Friday, September 26, 2008
Our son is all boy. Don’t be fooled by his disinterest in playing sports. He loves what many boys love most – being out in nature, and bringing nature in, too. More than anything he loves to read war history books. Today we ventured to Wade House in Greenbush, Wisconsin for a very well done Civil War reenactment during the year 1862. All summer long we had hoped to take our son to a war reenactment, but it did not work out with our schedule. We enjoyed it today, however, and took my father along as well. Abby stayed behind with her grandmother, as the repercussion of the canons and muskets blasting hurt even my ears – and I know our sensitive hearing girl would have made the outing miserable for all of us.
The layout featured today uses Reminisce Genuine Boy papers and a super star frame by Magistical Memories.
Here is a tip on working with this frame, using a 4x6 photo. My photo was too short to fill in the vertical space. Seeing as how the photo was cropped I brought the picture down to the bottom of the frame and filled in gaps along the top with punched stars, using Fiskars “Twinkle, Twinkle” squeeze punch. Some are punched from thin chipboard, others from the patterned paper. Dimensional adhesive squares also lift some off the page – and it turned out to be a great method for camouflaging the fact that my photo was too short for the frame.
Ideas for this layout include distressing the chipboard frame with both color chalk inks as well as dry brush acrylic paints. Also, I used the logo for the Genuine Boy collection as a part of my frame cluster, by cutting it out of the UPC strip on the sheet of paper. I also cut out words from “Genuine Boy” word paper to create my journaling. I think the page turned out well, and it pays a good tribute to our son and who he is.
Here are a few photos from our trip today…my dad and Kyle posing by a canon on the battlefield:
The best Abe Lincoln impersonator I have ever witnessed, not that I have seen that many. But I overheard a man behind me commenting that of all the Abe’s he has seen – this man, with his long facial features and mannerisms, is the best he has seen. We sat in a Q&A with Abe this afternoon – as he answered questions – of course we were all in the year 1862. I think I could have listened to this man for hours – he was so well versed in the life of Lincoln. I sat there thinking I would vote for this man for president if he were alive today in real time!
This last photo was taken on our way out. A canon had been brought up from the field, and I was posing Kyle by it before heading to the car. A “union soldier” in the tent saw this, and came out and put his coat and hat on Kyle, and even rummaged his sword out of his vehicle! How great was this? I love the photo, but I am amused by this fact… The point of the photo was to take Kyle’s pic by the canon, but as he was redressed, with his newly purchased Union hat coming off…well, you can see where the hat went. In the end – we have no picture of Kyle by the canon. (LOL)
Scrap Pink! This weekend all across America scrapbookers will be cropping and helping to fight the battle against breast cancer. If you live near Madison, Wisconsin and still wish to get involved in a crop, you may call the Scrapbook Superstore, located in Market Square on Madison’s west side to register – but do it today! You can call 608-833-6300, and use your credit card to register by phone. Check out the details on the store web-site here.
My family already had plans to travel this weekend prior to my coming on board the Superstore team – and I admit I am rather sad about missing it. I understand Rita Smith, the store owner, is an excellent cook and those cropping are spoiled with quite a feast! Fabulous prize giveaways are also included. There are several great make n’ takes (I know – I was working on putting kits together yesterday) for the croppers, and of course a wonderful time of creative fellowship while helping to raise money for the Susan G. Kommen Foundation for breast cancer research.
I want to give tribute to those close to me who have battled and survived – you ROCK!! I also remember at this time Sharon Wolter, a wonderful lady from my past who has gone to live with the Lord for all eternity. These ladies, along with 1000s across the world, give the rest of us encouragement for our own earthly battles. Do you know a survivor, or someone who lost a loved one to breast cancer? In the month of October I encourage you to create a PINK card and send it to someone who needs love and encouragement.
The card featured in this post was made to put on display in the store –we have a whole section dedicated for Scrap Pink projects. The stamp set I used is my favorite acrylic bird set by Inkadinkado. The greeting inside the card reads: “Hope is that which makes one soar.” Feel free to use that, it was simply inspired by the bird and the bird carrying the pink ribbon is what evolved out of a more simple idea, which took me past 1 a.m. Another resource for cancer survivor quotes is here.
