January pages for Scrapbook Obsessions.

This month at Scrapbook Obsessions we had the caaaautest kit from my little bicycle.

January 2009 Kit
Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella Double Sided Patterned Papers
Tim Holtz Grungeboard Nature Alphabet & Shapes
Making Memories Paint
Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella Ribbons
BoBunny Buttons
Heidi Swapp Foam Stamp Diamond
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ITs about GOOOOONE so if you want it you Better HURRRY!

HEre is what I did with the kit!

I made THIS:
(forgive my layout photos… My computer crashed I got that virus from facebook and lost my photoshop cs3 and I cannot find my disk anywhereeee or my reg number so Im using picassa and well. I cant figure it out yet so My layouts are not looking as good with it so bear with me ok)

This was a gift for my neighbors David and Diane they do sooooooo much for us and they saw one of these that I had done a while back and she wanted one. sooooooo I had to do one fo rher for chrismtas. so. I made it without the photo of their house so when the weather gets pretty they can put their own photo on it.

*THE Canvas is not included in the kit.

THe journaling on this one reads:

Life is not always fair you see,
It can really break your heart.
Sometimes you will ge bumps and bruises,
you have your mama’s luck for that.
Keep a brave face forward and a tough sense
to get back up and try again. But,
if the tears come, and they will,
Don’t be afraid to shed them.
It’s ok to cry sometimes.
and Mama will cry with you!
It is hard to see in the photo but I used tiny pearl bling all the way across the top and bottom. I will try to get a better photo to put up of this.

Bella played Mary in the church play this paper was perfect to use I added stickles and some flowers to make it more girly and kinda go with I also stamped with heidi swapp harlequin stamps (included in the kit) with lavendar and peach inks in the back ground and used glimmer mist to make it sparkly to give it a more christmasy and vintage feel.

I had fun with this kit. I got some layouts done and a Christmas gift made. I have a few more I want to do.

I also want to show yall the NEWEST ADDITION TO THE JONES HOUSEHOLD!
Her name keeps changing. It started off as Mindy lou now it is Barbie after a horse Bella rode at the Fall festival….

MY BROTHER and SISTER IN LAW DID THIS TO US I MEAN GAVE THIS TO BELLA. 😉 SHE LOVESSSSSSSSSSSS IT. she talks to it constantly first thing she did this morning was run go see it it was ok. for those of you that dont know, this thing really moves it’s head around to the sound of her voice or the noise in the room, if you pet her she will wag her tail and whinney, when she gets on her she will make galloping sounds and bounce up and down, she really makes chomping noises like she is eating the carrot, she wiggles her ears and blinks her eyes when you talk to her. Its kinda freaky but amazingggg. SHe was flirting with Guido (our austrailian shepherd)through the window… Guido stares at it through the window wanting to know why that “dog” gets to be in the house. rofl. we splained to him it was not a real dog. but he aint buyin it. poor guido. I wish Bella wasnt allergic to guido so he could be an inside dog but… my child would be a big ol welp.
Im thankful for the horse actually Im thankful that she didnt get ROCKBAND for the Wii!!!!! (He threatened me I mean told me he was thinking of getting her that so yeah I was happy to see the horse instead SHOCKED to say the least but ya happy it wasnt drums… we already had a set a drums whens he was 2 but luckily she sat on them a couple weeks after she got them)
so anyway. Bella had AN AMAAAAAZINGGGGGGGG CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. Thank you again to EVERYONE> I will be working on Thank yous soon. I am trying desperatly to catch up on design team Projects and everything I have been sick most of the month of December and part of November so Im sooo behind.
these shots are still no fun but tolerable.
Hope you ahve a happy new year.


So hard to say goodbye to a dear friend

How do you put into words what is going on in your heart. How do you say goodbye to someone when you just are not ready to.

