Sewing a Statement

Hi everyone!

Do you have plans for the bringing in the new years tonight?

Today’s layout is an idea I got from Amy Tangerine’s blog.  I have mentioned her before and really enjoy a lot of her scrapbooking ideas.

The part that I scraplifted is the sewn heart with the sewn “xo” in the middle.

Close up of the heart.

Close up of the heart.

 

I punched a heart and then poked holes with a needle at intervals that would look nice with sewing on the cardstock I was using for my background page.  I then used my letter template for sewing letters and poked holes for the x and o.  I then started on the back of the paper and sewed the the heart and the letters.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera (fuzzy).

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera (fuzzy).

After sewing on the cutie heart and letters I added a matted picture.  I matted it on a pink piece of cardstock that was slightly bigger than the picture and then I matted that on a tan piece of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock.  I added a cute sticker and a border sticker showing little feeties.  Oh what a CUTE picture.  I loved Amy Tan’s simple heart.

Have a fun, safe night!

God bless!

 

 

 

Hexagon Background Page

Hi friends,

After today I will put away the hexagon punches for awhile.  Today I am going to make the background page completely full of hexagons (or am I?).  I had a page that had circles all over it.  I punched out several and started lining the 12″x12″ page.  I attached two rows on both side of the decorative paper.

Decorative paper with hexagons attached.

Decorative paper with hexagons attached.

After this I added three photos to the layout – all lined up vertically in the middle of the page.  Once they are added it looks like the complete page is covered with hexagons without the trouble of actually doing it.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

I did trim off a little bit of the bottom hexagons.  I then added a tag that said FIRST __________.  I added alpha letters BATH.  I then put a few stickers on that related to giving a baby a bath (including a cute birdie taking a bath).  The last touch was clear flower raindrop stickers that I added randomly on the page.

Scanned layout (incomplete).

Scanned layout (incomplete).

Cute page!

Hope God blesses the socks off of all of you!

 

Wonderful Week

This has been such a grand week.  I was really looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time.  This is the first time I haven’t had at least one of my older children and their family with us at Christmas.  I thought I might get really sad but this year I was fine.  Part of it was my husband  has had off since last Friday.  We’ve done a little work around the house (very little) and just enjoyed being together.  The weather was wonderful on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Short and t-shirt weather wonderful.  Part of it was my middle son, and his family, was just here over Thanksgiving.  And finally, part of it was my oldest son and his family took the time to Skype with us while the kids opened their presents from us.  We also received several phone calls and text from family and friends.

Last Friday my son had school so my hubby and I had a day to ourselves.  That was strange and nice.  We drove around and checked out places that we hadn’t seen around our town.  We came across a public dock and a beautiful old church.  We then went to an afternoon showing of “The Hobbit”.  It was good and definitely left an opening for the next movie in the series.

A view from the public dock.

A view from the public dock.

The beautiful old church.

The beautiful old church.

On Christmas eve we helped make baskets with our church.  They were going to deliver them to people who had to work on Christmas Eve.  Then we went to a community candlelight service that was held outdoors.  Couldn’t do that in KS.  🙂  It was still pretty chilly but it was delightful!

My husband got me an electric bike for Christmas.  Several years ago I hurt my hip and it hurts to pedal a bike.  I loved to bike so it was a sacrifice to quit.  I didn’t even think of physical therapy at the time (busy homeschooling and having a toddler) but looking back I should have.  Back in ’06 my hubby got me an electric scooter.  It still works and I enjoy it tremendously but this bike has some perks.  First, it looks like a bike.  Second, if I run out of juice (electricity) I can pedal.

Riding my bike.  Tim was getting a free skateboard ride.

Riding my bike. Tim was getting a free skateboard ride.

Tim got a camcorder/camera that attaches to his helmet for Christmas.  At one point he recorded us while he was getting pulled along.

Brad got a tablet for Christmas.  He has all kinds of things like that but this one has a built in stand.  Brad likes to watch his geeky videos as he falls asleep.  The problem was he had to hold his phone or try and prop it up.  Problem solved.

