Wednesday, May 06, 2015

page planning

I have some printables in my shop so I will be sharing videos about how to use them and here's the first one, using the Page Planner printable.



This printable is available in two sizes - one is sized perfectly for your planner and the other is a full sheet. Click here to order!

Thanks so much and if there are any other printables you're interested in, please let me know!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

magic memory keepers is a hoot this week.


So I almost didn't have a guest this week for Magic Memory Keepers because I was too busy to tape. Enter my always faithful friend, Jennifer Webb. She came over to the house and sat down for an informal chat about all things Disney.

If you haven't listened to Magic Memory Keepers yet, this is a fun one to start with. It's just a talk between two friends! We talk about The Polynesian at Disney World and I share the interesting info about it that the Beatles broke up when John Lennon signed the papers while staying at The Polynesian! If you like Disney trivia, here's a fun Wikipedia article all about The Polynesian. I've been kind of obsessed with it since I read this! :)

You can check out the show here, along with pictures of Jennifer's adorable mini-album!

Have a happy Wednesday!


Monday, May 04, 2015

happy monday!

No Memory Planner Monday today...I just couldn't fit it into my life. Last week was a doozy! Don't believe me? Keep reading...

Monday - Tiffany and I did a show via Skype for the first time. Won't do it again. We feed off each other's facial expressions, apparently. The energy was not the same. After the taping, I edited Magic Memory Keepers and got it ready to go up that night. It took about two to three hours. Trying to go faster but it's a long process.

Tuesday - I had dinner planned with someone who assumed some of my duties for the job I resigned, so I spent the entire day creating a manual with passwords and boatloads of info that only I know for my Pastors. Seven years of info had to be passed on!

Wednesday - my last day in the office. I dressed up and looked cute on purpose so Caroline could take a photo of me and then it ended up being one of the most high stress days of my LIFE! Caroline's Daddy was out of town, so she was at the office with me. I got more done that day than I've ever done before on my job because I knew I had no choice! While I worked, Caroline had an allergy attack and sneezed, moaned and complained for hours (poor baby). Finally I took her home, went back to the office, worked like a madwoman 'til about 7:30 pm and went home myself and she was much better. It was pollen and something in the office! So I didn't get a photo and now I never will unless I fake one next Sunday. haha! (Don't judge, you know you would!)

Thursday - I started a new fun adventure that I'll be telling you about soon. Worked all day on it then went home and cleaned like a madwoman because we were taping videos in my house the next day.

Friday - Tiffany took off work early so we could scrap and make videos for hours. After that, we taped two Scrap Gals shows with guests and had dinner, etc. Then I edited videos until 3:00 am.

Saturday - I was up early to post for National Scrapbooking Day in our FB group and then I went back to bed because I had not slept a wink the night before! When I got up, I had a million errands to run, a video/layout to make and my friend came over to tape Magic Memory Keepers. Plus, I had to clean and do laundry and edit Scrap Gals that went up today. It took about an hour and a half to do so. Couldn't sleep all night because Mike was out of town again and I got an upsetting FB message at 3:00 am so my mind raced until 6:00 am when I finally dozed off.

Sunday - Finished up one last task in my office while the church service went on (awful, I know!) and then rushed home to do more laundry, pack about five bags (not kidding), load the car and meet my friend to come to her beautiful cabin. Had a lot on my mind so I passed the bank, got halfway to friend's house and had to turn around and go back to my town to put my check in bank night deposit. (It's small and local.) Finally got to friend's house three hours late.

And that, my friends, is the story of why there is no Memory Planner Monday. LOL! Does that list just wear you out or what? Yes, I need a rest!

If anyone needs me, I'll be on the deck with a diet coke and a magazine. Hallelu!




Saturday, May 02, 2015

happy international scrapbook day!

