Friday, July 30, 2010

Jacques' 3rd Birthday!

Jacques had his 3rd Birthday party this past weekend! I guess it was a success because the day after his party he asked me "Mommy am I having another soccer party today?"

A few months ago I was talking to Jacques and asking him what kind of birthday he would like to have. He began to explain to me what he had in mind...I was actually shocked to know that my child actually had a plan!! He told me that he wanted his birthday party at the EDWhite soccer field and that he wanted all his friends to wear there soccer uniforms to his party! He loves everything about soccer! When I tell him that Mommy played soccer when she was younger...he asks me to show him my cleats....he doesn't understand that I got rid of them 10 years ago! My dad has been teaching and coaching at EDWhite since I was a small child and never would I have thought I would see the day where my child would go with his "Pops" to the EDWhite athletic events! Jacques spends a good bit of time with my parents (his Mia & Pops) and one of his favorite things to do is go to EDWhite with his Pops!! For a three year old...it is just too cool...to him the soccer players are professional!!

So, of course I planned this big day for him at EDWhite. He invited all his little friends, we set up flags and goals, brought tons of balls, even had a soccer cake made...along with soccer sports drinks, the key club volunteered and made snowballs for the kids, and the EDWhite mascot "T-Doug" even showed up!!

I made his birthday invitations and a little soccer banner with his name...just wanted to share it with you guys!










Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My new blog....

I love blogging...and I love creating new blogs!! So, I am super excited to finally have a blog just to post my creative work, my children, my crazy adventures, and all the little extras!! I hope you will continue to come back and visit from time to time and I also hope to inspire you in some way.

I want to share with you all the news about Ashley's store too! If you haven't checked out the store's new blog please do so! Inspire Scrap Boutique will be opening the beginning of Sept. so make sure to save the store's blog in your favorites so you can continue to get updates. Any Scrapalicious customer who has received emails from me in the past will soon begin to receive them from Inspire Scrap Boutique! She has so many great things in store for you guys and I can't wait until you see all the wonderful inventory she has been ordering!! I keep telling her I need one of everything!



I also want to share some projects I have completed over the last few weeks. At the beginning of this month, I attended an awesome event in the Lafayette area. Treasured Memories puts on a wonderful scrapbooking event in Rayne each year....it was my first time attending and boy was it a blast....I can't wait to go back!! I was a vendor (Scrapalicious attended its last event as a store) and my awesome friend and employee Taylor was such a big help! We met so many wonderful scrapbookers that we know we will be friends with  for a long time to come! I also got to catch up with scrapbook friends that I have met while being in business...as always my girls from Alexandria always bring a smile to my face and I had sooo much fun hanging out with them!! Can't wait to go and teach for them!


Thanks to everyone who participated in our make in takes over the weekend....we got such a great response and I thank you for supporting us!!

One of the mini classes I did at the event was this frame. The frame can be purchased from Michael's for a $1.00...I am sure you have seen them before...down the aisle with all the the wood products!  I altered the frame by using lots of  modge podge to adhere my vintage ledger & dictionary paper. I inked over the ledger & dictionary paper with Tim Holtz distress ink (vintage photo), used a little Claudine Hellmuth paint (to give the pink color), Lumiere paint for a little extra color and sparkle, and gel medium (made by Liquitex) to give the frame the final touch (the gel medium helped to seal and protect the frame...plus it gave a canvas like feel!!)
Each person in the class embellished their own frame as they wanted and of course I made mine for Juliette's room! The quote I stamped on by using black staz-on (the stamps are Ali Edwards - by Technique Tuesday). The flowers are made out of vintage sewing patterns and I used various cameos from Websters Pages. To give the flowers color I used my Lumiere paint (Ashley will have lots of colors at her store!) and Glimmer Mist. I gathered together some lace and placed a crochet cross and a piece of "Dear Lizzy" chipboard in the center!



 This was another make and take I did at the event in Rayne....a little vintage photo stand! I used small wooden sewing spools to create my stand base...the spools are wrapped with Tim Holtz's new tissue tape (you need to get you some of that!!! Oh it is a must!!) I used a small wooden rod (can be found at Michael's) to hold the pieces together and support the back of the frame.  I used pieces of  Tim Holtz's new paper, some cork paper, cordboard, and a bracket cut from my Big Shot to create the frame.

 Here is a layout that I did a long time ago...but I have been wanting to display it, but could never find the place for it or the right stand or frame to put it in! So, here is what I decided...can you guess what kind of stand the layout is being displayed on? It is a towel stand for a bathroom...but I am using it for a scrapbook stand!

Before I go....here is a recent pic of my kiddos for the 4th of July! Jacques just turned 3 and Juliette just made 3 mths!! Juliette was just too happy....right after the picture was taken she went for a little swim (her first swim on the 4th of July!!)


Until next time....Have a good creative day! 

Vera 


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