Saturday, April 19, 2014

Keep meaning to blog but keep forgetting.

I have been so busy since the fall of 2013 and finally will have some time to myself for a few weeks in Glorious Sarasota, Florida.  We spent Thanksgiving at home, then Christmas in Fort Lauderdale with my son Chris Kuroda of Phish and Justin Beiber lighting fame, and his family.  It was interesting to be in very warm weather at Christmas.  Inside the house, Chris had the same lighting decorations, giant tree and all the trimmings anyone could think of, but when we went outside to the pool, even with christmas lights there, it was a shock.  I don't know if I could get used to it but it was fun.  Then for New Year's it was Boston, with my daughter Melissa and her family.  After that we were home for a bit, but made many return trips to Boston for Babysitting weekends and other activities. I don't mind Boston, my wish is to move there if I am ever able to.  Then spring break took us to Sarasota for 6days, Fort Lauderdale, for another 4 days and Miami Beach for the rest of the time.  It was hectic but fun.  Luckily we had decent weather.  Now I have been home for 2 weeks and am leaving Saturday for Sarasota and will hopefully do tons of scrapbooking, swimming, exercising, and socializing.  Can't wait.  The scrapbook pages that follow are ones I did in January and April at 2 weekend crops I attended with my friends, Kristin Haas, Alex Dadio, Laura B, and Barbara Berk.  Hope you like them.  I am always catching up and do not scrapbook chronologically, I scrap by mood.  That's it for now.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


The funny thing about scrapbooking out of chronological order is that when they are placed in the right album they really pop because of my growth in style and knowledge of page design.  The albums are in order of year at least.

Halloween Catch UPs




I was in a Halloween mood recently so finally got the old never scrapbooked photos in my hands and started to do all of them.  I still have 2 more sets to do.  It was actually fun doing Halloween over and over again using my Oct. 31st stash.  I had so much product to choose from.  Hope these inspire someone.  Maybe I'll do the same for christmas and summer pictures.  I don't scrapbook chronologically, so when the mood hits me that's my inspiration.  The top one and bottom one are of Alexandra, my grand daughter who lives in Florida and the middle one is Hannah, still an only child, who is in Boston.  More to come.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Here are more pages done recently.  some old photos some newer.  hope you enjoy these ideas.  please comment it does my heart good.

 here's hannah loving to cook.  these brownies were eaten before the photo of the finished goodies was taken. gotta be quick around these kids.

 This was at Old Sandwich on July 1, 2011, during their father's birthday party.  all adults so the girls decided to find fairies and build a nest for them.
 hannah went to old sandwich with dad so he could practice on the putting green and driving range.  She kept things in order by collecting balls and raking sand.
 here's sami at the kingsley montessori end of year picnic in boston.
 so sami turned 5, and the school does a birthday walk for each child.  it's a wonderful ceremony and gives a special meaning to a birthday and another year of growth, physically and emotionally.
sami passing to level 3 while still 4 years old was a big accomplishment.  the instructors at boston charles river aquatics think she may be the first ever at that age.  such a fish.




as you can tell i love to use my cricut on all of my pages.  I am a cartridge junkie.  i used to do svg's but when provo craft updated the cricut to not accept them, i just stick with cartridges.

Here's Alex in 2005.  I am always catching up because I don't scrapbook my photos in order.  I am a mood scrapper and Easter hasn't hit me in awhile.  I am still behind on Christmases but anyway I did do easter 2005 recently.  just think, had I done this in 2005 give or take, it wouldn't have been using the ideas I incorporated here.  learned a lot since then.

Two Parties one in the morning and the friends' in the afternoon.



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Finally completed an old incomplete page


I just knew that this page wasn't complete and then Voila, I saw a shopping cart on a cartridge and knew that was what it needed.  Now finally, 4 years later, it goes into the album.  Check out how Hannah is really looking at that price tag on the right hand page.  Bargain shopping is in her genes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Catching up with Scrapbooking.

