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Natalie

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time to Think About Halloween?

I don't have any fun pics of me as a child dressed up in costume to show you, but I'm thinking I can dig up one or two from my adult Halloween days.  I'll have to put that on my to do list today!

In the meantime, I stumbled onto the Die Cuts With a View Blog via Everyday Cricut and they are both having giveaways.  In fact Everyday Cricut has a giveaway every week and you'd better get over there and check it out!  Sign up to receive e-mail notices from both sites and comment on their posts.  Follow their directions for your chance to win the giveaways and be inspired as well! Make sure you visit DCWV on Facebook, too!

I've got about a week and a half to go before baby is due and I'm trying to take it easy and scrapbooking and making cards fits in well!  Even my 3 year old loves being at the big desk across from me and working on her own projects.....lovin' it!
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Family Layout

Being on a design team has caused me to mix up the order I usually scrap my layouts.  So I've had to go back a couple of years and start scrapping some of my pictures from family vacations.  I have different albums going as well.

I have an album for my 3-year old daughter and I am also doing an album for me of all family.
This layout is entitled "Family"
The background is craft paper.  The stickers were from Michaels and the strip of denim with chunky glitter was trim from the clearance section of Wal-Mart's craft section.  I believe the patterned papers are from SEI, but I'll have to double check that and rummage through my scraps to see if I can find the maker.  I've had absent-minded pregnant lady mentality lately!  The red polka-dot paper was from the clearance area at Two Peas in a Bucket.  You could easily make it by welding circles together on your die cut machine software or your Gypsy.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Awesome Blog Hop

I just stumbled upon this awesome blog hop today that is for all kinds of crafters.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and follow it!  I came away from this hop very inspired for fall and got some ideas for things to make for future craft shows as well!

The Fall Blog Hop starts here.  Happy Hopping!
Natalie

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Imagine on HSN

Okay crafters, tomorrow is a big day for scrapbooking and card-making enthusiasts!  The people who brought us the Cuttlebug, the Cricut machines, the Gypsy, and the Cricut Cake, are releasing for sale on HSN, the Cricut Imagine.  I am in no way endorsing this machine or even planning on getting one, but I am still going to watch the release for sale of this machine on HSN tomorrow at 9 pm Pacific, 12 am Eastern.  

Here are some websites that have been showcasing this machine and what it is capable of: 

Everyday Cricut
The Pink Stamper
Obsessed with Scrapbooking
Clever Someday

Let me know what you think about it or if there are any other sites that offer good information and projects about Cricut machines and products.
Natalie

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Busy week

Today is 9/11 and it seems like ages ago that the Twin Towers were brought down. That year was a pretty terrible one for me. My country was attacked in a devastating way and I was enduring horrible emotional abuse from my new husband in a strange new city and questioning the religious institution I was involved with. I lived way down in San Diego, CA when 9/11 happened and I felt so deeply about these people. I had friends who were not Muslim that were victims of hatred and I saw different ethnic groups react in vast ways to this event. Some were anti-American and were indifferent and apathetic. 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the world's events because, let's face it, it affects all of us in a myriad of ways. For this simple woman, it has affected my sense of safety and how I view people and strangers. It has affected my hope in the future of my country and the future of my children. It has affected my spiritual life and has helped my faith grow. I gave my life to Christ, found a husband who appreciates me and haven't looked back.

But in an even more simplistic way, all the world's events have effected the kind of scrapbooking I do! I have sought to create balance and not let scrapbooking take over my life or other crafts for that matter. I have sought to include journaling and pictures in my scrapbooks that tell stories...history, and convey real life as it is or was!
I have also been very careful not to spend too much time envying everyone else's skill level, blog, or craft room inventory. I have been cautious in not letting every fad, theme, tool, embellishment, and craft industry invention suck the money out of me. There will always be pretty things, I tell myself, but I am now an advocate of buying tools and supplies as you have cash for them, not driving up a credit card debt to satisfy a shopping binge! I am going to start going through my papers and start sharing them with others. I suppose the most logical place to do this is on my blog! I'd also love to do swaps with anyone who is looking to get rid of some extra quality paper scraps and supplies and would like some new paper and supplies.

The title of this post is "Busy Week" for a reason. As some of you know I am pregnant and the due date is October 12th. This picture of me was taken about a week ago.  I have about 4 weeks left!
I have gestational diabetes and have been doing fairly well with controlling my sugar, not perfect and I give in to a big bowl of Cinnamon Life and milk sometimes!  I haven't gained any weight which is good since I am over the healthy weight I should be and my appetite is pretty nil....why can't I feel like that when I'm not pregnant!   Anyway, I have to go to the doctor and the hospital once a week for monitoring of the baby.  I am looking forward to meeting my little one and I hope you'll join me in praying for her safe arrival into this world.  I just pray that she is happy and healthy!

I will be blogging and doing projects for If It's Groovy as much as I can, but bonding with baby is number 1!  Right now I am working on a Creative Memories album, girl themed, which happens to have a lot of the pages pre-layered with paper pieces and shapes.  I just have to add pictures, journaling and stickers!

I also received my new issue of Paper Wishes and I am getting some great ideas from their catalog for color combinations and even that crazy Christmas Wish List!!!  Sometimes I use their catalog to just see what new products are out there and which old ones are still available.  I can then look elsewhere on the internet for cheaper prices and if I have a "real" need and money in the bank I might buy a little goodie or two, once in a while!  Check out their website here.
Take care all,
Natalie
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