February 16, 2012
Valentines and Cookies

The massive pile of Valentine's Day cards for the kids' classes - robots with Hershey's mini bars as the body.  Thanks, Pinterest.  Well, actually thanks to Lisa Storms, but really Pinterest for letting me find her awesome site!

A few years ago, my mom (aka Memere) made these heart-shaped lemon-flavored sugar cookies with icing.  The boys (aka, Todd and my dad) loved them, so they became this "thing" every Valentine's Day.  On one hand, I don't have to rack my brain to figure out what to get Todd.  On the other hand, they take a long time to make and are pretty tedious!  Here is Kate helping me make the dough and royal icing before school one morning.  They have to sit in the fridge for a few hours.  There is a great recipe and tutorial on Annie's Eats.

Cookies baked and the piping is done!  That's my least favorite part.  Here's a tip - if you hold the piping bag a little ways away from the cookie, you won't see every little hand shake in your detailed piping!  Yay!

(almost) finished!  I went back and did a little more piping on top of some of the plain cookies once the icing dried, but didn't take any pictures of those.  You'll just have to trust me!

August 21, 2011
Teacher Appreciation

So I did these in January and am just now finding them on the SD card to post, but here they are.  We did these flower pots for my son's preschool teachers during teacher appreciation week.  They were really pretty easy to do.  We had parents e-mail me a picture of their child, which I printed as 3x5 or wallet size (depending on the size of the pot) in black and white on regular printer paper.  Then I painted the entire pot (inside and outside) white so that any empty space wouldn't be as obvious.  After several coats were dry, I modge-podged the pictures onto the pot.  Once everything was glued down well (with some coats on top) I sprayed the whole thing down with some clear acrylic spray to remove any stickiness.  That was it - super easy, just a little time consuming :)  They were big hits with the teachers!

April 18, 2011
Gift card holder

I didn't actually make this, but I wanted to post it here so that I remember it for the future.  I've gotten sort of bored with the typical gift card holders that I make, and I saw these and thought they might be cute for future ones :)

It's from a blog called "It's a Stamp Thing."  You can get the directions here!

January 21, 2011
Christmas Cookies

No Christmas is complete without plenty of cookies to enjoy. One of my husband's favorite cookies is a sugar cookie with frosting. Over the years I've tried several different recipes and several different ways to frost them. I think I'm finally getting it pefected! If you want a great tutorial, go HERE!

December 23, 2010
Holiday Gift Card Holders

Some more gift card holders that I made around the holidays... the tutorial is in a post further down. Sorry, the 3 year old's constant tantrums today are hindering my willingness to hunt it down again to include the link!

April 22, 2010
Bow Holders

Here is another bow holder that I made for a friend of mine and her 3 girls... ironically, their commericial is on TV as I type this... sorry, random, I know. Anyway, here is proof that boy colors can be adorable and girly too :) If you want one too, please contact me. Pricing starts at $20.

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March 3, 2010
Diaper Cake

Another diaper cake that I did for a co-worker's baby shower last weekend!

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March 3, 2010
Hair bows

Ok, so I'm really just adding this for MY future reference... here you go, straight from the same site as below :)

February 23, 2010

I'm seriously stuck. I know that I want to do something about the walls in the kids' toy room and the bar area (where they currently hang ALL of their art work), but I'm not sure what. I saw these HUGE cork boards at Michaels yesterday for $19.99 - and when I say huge I'm talking 3 feet by 4 feet. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it's taller than either one of my kids. And then I could snaz it up some how... yet to be determined. Of course, I didn't buy then while I was there, and I want to go back and get them until I make up my mind, but the kids are napping right now. I secretly want to wake them up to go to Michaels, but I can count at least 10 ways that it will backfire on me big time. Not a good idea.

Instead, I'm sitting here googling ways that I can decorate the walls in the toy room and figure out some new way to display all of their art work.

I found this which could be cute, but I need it to hold more art work that that! I'd definitely make something myself, so I could make it bigger, but it has to be gender-neutral, but still cute.

Then I found this other super-cool (and cheap) idea to put some of my favorite pictures on canvas, which happens to be on sale at AC Moore this week... I saw it there today while I was looking for something else. (And I wonder why I get nothing done while the kids are at school!)

