Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

I’m back to reveal the rest of the design team layouts that I did with September’s Scraptastic Club kit! As you know from my previous post, I received the super cute My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup for Girls kit. Here are my creations!

I made one about my girls coloring with chalk on my front porch.


Journaling: I had the prettiest porch on our street after the girls drew on it!

I made the flowers on my Cricut. Then I layered them with the chipboard ones from the kit and curled the edges of the petals. The brads were my favorite part of this kit. The designs were just too cute. I used them on every layout and still had more left over even after I ran out of paper!

(Black Alpha, Stickles and Kraft Paper not included in the Kit.)

I also created this layout as a response to the bullying Jordan’s been experiencing at school lately.


I wanted to remind Jordan not to take the other little girls' words to heart. I used lyrics to the song "Beautiful" from Christina Aguilera.

Journaling: "You are beautiful. No matter what they say. Words can't bring you down." -Christina Aguilera.

Jordan, I know it hurts your heart when the kids at school pick on you. I just want you to know that you are amazing, beautiful, and fabulous! Don't take their words to heart.

(The stickles I used and the white cardstock are not included in the kit.)

Last but not least, I’d like to share this layout.


This layout was supposed to be design team work too! I worked on it off and on all day yesterday. I started adhering things right before the girls got home, and then realized I wanted to spray a little Maya mist on the background paper. So I masked off a portion of the layout, and took out my Maya mist. Then the bus came.

When I came back to my scrap desk a few hours later this is what I found. Jojo had busted the child lock off of my door, grabbed my Maya mist, and had "bixed" my layout. “Isn't it pretty?!”, She asked. I said “Oh my goodness!” but in the end, I couldn't be too mad at her. Especially since I'd already done 3 layouts with the kit. I'll have to chalk it up to me learning that she can now get through the child lock on my door. I'm putting this LO as is in my album with a note that says Jordan helped here. LOL It's much funnier today, than it was yesterday!

Journaling: I called Daddy and asked him if we could bake cupcakes. He said, "Yes!" 7/2008 Bobo, Bubba + Jojo.

(The kraft paper, stickles, and pink flowers are not included in the kit.)

If you would like to get a closer look at the Scraptastic Club September kits, please click here. Jessica is also offering a My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup for Boys kit, a Pink Paislee Old School kit, and an Imaginisce Birthday Bash kit! Lots of goodies to choose from.

Also, the forums are up over on the Scraptastic Club website. I hope to see you there!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Too Cool

I am still extremely sick, but I couldn’t pass up dropping by to tell you all that I’m a guest blogger over at Flamingo Scraps today.


To celebrate my post, Suzanne and Susan have discounted the paper I used in my post by 30%. They also included all of the other Lily Bee papers! I think that is just so cool of them. Here’s a link if you want to check out the sale.


If you aren’t familiar with Flamingo Scraps and are worried about ordering through Ebay, I can definitely vouch for them. I’ve ordered over 4 times now!

In other news, all three of my kids are sick too. Alexis has been having issues with her OCD, and has pulled out every last one of her eyelashes! She now has a staph infection on her eye where one of the pores got infected. I will spare you photos, let’s just say it’s not pretty. I’m incredibly worried about her. We will be discussing it with her psychiatrist. When I asked her why she did it she said, “I don’t know". I don’t even know what to think. Say prayers for my girl if you’ve got a spare minute. She needs them.

Jordan told me she had a sore throat this morning, but I totally think she played me because she wanted to stay home. The doctor didn’t find anything wrong with her. Sigh. I’m such a sucker when it comes to that kid. I worry about her health so much that anytime she whines I freak out. She got a free day out of school today. She certainly isn’t acting sick.

Brandon has a totally awful sinus and ear infection. I have the exact same thing, but I haven’t been to the doctor yet. (Yes, I made my kids go but I didn’t. I’m SO mean right?) Brandon hasn’t slept in 3 days. He’s so congested. That means I haven’t slept either. Other than the few snatches of sleep that I got in between comforting him. So it’s totally wild at my house. No scrapbooking for me. You know I’m sick if I say that.

