Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Kylie loves playing with my computer and doing her letters. I printed her manuscript out and glued it on as the background for this page then used a creamy wash over it.
She hates Santa, as you can see!
Two books I bought at Borders in Keene when we went down to our son's for Thanksgiving: Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult (excellent!) and Double Cross by James Patterson (I'm hooked on Alex Cross!).
Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Kylie had no idea what Christmas was all about...at the beginning. Once we started opening gifts, she got the hang of it and loved guessing what was inside the packages. She delivered the presents from Gwampa to the lucky recipient and helped that person open the gift. "What is it?" she kept asking.
She was thrilled with her Radio Flyer tricycle and her LLBean rocking moose.
As you can see, our Charlie Brown tree was small but filled with memories. I used my mom's 60-year old ornaments. We got the tree from my husband's logging job. He had cut a bunch of fir trees but couldn't limb them until the temperature got colder. So, we went up there on Saturday morning and he sawed a top off before running over the trees with his skidder to delimb them in the freezing temperatures.
I like this tree as opposed to the ones you can buy that come from a tree farm because those are just too perfect. The trimmed branches don't hold the ornaments like the old-fashioned ones do.
All in all, a great Christmas!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this page. There really wasn't a theme to it so I just started matching colors to the pictures and before I knew it, somehting was happening. I've always enjoyed Erin's visits, but this day was nuts with everything that was going on.
I was so happy to get back to babysitting Kylie when Erin went back to work at the mountain.
On this day we did my favorite thing: visited a bookstore.
This is the last page in the album. As it turned out I babysat Kylie on her first birthday. We had celebrated it before this day because both Erin and Shaun had to work. They get days off during the week but have to work on the weekends. Such is the ski business.
I really need to start an album for her second year which is coming to a close next Sunday!
Friday, December 7, 2007
I was happy to get a picture of Kylie and her dad, Shaun. She looks so much like him.
I used burlap for the background and tried to keep it from getting to girly.
Here are the three of them. They do make a beautiful family!
Kylie and I had so much fun this day by ourselves while the others went tuna fishing.
Monday, December 3, 2007
We are in the middle of a snow storm today so school was cancelled.
I had a hard time with this layout because there were so many different colors in the photos. As you can see, I ended up changing them into black and white and going with red, silver and black. Kind of different for a baby's album but I was getting sick of pink!
This one is my first time using a transparency. I added the yellow under the stars and strip on the left. It was an easy way of getting a page done quickly. It almost felt like cheating!
We finally got a decent picture of four generations of women in our family. My mom hates this picture of her because she's looking in the wrong direction. I think she looks beautiful. I, on the other hand, am a mess! This was taken at my sister Nancy's birthday party and it was cool and windy and my hair went crazy. (It does that often! I got my dad's curls!)
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Once Erin was done working at the ski area for the spring, she didn't need me to babysit anymore and, boy, did we miss seeing her every Sunday. Funny how these little ones burrow into our hearts and settle in!
These pictures were taken on Easter. Kylie is wearing the cute jumper that my friend sent her from Florida.
The stamp is one I had made but can't remember the web site just now. The stamps really work!
Great Gloria is what my husband's mother decided she wanted Kylie to call her. When she saw her last week, Kylie was actually able to say it, sort of: "Gweat Gloalia."
It was a beautiful day and Gary had his motorcycle out and couldn't resist putting his doorag on her head. Such a cute little biker chick!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The first image was taken on my birthday and I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do than baby sit her. "Gwampa" went down with me, too, and she slept on his shoulder for quite a while. It was a nice day so we took her for a walk in her stroller.
The following Saturday Erin brought her up to our house and she stayed overnight and graced us with her first smiles. It was so great to see her reacting to us. Gary even held her for about an hour. He'd stick his tongue out at her and she'd stick hers out right back at him. We knew then that she'd be a pip. I think that's the moment he really fell in love with her.
I didn't take any pictures of Kylie the following Sunday because on my way down to babysit, I hit some black ice and rolled my 4-Runner over and totaled it. Luckily, I had my seat belt on so didn't get hurt at all but I was shaken up and just couldn't do anything after that except hold her.
I was so lucky to be able to baby sit her every Sunday and watch her change.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I knew if I didn't write all these down, I'd forget them. I so wish I had been doing something like this when my kids were young. I recall a few of their comments but most have been lost.
