Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Brighter Skies"

You know what they say... "Ask a busy person to do something and you'll likely get them to answer, 'yes'. That's why they are a busy person!" Well, it goes something like that. I couldn't help but say yes to my friend, Christine, when she invited me to be the guest designer for September's Cocoa Daisy scrapbooking kit club. I have not been scrapping or being creative at all lately- unless you count making a baby =), and so this was not only a fun kit to work with, but a great opportunity for me to get back into scrapbooking again. I've been missing it!
The pages and Starbuck's mini album can be clicked on and enlarged to see details and journaling, if you like. The full kit and all the product details are here- at Cocoa Daisy's online store. I just love the mix of papers and the fabric covered brads are fun for added texture and dimension on the page. They made cute closures for the mini album too. I am feeling so happy about scrapping again, and I am grateful to have been given such great products to design with that I want to give one of you the chance to get happy about scrapping too. If you leave a comment on this post with your name and city- and maybe your favorite picnic food or summer dessert since it is Labor Day weekend just around the corner- then you'll have a chance to win the Cocoa Daisy custom cloud stamp and a few other goodies that I'll pack up and send to you. I'll choose a winner on Friday... good luck!


Anonymous said...

Jody.....first of all let me say congratulations on baby Teague. He sure is adorable! (And I'm *amazed* that you're able to not only slide right into adjusting to one more family member, but that you're able to be creative with scrapbooking -- great pages!) OK, so to follow the rules about getting a chance on the Cocoa Daisy goodies...... I LOVE the old strawberry/jello/pretzel dessert for summer picnics...... Happy Labor Day weekend!

State College, PA

Tiffany said...

Jody! I love your pages. I feel so inadequate when I see what great scrapping you do!!!

I make a pampered chef lemon cake- that I love to take to summer parties, it is refreshing and you can make a glaze to go on top of them, I have the silicone floral pan to make little cupcakes in- it is cute and yummy!

Tiffany- Gaylord,Mi

Bills Family said...

I love all kinds of desserts with my favorite one being strawberry shortcake (childhood favorite). I like it with a lot of whipped cream:)

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend with your beautiful family.

Easley, SC

Tonya said...

Strawberry shortcake with lots of coolwhip.
Tonya in Rockford, Ill.

Jennifer said...

Awesome layouts.. glad you got scrapbook mojo back. Congrats on baby T!

To have cold jello the best with topping!

Lynwood, IL

Melissa Mann said...

Beautiful layouts!! Love that first one!

Potato salad and lemon bars get my vote :-)

Pensacola, FL

This Chick said...

Beautiful family you have!

My favorite picnic food would be cold fried chicken. Favorite summer dessert...gosh this is a hard one as my brain is on the MN State Fair right now and thinking of cheese curds and pronto pups and everything-on-a-stick :)

Beck said...

My mom made this dessert with a Jiffy cake, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip (you know it) and fresh blueberries. Killer. :)

Love the designs.

Holland, MI

Penny said...

Wonderful layouts! Teague is a beautiful addition to your family.

My favorite picnic food is my mother-in-laws Texas sheet cake. I love it!!

Swartz Creek, Mi.

Anonymous said...

Awesome layouts, Hun!!!!! and that baby boy is just precious!!!!

I like a cake of some sort or chocolate xhip cookies with walnuts!!!

Gina Landry
Orange, Tx

Ilona said...

this time of the year love, tomato-fresh mozz. salad and peach cobbler! Happy Long Weekend, Ilona Perry OH

Anonymous said...

I meant chocolate chip!!!!

Gina Tx

julie.schellin said...

I am Julie from Baltimore, MD, and my favorite summer food is anything grilled by my husband. :) You don't know how good it is to see a layout from YOU - sure have missed your style! But as a mom of 7 myself, I TOTALLY understand the lack of time. So glad you are *back*

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you and Chip on your beautiful new baby! Your mini album is so creative, I just love it!

My favorite summer foods would be banana pudding and deviled eggs. I hope that you and your family have a great holiday weekend.

Grayson, Ky

September said...

First, Congratulations again on your beautiful 7th blessing! He is handsome and is sure to be a charmer (if he hasn't started already ;)
Second, your scrapbooking is always so beautiful. I don't know how you make the time to do it and have the energy to spark creativity. You must be super mom. I seem to always be one without the other, time and the creativity spark. Someday :)
And thirdly, I would have to say that my favorite summer dessert would be... lemon bars. Yes, lemon bars. I can't think of anything more summery to top that.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Cedar Rapids, IA

Sarah L said...

