Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hello world

Hello?? Anyone?? Still there?

2 and a half months I didn't find time to blog. That's just not cool. Not at all. The irony is that my last post was about taking "Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers class". Needless to say I didn't move beyond the first lesson. So what happened? Nothing serious, actually. Than you for asking, emailing me and expressing your concerns. The second half of April and the first half of May were completely consumed with working on the yearbook for Ella's school - taking pictures, begging for more pictures, cropping, rotating and moving about 900 candid shots, arranging professional pictures and putting it all together in 60 pages yearbook. It was a lot of work. I didn't have any idea what I am getting myself into when I signed up for this job. But at the end, it was fun, I learned a lot and I am looking forward to doing it again next year.

After that I was busy with making menus/favors/gifts for our MOMS club banquet, end of school year, girls activities and so on. Summer vacation had started and I still could find time for me and my blog. But here I am, enjoying some "me" time at Starbucks while Ella is taking her gymnastic lesson. I don't want to make any promises, especially to myself but I try to visit my blog more often. 

I maybe stopped blogging and reading other blogs (sorry, my Google Reader), but I didn't stop scrapping. I have a huge backlog of layout to share, let's start with the latest.

I finished this layout yesterday. It is based on sketch #6 from Stretch Your Sketches challenge series by Ella Publishing.
I used a fun mix of very old and very new papers - I think it all worked well together.
Supplies: patterned paper (teal - Heidi Swapp, plaid orange - Pink Paislee, words - Bo Bunny, grey - SEI, orange, teal scallops, tag - Sassafras Lass), summer sticker (Sandy Lion), letter stickers (Basic Grey), twine (Divine Twine), button (My Mind's Eye), staples
The next one is based on Tuesday Trio sketch 73 This time the theme of the challenge was "garden". Perfect to scrap this cute picture of Ella planting tomato plants few weeks ago. Again, I used some old products from my stash. Stop by the Tuesday Trio blog to see what other Design Team members did and submit your own take on this challenge.

Supplies: patterned paper (7 Gypsies, Henni Bowlin), cardstock (Bazzill Basics), letter stickers (Doodlebug), metal clip (Basic Grey), border punch (Fiskars), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (unknown)
Another one for Tuesday Trio. Here the challenge was "embossing". I used embossed Core'dination cardstock to make a card. There is still time to submit your card or layout for this challenge, it is open till July 2nd, 4pm Central time.

Supplies: cardstock (Core'dination), ink (Clearsnap), stamp (Fiskars), corner punch (Fiskars), pearls (Kaiser Craft), flower (Recollections)

I need to pick up Ella, so this will be all for today. How is your summer going? Do you have more or less free time?? I can never decide.


  1. hi there- i took shimelle's class too. just wanted to let you know i do the yearbook for my kids elementary school too. i've done it 3 years in a row & will be doing it again next year. like you i didn't know what i was getting into the 1st year & every year during crunch time when i don't have a minute to breath i wonder why i do this to myself & when it's all said & done i love all of it. funny huh? just wish i could find the time to scrap now that's it's summer.....

  2. Good to know you are alive...

    Waiting to see your work from the previous period


  3. It's good to see you back :)

    We don't have a tradition of Yearbooks here - and I wish we did, it sounds like such a wonderful souvenir (even if it is a lot of work lol)

  4. I'm glad to see you're back, and that everything is fine. Just busy. My vacation starts today and I am so happy and relieved that I feel like I could cry.

  5. It sounds like you have been having a wonderful time. I'm glad for the update. Your projects are wonderful.

  6. נהדר לראות אותך שוב!
    הדפים שלך מקסימים והכרטיס משגע.

  7. Glad to see you blogging again!My friends that do the yearbook say they have to do some each month so they don't get overwhelmed at the end. Hope it gets easier next year!

  8. Hi, I've been so busy too... hence, not picking up on your latest post til 3 weeks later!
    Hope you are getting time for a bit of blog-reading and more scrapping. I love the pages you posted this time - your "baby" is growing so fast and he is soooo gorgeous! Ella is very sweet in that lovely photo from the garden. Both great pages for your memory book!
    I like that card too - the embossed flower on the top layer is gorgeous.
    Nice to "see" you back.. .dont be away quite so long this time!