Monthly Archives: August 2007

Putting the “Scrappin” back in “Scrappin’ Librarian”

Wow! It has been a looooong time since I last posted! Things have been absolutely crazy around here. I am getting ready to send my baby boy off to kindergarten next week and it seems like there’s a million things to do before then. I spent the past weekend at a scrapbooking retreat and was pretty productive. I was able to get Justin’s Disney album completed, which was my goal. I was then free to work on some of Madelyn’s album. I’ve done exactly one two-page layout of Maddie. She is now seventeen months old. That’s nothing….. my son just turned five and I just started scrapping his second birthday on this retreat. I’ll admit that I really love the instant gratification of making a card. It often takes me so long to do a layout that making a card seems so much easier. But, I have to do it. I’ve tried this once before and was completely unsuccessful, but I am trying it again. I am committing myself to doing two 2 page layouts per week. If I get more done, great. But 2 is my goal. Feel free to pop in now and then and ask me how I’m doing with this goal. I honestly would appreciate the accountability.

I am posting the most recent pages for my calendar class. Details for my upcoming classes can be found on my Stampin’ Up website!

May page:

Calendar Class May

Stamps: Warm Words, Big Flowers, Little Flowers
Ink: Really Rust, River Rock, Soft Sky
Paper: Really Rust, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories: Large and Small Oval Punch

November page:

Calendar Class November

Stamps: Dotted Autumn
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie

I also played with the Special Delivery Simply Scrappin’ Kit on the retreat as well. I have to say that I LOVE these!!! I am so impressed with Stampin’ Up’s cardstock stickers and their new textured cardstock is so yummy. I realize I am a little biased because I am a demonstrator, but I really do think they’ve come up with a very nice product in the Simply Scrappin’ Kits. Here are the two layouts I created using it. The first one was cased from the Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Maddie SS Kit

And the other one:

Maddie SS Kit 2

The last layout I have for tonight is very simple. I *love* these pictures of Maddie and I really wanted them to be the focus of the layout. The polka dot paper is from the Special Delivery Simply Scrappin’ Kit and the ribbon is the new Groovy Guava Stitched ribbon from Stampin’ Up. If you haven’t purchased any of the new ribbons, you must immediately contact your Stampin’ Up demonstrator and order some!!!

Maddie Black and White Polka Dot

I apologize for the pictures. I had a heck of a time trying to photograph the scrapbook pages. I’ll work on my technique.

I had a wonderful time on the retreat and got to spend some time with some old friends and made some new ones. I had my very first massage and it was heavenly. Mostly, though, I was able to relax and recharge my batteries. It was nice to not have to worry about taking care of anyone but myself. Of course, by the end of the weekend, I was ready to come home because I missed my family. When it comes down to it, I’m a mom. It’s often a thankless, tiring, frustrating job…. but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

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Calendar Class Pictures

As some of you know, I am going to be offering a calendar class in October. I will be sending out the information as far as date, cost, etc. to those of you on my email list. I will also post the information here. I have gotten about 7 of the 12 months designed and thought I’d share the pics here. If you are interested in signing up for this class, please send me an email and I will make sure to get all of the information to you. Feedback on the calendar is appreciated!
I already posted the February layout, so here are some more:

March:

Calendar Class March

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla

April:

Calendar Class April

Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Lovely Lilac
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Whisper White
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch

June:

Calendar Class June

Stamps: Unfrogettable, Lily Pad Wheel
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, River Rock
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Marvy Circle Punch, Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch, Signo White Gel Pen

July:

Class Calendar July

Stamps: In The Spotlight (Hostess set)
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White

September:

Calendar Class September

Stamps: Office Accoutrement, Polka Dots & Petals
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, Spiral Punch

October:

Class Calendar October

Stamps: Batty For You, Big Deal Alpha, Calendar, Simple Serif Mini Alpha & Numbers,Whimsical Alpha Lower
Ink: Basic Black, Only Orange, Whisper White
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange
Accessories: SU! Circle Punch, SU! Scallop Punch

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Class Samples

Here are a few ideas I’m throwing around for upcoming classes. The first one is a tote that will be filled with 5 all occasion cards (thank you, thinking of you, etc.). I found this idea on the demonstrator side of Splitcoast Stampers. The creator of this great project is named Stephanie (aka akstampmama on SCS) and I wanted to give her proper credit. Thanks for the great idea!!!

Au Chocolat Tote

The other is a sample page I was playing around with for my calendar class. We will be making calendars and binding them with my new toy, the Bind It All! I will post more samples as I get them made!

Calendar Class sample

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Cards, cards, and more cards!

I know my last post wasn’t happiness and light, but I felt I needed to say it. I have been affected by the collapse of the 35W bridge. As Tracy said, we live here. How can we not be affected?

That being said, I’ve been able to get a few cards made for some birthdays and a baby shower happening in my world. The first card is the baby shower card I made for my cousin Elise. I actually used the masking method, which I’d been loathe to do before. But, I decided I wanted to do the polka dot background and masking was the only way to do it without covering the teddy bear and giraffe with them.

Bundle of Joy baby shower card for Elise

Stamps: Bundle of Joy, Holidays & Wishes, Warm Words, Polka Dot bg
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, large and small oval punches, ticket corner punch

The next card was created for my Aunt Lynda for her birthday, which is on August 9th:

Priceless birthday card for Aunt Lynda

Stamps: Priceless, Happy Everything
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Paper: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/4″ circle punch, scallop circle punch, mat pack, paper piercer, ribbon

And the last card is a birthday card for my godson, Nicholas. He turns five next week:

Nicholas’ bday card

Stamps: By Land, It’s Your Birthday, Karen Foster Snap Stamps Casual
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Yo-Yo Yellow, Glorious Green
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Signo White Gel Pen

I have gotten several new toys in the past few weeks. The Bind It All is going to be used for making mini albums and I can’t wait to play with it. The other really cool thing I purchased was the ATG Gun. It is an adhesive dispenser and it is AWESOME! I’ll post a picture of it later so you can check it out. I bought it from framingsupplies.com. They had the best price I could find and I have been very pleased with their customer service!

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A tragic event

I am sure by now most of you have heard of the horrific bridge collapse in Minneapolis over the Mississippi River. It has been covered not only nationally, but internationally. I sat in my family room last night and watched the events unfold, absolutely horrified. When I saw the school bus full of children, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I was to have my two children playing on the floor safe and sound. My heart and my prayers go out to those friends and family who’ve lost a loved one or who are helplessly waiting to hear news of someone missing. I can’t imagine what that would feel like. My prayers are also with those who are participating in the search and recovery mission. It is a dangerous thing for them to undertake.

I am proud, however, of the incredible acts of selflessness and bravery immediately following the collapse. Bystanders were doing everything they could to help those stuck on the bridge get to safety. The way the different government agencies reacted so quickly and so efficiently is so reassuring. I know now that our city and state are prepared for emergencies such as this. We have all learned a great deal since September 11th.

Please, if you could take a moment out of your day today to say a prayer for those involved in this tragic accident, it would be greatly appreciated.

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