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Monday, February 21, 2011

More of what I've been up to in this cold weather...

I've been getting A LOT of scrapbooking done within the past month or so!  I've been able to do it because I've been limiting my options for choices.  With my 3 Birds products, I have sooo much to choose from!  Also the coordination of their colors from one kit to another helps me avoid the frustration of not knowing if the colors coordinate.

     These 3 pages were completed sooo quickly &
easily by choosing all my items from the Opposites Attract Fall & Winter kit.  I LOVE the way the colors worked so well with the shades of our many leaves, but still allow my photos to pop.

       Please be patient with my frustration of attempting
to learn to post my layout pages correctly....I still can't get it to allow me to post 3 items/columns wide, even though I have increased the width of my blog page.
      Any, Grandma came to visit last March and I was able to match the punched/lace border of the journaling circle with my Marth Steart punch!
I also managed to stamp a matching bracketed journaling spot from a 3 Birds stamp kit.
    Next, I tried to really bling-up my mother's day page below....I am trying to use more products to obtain the clustered and layered effects that I have been loving on projects created by others. 
    I have also found myself drawn more and more to the color pink, rather than mostly purple and white...
   Thanks for checking in with me.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

...and we all settled down for a long winter's nap (last night after fighting the blizzard)

   I went to bed to find our son Wesley cuddled up in the middle of our bed...our cat Rusty too, who moved down onto the floor among extra pillows when I got into bed.  An hour later, still awake, I realized I had another opportunity for themed pics!
Our 3 yr old Tomcat, Rusty

Dakota, guarding the stairs to our bedrooms

Smoke, in her usual spot lately

Awww....such a cutie!

My (belated) Bday Crop & (almost) clean studio...

    My birthday crop wasn't held until January 29th this year & between getting permission to post some pics & digging out around here, I'm just getting around to posting some of my pictures.
    Two of my local scrapping friends, including my 1st & BEST scramping friend Dawn (that's scrapbooking AND stamping for those of you not familiar to our crafts), came to spend some time with me. 
  Dawn brought me this AWESOME adhesive gun!!!!!! plus refills, stamps & rub-ons!
Dawn even brought gifts for Wesley...bath paints!  I've been thinking about getting some of these for him....she read my mind.
    Michael & Wesley were just leaving for GR (Grand Rapids) to go sledding with his family as my girlfriends arrived.  Because my GOOD camera (my digi Rebel) is in need of work & Michael took the CoolPix with them, I was without my camera...."feeling naked" as I usually say upon these rare occasions!
     I apologize for the remaining clutter & in-progress demolitioned state of my studio.  The area beside my former "cutting station" cabinetry used to be part of our utility room's storage space.  When we moved here, Michael built shelving units to house all of our boxes of "stuff" until we finished unpacking the household items, and then stored our ever-growing collection of Christmas decor.  The floor and walls of the utility room were not finished when we moved in, so the new square footage of my studio needs the floors to be brought to level with the existing floors, and one exterior wall needs to be brought flush with the wall behind my former cutting station. 
    We have the new walls framed in, but currently they are curtained off until we spend the money on drywall & paint.  I am planning to complete the sw wall with white wainscoting below & a shade of dusty lavender above, similar to the color of my curtains that hang there now (I robbed them from another portion of my studio & our bedroom).
    Hopefully this summer we will scrape down the textured walls so I can do the remaining wainscoting & painting, as well as add insulating flooring.  I can't wait to rip out the orange carpeting that is on the stairway & office/mini-store area of my studio!


 My former cutting station, now my Cricut station, plus storage for all my additional cutting & embossing supplies.  

 Tables for guest scrampers, the first of which Wesley now claims as his own!


     Anyway, this is the cleanest my studio has been since we ripped out the walls, and even though it is still decorated for my belated birthday crop, this gives you an idea of what I'm working on.  I'll also include some pics of the layouts I've been working on, as well as other layouts I've done with my 3 Birds products. 
Last Christmas
Last Bday's layout pg 1-2

Last Bday's layout pg 2-3

3 Birds paper
Last winter
Stamp Rack
Okay, I'm REALLY frustrated with this program not letting me put things in the correct order!  One last time & I'm gonna post it....

My 3 Birds main display

Digging out AGAIN!

  I tried to upload pics last night but my pc was giving me problems...let's try this again.

 Michael had blown out the snow in front of the garage before leaving for work, but this had blown back in so Wesley & Dakota had LOTS of snow to play in today!  It was above my knee high boots (& Michaels, which Wesley tried wearing outside even though I told him to get totally dressed in his snow pants, etc...).

   Dakota plowed her way from the front porch...she LOVES it!

 This is the "Stream" sign behind our mailbox.....what's still visible that is.

 Michael and a few others plowed through with 4x4s...the county plowed one path at 3:15 pm......surprisingly.

 Dakota's favorite outdoor spot:  Queen of the (snow) mountain.
 I pulled Wesley down this small hill in his one-person sled....he caught air!
School was closed again today, not surprisingly, but I think they might be open tomorrow........we'll see.  Either way, Dakota's still a happy girl.