Sweet 16

May 31st, 2008

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to go quite like you planned and you just had trouble focusing and really accomplishing anything?  Well today was one of those days.  I’m not really sure why, but by dinner time I was close to tears.  In reality several important things did get accomplished like the oil change for the car and the guy from the alarm company coming to check the system along with several other things.  There were lots of little frustrations like a check I deposited being lost by the bank (not yet resolved) and being charged for a missed appointment by our Doctor when in reality Curt did cancel the appointment (I got that one taken care of).  It wasn’t an unusual day but for some reason I just felt frustrated and icky.

Fortunately the day ended on a wonderful high note when I had the opportunity to stop by the 16th birthday party of Deanna (my friend Darla’s daughter).  I had offered to go over and take some photos.  Deanna wanted to do a craft at her party (a girl after my own heart!) and I was happy to help with that.  She and her Mom found these notebooks at Big Lots – Kraft with a red fabric band at the top and black coils.  They are approximately 6″ x 4″ and come with a matching pen.  I made up a sample a few days ago to give the girls some ideas and then I cut up a bunch of different designer papers and solid cardstocks for them to use.  I also bought some alphabet stickers and ribbon along with loaning some stamp sets and ink pads.  I could hardly wait to see what everyone came up – I wasn’t there while they were crafting.

Didn’t they turn out cute?


The top middle one is my sample and the rest are what the girls came up with.  I’m so glad they enjoyed the project.  Of course once I made my sample I had to run to Big Lots to buy a bunch of these notebooks at $1.50 each.  Most of the ones I got have a black fabric band rather than red.  I guess now I’ll need to incorporate them into a class sometime in the future – be on the lookout.  *wink*  So much for my self-imposed ban on buying alterables.  I just couldn’t resist!

Here I am with the birthday girl.


Remember being a teenager?  LOL!!!!


Those rabbit ears just never get old!  bwahahahahahahaha!

I’ll be attending a bridal shower tomorrow (for the goofy girl in the turquoise top in the front row – she’s not a teenager.  Hi Heather!)  so I’ll share the card I made for her soon.  I need to get a photo before I go tomorrow.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for taking time to stop by.


5 Responses to “Sweet 16”

  1. Lorie Says:

    Oh, I dislike days like you had but thankfully we get a brand new one to start over with each morning! I LOVE that promise!

    Those notebooks are fantastic…what a great idea for a birthday party! All the girls did a fantastic job!

    Smiles and hugs for your happy outlook on your new day!

  2. Darla Says:

    Thank you so much for all of the work and love you put into making last night extra special! The girls had fun putting together their notebooks. I’m also glad we helped to brighten your day! What a blessing you are!

  3. savorthejourney Says:

    A Sweet 16 event would certainly pull anyone out of a funk! I can just imagine the energy and the fun … the sheer joy of “being” 16!!
    No wonder they loved your notebook inspiration. I love their variety and joy over the project!


  4. Dell Says:

    I had a weekend the same as you described. I did however, manage to complete some scrapbook pages that I needed to get done. It just seemed to take forever!

    Your book is great! Gives me a great idea for a journaling booklet for my 13 yr old step-daughter whom we are taking to Wash DC this summer. I am going to have to pick up a couple of these books.

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