Vicky Kelly’s Scrappy World

Maria’s Sketch

This layout will not qualify for a prize for the Apron Strings Blog Hop & Party but I wanted to do it for fun anyway.  I used a previous AS kit but added the Thickers, American Craft felt heart, the blue flowers, Stickles to the brads on the flowers, & ink on the edges of the pictures & patterned paper.  The patterned papers are by Dream Street.  Letter stickers are by Doodlebug Designs. 

Maria did a fabulous job in creating this sketch!  I altered it just a tiny bit & used two 5×7 photos instead of the four smaller pictures.  Kudos go to John & Valerie Garcia for the fabulous photos of the girls!



Jennifer’s Recipe Challenge

I always want to create more during online crops & in this case, our Apron Strings Blog Hop & Party, but life got really busy.  I spent most of today with my oldest daughter.  It was a really good day!  I count my blessings that I have her & all of my children!

I did complete Jennifer’s Recipe Challenge.  Here it is.  The recipe was:  use sewing, 3 pictures, strip journalling, a monogram & bling.  I had so much fun using a previous AS kit & added a Thickers letter, a jewel, Stickles, & an adorable hand made button (made by Etsy seller, TessaAnn Waite).  The cute little gal in the pictures is Chloe, my grandbaby girl.  Pictures were taken by John & Valerie Garcia in Wichita (the other grandparents). 
















This blog hop & celebration was a lot of fun & I hope you join in next time!  I’m sure it will be the first of many!

Welcome to the Apron Strings Blog Hop!

In honor of Apron Strings brand new blog we are hosting a blog hop & will also be having some awesome, fun challenges this weekend!  The fun officially begins on Friday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m. MDT (which is 11:00 a.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Central, & 8:00 a.m. Pacific).  We will wrap up our hop on Sunday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. MDT (8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, & 5:00 p.m. Pacific).  

Stopping here at my blog, you should have arrived from Louisa-May Khoo’s blog ( ).  If you came to my place first, head back to . 

Here is how it will work:  you will visit Apron Strings blog & then hop to the next person on the list (which will be mentioned on the Apron Strings blog with a link).  At each stop there will be posted a unique phrase that relates to our kits.  Email each phrase you collect to Lori @  At the end of the hop there will be a random drawing & there will be some fun goodies given out.

My last post I showcased the April Smaller then a Breadbox kit in a slideshow.  I also have had some fun recently with some previous kits.  I’m still loving the fun, yummy goodies that come in our kits.

nathanframe1 I created this super easy framed mini layout of my 3 month old little sweetie Nathan.  I purchased a double sided, 4×6 acrylic frame at Kmart.  This would be so simple to do with any size of acrylic frame & the frames are so inexpensive!  I cut my paper, matted the wallet size photos onto a couple of smaller sized coordinating patterned paper pieces (papers & letter stickers are by Carolee’s Creations), spelled out his name using the letter stickers that were included with this particular kit, added the photo corners (by American Crafts) that also were included with the kit.  I then placed the layouts inside of the frames, added a rub on flourish (by Making Memories) & a handmade button (created by TessaAnn Waite,  Super simple, took me less then an hour!  The button was placed on the frame using a permanent glue dot.  The baby is an exclusive created by me 😉  Pretty cute!   The kit I used is part of the September 2008 Smaller then a Breadbox kit & is still available & on sale. 

Now for the really fun part, the phrase I have to give you:  add-ons available

Again, email with this phrase to be entered in a drawing for some really fun prizes!

I hope you enjoy this Hop & do return back to our brand new blog ( ) for some awesome challenges by our Sous Chefs.

Please head over to Laura Williams blog ( ) to continue in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Apron Strings April 2009 Smaller then a Breadbox Kit!

I am absolutely loving being a part of the Apron Strings Design Team!  I’ve had the privilege of designing with two kits so far.  The current kit I “cooked” with (we are called Sous Chefs 🙂 was the April 2009 Smaller then a Breadbox kit.   Let me tell you, there is nothing small about this kit!  I love the variety in the kits.  And, even though there are three separate portions in each kit with different sets of papers & embellishments, I have found that often all of the bits in the portions mix & match with each other.  Which makes this kit a great value & very versatile!

