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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday - Basic Scrapbooking Episode 5

Hi Everyone,
 I can't believe its Sunday already!
 Here our next video on Basic Scrapbooking. This is Episode 5 and its about Color.

 Watch the video and then leave us a commet and tell us what your favorite Color combo is or what you tend to use most.
 I said in the video that mine is Pink! (maybe its because I have two little girls!!!)


Here are a few tips to remember when putting together pages.

1. HAVE FUN this is the most important thing you can remember. Scrapbooking is about you preserving your memories of yesterday for friends and family tomorrow. Don't worry so much about "how to".

2. Solid Paper is the best tool you have. Use it to brake up the patterned paper and give the eyes a chance to rest in between those beautiful patterned pieces we all loving useing so much.

3. This is a video on a few things you can pick up to inspire you to use color on those pages.


Thanks for watching today - I hope you are enjoying some scrapbooking time!




Friday, October 29, 2010

It's getting to be that time of year...

Hi Everyone,
Well it's my Friday post and I thought I would share something I've been working on along with a really cool item that I have been dying to find for probably 2 years now...

First I wanted to post a photo of the cute bags I am working on for Girls Night Cookie Exchange.  Each lady has to bring a homemade item or cookies to the exchange.  I made these bags and I am getting mugs to go in them along with a bag of marshmallows decorated up and some hot coco!  I will post more photos when they are finished but here's a sneak peek of the bag.


OK THIS thing I have wanted FOREVER.  About 2 years ago I see a post on the Cricut Messageboard where a lady had flocked a Christmas Tree.  It was beautiful.  The flocking was perfect.  

So I looked for it and asked her where she got it.  She said it's called Snow Writer.  So I go to Michaels and find it on clearance, or so I thought.  I buy 3 of them at .99 cents each.  

I get home use them and they dry clear with glisten (like stickels) WHAT THE CRAP!?  I was so annoyed.  Last week I go on date night with hubby, we are near Joann's ... so naturally.  I go in to find Watercolor crayons and what do I find.... THE SNOW WRITER THAT WRITES SOLID WHITE!  JOY TO THE WORLD PEOPLE!  So here it is below and then below that is a quick demo of what it does.  You'll be seeing this on projects and layouts for sure.  I bought two, they were $2.49 each.  I was in fear I would not find another one, so I had to get two.


Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!
Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Seasonal Cartridges

Hi Everyone,
 I was hanging out online and found these seasonal cartridges.

These look really cute! I really love the Winter Lace! So check them out and let us know what you think.

Gingerbread

Winter Lace

Trim The Tree

Well it looks like the holiday season is here! I'm so exicted. I can't wait to get in to some holiday projects!
Tina & Wendy

Our first Military Family Package - RECEIVED! YAY

Hi Everyone,
As most of you know Tina and I decided to adopt a military family to send stuff too.  My friend Sheila's husband is in Iraq.  Every month one of us sends something to Sean in Irag and the other one sends something to the family.   October was my turn to send the family something.  I sent them the apple box featured in our blog earlier in October and a few other goodies.  Please check out their photos and you can learn more about Sheila and Sean's family at http://www.growingkingfamily.blogspot.com/





Carly, Colton and Stetson are there three little ones and they are just too cute for words.  So glad you enjoyed your apples and making them Sheila.  We love you all and are praying for you and Seans safety!

Until tomorrow everyone,
Wendy & Tina

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Calendar Pages

Hi Everyone,
 Wendy posted a little while back some Calendar pages that she had done. These Calendars she has been doing for a few years now and she does about 3 of them. She has been working on hers all year. I'm only doing 2 Calendars for Christmas gifts and I just started mine. I'm getting started a little late, yes I know this. I guess I work better under pressure! LOL

 Here are a few of my pages so far!


This is the January page. I used Winter Woodland on this page! I love love love Winter Woodland. I thought when it came out that it was stupid and I wouldn't want it. But I have found that I love it. Its my favorite winte/christmas cartridge.  (Wendy had it and I was loving the way some of her layouts came out... HEE HEE THIS is Wendy and I just added this note because I do the editing..LOL)

This is my March Page and I used Create A Critter for the frog, and Designer Calendar for the clovers.


Here is April and May ... May is not done yet.
April I used A Childs Year for.



So there they are! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the stuff that I've been working on.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Updates!

