Monday, December 3, 2012

Upcycling Magic

As any paper crafter knows, it's an expensive hobby.  Luckly we are a creative and crafty bunch and tend to find was around paying full price or even using the "store bought" versions of things that we want.  With Thanksgiving now behind us, I figured it was a good time to show off my holiday centerpiece before I packed it away.

 
I am a very simple person so most of my crafts and projects tend to have the same easy feeling.  For this wonderful centerpiece I turned seven old soup cans into a festive work of art!  I chose all fall colors for the centerpiece and added a simple flower arrangement to the top to finish it off.
 
 
With a few quick and easy steps I wrapped each can with cardstock adorn with fall leaves then wrapped a strip of burlap around the bottom of each.


 To mimic the floral arrangement I made a few dozen cardstock roses to trim the bottom of the centerpiece.  And voila!  I beautiful holdiay centerpiece.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nature on Parade

Hello All-
 
There's nothing about the great outdoors that I don't love.  The warmpth of the sun on my cheeks, the fresh smell of rain.  Nature is amazing!  However most of us are too busy with our daily lives to pay any attention to the wealth all around us. Growing up in central Cali I was outside all of the time so in celebration of the great outdoors today's post features LOs from great places I have been.
 
My family owns a bit of land up by Chico, CA.  It's set way back in the mountains, has several cabins and offers year round activities.  It was one of my favorite places to go as a child.  We'd spend hours hiking trails or swimming in the creek,  digging history out of the dirt or haning around the fire pit.
 
The only place I loved more than our family cabin was Fort Bragg.  I can 't resist the draw of the ocean.  It's beauty and energy amaze me no matter how many times I visit.
 
 
With years and marriage I've moved around quite a bit and have yet to find a place that I would love to call home, though each place has left a bounty of wonderful memories with me.  In Missisippi we had a bird's eye view in our 10th story studio appartment.  It was litterally across the street from the beach.  Our entire back wall was glass and looked out over the gulf.  It was heaven watching the sunset every night from our balcony.
 
The New Mexico desert offered White Sands National Park, white sand as far as the eye can see and Cloudcroft, a rustic mountian town.
 
Las Vegas is our latest stop and though it isn't one of my favorite places, the sun and heat make most outdoor activities rather unpleasant, I have found some places that I do love.   
 
Red Rock Canyon is a spectacular national park.  There are tons of hiking trails, rock climbing and numerous excellent photography locations.  The key to enjoying this wonderful place is to go in March or September when the weather is cooler; a cloudy day doesn't hurt either.
 
And my favorite place in Vegas is Aliante Park, I have a thing for water.  This park may be man-made but it is beautiful and when I'm there I can almost forget that I'm in the desert.  My favorite thing about the park as you can guess is the giant waterfall. I love to sit at the base of it and just listen to its calming rhythm.  There are hundreds of turtles and birds that call this park home and if you're quite enough you can get great photos of them. 
 
 
If you're not the great outdoors-man, I hope you can enjoy the beauty of nature through these LOs.  And if you are I hope that you continue to bask in the many wonders of our world.  Our world is precious and something to be enjoyed so why not slow down and take a look around!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Good morning crafters!

Thanksgiving has filled me with joy, laughter and tons of yummy food.  And though this scrapbooker enjoys not fighting the chaos and crowds of black Friday I know that many of you are out and about hunting down those wondrous treasures.  I wish you all the best of luck in finding everything you seek and hope that everyone returns home safely from their adventures.

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure, a sense of nothing having been done before, of complete freedom to experiment...
-- Alfred North Whitehead

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Giving Thanks

Alright all, here it is Simply Scrappy's first prize raffle!

How to play!
The first person to leave 10 comments will win this wonderful mini card set:
 
Rules: 
Raffle runs 11/13/12 to 11/21/12.  Once you've made your 10 comments, message me your email address.  Emails will only be used to notify the raffle winner.  Prize will be sent out after Thanksgiving.

Fall Into Cropping

I just can't get enough of good friends and scrapbooking!  Not only do I host a monthly crop night at Michaels I also hold one at my house every other month.  Each month has a special theme and we all get together to have a great time laughing, cropping and eating.  With fall in the air September's crop was of course fall themed.
 
I used my Autumn Celebrations Cricut cartridge to make fun name tags, food tags, festive bingo boards and a super cute fall banner to adorn the wall. 
 

And what crop would be complete without a LO to show it off!  I chose to keep the LO pretty simple so it wouldn't compete with my favorite fall PP.  I added just a pop of color with the bright green and threw in some deep reds just for fun.  I used my Bloom Cricut cartridge and the leftover leaves from our bingo boards to add the perfect fall touch to finish off the LO.

