Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Put your goals in the comments below and if you meet all your goals I will put a small RAK in the mail to you on Monday! :)
Monday, December 01, 2008
The sad news is I will be leaving Gettin Sketchy after this month. I officially resign from the CT Janury 1, 2009, for various reasons. When school starts again after the holidays my class is going to almost double and I will not have time for scrapping let alone posting and doing my assignments, etc.
Philosophical reasons include my desire to do my own designs again. I am not at all happy scrapping someone else's designs. I think I am burnt out on sketches. The idea behind doing a sketch was to do a sketch when I was stuck for a design. I could go to a sketch and still get a layout done. However, I have become very reliant on sketches and stopped designing my own layouts. With that being said, it is time to back off sketches and have fun designing again. Even if my style is blocky and linear, it will be my design...not how someone else told me to do it. :) Now, don't think I'm knocking sketches that is not it at all. I do love to do them when I'm stuck, I got lazy and stopped doing things my own way! :) I want to go back to sketching once a week during guitar lessons and come home and work on the sketches I have developed while listening to my son play guitar.
Thank you so much for having me at Gettin Sketchy, but I believe it is time for me to find my own way again.
Hugs and Keep On Scrappin!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Do not use any challenge, do not use any Sketches…Just use your imagination to do a page.
Do whatever you want…This is actually a NON-Challenge.
The reason why I have this challenge for you is because I just put all the pages I have done since August away ( it is a truly paltry number) and found EVERY ONE of them were in response to a challenge. Whether it was part of the CT duties at Gettin’ Sketchy or Lifetime Moments Scrapfests or Dedicated Swappers II Scrap off challenge. Not one thing was just because. Not one item was just because I wanted to scrap. That scares me now that I have turned my beloved hobby into something “I have to do.”
Not a single one of these pages were my own creation or idea. None, nada, Zip. What happened? I never used sketches 3 years ago and I truly LOVED my pages. Now I look at my pages and they are all starting to look the same.
Becky Fleck is a talented sketch artist…but they are all HER style, not mine, wait a minute, what is my style? I don't remember anymore., Any way, Becky's pagemaps are all looking quite the same after awhile, the same with Mrs. Becky Higgins, and why did she fall by the way side? We all got tired of it.
Right now I’m sick to death of sketches…they are useful in a pinch, but I think I am now way too reliant on them. I think it is time to cancel some subscriptions and go back to doing what I used to do. Sketch and draw myself.
One of my happiest times was when I could just take the time and sketch. I loved the hour I would get to sketch by going to the community center while my daughter took her Hula lesson. I sketched a week’s worth of ideas and then went home and did them. They didn’t always look the same as the sketch I drew afterward, but I had done it myself, I had tweaked it myself.
I really can’t remember the last time I did that. What has happened to me and my love of glue and paper, now I can’t seem to put a page together unless someone tells me what to do. Where to put this element, how large the photo can be, what kind of borders do I need, what colors am I going to use. Ack!!! What happened to me?
Ok so here comes the Blog Candy! :0)
Submit your challenge layouts to me, (and if I recognize any sketches, I’m going to disqualify it!):-) (this also includes colorblocking templates, etc)
Submit your challenges here IN the comment section down below and you will be in the running for an autumn surprise package shown above that includes Prima Flowers, Flair Designs autumn stickers, Goodie box by Doodlbebug, brads, 10 sheets of paper from Rusty Pickle, Sweetwater, and Around the block, Magic Scraps faux buttons, and Karen Foster Stickers, and other assorted odds and ends. Thanks for reading! :0)
Happy Scrapping!!! (really scrapping!)
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I heard lots of of people say that they weren't crazy about the one picture layout! :) This should cure that! :) Enjoy and don't forget to post your link to your page in the comment section or email email@example.com! Thanks and have a great day!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Scrap off challenge use the GettinSketchy sketch for September.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I have a hard time saying “Happy Memorial Day” as it is not supposed to be a happy occasion. Does anyone else feel that way too?
I know in Hawaii they spend lots of time making Lei’s for all the graves on all the islands. The kids in school make lei’s for tombs all over the islands, it is lovely tradition.
When you go to the Punchbowl (it is a crater that is also a National Cemetery) there are lei’s on every tomb. It is powerfully sad and makes you proud too.
