Thursday, May 31, 2012

Turquoise #4: school's out!

Its been a loooooong year - filled with 6:30 a.m. sports practice, 6:30 p.m. jazz practice, AWANA on Sunday nights, chorus practice before school - concerts and sporting events - homework, homework, homework, tremendous growth (W has grown 6" this year!), switching instruments from flute to sax, Principal's list ... the list goes on and on.  But for now, School's OUT!

And yes, this is another sketch from Kristy at Scrapbook Steals.

Turquoise #3: Sweet

Ever notice how adorable she is?

Turquoise #3 from Scrapbook Steals sketch mojo mama!

Turquoise #2: all smiles

 Its no lie that I love my family!!!  We seem to have the best of times (most of the time!)  Using MME Fun  Day - I created this fun layout of our hike up Thunderbird Mountain.  The sketch is Turquoise #2 from Scrapbook Steals

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Turquoise #1 & Paper Girls Challenge #8

This weekend we spent a great deal of time together - from cleaning the dog's kennel (multiple times - YUK!) to laughing about the silly things to bike rides and finally to a hike up the "big" mountain at Thunderbird Park.  We had a delicious breakfast of Swedish pancakes then we headed up the mountain.  We spent roughly 1 1/2 hours hiking, then stopped for some lemonade - sweet!

So - not only did I get this completed in (somewhat) record time - I have this completed for TWO different challenges - Scrapbook Turquoise #1 and Paper Girls Challenge #8:  Use your Chipboard Stash

Turquoise #1 Sketch from

Flower Man

My husband's building was treated to a unique mural - several other buildings and lots were treated to make-overs the same weekend.  There were close to 800 volunteers who worked all day to transform the neighborhood into a destination.  I was so captured by the mural - the fact that it is only black/white really hits home for me - so naturally, I wanted to photograph it and then create a layout.  My gal pals provided some great ideas - and this is what I finally came up with!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A New Adventure

If you've been following my blog, you probably know that there are so many little things in my life that make me happy:

1.  my honey!
2.  my kids ! !
3.  MMMwMM (Monday Morning Mocha with My Mama)
4.  Twisted Sister Tuesday Tea
5.  Scrappin
6.  teaching

These are not in any particular order except that I'm a wife and mother above all else.

Anyway, I've been teaching students with special needs for the past 19 years.  I've worked with kids who are Specific Learning Disabled, Emotionally Disabled, Cognitively Challenged, Autistic, Severe ADHD and a few students who were Hearing Impaired and even a few who were English Language Learners.  What I've learned over the years is that I really love teaching and I really love language arts.  I would not trade the past 19 years of teaching and working with students who have special needs, but it is time for me to stretch and challenge myself.  Therefore, for the upcoming school year, I am embarking on a New Adventure, I will be teaching 7th grade general education language arts.

I'm a bit nervous but TOTALLY excited!  So - while I pack away 19 years of special education, I am unpacking who knows how many years of language arts.

Stay tuned for more of the journey ...

Monday, May 14, 2012

We have a WINNER!

Time is UP! Thanks for joining us on Scrapbook Steals' blog hop.

In order to be eligible to receive the fun prize that I am giving away ~ you know - the cards and bookmarks that I created plus a little scrappy happiness from my stash  ~  you needed to become a "follower" and leave a comment.

Congrats to Nicole R.! Just send me your email at scrappin at q dot com and I'll send you your prize in a jiffy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop

I am so EXCITED to be a guest blog hopper with today!  Just imagine my excitement when I was contacted by the Mojo Mama herself, Kristy Lee, to be a participant.  My first response was “Yahoo!” and my second was - “Jeepers, what am I going to create?”  I have to admit I was even more excited when I received my package of goodies and saw what line I was lucky enough to be working with - I think that I literally carried the materials around with me for days.  Literally!
I’m a huge My Mind’s Eye fan like so many others of you out there. And their “Journal Card Kit” did not let me down.  As I began to create with the cards, I just couldn’t stop.  So many options!  Anyway - I really do hope that you find some inspiration today, “steal” the MME Journal Card Kit for yourself, and create dozens of fun projects.  
I am so torn between layouts and cards, I really cannot decide which I enjoy creating more, so I had to create both for the hop.

The creativity was just a-flowing and I had a strong desire to try my hand at making a few book marks.  We are a family of readers and I just love seeing my kids walking around with books in their hands - book marks it is!


Wanted to show you a close up of the edges on this one - I used a craft knife to "distress" the edges.  Kinda cool, huh?

There you have it - a few projects to inspire you to use MME's Journal Card Kit.  Wanna win?  Just become a follower and leave a comment by Sunday, May 13th  at 11:59PM MST.  I will then pick a random winner and you will win the cards and bookmarks featured here as well as a few other scrappy happiness from my “stash”. will also pick a random winner from one of the eight blog postings to  receive a $20.00 gift certificate to

I sure do hope that you find a great deal of inspiration from the rest of my dear gal pals during the hop.  Here’s the order just in case you landed here first:

Deborah Johnson     <<<<<you are here
Now don’t forget to become a follower, leave a comment and then head on over to the next stop on the hop:

Happy Scrappin and good luck!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring ATCs

ATC's - WHAT?  ATC's are Artist Trading Cards and those of us in the scrapbooking circles create these and then trade them just like boys who trade baseball cards - I have just 10 more to collect and I've got all of them including the ultra-rare cards!  Yup - just goofing around!  But ATC's are a great way to create a type of "calling card" showcasing some of your talents and techniques.  The first ATC that I created didn't even hit the mark.  There were directions and themes - THEME???  Yes - it was supposed to be WINTER thus the name, "Winter ATC" - anyway - my second go around was WAY better.

Thanks Crafty Enablers and Paper Girls