October's Crop Night

Every month I host a crop night at my local Michaels.  I enjoy getting to spend time with friends and meeting new ones!  This wonderful 5 hour event gives me the opportunities to express my passion for scrapbooking with others and allows them to share their lives with me.


I have met many wonderful, creative women through my love of scrapbooking and I always enjoy finding someone new to share with.  Scrapbookers are a fantastic group of woman with tons of joy, friendship, support and energy that the willingly share with open hearts.

The inspiration for my LO colors were these wonderful Twinkle Motifs that I picked up from the CK convention back in June.  Being two of my favorite colors I just couldn't resist using them.
In addition to the Twinkle Motifs I needed to add some pizazz to my papers since I'd chosen to use all solid colors and no PP.  For the hot pink paper I chose an almost perfect match of ink so the images would blend into the paper not pop out.  I kept the same floral pattern as the motifs and stamped all over the page.  Creating my very own special and unique PP!


I continued the stamped effect to my green page but decided to give it a little more "wow" by stamping in a darker ink so the image would be front and center on the paper.


My page now embodies the bright and beautiful essence of the wonderful woman with whom I crop.  They truly are magnificent!



The Run Around

My puppies are a huge part of my life.  They bring me great joy and peace.  So naturally the star in hundreds of my LOs.  My sweet Shadow is an excitable, playful 9 year old Cocker Spaniel and my lovie Coco is a clam, laid back 8 1/2 year old Terrier/Chow mix.  On occasion Coco gets in a very playful mood and she chases Shadow around the yard playing "tag".  It is hilarious to watch him as he does his famous "run by barkings" as he tries to avoid her. 

Ninety percent of the time these play sessions don't last long enough for me to get my camera and I miss out on whimsical LO opportunities.  Luckily things have a way of working themselves out and I was sitting outside with my camera the other day when they decided to have some fun!

 
As I watched, laughed and took dozens of photos of this rare event, the perfect LO idea struck me.  I have a film strip embellishment upstairs that I've never had a LO for!  With all the action shots I got a decided that this was going to be the perfect LO for such and embellishment. 
 


Keeping with the beautiful day we were having I added a subtle background and some flower clusters. Using my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge I cut a black shadow for my words and then added a top layer from my background giving the title a great pop-out look.  To finish off this action packed LO, I used my journaling space to describe the LO as a movie! 


I love the way it all came together!  Have a wonderful and crafty day y'all.

Yummy Cookies

I love baking and one of my favorite things to bake are cookies.  Being a scrapbooker I usually take photos of everything that goes on in a typical day.  However I've never been able to get photos of myself baking cookies. 

Until last week!  With my mom visiting, I finally had someone available to take pictures for me and voila!  I was able to make a super cute LO all about my love of making cookies.


Since I love color I decided to add a much needed "pop" to my otherwise subtle background choices and added in some butterfly PP to add some flair.  As a finishing touch I used my Pooh Font Set Cricut cartridge and an acid free marker to make a yummy cookie title.


What a delicious LO!  Makes me wanna start baking some more cookies.  I hope y'all enjoy this project and that it inspires you to get creative; whether you bake, scrapbook or just enjoy life. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Happy Friday guys and gals!

Anther wonderful week has flown by and the year is drawing to a close.  So far this year has been a productive one for me and its only getting better.  I'm well on my way in my online classes, I'm getting my new business up and running but most importantly I'm living life to the fullest.  I've made wonderful friends, improved my marriage, am spending time with my mother, and most important enjoying what I'm doing.

As we reflect on days gone by, we learn that it's the shared moments and simple pleasures that matter most of all.
-- Flavia

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Little Monster

Happy Halloween everyone!

No Halloween is complete without a LO...so here is one of mine.

 
This whimsical LO is super simple with lots of possiblity for further embellishment.


To add alittle extra to this easy LO I made Freckles from my Happy Hauntings cartridge.  Freckles gives the page a simple kid-friendly feeling.  Plus he's super cute!

Hope you all enjoy the layout and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simply Scrappy on Facebook

I am so excited to announce that Simply Scrappy is now on Facebook!  Here you can find my current events page, fun ideas and wonderful inspiration!  Come join the fun!

www.facebook.com/simplyscrappymg

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Happy Friday guys!

Another week has flown right passed.  Between work and classes I always try to squeeze in some craft time.  I got several of my upcoming craft fair projects done, got my teaching schedule and projects organized for the next two months and began working out the last little details for my (coming soon) "Techniques to You" at home parties.  Can't wait to get those started!  I hope that all of your weeks were filled with joy and accomplishment as well.

