Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Taiko Rat

Aaaahh... Year of the Rat... My husband's year...  First to arrive and takes the first spot on the Chinese Zodiac calendar.  Read the back story here...   I'm actually an ox, and always felt rats were sneaky little buggers for figuring out they could ride on the ox's head only to cut to the front of the line. Funny that I should marry a rat huh?!

I already told you that I'm thinking of making a mini scrapbook of my family using the Chinese Zodiac images.  Here's the layout I came up with using a picture of my husband that was taken on our last trip to Japan...

So... no, I'm not calling my husband a "rat", but he is born in year of the rat.  I thought it would be funny to call this layout "taiko rat" since that's what he is!  I even looked up the word rat and here's one of the definitions... "Slang.a person who frequents a specified place: mall rat; gym rat. " ... He's definitely a taiko rat!  To learn more about people born in the year of the rat, check out this site...

Here's a better look at the two "rats".

OK people... time for our last giveaway for this release! 
1)  Leave a comment on THIS POST if you would like a chance to win this year of the rat stamp by 05/31/13 11:59pm HST; and
2)  Tell me what you like to do in your spare time.  As you already know, I am a crafty rat!

Be back tomorrow to reveal who our guest designer is this month!  Ta ta for now!


  1. Thanks for the chance to win!

    I like to watch tv, make cards, play with my cat. :)

  2. That rat is so cute!!! I imagine most of your readers would be crafty rats, well at least I am! I'm also a book rat, though I think they call it a book worm... (I'd rather be a rat than a worm, it's difficult to be a cute worm...)

  3. AWE your layout is Beautiful!!! That rat is really cute too!! I enjoy making cards or anything crafty in my spare time.

  4. I absolutely adore this little guy and even have a Christmas card or two planned with him. ;)
    Your husbands layout turned out really fantastic Jenny!
    I think I'd be a crafty rat too, LOL!

  5. Ohhhhh...love this! I'm definitely a crafty rat - I craft whenever I have time and I like to collect and hoard all of my paper goodies! :)

  6. Cute Jenny!! I love the rat's expression. Great idea for the layout too! It should be a really cool scrapbook once you are done with it.
    if i'm not a crafty rat then i'm a couch potatoe rat. lol.

  7. Aww...that's such a cute rat, and a great layout (not easy to keep them masculine!). What I enjoy most in my spare time is coloring (stamped or hand drawn images...perfect excuse to color).

  8. Little rat looks so happy! :)
    Spare time? What is this spare time you speak of? Haha. I like to watch YouTube videos and read. That's pretty much all I do. XD

  9. Cute idea for a mini family photo album!
    In my spare time I like to scrapbook; I also spend time searching the internet for crafty ideas.

  10. I cannot wait to add this cute rat to my collection! My older son is the year of the rat. According to the site that you linked, my son fits the rat's personality to a T!!
    When I have spare time, I love to get paper crafty!