Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CHA - Great Success for Bella Blvd.

The girls are having a great time at CHA in Anaheim! Just check out the Bella Studio blog to see the amazing work that has gone into putting on a great show!! Below are a couple of my layouts using the "All Inclusive" and "Estate Sale" lines.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Look Ma - I'm on Creating Keepsake's Blog!!

I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to be guest - hosting Creating Keepsakes blog today. I can't show you much, but hop on over to their blog and check me out. You'll also have the opportunity to see sneak peaks of Bella Blvd's new collections, along with a fantastic give-away if you leave a comment! Below are just a couple little teasers!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Tomorrow's the big day!! I will be guest hosting the CK blog and I'm so excited, I just had to share a couple sneak peeks of the latest Bella Collections with you. This is just a sample of what you will see when you visit their blog!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sweet and Simple Pages!

Some of you may already know that in addition to being a Bella Blvd. Artista, I also work at my local Scrapbook Store. I do various little things such as organizing the quarterly newsletter, run krops, and I am the class coordinator. My friend, Rhonda, and I also make what we call our "weekly kits". Some of our customers have requested that I post some past layouts for simple inspiration. So, here they are. Every Monday evening, we introduce a new kit. All kits come complete with step by step instructions and a photo. They are very simple and the great news is they only cost $5.50 each! It's really a great deal. So, if your ever in the Milwaukee area, check us out!

By the way, I apologize in advance for the photography. I hate not being able to use natural lighting, but it's been rather chilly here to take the pics outdoors.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thanks for the special birthday, Sissies!

I had a great birthday weekend, scrapbooking with all my sissies at the Scrapbook Store! I didn't get as much done as I would have hoped, but only two more Bella projects to go, and I'm all done until...I don't know. In addition to all the Bella, I was able to do this cute layout below of Sammy - yes, another daycare cutie. I bought this paper with my sister this summer in every color. I just love polkadots, checks and stripes!

Oh, and in case you don't know (I think I've been announcing it to everyone I see), check out the Creating Keepsakes blog on friday. Yours Truly is guest hosting!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas Decorations Can Wait!!

I've been working diligently on CHA projects, among other things and I'm so excited to show you...but I can't :( Not yet, at least. I know everyone is so excited to see the new Bella collections...but all in good time!

In the mean time, I'm posting a couple quick layouts I did while scrapbooking with Alyssa last night. Remember, you can click on the images to enlarge.

This first layout is of Roman, a cute little "Newbie" here at the daycare. He looks just like big brother, Dylan, with a smile that lights up his whole face! How cute is he?!!!?
I've been so excited to use this paper by October Afternoon. I just love it, and bought a ton! Here's a layout of my niece, Rebecca, and my nephew, Evan, on Christmas Eve. I think this picture is adorable and love how it captures the spirit of the season!
Alyssa did this layout, but I though it was so cute, I just had to post it of her and Jose... such a cute couple!
Stay tuned for more layouts next week (and another cute, new little face), since I'll be scrapbooking pretty much the whole weekend! Sooner or later I'll get to those Christmas decorations...priorities...

Monday, January 4, 2010


Ok. Everyone can stop yelling at me for not posting on my blog!! What can I say? I've been busy. There's just always too much to do and not enough time to do it all. We've been pretty much on the go since a couple weeks before Christmas and I feel like things are just winding down now.
We kicked off our holiday season by heading over to Elmbrook Church in Brookfield where they had their Bethleham Marketplace program. This is the second time I've been there and I was once more, amazed by how they transform this huge area into the birthplace of Christ. It was truly amazing seeing the hundreds of volunteers dressed in costumes and all the live animals used (even camels) to create the scene.
The following night we celebrated Christmas with Bob, Carole, Sue and the boys. We always have such a good time together. We had a Mexican dinner, and with the help of Marie, Jose's mom, I think everything was a success, even though I don't think I will ever be able to duplicate her authentic mexican recipes.
Chistmas Eve began with Kelly and Alyssa making Brunch which was very yummy!!! Then we opened our gifts.
Alyssa got TONS of clothes, among other things.
Kelly got her Play Station 3 that she wanted. She was so excited, I thought she was going to bail out when she saw it and take it to her house to play.

And I got this pretty little thing. Love it!
Paul did get gifts, but I guess we were all so excited to get ours that no one took a picture of him...poor guy.

Then, Christmas eve night was spent with my sister, Mary, her husband, Gary, and their three adorable kids, Ean, Rebecca and Evan. We had a blast playing the Beatles Rock Band on the Wii. I have no pics, only video, and I promised not to post that on my blog! However, they didn't say I couldn't YouTube it...hmmm

Christmas day was spent quietly at home until we went over to my uncle's in the evening. This is the only holiday where everyone that's in town gets together, and it's so nice to see everyone.

On New Years Eve, we have a tradition where we go on over to Bob and Caroles. We have a nice dinner, play some games or cards, a little karaoke, although this year we did our singing via Rock Band. I don't know who has more fun, the adults or the kids. We ring in the new year with a toast, and a bunch of noise...then we head outside with our pots and pans, noise makers, blow horns and fireworks. This year we had a great display!

Lis amd Jose

I thought I'd close this post with this goofy (or scary) picture of Paul, taken New Years Eve. He's playing Mind Flex. I guess he's supposed to be keeping that ball up in the air by mind power...I'm not too sure about this...