Sunday, February 28, 2010


Yep, if I had to sum my girls up in just one word...well, that one would certainly cross my mind. Consider, for instance, my two-year-old:

Pure attitude already, that girl. Thankfully, they're very often utter sweethearts as well:

I guess it all comes with the territory when you're a little girl - sugar and spice and whatnot. Anyway, when I first saw the kit Miss Sassy Heart by Sara Ellis, I knew that it would be perfect for scrapping my sassy little munchkins. Check out the preview:

Got a sassy little one in your life? Go check it out at Scrappity-Doo-Dah now!

Easter is coming!

Who can believe that tomorrow is MARCH already?! Not seems as though 2010 just arrived, and two months are already gone. In just one more short month, we'll celebrate Easter on April 4th. And Pretty Scrappy is ready, with the release (tomorrow!) of their newest mega collab, Bunny Hop. Check out the first two pages I've made with it:


Okay, yes, there's a lot of pink in this kit...but there really is enough blue and green to make it perfect for your little boy's Easter pages too. ;)  Be sure to check it out tomorrow at Pretty Scrappy, and be ready to scrap all of those sweet Easter pics!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Here, Kitty Kitty...or Fishy?!

I always loved cats when I was a kid. Never had one, since my stepdad wasn't fond of them. (Okay, that's a gross understatement.) So when I moved into my first home, one of the first things I did was to adopt a kitten, then an older cat. I was heartbroken when we had to find a new home for them several years later, once Rachael was born and we just didn't have the time or energy to give them the attention they demanded. Flash forward five years or so...and another kitty appeared at our doorstep. And stayed. Meet Karen:

I'm so thrilled to finally have a cat around the place again that I just had to make a page for her...ahem, HIM. I used Kimberly Cameron's Here, Kitty Kitty - go take a look if you have a kitty of your own. There are so many adorable elements that didn't make it onto my page, including precious kitties in several colors. One of them may just look like your own fur baby. :)

Then I twisted the kit's theme a little and did this:

So yeah, it'll absolutely work for you if you're more of a fish person as well. ;)  The second page was made using a Journal It template by LePengouin Designs - perfect for wordy scrappers such as myself!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Funky Love

Yes, my girls are sugar and spice and everything nice...but already, I can tell there's a little bit of a dark undercurrent there too. A little bit of a rock 'n roll attitude under the frilly prissiness. That's why Funky Love from LawTeeDa Designs really jumped out at me:

Yep, I'm definitely going to have to scrap pictures of Rachael in her black t-shirt with the pink sparkly skull using this kit. But in the meantime, here's what I've done with it:



LOVE some pink and black! If you do too, head on over to Divine Digital and grab this kit (linked above) - it's only $3 and perfect for whatever attitude you need to scrap!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

If you haven't scrapped those Valentine's Day pictures yet...'s time! Check out this kit - Funny Valentine by Kimberly Schlehahn:

SO many fun elements to play with! The reds, pinks and greens make it a very girly kit, but you can easily separate the colors to make soft (perhaps even neutral?) layouts as well. I confess, I didn't make a Valentine's Day layout at all with it, but scrapped one of Rachael's dance recitals instead. Oh, how I miss the tutus now that she's defected to gymnastics...

You can snag this awesome kit for just $4 at Pretty Scrappy - the link is above, now go go go! :)


As a mommy of two little girls with tons and tons of sweet pink baby pictures to scrap, I was thrilled with this next kit - Lily's Dream by Lily G Designs:

Curtains and cradles and little pink booties and sweaters, oh my! My more traditional paper-y scrap style wasn't a great fit with this kit, but I had fun stretching outside of my comfort zone to do more fantasy-styled pages. Wanna see?



Soooo sweet for those baby girl pictures! Lily will have this one in her store on Monday - be sure to check it out!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I loooove purple...and I love anything when I saw Kari Q's Moonberry kit, I actually drooled a little. Seriously, check this out:

Soooo, the first page I did with the awesome purpleness was of my older daughter, Rachael, when she was nine months old, using a template from Jennilyn's Kickers 4 set:

And then I had to do one of Amelia too...this time using a template from LePingouin's Septies Plus pack. (Yes, again!)

Beautiful, no? I've got to buy the girls something purple so I can scrap with this some more...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ma petite fleur...