We are going to have a ball today in the Scrap Gals Community! Join us! The fun starts at 9:00 am central time.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

the family historian

This weekend, I got to see my Uncle Bradley, who was in town for a visit. I had a lot on my plate Saturday but I took the better part of the day to visit with him and boy am I glad! He started telling me incredibly interesting stories about growing up in the 1920's so I started a voice memo on my iPhone. I interviewed and recorded him for over an hour, asking him many (not all) of the questions I had always wanted to know about his and my grandparents' life.

Here he is with his grandkids, my second cousins. Uncle Bradley is my mother's brother.

Uncle Bradley told me about growing up dirt poor in Jackson County, Tennessee and working in the fields for 12 hours for 50 cents a day. He told me about meeting his wife when she was 12 years old and knowing she was the one. He told me about the night Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed and he was driving a city bus in Washington, DC and 500 people filled the streets to protest (not riot) and stopped his bus, shaking it and scaring all the people inside. He finally broke free of the crowd, left the bus and a man put a gun to his head. I will definitely be documenting that and I will listen back to the recording to get the story.

While I was talking to him, I noticed that no one else in my family seems to feel the weight of responsibility that I feel to get these stories written down. I am fascinated by the history of my family. I want to know all the details. I loved hearing how Uncle Bradley made $35 a week on his first job when he was married and how he left there and got a raise of $80 a week to work at DuPont and no one believed he would really make that much. I never knew he worked at DuPont, where my Dad worked for 28 years. I loved hearing how he and his wife moved from the hills of Tennessee to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, simply because the weather was nice (he still lives there). It was all very fascinating and thought provoking.

Although I don't have time to take on a new project, I've decided my summer project this year will be to take on the job of Family Historian. My aunts and uncles are all getting so old it scares me. I'm taking my laptop and scanner around to all their houses and scanning photos and typing up stories and interviewing them. The only way I will get it done is to put one day a month on my calendar, starting in May. So if I interview one person in May, June, July and August, surely I can gather the stories I need to tell our history in a detailed way.

I know how I will feel if I don't do this. One of my biggest regrets is not interviewing my Mother's other brother before he passed. He was in the secret service and was First Lady Mamie Eisenhower's bodyguard. He fought in World War II and lived an incredible life. He was the most precious man you'd ever meet and would have been happy to tell me his story but I was too busy living life to take time to interview him and I didn't have the tools I have now, like the recorder on my phone or even a laptop. I regret it so bad! I love this pic of him on the left from the 70's, with his grandkids, more of my second cousins. :)

Do any of you feel the burden of responsibility for this? I WILL make this a priority this year. It's time to be a grown up and do the right thing, for posterity's sake. Who else thinks about this stuff? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

PS: To the blogger who goes by the name Granny Jenny and left me a comment on a page here, please e-mail me at tracieclaiborne@hotmail.com! I couldn't find a way to contact you! The answer is yes, there is an oil for that. :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

memory planner monday - collage page + artwork

It's still Monday, right? Yes it is!

Sometimes the things I think are going to be super easy turn out to be so hard I wanna say cuss words! I printed three pages of 3x3 photos to use for my March section of my memory planner to finish it up. My trimmer blade is super dull so I trimmed them all and they looked horrible. Then I made a page to fold out to put them on and they didn't fit like I thought they would so I trimmed them down some more and they looked more horrible! I threw all those in the trash and started over. I decided to just make a collage and I love it. I thought about adding journaling but the pictures really tell the story and I already have a list across from them so I just went with the photos. Sometimes simple works.


On the back of the photos, I glued in a piece of art Caroline drew. I want to have her draw something every month for me to include. She draws daily and I want to remember this time in her life. I may go back and add a little card across from it talking about how she likes to draw or maybe I'll wait and do that next month.


I'm calling this one done! Thanks for stopping by!

happy monday!

Memory Planner Monday's post will be later today but I wanted to let you know about a fun event we have planned for this Saturday. You probably know, it's International Scrapbook Day! Yay!!! The Scrap Gals will be hosting challenges and keeping things fun in our awesome Facebook community. We hope you'll stop by and accept the challenge!

