A quick post...

with a layout from The Little Black Dress May kit.  For those of you who love October Afternoon, there's some of their latest release in this month's kit! Lots of goodies in this one!  This layout is of my daughter's first time she rode a two-wheeler.  It was the day of her playschool graduation and she was anxiously waiting for the afternoon, so she decided to try and ride her bike.  She was so excited when she finally got it!  I was too, but also relieved that there was no wipe-out and scrapes and bruises!  There will be more projects coming later.

For those of you with boys, who have a hard time finding inspiration for layouts, there's a great blog called
Scrap the Boys.  Check it out, they have challenges too!
Have a great week!

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Mother's Day and National Scrapbook Day all in one weekend!  I hope everyone has a chance to do a little scrapbooking this weekend.  I have a few projects I need to finish in the next couple of days, so hopefully I can get those done.
It's been awhile since my last post, I've been in a creative funk lately.  I don't know if it's the weather, lots on my mind, or just everyday life that's been getting to me, but hopefully it comes back soon!
My husband and I are taking a trip to New York to visit our daughter, whom we haven't seen for over a year, so I am looking forward to that!  Maybe that's what I need, just to get away!  After being stuck at home last year with my cancer, I think a change of scenery will do my good.
 Last month we got one of those phone calls every parent dreads.... my daughter's friend was phoning from an ambulance that was taking my daughter to the hospital.  She had been crossing the street and was hit by car. A lady was turning left, wasn't paying attention, and hit her.  Thankfully she wasn't seriously hurt, just badly bruised and scraped up,  her back and neck are a little out of whack from being thrown & hitting pavement, and she was pretty shaken up by the whole experience.
It was the worst feeling, being so far away and not able to rush to the hospital immediately.  We both felt sick just waiting to hear what the doctors said after all her tests.  We were ready to book a flight immediately!  I think that's been on my mind lately, just wanting to give her a big hug and seeing her, making sure she's o.k.   It doesn't matter how old your children are, you still worry about them all the time, don't you?  That's what us mothers do best, worry!
Here's my projects from April's "Little Black Dress Kit Club".

This little book was in my Grandmother's sewing basket that I got when she passed away (30years ago) and I've always treasured it.  She was a beautiful seamstress and would make us outfits just from pictures she had clipped out from magazines.  In the book are all her granddaughter's measurements over the years, & little notes and clippings from magazines.
In the kit there was some corrugated cardboard, which I cut out a dressform using my new Tim Holtz die.  I then cut out another one from paper, glued it on top of the cardboard, ripped a bit off on the edge so the cardboard shows through, and then stained the edges with Tim Holtz honey distress stain.  The flowers were made with my Slice, and most of the papers & embellishments here are all from Glitz.

I seem to have a lot of photos of my kids looking or pretending to read books!  Must have thought they looked cute!  By the looks of these photos, they were tired of me watching them, and just decided they might as well pose and get it over with!  There was some vintage book papers in the kit, which I cut one out with the Tim Holtz clock die. The 7Gypsies paper under the photos was machine stitched, wet, and gathered on the bottom.
This is where I just couldn't figure out what to do next with the kit.  I think it was because, as much as I love all this new paper line from Glitz, after putting together Urban Scrapbook's April kit with the same papers, kitting all of the design teams kits, and customer kits, I was tired of it!  So, I finally came up with a garland.
I cut out the banners with chipboard, from an AccuCut die that Urban Scrapbook has.  I then covered them with the different papers and embellishments in the kit.
The letters were cut out from paper using my Slice.  I tore a strip of cotton fabric to hang the banners on and cut small strips to knot in between each banner.  I did staple underneath on the inside, the fabric and banner so each banner wouldn't slip.  That's all I managed to get done.  Unfortunately, it takes usually a month for my kit to get here from the States and by the time I get it, everyone else on the design team is working on their next month's kit!  I think  the gal from France gets hers faster than me!  I'm sure it sits in Customs for weeks.  Anyone else have that problem with our postal service? 

This layout was one I did awhile ago for "The Color Room".  I laugh when I look at this photo of my older sister and I.  "Now I Know" ... why we both hate wearing hats.  I wonder if we liked these ones?
The papers used were from Graphic45, Lily Bee, and Echo Park.  The embellishments were Echo Park, Basic Grey, and Pink Paislee.
That's all I've got for you today, I think I'll go and scrapbook for awhile!  Hopefully I'll accomplish something instead of just staring at my stuff on the table!
Have a great Mother's Day tomorrow!
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