Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day off! Yay!

We're only four days away from moving day, so this is not exactly shaping up to be the most relaxing of days off. I am excited about the idea that I don't have to cram in as much "doing stuff" as possible in the morning and early afternoon because I have to go into work at night. The only possible issue I have is that the property management company has said that they want to show this house to potential renters, maybe today, and I don't know when that will happen. And obviously, the house is not in ideal condition since I've got half-finished projects and boxes piled up just about everywhere, but I'll do my best just to make it as presentable as possible. I've still got a week before I hand over the keys, and I'm not worried about having it perfect by then, but today is another story.

Another little wrinkle in our moving plans has come up, too. Apparently all of the guys that we were counting on to help us move on Saturday have been invited to a wedding that night. So they'll be able to help us in the morning, but are probably going to have to cut and run to get ready sooner than we thought. I think we'll still be OK, since we only have a few pieces of furniture that really need more than just me and Adam to move and we can focus on those first. Let's hope so.

I still have plenty of scrapbook pages to post (according to my photo-organizing software I have 133 since starting the blog), so here's today's batch:

This is just an easy little page about our hike in Switzerland while we were studying abroad. I used a paper that already had a bunch of different stripes, so all I had to do was add the title, journaling and one more brown flower.

I loved this sketch at 52 Sketches, 52 Weeks and I love my page even more. I feel like it has just what it needs and nothing else. And that cute boy in the picture doesn't hurt either.

Well...now that my little break for updating is over I guess I'll get back to workin' it. The highlight of my day will be a trip to Walmart after lunch to get some lightbulbs and cleaning supplies. :) Gotta love being a real adult.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I don't want to go to work today

Remember three weeks ago when I said I was ready to get going already in moving into the new house? Yeah, I take that back. I'm freaking out about not being ready for moving day on Saturday. I'm still really excited to actually get into the house and start making it feel like ours, but I feel like there's still so much to do and so much that we need to get. Even though we're just moving across town, with all the new furniture and new responsibilities, it feels like a whole new world. Anyway, I've just got to do my best to do what I can before I go to work today. I wish I didn't have to go in tonight (especially since I've worked everyday since Wednesday), but that's just life. I've already taken Skelly on his walk and started some cleaning and some packing. I'm taking a short break here to post this and to watch some tennis we Tivo'ed this weekend, and then I'm right back in it. I've still got lots more pages to upload, so here's today's batch.

I love this one. Other than the fact that I want to fix that loose piece of hair behind my ear. :) I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I used a whole bunch of travel-themed word-strip stickers I had laying around to outline the blue paper. And I cut the cute little green flourish with my Slice Wedding card.

This page documents a uniquely Floridian experience for us. Letting Skeletor outside at night brings the prospect of letting geckos inside involuntarily. I took these pictures the first time it happened when our friend Will was visiting. I used this page as an inspiration and it came together pretty quickly.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

So many good finds

Adam and I went out shopping yesterday before I had to go into work, and we were extremely successful. We found a TV that we liked for a good price, agreed really quickly on a mattress that we liked (and found out it will be 60% off right when we're looking to actual buy it), and even found bar stools, a scrapbooking desk, and possibilities for a grill and patio furniture that we were not specifically looking for. Oh, and we also saw a cheaper version of the sliding-door dog door that we had been considering at Petsmart. And we ordered our little boy a doggy birthday cake. :) He turns two on Saturday, but since that's our big moving day, we're going to have his doggy friends over to the house for a doggy party on the next Saturday. We'll give him some of his presents this weekend, though, like a new ball to play with in his new backyard.

Anyway, even though all that shopping made me pretty tired a work last night, it definitely put me in a good mood. Now all we have to do is figure out if we can afford all of the stuff we saw right away and what are the top priorities. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to consider that while the Hallmark store is empty today. :)

I'm off to walk the puppy and get in the shower before I head off to work. But first, here's just a couple more pages hanging out in my computer.

I used this sketch (from the Canadian site Scrapbook Star) for a page about Adam's "out and back" to Key West. Again, he is nowhere to be found in the pictures. :( You probably can't tell from the picture of the page, but the title is actually glued onto and old button that I found with Adam's childhood stuff. He had tons of really ugly buttons for no reason; they were not special at all. I was going to make him get rid of them when I realized that I could used them to add some dimension to my scrapbook pages. And voila, here it is.