I haven’t been posting much of our everyday life on the blog lately. I just feel like life is streaming by so quickly, but nothing really interesting is happening. I hate constantly posting the bad things that happen, so I don’t! Nobody likes a whiner right? LOL I promise, I’ll try to do a better job of remembering that I started this blog to document life.

Speaking of that, here’s a conversation Jordan and I had today…

Jordan: Jeez Mom! You look awful today.

Me: (Sarcastically) Thanks baby. I don’t feel really well.

Jordan: You aren’t going to die or anything are you?

Me: (Smiling) No, I’m not planning on it.

Jordan: (Seriously) Well. You know Mom, no one PLANS these things.

Me: (Speechless because I couldn’t stop laughing. This child is something else!)


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Animal Instinct

Today I’ve been really sick, and all I accomplished was taking a nap! Yesterday, I was more productive! I finished this layout for my Scraptastic Club design team assignment. I received the super cute My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup for Girls paper and embellishments.


It is SUCH a cute kit! I squealed like a girl when I opened it and saw all of the gorgeous papers. When I saw that the brad package had a zebra brad, I knew exactly which photos I wanted to scrap with it. Here is my first layout!


Journaling: On our visit to Global Wildlife last April, I wasn't sure who was wilder. My kids or the animals? I think the animals were pretty domesticated. Their table manners may have been better than my kids'. Isn't that scary?

To get the brads through the chipboard flowers I used my hole punch. I had to hammer the goodness out of it to make a hole in them, but I like how they ended up so it was worth all of the work!

I also made a coordinating sketch/digital template. Scroll down to see the preview!


If you want to save it as a sketch, just right click on the image and then click “Save As”. If you want the layered template freebie, click here to download. Enjoy!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good News!

I’m being featured on the Flamingo Scraps blog today! They are spotlighting what I created with Prima’s Animal Bash papers. Click the link below to head over there and check me out!




I have a post up today at Ideas for Scrapbookers featuring this sketch and a digital template freebie that matches it!


Click here to be taken directly to the freebie post where you can also see the layout I made with it!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Party People

*If you're looking for my digital template and sketch please scroll down!*

Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m having an online Creative Memories party! I’m having it through my friend Elon, and to order you just go to this link…


When you check out please click on "Credit this Order to my Host", and enter my name (Heather Landry) so I’ll be credited as the party hostess!

I’ve been checking out their two new Creative Memories Cricut cartridges that are only available through CM!



I’ve also had my eye on these awesome photo organization kits! My unscrapped photos are in shoeboxes right now. Sigh. These are classy!


Link to the photo organization here. They even have digital scrapbooking supplies to check out as well so there’s something for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my virtual party!!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Keep It Movin’

I have at least two blog posts planned so I’ve got to keep it moving and get all of these published! First up is my reveal featuring the fabulous August Scraptastic Club Kit that Jessica sent me for my design team assignment. It features Crate Paper Static papers and embellies. I was so excited when I opened the package because I knew exactly which photos I wanted to use!

This is the first layout I made!

Journaling: Kim + I took the boys to the park when the girls went back to school. After a Summer of playing with the girls you know they were happy to do boy things like dig and get dirty! 3/2009 Brandon + Julien

*This layout is based on a sketch/digital template that I created for Ideas for Scrapbookers. It will be posted over there next Tuesday! (Don’t worry! I’ll remind you all to go get it!)

The only thing that didn't come with the Scraptastic Club kit is the small cream alpha.

To create the guitar embellishment I layered the flourish, wings, guitar, and a star from the die cut sheet. I even used the chipboard sheet that Jessica sent me on the layout by matting the stars on it and cutting out around them for a grungy boy look. (See detailed view below for a better look!)


Because I create my own designs for design team layouts in Photoshop Elements, it’s really easy to create sketches and digital templates out of what I make for my own use. For the next layout, this is the sketch I came up with. You can right click and save it if you would like to use it as a sketch. (If you want the digital template scroll down!)


If you are a digital scrapbooker, I’ve also made it into a layered template freebie file. You can download it here. Whether you use it as a sketch or a template, please don’t forget to give me credit for the design! Thank you!

