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Goals Challenge Winner

Hello all!

I just wanted to announce the winner of the Goals Challenge. Eeny Meeny Miny Moe and the winner is Denise! :) Thanks for playing Denise and I will have a goody in the mail for you on Friday!

Thanks for all who played along, I loved looking at your stuff! Have a great week!
Hugs, Ok, so this picture is only here for the "Awwwwwwwwwwweeee" Factor. :) So cute.

December Goal Challenge

A scrapper's Goal is sometimes elusive, but when we set one up, it tends to give us motivation to scrap. Kind of like wanting to be a teacher made me go through 5 years of college and lots of irritation for very little pay! :) Ok, so I love my kids and that makes it all worth while and I always have a new set of babies to scrap.

My goals for this weekend are 2 pages on my Calendars (this is finish May and get June done!) This is what they looked like in the beginning! :) So, I have made progress from there and that motivates me to finish!
That is a total of 6 pages. Let's see if I can do it! :)

I also have lots of die cuts and things to make for the bulletin board at school too. :) I may show that later, if I get the pages done! :)

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! :) Thanks for playing and have a fun!!! Now Set some goals and SCRAP!

December Sketch and some sad news.

Gettin Sketchy's December Sketch

Here is December's Sketch:
Here is my take on this sketch! :)

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'…

November Sketch and Winner of Blog Candy!!!

Hi everyone! We have a new sketch at GettinSketchy! :) It is similar to last month's with the four little photos.

Here is my take on the sketch using the kit from last month's prize. The CT got a chance to play with some of the products in the kit and this is what I did with my share! It was very nice of Spud to let us play with her kit! :)

Now the moment you have all been waiting for!!! Lis (Melissa) is the winner of the blog candy. Thank you for playing Lis and Kathea. Kathea you will be getting a consolation prize for playing too! :) Please send me your addresses so I can send out your prizes. Thanks again for playing! :)
Happy Scrapping everybody! :)

Blog Candy!!! The NON-Challenge

I have a bonus challenge for you.
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 i…

The new sketch at GettinSketchy

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! Thanks and have a great day! My take on this sketch! :)

Another take on the sketch

Here is another one using the sketch for September.

Scrap off challenge use the GettinSketchy sketch for September.

And a few other layouts I have done recently for the scrap off on Dedicatted Swappers. (We should be called Dedicated Shoppers! LOL Here they are: Scrap off Challenge: Scrap your favorite _____________________
Next challenge was to use as much paper as you wanted, but only one embellishment. You can use as many of that one embellishment as you want, but only one kind! (I used buttons) :) Scrap off challenge, use an embellished border on your layout. Mine was the ribbon on the bazzill with an edge. I hope you like what I've been doing lately, Can't wait for the Ocotober fest challenge on LM to do a layout a day, maybe I will get it done! :) Maybe I can get my Calendars done for Christmas early. :) Hugs, and thanks for coming by. Laura

New Sketch

A new sketch is available on GettinSketchy and here it is! :)

Here is my interpretation of the sketch this month. A sweet photo of Branch when he was 6 or 7 years old climbing the Crepe Mertyl in our front yard at Moody Air Force Base GA! :) I miss my kids being little but I don't think I would like to go back to just that small. :) I wouldn't want to be without my husband again, and during that time in our lives he was gone so much! I'm so glad we are no longer part of the Air Force, we really like having a steady family life. I will have good news tomorrow! :) I will keep you guys hanging on! :)

School's IN!!!

School's in and boy do I have a wonderful little bunch of students. So far I have 7 students and they are as cute as they can be! OH MY! I think I may be in love! :) I know I am. Well, here is what the classroom looks like now, (compared to the nightmare that used to be my classroom) :)
As soon as you walk into the room this is what you see. I have curtains over all the toys and distractions in the shelves. The kids have a hard time focusing if they have too many things to look at. It is rather soothing in the classroom now instead of hard to breath! :) This is the table and the back counter and cabinets where we have lots of stuff hidden from the kids, but inviting too. :) This is an over view of the room from the door, You can see the kitchen and household play, you see the rice table (it is the picnic table that opens up) The little table with the red chairs is the art center, the back table is the job table/lunch table. In the far corner of the room is my desk and the kitc…

It's been a long time

It has been a long time since I blogged. Lots of things have happened...too much really.
My last day at Pea Ridge Elementary was June 8, 2008. I don't think I have ever been so sad about leaving a job in my life. I am excited about the new job but at the same time, I have never felt so much at home in a school. It was such a nice experience, I will miss all my friends.