Oh, how I love some pink and brown. Milly has so much pink and brown, from her clothes to her carseat. So I was super excited to see lots and lots of pink and brown in the latest kit from Tootlebugz, Petite Fleur:

At first, I resisted the call of the pink and brown, and whipped up my first P365 page for February using lots of the teal:

Then I happily succumbed to the pink and brown for week six of Rachael's P365 project:

Ma petite fleur was such a sweetie pie, was she not? Hard to believe it's been six years since she was that tiny. *sniffle*

Both of these layouts were made with Template Set Septies Plus by LePingouin Designs. I absolutely can't get enough of these templates - such an awesome way to fit a whole bunch of pictures on your page without the cluttered feel I *usually* end up with!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Scrappin' my babies...

My little girl turned six this week. My BABY is two. I'm not sure how this happened! But this week, I was given the opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy them at their very playing with a new kit from Inkin' Creations called Baby Bump. Baby Bump will be released in her store at Pretty Scrappy on Valentine's Day - which is just a few minutes away now. It's perfect for ultrasound pictures too, which is what I'm planning to do with it next. :)

Here are the pages I whipped up...the first one is from my baby shower when I was expecting Rachael:

And the second shows off my beautiful baby belly when I was pregnant with Milly:

I am so, so in love with the umbrella and flower scatter in that first page. Seriously, if you're a mommy (or have a special baby in your life), you need this kit. Don't worry, boy moms - there's plenty of blue in there too. ;)

Friday, February 12, 2010

New releases tomorrow by Jennilyn Designs!

The weekend is practically here - time for more scrapping! Jennilyn Designs will be releasing several new things in her store tomorrow. If you like templates, you absolutely must go and check out her Kickers 3 pack! Check this out:

I'm scrapping my older daughter's first year in 2010 - kind of a baby P365, since I took pictures of her every day anyway. And if it weren't for awesome templates like this one, I don't think I'd make it very far! This page was made with Jennilyn's kit Doodily Do, which is unfortunately retired...but you can absolutely snag the template for your very own tomorrow. :)  She'll also be releasing some great page overlays and Photoshop/PSE elements...and even more great stuff on the 20th. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Please pardon my dust...

...while I change the graphics around a bit. You see, Designs by Megan (another of my fabulous CT designers) has just released her I Heart U Blogwear and, despite my utter lack of blog background tweaking know-how, I'm pretty determined to use it. The background and banner look pretty good, no? Well, there's more soon as I figure out how. Meanwhile, check out the blogwear!

It matches her I Heart U kit...

Please pardon the tiny previews. To make up for them, just look at what I did with the I Heart U kit!



Now...back to work on those graphics!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A new CT!

I woke up this morning to a lovely surprise in my inbox - I was accepted to not one, but two more wonderful designers' creative teams! I'll tell you all about one tonight, and save the other for tomorrow night. :)

The first one is one whose creations I've been drooling over for a while now - LawTeeDa Designs! Oh my gosh, if you have a little girl, you must go look at her store. There are quite a few that I just can't wait to get my hands on. (Darn hubby's rotten layoff, or I'd have had them already!) So today, I played with the kit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Here's a preview:

And here's what I did with it:


Ahhh, both of my girls in tutus! I'm so in love with this kit.

The Tiny Dancer page was made using a template from the White Space set by LePingouin Designs - more of those coming soon, too!

In only semi-scrap-related is my little girl's sixth birthday!! Needless to say, birthday pictures will be showing up in my layouts soon. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Amazing Digi Scrapping Race, Season 5

This is the first year I've heard of the Amazing Digi Scrapping Race (ADSR), thanks to my awesome fellow scrapper Jamie. The organizing website, Natural Designs in Scrapbooking, describes it this way:
Teams of two will traverse the digital scrapbooking world, site by site, completing challenges and collecting prizes along the way. Everyone who completes the week’s challenges in the allotted time frame will move on to the next week, where they can collect even MORE prizes! And at the end of the race, everyone who has travelled around the digital scrapbooking world and completed each and every challenge will be entered into a drawing for the GRAND prize!
There will be two challenges each week over the course of the six week race. There will be a total of twelve challenges.
 Hey, scrap challenges and prizes?! What's not to love? So Jamie and I are competing as Team 115, the Creative Cupcakes!

The first challenge was posted today, and it was easy enough - to create a page about your teammate. Although Jamie and I have yet to meet in person, she's similarly cupcake-obsessed - so including cupcakes in my layout was a no-brainer. Wanna see?


I used Digital Anemona's kit "My Little Sweet Cupcake", with the Angel Baby PS action by Jennilyn Designs and the Doodled Alpha by Tracie Stroud.