Here is the paper layout that I made from the sketch!


It’s my second layout with the August Scraptastic Club Kit! (Please note that the small gems in the center of the stars were not included in the kit.)

Journaling: We drove to Biloxi, MS to spend the day at the beach. 8/2009

After I made these two layouts I still had plenty of extras from the kit. I’ve been in dire need of boy themed birthday cards, so I created some! Here’s the first one…

HL_SmoothMovesCardI used some of the leftover die cuts as accents. I thought the drum sticks and the guitar pick worked well with the theme of the card.

The inside sentiment says...

"I hope you break out all of your smooth moves at your birthday party!"


This is the second card… I cut the surfboard die cut in half and placed it on either side of the ribbon to make it appear a bit bigger. The brown part of the card is actually thin chipboard. I inked everything to add definition. My son already tried to walk off with this one so I'll probably make it his birthday card next year!

The inside sentiment says...

Just wanted to say Happy Birthday Dude!

That’s it for this month’s reveal! I’m proud to say I used just about every last scrap of the kit! Head over to Scraptastic Club to check out all of the cute kits. Don’t forget to sign up to be a member! It doesn’t cost anything, and you just might win the monthly prize.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quiet Time to Play

Things have gotten a lot calmer since the girls went back to school. Brandon and I don’t get into too much trouble together. It has been raining every day for a week now so visits to the park or playground have been out. Instead we are thanking our lucky stars that we have a covered carport. Even though it’s raining we can still go out there and play as long as there is no lightning.

Brandon has only recently learned how to blow bubbles. He is completely and utterly involved in it. You can see how hard he’s concentrating!


He is such a happy boy!

Another day this week I sent him outside with a popsicle. I refuse to let him eat them in the house because of the mess they make. (Especially the red ones!) I don’t know why, but I love this photo so much!


This one is pretty cute too! He’s still my baby boy even though he’s getting bigger and more independent. He breaks my heart when he comes up and says “Wub you Momma”.

DSC02264CopyYou would think that with all of the extra time I’ve had on my hands that I would be scrapbooking like crazy. Not really! For some reason, I’ve decided to Spring clean my house in the Fall. It really needs it! During the Summer it’s hard for me to keep up with everything with all three kids here. Some things fall by the wayside. Things like wiping walls, dusting ceilings, and vacuuming under things. I’ve been taking a room a day and scrubbing the daylights out of it.

I’m also planning to make some home d├ęcor improvements around here, but that’s probably another blog post! My bedroom needs a makeover badly! We just bought a new mattress, and I want new sheets and curtains. I also want to repaint the room. We’ve repainted all of the other rooms in our house since we moved in. Our bedroom walls are still the same original color and they are beat up! I’m thinking a nice green color. Something relaxing! I’ll keep you all posted on that.

I did do a few layouts since the last time I shared. One of them even won the sketch challenge at Ally Scraps! Whoo hoo!


Journaling: We nicknamed you "Cookie" for a reason. When you were a baby, every time your Dad came home from work you would say "Cookie?". When he did bring them home, you would smile your cute little smile and turn those dimples on full force! As you've gotten older, nothing has changed! You are still a cookie monster. Aug. 2008

I had to make my own banner for a challenge. I'm trying to use up some of my older paper collections. This one features Basic Grey Blush.

HL_Lady Love

Journaling: Jordan shows Lady some love. 8/09 I was inspired by a Sketchy Thursday's sketch. This was another one I did to use up some older Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper.


Journaling: Your favorite flavor of baby food was definitely carrots! Bubba July 2007

I used my Scrapbook Deals 4 You July kit featuring Max and Whiskers papers. I was inspired by a sketch from Debbie Gaydos. (Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE sketches? They make life SO much simpler!)


(This is the one that won at Ally Scraps!)

Journaling: Lexis loves her biological brother so much! It really hurts my heart to see how sad she gets when his adoptive Mom doesn't return my phone calls requesting a visit. She misses him terribly + asks about him often. Alexis + Nathan 2006

I was inspired by a PageMaps sketch that was done for the Ally Scraps blog.


