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

cricut cutter and mat

When I bought my Cricut machine recently, (post here) I also bought this Cricut cutter and mat. When I first brought it all home, I was really unsure if I would use these two all that much, and almost took it back for a refund… Actually, if you really want to know the truth here, when my husband and I were picking out the machine, I decided I needed a mat as well. I didn’t think it came with one, so I got another one “in case”, (no, because I wanted an extra, lets get real here)!!! As we were looking for the sticky mat that goes in the machine, this is what I thought I needed! After we figured out it wasn’t, we decided to keep it and bought the cutter to go along with it. Once we got home, I set it aside to decide if it was really something I wanted to keep and would actually USE…. well, they are not going ANYWHERE!!!!

Some of the cardstock I use for my projects is heavier, and MUCH harder for me to use in my paper trimmer. My blade of the cutter won’t go through the whole sheet, it leaves the edges fuzzy… I then have to trim it to make more clean lines. I love my traditional trimmer, but the rotary cutter is better for that one reason (and many more)!

If I have multiple papers to cut the same size, I can use the cutter and the self healing mat to cut all of the same size papers, in one cut. The blade of the cutter will slice through the paper really well, with the self healing mat healing itself as it is done. You can cut things like paper, chipboard, fabric, or vinyl – that type of thing!

The blade can be changed as it gets dull , which I love! I really like the handle itself, great for right OR left handed users! On the front, if the white piece close to the blade is up, it is protected and nobody can get cut. When you push the white piece down, the blade is on, and you can cut your material. If you click on the blue piece, it puts the protective backing up so no injuries if someone gets a hold of it! Just remember to click it when you are done using it!

When it comes to the mat itself, it is 12 x 12 in size, you can get larger sizes, but this one is perfect for what I need, anything bigger would be a waste for ME personally. This one has angles at 30, 45 and 60, something I have done, but this is SOOOOO much easier than trying to do it in the trimmer! In fact, with my trimmer, it is really not possible to get it exact! This makes it perfect! And, you can cut 4 different sheets of paper, and then put 1 of each piece of paper, on one card. It also has the ruler on each side to make it easier if you need and exact size.

I love the product! I love what Cricut is doing with their machines and supplies like this! I have a few other pieces in mind, I will make sure to give you more info when I get them in my hands! Now, this is the part where I will tell you I purchased this product by myself with my own money (LOL actually, it was an amazing present from my husband). I am NOT being compensated by Cricut for this product in any way, shape or form. This is MY opinion about an AMAZING product!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs, Memories in Tyme

Card Challenge

I have a bunch of cards I need to get done, so I figured y’all would want to join me in creating! For this challenge, try to use what you have right now – no shopping unless it’s basic supplies only! Make sure you share with me YOUR creations, I might just showcase a few of them!

For most of my cards, I use scraps from other projects! Unless I am working with a one sheet wonder template! Even then, if you have a 6 x 6 sheet of cardstock or paper scrap, you can usually make around 6 cards with the pieces. The only other thing I do – is purchase the card packs that include the cards and envelopes!

With your scraps, look at the sizes of scraps you do have, pick templates you like, and cut the pieces those sizes. A 3 x 3 (or larger) cut from corner to corner! Borders at top or bottom – just look at the pieces you like to work with, and make cards with the smaller scraps you might have! This really is cost savings if you are doing lets say a baby related card, or birthday card – use exact scraps for the cards you make.

Now, sometimes, instead of using the card packs – I use just the envelopes, and then 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock cut in half (5.5 x 11) and then each of those pieces you will score at 4.25 to fold. You can always do other types of folds, I will share a few of these in other posts coming up, so like everything, check back for more. Until next time! (Oh and so sorry for the drama last post… I am just exhausted in dealing with a situation.) Hugs to all of you!)

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs – Owner Memories in Tyme!

Making Handmade Cards

Handmade card selection

When I first start to make cards, it normally will start with the papers I want to use. Is it a theme, such as a birthday….. Is it something basic like flowers or stripes that you can add other sayings with? This is where it all starts for me!

First, I look at the papers I want to use based on the reason for the project. I start to pull other papers to use to go with it, normally cardstock that matches and/or other patterned paper for a bit of visual interest or to use for my embellishments. This makes the piece more customized you might say, because some of the pieces you might use are scraps! And the papers change all the time anyway, so even if you use the same papers on another project or different papers on another project, it will turn out totally different than the first piece did.

I will normally start to pull all the rest of the things I want to use such as stamps – ink pads – die cuts or punches…things I plan on using for the project, again – based on theme! I pull more than I need out – because at the time, I’m not sure which one TO use! I do this for everything paper craft related I do, such as cards, scrapbooks, framed pages, mini albums, gifts as well!

