Ally’s Album

Grant and Allison

This is my sister Allison (I call her Ally), she is my older sister by 5 years. Her and I haven’t always seen eye to eye… I think both of us being Leo’s is part of the reason, and my epilepsy diagnosis made it so my mouth has no filter… so if it is thought (wrong or right – rude or nice) it’s said. Ally was there for my husband the night I had my first seizure (and second…and third)… helped Del and the doctors understand the head injury that went unnoticed and by whom. Ally was there helping me to understand my mouth more, and why I have been so rude to people (her especially). For the most part, she was the main reason I came home (kicking and screaming) – she was the first person I saw from my family before we even pulled a thing from the trucks. She is the first person I go to, she tells me straight up what she thinks, and doesn’t mix words! She is everything to me right now, and one I can’t ever not have in my life.

Now, I will simply tell you, if you were to see the pictures on the wall in her living room, you would understand why she got an actual album from me for her birthday!!! She has NO room left for anything, I have no idea where she is going to put anymore! This album was created for her to put more pictures and actual journaling to help document her life other than just pictures on her wall! Best thing about this – is the fact we can add more pages as she needs them, though the journaling is the most important!

One thing I really like about this album is the papers itself, I didn’t have to use a lot of embellishments because the papers were loud enough! For me, it all starts with the papers and the title page, from there it all comes together! I have enough leftovers to give her so she can add the little stickers and embellishments as she wants to! For the title page above, I used my Cricut machine for the title, hearts and flowers – the bird, and 2 flowers in the bottom left corner, are from the album pack, which match the papers we used.

I really like how this one turned out, special project for a really special person! If you only knew our background – and if you only knew it NOW. My sister has taught me forgiveness, and love – unconditional I love you and I am going to kick your ASS all rolled up into one small ball of fire! I know one thing, if people hate my mouth, they probably won’t like hers either (wink, wink)! Love ya sis!

Your challenge for the month – find a project you want to make for a special person, and get it done! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

A – Z About Me

This challenge will be going on for a while, so if you are joining us late, go ahead and start here for all the details! Today, we are just checking in to see how everyone is doing with their album itself, and look at the first 2 letters. For the project itself, have you thought at all how you want it to look??? Are you making an album, or finding a journal for it instead?

If you ARE making it, do you want coordinating colors and papers, a larger album – smaller one??? Think about these features before you do anything else, it makes it easier in the long run by taking some time to think and plan ahead! I had to do that with mine before I started it. This one needed a different thought process to make sure I had enough space for each of the letters of the alphabet plus the features I wanted. I will have another post shortly with more of the specific details of my album, make sure to check back for that idea!

If you are not making an album itself – and you are doing more “journaling” than anything, skip the last part and lets talk about the options you have instead! You can find the perfect journal and pen set, go get a notebook and alter it, making sure you get a nice pen as well (idea here) – or just grab some lined paper and write it down for the moment until you decide HOW to do it! It’s more about the journaling than the album anyway! Plus you have to think about each of the letters and what describes you! I have small sheets of paper (4.25 x 5.5) with a letter on each one. As you think of a phrase, word or quote – add it to the letter! I have Epilepsy, so I might find a quote or something for it, and add it under the “E”.

Be creative – this is all about YOU… A – Z, who are YOU. Add pictures, don’t add them – do a mixture of both… who cares, just start documenting who you are A – Z! Check back the end of the week to talk about the first 2 letters we are working on!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLY

This my family – 4 of the 5 siblings and my mom! Dad passed away 3 days after my birthday, we buried him on the 11th, day before Ally’s (Allison) birthday! So the entire first 2 weeks in August, are enough for the both of us! The year I was born, all Ally wanted was a birthday party and a sister baby! Well, she got both! In the picture above of course the cute little lady in the front is our mom! Mom had 4 kids in 5 years – lost a set of twins in between all of them, waited 5 years and then baby sis was born! David is on the far left, Deb next to him, I am next to her and our birthday girl is on the far right! Mark isn’t in the picture, he’s right after Deb in the sibling line!

I wanted something special for Ally this year, a place to put her special pictures of friends and family! If you actually looked at one of the wall’s in her house, you would understand… she’s running out of wall room (wink, wink). I have had the album for a long time to get it done for her, it just kept getting put on the back burner for some reason! I vowed this year, I would finish up some of those type of projects… this one turned out better than I expected! For me personally, the papers made it so I didn’t want to use a lot of embellishments, it would make it way too busy! I will share the whole album in another post (maybe today), it turned out really well!!!

For today, your challenge is:

  • Make birthday cards for upcoming birthdays
  • Get a birthday present started
  • Find a project you have been putting off, and get it done

Like always, make sure you share with me something you have done with the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

fRAMED Scrapbook pages

So….. the picture is horrible…and I apologize for that up front, I simply can’t get another one! This was a one of a kind project made for my brother David and his new wife Tommie who just got married! I absolutely loved how it turned out, and will be making a few more of these for sure! They make great gifts, just don’t let it stay outside if the sprinklers are going to come on LOL, paper and water don’t mix very well!

For this project, I used the following supplies (I didn’t keep the exact manufacturer name, sorry. Supplies bought at Michael’s craft store):

  • Frame 11 x 14
  • 12 x 12 blue chevron style paper
  • 12 x 12 coordinating blue cardstock – 2 sheets
  • 8.5 x 11 red cardstock
  • Bling – initials and key
  • Die cut hearts – Sizzix die cut machine
  • Title and names – Cricut Explorer Air 2, print function

I started designing everything around the middle of the frame. I had to cover the space where the photo goes since I wasn’t using a large photo on the piece. The 12 x 12 Chevron style paper was perfect to fill the opening of the mat, once that was in place the rest came together fairly easy! The accent color of red, was perfect to match Tommie’s to draw your eye around the piece! I added the photo to the right side, and I knew I wanted the “bling” on the initials at the top right by the photo. The left side, I wanted the title (congratulations) and the names on the bottom, with the key to the middle of the hearts to tie it all together! One of the funner projects I have done, make sure you share one with me!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

Cricut Writing Function

Guys, if you like the cut function on the Cricut machine, you will LOVE the writing function!! I needed a special piece for my brother and his new wife, well actually I planned it one way and my sisters planned it kind of different (I will say, I love their version better than mine…but never tell them I said that)! I decided to check out the writing function, to see how it would turn out on this piece. Well, I am totally in love with this feature for many reasons! I will share the exact idea on a later post and will update the link here! But here are the reasons I love this feature so much!

The fonts that are installed on the program that you use (Cricut Design Space) are completely overwhelming at the beginning! When you open up the software and start a new project, you will see there is a text function on the left side – click it, at the top there will be names of fonts in a little box. What I did, is look through all of them just glancing the first time around. The next time, I went through and looked at the fonts I liked and put them on an Excel spreadsheet. It made it easier when I work on a project, I could look at the exact fonts I liked first.

The best part I like, is I could customize what I wanted to say for this piece, and can change it for each piece I work on. I had stamps that I could have used for the “congratulation” part, but the names at the bottom I couldn’t. There was NO way I was going to use MY handwriting on it, so this was perfect for what I needed! I had made a mistake on the names and wasn’t going to change it , my sister pointed out another small mistake, so I had to after all. It made it easier to change what I needed because the words were already done for the most part. And you can put the size of the fonts different sizes depending on the piece.

Check out the pens that Cricut has either on the web site (link above) or at your craft store that has products, you can get various colors to use, not just black! I love this feature as well, and can also use different colors for the words as well, . I hope you check it out, it’s a great feature!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

you should know

I started Memories in Tyme a LONG time ago… it was something I am really passionate about, your memories and documenting your life with words and pictures. Personally, I think everyone should do their Family History or at least document their own life! You can’t remember everything, and future generations – ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, will thank you for it… I have learned a lot from my ancestors… and wouldn’t be who I am today, without them and the memories shared.

