Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mom, Mama, Mommy....

Today, I spent a few minutes browsing some of my favorite blogs for inspiration and came across a challenge on the Bo Bunny Blog that was just screaming out my name!
It is their Layout Friday Challenge and this time, the theme was ME! 

Here is the exacts of the challenge:

Create a 2 page layout about an ordinary, routine day in your life.
We want to see what one day in your life looks like.
Your layout should include photos and journaling/wording

Well, I still had a bit of my favorite line "Olivia" so I decided to play along.
The BIGGEST challenge is the 2 pager!
But...it actually came together quite nicely for me.

Since my day consists of 5 munchkins calling my name ALL THE TIME...
I appropriately titled this one 

"Mom, Mama, Mommy"

Unfortunately, my printer quit working on me, so I had to make do with just photos that I had on hand. 
They are not the best quality because they are from my phone.
However, they worked perfectly for this challenge!
My main photo is one of my kids since I start and end every day with them.  I also included a pic of my phone, sunglasses, and a Diet Dr. Pepper.  
these 3 things are ALWAYS with me.  
Well, usually it is a diet coke, but that pic was taken a few months ago when I was on a Diet DP kick. 
I also included a pick of my daughters' backpacks.  This represents the trek to and from school every day, homework, and the fact that they have piled them into the chair in my living room...which is a constant battle!  LOL  I also have a pic of my 9 year old son reading to me.  You can't see it very well, but he is in there.  He is reading the Harry Potter series...and this was the 2nd or 3rd book. He is now on the last of the series.   I don't have a pic of my husband on hand to include, but I do end every day with a kiss from him.  That is in my journaling even though there is not a pic.

Below are a couple of close-ups.  I used a dowel rod on the ends of the journaling paper to make it look like a scroll.  I really liked how this turned out.  I also used a mesh ribbon and spritzed it in order to create the cross hatch pattern.  I also broke out my handy dandy border punches for this one.  LOVE my punches!

I haven't scrapped in what seems like forever, and I think I am a little rusty!   It won't be long and I will be back in the groove!  LOL
Thanks for the inspiration Bo Bunny Team!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today.  Have a fantabulous day!  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving from the Heart...

--So often, Christmas gets commercialized and turned into a race for 
the "best deal" on Black Friday. 

--So often, we forget why we celebrate, or even WHO we are celebrating.

--So often, we get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays that we forget to 
stop and focus on the little things.

This year, I am making it a point to stay focused on the little things.

One thing that I am focusing on is MAKING Christmas gifts rather than buying the pre-fabed store bought junk. 
This year, I am going to be Giving Gifts from the Heart.

My 5 munchkins and I  will be hand making our gifts this year.
I will try to feature each one as it is completed...Notice I said TRY! LOL
We are going to start with this:

Flower Clippie Bouquet

This will be a fun gift for any little girl who likes to wear hair jewelry.
This one is going to be going to my 5 year old niece.

ribbon&jute by Really Reasonable Ribbon
paper by Imaginisce

In order to celebrate Thanksgiving and 'Black Friday' here in the US, Bonnie is having a 3-day SALE at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  All day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11/24 thru 11/26 she will be taking 15% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER including sale items!!
So head on over to Really Reasonable Ribbon to get your code and
Thanks for stopping by today!  
Hope your Thanksgiving was Fantabulous, and that your weekend is even better!
PS...I would love to hear some of your ideas for gifts from the heart!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Santa's Magic Key

Is the most magical key ever!

Do you have an inquisitive toddler who is wondering how Santa will bring all the presents on Christmas Eve...if you don't have a chimney? 
Well, guess what...
Santa doesn't need a chimney!
He has his own key!

It is genius!
I made this key door hanger for the Clean and Simple Challenge over on the Really reasonable Ribbon blog.    
You simply get any old key, or, I used a golden key ornament that I bought at Wal Mart.  You print out the poem, attach it all to a big gorgeous ribbon and hang it on your door knob on Christmas Eve!
No More Questions and no more having to come up with creative answers! LOL
Here are a few links with various versions of the the poem...

And here is the exact one that I used on mine...

Our stockings hang upon a wall.
We have no fireplace at all!
You see the problem is quite clear.
Santa, how will you get in here?

We heard a legend. Is it true?
Of magic only you can do.
We'll leave out any plain old key,
and mark it "Santa" so you can see.

Your magic makes the key fit right,
so you can get inside that night.
Thank you Santa, here's our key.
The milk and cookies are on me!

Now, Head on Over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and Check out what the rest of the team made for this challenge!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Star is Born!

Well, something like that!

**Scroll down for the blog hop**

Here my munchkin wearing her Christmas bow and dress.
She looks so sophisticated to me! 
I can't believe that she is only 6!

Head on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog
for instructions on how to make that bow!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


It is that time again, Ladies!

Time to hop along with the Really Reasonable Ribbon's 
 and see what we all have conjured up with the Ribbon Club Assortment. If you arrived here from Heidi's blog, then you are on the right track!
If not, go back to the beginning at the RRR blog and get started!

This is the VERY FIRST blog hop with the new RRR team...and I can't WAIT to see what everyone has created with this beautiful Gold and Silver assortment!

As most of you know by now, I soooooooo look forward to creating my "Bow of the Month" with each month's ribbon assortment.  It is not only something that I enjoy, but something that my daughter has come to expect! LOL.  She gets just as excited about the ribbons in the Club Assortments as I do now! 

This month, the ribbons screamed BEAUTY and ELEGANCE.  
And here is the bow that I created:

I can not wait to find the perfect matching holiday dress
 to get Skye's pictures taken!
What a Beauty she will be!

As always...I will have a tutorial on how I made this bow posted on the RRR blog tomorrow!
If you want to know how, make sure you stop by there tomorrow!

Thanks for hopping along with us today.  I certainly hope you are gaining some inspiration along the way.  Your next stop on this hop is at Dawn's Beautiful Blog!
Have a FANTABULOUS Day!!!!