Monday, February 27, 2006

You must write it...

Lightbulb accent from Rhonna Farrer's Pea Pod Kit
Font is My TYpe of Font

I will most likely use this quote somewhere in my art journal I am currently working on. Writing is what I'm thinking about lately and this quote has a special meaning to me. I ran into it years ago and it was something that inpsired me to get writing about autism.

This quote continues to have meaning for me. It is one of the reasons I put together my latest project, the Amazing Month of Memories series. This was something that I wanted to read, so I wrote it!

Is there something you want to read that isn't out there? Maybe you are the one who should write it!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


An Amazing Month of Memories - March 2006

I'm posting this here and on my scrap blog today because I think readers who enjoy quotes will love this also.

And some of the freebies might show up on this blog also. ;)

We will return to the regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!

March 2006 Amazing Month of Memories

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a long time now and I decided to finally make it happen! Each month I will prepare a downloadable guide called "An Amazing Month of Memories" and if I may say so myself, it did turn out to be quite amazing!

The March 2006 edition has:

5 month long themes
31 daily holidays
with 107 different ideas to inspire your scrapbooking and/or journaling!
These aren't just little short ideas like use green on a St. Patrick's Day page - they are full of depth and detail that will give you oodles of scrappable material!
Plus, 59 related internet links to explore

Holy Cow! I have to admit that I even surprised myself by how many ideas I came up with! This was such a fun project and now I am so excited for every day of the month of March!

The special introductory sale price is only $2.50 until March 1st for my blog readers. I will be posting this on my regualr website tomorrow at the fixed price of a very reasonable $5.00 - I mean, this thing is packed!

This is a downloadable 20 page pdf file document. You will receive the link once payment is posted and I have processed your order. I will be processing orders throughout the day so unless it is the middle of the night, you should receive your link within a few hours of payment.

Click here to get the sale link:

If you follow my blog during the month you are bound to run into some freebies of quote art or other goodies that go along with the March themes. So whether you are a paper scrapper, digital scrapper, avid journaler, or someone who just likes to celebrate each and every day, I know you will love my March 2006 Amazing Month of Memories!

Feel free to send me your comments here on the blog or via email to and please tell your friends about this!

P.S. Don't forget that tomorrow is the February Roundup!

Happy March!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, February 25, 2006


Font is Susie's Hand. Border is from Rhonna Farrer's Pea Pod Kit

I usually have the ideas and motiviation but I struggle with the daily consistency to make them a habit. I have felt a great accomplishment from keeping up my scrap blog and this quote blog on an almost daily basis. I have only missed a few days and it just so happens that yesterday was one of them! So I will post another quote for the day in this entry to make up for it. :)

I got this one from Rhonna Farrer's blog and decided to make it my own - or at least make it my own using Rhonna's awesome designs!

This proverb is a great way to remember what usually stops us from establishing a good habit. Temptation in some form creeps in to convince us that the habit is not worth pursuing or that it is unattainable.

I am going to choose to resist temptation and pursue the habits that will improve my life.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Life is more than just a game

I used to dislike Shaq because he played for a team other than mine. I have to admit I have changed my mind over the years. As far as overpaid athletes go, this guy is pretty ok. Plus you've got to admire someone who keeps his promise to his Momma! :)

This banner and story came in my email tonight because I signed up for the Good News newsletter from The Foundation for a Better Life.

Here's the story behind Shaq's billboard:


One of the most recognizable basketball players in the world, Shaquille O’Neal, was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey. His father was in the Army when he was growing up and the family lived in different parts of the world. He first started playing basketball at an Army base in Germany and quickly fell in love with the sport.

After a successful high school career in San Antonio, Texas, O’Neal attended Louisiana State University. The basketball star majored in business and set records on the court. He was named a first-team All-America in 1991 and 1992 and was the National Player of the Year in 1991.

Following these accolades, O’Neal made the decision to leave LSU after his junior year and turn pro. When announcing the decision, he also made a promise to his mother that he would finish his degree. In 1992, the Orlando Magic drafted O’Neal first overall. He immediately became a star in the National Basketball Association. During his career, he has won numerous awards including: nine All-Star selections; four All-NBA First Team selections; Rookie of the Year in 1992-93; and Most Valuable Player in 2000. He also has won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named MVP of the Finals each time. O’Neal also helped the USA basketball team win a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics.

