Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, an event created to inspire and enrich high school students, has started accepting nominations for the Class of 2010. From now until Oct. 2, 2009, parents, teachers, family and friends can nominate the high school students for the highly successful event, which will return to Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 11-14, 2010. Students can even nominate themselves.
One hundred teens from across the country with big dreams and aspirations will be selected to pack their bags – and their dreams – and head to Walt Disney World Resort, where they will learn about careers in everything from culinary arts to animation, set design and show production to the business of sports and more.
The Disney's Dreamers Academy class of 2010 will be made up of teens nominated through Oct. 2, 2009. Young dreamers – who must be enrolled in high school for the 2009-10 term – can be nominated by anyone, including parents, guardians, teachers, church members, social organizations – even themselves. Although a high GPA is not required, students must exhibit a desire to learn, perhaps needing only additional motivational support to excel. Nomination forms can be found at www.SteveHarvey.com/disneysdreamersacademy.
A select panel of judges including national radio personality Steve Harvey, community leaders and Disney representatives will choose the 100 finalists. The Disney's Dreamers Academy class of 2010 will be announced in November 2009.
"We are very proud of the work we’ve done with Disney's Dreamers Academy," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "This program not only celebrates the achievements of the 200 students involved, it also demonstrates the part dreams play in realizing personal and professional goals."
During Disney's Dreamers Academy in 2010, the students will participate in workshops with Disney cast members and executives, hear inspirational stories from entertainment celebrities and professional athletes, and enjoy the Disney theme parks – where they can see, first-hand, the results of people who turned their dreams into careers as "Disney dreamers." During the 2009 Disney's Dreamers Academy, some of the guest speakers were Chef Jeff Henderson, National Football League Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, pop/R&B recording artists Fantasia and Keyshia Cole, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and, of course, Steve Harvey.
Harvey said Disney's Dreamers Academy "is about inspiring our young people who oftentimes don't have the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job opportunities and meet with people in the fields they're interested in. We want to give our young achievers the tools to become overachievers – to make their dreams a reality."
Friday, August 28, 2009
This week, Triple the Sketch and Shimmerz teamed up to create some really awesome work! When I saw this wonderfully versatile sketch, I knew instantly which photo I wanted to scrap. I dug deep in my stash and pulled some vintage Halloween papers from Daisy D's (remember them), a little Making Memories, Reminisce, and Graphic 45 papers and went to town.
After adhering the pumpkins to the layout, I painted them with Orange Sherbert shimmerz. The bats were painted with Gold Glimmer shimmerz.
Here's a close-up of the shimmerz.
I really love it when I can mix some old stash with some new! This layout has all of my favorite elements: a large shape (the pleated, stitched circle), lots of different patterned papers (8 different ones in all here), and lots of bling!
Stop by Triple The Sketch and join in on the challenge. Each participant has the chance to win some shimmerz!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm feeling some kind of way about him starting real school. I don't know why, well in a way I do...it's just in my book, this is the beginning of him officially growing up. Everyday he takes another step towards independence and although I embrace this, I still want hold on ever so tightly to the idea that he NEEDS me for everything.
I'm used to him being away from home during the day, I've been a working mom up until a couple of weeks ago and he's gone to daycare and now preschool so that's not the issue. I just worry and I want to protect him. I'm actually a little over protective, but he's my baby. I don't want him to be judged or have people expect so much more from him because of his size. He's 5 1/2 years old, stands 4'1-1/2" and weighs 63 lbs...about the size of an average 7 year old. I don't want some kid bothering him because he's trying to prove how tough he is by picking on "the big kid". I also worry that he may get bored in school because he's already so advanced intellectually. Maybe I'm just over thinking things, but I can't help myself, I'm somewhat of a worry wart!
On the flip side, I'm excited about him starting Kindergarten! I know he's going to make new friends and love all of the new experiences that await him. I'm looking forward to chaperoning field trips and helping with bake sales (do they still have bake sales these days?), etc...
Hopefully as time goes on, my fears and worries will subside...some...
Check out my big boy modeling his Mohawk that daddy gave him. Look how much older he looks...he's even posing differently! Love this boy!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This layout includes papers from Bella Blvd's new Flirty line. Love the colors and how the newer lines also coordinate with older papers.
Here you can see how the top level of hills were mounted on pop dots
Saturday, August 22, 2009
What are you doing?
