Tina, I want to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. I know you have been going through quite a rough time these past few weeks with the weakening and now the passing of Gladys ( your mother-in-law) , but I want you to know that I love you and hope you have a special birthday even though it is a little sad for you today. May God give you and your family peace and comfort in your hearts during this time. I can't wait to be there in a couple weeks to share the holidays with you, Marty and the girls, and also celebrate your belated birthday. Love MOM!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Our Christmas Class-Party was a wonderful way to wind up the year that was filled with lots of laughter, fun and creativity. The year has been packed with a wealth of sharing with friends my love of scrapbooking. Every class participant seemed to love the times we spent together, and the many projects they have completed. I look forward to more of the same in 2009. The Christmas Album project completed our classes for this year, now I look forward to visiting my daughter and her family during the Christmas and New Year's holiday. I am sure I will come back with many new photographs to feed my desire to create more projects to share with you all. Dwayne and her husband are retiring this month and moving to their new home in the mountains of Georgia, I am a little jealous, but I wish them lots of happiness as they start a new phase in their life's journey. She will be missed by all, but the good news is that" she will keep in touch by email and she plans to continue to receive future class kits. I want to say again, a "Big Thanks" to all of you who helped support me throughout the past year by attending my classes. May God richly bless and keep you this Holiday Season.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I really love the fall season the colors are so vibrant and colorful. However, living in Florida we don't have the opportunity to capture these elements of fall, so I rely on pictures taken of my grandchildren who live in Virginia to supply me with just the perfect pictures to create my fall digital layouts.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Last week I was feeling a little overwhelmed when I would walk into my scrapbook room. There is just too much stuff I can't seem to part with and no room for it all. I put on my thinking cap and came up with a couple solutions to my ever growing delima of how to arrange my stash to allow me room to crop. I first took out the plastic storage units that stored my Stampin Up rubber stamp sets and placed them into my Laundry area, that cleared off much needed counter space, then I made a dash out to Home Depot to look around for ideas, no brainstsorms hit me, then I saw the pre-cut sections of peg board and thought how perfect that would be. I used to pass that idea up time and time again because I have no wall space, but to my surprise that was a wonderful solution to my immediate problem. Now mind you I have lots more issues to deal with, but for now I am very happy. Considering my space is somewhat of a primitive nature anyway, my room was actually a tool room for my husband and it really is quite "primative" no real carpet on the floor and the ceiling doesn't have drywall only styrofoam panels exposed. Some years ago we put a roof over a flat deck that was once a carport and extended the roof to accomadate for the what was tool room at that time it became my sewing room, slowly my scrapbooking took over my love for sewing so fabric was then boxed up in storage containers and placed in the large utility shed outside, now it is exclusively used for scrapbooking, of course an occasional sewing project or mending. I visit my friend's homes and see the wonderful rooms they have to work in and I get a little depressed, but I just thank God that I have what I have and it is more than others so I feel blessed just to have a space to call my little "Peaceful Haven". I love to create and when my space is clean I get real inspired to do just that. Credit goes to my husband who came home after working hard all day at his job and saw what I was doing and he was a real sweetheart to install the peg board panels for me and I stayed up late to arrange it all so here is what the final results was...Not plush and lush, but I am thankful for what I have....
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have been working this week on the sample for the upcoming Christmas 8" x 8" Quilted Album.
The pictures of course don't do it justice, there is a lot of glare on the pictures because of the page protectors. At least it gives you a glimpse of what you will be doing. I can hardly believe that the holidays are approaching us so quickly. The class is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th. This class is more of a layout album, rather than handmade covers. The red quilted albums are from EK Success "Inspirables". I used the new Christmas patterned papers from "Cosmo Cricket - O Joy", various embellisments from rub-ons, ribbons, Crafty Secrets Vintage Santa ephemera Cardstock Cut Outs and other miscellaneous items used to create this project.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tina and family went last weekend to Mountain Cove Orchards in Northern Virginia, also took a trip down Skyline Drive to view the fall leaves changing, they found by accident a really pretty setting with a waterfall. You can visit her blog for a lot more photos. Her blog address is http://www.itsallaboutthedetails.blogspot.com/
We hope to go up next year during this time, it is so beautiful there, so many wonderful places to visit to capture the beauty of the fall season.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This week one of my friends wanted to learn how to make an acrylic album for a special gift. I thought since I would be giving her instructions I would start one for myself. I am so far behind with last year's scrapbooking that I decided to do last years Christmas pictures in this acrylic album. At the time I took these photos, I hadn't printed out my 2007 Christmas pictures so the pages are blank. But just to let you know I now have the photos in the album and I am so happy that I actually have my album completed. This is not a class project, just a personal one. I am in the process of gathering supplies for an up-coming Christmas Album Class (not acrylic). Emails went out last week for sign ups. I will be posting more about the class mid November.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Gilda and I were privileged to be guest speakers at the Garden Club, where the Antique Society Club
of Vero Beach held their meeting on October 1, 2008. The topic of our presentation
was "Scrapbooking." In preparation for the meeting Gilda and I gathered various albums
and items we had on hand to give the display area a feeling of old "vintage" style
scrapbooking, such as vintage lace tablecloths, handmade dolls, china tea cup, old
photos in frames, jar of old buttons, lace, ribbons, hand stitched purse (handmade by Gilda).
After the opening introduction, we each shared our stories about how we began scrapbooking.
We told of the different styles of scrapbooking and how to preserve your memories using the
proper adhesives, papers, and acid free products to aid in keeping your photos safe for years to
We also mentioned that there are many ways to scrapbook your memories, using pre-made
embellishments, stamping, aging and distressing techniques to give the appearance of newer
photos made to look old. My personal style of scrapbooking is one of a vintage nature, however
I do many styles, from simple, to glitz & glitter and free-style. This is the art of a scrapper
once you embark into the journey of making your own scrapbooks you will soon discover your
own unique style.
After the presentation, many questions were asked and I believe we were helpful in giving sound
advice to those who wish to pursue their adventures in scrapbooking by collecting those wonderful
memories we all have to pass down legacies to future generations.
In conclusion, Gilda read a poem about "Clotheslines" I wanted to share this story with you, it
is so true. The friends and acquaintances we make through our scrapbook experiences remind
me so much of this story. When we see our pictures in albums, we all have one thing in common,
our family and the day to day events that help make up our life's treasured memories.
The Clothesline Said So Much
A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the fancy sheets
And towels on the line;
You'd see the company table clothes
With intricate design.
The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride.
The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.
It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.
It said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors raised their brows,
And looked disgustedly away.
But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess.
I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!
Author: Marilyn K. Walker
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have been busy this week completing the sample for the September 13, 2008
class project. Below you will see a sneak peak, as always these pictures
don't do it justice. I must say I had a lot of fun doing this album. As always,
I look forward to class date to share it with you. I still have (2) spots available
for sign up if you are interested please contact me via email. This album features
fabric covers, with a mix of vintage and more eclectic patterned papers, with
a feel of old 40's era quilt prints. I am a lover of anything to do with sewing
memorabilia, ephemera, stamps,& papers so I tried to incorporate this feeling throughout the
book, without the album being all about sewing. Memories, family, words that describe
everyday life etc.