Thursday, January 31, 2008

Last day of LOAD

So, I just finished my last layout for the LOAD challenge. Here it is:

I had a bit of a problem getting the picture to show up right...there was a glare on the top left, and the colors were off, so I tried to lighten it which is why it looks like it is missing something in the top left hand corner. Sorry, I really wish the picture would have shown up better, I am actually really pleased with the way this turned out. It is simple but appropriate for my family album. There are flowers stamped behind the pp and photo and a flourish by the flower, you can see them a lot better in real life then you can in this picture. But I guess you can still see what it is like from this pic. I am in love with those Hambly overlays...I know...they have been all the rage, but I didn't own any until recently and I just LOVE them. This page is actually unfinished...I will add journaling to it later. But it is one of those situations where I am working with old pictures (don't know if you can read it, but this one is from 1914) and I am trying to collect information from family members. So once I feel like I have info. to put on there, then I will add journaling on strips of white will be similar to this:

I am actually having a difficult time trying to collect old stories and information about old family members. It is easier to get the pics then the old information. I am so glad that I scrapbook and will be passing along that information...and nobody will have to try to find stories about relatives or find information about their family tree. Course, that is if I can get that stuff now. :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Going Super Simple

Since all my scrapbooking time and effort lately has been devoted to CK's Hall of Fame contest, I am afraid that my LOAD layout for today has gone super simple. :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Christmas Cards

I just realized that I never uploaded the Christmas cards I did this year. Me and a friend held a Christmas Card Workshop at my church...she created five cards and I created five cards and each person got to make 10 cards at the workshop. Here are the five cards that I did :

Monday, January 28, 2008

Almost over

Thank goodness LOAD is almost over. :) Here's my page for LOAD day 28...28 days in a row I have completed at least 1 layout (in some cases--more). Wow. I can't believe I am actually going to complete this challenge. Anyways, here's the page:

I am waiting to do the journaling, because I just don't know what I am going to write yet. :) It's of my cousin, and I actually don't know her very well. CK had issued a challenge to do those flowers, where each pedal was a different piece of patterned paper. Everyone was doing them as the focal points, but I have done similar pages before and I thought it would be fun to make them as part of the background instead. :) I like the way it turned out.

Day 27

Here's what I did for day 27 of LOAD.

I still need to add the date and his name (I want to make sure that I spell his last name right). But you can see where I will hand-write it in. Oh and here was my day 26 LOAD page (I forgot to post it yesterday):

Austin loved ice skating so much that he had a perma-grin on his face the entire time. And he did so good too. Both of the boys did better on skates than I did (you won't find any pictures of me on ice was sad).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Day 24

I am still working on my family album...trying to get at least one page done for each person. This one is my cousin. I just love this picture. She had it posted on her myspace page. And the quote and the interests I also took from her myspace page. :) Easy journaling, and it puts her own personality into the page.

I just had fun with this one...hoping to make it look more "artsy", because that is the kind of girl I think of her to be. Not sure that really came across...but it's ok.

playing with ribbon

So I am a bit of a ribbon freak...I love it and have TONS!!! Today for my LOAD layout I played around a bit. Not my usual style...but it is:

I am trying to think outside the box. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm showing them my work!

This was posted on CK's website:

So, this morning I uploaded some of my favorite layouts into the gallery--9 layouts (and I had a hard time narrowing it down to 9). I don't have high hopes for them picking one of my layouts to publish it though--because they have all been seen before. Oh well. I really feel like I am putting forth an effort here to get published...I am answering calls, attempting HOF, an posting my favs on the web. Hopefully, they will see something that they like and I will get published! Good luck to others who are trying to get published!

