Monthly Archives: September 2007

I Love My MailLady!

She brought my package today with my order from TallyScrapper!!  I ordered the September kit and a few other things and cannot wait to play around with it all!  Guess what unique item this kit contained??  Chicken wire!! 

Chicken wire, you say! Yep! Chicken wire!  If you’re curious what in the world can be done with chicken wire and scrapbooking products then head on over to TallyScrapper’s gallery and find out!  The TallyGals have made great Halloween decorations, a pen holder for their scrap desk, and my very favorite, an altered antique frame!!  I’m way too excited about chicken wire! 

Head over and check it out!  I’ll be sure to post my creation, too!

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Art Journal Challenge-Deck of Me Cards

Emily Falconbridge began this challenge some time back and I’m just now finding time to include it in my projects.  You’re given a prompt every week by Emily and are to design a card with the prompt as your guide.  I think most everyone is using an ordinary deck of cards and are definitely turning them into something most extraordinary.  My plan is to complete the challenges and link my cards together with a ring and by the time I’m done, it should be a great journal all about me.   I happen to find this 5 x 7 deck of playing cards that I’d purchased impulsively at a game store years ago.  This size gives me a little more room than an ordinary deck so maybe I’m cheating a little. 

The first prompt was “Something you are proud of.”  It’s definitely hard to narrow this down, but I went with “Proud to be Me.”  If anything, meeting the gals on TallyScrapper and being introduced to these types of challenges to scrap about myself, has helped me tremendously in the self-esteem area and to know that all this scrapping I’m doing about Jake is great, but when he looks at his scrapbooks and sees nothing about me, he may wonder a bit what his mom was really like.  So here’s my first go at the Deck of Me. 

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An Old Friend

When I got up the other morning, there was a very early morning message on my machine.  My first thought is, of course, “Oh gosh, what’s wrong?”  Happily, it turned out that an old friend of mine that I’d lost touch with saw the article in the newspaper about the crop and called to reconnect!  Unfortunately, I’ve had to work and it’s impossible for me to talk on the phone and work at the same time and considering I get paid for what I type, I do my best not to talk on the phone while I’m working. 

BUT! I have to call her back soon or she’s going to think I don’t want to talk to her and I so do!  Pam and I go back to the days when we worked in two different photo labs together.  We became friends and spent a lot of time hanging out, going to bars together, just having good times.  We also had in common that she knew some of my family members from her first marriage years. 

Once I told Pam that no matter how long we go without talking, we always seem to pick up where we left off.  It has been quite a while so I’m anxious to see how she’s doing!  I’ve not forgotten your message, Pam!  I’ll call soon, I promise, and I’m so glad you decided to call after seeing the article!! 

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Up-Count and Count Down

It’s hard to contain my excitement every time someone calls to sign up for the Scrapping from the Heart event.  We have four official participants and if all goes well there will be lots more, as one lady said she told “all of her friends” and she heard everyone talking about it at the local scrapbook store!   I’ll call this the Up-Count, as I’m really hoping our count will go up to 50 or so.  Everyone can still have their own table with that number, I believe, so 50 is the magic number!  Also, it looks like the price change is working as so far everyone has elected to pay the $25 fee and bring a shoebox for the Divinity Care Facility. 

We’re officially four and a half weeks away from the crop! 

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Survivor Challenge #1 Done!

2.  Don’t limit yourself to green and red…black, pink, light blue??

3.  A Christmas page screams glitter and glitz-whip our your frosting!

4.  When you randomly doodle across a page it adds character-try it!

5.  Don’t forget your pages needs to tell a story-not just look pretty.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

There’s a song from a Thomas the Tank Engine movie that my son watches about all the trains being busy, busy, busy doing their job on the Island of Sodor.  I feel like one of those trains!  There is so much fun going on, so many things to do, a lot of work things happening as well, and unfortunately, some family members in the hospital.  I have always seen fall as the time for things to start slowing down a little, but definitely not this year.  I’m worried I’ll get caught up with it all!  Thank goodness, this weekend there is nothing on the calendar.  I’ll need at least two days to catch up.

The plans for the charity crop are coming right along.  I’ve still got newspapers to notify as it gets a little closer and would love to have a few more donations come in, but at this point, I guess I’ve done all I can do.   It’s certainly not like we don’t have any donations, but you know how it is, you want things to be the best you can make it.   It’s time to get goody bags ready and make sure everything is set to go as far as our food and setup is concerned.  It’s very exciting and I can’t wait!  In fact, as I was typing this, I had a phone call and signed up two participants! 

Jake’s birthday party plans have to be turned into lists or else I’ll forget something.  I’ll have to send out invitations in a week or so and make sure I don’t forget anyone!  We’re still doing theme parties so it’s The Backyardigans this year, and the big thing is that he wants a pinata.  He had too much fun at his cousin’s birthday party hitting the pinata and gathering up candy.  It was the best party ever, he said.  Too cute!

I have to decide what to cook for two occasions coming up, as well.  One is our family reunion, and since it’s a pot luck picnic and these are country folk, I’ll probably cook good old turnip greens and cornbread!  Yummy!  You would think as picky an eater as I am that I would not touch something like turnip greens, but boy are they delicious!  I usually don’t bring any home either!  Then the very next day is our Leading Ladies gathering at my grandmother’s house.  This should be so much fun!  All of us gals get together and the stars come out in daylight, as the quote says.  My grandmother needs us there, too, as it has been a sad year in our family, losing my uncle and other family members.  Not sure what I’ll take for that, but one dish definitely has to be something sweet since we all need more sugar in our diets. Yep, we do!

I guess you’re wondering where the scrapbooking will fall in all of this?  Any time I can squeeze it in!  You all saw my to do list for scrapbooking!  I have to get all that done and quick! LOL!  I’ll be back here to post what I do and share what I receive back in the swaps!   The Apothescaries and Sweets is going to be fantastic as I’ll get back 10 different spooky items to decorate with this Halloween!  The Friendship Swap is going to be great as I’m swapping with my first overseas scrapper, Nessa, from Belgium!!  She has a funky girly style and I cannot wait to see what she does!  Here’s the link from her blog.  Check out her great layouts!  http://scrapmylife.blogspot.com/2007/09/dt-call.html#links

So, I’ll be back with more scrapping soon and less of all the busy, busy, busy…or at least I hope I will! 

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TallyScrapper Survivor Challenge

Thursday kicked off the start of Survivor’s new season as well as TallyScrapper’s Scrapbooking Survivor Challenge.  I personally have not watched Survivor, but add some scrapbooking to it and I’m in!  Here’s our first week’s challenge given to us by the Glitz Design girls, http://glitzitnow.com/

 Glitz wants to challenge you to make a holiday page:

1.  Journal some of the traditions your family does over the holidays.

2.  Don’t limit yourself to green and red…black, pink, light blue??

3.  A Christmas page screams glitter and glitz-whip our your frosting!

4.  When you randomly doodle across a page it adds character-try it!

5.  Don’t forget your pages needs to tell a story-not just look pretty.

I love the traditions we have within our family, so I cannot wait to get started on this one!!    What are your traditions?  Have they changed gradually over the years?  Are they exactly the same as when your parents were small?  I’d love to see your layouts about holiday traditions so leave a comment with a link to yours!

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