Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Little Something

This isn't brand new, but it is fairly recent. It was my response to a challenge from my mentor. The challenge was to create a layout using no words - no title, journaling, etc. The layout was still supposed to convey a thought or idea.

This was a fun challenge because it made me think about how I choose products and how the overall design of my page can convey an idea. I am certainly enjoying my assignments.

So here it is!
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Monday, September 26, 2005


...with envy that is. As a pretty serious scrapbooker I would like to get more serious about my photography. Having more photos that truly inspire me would means more fantastic layouts created in the midst of that inspiration. I have had my eye on DSLRs for some time. My sister calls me up today to let ne know she just bought this. She says it's her Christmas, birthday, and graduation present from her fiance. Yeah right. Maybe I can get one too if I give up all gifts until 2010...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What a Waste

A couple of hours and several gallons of expensive gas were wasted today. I really need to find a way to remind myself that ordering online is the best way to go.

I'm hearing all kinds of praise over at the Bucket about the Heidi Swapp line that Target is carrying. The husband loves Goodberry's which is an awesome frozen custard stand that happens to be located near a Super Target. Since our Target is less than Super, I was able to convince him he needed a custard fix today. All is it seems.

My day was something like this... Get to Heidi. There was an awesome school supply clearance sale, so I did pick up some nice 3 ring binders--just in case. After custard, we really should ride into Raleigh since we are so close...Ha. Check the other Super T--no Heidi. I should stop by the LSS since we are right by it. I'm looking for 8.5 x 11 albums--good thing I picked up the 3 ring binders--no albums. Also, the stock is less than marvelous since there is a new owner.

I really should check at Michael's to see if they got in that new 8 x 8 slab with Christina Cole papers in. Found some American Craft ribbons, and a great deal on paper for my sister's wedding invites, but alas--no slab. So next time I decide I just have to drive an hour for a SB supply fix, I really should come review this entry so that I will realize I should just be clicking away with my mouse and actually doing the things on my "to do" list!

It's a whiny blog day for me!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

A Stretch for Me

Many who call themselves scrapbookers also consider themselves altered artists or simply like to "alter" things. This is not something that I do very much of. For one thing, I have to much "stuff" around my house to start with. If I started creating all the cute things I could think of, i would be drowning in more stuff.

If, however, some really awesome manufacturer of scrapbooking products puts out a call for a design team and requests an altered "project," then I am forced to comply. Anyway, I just wanted to share what I came up with. It's not spectacular, and I've seen some awesome projects in the gallery at 2 Peas. This is my project for the AF design team call, though.

It's an altered memo board. I picked it up months ago at the Dollar Tree just because it was a cute size. Now it's been transformed with acrylic paint, AF papers, and Mod Podge.
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If nothing else, maybe I've found a good Christmas gift for some of my little cousins.

Friday, September 16, 2005


Oh my! Am I really admitting that I have a secret life? I have a love affair with paper and paste. No, it's not carried over from my days as an Elementary school teacher. It's really more like a love affair with gorgeous patterned paper, textured cardstock, glue sticks and adhesive runners.

I admit it. I am a scrapbooker. Some people in my "real world" know about this. They just don't know the extent to which my obsession goes. They don't understand that it's more than cutting photos into pretty shapes and adhering them to white pages. They don't understand that it's about recording my family's experiences in life and it's about color and design and texture. Hmmmm....I get excited just thinking about it. They don't understand tha I long to see my work in print and that I lie in bed at night thinking about techniques and color combinations. They just don't understand. It's a secret life.