Friday, January 25, 2013

Be lifted...


To me, scrapbooking is about me and my family.  It is not my "job."  And, while I LOVE it, and I sometimes dream about it being my job, I like to think that IF it was my job, it wouldn't be as much fun anymore.  This is how I rationalize to help me cope with the fact that Tim Holtz is not going to be ringing my doorbell anytime soon.

So, a little bit of recognition in my little scrapbooking world is appreciated.  This week, my Fiskateer Liftateer friends chose my scrapbook page to "lift".  "Lift"  meaning "be inspired by." 
You may remember this layout I did with photos of my husband. 
This weeks challenge gave me a chance to lift myself.  The layout at the top is the result.  A photo memory of a very fun night out with the neighbors on a pontoon boat ride that we won at a school fundraiser.
  This time, I embossed the strips of same colored cardstock as the background, and I used one photo instead of 2.  Can you spot any other differences?
Being lifted gives me a chance
to show you how to make these very easy pinwheels.
With a square piece of paper (the pinwheels on my page are different sizes, 1 1/2", 2", and 2 1/2" squares). 
*Important that your paper is a square. 
Very lightly, draw lines from one corner to the opposite
(making an "x").

From the center point, draw a small hashmark from the center in each direction.  My hashmarks are a 1/4" from the center.

Starting at each corner, cut towards the center,
stopping at the hashmarks. 
Place a glue dot in the center.

Take the right corner of each section
and attach it to the glue dot in the center.

Place a brad, button, or a small punched piece
to cover the edges in the center.
Make more, and use them on your layout or card.
They are simply addicting!


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

be challenged...

One of the best things (in my opinion) about scrapbooking TODAY (and crafting in general) is how easy it is to be inspired.  Now, believe me, I know what a "time sucker" going through the blogs in Google Reader or sifting through Pinterest can be, but it's difficult to get in a rut when all you have to do is LOOK. 

Just 2 quick picture-less pages to show you today.  Finishing up a baby book for my new niece.  Both pages--inspired by Liftateers.  Its a group of us on Fiskateers who "lift" a chosen page each week.  It's one of the best things.

Speaking of BEST things...look what's happening this weekend!  Hop on over and "be challenged".


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"be" ready...



It's my one little word for 2013. While I'm not officially doing the Ali Edwards class (One Little Word), I do like the idea of having a focus for the year.

One thing I will be this year is busy...
a door closed (good-bye to Scrapstreet--I loved you)
and two windows opened. 

Window #1
I am now on the Design Team for Chicagoland Scrapbooker.  I'll be a blog contributor as well as a designer for some magazine covers. Chicagoland Scrapbooker is published 4 times per year and you can find it at your local scrapbook store.  You can click here and go to their blog page and from there "like" the Chicagoland Scrapbooker Facebook page so that you never miss a "scrap" of exicting happenings and inspiration.

Windown #2
I am now on the Design Team for Scrap it Girl.  Kimberly is a masterful artist, teacher, and blogger.  Click here and you can check out the blog and "like" the Scrap it Girl Facebook page too.  Each month there is a challenge (with a prize) that will motivate you to stretch your creativity.

I'm so excited to "be" on these two teams! 
It's going to be a fun ride! 

So, there are many things I want to "be" this year...
focused, creative, inspiring, present, loving, active, content...

and relaxed...

just like these dogs.

Have you picked a "word" this year.  I'd love to hear it!


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