Monday, May 30, 2011

Big Picture Classes

Sometimes I'm a big, fat weenie. Yup, sometimes I get scared of things. Any typically, not the things I should be scared of, but silly things. Like, taking a scrapbooking class. Really, that's frightening to me? Oh yes, yes it is.

I've heard a lot about Stacy Julian's Library of Memories/Photo Freedom class (from Big Picture Classes), and a recent Paperclipping episode convinced me I have to take this class. You see, I started scrapbooking as a way to preserve my family's memories. I don't feel like I have a lot of family history and stories, so the memories I do have, I feel they're so important to preserve. That's a lot of what this class is about-telling stories. It's about finding a way to organize all of the thousands of photos we take with digital cameras, and figuring out how much is enough when it comes to telling stories. Because, let's face it-I will never have enough time, energy, or adhesive to scrap every single photo I've taken. Which is probably a relief to my husband, because otherwise our house would be overrun with albums. Like hoarders, but with albums and paper and photos everywhere. Yes, really.

So, I'm embarking on this adventure and opening myself up to learning a process and better way to organize and share stories. I have a feeling that the time I invest in this will be paid back many, many times over with the sweet reward of identifying and being able to tell the really important stories. Because to me, that's what it's about.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A happy little hello

I was visiting with a neighbor recently, and he shared with me how busy his life has gotten, assuming all of the daily tasks his wife used to do. She has been down and out with some health issues, and he said "I was telling the ol' boys just how much you gals do!" He was referring to cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. 

As I continued with my evening, my heart was full of prayer for our neighbors, that she would experience some hope and recovery. I also decided to make a little cheer up card for them, and deliver it with something freshly baked.

Sometimes, just knowing somebody was thinking of you is enough to shine a little brightness into your day.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women out there that are Mother's, will be Mother's, or have chosen to take on a Mother role in someones life. 

For Mother's Day I made this little box for my Mom. It was supposed to be a fairly simple project, the design is from  There was a recent update that was supposed to allow importing these types of files right into the software that the Gazelle uses.  The idea was cut it out, glue it together, done! Sometimes, things are just not that easy. Anyways, the kind folks over at Bosskut helped me get the Eiffel tower ready for cutting, but I was on my own for the box!!  If nothing else, crafting has taught me to be flexible, creative, and use what you have.  Oh, and perseverance, let's not forget that important ingredient.

The pink bakers twine (called Blossom, actually) is from Scrap2It, she has an entire bowl full of bright, cheery colors. The pearl was originally white, and I tinted it with some pink ink, which made me think "why don't I have any pink pearls"? The netting is repurposed from something else-I don't even remember what it came on-a mop maybe, but I grabbed it and added it to my stash. I cut a square and shoved it underneath the Eiffel tower-everything just looked too linear, and the netting breaks it up a bit and adds some whimsy and movement.  It's not glued, so it can easily be taken out. 

The inside of the box holds a little surprise for mama!!

I hope you have someone to celebrate today, whether is you, your Mom, or just a lovely lady in your life.