A similar set of 4 cards, blank inside, are available in the Scrap Pink auction – also being held tomorrow at the Scrapbook Superstore in Madison. I am amazed by the gorgeous paper crafted projects in the auction – created by Superstore designers, and even my friend Kristi Bergin-Smith sent a BOX full of beautiful projects. There are many fabulous mini albums in the auction. If you love to give homemade, but fear you will run out of time – less than 3 months to Christmas! – stop in and place a bid and just maybe we can make your Christmas gift giving easier.
Tomorrow I will be at a Civil War reenactment with our almost 11 yr. old son, and I plan to wear pink. I may stand out a bit, but that is okay – because I really want to be with all of you Scrap Pink croppers in spirit. If you are doing Scrap Pink I would love to hear how your day went.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Okay, I admit I have a little stash of acrylic albums. I have special plans for them and am in process of taking those special photos to do the beauty of acrylic albums justice. That’s my plan anyhow, and I know, a poor excuse for not using them.
I won this tag album by Clearsnaps at CHA – thanks to Mel and the 2peas event and decided it was time to delve into acrylic beyond shapes on my pages or home décor items. The clear acrylic and a “winter” theme seemed a perfect fit to me. Winter is our son’s very favorite season, so I created this album to document his favorite winter activities. His birthday is coming up- and I have been able to keep the album under wraps thus far.
The Reminisce Frosty line combined with a Sharpie white paint marker made for a stunning result, at least I think so. I hope you like it – I am pleased with how all my doodled dots in the page margin create the illusion of falling snow when the album is closed and there are layers of doodled dots. On the cover I used a Reminisce snowflake rub-on around the binding hole, but I also doodled snowflakes around the area of the binding ring on subsequent pages which created another awesome wintery effect. These photos do not do this project justice – but I hope you enjoy my first acrylic album. Here is a photo editing tip – I converted my photos to black and white, but used the option of applying a COLD filter, vs. warm – which gives the grays a hint of blue vs. brown. One person, seeing it in person, commented that all my photos look metallic and wonder how I accomplished that. Apparently an illusion, but COLD black and whites look very cool with the Frosty Line from Reminisce. Give it a try in your photo editing program the next time you have winter photos to print.
For my cover I placed the photo on the inside of the first page of the tag album, and covered my glue dots with a painted and blinged Magistical Memories Fancy Frame – it totally tells of the wintery story to be told inside.
Thanks for coming by. Enjoy the fall because winter is not far behind!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It seems fitting that I share in this post two layouts I recently created using Smiley Faces from Magistical Memories, and Paper Trunk – sponsor for this month’s design team at the Scrapbook Playground. Smiley faces… they remind me of the 70’s when my school folders and such were adorned with beaming yellow circles. The first is of our son a few days after his sister arrived – I don’t think I have ever seen him so happy and proud to be an older brother. The second is that baby sister, at age five. If you have a little girl you may already be fully aware of what masters they are in manipulation- and this layout is all about that. But her daddy has her number and knows the game…and can call her on it – making that pouty lip turn upside down into a smile.
What made you smile today? Or perhaps beyond that…what made you laugh?
The 10th anniversary sale finished up at the Scrapbook Superstore today – which means I made it through my first 10 days of employment, which began with one of the busiest times one could imagine! As I look back on the past ten days I cannot believe all that I learned about retail sales. I work with awesome staff who put a lot of effort into their work and have a passion for paper crafts. As three of us closed up the store late this afternoon I think the stress of the past week finally caused all of us to meltdown – into fits of laughter. It began with locking up, setting the alarm, and my newly issued key giving me grief. Have you noticed that just about every door and lock has a quirk? Some you have to nudge, others you have to lift up on the door knob, or with this one it seems you cannot push the key in too far or you can’t get it back out. That’s kind of what happened this evening (ok – late afternoon became early evening by the time we got out of there) – I could not get my key out, and of course you only have so many seconds to get out the door and get it locked. I went right, left, right, lifted the door handle (saw a gal do that last Sunday when locking up –figured it might be the “quirk”) – did just about everything and inadvertently unlocked the door. Well, you cannot do that…as it sets the alarm off and it calls security. So I hurried in to disarm it but instead of pushing “off” I pushed “stay” (hey, I confess ignorance to security alarm systems – guess we should cat sit for the neighbors more often when they are away). Well, we were not sure what that would do, but the system was not giving me the ready signal to reset the alarm. I pushed another sequence, and by now we were laughing so hard I couldn’t even straighten up. Finally I got the green light to reset the alarm, got out the door and somehow managed to get my key out this time without unlocking it. My goodness – who would think that locking a door could be so difficult?
