Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I did it! It's done and out of my hands!

Well after staying up until 3 am on Sunday night and working all day yesterday and then starting the printing process today, I mailed it...
My Chatterbox Make It Meaningful contest entry went out the door!

I ran to the mailboxes ect. where I mail everything and asked what time does something have to be here to be postmarked todays date and she replied. "3:00"!
What it was already 3 oclock then!! I had ran out of white cardstock with 5 more pages to print! Cut my finger and got blood all over some pages! Xyroned an entire page on upside down and had to undo it! But all was well until she told me that!

She said I could mail it down town at that post office and they may be open till 5:30! So I am still printing photo's of the actual finshed all together album while DH is in the car to take me to the post office! We arrive at 5:31!! I was devistated until we turned the corner and the parking lot was full!! They are open till 6:00 daily!!
Good to know!! Incase I ever loose my mind and decide to enter one of these mega contests again!!! NOT!

Any way it is gone, the album in completed! What a huge accomplishment! It's out of my hands now!

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Alyssa's Work

These are the works of the angel who passed in July, that she made for her 3 year old daughter before god made her an angel last summer!

I am going to try to make her mothers dream a reality by getting them published somewhere, some how! Please continue to read on, and give any adive you have for us!

Thank you to all who have helped out so far!


Dear Abbey,
We spent Easter at Grandma & Papa Maloney's home.
You had such a wonderful time looking for eggs with your
cousins Elaina and Anna even though you were a little
"under the weather" (sad). Grandma went crazy with the
camera! (smile)

You are my one and only beautiful little girl. I love you so much Ms. Abigaile!
Written with love on 4-14-05

Butterfly kisses by Alyssa Narloch

Dear Abbey,

You had so much fun at the Milwaukee Public Museum with Mommy, Grandma and Papa.
You loved looking at the dinosaurs and you thought it was so cool to have the butterflies
land on your hands. I love you beautiful Abigaile!

Page made on 2-21-05


Inspire by Alyssa Narloch

Hidden journaling:

We went to Grant Park with daddy in September 2004.
You had so much fun! Always smiling which puts such huge
smiles on our faces as well (smile). I love you so much Abigaile.
Thank you for your beauty and your wonderful personality.

Made for you with love,
April 14, 2004


Princess in Training:

Hidden journaling:

I love you so much Abbey!
You are such an intelligent, beautiful young lady.
Smile Always, I love you!!
Made 4 you with love!
Mommy 2-22-05


Berry Cute!

Abbey you are just so 'berry' cute! We went to grandma's house and you just loved your strawberries! You ate the whole bowl! The one you are holding in your hand you looked at it and said "look mommy, it looks like a 'butt!' We just all giggled. Abbey I just can't get enough of you! Love, Mommy July 2004



This is the journaling:


I just want you to know just how much I love you! I could never imagine just how much someone could love until you were born and you showed me that it is unexplainable of how much OLIVE YOU... This was a knock-knock joke that I would always say to you and you would always reply " I love you too..." It was so cute always! You put a smile on my face every morning as soon as I see your beautiful, adorable face! Thank you! mwa-mwa, Mommy XOXO (dated 2-23-2005)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Help me help her live on~

Alyssa was a dear friend and a daughter to an even more amazing friend of mine! Alyssa became an angel in July after an automobile accident and left behind a 4 yr. old daughter Abbey. Alysa and her mother Vicki were both were avid scrapbookers and members of several scrapbooking message boards. Vicki so wants her daughter's memory to live on! Please help me find a way to get some of these memorial layouts, and Alyssa's personal layouts she has done into some magazines...

Any advice?

My dear friend~

These layouts were done by me, in honor of Alyssa and her mom Vicki!
Written by Alyssas mother a dear friend of mine Vicki Maloney!
Alyssa Narloch who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 03, 1983 and became an angel on July 06, 2005 at the age of 22. She is now one of God's most beautiful angels in heaven.

