Thursday, May 29, 2008


Do you like to journal? I journal a lot...I love to tell the story about the photos! I thought I would post a couple of my favorite layouts that include my journaling....

The journaling reads;

…it’s a day that I will never forget. Just two weeks before we had excitedly told everyone that we were expecting our first child. We were beyond blissful…we had just been married, and now we find out that we are going to have a bundle of joy. Life was good. No, life was great! Then September 20th came and my world came crashing in. I started bleeding, panic just rose in my like nothing I had ever felt before. I called my doctor and was told to go to the hospital for an ultrasound and then he would talk to me. Jon drove me to the hospital in silence, neither of us saying what was really in our hearts. The technician doing the ultrasound didn’t say a word, and I just knew. My doctor was on the phone and I can barely remember anything he said…only thing I remember is ‘I’m sorry Laura…your baby is gone’ The pain just took me over, and the sobs racked my body. My husband was there, holding on to me, trying to be strong but he broke down crying too. My sister who had been through the same pain came to offer me support and the three of us cried. I felt like I cried till there were no more tears then I cried again. Jon bless him was trying so hard to be strong but he too hurt and he tried not show me. The next few days were a blur of phone calls and people offering their condolences and doctors appointments. I felt so many emotions…immense sadness, overwhelming guilt, and extreme anger and now there is a little empty spot in my heart for the baby I never got to hold.

journaling reads;

There are a lot of things my husband doesn’t get to see while he is on the road all week. He may see all of Canada and most of the States but he doesn’t get to see the everyday things, like getting the boys ready for school, or the looks on their faces when I am there to pick them up at the end of the day. He doesn’t get to see them doing their homework, or being read to, or the funny faces they make at each other. He doesn’t get to see them playing in the sprinkler, or having a popsicle to cool down or them sleeping sweetly. He doesn’t see everything I do and sometimes take for granted. I think the thing that I wish he could see the most, is the boys looking out, down the road waiting to see if their daddy’s big truck is coming down the road! And when it is the look of pure joy on their faces and they jump up and down. But before he gets in the house they have calmed down and are trying to be ‘cool’ but you can tell they are super excited. I just wish he could see it all…

Journaling reads;

That’s what Jon is…my LOVE! He is so many things to me that my love is the only word large enough to encompass everything I feel for him. He makes me feel beautiful even when I have messy hair and no make up on. He aggravates me beyond reason, and makes me so mad I wanna explode. He makes me feel desirable because he thinks I am perfect just the way I am, even with a few extra pounds and a few gray hairs! He makes me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants! He makes me feel like a wonderful mom even if there are days I feel like I won’t be winning any mother of the year awards. He makes me feel like I will never be alone…no matter what I can turn to him and he’ll always be there, that I have a partner in life that will help me whenever I need it. He makes me feel passion and desire for him to the point there are no words. He makes me feel like he feels all these feelings for me…he makes me feel loved….which is why he IS my love

Journaling reads;

under the photo of me;
I am me…I don’t put on airs, or pretend to be someone I am not to make friends or others happy. I make no excuses for who I am or how I live my life. I am loud. I sometimes forget to edit myself. If you ask for my opinion I will give it, sometimes I am too brutally honest. I am stubborn as they come. I am too emotional, and sometimes I will cry over little things. I am also loving and caring. I am fiercely loyal to everyone I love. I will fight for what I believe in and for those I love. I were my heart on my sleeve and it often gets bruised but I continue to wear it there. I take care of those I love and would die protecting them. I value my family and friends above all material things. I am passionate. I pursue everything with my whole heart. I make mistakes. I am human.

Under the photo of Jon & I;
I am madly, deeply, head over heels in love with my husband. He is my rock, my heart, my love. I think he the sexiest man on the face of the earth and he makes me feel like I am the most beautiful woman. He keeps me grounded and he gives me wings. He makes me weak in the knees and gives me strength. We live our lives together with passion in every aspect of it. We are affectionate and caring and loving with one another. I support him and he supports me. I miss him terribly while he is on the road working. Its not always easy being the one left behind, and at times I feel that way but I know he loves me from the bottom of his heart. I would be lost without him.