The three of us are laughing so hard, and meanwhile my poor family (who had come to pick me up after work), sat in the car wondering what was taking so long to lock up a door. I realized in those moments of laughter how much I enjoy working with the gals I was with, and I am certain we are going to make a great team. All that laughter felt real good, and was a needed release for the stress of the previous two hours, as it was one of those nights when closing just did not go smoothly.
One more Paper Trunk layout to share…this one makes me laugh because I remember clearly taking my daughter’s photo that day. The one who never wants her picture taken got a hold of the magnifying glass and said, “hey mom – take a picture of me – I’ll give you a close up of my eagle eye so you can see it real good.” It was just too funny, and I was more than happy to take the photo of a rare willing subject.
So what made you smile or laugh today? Tell me about it!
Hey all – how are you doing? Halloween is almost here – obvious from how fast Halloween products are flying off the store shelves. The Christmas papers are flying with just about as much gusto as well – and there are some awesome lines to choose from.
I have been playing with the Reminisce Frosty line – love, love the snowman, penguin and polar bear! I have completed three projects recently and tonight want to share a home décor piece that uses Clearsnaps 4” acrylic coasters. This whole project took me less than a half an hour to put together, allowing Stickles to dry overnight.
Supplies to make this beautiful project include:• Reminisce Frosty – 3 squares of various patterned paper cut to 3.75” square with rounded corners.
• Clearsnaps 4” acrylic coasters, remove protective coverings
• Stickles by Ranger - Crystal used for this project
• Magistical Memories snowflake chipboard shape, painted white and covered with Stickles
• Reminisce Frosty snowflake rub-ons
• Making Memories white Shimmer chipboard letters
• Wright & Co. beaded wire
• Creative Café (or other) gem stickers
• Organdy or other ribbon
Close up of one coaster completed:
1. To assemble adhere the PP onto the acrylic, I simply used the Fiskars tape runner.
2. A crop-o-dile was used to punch holes in the corners of the acrylic.
3. Position your letters, add gem stickers.
4. Add rub-ons to your project if desired.
5. Go around the outside of the patterned paper with Stickles and allow to dry.
6. Once dry use ribbon to tie the coasters together.
7. Add the snowflake medallion by punching a hole in the center of the bottom coaster and hang with beaded wire.
I used more bold patterns of this particular Reminisce line so that the letters would pop off the background.
You can achieve a similar looking using chipboard coasters, painted with white pearlescent paint; or change the shape all together using Magistical Memories snowflake shape chipboard.
I am thrilled with how well this paper line matches our living room and may have to create more home décor before December comes around. I hope you are finding JOY in your journey daily – thanks for coming by!
Happy Mail Day!
I love happy mail days! Today I received my package from Create My Keepsakes with a package of Paper Trunk wonderfully textured papers and Chipboard wheel – thank you Lisa, and Paper Trunk for sponsoring the contest! Last month CMK had a Paper Trunk contest and I uploaded one of my all time favorite altered projects – the Family Treasures Trunk. To see it check out the CMK gallery here.
I also have the honor of having “Daddy’s Girl” – my SEI contest layout for Scrap4Life chosen as the winning layout for their August contest. All the entries were wonderful and you can see them here.
Some of you probably are aware that Reminisce has a call out for ONE additional DT member. I am working on some projects with the newer releases – Reminisce has to be one of the most widely represented manufacturers in the Scrapbook Superstore – so it would seem a very good fit, and partnership if you will, if I could design for the manufacturer and use these same designs to display at the store to sell product. For the past few days I have had the pleasure of designing with the Frosty winter release…and I look forward to showing you my projects over the next couple of days. The line is gorgeous…and I just discovered it matches my living room green walls perfectly!