If you have some sort of a design sheet, it will make it easier for you to keep track of the things you need to create! Mine includes:

  • Who is it for – I add either personal or the person I am making the project for
  • When is it needed – self explanatory – do I need to get it DONE, or am I okay to put it aside for a day or two
  • What are we creating – what is it we need to get done, an altered item with card, a mini album… what is it you are trying to create
  • Any details – as you think of something – a title, colors to use – embellishments, anything specific that will help you with the final project – listed here
  • Specific’s – what papers am I using, are there specific embellishments, sketches, that type of thing

If you have something a few months out, and you get inspiration for part of the project NOW, trust me, you won’t remember much of anything when you get ready to start the project. Keep track of it as you know you have something coming up!

I hope this will help you get more projects done that need to GET done! I am learning I need to get things done early as I procrastinate like you wouldn’t believe! Having a list, even though you might not need it RIGHT NOW – you will be glad you got it done when you did!

Thanks for stopping by

Lynda Jeffs

Memories in Tyme

Cricut Explore air 2

Cricut Explore Air 2 – my new toy

Cricut Explore Air 2

This year, I had my 20th anniversary and Mothers Day within days of each other. I am a mom of 3 adult kids – raised and on their own for the most part, and together for this long with my husband. This year – we decided to go look for a new Cricut die cut machine for me as a gift for both – and this is the one I wanted!!! This little beauty does it all….and I am SOOOOO glad I got it!

I spent a bit of time researching this particular machine and the one at the price point just above this one. The ONLY difference, is the stuff you can cut with the other machine are more heavier materials! This machine, will cut exactly what I need it to cut, without having to go to the other size at the moment! I might eventually upgrade it, but right now, this does exactly what I want it to do!

First thing I like – is the colors they have available for the machine. I was able to pick up this beautiful mint color, but you want to check your local stores for what they have in their selection as they will have different colors at each location.

You also might want to check the website directly – I found great information for shopping (great specials by the way) and information about the product itself!!! I purchased mine at my local Michael’s store, well worth the price I spent!!! I have another goodie I bought, and honestly, can’t wait to review that set of items as well, make sure you check back for that post!

Cutting dial

For the dial, I simply LOVE the various “things” you can cut – making so many one of a kind creations of your own! From paper, to cardstock, and not just one size fits all cardstock! Now, with the cardstock section, you have the “light cardstock” feature for more double sided papers lets say and then a cardstock feature for the heavier cardstock. You can also do vinyl, iron on’s, poster board and bonded fabric as well!!! It also has a custom feature so you can cut your own images as well!

Writing function

So for this part, in your cartridges, you have fonts and things that is for writing only. They also have various colors of markers available for you to use. Basically, with the fonts available to you, you can create your own saying – and have it printed out from the marker instead of cut out, color it with chalks, markers or colored pencils. Oh ya, can you imagine the things you can do with this! A lot of fonts available for this, you would be surprised! If there is something you like – cut it out and color it all in! LOVE this feature!

Along with the pen, there is a drawer up front, concealed of course (check out the next picture for more details)! I love how I can put things in that are only needed for the machine, and conceal them, only using when I absolutely have to! Also wonderful to keep extra blades in it – more markers you purchase, etc. *Note, make sure you watch for those coupons from your local craft stores for products like this you can purchase in order to save money!

A lot of storage in this, a lot of various things you can do with it as well. Customized presents for people, save a bit of money… Got a wedding or baby shower, do customized invitations and all the decorations with it! Have fun and make sure you share with me AND Cricut what YOU end up creating.

**Note – I AM an affiliate for Cricut – this machine was bought with my OWN money, no specials or anything coming back to me. THIS is my honest opinion about something I have loved for a while! I hope you are cool with that!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda Jeffs

Memories in Tyme

One sheet wonder examples

I kind of “stumbled” across the “one sheet wonder” template and card idea recently. Once I started on my first set of cards, I have been HOOKED ever since! When I look at the examples, all of them are so different – even IF the same shapes from the templates are used. I think that is the part I love the most, I have seen so many awesome ideas from the templates I have saved. Simply find the best templates and papers, and get started!

With the card examples shown here – you can see just how you can use the templates with your cards, making different card TYPES for the papers you selected. For me personally – I love THIS part the most! OF course I love to create all of the same TYPE of cards with the same papers, but also love to use one set of papers with various themes as well!

I think one of my other favorite parts from using this type of creating cards – is the various ways you can use the various shapes you find. Mat them, don’t mat them! ADD background paper – DON’T add background paper! White card base – colored card base….. And if you look at the example here – you can see VARIOUS colors of cards are used for the background!

Tips to get started –

  • Go to your favorite search bar (I used Google) and type in “one sheet wonder” and you will get plenty of templates you can use, sites you can go to, and ideas!
  • Find papers you want to use. Any of the sizes you normally use – and find the sizes to cut the shapes in to.
  • Look at papers that you can use for various things – like flowered paper for thank you, thinking of you, sympathy or birthday cards…. Do more than one saying for the whole sheet!
  • If you have one themed sheet – use it for that theme, such as birthday cards! You can also use blue or pink “celebration” type papers for baby’s as well!!!
  • Pick colors for each of the shapes, and finalize your cards based on the colors you have selected. Some of the cutest cards have been done using paper, a saying and a small embellishment – let the paper be your deciding factor!