Under the photo of the kids & I
I never knew the depth of love that a person could feel for another human being before I became a mom. I love being a mom to our boys…they are my world. It’s not always easy being the only parent home with them all week and I know there are times when I have not been as patient as I should have been, but our boys will NEVER doubt how much I love them. I am constantly second guessing myself and worrying about their future. I worry that since I am a stay at home mom there will be things that we may not be able to afford to buy them, but I want to be there when they are here. I volunteer at their school teaching arts & crafts whenever they need someone and the boys love that I do that. They are proud that their mommy comes to the school and love it when I am there. They are the reason I get up every morning and the reason I go to bed with a smile every night.

The journaling reads;
Our 6 year old asked me one day
‘Mommy, why do you scrapbook‘. This
sweet little cherub face looking up at
me with his kooky little smile asking a
question that he really wanted to know
that answer to. I looked at him and said
'this is why...moments like this' He looked
utterly confused and didn't really
understand my answer but that is why. To
record the everyday moments that affect
my life. The moments that make my heart
sing because our boys are laughing so hard,
the moments that reveal their complete
innocence, the moments that are everyday,
not very exciting, nothing really out of
the ordinary moments that make my life
extraordinary. I want to record everything
I can so when they are grown up they look
back and relive those moments that helped
mold them into who they are. To show
everyone how much I truly, deeply, madly
love my husband Jon from the very bottom
of my soul. I want future generations to
know us...really know what we were like,
not just by the photos but by the story
behind the photos. They will know that
I love my family with every fiber of my being
and my scrapbooks are a testament to that.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Field Day Fun

It was a lot of fun to watch our boys during their 'sports day' of the many perks of being a stay at home mom!

Here is Ty at his short Jump!

And he was having so much fun during the potato sack race

And Cody at the spoon and marble race

And Ty at the long jump

Codys turn at the short jump!

Ty running the 200 metre

Cody doing the long jump!

Tyler doing the ball toss!

Cody doing the 200 metre

It was so fun and i had such a great time watching our boys laugh and try heir best! Iam very proud of them!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Crash Boom ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

A good friend of ours Nate had a car in the derby this past weekend and since my hubby helped on the car and even Tyler did we got to be in the pits! It was awesome fun! I got some great photos and Nate we are so proud that you had the guts to get behind the wheel and crash them up! Great job!

Here are some photos from the derby

Here are my two hams!

this is Melissa ~ Nate's better half & my hubby!

here is my sexy hubby!

Here is Nate getting ready!

Can you see the concentration on his face?

here is a great hit!

And the aftermath!

Thanks for a wonderful time Nate & Melissa and Roland!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Scrappy Boy!

Our youngest son Tyler (he's 6) loves to scrapbook...sometimes his layouts are just pieces of paper and photos and other times they are little masterpieces...well they are all masterpieces to me!!! He has to do a show and tell on his pet, our dog Sally and he decided he wanted to do a scrapbook page, so I gave him his choice of cardstock, some doggy brads, I cut out a couple of stars on circles from the Junkitz paper I was working with, a piece of paw print ribbon and some letter stickers and this is what my little man created!

I also did a couple of challenges at Dreamer...

this was for Melanie's photography challenge and for the ad challenge

I also did this layout for the sketch can't see the the title real well but I used Heidi Swapp mask and glitter

I hope you have a great night!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Design Team Call at Dreamer 2008 DT Call

The Design Team Call for will run from May 6 to June 15, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed at the end of the submission deadline and winners will be contacted and announced by June 20th.

As a DT Member, you will be expected to do the following:

1. Upload at least two layouts prepared with product sent monthly and one additional project of your choice. Your creations are to be posted in the gallery along with details about each project, products used and any special techniques such as paper tearing, painting, stamping, inking, distressing, ect. in your description.

2. Post one scrapbook related challenge to the forum per month.

3. One scrapbook related article or review bimonthly with clear pictures. The article can be a how-to or an article about the latest trends in scrapbooking. You will reserve the right to said articles and how-to's with the express permission that they are to be used by for at least 6 months and cannot be posted by you to any other site during that period of time. further reserves the right to include those articles and how-too's on the main site, in news letters and on the blog.

4. Positive and encouraging participation in our Gallery & Forum along with participation in our online events such as crops, chats or classes. Our goal is to be an active, friendly site.

