Thursday, January 31, 2008

Last day of BPS LOAD class - Day 31: I used a Pagemaps sketch, but be advised...I actually created 50 of my very own sketches this week. I'm going to post them in the "Member Sketches" album at So, go take a gander and let me know what you come up with.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I was fortunate to come across yet another sketch site! The lady who runs this blog complete with awesome sketches AND examples, is Cherie Averill. Her blog is She recently allowed me to create a layout using one of her sketches. Make sure you read her terms and conditions at the bottom of her blog.

Here is what I did with the most recent sketch, which I am also using as my BPS LOAD Day 30 :

Blake took these photos with my Nikon D40.
Click on the layout for a larger view.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Some of you will sure get a kick out of this, so try and stay with me here... Oh, and if you're a serious animal-lover, or don't like to hear about the death of animals a.k.a edible meat - don't read on.

Yesterday was a day like any other day in the Lahr household complete with running here and there, working out, ebay, etc. My house is trashed because I haven't been home very much the last several days, that's my excuse this time anyway. I made a turkey breast last night - Yum! Then it was time to prepare for my Monday night volleyball. All was going well, I left and started up the road. I was messing with my CD player with my book on tape - "Angels and Demons." I was on the last CD and wanted to take the next 10 minutes listening to the conclusion. So, I wasn't going very fast, contrary to popular beliefs. When, out of nowhere...I NAILED a deer!!! YES! Before you gasp in disbelief, let it be known that I DID see it and I did slam on the brakes with the full force of these tired, old legs. However, much to my yummy dismay...the deer did not make it to the field. She took her last fleeting breath in the ditch. Don't fret...she did not die in vein. She will live on in all of us for the next 8-12 months. Some of you may wonder the exact amount of damage that this poor soul took on my already abused vehicle. I'm happy to report that the only casualty, besides the deer, was my left front headlight cover. Also, I did continue to make it to my volleyball game whilst my darling husband procured the fallen soul.

In other news, I completed another layout for the BPS LOAD Day 29:

These pictures are from 2006. These kids are getting so big! Click on the image for a larger view.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

A tad bit....SORE!!! I actually lifted weights and did these crazy things called, "Crunches" yesterday. What was I thinking? I know...I was thinking that maybe my core muscles would come out of hiding if I coaxed them a little. Well, now they're screaming at me. I did 15 yesterday and today...I squeezed out 5. At least I know the muscles are actually there - LOL!

BPS LOAD Day 25: I used a Pagemaps sketch for this..big surprise! Aren't these children darling? This was almost 2 whole years ago now. Time flies and I'm not particularly liking it that much.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Just got done with a tiny photoshoot. I was one of the subjects, as well as Kaila and Amber. I have to photoshop a little, due to some visitors on my face - UGH! Other than that, I'll take what I have at the ripe, old age of 34. Kaila was nice enough to take some photos of me. And Amber was nice enough to take some photos of Kaila and me. I then took photos of the two of them. So cute!

I'm here to post my BPS LOAD Day 24:

I love this photo of Kaila and Charlie. I used Basicgrey, Quickutz Flourish Die Cut, Velvet Thickers, along with a Pagemaps sketch.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Just popping in really quick to post my BPS LOAD for Days 22 & 23:

Yes, I used two more Pagemaps sketches for these. Imagine that!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Well, our Scrap Weekend is over and it's back to the grind for me. Which means, no more cheesecake, Charlene!!! My dear friend, Charlene, made me this awesome OREO Cheesecake for my birthday last Friday. It came with candles and a smile. Talk about considerate! Not only did she bring cheesecake...she brought enough for the entire weekend. It was delicious! How can you deny cheesecake? Hey, I needed to keep my strength up for scrapping! And, NO, I haven't weighed myself since I've returned, but I've done OK eating. I'm getting ready to go sweat over at the culprit's house to shed these cheesecake pounds...or whatever. So, THANK YOU, Char for thinking of me! You are definitely in my Fav 5! LOL!

Here is my BPS LOAD Layout for Day 21:

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Okay! So, I'm 34 instead of 33 now and guess what? It doesn't feel a whole lot different - LOL! Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday. I greatly appreciate the fact that you remembered me :)

I have returned from my Awesome weekend at my Semi-Annual Scrap-A-Way. The time just flies wayyyyy too fast while I'm there. I did get to experience a fabulous restaurant, which I have said I would like to eat at every single time I go there now. It is called "Texas Roadhouse." Can I just say MMMMMMMM! I had a roll, salad, baked pototo AND ribs! I had enough left over for lunch the next day. Wow!

I will have a total of 13 layouts to post from my weekend. I'll be posting them a little at a time due to my BPS LOAD Class - a layout a day. I'll post probably 3-4 to "catch-up." After that, it will be about 1 a day. This layout here is from the 18th. I haven't had a chance to post yet. I used an old Pagemaps sketch to create it.

