Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Day in the Snow QuickPage FREEBIES!

I've created two QP's for you to enjoy. Go to the Gingerscraps blog to read up on the latest news and to download the FREEBIE or get it here, but don't forget to go read the Gingerscraps BLOG to get the lastest news. Gingerscraps has just hired some new designers. Be sure to be on the lookout for those awesome gals too.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch LO created with Blast Off by Gingerscraps Gingerbread Ladies
Date wheel by Just Another Jen

Santa's Little Helper

Statements by Jodi has a brand new cute holiday kit out. It's called Santa's Little Helper. It's available at Gingerscraps

Here's a Preview of her kit followed by a LO created by me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where have I been?

I can't even begin to tell you how busy life has been the last few weeks. Of course, we are still trying to get our house sold and that's frustrating in itself, but aside from that my SUV was broken into on October 5th at 230am. I heard the car alarm going off and immediately got up and looked out the window. I saw the two individuals who broke into my car, but there wasn't much I could do since I was inside and I didn't know if they were armed. On top of it all, I didn't really want them to know what apartment I lived in for fear they would break in the apartment when we weren't home. Luckily nothing was taken, but that's because there wasn't anything to take. I don't know what would attract someone to break into my car when there isn't anything in there except for a car seat. They broke the passenger window and opened the glove box. They did however break into another vehicle in the parking lot to steal a laptop. To make things even better the police took an hour to arrive. Really??? What are doing at 230am that it took so long for someone to arrive. I called the insurance company at 340 in the morning and by 11am the next day the glass was replaced. Ironically I had taken the day off from work, but it's not how I intended to spend the day.

Two days after the car break in I was leaving for Pittsburgh for a 3 day work trip. The troubles began before we even got off the ground. My co-worker and I were on a plan speeding down the runway about to lift off the ground, when all of a sudden...we are STOPPING and the captain says "we need to return to the terminal". I'm thinking...could you share more details please! Everyone is asked to get off the plan and we do for about 25 minutes. We are then told it's time to re-board the plane (yes, the same plane) and the pilot proceeded to tell us nothing is wrong, but a gage when wacky during takeoff and it was thought to be caused by wind. That was not a comfortable feeling to get back on the plane, luckily we made it without a problem. On the way back from Pittsburgh our flight ended up being delayed. My co-worker and I got to the airport around 230 and didn't get to leave until almost 7. I was so happy to return home.

The next trip was October 14th and it was to St. Louis. My husband and son were flying with me and that was great, but flying with a 2 year old it a little more tiresome than traveling alone. The issues started with the TSA security check. The whole process of going through security is a great idea for the protection of our lives, but I get so annoyed because every TSA representative does their job differently than the next. One problem that came up was that I had a knife...yes, a knife, but it's Gabe's toddler silverware. I have traveled with the exact same knife before and it was never questioned. The sign at the security entrance says knifes and scissors with a blade of 4 inches or less are OK, but not OK with all TSA reps apparently. She did eventually let me keep it, but the previous week I flew with scissors that were sharp (the eyebrow trimming ones were in my cosmetic bag) and no one questioned those!! Several more things happened, but I'm moving on to the fun ON the plane.

Gabe decided he needed to poop while enroute to St. Louis just moments after the flight attendants came through with beverage service. I asked the flight attendant if there was a place to change babies in the bathroom and he said yes. To my surprise there was a changing table that dropped down over the toilet. It was a tight squeeze in the bathroom, but it worked. However, it was so cold in there Gabe peed on himself while I was changing him. Ahhh....what next? I carried him back to the seat and proceeded to change his shirt. Finally a moment of peace. We landed, exited the plane and went to the terminal next to the one we arrived at to wait to depart. Luckily we had some time because our assigned seats were in an exit row and that's a no-no with a tot in tow. The gate attendant swapped our tickets and we thought we were golden, but we were wrong. After we struggled to get the car seat properly installed the flight attendant proceeded to tell us we could not be in the row in FRONT of the exit row with a tot! I never knew that you couldn't be in the row in front of the exit row with a child, but I don't work for the airline either. I would have thought the dumb gate attendant would have known that and not moved us there. The row in front of us was asked to switch with us and that just made the old folks cranky. Did you know it's ok for 70 year olds to sit in the row in front of the exit row and not a two year old. A two year old can move faster than those 70 year olds! Finally the old folks moved and all was fine and dandy except for the fact it's a compete pain the bum to hook the seatbelt holding the child seat into place. My wrist was completely scratched up and it seriously looked like I was trying to take my own life by the time we were done getting it hooked in. John had some torn up knuckles to go along with my red and scratched wrist. I will never travel with a car seat again if I can help it!