The Hawaiian’s are fiercely patriotic and that is something that the folks here in the mainland do not know. They celebrate the day they were entered into the union (Statehood Day August 20) It is a state Holiday, but they also celebrate their heritage, with King Kamehameha and Prince Kuhio days. Aloha festival is a mixture of Hawaiian pride and now American pride. The one thing that is little known is that they are very respectful of the dead and they take remembrance seriously, that no one is forgotten. It seems the Hawaiians truly know what Memorial Day is about and sadly those of us on the mainland seem to have forgotten.
Memorial Day is supposed to be a day of remembering those who have gone before us. Memorial Day is for remembering those who have lost their lives fighting for the freedoms we have.
Memorial Day is for those who have gone before us in our family who made us what we are today. Instead Memorial Day has turned into the beginning of summer, and how much can we pack into 3 days instead of what the day was supposed to be.
It is hard for me to say Happy Memorial Day.
Have a Good Memorial Day, Remember those who you loved, remember those who served, but most of all, just Remember what the day is for.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I got the greatest gift the day after World Austism Awareness Day. (april 5, 2008)
I get a telephone call from a lady connected to Branch (my son) through a job program that he participates in school. She also volunteers with the County Fair to help organize it every year and her program that she runs is the Mother of the Year Contest that is held every year. A family member writes a letter about the mother and it is voted on by a committee and the top five are sent to the judges. How flattering that a member of your family wants the whole world to know that you are the best mom in our county. (how cool is that anyway...remember I am the mother of teen agers!) LOL
My beautiful son wrote a letter to tell everyone that "My mother is the best mother of Santa Rosa County." Wow, "gulp" here come the tears...he never said I love you to me spontaneoulsy until he was 7 (it was the day before his 8th birthday and I cried like a baby). Wow! Here he is at 17 reading a letter he wrote to tell everyone how he thinks I'm the best mom in the county! The letter stated some observations about me, I am a teacher, I am a scrapbooker, I like to go shopping at Target and I like going to Starbucks. He then says I take him to guitar lessons, she cleans our house, she gives me new video games, and take me everywhere. Not a super sophisticated letter, but the love in it, is amazing. He noticed so much about me that I didn't think he noticed and boy does he notice! The results of the contest were not that important...I came in 4th runner up (5th place) hehehe...but really I was THE MOTHER OF THE YEAR... I kept thinking back almost 14 years ago thinking: If I believed everything I was told when he was diagnosed. I don't think he would have ever done all the things that he has accomplished in his life. I didn't believe in what they told me, I said "No" and proceeded to teach him the things that I thought he would need. I did a lot of things right by accident and then when both of my children were in school I went to college and became a special education teacher. I was hoping to stay ahead of him by this field of study and...sometimes it works, sometimes it didn't and then I found that he taught me WAAAAAAAY more than anything I learned in college! :)
Funny thing about all the things we do for our children with autism when they are very young...it PAYS OUT! I know my son will live on his own, I know he will have a job, I know he is going to be OK when I leave this world. And because all of this will happen, I know I have done my job and here is the best part ...HE NOTICED!
If you read all this, thank you for letting me share.
Happy Autism Awareness Month. :) We will get the message out >>> HOPE!
Here is the actual letter that he wrote...if you click on it, it will come up larger on your screen. :)
Here we are at the Santa Rosa County Fair, Branch is reading the letter to everyone. (this is the first time I heard it too!)
Branch and I on the stage, getting my award and stating that April is Autism Awareness Month. I let everyone know that I was more proud than I could even state! :) What an awesome kid!
This is us on stage and I was awarded a beautiful picture of the prettiest hibiscus and a goody bag of items from the Santa Rosa County Fair. (It includes a 30 minute massage!) Yippie!
Ok, I know this is a longer post than normal and not a thing to do with scrapbooking! I will add a Flikr show of all my layouts for the month soon. Hopefully before next month starts! :)
Thanks for reading and letting me brag about my boy! I love this guy! He is an awesome kid!
Friday, April 11, 2008
The sketch this month is:
Please go to http://www.gettinsketchy.blogspot.com/
This is the coolest thing too...PRIZES!!! All you have to do is your take on the sketch and upload it to a gallery and then link the layout in a comment on the blog and we pick a sketch and call it winner and they get a PRIZE!! WOO HOO...talk about fun stuff!