And I can't wait for the next challenge! :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sweetie Girl

Alrighty, let's get going here! The first thing I have to share is a new kit by Jennilyn Designs called Sweetie Girl. All the pink and purple actually made me drool a little. :)  Here's a preview:

CUTE, right? Just take a wild guess who I scrapped with it. Yep...these pictures are from Valentine's Day 2008, which was Milly's very first. Rachael had just turned four and Milly was two months old.


This kit is on sale now for $4.20 (usually $6.00) in Jennilyn's store at Sunshine Studio Scraps. I also used one of her templates (Kickers 1) and her Angel Baby action for Photoshop to get that cool ethereal effect on the photos. They're all in her store - stop by and check it out!

The obligatory introduction...

Hola, soy Dora! This is my friend, Boots!

Okay, okay, my name is Kristin - not Dora. But I hear Dora nearly non-stop, sometimes even in my sleep. So excuse my momentary lapse.

Want to hear a little about me? Well...I'm 30 years old, and it hasn't been as bad as people make it out to be. I've been married for nearly nine years to Gene, who I absolutely love but don't like much sometimes (like when I'm fishing balled up socks from underneath the couch.) I'm a stay-at-home mom and, even though it's by far the hardest job I've ever had, my bosses are absolute tyrants, and there are no benefits or pay...I love my job, and I feel blessed every single day that I'm able to be at home with my girls instead of slaving away in an office somewhere and missing them terribly. I'm a homeschooler, which just increases my list of reponsibilities, but it would be a disservice to my older daughter (who is a little brainiac) to put her in public school at this point.

My girls? They are Rachael, who will be six next week...I'm not sure how that happened, since she was just born. She is a princess, first and foremost. She is also a gymnast, a Girl Scout, a first-grader (yes, we started school a year early), a drama queen and a bookworm, and not necessarily in that order. She's also a darned fine big sister to Amelia (more commonly called Milly or Boogie), who turned two in December. Milly is the family diva - her middle name should have been Attitude. She's also clever and funny, sometimes snuggly, and quite possibly loves Dora more than food, clothing or shelter. She wants the next episode like she wants her next breath.

And they are the subject of 99.999% of the layouts that I'll be sharing here. :)

I resisted scrapbooking for a while. It was actually a friend who started first and more or less demanded that I let her show me how. So, we sat down one afternoon in 2005 with a few baby papers and stickers and some belly pictures and newborn pictures of Rachael. A few hours later, I had my first three 12x12 scrapbook pages, and I was in love. I went plumb scrappin' crazy, and Gene let me have all the scrap materials I could hide from him. The same friend who sparked the obsession enabled me by giving me one of those ridiculously oversized scrap bags (complete with handle and wheels) for Christmas one year. I filled that bad boy up and nearly gave myself several hernias hauling it back and forth to crops. Forget romantic gifts - I asked for a Cuttlebug one year for our anniversary. Life was good.

In September 2007, at seven months pregnant with Milly, our family went to DisneyWorld. I came home and scrapped like a madwoman, determined to have our trip documented and in the pink princess album before the new baby came. And it was a darned good thing I did, too...because those would be the last pages I would scrap by hand.

Milly was born and I didn't have the time to scrap for a while. Then, I just plain didn't have the energy to scrap. Who wants to dig out aaaaaaall of that stuff, scrap a couple of pages, and then have to put aaaaaall of that stuff back - fighting to keep little "helping" fingers out of it the whole time? UGH. Not me!

Milly turned one year old. I had a good cry, because I realized that I hadn't scrapped a single moment of her first year. None. Nothing. Nada. I had taken pictures of her every single day of her first year - the same as I did with her older sister - but nothing was documented. I was an utter failure as a mother.

I had heard of digi scrapping, of course. I had even played around with it a little, but never really liked anything I came up with. But...I had Photoshop, and I knew how to use it. I had already been editing pictures and playing with their colors and even making, why couldn't I do this digi scrap thing? I decided that it was time to learn.

So I did. I sat down with my laptop and gave it my best shot. My first few pages...well, they weren't terrible. They weren't very good either. I started haunting the Digi Scrap board at JustMommies, and picking up little tips and tricks from the amazing digi scrappers there. I learned the art of the scraplift and, later, of templates. I became more and more confident with my pages, and it wasn't long before I was accepted onto my first creative team (CT).

A year or so later...I've scrapped more pages than I can begin to guess at. I'm on several CTs for wonderful designers. I try to scrap something every day. And this is where I'm going to share it all with you. :)