I used some paper and flowers that I got for winning a prize at Flamingo Scraps a while back on this one! I totally love this Prima paper.

Journaling: You really like getting into your car seat! I guess you know it means we are going somewhere. You are always up for a road trip! Brandon. May 2007

Inspired by an August PageMaps sketch from Becky Fleck.


This one was also done with the same Prima Animal Bash paper! I’ve officially used it all!

Journaling: When I see you smile I just have to smile back! You brighten my life! Brandon J. Landry 6 months.

I was inspired by Michelle St. Clair's "Home/Family" layout. I ended up going off on a tangent with it when I accidentally cut my cardstock too short, but I like how it ended up in the end!

Journaling: 5/2008 Alexis got Hannah Montana clothes for her Kindergarten graduation. She had to put them on tags and all to pose.

This was made with my last Scrapbook Deals 4 You kit. It's the August one featuring Echo Park papers.

After linking and posting all of these, I think it’s possible that I did more scrapbooking than I thought I did! Speaking of scrapbooking, I have a few things I wanted to share!

Don’t forget to stop by the Scraptastic Club website! They have a drawing every month for members only! The next one will be September 1st. There’s no purchase necessary, and for September there will be three prizes instead of just one.

1st prize will be a $20.00 coupon
2nd prize will be a $10.00 coupon
3rd prize will be a $5.00 coupon

Sign up as a member here!

Also, don’t forget to stop by Ideas For Scrapbookers to check out our Summer Layout Ideas post, and our post on Stickles Ideas!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fantastic Day

This morning I woke up and was getting ready to go to the grocery store before it got crowded. I stopped at my computer for a minute to check my email, and saw that Jessica from Scraptastic Club had replied to the design team application I sent in last night. I opened it and was so thrilled to see that I have been accepted to their design team!


I absolutely can’t wait to begin creating for them. Jessica’s kits are just too adorable! I also really love the fact that it’s a no commitment club. You don’t even have to be a member to purchase the kits! Check out all four of the gorgeous August kits here. I will be working with this one.


It’s called He’s So Rock ‘N Roll. Isn’t that the cutest kit title ever? I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It features Crate Paper’s Static Collection.

I also have to admit that I’ve already purchased another kit from her. As soon as I saw the School Daze kit, I knew I HAD to have it. Pure cuteness! It features Crate Paper’s School Spirit collection.


The little school houses and buses on the paper are adorable, and it comes with the cutest brads too.


Do you want to see the other two kits? Of course you do!

This one is called She’s All That. It features Crate Paper’s Sweet Branch paper. I think those ribbons are gorgeous!


There’s also one called Life’s A Beach! It includes American Crafts paper and the cutest Thickers I’ve ever seen. (Yes, I am a total Thickers addict!)


I haven’t even told you yet that she’s got September’s sneak peeks up. Already! She has four kits to choose from next month including Imaginisce’s Birthday Bash line with those super cute rolled candles! Pink Paislee’s Old School paper line also makes an appearance in a kit. There are also TWO kits featuring the My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup paper! One for boys, and one for girls! Seriously? How’s a girl to choose from all of that fabulousness?! Head on over there to check out all of the goodies, and be sure to tell her that I sent you!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Learn the Hard Way

This past weekend we took the girls to get their hair cut before school started again. Jordan really wanted short hair this time and she argued with Ronnie about it all the way there. She wanted hair that looked like Dora the Explorer. I completely vetoed her having bangs, but I was willing to let her cut it that short. Ronnie wasn’t having any of it. Guess who won?


That photo was taken by Lake Pontchartrain after they got their hair cut. It had been years since Ronnie and I had been to that side of the lake so we stopped to check everything out. While we were there two huge airplanes flew over to land at the New Orleans airport. Needless to say, Brandon was just thrilled with that. I didn’t get a photo of them because they moved too quickly, but I tried! I did get this one. It just melts my heart. Aren’t they cute?


Then there’s this photo too. Saturday was a good photo day!


Somehow I even ended up in a photo. I’m sure you all know how rare that is because I am usually the one behind the camera.

