We had about 200 submissions to our first ever design team call. I was so blown away by the quality and caliber of ladies who applied. It took my self, my husband, Patty and Tracy to comb diligently through all the e-mails, galleries and blogs. I was truly honored to visit with all these scrapbookers on-line! Thanks to all who have applied!
Now to introduce the design team. These ladies knock my socks off! I can wait to see what they come up with in the near future!
Congratulations ladies and thank you for taking this journey with me!
I know it has been so long since I scrapbooked. I had a few samples of my new paper line so I thought I would make a few things.
This is my nephew Ben when he was just 4 months old. Marks Paper Company papers used from Old Fashioned Courtship Collection: Neck Tie, Sunday Best & Rouge. Chipboard pieces from Rusty Pickle and Cosmo Cricket. Heidi Swapp flower, Bazzill card stock, buttons and machine stitching.
A simple layout of my niece Gracie. Papers are from Old Fashioned Courtship: Long Walk, County Fair, Rouge & Porch Swing. Chipboard Rusty Pickle and Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill Card Stock, machine stitching and a cute mini tag I distressed and stamped with a heart.
Okay... the time has come for me to release some news my husband and I have been sitting on for about a year. With lots of preparation and prayer we are launching our own paper company. I have always felt like I could do something like this but with the loving support of my husband, we decided now was the time. I hope you all stop by my site. I have a free project download for Valentine's Day. I used my paper collection, Old Fashioned Courtship, to create it. Click on the picture below for more details.
We have lots a ideas here and are already looking forward to our next paper lines. I will be keeping you posted in the coming days and weeks with anything new. Thanks for your support! The website is linked below.
It is Christmas Eve. I thought I would take a few pictures to capture life around the Marks family home. Some of the things that feel, smell and look like the holiday. You know... how you remembered it like a kid. The way the lights smelled. How the house looked with all the lights off except for the twinkle of the tree lights. And the anticipation... you remember that! I loved how you would get so excited you could not sleep. I still can feel that! I do love Christmas time.
The only thing that really changed about Christmas is how much stuff there is to do to get ready for the day. I finished everything except my Christmas cards. I did not want to stress out so I may send a winter card out in January. This is my card made in PhotoShop.
We also volunteered at our church for Journey to Bethlehem last weekend. It is a reenactment to the birth of Christ. It was out side... yes even with the cold weather. My daughter was a Sheppard who guided the travelers along their way. I of course stayed inside and ran hospitality with the hot chocolate and coffee. It was fun to greet all the travelers after their cold journey. It really reminds you of what this season is really about!
Our family will be celebrating Christmas Eve at the Salvation Army serving dinner. Then later my parents come for a very informal dinner. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I will post again soon!
It has been over a month since I have posted. I have been working so hard on something I will be announcing in the next coming week. I have been keeping quite for now and I am getting excited as the time gets closer. Stay tuned!
Last weekend was a big weekend for winners. My daughter had a cheering competition at Henderson High School in West Chester. The girls had been practicing for weeks and it finally paid off. They took first place with an almost perfect routine. The girls were very happy. I was proud of Hannah for doing so well!
On a less important win... the Steelers won and so did the Eagles on Sunday. It was a big football day for my husband and son. Sam could not decide what shirt he wanted to wear to school on Monday. We thought that since we had a Steelers Christmas hat that he would wear his Eagles jersey. That’s how he went to school.He was a happy kid.
Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. I have been watching everyone’s blog for those scary Halloween costumes and great fall pictures. We got super lucky with such nice weather. Our week had been really busy so we did not make it to the pumpkin patch. I don't even think my kids missed it. My son and I pick out some pumpkins at Super Wal-Mart. It does not exactly fit into our fall tradition but they had plenty to chose from and Sam was happy with that... so I was happy! They happened to be the biggest pumpkins we had ever carved. Since they were only one price and not pay by the pound Sam and I dug through boxes and boxes until we found the biggest ones. So our pumpkins had lots of guts inside. Sam and his Dad took care of the digging out. I just snapped lots of pictures. And yes that is my son is sitting on the kitchen island... he got better leverage that way.
After the digging out came the planning of the faces. Permanent markers and lots of thinking took place. They finally came up with what they thought to be pretty darn good faces. Next out came the knife. We use a dry wall knife. It is perfect and works great. The kids are getting big enough that they wanted to do the honors.
It was fun with limited mess and another year’s jack-o-lantern to adorn the front porch completed!
Halloween at my house is a big deal. All my family comes for the festivities of Trick or Treating. The nieces are growing up so fast. This year they really caught onto the ringing of the door bell and getting candy. They stayed out pretty long. I snapped pictures of them before rushing out the door. I always stay behind with my Mom to hand out candy. This year we had a small helper, my nephew Ben. He was dressed as the yellow guy from the Wiggles.
Abby was dressed as an angel... no halo just wings.
Aly was Sleeping Beauty... no sleeping just beauty.
Katie was a 50s girl going to a sock hop.
Gracie was Minnie Mouse.
And for my two... Sam was a Mummy and Hannah went as Sarah Palin.
I participated in a "swap" with a few gals. This was my first "swap" and I enjoyed it very much. We had to make something out of fabric and duplicate it for as many girls who were participating. It needed to be something rather simple. I only needed to make three, so I did something a little more time consuming. I had everything in my stash. I was lucky to have some home decor fabric left over from curtains I have previously made. I personalized the fabric with an embroidered initial and made a cute little lined pouch. I don't know what they could be used for... maybe make up or a snack bag for a crop. I was happy how they turned out. This bag was for my friend Patty.
I attached this tag to each bag.
Today I was on the receiving end of the swap! Angel, my sweet friend I met at Inspired Treasures, made me this adorable photo album made with Vera Bradley fabric. Love her fabrics! I can't wait to use my little album for pictures to set out in my family room. She also sent along the scrap fabric... because she knows I will definitely use it on another project. I am already running through things I can make. Thanks again Angel for such a cute gift and inviting me to join in on your swap.
It is starting to become cold here and we had to turn on our heat... booohooo. I already miss the warm weather but love the turning of the leaves in fall. This morning it was all frost covered. But this afternoon it was sunny and warm. I sat on the front porch to wait for my son to get off the bus. As you see, the bus stop is so close to my house. When I was waiting for him I thought about a conversation I had with my neighbor this morning. We love that our boys still give us kisses before jumping onto the school bus in the morning. I guess before long he won't want to kiss his mom in public or run off the bus with excitement to see me after his day. For now I captured it.