Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I'm pregnant!

I think I am about 6 weeks along. On Christmas Day the HG hit. (Hyperemesis Gavidarium- Severe nausea caused by pregnancy.) It's horrible. Like having the worst stomache flu you've ever had 24/7 for at least the next 11 weeks. I want to die.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cutting our Christmas Tree

On Saturday, we went up to Idaho City to cut our Christmas Tree. It's something we try to do every year, but due to some conflicts with scheduling we haven't made it up in the past couple years.
The snow was perfect! It was only about 5 inches deep. Just right for the kids, and the day wasn't too cold. We all stayed pretty warm and no one even complained about being cold till the very end of the day. Aaron and Jennica even took their coats off for a while to cool down.
I think this year we found the best tree ever. It's a beauty. I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but it has short needles and it's nice and tall and full. There is just nothing like a fresh Christmas tree that you cut down yourself. If I ever break down and buy an artificial tree, someone please, first make me smell it, and then shoot me.

After we found our tree and dragged it kicking and screaming back to the truck we did some sledding. This is the first time the kids have really been old enough to enjoy sledding, and boy did they have a blast. We found a gentle sloping hill that just went on and on and on. Since the snow wasn't deep it was really easy treking back up the hill. We stayed out till it started to get dark, then Noah, Jennica and I took the last ride down the hill together. We went so far that we nearly made it back to the truck!
It was the most perfect day. The stuff memories are made of.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It's finally posted!!

My Christmas Village is finally posted on eBay. I am so pleased with how it all turned out. My only concern is it took me so long to complete it's going to be a challenge getting it to the buyers before Christmas!

I still need to get the unfinished albums listed. Once that's done, man alive, I need to hit the stores and start my Christmas shopping!!

Here's a link straight to the auction listings.

Oh yeah, I met with my copyright and patent attorney regarding Clear Scraps THEFT of my house shaped design template. My attorney was very interested in pursuing legal action because the theft is so blatant! Woohoo!

Friday, December 7, 2007

I'm not going to be afraid to share my work

One design may have been stolen, but I'm not going to let that turn me into someone who never posts any more pictures of my work and spends all my time searching to see if any more of my designs have been stolen. I've been afraid to post on my blog, afraid to talk about my current projects, I don't want to live like that! I am meeting with an attorney next week to discuss my legal options against Clear Scraps, but until then I won't let their unethical actions hold me back.

So here's what I've completed so far. Tell me what you think. The pictures were taken at night so the lighting isn't really good.

check out my blog design!


No wait, let me say that again.


I have been meaning to update my blog to Christmas theme, but I just haven't had time. My good friend Amber offered to do it for me. She is amazing. She threw together my blog design and created the beautiful tag of my family in just a couple hours. Now all that's missing is Christmas Music!

Thank you Amber!

Friday, November 30, 2007

My acrylic house album template has been STOLEN!

I recently designed, cut and created a shaped acrylic album which I used to create my signature gingerbread album. I listed the album on ebay October 15th. Click here to view the closed auction. During that same time I posted pictures of the album on Two Peas in a Bucket; a popular scrapbooking website, and on my blog.

Beginning November 15th, this beautiful unfinished acrylic album template became available for sale online and in various local scrapbook stores across the nation. It will soon be published in Scrapbook Trends Magazine.

Click here to see a computer generated image of the unfinished album.

The reason for this email is to inform you that I did NOT manufacture the acrylic template album. Someone has stolen my design and is mass marketing,and mass manufacturing it. Please DO NOT purchase it. If you see it in your local scrapbook store, please advise them of the situation and urge them to return the albums.

I am currently looking into legal action to protect my rights, however, you can help support original designers everywhere by forwarding this email to any crafters you know, especially design team members, local scrapbook store owners and employees.

Oh, and if anyone knows a really good copyright attorney, I would love a referral.

If you have any information about the sale of this copied acrylic album please email me directly at camillemcc@gmail.

Thank you for your help!

I have two more albums done for my Christmas Village and how I am afraid to post them. I don't like it that someone else is making a huge profit off of my designs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay so I REALLY would have liked to have been there when Big Bird discovered everything wasn't "A-O'kay" with is friends. Poor chap.

Wonder why they never aired THAT episode?

Did you have a close look at Burts eyes? Clearly he's been transformed into a zombie. But who is the mastermind?? Hard to tell.. It can't be Ernie, he's an idiot. The grouch wouldn't have shared if he had done it. The count? Maybe. Cookie monster couldn't care less, he's got a plate of cookies.

Hummmm.... Zoe is conspicuously missing from the group and Elmo looks the most sane. That's it. Elmo is the mastermind. He tried to bring Zoe in on the plan but she was appalled so he wacked her too. It's always the one you least expect.

I bet there's Zoe-stuffing in that thar' bird.

They're all sick I tell ya! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Turkey.


Yesterday we had the first snow of the season. It was a beautiful morning. By noon the snow was completely gone.
Noah was already at school, but I took Jennica and Aaron outside to play. They had a blast! I was freezing and had to keep sneaking back into the house.
Afterwards we had hot chocolate and finished off a pumpkin pie for breakfast. Yum!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Village Fire Station- Sneak Peak!