This little Kylie is so funny! Her mother was a shy and quiet girl; Kylie is totally idfferent. What a treat she is!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Darn, I just previewed it and it's so dark! It wasn't that way in the file I saved it in. Well, I tried!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I tried to make the background look like denim and was somewhat successful, I think.
The butterfly and the Yoda stamp are from the front of an envelope from my friend in Florida. The other stamp is from my mother-in-law who uses our house in Punta Gorda in the winter until we are ready to retire. Four more years! Can't wait!
That ticket I bought doesn't look like anything Christain but was sold to me by a girl in one of my classes who is very involved in her church's youth program. Sometimes, it's so hard to say no when these kids are selling things. I also had to buy some cookie dough for the senior fundraiser, too. Teaching can be expensive!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Do you have days when it seems like you are one color? That happened to me a little while ago. All day I gravitated to purple things and I didn't even realize it until I picked a color for my background and then noticed that I'd been the personification of purple all day.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I took the pictures of the trees last Saturday morning from my porch when the neighborhood was just drenched with gold. It was a perfect Indian Summer day.
The dotted ribbon on the right was added because I tore the page in half! I couldn't figure out how to repair it at first without it showing. Then I remembered the adhesive ribbon I bought a couple years ago from the Home Shopping Network when I was first getting into scrapbooking.
The corrugated background for the leaves was the front of a pretty notecard handmade by my friend in Florida. I added a watered-down gesso wash.
I added some gold paint to the brown; that's why it's so shiny.
Can't tell you how much I'm enjoying doing these pages. Usually, when I get home from school I paint the page and let it dry for a couple hours until I head upstairs and then I fiddle with it. It's a great thing to do while watching TV. I can't just sit there; I have to have something going on, too.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Gosh, I take terrible pictures! It took three takes for this one which is barely acceptable!
We live in Northern NH and have maple leaves covering our back yard. These fabric ones came all the way from Florida!
As far as my own room...I'm still dreaming! But I love the craft area I've created for myself. It's a start!
That Signatures book is beautiful and I got so many ideas from it. Now, if I could only find the time to try some of the techniques. It's a few years old but so worth reading.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Part of the thrill of getting a letter almost every day is seeing what stamp my friend has used and how she has decorated the envelope to coordinate.
I got a kick out of the leaf sticker that the Post Office cancelled instead of the stamp! Somehow the letter got turned upside down and the leaf sticker was then in the stamp position.
It took forever to paste these stamps on the page. I started by using a glue stick but they weren't adhering very well, so I switched to a Duck Tape adhesive runner but that ran out quickly. Finally, I tried my Xyron 150 and 250 and they worked really well. I always forget about those machines.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm sitting in bed watching the Red Sox lose to Cleveland tonight but when my girlfriend sent me this picture, they had just beaten the Angels and the Yankees had been defeated.
The writing along the top tells of a T-shirt a kid had on in school. It was totally inappropriate. Ironically, we had an assembly that day about the dress code!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I really cheated on this page because the background is a notecard I received from my friend in Florida. On top of that is the back of the beautiful envelope it was in. How nice to see it in the mailbox when I got home from school.
She and I started writing letters to each other every day about 15 years ago and we've saved almost all of them! You should see the bags of letters in my cellar! Someday maybe we'll sit down and go through our lives because that's what we have stored away. I'd really love to organize them into some sort of binder or something because each one is a work of art in itself with all the stickers, etc. that we used to decorate them.
I wonder if there is a category in the Guinnes Book of World Records for the most letters written to the same person!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
In our school, all teachers have lunch duty one day a week. My day this year is Thursday. It's an annoying duty and I hate it.
One day during journal writing the prompt was, "Out of the corner of my eye" and I just wrote a list of the things I see on a regualr basis in the cafeteria.
The background was fun because I just sat in bed watching the Red Sox and tore pictures of food and people eating out of magazines.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
This page is because we are doing Shakespeare right now. I always start the year with it because it's the hardest thing and if the kids can survive this, it's all downhill after that.
I didn't even realize that I put the wrong women's names next to the wrong guys! Makes me so mad when I do something stupid like that!
The playing cards are ones I bought when I took a trip to Stratford-on-Avon a couple years ago. They are all instances where Shakespeare talks about flowers.