Tuesday, April 22, 2014

some things never change...thankfully

Easter Sunday we went to my Aunt Betty's house (my Mom's sister).
Most of my memories of Easter dinners and egg hunts are at Aunt Betty's house.
I'm positive there's never been an Easter Sunday in my lifetime that my Aunt Betty didn't cook and have people over.

Here's a picture of me in Aunt Betty's yard, on Easter, when I was one. That's my cousin Rhonda in the red shirt...

Now here I am at Aunt Betty's, on Easter, at age two...(on the left)...

Here's a group shot of some of my cousins and me, same day...Easter 1972.

Now, flash forward 41 years, here's Uncle John, still taking pictures on Easter by the same trees, just as he took the pictures above.
My sister is on the far right in the picture above and on the far left in the picture below. I love that girl.

Now there's are houses across the street. Now the kids are his great grandbabies and my cousins are grandmothers!! Weird!
Remember my cousin in the red shirt at the top of this post? This is her grandbaby! Time flies.
I took these pictures of my uncle taking pictures because he and my Dad had a similar camera and seeing him with that camera reminded me so much of my Dad. My Dad took the best pictures with his camera, which I now own but do not know how to use.
We used to run around that tree growing up. It was once their Christmas tree. Now it stretches to the sky.
Caroline loves her baby cousins and loves going to Aunt Betty's house on Sundays, just as I did.
Another thing that never changes is that my aunt cooks a big meal every Sunday and especially on holidays, there is a wide variety of desserts!
And she still buys old school Easter eggs, just like we hunted when I was little...

Here I am eating one and holding another. You can see the plastic wrap around the one in my left hand.
I'm so glad I have this, even though my eyes are closed.
By the way, these were just the pictures I had handy from slides I've scanned that were my aunt's.
My entire childhood is on slides. I don't remember if I have other Easters in pictures or not.
After a few years of taking great pictures, my Dad picked up another hobby...golf. We didn't have many pictures after that.

Today I'm thankful for pictures, family, holidays and things that never change.

Monday, April 21, 2014

ScrapGals + a card with my Cameo

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! We surely did.

Today's ScrapGals episode is up and it's a fun one called, "You Ask, We Answer."
We're covering several different scrappy topics, including using our Silhouette Cameo.

I challenged Tiffany to make a layout using her Cameo then I got so busy with the holiday that I didn't have time to do one myself.
I thought I would make a card instead and decided to make it say "hello."
Normally I type out the word but I remembered this new font I have called "Emily Lime Words."
It just has a few words but they're all cursive and I wondered if they would cut well on the Cameo.

Turns out - they did! I am so happy with the cut!
I used a Crate Paper 6x6 paper pad to put a pattern with a tiny floral behind the words.
Then I added a few coordinating pieces from the pad at the bottom.

I like cards like this because I can keep them on hand and then quickly send a note to someone when I need to.
The base of the card is actually the patterned paper (Scenic Route) and it was white on the back so that means the inside of the card is white.
The back of the 6x6 paper pad sheets are white so once I adhered the whole piece to the inside, it blended seamlessly.
I'm definitely going to use some of the other words to cut out on my Cameo since this worked so well!

We'd love to hear your feedback about this week's show! Leave a comment here or visit us at www.facebook.com/scrapgals.

Here's this week show on Podomatic or you can subscribe on iTunes or listen on this player...

Now go and be crafty!! :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

spotlight on stickers: Easter card

Welcome to my new series called "Spotlight on Stickers." This will be just the push I need to make me use my stash.
I still really like stickers and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Judging by the comments I've received...you do too!
By the way, thanks for all the great comments about my layout with stickers I posted earlier this week.

Anytime I make a layout, I really like to use what's left on my desk to whip up a card.
Since I'm giving my daughter a basket full of goodies this Easter Sunday, I thought a card to go with it would be cute.
I had already cut a strip off the dot paper so I didn't mind cutting into it a bit more.
I found a white card base and looked over the sticker sheet to think about what the card could say.
I'm not a fan of cards that "say nothing" either on the front or the inside. I see that a lot. I want mine to really make sense.
I decided to use the other bunny sticker and make it say "some bunny loves you."

