Friday, June 21, 2013

SCY: American Girl Tea

This my last layout for S:CY. I've so enjoyed being on the DT there again. Otherwise I might not have done any scrapping at all! Please be sure to stop by to see the other artists' interpretations. This is the last sketch over there until the fall.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pinterest fun: Father's Day

The kids and I thought it would be hard to find things with the word "POP" in honor of their dad, but we came up with so much more than expected! Thanks again, Pinterest!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pinterest fun: Last day of school

My kids' last day of school was yesterday, and I surprised them with this. Thanks, Pinterest!

Friday, June 7, 2013

SCY: These Kids

Oh, how I love them! Please stop by S:CY for a look at the other interpretations of this sketch!

Friday, May 24, 2013

SCY: Cartwheels

Please be sure to stop by and see what everyone else created with this week's sketch at S:CY!

Friday, April 26, 2013

SCY: Wastin' Away

Have you seen Ali's new challenge at Sketches: Creatively Yours yet? You'll not want to miss participating in this one because there is a great prize to be won!

Here's my take:

Journaling: Love the beach life. Love the music. I think I'm never more relaxed than when I'm at a JB concert with a drink in my hand. Too bad you can't make a living out of it!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chinese Mountain Sunset

I created this for my sister!

Friday, April 12, 2013

SCY: Fall 2012

Hop over to Sketches: Creatively Yours to see this week's sketch and interpretations!

Friday, March 29, 2013

SCY: Happy 8th birthday!

I made this card for my medium daughter's birthday last week. Thanks, Sketches: Creatively Yours, for the inspiration!

Friday, March 15, 2013

SCY: In a Flash

Ali has a new sketch up at Sketches: Creatively Yours!

Journaling: We should call you Lightning. You finished the Short Pump Race in 3rd place out of about 100 girls your age. You are excited to do cross-country next year at school. Obviously, you are going to excel! Your time for the mile was 8:01. Go Bella!
Obviously my color inspiration was the green in the peacock. :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

SCY: Mothers Tea

Ali has a new sketch up at Sketches: Creatively Yours!

I made this layout based on a tea at my son's school last spring. It was a lovely morning!

You worked so hard for a month on writing stories, drawing pictures, and reading poetry to get ready for the Mother's Tea in Mrs. Carlton's 3rd grade language arts. The morning was amazing! I am so lucky to be your mom!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SCY: Mother Nature

I didn't drop off the face of the Earth, but I think my scrapping mojo did. I'm hopeful that this will kick-start it though...

I'm back on the DT at Sketches: Creatively Yours!

I'm so excited to be back with Ali. Her work is amazing, just as her personality.

Please visit to see what the other designers did when you have time!

Here is my most recent layout:

You slept through it all, but at 1:51pm on August 23, we had an earthquake. B was on the computer playing on the American Girl website, and Z and I were playing Brain Quest. I initially thought it was a truck or motorcycle next door or a train out back, until Z asked what that noise was. I never before imagined an earthquake as being loud, but it definitely had a dull roar to it. After I few seconds, I said, “I think it’s an earthquake,” and B screamed. I didn’t think until afterwards that we should have headed to the downstairs bathroom, but we huddled together in the living room until it passed. It probably lasted 30-40 seconds, but I was grateful once I could tell it was subsiding. Daddy was at work and went outside after the plants and shelves started shaking. I can’t imagine living somewhere that this occurs often. Ridiculously, I once said that I wished I could be in a small earthquake just to know what it felt like… I hope that’s the only one that ever finds me. While it wasn’t terrifying, it definitely disturbed the big kids because there were lots of questions for the rest of the day about how earthquakes happen. Just days after the earthquake, Hurricane Irene went through, and we lost power for almost 2 full days… played LOTS of games on Saturday, lit candles, and made shadow puppets.

Friday, January 4, 2013

LYM: Headlines

My last layout for last year's copy of Log Your Memory...

Title: The Year You Were Born

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States.

NASA discovered water on the Moon.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died at age 50.

US Airways jetliner made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, and everyone aboard survived.

Swine flu sickened millions of people.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl and the New York Yankees won the World Series (horrible sports year for Daddy!).

