Is anyone else having problems getting scrapping done?

Ok, I can’t seem to get my act together during the holidays to do scrapping!  Saturday we had an activity at the science museum for the boys, then a party in the afternoon.  My oldest had to play drums in the parade on Sunday.  You would think I could put together a quick scrap page on the fun we had this weekend… but nope.  My sister is able to put something together in 10 minutes and make it look like it took hours… me… I take hours and people wonder why I scrap!  Just joking.  Though I am not joking about the inability to do a quick scrap page.  I really need to figure out how to do that or it is going to take me decades to get my scrapping done.  Any hints?

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Blink and the days go by!

Wow, I swear I just blinked and a whole week disappeared.  Ok, it didn’t.  The holiday season has me going crazy.  The kids have so many after school activities, during school activities and homework… that alone keeps me up til 9pm at night.  Then add my own work, housework and more.  Ugh.  Still, someone sent me a link in an email that I had to laugh at when I saw it.

More scrapping on the way… until then have a great weekend!


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Want to make your own cards and envelopes?

It’s a little late to register now, but I’m sure you will still get some good stuff for free – like templates for cards and envelopes!  Cassel at Scrapbook Campus is giving it away.  You just have to join the 12 Days of Christmas event.  It is FREE.  Now you have missed the first couple of days… but better late than never!  She has great stuff.  Just register.  Register at this link for the 12 Days of Christmas.  Head’s up.  I had issues with the popup for registering.  If you have popups blocked at your browser or even by your firewall, you may need to add to the allowed to have popups to work.  I had to change to a different browser.

Hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing holiday season.  I am looking forward to Christmas and New Years!  Now if I could just get my decorating done!

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Last challenge for Master Scrapper

I made it thru all of the 2014 Master Scrapper challenges at GottaPixel.  The last one I decided to go with a fall theme and show my favorite fall food.  Fudge.  My mom taught me how to make it from scratch.  My best thermometer is one I bought at an ‘antique’ store… and you need a good thermometer if you are going to make fudge from scratch.  Here is my final page:

kit: Kristmess Designs and Mandy King

kit: Kristmess Designs and Mandy King

And if you want to make this delicious recipe I have added it below… If it comes out right, it melts in your mouth! Otherwise it makes great topping for ice cream. Grin!

2/3 cup Hersey Cocoa
3 cups sugar (sifted)
1/8 tsp salt
1 ½ cups milk
4 ½ tbsp butter
½ tsp vanilla
Pecans (optional)
Cooking thermometer (needs to be able to read 100 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit)

Combine and mix well, cocoa, sugar and salt. Warm milk in 3 quart pot on stove. Add mixture to milk after it is warm, stirring well. Keep milk warm at low heat (no higher than medium) and mix until starting to boil.  A good book might help you get through this.  Once it starts to boil, stop stirring and put in the thermometer.  Heat to softball stage (approx 235 degrees F). Once softball stage is reached, remove from heat and add butter (do NOT stir). Let it sit until 110 degrees F.   Once it gets down to 110F, add vanilla and nuts. Stir all together until thick and starting to lose glossy sheen. Pour IMMEDIATELY out of the bowl once the sheen starts to lose it’s glossy look.  Spread to your preference. Cut when fudge has completely lost it’s sheen.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Yep, it is a few days early.  And I’m a day late posting.  Still – Happy Thanksgiving!  I was sick over the weekend so didn’t get a change to post much for Monday.  I will also be busy with family this week, so not much posting this week.  Enjoy your holiday and may the food be delicious and the friends and family fun.

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The week before Thanksgiving and all through the house…

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only one week away.  I have been so busy with the kids this week that I almost forgot.  And someone sent me this humor and I found it particularly funny… why?  see after the humor…

A Cup of Tea

One day my Grandma was out, and my Grandpa was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2-1/2 years old.  Someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a gift, and it was one of my favourite toys.

Grandpa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Grandma came home.

