This week marks the end of an era for me. 5 years of work has been packed up, cleaned up and put away. Ethan was a 8 month old baby when we opened Scrapbook Station, now he is half-way through his first year of school! When I think of it like that, 5 years is quite a while, but it just feels like the blink of an eye. I havent even digested how I feel about it all. Part of me is relieved that the shutting down process is over, but there is a part of me that feels a little lost. I just feel blank, I somehow think I should feel something, because nothingness is so empty, but I guess I just need to give it time to all sink in and let my new life take hold. I will definately miss the people that i have had the pleasure of getting to know over the years that is for sure.
In the spirit of a new era, I am going to have two days to myself this coming week!! Tuesday and Friday during school hours!! Now that is something to really look forward to. It is a very rare thing to not be at the beck and call of a toddler, but she will be safely in childcare and I will be able to revel in the quiteness of the house (possibly broken by the sound of snoring as Paul will be sleeping in the day as he is working nights!) Of course this means no loud housework, so I see some scrapbooking coming on this week!! I NEED this break, I am feeling a little frazzled and in need of some R&R. I think the prospect of 5 kids is playing very heavily on me, especially the inability to have time to myself and the sheer emotional drain of the prospect of dealing with 5 individuals that are going to be NEEDING me in some way. Breathe.......I can manage.....I have to! LOL!!
I have a couple of layouts to share for this week. Firstly my take on CCG #127 up at Color Combos Galore which was chosen by Janet and reminds me of an icecream shop!
You can only just tell in this picture, but poor little Kaitlyn had a black eye from jumping off the couch and hitting her head on her little sofa and she also had a bruised lip from face planting that very morning. Yes she is in her PJ's and that is bed hair!! LOL!! I was having a little play with new lighting and after about 6 shots I thought, hang on, get this girl dressed and cleaned up if you are taking pictures of her! But I must say, printing in B&W sure hides a multitude of sins and i really love this photo of her! The layout is made from 4 different napkins modpodged onto white card and then used as normal printed paper. The idea of just using napkins for the layout was my creative inspiration. The punched border was very easy to do and was inspired by a layout that fellow Prima Flower Girl, Jo-Anne did for the Prima blog, I just thought I would back mine with another piece of cardstock for rigidity and added the brads into the corners for a bit more finish! To get the even spacing when punching this border you just need to use your ruler guides on your punch and start punching at the same point each time. Super easy and such a pretty effect!
I also had a Wedding LO up on the Prima Blog. Going back a while ago I said how I was able to get my wedding negatives from my photographer....well this is one of the shots taken (it was actually taken by his wife on a normal film camera, and I have had all these negatives burnt to CD. His shoots are all in medium format so I cant just take the negs to my local rabbit store and have them converted, I have to take them to a specialty photographic place to have these done, so as yet not done!!) I do love this shot, just before we locked lips, much more romantic than a full slobber shot! LOL!!
Nearly all the delightful flowers on this layout are the brand new releases from Prima. I absolutely ADORE the trellis roses and gallery roses!! I have to confess I love the excuse to use lots of flowers on layouts!! This layout is soooooo textural IRL and I cant help but think it would be lovely in a frame on the wall.
In matters totally unrelated to scrapbooking....I have been baking up a cookie storm! Ever since I discovered Nic Wood posted a choc chip cookie recipe over on her blog I have been baking batch after batch of these babies! The kids gobble them up in no time at all and they are wonderful to add to a school lunch as their snack! But of course, I had to get to playing, so I used the basic recipe and then made a couple of adjustments for different flavours. So instead of adding the dark choc chips like I usually would I made a batch with Roasted almonds, dried apricots and white chocolate chip! These are Pauls favourite. Then for me, I made a batch with dark chop chips, glace cherries, and peanuts! Oh these are divine, like a rocky road cookie! So if you are feeling cookie inspired, jump over to Nics blog for the original recipe and have a play, let me know if you come up with some of your own wonderful mixtures!!
Well, there is housework to do that is calling me....it really does get in the way at times! TFL!