I have finally gotten started on the Fire Station for my Christmas Village album set. It isn't anywhere near complete, but here's a sneak peak at what I have already started. I am so excited!

If there is something you would love to see added to the album please post comment. I always love fresh ideas!

I have also decided to complete the entire 5 album set before listing any of the pieces. Reason being is after I listed the gingerbread house I was so busy cutting and selling house shaped albums that I couldn't even think about the other books for almost 3 weeks! At that rate, Christmas will be long over before I get any more finished.

If you are interested in purchasing one of my unfinished acrylic albums please email me at

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2008 Year at a Glance

I found this great song by John West called New Years Day for the listing. I'm going to have to add it to my playlist. I love it!

Here's the listing

Oh and BTW, I won the PFOP challenge contest. I loved several of the other members work so I feel pretty honored.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My goofy kids!

The other day I was giving my kids much needed haircuts and decided to take some pictures after they were all cleaned up. Aren't they gorgeous kids!

Yes, I know the muscles are very impressive.

Best Buddies!

"Come closer."

"That's perfect!"

"Now that's too close."

"Back up!"

Aaron in Noah's old Halloween costume.

Acrylic Christmas Village

I am so excited about my next project!

Starting on Tuesday I will begin to create my acrylic Christmas Village album set. I've already completed the Gingerbread house and it turned out fantastic. My plan is to complete one piece and list it on eBay every 4 days or so. Of course I'll have to get the albums cut first before I can begin finishing them. I hope to have the first one online by the 19th of November. Here's just a sneak peak at the preliminary drawings:

In light of the theft of my first acrylic album template design, I am removing all full pictures of my works in progress and will only be posting close up pictures of small detail elements. Sorry. : ( Blaim it on the copycats!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The PFOP Challenge...


I have been trying to finish up several projects so I can give my family back the kitchen table.

First, there were all the orders for gingerbread houses. Unfinished and Finished. Then I agreed to teach a class on the gingerbread houses and had to kit 10 of them. Then there was the PFOP challenge that I will go into in a bit. A magnetic board I needed to finish up, and there is still a football album I need to add too and some custom acrylic albums I need to design and cut for a client. Can I just say, "AHHHHHH!"

The other night I went to a craft night at my church and made the most amazing magnetic board. I just love it! Now I just have to remount the mounting hooks so I can hang it up. In true Camille style I was not paying enough attention and ended up with the mounting hooks on the side of the finished project instead of the top.

My good friend Tammy has challenged all the PFOP members to design outside the box. WEll, outside of THEIR personal box. Try something new and maybe a little scary. To me scary is a 12x12 layout. I've made a few before and they were just horrible. Granted my skills have improved some since then, but I still felt so intimidated.

So I've had this project on the back of my mind for some time. Not quite sure what kind of 12x12 to do, holiday theme? Fall??? I just wasn't inspired at all. All I could imagine when I thought of the project was one big disaster!

Then I started thinking along the lines of calendar pages, office bulletin board, year at a glance... What would I like to see in my own office.

Intimidation?? Woosh, out the window.

I don't know it I was just really inspired, or if because the layout isn't going to go into a scrapbook so it didn't really scare me like a typical layout. Whatever it was I'm glad. I LOVE the way it turned out. I'm planning on posting it on eBay and secretly praying it won't sell so I can keep it! I'm even posting a small picture here with no details in good view so just in case anyone actually reads my blog (lol) they won't be tempted to go bid on it!


Friday, November 2, 2007


So I haven't dressed up for Halloween in like 20 years. Maybe it was a mistake to try it this year, but we had fun! My kids are the princess, ninja and boxer. The other Two are my neice and nephew. I'm Sister Incarnasion - Or something like that-- I can't remember her name, and the DH is NACHO Libre! Don't forget to pause the music before playing the video.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Acrylic Albums!

I love Acrylic Albums! I design and cut my own custom shapes. --not to be confused with the copycats. Mine were first.

Here's a look at some of the custom shapes I have cut.
The first album I created was this snowflake album. The first one I cut took about 8 hours and I broke two pages! Now I can make on in about 1 hour --without even breaking any pages! Woohoo!

To make my albums I use 5 different power tools, and several hand tools. I make them when my husband is not home since if he saw how I make them he would probably not allow me in the garage. You see he really likes all my fingers and the fact that I have two eyes and would like for me to stay that way!

Next I cut a mason Jar album and a Tea Pot album for a GREAT customer. She has recently asked me to cut a Christmas Tree and Gingerbread Man shaped album. I can't wait to start them!

Then came the football album. I love this album. I'm going to make one filled in BSU colors and fill it with tailgating recipes- or something- for my parents.

Hey mom, if you're reading this, forget I said anything!

Finally, my favorite album so far! My house shaped album. I love how this albums turned out with the different sized and shaped pages. It made a great gingerbread house and would be great for a haunted Halloween album. I would love to make 4 albums for winter, spring, summer and fall. As soon as I finish all the custom orders I have for this one, I think I will start that next!

Do you have an idea for a great shaped album? Let me know and I'll consider creating it for you!

My shaped albums are all copywritten and cannot be reproduced without my written consent.