We'll kick it off at 9 am, Central, and our guest challengers will help us post throughout the day and then YOU can post your project to go along with the challenge! We hope to see you then! It's going to be a fun day filled with videos, layout shares and scrappy chatting. Join us!


Friday, April 24, 2015

happy life shop is open!

I'm so happy to announce that my little shop is now open for business!!


Click the SHOP tab above or click right here to go directly there and see the nine products in stock. 

Now that the initial work of figuring out the store front, creating nine products, photographing and uploading them is behind me, I plan to add a new product every few weeks. Next up will be a mixed media journal perfect for a day trip. I'm making myself one and taking it to the cabin in a couple weeks and then I'll share a video with you on how I put it together and offer a blank one so you can create your own. 

For now, there are organizer divider tabs for your Project Life style journal cards, my favorite card bases and envelopes with pre-printed sentiments inside and several printables to help you create and craft your story.


I'm most excited about sharing with you my goals planner. I used this format to achieve half of my 2015 goals by March 1st. Along with the printable planner, you'll receive a private video where I walk you through how to use it and share some of my goals. 


I've started with a super low shipping rate of $2 per item for things I mail, that will likely increase when I find out the true price. I never had time to make it to the post office! :) 

Thanks for taking a peek! Let me know if you have any issues ordering. What an awesome feeling to check this to-do off my to-do list!

Now.....let my birthday weekend begin! (Sunday is the big day I turn 45! Yikes!)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

random ramblings

  • Last night when I posted a new Magic Memory Keepers, I almost uploaded a Scrap Gals episode by accident. Senior moment, which reminds me...
  • My birthday is in five days and I will be 45 years old. That seems like a milestone. Like I should make it a banner year. I plan to anyway so that works out well. 
  • I've been on a roller coaster of emotions recently. My job is ending in 10 days and questions arise in my mind, "Am I doing the right thing leaving the security of my job?" My boss even asked me this week, "Are you sure you're doing the right thing?" I told her I was 99.9% sure but the thing is....I am sure. I need a change. I don't want to live life stuck in a rut. I am taking a big ole leap of faith and trying something new. But it's causing me to volley back and forth in my emotions because change is never easy. I believe once the job is complete and I've started my new chapter in life, I'll feel more peaceful. I am full of peace about it but there is always the fear of the unknown. It's so much easier to play it safe in life, isn't it? I'm having to operate at a new level of faith right now. Faith in myself and faith in God.
  • My shop will be open Friday. I've pushed the date back repeatedly but this Friday is it. I decided to stop waiting until it will be perfect and just start with what I have. "Don't let perfect be the enemy of good" and "aim for progress, not perfection" are my mantras right now. One of my listeners shared that second quote with me last week. Seems I have gotten some type of reputation for being a little Type A. Not sure how that happened. ;)
  • I am meeting the most lovely people lately. I love that although there are thousands of scrapbookers, the scrapbook community is a relatively small world. I have been connecting recently with people who amaze me with their creativity, thoughtfulness, skill and ability. I love to network with people who challenge me and remind me of where I want to be. 
  • I went to a card making day at a friend's house Sunday and today I put away all I had packed, which was a very small group of items. As I was putting it all away, I realized for the 100th time, I do not like to papercraft away from home. I need too many things in my studio. I think I will write a blog post about that soon. I need to analyze it a bit more in my mind first. 
  • I only got two out of three things done on my to-do list yesterday but I completely organized my entire studio and cleaned it to magazine worthy. (That's what I always say when I clean my house until it's spotless. I say, "I want this house to be magazine worthy!") I feel giddy when any part of my house is completely clean and organized. I wish I could say it all is right now but the upstairs is a hot mess. I've got to take time to tackle it this weekend, not on my birthday, of course, that would just be wrong. When my house is a mess, it clutters my mind. I cannot create with a cluttered mind, can you?
  • I stopped by Hobby Lobby today and looked in the classroom for the first time. It is a blank space, y'all: five tables, 12 chairs and a floor. Ain't nothin' pretty about that place but it has incredible lighting and lots of table space and a white board. I need a white board for my beginner's class so that made me happy. I said to my daughter, "I can cute it up when I have a class." She said, "Are you allowed to do that?" I said, "Well, yeah!" I was impressed that it seats 20. I'm used to teaching in tiny spaces at scrapbook stores. The Michael's I taught at last year had a cute room but there was no air flowing to the room so I literally had students about to wilt from the heat. One poor lady who came to a crop dripped buckets of sweat the entire time. I felt so sorry for her! I am so happy I now have a fresh new space in a new building with that new fangled thang called air conditioning. :) I'm hosting a "Craft Day" in May so that anyone can come and scrapbook or art journal. My friend and I figured even if we were the only two there we'd make it fun. I plan to do art journaling because, as I've already told you, I don't scrap well outside of the four walls of my studio. Also, I want a day to just play and create and paint and do lettering. 
There you have it...random ramblings. You'll never get that 5 minutes back. Please don't hold that against me. :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

