Project Life Week 8

Hi Peeps!

I am finally all caught up in posting Project Life.  Here is my latest addition to my album.

The left side of Project Life week 8 layout.

The left side of Project Life week 8 layout.

The first picture is Tim getting ready to shop at his two favorite stores at the outlet malls.  We really hit the jackpot.  He got two winter coats for next year at 70% off of clearance prices.  It was a very good deal.  His dad didn’t even complain – much.  😉

The next pic is of Brad hitting the jackpot.  After church on Sunday we went to get a few “little” home improvement items and he ended up getting a couple of wood working tools.  Now if he would just quit working so much so he could use them.  😀

The last picture on this page is of me dusting.  I wrote a mini story about how I had to dust weekly growing up and it is my least favorite chore.  When my older boys were younger they often got the job of dusting and now Tim does.  Unfortunately – not this week.  It was my turn.

The right side of PL week 8.

The right side of PL week 8.

This last weekend Brad and I booked a cruise to help us celebrate our 30th year together.  We have never been on a cruise.  I am thrilled.  I went and took passport pictures and went to the post office to apply for a passport this week.  I had one leftover picture and I saved the ephemera from the packaging it came in.

The top right picture is Tim sleeping in bed after school.  He has been growing the last few months and it must be tiring him out.  Almost every day he comes home from school and takes a nap.  He still goes to bed on time (sort of).

The picture in the middle of the page is Tim watching tv.  It is actually two pictures joined together.  He loves the show Duck Dynasty and he often watches the dvds.

We have had a pretty boring week.  Brad has been working nutty long hours leaving Tim and I on our own.  I love that man but he needs to slow down a bit.

The complete layout of PL week 8.

The complete layout of PL week 8.

You might have noticed that the photo sleeve on the right is a different style than I’ve used before.  The pictures can go both horizontal and vertical.  Just changing it up a bit.

Well, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

God bless!

 

Telling a Story

Hi friends,

I have been saving this idea for awhile.  I needed a couple of pictures that I could write a story about.  A true story.  🙂  I found those pictures.

First I found a piece of paper that I could write on and the words would always show.  I wanted some decoration on the paper but it couldn’t be so dark where the ink wouldn’t show or be too busy.  I also wanted outdoorsy paper because the pictures are about fishing.  I chose a piece of decorative paper that had clouds all over it. It was green (you’d think that those kind of papers would be blue but I like the green for this layout).

I then found my template that helps with drawing lines.  I used my magnetic ruler to hold the paper in place then traced lines all the way down the cloud paper every 1/2″.   I used a pencil so that I could erase the lines after I wrote the story.  After I finished with the story and erased the lines with a rubber eraser (my hand did get tired) I then used a piece of transparency (clear) and scrapbooked on top of it.  I did want to use three photos but I decided to use two because I was covering up too much of the story.  I matted two photos and decided where I wanted them placed and adhered them.  I then added several fishing stickers and  decided that was all I was doing.

Now, the page looks great because all you do is set the decorated transparency on top of the story.  The story provides a one of a kind look and if a person is interested in the complete story they can slip it out of the page protector and read it.

My handwritten story.

My handwritten story.

Some people don’t like their handwriting.  Mine is ok but not great.  If you don’t want to use your handwriting then you can use the computer to “write” your story and then print it.  It is nice to have your handwriting in your scrapbook at times.

The layout with the decorated transparency over the story.

The layout with the decorated transparency over the story.

I did create a YouTube video to go along with this.  Click the link below and check it out!

YouTube Video

God bless!

 

What’s Your Name?

Running a little behind today and so I decided to post a little fun.  🙂  I found this on Facebook a few weeks ago.  It lets us figure out our crafty nick name.

What's your name?

What’s your name?

Mine is Dazzling Trend-setter.  😀

Reply and put your name.

Once in awhile we all just need a fun day!

God bless!

Terri’s Layout

Hi friends!

Terri (high school bestie) sent me a picture of her latest layout.  It is awesome!  It is an anniversary pic of her and her hubby.  She didn’t want it to be REALLY feminine.  She thought she would use some metal elements.

Happy anniversary!

Happy anniversary!

She had a key ornament that she really liked.  Her very loving son cut it in half for her.  Now she has two keys for embellishing.  Not only does she have two it is also less bulky.  Terri also used a paper doily.  She also had another sticker that looks pewter – the one on the right side of the picture.

This is one of my favorite layouts that she has done – good job, Ter!

I hope you find time to scrapbook in between all the hectic moments of life.

God bless!

Project Life Week 7

Hi scrappers,

The year is flying by.  Valentines day and Presidents day is over.  Whew!  It is true that the older we get the faster time moves.

I am going to post the Project Life layout and then tell you about it.

Left side of PL week 7.

Left side of PL week 7.

The first two pictures are of Brad and Tim in the car.  They have on a dorky gadget from Dollar Tree.  It holds their cell phones in place on their ears.  The second card down from the top explains that and says the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.  I had just bought acorn stickers on clearance at Michaels. – perfect!