Even while earning awards, O’Neal never forgot the promise he made to his mother and his school. He attended summer courses and an independent study program. His perseverance paid off as he earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies with a political science minor. On December 15, 2000, he received his diploma. O’Neal missed one of his team’s games to receive the diploma in person at LSU.

O’Neal did not stop with his bachelor’s degree. He attended the University of Phoenix and earned a master’s degree in business administration in June 2005. He has stated that when his playing days are done, he wants to be a police officer. In fact, O’Neal has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Miami Beach Police Department during different off-seasons and attended the Los Angeles County Police Academy while playing for the Lakers.

Off the court, O’Neal is extremely active in charitable efforts, including donating $1 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in support of their technology initiatives. He invites underprivileged children throughout the nation to various professional games, serves the homeless on Thanksgiving, brings gifts and spreads cheer to needy children in local hospitals at Christmas, and also makes frequent visits to the terminally ill through the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.” Most recently, along with his wife, Shaunie, O’Neal organized a relief effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina by collecting essential supplies for displaced families in the Louisiana and Texas areas.

His perseverance to honor his promise to his mother and his commitment to helping others, makes Shaquille O’Neal an even bigger star off the court than he is on.

In my opinion, perseverance is one of the best traits a person can have. I'll end with one of my favorite quotes on the topic:

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

- Christopher Reeve


Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A good laugh and a long sleep...

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
~Irish Proverb

I waited to long to post today and now I'm too sleepy! Wednesdays seem to be the busiest day of the week for me.

I thought I would turn in after this short post so let's have a laugh and then a good night's sleep!

Hope no one is offended by a little political humor - all in good fun!

The White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these jokes just write themselves.
David Letterman

"Dick Cheney gave an interview to Fox News. Some are accusing Fox of giving softball questions. My answer to that is, 'Well, does a vice president shoot in the woods?'" --David Letterman

Good night everybody!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Erma Bombeck

The wisdom of Erma is vast!

Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to have a market on the supply. "Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?" "Don't you want to save some of the pizza for your brother?" "Wasn't there any change?"
Erma Bombeck

Did you know she was born on this day in 1927?

Enjoy Erma today:

Erma Bombeck

More Erma quotes

Erma Musuem

Hope you get a chuckle out of Erma!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, February 20, 2006

Finding joy everywhere

“There are souls in
this world which have
the gift of finding joy everywhere
and of leaving it behind them when they go.”
~Frederick Faber

Posted at 2peas and sweet shoppe.

Font is Typo Upright. Papers & Flowers are from Mindy Terasawa's Oh So Sassy! kit at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Hope you are all lucky enough to have someone who spreads happiness in your life!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Chinese proverb

I am posting this layout on my scrap blog today also - I don't usually duplicate between the 2 blogs, but it has to do with the subject I am posting about there also.

I thought this quote was a fun one and I just happened to have a picture of a lily that I took last summer so I thought this was the perfect combination!

While I really am too practical to spend one of my last 2 pennies on a lily, it is a wonderful thing to remember to enjoy the finer things in life, even in a time of need.

Appreciating beauty is one of our rights that we should never take for granted.

Even though it is a cold and snowy February day right now, I can still enjoy the sight of this beautiful lily.

Hope you find something beautiful to brighten your day today also!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, February 18, 2006

The family is one of nature's masterpieces

This is a picture of me with my family on a beach in Oregon back in 2004.

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."

~George Santayana

A happy family really is a treasure and I am so lucky to have a wonderful family that loves and supports me.

I leave you with another great quote:

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Ariel and Will Durant

Have a wonderful weekend!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, February 17, 2006

Calvin & Hobbes

“Who was the first guy that look at a cow and said," I think that I'll drink whatever comes out of those things when I squeeze them?”

Calvin & Hobbes

This quote is for my son today, who happens to despise milk and loves Calvin & Hobbes! I had to laugh because I seriously had the exact same question come up in my mind just the other day. I am always fascinated to think about the first time something ever happened.

So here's some fun Calvin & Hobbes stuff for my son and for anyone else who likes the characters in this comic strip.

Wikepedia's informative entry

Calvin & Hobbes Magical World which includes a link to Teaching with Calvin & Hobbes I would totally order this if it was still in print! Darn!

