Saturday, December 20, 2008

My December Mosh Posh Layouts...

Well, I'm finally posting my December pages! And my January ones are already finished, too... I'm so behind. But I have a really good excuse. I'm SO VERY pregnant right now. Baby #2 is due to arrive in about 12 days. I am tired... exhausted to the bone, but I am getting awful sleep at night. And I'm having the craziest dreams, too!

We are ready for her to come!!! We've chosen the name now, but we're still not sharing until she's born. I love her name... it's beautiful. I'm sure it will fit her perfectly. :) It's been a great couple of weeks because I've had all this time to spend with Benjamin... just me & him. I realize that these are my last days of being a mommy to one, and that pretty soon he will have to share me. It makes me sad in a way, but I know he will be fine. I'm just so overly sentimental and emotional right now, it's kind of skewing my perspective on a lot of things. And causing me to write lots of Honey-Do lists for Aaron. Poor guy. :) LOL!

So, about these pages... I'm not usually one for Christmas things with pink, but this year I had to embrace it. The Dec. Mosh Posh kit forced me to make a real effort to do "pink-ish" Christmas pages. Turns out, I really love the combination of pink, red and green! I even did our card this year in those colors (remember, in my previous post). Anyways, so here are the pages I did with the kit. Sorry, the photos aren't the best... especially the first one. I had to adjust the levels in Photoshop to try to fix it. The sunlight wasn't the best.

I'm taking a 2 month (possibly 3) break from Mosh Posh to adjust to life with 2 kids. So, it will be a few months before I have any pages to share. I can't imagine I'll have much time for scrapbooking. But, I will be taking lots of photos, so I can share those.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Feeling Good...

Yay! Our tree is up (still no star yet, though!)... it's really feeling like Christmas in my cozy little bungalow house. I love Christmas decorations.

I am REALLY REALLY enjoying scrapbooking now that I'm on bedrest... er, "house arrest" as my doctor calls it. Thankfully, I can sit at the table or couch for some time. I don't have to be horizontal all day and THAT is a huge relief. I can live a somewhat normal, albeit lazy & sloth-like, existence. Anyways... back to scrapbooking. I always liked it, but now it's so much more than a hobby. It's sanity. It's therapy!!! :) Here are some sneak peeks as to what I've been up to with the December Mosh Posh kit:

I can't share all of my December Mosh Posh projects with you all yet (I have to upload to the Design Team gallery, first). So those will have to wait for another day. But I CAN share this really neat-o serving tray I made for the online class.

It was an easy project, it just takes a little time... basically waiting for paint to dry. I have it sitting on the lamp table by our front door now. It's going to be the permanent place where I keep all the Christmas cards we recieve this year (hello! send Christmas cards!).

Speaking of Christmas cards... want to see the evolution of our Christmas photo/card? The first year we just did a Costco card, so I only have the photo for that one. But, here they are... my changing family:




Next year our family will change even more on our Christmas card... we'll hopefully have a healthy baby girl, almost 1 year old. :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

She will still enjoy scrapbooking... in bed.

Well, it's been a crazy week for me! I started bleeding on Saturday morning last week and we freaked out completely. There were clots and it was pretty fresh, so we zipped over to the hospital after calling my OB on the emergency line. They checked me in every way possible... we got some very detailed ultrasounds, I was monitored, blood was taken, urine was taken, and my doctor came in to examine me. The bleeding didn't continue for long and wasn't heavy, the baby and I were both fine... so we were released. I was told to take it easy until I called the office on Monday for follow-up.

So, Monday I called and got an appointment with one of the OB's around 2 p.m. She said everything seemed to be fine and that I needed to stop lifting my son, Ben. I agreed to that and left feeling relieved. Well... that relief was short-lived because at about 9:40 p.m. on Monday I used the toilet and started bleeding again. Heavy this time, with huge clots about 3 inches diameter. I called the emergency line, but I already knew the doctor on call would have me come to the hospital, so I was prepared. It was scary. I thought I was losing the baby. My parents came to get Ben and Aaron and I headed to the hospital again. My OB told me on the phone that she would be admitting me this time. So I had my pillow and a small bag packed.

I ended up bleeding that time for about 24 hours. They hooked me up to an IV and monitors and began a round of steroid shots to help mature the baby's lungs just in case of a pre-term delivery. She still seemed to be 100% fine and not in distress at all. A perinatologist (sp?) came in to see me and said it seemed to be a subchorionic (sp?) bleed between the uterus and the sac. The thing is, no one can really say where the bleeding is coming from. So, I've been put on bed rest. I was released in time for Thanksgiving.

Bed rest has been hard so far. I'm mourning the loss of some of the usual activities I've taken for granted up until now. Also, it's the Holiday season and I will be missing out on a lot of that. No hustle and bustle for me. Or shopping. Or tree decorating. But I'm doing OK... my spirits have been up the past 2 days. I'm settling in to a routine, which is nice. My husband, parents, friends, and in-laws have been wonderful to me.

I will learn more about the situation when I visit the OB and perinatologist this week. As long as I am resting, the bleeding is not likely to re-occur. I think I'll be on bed rest until the end of December. At least I think that's when we'll re-evaluate my activity level.

So... that's the scoop. I am able to do digital scrapbooking very easily from the laptop, and I plan to try to use my Mosh Posh kit this month and see how easy (or difficult) it is to scrap in bed. :) I think I need to keep scrapping or else I'll go completely crazy!

Anyways, keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I will probably be better at blogging now that I'm spending all of my time here on the laptop! So, that's a positive!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Can you believe it's November already???

It's been such a fast month... and for that I'm glad! I'm finally in my third trimester, but I'm ready to meet this baby already. Lots of the usual aches & pains, and the kind of exhaustion that just smacks me down. But despite these few complaints I'm really enjoying this pregnancy. I mean, look at me! I'm even scrapbooking. That's a miracle in itself because when I was pregnant with Ben I didn't do anything but nap and stare at the TV like a vegetable (don't get me wrong, I still do those things... just not as often).

So, speaking of scrapbooking. I want to share my contribution to the Mosh Posh Design Team for the month of November. I LOVED this kit... like I love coffee and chocolate. It was THAT good. And even after making these very generous pages I still have gobs of supplies left from it. I was very into hand-stitching with colorful embroidery floss this month, as you can see. I have it on almost every page. It makes the page feel richer and more homespun. If you have the extra time, try it. It's great to do the stitching when you're on the couch watching something with only half your attention (like, say, Sunday and Monday night football). I just punch the holes first with an awl and then go through with the needle and floss... although I've seen newfangled tools that you roll along the page and it punches evenly spaced holes. How cool is that?

So, here are my recent pages (including my first ever attempt ay a 6x12 layout):

And here's a shot of the whole kit:

The December kit is going to rock, too. I designed a custom stamp for Kristen which is hopefully being quickly produced right now! I hope it gets finished in time to make it in the kits. It's pretty swell, if I don't say so myself. I also know we'll be getting some nifty add-ons which involve a cute house to decorate... and messy glitter. Can't have enough of those!!!

Anyways, I'm parched and quite hungry for a nibble of something yummy, so I better go! I'm really going to try my hardest to post before this time next month, OK? Talk at you later!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October Mosh Posh Layouts.

Thought I'd share my contribution to the Mosh Posh DT Gallery this month. This kit (Kimono) was BEAUTIFUL but for some reason I was having a major creative block with it. I did have a break through and got these layouts done with only minor hair-pulling and teeth-knashing. Enjoy.

I also did a cute little project with the kit. They're snack baggie toppers... a great solution to make little halloween gifts. You can see my online class HERE.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Telling those stories...

To me, scrapbooking is telling the everyday stories that make our lives what they are. It's fun to scrap big events and holidays, but in reality, that's only 3% of our lives. I am excited about Jessica Sprague's FREE online class coming up because she will help us learn how to get better at capturing those life stories in our scrapbooks. ;) I can't wait. Here's the flyer... mark your calendars!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

BAM Designs Digital Mini Kit FREEBIE!

So... you all probably thought I'd forgotten my digital scrapbooking, right? Hah! ;) I'm back with a bang! I did take quite a long break because, well, early miserable sick and tired all the time pregnancy and stuff. But I'm feeling more creative energy lately and decided to revisit some papers and elements I started to work on months ago. So, in honor of the fading summer I created this free digital mini kit, "farewell summer". It's completely original designed by yours truly (BAM Designs) and comes with 5 elements and 4 patterned papers. Of course, it's 300 ppi (print quality) so you can print anything and use it for your paper scrapping also.

I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know what you think in the comments. I'd love to hear your feedback since this is my first attempt at a digital kit. Thanks in advance!!!

Get your BAM Designs freebie here!

Here is an example of how the mini kit can be used to create a layout. The stitching and "I Love You" are not included in this freebie (I'm saving those for later). ;)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Updating my gallery!

Busy, busy, busy! I got my September Mosh Posh kit in the mail today! WOW! Have you seen it? Here are some personal sneak peeks and close-ups to give you all something to drool over:

Isn't it YUMMY? I got some of the add-ons, so what you see is the main kit plus a few extras... but it's a ton of product. This kit is loaded with embellishments and fun new things to play with like tulle (!) and crepe paper ribbon. Did you see the acrylic keychain album? How cool is that?

I have lots of energy today!!! I woke up groggy, but as the day has progressed I really am feeling somewhat normal & energized. I feel pretty darn great, minus one little thing. My left wrist is aching... I think it's the pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel that I got when I was preggo with Ben around 5 months. I really hope that since I'm not working (painting everyday, doing stage seta & physical stuff) like I used to that it won't flare up as bad as it did. I'm trying to rest it (well, except for typing this) and I hope it goes away. I think it's related to swelling, and my hands were really swollen when I woke up this morning. Ah, pregnancy! SUCH a blessing!

Anyways, I'm finally updating my scrapbooking gallery on the Two Peas website. The link is over there beneath my photo --------> I had lots of pages to post there. Including my Mosh Posh Design Team layouts. Even though I already posted those to the gallery at Mosh Posh, Two Peas allows me to upload them at a larger size... so you can actually read my journaling and see more details. I'm still in the process of uploading. I'm trying to do 3 or 4 at a time because I don't like to flood the gallery. ;)

Here are a few layouts that I especially loved:

Monday, August 25, 2008

.... um, hi!

Yes, I know I have been very very bad about blogging! Bad bad bad badbadbadbad. I've also been bad about scrapping... so, see? The two are connected.

I'm good about keeping up with my commitments to Mosh Posh. But between finishing my August assignments and now I have done one layout. One. :) I am busy, you know? Things like napping, eating, and getting sick with colds and stuff like that. I can't even blame it on television because that's been slim pickings. Aaron and I did rent the second season of Big Love and watched all of those episodes in the span of a week. But other than that no tv, really. Just a little Olympics here and there. And a dash of Project Runway.

Do you want to know where I've really been? What I've REALLY been doing?

Me too!

It's like my brain is 50% vegetable. Pregnancy brain is to blame and that's not just an excuse. I read (somewhere?) that it's scientifically proven. I think a lot... about what I should be doing. It takes me 30 minutes longer to go grocery shopping! I get "stuck" mentally several times during a visit to the grocery store. One of the stickiest places is the aisle with the pens, batteries, lightbulbs... I just stand there thinking I need something but can't put my finger on it. What I need IS a lightbulb. Above my head, that is.

I am tired, too. The worst case of tired I've ever experienced. Lord help me, isn't the second trimester supposed to bring that much-desired oasis of "energy burst" that all the pregnancy books talk about? That sense of well-being? Hah. I will say, it's great to not be nauseated 24/7 anymore... but why is it that I still can't brush my teeth without gagging? Or clean out the fridge without getting the heebie jeebies? And why is it still a stomach-turning experience to cook dinner, I ask you? (well, that last one might be slightly fabricated, but it works for me) ;)

I'm just glad I'm not sick anymore. I caught my son's cold and between the two of us we killed 3 mega boxes of puffs (nay to Kleenex). The cold kept us home bound for close to two weeks. No playdates or social encounters with friends... but in the thick of it I did slip away with Ben to the bookstore because I needed some reading material. It doesn't count when you get strangers sick... right?

Anyways, I will try my darndest to give this blog some TLC. I do have some layouts to share with you. I also have to update my gallery at Two Peas because I've done a lot since the last time I uploaded there. If you miss me, take a visit to the Mosh Posh message board or blog. I make appearances there often. The September kit is going to be one of the best ever... so if you're looking for a great scrapbooking kit, take a peek!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Layouts up in the Mosh Posh Gallery!

View my July layouts here:JULY GALLERY(ps, I'm Brook). Didn't the team just ROCK this kit??? I love the product Kristen puts together. Awesome stuff!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Where have I been!?!?

Whew!!! What a month it's been! Sorry I've been so absent. It really has been a heck of a month since I posted.

So, here's the news:

1. I'm pregnant! :) We are so excited... but of course I'm feeling totally sapped of energy and nauseated every day. We did have a little fright several weeks ago and thought I might be having a miscarriage, but all is well now. *phew* ;)

2. I'm a Design Team member! I'm on the Msh Posh design team. It's a real blast and lots of work as expected. I've never been one to sit down and shoot off LO's at a fast pace, so it's been an adjustment for me. I think I'm handling it well with the exception of maintaining the blog.