I hope you have fun in this wonderful card type – and make sure you share with me what you have done!!!

Until next time,

Lynda Jeffs

Memories in Tyme

Get ‘Er Done challenge

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I am not sure about you all – but wow…it’s already early June! I’m not sure if I need to plan for the end of the world, a party for next week for under 20 people, snow – rain – or hot…… However, we are going to attempt to see what we can do for events we MIGHT have planned between now and the end of the year!

We have all had our lives ripped out from underneath us with this whole “Covid-19” pandemic. I’m not sure our world will be the same again, but that is just me! Holiday’s and things this year – might be a bit more special, instead of just another day! Make something handmade instead of a huge gift! Even if you DO give a gift card, you can make a special card holder for it, and have them frame the piece when they are done! We will have a whole other post on how to save money for the rest of the year!!! Make sure you check back for that one!

Here’s where I tell you to grab your favorite way to organize your life… Mine happens to be a calendar (printed out), a pen, and a few highlighters! I make sure to get all the info I can on the calendar – and then a sheet of paper for more info as to what I need to do for it. Others will use a planner, or their phone/tablet/computer – use whatever is best for YOU to get more done! So, lets get started – shall we!

  • Look at your calendar for the next 6 weeks – until the middle of July! Add any events you need to create something for, plan out, go to, make something for – etc!
  • Look at your calendar for the next 3 months – until the end of August! Is there anything else you need to add to the list?!
  • Last look at the next 6 months – until the end of November (full 6 months)! Start to look at this time of year – anything you can get made early?

I hope you join me in getting more things done – and by the time you NEED to get them done! I will have another post coming up about how TO get more done – and a design sheet that will help you get started on creating things you need to! Check back for that post as well!

Until next time,

Lynda Jeffs,

Memories in Tyme

One sheet wonder

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If you go to Pinterest – or your favorite search engine…and simply type “one sheet wonder template” you can get as many templates like this one – to choose from! I totally love how you can use the same template over and over again, and every card will turn out different depending on what you do for the saying and embellishments used! I also love to find 6 x 6 templates that are different, and use 1 12 x 12 sheet of paper on all of it. I might even use a 12 x 12 sheet of paper using an 8.5 x 11 template once in a while, it just depends on the cards and the template I decide to use, and what I feel like doing at the time!

I have really enjoyed using these templates, and not have to make my own card backgrounds out of the scraps I have leftover, searching for the perfect papers! However, I still grab a scrap of paper, and still make my own backgrounds out of them… They just are not as uniform as the templates here are – and you can use one template, one sheet of paper – and different card examples for each set of cards!

To get started –

  • Find a template you want to use depending on the sheet of paper you are planning to use. If you only want to make a few cards, find a 6 x 6 template vs a larger one. That way you can do a smaller amount of the same card easier! (Such as a birthday card from birthday paper.)
  • Use scraps of paper that you can cut into the shapes from the templates – use enough to make plenty of cards from the same theme, just different papers used.
  • Use a whole sheet of paper, add some of the shapes cut from the paper to the card itself, and put away for use later on when you need the “perfect” card.

Find your own templates, and start to search Pinterest or online for the examples you like! I see SO MANY different ways to use the template shapes, find what you like! You can find your own style – or switch it up and do many different things! I will go over some of the card examples in a post tomorrow! Check back then for more ideas!

Until next time,

Lynda Jeffs

Memories in Tyme

Creating During The Pandemic (And beyond) Tips And Ideas

Tips and Ideas

 
None of us planned on this whole pandemic thing…we sure didn’t plan to be stuck at our homes with nothing to do for over a month!  I wanted to give you a few ideas to spend time creating while you are cooped up, using what you have already bought and have available!  Let’s get started!!!

  • Spend time as a family creating layouts from past events!  Sometimes others will remember things we don’t, or at least we get things from their perspective as well as our own!
  • As you are creating projects, find photos that can tell more than one story, or that tells a different side to the event or photo!  Maybe a photo where you have a picture of something (a person, or food lets say)… it goes with other photos in the event.  The same picture could be used by itself telling a whole other thing, using the food – maybe your favorite food…..that kind of thing!
  • Have each of your kids (if they are old enough) do some sort of a scrapbook of their own. Find topics you can have them either scrapbook or journal events from their perspective.  If they are young, you might have to help them type and print out what they want to say! 
  • Make time to document your own story as well!  Make sure the children’s other parent does as well!  Future generations will be glad you did, I have learned a lot by researching my own family by doing mine and my husbands ancestry!!!  I now want to know more and more about my own parents!   
  • Do framed pages with your family of special times – or family pictures, things that are special to you!  Add a little bling to it – a simple saying, and frame it up!  
  • Look at presents you can make for people for birthday’s, anniversaries, holidays, or just because!  Get started on things now!   

If you have already bought a lot of stuff, then guess what – this is the BEST time to start using it up!  Your pages don’t have to look like they are right out of a magazine…  A simple piece of cardstock – a picture, and what you write is fine…  JUST get it documented while you can – and right now, is the PERFECT time to get it done!  

Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme