Thursday, May 21, 2015

busy, busy, busy, busy, busy

That's been my life all week and that's why I haven't blogged! I did stay up 'til 4 am one night this week making a fresh new banner for this blog. It's very similar to the previous one so you might not have noticed. ;)

Today I am teaching my first cards class at Hobby Lobby. Several of my former students from the last scrapbook store I taught at will be there and some of my local friends are coming too and bringing friends! Wahoo! I made extra kits and if I have them left over, I plan to put them in my shop for sale. $10 for everything you need to make four cards. I will post pics Friday. Here's one in progress...


I struggled a bit to come up with four card designs that could be easily reproduced. I taught cards classes for a couple years and it came easily to me to design them but I have gotten out of the card creating groove so Monday, I sat at my desk and hated everything I did. Tuesday I started making progress and Wednesday was spent in a panic, knowing it was down to the wire.

Finally, around 10 pm, I got into a creative groove and started feeling happy with what I was making. I know that sounds a little cuckoo to some of you but I have high standards when people are paying me to take a class. I don't just slap it together...I really have to love it or I keep trying.

The problem isn't designing four cards....it's coming up with designs that can be easily reproduced. You either have to use a punched shape, die cut, paper pads to mix patterns or stamps. It's not like I can use enamel dots or a sticker; I won't have 10 of those to give away. I can whip together a card from my stash in about five minutes but making four that are unique but reproducible is a tough bill to fill!

I picked up this Simple Stories pad yesterday to use...one of my favorites of their lines!

Besides being out of the creating cards groove, my brain is just full of a lot of other classes I'm creating right now. I plan to launch an online class next week and it's one I've been asked for a lot. I'll tell you what it's about soon and I have two pretty big announcements coming up too. Life is amazing and unexpected every day.

Just a note: I added a link to the tabs at the top of this page that goes straight to my YouTube channel. I plan to add a video weekly. Click the tab marked "Videos" to go straight to my Scrapbooking Playlist. I have some performance videos on my channel so by clicking this link, you'll go straight to the stuff you wanna see...crafty stuff! :)


I'll be back soon with an online class that's fun and hopefully a layout or something from my memory planner which I had to let slide this week so I could prep for my class!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

quick and easy card

I made a little video to show you how easy it is to make a card using my pre-printed card bases. Just sent off an order of these today for someone!

Hope you like this little video....



You can purchase the card set right here!

Thanks for watching - see you soon!

Monday, May 11, 2015

memory planner monday

Here's my April monthly spread for my Artful Memory Planner project. I'm having a hard time getting a good picture today so I'll add put up some more when the light is better.

Click to enlarge and read journaling...


This month, I didn't have a long time to spend on this so I kept it simple by sticking with one 6x6 paper pad. I'm really enjoying using paper pads for this project because the paper all coordinates and it's not as hurtful to cut into all the different papers for just a tiny square. I used the front and back of each paper in the pad, with the exception of one, I think. I really could have kept embellishing but the patterns are what make this project pretty to me. I like to just let them stand alone. I like how this collection has a green aqua and a blue aqua together. I also like that it has red and pink and black and gold. I just love this paper pad and look forward to using more of it! 



The colors in my photo and the paper pad photo don't really do it justice. It's gorgeous!!

April was a milestone month for me. I turned 45 and left my job of 7.5 years. I will definitely be making a layout to go after this page about some thoughts I have and also adding a pocket page full of photos. Stay tuned for that! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 08, 2015

a little mini

Last month, on Write Click Scrapbook, I contributed a tiny mini-album for the gallery. I need to post it here so I can add it to my gallery of mini-albums and link back to this post. If you've already seen it, see you back here Monday! :) If not, here it is!

I made it 3x3 because I just love that size right now! To make the cover, I started with a cereal box. I cut it down and glued two 3x3 pieces back to back for strength/weight. (I put the plain side out, printed side got the glue.) Then I covered the front with strips of patterned paper from a 6x6 paper pad by Pebbles called Walnut Grove. I like mixing patterns from a paper pad because you know they will all look good together, right?


I chose 12 patterns from the paper pad and laid them all out on my desk and then laid each photo on top of the one I thought best complimented it.


I used a "currently" list of prompts to help me decide what to document.












To finish the album, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes and binder rings to bind it. 


For the back, I used some left over strips of pattern and letter stickers to remember when the list was from. A "currently" list really needs the date somewhere!


Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrapping this weekend!

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!