Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sharing our new family pictures

I decided we needed some new family pictures today so we took off to the park and had a lot of fun doing them.
 My tripod came in VERY handy today, especially for the group shots. I LOVE my tripod! ha ha.
Hope ya'll enjoy a peek into my "non-scrappy" life. :)
Hugs ladies and be blessed!
Brook
Our family

Me

My hubby and I

My teenager Blake

My daughter Jordyn

My lil' man Zach

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

                                                                 GO PINK...
                                                            for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's a few days early... but I wanted to get the word out and hopefully we can all remember and celebrate those who have lost the battle or are fighting the battle with breast cancer. I've been involved with some area of "fighting cancer" relays since I was very young. Relay for Life has been a part of my growing up since I was 10. Recently, I had a scare with breast cancer and thank GOD it was only a scare. I know 2 ladies currently fighting this fight. I wanted to do something to raise awareness and I hope you ladies will join me. Our October Creative Endings challenge will be "GO PINK".  If you know someone who is fighting this battle create a card or craft in their honor. Post your picture as an "entry" for our GO PINK challenge either here on my blog or on my youtube channel @ www.youtube.com/user/brooknrich and enter to win a special GO PINK PRIZE PACK. You can comment down below with a link to your blog (GO PINK submission). Submissions will last from now through October and will end on October 23rd. Let your creative juices flow and think PINK. Your entry can be anything that celebrates breast cancer so think outside the box. 
Once this challenge ends, I will post the winner on October 24th, 2010 and you will receive a SUPER AWESOME PINK PRIZE. You will LOVE this prize ladies so get out all your scrap goodies and GO PINK!


Hugs and Be Blessed ladies!
Brook
 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Yippie, I found my camera charger!!!

So, randomly I decided to look in the luggage that we'd taken on our trip in June and there it was!! It was sitting there so lovely and I could swear I heard angels singing, LOL. So.. this mean PICTURES PICTURES PICTURES and a faster upload time for videos. My flip takes 174 minutes to upload a 5 minute video. So.. get ready ladies.... ha ha.

Hope you are all having a blessed week and getting ready for the weekend. I will be posting details and mailing dates for my tag swap for those of you who want to join so check my blog on Monday morning.

Hugs and be blessed,
Brook

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lollipops and Primas and a swap for YOU!

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Click on the link above and Come hang out with me on my youtube channel. I have a video up of this flower. Jewels from The Jewel Box had an awesome tutorial on this technique of making your own Prima flowers. This was my first attempt at it and I think, minus a few minor mistakes, it turned out BEAUTIFUL.. what do ya'll think?
I'm sorry I've been missing for a week. My broken toe has kept me down but I'm up and moving again (slowly) so I'll be looking forward to catching up on everything and catching you all up on what's been happening at Creative Endings!!!
                                                                              SWAP TIME:
I am thinking of hosting a monthly swap starting next Monday. I am wondering how many of you ladies would like to be a part of this. Each swap will cost (in total with shipping) no more than 5.00. We can use items we already have and be able to enjoy each others creativeness and fun! The way it will work  for this month is we will be doing "TAGS". I'm sure you have all done a swap at one time or another but for those of you who haven't... THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN!!! I will be hosing it this time and if you all like it we can start a swap group and we can take turns as the host for those of you who might be interested. I think it will be neat if the host comes up with the swap item, but if you are not comfortable with doing the theme we can submit a list of things or themes for a swap an we can just start at the top and work our way through the submitted and agreed upon themes.  For this one I thought since Halloween is pretty much coming up quick it would be too hard to get tags made, sent and back to you all before Halloween so I thought we could decorate tags with a Christmas theme. What do ya'll think? I love Christmas and I love tags (I'm sure we ALL do) so I think this will be awesome!!! The way it will work is we will each decorate a tag and then you will mail them to me (but keep 1 that you made for yourself) and then I distribute the tags back to you. You will end up with a tag from EACH lady in the swap. These are so fun ladies! I've been a part of 7 through scrapbook.com and I've hosted 3 and they've all turned out SO GREAT! So... what do you think? Let me know!! I am hoping to get tags mailed to me by November 11th so that I have time to distribute them back to each of you and you will have them by December 1st.
Comment and let me know what you think. Don't be shy... everyone has their own unique way of scrapping and ALL are welcome. Newbies, Oldies and everyone in between. I think this is a great way for all of us to participate in something fun and get to know each other better. I will post the official rules and directions Sunday night (if there is enough interest) and then we can get started SCRAPPIN' our TAGS!!! I can't wait!!!
 