Good Morning Everyone,

 We have got tons of updates for you! We have been super busy the last few weeks! We are going to start with a video update. (There are 2 Video's up for today, see the end of this post for next one)


 And then here are the new Hello Thursday Cartridge. I don't know if Wendy has even had a chance to look at this!
Seasame Street Season

 Wrap It Up

Oramental Iron

Paper Lace

Quarter Note


 So here are my thoughts! They all look awesome! I love the Quarter Note Cartridge. There really is not a cartridge that does that kind of thing. I love when they come out with a Cartridge that has nothing to do with any other kind of Cartridge.

 I'm not in love with any of these as of right now. Maybe in awhile I will want them but all in all I'm excited to see some new stuff coming out.

 Also check out our Everything Cricut page for all your Cricut Needs

And then here is the Video about my "Adventures in the Scrapbrooking Room"!!!


Thanks everyone for hanging out with us for a little bit!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday - Basic Scrapbooking Episode 3&4

Hi Everyone
 Here we are again at the end of another week! Well I consider Sunday the end of the week. I'm the type of person who like to start my weeks on Monday! Ha ha

 I have two video's for everyone today! Yea (They are backwards - Episode 4 is at the top, and Episode 3 is at the bottom)
 The first one  is just a video about basic tools. You can see our Basic Scrapbook Page HERE I'm going to leave the list up of these items in case you want to look back at it.


 The second video is a page I put together regarding journaling. ( I was having major problems editing this video... so the end didn't get edited. Sorry guys. It is what it is!)

 This is about journaling and don't forget to check out Wendy's Video she did on Friday, You can see it here : Little Hands Make Great Turkeys  It also has some great tips for jounaling.


 Thanks everyone for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your Sunday Afternoon,

 Here is a few pictures of the finished product!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Little Hands make GREAT Turkeys!

WOO HOO IT'S FRIDAY!  YAY!  We made it through another week people.  Today is FRIDAY!  Let your hair down, have a glass of wine and relax.

On Monday I was sitting around with my little girl thinking trying to think of new ways to journal.  I looked at her and then thought ... OMG how cute would it be to journal in her hand.  So I traced her hand and then did a layout of her finger painting and journaled in it!

Well you know how often times one idea leads to another.  That's what happened.  For the calendars that I do every year I thought it would be super cute to use my daughters hands as TURKEY FEATHERS!  YAY... Ok so this isn't my idea, of course pre school teachers have been doing this for something like 10000 years but it was MY IDEA to put it on a calendar for the grandparents to enjoy a cut out of her cute little hand.


Happy Friday everyone!
Wendy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calendar Pages

Hi Everyone,
This is Wendy (for a change)... I am going to start making an effort to post more often.  Tina needs some R&R from posting daily and I've just been in the habit of sending her everything to post.  So she suggested I just do the posts for some of the days. 
Here I go!  On Sunday I got to scrapbook with my friend Laura.  We had a great time.  I got to finish up a few things and get my hands dirty with a few new layouts and calendar pages.

Every year I give my Mom, my Gramma, and my Mother in Law a calendar.  I use photos that have been taken throughout the year.  So here's my latest on the calendars:

This is for my Gramma's calendar.  The cute squirrel is cut from Give a Hoot cartridge.  I am also going to cut some leaves and a bird to go on this!  I love the colors

This is my mother in laws August page.  It's also a sketch that Tina and I did!  This will be featured in another post as well.  The paper is from a paperpack that I found at Ross.


I love love love this paper.  I've had it for YEARS!  Finally using it.  This is my Mom's September page.  The paper really reminds me of her style.


Here are some layouts that I've been working on.  This is the stuff I did this weekend when Laura came to visit.  I will be asking Laura to take some photos of her stuff also to do a post with her goodies!

This is a layout that I did for my Daughters second birthday.  I am really disappointed in it.  You know when you have an idea in your head and want it to come together and be perfect, well that was what this started as and you can see did not end up as! LOL.. If you have any suggestions for me on this layout and how to improve it PLEASE let me know.  


This layout is also for Daughters second birthday.  We got her a puppy.  This layout is NOT finished.  I need to add " I AM" above the dog and teh number 2.  I am also going to add some balloons and stuff.


Well everyone that is it for me! I am planning on doing a lot of scrapping this week.  The weather has finally turned cool and rainy here in California and I am ready for some serious scrapping afternoons while my Daughter naps.

Talk to you all soon!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Violet's 1st Year Scrapbooking Project

Hi Everyone,

 Life is always changing ... You know your household is always changing, growing! Your either adding to your family, or they are moving away. Your decorating, painting and adding a chair here, changing the placemats over there.
 That is much like scrapbooking. We start out one way and then there is a new trend, you find a new company you love (Creative Memories, Stampin Up).