Wearing jeans was not a smart wardrobe choice on Saturday. The heat index was 118! We stayed at the park for about 30 minutes before the kids started whining to go home. I don’t blame them! I didn’t know it was possible to be that hot. Ick!

The girls had their school orientation Sunday afternoon. I thought it was a bit strange to do it on the weekend, but I went to drop off their supplies. They had so much stuff I was afraid they would fall backward and be stuck there like a turtle on top of their backpacks if I’d have sent the supplies Monday morning.

As usual, there was a ton of drama with the school. Alexis’ teacher didn’t have her file and didn’t know she was supposed to have 504 accommodations. She knew nothing about her situation or her diagnosis which really upset me. She gave me her home phone number and asked me to call her that evening to explain. She was polite, and upbeat. I think she’s going to be amazing this year with Alexis. I couldn’t have been happier with her!

Jordan’s teacher was a whole other story. Jordan has been mainstreamed. Even though she has cerebral palsy she is super smart and is in “regular” classes with other kids who do not have special needs. I walked in to the classroom with her and the teacher said, “Oh, this must be Jordan.” She was not thrilled. I immediately got  the impression that she was not happy to be teaching a special needs child. She didn’t address Jordan at all. She handed me a huge pack of papers to fill out. I started asking her questions about the arrangements to meet Jordan’s needs. Not only did she not have Jordan’s file, she hadn’t read her IEP, and she only knew she was “some sort of special needs child”.

I asked her who was going to remind Jordan to go to the bathroom every 2 hours because of her overactive bladder. She said, “Oh, I don’t think I’ll be able to do that at all.” I wish I could type a tone of voice so you could hear the way she said it. SO condescending and completely disinterested. I finally told her thank you for her time, and proceeded back to the front office where I asked to speak to the principal. I told her everything that had happened, and that I was extremely disappointed with the lack of preparation. I was under the impression when we did last year’s IEP that she would have an assistant in the class room to help Jordan.

I have to give credit to the principal. She got upset too, and walked me back to discuss things with Jordan’s teacher who did the IEP last year. Her teacher from last year was horrified. She apologized profusely for the new teacher not telling me that the special needs classroom was across the hall and that I needed to go talk to them too. The new teacher was informed that she was supposed to tell me to go to the second class. At this point I was still very upset. I felt like Jordan’s new teacher had omitted that information purposefully. I feel like she thinks Jordan is an inconvenience, and if that’s the truth then she should be ashamed of herself for judging my beautiful, bright child beforehand.

The principal then walked me back to meet with the 1st grade special education teacher. When we passed the regular education class with the principal, and the new teacher saw her with me she got an astonished look on her face. Then she started stuttering and said, “I totally forgot to tell you to go over there.” I don’t believe her at all. I spoke to the special education teacher and the assistant, and they relieved all of my fears. They will be watching out for her and popping across the hall every two hours to bring her to the bathroom and help her change if she needs to. They’ll get her off of the bus, and help her carry her lunch tray. The special education teacher told me that she had discussed all of this with the regular education teacher so she DID know.

Monday morning we woke up bright and early. I got the girls up a little earlier than normal because I wanted to get some photos of them dressed up for their first day of school. Aren’t they sweet? They love each other! (For now. LOL)


This is my favorite one photo I took. They were holding hands waiting for the bus to turn around at the end of the street.

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I am watching the school situation very closely with Jordan. It hasn’t improved much at all in the past two days. I have barely any contact with Jordan’s regular education teacher. The homework assignment sheet she sent home yesterday was convoluted and completely unclear. I am really worried that she’s not going to treat Jordan well. Jordan says that she likes her class, and that she’s making friends. I keep telling myself maybe the regular education teacher was just having a bad day. I really hope so. I’m really thankful that the special education teacher and assistant will be popping in and out of the classroom so much to keep an eye on Jordan.

*Don’t forget to stop by Ideas for Scrapbookers to see my post on using Basic Grey’s Max & Whiskers paper!


