Wednesday, April 30, 2014

High school graduation

I guess I thought that I didn't focus on sending out invitations then graduation would stop looming over me but alas all it has gotten me is a frenzy to get the invitations MADE and in the mail ASAP. I hope to have them all finished and in the mail by Saturday. I guess that is a good a way as any to spend National Scrapbooking Day. I've got a prototype almost finished and I don't have to make too many so it should get done.
Still can't believe my "baby" is about to graduate from high school. There are days when I secretly look forward to having all the kids grown and self sufficient but then there are more days when just the thought of not having them here is heart wrenching. I try to fool myself into believing that things won't be that different but I know that they will. Having a couple of kids out of the house already, I'm well aware just how different things will be. But I'm thankful that we've been able to forge into them good qualities such as kindness, compassion and the ability to love deeply and I know these qualities will always stay with them.
Just my little thought for the day :)

Monday, April 21, 2014


I've long admired all the wonderful slider cards as well as pop up cards but getting easily confused as I do, I thought those creations were out of my ability. I am happy to announce, however, that "I", yes I, can mark that accomplishment off my bucket list. I made a sample card first just to test the feasibility of the task (for me) and when it was a success I was so excited that I went through the entire house showing the husband and kids lol.
I owe all my success to a video I found on youtube and I'll post that link at the end of this post just in case any of you guys want to make your own slider card to give to that special person. I made my card for a very special friend who's been feeling a little down and I wanted to cheer her up if just for a moment.

For the bumblebee paper piecing on the front of the card I used an svg file I had on my computer and I really don't recall where I downloaded it from, other than it was a free file.  I do find a lot of incredible files from the Craft Edge website and this file quite possibly could have come from there.
I'll place a list of supplies that I used at the bottom of this post.
Also, to note, I used ribbon to make the slide rather than the plastic bag used in the video.

Thanks for taking a look and come back soon!

cardstock-DCWV as well as basic white cs from office supply
department from Wal-Mart
ribbon for slide
Microsoft Word OR stamps
EK Success flower punch
water color paints for filling in the stamp/clipart
Mod Podge
Fairydust glitter
googly eyes
scallop punch (I used as a base for the paper piecing)
red line double sided tape

And the link to the video that I found to be the best and easiest to follow:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Scrapbooking trends

So I was doing some straightening of my scrap/craft corner and I have a whole stack of magazines I've collected over the years and can't seem to make myself part with. I swear, for somebody who dislikes clutter as much as I do, you'd think I'd be willing to part with more stuff. But one of the magazines which caught my eye was MEMORY MAKERS "Scrapbooking Top 50" dated March 2004.
Looking through the magazine for no telling how many times, I was struck at how much the scrapbook industry has evolved over the years. I started scrapbooking in 2003, so not so very long before this magazine was printed. Those things listed in the magazine are the things that were trendy and popular when I started out. I've seen a lot of trends come and go over the past 10 years--some I bought into and some I could never grasp. For example--I absolutely adore the shabby chic look but I have never been able to achieve it. My style is a little cleaner no matter how much I try to mimic the shabby chic style--it just doesn't work for me personally.

I won't list the entire 50 things but a few of the trends were:
1. copper
2. Bazzill monochromatic papers
3. tiles
4. labels
5. micro beads
6. Quickutz
7. vintage typewriter letters
8. slide mounts
9. hardware store finds
10. alphabet stamps
11. decorative metal clips
12. mini frames
13. dictionary definitions
14. tag art
15. walnut ink

Now how is that for a trip down memory lane? I have used all those except the Quickutz, which I never invested in. I actually still use a lot of those same items/techniques in my scrapbooking today.
Maybe for my next layout I'll dig out those slide mounts I have stashed away :)

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it inspires you to go dig into your scrapbook supplies and create a beautiful layout to be passed on to your loved ones.
Have a great day and happy scrapping!