Monday, June 18, 2012

don’t forget to celebrate!!

just in case you have forgotten, like if it’s not on your calendar or something, because it totally should be..  jessica sprague is celebrating their great birthday all week.




now, go have some fun!!

(my permission is granted for you to eat some cake as well.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

ryker + drake + the aqua wall of my dreams

there is this wall, kind of near tony’s (ish) in ogden.

I have seen it, I don’t know how many times exactly, but I have seen it many a time.  I have always loved the color.  I have always wanted to use it as a backdrop.  I have dreamed about it.

so one would think I would try it out with my girlies, right?  they were not excited about it, not in the least my friends.

so I waited…

and waited some more…

and then the chance came.

my friend, angi, wanted some new pictures taken of her boys (there are others here, here, and here), and she didn’t have a spot in mind for this shoot, so I turned her on to this one.

she totally went with it!

and it was awesome.

mind you, the wall is kind of wonky, as in, the ground has a slant and the wall looks crooked no matter what you do, but the color is to die for, so I can deal with the wonkiness.

I must add, before I send you into a picture coma, that now my girls are totally into this wall!!!

(they think the suckers will be involved in their shoot as well.)

(they might just be..  I do have a “bribe bin”.)

(wink, wink.)

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Monday, June 11, 2012

and then there was fun.

this week at jessica sprague, there are 31 (thirty-one!!!) new products in the store.

there is also a new designer.

so guess what?

I have 4 (four!!!) layouts to show off today.

(and you can click on each layout to see a full list of credits, just in case you forgot!!)

first up, the new designer, glitz design: “happy travels”:


and as I post this, I realize I never even recorded our trip to disneyland….

then there’s design by dani, “hello sunshine”:


some fun from spelndid fiins with another (!!!) “knock-out mask”, this time, it’s chevrons!!


and lastly, echo park’s “sweet day”:


I am really digging hexagons lately.  I even have a quilt planned that is all hexagons..  but first, I have to bind my other quilt, and then, well, find more time somehow?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

my diy get-up.

it is another challenge for our ffa club.

(no, I would not put you through this special kind of torture if it weren’t for this blasted club..)

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hide the men-folk.

I am lookin’ hawt.

(many thanks to my 7 year-old amateur photog.)

(she did some pretty amazing work.)

(and dudes, I totally trusted her with my camera!!)

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see.  secksy, right?

let’s break this down, all fashion-show style, yo.

A- the pants.

they have been kickin’ it round these parts for the better part of 4 years, almost 5.  they lived through one pregnancy, one post-partum recovery, many lake powell trips, and multiple room paint jobs.

I am sure that if I were in need of matching a paint color, there would be a sample that someone could scan, somewhere on these bad boys, to get a new gallon or two.

(but that might be highly inappropriate.  maybe?)

2- the shirt.  it is a lucky shirt.  look at it, it even has a horse shoe.  it asks if you are feeling lucky, and what’s more?  it’s green.  like, the luckiest of colors.

and wouldn’t you also know, it must be pretty darn lucky cause it has fared much better than the pants.  I mean, it hasn’t been around as long, but I only has one tiny smudge of grayish paint above the right boob area.

see, pretty lucky!

III-  the feet must always be bare.  no matter the season, they must be bare.  well, except for when I am behind the mower.  and that would be where my zig-zag tan lines come into play…

(do you spot them?  they are awesome.)

d- the hair. 

it’s always up.  if I am painting a ceiling, you can count on me wearing a hoodie, maybe even glasses.  I look much like the unabomber.  minus the thick and luscious stache.

and if the above picture didn’t exactly “do it” for you, here’s an outtake:

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Friday, June 1, 2012

me & my dad: mini album for the kiddos

so here’s the deal, I saw this on pinterest, loved the idea, and kind of ran, a little zig-zag crazy-like with the idea.

but I am in love with it!

(oh, yeah, merrill..  if you are reading this, stop.  close out the page.  go look at some funny stuff on “the chive” or something, okay?  seriously, get a snack or a drink.  don’t come back here.  k?  loveyoubye.)

you can never be too careful, you know?

so anyway..  it’s a mini album, mostly stuff the kiddos can do, filling out question & answer sheets, drawing pictures..  it’s fun.

unless you have two kiddos that take after their mom and are perfectionists.  that is slightly problematic.

there are eight 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 pages for each kiddo to fill out.

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(here’s the download link for the printable pages.)

there are some pretty fun questions there!

we grabbed a bunch of supplies, like sharp pencils with good erasers, crayons and such.

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for the cover, I used some chipboard that I cut down to 6 inches square.  I made a template to help me in punching all the holes too.  the inner pages are all 5 1/2 inches square.

I had to hunt down book rings (those things were harder to find than I thought..) to bind it all together.  ribbon and ric-rac tied to one ring helped to polish that off.

I used my cricut to cut out the circle and scallop shapes on the front (“storybook” cartridge) and the “street sign” font cartridge for the lettering.  I obviously cut the letters out in different sizes too.

I also pierced holes in the circle + scallop after I glued them together, but before I glued down my letters, and used a cross-stitch needle and some floss to stitch around the inside edge of the circle.

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I made a pocket in the front, to slip in a little letter from myself too. 

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I added dividers with a tab at the top of each to write each of my girls’ names on.

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I also added a picture of each of them with their dad.

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and they each drew a picture of them + dad":


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some other fun examples:

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this was so sweet!!  I wrote what peyton told me to, she can handle her name ^^^ (see above) but the journaling needed a little help.  so just in case you cannot read the following:

“dad, I am thankful for so many things you do for me…  here are just a few:

he makes me lunch, he lets me visit him at work, dad took us to Disneyland and Lake Powell too.  I am thankful that he plays with me.  he does the “bed bounce”.  I am thankful that he goes to my primary class with me so I won’t be so sad.”

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this one makes me giggle…

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here’s the inside of the back cover:

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and the very back:

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I think he just might love it.  maybe not as much as I do, because I am kind of obsessed, but he’ll love it for sure!

so my very best friends for this project were:

paper trimmer, scissors, hole punch, crop-o-dile corner chomper (1/2 inch rounder), xyron sticker maker, paper piercer, needle, floss, twill ribbon, ric-rac, baker’s twine, small sharpie, 2 one inch book rings, stapler, and these digital supplies:

splendid fiins “foto frame” for the frames on the photos.

all echo park papers:


red + small white polkas

white + red polkas

turquoise + small polkas

larger turquoise polkas

red herringbone

turquoise squigglies

light turquoise pattern