Monday, January 30, 2012

Scrapping the Music Challenge #188

Another song I had fun with by Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews "I'm Alive."  For this Scrapping the Music challenge, I took the lyrics "I thank my lucky stars."  I had fun just putting the different word stickers on this one and a few pics of day to day life.  Being thankful is something I need to constantly be doing...best remedy for a grumpy attitude ;)  For those stars, I played around with pattern paper and made a weave.  I cut the white part of the stars out with Silhouette, glued on top and then cut around.

Hope you can join us...last time to play this month to have a chance to win this journal by Papayaart

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chinese New Year Happenings

After picking up Emma from school (Dennis took off from work), we all went to our favorite Chinese restaurant.  Ate good, of course, and then gave Emma her red envelope...her face says it all...
 She couldn't wait to feed the fish, so our friend, Mandy, brought Emma two cups to feed these little big guys ;)
 goofy shot of the three of us...
 And yes...she finally decided she was ready to wear her Bama shirt!  We tried not to make a big deal...but too cute!
 So my dilemma...I really wanted to bring something to her school...but then my first thought was...is that singling her out.  She, like most 3 1/2 year olds, are not telling you exactly what they are thinking.  I went ahead and bought a big container of fortune cookies and so glad I did...she was sooo excited.

And apparently so were the teachers and the rest of her school...they put another rug out just for all things for Chinese New Year...they had so much interest from the kids, they had to print China flags for them to color.  
I asked Emma if she wanted to bring some of her books about the celebration.  She helped me pick them out and she also had told the teachers about the picture of me and Dennis at the Great Wall of China and wanted to bring that too!  Okay...so after she fell asleep, I made a really quick book of our one-day stay in Beijing...
 I showed her the book I made for her and her class and she just smiled...
 I added a little wikipedia info about some things for the teachers to help explain...
 I used very inexpensive cardstock from Hobby Lobby and then bound it with the Zutter.

 She was so excited to share her favorite books...
but I also found out each day that she all of a sudden blossomed even more than she had been this last month.  She helped pass out the fortune cookies, she was telling the teachers things they didn't know, and was so excited everyday.  I was shocked because she and so happy to see she really is into the Chinese New Year.  We struggle with that because "we" celebrate it because we are now an American-Chinese family.  And we know that she is really an all-American girl who will probably wonder, as she gets older, why are we celebrating this holiday when I'm American.   

I am so excited that she is excited because she should be proud.  She should know her heritage..."our" heritage...we are in this together.  We want her to be proud of being born in China, of having her heritage there.  Chairman Mao was born in her same province...how awesome to share with her these little details.
 Next year, I'll be better prepared and now know that she IS excited and wants to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her school and friends.  So by the time, I got to Party City, all of the red envelopes were gone.  I bought some inexpensive red paper again, used the Silhouette, and made our own.  Emma helped!
 The girl is good with the glue gun!
 Kept them pretty simple, but for the first time, I showed her the special stamp we had made for her with her name in English and in Chinese while we were in China.  Her face lit up.
 I used the Cantonese and the two Mandarin ways to say Happy Chinese New Year with three different fonts, and copied and pasted over and over again until the document was covered.  The teachers appreciated this so they could know the different ways to say it...and Emma was proud to tell them that I did this.
 And lots and lots of chocolate coins...the kids loved their little red envelope with these.
More celebrating going on this weekend!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrapping the Music #187 and Project Life Week 3!

Whohoo, I feel good...I knew that I would.  Fun fun fun song.  And I...well...had fun with this one.  And thanks to living with a 3 1/2 year old who likes to be like her Momma and tell me how to pose for pictures (she's all into emotions, of course, the little drama queen).  So after about 50 pictures I had to go through, I am glad I kept a few...

Just took some American Craft letter stickers (I should have gotten a little more adhesive off, the paper did tear a little, but not bad), and sprayed a couple of different colors.  I masked too with a negative left over from cutting circles.  I put the pictures together in Photoshop Elements on a 8 1/2 X 11 size canvas/new document and just cut them out as is, put a little paint around edges, and layered on top of paper.  I've been using this iPhone app for my phone photos, thanks to my friend Linda...I love it more than Instagram.  You can "kind" of figure it out...well, because it is in Japanese, I believe it is...I don't think it's a Chinese program...but like I said, I can't read it!  If someone can, please tell me if the downloads are free.  I can do everything but download some extra things, because I'm afraid I might get a bill.  But really so easy...available for the andriod phones too.  Oh, and it's FREE!
 I had a lightbulb moment reading over Sasha Farina's posts about her Project Life and how she is doing it.  I was waiting until the end of the week and doing it all at one time...I did better working as the week went on.  I don't mind because ALL supplies are for grabs when putting this together.

Supplies:  Clementine Core and F Protectors

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Xin Nian Kuai Le - Happy Chinese New Year Begins!

We feel like it has been way too long since we've made it to our once a month playdate with Chinese Adoptive Families.  Our favorite playdates, and especially when Merrin comes.  
 Emma has gotten so much more confidence just within these last several weeks.  She was running around, holding hands, and playing with Merrin without us having to play with her.  Just so happy to see her having fun and being a kid.
 We all bring snacks and share...the kids have a blast and thankfully it wasn't too hot, a nice breeze.
 Auntie Linda surprised Emma with some goodies and Emma got a little shy and was crawling on the floor with excitement.  
 As Emma would say, You Da Best, My Friend Linda!
 The red envelope...
 She even put in some coins and take a closer look as I had to after she told me ;) one is for Louisiana and one is for California...you rock, Auntie Linda!
And today, Emma decided she wanted to wear her Bama shirt (we made no big deal of it)...and the new princess cowgirl hat her Aunt Lisa got her.  I'd say she has some pretty sweet aunts!
And Emma and I right before bedtime, very goofy...it may sound like she's speaking a foreign language, but that's Emma language when she's deliriously tired...HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!  The celebrations begin...going for Chinese for lunch after picking her up for school and hopefully more celebrations later this week!
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Project Life, Week 2; and a New Toy