I started by measuring the card base....it's 4" wide by 5.5" tall. I knew that but I checked to make sure.
Then I cut down the dot paper to the same size and adhered it to the front....
 I think that dot paper is very old Pebbles but it matches the Doodlebug stickers well.

When I make a card - I like to just pull it together quickly so I looked around at what was already cut on my desk from the layout.
I saw this piece of white paper and laid it out, thinking it would work...
I chuckled because I then realized it was actually a piece of purple paper turned over.
So I turned it to the right side and laid it down to eyeball where I might cut it and make a pencil mark.
I wanted the dot to really show so I made the purple small. Plus, the less space I have to fill up, the easier it is!
I didn't think my stickers would show up great against purple so I looked around my desk for some left-over white cardstock.
I found a piece, cut it to the right width and laid it on to make a tick mark for the height. I rarely measure when making cards. I make tick marks.
(Shocking, I know, since I am the queen of measuring everything on my layouts.)
To make my sentiment, I needed letter stickers. Thankfully I have a huge bin waiting to be used!
I went through and pulled out all the Doodlebug sheets I could find with purple and pink...
I started laying the letter stickers down using my new technique - a post it note for perfect placement!
As you can see, I'm using a large post-it and I line the left side up with the left side of the card to give myself a completely straight line.
Then I smooth the sticky part of the post it down very firmly so I have a little edge to rest the letter stickers on.
Once I have them perfectly placed, I pull the post-it up and laying the non-sticky part on top, I rub over the stickers to make them stay.

I really wanted the bunny to pop off the card so I added two thick foam pop-dots on the back.
But first, I made it less tacky by rubbing it on my pajama pants to add a thin layer of fuzz.
(I really dress up to scrapbook.)

I love how much it pops with those two pieces of foam!
I ran out of pink and purple letter stickers so I looked for another sheet of Doodlebug and voila! Good thing I hoarded these for years.
Here's how it turned out....
side view....
and inside it completes the phrase, "some bunny loves you...."
I think it will make my girlie smile.

Have you made any Easter cards? Making cards is a great way to use up supplies, like stickers, that don't quite meet our standards for layouts.
I challenge you to make something this weekend using old product and especially stickers. Link me to it!

Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend. I'm looking forward to celebrating it!

PS: If you'd like to pin this post so you
can remember how to line up letter
stickers....here's an image perfect for
pinning that will direct you to this post!
Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I'm bringin' stickers back.

I joked one time that I want to do a funny video with me singing a song to the tune of "I'm Bringin' Sexy Back" but I would change the lyrics to "I'm Bringin' Stickers Back."
Can't you hear it?

I'm bringin' stickers back.
Them other scrappers don't know how to act.
They're thinkin' stickers be all full of crap.
I really hate it that they get a bad rap.

JT ain't got nothin' on me! (I loves me some JT.)

Seriously though...in this week's ScrapGals podcast, we discussed theme scrapping so it inspired me to break out some stickers!!
Heaven knows I have plenty of holiday photos to scrap!
I chose a set based on the quality of the photos.

With Easter being the obvious upcoming holiday - I pulled out my very small stash....
I found some cute Pebbles Easter embellies that aren't stickers but I thought I might use them.
I tried to picture how I would place them but they just seemed so plain.
Meh. I just wasn't feeling it.
So I decided to go with the very glittery Doodlebug sheet. I have always loved Doodlebug stickers.

I am on a grid/linear layout kick so I thought, what the heck, just go with what I know. I cut one photo down to 4x4 to get this...
I adhered them to a piece of cheap white cardstock so I could place them on a variety of patterns to see which I liked best.
Then, strangely enough, I cut a piece of thicker white cardstock and adhered it for my title.
I used the sticker sheet to create my title and added a couple butterflies on pop dots for interest plus a tiny strip of polka dot.

