Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering today...

Today, I remember with loving thanks

Today is a day when we remember our fallen heroes. Those that paid the ultimate cost with their own lives for the sake of all Americans. I am from a military family. I have a military father(died in Vietnam), step-father(served in Vietnam), uncles, cousins, a brother, and of course
from the Greatest Generation, my grandfather.

The photo above is my Grandfather-Gartis G. Thornton, my grandmother-Bea, my mother-Brenda, and my uncle-Chuck.
(all deceased)

It has been said and I will say it again, without the our heroes we would not have democracy today in our everyday lives if it were not for the huge sacrifice that was given by our fallen heroes. We were a family that was lucky not to have to go on without a loved one but the scars that were left from WWII were never forgotten. My grandfather had a very hard time moving forward with life once he returned from the war.
He died in 1986.
My mother was the next to die from this family in 1988. My grandmother died last year, 3 days after her 90th birthday. My uncle died this year in April.

So, today... we remember the dead. It is morbid, yes. It is selfish, yes.
But I am living proof that life and generations continue after death. I am living proof that sacrifice from war whether it be during the war or the lingering memories that haunt ones life upon returning....still live on. I am proud to have been from a family that is military. I am proud that I grew up as an army brat. I am proud now, that I have a son who has served in Iraq and continues to serve our country.

Today...I remember you Papa!
Thank you for serving in Okinawa, Japan.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Back to Basics!

I would like to share a recent layout I created with the
Art Freckles May- Starstruck Kit.

I took a basic scrapbook design and added special touches with punches
and some "funnies" with the journaling.
I truly enjoyed working with this kit and I am pretty happy with my layout "The Priceless Picture."
**click on above image to view larger**

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just Because...

Yesterday morning I scrapped a page without pre-planning and simply winging it. It took me about 35 minutes to create the layout and it set the tone for my day. It was great. When I was driving to work...I kept thinking..."today should be a day of scrap!" Gosh, I hate it when I am feeling so creative and "life" gets in the way.
The Girlfriend Party
(click on image to view closer)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


This month at Art Freckles, the May kit is named "Starstruck."
It is a terrific kit with great embellishments for any scrapbook page or altered item.
I created several items with this kit and today I would like to share my cards and altered photo frame that I created the May Startstruck Kit from Art Freckles.

May Starstruck Kit Contains
9 sheets of Bo Bunny's Mama-razzi line (double sided),
1 die cut sheet of Bo Bunny's Mama-razzi line,
1 pkg. Mama-razzi flowers,
6 sheets of 12x12 Bazzill cardstock,

1 Memento Dew Drop ink pad in 'paris dusk',
1 pkg. Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type alphas in black,
1 pkg. Bazzill chipboard stars,

1 pkg. Kaiser copper pearls

Be sure to check out Art Freckles' Store
as there are loads of goodies to add to your kit order.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Proud FULL!

Oglethorpe University Commencement-Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, the Eighth of May

My son, Stephen James Archer received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting!
In addition, Stephen received the Prestigious Award the James Edward Oglethorpe Award for his class. This is only given to one female and one male in each class. This was a grand surprise and we were so very proud!

Stephen graduated Cum Laude and the President of the Colleges made a comment that he was happy baseball season was over for now he could see Stephen's face. Stephen is a superstitious baseball player and did not shave throughout baseball season. Of course, this made everyone chuckle. How so very proud we are of his accomplishments and now he will begin the rest of his life with fortitude and grace. I know our son will do well in life.
We are proud of you Stephen.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day!

Happy National Scrapbook Day!
The RUN for the Roses today here in Kentucky will be MUDDY/Sloppy! I sure hope those fabulous and expensive hats/bonnets make it through to Derby Time. With this said, Art Freckles is having a BLOG HOP! Details are below:

Step 1:
There are 7 blogs on the blog hop. Leave a comment on ALL 7 blogs and you will be entered into a draw for the Art Freckles NSD giveaway!

Step 2: Check out the challenges on Shannon and each of the DT's blogs. Complete a challenge and link it back to that persons blog in the comment section. For each challenge you complete and link back, you will receive another ballot for the giveaway.
Step 3: Create just ONE layout using ALL of the challenge items from the 6 blogs and link it back to the Art Freckles blog to receive TRIPLE THE BALLOTS!! How fun is that!?

You can check out the prize package on the Art Freckles blog.
Our theme is 'BACK TO BASICS'. Thinking back to the tools and techniques we used when we first started scrapbooking.

For me, this may be hard as I only started scrapbooking back in 2005. So, I thought I would show a few of my layouts and I chose to showcase BUTTONS. Be sure to use buttons on your layout (see step 3 above).

My creations are from the years of 2005 and 2006. It is kinda funny looking back at how I used to scrap. I hope you have a great day of creating and sharing a memory with BASIC Scrapbooking Techniques.
In the above layout:
I used buttons and at this particular time I was really into doodling on my layouts as well.

In the above layout:
I layered the buttons and used twine in some detail with each of the button stacks.

Here are the next blogs you need to visit to gather your layout information!
Good Luck

Art Freckles Blog

Be sure to leave a comment here and let me know you are on the HOP!