Friday, July 31, 2009

A Sad Day

Today is a very sad day. Today is Bailey Boo's 2nd birthday and I am not able to be with her to celebrate. I texted her mom this morning and sent birthday wishes and love and I mailed a package to her. I hope she doesn't forget her Grandma. Bailey Boo I love you and I miss you!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Weigh In Day and A Gift

Today was weigh in day at Weight Watchers and I lost another 3.2 pounds, down 8.6 total. I am happy about that!

Yesterday I did some work on Photoshop on some pictures of Bailey with various family members, sent them to Walgreen's and put them in this cool Who Loves Baby? album. It brought tears to my eyes to work on this project but I am hoping Bailey will love it. I am putting together a box to send her for her birthday on Friday.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Happy Sunday morning! It's time once again for Sunday Scrappin'. It's been a better week, paper crafting wise and I have lots to show you today. I didn't do all of these layouts this week. A number of them are paper pages and I just took the pictures to post.

I start a Wellness Journey book. Here is the cover,
page 1,
and page 2.
I took a class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking called the Challenge of Me. The first challenge was the size of the pages you were to do. I was to do 8" x 8" pages so that in itself posed the first challenge. I was debating purchasing an album and then in a box of donated stuff at the store I found this album. An 8" x 8" green diamond pattern album. Here is the decorated cover.
This is the cover page.
There are dividers to make. This is the first divider of My Life.
A two page layout on what makes us feel fulfilled.
A two page layout on someone who changed our lives.
And a two page layout on our own health. Now, the class is over and there are 28 challenges so I am way behind but am working on the journaling on the computer and maybe I'll get a few more pages done this week?
I am taking a class at Debbie Hodges' Get it Scrapped called Still More Mad Digital Skillz. Learned how to make the window glass and reflection. Very cool.
This is June's layout from A Snapshot of My Life.
Two more pages from the Still More Mad Digital Skillz. This lesson we learned how to use a displacement map to create this cool title.

And the third class in Still More Mad Digital Skillz was on creating a piece of notebook paper and tape. Cute!
Two more pages from my Wellness Journal.

Two pages from My 365 project. I am a couple of weeks behind on layouts but finally got all caught up on posting layouts and journaling.

This week I would like to continue working on the classes that I have fallen behind on and get caught up on My 365 layouts.

Hope you had a great week. We are celebrating three birthdays this coming week. Bailey will be 2 on July 31, as well as my best friend (and boss) Valori. It will be sad not seeing Bailey to celebrate her second birthday but I am working on a cute scrapbook item to send to her. My Mom's birthday is August 4th. She and my Dad are coming for dinner next Sunday and I am looking forward to a family get together.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Well, yesterday was the big day. I went back to the doctor's after being on five different medications for a month to see how they were helping my high blood pressure and my cholesterol. Good news all around! I have lost 5.4 pounds, my blood pressure went from 154/101 to 111/69 and my total cholesterol went from 440 to 160. Now the only thing I need to work on is my blood sugar which is 104 and needs to be down below 99. Less sugar, more activity. Ugh! The doctor also modified my meds and there is only one that I will be taking twice a day instead of three. Here's to good health and long life.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

101 in 1001 Days Update

I haven't updated my 101 in 1001 Days list in ages. It was fun to go through the list and see which things I had accomplished without even thinking about them being on the list. Items in blue are in progress.

Baileysgranny’s 101 in 1001 days list


1. Give up sugar for a week

2. Get down to target weight (lost 12 lbs)

3. Maintain target weight

4. Go to Curves three times a week (I will have to revise this since I am no longer a Curves member)

5. Go to the dentist for a check up

6. Look into teeth whitening or laminates

7. Go to the eye doctor for a check up (completed)

8. Get a physical (completed)

9. No soft drinks for a month.

10.Eat RDA fruits and vegetables for a week

11.Have a rest and recharge weekend once every six months (0/6)

12.No fast food for one month (0/30)

13.Take my vitamins every day for a month (completed)

14.Ride my bicycle once a weekend for a month (0/4)

