CT Layout- Rides using Festival, Free With Purchase at Scrappity Doo Dah

Made for the Speed Scrap last Sunday at SDD.

*I am a Creative Team Member for Scrappity Doo Dah. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Right now

From Pinterest

loving my new mantra

missing Little Man so so much

working on a huge list of layout ideas

enjoying some great blogs

contemplating my next book to read

disappointed in NBC’s Olympics coverage

looking forward to a short visit from LM this evening

getting lots of kitty snuggles

feeling kind of nauseous

thinking that mini chocolate pie last night wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had

leaning on Jason more than I probably should

grateful we have each other

anticipating the day when seeing Angry Birds plushies doesn’t make me want to sob

starting a new relationship with u-verse.

so proud of my sister for being brave and taking care of business

retweeting too much

ready for the sadness to pass

carrying on in the meantime

promising that this will be my only bummer emo post this week. All happy from here on out.

What’s for Dinner?

I thought it might be fun to talk about what we eat during the week. So for the next month (or longer possibly), I’m going to post what the meal plan is for the next week. Then when Sunday rolls around, I’m going to say what we Actually Ate. Two completely different things, you understand. At least around here.

I got this idea from Megan at the Nerd Nest. You can check her super awesome blog out here. I’m hoping this will be a good influence on me to actually blog more recipes, since that’s kind of the original point of this blog. Not that you can tell…

So here’s The Plan.

Sunday– Crab Cakes or Tuna Patties and Colslaw Recipe here

Monday– Crock Pot Chicken

Tuesday– Fish Tacos Recipe here

Wednesday– Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Newman’s Own sauce

Thursday– Chicken and strawberry Salad and Lentil Soup with Ham

Friday– Crock Pot Steak and Mushrooms, rice, zucchini w/ feta

Saturday– Lunch- Sandwiches or leftovers
Dinner- Frozen fish and fries (I’m lazy on the weekends)

Sunday– Lunch- Turkey Burgers
Dinner- frozen Taquitos (Did I mention lazy?)

Extras- I plan on making more Basil Lemonade. I need to harvest some more basil from our big bush. It’s not looking too fabulous right now, and might be succumbing to my black thumb.

I also want to attempt to make homemade peppermint patties.

Possibly also bread of some sort. I’m on a bread kick lately.

So there you have it. We’ll see how The Plan stacks up with The Reality next week.

CT Layout- Fresh Bread using Grandma’s Apple Pie by Daybreak Scraps

I made this page using Grandma’s Apple Pie collection by Daybreak Scraps. All of the individual pieces are for sale at SDD for only $1 this weekend. Love this kit! I can see myself using it many more times for baking and recipe pages.

Credits:

*I am a Creative Team Member for Scrappity Doo Dah. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

CT Layout- Flowers using Knicknack for Me by A-liya

I made these LO’s for the Font-tastic with a Twist challenge at SDD. I really liked this challenge. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a challenge that wasn’t one of mine. But this one spoke to me. We were supposed to make a LO, then change things up (background papers, elements, etc.) and create another page using the same photo. I used Knickknack For Me by A-liya for both pages. I like how each one has a different vibe. I can’t decide which I like best 🙂

You can find A-liya’s lovely kit at Scrappity-Doo Dah.

A little background on my process for these pages. I knew this challenge would be perfect for this particular kit because the two background papers I used each had a very different feel to them so I knew I could make two completely different pages with the same kit.

My challenge was to find photos for the femininity of the kit. I started looking for flower photos that I hadn’t used in other LO’s when I came across this picture of Jason on a computer screen with a bouquet of flowers. I couldn’t remember the context for the photo, so I started looking through old emails because I couldn’t remember why he would have sent me flowers on that particular date.

After a little research, I discovered that my mom was in the hospital during that time. I was so worried and stressed out, and he’d sent me flowers to make me feel better. It was so hard being in a long distance relationship. He was always doing sweet things like that, and looking at those pictures and reading through the emails brought back a flood of memories from that time. So I copied and pasted a little snippet of one of the emails and hid it partially behind the photo. Then I did a little journaling in a different font to explain the photo. (Yes, I know it’s a pretty terrible quality photo, but hey, it was 2005 after all). I’m excited to get these printed and put into the “Jason and Jen” section of my book. It feels so good to look back at the LO’s from the start of our relationship. Bad photos and all.