I love to scrapbook and I have so many photos of my grand kids to use.  here are my latest pages.(Just click on them to see them larger.
Easter 2006  Alex coloring eggs with Dad

Hannah in art class at Hill house.  Even here hairdo is artistic.

Alex loved those bubbles at 2 and still does.

Hannah and sami Learning to make a gingerbread houjse with Auntie Andee.  Christmas 2009

Doing a little dance, it's alex's thing.

Dad took the girls here and they had a great time.  He took fab photos.

This was the first time we babysat alex.  She was really something.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hannah "Phelps"


Hannah has been swimming at Boston University since she was 3.  She started in the "splash" class and progressed to the Level 3 group by 5.  She is now trying to make level 4 which has very strict requirements of perfect free stroke style with side breathing, and treading water for 30 seconds and underwater swimming as well as diving.  Hopefully she will achieve this level by the summer of 2011.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving



This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in at my son's home in Vermont.  Alexandra loves crafting so she will be assembling these place cards for all of the family attending.    rhia will be filling the boxes with yummy treats.  I can't wait to see these on the table.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Finally after 3 years-The Blooper Page


Here is a layout that I have been thinking about for 3 years to use these crazy pictures. We actually have over 200 shots, this is just a sampling, so I had to use some......of the good (???) ones.
(Click on image to enlarge.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blingy circle layout


Here are some past pictures of Hannah which I have been holding on to waiting for inspiration. Finally I saw something with a collage of photos in a circle in a magazine. Using that theme, I made this and added bling for a challenge. Hope you like it. It's almost all traditional, Just used the computer for the journaling in the round. But next time...........

Little Halloween Aristocats

Halloween Spooky Black Wreath


My daughter wanted to know what my "Annual" Halloween decor would be for her home. Well, Just because I happen to make a couple of things in the past, I didn't realize it was an annual thing but as the good mother and grand mother, I needed an idea. I made a wreath. I used the Cricut to cut dozens of black cardstock leaves which I outlined in white pen and stickles(green, orange and purple). I then curled the leaves on the handle of a whisk. I used a glue gun (1st time) to attach them to a styrofoam ring which I covered in ribbon for sturdiness. I then made the paper ornaments, come with photos and added them, along with the web, spiders, skeletons and pumpkins, all cut with the cricut. The big skeleton is a Sizzix die. so off to Boston it went but not before I took this photo which I entered in a Holloween papercraft contest and won FIRST PLACE. YEAH!!!!! The prize, which arrived was a large halloween photo collage with the photos in individual frames, which I can use during the year for my own photos. It's really beautiful. I'll post when it's hanging.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back from Sarasota until 2010

Wow did I just say 2010. I remember 2000 when we all thought computers would crash and things would change so drastically. Well there were changes. Crazy thing is I remember like it was yesterday. I am back in PA with so much to do and lots of time to procrastinate about it as well. I had a great summer, mostly in Florida. Terry is doing well with the chemo and a full recovery is expected. Tune in soon for pages and pics from Florida.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

First Parents Day at Hannah's Preschool, Boston.

Catching Up Again

I have been so busy the past couple of months with grand daughter's birthdays, holidays, and a trip to Florida for a month. While there I only did digital scrapbooking. Yes, I miss touching the blessed paper, but digi is a great way to go when supplies are limited and the laptop is handy. Also, It gave me the opportunity to catch up on photos that are in my computer that may never have been printed. I now have an Epson R1900 so I can print 12 x 12 pages and I must admit, it is really great. So the following 16 pages are all digital. I entered some challenges on the Jessica Sprague site and also took a couple of online classes learning new techniques. Most of these pages have at least one technique that was new to me. The Duckling Day and the Wall at BU are 8 x 8 --9 grid photos using digi brushes for the flourishes, and these will actually be used on a traditional page, so that's good too. I like the idea of Fancy photo editing and then printing for paper scrapbooking. I am somewhat new to this. I hope you all like the digi layouts, let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

Chris, Rhia and Alex, Sarasota, Feb.2008

Domino Darling