That brings me to another point… off topic… I do not take crap from anyone… Not my family, not my friends, not my children, NOT my husband, or anyone else in this world. I am done with people who are vindictively trying to ruin me and my reputation…. and will address them here. Feel free to not read, unless you are curious that is!!! This is what happens when you spend 19 years on a crappy situation that we never caused….. just get blamed for it instead. Now – that said………………..

Do you all connected to my husband not have “lives” at all? Or do you think the bullying is going to get you somewhere? Oh it will, him mad as HELL as he is now, and me simply laughing at the continued crap behind backs. You can’t talk to faces, but behind backs, hell you all have that down perfectly. This is a crafty web site… the only reason you keep trying to hack in, is because YOU can’t handle the TRUTH. And if you keep this up, it takes all the drama off of you, and puts the whole thing on me.

Only – I’m not playing the whole “who’s the daddy” saga… I could care less WHO the father is, or who is not. I don’t care if you see him, or not. What I do care about – is you all doing this behind backs. Now… just an FYI… I have made it so every time you attempt to hack in, it is documented and sent to my email. I am not playing the games at all… and for you all to bring ME and MY business into things….. is messed up.

This is a craft web site, learn how to create your own cards, scrapbooks and paper crafts, or buy them for your favorite friends and family… What it is NOT – is a drama site, who’s the daddy, hate me, bash me, lie about me…. It is beyond “paternity/extrinsic fraud” and is now to more like “Intentional infliction of emotional distress”!

Thank you so much for me being the center of your universe… The ones talked about at every event! I really hope y’all get a life… if he hasn’t gotten the tests done by now… do you think he will? Y’all just want to bash and blame, and not one of you want the truth… Don’t involve me anymore please!

Lynda…………………………

color wheel

Have you ever used a color wheel in your creating? Once I started using one I haven’t stopped, and at times can’t create without it. My projects turn out better when I use the wheel because I get the perfect shades of the colors I want to use, and they coordinate together. Personally, I use the top left side of the wheel more than the right side – but I will explain both here!

You have different paint colors in your selection, but you might need a different shade. Or you need a specific color and you don’t have it, this is what you can use to get the right paint color! I am going to use red as my example here, using the above photo, look at the red color. If you look just under the colors, you will see black, white, blue, yellow and red. If you look at the red one, you will see pink below it, with white at the top just under red. If you mix white with red, you can get the perfect shade of pink that you need. Now, if you move it so you add black, it comes up as a beautiful dark red. If you add blue to the red, you get a shade of blue (which to me is rather odd…but hey, who am I). Add yellow to red, and you get orange… I would use more yellow and red than orange…so this would be a great time/money saver! And another one of those wow, had no idea – if you add red to red, you get a darker shade of red. Ya, who am I LOL.

Now the other side – the one I use more than anything! You have 2 parts to this as well, making it easy to pick out the perfect colors for your piece. In the picture above (left side) you have colors all around the top, and then you have a white part that you can move around. The color at the top of the wheel in the example, is blue-green. I wouldn’t know what color matched it, or would go good with it… COLOR WHEEL!!! If I want a complimentary color – it would be red-orange, a split complimentary would be red and orange. A monochromatic color scheme, is all shade of one color… And you can even go to the color next to the main color, and that will match.

So, you see, a color wheel is a necessity when you create! I hope you can see why! Let me know if you need anything further – I can always spend a few minutes on the phone or via chat if you would like, in order to show you more details!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

Happy birthday

Today starts a time in my life I simply hate the most. I hate getting TO this day, and not because I am turning another year older….. You simply have no idea of the crap in my mind these 2 weeks brings me. It is suppose to be a happy time, and mine… is marked by death.

