Thursday, July 31, 2008

The end of July, end of summer?

Wow, it is the end of July already. Time really flies. I always say, once the 4th of July hits, summer is almost over. Not sure why, but after July 4th, time just runs away from us.

One year ago tomorrow, the 35W bridge collapsed. Those poor people. And then the commuter challenge since then. I heard the other day that the bridge will be done about 1 month sooner than planned and a heck of a lot earlier than originally speculated when the bridge first went down. I hope this bridge is much better. I ride the bus and perhaps the commuting will be much better after that. God BLess those workers building that bridge.

In other news, {SAS}sy Scrap Attack Scrapbooking has a great sale going on. You can find them here. There is a sale starting tomorrow and running for 5 days, 25% off total order. Wowser, this is a great deal. They also have mystery boxes for $35 for products from Fancy Pants, Scenic Route and Sassafras Lass. You can find them here and input Mystery boxes in the search.

They are also having a Birthday Bash crop on August 15-17 in honor of their 3rd birthday. Come and join us. The message board is one hopping place and during crops, it is WAY FUN! Check it out!

And finally, just a little layout that I wasn't sure was going to turn out but it did. I used new American Crafts for all of it! Love that stuff!

Have a great day! Love and hugs, Lara

Monday, July 28, 2008

Trying to update this more often

I am going to try and be better at blogging. It really stinks sometimes. I have a hard time putting down things I want to say. I am a woman of few words.

I brought my camera today to take a picture of something for a challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking when they have their Birthday Bash in August. I am doing a Workin' It (about your work) Challenge for it. I have a great idea and hope that I can get the picture that I am imagining for it.

Here is another layout I did this weekend for a sketch challenge at Scrap Attack. I {heart} sketches. They help so much if you do not know where to start. I find that the hardest part of a layout is starting with the blank piece of cardstock. Once I have a partial plan, things start to fall into place. I am not a scrap afficionado, and I certainly do not support that I know anything/everything, but a starting point helps a lot. Here is a layout about my little princess Sadie. {kiss to her}

Have a good one. Love and hugs. Lara

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Design team

Well, for those of you that know me, you know that I was selected to be on a design team for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. YOu can find the store here:
This is a cool online store!

I have just started with them. I have been a member since December. THe store is pretty awesome. Here is a sample of my first layouts.

I am pretty excited. This store seems to have EVERYTHING that I like. Chatterbox, SEI, 3 Bugs, Basic Grey, and many others. It seems like I could place an order every day and still not get enough goodness. Check it out.

Will be looking for you to show up on the Message board. THere are a great group of ladies there who are fun and happy and LOVE to scrap! Love and hugs! Lara

Sunday, July 13, 2008

whipping out the layouts

Been working on a couple of layouts. I wanted to share them. The Wii one is for a challenge I did over at ScrapAttack Scrapbooking. It was for Wacky Holiday challenge. I chose the Video Game Day because anyone that knows out house, knows that there are ALWAYS video games being played here with loads and loads of teens. But, as I have always said, a house full of teens, always assures that I KNOW what my kids are up to and who they ar with. (kind of hard on the grocery budget but it is a small price to pay, I guess)

The other layout was for a challenge for "Peek-A-Boo", and my take on it was to use products that show a little bit from diecut products, ie. KI Memories lace paper. I did get the idea from my sweet sister who had a similiar layout published in Scrapbook Trends! Hers is incredible, mine is a lifT! So that is that.

Also did a wee bit of retail therapy...not in the form of Scrap supplies...the other form that I am liking a lot. CLOTHES! Yeah, after losing 60+ lbs, clothes are my friend again. I find though, that I do not have a style, and I keep trying to watch what others are wearing, whereas I never did before. I still find myself trying to go for muted, in-the-corner, kind of clothes that I used to search for when I was heavier. Black, dark understated stuff, no colors, more flowing, and since color is so much part of what makes me happy, I chose lots of it. Now, I can actually go fitted and that is a good thing. I want to take pictures of the purchases--all on mega-sale, mind you, and with giftcards for Macy's and Kohls-- and post them here. Perhaps next post. Got to get scrapping. Have a great day. Love and hugs, Lara

Friday, July 11, 2008

It's the weekend and I cannot wait

Yep, said it before, I love Fridays! Love them. It is here again. Pseudo B-day party for the DD at the Y (Her bday was June 23) and then scrapping into the night! Cannot wait. Got some scrumpdillyicious stuff from Studio Calico and from ScrapAttackScrapbooking and cannot wait to dig in. DD and friends will be done swimming about 8 pm and then all home by 930 and then it is on to my little haven. Will perhaps clean up and take pics to post.

I am anxious to work with the Artsylicous from Chatterbox. Just got in mail and already have a layout in mind for that. Also got SC's kit in the mail yesterday and I cannot wait to work on that. The Tokyo addon is as pretty as I thought it would be.

Hubby knows that I need to scrap now cause of my little news that I cannot share yet. But I kind of think that I should have told him this sooner, at least it would get me out of dinner a few days a week, cause NOW he is offering to cook dinner for me more often...{hand to his forehead} he felling ok?! LOL just kidding.

Well must work for a bit longer and then off to the Y with the kids!YAY.....Have agreat weekend. Love and Hugs. Lara

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy day!

Today is a great day. A little tired from working until 11pm last night. Tomorrow is the same and then I decided after feeling so tired the last few days that I work full time and the 2nd job is going to have to find other nurses to fill in cause I can only do what I can do.

I got a real pleasant surprise yesterday. I will talk more about that later on. I feel like it is big news and a wonderful opportunity.

I want to get rid of that job anyway. The $$ is nice but you know, my kids are growing. I have about 3 and 5 years left with them until they are away at college and that is NOT LONG. I can work more after they are gone...probably going to have to to put them through college (DS wants medical school and DD wants veterinary school).

Tonight I am going to get supper for the family somewhere and then I am scrapbooking tonight. I got some Chatterbox goodness in the mail yesterday from Yeah, some Artsylicious. Can't wait to play with that. I got some teal, green apple, red and brown flocked and foiled papers as well as some teal bling and green brads/crocheted flowers as well as some Scenic Route red alphabet from there. So loving it! Will post results after done.

Today the Farmer's Market starts here at our hospital. Every Tuesday from mid July through at least end of September, there is a Farmer's Market in our parking lot. Great produce, great options for green vegies for this dieter and I look forward to the Market every year! I will let you know what I get. Most likely cucumbers and perhaps baby squash! Got to get back to work. Love and hugs!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

just a little something

Just a little layout I made the other night. I thought it turned out pretty nicely. I really like the blue and yellow combo. It is acombo I do not tend to use very often but this turned out good. It is my hubby, my brotherinlaw and myself at dinner. THey were goofing off. It was a fun time. Isn't that what scrapping gives you? A chance to show what good times were when you had them...or at least through pictures.

I will try to be a better blogger. I tend not to post pictures too often and then when I really get a chance to write, it is usually on my lunch hour.

I am anxiously awaiting teh ScrapAttack Scrapbooking Design Team decision. I entered again. You would really like this online store. It has everything and it is not usually sold out. You can find them here: You should try them out. Oh, and right now, there is a discount on shipping through the rest of the week. I know it sounds like a shameless plug but it is really a good on-line store and I am pleased with the service. The message board is pretty nice too. Got to scrap. Love and hugs!