderful allies to the north. I am off to church and then to a BBQ, but I'll leave you with this very cool photo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Some Layouts with the ACBailey May Kit of the Month

This kit was so pretty - and not the usual paper style for me, so I really had some fun with it. I love cutting the designs from papers and using the cutouts as embellishments. This first layout is a picture of Dana and Ken coming off the altar at their wedding. It was in a frame, which was knocked over and the glass's tough to scrap professional photos and especially an 8x10, but this Marks paper was a perfect combination of elegance and style. I cut the paper an used it as a mat and embellied cut outs around it in the place where the photo was a bit too small. Some Stickles to glitz it up a bit and voila`- perfect!

I was really getting into cutting and the colors of the paper went perfectly with some photos Jami took of me and some of the grands on my birthday last year. I rarely scrap photos of me, although I have been trying to do so more often - I am usually the one behind the camera. Because these papers are so rich and beautifully printed, it was easy to just use cut out work for the main focus - pop on some photos add some additional cut out embellies and then a Thickers title - a quick layout that look like to took hours to do.
The June Kit of the Month will be released on the first - the only hint I can give you is to think "the beginning of the summer" and that it will be perfect for the BBQ and parade photos that you'll be taking the next few weeks! You can sneak a peek of it on the ACBailey estore :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ahhhhh Finally Friday!!

What a crazy two weeks - Cameron turned nine and Brennan turned one, Mother's Day, Graduation dinners, doctor's appointments ! Classes ending, finals to give and grade, papers to collect and grade, grades to be calculated (love Excel!!) and then submitted. But whew - it's all done. Work will slow down until I need to do the stat report for the entire student body in our program - about 90 kids. I am so used to doing it, I have everything ready to go and I just need to plug in the 360 individual grades - cake :)

I did accomplish a bit of scrapbooking though - I made a set of cards for a card swap over at AC Bailey. I used October Afternoon papers - I just love their stuff!This card is so versatile and can be adapted for any holiday or occasion. It's also a great design to use for masculine cards because the embellishment can be changed to suit whatever you need. Actually sold a set of cards as well - I never think about selling my cards, but someone requested a set and it was fun to sit and relax doing them.
I am hoping you had a great Mother's Day. It sure was a lovely day. I participated in a 1K "run" to raise money for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Actually, Cailyn and Cameron ran - I walked fast. And Ken was impressed at the speed that I actually did walk - Thank goodness for long legs!! I was glad to see this sign too, just in case!! Although 1 K is not all as far as it sounds.
Colson, Dana and Ken actually ran in the 5K, with Ken racing off to finish the 5K after he ran the 1 K - and Colson beat his parents coming in 11th in his division of 18 years and younger - not bad for a 10 year old!! By the time I got to the finish line with the camera, it looked like Dana was pulling Ken across - his first run after knee surgery - and he said he was hurting. Layouts to follow. We tried to go have breakfast together for Mother's Day, but every place was packed with people doing the same.

Monday, May 04, 2009

And the Blog Hop Winner is.....................................

Congratulations and thanks for playing - please email me your address so Erica can send out your prize....and tell your friends!!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

AC Bailey National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop Stop

Just feast your eyes on the ACBailey Goodies Kit of the Month for May and Welcome to AC Bailey's FIRST ever blog hop! Do we have a treat for YOU! This is an awesome opportunity for you to meet all the AC Bailey Design Team members, learn lots of (hopefully) new ideas and techniques, gain some inspiration and maybe even win some prizes along the way! Here is how this works, if you are already on my site via a link you already know this, but for those of you popping in here mid-stream, let me explain.
The FIRST post or START to this Blog Hop is on the AC Bailey blog . There you will find the instructions, along with all the "fine print" details. Starting with that post, proceed to the next DT member's blog whose link will be at the end of the post. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit, because at every site there will be a random name drawn from all who post and one lucky gal on EACH blog will win a SUPER prize. Once you have visited the designer's blog , click on the link in her post to take you to the next designer and so on and so on. Then, when you are finished visiting all the blogs, maybe learning a new technique or two, and you want to win even more prizes, create a layout or project using three or more of the ideas you saw demo'd on the blogs and post that layout in the gallery in the NSD layout folder (under Scrap Stimulus Contest) section and then post how much fun you had and a link to your layout on the special NSD thread in the Scrap Stimulus Contest section of the forum! We will then draw one lucky winner form all those posting qualifying layouts and THAT lucky "rabbit" will win that gorgeous May AC Bailey Goodies KOTM, which has Marks Paper, Chatterbox, Prima Butterflies and Flower, and Maya Road ribbons - plus more !! It COULD be you, all you need to do is PLAY! It is a lot easier than this sound, try it! You will enjoy it and don't worry- we will have instructions for you all the way through this and we will be available off and on all weekend on the forum so if you get stuck yell out and we can help you-easy and FUN - and PRIZES! What more could you ask for???
Layouts and project needs to be uploaded to the AC Bailey site by midnight May 3rd.