"As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time."
-- Mason

A Helping Hand

Helping someone out not only puts a smile on that person's face but should also put one on yours.  An act of kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can give someone and ourselves.  It will improve your mood, give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, and ulitmately lead to a better society altogether.  As a part of the retail workforce for nearly 10 years now, I've seen and experienced the satisfaction that helpping someone else can accomplish. 

Back on August 28th I had a customer shopping around in the frame shop at the Michaels I work at.  She was carrying around a canvas and looking at ready made floor frames.  Being in customer service as long as I have a naturally have a tendency to say hello (and smile) to everyone I pass by.  So I approached this woman and said "hello."  She was extremely happy that I stopped by and as I began talking to her I could clearly see that she was in need of some help.  After about an hour I finally got everything the way she wanted it and she left the store with a perfect piece of artwork.  She was so greatful for all my help that she even hugged me on her way out. 

Her friendly gesture, made me remember that even a small gesture (like offering someone help, saying hello with a genuine smile or even showing gratitude) can have a major inpact on someones day.  My SM happened to catch the greatful hug and was very pleased with me once he found out the story behind it.  And as usual the story spread (as they often do) around the store and put all our employees in a more helpful and productive mood.  Who doesn't want everyone to know that they are doing great things!

Anyways, yesterday as I was leaving the store my CEM handed me the following note.

"This recognition is for Misty in framing.  Today is Tues. 8/28/12 and I came in to have a picture framed, with no idea of matting or colors.  She saw me persuing the frames and she approached me and helped me to choose.  My painting was framed, and I love it, with a double mat and she even did something extra as I requested.  I can't thank Misty enough for all her help.
Thank you,
Susan Estes"

As I read over the note I could clearly remember the customer and our expierence together.  She not only put me in a wonderful mood that day but she continued to do so yesterday when I read the note and again when I was informed that this note had helped get me chosen to be the employee of the month for September. 

So to Susan I must say thank you so much for all your kind words!

Spooktackular Greetings

Greeting cards don't have to be a time-consuming chore...you can make some super cute and easy greeting cards in ten minutes or less.  Here's my Halloween set.
 
I first saw this "Ghostly Glow" card in a copy of 100 Great Ways to Make Cards by Shirley Toogood.  It was so simple and totally cute.  I decided to make a smaller version using a ghost that I cut from my Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge then added the glow affect around my ghosts with white Inkadinkadoo chalk.
 
With my "Ghosties" card all finished up I moved on to my "Trick or Treat" card.  I cut a very simple tag from my Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge then added a tie-dye like effect around the card's border with my Inkadinkadoo chalk.  To finish it off I added a pop of green ribbon.

 
Each card took me only 7 minutes to complete and turned out perfectly playful.  I hope ya'll have a safe and happy Halloween!
 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Year Goal

With the holidays rapidly approaching I've begun to formulate my New Years resolution.  This year I started a long journey of self-improvement.  I am making great progress in most areas but I feel like there are plenty of other areas in my life that can use some improvement.  One of them is my finances.  Its not like a am hurting for money or never have enough but I feel like I am always overspending.   It has been something that I can't seem to get out of my head lately so now I've decided to make it my personal goal for 2013 to spend less, well more wisely actually.

I am one of those people, and there are tons of us, who see something I want and just buy it; thinking "It's so cute/pretty, one day I'll find some way to use it."  Then what happens???  I buy it, take it home and find it months later still unused!  This is especially true when it comes to my scrapbooking addiction.  The scrapbooking industry has so many great new things that come out on a daily basis that I'm constantly buying everything and trying to keep up.

Well this has got to stop!  I want to be more financially secure so something's got to give and it's definitely not going to be my scrapbooking....I love it way to much to let it go.  So in order to keep the hobby that I love, I've decided just to be more money smart with my shopping habits.  I plan to use coupons more often, only hit sales, never pay full price for anything and most importantly stop buying the "pretty" things that I don't need. 

Next year is all about simplifying!  Wish me luck!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Happy Friday ladies and gents!

With the holidays right around the corner and my new business getting underway I spent my extra time this week working on new products.  I will be attending several craft fairs in the coming months and need to be ready.  I love the holidays and can't wait to share my paper crafting hobby with others!
Hope your week was full of great opportunities.


Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
-- Virginia Woolf

Thursday, October 18, 2012

OMG!

I finally got one of my layouts done that I just had to share with all of you! 

Last September the Cricut company (Provo Craft) held a Cricut Anniversary Promotion that I thought that it would be fun to enter.  So I filled out the entries and waited.  Five long months later I received an email announcing that I had won the $5000 craft room makeover!!!!  I couldn't believe it. 

To be perfectly honest it had been so long since I'd entered I'd forgotten I had.  Since I'd never won anything before in my life, my realist side stepped in and I contacted the Cricut legal department to verify that the email was not a mistake or scam.  After several days of verification I got the thumbs up....it was real and I had won!!!