Brad at his desk with his tablet and a lot of other computery things.

Brad at his desk with his tablet and a lot of other computery things.

After presents we had a nice dinner at home.  We then went to the movies with our neighbors.  We saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  We really enjoyed it.  It was a nice way to end our Christmas day.

I pray that all of you had a wonderful Christmas.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Matting with Hexagons

Hi friends and family,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!

Today I created a really cute and easy page.  I used my hexagon punch (2″) once again.  I used it for matting a picture.  I didn’t use any partial hexagons in the mat.  I just used 4 hexagons horizontally and three vertically and then filled in to create a rectangle.  I glued them onto a light pink cardstock and then glued the picture centered on top.  I used quick dry adhesive.

I used a really cute decorative cardstock for my background page.  I glued the matted photo on and then used two tags.  One of the tags had Absey’s baby info on it.  The other said, “Hello Cutie”.  I loved this picture because it captured her weight and I didn’t have to cover anything up – she took care of that herself (smart girl).

Close up of the matted picture.

Close up of the matted picture.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Complete (but very fuzzy) layout.

Complete (but very fuzzy) layout.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and it gave you some ideas of your own!

God bless you and yours!

 

 

Big Hexagon Fun!

Merry Christmas, Friends!

Today we are having so much Christmas fun!  We are going down to fill baskets at our church and this evening we are having a Christmas Eve service outside!  I can’t believe I live some place where that is possible!

Today I am using my bigger (2″) hexagon punch and creating a border for the left side of my layout.  I used two different shades of pink paper and then two different kinds of decorative paper to punch out the hexagons.  I used a white piece of cardstock (approximately 11 1/2″x3 1/2″ to use as the background to put the hexagons on.  I started putting the hexagons in a line and then I began filling in right beside the line.  I did this until the border page was filled (and hexagons were hanging over the edge in several places).  I trimmed off the excess hexagons by turning the paper over and trimming – this makes for a more exact cut.  I then glued (with fast dry adhesive) the border on, matted the pictures, and glued the pictures on.  Finally, I went sticker happy and added a sticker to every solid hexagon.  I then created a title using alpha stickers and a cute mama and baby elephant sticker.  This is a busy page – hopefully not too busy!

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Close up of border.

Close up of border.

Picture taken with my cell phone camera (complete).

Picture taken with my cell phone camera (complete).

I sure hope you have a wonderful day celebrating our Savior!  God bless!

 

 

A Fun New Flower

Merry Christmas!  (Only a few more days I can say that this year)!

Today I am making a quick flower using a hexagon punch.  I bought this punch awhile back but never took advantage of it.  Today I am using a 1 1/2″ punch.

What I am scrapping today is three 4″x6″ pics of Absey taking a nap with her daddy.  I put two of the pics together on a white strip of cardstock.  I then put the last pic on another white strip of cardstock and left the other side of the strip open for the flower.

To make the flower I punched 7 hexagon pieces out of 4 different styles of paper.  I put one piece in the middle and then put the six other around the middle hexagon leaving a small gap all the way around.  I then put an adhesive button in the middle.

Close up of the hexagon flower.

Close up of the hexagon flower.

I then glued the picture strips onto a piece of decorative cardstock and then put on a journaling tag.  Finally I put a border strip down the right side of the page.

Incomplete scanned page.

Incomplete scanned page.

 

The complete page (taken with my cell phone camera).

The complete page (taken with my cell phone camera).

Cute page for a cute baby and her tired daddy!

Christmas blessings!

It is Almost Here

It has been a crazy week that made me kind of crazy a few times.  Let me explain. First, with a picture:

The mail line (which I stood in several times).

The mail line (which I stood in several times).