I'm psyched up about this. My family is happy for me.
Now, on to the not so good news. (I always start with the good news right?)
Billy's night in the E.R.
My Dear sweet Billy has been hurting on the left side of his belly for about a week or little longer. He can't even stand straight up as it hurts, he says it feels like he is being ripped apart from the inside. It makes me so sad, he is in so much pain. We were in the Emergency room from 4:00 PM to almost 12:00 AM last night trying to get answers about why he is having pain. They had him give a urine sample, four vials of blood (the vampires!) an IV was inserted, and a barium CT scan. The last is what took so long. He had to drink 3 large cups of the Tang-like concoction down over 4 hours. After that he was glowing on the inside and they had him do the scan.
His appendix is fine, his labs looked fine, he does not have any kind of infection, and he does not have a hernia. We kind of found out the NOT's but not the What is it! We were told he needs to go to his regular doctor to get a referal to a gastronologist and they will most likely have a colonoscopy done. Poor guy. The highlight of the night, he got MORPHINE to ease his pain, as soon as the pain went away he realized he was hungry. He has not been able to enjoy eating because every time he eats he hurts. He knows he must eat so that he does not get sick because he is not eating right. He is truly danged if he does and danged if he doesn't. I'm sad he has this problem, he is hurting and I can't make it better. Isn't that my job to make things better for everyone, and I hate it when I can't because a very real part of my psyche believes that I am failing him. How am I failng him because I can't make him feel better. I think it is the mom syndrome, trying to make things better for everyone. All I can do now is trust the Lord is watching over him and he will show us the right way.
I also have other really good news but I can't put it after this...My beautiful son! :) That will be in the next post! :) Hugs and thank you for reading.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I'm trying to get my Scrapbook Mojo back and what better way then to have a mini crop for Easter! :)
Who wants to have some fun this weekend and get some scrapping done! :) I am so ready to have some fun scrappin' this weekend! :)
I am going to list 5 challenges for this weekend.
How many of us made some kind of bunny in Elemetary school that had felt ears, googly eyes and a milk carton and some cotton balls. My challenge to you is to use some felt on your layout or set of 4 cards.
Oh, all those pictures of eggs, decorating, hiding, inside Easter baskets. The challenge this time is..yep, you guessed it...use eggs/ovals in a layout or a set of four cards! :) You just must use the shape, it does not need to be Easter related, but come on, we have all those pictures you may as well use them!
Spring really has sprung...March 20 was the first day of spring. (really for all you snow encrusted people it really has! :)
My Challenge for you is to use "Spring" in your title somewhere. Even if it is a "spring in your step" kind of layout. Or maybe a slinky layout...who knows, but spring must be in the title somewhere! :)
Use this sketch from Becky Fleck's PageMaps! :)
My Last Easter challenge for you is related to that ever famous Easter bunny! Do a page about an animal/animals. It could be a pet, a zoo, or even your kid acting like a monkey! :) Just use animals on your layout somewhere. (animal die cuts to pictures, I really don't care how you use it!) Use animals on your layout or set of 4 cards! :)
Enjoy my little Easter Challenge, post your stuff in the comment box on my blog or set up a file on DS2. So have fun...Oh yea, prizes, durn I forgot about someone maybe wanting a prize! :)
BONUS Challenge! Did you know that Polaroid is no longer making film. After this year they will no longer be making the polaroid instant film. So my challenge is to do a layout using your old or new polaroids! :)
Graduated schedule on the prizes! :)
Do 1 challenge and get put in for a 41 cent rak. (the prize will fit in an envelope and be sent with one stamps)
Do 2 challenges and you get put in for an 82. cent rak! (the prize will fit in a 6 x 9 manilla with 2 stamps! :)
Do 3 challenges and you are going to get a mini book with some assorted emblishments to go with it! :)
Do 4 challenges and Congratulations you got a lot done this weekend! You are also set to win a page done by me! (send me pics and I'll scrap it for you!)
Do 5 challenges and you get put in for a michael's Gift Card worth 10 dollars or a set a the sizzlit back to school 4 die set. (a 19.99 value)
bonus challenge is just for fun and can be combined with the other 5.
