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Gee it’s been quite awhile, but I’m back and ready to share what’s going on and things I’ve been creating!

Here are some layouts from June this past summer:

 

 

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Ellie’s layout, “Puppy Love”, was selected as this week’s random winner. She is so excited to shop for her own supplies with her winnings.

See the full article HERE

“Spraground Challenge

Our gal Liv hosted our challenge this week, and based her challenge on a super cool Converse ad … love that my girl has such a love for Chuck Taylors!! Her challenge was two-fold: use a red, white, and blue color scheme AND create a layout celebrating independence! There were lots of fabulous entries, but I was really excited when random.org pulled our winner this week. Now, the username was latz, but the REAL winner was her daughter Ellie!!

Darling 6 year old Ellie had been bit by the scrapbooking bug this week and, with the help of her super talented mom, is starting to create her own pages and sharing them in our gallery!! I love that she has the confidence to share her work here, and hope she enjoys spending her $5 Spraguebucks on some goodies just for herself!!”

“M&M” stands for “Magnificent Mentor” at jessicasprague.com not the candy version (although I like those too!). The mentor program is the newest way to get a little extra help and attention in your on-line classes and to help keep a strong sense of community at the site. I am thrilled and honored to be on this team. I’m one of the original “beta” girls (being in Jessica’s classes the very first time they were offered). I also credit Jessica for teaching me the skills I use almost daily on my photographs and scrapbook pages.

This week I am in the spotlight at jessicasprague

Go check me out!

Don’t forget to keep reading–one of my layouts is also featured in the “gallery gazing” report!

Since Ellie took these pictures I thought she should scrap them herself too. This was the first time my 6-year old has attempted a scrapbook page. I picked out a template for her to use, she picked out the papers, birthday cakes and photographs to include. I showed Ellie how to drag things onto her template, move them around and then “clip” her pictures to the photo clipping masks. After only two times demonstrating she got the hang of it and completed the rest by herself. I think I have a budding digi-scrapper since she is excited to do another page soon. Her first page turned out great! What do you think?

Last week Ellie made a request that I teach her to play the piano. She was both serious and excited about this. So I dug out my old primer book that I started with for her to use. I noticed that the price tag on the book said, “$1.50”. I wonder what it would cost today. Anyway, I began by teaching her C-D-E using the proper fingers. She practiced C-D-E and then E-D-C over and over again. She was so excited to be playing music. We just had to share this new skill so I called Grammie. After Ellie played for her and Grammie congratulated her on her new skill, I continued to talk on the phone while Ellie continued to practice. A few minutes later I hear Ellie saying “F-G-A”. I went over to the piano and realized that she had figured these 3 notes out all by herself just using the diagram in her book. Here she is at her first lesson:

This kit is also from Heather T and will be available starting tomorrow at her store.

I couldn’t resist capturing this on video also. Thanks for indulging this proud Mom.

 

In other news, my “Glitter Fairy” layout of Anna in her Halloween costume was featured this week at MyPicTales Blog

 

My “Art of Digital Design” certification arrived yesterday:

Thanks Jessica and Carina!

Heather T.’s new kit “What Do We Do All Day?” inspired me to create an “All About Me” page using many of her awesome doodles.  These are the things I do…

HERE is Heather’s new kit available at Memory Scraps.

Thanks to my friend, Amy L., or I would have missed this completely. She recognized my layout as “Tip No. 9” on the recent CK (Creating Keepsakes) blog post 10 Tips or Tricks to Try

Check it out…

I made the discovery of Heather Taylor this past spring when I contacted her about using her “sunshine poppy” font as a basis for an alpha I created as part of my Little Dreamer Apprentice journey.  She was so encouraging of my efforts so I started to check out her work further. Heather T. designs at both MScraps and at The DigiChick

Recently she had a CT (creative team) call so I just had to try. I got the word on Tuesday and Heather made the announcement official yesterday:

I’ve already started playing with her stuff. My first layout I can’t show you until tomorrow when the kit is in the MScraps store, but let me just say that I had a lot of fun with it.

Ali Edwards is an amazing scrapbooker and family storyteller. I briefly got to meet her in Chicago when I gathered with the most awesome bunch of women at the first annual Spraguefest (headed by Jessica Sprague of jessicasprague.com fame) in 2008.

Here are the two scrapbook legends, Jessica and Ali:

Ali often has sponsor giveaways and I often enter. Most often I don’t win (ok I’ve never won before because she usually has at least 1,000 people entering her giveaways), but this time I won this:

A Spiral-bound Photo Book by ColorInc. It’s perfect for this week’s project: A Week in the Life (documenting through photographs and journaling a slice of my life right now). Ali is the main cheerleader for this project and you can find guidance and inspiration on her site The Basics of Documenting a Week in Your Life by Ali

My very first blog entry back in October 2008 showed my first effort at this type of project. See One Week in My Life HERE

I’ve also done similar projects last May HERE and last December’s Holiday’s in Hand project.

I started documenting this week yesterday and even have my layout done. I used a number of the elements from my Round 2 Little Dreamer Apprentice entry so I can’t post it until the kits go “live” sometime later today. I hope I made the cut!