Layout using my cricut

Here is a layout I did today using my cricut die cut machine. I also used one of Becky Fleck's PageMaps from her January 2008 maps. This is my first layout using a page map.

Merry Christmas to me!

My husband bought me a cricut die cut machine for Christmas. How did he ever know it was exactly what I wanted?? My mother and father in law bought me the tags bags boxes and more cartridge for Christmas. Yesterday I got three additional cartridges in the mail that I bought using Christmas money. I have one more coming through a promotion that is going on buy two and get one free!

Treats?? from Santa??

My kids both got a tootsie roll bank filled with tootsie rolls in their stockings. The day after Christmas my daughter bit into one of her tootsie rolls and pulled out 1/3rd of a tooth that had a filling. Thank goodness it was a baby tooth! The next day we went to the dentist and had the remaining 2/3rds removed. Thanks Santa!

My Music...

I thought I should mention that I was named after the first song on my playlist. "Dawn" by the Four Seasons. My sisters were both named after songs too! I added "Hotel California" to my playlist because I have a cassette that my brother and his friends made. Every time I hear that song I think of him. He lives in Florida and I am in Iowa. It will be thirteen years in January since I have seen him.

Scrapbook Overnight Weekend 2008

It is official I am attending my 4th annual Scrapbook overnight weekend. As of today I am paid in full!! Seven short weeks to go! It is the second Friday in February and 4 days after my 40th birthday. Enough on the birthday let's focus on the overnight! I will be bunking with Kristi and driving and bunking with Heather. Left to do oraganize and get pictures printed. Order scrapbook pages.

Altered Binder Clip

I made three of these last night for Christmas presents. One for my son's teacher and one for each of my coworkers. I bought the binder clips at Staples.

Christmas questions

Colored lights or white lights on your house or not at all? Not at all
Hot chocolate or Egg Nog? hot chocolate
What's your favorite holiday dish? No real favs!
Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree? Unwrapped under the tree
Do you hang mistletoe? No
When do you put up your decorations? After Thanksgiving
What's your favorite holiday tradition? Leaving a trail of candy leading to the stockings
What's on the top of your tree? My Plush Boyd's Bear Angel
Do you have a nativity displayed through the holidays? A small one piece natavity
Candy Canes, traditional or flavored? Traditional
What's your favorite holiday goodie to make and share? COOKIES
What's your favorite Christmas song? No favs! When did you learn the truth about the "magic" of Christmas? Don't recall?
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes just one!
Is there a special ornament or Christmas decoration that you wouldn't feel like Christmas without? Everyone's fav is the hamster in a hamster wheel.
Do you take neighbor gifts/treats to anyone, everyone, a select few? No
Is your big meal on Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning or Christmas afternoon? Christmas afternoon. How do you decorate your tree? Jeff hangs the lights the kids do the ornaments I assist.
Snow? Love it? Dread it? Tolerate it? All of the above. Do you remember a favorite gift? Probably the doll who's hair I could make long or short by pulling it or turning a knob on her back. LOL! Do you have a family get-together during the holidays with extended family? Yes usually not on Christmas though. What's the most important thing that you must do each Christmas season? Decorate for Christmas! Do you bake Christmas cookies? YES
Do you leave cookies and milk for Santa? Yes and Carrots for the reindeer!
Share a favorite Christmas memory. Going to my Grandma's then my Great Aunts, then my house and then my Aunts and eating and opening presents at each place!

I finally altered my first barn star! This one is for a friend I plan on making more this weekend for Christmas gifts. If you want to get an idea on how to do your own check out this link:

Altered Barn Star

So many projects so little time

I don't know exactly how I got started on these scrapbook projects. I think it was due mostly to seeing mini albums at a local scrapbook store on display. They were albums they had created for their in store classes. Since I live an hour away I thought I would try to do my own projects. My first was the star album. After that I altered some letters (BOO) for Halloween and then I did a countdown to Halloween clipboard. This past weekend I altered three composition notebooks and made a Fall themed star album for my mother in law. I hope to post pictures of my projects as I do them but I am already behind!