I can not find the time as a mother of 2! It would be nice to get back to being creative.

I would have to say, as a last hurrah to summer... anything with J - E - L - L - O and Cool Whip!

Mesa, Arizona

Jessica said...

Jessica, from Verona (Italy)

Favourite pic nic food would be fruit salad (made with real fruit, not canned!) Favourite summer desert: rhubarb pie! I live somewhere that's too hot for rhubarb and I always look forward to going to Michigan every 2-3 years, in June-July and FILL UP on rhubarb! My mother-in-law always keeps some for me so I can bake and cook with it to my heat's content: rhubarb fool, rhubarb sauce, pie, etc. YUMMY!

Chris Cross said...

I love potato salad, watermelon, and something chocolate. Unfortunately, I have to fit into a mother-of-the-bride dress in 4 weeks, so I need to try and be good.

Central Illinois

cbk said...

Congrats on baby Teague, he's a little love for sure. Your layouts are just lovely, so soft and warm. As for our favorite summer desert, fresh Georgia peaches from Trader Joes have been our go to sweet all summer long.

Southern Gal said...

Love that Starbucks book!!! How cute...the baby and the pages.

Chocolate Eclair Cake is a hit everyday.


Jen R said...

You really shouldn't ever STOP scrapping! You are so talented! Your pages of Teague are beautiful!

My favorite picnic foods: my sister makes a jello with cool whip mixed in and it separates out and is jello on the bottom and a thicker, delicious, jello on the top. She'll top it with berries and it is YUMMY! Another I like is a broccoli salad I made with broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, onion, and tomato dressed with mayo & vinegar. It's always a crowd pleaser & makes a ton!

Jen R
Port Huron, MI

The Herd 9 said...

Congrats to the FERLACK Party its amazing how big families just take on a new member so effortlessly. Our family just welcomed our 8th child and what a blessing--- he is. God always has a plan were just along for the ride. My motto for survival somedays is "I won't remember how crazy bad of a day this was in 10 years but the kids will-so be mindful of how I handle these days-and pray." And my favorite dessert for labor day festivities is a super bowl dump cake. Tammy in Higgins Lake,MI

Kristin Stegent said...

Love your pages!! :)

My favorite picnic food would probably be like a really good deli turkey sandwich. I am simple like that. ;)

Kristin near Houston, TX

Vicky said...

Completely marveling at how you create time and space to be creative. I so admire that quality, someone who protects a bit of time to express themselves in this way. And this is adorable :) Your kids will love having these one day.

I am in apple mode already and all I dream of making is an apple crisp or an apple buckle :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jody! Teague is adorable- and I looooove that name- good choice! :) Hmmm, favorite dessert, I would have to say old fashioned (but completely home-made) chocolate chip cookies- I never tire of them. Have a great day! :)

Arvada, Colorado

Anonymous said...

I make Becky Higgin's chicken and dill pasta salad. It has celery, roasted almonds and it is delish. Check out her website (recipe tab) to find it. I am making it for a big BBQ this weekend.
I would LOVE this mini-album. I am obsessed with creating and giving these albums as gifts. My "scrap group" would love to see it also.

Jess said...

So adorable! I love it.

I'd have to say ice cream. I didn't get "good" ice cream in Africa, so it's been nice to enjoy cookie dough, black cherry, and superman once again after a year hiatus. :)

Jess-Oxford, MI

Harriett said...

What beautiful layouts. Love the products you got to use.
We are having a picnic this weekend and I am making blue cheese potato salad.

Karalyn & Jason said...

Congratulations on your new little one!! Teague is a little cutie!

LOVE your layouts - so inspiring!!

For my summer foods, I love fresh fruit, potato salad, baked beans, and good grilled foods! Kabobs with pork, peppers, onions and pineapple that have been marinated in Italian Dressing and put on the grill - YUM!

Cooperstown, ND

Tracy said...

I have never posted but I love reading about your family. I have 5 girls so I know what it's like to be a big family and be very busy. I love it though and wouldn't trade it for anything! I have lots of scrapbooking/stamping supplies but could always use more:) May God bless you and your family. I don't really have a favorite summer food. I just love food. If I had to pick it would have to be some kind of pasta salad.

Rachel said...

How precious. The album and the baby.:)
My favorite summer food is watermelon and corn on the cob just good natural God made food little or no work involved and it couldn't taste any better.
Rachel in TN

Susan said...