Beverly Todd was taken from us way too soon. December the 23 she had a brain bleed (aneurysm) and was taken to the hospital where she went into a coma and never returned. on December 24th after many prayers and dr efforts were made she was taken from life support. Her organs were donated as Beverly would have wanted done on December 25th. She is survived by her husband and 4 boys.
How do they deal with this? How do you begin to move on?

Beverly was an amazing person. She had an infectious laugh and sense of humor. She kept me cracking up. When I was diagnosed with M.S. at first she said omg nancy then she said “well girl you will do anything for me to come to the states wont you.” Again I cracked up!She never got to make that trip…
We talked about the differences between England and Alabama. I told her I would make her cornbread and she gagged at the thought, I would laugh and she would snarl at me.
these are the things I will remember about her.

NOT TO MENTION her AMAZING scrapbook skills. She started a blog with my dear friend Colette. Called Pen Pals. I am so very Thankful she did. It was a journaling challenge blog. NOW HER FAMILY HAS THOSE LAYOUTS. THOSE PRECIOUS WORDS forever. her thoughts on paper of what she felt in her heart and her dreams and feelings and things she wanted for them.

I hope the blog continues. I know she would have wanted it to.
Im at a loss for words right now. I just am still in shock. I have shed more tears in the last 24 hours than I thought I could and I still am. I fell so just full of tears for her children and her entire family. I will miss her. omg will I ever miss her. I knew something was up. I talked to Di she told me she had gotten an email and I told her I had a bad feeling because I had not heard from her. Also her blog had not been updated. She had not responded to emails and had not written me in a while which was unusual. Di said same thing. we both had that pit in your stomach feeling that we just knew she was gone. She talked with Adam and got confirmation it was true. But it still just doesnt seem real. I still cannot find the words to say goodbye to my dear friend. I know she will live on in her beautiful boys. she loved them soooo very very much. She loved her garden.

she loved scrapbooking. she loved her friends. she loved her family.
and we all loved her.

I find it fitting to put her layouts of the things she loved here. and her cards. she was on Di’s card sketch team… this was the last card she posted.

All of the pages and cards in todays post were made by Beverly.

I still can’t find the words… I don’t know what else I can say. I miss her. I will miss her forever. I will miss her scrapbooking her laughing and joking, her friendship her sharing. I am a better person for knowing her. I thank God for bringing her into my life. I don’t understand why he had to take her from everyone so soon… I guess the good lord needed some scrapping done up there…

I miss ya Bevvy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!!

I hope everyone got everything they wanted from Santa and had good food and full bellys (I know we did!) Bella had an AMAAAAAAZING CHRISTMAS. SHE got SOO MUCH STUFF (and were not through yet! Grandma McCrary hasn’t been here yet so You can imagine we are gonna be doing it alllll again!!) Nana and Papa “clause” were here and omgoodness. she has been having sooo much fun. They are still here I dunno about were duh. I love them so much. Bella is having a blast getting her Nana and Papa time in. She only gets to see them twice a year ussually so she is attached to them like a growth. Nana bless her sweet heart is gonna probly be glad to go home and get some rest. SHe has been in the floor playing from the time she has gotten here and I KNOW she is hurting because the weather has for lack of any other word sucked! its hot one minute storming the next then cold then hot then raining. she has Rheumatoid Arthritis and it just breaks my heart into a million pieces because I KNOW she is hurting and not a thing I can do about it. (but drug her haha we have like a pharmacy between us I know sad huh)
ANYWAY HERE IS an ADORABLE video if you can see it. I dunno how to fix it where it is lighter the photo is sooo dark but they are playing Beauty parlor. Bella got alot (yeah thanks soooo much for that Nana and santa) of play make up for christmas. Most of it was lipgloss but these two set things had eye shadow and stuff in it too and omgosh it is soo funny. Nana is helping her to use it ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL UP before she leaves so she doesnt get in trouble with it (like a good nana does)
here is the video

IF YOU KNOW HOW TO LIGHTEN IT UP LET ME KNOWW PLEASE! I have alot of video on you tube of her opening christmas and you cant see any of it because it is so dark. you can hear her fine but not see it grrrr.