February 23, 2010
Birthday Gift Card Holder

This is a birthday gift card holder that I made for one of Kate's teachers. There is a spot for a little note card and, of course, the gift card. The tutorial for the whole project can be found at Split Coast Stampers, or by clicking here. When it calls for coin pockets, you can just make your own like I did, or google it and print out a template. I used the Party Hearty stamp kit from Stampin' Up, as well as one from the Seasons of Joy kit that I have (those are the swirls). The funky paper is Paisley Power from Stacy Claire Boyd that I bought forever ago and have been waiting to find something cute to use it on!

All packaged up ready to go - Kohl's gift card and a cute new Duke (gag!) t-shirt. Happy Birthday, Ms. Shelley!

January 7, 2010
Recipe box

A ginormous recipe box that I made my mom as part of her Christmas present this year. It was definitely more time intensive than I expected, but it was worth it in the end!

November 28, 2009
Happy Birthday!

I'm baaaack! Well, sort of anyway. I do have a few new things in the works, but this was just a quick birthday card for a little girl in Brett's class. Same basic design as one further down the page :)

October 4, 2009
Hello? Can you hear me now?!

My craft desk has been pretty lonely the last few months... life just got in the way! I'm hoping to get back into things now that the best craft holidays are coming up, so stay tuned. In the mean time, I've been busy working and parenting and all of that fun stuff, but also working on being a room mom for Kate's 2 year old class. There are a fun few links on the side for those of you that are also room parents, or looking for ideas for your kids' classes too!

May 4, 2009
Recipe book

This was a quick recipe book that I did as a gift using the Mimosa line from SEI's April Club Kit. I tried to find pictures of each of the recipes. For the recipes without pictures, I did various designs on the back. The plain white album is also from SEI.

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May 4, 2009
Switch flops storage problem...

So, I don't know if you've heard of these great flip-flops called Switch Flops. They really are some of the coolest things ever. Basically, it's like having 10 pairs of flip flops for a little more than the price of 1! The bottoms (the basic flip flop) run at about $35 and then the tops velcro onto the flip-flops, and they run at about $10 each. So, I have all of these flip-flop tops and nowhere to store them, until now! Ta da! I'm pretty impressed with myself. Once I work out the kinks, I'm going to make one for my mom & sisters too.

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March 26, 2009
Cakes and cards

Here is a little glimpse at what I've been up to lately. This is definitely the season for parties - bridal showers, baby showers, and birthday parties! Our weekends seem all-consumed with all of these parties, but I don't mind. It's always fun to catch up with family and old friends :)

This paper cake is for my sister's bridal shower at Fearrington in a few weeks. I'm co-hosting the shower with several of our aunts. The food is absolutely delicious! I can't wait! Anyway, we decided that we didn't really need to do favors, but I still wanted to do a little something. Each of these "cake boxes" has 5 Hershey's Nuggets inside, wrapped in coordinating paper as well. It looks tedious, but was actually really easy to do. I did the whole thing in front of the TV for a few consecutive nights. I figured that I might as well put those 2 hours each night to good use! The pattern for the cake slices can be found here by scrolling down and clicking on the link for the PDF. Just print these on your favorite paper and follow the cutting and folding directions. The paper that I used is by Stemma - the lighter one is Teal & Black Daisies and the darker one is Teal & Black Midnight Garden. I love the colors together - plus the wedding colors are a (darker) teal and black. The stamp is from some random wedding stamp set at Michael's - sorry - I dont remember the name of the set. I used the scallop punch from Stampin' Up! The bow is from Michael's too - I don't have the patience to make bows, ever.

This is a diaper cake for my friend's shower this coming weekend. It's actually the first diaper cake I've ever made, and I think it turned out pretty well. I usually buy them from my VERY talented friend, Sarah. You can buy them too by clicking here! Anyway, I didn't get my act together early enough to ask Sarah to do it. Oh well. My friend has a dinosaur theme for her nursery, and I love blue and brown together, so that's what it is. I bought the wooden dinosaurs from Michael's and painted them myself to match the ribbon that I found. I actually did make this bow, which is why it's not nearly as nice on the bow on the other cake :)

This is another birthday card using the Party Hearty! set from Stampin' Up! It's for a little boy's 3rd birthday. He likes cars, just like Brett, so I had to find a way to incorporate some cars onto the card! The solid paper is all from Bazzill and the cars paper is Sandylion's Rush Hour. I copied this design!