I began talking to one of the representatives about how I wanted to spend the $5000 dollars.  The company was fantastic, they even let me pick out exactly what I wanted!!!  Since my craft room was completely upgraded already I decided to ask for merchandise.  You can imagine my joy when 7 large boxes arrived at my place in March. 

I received a Cuttlebug with 17 folders, 64 Cricut cartridges, 3 E2s (one of which is now my little sisters), a Gypsy, a Cricut mini, and an Imagine with 3 image cartridges and 6 ink cartridges. 

 
It was a great day!  Thanks so very much Provo Craft!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Scrapbooking Journey

I have always been crazy about taking photos.  It started out when I was in my pre-teens and has only gotten more obsessive since.   When I first started I had those old photo albums, you know the ones (self adhesive, thin card board, ruins your photos!).  Anyways, back when I started that was all that I had around the house and sometimes you just gotta use what you have.  Besides, back then I'd never even heard of scrapbooking let alone how to keep my photos preserved.  I took them because it is what I loved to do.

Having so many photos I adopted a collage style album...all my photos were cropped super tiny and stuffed together on every page with no rhyme or reason, as long as they all fit. 


One day after I'd been married a few years we moved to Hollman AFB and a spouse of one of my husband's friends introduced me to SCRAPBOOKING!  All the embellishments, the colors, the paper!!!  I was hooked.  I began tearing all my old photos out of albums and organizing them to use on my pages.  Then I took my first shopping trip...man is this hobby expensive!  Having a very limited budget and starting out with nothing (but photos of course)  I stuck to the basics.  I'm naturally a very symmetrical person with simple style and my early scrap layouts cearly showed this...
 

My early layouts lack pretty patterned paper, gorgeous embellishments and most importantly journaling but at least my photos finally felt like they had a purpose and were telling a more structured story.  I continued with this style for several long years....never really satisfied with my work.  They were good but not great!  I'd finish them quickly... then bury them away in a closet somewhere.  Then one day I stumbled upon a website that talked about scrapbooking for a living...I'd never even given that a thought.  Could I really make a living doing something I loved?  Well I guess anything is possible.  I knew that in order to do this I would definately have to improve my skills and finally get to a point where I absolutely loved my pages.  I started a long search around the net and finally found a website that taught you basic scrapbooking and certified you to be a scrapbook instructor.  I was estatic!!!  I contacted the company and started training immediately...I couldn't wait.  I'd been working in retail for almost 10 years and wanted to broaden my horizons. 

Luckily for me, we'd moved into our new home and they were building a Michaels (litterally) next door (it only takes me about 8 minutes to walk to!!!) and they were looking for an instructor.  After recieving my certification I applied for the job.  I was so happy the day I got hired... and again started a long journey on improving my pages.  I tore my pages apart...reworked them and put them back together, appling all the new things I'd learned.  Finally they were beautiful to me...I'd finally gotten my skills to what I felt was a true display of my creativity. 

My style is still simple and I still LOVE symmetry but I'm able to express myself better and I'm no longer afraid to try things that might not work.  I play with strange color combos and unusual layouts, I make my own embellishments and make sure the story is written on every page.  I take time to learn new tips and techniques and figure out what works best for me.  It has been a great journey and I am proud to share it with all of my new students!
 

Most of them start out the same way I did (we all do) and I am honored that I can be there to help them achieve their scrapbooking goals and become the artists they really are!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Greetings all!

Another week has come and gone....where does the time go.  I had a fun and productive week; completed several lessons in my online class, had plenty of craft time and enjoyed the great outdoors with my mom.  It was a great week and tomorrow will be just as good!  I hope that ya'll had a great week and that your weekend only gets better.

A moment lasts all of that second, but the memory lives on forever.
-- Author Unknown

Fabulous Students

I love scrapbooking!  It is one of my favorite hobbies and I love sharing all the new things I learn with others.  That's why I love working at Michaels as a "paper crafts" instructor.  I get to share my passion for paper crafts with others who share the hobby or are just getting started.  It also allows me to connect with people and to make some great friends along the way.  In honor of my students and the classes they take I make pages for each of them, showcasing their beautiful projects!

Here are my latest pages:




I hope they inspire you to stop by and see me, take a class or just make something crafty!

Who wants free stuff?

October's crop night is coming up 10/20/12 from 4-8:45pm. Crop nights are great social events, bring your friends or meet some new ones.  We have a fantastic time hanging out and occasionally completing a project.  For only $5 you bring all your own supplies but also get to enjoy the use of our Cricut machines and punches.  I also offer door prizes and raffles every month!  This months raffle prizes include 1- K & Company Susan Winget paper pk (36 sheets) and 2- Recollections Regent Street paper pks (48 sheets). Come join the fun!!

