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Whew, October is over and it sure was a busy month! We had a really fun Halloween (oh, and thanks for all the nice comments about the face painting on my daughter Leah. No, I didn’t actually paint it. She had it done by a professional face painter at a party). We also celebrated Maya’s first birthday with our own neighborhood pumpkin painting party and I finally finished this book(boy, was it a hefty one).

Some time was spent at the local cider mill and we even attempted a corn maze. All in all, a lot of our October was spent outdoors and it was a great way for us to have some quality family time together. 

In the evenings (and if Maya takes a long afternoon nap) I have been working a lot on some new digital scrapbook pages. I am really enjoying scrapbooking digitally (love the fact that you can re-use digital paper and elements and that there is no mess involved)! I did this quick page just last night. You can see all of us out trick-or-treating with my girlfriend Debbie and her daughter.

I even subscribed recently to a national digital scrapbooking magazine and on a whim entered two layouts for possible publication. Imagine my surprise to find out via e-mail yesterday that one of my layouts has been chosen for publication in the magazine this spring! I can’t give out any more details right now, but I will definitely let you know how to find my layout once it is printed.

How was your October?


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Going digital (some more)

Using the freebie digital kit found at scrapartist.com, I created this page in under an hour.

Since I am so far behind on my current chronological scrapbook, and already have the pictures printed out and a decent amount of scrapbooking supplies, I will continue to do traditional scrapbooking until I catch up to June 2007. In the meantime, I will probably be going all digital, starting with my adoption album and our trip to China this past July. In fact, last night I bought two digital scrapbooking kits from theshabbyshoppe.com.

I’ll probably use the more colorful one for everyday, whimsical pages.

[ Smarshmallows ] 

This one below I will be using for my China album.

[ Organic ] 

The great thing is that once you purchase a kit, or even just a piece of paper, they can all be re-used and you don’t have to stick with what was in the kit – mix and match what you like! Oh, and I brought my first digital page to Staples and they printed it out for me on photo paper for around $2. It came out beautifully!

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Going digital

I love to scrapbook, but always seem so far behind and never able to catch up. Having two kids, the youngest who like to grab and try to eat every little thing laying around the house, doesn’t make it any easier. While meeting my mother at a bookstore this weekend, I picked up a digital scrapbooking magazine. After jotting down some suggested websites, I sat down this evening determined to make my first digital scrapbook page. 

I already have Photoshop CS on my computer, needing it for my graphic design classes, and found this very informative tutorial at The Shabby Shoppe website. After downloading the free Festival papers and embelishments from Shabby Princess, I got started. I am really pleased with the way this turned out and it was nice not to get my hands (or the top of my dining room table) dirty. I hope to actually print this out within the next few days and can’t wait to see what the quality is like. Who knows, maybe I’ll be staying up late over the next few weeks scrapbooking, rather than my typical blogging. 🙂

For more tutorials, check out Two Peas.

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Here are two more pages from our Jamaica scrapbook. A few of you mentioned how you would like to get started srapbooking. It has been a hobby of mine since my daughter was born five years ago. I started with her “baby” album and have been keeping a chronological album ever since. Last year I started a “home-improvement” scrapbook to showcase all my husbands handy work around the house. I also (starting with our vacation last May in Hawaii) began to put our vacation pictures in smaller, separate scrapbooks from my chronological scrapbook. Why? Generally I like to use a 12×12 format for my chronological scrapbook, but for vacations I tend to use smaller scrapbooks (this one being 81/2&11) making it easier and quicker to finish.

Want to try your hand at scrapbooking too? Do you like to work with your hands (cutting, gluing, etc.) or are you more comfortable on a computer keyboard? Would you mind spending an evening just to complete a double-page layout or are you more inclined to spend time in front of your computer? I myself am a hands-on person who loves to shop for pretty stickers and paper. Scrapbooking by hand is WAY time consuming, but is very rewarding. Digital scrapbooking can also be rewarding and tends to be a lot quicker.

jamaicascrapbk0002.jpgTo be honest, every once in a while I am tempted to try my hand at digital scrapbooking. I do use the computer for some of my layouts already (the large circle in the second layout was done using a computer font which was then printed out on my scrapbooking paper). Digital layouts are beautiful and a whole lot faster to complete. In the end though I always find myself going back to scrapbooking by hand. I guess I spend enough time in front of my computer screen blogging and working on homework assignments that it is nice to use some paper and scissors to create something beautiful.

Oh, and just in case you were interested (I know that it is hard to read), the text inside the circle says “If there was one thing that Leah enjoyed on our trip, it was definitely the POOL. She even took off her “bubbles” and swam all by herself.”

Coming up in the next few posts – two new recipes that take advantage of strawberry season and hopefully a few more scrapbooking pages!

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NEW! MAR-12x12 Girl Scout Scrapbook

I have fond memories of being a Girl Scout when I was a child. I remember going on weekend trips with the Scouts and my Mom (who always volunteered to be a chaperon) to Washington D.C., Salem Massachusetts and even the Amish town of Intercourse Pennsylvania (yes, there really is a town called Intercourse). We also enjoyed many camping trips with our troop.