We do have some fun things planned for our own Scrapbooking Day.   All of  us had a lot going on during National Scrapbooking Day so we’ve chosen to cook up some fun for you coming up very soon in the weeks to come.  We will have challenges & some fun blog candy to pass around so keep an eye out for this!

Onto the fun stuff, this month’s creations with this amazing kit:

We are so blessed to have an exclusive Becky Fleck Pagemap to include every month in our kits.  I designed my Softball layout based on that “recipe”.  My daughter, Hope, is featured on that layout.  The papers in that portion of this kit are so versatile & would work for boys or girls, or any topic for that matter!

To find out more please visit  We have a brand new blog as well as a fabulous, jam-packed-with-ideas newsletter in our resources area.

Faith Sisters

I have a lot of catching up to do here since having the new baby! 

I’ve really enjoyed the past month of being a Creative Team member for  I have a lot of fun projects to share & want to invite those who are interested in scrapbooking their faith to come over & play along. 

One challenge I am having fun with is the “My Prayers for You” challenge.  We are creating projects (mine is a card system, like a rolodex but I’m using Zsiage’s product called the ScrapODex to make my prayer cards for my kids) with scriptures & prayers for loved ones. 

godswordcardThis card is from week one.

praycardThis is the reverse side of the card.

Week 2 card (both sides):



We are also doing a “God Loves You” challenge.   I am finding it invaluable to reinforce that God does indeed love me.  I know it of course but scrapping about it just helps me to “hide it in my heart” & I’ll have it to look back on in my own 8×8 book.


Other fun stuff:  well the best news is my last!  Baby Nathan arrived on January 22, 2009 at 3:59 p.m. via surprise csection.  I’d been in the hospital for a couple of days due to rising blood pressure.  I had just gotten dressed (in pj’s of course lol) for another day of relaxing when the nurse came to the door & said that the Dr. would like to go ahead & get the induction done.  I was glad but also very nervous!  All was ok to move forward though, after all the previous Friday I’d had an ultrasound & baby was head down then.  Haha!  Little did we know.

I got an epidural pretty early on which turned out to be a good thing.  That epidural would have been so good for a regular birth!  It took well. 

Dr. Dahl came to break my water & I was only at 2 cm. dilation.  That would prove to be a good thing too.  I am glad that I had not gotten further because when she checked me she realized that there was not a head pressing on the cervix, it was little piggies!  She did give me the option, being that I’d given birth 10 times previous, to attempt a regular birth.  I said no that I did not feel confident to do it.  We went in for the csection at that time. 

It was sort of scary but exciting too.  I was glad to not have had to labor for hours on end but my blood pressure dropped during surgery & that felt SO funky!  Scary!  They administered some meds for that which made me lose my cookies pretty quickly.  Then I lost a lot of blood.  And, again, that felt scary.  Course then after he was born they pumped in the morphine & oh boy I was drunk lol  I just stared at that beautiful baby, realized he was PINK (my previous child had a very low apgar score & did not look good at birth, he was not healthy 😦  ), I was just giddy!  During the surgery itself I prayed out loud, I was pretty scared with the b/p drop & all of it. 

All in all it went well, baby Nathan is healthy, at 2 weeks he is doing just great!  He was 7 pounds 10 ounces, way below my own predictions.  I was insulin dependent diabetic during the pregnancy & the ultrasounds predicted him to be large.  He was just 20 inches long.  It’s fun having a tiny baby, my big babies were fun too but this is new for me.  Four of my little ones were smaller then “normal” for me.  Normal for me is 8 pounds on up lol 

Here is a little slide show of him in his first week.  I am doing the Becky Higgins 365 type of album for him, taking a picture a day (at least lol).  I don’t have her kit, they are hard to come by & I don’t think I want to spend hundreds of dollars on ebay lol  I have an album already, got some 4×6 page protectors from Pebbles, Inc. & plan to get their baby journalling cards & paper set made for this type of project. 

