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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, January 12, 2011

Challenges, Challenges & more challenges

Oh boy, I can't even remember the last challenge I entered a project into. I had some free time and rather than clean I decided to make a project or two :) I mean who wants to clean anyway????

First this week over at The Sisterhood of Crafters we are back from a much needed break with a great challenge. We have switched it to having challenges bi-weekly on our blog so you will have 2 weeks to complete a project. The challenge this week is to make a Happy Birthday project and since you can never have to many of those cards in your stash I hope you stop on in and play along!.

I bought these stamps from Scrappy Moms Stamps awhile back and I have been dying to use the Lettuce Wish you a Happy Birthday sentiment. I am also trying to use items that I have had for awhile but never used so I took out my Freshly Picked Cricut cartridge to cut out the lettuce. I do not own (..sniff..) the cartridge they are using this week for their challenge so I had to come up with something different. For the face I used one of my favorite stamp sets PK-490 Everyday Character Faces from Peachy Keen.

I haven't done a challenge in ions and even though my craft room is in total disarray I managed to find a spot big enough to put my layout paper down. It felt good to do a challenge again and amazing enough I actually had the time to do it. Again, dust unfortunately will be there tomorrow so there is no rush..LOL

I decided to start with some of my fellow DT members challenges. Angelica & Erin are on my Peachy Keen design team and they have started up a new challenge called Music Mondays. Each week they take turns hosting the challenge and this week is Erin's turn over at Erin Lee Creative
This week the song is by Ray LaMontagne..You are the best thing. I of course automatically thought of my children since they are and always will be the most important thing in my life. Having Mommy & Me days with my daughter Annemarie will be memories I will cherish for ever and ever. Instantly I thought of doing a scrapbook layout showcasing the only pictures I have of our trips. My other fellow DT member Kim always has the best sketches for layouts so I stopped on by her blog
Sketches In Thyme to see what awesome sketch she had for me to get my creative juices flowing. I am in lllloooooooovvvveee with the paper from October Afternoon and I just got some for Christmas along with an ATG gun and other goodies so I had to use them. I brought out some chipboard pieces that I got a long time ago and decided to use those. I gotta tell you I wish I would of used them right away because I would have returned them..they are JUNK!!! Never saw anything so flimsy and junky but I am trying to use up my old stuff so I made them work. I covered them in Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap.

I entered this into the following challenges as well:

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Something New
Pile It On Children
Creative Cottage Something New
Crafty Catz - Food & Drink
Craft Your Days Away Anything Goes


  1. Awesome projects hun! Must use up some of my stuff before it turns to dust under the craft table!!

  2. Super cute card!! Love that saying! And your LO is adorable!!

  3. Awwww your layout is super sweet Lisa. I just love it, such precious little memories. I also love October Afternoon paper, it's so great! Thanks for joining us for Music Mondays, what an honor, your work is GREAT! :)

  4. I agree... cleaning can wait! For me... that means I can put it off until Friday when my husband gets back from traveling!! Your card is darling and I love your LO! The shopping cart is perfect and I love the bling!!
    Barb :)

  5. Aww Lisa! I LOVE your lettuce!! She's SO sweet! Wonderful DP too, 'coz it makes it look like the lettuce is having a picnic! Your LO is just wonderful. You've turned that sweet photo into a lasting memory my friend. Love Viv xxx

  6. I love the little lettuce, and of course the PKS face stamp makes it even cuter! Thanks for joining us for the first Scrappy Moms Challenge!

    Your layout is adorable too!

  7. So cute - I like this sentiment too - I just bought Block Party so there maybe a similar card for me in the future! I love the little fact on the lettece - ADORABLE! Thank you for playing along with us at SMS! :)

  8. You go girl!!! Your creations are wonderful but I must admit I chuckled out load when I read & saw your Sisterhood card! SO MUCH FUN!! Love it! Good to have you back in the fold and wishing you an amazing 2011!

  9. Super cute card!!! Love the layout very cute :) TFS

  10. So sweet your little head of lettuce LOL but the page OMY - A+dorable! I hope that 2011 brings you lots of great opportunities and blessings!

    I'm so glad to be back playing with you again!

  11. Hi Lisa you GO GIRL! I love, love, love that Lettuce card and the layout, oh my! Tears welling up in my eyes. She is such a precious angel, and you've captured the photos so beautifully in this layout. What did you use for the shopping cart? I love it. As much as these layouts are for you, your little girls are going to have a wonderful way of knowing what special kiddos their big brother and sister are. You're doing an amazing job, Lisa. Love ya!!! Angelica

    p.s. Thank you so much for playing along with our Music Monday Challenge, I hope you come back next week & play. I SO miss looking at your LOs and cards!!

  12. How adorable are those pictures?
    Cute layout and fun embellishments.
    You have been a busy girl. Glad you could join us.
    Thank you for joining us this week at
    sketches In Thyme
    Hope you come back real soon.

  13. Hi Lisa, what a gorgeous layout. I love the papers and your embellishments are perfect. Cute little card too :) Thanks for joining in with my "something new" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  14. lovely card and layout! love the trolley with the veggi's too, thanks for playing along with Top Tip Tuesday this week! hugs Samantha :0)

  15. so so cute! I just love it! good luck on all the challenges! thanks for playing with us!
    liz :o)

  16. I LOVE that card.. it is so stinkin cute and the page adorable! Great job and thanks so much for joining us!!!


  17. Nobody wants to clean =) Love these both. Your lettuce is awesome! My craftroom's a disaster, too - it's why we're meant to be friends! ;)

  18. What great projects hun thanks for joining us at the creative cottage linda x

  19. very cute and thanks for joining us at crafty catz

  20. LOVE that card..... the kraft card stock with the red/white checkered paper is perfect and really sets off that stamp.

    Love it and LOVE that layout..... always love seeing how to incorporate stamps into a layout.


  21. Lovely projects Lisa - I love the happy 'feel' of the layout and the cheeky simplicity of the card.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Top Tip Tuesday!

  22. such a cute card & a fabulous LO! just love the rhinestone border! i also read your profile information...you are such a strong, beautiful woman & you are doing an amazing job keeping your children's memories alive. you definitely touched me with your story & inspire me as well! i just had to become a follower too. thanks for playing with us at PIO! super big hugs & love girl!

  23. Both gorgeous pieces - love the layout on the card and the colours.

    Thanks for joining us this week over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Anything Goes' challenge :)

    Carol x

  24. A wonderful precious memory and a great layout to capture it forever. Thank you for sharing.

    As a challenge lover, you might also be interested in my Clean & Simple Sunday Challenge.

  25. such a cute LO, love all the embellishments and that cart of produce if just too cute...thanks for joining us at sketches in thyme

    ok now i have done my part for SIT, but your site has really impacted me..so there is more

    i had a hard time writing this to you, as i understand what you are going through. On march 6, 2009 i got a phone call at work telling me my baby girl was rushed to the ER because she was not breathing, she was 4 months old. She died of SIDS, and not a day goes by that i do not miss her or want to be with her. I also have an older son (he was 3 at the time when she died), and since have had another son who just turned 1.

    I to turned to scrapbooking as an outlet for my grief. I have met other mothers who have lost their children, and some who have had other children after, but none who have delved into scrapbooking as much as i have to help remember, grieve, calm, and center me. scrapping has become a huge part of my life now.

    anyway, i am writing all this to you as a way to reach out, to hold your hand, to give you a hug, and if you want to communicate with me i would love it. my blog is http://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/ so please leave me a post if you want to communicate or e-mail me at erin.reed@comcast.net