memory planner monday - list page + 6x8 layout

Hello dearies! Did you have an awesome-sauce weekend??? I love the weekend but I'm always happy to get back to my regularly scheduled routine. Since today is all about lists, let's start with a list about my weekend...

Good things that happened to me this weekend:
- I got together with my bestie who I hadn't seen in a couple weeks and taped two great shows
- I got half my house (downstairs) really clean
- got a lot accomplished on my to-do list Saturday
- had a half day alone at home while my family had "Daddy-Daughter Day" at the mall
- had a great dinner with my sister Saturday night at Jason's Deli, my fave
- had an awesome church service Sunday morning, felt blessed and thankful
- spent a fun Sunday afternoon making cards with friends
- watched a new Once Upon a Time and Mr. Selfridge

That's a happy list!

Now on to my list page for March. I really enjoy making this list each month. It makes me take a moment to really reflect over what I did and did not accomplish the previous month and also forces me to stop and count my blessings.


I also made this 6x8 layout for February. I had this picture waiting to be scrapped. I love it. This was just an ordinary day at Dairy Queen so in a rare moment of feeling like I didn't have to tell the story, I just made the page pretty. As the little tag above the pic says, it's just about "sweet moments." I love these two people. I love making 6x8 layouts (6.25 x 8.25 to be exact). I love this memory planner project and I love you for reading this post!


Don't miss today's episode of the Scrap Gals! We're interviewing my friend, Amy Sorensen, about how to get out of a scrapbook slump! We've all been there, right?

Love and hugs and unicorns. See you real soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

cards from scraps

Hello lovies!

Today I decided to clean off my desk so I could have a fresh start for my next project. I hated to toss all the beautiful scraps from my Artful Memory Planner spread so as I often do, I decided to make some cards using mixed patterns.

Here's a peek of the scraps left over from my project:


I pulled out the tiniest pieces and tossed them and I was left with pieces that coordinated...


In the stack was a thin piece of white cardstock so I cut it into two 5.5 x 4 pieces.


Then I cut all the scraps into 1/2" strips, making two separate piles...


I adhered the strips to the white cardstock pieces I had cut. I decided to make one card with diagonal strips and one with straight strips. I cut the straight strips piece down so I could have a border around the edge of one card...


I then mounted the pieces to a kraft card base, using foam pop dots for the straight strips piece....


I looked through the scraps with words that were left over for something to use....


Grabbed my Simple Stories sticker letters and ended up with these two cards...


The one on the right I will send to a friend and the one on the left I will send when someone does something wonderful and I want to brag on them! :) I love having cards on hand but I like to make sure they say something on the front I will really use. Sometimes I see handmade cards that make no sense!

In case you're wondering....after making these two cards, I tossed the rest of the scraps. Some were fairly large but by this point, I'm sick of all of these patterns and this color scheme so it's time to move on.

Have you made any cards lately?