Alyssa was a beautiful person both inside and outside. Her smile was absolutely priceless and infectious. You could get lost in her gorgeous green eyes. Her hugs were indescribable...so warm and so loving. You could get lost in her hugs and wish they would never end. She was a devoted, wonderful, fun and loving mommy to her beloved daughter Abbey who will forever miss the love of her mommy. Alyssa once told me that "Abbey puts butterflies on my heart" and I know that those butterflies will be there forever and ever. Alyssa and Abbey were always together. Whether it was stopping by and visiting or running to do someones hair. Alyssa was an extremely gifted hairdresser who was able to color and style hair like no other. She loved being a hairdresser, it was one of the things she truly wanted to do when she grew up. I'm so greatful that she was able to enjoy this dream of hers.

Another one of Alyssa's greatest loves was scrapbooking...something she absolutely loved doing. She was extremely creative and so unbelievably talented, able to design a layout that was both beautiful and meaningful. She taught me the art of journaling, something she poured her heart and soul into. Her layouts have such beautiful messages for Abbey and I know this will mean so much to Abbey as she gets older. Alyssa had so much left to do with her scrapbooking, she had so many goals to achieve but her time was cut short. I do believe that Alyssa would have been published any day...my goal is to get one of her layouts published to fulfill this very real dream of Alyssa's.

Another one of Alyssa's greatest loves was her family! She cherished the time we all spent together and loved every minute of it. I know this is one of the hardest things for me is to be at family functions waiting for her to arrive her usually fashionably late self! That was Alyssa though and that was so totally o.k. to do. She lived a very busy life with no time really for herself.Alyssa had a special way of constantly giving and caring for others, even when she herself was down and low.

Alyssa's final act of giving of herself was through organ donation. Two beautiful people live on now because of Alyssa. They are truly lucky to have a part of Alyssa with them forever. They received her kidneys and now are back to leading normal lives.Alyssa's love will be felt forever ... we will all miss Alyssa and think of her until we meet again one day. She has been taken up to heaven much too early.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Bitting my nails!!!

OK, it's gone! Out of my hands! My Therm O Web finalist entries have left the building! Now the nail bitting begins!! Wonder if they like them, wonder if they got them, wonder when they will make a decision, wonder when they will start making calls, wonder if I will get one, wonder.............


The more time I am on this DT the more I love it! We just got our "assignments" for the next few months and they are gonna blow you away!! I am so excited about the upcomming things they have going on! But mummms the word~~

I am working out the details for my trip to Colorado in May, everything seems a go!! I just have to figure out if my kids are comming with me or staying home and book the flight!

Whoo Hoo!! Great day so far, here in Wisconsin!

Monday is my day off!

Whoo Hoo!! I love Mondays! I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys and weekends are always so hectic, we usually travel. So Monday's have become my day off! I catch up on things that I want to, not things that need to be done! LOL

So today so far, I finished up some layouts for one of the DT's. Not even due till March 1! That is a record for me!

Friday, February 17, 2006


I want to try to make a post daily, but I have asked my self a few questions regarding this whole blogging thing? Who am I doing this for? Am I trying to further my self in the scrapbooking world? Am I trying to have a place for my friends and family to come and see what is going on in my world? Can I write my true feelings with out fearing offending someone? What do I hope to accomplish with this blog thing? An outlet for my feelings, hopes, dreams, and also sadnesses and fears? How can I express them with out looking obnoxious, or weak? I guess the full moon has me all up in a tither, feelings flying left and right with no real reason or purpose. I am going to ask the question: Why do you blog and see what others feel about this... I will keep you posted.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

OMGosh!! I just got the call from Candace at Thermo Web! I am one of the 10 finalists in the Altered Art Design Team Contest!! I am so so so excited!
Off to get my projects ready for mailing for final inspection!! Whoo Hooo!!

Trip to Colorado in May

Everyone is gearing up for the 2nd annual "Dad" weekend in May this year! I am still in my planning stages but I WILL BE THERE!
are all booked on the same flight! Sounds like it is going to be an awesome time! I will keep you updated on my travel arrangements!