St. Louis was a very busy trip for me, but it was productive despite my tiredness. I worked until 1130 CST on Wednesday (the day we arrived) and went to the office the next day to work a 12 hour day and finally just worked a half day on Friday. Friday afternoon we went to the St. Louis Arch and Saturday we went to the St Louis Zoo. Both were fantastic and expect to see some LO's with those sometime soon. We wanted to go to the Magic House in St. Louis, but mistakenly misread the hours of operation and ran out of time. The Magic House is supposed to be the best place in the world for kids to play. Maybe another time???

Our flight back to CT was at 6am on Sunday morning. We were making great time getting to the airport from the hotel until we couldn't find the rental car return road. The signs just left us hanging and needless to say we didn't have as much time as we would have liked to get checked in and through security. We did make the flight with 2 minutes to spare, but it was not fun cutting it that close. Once again TSA ticked me off because of their inconsistencies and I guess I will just have to deal with the fact it's not going to get any easier since the world seems to have gone mad!

While in flight, Gabe was great on the first part of the trip. On the second part of the trip he decided to poop right as people were still filing into the plane. Since we were in the bulk head row and there is more room there I plopped him down on the floor, changed him and threw the diaper in a ziplock bag until I could dispose of it when we landed. I was keeping it fresh! All of that just grossed me out and I couldn't believe I had done it, but I didn't want to make my child sit in poop until we were at a cruising altitude since they were rushing everyone to get seated so they could take off immediately. Well...just about half way through that flight Gabe pooped again. I didn't want a repeat of the last diaper change so I took him into the bathroom and guess what?! NO diaper changing table in this bathroom and nowhere to lay him down either. I had to change a messy poop diaper with him standing up. Now,  I do often change his diaper with him standing up, but those are simply wet diapers and not messy poop ones! I used about 20 wipes and kept talking to him to keep him still. I was able to do it without getting poop everywhere, but it wasn't easy!! Several more things were challenging in that flight as well, but you get the gist of the flight. I was so happy when we landed so I could just relax.

John and I would like to take Gabe to Hawaii with us someday, but I'm not in a hurry to attempt that anytime soon!! I get stressed out just thinking about it. It was a 16 hour flight from Kentucky and now we are even further east so it's got to be even longer now.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The frustrations of selling a house

Totally not scrap related....but I need to get this off my chest.

Our house, at 2601 Whiteberry Drive, in Lexington, KY is still for sale. It's been on the market for almost a year and there has been interest all along, but no offers! Sadly we never seem to get much feedback regarding why interested parties don't want to make an offer and that is one of the most frustrating points of selling a house. Honestly, we are getting to the point where it's becoming difficult to make ends meet. Our savings doesn't exist and I am just not sure how we'll manage if we have to continue shelling out mortgage money for a house we don't live in, rent money for teeny tiny apartment, and money for storing the stuff we can't fit into our teeny tiny apartment. I want to cry everytime I think about bills because we have so many and it's just more expensive to live in CT than it was to live in KY!

The puzzle pieces just didn't fall into place like we expected, errr....hoped. In October 2008 John was laid off from his job (the 2nd time in 5 years) and we then made the decision to put our house on the market and start thinking about moving back to Connecticut. The whole 6 years we were in KY I was able to work from home and maintain my job in CT, but if I were to be back in the office I knew I'd have some additional job security so John looked for a job in CT. In addition, Grandma and Grandpa live in PA and we weren't able to visit often enough in my opinion and I wanted them to be able to see Gabe more than 2 times a year in addition to my desire to see my siblings more than once a year. Anyway, after 9 months of looking John was offered an incredible job which he enjoys and is extremely happy to have landed, but our joy is over- shadowed by an immense amount of stress because of a vacant house that we loved living in,  but for some reason cannot get sold. We knew it would come down to our house selling and John not having a job offer OR John recieving a job offer and not having sold the house yet. Neither scenario was ideal but we thought John getting a job was the better of the two. Now we are wondering how different things would be if it happened the other way around...

