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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
I am a stay at home mom..now that is! February 19th, 2007 I was involved in a car accident while on vacation in Florida. I awoke in ICU to find out that my only two children Annemarie age 3 and Michael age 5 did not make it. Scrapbooking became such a big part of my life. It helped fill a void that I desperately needed to fill. Our therapist suggested that I take up scrapbooking as a way to memorialize my children, little did she know! So I took that and ran with it.I became obsessed with scrapping and took over the second largest room in my house. Because of my injuries I couldn't go out and get a job, I just scrapped!I printed out 2,000 photos and my journey began. I have made albums for family members and layouts to decorate my craft room. We thought we were done having kids but who expected this tragedy??? I just gave birth in June 2009 to two beautiful baby girls Mia Anne and Gianna Marie named after their brother and sister.I swore that I would keep up with their albums so I won't become overwhelmed so we will see how that works out! My profile picture is the last family picture that was taken of all of us.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The turtle has finally crossed the finish line!

Here I am late again. I have been so crazy I just don't know where time goes. I had my card all designed in my head for this weeks challenge but things didn't work out the way I wanted to. And of course I waited to last minute. Then I had family here for a visit which I absolutely love. My niece & nephew were visiting from Florida and loved playing with the 2 boys that live behind me. They had a sleep over the first night, second day we went to an amusement park (not a very big one...but still cost me an arm & a leg!) then the next day we had a couple of families over for a neighborhood and all the kids decided to have a sleep over outside in my tent. I have a 3 room tent and we had 9 people in there plus 2 dogs. My two sisters (Bless their hearts) stayed in there with a bunch of crazy kids. By the time everyone left I was just drained. I came into my craft room and just staired into space for hours..no joke. So making a long story short my project was late.

The challenge this week at Peachy Keen Stamps is to do a layout or a card of your favorite Summer Destination. You also had to use Brads, Buttons or Bling. I had a hard time picking the photos to use which is what delayed me. I had so many different ideas it drove me crazy. But I settled on a photo from our trip to Hershey Park which was a couple of months before the accident. We were saying how pretty it was over there and ironically we ended up moving this way after the accident not to far from Hershey. The kids had a blast. I am going to have to do a whole album just for this trip!!

I thought it would be cute to design a Chocolate Bar character which I lovingly named "Charlie" on my Design Studio. It took me almost all day to do and when he came out I realized I didn't have a stamp big enough for his face! So I had to go back in and resize everything. I used 4-5 cartidges on my yummy chocolate bar Charlie. I used The challenge this week PK-490 Everyday Character Faces for his adorable little face and then covered it in Liquid Glass from CTMH for a little extra shine. I had some Hershey Kisses stickers which I cute a few out and stamped them with PK-540 Funshine Face Assortment Stamps. I know the faces are hard to see but I tried stamping them in white and it looked horrible so I had no other choice. I didn't want to make the LO all brown so I picked some papers from Mind's Eye to brighten it up a bit. I will probably use this has the opening picture in my Hershey Park album.

I am going to submit this LO to the Creative Cottage No cards allowed challenge.

Well I am off to catch up on everything else I am behind on.!! It's going to be 100 degrees today so I am defintely staying indoors!


  1. You did a fantastic job on this. It is AMAZING how much time can be spent on one LO. It takes me all day to do one page, always!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics and memories with us.

  2. I absolutely love it, Lisa! I agree, it takes such a huge amount of time & dedication to do a page, I can't imagine a whole album! That's probably why I stick to cards - but then again, one card could take me a whole day as well! ;) The picture is great, you are beautiful. Hugs, Angelica

  3. LISA!! this layout is without a doubt one of my favorites I have EVER seen! YOU have such a wonderful and creative mind. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your brain when you come up with this stuff!! Love the pic.. I know how very special each picture is to you. Thank you for sharing this with us!! Love ya!!BIG HUGS!! Your friend :) Kathy

  4. Your lay-out is amazing! The candy bar is so perfect! I love the colors and the picture is so sweet!

  5. Hi Lisa
    wow what a gorgeous page you have done,luv the choccie bars looks brill, sue,x

  6. Love the layout. Charlie turned out super cute! You did a great job.

  7. What a gorgeous LO Lisa!!
    A great take on the 'No Cards Allowed' Challenge!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Creative Cotatge!!
    Love Becky xx

  8. fabulous layout love the colours. Thanks for joining in with this weeks Creative Cottage Challenge, Tracy x

  9. Hi! Great idea for our challenge, lovely papers on your layout! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage! Hugs Shelly ;)

  10. Holy Cow! This LO is INCREDIBLE! That Hershey's bar and the little kisses are so amazingly CUTE!!!

  11. I love love LOVE the chocolate bar! You are so creative, and this layout is so fun Amazing job!