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June 2012

We knew all along it was a possibility, and honestly I am not ready to leave Germany let alone pack-up and move.  Earlier this month we got our orders.  Not an extension, but a full consecutive tour.  We are in Germany another three full years.

Most of me is really, really happy.  I love my new country, I’m so far away from learning everything I want to learn.  I’m so far away from exploring everything I want to explore.  I’m so far away from speaking perfect German.  I’m also so far away from my big boys.  And my parents.  And my sister.  And my in-laws.  And my two best friends in the whole, wide world.  There are days that beautiful Germany just can’t make up for that loss and I sit here and cry.  Sometimes I call them and make them cry too.

I am by nature a glass half-full kind of person, and my glass is way more than half-full, I just really miss my big boys.  I thought it be easier with them grown, and out of the house, yet not a day goes by I don’t get a phone call, email or skype from one of them needing my sage advice (shhhh, it’s my fantasy) or just to hear our voices.  Knowing that it’s hard on them too, having us so far, makes it even harder on me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being an Army wife.  I love all the opportunities it has provided me, my family and my kids.  I am grateful for a steady job and the benefits.  I am proud of my soldier and his true patriotism.  It is one of the things I love deeply about him.  He strongly believes in our country and defending our freedoms.  As we head into the 4th of July holidays it’s on my mind just a little bit more. How incredibly spectacular our country is, with all it’s faults, in the freedoms and opportunities it provides.

Today though, I really miss my kids.  It’s been 2+ years since all six were home:

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Boo, Booland Designs, has amazing products in our store.  I’m constantly gobsmacked, as Boo likes to say, by the creative superpower she’s got hidden up her sleeve.  Each of these bundles is only $5.00.  That’s over 86% percent savings off their original prices!  Awesome deals.

If you haven’t tried Boo’s work before, this is the perfect time to try out her style and see for yourself the deliciousness of the elements she packs in every kit.  I freely admit that Boo is my friend, and I’m far from unbiased, but at $5.00 per retirement bundle, it’s not a lot to wager on a happy outcome.


I found a freebie of Boo’s she made me a while back. I love her clusters to begin with, but this one has a beautiful little golden bird that just makes any page you put it on sing (forgive my pun, it’s hot over here it melts my brain).  Just click to download & enjoy.


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I’ll be just getting back from my trip to Disney with my 5 year old when this posts and ready to scrap all those pictures that I’ve taken and Just So Scrappy’s kit Big Mousey Vacation is the perfect kit to get me started!!!

Then you can grab the  bundle that  includes the full 12×12 300 dpi 1 Big Mousey Vacation Kit, both sets of 4 matching 8.5×11 and 12×12 Quick Pages, set of 4 12×12 Stacked Papers, set of 6 Cluster Frames, set of 6 Page Borders, set of 16 Clusters and the set of 7 Extra Alphas which are not included in the kit.

I can hardly wait to get back and scrap all the pictures, hope your having a fun summer too!!!  Here’s quick page to get you started, enjoy!!!                                                                  ***Download***



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The Dolphin of the Schwarzwald

by Toiny Westberry 27 June 2012
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It’s still afternoon in my neck-of-the-woods, the day is barely half over, and it has been such a day!  An amazing day, an exhausting day, a camel-filled day!  Camels you ask?  Why yes, camels.  Somewhere in the mix, while searching for my lost car, I once again found camels wandering the streets of Germany.  I’m […]

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Video Tutorial: Using a Template

by Toiny Westberry 26 June 2012

I finally have a second video tutorial up. I still sound nervous.  I’m pretty sure more practice would help.  Today I cover how to use a template to create a customized digital scrapbooking layout.  I used the following supplies: Photoshop CS5 Project 365: June {Page Templates} by Digilicious Designs Obsidian Dawn’s Animal Prints Photoshop Pattern […]

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Until They All Come Home on SALE, plus a freebie

by Studio Team 25 June 2012
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With the 4th of July just around the corner, I’ve been thinking lately about the things that we celebrate and the reasons we celebrate them. It is so easy, really, to lose sight of those reasons when a holiday like the 4th of July means a day off of work (a big deal for me!), an opportunity […]

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LOTW June 17 – 23 And the winer is ….

by renee 24 June 2012
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scrapaholic09 with her beautiful page Daddy Forever. Now I don’t know about you, but for me there is just something happening when I see such a beautiful photo of a Daddy with his child. It sort of makes me weak, let’s out tender feelings. Besides the photo’s I also love the stacked papers here and […]

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by Toiny Westberry 24 June 2012
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!  That’s me going cuckoo for cocoa puffs.  I love Dane to pieces (look at him, who wouldn’t?) but he is five now.  And five.  Five is the terrible two’s, times five.  Actually, none of my kids were terrible at two.  They were funny, adorable, still manageable and they took naps! Five.  At five they […]

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Quick Tip #8 – the Preset Manager

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 23 June 2012

When I was trying to decide what to write about today, I thought the best thing to do was ask what you all would like to know!  I posed the question on my Facebook Page, and Kristal asked a great question about how to save some styles that she had created. Kristal wrote: “Styles – […]

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Delightful Summer Collection by Designs by Brigit and Linda Cumberland and a Freebie

by renee 22 June 2012

Isn’t the sunshine simply wonderful? Warm sunny days and nice, gentle breezes blowing gently across your face. I can hardly wait. If you can’t wait either then let yourself be blown away with this amazing Delightful Summer Collection by Designs by Brigit and Linda Cumberland. This fabulous collection is  filled with fresh flowers, whimsical elements, […]

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