I honestly wouldn't care if it was just me and John living in "limbo" and struggling to make ends meet, but Gabe is my main concern. I don't like not knowing when we will get a house and get settled. Yes, I'm sure he's fine where we are, but it's one of the little things I worry about among many others.

If you know of anyone who wants to buy this house, send me a message!

Country Page scrap kit by HarmonyStar

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I feel like giving away a FREEBIE!

I don't get to create very many things to just give away. I made this 2010 calendar as a participation prize for a Speed Scrap I hosted at Gingerscraps, but I figured MORE people might like to have it too and what good is it if I don't share it!? You really should join us at Gingerscraps where we have a Speed Scrap everyday of the month. You can get the calendar (LINK EXPIRED)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just Like a Fish

Pond Play by Wyld Web Designs. A fun, whimsical kit to scrap your water play days! This kit is perfect for those pictures of the beach or even just in your own backyard!
Check out the preview followed by a LO I created.
Additional Credits: Photo Mask by Cinzia Loosemore

It's Potty Time!!!

Statements by Jodi has a new kit being released today at Gingerscraps. This kit is perfect for scrapping your child's potty training adventure. It's also great for those big kid underwear photos!

This kit includes 18 papers, 70 elements, 73 stickers, A FULL alpha, and a printable 8x11 sticker chart that you can print out and use during your child's potty training! 4 different candy rewards, 2 rolls of toilet paper, a 5x7 sticker chart for your LO's, 2 potty chairs, 1 staple, 4 boys and 4 girls (blond, brunette, red head and black hair), 4 frames, 2 journal blocks, 2 step stools, 1 toilet, 1 sink, 5 flowers, 10 buttons, 6 pair of girl underwear and 5 pair of boy underwear, and 5 book plates.

Here's a preview of the kit followed by a LO I created using it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Found a fun post on the IKEAGoddess website and thought I'd play too.


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Balsamic Vinaigrette

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Johnny Carinos (even though I don't live near one anymore)

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
sweet peppers

What do you like to put on your toast?


How many televisions are in your house?

What color is your cellphone?

Do you have an iPod?
no and I am probably the only one who doesn't want one.


Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right, but can do just about anything with my left as well.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
My appendix and wisdom teeth

What is the last heavy item you lifted?

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
Not that I can remember ;-)


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Hmmm, maybe Penelope

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
Most likely



4th of July

Day of the week?



Missing someone?

Happy, its Friday ;-)

What are you listening to?
Theme song to Pinky Dinky Doo

Current worry?
Getting our house sold and money.


First place you went this morning
Kitchen to get Gabe some booice (juice)

What’s the last movie you saw?
Yikes...on TV "Throw Mama from the Train" -- in theatre "The Dark Knight". We don't get to the movies very often


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

Last time you had a run-in with the cops
Last month. Turned someone in for a hit and run. I just spoke with the officer on the phone.

Last person you talked to?
John (my husband)

Last person you hugged?

Do you always answer your phone?

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Someone I don't know.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic
I don't go to Sonic.

Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, 2 - Olympus P&S and Olympus DSLR

Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes, just for a week.

Favorite Christmas song(s)
White Christmas (and it's likely we will have a white christmas since we are back in CT)

What’s on your wish list for your birthday
I don't have a wish list.

Can you do push ups?
Yes, but not many.

Can you do a split?

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Depends on the day. I'm split down the middle.

Do you have any saved texts?

Have you ever been in a car accident?
Yes, but it was minor and not my fault.

Do you have an accent?
It depends who you ask. When I lived in KY people would say I did, but now that I am back in CT I blend.

What is the last movie to make you cry?
Can't recall.

Plans tonight?
Nothing too exciting.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
T-shirt for Gabe, pants for Gabe, face wash.

Have you ever been given roses?
Yes, but I don't like them.

Met someone who changed your life?
Everyone I meet has some impact on my life.

How will you bring in the New Year?
Not sure, but probably at home.

What song represents you?
Everything Falls Apart - Dog's Eye View

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Yes, but only if I could make changes.

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
One tattoo and just regular pierced ears -- nothing exotic

Does anyone love you?
Of Course

Would you be a pirate?

