red polka dot epoxy alpha stickers by Making Memoriespolka dot paper by Heidi Swappblack Hopscotch alpha stickers by Doodlebug Designs
- Disney Titles by Patter Cross
- 10 Projects for the Magic of Disney by Maegan Hall
- Disney Scrapbooking by Rachel Myerson
- 15 Scrapliftable Disney Layouts by Maegan Hall
- Disney Vacation Scrapbooking Preparations by Lisa Carroll
- Scrapping Your Wild Ride: Disney World Photos by Tiffany Roberts
- Disney Vacations by Karen Day
- Photographing Your Disneyland Trip by Denise Gormish
- Chicken Cacciatori (will cook in crock pot)
- Chicken Parisienne (also a crock pot meal)
- Chicken Wellington (the messy one..it's supposed to be crescent roll wrapped stuffed chicken, but my chicken wasn't flat enough to roll and the dough was getting warm and unmanageable)
- Cheesy Chicken (basically parmesan chicken)
- Spinach and Mushroom Manicotti
- Baked Ziti (recipe not from the book)
- and tonight's meal: Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche (recipe also not from book)
After a great week at Disney World, and lots of fun taking photos, these are my favorite "artsy" pics from the week:
I decided to carry all of three of my lenses with me since I don't have one multi-purpose lens, and ended up using them all, so I'm glad I did. I can definitely see a benefit to a large range lens though...I was wishing for an 18-200mm zoom several times just for convenience of not having to change lenses. Instead of that huge investment, I decided to buy a camera bag from Sam's that was the perfect tote bag all week for all my equipment (as well as plenty of diapers, wipes and snacks!).
I finally got around to starting and catching up on an album project I've had planned for a while now that I wanted to share.
Instead of creating separate scrapbooks for Ayla (or any future kids) each year, I've decided to do a layout-per-year in her own album that she can have when she is 18. Then I'm able to scrapbook at my own pace and about anything I feel like scrapbooking for my own annual family albums, but I'll know that she'll have a cohesive album of her childhood completed when she graduates from high school. So, now that Ayla is 2, it was time to get started on her book.
I decided to use a 9" x 9" spiral album by Heidi Swapp that I got at the Scrap Etc. 06 event but had never used. It came with the perfect amount of page protectors to get her through all 18 years, so it was a great match.
I tried to keep the album very simple with a letter to Ayla and notes about the year on the left side and a collage of monthly photos on the right. I may keep the same format all the way through, or I may change it up some as she grows and different things are important. For instance, who knows if I'll have photos of her from every month the year she turns 12. And I won't always want to write a letter, so I might do a timeline of milestones or activities from throughout that year, etc. We'll just see how it grows. (you liked that, didn't you...see how it "grows").
Here's how it's come together so far:
The journaling didn't scan well, but you can read it better in real life than the way it seems to show up here. Although I am a little concerned about the patterned paper being a little too busy. Oh well, I suppose I can re-do those at some point if they really end up bothering me!
I made the photo collages in Photoshop. Each individual photograph is 2" x 2", and the bottom photo is 2" x 4" (of her actual birthday each year). So the final photo collage is 8" x 8" that I enlarged to a 8" x 10" canvas to have printed at Snapfish. Then I just trimmed off the extra two inches when the print arrived to make it a square print. I saved the original Photoshop file so that each year I can just plug new photos into the same template.
I'm a big fan of month-by-month and year-by-year albums, so this is a great way for me to feel "caught up" and not overwhelmed by having to do too much. Basically, it's what Keeps scrapbooking fun for me...instead of if feeling like a job or responsibility.
10. running to the TV at 6 p.m. every night to see what was on the lineup, even though we had both already checked online hours ahead of time.9. realizing how young, determined, and focused all those athletes are and wondering if in the end, they all think the time and sacrifice was worth it. I imagine they felt it was. As for me, I dunno if it would be. I'll bet they all wake up before 7am on a daily basis--I don't (and won't). So that probably counts me out of the running in the "determined and focused" category.8. the diving competition's lady commentator's incessantly negative and demeaning comments. She got the mute button at our house.7. calculating the height of the building needed to train for the trampoline-ing events. An airplane hanger might not be tall enough....seriously.6. Morgan Freeman's voice-overs in daily-changing VISA commercials, based on event results. He must have made 20 different voice-overs for the ads before the Olympics even started.5. trying to figure out what Misty May-Treanor's roman numeral 5 tattoo was all about...is she really THAT obsessed with Jason Kidd?4. eating Chinese food in honor of Beijing...chinese food we were able to get at the grocery store in the US...not scorpions on a stick thank-you-very-much.3. Ayla pointing at the TV and asking to eat dinner in front of it so she can watch the "wimpics".2. seeing Nastia Liukin shoot dagger eyes at her competitors throughout the competition. I've never seen anyone so set on winning. The girl might want to expand her horizons a little bit now that she's got the "queen" status. I'm proud she won, but she was a little intense.1. slow motion replays of Michael Phelps' gorilla-style victory yell.