My daughter will be entering Kindergarten this September and that puts her at the right age for starting out in the scouts. At five years old, you start out as a Daisy, then move up to a Brownie, then become a full fledged Girl Scout. I just found this collection of Girl Scout scrapbooking supplies from K&Company. Aren’t they beautiful? I’m tempted to purchase the albums and supplies now, just in case they are no longer available once she starts to program.

jamaica scrapbookThere hasn’t been much crafty stuff going on around here. I did work a little bit on our vacation scrapbook last night (this is the first page in the scrapbook – I’ve completed three) and hope to get in an hour or two tonight. I will try to scan my favorites as I go along. My regular yearly scrapbook has fallen way behind and I haven’t even opened the home improvement scrapbook in a long time.

I have been reading quite a bit though, having just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and starting Moloka’i by Alan Brennert for a neighborhood book club I recently started. If you like to read, feel free to stop by my book blog and join us for our monthly discussion on books. You can also find reviews of all the books I have been reading in the “book reviews” category.

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Inspired by the cool list that The Psychotic Hobbyist put together, I am putting in writing my craft goals for 2007.  Am I actually going to make or work on all these things? Maybe not. But it may be fun to look back at this list in December and see how I really did!

Scrapbooking  I was lucky to be able to attend a scrapbooking weekend this past November and in doing so I caught up on a whole years worth of scrapbooking. Even so, I am still a year behind (currently working on pages from Christmas of 2005). My goal is not only to catch up with my chronological scrapbook, but to continue working on our home improvement scrapbook and put together this cute little cat scrapbook kit that I recently bought.

Knitting – I have been inspired by the beautiful book Knitting for Peace and would love to make at least two of the items showcased. Specifically the Project Linus blanket and one of the Eyelet hats for Chemo Caps. Speaking of hats, I really need to make one that actually looks good on my husband. I have this strange knack for picking out hat patterns, knitting them with “manly” colored yarn (think camouflage) and then have them still come out a little bit on the “girly” side. Which means I have a lot of very warm hats for myself, none of them in very feminine colors. Oh, and I did promise to knit up a hat for my exchange student (I really forgot about that one)!

Also, I need to get on the ball and finish my first ever sweater, being made for the child we are in the process of adopting from China. We still have a wait ahead of us, so to be honest I am not in a big rush. Made with the very soft Cashmerino Aran yarn, it should be a really sweet (and comfy) sweater when finished.

Having said that, Leah has been itching for me to make something (other than the usual hat) for her. In The Yarn Girl’s Guide to Older Kids Knits, which I got for Christmas, I found a cute pattern for a girls knitted spring dress. My daughter is a BIG dress type of girl and once she saw that she nearly flipped. This one is definitely high on my “to do” list.

I have been having fun making those felted Sophie Bags and have almost completed my third one. I probably will make a few more in 2007.

Lastly, for myself, I would like to try to make a pair of fingerless gloves. I have already printed out a copy of this pattern and am just waiting for my next trip to the yarn shop.

Cooking – This is a pretty easy one to keep, because I have to cook for my family anyway. I would like to entertain a little more. I show love through the food I cook and I would like to share more with family and friends this year. 

Reading – I read a lot of book blogs for two reasons. First, I am an avid reader and am just amazed at all the really well written and honest book reviews people put on their blogs. The second reason has to do with the fact that I am required to read at least one book a month for my on-line book club The Written Word. It wouldn’t be very fair for the moderator to not even read the book that we will all be discussing. I guess my resolution would be to make more time to read, like the woman at Bookmark My Heart, who read a whopping 105 books last year! OK, maybe not that many…

Sewing – I used a sewing machine briefly during my home economics class in seventh grade. We had to make a skirt (mine was black, grey and white vertical stripes). It came out so bad that I refused to wear it to school, which was a requirement to get a good grade. Needless to say, I didn’t really excel in that class. Recently, I decided to try my hand at sewing again. This past fall, my mother helped me make two small stuffed animals. I would like to continue to learn more about patterns, fabric and how to actually thread the sewing machine needle. I think it would be a blast to make some of the really funky stuffed toys in the book Plush-o-rama. Click here to see inside the book.

By the way, can you guys see the new header I put up? That’s my cat, Dumpling. She looks sweet, doesn’t she? Don’t be fooled, she is one nasty little bugger. She sure is lucky that my husband has a soft spot for her, the little pain-in-the-butt. 🙂

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Happy New Year!!

Looking back on Christmas, I found that out of all the gifts Leah received there are three that were the biggest hits.

First was a set of Magnetics from her Uncle Robert. I know, they are not recommended for young kids because of the chocking hazard, but Leah is at the age that we don’t have to be so concerned about that. She just loves to build with these things. At night, after Leah has snuggled down to sleep, our foreign exchange student plays with them. Each morning we wake up to an elaborate creation (a mini two story house, slide and little swing set to name just a few). Any toy that keeps a preschooler AND teenager happy for hours on end is a winner in my book!

The Giggle Gear Mega Mask by Cranium and the portable air hockey/pinball machine have also been getting a lot of use lately.

Some of my gifts included two really great knitting books from my parents and also a scanner from my husband. As soon as we get it hooked up I can then scan in some of my scrapbooking pages I worked on while at that scrapbooking retreat in November.

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