I love potato salad! and macaroni salad . . . and hamburgers on the grill and the list goes on and on!

North Kingsville OH

donna said...

wow you are a busy woman! congratulations on baby number seven! party of eight..right this way! wow

my favourite summer food is watermelon, on a picnic, late night snack, three meals a day! any time any day! love it.

Kim H. said...

I love any kind of dessert, but Texas sheet cake is one of my favorites.

Kim Hacking
Salt Lake City, UT

Marcie said...

Congratulations on Teague...he's adorable!

I just love ice cream in the summer. Too much, in fact. We just finished a 1/2 gallon of chocolate chip cookie dough and it was gooood.

Happy Labor Day Weekend (post labor)!
Tucson, AZ

Kathy said...

Wow, you are amazing. How do you ever squeeze in the time to do such wonderful scrapbooking? For about 10 years now, I have been intending to start a scrapbook.... you inspire me. Summertime peaches fresh off our young trees are the perfect dessert.
Garden Valley

Melinda AKA medialady said...

Congrats on your sweetie pie! He is so cute!!! (also, you need to update your "about me" since you are now the mother of 8 sweeties!!)
My name is Melinda Wilson and I am from Pinson, AL and my favorite summer food is watermelon!!!!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on baby Teague ... he's so precious. I'm so impressed that you're scrapping already! With no kids myself, I have no excuse. ;)

My fave treat is ice cream ... any flavor, I'm not picky. YUM!!

Everett, WA

Lisa A said...

Congratulations on Teague, I think he and Crew look so much alike especially when Crew was his age, Its nice to know that someone else shares with my husband their birthday, Love your layouts, very inspiring to me, i have been following your blog now since before Crew was born, and I can honestly say you are one SUPER MUM,

The Blackburn Buzz said...

Beautiful family! I started reading your blog a couple years ago and come back often to catch up. LOVE reading about your sweet family and scrapbooking pages. Gives me inspiration with my 3 little ones! :)
Blessings to you and your family!

Brookfield, WI

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for my baby girl who is addicted to Starbucks. She is a senior this year and you are not kidding when you say the season will be changing before our very eyes. She was just 3 years old yesterday. Love Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake!

Kim G
Hermiston Oregon

Lea said...

There must be something in the air...I dug my scrapping goodies out of the closet over the weekend and attempted to get some projects started/completed while chasing the kiddos around! Let's see, my favorite summer dessert would have to be strawberry shortcake even though I couldn't eat any this year because the new baby screams herself hoarse if I eat strawberries! :(

Monmouth, ME

Terri said...

My favorite dessert is layers of pound cake with berries and pudding. I can't remember the exact name of it.
Davison MI

Adrienne said...

You amaze me, Jody! I'd love to scrap with my girls age 2 and 5, but the tape runner gets pulled apart everytime! Guess I need to switch adhesives, right?!

Congratulations on your newest addition, Teague! You are definitely an inspiration for moms everywhere.

Our favourite "picnic" food this time of year is, without a doubt, peaches and cream corn on the cob. Yummy!

BT Laurie said...

I can't having any mental time to be creative - but you sure are.

My husband has needed to eat 'vegan' due to health issues so our 'grilling' life has taken a turn that's for sure. We have enjoyed grilled veggies on the grill this summer --- onions, potatoes, peppers,zucchini...

Laurie - Muskegon MI

mmullenix said...

Congratulations on that adorable baby boy. Love the Starbucks mini book. And I stand in awe that you are able to fit in some much need me time and get some scrapbooking done! You are Da (Wo)man!

mmullenix said...

ooooppppss - forgot the contest part. Carrollton, GA & I like fruit triffles for summer meals.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on your new addition...he is adorable as are the rest of the kids!!! and they are growing so fast, it seems like just yesterday that i was reading about you being pregnant with crew!!!

i love potato salad at picnics...the simple way my mom makes it potatoes, eggs, mayo a little mustard, and onion! it's the best!!! for dessert i like anything, i am making watermelon cupcakes for our picnic with my in-laws this weekend!!!

have a great weekend,
jen, coatesville, pa

Barb said...

So happy to see some of your creative works again....you've been creative in so many other ways lately! Congrats on your new addition...you photos are so lovely!

Barb said...

Forgot to add....Fenton, MO and like Picnic Cake, which is a lemon cake...so summery.

Keshka said...

I'm Keshet from Elizabeth, NJ--and was so pleasantly surprised to see your beautiful layouts on here!