Keeping it Real: Stockpiling

Julie from Gingerscraps has a novel idea. We all love to see the beautiful crafts, home makeovers, decorating ideas and other artsy projects, inspiring our next idea. Those photos seem to be straight out of a magazine. However, we never see the messy side. The messy side of being a housewife or mother. In Julie's post she talks about her struggle with never ending laundry. I actually LOVE to do laundry. It's the only chore in the house where my OCD completely takes over in sorting and organizing piles of clothing. The hubs volunteers to do the dishwasher most of the time (I can't stand touching dirty dishes, ewww), as well as vacuuming (that's his favorite chore) and taking out the garbage. Our biggest problem? We're running out of space. I am not the one to pack rat at all. I once moved from a 2 bedroom house in Spokane to an apartment in Seattle without anything more than a suitcase full of clothes (granted I was moving in with my husband to be and didn't need much but I had no attachments to the material things I owned). The rest was donated, given away, or trashed. I like living with less. It's not uncommon for me to do a total clean out and just rid the clutter that seems to make it's way into our home. We're already living in tight quarters and since we started extreme couponing stockpiling in preparation for the new baby, I can't figure out where the heck to put it all. This is a photo of my counter from the last few days. I am still struggling to find a spot for a portion of our latest grocery haul. Thankfully I was able to get the cold items in the fridge and freezer and some items into the cupboards, but oh my, I'm in a pickle for the rest of it - and the several boxes of cereal aren't even in this photo!

What's your "Keeping it Real" moment? Head over to Julie's blog and Link Up!


Donation to Talk About Curing Autism

As promised, the proceeds from the sale of On the Spectrum, were donated to one of the two autism non profits chosen in April. Today, I made the $16.00 donation from the sale of the On the Spectrum kits - 8 of you purchased this kit in April (at the sale price of $2.50) and the proceeds (after store commission deductions) were donated to Talk About Curing Autism. May's proceeds will be sent to the Northwest Autism Center.

Here's the receipt (minus any confidential paypal account information) for the donation. Thank you everyone who purchased On the Spectrum!


Behind the Lens

Hello everyone!! I am revisiting one of Misty's fab kits today. This one is one of my all time favorite kits. It is "Behind the Lens" and is a collab Misty did with Girl Boy Girl Designs by Jen Balding. This kit is so versatile and can be used for all kinds of layouts. You really should go check it out!! Click the preview to head over to Funky Playground Designs! Misty also has this fantastic coordinating glitter that you can purchase seperately.

And this is the layout I made with this kit!

Have a great day and Happy Scrapping!!


New Release Wednesday!

Happy middle of the week everyone! I hope today is finding you with sunshine, rainbows and smiles all around.

I'm here to tell you about an amazing new kit by Misty O'Brien Designs, that not only is a lot of fun to scrap with-but touches the heart as well.

This is what Misty had to say about the meaning behind the kit and the gift coming from it:

"In honor of Autism Awareness month, I'm bringing you this colorful kit called, On the Spectrum. I have a high functioning son with Asperger's, so this cause hits very close to home for me. All proceeds from the sale of this kit will be split between Talk About Curing Autism and the Northwest Autism Center. This kit is also part of the FPD April Playgroup, inspired by Academy Award Winner, Rain Man."

You can purchase On The Spectrum at Funky Playground Designs here:

And here are some of the wonderful pages from us, her Creative Team:







and from me-crazsquaw

So even if you don't have anyone in your life who is touched by Autism or Aspergers syndrome, or other health issues like these...this is a wonderful kit with a wonderful gift attached to help those who do.

Have an amazing rest of your week and we'll see you back here tomorrow for more goodness by Misty!!


Oldie but Goodie!

I'm here to remind you about an oldie- but goodie kit from Misty.  Beautiful Dreamer is actually a collab with Scrappin' Serenity.  It is one of my favorite kits to scrap my kiddos- especially the sleepy ones!  Previews are linked to store!

I also used these glitter sprays one my Layout- another favorite of mine! ;)

And here's one of my LO's using Beautiful Dreamer!
Linked to gallery for credits


Freebie Tuesday!

Hello scrappers!
Adriana's here bringing a new freebie to you. I made a little wordart using the kit Scrap On, I really like all the elements Misty create for this kit, and what to say about the textures in those papers? Just perfect!
Scrap On is available at Funky Playground Designs.

Here's your freebie. Enjoy!


On the Spectrum - An Autism Awareness Kit

As part of April's Funky Playground Designs Designer Playgroup, I've come up with a kit to raise funds for Autism research and awareness. This cause is near and dear to my family and without the help of Talk About Curing Autism, I may very well have been in a frenzy trying to figure out the best ways to help my son recover. All proceeds from the sale of this kit will be donated to Talk About Curing Autism and also, the Northwest Autism Center

Today is the last day to pick up On the Spectrum at 50% off the market price.

Here are a few layouts from the creative team, you can always visit the gallery at FPD for more inspiration. 

I'm also celebrating my 2 Year Design Anniversary this month. If you're a Facebook Fan, you'll have access to all of the sales, discounts, and codes I'm offering through April 22nd. 


Friday again! Oldie kit time!

Good morning dear digifriends! Wendy here to bring you another friday with an oldie kit, this time I want to show you "Salt Water" an exquisite and delicate kit of our Misty.
This kit is perfect for any special picture
You can grab it at the FPD store with a very special price in occasion of the 2nd digi-
anniversary of Misty, and to celebrate please check Misty O'Brien designs at facebook, there you will find tons of deals, coupons, freebies and more! so don't miss it, the party starts today april 15th until april 22nd


Freebie Tuesday Time!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Today I am here with a freebie that I created with the fun kit Fort Wilderness!

This kit is a LOT of fun, especially if you love the great outdoors like me!

Here is a preview of the kit:
Fort Wilderness

And you can purchase it here, in her Funky Playground Designs shoppe:

This is going to be a short and sweet post as I am on my way to the Oregon Zoo with my sister and my nephew-it's $4 Tuesday there!! Hope you have a wonderful day, and that you enjoy your free cluster.
If you create a page or something with the cluster, we would LOVE to see come back here and share the link with us! We'll be sure to leave you LOTS of LOVE too!!

Remember: The cluster is for Personal Use only, and please be sure to credit Misty O'Brien Designs on your work...other than that, have fun and enjoy!!!

~Becki aka crazsquaw


Spotlight Time!

Good Morning or Good Afternoon...maybe Evening? Whatever the case, Hiya!!

Have you been checking out the fabulous goodies on Misty's blog lately?
There are freebies, ideas and gorgeous kits here...I think I might need to
hit the shoppe after I am done with my post! WOW!

But before I go shopping, I wanted to share these older template kits with you-I LOVE THESE!

Letter Photo Templates Set

Number Photo Template Set

You can purchase these all separately, but WHY? LOL These are soooo versatile, and I can think of many, many ways to use these!

Here are a few pages, from the FPD Gallery, using these templates...check them out and I think you'll agree!

By Memi

By myself


By c0r1nn3

and by kimmyscraps

There are lots more in Misty's Gallery...see for yourself!

We'd love to see yours too, please share your goodies with us if you use Misty's creations!

Happy Friday!!


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