Week 2 in Project Life.  One thing I am liking is how good it will be to look back on...
 ...I put in every picture again from the week...to me, that's important, it will probably change later.  Lots to journal about as well...
 I took a couple of shortcuts...trying to get the week done without spending hours.  I printed the pictures of the championship game on the back of white cardstock...I just opened a blank 6x12 document in Photoshop Elements and put them on there and printed.  (note:  my recent Mac OS upgrade doesn't play nice with my Epson R1800, so I can't make my own sizes to print anymore.  So I work around it and I put the 6x12 onto a 12x12 to print it)

 Another shortcut with lots of photos.  The little card size pics of Emma walking across bridge and swinging.  I opened a blank 2.88 x 3.88 screen, moved the pics onto it and resized.  Again couldn't print that way, so pulled up a 4x6 blank document/canvas and moved the 2.88 x 3.88 directly onto the 4x6, then printed, cut in half...and just slipped in (after putting a little journaling, tape, arrow).   Did the same thing for Emma's pictures bottom right, printed as is, journaled, stamped, slipped it in.
 I am VERY glad that I did get the clementine kit.  I want fast, easy, as less stress as possible.  Pull a card out...if it works, great, if not, pull another.  Works for me along with my stash.
And yep, I put the wrong date on some of the cards and just wrote on top...not worrying about it and moving on...
And Dennis and I got a message seat from Brookstone.  He gets reward points from his company, so he cashed them in and we decided on this.  We both have knots on top of knots in our backs, and this is cheaper than going to get a message...chickadee, however, has decided she likes it and gave me grief while I was using it...  

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Next Scrapping the Music and More Layouts

This week's challenge song on Scrapping the Music is by Kid Rock, Angeleena Presley, and T.I. called "Care."  It's a song that really makes you think about the world and those in need.  It's an overwhelming song of the hurts and struggles of people all over the world, and that the most you can do is care.  It all starts with us.  So I chose the lyrics "quit stressing."  I also picked a simple reminder to live in the present, focus on the now.  If you've ever watched Kung Fu Panda, you know where I got "yesterday is history; tomorrow a mystery; today is a present."  I constantly need reminding of this...to embrace it...
 I've been trying to scrap a little more, or at least be creative.  I have wanted to scrap these pictures ever since I took them on July 4th...so I finally did it and took the plunge with a 2-pager...not easy for me at all, but I like the way it came out.

 Going through those photos, I came across this and thought that would make a good layout as well...
 And then, I realized I had never scrapped these photos from this summer.  Emma started swimming, we were in the pool just about every day to cool off from this Louisiana heat and humidity...

And then my personal favorite..all about me, ha...I love the grunge look of this and how this came together with the tag in the middle.  That was me playing (which I need to do more of, just putting things down without thinking) after watching the first video from JumpStart.


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Friday, January 13, 2012

Championship Game

Finally...sharing some pictures Dennis took with the point and shoot and the Bama vs. LSU game...

Now, see this is the part I would like...I'm all about the bands and field shows...
2 very happy boys...
the final...
okay...this means nothing to me, but to Dennis and football fans it does...so here it is...
the celebration afterwards...they stayed through all of it...
and I was home watching it myself (well, sort of) and I am so glad I got this with the iPhone...love the expression on the coach...
Obviously, Dennis and Dean got home safely, but I was very concerned about their safety.  I am mostly neutral to football because I really don't get into it, I cheer for Bama because of Dennis, and definitely I cheer for the Saints (although I don't watch the games)...it's supposed to be friendly competition.  I think the one reason I don't like it, is how ugly fans can get to one another.  And it is affecting children, specifically Emma.  Emma will not wear any sports related shirt AT all.  Her spirits were broken as she spotted the color red on some running shoes in a store and said to her Daddy, "it's red for Alabama, roll tide roll," and an LSU fan told her no no no...she was broken, literally, face dropped, and still we have to talk to her about it.  She doesn't understand all of this and to see the not so friendly competition from a neutral standpoint as mine and then through the eyes of my child, disgust me.  What's wrong with saying to an LSU fan Roll Tide Roll and then to say Geaux Tigers back to the Bama fan?  Cheer for your team, be proud.  Eat this, you suck, or for us to go through a restaurant wearing Bama shirts and be boo'd.  The cockiness, the attitude...so people would argue that you need that to win a game...do you really?  I don't like it...it's now too personal rather than just a game.  I don't get on my soap box really at all on my blog about my opinions...but there comes a time when I have to speak my mind...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scrapping the Music Challenge #185

This week's challenge song on Scrapping the Music comes from the young and talented Selena Gomez singing "Who Says"

I was inspired by the lyrics "not perfect" along with these family photos that I had only just seen this past Thanksgiving when stopping to visit my Aunt.  None of my sisters or brother had ever seen these pictures. It was a treasure...and, of course, the memories of we were not perfect, but we were family came to my mind as I looked at them.  


This is a great song to scrap about your children, yourself, or to look through pictures and see which words stand out to you...hope you can join us!

And I finally finished the first week of 2012 for Project Life...
 I took way too many pictures and it is hard for me to leave them out...so instead of a two-page spread, I have four!
 I hope I can get into a groove of doing this.  It took way more time than I would have liked it too.  Getting the pictures printed up took a lot of time, plus having so many of them...
 to me it's still of an experiment and trying to make it fun and not work...I hope...
Will have pictures later in the week of Dennis and his friend, Dean, at the Bama and LSU game!

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