I actually didn’t mind waiting in line.  I like watching and listening to people (when I’m not in a hurry).  But I was ignorant over mailing boxes.  I didn’t realize I couldn’t mail  anything in a liquor box.  My husband and I don’t consume alcohol and so this is even more absurd.  We didn’t have enough boxes (which is crazy because we recycled so many after we moved) so we picked up some boxes setting in front of a liquor store.  Part of our boxes I mailed in an self help postage machine.  Later in the day a box was delivered back to me because it was in a liquor box.  The mailman explained it to me and said that we were out of the $.  Almost $20.

GGRRRR!

The post office hadn’t touched the front of the package so the postage looked fine.  My husband and I put brown paper all over the sides and bottom of the package and taped it up really well. I then took it back to the post office and dropped it in the mail chute.  I fully expected it to come back to my house…..still waiting.  Hoping it makes it to my son’s and his family’s house by Christmas.

The last couple of days hasn’t been near as hectic.  I’ve slowed down and breathed.  I am feeling a lot better and am now ready to partake of what the holiday is supposed to be about.

I am putting up one more picture.  It was taken a couple of weeks ago when my son marched in the parade with his ROTC group.  So handsome.  Proud mama here.

ROTC - Bluffton Christmas parade.

ROTC – Bluffton Christmas parade.

Tim is the 2nd one over on the third row (not including the leader).

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

 

Washi Organization

Hi friends,

I have another organization idea  to share.  I saw it a few days ago on Facebook and was eager to implement it.  It is on a page that I liked called “Scrapbook/Craft Organization Ideas”.  I only liked this page a week or so ago and so far this is the first idea that I snagged.

Before this I had washi organization issues.  Back in my old home I had small racks that stacked that I stored the rolls on.  The racks weren’t very stable and they did take up precious table space (which is currently extremely messy).

Old washi tape organizer.

Old washi tape organizer.  I have 5 of these racks that stack on top of each other.  They are about 6″ wide.

Since moving I have kept the tape in a box.  I just didn’t want to go back to the old way.

The new idea is very easy and pretty inexpensive.  The only thing I used was a hanger made for multiple pairs of pants and an over the door hook.  (The Facebook page used an over the door wreath hanger but I already had a hook).

Adding washi tape to the hanger.

Adding washi tape to the hanger.

I am finished adding the washi tape that I now have but I do have room for more.  Yippee!

I am finished adding the washi tape that I now have but I do have room for more. Yippee!

There are several things I like about this solution.  The biggest one is I am using unused space to store the tape and it gets it off my desktop.  It also makes it highly visible and is easy to organize.  The only complaint I have is it is across the room from my desk but that is only 4-5 steps so it isn’t a big deal.

I have my old washi tape holders that I don’t know what to do with.  If you would like them then please message me.    I hope this idea helps you and spurs you on to be more organized (and me).

Christmas blessings!

 

Candy Cane Wreath

Merry Christmas!

Today I am not scrapping but crafting.  As you can tell by the title it is a candy cane wreath.  All I needed was:

20 candy canes – I bought an extra pack because so many were broken.

small ornaments for decorating the outside of the wreath

1 large circular (flattish) ornament for the center of the wreath

Red ribbon

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

I saw this on Facebook but I changed it up a bit.

Hot glue two candy canes back to back (10 times).

Hot gluing candy canes together.

Hot gluing candy canes together.

After all 10 sets were glued together I placed them in a circle.  They should fit perfectly.  I then start hot gluing the sets together where they touched.  (The bottom edges and the edge of the hooks).

After the sets were all glued together I glued on the center ornament.  I used a lot of hot glue because it gave the wreath more strength.

The wreath has all the ornaments added.

The wreath has all the ornaments added.

I then added all the ornaments around the sides of the wreath.

Finally, I tied a long ribbon and then hooked it through where the top canes come together forming a heart.

My finished Christmas wreath hanging on my wall.

My finished Christmas wreath hanging on my wall.

I used a lot more hot glue than the one on Facebook. The one on Facebook tied the 10 sets of canes together instead of gluing them together.  I think hot gluing made the wreath stay together better.  Of course, I also used different ornaments.

This is a cute and pretty inexpensive Christmas decoration.  I hope you give it a try!

God bless!