Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hurray for Summer!

Well, it is finally here! The much anticipated first full day of summer vacation!!! Although the weather doesn't seem to know it is summer, I am glad for the time to chill and have fun with the kids - and hopefully the good weather will follow.

I have been busy catching up on last summer's photos - the layout above is one of the ones I got done this week!!! It is based on a sketch by Victoria over at weScrap. Every Saturday they have a new sketch for Sketchy Saturday's. It is a great way to get some of your scrapping done, and they offer a monthly prize as additional motivation!

Here are few more layouts based on the Sketchy Saturday sketches for June. It is fun to try out different styles of scrapping for each of the sketches, too, and as an added challenge - I used stuff from my ridiculously large stash for 3 of the 4 layouts I completed! Now I can feel self righteous - at least for a few minutes!

Check out SKETCHY SATURDAYS for a fabulous dose of sketch inspiration!!!

Happy Day, everyone!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Spiral Flowers Tutorial

I recently taught this layout as a class at Scrapbook Parade. I have a had a bunch of people requesting instructions for making the spiral paper flowers - so here is a tutorial to help you out!

I can't take the credit for the tutorial, but it is a terrific one from another blogger - so give these a try and have some fun - but be warned - you may see them popping up on all your layouts - they are just so fun and easy!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

End of School madness. . .

I think the end of the school year is designed to make parents insane. Why is it we have to schedule in a year's worth of field trips into the last two weeks of school??? I would rather have the kids out of school and then get to choose what I drive my kids to!!!! And with four kids - yikes - beach days, park days, ziplines, museums, movies. . . . holy cow!!! Not to mention a Grade 5 School Leaving Lunch ( aka - pretend grad) and Middle School graduation on the same day -mmmmmm 2 potlucks, 2 slide shows and 2 kids that are getting way bigger than I want them to!!! Ben can't possibly be old enough to be done elementary school and Hannah looks like such a teenager in her grad dress - so beautiful. . . Next year we will have one in ( gulp) high school, one in middle school and two in elementary! No one can tell me that time does not move impossibly fast!!!

Somewhere in there I want to get some scrapping done - I have lots of fun new stuff to play with and I have barely touched it!!! Tonight I am teaching a class at Scrapbook Parade - here is a peek at the layout:

I used the Quite Contrary line from My Mind's Eye , and had a lot of fun making the paper flowers!

Now that summer is here, I am hoping to have a bit more time to scrap, and I have some fun new classes cooked up for this summer at the store! And I might even be able to blog a little more often!!!

Happy 2nd day of Summer everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Joshua Green aka "Baseball Guy" and 12 Winning Sports Layouts

I have been sharing a lot of photos from Hannah's ball team this year, so now it is time to show some of the photos from Josh's Learn to Play adventures.
Now known as Joshua Green aka Baseball Guy, he is a very keen ball player - at least until he doesn't get the ball - then it is an entirely different story! He looks forward to it, and I have admired the way he keeps playing, despite the challenges a team sport can present for a little guy like Josh! Here are some highlights:

Now that I have all of these photos, I went looking for some online inspiration for some layouts that would make the most of my photos - I found a great article with examples on Scrapbooks, etc Magazine's site - 12 Winning Sports Layouts !!
Check it out, and watch for my take on some of these coming soon to a blog near you!!!
Happy Day everyone!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Panthers, Projects and just plain Life. . .(a longer post to catch up!)

Does anyone else find this time of year overwhelming??????? Despite my best attempts to keep things in the realm of somewhat reasonable, between ball, end of year activities like concerts, field trips, special events and the general busy-ness of life, I am feeling- well, busy - as in too darned busy to get anything done!!!

I am back coaching my fastball girls again this year, and as always, it is a huge highlight!!! It takes a lot of time, but the Panthers are the best group of girls and so are their parents!! We recently took a road trip to Port Alberni for a tournament and came home with a silver medal - despite major rain and the cancellation of the final!!!

Nice field hey???

This is past weekend we hosted a tournament in our park and after one glorious day of sun, it poured rain again to cancel the playoffs, so we ended up with a bronze medal!!! But really - the best part is watching the girls have fun together:

And while at this weekend's tournament, I had Dave from take some photos of Hannah - I never get a chance when I am coaching and the results were really fabulous!!!

Thanks Dave!!!! I LOVE these photos!! If you are in Victoria - please check him out!!!!

And just in case you think I have been a complete Slackbooker ( a scrapbooker who is currently slacking from scrapping!! - I just made that up!!) I have done a few layouts lately. . .

Hope your June is as fun and full as mine!!! Happy Day, everyone!!!