What songs do you sing in the shower?
i don't sing outloud, but lyrics are always running through my mind from various songs.

Ever had someone sing to you?

Do you like to cuddle?

Have you held hands with anyone today?

Who was the last person you took a picture of?

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
A bit of both.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
I don't know and I'm not sure I'd want to know.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Recent LO's

Here are two recent layouts I have created. I haven't been scrapping as much as I'd like, but I do like {most} the LO's I do have time to scrap. Work, Gabe, everyday life keeps me really, really busy.

Credits: A Beautiful Dream by Miss Erin's Scraps

Credits: Steel City Scraps - Front Porch Lookin In Kit
Happy Scrap - Sea kit
Vera Lim - Woodland Fantasy
designs by krista - Happy Day
Miss Erin's Scraps - A Beautiful Dream

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

School Kit

Scrappy Cocoa and Statements by Jodi have teamed up to bring you this HUGE collab school kit. Elementary through College! Available at Gingerscraps You can buy the collab together or each kit seperately.

Collab Preview followed by the layout I made with the Elementary Kit

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I Love You Too

Here's a layout that I created with a BEAUTIFUL kit by Miss Erin's Scraps. It's called Summer Love and let me say I think there are endless possibilites for this kit. It's so adorable!! You can get it at Gingerscraps store

Preview of the kit SUMMER LOVE:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bikes and Kites by Scrappy Cocoa

Scrappy Cocoa (aka Stephanie) has a new kit being released on 8/5/09 called Bikes and Kites. It's screams BOY KIT!! I love boy kits...but you can certainly scrap your little girls with this kit too. I love the colors in the kit...blue, green, yellow...which happen to be my 3 favorite colors. This kit is available at Gingerscraps

Here are two layouts I created with her new kit.

Template 8 by Stephinette

Bent Frames by June Schutrups aka Cen'Stuff.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Some recent layouts

First up -- two layouts created by me using the Beautiful kit "Another Day in Paradise" which is a fabulous Gingerscraps Collab. Available for purchase at Gingerscraps store. It's a huge kit for not a whole lotta $$.

Scraplifted from fourluvbugs for the Survivor contest.

Kit Preview:

Lagging behind...

I have been lagging behind on my blog posts. It's hard to keep up since I am away from home pretty much all day long. Boy...I wish my job was a professional scrapper!!

Anyway, Statements by Jodi has some new goodies avaiable at Gingerscraps store. Go check them out...now!!

Some of the new goodies are:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Groovy Kind of Love

Looking for a GROOVY kit with lots of bright colors!? Jodi's Groovy Kind of Love has it all. Here's a preview of her kit which is available for sale at Gingerscraps. Be sure to check out the rest of her goodies too!!

My layout:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Elegant Dusk by Wyld Web Designs

Elegant Dusk by Wyld Web Designs is available NOW at Gingerscraps. The cool, crisp colors of this elegant kit will compliment any photo. From precious sleeping newborn photos to pictures of you and your significant other on a special night out, this versatile kit is for you. Some elements are provided in both shadowed and non-shadowed formats for your scrapping convenience.

Here's a preview of the kit followed by a layout I created with the kit.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Kit - Enchanted Forest by Miss Erin's Scraps

Miss Erin's Scraps has a new magical kit called Enchanted Forest. It's available at Gingerscraps

Here's a kit preview and a page I made with her kit.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scrapping Survivor here I come!!

I've been having a really hard time getting back into "scrapping shape". I haven't really been able to make a layout that I LOVE in months. There are probably many reasons for that, but the main one is because I am out of practice. Who would have thought not scrapping for a month would cause you to feel like you fell off the scrapping wagon and can't get back on!? I am hoping Scrapping Survivor at Gingerscraps will help me get back into my rhythm!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Independence Day Blog Train

Welcome to the next stop on the Gingerscraps Blog Train!
You have arrived on my blog from Rachel's Blog. If you get lost along the way, go to Ginger's blog. She has the whole map!

Here is my part of the train. Two QP's!!


While you are downloading, why not check out the Gingerscrap's forum?
We are hosting a Speed Scrap a Day in July! Did you know that a speed scrap a day will keep the bad mojo away? Check the Gingerscraps Blog for the Speed Scrap Calendar.