Hugs ladies and Be Blessed!!
Love,
Brook

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Helping Jules........ please check out her blog for more details

Hi ladies,
I hope you are all having a great week so far and getting ready for the weekend! Yah!!! I appreciate all my followers and friends and scrap-sisters so much for all your sweet words, e-mails, messages and mostly for your friendships. They mean so much to me! I am doing this post to get the word out and give support to Jules. You can visit her blog at www.thejulebox.com and also her youtube channel jannaviles. Jules recently had a death in her family and the family is needing to raise money for the funeral/burial expenses because the burial company will not bury him until they have paid in full up front. The family is doing A LOT to raise money for this cause. I have decided to sell some mini albums and 100% of the proceeds will go to Jules family. Jules has a "donate" button on her blog, www.thejulebox.com and she's also selling lace and button bundles where the proceeds will go to paying for the burial. Please go to her blog and check it out. Her items are AMAZING and beautiful and she also has a video up explaining everything. Even if you can't donate financially, your thoughts and prayers mean SO much so I ask that you all stop by there and lend your support to a fellow scrap-sister okay. :) Many hugs and blessings to you all and I want to say thank you again! I know that we never know when we might have a crisis or loss in our own lives and the support of anyone and everyone is very important. I ask that you just pray super hard for her family and lend ANY support you are able to.

Have a great Friday ladies and a wonderful weekend and from the bottom of my heart I say thank you because all your friendships, messages and prayers mean all the world to me!
SUPER BIG HUGS,
Brook

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

camera..........bummed!!

So I have some FABULOUS pictures of some cute cards I've made this weekend, a "Remember Me" journal I put together for my brother who passed away, and a few great HAULS and RAK's but I CAN"T FIND THE CHARGER to my camera!!!!!! I've looked all weekend and my fear is that it's sitting in a hotel in Phoenix where I might have left it... :( WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I am so bummed. Not only can't I post pics for ya'll, but I can't TAKE ANY PICTURES either. This is such a horrible tragedy to a photography business owner and AVID scrapper. Well, you can bet that my savings that I've had building for a "few scrapbook goodies" will go into a new charger this afternoon. :(
Hang in there with me and I will try to get a few pics and videos posted before tomorrow. :)

Hugs and Be Blessed Ladies,
Brook

Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Project.....Brother's ANGELversary

Hey ya'll hope you're all having a great long Labor Day weekend. I'm loving the long weekend b/c my kids are out of school EVERY Friday so that means we have a 4 day weekend with them. I love the kids being home. It just grounds me! It also gave me a start to my 365 project. smClaudia from youtube is having to sell her scrapbooking supplies due to the recent loss of her husband suddenly. I know many of you follow Claudia she's an amazing lady. While we all can pray for her and her family, another way you can look into supporting her is by checking out her youtube channel and if you're interested you can purchase her scrapbook items. She's making videos of lots of stuff and they go pretty quickly so if you're interested subscribe to her and each time she uploads a new video it will notify you. I recently purchased her 365 Kit and I'm super excited because I've been looking for one of these forever. Tonight, I found out they aren't making them anymore so I'm blessed that I could not only help her out, but I was able to get something I've been really really wanting for a long time now.
I'd been trying to find one as this is the 1 year anniversary (ANGELversary) of my brother going to heaven. September 3rd of last year he committed suicide and it was a devastation to my family. He was only 33 and would have been 34 September 7th. Today, in honor of his memory we (my entire family and friends spread out over the entire US) light a candle at 5:00p.m. for him. We are all going to be letting balloons go for him on what would have been his birthday in 2 days. This loss has been tragic to our family, and I believe brought us closer in the end. I thank God everyday for my family, friends, scrap-sisters, and those of you who we don't know but has supported us and supported me. I've been working very hard to get my photography and scrapbook business up and running and 50% of the proceeds go to Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is a drug/alcohol abuse home for teens and my brother was not only seen there a few times, but was a volunteer. My mom donated all his clothing to Teen Challenge after he passed and we believe 100% in this foundation. It's saved MANY MANY children and teens lives.
 I miss you big brother, everyday is so hard but I know that I will see you again in Heaven one day and our whole family will unite and never be apart again. Give Ron, Granny Bev, and Gramps a big hug and kiss for me.


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and give your family lots of hugs and kisses.
Be Blessed!!!
Brook