Sunday, October 31

Happy Halloween!

I'm just bumming around the house today. It's chilly outside so we made chocolate chip cookies and took a nap while the NASCAR race was on. I've been scrapping a little and I'm completely caught up with all of my halloween pictures! Here's my final layout! Hope you're all have a great Halloween!
 Echo Park papers and sketch #124 from Creative Scrappers used for this layout.

Here's another layout that I just completed today! This one is for the Birthday Challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges. It was to make a birthday layout without using birthday themed papers. I also used Creative Scrappers sketch #128 on this page. TFL!

Saturday, October 30

Trick - or - Treat

I guess I'm a busy bee today....a busy scrapbooking bee! Speaking of 2007 I dresses up as a bumble bee and one of my roommates was a gangster girl. Here's a layout of us being silly in our costumes!
 Echo Park papers and Creative Scrappers sketch #125 used for this layout.

Halloween Candy and... a not so spooky page!

Hi! Well last night we stopped by the bar for a while (hoping to get our dj contract from the guy doing karaoke) and we saw quite a few crazy outfits! We didn't have anything planned so we just went and met some friends for a few drinks. However, last year we did throw together outfits so that we could "fit in". Here's a layout of our 2009 jack-o-lanterns and some of us girls at the bar.
Based off of sketch 224 at Scrapbook Challenges.
Last night I got creative and made some little treat bags for friends and the one trick or treater that we always have at our house. These bags were all made with Echo Park's Halloween paper and stickers. I know that Chad is having a hard time not just eating them all.
  Thanks for stopping by! Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26

December Daily 2010

The December Daily is a project that is designed by Ali Edwards. You can see her post about this year's project here. This is my first season doing the DD project so I decided to just follow along with her design plan for 2010. I love looking at her past albums with their variety of page sizes and shapes and envelopes, etc. But, I don't think I could have that much freedom in the design of the book and still be focused on the purpose as Ali says "pictures+words". 
Another hurdle that I've read people say they have is, why should I create a DD? I don't have anything exciting going on in my life. Either they don't have kids or their family lives so far away that they don't get to do a lot for the holidays. Well, I don't know if I have a very exciting life either but I'm going for it! I love Christmas more than any other season; the joy, the hope, the faith and the spirit that comes about in a home during the holidays is amazing. I live with my fiancé and our golden retriever. We don't have kids but will probably spend our winter getting ready for our wedding next July. I want to capture what our Christmas looks like before we have children running through the house. I want to see what we can do this season to grow closer as the family that we already are and to celebrate the season together as individuals. 
Without further chatter about the season, here is my December Daily. All papers are My Mind's Eye, Holly Jolly and I Believe.
The cover is two pieces of chipboard cut to 6x8. I had some old material that my grandma and I were making a jacket out of. I hot glued it around the chipboard and then covered the inside with a thick piece of cardstock. I wrapped a wide piece of ribbon around the front cover and then added two digital print outs of Ali's. The holly leaf is My Mind's Eye - Holly Jolly and then I added a red button with some twine. 
Every day has a blank page for extra pictures or journaling, just like Ali has in her 2010 album. I didn't want to have the number on every page again or the weekday, so I just took an overlay page that I had already purchased and deleted the words and design and then printed onto cardstock, trimming down to 6x8. Everyday may or may not have this page included in the final album because I may not have that many pictures or words for that day.
The inside cover has another strip from Ali's digitals. Page 1 is simple with just a calendar card as an introduction for the book. For day 1, I know that we will be putting up our tree and decorations, so I included this page from the Noel Journaling Pad by Art Warehouse as a base for a picture of our tree. 
Days 2 through 9. I used various numbers from American Crafts-Thickers & Lush, Jillibean Soup, and digital number cirlces from Ali Edwards. 
On day 4 and 5, I used a technique that I saw on the internet somewhere. The number and the frame were not the colors that I wanted them to be. Ali had used some metal numbers that I really liked, so I decided to recreate that look. I inked up my number and frame and then covered them in embossing powder (silver &gold). I then heated the embossing powder until it melted. I repeated this 3 times in order to get the smooth finish.
On day 8, I printed a digital word art from Ali Edwards right onto my patterned paper. I place the 6x8 piece of paper in the center of an 8.5x11 piece of computer paper and then lightly taped it down. Then, when I ran it through my printed, Photoshop printed where the patterned paper was.
Day 10-17. Day 10 is a pocket from Little Yellow Bicycle and Day 12 is another page from Art Warehouse.
On day 15, I used a digital tag from Ali Edwards and I used the same technique to make the 15 look like metal as I used on day 4.
Day 18-25 included a lot of different embellishments. I used a circle from Jillibean soup, some tiny type letters, and printed Ali Edwards digital word art on day 21.
Day 19 is unique because it's my birthday. This is one of the things that will be happening in December that will help fill my album and make it not only about the holiday but our everyday. The tag originally said Merry Christmas, but I got a card last year that said Merry Birthday and I thought that was cute.
Christmas Eve will also be another non-holiday page...what?! you're thinking! Yes, Christmas Even is my baby brother's birthday and he'll be 14 this year! He will finally be able to drive himself to school (because we live in the country). Every year, we would go to church on Christmas Eve and then come home to open birthday presents and have cake! I'm hoping that my fiancé and I will be able to attend this year! I still included our "list" because it'is Christmas Eve you know and I thought the believe circle was perfect since Santa will be coming this night.
And finally Christmas Day! The calendar circle is Jillibean soup, another circle from Ali Edwards digital tags, and some stitching to hold it all down. This day will undoubtedly have more than just a page or two. I've also decided that because we usually go to lots of different family dinners, that any after the 25th will just go on another page at the back of the book.
Ok, there you have it! My 2010 December Daily! Hope you enjoyed and felt inspired by the holiday spirit! If you are doing a December Daily album, let me know! I'd love to come check it out. Happy Holidays!...oops...I mean Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25