The top card is about how we spent our Valentines day.  I didn’t take any pictures (What is wrong with this Project Life girl?).

The bottom pics are about our long weekend in Greensboro.  I am standing on top of a mound of snow in a parking lot.  Tim is in front of a mound of snow.  He is showing his boo-boos.  He went sledding with his friends from the old neighborhood and they all got pretty banged up.  I had some band aid stickers that came in handy.  The bottom card tells about Tim spending the night and going sledding.  On Tim’s picture I put the word “SNIRT”  which is snow/dirt.

The right side of PL week 7

The right side of PL week 7

The top of this page is about who we visited in Greensboro.  Tim and his girlfriend are in the top pic.  I wish I would have got him with his neighborhood friends.  The next picture is of us with Karl, Fannie and Jensen.  They were gracious enough to let us stay with them and show us a good time.  The first card on the left said February and had all the days.  I circled 17 and wrote Presidents Day below it.  I then put a sticker that said “Time to get away”.  Below that I explained how we went to Greensboro for a long weekend.  In the third card I wrote that Tim and his girlfriend and then Fannie, Karl, and Jensen were in the pictures with us.

On the bottom part of the page I combined two pics in the left pocket.  The first one is of my feet (I just got my first pedicure because it is almost sandal season).  I was standing on a flip flop rug.  The bottom picture was of a new pillow to put in our media room.  I met Brad for lunch one day and we went to a store afterwards.  This was my find.  The last card on the middle section explains these two pictures.  I used a different color of ink for both.

The last pocket of the page was snowflakes and where I put WEEK 7.

The complete PL week 7 layout.

The complete PL week 7 layout.

Hope you are recording some of the mundane things in your life.  Someday you might look back on them with a smile.

God bless!

 

Project Life Week 6

Hi friends,

Trying to get caught back up on my Project Life posts.  This week was pretty boring so it is a struggle to take pictures of the ordinary.  But I think that is the point.  What is ordinary for you at this time in your life is not ordinary for others.  Or even what will be your ordinary 5 years from now.

The left side of the layout for PL Week 6.

The left side of the layout for PL Week 6.

Tim’s blister acquired in art class by a hot glue gun.

Tim eating soup from Panera (his favorite soup) on Saturday when Brad was at work.  It was the first time that Brad worked a Saturday at this job.  Tim and I went to the outlets to shop and stopped to get him soup on the way home.

Me – putting on makeup.  Since moving here I haven’t done that much.  Now, I am getting to know people and going to church and meetings and putting on make up more.

The picture of the sunflower is actually a picture in my house.  I’ve liked sunflower decorations for years but now even more so.  It reminds me of home – KS.

The right side of the PL week 6 layout.

The right side of the PL week 6 layout.

The first pic shows Brad trimming trees and bushes.  We were all doing yard work.  Getting our yard ready for spring.  Tim was picking up after Brad.  I was pulling weeds and holding the ladder.

The next picture is me after I got my hair cut and colored.  It took me months to find a stylist that I liked and was reasonable.  Thank goodness!

The next pic was of Tim and Diego lounging on the couch.  We’ve been watching “The Wonder Years” quite a bit this week.  Tim joins me for a few episodes before he wanders back upstairs to his video games or the X Files.

Finally, the last picture is of the sign outside of the Moe’s (restaurant) restroom.  It reminded me of me.  It says, “When its not the music making you dance”.  🙂

The layouts together that complete PL week 6.

The layouts together that complete PL week 6.

Like I said, this week was pretty ordinary.  Brad had to take a business trip so for four of the days it was just Tim and I.  Brad should have been the one taking pictures!

Hope you are holding onto the memories you are creating!

God bless!

 

Project Life Week 5

Hi guys!

I am behind showing you my Project Life album.  I have it caught up but I have other projects I have been showing you.  That doesn’t happen very often.  🙂

Left side of the PL week 5 layout.

Left side of the PL week 5 layout.

I first put in a picture of part of our new “small groups family”.

The next pic was me riding my bike and Tim hitching a ride on his skateboard.

The 3rd picture was Diego.  I had just got him out of his kennel in the morning and he was begging to go outside.  This is the way he looks every morning.

The last pic was of the tag book I made for Ethan and Lily.  I posed it in front of their pictures.  I made the picture black and white but part of the ink was running out.  Most of the pictures I started printing I had to toss but this one I kind of liked so I used it.

The right side of my PL week 5.

The right side of my PL week 5.

The first picture on the right side of the layout is of my set up to record videos for You Tube. I have an actual camcorder but it has been misplaced (I hope not lost) since the move.

The next picture is of some of the valentines packages I have been getting ready to mail.  I love to do this but it is time consuming.

The last two pics are of when my neighbor friend invited me to go with her and 10 of her friends to the play “Hair”.  We went and ate first.  It was great having a girls night out.