HEre are some photos though for those that cant see.
Nana and Bella playing beauty parlor.

The hannah Montana fingernails (yeah thank you nana for THAT! not roflmbo they are sooo funny though they wont stay on so we have to chase em all over the place)

This is 3 of her babies. SHe got the Make me better baby (it cries and has fever and you have to give it medicine and a shot (like her mommy *meaning me) and she smiles and giggles it is so cute) then papa gave her the cabbage patch baby with the pony tails, my friend cand gave her the one with the cupcake sprinkles on her face.

Bella checking out her Easy bake oven, make me better baby and THE STUFFF (stroller and the swing and hi chair schtuff that goes with a baby doll) That is what she asked Santa for. 3 things. Jesus got 3 gifts she gets 3. (yeah notice the pile of presents under their they just didnt say santa on them lol)

This is the stockings lined up after Santa filled them. He made a mess he knocked over the fire place screen and some pictures that were up and had snack cakes thrown all over the place like he made a quick escape. I THINK he must have heard papa snoring and thought it was a bear and took off (hehehe)

Hannah Montana clothes, purse (with her face on it) and pj’s)and a sleepin bag.

PROOF she walks all over her nana… hahahaha SHe was walkin on Nanas back! Nana is layin on Hannah montana. Bella has on her Hannah shirt and way tooo much make up after playing beauty shop all day hahaha.

Bella and her boy, Brayden (is ne not the cutest thing everrrrr!) He gave her a watch! with BUTTERFLIES on it! she gave him buzz lightyear crayola color pack thingy. they were soooo cute!

presents Bella wrapped for us (old navy shirts for each of us) SHE Picked the colors and WRAPPED HERSELF!!!

This is the santa plate and cup My aunt Irene (well she is Bellas GREAT Aunt) she is my mama’s sister for those of you that don’t understand all that.. she is my moms only sibling so she is very special to us. LOVE my aunt reene. SHe gave Bella this santa set a while back for Christmas we use it every year to put santas cookies and milk out on and Bella was sooooooooo excited to see that he ate her cookies she made him!!!

I tell you I HAVE AMAZING friends and Family. My friend Rita, sent this American Girl doll “Josefina” she is the Mexican Princess I cant reme right off the top of my head what year… but anyway and some little ponys because her daughter ABBY loves them so much. Bella loved THIS! THANK YOU SO MUCH I am still just in awe of their thoughtfulness that was so extremely sweet! THANK YOUUUUU! I cant say it enough to all my friends and family this year!
My friend Theresa omg she HAND MADEEEEEEEE these barbie clothese for Bella!!! they are gorgeous. I have a better photo let me go find it!

You can see on here. I was telling her one evening about how expensive barbie clothes had gotten and how my mom used to make alot of ours and how I wish she could still do that. Because frankly the styles now that are on alot of these are ughmm well kinda hooka lookin. lol (kids clothes too can I just say that as my 5 year old is dressed like one with all the make up in previous photos but just know that is just for play she will not be goin to wal mart that way IM JUST SAYIN!) SO dont be slappin me too hard. ANYWAY Theresa said YA KNOW….. I have barbie doll clothes ugh what you call em not recipes…ughh I hate this medicine. I cant think. PATTERN (thank you papa) so anyway she had patterns for them so she said she would make them for her. I said oh girl you dont have to blah blah.. well a few weeks later in the mail thats what I GOT!!! SOOO exciting!!!

My friend Miss Emily and her family sent Bella this sweet baby and clothes to change her into. Bella has had so much fun with her. THIS Was the present she picked to open on Christmas EVE!!! so Miss emily you should feel very priveledged. SHE LOVED the packaging it was in. SOOO GIRLY hahahaha just like my girly girl Bella. DEFINITLY a girly girl! Her aunt Liz and Aunt Karen will be soooo proud of her girlyness!

