Yup, I'm a blog slacker again. Things have just been crazy lately, plus my computer is on the fritz and will only run one program at a time or the display driver conks out. Not fun! Fortunately, I canceled my registration to Journalfest (again, not fun!) since I looked at the updated calendar and realized I'd be missing a final exam. So at least I can use the money for a new computer... much needed, I might add, even before the latest problem.
I've been busy with work and school, as usual. We had a two-day off-site this last week at work that had me running from 8am to 9:30pm and with classes and studying on top of that, I've just been too tired to do anything else... lol.
The last two weekends I've taken a little time off... last Friday we celebrated Rae's birthday at Yamato which was fun - it's always good to see Steph and Rae. We hardly ever get together even though the three of us actually live in the same state again! The rest of my free time has been doing two big projects to get ready for my trip to California.
First project - my contribution to our family reunion for the last few years has been the family scrapbook. I make a scrapbook plus 6 kits so that each of the main families can take home a scrapbook to put their reunion photos in. I try and get a list of the activities on our agenda and make pages to match. Even though I've already got so much going on, I offered to do it again this year. Since this is probably going to be our last family reunion (sniff!) my mom and I both thought it was important. So... the first two layouts:
As you can see, I'm putting my diecut machines to good use! The 4th of July stuff is all from the new Cricut Independence Day cartridge, the elephant is a Silhouette design and the gifts are Sizzix dies. I love to use them for these projects since they're cheap, fun and easy to mass produce. I haven't made much progress on the album yet, but I've still got a bit over 2 weeks to finish it up.
The other project is the one that's taken the most time... it's my present for Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh's 2nd birthday which we'll celebrate together in person (YAY!!!) This is definitely a labor of love... double, actually, since I'm fully aware that doing this for Eraleigh means I have to make one for Nicole's baby when the time comes. At least I'll have more time to work on the 2nd one, and I'm saving all my patterns, sketches and photos for round 2. Here's a little peek:
Can you guess what it is? I'll show pictures of the whole thing on Eraleigh's birthday - I want it to be a surprise for the family, but I'm super pleased with how it's coming along, and I have a feeling it will be worth all the effort.
So now I'm off to do a little more stitching while I watch my Sunday night Food Network shows and enjoy my last relaxation until Friday. My OB/HR paper is due on Thursday (10 pages but at least the work is done, if not the writing), we have a case study due in Finance for our quiz Tuesday night and the Finance final is Thursday night. I foresee very late nights for the next three days, so I'm relaxing while I can! It's going to be a crazy week.