Location:
Michaels
6990 North 5th
North Las Vegas, NV
89084

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blogs I Love

One of my friends loves to say "sharing is caring" so today I want to share all my favorite blog sites with all of you.  I hope that you guys enjoy them as much as I do!

Graphic 45
http://g45papers.typepad.com/

Bo Bunny
http://www.bobunny.blogspot.com/

Heidi Swapp
http://www.heidiswapp.com/blog/

My Craft Chanel
http://mycraftchannelblog.blogspot.com/

Best Creations Inc.
http://bestcreationinc.blogspot.com/

Hot off the Press
http://blog.paperwishes.com/

Little Yellow Bicycle
http://littleyellowbicycle.typepad.com/

Keller's Creations
http://kellerscreations.blogspot.com/

Audrey Pettit
http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/

Sherrill Graff
http://latenightstamper1.blogspot.com/
http://parttimepapercraft.blogspot.com/

Ranger Ink
http://rangerink.com/blog/

Dream Weaver Stencils
http://dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com

Erlinda Ramirez
http://stampinwitheerlinda.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Aimee Copeland

Have you guys heard the amazing and inspirational story of Aimee Copeland?  She is a 24 year old woman who lost her hands, both feet and her entire right leg to a flesh-eating bacteria last spring.  I saw her last month on Katie Couric's new show Katie and was completely astounded.  Her story was so tragic and painful yet her spirit shined through and inspired me the most.  Katie even asked her if she'd ever felt like just dying.

Her answer "I love life. It's a beautiful thing... even more so now, senses are so deepened." "Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful."

Not that many of us would be able to answer with the same love of life she showed.  Aimee is a truly amazing woman and I personally feel I could learn a lot from her and her experience.  I've been unable to stop thinking about her inspiring spirit especially when I'm having a bad day.  When I feel like things are going bad for me I stop and think about Aimee.  Life gave her lemons and she is determined to make lemonade everyday.  Life is what we make of it...our attitude is what determines how things will go, why shouldn't we appreciate the things we have even when they don't seem that great to us!?!

Thanks Aimee for giving me a new view of life and for sharing your story with the world.  And Aimee if you ever happen by here and see this I wish you all the very best life has to offer a wonderful woman like yourself!

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hello all!

Incase you didn't know, today is World Card Making day!  In honor of the event my mom and I spent a fun day making various Christmas cards for the Operation Christmas Cards 2012 drive.


Here's some fun facts about World Card Making day.

World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.

Celebrating its seventh year in 2012, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making communityhobbyists, retailers, and manufacturersto unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making.

*This insert was collected from http://www.worldcardmakingday.com/index.html Please stop by their fabulous site for inspiration and other great information.

Here's some great info. about Operation Christmas Cards incase you'd like to help out and make donations!

Our Mission:
Our deployed military men and women go without the comforts of home, especially the love and support of family, friends and those they are defending. It is our mission to “love our troops one card at a time” to ensure that each of our service members know they are appreciated, supported and loved by the very people they are sacrificing their lives to fight for.
our History:


On September 7, 2009, Operation Christmas Cards was officially launched on Facebook by then 23 year old Amanda Sullivan to collect cards to send to our deployed military serving overseas. The idea first came to Amanda after attending a church service at Liberty Church in which Lead Pastor Will Bard told congregants about a sick child whose only desire was to receive 1,000 get well cards, resulting in 3,500 cards brought to this child. While out on medical leave and corresponding with a number of service members overseas who received little to no mail, Amanda felt that the members of the Liberty community would favorably respond to requests for Christmas cards for the men and women serving our country.
Amanda discussed this concept with Liberty's pastoral staff and it was agreed that Operation Christmas Cards would be launched at Liberty, where all the cards would be housed and prepared for shipment. With an estimated membership at Liberty of 2,000, the initial goal was set for 10,000 cards, a number worth attempting but one that appeared more optimistic than attainable. After just three short months of being identified as a cause on Facebook, more than 87,000 cards were sent in from all over the country and the world, while the cause membership climbed over 500,000 people.
Preparation for the second season of Operation Christmas Cards began a few months into 2010, with a new target of 100,000 cards. For those that had joined the cause on Facebook, weekly bulletins went out describing how people could participate through sending cards and or donations to help cover the tremendous shipping costs. Participants took this program out into their community and asked their schools, churches, families, businesses and more to help participate. One woman from North Carolina single-handedly collected 15,000 cards for our troops. Silicone bracelets inscribed with “Operation Christmas Cards” were sold to help raise funds both online and at Liberty Church. With the help of Facebook fans and Liberty Church members, more than $4,500 was raised for shipping and nearly 140,000 cards were shipped to deployed men and women serving this country for Christmas of 2010.

