Sunday, May 31, 2009

Final SOA Projects

Well I managed to complete 25 challenges for the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's Event. That's in addition to the 12 I did for the Mommysavers Crop and the other miscellaneous pages I did. That made this a very productive week. I'm happy with everything I made. I'll update next week to let you know if I won anything. Here are my last 3 projects.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lots of New Projects

This week and weekend have been busy scrappin' and stampin' times. This week I have been working on the SOA projects. This weekend is a mini crop in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month at Mommysavers. It's good to have all these challenges to do though because it sure is making me catch up on the books for the kids. Here are some of the newest things that I have created.

Mommysavers Crop Stuff

Challenge 1 Challenge 2 Challenge 3 Challenge 4 Challenge 5 Challenge 6 Challenge 7 Challenge 8 Challenge 9 Challenge 10 Challenge 11

SOA Projects

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

More Cards for SOA

Here are the newest cards that I have made for Stampin' Out Alzheimer's.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Card Project for SOA

Here is the first card that I made for Stampin' Out Alzheimer's. I plan to make a few more, but we'll see how tomorrow goes. I have a 2 day crop Friday and Saturday so I want to get all my SOA projects done tomorrow.


More SOA Projects

I'm having a blast creating the projects for the SOA challenges. Here are two more that I did today.

This is a 3D box.

This is a memory journal made from a composition book.

SOA Projects

Here are a few of the projects that I have been working on for the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event.

This is a keepsake box that I made to keep special things in.

This is a post it note holder.

This is a cupcake box. Jodi helped me with this one.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimer's

Some of you may know that my Nana had Alzheimer's. We dealt with this horrible disease for over 15 years as it slowly stole her away from us. It started with a small amount of confusion and led us to a place where she didn't even know who we were. She never knew my children. I was able to take Jodi to see her once, but she never actually opened her eyes and saw her. This is a terrible disease. It is debilitating to the patient as well as to the family. The toll it takes on the family is often greater than the toll that it takes on the patient. The patient has no knowledge of what is going on so they don't feel the pain or miss the memories like we do. Nana was so lost in her Alzheimer's that she wasn't even really aware when Papa passed away. We were fortunate to be able to have them both in the same nursing home. Papa ate with Nana every day. Even in his last days they were together. They were married over 50 years and he cared for her at home until it wasn't safe for him to do so anymore. It wasn't long before he joined her in the nursing home. She outlived him by several years. She was like a baby in those last years, unable to talk, walk or do anything for herself. This disease is a regression through all the stages you go through as a child. It is something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

This week there is an event going on called Stampin' Out Alzheimer's. It is an online paper crafting event that is designed to bring awareness to Alzheimer's, raise money for research, and to bring all of us together that have been touched by Alzheimer's. This event is my focus for my projects this week. I look forward to sharing them with all of you.

For more information on this event you can check out their website at

Paper Bag Album

Some of my friends on Mommysavers have been talking about and creating these albums out of paper bags. I had a project that I wanted to do for my mom and this seemed like a great album to try with this project. For those of you who knew our dog Pepper, my mom had to have her put to sleep a few weeks ago. She was almost 16 years old and she had quite a few health problems so we decided it was time. We've all been really sad about this and missing her greatly so I wanted to make my mom an album of pictures of Pepper so she would have it for the memories. Here is my paper bag album and my tribute to Pepper.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

My Newest Projects

Here is one of the projects that I've been working on today. This is a post it note center made using a 5x7 acrylic frame.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Awesome Value for Pictures

I just wanted to share about my online photo ordering experience. I have ordered from several places and just not been happy with the quality, service or the price. I was in a situation where I desperately needed to print my pictures because I have an online crop next week and I would need them to work on pages. I had decided that I was going to go ahead and pay the price at Walmart. Well, one of my wonderful scrapping friends at Mommysavers shared about a site called If you have never checked them out, you need to. They offer a ton of free prints each month along with all kinds of other incentives when you first sign up for their service. I got my first order today and I have to say that I am super happy. I ordered them on Monday and got them on Saturday. That's an awesome turn around time. Then there is the quality. I had several pictures that I had taken with my camera phone. I was "warned" when placing my order that these images were low resolution and the quality of the print couldn't be guaranteed. Well I can't tell the difference between those pictures and the ones that I took with my regular camera. The quality of these prints is awesome. I can't wait to start working on some pages with them.

Look for some super neat projects in the next few days. I'm going to be doing some major stamping and scrapping over the next few days and I can't wait to share how everything turns out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Projects

I have been working on the books for the kids again. I have been chatting online with a wonderful group of ladies on a site called Mommysavers. They all got me back into scrapping again and I am grateful. We just finished an online crop and are currently working on a Book of Me. I'm excited about the Book of Me because it will give Jodi and Andrew something to look back at and remember me even when I'm not here anymore.

Here are some of my most recent projects:

This is the first page in my Book of Me. The writing on the left hand side is the lyrics to Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass.

For this layout we couldn't use any type of adhesive. I used brads to attach the title tag and the pictures:

This is probably my favorite page that I have done in a while. This was the first time Jodi had seen her Uncle Matt in a while. I just wish I could figure out what I want my journaling to say.

First Blog Post

Well I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and create my own blog. I will share some of my creations and papercrafting triumphs with you. Thanks for checking out my blog and happy scrappin'.