The store is also hosting a Scrap Pink crop on September 27 - if you are in the area call the store at 608-833-6300 to secure a spot. In addition to the crop there will be an auction to raise money for the local Susan G. Kommen foundation. I am donating the vanity tray that very recently appeared in Somerset Home using Piggy Tales papers, and the ABC mini album I made for the Scrapbook Playground featuring Piggy Tales. Kristi, another member of the SBPG DT is also sending some of her DT projects for the auction - if you feel so moved please do contact me!
And now for the winner of the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch - poster #56 - Sue from Indiana! Thanks to everyone for playing along - and hopefully another RAK will be in the near future. Congratulations Sue!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I find that I am on an owl kick lately. I can’t get enough of Magistical Memories chipboard owls….and then Pink Paislee comes out with Vintage Moon that has a hootin’ large owl on it – LOVE it! I had a number of layout ideas on this one, but settled on doing a layout featuring my husband – who is a very wise man, who constantly seeks God’s word for counsel, direction and parenting.
Proverbs 2, verses 9-10 read: “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” I may not be married to the richest man on earth, but one who has wisdom born of God’s word is really a treasure for all who are blessed to know him. Our children and myself learn so much from him and he is a great example to us. This photo was taken on “our day out” last October – a day my husband and I enjoy each October as we celebrate our anniversary – which if weather permits, is enjoyed in the splendorous outdoors of autumn.
To play with the owl a bit I used a craft knife to lift his beak off the page with glue dots, and glazed it with a Sakura pen. I also added Doodlebug gem stickers to the eyes. Slight, but fun alterations!
A Fancy Frame by Magistical Memories helps to draw the focus to the subject of my photo. These bracket frames are undoubtedly my most favorite chipboard shape right now – and I especially love to use them on photos. I also added a Magistical Memories leaf of course - no fall layout really feels complete to me without one of these.
I have to more projects in the works featuring owls. One is of our son giving advice to his sister on the first day of school. I shared that photo with you earlier. The second is of my dad – a man always full of wise words, or should I say cracks? Phrases that were funny, some you just could not “get it”, and some that my siblings and myself even quote to this day to our own kids.
Think about the wisdom that surrounds you – it can come from so many people that have been a part of your life’s journey. It may not even come from a person. If you need a little mojo boost today consider this subject and how you might incorporate an owl into your layout. Thanks for coming by – and if you create a “wise” layout please leave me a link here in the comments so I can check it out!
AND don’t forget – you have until Monday, September 15 to leave a comment on the “Dream Come True” thread below to get your name in a drawing for the Fiskars Threading Water punch, if you have not done so already. Thanks for playing!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This week marks the start of my new career and I am so excited to be working for the Scrapbook Superstore in Madison, Wisconsin. I have spent the past two mornings creating layouts for store display – using some of the new products recently in.
Today I want to show you a layout using Bo Bunny’s “Beautiful Life” line. Because the paper is so artistic and beautiful I kept this layout simple to really let the paper shine, and used a single photo with small subject. I cut the paper design to overlap the photo – which emphasizes that she is walking along at the park kicking up leaves.
The papers are 2-sided, and finding this ruled design on one I knew it would work great for a journaling block. I used letter stickers and created my own “itty bitty” letter stickers printing my quote on white cardstock with a space between each letter. I cut out each, inked the edges and positioned – overlapping some of the larger letter stickers. I need to start stocking up on those itty bitty letters because this took me a long time. (Ok – I admit I had hand-written my journaling and I did not like my letter “g” in the last line I wrote – so this was my cover up which gives the layout a much more interesting look. Not all flubs are bad. (LOL)
A chipboard leave from Magistical Memories enhances the fall theme. I used DecoArt wood finish crackle medium on it, and edged and accented with Krylon’s fine tip gold paint marker. The title letters were simply covered in the patterned paper and raffia was tied on – the crunch of raffia reminds me of the crunch of fall leaves underfoot. Remember as you take your fall walks to get behind your kids and take those shots from behind – they often turn out to be some of my favorite photos to scrap.
You may have noticed the use of Fiskars Threading Water border punch. Don’t forget you have until September 15 to comment on the “Dream Come True” several threads below, and be entered into a drawing to win the punch and some other goodies. Thanks for coming by – I know I am going to enjoy the new path in my journey and hope you will visit often to see what I am creating.
