Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Look who is 3!!!!!!

That is right -- my baby boy turned 3 this past weekend. I am so happy and yet sad at the same time. My baby is growing up! :(
To celebrate this milestone, I visited his pre-K class on Friday. I read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to his class and then I show them how to make caterpillars. I brought precut foam circles and showed the wee-ones how to glue the circles on their foam"paper" to create caterpillars. It was a blast to work on a craft project with twelve 2 and 3 year olds. The energy in the room was out of this world. After the project Langston and I shared a special snack with his classmates -- sliced strawberries and bananas topped with whipped cream and sprinkles - AKA a strawberry and banana sundae.

After a morning of fun with Langston's Montessori class, he and I headed to meet daddy for some special one-on-one time. It is so rare that Langston has my DH and me all to himself -- so this was really nice. I think Langston enjoyed the attention.

Saturday was the big day -- Birthday Party DAY!!!! We decided to host Langston's party at J.W. Tumbles which is sort of like a My Gym or Gymboree but a little better I think. They did an excellent job of anticipating all of our needs and were wonderfully attentive to the birthday boy and all of his tiny guests.

Sunday -- I DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (except scrapbook). I never got out of my pajamas.

While in my pajamas on Sunday, I decided to play around with some of my scraps and do a little reorganization of my scrap "closet." (I'll have to share a pic soon) I discovered that I have a lot (too much) of negative alpha chipboard. Out of my mammoth pile of chipboard scraps I created a home decor item and repurposed the others as stencils. If you did not know, or have not tried it yet, negative chipboard makes incredible stencils. Given that I have so many 'fonts' I thought it best to alphabetically organize them so that they are easily accessible.

Below are two of the pages I created using my "recycled" stencils -- one has a fat "font" and the other skinny.

Have a FANTABULOUS Tuesday!!!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Play with your photographs

I would love to buy Photoshop but it is very expensive and I have other more pressing expenses at the moment. Fortunately, a fellow scrapper told me about FREE Photoshop Express. Whoopee! I love this free little tool. It is super easy to use and allows me to make some really incredible adjustments to my photos. Check out below to see what you can do with your photographs.

The original pic:

Photoshop pics:

I can not wait to use some of these "edited" pics on my pages or in a cute mini-album. Check back soon to see what I create.

Be well and full of joy,

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Create outside of your comfort zone

I have had a lovely weekend and I got A LOT of scrappin' done. I have always been a 12x12 scrap-artist (occasionally dabbling in the 6x12 world) but never thought that a 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 canvas would be enough space. But it was! I love ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and had oodles of fun creating a few this weekend. I ordered my 7 Gypsies card holder and cards on Monday and they arrived on Friday just in time for me to PLAY. So...check out my layouts and ATCs. I think the big lesson for me is that I do not need a lot of space to express myself creatively. I would challenge all of you to take a chance and create something that is a little outside of your comfort zone. You just might be pleasantly surprised.


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