Monday, November 23, 2015

Photo shot? I forgot!

It is not usually a problem of forgetting my camera, I remember to take it, I just always forget to use it. Yesterday John and his 3 siblings were together for brunch for the first time in a long while; An extremely rare occasion that probably won't happen again for several years, if ever. Wouldn't that have made a great photo op? Guess who never took the camera out of her purse?

The restaurant, Pucketts Boathouse was a rustic building in downtown Franklin Tennessee. The ambiance would have made for some interesting photos as well. My loss. How am I supposed to scrap my life if I keep forgetting to photograph it?


Maybe next time. If there is one.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mini Album

This week I started working on a mini album for an online scrapping class. Several months ago I printed the photographer's photos from the wedding in July, but I had yet to do anything with them. Let's face it, I was tied up with the cross country mega album for 3 months after we returned from our trip. During that time I also put together a wedding album for the bride, a mini album of a 45th wedding anniversary party; Made a dozen Halloween and Thanksgiving cards and 60 Christmas cards. I am not complaining, I am retired and for me this is heaven.

The hardest thing about a mini album is getting started. I did not know whether I would make the album out of chipboard or use a ring binder I already had. I knew it had to be large enough to fit the 4x5.5 photos and most of those photos were landscaped. Once I had my binder in mind I was good to go.

Earlier this year Big Picture Classes which is a subsidiary of Studio Calico (SC) had a nap time sale. 20% off everything and I found these gorgeous Heidi Swapp planners that were already marked down. I picked up two of them. Not to use as planners, but to use as scrapping handbooks. As it turned out, I was so impressed by the contents I started using the Hello binder in August as a planner!


For the striped handbook I removed all the calendaring contents.. They will fit perfectly into the other "planner" and give me a full two years of "to do" lists. This was to be my mini album. I had some small page protectors from SC and a perfectly matched Heidi Swapp paper pad all the correct size for this handbook. One small problem: the holes did not align on the page protectors. Easy fix: make a ring guide and cut new holes.

And now I can begin. I spread out all the liner papers and matched them to photos, then piled everything according to how it will best tell the story of the wedding.

After one has been buying scrap booking and card making supplies for several months, or years, the stash starts building up and overflowing. These mini books are a great way to deplete supplies. Each little page tells a story and the opportunity to embellish is endless. But like any work of art it takes patience and perseverance.

I don't expect to finish this in one sitting, in fact it is best to break away now and again and work on something else. So far I am happy with the results. My workshop mess, now that is another story. For another day.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Turkey Day

I made an effort to clean my workshop just in case someone peeks inside. It is normally a disaster area. I should have a sign that says "creativity in progress, enter at your own risk"

In the last two days both of my scrapbook kits arrived on my doorstep. I got my November Studio Calico kit along with a few bonus sale items AND my Citrus Twist November kit came all the way from Washington State in 3 days. Since I am busy today cooking and getting the house ready for company it will just have to wait I til tomorrow.

Studio Calico kit


Citrus Twist kit

Sunday is going to be a super fun day. What shall I make first?


Friday, November 13, 2015

Super easy card

I created this Christmas card using some printed cardstock, stamps and stickles. The shading makes it look 3 D. I only have 10 more cards to make before the end of next week. That makes 65 total. Some took a long time others were lickidy split.


Get back to basics

I have been so remiss in writing my blog. Back burnered it. Today I was reading a friend's blog, who I might note has also been remiss. But I really like her style. It was simple and easy to read. Just day to day stuff. That was exactly What this was supposed to be. Today is the day before Thanksgiving. Not really, but for me it is. We are entertaining 10 no, it was 12, of our dear friends tomorrow with a Thanksgiving buffet. Two turkeys, stuffing, mashed potoatoes, cranberry sauce, lots of veggies, rolls, appies, and of course, my friend Barbara, a marvelous baker is bringing desserts. I got 8 bottles of wine and I am considering pulling out one of the special Freemark Abby $$$ wines to share too. My thanksgiving cards are done and ready to send out. 90% of my Christmas cards are done too. Attending some on line card classes has helped to keep me motivated. Thanks for stopping by.