I think these three words go together quite nicely. I love Cosmo Cricket’s bold and punchy Get Happy line. It is so perfect for pics of my 10 yr old. I learned tonight at the staff crop at my LSS, that customers shy away from this line. They love it, but don’t know what to do with it. The “trick” when using bold, flashy prints is to use a little at a time, and break it up with solids – either the coordinating solid side of the printed cardstock or incorporate plain cardstock. Once you start cutting up your bold papers you will love them even more!
Cosmo Cricket sponsored the Design Team at the Scrapbook Playground this month. Check out the gallery for all kinds of cosmos inspiration – and THANKS Cosmo for the product! I have more layouts to share with you, including a beautiful line that was sent to me, but today I wanted to share a layout utilizing some of my rather large Cosmo stash. (LOL)
This featured layout is all about our son’s preference to read military history books – NON-FICTION. When he has library day at school they “make him” check out a fiction story – but try as they might – he really doesn’t read them. When we have family story time he gets his dose of fiction – usually his father reading him the JRR Tolkein series, or myself a fan of the Black Stallion. (LOL)
The photos used have no relevance to one another. The focal point was taken outside our local library. The other taken on a family trip to the Mississippi River Museum this past March. However, I realized the photo of Kyle sitting with the Mark Twain statue complimented the theme for this layout, and I really had no other plans for it. Keep this in mind when you are sorting through your photos and you have some you really like, but perhaps cannot stand alone for a layout. They may work as an accent photo.
Of course this layout was not complete without some awesome chipboard shapes from Magistical Memories. (Did I mention that I have the honor of serving Magistical Memories this month as guest designer? I have lots of chipboard to play with – Crystle was so generous – and am looking forward to my new schedule and making new projects a part of my morning routine.) Kyle can identify naval and air force craft – especially those from WWI and WWII – so of course I needed a Red Baron bi-plane and submarine. I painted it yellow thanks to a tune I keep hearing in my head recorded by the Beatles eons ago. Thankfully we all don’t live in one, or the journey would get mighty crowded! Thanks for stopping by and please do come join me again.
Monday, September 1, 2008
For mom that is. Abby did great going to school on her first day of kindergarten. I actually did really well, too. It was not until I left the doorway of the classroom, shut off my camera – that it hit me that my baby was gone….in school for the day.
We awoke to rain and cool temperatures, which means we had to switch gears. Of course I had selected shorts and a top to match her backpack….for that color coordinated first day of school shot. Because it was so dismal outside the indoor photos needed a flash and I was not happy with the shadows I was getting. So I asked her to step outside for a picture. “In the rain!?” Well, it was misty at the time, and yes – I needed to get that first day of school photo.
Kyle was so sweet giving all kinds of brotherly advice this morning. Reminding her to walk in the halls and that it was a quiet zone and was concerned she would not be able to reach the hook to hang up her coat in the locker. He lovingly zipped her jacket up all the way and put her hood up for her since the mist had become a drizzle, and off they set down the road to the bus stop. For the past several years I have been taking photos of Kyle and Abby walking to the bus stop – in fact, the September release of Scrapbooking and Beyond should have my first photo of this event. It was my “Glimpse” into the future…to this day. I haven’t seen the magazine yet, but I assume it is in there! Please let me know if you see it and what page number.
The bus was running late, but Kyle used the time in line to offer more advice with his sister. After they boarded the bus I ran (I am so out of shape! And the hill doesn’t help!) home to get in the car and race to school ahead of the bus. The bus has to go up the hill past our house to pick someone up, and it was coming back as I backed out the driveway. I easily arrived at school and watched other kindergartners coming off their buses. They looked small, but by comparison they made Abby look tiny. When Kyle began kindergarten they all got off the buses at the same time and parents took group photos. Kyle was easily a head taller than everyone else. I did not have that photo opp today, which was disappointing. Several buses, including Abby’s was running late. The first bell had already rang when her bus showed up. I was told the buses would move forward so kindergartners were let off at their door, but that wasn’t the case so sadly I missed the photo of her getting off the bus at school.