Friday, August 6, 2010


Ideas for Scrapbookers is searching for contributing artists! If you want to be featured on a fabulous scrapbooking blog you should definitely check out this post from Pammy!


I also wanted to let everyone know that Scrapbook Deals 4 You will be starting their August “Cramfest” challenge on Monday! They always have the BEST prizes. If you go over and join, be sure to tell them that Heather Landry AKA Miracles_Momma sent you! I’d love to see you there.


I got my August kit in today, so I’m all set for supplies and I’m ready to be challenged!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bright Sunshiny Day

This past Saturday we went to my grandparent’s house. Jordan has informed me that my grandparent’s are farmers because they have animals and they grow things. I have to agree with her! My grandma has always had a love for animals, and an outrageous green thumb.

We got down there extremely early, and my grandma had coffee waiting for me. (Yep. She’s awesome!) My Mom picked up my niece and one of my nephews and came down as well. It has been quite hot lately, so my grandma had a sprinkler ready for the kids to play with. Now, it wasn’t just any sprinkler. It was a HUGE golf course sprinkler that was taller than the kids.

Before I share any photos, I should say that I neglected to realize that Miss Jordan got my camera out of my purse and changed the settings again! Not realizing this, I snapped away. When I loaded them onto my computer after I got home it was a nightmare! I had some type of halo on the majority of the photos. It turned out she’d switched it to underwater settings. Thank goodness for Photoshop! It took me ages to edit these.

Before the kids went in the sprinkler, they had to visit the goats! In this photo my grandma is leading the kids around the pen like the Pied Piper. It totally makes me smile.


This is my nephew Christian. He was herding goats or dirt. I’m not sure which!

My Mom and my Grandpa. She doesn’t know I took this photo. (Hi Mom! LOL)


Then the kids went to play in the sprinkler. Pure heaven!


Then my grandma pulled out the bubble guns that they bought. Christian got the worst of it. At one point, his hair was so full of bubbles the girls were able to lather it. Poor kid!

Payback! Christian got his own bubble gun to get the girls back, but he couldn’t figure out how to work it! (Alexis was wearing my grandma’s shirt because I forgot to bring them a change of clothes. I’m not a Boy Scout and I wasn’t prepared!)


After that, there were bubbles to blow old school style.


The boys did a little better with that, but I think they spilled more bubbles than they blew.

Jordan stuck to her bubble gun. She shot me, Mom, and Maw Maw after she finished coating Christian.


At some point, a water gun was provided as well. Brandon thought, “What can I do with this?”


He came up with something. I don’t think Alexis B. was too pleased with his idea! She said, “Hey kid!” “Quit shooting me in the butt!”

Then we turned on the other water hose to refill the water gun, and Christian commandeered it. How cute is this?!


Of course his big sister had to take a turn too! Boy is she sassy! She’s 7 going on 17 I swear.


After a while, the kids got too hot. So we walked around and visited Maw Maw’s garden before we went in and changed them. Jordan was really excited to eat grapes right off of the vine.

We also came home with green onions to plant, cucumbers to eat, and a gourd to hollow out and make into a bird house. It was a wonderful trip, and a much needed rest for me.

Saturday night after we got home Jordan spiked a fever. I was really glad that she didn’t get sick while we were at my grandma’s. She would’ve been so bummed not to be able to go. Her temperature got up to 103 at times, and I brought her to the doctor first thing on Monday. It was an unexplained virus. She didn’t have a runny nose or cough. She wasn’t throwing up. It was the weirdest thing. They tested for strep throat and everything. She is finally doing better today.

I got a phone call from the girl’s bus driver this morning. She was telling me what time they will be picked up on Monday. They have a meet and greet meeting on Sunday at the school with their new teachers. I can’t believe that the Summer is already over!

Tonight was Alexis’ fun meet and she got a gold medal in her Platinum level gymnastics. We are all so proud of her, and most of all she’s proud of herself! That’s always an awesome thing! It’s important for her to have things that she’s good at. I find that gymnastics has been a very positive influence on her.

I was going to post layouts too, but this post has turned into an absolute book. So, I will share those next time. I also have the review of my awesome new food processor coming up!