National Averages:
House price: $258,000
Price of a gallon of gas: $2.57
Price of a gallon of milk: $3.80

Supplies: Scrapdango May 2011 Sugar kit (patterned paper: Crate Paper; embellishments: Bo Bunny, Bella Blvd., My Mind’s Eye)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

LYM: Transportation 2

Each LYM designer had one layout featured in the book and accompanying ideas for three other topics. This was my featured layout...

My family loves to travel... near or far; happy or whiny; by plane, train, or car.

Years ago, I read an article where Tim Russert talked about traveling the world with his son, showing him different areas of the country, how people could be different but were really still the same. It resonated with me, and my husband and I set a goal for our kids to see all 50 states before they start college.

We live on the East Coast, so we've covered a lot already.... my oldest two kids have about 30 states each on their tally. We analyze maps and routes and activities to make the most of each of our trips. No lazy beach bums in this house (although, I really do think that sounds like heaven)!

We're a family on a mission!

(here's a pic of my two big kids in Times Square on our most recent trip.)

Happy travels!


Title: Around the World

Journaling: We've made it a priority to expose you kids to as many different areas pf the country (and the world) as possible. We'll never get to go around the world, but the goal is for you to see that the world is full of love and excitement and learning. All people are basically the same- worth getting to know. That's what I hope you learn from our travels!

Supplies: Basic Grey, Tim Holtz, (lots of scrap paper!); stickers: K & Company

Heather is a SAHM of three beautiful, though not always well-behaved, children. She has been scrapping since before adhesive was invented and is a DT member at Sketches: Creatively Yours. Please visit her blog at

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LYM: Transporation 4

Another from the 2012 edition of Log Your Memory...

We changed it up this time by taking trains for the entire vacation… no cars, no planes. Knowing that traffic is terrible between here and New York City, we dreaded driving. The mandatory bathroom and meal breaks plus slow-moving highways, tolls, parking, and gas expenses forced us to think outside the box. Amtrak gave the kids more leg room, the ability to walk around, and a cafĂ© car. Our total round-trip Amtrak expenses for the trip were just over $400… for all of us (and my mom) together… only slightly more than if we drove.
With the exception of the boat to the Statue of Liberty, it was all trains- light-rail, subway, or commuter train. Though it might have been easier at certain points to take a cab, we stayed on the train-plan, and it worked beautifully. The kids were pros at standing on the subways before we left and even knew which trains to look for when we needed to transfer. If only we could ditch our car at home and take a train everywhere!

Scrapdango August 2011 Sugar kit (manufacturers: Authentique, Teresa Collins), Little Yellow Bicycle, Heidi Grace, Jenni Bowlin, Bazzill:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

LYM: Pursuits

I was a designer at Log Your Memory for 2012. Now that the year is over, I'm sharing the layouts that I created for it. Here's the first...

I’ve always been a busy person. Even when I was little, my parents saw to it that I was involved in things outside of school to learn, meet friends, or help others. In grade school, they signed me up for soccer (for which I was not cut out but was lucky enough to experience having my dad as my coach), Brownies, dance, choir, and church missions. When I was 12, enough people must have thought I was pretty responsible because I babysat often.
A little later on, when I really started making my own choices, I continued with the church groups but became very active in band: playing clarinet and serving as the drum major for the marching band. I signed up for Beta club to round out my college applications. I was really excited to get a job when I was 16, shelving books at the public library.
In college, I probably juggled too much: I continued in band, was the business manager for a musical theatre group, worked at least 10 hours a week, interned at a brokerage… I could go on and on.
After getting married, I taught as a catechist in our church and thought about playing in a community band, but I decided to serve as a board member for Prevent Child Abuse instead. More recently, I’ve served as the chairperson of the Pastoral Council, co-chair of the PTO, and a member of the Moms Group and baptism committee.
As a child, I didn’t have to continue in something if I didn’t want to, but once I signed up for something, my parents made sure that I saw it through. I hope that through my commitments as well as the ones that they make, my own kids also value being an involved, dependable person.

Scrapdango July 2011 Sugar kit (manufacturers: Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, Bazzill, Prima):