I love this page and the sweet picture of me with puppy Skeletor. I copied this page that I had bookmarked months ago. I'm glad I went back and used it here since I think my page came out very nicely.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Self-imposed scrapbook hiatus

That's it. I'm done. No more scrapbooking until I get myself settled into the new place (and I still have no idea exactly how I'm going to set up the space or what kind of furniture I need to buy). I've got less than a week until moving day, and if that wasn't enough to encourage me to pack it all in, I ran out of page protectors yesterday. I definitely don't want to have to move any pages not in protectors, and I don't really have the time or money to run out and get some more right away. So the hiatus begins. At least I have quite a few more pages to share here on the blog, so that might help ease the withdrawal. :) And hey, maybe I'll update here a little more often. But I'm not making any promises.

Oh, I have to tell this story about me and Skeletor that happened earlier this week on Tuesday (mostly just for myself, I don't want to forget). We've had a fair amount of rain on and off this week as the remnants of Tropical Storm Claudette came through, but I really wanted to take Skelly on a walk that morning. I even checked the radar on Weather.com before we left and thought that we would be fine. Unfortunately, it started to POUR when we got to the top of our street (a little more than five minutes from home). Skeletor hates the rain and getting wet, so he was really antsy. I decided to start jogging with him to get home a little faster, but he wanted to RUN and was pulling hard. Halfway down our street I decided to let Skelly off the leash to run his little heart home. He bolted out ahead of me, but I could see him fine. Just like I thought, he knew exactly where he was going and turned at our driveway headed straight for the front door. The funny thing is that the loud rain had woken up Adam at home and when he realized that we weren't at home he knew that we must be caught outside somewhere. He was about to get in his car to come find us, but when he opened the door, Skeletor ran right up to him. I was still about 2 houses behind so he didn't see me yet, and he was REALLY confused for a minute. Maybe I got struck by lightning and Skeletor ran to get help. Anyway, we all made it home safe, even if we were SOAKED. Skeletor was really unhappy with getting so wet and he spent the rest of the morning wanting to be really near to us. For awhile, he would whine if one of us wasn't physically touching him.

Other than that, here's a couple pages to share.

I like the way this page turned out with the same picture 3 times. I think it does a good job highlighting the pink shirt in the middle one. I used the same idea that I used for this page I made earlier this summer because I really loved the way that one turned out.

And just a little something for Adam's Air Force book. This is him at his scarf drop last summer (hence the Randolph paper). I think it's a cool picture, but all he says when he sees it is that he looks "totally bald." He's really sensitive about that. I think he's silly.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Only one week until we sign all the paperwork and officially buy our house! We still won't be able to take possession of the house until next Friday, but since we couldn't find a time for everyone to meet on Friday, we're going to have the walk-through on Thursday afternoon and then go straight to sign everything. I'm super-excited since it means we get to have the house ALL day on Friday. :) We're still planning on getting the U-Haul and doing most of the moving on Saturday so we'll have friends free to help us, but we might take a couple car loads of boxes over on Friday and claim it as our own.

I do want to apologize for being distracted from pretty much everything else by this whole process, and I promise that soon I'll be able to focus on things like blogging, scrapbooking and running again. I need to remind myself that no matter how much changes, life goes on. I know it's going to go on with or without me, and I'm definitely ready to hop back on soon.

Anyway...I do have some backlogged scrapbook pages to share, so what am I waiting for?

A simple layout of some young European travelers that I hardly recognize. Especially that guy with the super-short haircut. :)

I like this page based on the sketch for mixer #22 at Mix it Up! I didn't actually play along with the whole challenge (to use stars made out of 5 different materials) since I didn't have a lot of embellishments around and I like the way my page looks without them, but I did use the sketch pretty much exactly as it was. I LOVE the pictures of Adam in bed on Thanksgiving morning.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Life with TWO puppies

Yesterday and today we got a little taste of what life is like taking care of two puppies. Mike and Lauren went to New Orleans for the night, so we've been watching Jack for them. It's been working out pretty well; the only thing that's really tough is letting them out since we don't have a fence here and we only have one tie-out cable. I think it will be fun to have Jack stay over again once we've moved into the new place with a fence (and hopefully soon a doggy door). It's good practice if we're seriously thinking about getting another puppy for ourselves (and I think we are).

We left the little boys at home for a little bit and went to the movies last night, too. I definitely recommend that you go out and see District 9. It was a really interesting, unique alien movie. Even if you don't like alien movies, you should see it.

