Wednesday, August 20, 2008

5 Things is Up...

I just wanted to share a recent LO that I did for Reminisce. You can see it here, 5 Things. How cool is that? It was fun to play with products that someone else picked out for me and be limited to only those items. So if you are stuck for mojo one day, pull out some photos, a few items and clear everything else off of your desk. It really works for forcing that creativity out of hiding. After I finished this LO I was able to complete three more. I took photos of them last night, I'm sure my neighbors must think I'm crazy when I am out on my deck with paper and my camera. Oh well. I hope to load those tonight. That's it for now, thanks as always for letting me share!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's been a crazy week....

I've been working on lots of projects and have just started an online organizing workshop at Simplify 101. It's great and has really started me thinking about the right system for me at home. It was the motivation I needed to make a home binder for all of my bills and important documents. Now I can just flip through pages to see what is due rather than opening all of those envelopes. A simple project really but it made a world of difference.

We had a major scare this week with Colin at school. His milk was accidentally switched with another child's. After taking one sip he went to his teacher and said that it wasn't his milk. That's when he started vomiting, breaking out in hives and having labored breathing. So my public service announcement this week...if your child has food allergies, tell everyone that works with him that it is OKAY to give him his Epi Pen. It seems scary to do it and "what happens if he didn't need it?" But in reality, it's better for him to have it if he didn't need it then not to have it and it be too late. The gravity of this hasn't really hit me yet. I'm sure it will soon. We are extremely lucky that he knows so much about his health and new to go to his teacher right away. I'm amazed that he knew enough to just take a sip. Colin is fine, it was rough for about an hour and once home we gave a breathing treatment and Benedryl. It was a learning experience for everyone involved and we now know to make our emergency plan a bit more specific.

Anyway I just realized that I haven't shared a LO here in awhile. So here is one from Blue and White weekend at PSU. I have several mini books that I just completed. Any tips for taking photos of them?

Monday, August 11, 2008

What I am working on now....

I can hardly contain my excitement! I came home today to some wonderful scrappy mail! I found out last week that I am one of the four contestants in Reminisce's Take 5 contest. So they sent me some of their newly released goodies to make a LO with. Yeah!

I can't wait to get started! I will post more soon. I have lots of updates to share. Blog ya later!

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Big Picture....

I have so much to share from an extremely busy weekend. So I went to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Valley Forge this weekend. This was the first type of event that I attended like this so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I scheduled three classes and two volunteer shifts. The class that I was looking forward to the most was Finish Line Scrapbooking with Stacy Julian. I have those photos that I want to scrap but they just keep getting pushed to the side in favor of other projects. I knew I NEEDED this class. It's a leap of faith and definitely out of my comfort zone, (you just had to bring photos and black embellishments, you had no idea what paper you were going to work with, I even emailed ahead of time thinking I might get a better idea of what size photos or what color photos to bring but no luck. She said, just bring your photos.) It worked out great, I loved the result. She chatted with me afterwards and signed my copy of her newest book, Photo Freedom. She definitely has helped me see the "bigger picture" this weekend, in more ways than one. Thank you Stacy!

I was a Teacher's Assistant for my two volunteer shifts. I had no idea which classes that I would be volunteering for until I got into my assigned room and saw the materials on the floor. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to help out some very talented ladies, and a gentleman. In total it was four classes. A class from Pazzles, Tiffany Tillman, Stacy Julian and Piggy Tales. Pazzles showed everyone how to work with their software, Tiffany, get this, made me measure and Piggy Tales made some very hip cards. And Stacy, well it was a pleasure to listen to her lecture both on Friday and Saturday.
I really could listen to her talk about scrapbooking and her perspective all day. And that really is saying a lot coming from me because I do like to hear myself talk. And if you know me, you know just how much I like listening to myself talk. Seriously I felt like someone needed to pinch me Saturday afternoon.
*sigh* I love scrapbooking.

I also got to meet up with some CKMBer's in real life. It's always fun to get together with these girls and have a good laugh. I can't wait for the next crop, which I have already forgotten when it is, someone please remind me so I can put it in my calendar.

Here are also the ID tags that I made for this event.
I just die cut a plastic placemat and glued foam letters that I had die cut as well. I used a craft glue that is made to dry clear and adhere fabric to all kinds of smooth materials. It worked great and we then tied the tags onto our bags with ribbon.

Okay that's it for now. I jumped out of bed because I had an idea and I wanted to write it down before I forget. Then I thought, while I'm awake I might as well do a few things. Take care and have a nice start to your week!