Nana gettin her ultimate bella make over hehehee

She is just FANCY all fixed up.
OK I will show more photos later. I have to get more of them uploaded. I am working on the videos now. trying to lighten them.
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH to all my friends and family I havent started on my chrismtas cards yet so the Thank yous will be late as well but we will get them!!!

Love and hugs and Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

Merry Christmas….

Just a quick update to let you know Im doing ALOT better. still a little shingly and the normal ms crapp (the rebif interferon shots have no sympathy for holidays lol)
but compared to a week ago I DONT THINK the dogs would try to cover me up now.
I have some photos also that John took at Bellas Programs that I will share with yall too. I actually scrapped last night a little bit I couldn’t sit their long but I GOT part of 1 gift made whhheewhew. This is progress. I have bout got this whooped maybe.
NOW if the weather would figure itself out. My hubby and kid both have the crud. I think Bella’s is mostly allergy because she is up at her aunt Liz’s and they have a dog and a ferret in the house and well.. Bella is not used to that or the temp change. she is sensitive to both. so maybe by the time she gets back tomorrow she will be better. Cant wait to see my bug!!!

Here is a picture of her at her Church Play (she goes with Aunt Diane and Uncle David to their church they did this kid play for Christmas based on precious memories kids, and the nativity was sooooooooooooooo adorable!) here she is playing Mary. I photo shopped the photo some so it looks kinda aged so she looks just like she belongs back in the bible as mary. (although mary wasnt 5 years old but You “get it”)

her face doesnt look red when it printed I dunno why it is so red on here…. anyway

This is everyone. in the play arent they just adorable!!!!

Here she is in her christmas dress in front of our tree. (she is gettin so tall)

Thsi is her play she was in at school.

Thsi is in her class room where they got all their little gifts and had their party.

And here she is with her teacher Mrs Gloria. WE LOVE HERRRR! Im puttin in a prayer now that she moves up to first grade with her hehe. I have a feelin she is gonna stay where she is though but ONE CAN HOPEEEEE! SHe is such a god send to us. she really is.
WEll there are a few of the things she has been doing. I didnt get to go but John took lots of pics and the other moms have sent a few pics also so I got to see most of it. One lady recorded the school play and I cant wait to see it. If you could see how some of the kids were dressed you would understand why I wanna see it rofl. Brayden has a star on his head (literally head wrapped in a cloth stuffed star! it is soo cute! I wont put the picture of him up to save him a little trauma I know he probly wont care but when he is about 14 his parents will threaten him with this photo im tellin ya hahaha!

Ok I need to go wrap some presents and try to get a months worth of stuff done in 2 days… not gonna happen huh? Prolly not but Im gonna put in a half effort.
have a merry christmas! I will return with more phtoosss.

quick update

sorry I havent updated but omg I have been so very sick. This shingle crap got down in my lungs and i cant begin to tell you what we have been through. I think I am finally on the road to wellness now. still get tired out easy and fevery but nothing like before. I thank you all for your cards and your prayers they have meant the world to us. I just pray we can make this still a wonderful Christmas for Bella bug.
Thank you again.

im home

still have shingles. its still in my eye my ear my nose on my bottom lip and down my arm and chest. went to both dr’s this morning gp and nerologist. gave me stronger pain meds and a nerve blocker (dont worry it wsnt lyrica they put me back on carbatrol) so I will be asleep hoepfully through the rest of it. they said should be alot better by monday if I can jsut rest. the other meds was making me just shake cuz the pain is if you can imagine. i cant describe it. anyway im layig down gonna rest. Merry christmas. Everyones presents are probly gonna be late cuz well… I havnt been able to make crapp but shingles the last week. sorry. I will do my best though.

