28 February 2009
26 February 2009
I recently decided that if I am ever going to get on top of this mountain of scrapbooking, I needed a plan. I knew the scope was "big" but that is too vague a term for me. So when I saw Becky Higgins' chart of layouts to make (see it here), I decided that some sort of chart would be one component of my plan. More on that in a bit.
The first thing I tackled was the boxes of old photos tucked away in a closet. I thought they were in fairly decent order, but when I dug into them, I realized that wasn't the case. In fact, there was an entire box of undated photos that had been pulled out and never returned to their correct spot. After years of digging through the boxes for school projects, photos were in quite a disarray. I could not possibly tell which layouts needed to be created with this kind of mess.
So I created my own version of Becky's chart and dug into the boxes. I put photos back in their correct spots, identified layouts I might want to make, and started creating lists.
So I purchased a pre-paid 10 cent/print package on Shutterfly and started editing, uploading, and placing orders, beginning with January 2009 photos.
I hope that this process will enable me to get on top of what was previously a looming, but undefined, challenge. I now understand how many and what kinds of layouts I need to make. Looking at the fun topics to be scrapbooked (pre-school, zoo, first steps, vacations...) actually makes me look forward to jumping into those boxes. For me, defining the problem is a critical first step in solving it.
In addition, I now have a process which will enable me to print my backlog of digital images and keep up with more current scrapbooking. I'm feeling confident now that with ongoing planning and persistence, I CAN meet this challenge ahead of the big deadline!
24 February 2009
This design is actually based on a sketch from Cathy Zielske's Big Picture Scrapbooking online class, Design Your Life, which ended back in December. The paper is hoarded Ki Memories from my extensive Ki stash. Notice that I used just a tiny bit. Yep, still hoarding. :-)
23 February 2009
Believe it or not, I have made very few pages for Lily, as I'm trying to focus my scrapbooking efforts on Daughter's activities. But as soon as I printed these photos, I knew that I had to do something with them. I'll admit that Lily makes a very fun subject!
22 February 2009
Of all the leftovers, they like puff balls best of all. Around here, it's practically a puff ball bonanza! We have puff balls in a variety of sizes and colors. On any given day you can find them being pushed...
19 February 2009
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17 February 2009
Can't wait to teach this class! :-)
15 February 2009
I'm looking forward to teaching this class in the spring. Note to self: Bring box of Kleenex. :-)
13 February 2009
12 February 2009
11 February 2009
10 February 2009
Last evening, we had the pleasure of attending the group's concert. It was a fine performance by a group of outstanding young vocal students. For their final selection, the group performed the very challenging spiritual "The Battle of Jericho". Our daughter had sung this piece previously and it's one of our favorites.
If you have a moment, I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen to this great performance!
09 February 2009
One day last week when I was at Memory Bound working on class projects, the store received a shipment of the new Glue Glider Pro adhesives. Our store owners had recently returned from CHA where they had been introduced to this line of adhesive, and one told me it was the best adhesive she had ever tried. I've been in the market for a new adhesive, so I decided to give this one a go.
While the size of the tool may make it look intimidating (it measures 7" top to bottom and 5" side to side), let me assure you that it is VERY lightweight and easy to grip. It comes loaded with 40 feet of tape adhesive, and other types of adhesive are available in even larger refill cartridges. I understand that the cartridges are easy to pop in and out, making it easy to change adhesives for different kinds of projects.
In using the Glue Glider Pro on several projects over the weekend, I found that the adhesive dispensed cleanly and held well. The roller moves smoothly and handles easily. My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that the tape isn't completely centered on the dispenser's roller. Normally that isn't a problem at all, but when applying adhesive to a narrow strip of paper, I had to watch carefully to be sure the adhesive was centered on the strip and not extending off the side. This problem is easily remedied by simply re-centering the tape if needed.
I'm giving the Glue Glider Pro a big thumbs up! I believe I've found my new adhesive! :-)
06 February 2009
Next, test the strength of your ribbon by pulling it through your teeth. This is an important but often-overlooked step in the organization process!
(Editor's note: This photo is a bit blurry, but I thought you might like to see how the inside of Lily's mouth is spotted like a cow!)
By following these steps, Lily says that your ribbon will be purr-fectly organized!
Next week: Tinsel tackles pop dots.
05 February 2009
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03 February 2009
White Chip Chocolate Cookies
Preparation - 10 min | Cooking - 9 min | Cooling Time - 15 min cooling | Yields - 60 cookies (5 dozen)
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. (Note: The dough is very stiff!)
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. (Note: I baked the cookies for 12-13 minutes.)
01 February 2009
The Fabulous Award Rules:
- You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
- You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
- On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.
My 5 Fabulous Addictions:
- National Public Radio -- I listen to it day and night.
- Diet Coke -- Other than bubbly water, Diet Coke is my drink of choice.
- Blogging -- Didn't expect this to become an addiction! :-)
- Fonts -- I love, love, love fonts. Searching for fonts, identifying mystery fonts, and playing with fonts...all things I do quite frequently.
- Owls -- I've been somewhat obsessed with owls since they started coming back into fashion a few months back.