(This is a bunch of the Pea Ridge Crew on my Birthday, From left to right...
Becca, Cindy, Amanda, Diane, Me, Bea, Tiffanie) (yes, Bea is real Michelle!) LOL

I am going to Oriole Beach Elementary as a Pre-K teacher of 3 year olds. I'm excited about the job but sad to leave my friends. I will be getting a pay raise in that I won't have to pay for the bridge or for gas, but I have a feeling I will be spending a LOT more time at school. Here is a picture of an extremely messy room. Hopefully the next time I blog about my room it will be nice and clean and ready for my students and parents for orientation! :)

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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 …

Autism Awareness Month and Mother of the Year

This is a letter I wrote to a lady with a Child with Autism...this has history and some of you know it and some of you don't. I want to make sure that everyone knows about autism, it is coming to a family near you sooner than you like!

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 …


One of the Newest Creative Team member at Gettin' Sketchy! WOO HOO...I'm so excited! :) I love being part of a team and I haven't been able to do that for a long time. It is so nice to finally be established enough in the new house/job/area to pursue other things I like to do too! :)

The sketch this month is:

Please go to
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 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 …

Happy Easter

For all of you who celebrate Easter! :) Happy Easter!

I'm trying to get my Scrapbook Mojo back and what better way then to have a mini crop for Easter! :)

Easter Crop:

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.

Challenge 1:

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.

Challenge 2:

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!

(this one is left challenge 2 and right is challenge 5. :)

challenge 3:

Spring really has sprung...March 20 …


My newest layout!
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.

Here is the Tagged Part! :)
Here are the rules: Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. Here are my 7 random/weird facts:1. 1. I met my husband at the Fountain City Music Festival in Columbus Georgia on November 12, 1983. I still have the tiny piece of paper from the program that he wrote his number on. 2. I have a weird little effect with my hands. When I close my right hand in a fist my left hand tries to mimic the same movement. When I write with a pen in my right hand, I have to put my left hand in my lap. I d…

Leap Day

Today is Leap Day! I don't remember the last leap day but I know it happened in 2004 just doing the math! :) This year I have a few pictures of me at school because it was crazy hat day. Do I have pictures uploaded on my computer yet...NOPE! :)

Lots of neat things going on around here. Billy got a JOB with Tybrin Corporation out of Eglin. Yippee and the only one boo hiss in the whole thing. He has to drive an hour to and from work every day. He started work on Monday. His first full week of work and he is wiped out! :) It was funny last Sunday we were hanging out and I would take a picture of Billy and say "your last day of retirement. " The last few months have been really weird but eye opening. We really used to blow a lot of money. Thank you Lord for the lesson, we will be getting out of debt! :)

Ok, scrapbook wise lately, I have been redoing my room. (AGAIN!) LOL Not really an again, just slowly working towards the plan I had from the beginning.
It just takes time a…


I have been busy this week with the mailboxes again! :)
Here are few pics of these things and then I will be posting them on ebay! :)

I am also going to try to make a layout for the Peek Winter Quotes and pagemap contests. I need some scrappy supplies, but I don't have a budget right now! :) (Ok, I don't need them, but I would like to get some of the new goodies coming out!) LOL

This is the one I call the Heart mailbox. It has heart patterned paper and prima flowers and is just frilly and girly! :)
I love using up my stuff on such pretty items. I am going to list them on ebay and if they don't sell then I am going to try to sell them at school. We will see! :) This is the Love Notes mailbox, the original one that I have on the previous post. I only changed the charm and how it is hung. I really didn't like th safety pin on it before it just really bothered me and it didnt look right! :) This is more appropriate charm and way to hang it! Love that I am finding more uses f…

Target Tool Caddy

This is my Target Tool Caddy made by Jetmax. I know Michaels, AC MOORE and Target all sell the same Jetmax cubes in various ways. Target is the only one I have seen with the tool caddy though. For the large cubes I need about 6 more to make my room complete! LOL... I only have 15 of them right now! LOL...Sad I know! :) Anyway, I want to get all the iris carts out of my room and into my classroom. I want to get my dies in the jetmax cubes because right now they are in the iris carts and the drawers are really hard to open and close! :)

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 is not staying here I just put a photo in there so you could see where it goes! :) I really don…

Winter Blues

Hi all!

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 als…

Happy Sunday

I have been trying to get my scrap book mojo back, but I'm also trying to get some of the big items out of my room. This includes ALL those items I bought to alter! :) SO, I have been getting a few things out! :)

A little something for Bea. It is a late Birthday present! :)

This is also the way I used wire in that challenge for Winterfest.

Tara told me someone paid for my fee so I could ge the points. I sure wish she would tell me who so I can thank them! Tara if it is you...Thank you so much!

I also made a card tin for my neice for her birthday next month. Bea and I had made all the cards for the QVC TSV way back when, so I used those cards and filled up a lunch tin for my neice! :) I hope she likes it! :)

I used her favorite colors in the lunch tin. Purple of course, she is a lot like me. For you scrapbook addicts, all the papers used were Rita Marie, the letters are chipboard by Pressed colorbox, the ribbon is stuff I have had in my stash for a very long time! :) I had…

Something I did last night

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! :)

Goals for 2008

Seriously my goals in 2008

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…