With the 2011 season came some changes. Operation Christmas Cards came under the umbrella of the New England Dream Center and a corporate partnership with EK Success Brands was formed. This resulted in card crafting classes at Michaels Craft Stores and a free card making day at all AC Moore's. The goal for the season was an impressive 175,000 cards which was far and away exceeded with over 315,000 cards for our troops!!

The 2012 season is now upon us and again our goal is 175,000 cards. For us here at OCC, it is not about the amount of cards that are received, its about the amount of cards that make it into the hands of our deployed men and women. With many troops returning home now, we will continue to mail cards to those abroad, but this year we will also mail cards to those on bases here within the US. Just because some troops may be "home" on US soil does not mean that they are truly home and with their families during the holidays.


*This insert was collected from http://www.operationchristmascard.org  Please visit this wonderful site for more information and specifics for making donations.  Donations can also be made at the North Las Vegas Michaels (6990 N 5th St.)





Friday, October 5, 2012

Inspirational Fridays

Happy Friday Everyone!

It has been a great week with tons of little surprises and new opportunities.  I hope that your week was full of many great things as well and that your weekend continues to be inspiring. 


A day without scrapbooking is a day without sunshine.

-- Author Unknown

No More Buts

Have you ever noticed how often we as a society say the word "but"? It is just one of the small pieces of a rapidly growing negativity in our society and one that we could all easily fix. I never paid much attention to how often I use the word or its negative effects on my attitude and life until I was reading my Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul and came across the following story by Robin Silverman. Though her story focuses mainly on kids, I've taken it as my personal challenge as part of my self improvement journey to try and use this word less (not at all if possible) in every asspect of my life and I extend the challenge to all of you.

"And, And, And

Peeking out from the corner of my desk blotter is a note, slowly yellowing and bent from time.

It is a card from my mother, containing only four sentences, but with enough impact to change my life forever.

In it, she praises my abilities as a writer without qualification. Each sentence is filled with love, offering specific examples of what my pursuit has meant to her and my father.

The word "but" never appears on the card. However the word "and" is there almost a half dozen times.

Every time I read it- which is almost every day- I am reminded to ask myself if I am doing the same thing for my daughters. I've asked myself how many times I've "but-ed" them, and me, out of happiness.

I hate to say that it's more often than I'd like to admit.

Although our eldest daughter usually got all As on her report card, there was never a semester when at least one teacher would not suggest that she talked to much in class. I always forgot to ask them if she was making improvent in controlling her behavior, if her comments contributed to the discussion in progress or encouraged a quieter child to talk. Instead, I would come home and greet her with, "Congratulations! Your dad and I are very proud of your accomplishments, but could you try to tone it down in class?"

The same was true of our younger daughter. Like her sister, she is a lovely, bright, articulate and friendly child. She also treats the floor of her room and the bathroom as a closet, which has provoked me to say on more than one occasion, "Yes, that project is great, but clean up your room!"

I've noticed that other parents do the same thing. "Our whole family was together for Christmas, but Kyle skipped out early to play his new computer game." "The hockey team won, but Mike should have made that last goal." "Amy's the homecoming queen, but now she wants twon hundred dollars to buy a new dress and shoes."

But, but, but.

Instead, what I learned from my mother is that if you really want love to flow to your children, start thinking "and, and, and...." instead.

For example: "Our whole family was together for Christmas, and Kyle mastered his new computer game before the night was through." "The hockey team won, and Mike did his best the whole game." "Amy's the homecoming queen, and she's going to look gorgeous!."

The fact is that "but" feels bad- "and" feels good. And when it comes to our children, feeling good is definitely the way to go. When they feel good about themselves and what they're doing, they do more of it, building their self-confidence, their judgement and their harmonious connections to others. When everything they say, think or do is qualified or put down in some way, their joy sours and their anger soars.

This is not to say that children don't need or won't respond to their parents' expectations. They do and they will, regardless of whether those expectations are good or bad. When those expectations are consistently bright and positive and then are taught, modeled and expressed, amazing things happen. "I see you made a mistake. And I know you are intelligent enough to figure out what you did wrong and make a better decision next time." Or, "You've been spending hours on that project, and I'd love to have you explain it to me." Or, "We work hard for our money, and I know you can help figure out a way to pay for what you want."

It's not enough just to say we love our children. In a time when frustration has grown fierce, we can no longer afford to limit love's expression. If we want to tone down the sound of violence in our society, we're going to have to turn up the volume on noticing, praising, guiding and participation in what is right with our children.

