You have to understand my dad
to understand this layout. It is one of those type of things that you would have had to have known my dad to understand this layout.
Dad was old school, every penny counted in his book. He needed each and every penny he made, and worked hard to provide for us kids. It wasn’t easy on my dad, and I see that now.
This picture was done before dad started getting sick, a few years after I moved back home to Utah. He passed away of Alzheimers disease, 3 days after my birthday…5 years to the day after my 2nd husband committed suicide… After he died, I would find pennies…at the times I was thinking of my dad. They were always shiny pennies, each one of them I kept and created this layout with! I remember one day exclusively, I had sat down a bag to go to work, filled with the things I needed for the day. When I placed down the bag, nothing was there…yet when I moved the bag, a shiny penny was underneath the bag.
I wanted you to see you could do with everyday photos and events. This layout was sparked because of pennies…and how I associate them with my dad…especially shiny pennies. My dad was not perfect…but he was my dad! I miss his voice, and the comfort I felt when he would hug me…just HUG me! At the times I am thinking of him, I find the pennies…these are the pennies I found along the way!
This layout can be done differently by changing the title, still keep the clear envelope to keep something special in. Use it for a birthday theme, or create into a 12 x 12 framed page, with special photos and embellishments in it! Scrapbooking is not just about the events…it’s about the moments! This I have learned along the way! Out of all the pages I Iike to do, the moments are the funnest!
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For those of you who would like to take a few minutes of your time…I will be doing a drawing, for one lucky winner to recieve a gift from me..to be determined and announced at a later time. I will be taking comments until the end of June!
I am planning a few articles for Ezine articles this summer, as well as content for the web site. If you are looking at wanting specific things covered in my articles, please let me know! I am planning cheap ideas, beginner through advanced ideas, as well as scrapbooking and card making ideas. Anything you would like to see, even if it sounds strange, please let me know! This can be done by the contact us area on my web site, or email me/send me a message on my blog or Facebook.
I am also planning challenges and product reviews, tell me what types you are interested in, or what you DON’T like in the challenges. Products will be reviewed from things I use on a daily basis…or things that have been sent for me to review, such as the Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 software. If you have a product you would like me to review, please contact me!
Thanks guys, if there is anything you would like to see Memories in Tyme cover, let me know! I love suggestions, and at least it gives me items that you are looking for! Thank you all and have a wonderful weekend!
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Pieces of me…the beginnings of my Book of Me! Doing a Book of Me album (or All About Me as some people call it) is actually a lot of fun. When I first started doing my album, I wanted to do layouts that reflected WHO I am. I didn’t want to just do layouts about my family, though they are important too! Angie Pedersen started the Book of Me, and has also wrote the Book of Us and Growing Up Me. She can be found at http://www.scrapyourstories.com/ if you want to locate her book, or for other challenges she might have. Some of the challenges I will do is based on her book, others will be from some of the other challenges I have found!
I will be giving links to other sites that have found along my journey of creating my Book of Me. What this album taught me is that throughout the things I have been through, scrapbooking is a wonderful therapy tool! It also taught me that I can scrapbook something “other” than my family for once, and have fun doing it.
One of the things to look at when you are starting this type of album is how do you want it to look? Do you want the colors to match, or does that actually matter? For me, you will notice I didn’t care that the colors actually match. If I were to do another album, I might want it all to look the same, just to see how that would turn out versus a look of what you see is what you get type of thing!
Normally I will give you a step by step direction of how to complete the page. In this case I am not going to do that with this layout. I will give you how I did things, and if you want exact directions, please feel free to email me!
For the colors in this one, I used blues, cream, and wheat which for me turned out beautiful. I have used these colors before in a wonderful project of my Grandparents, so for me I love these type of colors. For the title, I used a template and then layered the individual words to create a unique look. Though you can’t see it, I used a Navy marker to create stitch marks around the individual letters.
For the photo, I used a photo that was not as good looking to use it normally, but when I cut it into 1″ squares it made the photo look much better. I then framed the photo using the colors in the layout.
For the bottom, I chose to use stamps that represented what I like. Images, words and my name completed the look, all images stamped in Navy to match the rest of the layout.
I would say this layout would be more intermediate-advanced, but someone who was just starting out could also do this type of layout just by tweaking a few things! The key here is to do what YOU like, using items YOU want…besides, this book is All About YOU!
Mothers Day is right around the corner, so here is a card you can recreate for your own “mother”, friend, or sister!
I always like quick and easy when I am making things. I use sketches at times, but normally I just “wing it”. If you “google” card sketches, you will find blogs and sites all around full of card sketches you can use to follow.