Here's how the layout turned out...
I am not a big fan of purple but it just seemed to work here so I found a subtle background piece and a more solid for journaling.
I used one more of the stickers added to a pennant tag for fun in the top corner...
I really wanted to pile on the stickers and use a ton of them but I just couldn't make it work.
I think subtle is best when using stickers. A few go a long way.

Here's a close up of the journaling. I couldn't think of what to say since this was from 2007 and I had this long area for journaling.
Thankfully, Caroline came in the room and told me her memories of it so that helped me write this much...
Just one last note...before I decided what pics of Easter I would scrap, I looked through all my albums to see what I had already done.
I found that I had scrapped about four Easter pages but none past 2006. I have multiple photos from each year.
Photos of the basket, her Easter dress, the egg hunt and sometimes a play at church.

So for each year I haven't scrapped, there's like four sets of pictures per year? Whew! Not a good realization since this is 2014!
That's like 30+ layouts I need to do. I will just have to do them when the mood strikes me, I guess.
At least this is a step in the right direction!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

start with the story: for the record

I was looking through my thousands of pictures this weekend and pondering what I could make a page about.
I came across this photo of Caroline and me bowling with friends.
I thought, "Will I make a page about us bowling?" "Nope. Probably not." I decided.
I sat it aside and then saw a random picture I had taken of Caroline and her daddy, one day at lunch.
The two pictures together told a whole new story in my head...
the story of how Caroline is mostly like Mike and a little like me.

I decided to use Project Life cards so I leafed through them until I saw the perfect one - it said "For the Record."
As in, for the record, this is how my daughter is like me and like her father. Perfect title.
All I had to do from there was put it together, type the journaling and embellish.

I'm on a white background kick but I'm just going with it. Everything looks better against white.
This layout makes me so happy! I love how it came together and it tells an important story. Yay!
I didn't scraplift this but I did look through Pinterest first and left there feeling inspired to do a grid layout.

In my pink color bin, I saw this little girl chipboard piece I've had forever and thought it went well with a story about my sweet girl.
Those are two different lines of paper with the blue background but they just happened to work together well.
I didn't even match the photos to the paper, I just chose some paper I liked because the photos have a multitude of colors.
I'm getting less matchy-matchy in my scrapbooking. Maybe from working on Project Life.
In PL, I pull together a month's worth of colorful photos by using coordinating products so I did the same here!

Here's a closer look at the journaling...

I'm obsessed with this typewriter font right now - Typenoksidi sized to 11 points.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm getting ready to start a layout now using themed products - maybe even stickers!

Now GO AND BE CRAFTY! (Which, by the way, is what my husband says now when he leaves the house. He loves to make me laugh.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

how about a little unsolicited advice?

This week's ScrapGals podcast is comprised of interesting threads Tiffany and I found on the Two Peas message board.
No one asked for our opinion but we gave it anyway!
We're talking about a whole heap of scrappy goodness in this one so check it out at Podomatic here
or catch us on iTunes or listen on this player.....

I'm working on a couple layouts to share tomorrow so check back soon!

Thanks for listening to the ScrapGals Podcast with Tiffany and Tracie!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

my scrappy motto

Today I've been working on an editorial calendar for my blog to go along with our upcoming podcasts.
I'm going to work hard to have layouts that represent all the ideas we generate during the shows.
I started to feel a bit overwhelmed by the long list of all the layouts and then I remembered what makes it easy for me. 
I just have to remember to...

That is totally my motto and has been for a while, actually. 
More than new product, stunning photos or a great layout to lift, the thought of telling my story is what inspires me.
I regularly sit and write random stories I want to record. I keep a Word document going for all these thoughts.

Today over dinner, I talked with my sister and made a timeline of some events that happened in my life.
In many ways, she is the keeper of my story because I have a lot of memory loss from a head injury as a child.

As we talked, I remembered some things I hadn't thought of in years that she had completely forgotten!
She said, "If you would talk about these things, maybe you would remember more of your life."
I said, "That's why I want to put all these memories in a scrapbook - so I will remember my life!"