They were letting other parents follow their kids in. Abby was doing so well I wondered if I should, as I remembered her breakdown at “experience kindergarten day” this past spring. But I was all about more photos and managed to snap one at her locker. Her brother was right – the backpack was on the lower hook, but she could not reach the top hook for her jacket. Fortunately she is not sharing a locker so she could utilize the lower hook on another. I told her to have a fun day in school, offered my hand so she could give me five, and I got a big hug around my leg instead with a beaming smile. Ah yes, she was fine. I took one more photo as she went, all smiles, into the classroom. I shut off my camera and headed down the hall, realizing my baby was officially in school, and determinedly shot off the tearing eyes.
I trust the Lord will make the first day of kindergarten an easy transition for my girl. This is going to be a year of many changes for our family, and today was one more step in the journey.
Have you ever heard a song and became instantly inspired to create a page? This happens to me quite often, actually. Much of my scrapbooking inspiration comes from time with God – time in scripture, in prayer and meditation, and so very often – during praise and worship music. I get ideas during the Sunday morning message, too. I never go to worship without a writing tool and paper, and am often sketching or making notes for a layout on the ride home. (and I admit - sometimes in church, too) However, it seems like it takes me too long to pour my ideas out into concrete form.
This is the case for “Journey North” – inspired by a song I heard mid-2007 or so. From the moment I heard the lyrics I KNEW I had to scrap them. I went home from church and Googled the lyrics, which I had hurriedly written down as we sang them. I am pretty good at googling lyrics and was surprised to come up empty. Not long after hearing the song for the first time, we sang it again. This time I noticed the small print at the bottom of the projected slide….the song was written by Paul LeFeber, one of the musical talents on the praise and worship team at Blackhawk Church. No wonder I could not find it – the song was an original!
The song has a catchy tune that sticks with me, as do the lyrics, and I predict it will one day be sung at praise and worship services throughout the country. The first part of the song goes like this:
You’re the maker, wrapped up in glory
You’re the giver, of peace that lies within
You’re the compass for every journey
You’re the author of the story we’re all in.
Spirit of God, rise up in us
With one voice we will sing of Your love
Spirit of God, lead where you will
I will follow you throughout the world,
Sprit of God, rise up in us!
Actually, I have a couple of layout ideas from this song, but the layout I am sharing today focuses on God being the Compass of my life. We all have ideas, dreams, directions that we think we should go. For those who have been reading my blog you are aware of the journey I have been on to seek a new job that utilizes my God given gifts. Finding your way in the journey can be confusing, and even discouraging. It has been for me, BUT because I have peace from within, I am able to quickly brush disappointment off my shoulder and allow God’s will to prevail in my life. I trust that He has me where He wants me to serve. As I shared earlier on my give-away post, I am celebrating an answer to prayer. An answer given by God after I had totally submitted to His will and put Him in the driver’s seat.
The journaling reads:
It is only by trusting in God completely that I can find peace during times of confusion and disappointment. As I struggled with His decision to close a door I so badly wanted to go through, I knew that my heavenly Father was in control, and trusted Him to be the Compass for my journey. I totally submitted to His will - desiring only to glorify Him with the gifts He had given me. Once I did this He opened the door wide, and gave me a new ministry involving my passion. God is so amazing!
Interestingly enough there were two challenges in August that motivated me to finally scrap this layout. Dahlia’s scripture challenge at Faithsisters.com was “compass of peace”, and Gine’s AAM challenge at the Scrapbook Playground in August was “journey”. This was a sign to me from God that it was TIME to scrap my “compass” page.
The digital elements used in this page come from a variety of talented designers at both Faithsisters and Kjoi Studios: Dahlia, Sunny Kohler, Susan Blanton, Nikki Painter, Krystal Hartley, Kara Jones and Sande Kreiger. I have to say taking a self-portrait while driving was a bit of a challenge, but I assure you I was going slow on a side street, no one was behind me and I aimed blindly into the rearview mirror. I think I took about 15 shots before I finally had a pic in which my head wasn't cut off. Abby and I were getting a good chuckle out of it, so it was hard to keep a straight, "meditative" face. (LOL)
If you are part of a praise and worship team I encourage you to look up Sonkite Music and the song “Rise Up”. I am sure your congregation will enjoy it and catch the underlying message. I hope you enjoy this page, and remember to allow God in your driver’s seat and point that compass north! The journey will be an amazing ride!