Monday, May 28, 2012

I made it to the paper!! here it BIG NEWS!! About 2 weeks ago I received an email from a freelance reporter at the Naperville Sun Newspaper. She said that she came across my blog while surfing the net, and was wondering if she could do a story about mine. At first I could not believe it. I mean the email came through at 11pm at night, I thought that it was a scam. So I showed my husband and asked him to Google her. Well it was not a scam. This lady writes about authors of local blogs in Naperville. I emailed her back and a day later I was giving my interview... here is the final product...(click on the link below my photo)
Blog Love: Kathy Raymundo Finds Her Love For Scrap Chat! Thank you to everyone that reads my blog!! Have a wonderful Memorial Day and don't forget to thank a solider!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My favorite layout of the weekend

My scrapbook weekend was a success. I got a total of 16 layouts done and i finished scrapping 2010!!

This was a page that i did this weekend. Its a photo of me and my favorite author Charlaine Harris. She writes the books that the  HBO series True Blood is based on. It was an awesome experience that i will never forget, so i wanted the layout to be something that i have never done before. The inspiration behind my page is the paperback cover to the first book in the series . I printed the fangs from the internet and cut the from card stock. Then i just added the red glitter paper to the tips. I am really please with how this turned out.

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One of my favorite layouts

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I love this layout!These pictures were taken moments after Nicholas was born. It is also the first layout that I have ever done that had a shaped paper as the base. I really like how it turned out. I happened to get this paper at the scrapbook expo(held every year in St. Charles IL near the end of August)and I am glad that I bought it...and for about .25 cents, it was worth going out of my comfort zone a bit. I wish that there were more clearance papers there last year, but I guess that it is a blessing that they didn't because I have way to much paper(I may have a problem..haha) A little info about the items used: the flower was made by my dear friend Celina, the chipboard letters at the bottom were bought at Archivers about 6 years ago. They were ugly colors and I think I paid a dollar for a box. I peeled the colored part off and inked them with a lighter shade of blue and the covered them with glossy accents. I also did the same thing for the chipboard swirls. Thanks for peeking in today!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Monster cake

Where has the time gone? Nicholas is 2! When I was trying to think of a theme for his party, I had no idea what to do. So I turned to pinterest. There I found someone who did a monster party. It was perfect. So I found some banners at target that were on clearance that had monsters on them, the goodie bags were silly straws and a spiky monster(those soft spiky balls with eyes that you can get at the $1 store) and I made a monster cake. I saw THIS
cake and I thought that I could do that. It was a fun cake to make and everyone loved it! Nicholas had a great birthday and he really enjoyed his monster cake!!

Friday, May 18, 2012


If you would have asked me back in January "Wanna run a 5k with us?" my response would have been " You're joking right..." Mid January my husband and I joined Lifetime fitness. We both just wanted to lose a few pounds and have a more active lifestyle. I went to the gym for the first time nervous and overwhelmed. There is so much going on there. Row after Row of machines, weights, classes both group and private, boot camps....and more. I had no idea where to begin. I hate the scale (they are evil little machines) so I gave myself a fitness goal. I told myself I was going to run a 5k! My neighbor gave me a work out plan called the Couch potato to 5k runner. It seemed easy enough. Three workouts a week and it told me exactly what I need to do, and I liked that. I had a reason to go to the gym everyday. Jump ahead to April 29th. Its the day of the race(we ran the Celebrating differences 5k in Oswego, benefiting children with disabilities)...and I was worried. I had not been able to get to the whole 3 miles yet. Would I be able to do this? I really wanted to run the WHOLE walking. My running partners were the best! My neighbors Julie S(on the left) and Julie G(on the right) were my encouragement! They kept me going. Around mile 2 I wanted to stop so bad. My knees were feeling it and so were my hips. But they didn't let me. It was hard... not going to lie. I am not a runner and I know this, but I was not going to let this race beat me, I was going to beat it. And 35 min 24 seconds later I crossed the finish line RUNNING! I ran the whole thing. And it felt great. All my hard work paid off. The icing on my cake was after my race I got on the scale. I felt better about my appearance. I stopped drinking all soda in January, and I didn't feel or look bloated anymore. But I knew that I had built muscle up in my legs so I didn't expect the scale to reflect much. It was not a lot....maybe 7lbs, but I feel good about it all. Now I go to the gym 6 days a week. I take a Pilates class, and a spin class and I am hoping to try Zumba too. Joining the gym was one of the best decisions that we have ever made. I will be running more 5k's. BUT...they will be for charity. Seeing as I don't necessarily find running to be fun, I do find that I enjoy running for a cause. I think that my next race will be the Zoo Run Run help at Brookfield zoo on 9/23/12. All money will go to conservation efforts. Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Remember and Enjoy...

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SO I don't get to scrapbook a lot anymore :(. Every time I try and sit down at my desk Nicholas thinks its time for him to play with mommy's papers too. So starting last fall my neighbor and I have been going to my sister-in-laws scrapbook retreats. Every few months I get 3 days of uninterrupted scrapbook time!! I love that I can get lost in the paper and enjoy scrapping again. But I am also almost 2 years behind on my books...Ahhhhhhhh. This is not like me and its driving me nuts! So I decided at the last retreat that I was going to be getting back to the basics. I just want to get the pictures on the page and journal...after all to me the handwritten part on every layout telling the story about my pictures is the most important thing. Over the next few days I am going to be post some of my favorite layouts that I have made at the last couple of retreats. I am also going to try and post layouts from my phone while I am there. Thank you for stopping by today...P.S check back often...I have something pretty cool coming up that I will post as soon as I can!