Credits:
Knick-Knack for Me kit by A-liya
Photo Mask by Binty
Fonts- Mom’s Typewriter, Respective, and hff whirley whorl

*I am a Creative Team Member for Scrappity Doo Dah. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Three (or four) Times Twelve- July

This month’s photo is bittersweet.

Bitter because it was taken yesterday, which was our last day with the Little Man for the summer. He’s off having adventures with his grandparents, who live in town near us. Hopefully we’ll get to see him before he goes back to California.

I’m going to try very hard to not dwell on the inevitable sadness and loneliness of not having him here and the uncertainty of not knowing when we’ll see him again..We’ve done this before, I know we’ll be okay. It’s just really really hard.

It never gets easier, but this is our 4th summer since his mom took him away and we have developed coping mechanisms. Jason has Civilizations, which is pretty engrossing. I have a huge pile of books to listen to. And a lot of scrapbooking assignments to finish up. And a lot of blog posts to write. And we got cable, so that should keep us nice and distracted for awhile.

The “sweet” in the bittersweet is that this is the only picture that has all three of us, plus Miss Kitty. Jason is a master at the extended arm photo. 🙂 So here we are, another family photo down. Still one of my favorite projects ever!

Curious about Three Times Twelve? It’s pretty simple. Sometime late last year I ran across this blog from Tara Whitney. She wanted to photograph her whole family, once a month, for a whole year. (Since then I’ve found a couple other people doing something similar, but she’s the one I got the original idea from). So I decided to do that for our little family. You can find my other Three Times Twelve posts here.

Project Life: Week 26

This was our first full week with Little Man at home. I had so many random pictures of totally unrelated things that I ended up just trying to fit in as many as I could without regard to cohesiveness. I have a feeling that all of the weeks with him here are going to be like that. Tons of photos, a few words, and very little embellishments. The stories will come from my blog posts. Still trying to figure out how to fit all of that into my book. I’m kind of jealous of the paper Project Lifers and their plethora of pocket page inserts. Try saying that five times fast…

Credits:
Template by Becky Higgins
365 Days kit by Alegna
Rain Rain Go Away by Nanascraps
Fonts- Blessings through raindrops, 1942 Report, Architect’s Daughter

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

CT Layout- Family using Pink and Grey kit by Neia Arantes

I must admit that pink is not my favorite color to scrap with. So it took me a while to figure out how to use the Pink and Grey kit by Neia Arantes. But then I saw this page featured on the Daily Digi and I knew it would be a perfect page to lift for this kit. And I really love how it turned out!

Credits:

Pink and Grey kit by Neia Arantes
1942 font
Scraplifted from neeceebee

Check out Neia’s kit at Scrappity Doo Dah


*I am a Creative Team Member for Scrappity Doo Dah. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Basil Lemonade

I’ve been procrastinating writing about this one because I’ve made it three times this summer, but it still doesn’t feel like “mine”. It’s wonderfully tasty and fresh and I absolutely love it. I’ve made it slightly differently each time and it’s been great each time. So I’m not quite ready to call this a recipe, but I will tell you that I got the original idea from the Macheesmo blog. And did I mention it was delicious? It seriously was. Now I want to make many many different kinds of lemonade. I’m developing a real love for summery drinks this year.

Garden update

I started my little balcony garden back in May. I would love to say it has flourished and that it has provided hours of enjoyment and fresh herbs. That is not exactly the case.

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After-
I decided to move my Wandering Jew and the pink plant outside. (I can’t remember the name and unfortunately threw away it’s tag).

I’ve lost a few of my herbs. The cilantro didn’t last long. I don’t even think I harvested anything off of it. The basil did better. I got several good snips off it, but eventually it succumbed to my black thumb. I am really terrible at growing basil.

But I am persistent. We found this HUGE basil plant at a farmer’s market for only $5!! And I’m happy to say that it’s doing quite well so far.

I’ve also gotten quite a few good clippings from my mint. I recently repotted it, and I’m hoping it will take over my big planter. I hear that they spread out a lot, so you have to plant them in their own pot.

My other plants are doing great. I’m pleasantly surprised that my flowers have lasted so long. They’re still putting out little buds, which add a nice bit of color.

I think all my indoor plants might be jealous because I’m only talking about the outside ones. Maybe I’ll do a post on them soon. But in the meantime, I’m pretty excited that my balcony plants are doing so well.