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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thanks to Teachers

It's that time of year again.... school is about to let out.  Maybe in your area it already has let out and you are off to enjoy the wonder lazy days of summer. Lucky you!  Here, we have just a few more weeks of school.  Which is great, it gave me a bit of time to finish up some teacher gifts I've been working on.

I started out with some plain wooden boxes that you can get at your local craft store.

I sanded and painted the box.  I then used papers from Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend collection to cover the box.  Mod Podge was used to adhere them to the box and as a sealer.
The elements are hybrid from a digital set by WM Squared at Scrapmatters called Back to School: Extras.  I just simply sized them, printed and cut them out.  For the one smaller apple, I coated it in Diamond Glaze to give it a nice shiny, button look.

I also used these elements to make cards to slip into the boxes. Using this link for "survival kits" for some ideas,  I typed up the contents of the "survival kit" and "prayer", added the apple border.  After printing and trimming, I mounted them on cardstock.

I really love how fun it is to combine digital, traditional and hybrid scrapping to make useful items.

Now I'm off to work on a thank you gift for the bus driver.  Can't forget them!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What to do with a Bad Photo

I have this photo that I really like.  It was taken back in the day of film cameras, remember those?  LOL.  I no longer have the negative or the original print, I only have a really poor quality scan of the photo.  But you know what?  It can still be scrapped!

I brought the scan into Photoshop and used  VirtualPhotographer by OptikVerve Labs.  And voila, I've got a nice vintage look to my photo.

The day this was taken was so much fun.  We went hiking through some snow and ice. The day was filled with warm smiles. I'm so glad to have this photo to remind me of that great time together.

Man In the Moon/GG Digital: I {heart} mommy
Marks Company: August, Welcome Fall
Megan Turnidge: Mother's Love
KPertiet: Petite Paper Flowers
Sahlin Studios: Enjoy the Moment

Monday, May 17, 2010

Baseball and Roses

Is this happening to you?  May is flying by?!?!  I don't know where the time is going.  The weather keeps playing games, getting hot then back to cold.  Not ready to relinquish winter and not yet giving in to the encroaching summer.  I think that has confused the feeling as to what date it is. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  LOL  We were still having frozen mornings up through this past weekend.  I think the frost warnings have past and it is safe to plant the vegetable gardens now.

Baseball is in full swing. That has us running.  Practice and games!  I've created a few pendants to help celebrate the season.  They are available in my Etsy shop just click here to visit or use the link in the menu above.

I also am making custom pendants from photos.  These are great as gifts, or to wear yourself.  Encourage your athletic son, daughter, grandchild, share your pet, or your prized flowers from your garden.  These can also be ordered through my shop.
Now for the roses....  remember the glass flower technique that I shared with you?  You can find it at this post.  I used that technique to create flowers to decorate a gift box for Mother's Day.  I wrapped the lid in a coordinating rose patterned paper from K&Company.  So now my mom can have these ever blooming roses year round!

Off to get that vegetable garden planted before June sneaks up on me!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sew much...

Life has been handing us so much to do this week! Nothing spectacular or extraordinary, but then again, there is something magical in the everyday moments!  I've been busy running the boys about. One has been preparing for and taking the SAT's, one has baseball, and the Spring Choral performance and one got asked to lead the procession for the Crowning of Mary at church, and oh don't forget there is laundry and yard-work and pets to be taken care of and all the regular mayhem that we call life too!  Sound like your house?  LOL

So all I've got (so far this week) to share is a card and a layout that I managed to get done.

I wrapped embroidery floss around the stamped images of the spools to give this card a little something extra special.

This page was done as part of a challenge on National Scrapbooking Day.  To scrap about why we scrap!  I do really love this craft. I get to combine several of the art forms that I love together to help create a visual and tactile record of our life.  I've always had a passion for photography and a love of colors and shapes and all crafts that allow me to get my hands messy!  My latest love is working with metals. I worked in some pieces of copper on this page.  Thought they blended well with the color scheme.

When I pull all of these passions together and actually get to work at my table, I feel relaxed and mentally at ease.  It's a great time of reflection and adds to the journey I'm making through lofe. So scrapping truly is my therapy!

OK, I've got to get back to all that laundry and regular mayhem.  I hope you enjoyed this brief retreat from your regular daily grind!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

{i}National Scrapbook Day

Happy {inter}National Scrapbook Day!!!

I hope that you are getting a chance to be creative and scrap today.  I'm going to be running kids to and viewing their baseball games!!  So no scrapping for me.  However, I did get to create a few things this week.  So I will share them with you. Perhaps they will help to inspire and motivate you!
But first... the lucky winner of the RAK for those that participated in the Autism Blog Hop this week.  I used the random number generator which came up number 4, so Cheryl... you are the lucky one! Thank you to everyone that took the time to read through all the information, to help spread awareness. And thank you to those that shared your stories with me.  I truly appreciate you opening your hearts in such a wonderful way.

My scrapping this week was all over the time line.  I have a recent picture of me on a page for my "book of me" that journals my interest in music throughout my life.  Then I also scrapped some photos from long ago.  From the early childhood of one of my sons, to some of my sister when she was young.  Can you tell I am definitely not a chronological scrapper??  LOL

I have a few cards that I made.

This is my middle son a age 2.

This is my sister at age 4

And this is her at age 3

These are some photos from our honeymoon

This is the page for my BOM that journals my interest in music.

Make it a creative day!
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