Day 21

I accomplished quite a bit today. :) I did two layouts to submit to CK for their call for inspired pages. One was a bit inspiration picture was of our unfinished, dirty, bathroom wall. LOL. It did turn out pretty good though. :) I also finished one of my HOF layouts, and did my day 21 layout for LOAD (which is below). I am still thinking that I can get a little more work in tonight for my HOF pages. Last night I went to bed at 3am! Crazy. But I really need to make more progress on my HOF stuff or it won't get down in time. is that LOAD layout:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A couple of lifts

So I did the challenge on CK's site to scraplift a HOF page...but I had to do it twice. :) My first one was from the book and it was supposed to me from the supplement. They may have been fine with it and still counted me for the drawing, but I decided to go ahead and do another one just in case. (These were also my LOAD pages 17 and 18). So here they are:

This is a lift of Jackie Stringham's layout on pg. 15 of the HOF supplement (found in February's CK).

And this one was also a Jackie Stringham lift (hmm...just noticed that), found on page 155 in The Scrapbook Hall of Fame, Volume 9.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

old family photos

Here is my page for day 15 of LOAD:

It was a scraplift from Cathy over at SC. I love how it turned out! As you can see...I am working on my family history album...older pictures. My grandpa was one of 10 siblings. I have been creating a section for each sibling. There are a few that make me sad...they never married and never had kids. Not much to scrapbook. And I can't find much information about them either. At least I found out that this gal, "Naomi," was a that is something to scrapbook--but that's all I have! The other sections will have plenty of pictures, stories and information. It makes me sad, like I am not doing them justice or like they didn't really leave a mark on this world simply because they didn't have kids. Now I know that not everybody is meant to have kids. My own sibling do not want kids. So I will just have a couple really small sections, while the others will be bulky and seem like they had a more meaningful life or something. But what can I do--I can only work with the information that I have.

Scrapbooking--a chore?

Don't get me wrong...I still LOVE scrapbooking...but tonight I was feeling almost like it was a chore for me. Something I had to get done before I could get to bed. I know it is because I am doing the LOAD challenge, so I feel like I have to do a page each day to upload for that. Plus I had to redo something for CK, and I am working on the HOF stuff...I really should just drop the LOAD bit. I did get a page done though, and that is 14 days in a row...which is probably a new record for me.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Day 13

Holy cow...I almost missed it! I got this posted to the LOAD site 2 minutes before midnight (the deadline is midnight). Nothing like cutting it close. :) I am starting to dig out some old(er) photos that I have. This one was taken in Sept. 69. I just had to give up on the picture getting much better (in quality) and assure myself that the page will be loved despite the quality of the photo. I think I am going to love doing the old photos. I plan to do several pages without much journaling, but then do pages with stories and journaling that I collect from my grandmother.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Day 12

We are cruising along here. I have actually made it further than I thought I would. :) This one was a little different than my normal pages. It is bright. I am not such a bright person. :) I prefer browns (I love brown) and earthy colors or at least muted colors...not bright. But it is ok, it was what the page needed. I didn't have orange paint (which is what I wanted) so I just colored with marker around the edges. I think the whole page gives off more of a childish feel...which is fine, given the subject matter.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Day 11

This was my super quick page done for day 11 of LOAD. Nothing too exciting, but that is because I am spending my time working on HOF stuff. :) I literately put this together in like 20 minutes at 11pm (deadline was midnight). I think that is a new record for me. And it was nice to scrapbook my Rocky Mountain National Park pictures...I am so much more of a people scrapper than landscape scrapper. But I thought these pictures turned out pretty good so I wanted to get them in my scrapbooks.

I've been tagged

Ok so today I was tagged by Tezra (who starts these things anyways...).

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven facts about myself…

1. I have vivid dreams (and usually really strange ones) every night!
2. I hate swear words...they hurt my ears and I cringe everytime I hear them.
3. I have a myspace page (it's not just for teens):
4. I love to read cheesy chick lit.
5. I sometimes sing into my cell phone as if it is a microphone...especially in the car.
6. I actually like watching the show "dragon tales" and even watched it some in college, when I (obviously) had no kids and no reason to watch it.
7. I hate talking on the phone.