3. Speaking of the blog, I designed one for Mosh Posh: Mosh Posh Blog. It should be really fun for everyone and all the DT girls will contribute to it. If you subscribe to Mosh Posh, the blog is having a giveaway drawing for July, so go leave a comment!

4. On the above blog, I have a webisode with instructions on how to do an altered frappuccino bottle. You can see me in all of my cheesball glory.

5. Our hot water heater burst on Monday and flooded part of my living room and bathroom downstairs. :( What a pain!!!

6. On Tuesday morning we discovered that my car had been stolen in the middle of the night. With the carseat and stroller inside, of course!!! Double whammy!

7. Lastly, I am working on my design team projects for the July kit. It's so much fun! I tried to upload some new layouts to my gallery on Two Peas today but it was acting up. I'll try again later. I have a ton of digital ones and stuff from the June Mosh Posh gallery.

So... hopefully this month I'll be better at updating the blog! ;) Until then!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Those pages I said I'd post...

Here they are!

I used the May Mosh Posh kit on both of these:

In other news, we had a great Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday we celebrated my brother's 23rd birthday at a really really (really) nice resturaunt called NY Prime. My in-laws got to watch Ben for us that night... they were in heaven. On Monday we spent time with my family. Dad made sausage & pepper sandwiches that were out of this world. We had potato salad, fruit salad, watermelon, and corn on the cobb. Then we played Mancala out on the patio and had birthday cake. Lots of eating! The long weekend also was a great time of visits to the pool, escaping the heat in the mall (shopping!) and some dedicated scrapping time! It's so nice to have that extra day with my hubby... but it does make it even harder to get into the swing of things on Tuesday.

Anyways, I am exhausted MAJORLY. Aaron woke up last night sick to his stomach. He thinks it was something he ate when we grabbed Pollo Tropical for dinner. He was up from 2-4:30 a.m. and I couldn't fall asleep either because I was so worried for him. This morning he woke up and felt fine, if a little tired. Thank God. ;)

I'm anxiously awaiting my Mosh Posh kit to arrive so I can start creating with it. I'm excited to be part of this Design Team, it's going to be so much fun!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I'm on the MOSH POSH design team!!!! Holy cow! Yay!!!

I've been waiting to share the news because... well, it didn't seem real to me. haha. It was a shock at first because I've never tried out for a Design Team before but when I saw the call on the website I thought: "eh, why not." So I did and wouldn't you know? I made it!

I couldn't ask for a better bunch of ladies to work with, or a better kit. The design team is super talented which makes me tremble with fear. All of a sudden I am feeling nervous about scrapbooking which is totally lame of me! But it's like the first day of school. I am scared & excited in a really good way. Gets the blood pumping, you know? I think being on the team will stretch my creativity and challenge me in new ways. And I hope I will do Kristen and her kit club proud!

I have a few things I've been working on to share. Some digital, some pulpy... AKA paper product. But first, some thought on digi VS non-digi: It's funny, but digital scrapbooking has made paper scrapbooking easier in some ways. And in other ways, way harder. When I'm digi scrapping I can move things around a billion times if I want to with no worries of adhesive or having to make a final choice about placement. I can stop working at any time and when I come back everything is in its place. That's nice! But with paper scrapping I'm finding a whole new bravery when it comes to layering and layout that I never had before I was a digi scrapper. I'm also more likely to get in there with the scissors and use stuff up. I know I will never be without scrapbooking supplies at my disposal because I have a computer hard drive full of them. ;)

Credits: BAM designs (yours truly): buttons; Little Dreamer Designs: tied ribbon (michelle coleman), hullabaloo staple (Lauren Reid), hullabaloo journal spot green (Leora Sanford); Ah! Designs: Melon Madness alpha, Melon Madness transparency; Designer Digitals: Kellie Mize Ad Challenge freebie (blue and striped papers); Natali Design: blog freebie stitches; Digichick: mira spring garden add-on frame; fonts: CK Becky & another typewriter.

Anyways, on to the sharing. I made this LO above as a RAK for my friend Bonnie. I'm hoping once she gets it printed out she will decide to try her hand at digital scrapbooking (*wink, nudge*). Also, she's super busy with her 3 kids and I wanted to do some pages for her since she has even less time to scrap then I do! This is one of three I plan to do for her. She still has to send me the other pictures (hurry, send them, chica!).

Credits: BAM designs (that's me): pink grid paper; Memory Makers: wild sorbet flower rubons & blue paper & scalloped frame & enjoy word art (michelle coleman), frosted blue bow (michelle coleman), art nation blossom acrylic flower (emily powers); Little Dreamer Designs: hullabaloo scalloped edge (heidi larsen), loveable chipped paint frame *recolored* (michelle coleman); Jackie Eckles: textured bracket brushes freebie.

This page above was created for my mom for mother's day. I bought her an album and started filling it with pages for her. I love digital because when I make a page for her I can print two of them (one for me!) and vice versa. I love the pink & blue in this one. I hardly ever get to use pink because I have a son but the other day I was thinking: "why the heck not?" so I did. And, you know what? I don't feel like it's all of a sudden a girly page because of the pink. Power to pink! ... and stuff.

Ok... I've gotta go now. I'm meeting a friend in 30 minutes, but I have more LO's to share. So, I'll post them tomorrow OK? :) Until then!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mostly non-creative things...

Ah! What a week! I feel like my head is spinning.

Where do I start? Aaron's car broke down on the highway on his commute home from work on Friday. By the time we picked it up last night it was up to $1,000 in repairs. OUCH! I'm busier than ever, too. This freelance job is a tough one. I'm working more than I expected to during the day. And that's not an easy thing to do with an almost-2-year-old. Speaking of, Benjamin has been such a difficult... or different... kid lately. He whines and demands so much time and attention from me now. There's a lot of frustration going on because he's trying to tell me what he wants and I still can't understand most of his babble! The past few weeks he's been up earlier than usual. He'll sit in his crib and say: "Daddy... daddy. Daddy! Daddy. Daddy. Daddy, DADDY!!! Hey! Daddy!" until one of us comes to get him. He used to just lay quietly for 20 or 30 minutes (we're guessing) before officially waking up. Not anymore! :)

Today I'm trying to get last minute things wrapped up here at home (laundry, packing, running to the library to return overdue books) because tomorrow Aaron and I will be heading out for a short 2 night trip to Disney. We decided our last trip fell short in so many ways, and because we had 2 days left on our 4 day park hopper ticket we decided now would be the best time to go back. Before the blistering summer heat hits us. And, we even decided to go without Ben right off the bat. If you remember, last time (2 months ago) Ben got sick and couldn't go. It actually was a blessing in disguise because after seeing all the miserable parents with 2 year olds, I can't imagine it would have been fun for us to drag him around the parks after all. By the way, it turns out these next few weeks are going to be a busy time at Disney World. Almost all of the lower priced Disney hotels were booked and most of the Disney resturaunts. I see waiting in lines in our future. But, it will be fun because I will not be sick this time!

Scrapbooking!!! I know, this is supposed to be a crafty creative blog. Well, I've been spending a lot of my usual scrapping time designing digital scrapbooking supplies. I have completed a huge set of buttons, stitching, and lots of doodles. I'm planning a few digital kits to possible release for sale in the next few months. I just have to figure out exactly HOW to sell them. Or where. Suggestions, anyone?

The freebie was a huge hit. In fact, I've seen more hits than ever before. I think I know now why people offer them! So, on that note, you will definitely be seeing more freebies. Fun, fun!

I have some pages to share with you that I made from the most recent Mosh Posh kit. It was such a bright and colorful kit... tons of chipboard! I had a blast playing with it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get those up until later this weekend. Maybe Sunday!

Wish me fun and safety on our little trip! I'll be back soon.

Friday, May 9, 2008

First BAM Designs Freebie!

I am so excited to share with you my first ever digital scrapbooking freebie! Yay! Yippie!!!! :) It's a digital stamp (aka brush) so you can make it almost any size and any color you want. A .png file is also included for those of you who aren't able or don't want to use it as a brush. For more info on how to use brushes visit this tutorial by scrapologie: HERE.

Get your freebie here!(expired)

Here is an example of how I used this brush on one of my layouts:

(layout credits here)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Designing is a blast...

So, if you've been keeping up with me you already know that I'm dabbling in designing some digital scrapbooking supplies. This weekend I was busy making patterned papers! It was a ton of fun. Before I knew it I had 12 papers made... unfortunately they're not the best when it comes to a set of papers. I still have to work on making a good variety of patterns (for example, not 3 striped papers and 3 papers with grid, etc.) and stay within a color pallette. It's harder than it seems. I've been scanning in textures & illustrations and studying up on my photoshop skills. There's a lot I had forgotten how to do... like how to make a dotted line! Here's a preview of what I've been working on: everything is my own creation with the exception of some free roylaty-free texture brushes. I did my illustrations of the bird and flowers in illustrator. Fun fun fun!!!

Anyways, I hope to have a decent set of papers up for you guys to download very soon! Yay!!! Now this weekend my challenge is to create some elements like buttons, ribbons and stitching. Wish me luck!

As far as paper scrapping goes, I have a new one to share. I finally finished it! These photos of Ben have been sitting in a pile forever waiting to be scrapped. They're so stinkin' funny! He's sucking on the sliding glass door... silly boy.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Orange-y Delicious!

Here are a few of the pages I've been promising to show you! There are more to show but I'm not satisfied with them. For example: one is a ghastly Disney page, and two are still works in-progress.

I used the April Mosh Posh kit for these layouts... tried to make myself use nothing but the kit. It was a challenge since I'm used to adding stuff from my own stash of supplies. But, I know that if I am chosen to be on the Design Team there I will need to stick to the kit with only minimal additions. So, I did add a few bits of my ribbon because I love the texture it adds. But I have to say it was fun to restrict myself to the amount of supplies in the kit. It made me get more creative and forced me to use everything available to me... including my pen! I love doodling and drawing on my scrapbook pages.

This second one was tough for me. I wanted to add all of these photos on one page. I didn't want to sacrifice a single one because I felt they told a story about that day. I also wanted to add snippets of all the beautiful patterned papers. I envisioned the page being like a mosaic of the textures, colors, and sights in nature. I think it's successful in that it's very earthy, albeit a bit busy and eye-sore-ish. I tried, I really did, to simplify the page... without any luck. I think I need to just accept that that's what happens when you add a billion patterns and photos!! Haha. The thing that really irritated me was that my journaling looks so muddled on that orange floral. I thought it would be tame enough to write on. It's OK for me now, but when I'm eighty we might have a problem. Try it: if you squint, you can read it! :)

Alrighty then. These are two pages. Many more to come God willing. ;) And some digital pages, too. I just bought a whole bunch of new kits from Little Dreamer Designs. I love their stuff. I'm attacking some of my pregnancy photos to make a seperate 8x8 album devoted to lots of belly & everything cravings, gas and... you know. I want to remember this stuff but have it in an album of its own so that way some poor unsuspecting person looking through my main albums won't see something like this:


Oh, I'm sorry... were you unsuspecting? See. Now you know what I mean. LOL!

Well, have a delicious evening. I sure will. What with a turkey sandwich & chips for dinner and Medium at 10, life is sweet. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm heeeere! I'm here!

Don't worry my dearies... I am not gone! :)

I've been very preoccupied the past few weeks. I'm working on some freelance design jobs which is really taking 80% of my brain right now. It's funny, but this is what I used to do full time before Ben and it came so easily to me. Now that I'm only doing it now and then it's so much harder and takes a lot more brain power! Plus, the added difficulty of working when my very active toddler is trying to get my attention. Not so easy. Anyways, I will be in the midst of that job for at least another month... but I am getting better at managing my time. And taking advantage of Grandma's free babysitting services!

Also, have you been outside lately? It's wonderful weather here in South Florida. Today, not so much (it's 85 degrees today), but it's been in the 70's... just ideal. Ben and I have been spending a lot of time park hopping and hanging outside. The computer has only been my friend for work and yes, the occasional digital scrapbooking adventure.

Speaking of digital scrapbooking, I am REALLY into it! I know that I can use my computer and design skills to really dive into it. I am excited about exploring my abilities in drawing and design to create original elements and patterned papers. I think I can do it! I certainly want to try. It would be so much fun. So, I've been gathering up supplies (textures, my illustrations, color inxpiration, etc.) and dabbling in Illustrator to sharpen my abilities. Hopefully within the next month I'll have a few freebies here for you all to enjoy... and you can help me grow as a designer by testing out my stuff. Sound good? :) LOL!

I'm also very into regular scrapbooking. The next kit at Mosh Posh is too cute:

I love the colors and all the chipboard. Can't have enough chipboard!!! I have to clear off my half of the dining room table (the other half is hubby's, he sits there with his laptop) and get to scrapping! My pace has certainly slowed down the past month, but I'm getting back into it. I was having fun trying to fit as many photos on one page as I possibly can... and then it got not fun, so I abandoned a couple of pages mid-creation.

Anyways, off to go upstairs and get ready for church! Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!!!!