"No more buts!" is a clarion call for joy. It's also a challenge, the opportunity fresh before us every day to put our attention on what is good and promising about our children, and to believe with all our hearts that they will eventually be able to see the same in us and the people with whom they will ultimately live, work and serve.

And if I ever forget, I have my mother's note to remind me."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Favorite Scrap Site

I love http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com  The women who frequent the site are fantastic, they are friendly, helpful and carring.  I love that I can form friendships with other scrapbookers that I otherwise would never meet. 

They understand when I need support or just want to share a laugh.  We are a special sisterhood of wonderful women and I am thankful to be included in such a wonderful group!

Life's a Journey

Life's a journey and we all know it's far from perfect so why do 90% of us only scrapbook the good things; it's like leaving out half of the story. The bad, scray or seemingly unimportant things are hard, challenging or mundane but they make us who we are. A page about them shows others that we've accomplished/ overcome something and that we're not afraid of the bad days; they are just a normal part of everyone's life!

Here is a great example of my own: the worst day of my life!


I have two dogs, they are my babies. They've been with my husband and I for nine wonderful years and each came to us when they were just little pups. I can't express how much these dogs mean to me, they are my LIFE!!

One day last June I got up in the morning did my usual stuff and let my babies outside. That early in the morning the usually stay out for awhile while the weather is cool. So a few hours later I went to let them in and came to the horrible realization that our landscapers had left the gate unlatched and my dogs had run off. They could be anywhere at this point since they'd probably gotten out hours ago. Frantic, I went to my best friends house and recruited her husband to run around the neighborhood looking for them with me.

No signs of them. I returned home and immediately called the pound hoping they'd picked them up. Luck was with me, they'd managed to grab one of them...my happy, friendly, trusting Cocker Spaniel but my baby girl had tuck-tailed and run.

I was relieved that they had Shadow but terrified that my little Coco was out in the desert mid-day in 100+ weather all alone. I couldn't help but think of every bad thing that might happen to her. I've never prayed so hard or so much in all my life. I wanted my baby safe and back home.

After hours of searching, we'd all about given up as the sun started to go down. There would be no finding her in the dark. My husband suggested that my best friend and I go down the block and see if she'd managed to make it across the busy intersection to the new shopping center.

As we cruzed along the center lane I spotted her. She looked exhausted but other wise unharmed. I completely lost it at that point thinking only of getting her safely back home. I parked the car and jumped out calling for her. Dehyrated and scared she took off running. I could have died!!! There she was so close and she was running away, I was terrified that I'd lose her again and started to chase after her. Completely abandoning my car and best friend.

I chased her for more than a mile through a deserted desert field until (thank you lord!) she ran into a chainlength fence, gave up and laied down. After several excruciating minutes of coaxing my husband and I were able to get ahold of her and carry her back home.

Even though my story has a happy ending the event itself was tramatic for me but it also taught me several very important lessons and that is why I wrote about it. I was a changed person that day and this event is what 'caused it. Losing my dogs isn't something I want to relive everyday but it's something I never want to forget.

Holiday Card Class Promotion

Michaels is offering the Vintage Holiday Card Tricks Class for just $10 (reg. $25).  This great promotion runs September 30-October 27.  Sign up today!!!

October Classes I Offer at Michaels


October 6, 2012
Cricut Quilted Christmas Card Tricks 9-11am
Very Merry Card Tricks 11am-1pm
Classic Holiday Card Tricks 1-3pm
Punched Card Tricks 3:30-5:30pm
Vintage Holiday Card Tricks 5:30-7:30pm

October 13, 2012
Spotted Canary Scrapbook Class 9am-1pm
Stamping Gear 1-3pm
Tinkertime: Distress & Shimmer 3:30-5:30pm
Card Tricks 5:30-7:30pm
Cricut Test Drive 7:30-8:30pm

October 20, 2012
Spotted Canary Scrapbook Class (part 2) 9am-1pm
Martha Stewart Crafters Clay 1-3pm
Crop Night 4-8:45pm

October 27, 2012
SMASH, a class for Smash books 9-11am
Quilted Christmas Off the Page 11am-1pm
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page 1-3pm
Martha Stewart Glittering 1-3pm

For more great classes please visit http://www.michaels.com/Exciting-Classes/classes%2cdefault%2cpg.html

Nellis AFB Family Housing October Schedule


October 3, 2012
Scrapbook Course 11:30am-1pm
Cricut Savvy  1-2:30pm

October 10, 2012
Scrapbook Course 11:30am-1pm
Spooktackular Creative Greetings 1-2:30pm

October 17, 2012
Scrapbook Course 11:30am-1pm
My Little Monster Crafty Cricut 1-2:30pm

October 24, 2012
Scrapbook Course 11:30am-1pm
Jack-O-Lantern Votives 1-2:30pm
3D Pumpkins 4:30-5:30pm

October 26, 2012
Croppin’ Good Time 5-9pm

Sunday, September 30, 2012

CK Las Vegas

My little sister Amber flew out from Cali to join me at the CK Scrapbooking convention in Vegas this June.