If it aint one thing…. its 20

Well don’t this just stink! Im so mad right now which I know aint helpin’ the situation none atall. I knew I felt “funny” last night and my eye was kinda twitchy but kept saying nahh its all in your head its not its not. well I woke up this morning and THEIR IS NO MISTAKING IT. I have flippin shingles again. IM in tears IM so angry. Not to mention it HURTTTTTS. Its all up in my ear down my neck and over to my bottom lip and my right eye is all ewey. Dr said probably the stress from everything my body is going through and the interferon (rebif) kills my immune system. ANy time my body freaks or gets the least bit of infection I break out in a heap of shingles. So not only is the shingles invading my body my blood pressure is out of control. The other meds are not helping but I figure it is because IT HURTS!
If you have ever had shingles… you understand. Chicken pox itch, shingles feel as if you are on fire and nothing will make it stop unless they knock you out. or give you meds that make you crazy (lyrica) and well I dont have a rubber room here at home. SO I refuse to take lyrica.
so Im goin back to bed and pray.
This is to the point of ridiculous. Whats the bad part? I can’t go home to see my family this weekend for christmas. ITs been 2 years since I have seen them and their aint a blame thing I can do about it. but cry. AND THAT AINT HELPIN. I thought what about us just moving it to them coming here (I cant ride well in a car right now I get soooo sick because of the meds and add shingles (the meds for it) to that and it gets ughmm MESSY) But dr said that aint gonna work either. Defeats the purpose of keeping everything low key quiet and stress free, not alot of people around with germs and viruses (I still cant take flu shot because of interferon and shingles) so I am just sad. SO forgive me for being all mopey in this post. But ya know ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. When do you just draw the line.
we are at the point wise tales or whatever remedy their is we will do it to get rid of these blame things. I know it is a long shot to be well by Christmas but I can HOPE huh?
I have to give props to my dr and his staff they are so wonderful to me. I called told em what was up and man they were on it to get me the meds as quick as possible to try to keep me out the hospital. THey know what a rough time we have had with this crapp. so I thank them tremendously for all their help. They truly are good to us! AND MY neighbors (David and Diane) for helping with Taking and picking up Bella while John is working. Ok Im gonna go lay back down and put the pillow over my head because my OCD NEIGHBOR (not david and diane they arent anal crack heads) is Mowing his freakin lawn (HELLO IT IS FLIPPIN DECEMBER YOU HAVE NO GRASSSSSSSS) and blowing off his driveway. NOISE HURTS. so gotta figure away to block the noise. OR MOVE!

ya ya ya I havnt updated and stuff I know….

Hey Yall!Im still alive so far. Im actually graduating to the couch. I have laptop in lap and watching John play star wars on the x box (ohhhh ahhhhhh) HE is killing all sorts of things for my utter attention. Saving the galaxy and making me dizzy while he is tryin to figure out the functions of this game.

I have been surfing the internet looking for ideas for christmas presents. Being that the economy at the Jones household involves a list of medications, Santa is feelin the cringe this year and calling the reinforcements. Therefore if anyone is gettin crapp for christmas it will be Crapp I make. which means it is good crapp of course. I just have to get Blood pressure down to BELOW STROKE LEVEL and keep it their consistently so I can make said crapp.

I started on a mini album last night for my neighbor today is her birthday (Happy Birthday Diane) She is a wonderful person and does so much for us. I wanted to do something special for her birthday. well.. I had this kit for this cute maze album from Jessica where I am on the creative team for WE SCRAP(thank you jessica) (yes that was a total pimp for the classes there so go click on them lit up words wont ya?) and it was relatively simple to do. I got halfway through though and took my bp… 129 over 104 ok that stinks. Why does scrapping raise my bp? I mean everything was precut and already done. All I had to do was put together. SIMPLE ENOUGH! but nooooooooooooooooo. Blood pressure doesn’t listen to reason or care it is her birthday TODAY and I need to get this made. so. I have a half made album before nurse ratchet (aka hubby) reminds me … “AREN’T you supposed to be in bed not SCRAP BOOKING?” hence the mini album still sits in its half finished state while birthday proceedings are still moving along. SIGH… this just sucks.