Friday, August 21, 2009
This one is made with Basic Grey Lime Rickey--love the bright colors! The photos are of Donovan @ 3 months old.
journaling: Aunt Nessie gave me this onesie for my baby shower and I couldn't help but smile. With Donovan being our 1st child and Renee's 1st grandchild, there was no ...doubt he was going to get spoiled big time; but like my Aunt Jackie says, why have 'em if you can't spoil 'em?
This one is a mixture of October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye--I took the colors straight from the photo. This is Xander @ 12 months old all snuggled up in Donovan's Spiderman comforter in a clothes basket...and of course with those 2 fingers in his mouth...
journaling: You love to snuggle in this comforter. Unfortunately it belongs to your big brother and although he loves to share with you, his favorite blanket...not so much so! If you're lucky, he'll let you cover up with a corner of it. I guess we're going to have to get you your own.
You don't have to be a scrapper or crafty to enjoy this laminator. It's uses are endless!
Want to laminate a garage sale sign, maps or create backpack/lunchbox tags for your kiddos? Then this is the machine for you! Laminate photos of your kiddos and put magnets on the back, I'm sure grandmom and grandpop would love a set of these for their fridge!
I'm actually planning on taking some of Donovan's artwork and making reduced color copies, laminating them and making them into magnets for my fridge. I love all of his art, but it is completely covering the front and sides of my fridge...this way I can get more and it's neater.
Speaking of my (big) little man--he's always making stuff for me...he LOVES arts and crafts (hmmm, I wonder where he gets that from). LOL! Anyway, I decided to use the laminator to create something for him.
Donovan loves to play games...computer games, board games, games he made up in his head...it doesn't matter. I decided to make a Tic Tac Toe game for him. He loved it so much (see the big cheesy grin) that he asked me to play it with him right away.
Here's a close up of the game. I can't tell you how EASY this was to make! I used Cosmo Cricket papers because they are oh so cute, a thin piece of chipboard (the kind that comes in paper packs- you could use cereal boxes, too), the laminator (3020), my 2 in 1 trimmer (1040), my cricut to cut the Xs, and a pair of scissors. That's it!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This past Saturday, the 4 of us piled in the jeep and headed to the Bronx Zoo. Although it was hot as hell and the bees were annoying, we had a great time!
Donovan had us cracking up because anytime we'd see an animal he'd ask "do they eat people?" Too cute!
Here are just a few of the photos I took that day. I'm certain you'll be able to tell that World Of Birds was my favorite exhibit. I wish I'd taken a pen and paper with me so I could have recorded the names of the birds.
I'm so happy that I was able to capture some updated pics of my guys one on one with daddy! You know these are definitely going on scrapbook layouts!Xander's little taste of freedom
Monday, August 17, 2009
If you've got a free moment, stop by and check it out! You can click here throughout the week to see my projects. I just LOVE the way they decorated the photo, how awesome is that?!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Here's the challenge:
Prompt: Create a monochromatic challenge using all white or cream
YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT THE OTHER DIVAS CAME UP WITH!
Not only was this my first all white layout, but only one of a few where I didn't use any patterned paper (GASP!) I've found that the secret to creating with all white is texture, texture, texture!!!
I started out by spraying an entire piece of texture American Crafts cardstock with Shimmerz Baby's Breath spritz and allowing to dry completely. I then took a 10x12 piece of glittery lace cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle and adhered it to the cardstock with spray adhesive. I covered the seam with a piece of savvynsassy lace and then topped the lace with strips of tiny pearls. Next, I added pearls and clear rhinestones to the centers of the lace cardstock snowflakes to further add dimension to the layout.
I then added the title using a Heidi Swapp gems word and foam alphabet thickers from American Crafts. Since the rest of the layout is BLINGED OUT, I added stardust stickles to the thickers and then hand stitched a tiny halo above the "a" in "angel".
The final pièce de résistance is the adorable photo of my baby boy, Xander. I printed the photo on a transparency--no special technique behind this, I just ran out of photo paper (LOL). To continue with the snowflake theme, I cut the picture into a snowflake, adhered it to a piece of white cardstock, then trimmed it so there was a 1/8" border left. I mounted the photo using foam pop dots and then outlined with stardust stickles. Lastly, I added large rhinestones to the photo.
This layout is covered with so much bling, it'll make your eyes water--the photo doesn't do it justice.
Here, you can get a better idea of how much texture I created