Thursday, July 31, 2008

Here is what you got done...

Way to go ladies! These layouts are awesome. You still have time to get yours done if you haven't done yours yet. Deadline is Friday, August 1st. at midnight central time. Thanks again to everyone who has played and good luck. Remember there will be a new challenge posted in a few days.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ok ladies...Here is mine....

Just to get you guys is my sample for this challenge. I used the Peter Frampton album cover Fingerprints.
We got one entry so far, lets see more. I can't give away the prize if I don't get any entries. I will have some more challenges if this goes good. I have more donations from various places so come on help me make this work!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I got ya covered!

With all the scrapbook inspiration and challenges out there I thought I would challenge you. As I have been looking around everywhere I see so many challenges about getting inspiration from songs or song lyrics so I thought hey what about using inspiration from the cover of the album or cd. You could use the design, the colors, the title or the whole concept. You will have until August 1st. to leave a comment on here with the location of your layout and if you can also include the album or cd you used...and guess what? Laurie, the owner of ScrapAttack Scrapbooking was nice and generous enough to donate a wonderful prize for this! How cool is that?!? So make sure you find the time to stop over at her site
and check things out, she has a wonderful shop, talented scrappers in the gallery, wonderful bi-weekly challenges and friendly scrappers!
I will pick a random winner from all of the entries out of a hat so good luck, can't wait to see what you all come up with and without further ado here is what Laurie has donated from her shop ScrapAttack Scrapbooking.....

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

America's next top model?

Alyson has a top model barbie that she loves to play with. She is also a BIG ham! So while outside playing with her Barbie the other day she got the idea for her to be a top model. She made me take picture after picture. She even went as far as to change her outfit a few times. Needless to say I know have about 100 photos of her just waiting to be scrapped, now to find the time!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Forever my boy...

Yes can you believe it, a wonderful photo of Andrew! Sadly I think that after thirteen years of a camera being in his face he has had enough. I hope it is just a phase he is going through, being a teenager now. (Ya know, it just aint "cool" to have your mom taking millions of pictures of you) If you look at my scrapbooks some would think that I didn't have a son....they are all mostly of Alyson now, but look, here is proof that I do have a wonderful and handsome son....

Friday, July 11, 2008

Surviving the storm...

So far this summer we have been hit really bad with Mother Nature unleashing her fury on us and this storm was no exception. It was pretty weird. The skies were over-cast all day and then this strange cloud front came crashing in. It looked like a giant black wave. First it got hot, then it really cooled down. The winds picked up and then it started to rain. It did this for about an hour and then just completely came to an eerie calm.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Scraplifting Queen this week...

I have been busy trying to get as many challenges done this month. So far, the only ones I have gotten to are the scraplifting ones. For those of you that don't know what scraplifting is let me tell you...scraplifting is when you take inspiration from one or all elements of someone else's layout.
These layouts were scraplifted from several very talented ladies over at ACOT. I had a hard time choosing which of their layouts to use but I finally narrowed them down.... Here is the link back to the original along with mine side by side..,,,a,343,,82944
Here is the link for this layout with the original and mine...,,,a,345,,82980
And the link for this one with the original and mine...,,,a,346,,83250
I just want to thank each of these ladies for the wonderful inspiration they each gave me for each of these layouts!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Celebrating the 4th.

The 4th. fell on a Friday this year which was great, and with Mother Nature deciding to play nice this time well, it was the icing on the cake! The weather was PERFECT. Not too hot, and not too cold, sometimes even being a bit chilly. Usually it is soooo hot noboy can really enjoy the nice holiday.
We started out the day watching the annual Mokena 4th. of July parade. I didn't bring my camera(I know, me without my camera...unthinkable, but no, I really didn't bring it. I have enough pictures of the parade). After the streets cleared and we could get out of the neighborhood we headed out to Mom's for a wonderful bbq... I think this is the only picture of Dave I have in which he is not giving me a finger gesture or sleeping....
Here is another one who likes to give that wonderful finger gesture when someone tries to take his picture. You have to really sneak up on Rob to get a picture without him doing that so just about every picture I have of him is from the side....
The kids were having a great time playing ball until somehow the ball got stuck up in the tree. It was quite funny wathcing everyone throwing things up there to get it down. Before they got the ball down, they got another one stuck up there so they had to get two of them down!

Kyle is like the hardest kid to take pictures of. He is in that stage right now where EVERY picture you try to take, he makes a goofy face. Those of you who have kids know this stage that I am talking about! I was pleasently surprised when I actually captured this wonderful shot of him WITHOUT that goofy pose.
Alyson of course doing what she does best....eating! Another thing she is good at...posing for pictures...what a ham she is!
Trying to play bean bags with the sun in your eyes is no fun. Unfortunately, Andrew did not have sun glasses so he had to use mine... The tables were turned on me here, I guess they are tired of always turning around and having a camera in their face...
I have to laugh when I think of how we started playing bean bags. We thought we would save some money and make the game ourselves, so Tommy made the targets (of course, one for Dale Ernhart and the other for Kelly's driver Terry Labonte) and I got the job to make the bean bags. Well long story short, I filled the bags too full so the first toss....the bag exploded! So Kelly and I quickly look online and find a place that sells these games out of their house, drove there and purchased new bean bags. Trust me it was funny!

Just had to throw this one in because I thought it was really cute! The kids patiently waited for the show to start and with each "practice" boom got more and more silly...

Finally after about six "ha ha...we fooled ya's!" the show began. I really didn't get that many photos this year beacause when I am taking them, I really don't get to enjoy them they way they should be enjoyed.