I live in the world of grandbabies. My world revolves around my babies. I am so blessed that 3 of the grandbabies (oh ya and their parents too ..lol) live on the opposite end of our house. They give Nana a reason to get out of bed in the morning! My other grandbabies come and visit too, and Nana loves having them visit too! Everyone that said grandbabies are more fun than your own children were right. All this time I thought they were crazy, until I got my first grandbaby. I am still in awe over how much you can love a child that you didn't give birth to. Of course I love my daughters too, but not near as much as my grandbabies! lol Nana loves you Kaylee, Allan, Clayton, Isabel, and Keegan!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Blog Hop with Kiwi Lane

I'm so excited to be included in this blog hop with Kiwi Lane Designs! If you just came from Jennifer's blog http://craftingmoments.wordpress.com/ then you have arrived at the next  stop in the hop right on schedule, and your next, and final stop is Christina's blog http://tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com/.  If you just happened upon my blog and this post then hop on over to Kiwi Lane's blog http://kiwilane.com/here/blog and start at the beginning to see all the great projects in our 10 blog hop!  I had so much fun making my 2 page layout to share the Wacky template set, that I had to make a few cards too!  You can find the Wacky template set and many other great templates at  http://kiwilane.com to make beautiful projects,  There are also some amazing videos on their site showing how to use them!  Check them out today and don't forget to hop along with us, and leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win  25.00 in Kiwi Lane Goodies!!! :)

I used the templates to make a sun and clouds for this adorable spring layout for my granddaughter Isabel's birth last year.  My daughter's name is Brandi so I titled the first page when her brother met her for the first time "A Brandi New Baby."  The other I titled "I am 1 beauty of a spring gift I am Isabel Lynn" and they are pics from the next day at the hospital when we took Clayton back to the hospital to see Sissy again.  I chalked the outside edges of my clouds blue, and used gold stickles around my sun.  My biggest scrapping addiction is shiny things.  I love to pop dot things and add gems and stickles or anything else shiny I can find!  I'm not sure which borders I used for the floral print paper at the bottom, or the blue or the words paper up top.  I have a lot of borders to choose from, and I couldn't ever decide which ones I wanted to use to I came up with an awesome system for choosing my borders.  First I reach in to my bag of borders and pick out 3 random border sets.  Then I take the top one and use the narrow border, the middle one for the medium sized border, and the bottom one for large size border.  Unlike a lot of Kiwi Lane users, I do not lay out all my templates first on my 12X12 paper.  I just start tracing and cutting, and then I place them where I like them and just keep adding things until I like the layout! lol  It's a very scientific method of selecting borders for my layouts, ok maybe not, lol, but it works for me! lol

On top of the addiction to shiny things, I also suffer from a severe paper addiction. (please don't share any 12 step program for paper addicts because I don't want any help!!! lol) I had, and still have a little extra paper...imagine that....so I made a few cards to share too!  I also included a couple pics below them showing how I used the wacky templates to make little borders and strips for on my cards by tracing a part of the template, and moving just a little bit and tracing the same side again.  I've also done this with the border templates for on scrapbook layouts.  It adds so many more uses for the same templates, and allows you to use the same template for so many more projects, and they all take on a different look.  Of course you're going to see more stickles and shiny gems on my cards too!  I did try to make a baby shower card without anything shiny, but ended up using tiny gems on my flower centers...so I failed! lol

Here is the line up for the blog hop in case you get lost along the way.  A random winner from ONE of the participating blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, for leaving a comment, and will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, April 10TH.  Make sure you follow and leave a comment on all of our blogs for your chance to win this fabulous prize! :)  You have from 8am MST on April 4TH to 11:59 PM MST on Sunday April 6TH to do this.  So..get hopping!!

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Gail Owens http://glowormdesigns.blogspot.com
  3. Catherine Povec http://www.tybearsmom.blogspot.com
  4. Jennifer McDermott http://wonkywares.blogspot.com
  5. Kristy Lee http://lifescrapped.blogspot.com
  6. Heather Conklin http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
  7. Misty Buck http://www.mistylynnwhat.blogspot.com/
  8. Jennifer Nicholes http://craftingmoments.wordpress.com/
  9. Barb Rapp http://www.mommaducksblog.blogspot.com/
  10. Christina Steel http://tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com/