All of these challenges are NOT to be combined, only the bonus challenge can be combined with Challenges 1 through 5.
Thanks for playing and if you don't get to play have fun with your family! :)
Hugs and let the Scrapbooking begin!
Friday, March 14, 2008
It only took me forever to get it done!!! Jeez, but here it is and yes I'm proud of it.
The layout is from Get Sketchy and this is sketch #9. I like it, but I wish there was a place for journaling as part of the sketch.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
It just takes time and I figure if you own the house you can take all the time you want, right? :)
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The tool caddy has four sides. Two picture sides that also have drawers. This smaller drawer has 3 compartments in it. I hold my carl shape blades in here and some fiskar refills. (That is how come I knew I was out of them when I went for them the other day, 3 scoring blades and 0 cutting blade cartridges..grrrrrr. Notice there is a photo in the side...it is not staying here I just put a photo in there so you could see where it goes! :) I really don't want a picture of my computer in my tool caddy! :) (it is a pic of Rajah behind the computer, cute as a button and going to be scrapped today!) This side of the inside holder has my files and emory boards and Basic Grey precision file kit. I really don't know how I filed my chipboard letters before I got this set because it makes my life so durn easy. Paint brushes live in this side too :)
This second side of the tool caddy is also a drawer and photo area. This drawer is just one large junk drawer! :) Just kidding, I have my tombo mono and my herma adhesive runners in there and the curvy cutter tool and refill blades. The drawer is rather roomy and you can get more stuff in it than you think! :) This side of the inside holder has various pens inside and one usless Fiskar 5 in one tool. (I really hate that thing)!
This third view of the boxy little caddy has a magnet board and comes with 4 strong magnets. I plan on decorating them at some point! :) Probably today now that I'm embarrassed! :) I am thinking flowers that make me happy! :)
The inside of this caddy has an X that lets you hold your stand up tools. The problem is that it is slick on the bottom and nothing stood up, it is kind of like a cup. So I added some of the florist styrofoam so that my tools would stand up. It is working like a charm! :) I put my jewlers tongs and button shank remover tip side down inside the styrofoam, it has the added benefit of keeping me safe!
The fourth side of the this caddy has a place to stick pens in an elastic holder. That is where I keep my cutterbee scissors and my tweezerbee and alligator clips for chalking...always handy. This is my dangerous side! If you notice in the back that the exacto knife does not have a top. It got lost in the move! :( So, I have impaled my fingers on that thing several times before I got the styrofoam. Now I have not hurt myself on it once! YAY! I know put it tip down, I can't do that, it would be too hard to find!
Now this is the part you didn't know, I have 2 of these tool caddys! They are on both sides of my work space by my window. The second one holds bigger tools in the X, like the instant setter and the grommet setter kits by Making Memories, they are in there and my cork board for my paper piercer...the drawers hold my magic matter (yes I still have it) and some of the inks I use ALL the time! :)
Now looking at this people ask, why didn't you just get teh Making Memories Tool Caddy with 8 sides, yada yada yada...it wasn't out when I bought these things in July! I wish I could have had that system instead, I think it would have suited me well, but it was not available and if you haven't noticed, Im kind of a "gotta have it now" kinda girl! That is changing, slowly but surely, but I WAS once the one that was first in line to get everything and sometimes that hurts you! Something better always comes out later...so I'm trying to wait till later! :)
If you have any other questions let me know or if you want a close up view of anything I'll do it! :)
It has been a weird week. I am still trying to get over this sickness. I have a sinus yucky, my nose is rebelling and trying very hard to run off my face or make my head feel like it is full of cotton! I am tired, just so tired all the time! :( I am sure it is winter blues and I'm sure it is getting me down more than I thought it would. I did not have the winter blues in Hawaii...I really miss Hawaii right now. It is cold, very cold to me and very disheartening. Hate the cold!
The only bright spots are Jayne is coming on Monday! She said she would call me! :) I am excited about that! And I get to go to work and see my kids. I just hope I'm well enough to not sneeze or blow boogers on them.