Happy birthday cards

This year is the first time back home in 12 years, so it is special for me AND my family! My sister’s birthday is 10 days after mine, and this year we will be celebrating our special day’s with each other for the first time in I’m not sure HOW long! I am sure you will see pictures posted on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you check there for all the fun times from that day! And I am even MORE sure I will be doing some fun projects with the pictures I have from this year! A special project for sure, a book from Shutterfly!

With birthday cards, you can use the same punch or die cut, just in different ways! If you notice the far left and far right cards, I used the same punch, both cards turned out different because of the papers used! You can use balloons for a lot of different designs to celebrate things, baby showers, anything congratulations… you get the idea! With the middle card, you can see I used a die cut (from Sizzix) and then a simple star punch to match the papers! You don’t need just birthday related paper for your cards! I hope you have enjoyed this little idea – make some birthday cards of your own and make sure to share them, I might just showcase YOUR project!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

Get Er’ done challenge

Well, here we are in August, I skipped the whole “July” challenge LOL, but I am back again! I have a lot going on (like all of us) and am re-evaluating a lot of different things in my life! My “spaces” within my home, my business, my “life”… every bit of it! Get rid of the old and not working for me, and replace with behaviors and things that DO!

As you look at your calendar this time, look at holiday’s and events a bit differently. You might want to do more special presents, handmade gifts instead! Or if you do spend money on the gift, watch for sales and wrap it up a bit more special! I will be working on a lot of fun things for birthdays and Christmas in the next few months, so make sure you check back for more idea’s!

Now, lets grab your most favorite ways to organize your life… a planner or notebook with pens/pencils, electronic device with a calendar function, or just a calendar and a pen… and lets get started! Right now, I use a simple printed out calendar page, a pen (or pencil) along with my highlighters, and that’s about it! 149.Lets get started:

  • Look at your calendar for the next 6 weeks, that gets us in to the middle of September. Do you have anything you need to get started on, finished up – planned out… add anything!
  • Look at your calendar for the next 3 months, until the end of October. Anything else you need to think about in this direction?
  • Look at your calendar for the next 6 months, until the end of January! This gets you through the Christmas season and in to next year! Get anything at least in PENCIL on the calendar!

I hope this helps you get more planned and done! I know it is helping me to a point – right now for me, it is a matter of getting it done, not planning it out! Join me in learning how to NOT PROCRASTINATE and get more done creatively for the months coming up!

Until next time,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

A – Z ABOUT ME

You are who “you are” – all the good, bad, pretty and the ugly, and nobody can do YOU better THAN you! I have an album I started a LONG time ago… well, the ALBUM is finished, but no journaling yet! It’s the journaling that is hard for me… If I had started that part a few years ago, the words to describe me wouldn’t be so nice. Now, it is WAY different – and I am anxious to get it all started! So to get me to push myself to FINISH this project, I’m going to do a 6 month, A – Z about me album, I hope you will join me!

For the first month – we are going to create the album itself, and work on 2 letters! Starting in September, we will do 2 letters every 2 weeks! This way, we can get it done in 6 months or less! I will share with you my album in a post next week – a paper bag album!!! I simply have not thought about the words that describe me… With my album, I have pockets that I can put things like phrases, quotes, pictures of “things” I like… The possibilities are endless, it’s up to YOU to decide what you want YOURS to look like!

For this next part, take 7 sheets of paper, cut in half (5.5″, and then cut that in half at 4.25″) you need 26 sheets after they are cut, putting each letter of the alphabet on each sheet. As you think about something that fits that letter, trust me – you WANT to write it down! You might want to ask others what would use to describe you as, you can add them! Remember to put the TRUTH, but don’t beat yourself up! In other words, I am a BITCH… and I know it. I will use that word, but I would NEVER use “c*nt”. Not to describe me OR anyone else! Have fun starting on your project, and let me know you are joining, I will be having a prize at the end for those that share their pages with me!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme