Saturday morning Jam session

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Sometimes I think I’m as addicted to my kid as I am to coffee.

I don’t really care to waste time wondering if that’s good to bad, but in the meantime… I thought it’d be nice if we had some photos of us doin’ what we do when we’re hanging at home on a saturday morning.  This jam session happened after we built a snow fort in the living room.  We froze our toes off the day before so I decided to be lazy and just bring the snow in so I could enjoy coffee and the couch while she enjoyed the snow.  

I think it’s important to stop organizing, stop packing, stop worrying, stop everything and just enjoy being exactly where you are right this moment.

I usually forget that and just run around the house like an  angry person and stay up all night fretting and scheming.
So for my new year, I’m going to not plan to do anything or stop doing anything.  I’m going to just try to remember to enjoy what I have today, and realize that I can live with much less.

And I’m going to put down all the sad pages…

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Along with the happy ones.

 

I’m still trying to get my december daily mini album finished, so I’ll get to that…  it’s just these darn impromptu photo shoots that get me side-tracked!

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I feel like I don’t know what the heck I scrapbooked about before Eleanor?  I don’t know what I did? lol.  I know all parents say it, but it’s so true…  have no clue what life used to be before I had a kid.  All I do know is that it’s so much better.  No matter what hard times we’re going through.

🙂  xo Fitts

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All dressed in Vintage

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So I had the awesome pleasure of playing photographer for a beautiful friends wedding. I still have around a billionty more pics to edit… But for now I just thought I’d share a couple with the brides permission… Without revealing people or places… Just yet anyway.

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What was awesome about this wedding was that the dress was in its third generation of brides… From grandma to mom to daughter… So sweet! Of course by this round,it needed a little TLC… But it was absolutely gorgeous!
My fav was the tule underskirt…

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And the veil was a simple classic style… brilliant!

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I have to hand it to you photographers out there… It’s a week later, and I’m still sore.  That’s probably the most excercise I’ve gotten in years!  If anyone else ever asks me to be the wedding photog…  I think I’ll need to train a bit first.  Holy bajeez what a work-out!  And probably more fun than flipping tires…  at least in my opinion.  I could be wrong because I’ve never actually flipped a tire… lol.  But I know a lot of people who do it on a regular basis…

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To me, fall is the best time of year and what was supposed to be a rainy day turned out to be absolutely perfect!! Who knows though… in a few years, fall could be in january.  Which would be cool cos that’s my b-day month… tee hee…  then I could have a Halloween birthday party!

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So overall, it was an awesome day and I was honored to be a part of it.  Congrats Meg!  You made a perfect bride and I hope your new life chapter brings happiness, joy, and blessings!

xo, Fitty

Apple seedy yes indeedy!

So despite the back of the hand slapping we always receive when we go here, we somehow ended up back at Russo’s in Chesterfield for Apple picking this year.
We thought about not going and trying another place but… we thought misbehaving again at the same farm is more fun than behaving at a new farm?!
We think at least. Next year we’ll discuss again briefly and then probably end up back there letting our kids ride in the wagons, move the gourds out of place, and throw hay.
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Eleanor knows how to spell her name, but I don’t think she knows how to spell mine.. which made it funny when I realized the wagon she picked had my name on it. Yes, that’s how you spell Fitty on wagons.  On the interwebs it’s F  I T T Y.  Wagons, K A R E N.  Got it?  Good.    And Collin on a wagon is spelled K A T H Y.   It has something to do with the Secret National and International Association of people who use wagons for secret agenty purposes.   How do I know about it… heh…

I love how this blog has turned into a big crunchy photo share…  I’ve been busy but I don’t even have to promise that I’ll be scrapbooking these pics…  they are just too yummy! I might even do a mini album!

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This is the newest member of our clan, Collin.  I just can’t stand the adorable that pours outta this one!!!  He’s the little nugget belonging to one of my besties Mary.  Right now he’s also the easiest to grab shots of because he’s not running around chasing other running around boys while throwing rotten apples.  So I was able to snap a few of those bad boy blues!!

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Can you stand it!

And with each new pic of Eleanor, I say it’s my fav… just like the latest song you wrote, you might as well throw out the rest.. But in this case, I’ll be keeping them all. This one reminds me of an Olivia Newton John record album cover… Have YOU never been mellow?

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I probably shouldn’t point out the dirt smudge on her nose… coz before I wrote that, I was the only one who noticed.

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oh, and they have pumpkins too.. all mine lost their stems rolling around the back of my car… 😦 boo!

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Horsey is the ewesh when it comes to what Eleanor carries around with her, but the little sewing kit she found in one of my bags is a new addition. I don’t know if she thought she might need to sew some apples back together or something. When we got home she did tell me she was mad at me for not fixing Luke’s stuffed Sonic yet… It hasn’t been a week yet, but I guess I should get right on top of that. After all it is a neck wound and this is the stuffie ER!!
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And with that, the lost boys and I bid you farewell! Happy OCTOBER!!! YAY YAY! I mean HAPPY I WISH IT FELT LIKE OCTOBER AND NOT A RAINFORST THAT MAKES IT HARD TO DECIDE WHETHER TO PUT THE AIR ON IN MY CAR OR JUST LEAVE IT OFF AND FEEL COLD AND STICKY AT THE SAME TIME OCTOBER OCTOBER!

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Weekend Revisual: Project life July 20-21, 2013

Hi there frens!

Had a great weekend!  Just wanted to throw out some weekend pics, and then how we put them together for a weekend project life spread!

This first collage was actually made with a windows app called Turbocollage.  So far, a benefit is the ability to use a lot of pics in one collage…. like 20!  So I was able to sum up a birthday party pretty completely in three 4×3′ spots on my PL layout.  Well… plus a couple 4×6’s that stood out…

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Here’s some of the other pics we used:

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And here’s our spread!

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And here’s a video Roo did to tell you a very quick version of the entire weekend’s activities…  she also goes on to demonstrate some Gelatos…  so if you’re in need of toddler entertainment…  it’s right here….  in a barbie dress.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your crafty week!

Life is a project… Make it pretty damn it!

Just a project life installment here.
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Sometimes there’s no good reason for a photo shoot. That’s the best kind! And Roo seems to think every minute has potential for good photo making… as do I.

So this scrap session is all about any ol saturday

Where not much of anything was going on…

but we had fun enough to document!

Please enjoy the making of this installment here below

Jersey Smash

Here’s just another smashed page from another good day in Jersey Pennsylvania!
I know a lot of bad days have been going around due to the past couple weeks of nightmare weather, and I can’t even begin to understand the devastation that some people are dealing with now… but I know there are gobs of good days to be had and are starting to get made in the making of being made to be making good of more days…. of noodles… and noodling noods of needles. Yes. SMASHThe too light blue paint fumes are seeping through my skull and I can’t be held accountable for what words make up this post.
In other news:
I’m postponing the first workshop due to power outages and the like… Not having the interwebs just kinda held up my supplies and togetherness puttings. So… now that it’s back, it’s time for thanksgivings already!!! AHHHH I can’t believe it. Nough’ said. Time to think about a different color to paint these walls…

Planning is Important!

I say turn everything into a scrapbook! Like your planner!

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Peter: “Hey Fitts, you up for roller skating this saturday at 6pm?  All the cool kids will be there!”

Me: “Yea sure, that sounds off the chain! Or should I say, off the left side wheels on my right foot! I’ll be there for sure”

Peter: “Cool franks!  I’m so glad you could come, Wendy is going to be there and she hasn’t seen you in like… EONS!”

Me: “No way! That’s awesome!  I can’t wait to catch up with her!”

and then my friend Mo texts me and says “ARE YOU SO EXCITED ABOUT GEORGE’S WEDDING TO PRINCESS BEAUTIFUL THIS SATURDAY!!!” 

and then I check my planner calendar thingie shoved in my way too many notebooks bag and there it is with little flower and heart stickers surrounding it. “George and Princess Beautiful get married”

So anyway, I’m on yet another mission to make my planner so damn cute that I can’t go  a day without adoring it’s pages and consuming the dated information!

Well, off to werky…  Have a FUN Wednesday and stay dry if you’re in Jersey like me!

xo

Halloween in November

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If you don’t plan to scrapbook any other Halloween, plan to do this years. When has Halloween ever been in November?

I couldn’t help but start with this photo because it’s my favorite. It just… looks like I swiped it out of one of my mom’s old photo albums.

We tricked and treated around Grandma’s neighborhood just for a couple hours in the cccccooolld.  But from the looks of their collections of goodies, we could’ve said we were out all day.

This is mostly made up of Jennie Bowlin stuff.  A think I stole the yellow and grey polka dot paper from a Studio Calico kit…  and the instagram button. I just LOVE that. Even though this photo wasn’t an instagram… it looks like it should’ve been.

Up in the top right corner where the scalloped circle is… well the main purpose of that is to cover up a BOOBOO! lol… I frequently get a little quick with the ink pad and end up dropping it on the paper.  So that’s what happened here, i got a big smudge of brown ink up there and I just didn’t like what it did for the page.  So I just punched out a circle and covered it.

IT’s THURSDAY! my fave day! Except for my head hurtsness…. errgh.
And looking forward to some time with friends tomorrow night!… and the next night…
and… hopefully in there do some Holiday decorating around here!

xo
fitts Mcfinister!

Digital scrap

 

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it just got easier…

 

Close to my heart has this great ONLINE software you can use to make digital scrapbook pages.  You have a lot of artistic freedom like you always did, but now they’ve got what they call “express layouts”. 

So if you don’t want to think, you don’t have to!  They’ve made layouts for you that are adorable!

 

There are a bunch to choose from, you just pick the one you want, and slide your pictures over onto it. 

And when you slide in your photo, you’ll see this window pop up with more options for editing your photo.  You can change it to sepia or black and white. You can zoom in or out.  You can crop, rotate, and matt it!

And the prints come out beautiful.  I’ve made books on snapfish, shutterfly, walgreens, cvs, blurb, and Studio J.  And I’ve loved every one of them.  But the biggest difference I noticed between the photo sites and Studio J is the quality of the photos.  The pages in my photo books seemed to have faded over time and my Studio J prints are still as bright as when I first got them.  They are 12 x 12 high quality prints. Perfect to just slide into your favorite scrapbook.  Also a nice idea to make one here and there and add it into your project life books.

So check it out, play around!  I know you’ll love it if you have very little time and want to make something special!

STUDIO J

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TADA!!!