Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My parents!

I have to say that I have a pair of great parents! They are patient even after all these years! LOL! My dad offered to take the whole family out on a trip but really the timing was bad for us. We just got done with spring break, DH was in the middle of a series of business trips around the Midwest and Saturday Japanese school year just started. But my dad wanted to give the boys some great memories of their grandparents...isn't that sweet?! I love them for it but they're no spring chicks either! He's 80 years old and it's getting harder for him to walk well. Mom is in her late 60s and is legally blind but after being in LA, her eye sight has gotten worse. They met with the eye specialist here at the Wheaton Eye Clinic and the back of her eye had bleed a little (it's stopped now). But I'm glad we stayed at home...it gives them a chance to relax in our wooded backyard. Instead they were kind enough to present the boys with new bikes...they were extremely excited about it! LOL!!

Oh! Did I tell you they gave me something?! Well, I am now a proud owner of a DSLR!!! A NIKON D50 w/ 55mm lens but I'm planning on getting the 200mm lens SOON! Heehee! The 5x7 pic above was taken with my SONY digi but the bottom small pics were "tests" from my new baby! Figures that the weather in Chicago had been stinky! But it's starting to get sunny and warm here so time to whip out that NIKON!

Oh! This layout above...it won a sketch challenge on www.scrappindeals.com 's MB - May Sketch#3 challenge! Boy, was I EXCITED!!!! Next week, it will be on their newsletter (5,000 subscribers - WOW!). You have to check out their prices...pretty good, if you ask me! Also if you're local (Chicago area), you can pick up your stuff and save on shipping$$$!!! Cool, huh!

This layout is a small tribute to them! This pic was taken by the limo driver who took my parents to O'Hare airport...love this pic! Looks like my mom and I were thinking SPRING with all that green! LOL!!!! Papers are from 3 Bugs In A Rug, CS is Bazzill and flowers are Primas! <---aren't they cute?! Also lovin' the Heidi Swapp chipboard pink letters! I did a little doodling which is the craze in SB-land! Used some chalking around the edges!

OK...it's late - 1:20AM! YIKES! Gotta sleep....night!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Happy Scrapbook Day!!!

...and I am SO behind on my blogging! Sorry!!

Today was finally the day! A couple of weeks ago, I and a bunch of other designers were asked to make samples for a friend (thank you, JenLo!!) who was representing a new scrapbook paper manufacturer - Twelve By 12 on HSN (Home Shopping Network)! After deciding which pictures to use, signing HSN's photo release, getting the kit, creating some things with these wonderful papers, taking pictures, writing up instructions and sending them out...all within a week and a half! PHEW! I made about 8 pieces and I have a couple "in progress" at home...just in case! LOL!

Just finish watching HSN's National Scrapbook Day hour with Suzanne Runyon and towards the middle of the show, there was Jen! Didn't have any idea of what pieces of mine would be showcased but there was that clock and a tulip layout (but the entire 5x7 pic was totally glared from the stage lights! LMBO!!!)! So excited! Here's what was shown on TV:

Some of my other items are located in Twelve By 12'shttp://www.twelveby12.com/gallery.html?skipno=12&gallery=Get%20Creative%20-%20Be%20Inspired home page!

Also went to the Scrapbook Expo @ the Odeum in Villa Park yesterday! Spend two hours and came out with a lighter wallet! LOL! Best purchase...Scrapbook Girl's PJs!!! Great meeting fellow TLCers - BevS and RachelS!!!

Parents are in town from Japan and they are staying with us for about two weeks...it's good to see them!! My brother is also here but only staying overnight and moving on to NYC...then eventually back to Tokyo. But we'll see them next month as they will stay with us for about two months! Should be LOADs of fun esp. for the cousins!

Hope you all are having a wonderful "National Scrapbooking Day!!"