Finally, I promised in my last post that I would update on my scrapbook pages: today is day 123 and I have...123 pages! Yay! I don't have to work until 4pm today and we've just gotten back from taking the puppies on a walk, so hopefully I will have some quiet time to do a little bit more scrapping today. Probably next weekend I'll have to pack my stuff up. :( Until then, here's a couple more pages to share:

This page got a weird shadow on it when I photographed it. In real life, the blue background is all one color. At first, I only made this page with the title and the woven looking paper, but Adam told me it looked too bare, so I found the yellow flowered paper and cut out some of the pattern to give it a little something extra. I think he was right, I like this better now.

This is a cute little page of Adam's friends and flightmates on their snorkeling trip in Key West. I wish that he had gotten someone to take a picture of him, but it's too late now. My favorite part of the page is the layered circles with "08" inside.

Alright, now it's time to watch some women's tennis (woo US Open Series!), get in the shower, find some lunch and then get some packing done. Plus, find some time for scrapbooking. Wish me luck.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ready for late dinner

It's been an interesting day, but a good day. Adam had a weird split schedule and we took a brief nap in the afternoon before he went back in to work. I also wanted to give myself a break this morning since my allergies have been acting up a lot recently so I didn't take Skelly on a walk (instead we went out at around 6:45pm). Which means that all in all I feel a little discombobulated. It's 9pm and I haven't had dinner yet, but that's OK since Adam just got home and now we still get the chance to have something together. On that note, I think I'm going to go scrounge around the kitchen and watch some more preseason football with the hubby. :) But first, here's some of my latest pages. I'll update on my page-a-day challenge tomorrow. I promise.

I'm not quite sure if this is nerdy or cool, but I've got a ton of Air Force pictures and not much red, white and blue paper to use, so took the stars paper and some Air Force stickers and this is what I came up with.

I really like this page about Aunt Nancy and Uncle John. I got the felt flowers on sale at my Hallmark store (they're super beautiful in real life) and I cut the title and shape for my journaling with my Slice. Also, great use of scraps if I do say so myself. Only three small pieces of paper were harmed in the making of this page (except for the background paper of course).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Just some pages

Cleaning, packing, loving the family. Budgeting myself like crazy to make sure we have all that we need at the end of the month. Scrapbooking a little bit to stay sane. Thank goodness for Tivo and HGTV. I need something on in the background while I'm working and there is NOTHING good on TV at 2pm on Tuesday. I'm about to watch one last episode of Battlestar Galactiva with my husband and then start thinking about bed time, but I've got a couple pages to share first.

I'm not crazy about this one, but what are you going to do. I love all the pictures and wanted to use them all, but I think the size of the pictures was too hard to work with. Oh well, it is what it is.

I like how this one turned out. I saw a card at my Hallmark store with kind of this design and I though it would be cool to adapt it to a scrapbook page. I used more foam squares to pop up the title, and I don't like that you can see them a little bit behind the letters, but it was impossible to cut them any smaller.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Shaking off the funk

Ok, so maybe I already took a two-hour nap today and it's only 2pm. And I haven't taken a shower yet. But with that being said, I am starting to feel like I'm shaking off the weird funk I've been in for the past few days. I've done a lot of packing (almost depleted my current stash of bubble wrap actually), tidied up the out-of-control kitchen and even vacuumed in my office space. Plus, Skelly and I went out on a (god awful hot) walk this morning and I made one new scrapbook page. I feel good. I know that next week my work schedule ramps up a lot, so I need to get a lot done this week because moving is now less than 3 weeks away. Also, I was ridiculously psyched for NFL football to start yesterday, even if it was just the Bills and the Titans in a pre-season game. Football season is SO fun.

In terms of scrapbooking, I haven't had any big days with tons of pages, but I'm still plodding my way to a "page-a-day" pace. I know I can do it soon. Here are some of the ones I've been working on.

Adam and Briana at the squadron Christmas party last year. I drew the curve freehand to try something new. "Silliness" was cut with my Slice Wedding card. Big surprise. :)

I'm really happy with how this one turned out. I used sketch #37 from Pink Sketches and I tried my hand at "distressing" the paper for the first time. I think it came out really neat and it fits with the theme of the page, like Skeletor was chomping down on it. Plus, Adam really loves the fake-out photo - Skelly was actually chewing something underneath the bag of M&M's.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Feeling weird.

I don't quite know what's with me today. I haven't been motivated or interested in doing much of anything. I did scrapbook a little and clean up the dishes piled up in the kitchen, but somehow it's 6:30 and I can't really point to much of anything else that I did. It sucks. I guess I'm just going to post some more pages I've got on my computer and hope that tomorrow is better. :( Sorry to be such a downer.