Last one - this is a card for baby shower that I'm going to this weekend. The paper is all from SEI's "Doodley Doo Boy" line. The stamps are from Autumn Leaves - Mindy's Zoo. I copied the idea here!

As you can tell, I've been stumped for original ideas lately... thank God for the internet so that I can be inspired :)

Oh, speaking of the internet - I'll share one more wonderful thing that I found yesterday. I'm always trying to find coordinating envelopes to go with the 4x6 cards that I make. I stumbled upon this - a site to download the PDF envelope template to print on any paper that you wish! LOVE it!
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February 23, 2009
Happy birthday, Ms. Shelley

One of Brett's teachers celebrated a birthday last week, and the parents thought it would be nice if the class went in together to get her a giftcard to Starbucks since she loves coffee. Whow wouldn't love coffee working with 2 year olds all day?! I designed this little card for the class to give her. The paper and ribbon is all from SEI's Spring line and the stamps are from Stampin' Up's Party Hearty. Brett was so excited to give Ms. Shelley the card this morning. He didn't even cry at drop off! Maybe we need to bring something for Ms. Shelley every day!

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February 9, 2009
I {heart} organizing!

I know everyone out there thinks that I'm nuts, but I really love to organize things - it is much different than cleaning, trust me!

I finally put away all of the Christmas wrapping *stuff* - I went and bought storage containers for shirt boxes and Christmas bags and Birthday bags and Baby bags and Wedding bags and whatever other bags I had floating around in that closet! The pink, blue, and green bins are from Target (of course)!

Shoe organizers re-purposed for various craft supplies and ribbon.

My old shelf from my college apartment, along with some jars from the Teeter... I like things sorted by colors. I think it looks nice :)
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February 9, 2009
Another baby card...

I think this is the last one for a little while... we're entering the season of the bridal shower :)
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January 28, 2009
Baby card

Another simple baby card using "In the Stars" from Stampin' Up!

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January 17, 2009
Christmas Thanks

Just a quick view of my Thank You cards for all of our Christmas presents this year! The stamps are from the stampin' up set Seasons of Joy!

January 10, 2009
Squash Book

I did this cute little squash book of my friend and her family. The paper is from a pack of K & Co. If you want to make your own (it's REALLY easy) - check out

Have fun!

December 10, 2008
Oldies but goodies

I actually did these pages well before we ever went on vacation, but never got around to posting them. The first is just a cute picture of Kate around 4 months old. I loved that little purple sweatsuit of hers! So cute and soft! The second page is just a glimpse of what daily life around here looks like. It's always good to utilize the skills of one child to balance the stresses of the other child :)

On a sort of related note, I've decided that I'm not going to scrapbook anything from 2008. Why? Because I'm an entire year behind and it's starting to feel more like a chore rather than something that I truly enjoy doing. Instead, I'm going to make a book online for the entire year, and then start back to scrapping with the start of '09 instead. This way the stories will be fresh in my head, and I can scrap what I feel like rather than being so overwhelmed! Once I get the book done, I'll scan it in so that you can still see that too!

November 13, 2008
Page and a card, and more to come!

Halloween '07 (yes, SEVEN, that's not a typo)

Baby Drew's Baptism card using "In the Stars" from Stampin' Up!

September 23, 2008
Grandpa & Brett

September 11, 2008
i {heart} these kids

September 7, 2008
2 months

I'm doing my best to not fall more than a full year behind. These are a few of my favorite pics from LAST September.

August 24, 2008
Upside down

SEI's Doodley Doo Girl & Boy line... just a funny picture of Brett with Daddy and Grandpa (Aug. '07).

August 21, 2008
Grandparents are... love

SEI's contest this month is with the Dill Blossom line, so I thought I'd use some of the paper that had been sitting in my corner forever! It's not really kid-friendly, but I think it turned out pretty cute! I had a lot more fun with it than I thought I would :)

August 6, 2008
One month page

I really should be cleaning my house and packing for the BEACH while the kids are napping, but I had to get this page finished - it was driving me nuts!! The paper is all from the SEI Sweetie Line - I bought it right after I found out I was having a girl. Love it! I think I had about 12 other pictures that I just couldn't fit on there quite right. I tried to pick my favorites and go with it. There are just too many :)

July 26, 2008
Happy anniversary!

This is a quick mini-album that I did for an anniversary gift. The paper is the brand new Poppy Line from SEI.