My Grampa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing’!

Grandma waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grandpa, and she watched him drink it up.

Then she said, (as only a Grandma would know), “‘Did it ever occur to you the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?”

And now why I found it funny… because my brother-in-law actually did something similar.  The family was moving into a new house and he was getting everyone water to drink… at some point someone wanted some and he said there wasn’t any.  They asked about it and found out he had been getting it from the toilet.  Good thing he didn’t think to flush!

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Another one bites the dust

Finally the boys get a full week of school.  Phew.  In the meantime, here is another one of my spring break pages… another one bites the dust, another one gone, another one gone… Yep.  Page by page I am getting through this.  What do you think?  Like the colors?  What about the elements on the page?  Not enough?  Too much?  What about the journaling?  Like the font?  Does it remind you of old school writing?   Do you like where I put the text?  How could I improve it?  Click to enlarge the pages.

template: Yin_template_204 paper and elements: Indigo Designs Treasure Hunter and Pirates font: AbcDNManuscript

template: Yin_template_204
paper and elements: Indigo Designs Treasure Hunter and Pirates
font: AbcDNManuscript

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Another scouting weekend

This weekend was busy busy busy becoming a scouting weekend.  My oldest son was taking a merit badge at SAW (Scouting Advancement Weekend) on Saturday.  I am the Advancement Chair – in – training.  I forgot to give the ‘blue cards’ to the scout master during the week… so I had to drive 30 minutes in the morning to drop them off (and I dragged my son with me so he could go ahead and check in).  Then we came home so he could do homework.  At noon, we went BACK there to drop him off for his class.  Around 3:30pm, I drove back out there AGAIN to pick him up.  All during this time, I worked on my Mystery Box 3 assignment.  Here it is:


font: Harlow Solid Italic elements & paper: Connie Prince - MB3 superbladepro template: Southern Serenity Designs

font: Harlow Solid Italic
elements & paper: Connie Prince – MB3
template: Southern Serenity Designs


Sunday was my youngest scouting day.  I am his den leader and we had a den meeting.  We talked about camping in boys scouts and worked on the communication badge.  Never a dull moment in my household.  Now to plan for the rest of the year… hahahaha yaa, not going to happen.

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Money Pit if I’m not careful

Digital scrapbooking can be a money pit.  You keep dropping more and more money out on the websites to buy more and more digital scrapbooking stuff.  I have to be careful or I will overspend.  I love so many things out there.  And when someone I really like has a store sale… I’m toast.  Which is why my continuation of scrapbooking of the spring break has come to a halt.  I bought AK Designs store from Scraps N Pieces.  And I’m still unzipping and tagging files.  Ugh.  285 zip files to unzip.  I must be crazy.  Then again, I’m tagging the master jpg to how many photos each template can hold.  Yaa… crazy woman.  Days later and I’m still working on it.

Along the lines of crazy, I also did my layout for this week.  Looking at it now I see how I could have improved on it…but I will let you see what I submitted for this week.  It had to have at least three pictures, geometric shapes, three papers and two lines of journaling.  Here it is:

element & papers: Rooted in Family by SeaTrout Scraps font: finale lyrics Shaped picked by youngest son

element & papers: Rooted in Family by SeaTrout Scraps
font: finale lyrics
Shaped picked by youngest son


I had a blast doing this challenge.  Still learning though.  So much more I can improve… I look at the other challengers and go WOW.  I will get there.  The more I do, the more I see, the more I analyse what I can do to improve it… the better I will become.  Also, I do much better when I spend the money on templates (cough cough) and use those.  Instead of the ones I create myself like above.

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Veteran’s Day

From the VA website… says it best:

Veterans Day:  A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

I come from a family with military members.  My dad, my uncles, my nephews, my brother-in-law, and my cousin.  Thank you to my family and all those who have served to protect our country.  Thank you!

My Dad in his Air Force Uniform

My Dad in his Air Force Uniform

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