More of that cold looking paper from American crafts. I really like this page and the title cut with my Slice. And I have to give Adam credit for coming up with the title; I didn't like it at first, but now I think it works.

I based my page on this one I found on a blog that I follow. My page is cute but not quite as good. I do really like the pictures and the idea of the title. I was worried that the pictures would look/seem too small, but I think in general that's OK.

I have to work tomorrow night, so maybe that will give me a kick in the butt to be useful in the morning. Until then...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

100 pages!

Yay! I did it! Since I started this blog and began taking pictures of my scrapbook pages, I've made 100 pages. Actually, I hit 100 on Tuesday, and I've kept on gluing, so now I have 111 pages (yeah, I was pretty scrapbook focused the past few days). Woo!

And in case you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm a pretty huge nerd. So I calculated how many days it's been since my first blog post (April 15), and it's been 114 days. I am dangerously close to having made a page a day since I started the blog. Sounds like a challenge to me. My new goal is to catch up to "page-a-day" pace before I have to pack up all of my stuff for the move. I'm sure I'll miss at least a few days from my hobby doing all the moving, and I don't really expect to keep up the pace forever, but I think it'll be fun for another week or so.

Anyway, I may have that many pages finished, but I don't have that many posted, so I'd better get to work on that. Here are two fabulous pages featuring my big manly husband.

This first one is a pretty recent picture of Adam digging into the carton of ice cream. I picked the colors because they looked kind of cold to go with the ice cream theme, and I think they ended up looking really good with the colors of his blues uniform.

I based this page on another (way more girly) page I found here. You can't tell very well, but I used "pop dots" for the first time on this page, to make the little embellishment under the title look more layered and dimensional. I like the way it turned out.

Alright, it's getting time to make my dinner and head out to work. I did already make two pages today and I'm off tomorrow, so I'll be back with more to share soon.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

No big news

Not working for the past few days has been relaxing but boring. Mike's girlfriend Lauren moved down last week with their beagle Jack and Skelly loves having a new friend up the street. We all had a fun evening tonight, and Adam and I scored an awesome free dinner because Lauren was baking up some lasagna. Even super picky Adam was loving it.

The best part of my relaxing but boring days has been plenty of time to scrap. I'm still working toward 100 pages. I know I have that many in my pile to be glued, but I don't count them until they're completely finished. If I get some time to glue tomorrow, I'll definitely get there. :)

I used a sketch for this one that I found at So Sketchy! I added the arrow because I felt like I needed to fill up some of the dead space but I didn't really have a lot of journaling to say about this picture. I'm not sure if it's perfect, but it's good enough.

I like this cute and funny page about my need of a haircut. Adam can't look at the picture without laughing out loud.

That's about all for now. Only one more day fully off, so I'd better get a lot done tomorrow. :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cookie dough is crazy delicious

And crazy dangerous. I'm pretty sure I just ruined my lunch. What is it about this substance that drives perfectly rational people to consume irrational amounts of the stuff? Of course, I blame the troops. If I hadn't baked cookies to send in care packages, I wouldn't ever have any leftover dough just hanging out in my fridge.

Sigh. What's done is done. At least I plan on running later. That's a start, right?

We got a little bit of late start yesterday, considering that Adam had to be back on base at 3pm. We didn't quite hit every stop and I ran around like crazy in Hobby Lobby trying to decide what to buy in 10 minutes. That being said, it was generally a nice day. Not sure what's on tap for today other than cleaning up after the cookie fest and continuing to pack. We've been talking about going to see Harry Potter again, and I'm hopeful I'll have some time to scrapbook. I'm super motivated now that I know I'm so close to 100 pages.

Here's the latest:

I'm pretty sure I love this one. I know it's really simple, but that's all it needs. I used this page as my inspiration. For some reason, I admire simplicity in other people's pages, but I feel like it looks like I took the easy way out on my pages. It's silly, though. I just need to get over it. p.s. I used my Slice Wedding card to cut the word "groom." I mostly wanted the Wedding card for the font and the shapes it makes, but I've still got plenty of pictures from my wedding and I'm sure this card will get lots more usage.

This page is not crooked, I promise. It's only my (lack of) photography skills. The most interesting thing about this page (I think) is that I didn't use any patterned paper. Also, other than the background paper, everything else was from my scraps pile. So pretty good, considering all that, eh? Notice that the title was cut (yet again) with my Slice Wedding card. :) I told you I would use the hell out of it.