Monday, December 29, 2008
- I have always wanted to make an acrylic album. I went to an all inclusive retreat at the Sweetwater House and LOVED IT!!! One of the projects was a tiny acrylic album (an arrow). I would like to try another one from scratch...a larger one.
- This past year I completed at least one 2-pg layout a month. I'm finding myself making more and more 1-pg layouts (and LOVING it). So I'd like to increase that to a total of 5 layouts a month (this way I don't beat myself up if I don't do 2-pagers)
- CLEAN my scrap room...AND KEEP it clean!!! Jeff has tempted me with allowing me to go on retreats outside of AK if I could keep my room clean. This year it doesn't look like there's money in the budget for a retreat, but I'm hoping if I can clean it and keep it clean, he'll change his mind...shhhh, don't let him in on my secret plan
- Following up on #3, I'd like to attend a weekend retreat as a scrapper to be productive. I think our budget and family schedule will allow a retreat in state, but I'd also like to go back to the Sweetwater House again!!!
- I host an informal crop at my house on the Fourth Friday of every month. I'd like to be more consistent with that so I can be productive!!!
Stay tuned...as I complete these goals, I'll post the results. Wish me luck. And good luck with your 2009 goals, too!!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
To make the card holder, I used an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock and cut it to 8" x 11". I scored it at 3", 3-1/2", and 8". Then I scored it at 1/2", 1", 7", and 7-1/2". Looking at the template from the Nov post, cut the box and adhere as noted. This will fit 5 cards and 5 invitation size envelopes. As I put the box together, I use button magnets to hold the flap closed.
Stay tuned for a one sheet wonder (OSW) template plus a bag to hold the cards...this is a Stampin' Up! idea that was shared with me. It's a GREAT little gift at this time of year, too. A few years ago I created my own OSW template, so if you're looking for additional ideas, let me know and I'll share that one.
Friday, December 12, 2008
As some of you know, I am an AC Bailey Consultant. ACB is a company that provides scrapbooking supplies (check out my website when you get a chance). One of the things they provide that I absolutely LOVE is a Kit Of The Month (KOTM). Kits are soooo pupular because they have coordinating supplies that make it VERY easy to complete projects. I am sooo excited to share that ACB now has an idea file available for each KOTM. This means you'll get ideas along with Step-by-Step instructions on how to complete those projects. WOW!!! If you haven't checked out these kits or AC Bailey...do so. If you subscribe, shipping is FREE (including Alaska).
This is the December KOTM and the January kit is absolutely beautiful. It includes papers from Bo Bunny's new Winter Whisper collection...I just got mine and I can't wait to put it to use!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I just saw this GREAT idea for a teacher's gift. Erica's teacher is AWESOME and I want her to know how much we appreciate all she does. So I will be making this cute set for her...sort of. This site has two sets of instructions
- The first is a HUGE file that is already in color...print it on heavy cardstock, cut, fold, adhere as instructed and you're done. Don't forget to include four invitation size envelopes for the cards.
- The second set of downloads (two) are templates if you want to use your own supplies.
I plan on using this as a guideline and making my own....can I do anything simply? NO!!! I have a problem with that, sorry. So come back this weekend and I'll have a picture of the finished project. But don't wait for me...go check out the website and get those gifts cranked out for the teachers (or others) in your life.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Scraptrum: The full range of 37 different shades of paper between light blue and medium blue.
- Catscraptrophe: The combination of Murphy's Law as applied to cats' natural curiosity, occurring 30 seconds after you leave your scrapping supplies unattended on the table to visit the bathroom.
- Scraplooking: The scrapper's second-favorite hobby, when the visit to the scrapbook store comes BEFORE payday.
- Scrapitulate: To buy scrapbooking materials with that last twenty bucks you said you weren't going to spend.
- Scrapdashery: The art of risking a traffic ticket when the decision to scrapitulate comes as sudden inspiration while sitting at home just before the local scrapbook store closes.
- Scrapplication: The art of tuning out bothersome distractions (family, work, etc.) and concentrating fully on your project.
- Scraptivity: Solitude (generally self-imposed) preventing one from engaging in lesser activities until the current project has been completed.
- Scraptain: The leader of a small group of scrapping friends, who usually decides what the day's project will be.
- Scrapperpillar: The project you're completely disgusted by, until it metamorphoses into a beautiful finished work.
- Scraptice: If at first you don't succeed...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I just saw a GREAT layout on the Bo Bunny blog. Erica has her first sleep over tonight, and I was going to use this idea for that layout...instead I tweaked it a bit and made a leaf instead of a heart. This is a pix from our hike out to Thunderbird Falls last weekend. She's such a ham. It's part of a 2-pg layout, but this is the main page. Enjoy!
