Friday Scrapbooking – Dance


It’s been a while…


But I got the urge to scrap some book the other night.  I had some cute pics from Roo’s dance recital so … I thought I’d start with them. Annnnnndd…. I did … one.  Go me!  And the one I did was actually from in the car on the way to the dress rehearsal.  lol.  So… didn’t even make it to the actual recital day yet. But hopefully… soon.


Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal

Ya know… honestly, I was worried about this dance school.  I’ve seen some dance recitals… and I’ve seen some dance costumes.  And… I’ve seen dancing with the stars when my mom watches it.  lol.  And overall, I kinda feel the whole of it to be inappropriate. Especially dancing with the stars. I actually don’t really want Roo watching it. Now I’m basing this on mostly what media I’ve seen… so in this culture, this lines up exactly with all other media I’ve seen… From magazines to TV, it’s pretty much all inappropriate. So without getting into more detail, I’ll just say these things worried me when she started at a dance academy. This school was recommended by my cousin and it sounded good so we tried it. She started there this year with two classes: Combo, and hip-hop. She absolutely loved them. I mean, I didn’t expect anything else. What little girl wouldn’t love dance class? But honestly, she dances constantly… I don’t think I could’ve gotten away with not enrolling her somewhere for dance. She dances when we walk to the car… she dances in the produce aisle… she dances in the shower… she dances through our church band practice… She just never. stops. She has a broken full length mirror that she carries around the house to watch herself dance. And then my sister bought her a new full length mirror, so she keeps the broken one in the living room, and the new one in her room so she doesn’t have to carry it back and forth. I think I may have to eventually set up some kinda dance room for her. So maybe every little girl is like this, but for now, I am letting her explore this dance thing.


And after recital day was over, I let out a big sigh of relief. Because to me, this school focused on dance, and absolutely nothing was inappropriate. The costumes were adorable. The dances were tasteful and just… beautiful. And it was overall a fun day. I hung out with Roo and her little dance friends backstage most of the time and we snacked and played Uno. It was kinda like camping out.


So next year, we’ve added some classes. I had to tell her that she couldn’t take every class just yet. Sheesh. And bonus, they have a cat…  I think his name is Cookie. But since we won’t allow her to have a cat at home (allergies), the owner of the Dance Academy, Debbie, told Roo she can pretend it’s her cat when she’s there. She is so sweet… along with all the teachers. Just a really nice pile of people.

All That Jazz Dance Academy


So as far as the actual scrapbooking goes, I made a process video. Much like the bible journaling videos, we want to get in the habit of doing a weekly video for scrapbooking or some kinda memory keeping as well. We kinda fell off the horse for a while…  And I am sooo sooo far behind!

For this layout I used:

Watercolors, gelatos, journaling pens, Heidi Swapp texture paste with drywall tape, enamel dots, wood veneer letters, speedball black ink, trim and ribbon scraps, and some scrapbook paper.


So here is the process in speedy style:

And here’s a little bonus vid while I was reminiscing…. Every night is a dance party around here!… ya know… starting 6 years ago.



liebster-award1YES!  I’ve been meeting so many nice bloggy peeps in the past couple weeks, and one of my favorite and most fun to read blogs that I’ve discovered is this one: Pretend to Be Nice. : Teacher moms- on the edge!  It’s written by two lovely ladies, Andrea and Kevil, and they have a endless well-full of advice and humor… and math! So I will probably be calling upon them when my daughter needs help because I will be useless!

So they’ve nominated me for the LIEBSTER blog award!  So thank you to my friends and please go subscribe to them, they are fabulous!

And since I took so long to get this post up, I got nominated again by Uninhibited Ladi!  A real sweet gal who’s love for coffee seems to match mine! So I haven’t gotten to those questions, but I will try to do that real soon.

AND THE RULES ARE: *The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them. *Provide 11 facts about yourself. *Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you. *Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

So here are 11 facts about me.

1.  I ate spaghetti and pickles for breakfast last thursday. It’s not weird. There are no food timing rules.  There aren’t breakfast only foods.  They just want you to think that. Eat what you want when you want!  You’re welcome.