A couple of my Project Life cards I customized.  I took the card on the far right and added heart rub-ons onto it and also journaled on it.  It already had little arrows on it so I thought it made a perfect place to talk about my valentine’s packages.

I then took another card and found a strip of tickets that I adhered across the top.  I also cut down a sticker of music notes since “Hair” is a musical.

The complete layout of PL week 5.

The complete layout of PL week 5.

I punched holes in my playbill from Hair and put it between the left and right sides of the layout.  It is very easy to turn and is great ephemera.

I had a great week.  I will try and get caught up with the viewing of the ongoing project next week.  Have a wonderful weekend and create some memories!

God bless!

The Finished 2nd Tag Book

Hello,

Today I wanted to show you the finished tag book.  I did something a little different.  My husband thought it made the book a lot more fun to flip through so I thought I would share it with you.

Instead of putting a ribbon through the eyelets I bought book rings (I bought a set from Staples.  They are not expensive.).  They were much easier to put through the eyelets than the thick ribbon was, too.  If I had to buy them again I would buy the next size bigger.  Live and learn.  😉

The completed book with the book ring through the eyelets.

The completed book with the book ring through the eyelets.

The back of the finished book.

The back of the finished book.

The book all spread out.

The book all spread out.

I am enclosing a couple of extra book rings when I mail the book to my grandkids.  That way if it breaks or gets lost there is another available.  I am posting the link to the YouTube video about the creation of this book.  Please check it out.

Alright.  I am finished posting about this book.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day!

God bless!

 

 

The Other Flip Book

Hi!

I just wanted to show you all the pages from the next flip book.  It is super, too.

The front cover is on the right.  Absey and Matthew playing the piano on the left.  :)

The front cover is on the right. Absey and Matthew playing the piano on the left. 🙂

Kids playing with cars and in the yard.

Kids playing with cars and in the yard.

Eating our Thanksgiving meal and kids playing at the playground.

Eating our Thanksgiving meal and kids playing at the playground.

Matthew eating and playing at the park.

Matthew eating and playing at the park.

Brad and his crazy mustache and Ben and Amber at the ocean.

Brad and his crazy mustache and Ben and Amber at the ocean.

Shopping and watching the waterways in Savannah.

Shopping and watching the waterways in Savannah.

Brothers and Ben and Amber at the beach.

Brothers and Ben and Amber at the beach.

Kids (and Grandpa) at the beach.

Kids (and Grandpa) at the beach.

More beach time.

More beach time.

Uncle and kids and family at the beach.

Uncle and kids and family at the beach.

The whole group of us at the beach and Abigail and Matthew got their portraits taken.

The whole group of us at the beach and Abigail and Matthew got their portraits taken.

Last but not least - Absey and her grandma (ME) jumping in the ocean. - It was a little cold.  The hearts page is the back cover with a personal valentine for the kids.

Last but not least – Absey and her grandma (ME) jumping in the ocean. – It was a little cold. The hearts page is the back cover with a personal note for the kids.

Hope your day is wonderful.

God bless you and yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing Up the Tag Book

Hi friends,

After a long Valentine’s Day weekend I am bringing you the finishing touches on the tag book I started in the middle of last week.  I am SO happy with how it turned out and can’t wait for the grandkids to get it in the mail.

The last time we visited I had finished all the tags.  The next step I did was to adhere two tags to each other to make a front and back to each (a page).  After I had created a page I laminated it.  There are several ways to laminate.  The way I chose was I bought a $19 (and some change) machine by Scotch.  I bought it at Walmart.  I bought 5″x7″ clear pockets that you put your picture, paper, or in this case my page in.  After the page is in the pocket I ran it through the heated up laminating machine.

*Buying this machine just for this project wouldn’t be feasible but I know there will be a lot of uses for it in the future.  There are several sizes the clear pockets come in including 8″x10″.

After all the pages were laminated I punched a hole through the laminate.  I had already punched a hole in the tag before I laminated it.  The hole is to make a place for an eyelet for the ribbon to go through.  The eyelet will make the tag book much more durable.

After the hole was punched I put eyelets into all the pages using my Crop-A-Dile Big bite.  All the eyelets are facing forward except the one on the last tag.  Since it will show when the book is turned over I put the eyelet on the back of the tag.  I also made it a large decorative eyelet just like the one on the front tag.

The tags are ready to be put together into a book.

The holes were punched and the eyelets put in.

The next step is to trim the top corners of each page to make it into a tag and not a rectangle.

 

Trimming the c corners off of the pages.

Trimming the corners off of the pages.

After all the top corners were cropped it is time to put the ribbon through all the eyelets and to tie at the top.

The put together tag book.

The put together tag book.

Notice that the front eyelet and the back eyelet are big and very decorative.  The ones on the pages inside the flip book are plain eyelets (but they are colored).

The back cover (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

The back cover with a personal greeting to my grandchildren (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

I made a You Tube video.  That show just how this book is made.  The link is below.  Please check it out.  Also, make comments on this post and on the video.  I would love to hear from you!

YouTube Video

 

God bless!