Believe in Yourself Layout

Thanks for your comments, emails and prayers lately! You guys are all so fabulous! I love hearing from you - thank you!!

Today, I wanted to share a layout that I did using lots of Girls Paperie goodness! I used papers from both the Paper Girl and On Holiday collections. They combine together so well - I love that splash of red and navy with the feminine colors from Paper Girl - the pink, yellow and greens.
I love the pattern in this paper:
and wanted to use the same flower shape in another way on my layout. I used my Silhouette machine and an image from their gallery and cut out these large flowers from various pieces of Girls Paperie patterned paper. I then cut up the flower petals and layered them on top of eachother to create flowers that each had different patterned petals.

I cut the titles with my Silhouette as well. And the triangle banner is cut from a piece of patterned paper from the On Holiday collection. Love those!

This layout is all about my sweet girl and about her insecurities. I want her to bloom, grow and believe in herself despite needing to get glasses and having teeth coming in and everything else that comes with being an 8 year old. I love that girl!

I'll be back tomorrow with some Girl's Paperie cards that I did this week as well! Happy Tuesday!


Family updates & another AC layout share

So much has happened with my family this summer, hence the slow blog posts, that I thought I would post a quick update on everyone.

In July, Madi complained about not being able to see the tv so we got her eyes checked out. We were so surprised to discover that she needed glasses! She is now sporting the cutest pair of black glasses that have a darling pink and white stripe on the inside. She looks so cute!!

Madi has had a ton of fun this summer playing with friends! I think the lack of routine really gets to her though and it's time for school to start! Unfortunately, Madisyn started having 'tonsil stones' and is having surgery Friday to remove her tonsils. I've heard it is very hard for them and that it's 10 hard days of recovery. I feel so bad for her. She has so much anxiety as is...and I'm worried about how she'll handle all this. I haven't told her yet that she's gonna miss the first few days of school - poor sweetie! Please say a prayer for her this Friday that all will go well! Thank you!

This summer, Hudson grew about a foot! The kid is almost as tall as Madi and all boy! Into Lego's, Star Wars, playing with swords, riding his bike and playing with friends. He has grown a ton with his swimming and jumping off the diving board - so proud of the little dude! And we cut his darling long hair when school got out. I was heartbroken (I loved his long hair), but it was time. And he looks so dang handsome (if I can say so!) :)

In June, the poor guy got his finger smashed in the door. The x-ray just showed a flatted bone - it was so crazy! He also had a ton of blood under his fingernail, so they had to drill holes to release the pressure and blood. Not fun! Luckily, he was able to take it all off the day we arrived in California in July - so happy! He just lost his nail from it all - what a journey for the guy!

Next week, he starts first grade! I can't believe he's going to be at school all day with Madisyn! So crazy! A new school in just opening right up the street from us so that is really exciting! He will have a great year!

all photos taken by me in California, July 2010
Lil' Jax has been a busy little guy this summer! I previously mentioned how he has a Speech Disorder - he can fully understand you, but can't speak back. After numerous therapy sessions, he was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Just like the Autism spectrum, Apraxia has a whole spectrum of it's own. Jaxon's progress has been very slow but he is progressing...and that is rewarding. With Apraxia, basically your brain knows what to say but it can't 'fire' the correct neurons to say the words. It is extremely frustrating for the kids and we have seen that in Jaxon. But as he is learning some sign language and some basic sounds - that frustration is being replaced with confidence. We just have to keep working at it - every day. He goes to the hospital to work with a wonderful Speech Pathology Therapist twice a week and then a therapist comes to our house about once a week. Then, we do sessions with him on our own and so do Madi and Hudson. They are so cute signing to him and working with him - it's so fun to see.

So, as you can see...this summer has been crazy for our little family! Ryan is usually gone every week for work so it's just me running everyone around and trying to stay sane! I'm looking forward to the big kids going to school all day to help get some balance, schedule and routine back into our daily lives. It's much needed! :) I'm looking forward to some much needed creative time! :) Thanks for your comments on the last post! It's good to hear from some of you and that your still here with me! I'm gonna get lots better!
Here is another layout that I did for American Crafts. I laughed at myself that both of my layouts had white cardstock bases - kinda funny! The branch is a design by American Crafts for the Silhouette die-cutting machine. The labels were cut with the Silhouette too. Love that machine!

Thanks for coming by! :)


Lots of updates!!

How rude of me to ask for your prayers and then not to update! So sorry! Yesterday, sweet baby Paxton turned 1 month old and I was able to go see the little guy at the hospital. The little guy has had a hard month and there are still lots of surgeries and things to come...but he is a true fighter! Your prayers have been felt by everyone and they are helping immensly! Thank you! Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers! He is still in the NICU and has since had a Trach put into his throat to help him breathe, eye surgery for his glaucoma and lots of other things. He is a brave 4 lb. baby! We love him dearly! If you want to follow my sisters journey with her baby Paxton, you can check out her blog here. She has been AMAZING with posting updates - it will be such a wonderful record for her! Again, thank you for your prayers and well wishes! It means so much to all of us!!

I can't believe summer is almost over! Kids start school next week - Madisyn in 3rd grade and Hudson goes all day this year in 1st grade! Wow! I have so many family updates - will do another post about all that this week.

Some good, way exciting news...

I am on the 2010-2011 American Crafts Design Team!! Yahoooo! I love their products - graphic, clean and just simply yummy! :) You can check out there fabulous blog here, where lots of Design Team projects will be showing up. I'm also thrilled to get to know all the other girls on the team - lots of friends I already know! So fun! I let a lot of things go last year cause I needed a good break, so I'm so ready to dig back into the Design Team fun! Between this and the Girl's Paperie Design Team, it's going to be a fun year!!

Here is one of the layouts I submitted to the call. Fun little cut out banner, flowers, ribbon and more. Watch for lots more fun American Crafts layouts and projects coming each month! So fun!!

I'm hoping to get back to this blogging thing regularly! I'm scared to say that...but I'm gonna try my best! So many goals...so little time lately! LOL! Hope your all doing well! :)