July 24, 2008
Little mini Todd

This is probably one of my favorite pages that I've done lately. This picture just totally cracked me up, and the story to go with it is just classic Brett. The star paper is from American Crafts. The star stamps are all from Stampin' Up!

This is where I got the idea for the layout - it's from "Best of Becky Higgins Sketches" - I highly recommend it. There are tons of great ideas :)

Oh - here's the journaling:
Brett has always had a fascination with our computers, probably because he sees one of us on the computer ALL the time! So, when my computer finally died, we decided that he could use it as a “toy.” He thought this was GREAT. He just banged away on it, pretending to type, just like Mommy & Daddy. This was going well until one day he popped off two of the keys and tried to EAT them! Little Stinker! Needless to say, that was the end of his days as our computer genius!

July 22, 2008
A few scrapbook pages

I've finally started the kids' next scrapbook. These pictures are almost exactly a year old! Yes, I'm really that far behind! Here you go - enjoy!

Nana's Kids by DCWV - a great gender neutral find! I've had the paper pack for a long time and I've used almost the entire thing. The ladybug paper from Kate's invites came from the pack too.

Another great find at AC Moore - the paper was already done. I just had to add a few flowers and buttons and, of course, one of my favorite pics from Kate's first week home.

This is definitely NOT one of my favorite layouts, but it's still a cute picture of how happy Kate can be after a bath, even at a few days old :)

June 19, 2008
Another baby card

I got this paper a few weeks ago and I couldn't wait to use it, so I made (another) baby card using the same basic design as Kate's birthday invites. I made the envelope with the coordinating paper to match.

June 19, 2008
Birthday Invites

I stole this idea from I think they turned out pretty cute! Only 11 more to make :)

June 18, 2008
Baby shower card

I'm trying to start doing cards myself - for lots of reasons - but mostly because it lets me play in my very own little space, and it's faster than doing an entire layout :)
This is one that I did for my friend's shower this weekend. All of the paper is from SEI's Scenery collection.

June 1, 2008

Birthdays were always really important growing up in our house. My mom made a big deal out of each of our birthdays - even my sisters whose birthdays were only about 2.5 weeks apart. They each got separate birthday ordeals. Brett and Kate's birthdays are about 8 weeks apart, with my birthday sandwiched right in the middle. We just did Brett's birthday party yesterday. After a trip to the ER, we still managed to pull off the party on time, as scheduled, with a LOT of help from the fam! Brett's party was based on the movie, Cars, and he LOVED it! I'm trying to start planning Kate's birthday party, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet. Do we do princesses, or ladybugs, or just a generic pink 1st birthday theme??? Hmm... not sure yet. Of course, I'll do my own invites, etc. I just can't do store bought invites... apparently I like the extra work :)

In the middle of all of this birthday party planning, people keep asking what I want for my birthday. I haven't even given it much thought, honestly. Off the top of my head, here are a few "wants" - certainly not "needs."

  • New Vera Bradley Villager - I like the Peacock, Cambridge, and Java Blue patterns
  • More straps for my funky little flip flops - I already have blue, tan, and black with white polka dots
  • Gift cards always work, especially if I get time to shop without the kids :) My favs are Gap, Banana Republic, and Loft
  • Scrapbooking stuff!!! Archiver's, Michael's or AC Moore gift cards are fantastic!!!
Hmmm.. I'm sure there are probably more if I thought about it for more than 5 minutes. I'll let you know if I think up anything really great :)
In the mean time, I really need to start getting caught up on the kids' books. I can't believe that the last thing that I scrapped was Kate @ 3 days old. Gotta find the time to sit down and do it (without the kids standing on my toes!)

May 21, 2008

Welcome to my scrapbooking blog... I have TONS and TONS of scrapbook pages done that just need to get scanned in and posted, which I'll get around to doing - eventually. I'm in the process of posting Brett's 1st year album and the start of his 2nd year and the intro of baby Kate (note: I'm only through July '07 - I have some SERIOUS catching up to do)! I also have the Mother's Day albums that I did this year that I'm putting up. If you click on each individual slide show, it'll bring up the whole thing in a new window so that you can see big images. Happy scrapping! Oh, and you can leave comments too if you'd like.

While I don't update the old site anymore, it still exists. You can go here to see the old site, which includes links and slideshows of older stuff that I've done.