5. Advertise on Yahoo or MSN Groups as well as your blog if you have one and anywhere else it is acceptable to do so. This can be a simple, “Have you seen what’s new at”, “Come to my chat!”, “Did you see my layout….?”. Be sure to include a full link back to the site so people can find what you are talking about easily. Be sure to add Design Team Member for in your signature line when possible.

6. Finally, a six-month commitment to give your best and to help make it a wonderful friendly site.

Here is what you will get in return:

1. A 25% off retail discount on MOST purchases from Very few things are exceptions!
2. A $25 Gift Certificate for you to purchase items from the store.
3. International recognition as a Design Team member for a growing online scrapbook store.

Submission Process:

You need to register on our forum and post at least 15 times during the DT Call so we can get to know you. You also need to upload your creations in our gallery under DT Call 2008. You can upload as many times as you would like. It is important that you include your name & user ID when uploading to the gallery so that we can properly identify you and your work. After you have submitted to the gallery you will need to email us (more info below) the questionnaire.

Complete the following and email to: Please put DT CALL in subject line.

• Name, mailing address, phone number, email address
• Your screen name
• Links to other online galleries that show your work
• Scrapbook Resume if you have one (not required)

Include the answers to the following questions in your email:
1) Why are you interested in a DT position?
2) Have you ever designed for another website/company? If so, who?
3) Are you currently designing for another website/Company? If so, who?
4) Are you active on any message boards? Which ones?
5) How long have you been scrapbooking?
6) Do you have a blog? What is the address?
7) Do you do any altered items or stamping?
8) Who are your favorite manufacturers? (top 5)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Codys First Communion!

Our oldest son Cody made his first communion on Sunday! It was a beautiful day! he read his reading with pride in aloud and clear voice and his father and I were so very proud....we beamed! He looked so handsome in his new suit and cowboy boots and he was just adorable! I am so proud I could bust! Here are some photos from yesterday....

I also got to scrapbook a little as it was NSD!

here are a few layouts I did...

This is my hubby on his second birthday...he remembers that tractor!

There are moments that are everyday, ordinary and just part of life but most of these moments are extraordinary to me. The moments that no matter how mundane or every day they seem to be, they are the moments that I want to remember and I want to cherish, these are the reasons I scrapbook

and this was for a why you scrapbook challenge....

the journaling reads;
There are moments that are everyday, ordinary and just part of life but most of these moments are extraordinary to me. The moments that no matter how mundane or every day they seem to be, they are the moments that I want to remember and I want to cherish, these are the reasons I scrapbook

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Is coming...only a few more days!!!!

On Friday Dreamer is starting their challenges! Make sure you stop by....challenges will be posted on Friday and Saturday and you have till midnight on MONDAY to post your creations! That gives you lots of time to post some awesome projects!

Also the May contest has been posted

ENTER OUR CONTEST & BE A GUEST DESIGN TEAM MEMBER! May is month for showing our moms how near and dear they are, and for being thankful for being a mom! SO lets see your layout that celebrates motherhood! Submit your layout for your chance to win! When you win a monthly contest, you'll also win a spot as our guest designer for a month. As a Guest DT Member, you'll have the chance to toss out the question on the day and to design your own challenge. What fun!! This month's winner will have the opportunity to join us as a Guest Designer for the month of July. This gives us time to pick a winner and to ship out your winnings! WIN A $20 SHOPPING SPREE!! This contest is worth a shopping spree to our store worth $20 plus a shipping credit of 4.05. All items need to have been made between April 1, 2008 and April 30, 2008 to be eligible. ****GET CREATIVE AND SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO!**** Enter as many times as you'd like. The contest will end May 31st, 2008 at midnight (CST). The winner will be announced in our forum shortly after. Please post your creations to the correct area in the gallery under Contests. If they aren't there, we can't judge them! If you've won a contest in the last 3 months or are a member of the DT, you are not eligible for this contest. If you live outside the US you will receive the shipping credit of 4.05 but will be responsible for any charges above that. If you aren't eligible to win, we would still love to see what you're up to so share your layouts with us! Good luck! Laura & the SBD team!
You can see the info here

Also the May challenges have been posted so make sure you check them out here and I am sure you will have no problem finding some inspiration!

Well Blogger has decided to let me upload some layouts....

So whatever you have planned for National Scrapbook Day I hope you are creative and have fun!

have a fabulous day!