C's @ Etsy - Now Open!

Hello blog readers! I've just opened my Etsy shop C's! The very first item was just listed and more will be coming along with a new shop sign! Please come check it out and I would love input on what you as my readers would want to see in the shop!

Make It Yourself Monday - Pie Crust!

It's definitely fall and the weather is cool so what sounds better than some yummy warm pies?! 

I'm working on making apple pies and freezing them right now. We gathered apples from a friend of my parents and I came home with a 5 gallon bucket of juicy red apples. I've already made one pie and one apple crisp. When making pies it's so nice to have crust on hand and ready to go and if you're making more than one, it's a pain to mix up your pie crusts while your're trying to make your filling. So, this morning I whipped up a batch of pie crust for about 7 crusts and tomorrow night I'll make all my pies. This pie crust is great frozen for a few months. I just separate it into freezer bags and put in the freezer. Then, when I want to use it I just thaw it in the fridge for a few hours. Here's the recipe...

Pie Crusts (7 pies)
7 cups of flour
4 cups Crisco
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients well. Add 1 1/2 cups of ice cold water and mix again. Either refrigerate over night or separate and freeze. 

Thanks for stopping by this Monday!

Sunday, October 24


I am now 23, almost 24, but that night was probably one of the most fun nights ever! I had a blast and avoided getting sick and I was done with school for Christmas break! I finally made this layout with a few of my favorite pictures from that night. I played with some glimmer mist and used MME papers (Just Dreamy). Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 22


This scary, spooky, fun and silly holiday is getting closer!!! And I still haven't scrapped any pictures of my Halloween costumes from college! I finally got Echo Park's Halloween papers so last night during Grey's Anatomy, I sat down and made this page from my senior year of college. I'd seen a friend wear a costume like this and I thought it was so cute! I just got an over sized gift bag and cut out the bottom. Then, I clipped a giant bow to my hair and ta-da! A present! The other pictures are pumpkins that we carved with out friends.
 Thanks for checking out my first Halloween layout! What are you going to be for Halloween this year?!

Monday, October 18

Make It Yourself Monday - Witch Hat & Ghost

Good morning! I'm here this Monday with another Halloween project! This one is going to take a little more elbow grease and tools than last weeks but it will be so cute that it's worth it!
These cute Halloween decorations will require some scrap wood (any size will work, I had some 1x12 scraps), a jig saw, sand paper, paint and ribbon. Mix it all up and what do you get?! A witch hat and a ghost!

I'm know I'm not very good at taking "in progress" pictures but I promise I will get better at that! In the mean time, here's the link where I got the idea. Mary Berry Boutique I drew my pattern onto my wood and then cut them out with the jig saw. Next, I sanded down the edges and painted them. When they were dry I sanded the edges again to give them a country rustic look. Then I simply tied on some cute ribbon and ta-da! Cute Halloween decoration! Thanks for stopping by and come back next week for more creative ideas! Oh and please share a link if you've used any Make It Yourself Monday ideas as inspiration for your own projects! I'd love to see what you've done!