It was both of our first time going to a convention and will definately not be our last. We had a fabulous time.  We took classes, shopped, met friends, and even volunteered. It was a great experience.

To showcase our wonderful time at the convention I created this whimsical LO.


 
I purchased the paper pack from Keller's Creations (acidfree.com) it is called the Augusta Collection.

What's Your Hobby

There are so many crafts and hobbies out there to choose from now and days; from jewlery to scrapbooking. Hearing what others do for fun is not only inspirational for me but also lets me connet with others. So what's your hobby and how long have you been doing it?

•I have been scrapping for nearly eleven years now.
•I also make cards and other paper crafts which I've been doing for almost five years.
•I love to design & sew clothing, something I've been doing for about fourteen years.
•I've been drawing since I was about 10, so almost twenty years.
•I make crochet afhgans and have been doing that for about 10 years.
•I've recently gotten into quilting (I've only made one!)
•I love making clay flowers and hope to get more involved with that since I've only been doing it about 2 months.
•I've been an enthusiastic photographer for nearly fifteen years.
•And lastly I am hoping to dabble in jewlery within the next year.

Love Deco

 
This is my latest distressed canvas project. I love the way it turned out. I can hang it on a wall or sit it on a counter or table.

For the letters I used a simple crackle technique. Just paint your project and let it dry. Then rub elemer's glue all over the top of the project and wait a few seconds. When the glues dried a little (not completely) add a second color of paint over the top. As the glue and paint dry they will crack...revealing the undercoat!



Hope you enjoy the new project and that it inspires you to create something beautiful!

Keeping in Touch

I wanted to upload my latest project. My twin sister and her four kids have lived in the same town in Cali their whole lives...until a few weeks ago. I kept racking my brain to come up with something that would make the move easier for the kids and came up with this.

First I purchased one of those pre-made magnetic dry erase boards on clearance at Michaels.

Next I used my Cricut to cut of all 50 states with my 50 States Cartridge.

Once they were all cut out I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the board and then again to seal them shut.

After I got that all finished up I printed my own catchy saying ("Families may move away...but their love grows stronger every day!") across the top and bottom and adhered/sealed it with the Mod Podge.

For the final personal touch I used glass circles purchased from craftfantastic.com with Aleene's Paper Glaze and small photos.

To finish it off I added thin magnet sheets to the back of each photo circle.

Now the kids can interact with the map, moving people around as they go about their lives and move around the country! They can also jot notes down around the map and pin things in the corkboard around the frame.

I hope that you all enjoy this wonderful project and that it inspires you to create something beautiful!

Getting Organized

Luckily for me, we bought a good sized house and I get to have my very own craftroom!  It started off completely empty and has been upgraded several times over the last two years....its still not finished!!

Here it is so far
 
Remember: The better your organization system, the more effective you and your pages will be! Setting up a permanent space, even if it's tiny, will save you tons of energy and give you more time to spend scrapping.

Creating what I love!

Do you wonder what scrapbooking is or if its the right hobby for you? Do you need a new hobby or a place to relax?

Scrapbooking is a creative hobby that helps to preserve your memories through art, writting and photography. It's a way to add a story and personal touch to your memorable moments. This simple and beautiful hobby lets you bring an occasion back to life for generations to share.

Scrapbooking allows you to relax as well as enjoy each moment of your creativity. It can be enjoyed alone or in groups and allows you to share these great moments of creation with your loved ones and friends. It is a wonderful hobby that allows you to express yourself and your personal style.

Here at Simply Scrappy I am focused on providing high-quality creativity and customer satisfaction. I will happily do everything I can to meet your expectations. With a variety of classes to choose from I'm sure you'll be happy working with me.

I've been a dedicated scrapbooker for over eleven years now. I love this hobby and learning all the latest tips, tools and techniques for it; which I will gladly pass on to you! I enjoy helping newcomers find a passion for scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting and more!

My ultimate goal is to promote creativity through fun and educational adult and children's classes and events. I am eager to share my addiction with you.

I am currently offering classes at the following locations:
North Las Vegas Michaels.
6990 N. 5th St. North Las Vegas, NV 89084
702-649-4910

Nellis Family Housing
4601 Richard Kisling Drive Las Vegas, NV 89115
(702) 677-3660

I am looking forward to the opportunity to inspire you and deliver the best creativity possible.