Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Presenting Clique Kits

I am super excited and proud of my Memory Works sisters for taking the cricut machine by the horns and plunging into entreprenerial madness. Sadly, Memory Works closed on December 31, 2013. But happily, these ladies are quickly filling the void that MW left behind. Congratulations and I am so happy to be part of the clique.

The challenge was to use the Debutante kit, CliqueKits inaugural collection, and share a little bit about who I am. I SOOO LOVE the bright, rich colors...perfect for spring. Here's a layout that describes me to a T - NYC Girl, featuring Debutante. These selfies are right before I was on my way to do a presentation and I was happy with the hair, makeup and outfit - a rare trifecta.

In this next layout, I show my son going from training wheels to a cool green machine. Summer, here we come. And of course, he is a big part of who I am.

Finally, I made a quick layout (15 minutes) using some of the scraps from the above layouts to document my son's karate classes right now. The children at his level are learning how to wield a bokken, or wooden sword. When I heard that this was the next step in his training, I was a little shocked and scared. It may not be a blade, but that thing can do some damage if you're not careful. Either way, he loves his karate classes and they have really been good for him.

To see more from the fabulous clique, check out their blogs.

Clique Kits

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Party All the Time

Tonight I had the honor of being a guest on Give Your Photos Stories Podcast. It was so much fun to record it and to speak to the women who were part of the panel of guests: Marcia Fortunato and Gretchen Henninger. The host, Debbie Hodge, owns and is so wonderful at what she does.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to take photos and look at photos. I am the family member that wants to get all of the family photos when no one else wants them. And I am the nosy relative who wants every detail about the photo. Who is in it? Why are they dressed that way? Where were they going and why were they going there? So the opportunity to talk about some of my photos was right up my alley.

The podcast topic was parties. As I looked through my photos and layouts, I realized that there have been a lot of parties in my life both as a child and as an adult. And today, I love planning parties.

Here are some of the photos I highlighted in the podcast along with their stories.

Here's a layout of a photo from my 2nd birthday. I'm surrounded by my uncles, a cousin, my grandparents and my dad whose head is cut off at the top of the photo. The 2nd photo is my 3rd birthday. Same group. Can you tell what decade it was? What girl doesn't love to be the center of attention? And for a little while, I was the only grandchild/niece. I was the first American-born grandchild and these photos are representative of how tight-knit our family was and still is. I feel so fortunate to have photos like this. It makes me so very nostalgic.

And who doesn't remember the parties in the classroom? My parents would take the day off (or half a day) to cut a cake for me at my school.

My parents were really into taking photos of the big moments. I can document almost every birthday party I have ever had with at least one photo. Below is a two-page layout of 4 birthday parties over the years.

Here I am in the last bash I planned, my 40th, birthday. 40 is the new 30, just in case you weren't sure.

Finally, I cannot talk about a party without mentioning my baby shower. I didn't have a formal, fancy wedding but I did have a baby shower with over 150 guests. It was the group of people who would have been at my wedding if I had one! It's also where I received my first scrapbook. It was the beginning of the end. Here, 2 of my very good friends from drove all the way from Albany, NY to attend my shower!

Now my life is full of kiddie parties. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Project Life 2014 - January

So I have decided to attempt digital project life for 2014. I've purchased 2 kits - Kraft and Sea Foam along with templates A and D. Here's what I have for January so far.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Challenge: One Photo and Twenty Words

As cold, wet and messy as it can be, there is nothing better than watching a child marvel at snow.