Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My first all-digital layout!

I know it's very basic but here it is!

I happened to find a free digital kit on the 2 Peas website and of course found myself drooling over KL's Kenner Road digi-goodness. I remember having downloaded the Swallowfield digi-kit some time ago but never having the courage or time to delve into the digital medium. 

I started playing with the elements I had on Photoshop and going back on Kenner Road's blog because Designer Diana Martin had posted a digital layout tutorial for the lame like me. ha ha

Before I knew it, I was buying more KR elements and the doilies from House of 3 and this is what I managed to put together!  Now it's off to figure out how to use drop shadows and paint splatters!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hey! Where did my Spring Break go?

In the blink of an eye it was GONE! Darren and I both enjoyed the last 2 weeks off from school for our celebrated Spring Break. As luck would have it my little guy decides on Day #2 of vacation to get yet another fever! Seriously?!? It lasts 5 fun-filled days of staying indoors and watching lots of TV. Oh joy!

I should probably thank the stars above that he actually got sick our first week off because the following weekend we were off with friends for 3 days at Disneyland!!!

We did it all: The Matterhorn (at least 5 times!), Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Grizzly Peak and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few. The most exciting and most frightening ride was easily 

The Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror. 

Why I thought to take the 3 oldest boys on this ride was a good idea is beyond me! I figured I should face my fears and go for it. Well, here's a photo of the boys with their "scared" faces while we were waiting in line pondering our fate:

By the time we got to the front of the line one of the boys decided to back out (he shall remain nameless!) One of the ride attendants was kind enough to watch him while we went on the ride as apparently this happens all the time. Well, let's just say that he who shall remain nameless made a VERY wise decision.That ride was probably the scariest ride I have EVER been on. The first drop wasn't so bad, the second one I thought to myself: thank God it's over! And then the last drop. Um, yeah. It did me in. A free-fall from the 13th floor. I went into survivor mode! I blew deep breaths to get through it and couldn't get out of my seatbelt quick enough to get out! 

The boy who backed out asked me if he had made a good decision by not going and I told him, "Yes! You are so smart to have not gone because it wasn't good!" If you want to see the ride experience check out this You Tube video I found: Tower of Terror

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

i couldn't tell ya...

...the last time I did a 12x12 layout. I still fear the big empty page. There is so much inspiration out there on the gazillions of scrap blogs I follow but I always end up finding myself working on a mini-album.

What really gave me inspiration to work on a 12x12 layout was this picture of my beautiful niece, Gabrielle.

She was the junior bridesmaid in my sister's wedding last month and I took this picture of her at the beach. I loved her sweet dress and the flower in her hair and how she was putting her feet in the tide like a child yet how it contrasted with the fact that she is becoming such a young lady. I can still remember the days when she was a toddler!

I also loved these pictures I took of Darren and his cousin Jason. 

These two were inseparable during our vacation. They truly enjoy one another's company. I was so excited when I realized my timing was perfect taking the photo in the middle of this layout with Jason jumping in the air. Oh, to be carefree and young!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Me? Hockey?

I have never been a hockey fan nor did I ever think I would be one. But this whole Olympic Hockey madness sucked me in. I'll have to admit I didn't get the chance to watch much of the Winter Olympics because it started while we were in Kauai for my sister's wedding and watching TV (besides The Bachelor and American Idol - tee hee!) wasn't a priority.

It all started with Team USA vs. Switzerland quarterfinals. Although I don't claim to know much about hockey besides getting the puck into the net the whole empty-net goal by Team USA was exciting. Now I get it (the excitement of the sport, that is!)

It's too bad that we lost to Canada but what a great game. Huh?

I also watched Men's Speed Skating. Apollo Ohno is one talented dude. 


OK, that's not what he wears while competing but...
I personally think he was robbed of a Gold in the Men's 1000 m race. He single-handedly managed to make it through every single one of his races by jumping over fallen skaters. Total athleticism!

OK - on to another subject.

I love Anthropologie but this month's catalog is amazing. The clothes. The photography. The tropical setting. 




Love this dress


and this outfit.

The colors in the catalog are giving me some inspiration to scrap. My goal is to do just that this week. I haven't sat down to scrap in close to a month. I'm hoping to change that come this weekend.