That's just what I intend to do. This will be my most prolific year of scrapbooking ever. I'm determined to make it so.
I challenge you to do the same! Just start writing. Open a Word document or take out a fresh pad of paper and pen.
Pick a topic, like "childhood" and start writing all the things that come to mind. Just write. You can do your journaling list style.
A timely topic would be "memories of Easter." Once the writing is done, do the layout while it's fresh in your heart and mind.
I like recalling happy memories to write about and then I like to choose a layout to lift and pair it with my memories.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do seven layouts & a mini-album & you bet your bottom dollar on all of them, I will start with the story!

Happy weekend peeps!

Friday, April 11, 2014

way cute

I just made this way cute 4x6 picture of all my daughter's favorite music!

I just found each image online, clicked "view image" and saved it.
Then I went to Picasa and cropped each image into a square.
Then I highlighted all 12 images and created a collage.
I'm making her a "13" mini-album, all about her 13th year. I'll be sharing it soon!
This is for the page about her love of music.

I was so in love with this, I made one for myself with all the tv shows I love and I'm going to do the same for movies and music!!

I put them on here in the order of how they come on during the week or how I watch them.
That little touch of neurotic organization of the images made me gleeful. ha-ha!

I had to change a few images out when the words were cut off or they looked pixelated but I think since the pics are so small, this will print fine. I'll let you know! I'm sending a Snapfish order off tomorrow.

I'm going to make a page about my love of television with this print. I love it!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

discovering the farm

I have been excited to tell this story to someone so I thought I'd share it with you, dear blog friends.
Seventeen years ago, my husband and I bought an acre of land on a quiet street with about fifteen houses on it.
Over time, the far end of the street has been filled with new homes but ours sits in the middle of the existing ones.
our house in 2004 (7 years old)

We chose the street because the homes were colonial in style and we wanted to build a colonial style house.
Also, we loved that the street backed up to a farm with a silo and roosters crowing in the early morn.

A fence was all that stood between us and the farm and in seventeen years, I have rarely walked to the back fence.
I tend to stick to the front yard and the driveway and the screened in porch.
our house in 2011 with new red shutters and a black door 

This weekend, my daughter excitedly told us that she and her friends who live in the new houses down the street found a creek.
She said the creek runs behind our house. Mike and I were skeptical because we'd never seen a creek.
Caroline insisted there was one and we said we would investigate. She decided to show us.
She walked to our back fence and discovered that it was open and you could walk right onto the farm!

I was just getting out of the car when she told me and I was SO EXCITED! I wanted to walk on that farm!
So off we went on an adventure, iPhone in hand to take pictures and see what was behind the fence!

Here's my view from the fence, looking towards my house. My house is on the left. This is at our property line.
Now you can see why I rarely walk to the fence - it's a long way!!!
See the fence on the right? I think our neighbor helped himself to the back fence to square his off.
Fine by me but that's why it's now open. He built his fence fairly recently.

Once over the threshold, I felt like Alice going down the rabbit hole. Welcome to the farm!
Can you see how happy this makes my kid? She loves to explore and be out in the country.

We walked down the fence line, behind our next door neighbor's house. We live one house over from a cul-de-sac and there it is...
It was so weird to see it from the other side!!! We always ride our bikes from our house over to the cul-de-sac and then circle around it.

Then we walked just about one acre from our house and sure enough, there was the creek!
What's even more amazing to me is the land as far as you see can past the creek. All farmland.
Caroline had on sequined sneakers and yet begged to go wading in it. I said, "No! Not in those shoes!"
There were already bugs swarming everywhere - like gnats maybe.
Now I'm a country girl at heart so my daughter can wade in the creek all she wants in proper attire, with a friend, of course.
I don't want her wandering back there alone and yes, I know there might be snakes. We have a lotta critters round here.

I love how life looks from the other side of the fence.
We have a fire pit all the way back at the fence and I've been wanting to have a party and make s'mores and hot dogs.
Now it seems more exciting just to walk back there!

Just had to share that with someone - it was a pretty monumental day for us!
The sad news is....the land has been sold and they are supposed to build about 2,000 homes there but it will be over the next 20 years.
So I guess we'll enjoy it while we can!