 And so is the story of our blog! Wendy and I started this blog months ago and it has grown! It was really a lot of nothing in the beginning. We have added backgrounds, pictures and recently Video's.
 We love doing this and now we have been talking about how to bring both of our personalities into this thing! Watch for future postings,  things will be a little different.

 Also Wendy has started a "Fitness Journey" Blog and you can visit her here: All Before I'm 30

 She has been working hard and I'm proud of her! And I've added his link to the side of our page for everyone to find later. Go over and say hi and follow her through this journey.

 A few weeks back I shared with everyone how I had started redoing my daughters first year album. I've been working on it now for weeks and I have been really inspired to do some of these Layouts.

 So here they are:

This page I just added the Pricesses and journaling to.


This was a sketch Wendy and I did.

This April page was a redo, it just a page I added. Its so cute! I love it.




 This page will be feature in a upcoming Video so stay tune for details on this one.



This May page is again not a redo but one I added. I love the way it came out. I was even able to add a picture of myself with my mom! It shows how much Violet looks like me.




Sunny Days, chasing the clouds away.... I love this page!



This is one of my favorites as well.... I embossed the vellum at the bottom of the page with my snowflakes folder!



I'm loving working on her album. Her album is coming out so cute and I can't believe I ever attempted to do it with only half of heart invested!
Now her album is all the way done up until July! That is awesome.

Thanks for looking guys and I would love hear your thoughts on how "caught up" you are on your albums this year!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday!

Hi Everyone,
 Its Scrapbooking  Sunday! That is my new name for Sundays! We have been posting Videos and our tips for simple scrapbooking!

 So today we have a video that has been posted over on our Basic Scrapbooking page. Some of you might have already seen it.


 The other exciting thing is I'm scrapbooking with Wendy and her friend Laura this afternoon. So I've made a big pot of soup for lunch and dinner and my husband is going to be watching the Raiders / 49er game and hanging out with the kids.

 I'm hoping to shoot a small video of our fun day!

 We hope that everyone is having a nice cozy Sunday afternoon! Happy Scrapin

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Update on me (Wendy)

Hi Everyone,
Not sure when you will read this because Tina is in charge of releasing all posts but I thought I would share.

I haven't scrapbooked in over a week.  My life like always has been uber crazy and hectic.  My hubby is building a deck with a wheelchair ramp on my grandparents house and therefore has been unavailable for any extra kid duty.  Second to that I have been running and focusing on my exercise regiment a lot lately.  I also painted my house, and threw a baby shower. 

HOWEVER!!!!!!  Tomorrow my friend Laura is coming over and we are SCRAPBOOKING! YAY!  I will finally have stuff to post on the blog again.  I am so excited.  Hopefully on a wing and a prayer Tina will be around and I will get to Skype her while Laura and I scrap!  So looking forward to it. 

Talk to you soon...

Wendy

What have I gotten myself into?

Okay, so early I posted that I was going to clean up my scrapbooking room and move a few things.
The idea/need was more punch storage.

 I want to do the rods that hang on the wall but I haven't been able to find any. I don't live near an Ikea ... so I thought I would move a shelf I had in my kitchen to my scrapbooking room.

3 hours later and moving a shelf has lead to the painting of a wall... and the search of a darker purple for an accent wall.... why and how do I get myself into these messes.

Here my husband has the next 2 days off and I was thinking that I might do some crafting and now I'm sure its going to spent putting the room back together.

Nice huh... I will let you know how it turns out.

Tina

Keep the scrapin room clean....

Hi Everyone,
 Its Saturday and I've not really been posting on Saturdays, I've been taking Saturdays off... those of you with a blog know how much work it can be.... but I thought I today I would post a quick note.

 I'm "redoing" a small part of my craft room. You can see the Video of my craft room if you click on on our scrapbooking room tab.
 I have a shelf that I'm taking out of my kitchen and putting it in my scrapbooking room.
 Next week I will either have some pictures to share with you or I will do another video.

 Have a great weekend everyone.
 Tina

Friday, October 15, 2010

Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,
 Here is a card that I made this week. It had to split this video into 2 parts because its so long. Sorry. I'm new too all this video stuff!

 Here it is.

Part 2


Thanks - have a great weekend everyone, check back on Sunday for some more basic scrapbooking tips.

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