I have been busy scrapbook wise or altering wise! :) I have more pictures of stuff I have been making. I am thinking of selling some of the mailboxes on ebay, but I'm afraid they won't sell and then I will have listing fees to pay and well, we aren't rich right now! :)
I also have a secret pal at school, she is one of the other teachers. I am going to be gifting her with this
on Monday. Monday's are usually my hardest days to get motivated. Hopefully this will make her Monday! :)
Ok, now on the homefront. Billy got a letter from Pensacola for the Assisstant Director to the Airport in town. This is the job that Billy really wants. The letter is for a background check and then after that comes clear then they will start the process for interviewing and hiring! :) Everyone pray!
Bethanie and Branch are doing Great. Bethanie's Birthday party and her cake came out great.
Check this layout out about her Birthday! That cake went over so well!!! NOT...We got lots of EWWW that's Gross! Some of the kids couldn't eat it, but it really did taste good!
Branch got in trouble yesterday, they sent his report card in the mail. They only send report cards in the mail when there is a bad grade on them. He got an F in Social Personal Skills. Then he tried to say ..."But Mom I have Autism." I thought I was going to die laughing!
I told him that class was made to help him and that he had to do his best and an F told me he was not trying his best. He said he would try to do better, but I will get in touch with the teacher to find out what is going on too. If he needs a coach or help that is one thing, but if they are expecting him to do things on his own, that is not going to happen until they TEACH the skill they want him to know. I don't think they have. Hummmm, that gets my advocate/teacher self mad! The Mom part wants to make him feel better, the teacher part says, if my student failed what have I not done to make him understand what I am trying to teach. Funny how when one of my students have failed I feel like I have failed. I hope that is how is teacher feels. If he did not do homework or all of his classwork, that is one thing, but if she is expecting him to read something and do it on his own, then she will have hell to pay! He doesn't learn that way!
Sorry this is such a long post! I didn't mean to do that! I am going to make another post about my tool caddy for my scrapbook friends! :) So, this is going to be fun for family and for my scrap freinds!
thanks for reading this and see you later!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This is a layout I did last night. First time since October I scrapped a page just for my book! It was nice. I got an idea from Tim Holtz's blog for the January Technique challenge. You should try it! :) It was a lot of fun and made me pull out my embossing powders and heat setter! I haven't done that in forever!
This layout brought back so many good memories, and made miss Shannon! Hopefully soon we can meet in Georgia, I'm hoping for the summer time! :)
I also made a bunch of altered items lately! :) I am becoming the altered queen, I will post pictures when I finally take some pictures of them! I still have more stuff to make! UGH! I'm sick of stuff and want to go back to scrapping! :)
January, my family comes here and celebrates Bethanie’s birthday with her!!!
February….go to Zoe’s birthday party
March go to Korisma’s birthday party
Two weekends later for Papaw's birthday
April be there for Grandpa's Birthday
May Go to GA for my birthday and to see Michelle’s new baby.
June Look for another job
July Have 4th of July here at home…
August : Celebrate Branch and Meme’s birthdays together
September School stuff
October Stay home and start getting ready for Christmas
Goals for 2008
Yikes, too many to count.
Things that float around in your head like
I need to lose weight
I need to use up my scrap stuff
I would like to try selling some of the stuff I make on ebay or at the base
I would like to try to become financially independent no more credit card debt
I would like to find a better paying job over the summer. (I love teaching, but face it, we don't make that much money)
I want to get all of my dental problems taken care of
I desperately need that implant folks! LOL I hate having this little thing attached to my teeth!
That doesn't even cover the things I want to get done in the house in 2008. Curtains and pictures on all the walls would be nice! LOL
Ali had a great idea on her blog. To list a word and that kind of be my theme for the year!
so my Word to Live by this year.... LIVE!!! :)
I am not going to let my life happen, I'm going to CONTINUE to LIVE my life. I have been doing many things the last few years I never thought I would. This year I plan on continuing to LIVE.
I will LIVE with Autism and continue to love my son, I will LIVE with enthusiasm as my children grow into beautiful adults!
I will LIVE with Compassion when me and my husband ARGUE...I will LIVE with determination to make my goals real.I will LIVE with what happens in our day to day world and not let it sidetrack me into wishing away this day that is "too hard."I will LIVE with the knowledge that my ATTITUDE changes many things.In the end I just want to LIVE in 2008.
A lot of heavy stuff. Next post won't be so heavy! PROMISE! :)