Friday, October 15

Engagement Photos!!!

Our photographer called me today and told me that our engagement pictures are in!!! Here are a few peeks that she posted on her website


Thank goodness it's Friday! Finally! I'm so excited for the weekend. My 2Peas order is waiting in my mailbox at home (yes, I stalk the USPS online with my tracking #), I ordered the cutest purse from Peachy Cheap this morning,
and the Huskers (Nebraska's football team) play the Texas Longhorns tomorrow afternoon! It's going to be a good game and sorry all you Texas fans but I'm gonna be yelling and cheering so loud for our Huskers to beat 'em!

Alright, now the real reason you're all here... we have a winner! 
Congrats to....Tracy!   Get me your email address and I will send you the gift certificate code for $45!!!

Have a great fall weekend everybody and come back on Monday to see a new project!!! 
(I'll be sharing my December Daily next week too!)

Thursday, October 14

Love Notes

I got to scrap a little bit last night and I've almost completely emptied out my shoebox full of ticket stubs, notes, and little bits of my life! Here is the layout I completed last night with a few little notes that my fiancé wrote to me when we first started dating. I've had this layout idea in my head for a while now and I love that I finally got it out on paper!
I used the November Guest Design Team sketch from Sketchy Thursdays with the requirement that you use orange. Since my card was already orange, I just added orange bases under the butterflies. I used a mix of old MME papers and recolored the Love chipboard with embossing powder. Love how it turned out! 

Don't forget about the giveaway here!!! I'll draw a random winner for the $45 gift certificate tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 13

Wedding Hair Piece

Just thought I would share with you all that I just ordered my hair piece! I've been searching and searching and couldn't justify spending $125 and up on just a piece of hair jewelry. Everyone kept telling me that since I got such a good deal on my dress that I could spoil myself a little. I found a shop called LuluSpledor on Etsy and loved her handmade jewelry! This is the hair piece I chose!
I'm still undecided on whether I will wear a veil but my hair stylist said that she could make me a really simple one for $15 that I could wear just for the ceremony. I think that is what I will do! I'm also drooling over a bracelet that would match this hair piece so I might get that as well!

Monday, October 11

Make It Yourself Monday

Good morning blog readers! Welcome to my 3rd week of Make it Yourself Monday! It's October and I still haven't showed you any Halloween projects so this week is finally going to be a Halloween craft! I have tons of ideas saved on my computer that I have found on other blogs, design websites or magazines and I'm going to start creating some of those ideas! This weeks project inspiration comes from Not So Idle Hands. These glowing pumpkins were so easy to do and I already had the supplies around the house!
These are my finished pumpkins glowing in the dark! 

I put them out in the entry way on top of the new shelf that was last week's project which you can find here. All it takes for this project is some old glass jars, tissue paper, modge podge, a foam brush, green paint and a string of twinkle lights. I had some crystal bulb twinkle lights that I think give them a great sparkle effect! You can find the full instructions at the links above. Here's my jack o' lantern project in progress.
The messiest step is applying the tissue paper using modge podge. I found it was best to let the jars dry upside down so that the paper didn't rip off the bottom. Here's another look at the finished glowing pumpkins only with the flash on so you can see them better. I love how the twisted light cord can almost look like pumpkin vines!

Thanks for stopping by on another Monday! Hopefully this project has inspired you to get crafty with your halloween decor! These glowing pumpkins would be a cute project to do with your kids too! Have a great day and don't forget to enter in the giveaway below! Entries close on Friday!

Saturday, October 9

A Sunny Saturday!

It's beautiful here today and the guys are out harvesting which means that I'm getting all kinds of stuff done around the house and getting to work on my crafty to-do list! I'm just taking a little break to show you some layouts that definitely have the sunshine thing going on! Both of these pages are from our May 2009 trip to the Bahamas.
 Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't already, check out my giveaway post below and leave a comment to win!

Friday, October 8

1st Blog Giveaway!

Good morning blog readers! It's Friday and I have something exciting for you!
I'm doing my first blog giveaway ever! CSN Stores has offered to give a $45 gift certificate
to one of my lucky blog readers!

You've all seen my home remodel layouts, our new furniture purchase and most recently the furniture that I've started building for myself. Well, CSN Stores and their other 200+ stores have tons of items for the home. I've seen everything from bed sets to dining room tables to clocks, lamps and decor! You should really go check them out if you're looking for great deals on decorating your home.

Okay, you want to know how you could win a $45 gift certificate to shop at CSN?!?
It's really easy...just leave me a comment on this post telling me what you'd buy with the gift certificate! No need to be a follower but I'd love to have you!
I will randomly draw and post a winner on October 15th at 12:00 pm (central)!
Good luck everybody and have a great weekend!

* Gift certificate does not include shipping but many of the items offer free shipping.

Wednesday, October 6


Tomorrow night our Nebraska Cornhuskers take on Kansas State! Love the night games and I really don't mind the midweek game either (makes the week seem shorter). Last season, Chad's family and I went to the Louisiana-Lafayette game in Lincoln for the 300th consecutive sellout. It was the first game I had attended since I was about 12 years old and I loved it. The tailgating, the fans, the smells, the food, the beers and just the atmosphere was amazing! I finally bought some Husker scrapbook papers and got to working on these great pictures. I love this first layout with the definition paper as the background. The second layout was a bit tougher because the paper had such strong graphics going on that I couldn't add a whole lot. I put my pictures within the squares and then pop dotted a few of them so that they would stand out a little and give it some dimension. 

This last page included our tickets and a single picture of us in the stands! This is also for the "Wildcard" Challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges.  We were loud and had so much fun at the 300th sellout game! Sorry about the fuzzy pictures but thanks for looking!

Scrap the Best, Store the Rest

I'm sure that many of you have heard this quote/saying many times and from many people. I don't know who said it first but this idea tends to surface in my mind a lot, especially when I'm digging through my box of pictures. I have tons of pictures! You may remember this project ...
I used Stacy Julian's Finish Line scrapbooking method of picking matching patterned papers, limited embellishments and a stack of related pictures to create 20 pages fast! It worked really well for me and I was just starting out with getting all my pictures scrapbooked. Most of these pictures are college pictures which all show the same thing...friends, parties, fun and craziness. But, these pages are not the same way that I would scrapbook a page now. So, I've turned to "Scrap the Best, Store the Rest". I've been picking out my favorite pictures and stories, sliding them into 12x12 page protectors so that they're ready to be made into a page, and then putting all the excess pictures into divided page protectors. I can focus on the story I want to tell but I still keep and display all the pictures of me and my friends! Take a look at the following 3 pages of divided page protectors and you'll see that I've still told the story and showed off my fun pictures at the same time! 

If you've done this, I'd love to see your divided page protector pages! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 4

Make It Yourself Monday....ummm...I mean Tuesday!

Hi! I'm back! Sorry that the project didn't make it up on Monday but here it is on a Tuesday instead. This project took about a week to complete but it saved me tons of money. If you're like me, you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on furniture all the time and your house definitely needs some furniture here and there. Ana White, founder of Knock-Off Wood, has created tons of plans for her readers so that they can build their own furniture at a fraction of what it would cost in the store. For this week's "Make It Yourself Monday", I'm sharing the very first piece of furniture that I've built from Ana's site. You can find the plan for this bench here

 I started out with just 1x12s and 1x2s from the lumber yard, a circular saw, a drill, screws, nails, a hammer, a square, pencil, measuring tape and some sawhorses. I built the entire thing in two evenings so I'd say a total of 4 hours. The staining and polyurethane takes a lot longer because of the wait time in between coats. I used a dark oak water based stain and a satin polyurethane. Make sure you use a pre-stain because I forgot that step and probably would have been happier with the outcome if I had used it. I'm also planing on putting baskets in the top cubes for gloves, hats, scarves and one for all of my flip flops. Ana, has all the details of the build in her plans and there are a lot more plans in her catalog. Right now, she is having a Homemaker of the Week contest on her blog and I would love it if you would vote for my project. Just click on the image below, find my project and click the heart. I'm so proud of my first handmade furniture and there are so many more projects on my to-do list! So, I'm sure there will be more furniture in store for Make It Yourself Mondays!

Saturday, October 2

I'm Flying!

Yesterday at work, we got to go flying in a small, 4 person plane. Our aerial applicator brought one of his planes up to the airport and gave us a ride. It was sooo much fun, even though I did get a little queasy on the turns. Here are some pics! The first one is over our house and farm!