I'm tagging:
1. Elizabeth
2. Amanda
3. Michelle
4. Saints511
5. SillyGooseMonkey
6. Nicole
7. Jennifer

Whew...that was tough.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I Can't Sleep!

Two nights in a row now, I have not been sleeping. My brain must be on scrapbook overload. What happens is...I lie down and try to go to sleep, and my creativity starts to flow. I start to envision all sorts of layouts and new ideas. I actually have to get up out of bed and write ideas down and draw sketches!!! I am lovin' the ideas...but I also want to sleep. Does that happen to anyone else but me? I remember it happening a lot when I was working on my SOY pages last year, and now I am working on my HOF entry.

Speaking of my HOF entry, I worked on it yesterday, so when it came time for my day 10 layout...I didn't spend too much time on it. Amazingly enough, I still like it. :) Here it is:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Are Your Ears Awake?

Wow. I can't even begin to share with you how much I am loving reading Revelations in The Message. It is like this great, heart touching, poetic writing...something where you would sit and listen to it with your eyes closed and everything just comes to life in your can see it all!

"But if we persist through the initial confusion and read on, we begin to pick up the rhythms, realize the connections, and find ourselves enlisted as participants in a multidimensional act of worship." (The Message, pg. 517) is a heart and soul thing. It is not a church service, it is not singing...although these can both be worship. But worship is a heart thing...where you heart sings to Jesus through everything. I could not help but worship as I was reading. Praise God!

"If worship is neglected or perverted, our communities fall into chaos or under tyranny. Our times are not propitious for worship. The times never are. The world is hostile to worship. The devil hates worship." (The Message, pg. 517)

Could I worship during times as described in Revelations? Will my heart sing while I endure the pain and hardship that will come? Is this, perhaps, a reason for letting us in on some of the ways of the end we will not get bogged down by what is going on all around us...but KNOW what is to we can fully worship our Lord during this time?

A few verses that echoed in my head with a loud voice as I read (keep in mind that this is The Message...I don't have verse numbers in my version)...

"What's going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you've fallen? A Lucifer fall! Turn back!" (Rev. 2, To Ephesus)

"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches." (This is a recurring theme, and this is stated several times...and it is STILL echoing in my head!)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Day 9

This picture was taken by my four year old son! I was impressed. My pictures when I was young were always horrible, blurry and boring, but I think this is a great picture! I really wanted to tell the story. I was hoping to use my word stickers, but--since I have so few--I didn't find much that worked at all, so I decided to just type my own and give the look of the word stickers.

Today was such a good day for me in the world of scrapbooking, I feel like I am just going to get SO much accomplished this year and even accomplish some of my goals! Yeah! It's funny...yesterday, and even this morning, I was feeling like I had lost my mojo...but now I am on fire! Crazy how things can change in a flick. I even have people looking at my blog! Yeah! That is SO cool! :)


Ever do a page and find that you just don't like it at all? Well I have...and I just did. My day 8 layout did not turn out as I had hoped. To me, it just looks like a big mess...very disorganized. Not my favorite layout at all. But I think maybe I a weird or something. The page that I like the least for what I have done...received the most comments on it. People emailed me telling me how much they liked it? What? I am so confused. Here's the mess I called my 8th page:

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Day 7

Made it one week...woo hoo! This one I like better in person, but what can you do. I just got out my camera yesterday and took this picture. Then today, I decided that I needed a supporting picture, so I took the pic of the books. It's funny---because I think I am running out of pictures, but I never need to...I can always just take a new one. :) Anyways, here is my day 7 layout:

Monday, January 7, 2008

Still in this

Yep...I am still in this...just forgot to post yesterday. My layout for day 5:

My layout for day 5:

This was Ali Edwards inspired. She says that every year after Christmas, instead of putting all those lovely Christmas cards they received in a box and never seeing them again--she will punch a square from each card they received and make 1 scrapbook page. I thought that was an awesome idea, so I tried it. My husband thinks it still needs something, he says "it looks like it is unfinished...waiting for a title or something." But I like it's simplicity, and it works for me. :)

My layout for day 6:

Journaling around everything reads:
"While all these goals are great, the most important one is to not forget what I love about do it for me and my family and do what I like, instead of what I think others might like. Do not forget."
{I know--that was like the longest sentence ever Smile}

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bills are ugly

Paying bills is a ugly thing...let's make it a bit more glamourous. :) I even used bling on this one.

