Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Let's talk scrapbooking~

What is more fun than having the cutest scrapbook stuff?? Having them in a totally cute container, of course!!!

I wanted to share with you my newest container!

My newest obsession has been clear acrylic stamps. I just love them, but have not found a good way to store them. I was at The Scrap Coop and I ran across this 12 by 12 paper mache box. I thought it would be perfect for the stamps. Here it is~~
So cute~~ I covered the front with paper and flowers. Here is a look at the inside. The sheer pocket holds the stamps great. The box is big enough to hold the large 12x12 acrylic stamps from Autumn Leaves. For some of the smaller Heidi Swapp stamps and the ones that I use a lot, I added magnets to, and they stay attached to the flip out cover. I just love how it turned out!

Here are a few other cute container ideas~~

I used this "cookie jar" container to put all of my flowers in it. I love that it is clear so that I can see all the pretty colors, and the wide opening makes the flowers easy to get to.

I found these cute plastic jars at Roberts. They were very inexpensive and can be decorated, like this one for my notary stamp,

or left plain, like these ones filled with alphabets. The colors of the letters are decoration enough!!

Whatever the size or location of your scrapbook space, make it a place where you love to be. Having cute containers and good organization makes scrapbooking more productive and more fun!

Happy Scrapbooking~


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pictures of my book and my boys

Here is a sample page from my book Let me tell you, this picture does not even do the book justice. It is just beautiful! There are sketch ideas for
There are also ideas for making home decor projects! I have given you 4 pages of sketch pads so that you can sketch your own ideas. There are lay105 pages with 100 sketches and over 200 layouts!! The book is going to retail in stores for $29.99 but will be on sale at the ETM expo for
Be sure to stop by the Express the Moment booth and purchase your copy.
June 8-9 at the Shilo Inn
Here is a picture of the boys that i took at a fountain near our house. Look how big they are getting!! They are both out of school for the summer. They are so excited about that!!
Here are some pictures from our camping trip.
Don't worry... there are no curb straddling pictures!!Look real close and you can see the little lizard in Jaxson's hand.

Here I am with the boys and the snake. Don't we all look so happy!
Look~ 2 posts in one day.......


Let's catch up!!

  • Happy Memorial Day weekend!! Hope everyone is safe and enjoying the nice weather. Tracey took the boys fishing today. Hope they are having fun (and wearing sunscreen!!)! I went into work this morning for a few hours to help out and then my mom and I went to visit the graves of my grandparents. Now, back at home bloggin!! Here are a few highlights (or lowlights) of my week.

  • Went to the funeral of a friend that i went to high school with. You never expect to have to do that when you are 34. My friend was in a car accident. So sad. She was so pretty and such a sweet person. She will sure be missed. At the funeral I ran into some other gals that i went to high school with. (Hi Kim and Jessica!!). It was fun to get caught up on each of their lives! Take the time to contact your friends and family..you never know when it is our time to go.

  • On a lighter note, the reptile collection is doing well. The lizards and the salamanders are cohabitating well together. The snake is great. He lets Dalton hold him. Not a real big eater. He doesnt like the dead, frozen mice that we feed him. Poor little Dalton, he wasnt so sure that he wanted to feed those tiny mice to Sneeky. We also have 4 new babies at our house.......................baby robyns.

It has been so fun to check on the eggs and now see the tiny chicks. I think there are 4 or 5 of them.

  • Friday night the ETM staff got together and started getting things together for the upcoming expo. I cannot spoil the suprises, but the projects are TO DIE FOR!! The free gifts and goodies are so cute! I am really excited for this. I am teaching a layout based on one of the sketches in my book. Cool huh!!
  • The book is coming along slowly. I got a proof copy printed out. The colors are beautiful. So vibrant and clear. The layout is wonderful! It is crunch time now becasue i have to have the book sent to SLC to have the spiral binding done and the tabbed dividers added. I am still pressing to have it done by the expo. Keep your fingers crossed!
  • I have some photos of the boys as well as the photos from our last camping trip but my computer wont upload them. I will keep trying.
  • Have a great weekend!!


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fun family time


I was able to go to the fire station field trip with Dalton's class. He was so excited for me to go. I have to tell you, those kids have SO MUCH energy! After touring the fire station and the 911 call center, they still had enough energy to run up and down the hills at Freeman park. I was exhausted just watching them!! They had fun and really learned a lot.

