Just a quick post today to share some more of the cards that I sent out in March. I’m working on making May cards but I’ll share last Monty’s card making later.
I’ve been busy this year making birthday cards. One of the things that continues to surprise me is the number of people that have thanked me for sending them a card. You know, I think that in this day and age where we communicate online and cell phones instead of sending letters and cards, I think we miss the tactile nature of receiving mail- perhaps that’s why getting a package delivered is so fun.
Here’s just some of the ones that I made and sent in March.
I’ve always said that there are two reasons and two sides of my photography- the memory keeper and the artist. I’m a scrapbooker and a photographer behind the camera. The problem is, of course, my scrapbooker self and my photographer self like to take two different types of photos.
As of late, I’ve been really exploring photography for pure photography. Of course, the fact that it’s spring doesn’t hurt- I want to be outside and enjoy the flowers.
Of course, flowers are always a willing subject and so fun to shoot.
I can’t believe that I haven’t already shared my 2013 Word. . . .
I really wanted osmething that would focus in on my faith while still having some alternate meanings. I am once again participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word class. This year I’m going to be interpreting the prompts into art journal pages and adding other inspiration as it strikes me.
Art journaling is still so knew to me that I haven’t set up any rules etc- I love that I can have complete freedom to do whatever strikes me- whether it’s in color choices or processes or pages with and without words, etc.
Here’s a look at the pages I’ve done so far in my One Little Word art journal:
Here’s a look at some more of the cards I made to send out this month. I’ve spent one evening making some more for next month. It’s been so fun!
Have you seen Pinterest? I know that a lot of my online friends have but I’m not sure about everyone else. It can be a great source of inspiration- and a time drain if you let it.
Yesterday felt very much like Pinterest Saturday. It started with several projects related to things I’d seen pinned a long time ago.
I saw this and knew something like that would work great- and allow me to see all those shades of eye shadow I rarely use because I can’t get to them as easily. The problem being is that the breaker panel is literally against this wall. So, we can’t put any holes in the wall. I realized sometime this week that I might be able use a magnetic dry erase board and those command strips (the ones I’ll never use in a house we own after they took off the sheetrock in our old home.) So, I went to Hobby Lobby and project Saturday was born. The dry erase board I purchased had this metal back and I decided I liked it better- and it reflects more light in this little bathroom. I just hot-glued magnets to the lids of my make-up containers. So far, it’s still up- 24 hours plus later.
Then I’d seen this and a gazillion posts using a frame with glass as a dry erase board. So, I made some. This is hanging in the hallway. I used this Dear Lizzy paper that I had and these letters from my last Studio Calico kit. The hardest thing about making these- well, beside putting the hardware to hang them (Thanks Sweetheart!) was just making the decision to use the stuff I really loved. It seems like it would be easy. But, unlike digital scrapbooking, once you’ve used it, you can’t use it again. It’s something that’s taken some getting used to in Art Journaling, card making, and these projects. . . . but I just have to make the decision to use it.
I made this one for my office dry erase board to let folks know where I am etc.
And this one, with a blue striped paper though this shot doesn’t really show it- we’ll use it to make notes in the kitchen etc.
And then for dinner, we had this again. . . We made this earlier this week only we used refrigerated cubed hashbrowns and didn’t cook the sausage ahead of time. Then, Cody left the leftovers out. I wound up making it again yesterday. This time- well, we used real potatoes so I cooked those. About the potatoes were cooked. We put the sausage in another pan, the one I would assemble everything in and let it warm up. I made the sauce with a bit of paprika in it. Then we mixed the three- the potatoes, the sausage, and the sauce. We didn’t bake it and we didn’t add the sharp cheddar. It really was like eating the cheese potatoes my mom used to make with sausage in it. Love it!
In case you want to find me on Pinterest, you can find me here.
I’ve wanted to get into card making for quite some time. I started 2012 getting into art journaling, albeit digital art journaling, but ended it getting into art journaling in paint and stamps and markers, and. . .
And, as a result, I ended 2012 amassing a number of supplies and materials. And then, the light dawned on me- I now have lots of stuff to make cards with.
I’ve set a goal to send a birthday card and anniversary card to everyone that graces our church birthday and anniversary list in 2013. I’m also going to send birthday cards to those I work with in the office and in our group.
It’s been a lot of fun so far!
Here’s a few of them I’ve made so far:
A new website launched last week and I’m finding myself really inspired by it. I’ve learned a number of things and now have several projects floating around in my head. The site is called My Craft Channel (www.mycraftchannel.com). Each weekday, there’s about thirty minutes of video- two different segments and a tip. Topics include sewing, baking/party throwing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, photography, and more.
I caught my first one on Tuesday- the Books & Crafts with Ella Publishing. Several scrapbook layouts came to mind as I watched- one of which is done and I’ll share it with you later this month. since Tuesday, I’ve made the show a part of my day- Cody comes home to watch PTI on ESPN, I settle in to watch my craft shows.
I’m really looking forward to this new part of my daily routine. Check it out! (You can go back and watch previous episodes too!)
Saturday, I went to Hobby Lobby to get some scrapbook paper and glue to the Book Binding technique that Heidi Swapp showed on her Create to Remember show.
Here’s the results:
This first book, I added calendars to- just printed some from Patti Knox/ Designer Digitals. I still plan to add some embellishments I’ll print from my digital supplies but I need to get printer ink first. I’m thinking I’ll use it for meal planning.
The second, I’ve no idea what I’ll do with it. I wanted to play with the different size pages. I did find it easier to line up edges by cutting them once adhered together- It would make things much easier to do them all after adhering them, I think. This was a case of just wanting to commit an idea to memory by actually doing it. I love the fun colors though.
I do wish I’d used something different for adhesive- Hobby Lobby didn’t have what Heidi used and I wasn’t entirely happy with what I did get. I did use my corner cutter to round the corners and loved the finished look it gave me.
For directions, check the episode out here.
Wow! I finished this project and I’m so glad I did it. Thanks to all of my family and friends who put up with me “documenting” each day- and those that took shots for me as well.
I love how this project made me think about the little blessings throughout the day- and how I noticed even more afterwards while looking at the pictures and reflecting on each day.
Here are the last two daily pages:
I needed an additional page so I made another hymn page to go to the left of my Christmas Day page:
That left me with the cover pages. Since I ended up documenting hockey fights, screaming, and winning the day I took pictures of the house decorations, I decided I’d use those along with a few pictures of the tree for my covers.
Now, on to other projects. . . My One Little Word for 2011 (I’ll be posting about that super soon as I’m really ready to begin 2011!), Yesterday and Today class at Big Pictures Classes, and Project Life/365- a third try to document the entire year.