Monday, July 27, 2015

Disneyland Magic

On my last visit to Scrappin' Goodtime, I was thrilled to find the A Day in the Park Canvas Home Basics Mix & Match pad. This pad came with specialty papers (patterned, 4x6 cut outs, corrugated) and fabrics (canvas, burlap, woven) in the perfect color scheme (red, yellow, black) to scrap photos from my trip to Disneyland last year! I created a two-page layout using these papers along with the Paper Wizard die cut I created at Scrapbook Expo earlier this year.


Creating the banners was especially FUN!


You can read more about these products and see additional photos of this layout on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog HERE!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Watercolor Memories

I recently picked up a couple of sheets of the new Ken Oliver Watercolor Memories Papers along with a coordinating Ephemera Cut Apart Sheet to create a layout for the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team. These are not papers that I would have normally chosen for myself, but when Susie showed me this new line I decided to challenge myself to create a layout.

I had some extra time while I was at the store, so I actually created a layout without photos and came up with this.


When I got home and flipped through my storage binders, I found some photos that I thought would work well with these papers. However, my photos were the wrong orientation, so I ended up rotating the layout and adding additional embellishments to make it work.


I'm sharing more photos and information on how I adjusted this layout to fit my photos over on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog today - check it out HERE.

Have you ever created a layout without photos and then needed to make adjustments for it to work once you were ready to add photos and journaling?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Musings - Own Your Life

In the Spring issue of Life: Beautiful Magazine, I saw a review for Sally Clarkson's new book, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love. I picked up a copy at the library a few weeks later. I had checked out quite a few books from the library when I picked this book up; luckily our library allows a one time online renewal option. However, I was only halfway through the book when the second due date arrived . . . so, I did something I rarely do. I kept the book and finished it anyway, paying the $1 fine when I turned it in four days later.


This Christian non-fiction book contains advice for living an abundant life, not settling for mediocrity, mapping out our purpose, giving God control, changing our attitudes and actions, and living well to leave a legacy. I especially liked the author's admonition to "live with intention."

The following description of faith from the book reminds me that while my faith in the Lord alone is all that's needed to attain the reward of eternity in heaven, there's still work to be done in this lifetime.

Faith is a mysterious process of following the voice of God, accompanied by hard work and wisdom.

I was particularly drawn to her descriptions of a home. Here's one example:

Home is the haven of INSPIRATION, where the art of life is expressed and taught. Color is strewn into every corner; delectable food is tasted; fine art, books, and beauty are strategically placed throughout the scenery of its rooms and walls.

Each chapter ended with a section titled "Own Your Part," which included exercises and questions to help apply the topic to our own life.

Think about the legacy you are leaving behind - even now, as well as after your life on earth is over. Are you content with what you imagine it will be? Can you identify any areas of your life that you would like to build into in order to leave a more godly heritage?

There were actually a lot more thought-provoking quotes and exercises that I marked with sticky notes throughout the book. In fact, I'd like to re-read this book and work through some of the suggested exercises at the end of each chapter, so I've added it to my list of books to purchase.

Have you read anything lately that's filled with thought-provoking ideas?

Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Christmas Album

Over the past several years, I've really begun to enjoy Christmas in July celebrations and events. A couple of years ago, we actually had a Christmas Day celebration during our July vacation to Tennessee. Last year in July, I taught the Texas Christmas Cards class at Scrappin' Goodtime. And this year, I actually took a class at Scrappin' Goodtime and created a mini-album that I can use to showcase this year's holiday photos. This is the first time I've ever had a Christmas album prepared ahead of time!

The class was taught by Jill, who has been on the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team for the past couple of years. I always enjoy seeing her creations, especially her mini-albums, on display at the store. She created this album/class and had everything cut and ready for us to assemble.

The album measures 6" x 8 1/2" and features patterned papers from Authentique's Believe Collection.


I actually used my Wink of Stellapen to add some shimmer to the cover.


This is a tri-fold album with a pocket of tags inside the front cover and space for a photo on the first flap.


Inside there's a waterfall album with spaces for 15 photos. One of the main reasons I took the class was to learn how to create this portion of the album.


We also added a slider that will hold two more photos or journaling spots. This was something that was new for me and I really like how it turned out.


This is going to be a FUN album to fill up during the holidays this year!


I took my sweet teenage friend Summer with me to the class. She was excited about creating the album but didn't really want a Christmas theme. She decided to use the papers with greens and tans and omit the reds. There were a few blues in with the original papers and she chose to include those.


We did not complete our albums during class because we needed to head home early and enjoy the spaghetti supper Robbie had prepared for us.


However, after we'd eaten, Summer hunted around in my craft room and picked out some more blue items so that we could omplete her album. I think she really likes it!


Have you enjoyed any Christmas in July activities this year?

Life Is Sweet

I have a new post up on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog today showcasing my layout using Authentique's Infused Collection.


Click HERE to see more photos of this layout and Authentique's Infused Collection on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Barbie Pages

I have a new post up today on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog sharing a traditional 12x12 layout and a companion 12x12 divided pocket page.


I used pocket cards from the Project Life Strawberry Edition core kit for these pages. I also included washi tape and glitter tape to help tie the pages together.


Click HERE to read about this layout and see the companion pocket page on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

INSPIRATION A to Z (F - Finishing)

This post is the sixth in a blog series where I’m exploring various aspects of INSPIRATION. When I chose INSPIRATION as my word for this year, my first thoughts were about finding, acting on and (in some cases) limiting INSPIRATION. I also knew I wanted this word to motivate me not only in my scrapbooking and crafting but also in my physical, spiritual and intellectual goals. During my FUN year last year, I published a two-week series entitled Where Does My Inspiration Come From?, which looked at the many different sources of INSPIRATION specifically for scrapbook layouts. However, in this series, I’ll be sharing a word for each letter of the alphabet (from A to Z) that relates to INSPIRATION along with my random and in-depth thoughts on that word and the various ways it relates to INSPIRATION in our lives.