I encourage you to accept the Bo Bunny challenge by Oct 3rd to be placed in a drawing. I just love challenges!!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I just got an electronic news letter from Creating Keepsakes (you can sign up to receive the newsletter here and then click on the link to sign up in the upper right corner). It had a GREAT article about not worrying about being behind on scrapping...I wanted to share it with you (this is a quoted excerpt from the newsletter...I'm sorry, I don't have a direct link or an author to attribute it to):
Here are some helpful tips to help ease the stress:
- Start with today - If you have gotten behind like most of us, don’t begin with Billy’s graduation from 1985. Start with pictures from today that are fresh off the camera and your memory. Working on current pictures helps you to feel more on top of scrapping!
- Work on one event at a time - There is nothing more overwhelming then seeing piles of pictures that have built up over the years.
- Pick your favorites - Keep in mind that you don’t have to scrap every picture. Pick your favorite ones that make the best lasting memories.
- It’s okay! - Remember, it is okay to fall behind! Don’t let it keep you from enjoying the hobby you love.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- First she got up at 5:15 instead of when I usually wake her up at 6:00...she said it was because she was soooo excited about school.
- Then she wanted to dress herself (she usually does, but she got her clothes out herself)...she turned around at me in the room with her arm and hand straight out and said, "No, mamma, I can do it myself!"
- I was planning on taking her to school for pictures and to check out the routine, but she wanted to go on the van from day care (not).
- As we pulled into the parking lot at school, she asked me to stay there so she could go by herself (double not)...then she proceeded to run to the school once we hit the sidewalk.
- And finally, when I went after school to meet her and see the routine, she said hello, but then didn't want anything to do with me. Wow, what a big kid!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
1. Crops where I can meet friends and just have a good time being productive
2. Sketches or other layouts that give me inspiration on color, layout, theme, etc
3. Challenges that pull me out of my standard style of of scrapbooking
4. The perfect pictures that just scream to be scrapped!!!
So here I sit...two days away from my monthly crop where I have a 2-page layout class as part of the agenda and I haven't gotten the layout done. So where do I start after I get past the stress of not being prepared? Here's one of my favorite sites for inspiration: Page Maps
Whether you scrapbook 8-1/2 x 11 or 12x12, 1-page layouts or 2-page layouts, this is a GREAT site. And they have at least one completed idea for each "map" shown. What I really like about "maps" is how you can modify the map to meet your needs or style. You can swap a large photo for multiple smaller ones (I like more than one photo on a page), you can swap journaling for another picture or embellishment if you don't like to journal (but you really should!!!), you can rotate the layout(s) 90 degrees, etc.
So I haven't picked a "map" yet, I'll knuckle down after I post this...maybe. But here's a layout I did for one of the May layouts using one of the Becky Fleck's Dec 2006 pagemaps...I REALLY changed it up because I added newspaper articles, a copy of Jeff's certificate for being a volunteer coach at the Junior Olympic Development Training Camp, and a copy of the first check he received for Trap Shooting...a whopping SIX DOLLARS. Oh, and take special note that the article and picture in the bottom right corner includes a 2008 Olympiad...Cory Cogdell is representing the US in the Olympics this weekend for Women's International Trapshooting. The preliminaries are 5pm AK Time on Sunday, with the finals at 11pm AK time that same evening. Go Cory...she's a fellow Alaskan!!!
Monday, August 4, 2008
You know my expensive hobby is scrapbooking...Jeff's expensive hobby is trap shooting. He keeps asking me when I'm going to scrapbook him and HIS hobby...maybe when I'm caught up with Erica (do we ever really get caught up?) or when I'm not feeling inspired by Erica (ha...like that'll ever happen). So what has he done to try and improve his odds of being scrapbooked? He's teaching our daughter how to shoot. I'm still not sure how I REALLY feel about it, but he's VERY safe and as a certified 4-H instructor, I know he's doing all the right things. He was also selected as a volunteer instructor two years ago for the Junior Olympic Development Training Camp. So I have every faith in the world in him and his training abilities.
Two weeks ago Jeff and his dad took Erica to the gun club to shoot a BB gun (aka "baby gun" as Erica called it). With their help, she took aim at a Coke can and tore it apart...well, maybe most of the holes are from Jeff and his dad. But then they came across a friend of their who was with his girl friend's 9-yr old daughter and a PINK .22 rifle. They helped Erica with her aim and she NAILED a target. Figuring it was a fluke, they tried again...same result. So Jeff bought her a .22 rifle of her own...and convinced her that this GREEN rifle was better than PINK. We went to the gun club last night and I watched her shoot for the first time. At a distance of 20 feet, she shot at 6 metal silhouette targets. Before I could even get set with my camera, she had already shot the first target off the 4x4 wood block. WOW!!! We were there for about 30 minutes and she probably shot 80% or better at the silhouettes. Jeff's already looking forward to the Summer Olympics in 2020...