Life's a journey... here and living it!

Life's a journey...   here and living it!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The last round is in

at Memory Creators superbowl contest. This was some challenge too! Here's the guideline I had to go by...
Final round ladies! Here is your sketch and all related criteria:
1) you must use the PageMaps sketch attached as your layout inspiration - feel free to flip it, turn it upside down, make it your own...just be sure the sketch is clearly visible in your final creation!
2) you will notice a "Monogram" title in the sketch - you are instructed to use either the letter "M" or the letter "C" as your monogram - your choice! The monogram may or may not be the beginning letter of your title - as long as it is contained within the title and in the larger-than-the-rest-of-the-title format, it is fine!
3) you are required to use the following prominently in your layouts:-staples-triangles-fabric
4) your layouts must utilize your interpretation of the following THEME (borrowed from an Elsie Flannigan layout - thank you leaf!):-"fashions come and go, but bad taste is timeless!"

Here is one of the pictures that I used for this layout. This is my oldest daughter's boyfriend and what he wore to their Prom. can see were this was fitting for this
It's taken me two years to finally get around to scrapbooking this...not sure if it's because of the orange or the person? What do you think???

Monday, January 15, 2007

I made it!!!

to the final 5 at Memory Creators superbowl 2007. I was so excited to see my name on the list. There's some awesome competition there and I was pretty scared I would not make it. I posted pictures recently about some of the photos in my two LOs so you already know a little about them I've included the journaling in my two LOs because they are very important to the LO.

This LO is about my grandmother who has been battling Alzheimer's for the past two years. We visited her just a couple of months after my grand daughter was born so that she could see her first great great grand daughter. Not many people get to experience 5 generations together. With the progression of the disease she did not know who she was or my daughter but she loved holding her and did not want us to leave. My LO is about remembering the simple things that have become very hard for her. A dear friend sent me an email with the poem I used and I have been dying to use it in this LO. This LO is for my mom who now helps take care of my grandmother as she can not do alot of things for herself anymore. Journaling is hidden behind the photo of my grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter. There are several tags in the pocket also.

Journaling reads: The poem was sent to me by a good friend so I have given credit at the bottom of the poem.

My dearest daughter

My dearest daughter the day that you see me old
I ask that you please have patience and that above
all, you try to understand my dearest daughter…

If, when I talk to you, I repeat the same thing a
thousand and one times don’t interrupt me to point
out that I’ve already told you that, instead, please
just listen to me and remember a time when you
were a little girl when I would read to you the same
story, night after night, until you went to sleep.

When I do not want to have a shower, don’t scold me
and please don’t try to embarrass me. Remember,
instead, a time when I had to chase you with a
thousand excuses I invented, in order to get you to
bathe, when you were a little girl.

When you see my ignorance of new technologies,
give me the necessary time to learn a please don’t
roll your eyes or look at me with a mocking face.

Remember, my dearest, I taught you how to do so
many things…to eat properly…to dress and groom
yourself, and how you can confront and deal with life.

The day you notice I became old, my dearest daughter,
Please have patience and, above all, please try to
understand me.

If., occasionally, I lose the memory or the thread of our
conversation, let me have the necessary time to remember
and if I can not do it, don’t become nervous, or impatient,
or arrogant.

Instead, just know in your heart that the most important
thing for me to simply be with you and have you listening
to me.

And when my tired old legs won’t let me walk as before…
give me your hand…in much the same way I did for you
when you made your first steps, and when someday I tell
you that I do not want to live anymore…that I’m ready to
die…please do not get upset or angry…because one day,
my dearest daughter, you will understand.

Until then, just try to understand that my age, reach a point
where we do not live anymore. We just exist.

When this day comes for me you must not feel sad, and or
incompetent for seeing me like this. Instead, I ask that you
be with me, that you try to understand me, that you help me.
Help me as I journey to the end of my life with love and with
a deep understanding of and appreciation for the gift of time
and love we were blessed to share together. I will thank you…
by a smile…and by the immense love I have always had for you!
I love you…My dearest daughter! Your Mother.


My daughter just shipped to the Army for Basic training leaving behind a beautiful daughter. We went with her to Oklahoma City her last day to see her off before shipping. The pictures that I used are from her last day with Hayleigh. It was very hard for her to leave and in one of the pictures I got of her she is crying. It was so hard to watch her leave as I know it was very hard for her to leave her daughter. This song was a perfect match for this event because she did this for her and her daughter and I know she hopes that Hayleigh is proud and looks up to her for this.

Journaling reads:

This had to be the
hardest day of your life
leaving Hayleigh behind
with tears falling
down your face you stood
strong and did what
you had to do.

My song:
I used the song In My Daughter's Eyes by Martina McBride. The song is layered in the picture of my grand daughters eyes. I used transparencies to get this effect.

In My Daughter’s Eyes

In my daughter's eyes I am a heroI am strong and wise and I know no fearBut the truth is plain to seeShe was sent to rescue meI see who I wanna beIn my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes everyone is equalDarkness turns to light and theworld is at peaceThis miracle God gave to me gives mestrength when I am weakI find reason to believeIn my daughter's eyes
And when she wraps her handaround my fingerOh it puts a smile in my heartEverything becomes a little clearerI realize what life is all about
It's hangin' on when your hearthas had enoughIt's giving more when you feel like giving upI've seen the lightIt's in my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes I can see the futureA reflection of who I am and what will beThough she'll grow and someday leaveMaybe raise a familyWhen I'm gone I hope you see how happyshe made meFor I'll be thereIn my daughter's eyes

Sunday, January 14, 2007

It's been sleeting here

for three days in a row and so cold. I have not been out any more than I just had to be. It's going to be cold for the next three days! I need to get outside and get some picture...but it's cold...brrrrrr! Here's a picture from inside my front door...

Friday, January 12, 2007

Wow...this week has been crazzzzy!

I had (8) 6x6 Christmas album kits for a swap at A Cherry On Top due, my next two LOs for Memory Creators, and two rolodex swaps due at Scrapgoods this week. I have been so busy this week. Oh daughter left last week so I'm full time mom of a toddler again...if that's not enough itself to keep you busy! I'm going cropping all weekend! We have a nasty winter storm blowing in today for the whole weekend and we are suppose to get ICE...I hope it does not ruin my weekend crop. I'm making a run for it in a few hours...I could always take a blanket and pillow and campout there this weekend???

I hope to work on my HOF LOs this weekend. February will be here before I know it. Here's just a sneak peek at my Memory Creators submittions since I can not post them yet. Here's keeping my fingers crossed...there is some awesome talent I'm up against.

We had to do a LO based on a song so I used In A Daughters Eyes. The other LO is my grand mother. She suffers from Alzheimers so I did a LO about her for my mom. I will post them as soon as I can...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Heather leaving for Basic

Here's the pictures I said I would put up days ago. This is a picture of Heather and Hayleigh. Heather is lined up and saying her goodbye with orders in hand before leaving MEP. I think this was probably the hardest thing she has had to do so far. You can see in the photo she has tears coming down her face. Now comes the hard part scrapbooking this without tears all over my embellishments and paper.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

It's a new year so...

I decided I needed a new background. I'm feeling a little pink...I think I like it!

I just got back from MEP in OKC (oklahoma) where we saw our daughter off for Basic training. She is headed to Ft. Jackson and then on to Ft. Bragg. It was hard saying goodbye because she leaves her little girl behind. I'm very proud of her for doing what it take to make life better for the two of them. Please keep her in your prayers! I'll post some pics tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Years!!!

I hope everyones' New Year is starting off right. Mine seems to be going pretty good. I found out yesterday I won a drawing at a scrapbook site...not sure what the prize is but anything is more than I

I just found out my two LOs for Memory Creators made the next round. I did not think I would make it to the next round. I did my two LOs in a hotel while at my son's graduation from Basic. My DH gave me a hard time about dragging all my stuff...believe me I did not bring no where near all my stuff. I felt pretty limited to tell you the truth! He asked me if we can go anywhere on vacation with out scrapbook stuff...we'll??? I don't know??? I had him load them on his lap top and send them in for me through my email...where there is a will there's for sure a way!

Two of my friends in cyber scrapbook world did not make it, darn I was hoping all three of us would make it to the next round. And I loved their Los...they were awesome!!! Here's BIG hugs for Kate and Jessica!!!

The first LO we had to use stitching, circles, and hidden journalling. The second we had a sketch we had to go by. Here's my two LOs...

I day dream of Cancun!