15.Get my hair professionally colored

16.Get a pedicure and a manicure once a month for three months (completed)

17.Make two new friends

18.Have a spa day once every two months


19.Save for and expand patio

20.Get the patio cleaned off and decorated

21.Put up wallpaper border in master bedroom (completed)

22.Paint the guest bathroom


23.Write down one thing I'm thankful for everyday for a month

24.Attend church three Sundays a month for six months (3/18)

25.Join an on-line Bible Study


26.Send holiday cards (not just Christmas cards)

27.Write my grandmother once a month for three months (completed and continuing)

28.Write 101 reason I love Dave

29.Once a month for three months send a card or letter just because (1/3) 8/30/08 sent a card to Ruth & Ira

30.Have a game night with Brent once a month for six months (completed)

31.Spend an afternoon with Brandon once a month for six months (completed)

32.Take the dogs for a walk in the mornings for one month (0/30)

33.Be more romantic at least twice a week for three months (0/36)

34.Important phone call for Brent (no need for this now)


35.Create weekly do lists and complete for six weeks (0/6)

36.Look into and start a modified Fly Lady cleaning regime

37.Work on chores list and household list

38.Implement recycling program (implemented 7/30/08)

39.Clean and organize master bedroom closet

40.Hire a cleaning gal (completed 7/23/08)

41.Get my home completely clean and keep it that way for two months so we can have accept surprise guests

42.Make daily lists for three months to keep my schedule more organized and productive (0/90)

43.Get the storage unit emptied (completed)


44.Put all my recipes on the computer, reprint and laminate

45.Try a new restaurant once a month for six months (completed)

46.Cook 100 new recipes (30/100)

47.Have an extended family dinner once a month


48.Save a $1.00 a day for 1001 days ($100/1001)

49.Take care of stocks

50.Find a way to make money working from home

51.Get a new filing cabinet and use it! (completed)

52.Make and sign a will

53.Keep up with my office hours (15+ hours per week)

54.Set budget for holidays and stick to it

55.No impulse purchases for three months – only buy what’s on the list!

56.Keep groceries at $100 a week for a month (0/4)


57.Read an average of two books a week (listed here

58.Watch at least three movies each week (listed here

59.Read new authors A to Z of Authors (A-Mary Kay Andrews B-Emilie Barnes C-Dixie Cash D-Anita Diamant E-Janet Evanovich F-Joy Fielding G-Lynn Grabhorn H-Chelsea Handler I-Lee Iacocca J-Kate Jacobs K-Sophia Kinsella L-June Lourey M-Stephenie Meyer N-O-P-Jodi Picoult Q-R-Roxanne Robinson S-Rebecca Stott T-U-V-W-Peter Walsh X-Y-William P Young Z-Mary Zelinski)

60.Watch Ugly Betty DVD’s (Season 1 and 2 - completed)

61.Watch Reba DVD’s (Season 1, 2, 3, and 4 - completed)

62.Watch Two and a Half Men DVD’s (Season 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 - completed)

63.Watch Sex and the City DVD’s (Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)

64.Watch Friends DVD’s (Season 1, 2, 3, and 4 - completed)

65.Watch Weeds (Season 1 and 2)

66.Watch Nip Tuck (Season 1, 2, and 3)

67.Weed out my DVD and VHS collection

68.Transfer VHD to DVD


69.Visit St Augustine

70.Visit the Kennedy Space Center


71.Visit Washington DC

72.Trip to Nashville for Country Music Fun Fest


73.Give blood

74.Put together a hurricane supply kit for the house

75. Put together an emergency kit for the car


76.Complete Techniques 101 class and put in Inspiration File

77.Scrapbook at least once a week for six months (completed)

78.Start a journal and write it in at least once a week

79.Complete 21 Day Challenge with quotes (#79 was revised as I had a duplicate)

80.Finish my grandmother’s quilt

81.Make my country music t-shirts into a quilt

82.Make a recipe book for Nicole

83.Get digital scrapbook layouts printed for albums (completed)

84.Complete one piece of jewelry a week for three months (completed)