I was fortunate enought to go to CHA in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and I have to say I had the time of my life! I met women who I have been friends with online that I know will be life long friends!
Cindy Curtis, Oh my gosh! If you ever have a chance to meet this fantastic woman go out of your way! She is amazing! Her outlook on life and teaching will amaze you!
Kim Hughes, she has become a really good friend of mine and I am so glad I had the opportunity to see her again!
Tami Indra, It was so nice to finally meet her in person! She is the sweetest person you will ever meet! She also has the business sence of a lion!
Kim Rayas, what can I say! She is one of my dearest friends on earth! Our relationship has gone from an online friendship to a real life sisterhood! I value her opinions and cherish our relationship!
Louise Robb, she is an amazing woman as well! I am so glad I had some time with her and got to know her alittle better! She would give you the shirt off her back! I am lucky to call her a friend!
And I met some in person that I have been wanting to meet and look forward to getting to know better, Kitty Foster, Thena, Lori Briggs~

The new products that were released this show are amazing as well! Prima blew me away! There are some very exciting things comming this year from Prima so keep your ears to the ground! Can't say much now but soon, very soon! LOL

Cropperscottage.com my favorite shopping place online made some fantastic orders at CHA so be on the look out for the new items comming into the store!
Right now they have available for pre order:
Scenic Route
KI Memories

There is alot of new Heidi Swapp and 3 Bugs in a Rug already in the "What's new"!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

This was a very painful layout to do, but I feel better now that I have my feelings out on paper!

here is the journaling:

Every time I look at this… the one and only photo that has our entire family in it, and actually all clean, I can’t help but break into tears.
We went home for Robins baby brothers wedding. Back to our home town where our families live. My father was struggling with A.L.S. and we stayed at their house. What a happy day this was going to be. My husbands little brother was tying the knot and my husband and my 3 boys were in the wedding. This was going to be such a proud moment for me to see my 4 guys all in tuxes, my 4 men at their best. After the rehearsal dinner the night before I spent a lot of time with my dad, I rubbed his aching legs and rubbed lotion on his ailing back and we just sat together. The A.L.S. had taken away his ability to speak, but there was no need to speak the words of love we felt about each other. There was no uncomfortable silence in the room that night. Just a little girl and her daddy, I felt safe and happy. I felt at home. What a great weekend this was going to be.
The next morning I arose early to spend some time with him. Then began to get all he boys cleaned up and into their tuxedos, including my husband. I had my sister come over to do my hair, which I would have never done, but our relationship had blossomed thanks to my fathers illness. We truly became the sisters that we never were and anything in the past was the past and our father’s love did that for us. I remember leaving the house, and saying goodbye to him. He motioned to the boys to spin around in circles so he could check them out in their tuxedos, and gave us all a great big thumbs up with his huge infectious smile.
The photographs were taken before the ceremony in the church and the boys were so amazing. The ceremony was so special, I cried at the new love and new life beginning before me, with all it’s dreams and expectations. Then as the bride and groom walked out of the church to start their new adventure, I saw my niece standing in back of the church.
I knew, my knees buckled, my heart ached. I could not get to her fast enough. When I did all she said “Grandpa Passed”. My world was spinning, spinning out of control. She told me he passed an hour ago, which would have been exactly when we were taking the photos, and that he was still at home if I got there quick enough I could say goodbye. The world was silent, I could see everyone hugging and laughing around me, standing in this beautiful church, the bride and groom, my 3 boys, my husband…. How would I tell them? How could I say it out loud, how could this be happening, how could my father be gone? I managed to get the words out to my in-laws and they said “go, just go.” I did, I drove the 30 minute drive back to my parents as fast as I could, my heart racing, the tears streaming down my face, until I was about a block from the house. I could not make the gas go, I could not turn that corner, I could not breath. I knew my life would never be the same, my body was numb, there was music on the radio but I couldn’t here it, my fingers on the wheel were like icicles.
I did turn that corner, I did say good bye and my life will never be the same again. That is the real story behind this gorgeous one and only family photo.
Happy Valentines Day!
This is my first attempt at a blog so please be patient with me!