2.  I do not own any donkeys.

3.  I want to live in an old farmhouse with a big barn in the back with just one goat.  Well maybe two if goats like frens.  Not sure. I could consult Andrea if I ever have this opportunity.

4.  I like to throw out or get rid of things often. I frequently downsize my wardrobe to the five shirts and two pairs of jeans I wear most. But two things I can’t seem to part with are books and mugs.  I have a storage unit and books and mugs are the contents of half the boxes. I have this dream of one day having an extra big room to turn into a library. And one side is going to be some sort of coffee bar.  So I can display my mug collection along with my books. Ok, yea, it just palmolived on me that it pretty much sounds like I want a Barnes and Noble in my house.  It could happen.  Maybe the barn out back would work for that… but it will be less corporate and more quaint. 🙂

5.  I’m only on number 5!

6.  Phew, onto 6 already!  I don’t really have a favorite number.

7.  Oh, and I forgot to tell you about my collection of old windows.

8. Do I have to follow all the rules, I just can’t think of anything else.

9.  I’m gonna just go ahead and say that later in this post I call myself someone who follows directions well.

10. Sometimes I lie.

11. …


So here are the questions I must answer:

From Andrea:

1. What do you remember about your favorite teacher?

OH NO!  I could make something up, but since the thing I remember most prominantly about my favorite teacher is a quite large sitting mechanism, I probably should just be honest.   Are you smellin what I stepped in?  And I think it was over accentuated by a tiny waist.  I mean, those girls who pay someone to inject cement and other such malarky into their rear facilities in a dingy van (down by the river) would be totes jels (am I cooler if I talk like a disney channel teen?) of the natural fullness goin’ on up in my favorite teacher’s fundament.

oh, and besides ALL THAT, she was an english teacher.  And an awesome english teacher who inspired me to write… and write… and write honestly.  Which is what I did up there.  So I’m a good follower of directions.


2. Toilet paper roll: over- hang or under-hang?

Well… this was quite the source of tender feelings in my college apartment.  I …  just ….  can’t talk about it!  My roommates might be reading this…  I can’t afford to lose another friend over toilet paper.  I hope you understand.


3. What is your all-time favorite TV series? Why?

Little House on the Prairie.



I mean, an explanation is probably not necessary… but there’s a Why? side dish after that question, so here goes.

PA. IS. HOT.  (rip 🙂

4. When you were a kid, did you ever get away with something that you never told anyone? Will you tell us now?

When I was a kid… I did not speak.  I did not dare walk away from the cart in the food store. When I started to talk (age 12),  I did not dare say a cross word to my mother or any adult in close proximity or in another country.  I did my homework, I obeyed all the rules, and I even let my mom pick out my high-school wardrobe and even believed her when I came home to tell her that other kids (including my siblings) were making fun of my checkered pants and saddle sneakers and she replied “Be a leader, not a follower!”   So no.  I never got away with %%&$!!

If you would like my mom to raise your children, let me know and I’ll set up a conference call.

5. What is the healthiest thing you do for yourself?

I allow myself time to enjoy my hobbies!    I’ve tried to give it up in the past… like it’s something bad… and it just makes me unhappy and miserable…  like my school just cut out the arts program!  Don’t you feel like sometimes you’re made to feel like doing art and music and all the sort is a waste of time? Well it’s not. Fight the power!  So I decided my school is keeping the arts!  And it provides endless mother-daughter activities!  Because my time always involves my daughter.  And that’s my favorite time!

6. When you deserve a special treat for accomplishing a goal (like keeping up with a blog challenge schedule), how do you celebrate? 

MOVIE NIGHT!  I love movies, and lately it’s gotta be a kid-friendly flik.  But on special occassions when Roo actually goes to bed at a decent hour (I wonder if the wee hours feel bad about being indecent?), Bacon and I like to watch something more adult friendly and eat giant sundaes. And I mean movies with friendly adults in them.  We don’t like mean people. Well.. we like mean people, but we don’t understand them.