Having a baby in the house is tiring, that’s for sure!  I’d gotten spoiled by 3 1/2 years of sleep lol  But, I would not trade it in the for the world!  Sleep will come again.  Little babies grow up so fast.  I’m enjoying this little guy so much! 

Oh I have to share, my younger sister is now a digital scrapbooker.  I dare say she’s already a designer with a talent!  She created this adorable layout for Nathan. 


This page designed by Melissa Evans.  Background paper, orange paper used for the arrow, and orange ribbon is by Anne Langpap of 2peas-from a freebie set called Citrus freeze.  Alpha is from Steph Broccolo’s Monkey House kit purchased from Scrap Outside the Box.  Star is from Kim Crothers,   Brads are a digital freebie from, designer Eva Lindquist.

Apron Strings January 2009

I was so blessed to get to work with the Apron Strings January 2009 “Bigger then a Breadbox” kit as my very first design team assignment.   This has got to be one of the most economical kits I’ve ever seen!  It was jam packed with gorgeous papers & fabulous matching embellishments. 

Here are my creations:

Included with this part of the kit is Basic Grey’s Granola line of paper.  I added the Basic Grey letter stickers & also some hand stitching. 

The second part of the kit included Bo Bunny’s Flirty line of papers.  SO cute! 

Thanks for letting me share with you!

The News…..

I was invited to join as an Apron Strings Sous Chef  (designer)  for !!  I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with some very talented ladies as well as a fabulous kit club! 

Happy Scrapping!

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…..

Sure looks like one right now, wrong week but it’s very white outside!  Gorgeous!  But, very cold. 

I have incredibly fun news but can’t yet share.  Just had to say something because I’m SO excited!  It does have to do with scrapbooking & designing.  I’ll just have to wait to say what it is, I sent back an email with a yes.  Details will come later!

I thought I’d share some new work.  I have enjoyed the new Inspiration Team over at From Here 2 Scrapternity & loved their challenges.  So, this past two weeks I had fun playing along. 


This was created for the sketch challenge at FH2S.  Sketch was from & was a fun one to work with! 

I love this new Sassafrass Lass line of papers.  I managed to snag an entire kit (with die cut stickers & all the papers) from

The added items were some felt (I cut it from an old stocking as I did not have the right color of felt on hand) with hand stitching.  Hard to get straight but I was pleased with the end result. 

I then did some “fussy cutting” on a little reindeer & dotted his nose with Stickles. 

Close up of Rudolph:


The cute kiddos in the pictures are my nephews little boys. 


I just loved this picture when browsing through some older photos few days ago.  Poor baby!  Looks really excited to be modelling hats eh? 

This was part of a recipe challenge at FH2S.  Recipe was to:  use paint (which I did the bubble wrap painting technique), use bling (tiny jewels around the scalloped paper edge, as well as Stickles), & use vellum.  Now, I do not enjoy vellum very much.  But, I had some older Topline Creations printed vellum on hand so decided to use it as a back for the picture.  Lots of stash used here.  Basic Grey Lily Kate, American Craft ribbon, Savvy N’ Sassy ribbon, buttons, felt, thread, a Heidi Grace stick pin, & Making Memories rub on doodle.  I also dry painted around the edges of the photo. 

On another topic, last night my daughter called me & said she just realized she still has Grandpa Jerry’s phone number programmed into her phone.  I said, yes, I still have his email address in my addressbook & just can’t bring myself to delete it just yet.  This Christmas will be so different without him.  It still feels very unreal.

This is all I have for now, news to follow later.   Happy Scrapping!

Thankful for……

friends who call at just the right time!  Last night I was really down about something going on in my life.  Then calls one of my close friends.  Who wanted to go to coffee today for her birthday.  It was SO worth it!  I just had to say how thankful I am of the wonderful friends I have in my life! 