I finished my layout for the ETM Conference. It is sooo awesome. Kim has so many cute things planned. I cannot wait til it's here.

I got a sneak peek at my book on Thursday. Can I tell you that is is so much cooler than I had imagined it would. The graphic designer, Lacey, is so creative and she has done a wonderful job with the layout. I hope to have a proof copy by the end of the week, then a week to print, a week for binding, and they should be ready for the ETM Expo in June. Really, really excited about this!!!

Went camping to Massacre Rock, near American Falls, this weekend. Gorgeous weather. It was quite a sentimental trip. We stayed at the campsite where my grandparents always stayed. We were camping there on Mother's Day, which is the day that my grandmother died. Lots of sweet memories, and a few tears. For those of you who have not been to Massacre Rocks, there are blue-belly lizards there. It has always been a pastime to try and catch them. We found one little lizard near the parking lot. Grandma Marti, Jaxson and myself had this little guy contained around 2 garbage cans. The little lizard ran under the garbage can, so i lifted it up and lo and behold there was a mouse nest under it. Out came the mama mouse with two babies, looking up at us like, "What have you done to my house?!". We returned the can and hopefully the mice will stay there. By this time, Dalton and Tracey showed up. We all were in on the lizard action and the lizard ran under one of the cement curbs in the parking lot. Before i knew it, there I was, lying on the ground, straddling the cement curb, hollering for lizard reinforcements. Tracey was able to shoo the lizard out with a stick and Dalton snatched up the lizard. Us 5 big, grown people really showed that tiny lizard, didn't we!!

That wasn't the end of our animal adventures. We caught another lizard, (no curb straddling for that one) and also a snake. Dalton has wanted a snake for about 2 years. We caught this one and brought it home to live at the Mitchell Reptile Center. It is a a Blue Racer snake. (Nonpoisonous and trainable) . That brings our animal total to 6 fish
1 snake
3 Salamanders
2 Lizards
2 cats
It was a very fun weekend. Very relaxing with lots of good food and tons of laughs.

Back to work for a few days and hope to fit some scrapbooking in sometime.

Have a great week!!


Sunday, May 6, 2007

My Weekly Update........

Good Sunny Sunday Morning~~

I keep waiting for life to slow down a little so that i can blog more, but that never seems to happen. I just have to train myself to just DO IT!! Anyways, here is a wrap up of my week~

Went to the ETM crop last Saturday. I just love those! It is so fun to get away and scrapbook with friends. The projects were sooooo cute!! I was able to teach a class based on one of the sketches in my book. It was fun to "plug" my book a little. Speaking of my book, things are coming along. Long story short, I have an independent graphic designer putting my book together. She is sooo excited about the book, she is a scrapbooker, and she has some great ideas. I talked to her last night and she has the first 25 pages done!! I cannot wait to see how it is turning out. So far, we are still on track for release at the ETM Expo in June. (www.expressthemoment.com) Keep your fingers crossed!

Worked Monday, taught first aid to the scouts Tuesday, worked Wednesday, ran errands and cleaned house Thursday, worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Whew! I have tomorrow and Tuesday off~(Well, I have work meetings both days and get to go on a field trip to the fire station with my son's first grade class). See what I mean~ it never slows down.

Yesterday was my nieces birthday.
Happy Birthday Caylie!
She turned 8 years old. She lives in Seattle, but is coming to visit in a few weeks. Cannot wait to see them.

I have to say that even as busy as life is, my kids will do something that makes time stop. For just that second, life is perfect. Example~

Last night Jaxson got sick and threw up. After a bath, I rocked him on the couch. He says to me "Have Dalton come to me.". I have Dalton come over to him and give him a hug. Here is their conversation...

Jaxson: "Dalton, I am sick. Do I have a fever?"

Dalton: "Let me feel." . (Placing his hand on Jaxson's head) "Yup. You feel hot, you have a fever."

Jaxson: "Oh. I feel a little hot and a little cold. What should i do?"

Dalton: " I will lie by you and take care of you."

About every 5 minuted, Jaxson would groan and Dalton would snug a little closer to his brother. They were so cute! I just love it when they are best friends.

Then, this morning when i got out of the shower, Dalton had got up and fixed Jaxson breakfast. What great boys I have!!

Well, on that note, have a great week. Take time to scrapbook!