The last great newspaper strip

My son has a lot of Calvin & Hobbes books but of course he really wants the
Complete Calvin & Hobbes collection that costs a whopping $94.50 on amazon! Oh well, a guy can dream right? Maybe he can ask Santa next year. :)

Hope you have a Happy Friday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Thursday, February 16, 2006

National Almond Day

"I said to the almond tree, ''Friend, speak to me of God,'' and the almond tree blossomed."

Nikos Kazantzakis

Did you know that February 16 is National Almond Day?

Here are some fun almond resources:

California Almonds - Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E

Almond m&ms's are my very favorite type of m&m!

Mars Bars are also very yummy! I didn't realize until today, that it is only the U.S. version that comes with almonds?

I love Almond Joy candy bars and I can't help but sing the song sometimes to myself!

Sometimes you feel like a nut
Sometimes you don't
Almond Joy's got nuts
Mounds don't

Almond Joy's got rich milk chocolate
Coconut and honey nuts too
Mounds got deep dark chocolate
Chewey coconut ooh

Sometimes you feel like a nut
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Sometimes you don't
Oooh oooh
Almond Joy's got nuts
Mounds don't

Peter Paul Almond Joy's got nuts
Peter Paul Mounds don't


Sometimes you feel like a nut
Sometimes you don't

Have a nutty day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

P.S. keep the quotes coming, I've received some great ones so far! You can email me at


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Call for quotes

I have enough quotes in my collection to keep this blog going for years and I still find new ones every day. Even with this arsenal of material, I thought it would be fun to ask my readers to send me quotes if they want to.

Send me your favorite quote (or quotes) and I will do something fun with them here on this blog.

You can leave me a comment here at anytime or email me directly at

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

I'll end with a good quote for the day:

Teachers who cannot keep students involved and excited for several hours in the classroom should not be there.
John Roueche

Happy Quoting!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Spirit of Love

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Paper from Jen Wilson L'Amour Rouge pack. Font is Di.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
~ Henry Drummond

Hope your Valentine's Day is filled with the spirit of love!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, February 13, 2006

Go with all your heart!

February is American Heart Month and with Valentine's Day coming tomorrow, it is a good time to think about your heart!

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


Here are some resources to help you put your whole heart into life!

American Heart Association

Heart Health

National Heart & Lung Institute

Heart Health Center

FDA Heart Health

You change your life by changing your heart.

Hope you have a happy heart today!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Gone to the dogs!

Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives.

~Sue Murphy

Here's my dog Ginger and she has a problem...she likes baked goods!

This is a layout I did several months ago, but I thought it was worth digging it out for this post.

We had a Ginger "incident" today. We are hosting an Olympic party for some friends tomorrow afternoon and I went to Costco yesterday to get all the goodies. I decided to make it easy and do a build your own sandwich type of meal. I bought lots of lunch meats, cheeses, and other sandwich fixins and several large bags of ciabatta bread rolls (which make for yummy sandwiches.) The rolls came 8 to a package and I bought 5 bags so that there would be plenty (we are having 20 people come over!)

I didn't have room to store 5 bags of rolls in my kitchen, so I put them in my downstairs storage room on a shelf. I went down there tonight and found a bag ripped open claw marks and 7 of the 8 rolls gone! I think the only reason the 8th roll was still there is because she couldn't get it out. I find it hard to believe she gave up with only 1 roll to go!

What a goofy dog! Hope we can keep the rest of them safe until party time!

As a sidenote, my nice hubby felt went to the store and got more rolls. :)

Does anyone else out there have a dog like this?

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, February 10, 2006

Olympic Spirit

The Winter Olympics start today and will be broadcast here in the United States on NBC at 8/7 central.

This is such an exciting time and I have an even stronger sense of Olympic Spirit after Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. My husband was a volunteer who worked in the speed skating venue working with the foreign dignitaries. He had a wonderful experience and it was so amazing to hear his stories at the end of each day. I will try to share some of our Olympic pictures on my blogs over the next few weeks.

Here's a great quote to kick off the Olympics:

“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.”

Pierre de Coubertin

Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic Games.

Hope you enjoy the Olympics!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Thursday, February 09, 2006

How to think like Leonardo da Vinci

paper from Jen Wilson Nostalgic Sepia. Font is Black Chancery.

I have started reading a new book over the past few days called "How to think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day." It is just fascinating!