F is for Finishing

Finishing is defined as "bringing (something) to an end or to completion" and "reaching the end of (something)." I always enjoy Finishing a project because it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment and provides INSPIRATION to finish something else or to start something new.

One of the projects I'm most proud of Finishing this year is the firefighter retirement albums I completed as my first scrapbook-for-hire project. The morning of the day that I delivered the album, I created a video walk-through of the albums. I had a couple of takes on the video, and knowing that I wanted to write this post was the INSPIRATION I needed to finally get them edited and uploaded!



Finishing this project has also been the INSPIRATION for me to create business cards and begin searching for other scrapbook-for-hire projects.

I'd like to share more completions with y'all, but I must get to Finishing up this post now because I'm headed off with my sweet friend Summer to create mini-albums and celebrate Christmas in July  at Scrappin' Goodtime this afternoon!

In summary,  Finishing a project can lead to INSPIRATION to begin something new or to complete another project. And often INSPIRATION can be the motivation for Finishing something.

What are working on Finishing right now? Please share your thoughts on Finishing and INSPIRATION in the comments. 

Click HERE to see all my INSPIRATION A-Z posts, or click a letter below to see individual posts.

 A(Art)   B(Baking)   C(Creativity)   D(Drawing)   E(Experiences) 


F(Finishing)

Friday, July 10, 2015

INSPIRATION A to Z (E - Experiences)

This post is the fifth in a blog series where I’m exploring various aspects of INSPIRATION. When I chose INSPIRATION as my word for this year, my first thoughts were about finding, acting on and (in some cases) limiting INSPIRATION. I also knew I wanted this word to motivate me not only in my scrapbooking and crafting but also in my physical, spiritual and intellectual goals. During my FUN year last year, I published a two-week series entitled Where Does My Inspiration Come From?, which looked at the many different sources of INSPIRATION specifically for scrapbook layouts. However, in this series, I’ll be sharing a word for each letter of the alphabet (from A to Z) that relates to INSPIRATION along with my random and in-depth thoughts on that word and the various ways it relates to INSPIRATION in our lives.

E is for Experiences

Experiences can be defined as "events or occurrences that leave an impression on someone" and "instances of personally encountering or undergoing something." Experiences are "the knowledge or mastery of events or subjects gained through involvement in or exposure to them." When we experience something, we live through it, learn about it, feel it, and understand it better. I'm a huge proponent of spending our time and/or money on Experiences rather than acquiring more stuff. 

My favorite Experiences typically involve travel. However, there are many types of Experiences that affect our lives, providing INSPIRATION to do more or make changes. The experience of serving in a soup kitchen may give us more compassion and the motivation to commit to more volunteer work. Sometimes we find INSPIRATION that leads us to Experiences, like visiting a battleground after reading about the men who fought there. There are also vicarious Experiences, which occur when we observe someone else and feel what they are feeling. For example, some people cry at the movies or rejoice with the characters in a novel.

A few months ago, I had an exciting experience that I really hadn't considered before. In fact, it wasn't even on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list! I rode in a Huey UH-1 helicopter, right by the open doorway! The INSPIRATION for this experience wasn't necessarily a huge desire to ride in a helicopter, but rather to experience something with Robbie that he was excited to do. When he discovered that they were offering rides on the Huey UH-1 during our visit to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, he made a beeline to sign up (and pay!!!). Here's a digital layout I made about what will definitely be one of my most memorable Experiences this year.
 
(This is my March Top Five #4 layout!)

Another of my favorite Experiences involves all the learning and studying I've done about Laura Ingalls Wilder as a writer. Last fall I completed the Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work and Writing Life, Part I class, and this spring I completed Part II of that class. Overall, I was inspired to read 18 books during the course of these two classes, twelve during Part I (which I reviewed HERE). For Part II, I completed the last five of the Little House books as well as Rose Wilder Lane's Young Pioneers, which "borrowed" heavily from Laura Ingalls Wilder's original writings. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the study of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life and writings. (These class Experiences were free through Canvas.net!)

These courses provided the INSPIRATION for us to make a stop in Mansfield, Missouri, on our recent road trip to Niagara Falls. We were able to tour the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homes (the farm house & the rock house) and Museum. We also stopped at the town square to see the memorial bust erected there and visited the cemetery where the Wilders are buried. This stop was especially enjoyable for me because I had just finished reading about these homes and the items in the museum. All of these Experiences (reading books, studying class materials, visiting these sites) together helped bring to life and solidify all that I'd learned about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Not all Experiences require travel or occur on vacation, some are free and much closer to home. I've mentioned it often, but we are so fortunate to have a local library that offers lots of programs for all ages. Just this week, Mama and I attended the Keep Calm and Read On event where a representative from Penguin Random House publishers discussed the new books coming out this fall! (I was definitely inspired to add a few more books to my want-to-read list.)

 

In summary, our lives are enriched by Experiences of all kinds. Experiences often provide INSPIRATION and can also be the result of INSPIRATION, thus the two are intertwined.

What are your favorite types of Experiences? Please share your thoughts on Experiences and INSPIRATION in the comments. 

Click HERE to see all my INSPIRATION A-Z posts, or click a letter below to see individual posts.

 A(Art) B(Baking) C(Creativity) D(Drawing) E(Experiences)