In this example, I used 3 stamps and embossing powder…that’s it! Embossing is not hard to do, you need a small heat gun to heat the powder, that’s about it. I picked mine up on sale, those wonderful 40% off coupons you can get work wonderful for this, it will then make the purchase less. However, things like this make great gifts, sending these links to your friends and family. http://www.robertscrafts.com/default.aspx?PageID=83 is for the gun http://www.robertscrafts.com/default.aspx?PageID=83 and this is for the powder. I use black, gold and some silver more than anything… I might use a color or two, but it depends on what project I am working on!
Cardstock for the base, 2nd color for the top part
Stamps 2 sayings, 1 flower (or other type of shape)
Step one: After gathering your supplies, ink your shape and start to stamp at the top part of the card. You will need to use embossing ink or pigment ink for this, and stamp fairly quickly to be able to get the embossing powder on.
Step two: Put the embossing powder on the ink, letting it slide all across the card so each of the stamped images come to life. Make sure to tap off the excess.
Step three: Taking your embossing gun, emboss the gold. You will start to see the images change to a more solid color as it is heated up.
Step four: Taking the saying stamp, stamp on the bottom and emboss as well.
Step five: Taking the gold ribbon and place it in the middle of the card. Make a bow and also put that on, with the charm in the middle.
Step six: Using a piece of the color used on the base, create your last piece. Stamp the image and again, emboss it. Place it on the card with the 4 brads.
This card can be tweaked for Fathers Day, using more masculine colors…and made especially for your husband, father, or sons! The card below was the original card I made as a Thank You card, then I tweaked for the Mothers Day card.
So, as you see, you can change the look of cards just by using what you have available. With anything I make, recreate, enjoy and give me credit for it! Have a great day, and enjoy this card!
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My Creative Companion 2 is one of my favorite books that Creating Keepsakes put out. I love Becky Higgins anyway, but this book really has it all. I never did get the first book, but if she ever does a 3rd MCC, I would be the first in line to buy it!
The first thing I like about this book is the fact it is smaller and well organized for you to use. By using this book, you are able to really get a kick start on the items you want to create, simply grab your photos and start to go through the book to get a few ideas for your own project.
The second thing about this book is everything is color coordinated, tabbed, and with layout examples included in each section. The chapters included are accents, borders, journaling and titles, layout design, photo mats, odds & ends, my ideas and then color coordinated stickies to flag certain items you are working on.
This book is currently on sale at http://www.shopscrapandpapercorner.com/productdetail/CK31006/–My-Creative-Companion-2.htm for $11.99. Great for mom for Mothers Day, or for yourself! Add to it a few supplies you pick up on sale, and a basket from the $1 store, and you are done!
As you look at the book, you will find embellishments, or titles that you want to recreate. This gives you the basic idea for it, tweak as you need to, with what you have available to you! If you see a certain thing you want to do, but don’t have all the exact supplies, learn to tweak it a bit! It’s not about spending all this money, but about putting your memories down on paper!
I hope you enjoy this great book, show me some of the projects you have made, or tell me your favorite part of the book if you have it!
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Cards are easy to do, and can be customized by using favorite colors or a favorite saying even. They can be made with scraps of paper oftentimes, making it a cheap card. With the card you see here, the colors match from the saying and heart to the pinks in the card. I added a bit of ribbon and lace, with a handmade buckle embossed to match.
You can change the colors, use birthday background paper, with a Happy Birthday saying and an image stamp to match! Look for small saying stamps with small image stamps to match, the squares are all the same size to make it easier when putting it together.
The fun part of this card was the buckle made out of a soda pop top and embossing powder to match! This can be done with just about any color of embossing powder you have that can match the paper you are using.
Scrapbooking can be expensive….the album, papers, embellishments for the album, and then the adhesive to finish it up. Since I started scrapbooking, I wanted all the same things everyone else had, but I couldn’t afford, so I had to do my own thing. I try to look for things that are cost effective, that will allow me to finish up a project in little time, and maybe have extras left over to do a card or two.
For those of you who have Wal-Mart stores close to you that still have the craft area in them, look for what they have available to you! Colorbok has put together kits, the one I purchased was $19.99, it has the 12 x 12 album, 16 sheets of paper, punch out accent pieces, photo matts, stickers, border strips, buttons and ribbon…all ready to finish up the album. The greatest part of this album is the instruction booklet that comes with, to show you how to finish up the album itself. http://www.colorbok.com/DeptFiles/boxkits.aspx?PageType=2&RecordID=432
The style I got was very feminine, more pastel colors that are pleasing on the eye. Everything coordinates with each other and can take about an hour from start to finish, so it is not a project that will take you a long time to do. As I look on their site, they have great kits available for just about any type of theme. I like how this kit was put together, so that I can use it for a gift, or I can add other things to this and truly make it a one of a kind album!
The link for Colorbok is attached, I hope you will request a catalog and visit them! This is my own honest opinion about a product I purchased myself.
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