7. What do you like to do when you’re hanging out with your friends?

I like to scrapbook with my friends!  But my friends don’t like to scrapbook.  They like to watch me scrapbook while they drink wine and eat pie.  Which is fine with me, because I can drink wine, eat pie, chat, and scrapbook while we talk nicely about other people.  It’s a good time.  We also like to go out to eat but that gets expensive so it’s cheaper to hang at the house.

8. What is your favorite time of year?

Well.. it’s kinda  a tie between Halloween and Christmas.  So I’d say September through december.  So largely the Fall season.  Fall has always been my favorite.  Halloween is fun because I like candy. And I like costumes.  And having a daughter who likes me to sew for her makes Halloween even more fun because I get to make her costume every year…  ( and sometimes our own…)


9. What was the happiest time of your life?

I think the happiest time was becoming a mother.  There really is just nothing that compares with the heaps of fun and bliss that come with having a kid or 7.  I mean, there are hard times…  and times of GIANT worry…  and trips to the ER… but any sleep deprivation, self- sacrifice, or annoyance that comes out of raising a child is just not that big a deal because there’s this little pile of awesome that benefits from every good you do!

10. What was the last thing you did for yourself?

Created a solid monthly budget plan.  This doesn’t sound like fun, but it sure does make life easier.  It allows me to think of money managing as a fun game.  Like…  hmmm, I don’t have enough this week to buy mango slices… but if I sell some shiz on eBay, then I will!

11. What’s that one quirk that very few people know about you.

Well everyone knows I can clasp my toes so I’ve got to go deeper here.

I’ve been able to hide this from my family for almost my entire life.  It’s only been noticed by a couple co-workers at two different jobs.  I will deny it if you ask me, but once it’s out in the open, the onstart of torture usually follows.  There was this one nice lady I used to work with.. she was the type that had to kinda gently tap you on the side of one arm at two minute intervals while she was talking to you.  This forced me to touch my other arm in the same spot in response to my need to feel even. She talked for quite a while so you can imagine I got tired of making myself even pretty quickly. I can’t pinpoint the exact rules of the whole thing. I just know it has to be a short impressionable touch.  If you’re holding my hand or rubbing my back it’s fine.  I do notice that when I’m stressed  it gets worse…  like if I watch you scratch one side of your face to much, I might be inclined to go over and scratch the other side of your face.  Or scratching both sides of my own face might be enough.  I think I’ll stop there.  I’ve said too much!



AND most importantly, here are my nominees:


1.  We are more than Conquerors    :  Ok folks, this is my husbands blog.  And I’m not tryin’ to keep all the fun for the fam, but I think his is truly something special.  He’s been on this journey and I think he’s got some good stuff to share.  I’m climbing onto the boat myself, and it’s tough to wrap my brain around, but I’m glad he stays strong and believes.  So check it out, no matter where you’re coming from.

2. Fresh Delight!   Ellen’s blog is adorable just like her!  Papercrafts and all the like!  We first became friends through the youtube layout hop, and so glad we did!  She does awesome projects!

3. Lookingglassmama :  I met this blog through Bloguniversity.  She likes coffee!  Her fun stories about being a real mom are quite entertaining!  And she throws in some crafts!

4. Anntogether: She probably already has a huge following,.. but I can’t figure out how to find that out! But whatever it is, it’s a great blog.  Artsy, funny, and parenty!

5. MyScrapmuse:  JUST GORGEOUS Projects!  Very inspiring!

6. Eat all Fresh:  This is a new find for me..   If you want some tips on taking care of that important vehicle God gave you to travel around in!

7. Embracing the Seasons:  Awesome mom of five who knows how to keep it simple and happy!

8. Tam’s Garden:  ART!  and it’s beautiful.  And you can buy it!

9. Nerd Book Reviews!:   There’s no need to explain right.  You know you’ll get a very detailed and honest review right here!

10. Creatively Savvy: This is the place to go when you’re scrapbooking and you’re just completely uninspired.  She shares scrappy sketches so you can pretty much pick one and go!  She also has a blog dedicated to sketches called Sketch Savvy.

11. Paper Issues: This is probably the most popular store for scrapbook supplies.  Every scrapper I know has shopped at Paper Issues.  And I just recently discovered their blog… so there ya have it…  more than just a store.  A lifestyle!




 AND MY 11 Questions for the Nominees are:

1. Do you have one favorite song, or 17? Feel free to share some titles…

2. If you could be cheese…  what kind would best describe you?

3. Do you hoard anything secretly?

4. Gnome or dwarf?

5. What inspires you when you’re feelin’ empty?

6. Sand or snow?

7. Do you have a drink that accompanies you when you’re creating? Coffee, tea, coke?

8. Finish this sentence:  When I can’t sleep, I always end up ________________.

9. Let’s dig deeper, what’s your stance on stairs?

10. If there was only one food left and you had to eat that food for the rest of your life to survive, what would you like it to be?

11. Share one or more family or friend traditions that are special to you!




  OVER HANG!!!  DUH!!!


This is me

imageSo last month I took part in an online Studio Calico class called “This is me”with Lexi Bridges. She is awesome, just go check her out!

For some reason, I feel almost wrong scrapbooking about myself… like I’m saying…  “Hey, I think I’m cool!” or something.  It’s like a selfie on facebook, you just don’t do it unless there’s some good reason or you have something ridiculous on your face that covers most of it. I don’t know, but I think you all agree, it feels weird to move the direction of the focus off of our family, friends, and pets and onto ourselves.  And if you’re a mommy, it’s always all about the kids.

What intrigued me about this class was that the goal was to make a mini album. This is something I’ve never done. Like cards, I had little interest. But I can’t lie, I’m now hooked. I love the idea that you don’t have to pick out a cover (you can), but you can create the entire thing from scratch.

I cut some chipboard, covered it in fabric and vvvv wwaaa laaa I had the beginning and the end.  Now I just needed to fill it. To do the pic on the cover, I used printable fabric and then sewed it on the cover fabric that I chose before I modge-podged it to the chipboard.


The whole process was pretty dang enlightening. What was I going to include? That was tough… I feel like there are so many things that can be part of someone’s life.. things that affect them on a daily basis. Though I felt like cleaning the house was not something that particularly touched me on an emotional level. Though re-organizing does have a way of setting free the endorphins of inspiration!

No, but seriously… I pretty much have to re-arrange my peg board or something before every craft session to get the juices going. It’s like magic!

So anyway,  I narrowed my book down into a few catergories:

1. Family: ok, I know… but that’s what makes me who I am. My family. And they’re the most important. So of course, there’s a big spread of my favorite little lady as well as the Hubs and the fuzzys.



imageThe big swingy pic of Roo was also printable fabric. 

2. Interests/hobbies: Basically my crafty adventures using paper and a collection of sewing machines that each have a strength and weakness.. one with the fatal weakness of not working! Yikes!

3.  Music: Besides giving piano lessons, music is a big part of my life. When I was making this book, I decided to collect a handful of artists that I admired and just make a little pic collage. By no means did this include all, but whatever came to mind or what I’ve been listening to lately. This is where I really got sad… and happy at the same time… because I couldn’t remember the last time I just sat and listened to an album… just for the sake of enjoying it. Granted, there’s been a lot of disney and nick music blasting in my car due to Roo, but in-between audiobooks, there hasn’t been a recent “GOD I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO THIS SONG!” So I’m on a mission to change that. To make an effort to just listen like when I was a teenager with a new Belinda Carlisle cassette on the bed following along with the lyrics. image

 4: Some random current interests/likes.

5: Goal. Yes one goal. To cure my headaches.

6. A short note to my Grams.  She’s the one person I think about everyday. She was awesome and I miss her.


It’s not over embellished… some pages are down right messy! But I decided not to over-think it and just let it be what it was going to be. So it ended up longer than I imagined, and much more journally than I imagined. I felt like I had so much to say about every page…  and in the end I was re-introduced to myself and I’m now kinda itching to pick up things that I put down throughout the years.

To not do things because I care what people think, or don’t think… or say or don’t say… but just to do them because it’s fun and enjoyable.  To share for the sake of sharing and not worry about who will make fun of me tomorrow…  After all, does it matter? The most important things are the simple ones. So ENJOY them! And don’t forget to take pictures!


I know … I keep saying I’m going to do a workshop and never follow through… but I will! And I think this would be a great first project. So if anyone’s up for finding yourselves in June, I’ll make it a point to set something up.

Getting ready for July 4th

So, it would seem I’m only a year behind on my scrapbooking… because I’m using last year’s 4th of July photos…  but I’m actually way more behind than that on my own family stuff…  My method for getting my own scrapbooks done is pretty much… I dive into the photos, and whatever one gives me an idea.. I go for it.  So there are many many holes to fill, but it doesn’t really matter. If I don’t force it, the results are much better!

Anyway, so as you guessed, this layout if 4th of July inspired.  And since I had SOOO many pictures of Roo in that little patriotic dress dancing around on my mom’s lawn… I needed to find a way to incorporate a whole good chunk of them on one layout. And honestly… I usually have a rule about too many photos on one page…  it makes it a lot harder to please the eye. But in this case, luckily her actual body on the 4×6′ pics was small enough to cut them all down to just feature her and not the extra feet of carpety green.  So I made these little polaroid frames on my cutting machine ( and I inked them instagram style. They are ADORABLE!  So simple, but ended up to be my favorite part of the layout.  I did make extra and put them in my etsy store in case anyone doesn’t have a machine, these are already inked and ready to go. POLAROIDS

I think this was one of the first dresses I made for ROO. She got to wear it twice because we also went to a carnival my husbands band BONEHEAD was playing at and she danced the ENTIRE time in this dress. I think she was trying to steal the show from her Dad…


So anyway, here’s one idea for a 4th of July layout! I’m actually a month ahead with this! TADA! I will try to get more July 4th cuts in my store before the actual day! I started an etsy store… then I didn’t like the name, so I closed it and just opened another using another account. So there’s not much there just yet, but I’m working on it! Enjoy the fasty hands show!

I hope everyone has an amazing week!

And don’t forget to MAKE ART! Even if it’s a cherry tomato sculpture to bring to the office! It’ll make at least 2 people happy!

Good Tunes: The Librarian

I just have have have HAVE to express my love for this song.
One of my favorite of My Morning Jacket’s creations.
One of my favorite songs ever in the LIFE! Even in the secret LIFE… of bees…

It’s one of those songs that makes you feel like you’re in a movie when you’re listening to it. The little trickly guitar accompaniment starts… and your eyes become the singer’s eyes and you just watch through his head where he’s going and what he’s seeing… and … it’s just really amazing.
And more strings kinda show up eerily and get progressively more telling along with the percussion…

Ok, enough with my twaddle… but bottom line: Just an amazing arrangement of sounds. Do yourself a favor and look er’ up. You’ll be Happy you did.
Hey look, here’s the lyrics! And a staggering set of words they are! Perfectly strung together…

Walk across the courtyard,
Towards the library.
I can hear the insects buzz on the leaves, ‘neath my feet.

Ramble up the stairwell,
To the hall of books.

Since we got the interweb these hardly get used.

Duck into the men’s room,
Combing through my hair.
When God gave us mirrors he had no idea.

Looking for a lesson
In the periodicals,
There I spy you listening to the AM radio.

Karen of the Carpenters,
Singing in the rain.
Another lovely victim of the mirror’s evil way.

It’s not like you’re not trying,
With a pencil in your hair,
To defy the beauty the good Lord put in there

Simple little bookworm,
Buried underneath
Is the sexiest librarian.
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me.

So I watch you through the bookcase,
Imagining a scene.
You and I had dinner,
Spending time when you sleep.
And what can I say to you,
Lying there in bed.
These words were the kiss I would play in your head.

What is it inside our heads
That makes us do the opposite,
Makes us do the opposite
Of what’s right for us.

‘Cause everything be great,
And everything be good,
And everybody gave,
Like everybody could.

Sweetest little bookworm,
Hidden underneath
Is the sexiest librarian.

Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me.

Take off those glasses, and let down your hair for me.

Simple little beauty,
Heaven in your breath.
Simplest of pleasures

The world at its best.