Today is an inservice day and I have the pleasure of having my friend's three children, as well as my own. They are playing very nicey...for the most part. LOL! I'm still getting a lot done, so I really can't complain.
Until tomorrow...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pushing 34...FAST! It's been 4 long years since I got my driver's license renewed. It was time. It was not pretty. My hair doesn't look right...the lighting sucked...obviously! It's over. Now I have to live with it for another 4 years. Hopefully next time I'll be a little bit more put together.

I did my BPS LOAD Day 15 layout last night, but didn't have time to post it here. I decided to do the wrestling pictures of Nick and Charlie. Nick decided he could overpower Charlie. I don't know what he was thinking. And, YES, I know there's a grammatical error in the journaling. I assure you that it has since been rectified. I just didn't feel like doing the whole procedure over. I used a Pagemaps Landscape Map from July 2007. I also used a small stamp set that I just got for Christmas from my MIL. It worked perfectly! Love it! Click on the picture for a closer view.

I hope to zip out a layout today too, but it's not looking too promising.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

I cleaned up an ever-lovin' storm on Friday/Saturday!!! It felt great to get some things done, but it doesn't stay clean for very long with three munchkins running around. I did rearrange my livingroom a tad bit differently. I like it better this way. I mopped...yes...I mopped the floors. The day after I mopped - NICK tracked in clumps of mud from his boots. Does that surprise anyone???

Anyway, here are my layouts from BPS LOAD class for days 13 & 14: Day 13 is Ladybug - I used what little bit of the kit I had left from The Scrapping Spot. Day 14 is some Stampin' Up papers, Martha ribbon and Jolee's sticker...I think! I scraplifted the Let's Party! layout from Julie over at The Scrapping Spot. Thanks, Julie!!!

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Brace yourselves!!! I actually created this 8 1/2 x 11 layout WITHOUT a sketch! Aren't you glad I warned you?

I used the Winter Wonderland kit from The Scrapping Spot, along with some Jolee's snowflakes.
Fun! Fun!

Now off to whip these kids into performing some chores!
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Friday, January 11, 2008 body's mad at me! My husband says that I abuse it too much, but hey..I just gotta! I woke up with a HORRIBLE sinus headache - yuck! Then I rolled out of bed to a whole new set of problems :( I was a little rough last night at volleyball, so I pay today. I'm still young enough yet to heal pretty quickly though.

I did my weekly grocery shopping this morning, along with a quick 8 minute tanning session (more abuse). It feels good to only go to the store once a week, as opposed 3-4. I'm pretty sure I'll save money that way - LOL!

I did a super quick layout for the BPS Class - Day 11. AND it's another "boy" layout. Wonders never cease. I used a sketch provided by Fiskars.

I plan to clean my scraproom today/tonight. Wish me luck!!!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

I'm blonde again! Whew! I tell ya...brown is just not for me. I looked like a reverse skunk! I'm better now...71 foils later and two different shades of blonde :) My beautician even cringed when she saw me. That says it all, if you ask me.

BPS Day 10: I used an old
Pagemap sketch for this one.

I thought I should put some
"boy" layouts amongst all of the girly ones.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Who reads this blog? I see the number clicker down below and as far as I know, there are only a couple people that actually look at this. If you would PLEASE take a minute and drop me a line, I would greatly appreciate it.

BPS Day 9: I used January Pagemaps #8 to complete this layout.

I found this other layout that I forgot to post. I did this a couple months ago. Thanks for peeking!


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Ok, so I'm a bit behind. Behind in my "Big Picture Scrapbooking - Get a Load of This!" class. I signed up, LATE of course, to create a layout a day for the month of January. I have really done four layouts, but I can't share one of them. You will be able to see it in February Pagemaps Roundmaps - yeah!

Here is the layout that I created today for the class using January Pagemaps #9, along with The Scrapping Spot's January KI Pop Culture Kit. I'm not sure if I'll have time tomorrow to do anything. Busy! Busy!

I had the opportunity to take a jaunt over to my friend Charlene's house to try and work this old body of mine into "thin" submission. Let me just tell you how that's working out for me. It feels awesome to actually sweat those fat calories away. As in all things though, results will not come fast enough. You can't say I'm not trying! Charlene and I also will get another great workout when we go play 6, yes...I said of volleyball on Thursday night. That's always a blast!

Until next time!!!!


Sunday, January 06, 2008

I just have a quick update and layout to share.

The kids started back to school, which means that I have to get up and stay up. I enjoyed being able to sleep in, let me tell ya! I'll just have to look forward to the next day off.

Intensions - they're going well. I'm trying. That's all I have to say about that.

Here's a layout I created using The Scrapping Spot's January Kit.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have more layouts soon. I have to clean off my desk first.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy, Happy NEW YEAR!!!

Yes! 2008 is finally here! A chance for a new beginning filled with improvements and wonderful possibilities. If you haven't guessed yet, my 2008 intentions have begun. I won't bore you with them, but I'll be sure to let you know when I've accomplished some of them ;)

I've been playing over at The Scrapping Spot with some of their New Year's challenges. Fun! I've done two so far.

I've also completed some of my 2007 layouts that were unfinished. I still have some that aren't done! It does feel good to get these ones done though.

I would like everyone to notice that three out of four of these have my own handwriting on matter how horrid.
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