Monday, January 5, 2009

Back in the scrapping saddle again!

Nothing better in the world than a baseball boy! Especially when they are 4 years old!

My old friends Nicci and John Bezi's wedding. Bren was the ringbearer for his Godparents! Cutie!

One of the last days of senior year at Etiwanda High School! 1993! Crap, that was a long time ago!

Me on a field trip with classmates to the L.A. Zoo in 1982!

Alison did this layout in a swap! I found this layout and the next one in my bag. They had never been posted. I did them in Vegas while hanging out with my mom, sister, and neice before the bomb got dropped on my former life!

creation done all by my lonesome!
Thanks for peeking!
Happy scrappin',

Where have I been???

Well, where do I begin to explain where I have been and what I have learned in the past 5 months.

Ironically, the last time that I posted to my blog was the day that my life as I knew it got completely turned upside down and stripped from me. That was the horrible day that my husband of over 13 years came home and told me the dreaded, "I don't love you anymore." Turns out that yes, even at the age of 33 you can be traded in on that little 20 year old. No seriously...... not kidding! She is 20 and has a three year old! Along with losing my husband, he also let the house that we owned go into forclosure. So the children and I with the help of our amazing friends and family moved into a rental house and have begun the daily struggle of survival. We have had huge peaks and valleys, but life goes on. We will survive, and perhaps come out better for it. I have discovered through this journey that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. The other discovery was how absolutely wonderful my friends are! Talk about sticking with you through thick and thin! Blessings and angels are what I feel I have around me. Bags brimming to the top with groceries, unexpected money appearing when the utilities are being shut off, strangers that love you enough to adopt you and make sure that your children have a spark or happiness on Christmas morning where if not for them there would be nothing but love to offer . The best blessing was truly an act of our loving God. In a day when people with Masters degrees are applying at fast food restaurants and being turned away, I was blessed with a job working as a book keeper for an really wonderful and caring man. Things are looking up. I have tried to squash the hurt and pain, and have began mending my relationship with Tommy, my husband. Even after all of the hurt and pain he has caused this family, and the absolutely horrid way he has behaved. At the end of the day there needs to be a common ground for us to meet on and raise our children together. It really sucks being the bigger person most of the time, but my kids are going to benefit in the long run and perhaps so will the two of us.

The wonderful and fabulous, Julia, who has helped me through some of the darkest hours came over and said it was time and performed a "scrapbooking intervention" on me! Must have worked because in no time I was ripping, distressing, and inking to my hearts content. Kind of like riding a bike. For those few hours I actually felt whole for a lack of better words. They aren't the greatest layouts, but it was a start!

I have have heard from a few of you that you have been following my blog, but there hasn't been anything new for quite some time. Well those days are over. The Beckmeister is back!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WOL Disney Swap!

I made these pages for a Disney Swap that I'm in for the Water of Life Yahoo group! They were quick and easy, but I think they turned out pretty cute!

I had enough paper to make three of these

This is the only one made with these papers

I made two of these with CTMH "Giggles and Grins" papers!

happy scrappin'!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July's monthly crop pages

I got pages 247-263 done at the monthly crop in Chino. 17 more for the books!

page made by Mel

Amy gave me this one!

This one too!

Scraplift page by Paula.

Amanda E. Made this one

Another by Mel

Amanda E. did this one too!

Amanda L. made this one.

Another one from Amy!

Angie made this one!

Thanks for looking and happy scrappin',

Thursday, July 3, 2008

TSR scraplift swap!

I am hosting a page swap on TSR. An on-line community that I am a member of. We have 4 groups of 5. We each were to make a 2 page layout for each gal in our group(s). The pictures uploaded out of order, so my groups are mixed up, but here they are:

These layouts are for group #2.

These are my layouts for group #1. All layouts are the same for this one. I liked these so much that I used the same sketch for the Chino swap too.

These layouts are group #3. The papers I used are Scenic Route's "Ashville" line of papers. Used up alot of those Eyelets I have just had layoing around too. 24 eyelets per two page layout!

These are my group #4 layouts. I used the Glitter Stack on 4 of them, and Creative Memories papers on one of them. These look better in person!

Thanks for peeking!
Happy scrappin',

Chino swap #3

I was at it again with the gals that I scrap with in Chino. Another two groups of five 2-page layouts.

I made an assortment of these layouts for group #1

These are the layouts I made for group #2. They are all different varieties of all the ame Fancy Pants papers.

Thanks for looking!


pages 222-246

I spent another weekend away with a friend in her cabin up in Crestline. Another 25 pages for the albums, and for the 365 challenge this year.

Thanks goes to Amanda L. for this layout that was perfect for Kaylee's Kinder Indian Village Day.

Thank you Angie!

Amanda E. is responsible for this layout!

This layout is from the page kit swap I was in. This was the kit that Angie gave us the suplies for.

Angie again!

Think this one is from Mel.

Thanks goes to Gloria for this one!

On a roll with Angie layouts!

This one is from a page swap I was in like 5 years ago! Don't remember the scrapper's name that made it .

These last three layouts are my "labor of love." I love the handmade look of paper piecing! After just having to add pictures and journaling on the swap pages, these each took me quite a while to create! Worth it though, I think.

Thanks for peeking!
Happy scrappin',