Friday, May 22, 2009


I am so glad this week is just about over. Tyler's eye continued to get worse Thursday, but then in the late afternoon it suddenly started to clear up. He was happy because he would be able to go back to school today. Yesterday, the class took a walk around the block. Well, we live right behind the school, so when they got to our house, I had twenty little ones in the front yard yelling "Tyler M. where are you? Why are you not at school?" So then Tyler went to the window and told them about his yucky eye and that he would be back today. That was so sweet that his little friends thought of him and it just really made his day to know they missed him. So then, we wake up this morning to a change of plans. He now has the yucky eye stuff in his other eye. I was so looking forward to finally being able to get some running done. So we are going to only do the necessary stuff then come hang out at home til daddy gets home. Then he can deal with him for awhile. I also actually finished five layouts Tuesday night, but still haven't been able to photo them to post. Hopefully later.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pebbles Inc. New Release Giveaway!

The sneak peeks of the new designs are up. Check them out for a chance to win some!

Here is the link for the girl's release- Lil Miss

And here is the boy's release- Lil Buddy

They are really cute~!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Tyler woke up this morning acting very funny. He didn't want to get up, and even after we got ready and took Britt to school, he kept telling me "I just don't want to move yet Mommy." When I got him his breakfast, his eye looked a little puffy and when I looked closer, his eyelashes were all crusty like they had been stuck together. Well, he didn't want to eat and by 9:30 I knew he wasn't going to school. He wouldn't even get off the chair. His eye just kept gushing gooey green stuff. So I called the doctor. She said that with the other sinus/cold stuff he is just getting over, he probably has a cold in his eye. But by the time the doctor called me back, about twenty minutes later, his eye was swollen halfway closed and really bloodshot. So she called me in some prescription eyedrops. So he was pretty ok about taking them. He is such a little trooper. I just hope he feels better tomorrow. He felt so wore out today, he didn't even make a mess all day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A slice, bind-it-all, copics, and more

Danielle is having another awesome giveaway. We just need more people to swing by and comment to get those comment numbers piling up. You can visit and comment up to five times a day until the giveaway closes! Check it out!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Melissa's at it again

She is having another great giveaway over at here blog. Check it out here:

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Birthday Giveaway

There is some great blog candy over at 17turtles. Check it out here:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Contest

Welcome to our "92 Days of Summer" Contest!
Everyone is welcome to participate, but please read this guide before joining in.
Contest Details
When: June 1st to August 31st, 2009 (92 Days)
Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2009 Submission
Location: 92 Days of Summer Contest Gallery (Click HERE)
How to Participate At the beginning of each week (Monday) we will post an inspiration thread (HERE) with some tips, tricks and a YMBD original sketch. You will be required to take one photo a day each week (7 photos/week). You may choose to use some of the tips and tricks we've suggested and the sketch, or not (that is up to you). Either way, you must take one photo a day each week, and create a layout with your 7 photos (this will result in 92 photos over the summer and 13 layouts). You must upload your layouts to our "92 Days of Summer" Gallery, located HERE (Deadline for submissions: September 30th, 2009). You must keep track of your progress HERE, and keep your tracking post up to date.
All prizes will be awarded via random ballot drawing.
Grand Prize: In order to be elligible for our Grand Prize drawing, you must complete and upload all 13 Layouts (with 92 photos) by the deadline.
1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: In order to be elligible for our 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize drawings, you must complete and upload all 13 Layouts (with 92 photos) by the deadline.
Other Prizes: We will have oodles of other fantastic prizes available to those who were not able to get all 13 layouts completed. These participants will earn 1 ballot for each layout they did complete and upload to the gallery. All ballots will be entered into a drawing for one of our other yummy prizes! So the more layouts you complete, the more ballots you will earn, and the better chance you will have at winning something (statistically speaking).
Prize Drawings: All winners will be drawn & announced the week of October 5th, 2009.
BONUS -- Early Bird Prizes: We will have a few "Early Bird" prizes that will be drawn throughout the contest period (June 1 - Aug 31). The details of the prizes (and requirements to get in on the early bird draws) will be posted one week prior to the deadline for each particular draw.
The Prizes: See our prize thread HERE to see what you are playing for! Please note that our prize thread is not yet complete and will be continually updated throughout the contest as more sponsored prizes arrive in the mail to the YMBD Studio!