85.Get my completed scrapbook pages organized and in albums (Completed)

86.Finish my 2003 scrapbook pages (completed)

87.Collect a complete set of the state quarters and put in album (completed)


88.Complete a Day in the Life photography challenge

89.Complete A-Z photography challenge

90.Use the camera at every opportunity and make the behavior automatic

91.Take 1001 amazing photos

92.Put photos in my empty picture frame collection

93.Create a wall of pictures of family and friends

94.Get CD’s of old pictures from my Dad and organize them (I got them from my Uncle but haven’t organized them yet)

95.Photograph each of my 101 in 1001


96.Take a photography class

97.Learn to work with silver clay

98.Learn Dance Revolution


99. Collect my spare change and cash it in on day 101

100. Write an entry on my blog for each of the tasks completed (9/101)

101. Start a new 101 in 1001 list when this one is over

Items in bold are completed

Items in blue are in progress

Items in italic are revisions


102. Write Dave’s Mom and send pictures once a month for six months. (didn't complete - Dave's Mom passed away in November 2008)

103. Call Valori once a month (this one proved easier than some, I am working for Valori and see her every week and talk to her a couple of times a week! (completed)

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Sunday Scrappin'

Happy Sunday! I was out of town last week and didn't participate in Sunday Scrappin'. My life has been a bit of a downer lately and I haven't really had too much ambition to do much other than work, read and sleep.

Due to a tremendously stressful situation I haven't seen Bailey or Nicole in over two weeks. It is killing me to not see Bailey but not having the day to day stress of Nicole's daily drama is much better for my health. Then to top it all off Brandon decided to move out without telling me until it was done. He moved while I was at the store and took many things that he shouldn't have and left us with his two fish tanks to take care of. And my 93 year old grandmother fell and broke her ankle in two places. Too many things to occupy my mind.

On a happier note, I just completed the Photo Editing class at This has been an awesome class and you can see the other photos I edited in earlier posts. Here is the last photo in the class. She is offering two new classes that start in August that I am going to take.
Other than the photo editing class I really haven't done much scrapbooking. I am working on a couple of on-line classes but don't have anything finished with them.

My to-do's this week:
  1. Catch up My 365 blog with both photos and layouts.
  2. Get the printed materials from my on-line classes organized and work on something!
  3. Make new pages for my wellness journey.

I guess doing the photo editing class counted for Amy's challenge last week of trying something new. This week's challenge is to do a vacation scrapbook page. Join us for Sunday Scrappin'!

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Photo Editing Class 13

Today was the last video from the Photo Editing class at This is another great technique that I can see using again and again.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Photo Editing Class 12

The Photo Editing class over at is coming to an end and I am very sad. I have enjoyed waking up each morning with something new to learn. Today's class is about making a storyboard. I love this look and it gives me ideas on making prints that could be framed as gifts.

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This is my Grandmother (we call her Gammy) and me in her kitchen last October. She and I are very close. I was the first grandchild and I was born on her birthday. My Mom called last night and told me Gammy fell and broke her ankle in two places. Please keep Gammy in your thoughts and prayers.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Photo Editing Class 8-11

I got a little behind in the Photo Editing Class offered at but I am caught up now. Here is class 8:
Class 9:
Class 10:
Class 11:
I have learned so many cool techniques and can't wait to work with my pictures and put them on scrapbook pages.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Photo Editing Class 6

Another amazingly cool technique from Jessica Sprague's Photo Editing class.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Photo Editing Class 5

Oh my gosh! I am loving this technique. This is from Jessica Sprague's Photo Editing class. We used three textures on this photo and then added a frame. Isn't is fabulous? and it took like 5 minutes to make. I think I will do something like this to make a photo to be framed.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Photo Editing Class 4

Day 4 of Jessica Sprague's Photo Editing Class. We are learning to use clipping masks.

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Photo Editing Class 3

This is day 3 of Jessica Sprague's Photo Editing class. I loved the way this photo turned out - with the color desaturated and tinted. I can see doing a lot with this technique.

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