Day 4

My day 4 layout went surprisingly quick. I had a lot of fun with it too. It was a bit more personal then my usual pages, openly admitting to being anti-social...but I really love the way it turned out, and it feels like a little piece of me. I had the idea of what I wanted to do and I was going to do it with no pictures, but then I thought--hey...just go outside a take a pic of the house...and that is what I did. I also originally really wanted to use these chipboard letters with glitter on them:
But they were way too big for my page and title. So I attempted to make my own:

That was fun too. :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I need a new "Alias"

When I was watching "Alias" my husband would make fun of me because afterwards...I always wanted to go scrapbook! Why, you ask. I know it sounds odd. But at the end of the show, the title comes back on, and I loved the font--it always made me want to go scrapbook. Now, I am surrounded by inspirational magazines and websites, but I still seem to need that one simple thing that just makes me think--"Oh...I wanna go scrapbook!" For me, it is actually usually something non-scrapbooking related that totally inspires me to scrapbook.

Day 3

Well I made it to day 3...I know...small accomplishment. If I am happy about this--how in the world am I supposed to make it 31 days? Still not sure that is even possible. :) The real question I still going to get my HOF entry done? I made that one of my goals, and I still REALLY want to try. Hmmm...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Letting Go of Perfection

So, I did page 2 of the LOAD challenge today. It is not my favorite. In fact, I really had to force myself to not start over shortly after I had started. Part of the LOAD challenge is that she wants us to embrace imperfection and not stress over our pages to much. So I am letting go of this one (but hoping tomorrow's will be much better). Here it is:
I like the title. But if I were to start over, I would make the photos and journaling smaller, so everything didn't take up the whole page. It just looks cluttered and busy to me. Oh well...letting go...

A New Year

So much has happened since I last posted. I just kinda forgot about this blog. But now I really want to start using it again. I have been reading "The Message" (modern day version of Bible), I am reading it through as a book--page to page. I have made it all the way through the New Testament except for Revelations. That is where I am at now. Reading this has been SO beneficial to me. God has spoken to me so much. I am kinda hesitant to start Revelations. I know--that sounds crazy. But when I was younger...I just found it so confusing. And there is a part of me that feels like I do not need to know anything about Revelations...I just trust that Christ will return and that I need to be ready. It is not for me to know when that will happen. But I do know that is only half true. I do need to be aware of signs, etc. But even more important--it is part of God's Word! And that is enough of a reason to read it.

Sooooo Cool

So one of my layouts made "Page of the Day" for CK on Erin Lincoln's blog, and she had some awesome things to say about my work...this is from her blog:

I am so excited about this--it is very cool! I feel honored. :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

How many days can I make it?

So it is the new year. And there are many scrapbookers out there who are attempting to do a page a day for ALL OF JANUARY--31 layouts in 31 days! My own group is attempting 8 pages in 8 days. I will see how long I can last. :) Here's my page for day 1:

I had so much fun with this one. Each star is strategically placed to make a tree, and each star is "decorated" in it's own way (the glitter ones are a little harder to see). I used the front sheet for the Basic Grey paper packs (you know--the one that shows you all of the papers that come in the pack) for the stars and squares. Waste not--right. :) I also outlined everything with a marker and had a little fun playing around with embroidery thread. The folder opens up to reveal journaling. I like this page so much better in real life, the picture just doesn't do it justice.