Tuesday, March 13, 2012


This was our one of the 2 double page 12 x 12 layouts that my scrapbooking class completed on March 3rd. I love the soft colors in it. The base is Soft Suede 12 x 12. We used 2 different patterns from the Attic Boutique DSP series, and a  Baja Breeze stripe DSP design.

This is a closeup of the right side of the layout. Sorry I inverted my photos when I added them tonight. There are two photo boxes on this side of the layout, as well as a journal box area in the library card pocket. I use So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla cardstocks. The sentiment Dare to Dream comes from the SU stamp set Loving Thoughts.

Now the left side of the layout. Love the framelits labels giving the theme of the layout (Imagine, Create and Inspire!). I used stamps from the stamp set Loving Thoughts in this layout. Of course everything was sponged in Soft Suede. Then I cut out alot of the sizzix embossilit butterflies to create movement across the page.  The colors appealed to me as soft and relaxful. I wish I had a better camera to share them with you. The glare is because I keep the layouts in SU clear bags until after all 10 layouts have been completed. I have 10 customers who are in the classes. Michelle, Kalen, Mary Ellen and Lavonia have already made their layouts. Then Lisa came and did each set twice -- after all she has twins and needs one for Harmony and one for Harrison! I still have my lovely Air Force wives coming in later March to do theirs (hello to Amber, Alex, Alysha and Kailin).

Each scrapbook class session takes 2 to 2 1/2 hrs. The materials are all precut and bagged for the class members. Each member completes 2 double page 12 x 12 layouts at each class, which occur once a month.

I have been away from my blog about a month. This time of year is CRUNCH TIME for me at work. I have to complete Alternate Assessment Portfolios for my students, who do not do the State Benchmark tests. Thankfully, they were finished on Monday. WOOHOOO!!!! What a relief!

Then I have had a few issues at my chemo cycle. I call it "Here we go again". I always seem to take 3 steps forward and then 2 steps back with my battle. On March 2nd I had my bimonthly chemo session and I had a major allergic reaction to the carboplatin. Remember that back last June, I was finally removed from the cousin drug, Cystplatin, because my reactions became so severe. . This Friday I have my next chemo session. I am being pre-medicated on lots of steriods prior to the session on Friday. Pray it helps. Also realize that my blood counts are dropping this week. Suddenly it is hard to walk across the room -- a sure sign my counts are getting below 10.0.... I truly expect that the counts will be in the range of 9.9 or less  on Friday. That means that if I am correct, then Friday night I sleep at Baptist Hospital and get a blood transfusion of 2 units of whole blood. That will put a kick in my step for another 6 weeks or so... my last transfusion was right after Leadership on Jan 24th.

I will try to do 2 to 3 posts a week, but there is no way I can handle a post a day. I tried and with my work schedule, stamp classes, scrapbook classes and my health issues, I am already stretched pretty thin. So just pop in and check on me a couple of times a week OR sign up for email notification of new posts here in my little corner of the world. You will find it on the right side of the page where it says FOLLOW BY EMAIL, right under the members photo. I signed myself up to see how it worked. LOL... I got an email notification the following morning after an evening post.

Have a wonderful week!