There are some amazing creative activities which I can't wait to get to, but for now I am doing as the book suggests and just reading it straight through. Then I will go back and do the exercises that are based on some of the entries Leonardo made in his many notebooks. His collected notebooks contain more than 7000 pages!

I'm feeling very inspired already, so you may be seeing some more Leonardo quotes here on the blog in the next week or so!

Get inspired!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A rainbow of chaos

This seemed like a fitting quote for the day as I have a very busy one ahead of me!

"We live in a rainbow of chaos."

~ Paul Cézanne

Want to know more about the artist that said this? Go to Daily Celebrations for some fun Cézanne info. You will also find many other links to follow to explore the wonderful content of the Daily Celebrations site.

Celebrate life and enjoy the chaos!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Eating an artichoke

Don't you love how random the topics are that I choose for quotes each day? If you are trying to figure out a pattern, or some sort of rhyme or reason to it all, don't bother because there isn't any!

That's what is fun for me about this blog, just a quote for the day and a little something extra with it. The blogging works like my brain does, jumping from topic to topic in no particular order.

Today's quote is from one of my all time favorite swines:

After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual "food" out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.

~Miss Piggy

Now I actually like artichokes, but I would have to agree with the pig because they are a lot of work!

Still, they are yummy, and I especially like stuff with artichoke hearts in it. I've got a craving for a good hot artichoke dip so maybe I will make this one tonight.

Artichoke Dip

1 (13 & 3/4 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles

combine all ingredients in bakind dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with white corn tortilla chips.

If you like artichokes also, be sure to check out


Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, February 06, 2006

Yearn for the sea...

Sorry for the late post today, but blogger was down for maintenance for awhile.

Here is what is inspiring me today...

Posted at 2Peas.

Font is Monotype Corsiva. Background Paper is from Jen Wilson Pool Bayou. Ship is from Dover Clip Art.

I found this quote while reading "When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace." In the book it refers to the philosophies that the owner and fishmongers of Pike Place use to run the market. For me, it has application as well, but in my home and with my family.

I can show my children how to do things. I can tell them the steps they need to take. What I want more than anything though, is to instill in them the desire, the yearning, to want to suceed on their own. They are the fish I want to teach to fly!

This is a quote I will keep in a special place, one that will ensure I see it often so I remember how I hope to inspire them.

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Sunday clears away the rust

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

-- Joseph Addison

I'm taking a Sunday off from blogging to "clear away the rust." Didn't want to leave my faithful readers with out a quote though!

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, February 03, 2006

Superbowl Sunday

I have seen women walk right past a TV set with a football game on and - this always amazes me - not stop to watch, even if the TV is showing replays of what we call a "good hit," which is a tackle that causes at least one major internal organ to actually fly out of a player's body.

~Dave Barry

Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving (American Institute of Food Distribution) and the sales of antacid increases 20 percent the day after (7-11 stores)?

More people watched Super Bowl XXXIX (133.7 million viewers) than voted in the 2004 Presidential election. I guess that is the ultimate statement on where Americans place their values!

I'm heading to the grocery store today to load up on snacks and such for the big weekend. I decided to share this quote and these links today so you can get all geared up for the big game. If I posted them on Sunday, you wouldn't have time to use any of the info for this year's game.

Super Blog

Superbowl Sunday info

Super Bowl History

Super Bowl ads

Super Bowl Sunday entertaining

Super Bowl Gourmet

I'm making the town house cracker back of the box recipe for cranberry delight spread per family member's requests.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day!

Word has it that Phil has predicted Six More Weeks of Winter - Darn Phil!

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.

~Patrick Young

That quote is so true! I don't pay attention to the weather reports most days because it seems like it is never right. Yet,when there is a big event planned, I check the weather like I still believe they can really tell what is going to happen! LOL!

Visit some of these links for ideas and resources and have a fun groundhog day!

Phil TY Beanie - he's so cute! - the official website

Punxsutawney - fun for kids!

Groundhog day crafts & activities

Stormfax Weather Almanac

Top Ten reasons to celebrate Groundhog Day

and finally, you must watch the classic Bill Murray movie in honor of Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sharpening the ax

Clip art border from Dover. Font is Dragonwick.

This proverb just spoke to me today. Sometimes I get so involved in sharpening the ax that I put off chopping the wood. So today's entry will be short and sweet so I can get to my own "wood chopping" - that list of things that needs to be done!

Happy Chopping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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