The next stop on the trip is Marie's Blog

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scrapping Survivor at Gingerscraps

We have a new and exciting event starting at GS on July 19th!!
We plan on it being an annual event.

Scrapping Survivor!!
This will run very much like the reality TV show Survivor- Weekly challenges- immunity challenges- weekly vote offs.
We are looking for sponsors to donate goodies to Survivor-
There will be one BIG prize and other small prizes.
If you would like to be a sponsor of scrapping survivor you will in turn receive advertisement at the GingerScraps Scrapping Survivor blog and forum.
We will place your blinkie under the sponsors section on the GS survivor blog. And we will have a section in the gingerscraps forum where all sponsors are listed.
Link to Survivor blog - http://gingerscraps-scrappingsurvivor.blogspot.com/ *note* the blog is still under construction
Other incentives-
If you donate over $15 worth of goodies-
You will be featured on the survivor blog and in the GingerScraps Forum - as a feature of the day- You can show case your favorite kit- some CT LO's. with links to wherever you sell.
This is a great advertisement opportunity- for very little money :)
And your blinkie displayed in a special * High Roller Sponsors" section on the blog.
Deadline for sponsor sign ups- July 12th

Survivor starts July 19th

Contact Ginger at gingerscraps1@gmail.com- e-mail her with

* your name-
* your blinkie-
* your blog link-
* The prize you are giving- in the forum of a 100% off coupon for whatever item or items you are giving- If you want to make a cute coupon then attach it to the e-mail.

If you are a "High Roller" sponsor please send-

* all of the above and
* preview of a kit you would like showcased
* 3-5 CT LO's
* links to all stores

Thank you all - this is gonna be very fun!!!
Hope to hear from you soon :) Ginger

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cars - Using "Buckle Up" by Gingerscraps

Frames, alpha and other buckles - Buckle Up by Gingerscraps
Blended Paper- Backyard Explorer by Mommyscraps
Sequin Splatter - Modern Mommy on the Go - Gingerscraps Collab
tag/rope tie - Saturday in the Park by Bon Scrapatit Designs

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A New Kit - Back from Outer Space

Statements by Jodi has credited an incredibly fun kit called "Back From Outer Space". This kit has a lot of great colors textures. You can get it now at Gingerscraps.

My layout using her kit...

Back from Outer Space by Statements by Jodi

Stitching from Modern Mommy Collab (also available at Gingerscraps)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Modern Mommy Blog Train!! Choo Choo

Welcome, you have arrived on my blog from Ashlee's Blog.

If you get lost along the way, go to Ginger's blog. She has the whole map!

Here's a preview of the whole kit...wooo hooo!!

Here are my parts of the train!

Click on the previews to download (LINKS EXPIRED).

While you are waiting for 4shared to let you download, why not check out the Gingerscrap's forum? We are starting a Digi-scrap Boot Camp on Sunday. Saturday is the last day to sign up and the challenges start Sunday! It's free, but you need to sign up to have access to the training and tutorials!

We are also hosting a speed scrap every day in the month of May! Did you know that a speed scrap a day will keep the bad mojo away? Check the Gingerscraps Blog for the Speed Scrap Calendar. Saturday we even have a "Who needs sleep? Night Owl Speed Scrap" hosted by Jen!

The next stop on the trip is Stephanie's Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Ginger Scraps is having a speed scrap every day in the month of May! That’s alot of speed scraps! And alot of prizes!

Here is a calendar of all the Speed Scraps in May!

You can also pick up a desktop wallpaper with the speedscrap schedule here

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Retro Insprired Rainbow Paper Pack!!

Rainbow Paper Pack by Statements by Jodi (avaialable for purchase at Gingerscraps)

"Rainbow Paper Pack" Paper; Bird "Birds of Spring"; "Blue Glass Alpha" by Statements by Jodi; Clouds - "Spring is in the Air" by Gingerscraps Collab; Ribbon; Brackets- "Beach Glass" by Gingerscraps; Swirls - Obsidian Dawn; Glitter style by Spinky Dink Scraps

"Rainbow Paper Pack" by Statements by Jodi;
String - "Chocolate Kisses" - Gingerscraps Collab; Staples - "Soldier" by Gingerscraps;
"Round and Rounds" by HarmonyStar (available at Gingerscraps);
Torn Circle templates by Gunhild