What a really cool and challenging contest! Stop over at YMBD and check it out!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Actually, these first two pics are from yesterday. Out of the blue, Tyler punched Britt right in the nose. She started bleeding and ran for the bathroom. I sent Tyler to his room and ran for the camera. I asked if she would mind if I took a few pictures, she asked why, I simply said sibling rivalry page. She laughed and asked me to take one for her to use. Here they are:
Then today, this is what Tyler brought home from preschool. My first kiddie mother's day present from him. It is so cute. A plant in a cup. That they decorated themselves. I love him!
Then this morning, I drove up by Akron to go to a scrappy garage sale. This first pic if of my paper purchase. Not bad for about ten bucks.
This pic is some of the extra type stuff I found. The Maya Road coasters and boxes were a great deal for $1.25.
This next pic is more embellie stuff. MM rub on alphas, eyelets, buttons, flowers, and brads.
Some of the bigger stuff. Two albums, shimmers mist, embossing powder, sizzix die, Heidi Swap stamp sets, flowers, metal letters, and more flowers and eyelets.

And these pics don't include the almost full bag of stuff Britt made off with while we were going through stuff, lol. And since I came home and only spent half of what Shawn was expecting, even he was happy too. And since I was out and about, I stopped in at my old work to say hello to all my friends there. All in all, I have to say it was a very good day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More layouts

Here are a few more layouts I have completed during the crop at YMBD.
This layout was for Meg's challenge to use at least eight sentences of journaling. I used pics of Tylers first day of preschool and journaled about all the ways he is growing not that he is in school. I also used this for this month's YMBD product parade as I used four YMBD journaling tags and red, blue, and black gears. This one also counts for this months Scrap The Boys challenge.
This one was for Susan's challenge to use quotation marks. This one also counted for the kit challenge at Coordinates Collections as this is all from their kit. This is the story. One day Tyler asked me for a tissue. After some recent tissue/toilet paper escapades, I asked why. Without missing a beat, he responded....
I immediately made him take his tissue to the chair for me to get a pic to scrap this story, lol.
This one was for Marti's challenge to use mini-alpha's on a page. I love these pics of Britt teaching Tyler to brush his no-hair and her letting him help brush hers. She is so kind a patient with him. This one also counted for the Coordinate Collections challenge to use photos taken in May. These were taken 5-10-07. I used a YMBD date tag and journaling spot on this one so it also counts for the YMBD product parade.

Wow, lots of scrapping, lots of completed challenges, I am feeling super accomplished for this week!!!

Crop Balance Update

The total donation amount from the YMBD crop is steadily growing. Here is today's update:

Challenge Submissions to the crop Gallery: 98 x 100 YMBD Bucks = 9800 YMBD Bucks = $9.80 in donations
Shop, Save & Cure: 4 orders with a combined savings of $12.43 = $6.22 in donations
Member YMBD Bucks Donations: 28 donations totaling 94,935 YMBD Bucks = $94.93 in donations

Bucket Grand Total: $110.95 (as of 10:00 am EST May 5th)

Drop by and get creative and help benefit a great cause and try to win some great goodies while you're at it!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New layouts

I have been busy today scrapping for the crop over at YMBD. So far I have got five layouts completed. I think that is a record for me.

