Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Handsome Brother


My handsome, smart, loving, generous brother, Tony (Anthony David Peter Favello) This his picture from the graduation. Oh and he is famous, you can google him. Atleast that is what he tells us. I will have try and see what comes up.
Love ya Tony, mean it!

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well crap

So very frustrated, we have not had internet access for over the past 5 days. I am not sure who was suffering more me, Tim or the boys. You dont realize how much you use it, or how much you cant do, until you dont have it.
So lets see what has happened since I posted last....Walter graduated!!!!I only used 3 tissues. His dad, Walter III, was there, my brother Tony and one of best friends Angie and her family came. Wow it is so hard to believe how quickly those years have gone by.
I will post a picture shortly.
I have been working my butt off ( not enough thought it is still all back there) trying to get ready at work so we can take a week off. Looking forward to getting away, it is just such a bite to get everything caught up at work and home to be able to be off.
Brendan (12 yr old) is having his 6th grade graduation tomorrow. Any excuse to celebrate and get a gift I guess. He is a good kid though, gets great grades, is helping more around the house, but has the crappy 12 yr old attitude, cant wait until the teen years hit.
Only 2 more 1/2 days at school and the boys are really biting at the bit to be done.
Soon enough though they will be complaining they are bored. Oh to be young and have nothing but time to be bored!!
Oh planning a scrapbook retreat, first one for me. There should be plenty of room for everyone and there is dorm style sleeping, wont that be fun! Tim is already planning the menu.
I will write more again soon.
I write

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


This is a clear plastic pillowbox that can be used as a gift card holder or put some candy in it to give as a gift. This one was for Easter. I made these for my boys to give as teachers gifts for Valentines day and decorated them with hearts. Turned out to be a cute, quick and easy project, that was fun to make and can be changed for any holiday or event.

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This is a card I made and sent as a Mother's Day card. The butterflies were cut on the Xyron Personal Cutting system. I cut 2 of each color, so there was a shadow of a colored butterfly. The stamp is one of the Fancy Pants acrylic stamps, that IRW carries and I used the Fiskers Stamp press
(awesome tool)and a little Doodle Bug Bling.
sorry, little problem, the picture isnt there, just goes to show what a geek I am not.
Will fix this later.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Midwest Scrappers

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I have a great group of ladies that I get together with once a month to crop. For lack of a better name, we are the Midwest Scrappers. The first meeting there were just 2 of us, Gloria and myself. Since that first meeting we have had up to 12 ladies. We usually meet on a Friday night, start at around 6:30p.m. and go until whenever. Well whenever this past Friday was 2:30am. That's when I looked at the clock and told Erin, girl it is time to pack it up and go home.
We have a great time though, we scrap, talk,laugh, & eat (always have chocolate on hand).

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

EDS part 2

The EDS saga continues.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Part 1 of the EDS Starring the lovely and talented Jen Grant and Amie Morgan

Graduation page

I used the EDS(Everyday Stories) system to start this graduation page for Bud. For the second page of this set-up I will use his picture with him in his cap and gown.
The thing that makes the EDS unique is that I can put the picture or pictures in the pockets, thru out the entire album first and have an album to view and show people. Then go back and embellish and journal on the pages as I wish, yet the album can still be viewed and enjoyed.
This system has really made my scrapbooking so much easier to keep up on. I really love it.
I did do things alittle different with this particular page and that some of the embellishments on the paper as I would normally do, but then some of the elements are placed on the outside of the page protector, giving the page even more depth and uniqueness.
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. I hope everyone has a nice and relaxing day.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Rehab Graduation

Just so you know I just play a scrapbook instructor on TV....kidding. By day I am a Physical Therapist Assistant/Program Director (cheap labor) at Rehabcare Outpatient Therapy in St.Clair, Missouri. We have been open as an Outpatient Clinic for almost a year. Our first patient was "Tom", he came to us after we had been open about 1 month.
Well Tom graduated!!!! We had a little party for him and another graduate, Janet. It was great to see them both do so well, and return to a higher level of function. They were both such hard workers and really made our jobs easy.
Pictured is Anita ( with the big back, inside joke), Charli, Jim ( another hard working, amazing patient), Janet (seated wearing the cap),Tom ( standing wearing the cap), me (short, fluffy one) and Angie ( my right hand gal).
I am really fortunate to be able to work in such a great place with some terrific people, oh and my co-workers aren't have bad either.
To quote Jim ( with his permission)~Tough times don't last,tough people do~J.Fredrick~Jim Frederick Studios
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Alittle over a year ago, March 2007 to be exact was the first ever IRW convention. It was a great time seeing all my IRW "sistas" (as Jen Grant would say) live and in person! I also got the honor to meet and have my picture taken with THE "Ali Edwards" { A }What a treat. She is so down to earth, and extremely talented. What a great memory.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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This is Brendan, he is 12 yrs old and in 6th grade. He plays the tenor saxophone in his schools band. Tonight they had their spring concert. I couldnt get a good picture of him playing, he keeps his music stand up too high on purpose. So I was able to get this picture before they started. He is chewing on his lip, a bad habit he got from me. He does that when he is nervous. It was a pretty good concert for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. He plays really well. Another son to be proud of!!!

Monday, May 5, 2008


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This is Walter "Bud" Mills IV. My oldest, he is 18 years old and getting ready to graduate this month. This is his senior picture. He wanted a picture that showed him as himself. This picture really did capture the real him. He is a good kid, good grades, works hard and stays out of trouble. I am really proud of him.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Here are a few projects I have done. The first one is an acrylic frame, held together with ribbon.
The pictures are from when our family went with another couple and their 2 girls, apple picking in Illinois. I used rub-ons, a transparency, jewels and some die cuts.
The second one is an acrylic frame, flipped over and used as a memo holder. These were great teacher's gifts. The last one is a gift card holder, traced a pillow box as a template, stamped it in silver and added a few jewels.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today is our Mother's Day Banquet at church. Tim ( my wonderful husband) is cooking. It should be pretty good. We are having veal parmigiana, asparagus, salad, bread sticks and a strawberry, blackberry shortcake desert. He and Brendan (our 12 yr old) have been gone since 9am cooking.
So I am off for now to go get ready.

Friday, May 2, 2008

IRW joins Scrapping 4 Inclusion

I have been an Instructor with I Remember When for 2 years and have loved every moment of this experience. Prior to joining IRW I was a closet scrapbooker. I had done some albums and pages but never showed them to anyone, I was afraid it would be wrong. I was looking thru a CK magazine and saw an ad looking for Xyron Instructors, so I applied. Figured what the heck, love the products and anything I did paper crafting wise was therapeutic to me. Then at the Xyron site there was a link to IRW, I followed the link and the rest is history.
Scrapping 4 Inclusion events benefit the Bubel/Aiken Foundation
I am really excited to see all the possibilities this partnership can bring to IRW and my local community
I Remember When I Remember has officially joined the Scrapping 4 Inclusion program as a National Partner to benefit The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF) Scrapping 4 Inclusion.
I am really excited to see all the possibilities this partnership can bring to IRW and my local community

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Well it's a start..

I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now. What really gave me the push was my totally non tech savvy friend, Roxie. Once she started her own, there was no excuse not to start mine.

This being May 1st, it seemed as good a time as any.

The weather has been really nice lately, no rain for awhile now, thank goodness. Seemed like that was all it did for days. Everything is blooming so nicely, all the flowers and the trees. I just love the spring! My boys at home ( my husband and sons) started a garden this year, yea we will see how that one goes. But they have planted different kinds of lettuce, a bunch of veggies and some fruit too. It will be great if we can get some fresh tomatoes and strawberries.