First, a bit about me.. My name is Dee and I have been a member of the Design Team since September of 2008. I live on beautiful Long Island, in New York. In "real life" I am a counselor and college professor, but the job I love most is being on the Design Team. It's wonderful being a included in such a fun and talented bunch of ladies. I have been a member of the AC Bailey forum since June of 2007 and I became a Consultant in August 2008, leaving a previous company because AC Bailey was so fantastic I had to be part of it. I love the forum - it is chock full of wonderful ideas, support, great gals and fun without the drama of many scrapbooking forums out there. The products that are selected for the e-store are the latest and greatest and every first of the month is FREE shipping day - just doesn't get better than that! Since I love to alter, I adore the Kaiser products although there has probably never been a paper line that I didn't love, love BoBunny...oh! and I love Stickles....and Prima flowers....I could go on and on!

I recently got into Ranger Distress paints - at first because I always need to have all the new stuff, but then because I just loved using it. Using paint is a great way to frame a photo , tone down a busy background paper, and custom color your chipboard alphas, especially if you have different colors. I am showing you two layouts because after I put one together, thinking I could kill two birds with one stone, it seemed to be overkill with Distressed Alphas alongside the Distress Paint, so I pulled the photos off and created another using the same design but then, I hated to waste that yummy October Afternoon paper, so I improvised and created another layout changing the design just enough :). One of the very cool things with the Distress Paint is that it crackles when it dries leaving a really nice dimensional distressed crackled finish. On the first layout, "Aunt J" I painted the chipboard with pink and when dry I painted them again with yellow - after the paint crackled, you could see the pink though the cracks. The thicker you apply the paint, the more cracks you will get! A wonderful way to add dimension to your layouts! This is a layout of my daughter Jami with her nieces and nephews.....I used Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers and die cuts, along with some matching chipboard and undressed alphas. I blinged up the butterflies with Stickles and also used the Fiskars Threading Water punch to create a scalloped edge on one of the papers. On the second layout, I used the Distress Crackle Paint as a frame - this is a great way to be able to use patterned paper as a background and give the page dimension too. On the second layout I used paint as part of the background color - this can give your page some dimension and interest and is a great way to be able to use a really patterned paper for your background without losing your photo. Sometimes paint can buckle your paper a bit, but all you need to do is mist the back of the paper with plain water and cover with a heavy object and let it dry - paper will come out smooth as the day you bought it. I also used ink over this paint when it dried to really accentuate the cracks. You can use ink that is the same color as the paint or can used a coordinating color and change the look completely!
This second layout, Tri Swim is a photo of another one of my daughters coming out of the water after doing the swim leg of a
Triathlon. This layout didn't come out too badly considering I basically tore it to pieces and salvaged it and by adding the circle and a vertical photo, you hardly even know it is virtually the same design!
I'm hoping that you'll take some time and try using some Distress Paints when you design your next layout - it's alot of fun and easy to do and very rewarding as you watch the paint dry and crackle before your eyes! Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about Distress Paint and will stop by often. I'd love for you to hop on over to my friend Connie's blog and see what she's got going on over there. Don't forget to post a comment here first so I know you were here and you'll be eligible for the drawing.
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Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Almost Time!!!!!

National Scrapbooking Day is Saturday...the AC Bailey Design Team has a little something planned......just a hint, on Saturday morning click onto the AC Bailey blog and follow the won't be sorry :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Opening Days....

There's a contest going on over at ACBailey and each Design Team Member is responsible for creating a challenge. Our theme is "Scrapping Stimulus Package" and I challenged scrappers to take an old layout and using the same design create a new one using some of the modern techniques we use today as scrappers. I found an old LO of Colson's Opening Day in 2004...please don't laugh :).....Do you have any idea how tough it is to post bad LOs?? The only thing I can say in my defense is that I've come a long way......Can you pick out the things that I challenged the scrappers to use?
The second LO is of Aidan's Opening Day last week.....a big difference. (Shane marched in the parade too, but I missed the little bug as he passed by, so I will need to get some photos from Jami). Get over to ACBailey and check out the challenges - there's prizes too!! Just a reminder that Free Shipping First is on Friday (How's that for some alliteration?) Lots of super new stuff in the e-store - check it out.