Since I have graduated to the couch I got the laptop and did some searching for fun christmas creations. I listed them all HERE at TREASURES TO SCRAP. in the forum.
Check em out for some Christmas creativity and if you know of some others please link me up I will keep listing them through this month.
In other news THAT daily album I was gonna do.. hahahahaha so funny you thought I forgot that huh? ya. so didnt happen. Unless u want photos of me laying in bed staring at the ceiling fan willing this bp going down. ya exciting whehhw.
so I will change it to week in the life instead of month and wait for this bp to go down and maybe a week when we are ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING worth putting in an album.
otherwise… it would actually be a good way to use up all my z’s in my chipboard collection that are filling up my z tray.
hmmm thats a thought. Not sure id want an entire album on sleep though. I mean how many pages could I get with sleeping on left side anyway. ::insert eyeroll::

Bella did decorate our christmas tree. John put it up and she put up all the decor on it. We have to remember she is 5 and can only reach SO HIGH and well you guessed it. all the ornaments are in one big clump in the center and bottom. we only had one fatality and it was a cheap ornament and not my gail pittman one thank you god. I was a little nervous when I saw it on the tree. That thing is probly one of my prized ornaments that well… cost as much as the tree if I wanted to replace. NOOOOO I didn’t buy it YOU KNOW me bettere than that I thought. I actually won it when I used to work at Bellsouth in a drawing. She was one of my customers and told me she was doing this christmas thing I won a serving tray and this gorgeous ornament.
My tree isnt like those fancy trees you see on some of the other blogs. Mine has lots of handmade by Bella ornaments on it from 2 3 and 4 k and sunday school projects. Also several handmade by me combined with sponge bob, dora, and cinderella and other various princess ornaments dangling from lit up limbs.
HEY thats what our tree is a big ol memory book. Each ornament MEANS something. Represents someone or something or a year past in the Jones household.
So their MARTHA~ we can be crafty!
I didn;t contribute much this year in the decorating spazz I mean chaos I mean ughhhhhh yeah. I had shot night the night before (friday) and since my bp is up I can no longer take my naproxen (it has sodium in it and sodium and bp dont dance together. actually they dont even go to the same parties)
SOOOO that means i get the full slam deal of the side effects from the interferon. which means I feel like i have a bad case of the flu. chills fever bone aches cant get warm everything including my hair hurts. YA dont cha wanna rush out and get some?
THis is supposed to extend my life though so gotta take it.

I will attempt taking photos of our tree later. Bella is off with Diane (see above about birhday) today. She goes to church with them on sunday’s. They needed kids for their Christmas Program and since I have one we offered to let them borrow her. Cause we are just nice that way. (and we love David and Diane and trust they will actually bring her back you know.. when she gets tired or hungry or needs new underwear)
SO far so good.

Hope you have a nice sunday and sorry I havent updated ya in a bit but ughmm been busy with the laying on left side thing. you know how complicated that can get.
Hope you have good sunday. Im off to watch My hubby save the universe.

back to square 1

dr has put me back in the bed till my bp goes down. It is staying at 154 over 117 on medication. when I lay down it will go down to bottom number of 100 and sometimes down in 90’s so, they upped the meds and bck in the bed till it can stay at normal for 8 hours. (no fun but dont want to have a stroke)
So… I we will appreciate your prayers and thoughts right now. Thank you.

Check it out!

I have a couple of cool tutorials that will help you get your Christmas holiday Gifts made. HERE in Scrapbooking.com newsletter. Check it out!

I have another article In We Scrap’s newsletter this month also.

I also want to issue a challenge to all of you. My friend Deb has it on her blog.
These are mini albums being made for children undergoing cancer treatments. IF everyone could make just one of these albums and send it to her. It would help alot of little kids going through a difficult time. for more information check it out HERE.