Christmas prep is going very slowly.  I did manage to recently get two gifts finished, Christmas candles, for my sister & mom.  I have yet to deliver their gifts but here they are for you all to see.


This is the candle that will soon find it’s way to my mom’s house.  I created it using a scented candle (from Walmart), ribbon from Savvy N’ Sassy, Basic Grey paper from my stash, as well as Scenic Route paper & American Crafts Thickers from the November Scrapgoods kit.  (on a sad note, Scrapgoods is going out of business & the December kit was their very last kit).


This one was incredibly easy to make.  Just some patterned paper (unsure of the brand, it’s from a swap from last year), ribbon from Savvy N’ Sassy, & a sticker that I glittered. 


This is one of my all time favorite layouts!  I had so much fun creating some look alike flowers (Maya Road makes puckered felt flowers, I learned from how to do this & loved the end result!  The layout was created for a fun use your stash a to z challenge at , & I used some Sassafrass Lass paper for it.  Ribbon is from American Crafts.  I adore American Crafts Thickers & here they are again 🙂  This photo was taken by my 10 year old daughter Hope.  I love it!

This is all I have for now.  Blessings to you!

Vent about Having an Unpolitically Correct # of Kids

One thing you won’t catch me writing about very often is politics.  And, hot topics that create controversy, nope.

But, the subject of how many kids I have is a topic I feel the need to vent about once again. 

Now, the majority of people are very kind about it & say things like “wow, I can’t handle the two I have, you must be patient” & such things like that. 

It is when someone says (acting as if they were the very first person to ever say it & that it’s incredibly hilarious somehow) the following:

*don’t you know what causes that yet?

*maybe we need to introduce Tom to condoms (or fill in the blank with my name & refer to birth control).

*you need to get a t.v. (as if t.v. watching somehow means you are intimate less?  And, this implies that the person thinks that somehow my hubby & I are more active then average just because we’ve chosen to not prevent children from coming into our lives).

Normally I let most of this just go in one ear & out the other.  Lately though, perhaps due to the fact that I am more hormonal & pregnant then usual, it bugs me when someone thinks they are being unique or funny by saying such things.

I feel that there are some things that are very private.  I’d never think to ask someone who has chosen to NOT have children, why don’t they have more intimate time with their husband so they could conceive.  I don’t even bring it up.  I don’t understand those who choose to not have kids & can’t relate but I respect their decision as one that was probably thoughtfully made & is up to them.  It’s not for me to comment on & would be considered quite rude to bring it up over & over as if I’d invented the topic. 

And, should I go telling others that they perhaps ought to consider birth control?  No, I don’t even allow my own doctors or nurses to bring that topic up.  I consider myself to be educated, I am a licensed nurse & do know what birth control is, how to use it, side effects, etc.  I don’t have a college degree yet but I attended a university for a year, then spent a gruelling 10 months to become an LPN & continue to maintain my license often using the very same materials that many RNs use for certification.  The test that I had to sit through was extremely difficult.  And, in the area of life experience, well I have 10 kids!  Every time I’ve had a baby I’ve studied the topic of pregnancy, kept myself educated. 

Sad thing is that it’s not only those whom I consider to be close friends who sometimes ask these probing, none-of-your-business types of questions but it’s often strangers or acquaintenances.

Thankfully there are enough of those who know better then to not ask, they know we are not dumb people, we did not fall off of a turnip truck, we came to this decision with the help of God. 

We are not rich, but we are also not a welfare family.  We are not unlike many in this day & time.  We work hard for what we do have, I have also chosen to not give my kids every single thing in life, if it means us going into debt to get it, then it’s probably something they can wait for or earn.  There are needs, & they are different then mere wants.  Wants are nice, & the Lord has been so good to often give us beyond what we need. 

One of these days when I have more energy (30 weeks of pregnancy & I’m getting doggone tired!) I’ll share the basics of just how we do feed the family, how we keep track of things, how we manage life.  We are certainly not the Duggars (I don’t wear a dress, wear my hair super long, or homeschool, & I long to be organized but struggle with it) but we are US & that’s a good thing!