This one was for Susan's use distressed letters challenge. I painted them a gold/green mix, then dulled them with more gold, then sanded and inked. I used this weeks 52 sketches sketch for this one also. And it worked for Megan's pop it up monthly challenge at YMBD cause the cardboard flower is popped on three pop dots. So this was a great triple dip. I used a YMBD corrugated cardboard bloom, tree label, a journaling spot I stamped lines on, and the small flowers and brad I received in a YMBD grab bag. The chipboard swirl and button were from Kimmie for our stash swap.

This one was for Susan's put your title around a circle challenge. I LOVE the way this one came out. This one also counted for Susan's use the word spring in your title monthly challenge, so a double dip. I used a YMBD nested circle on this.
This one was for Marti's use a frame challenge. It also counted for Heather's monthly garden party challenge, Coordinate's Collections May Flower contest, and I used the week #21 sketch at Inspired Blueprints. The frames were from a YMBD grab bag and the bling brad was another stash swap item from Kimmie.

This one was for Marti's use circles challenge. It also counts for Julie's YMBD monthly black and white photo challenge and I used this month's one page layout sketch at Coordinates Collections. Another triple dip. On this one, I used two YMBD journaling spots, white nested circles, and black gears. These pics were really, really bad, but with a little playing and making them black and white, they became useable.
This one was for Heather's lift a DT Member challenge. I lifted one of Marti's layouts. I love this photo. Tyler had managed to climb up into one side of the sink and turn the water on in the other side. The first thing I thought of was getting the camera and I had Brittany move the chair he used to get up there.

That is what I have gotten done so far. Off to try to work on more!

Crop Update

Here is another update on how the donation is climbing!

I will update this thread periodically throughout the crop with our bucket totals!
Challenge Submissions to the crop Gallery: 28 x 100 YMBD Bucks = 2800 YMBD Bucks = $2.80 in donations
Shop, Save & Cure: 4 orders with a combined savings of $12.43 = $6.22 in donations
Member YMBD Bucks Donations: 19 donations totaling 69,029 YMBD Bucks = $69.02 in donations
Bucket Grand Total: $78.04 (as of 12:06 am EST May 3rd)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Donation Total So Far

So far, just since seven last night, here is the breakdown of the total donation for the canadian cancer society so far from the crop at YMBD:

I will update this thread periodically throughout the crop with our bucket totals!
Challenge Submissions to the crop Gallery: 4 x 100 YMBD Bucks = 400 YMBD Bucks = $0.40 in donations
Shop, Save & Cure: 3 orders with a combined savings of $10.30 = $5.15 in donations
Member YMBD Bucks Donations: 11 donations totaling 52,998 YMBD Bucks = $52.99 in donations
Bucket Grand Total: $58.54 (as of 8:30 am EST May 2nd)

Whoo hoo! We are off to a great start! I can't wait to see how much this grows by Tuesday night!

Friday, May 1, 2009

YMBD Gives Back Crop

This weekend there is a crop over at YMBD. Here is the info:

Welcome everyone to our "YMBD Gives Back" National Scrapbooking Day Online Crop! We are so glad you joined us and are thrilled that you are going to help us "Give Back"! Official crop kickoff is 7pm EST tonight (Friday May 1st) and runs all weekend long! Deadline for all crop submissions is Midnight EST on Tuesday, May 5th. _____________________

So how is YMBD "Giving Back" you ask? Well.... The last time we "gave back" we colaborated as a group to make "Cards for Heros", which is a US based organization supporting US Military Troups. During that time, there were several requests wanting to support a Canadian cause next, and I promised we would! So here's the story... This May marks the 6th year of the anniversary that we lost my Dad to cancer. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on April 1st, 2003 and passed away only 5 weeks later (3 days shy of his 57th birthday). The sad part is, I really don't think I know anyone who's life has not been touched by cancer in some way or another. And we all need to work together to help find a cure. And YMBD is going to do that by donating proceeds from this weekend's crop to the Canadian Cancer Society. It really doesn't matter in the long run, which cancer society gets our funds, because any breakthroughs anywhere will benefit everyone around the world! And I know together we can all make a difference!

Please join us this weekend for tons of fun!