Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Layout: On Becoming a Mother

I loved creating this layout. It seems when I scrapbook, I rarely scrapbook about myself and my own experiences because lately, I've been working on Trotwood's one year scrapbook. This is something I can include in his one year scrapbook and even though it's about him, I feel like it's more about me, which is okay. I plan to eventually do a second page to this layout mainly because I like the continuity of two-page layouts in a book, but I thought I would go ahead and share. For this layout, I again used Tiffany Tillman's Artistic Photo Masks and then I also used papers and alphas from Gennifer Bursett's Baby Boy Sweet Child of Mine kit. Other elements alphabets are by Karla Dudley, Sara Schmutz, and Robyn Meierotto all available at Design House Digital.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Layout: Family

This photo was taken over a year ago, but I still love it. We are so overdue for some family photos! I really loved using the four kits chosen for this feature, especially the Artistic Photo Masks by Tiffany Tillman and the Renewed Spirit Elements by Agnes Biro. You can see my layout and others created for this feature at Design House Digital here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm going to be published!

So, I recently posted a digital layout entitled Me and My Poppy on my blog. Well...I also submitted it (at the very last minute) for consideration for publication in an upcoming issue of the Creating Keepsakes magazine. This morning I got an email telling me that my layout was chosen to be published in an upcoming Baby & Toddler special issue of the magazine. I can't tell you how excited I am!! I submitted a few layouts to the magazine many years ago when I was doing paper scrapbooking and never heard anything back, but this is the first time I've submitted anything digital for publication consideration. So, I have to remove it from any online sites where I've posted it, which I believe includes my own. Anyway, just wanted to share the good news! I still can't believe it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It breaks my heart

I turned 31 last week. And no, that isn't quite what breaks my heart. I'm actually okay with being 30, oops, I mean 31. Besides being my birthday week, last week was also pretty much the busiest week of my life, so Mr. Rochester and I didn't celebrate until a few days after the day of my actual birthday. And so it happened that on Thursday night, we decided to go out to eat and Mr. Rochester's mom was all set to watch Trotwood for us.

Mr. Rochester's mom arrived and Trotwood was, as usual, excited to see his Nana. We snapped a few photos and happened to catch on camera the most heart-breaking look on Trotwood's face when the realization hit him that Mom and Dad were leaving him for a few hours, even though he'd get to play with his Nana. Apparently, this has happened before and it's only happened a few times when we've left him with a baby-sitter or with his Nana. Usually, the kid jumps at the chance to play with someone other than Mom and Dad, but it seems like every so often, he has separation issues. He doesn't scream or throw a fit...he just gets this look on his face and a single tear will escape from one of his eyes. It is absolutely heartbreaking and that night was the first time I'd ever seen it! Mr. Rochester had described it to me before but I'd never actually witnessed it.
Mr. Rochester's mom said it took her about 30 minutes to calm Trotwood down after we left...it's just so strange because he has never been like this until the last couple of months. It made me almost not want to go out because he looked so heartbroken. I couldn't get his sad, little face out of my mind the rest of the night. Actually, it's just burned into my consciousness and now that we have it on camera (which was a complete accident), I don't think I'll ever forget it. I hope we see more smiles and less sad faces in the future!

Monday, November 21, 2011

So excited!

Okay, so I know the whole concept of this book is barbaric and I'm not sure if I'd want my teen (if I had one right now) to read it, but I enjoyed the excitement in the books and I couldn't put them down. I can't wait to see the movie!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Layout: Me and My Poppy

I've been wanting to do a layout about Trotwood and his grandfather who recently passed away. When Trotwood was much smaller, we were trying to teach him how to say Grandpa and he would never say anything other than "Poppy" for the word Grandpa. So, Poppy stuck and ever since then we have referred to Mr. Rochester's dad as Poppy. I think we'll probably always refer to him as that. I enjoyed putting this layout together although at times, I felt sad thinking how Trotwood will miss out on getting to know, in this life, what a wonderful man his Poppy was.

Friday, November 11, 2011

And the winner is...

Desiree! Congratulations! I used random.org to choose the winner from all 7 of the people who commented and even though there were only 7, I thought that would be the fairest thing to do. So, Desiree, I'll be sending you an email sometime today with more information about the gift certificate. Hooray!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DHD Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Do you love to do digital or hybrid scrapbooking or have you been wanting to get into it? I have a $10 Gift Certificate to Design House Digital that I'd love to give away to someone and it'd be perfect if you're just starting to dabble into the area of digital scrapbooking. Design House Digital has some amazing supplies to choose from! If you didn't check out the recent Digital Scrapbooking Day blog hop, see the list of designers and their free kits here and also check out the QuickPage blog hop here.

All you have to do to be considered for the giveaway is leave a comment on this blog post! The winner will be announced on 11/11/11.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Traditions Layout

Here are a few pictures from last Christmas which I don't think I ever posted. Don't mind how awful I look in the photos, I really just wanted to document the tradition that we are creating for Trotwood and our future children of letting them open up a present of pajamas on Christmas Eve. Mr. Rochester's family always did that when he was growing up and I just love the idea of giving our kids new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve and having them wear them on Christmas morning to open presents.

I usually like to do 2-page layouts for most of my scrapbooking, mainly because I think the consistency looks nice in an album. Eventually, I'd like to print all of my pages out into neat, orderly albums and someday it will happen!
For this layout I used Karen Funk's Brown Paper Packages Mega Collection and Tiffany Tillman's Holiday Template, #17.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Day Freebie!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day! This is my first time to participate as a Decorator in a Blog Hop sponsored by Design House Digital. I've only been a part of DHD's creative team for a few weeks but so far, I love it. The designers and the decorators are a super fun, talented group of women. For this Blog Hop, many of the Decorators have designed a quickpage for you to download. All you have to do is download the quickpage and drop your photo into the picture. Easy peasy! The zip file includes a 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 quickpage. Here's my quickpage and a link to where you can download it. Click here. Please note that if you dowloaded this file prior to 11/7/2011, the 12 x 12 page was only set at 650 pixels. It has been fixed now and is set at 3600 pixels. I apologize for any inconvenience and thank you to the person who commented on my blog and pointed that out!
Be sure to stop by all the Decorator's blogs to download their free quickpages:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Day Designer Blog Hop

Design House Digital is doing a blog hop for Digital Scrapbooking Day. It includes 43 papers, 62 elements, a full alpha and and a template and it's all FREE! Here's a look at what you can get at the blog hop.
To participate in the blog hop, just hop around to the different designers websites:
And stay tuned for more freebies tomorrow! I'll be participating in a DHD Decorator Blog Hop where you'll be able to download quickpages made by each of the Design House Digital Decorators using the free kit featured above!