Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Digi Scrap Freebies from My Memories

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there are general files for use with other programs.

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 192 page elements

quick page


Sympathy Card 2

Another fairly simple sympathy card.

The embossed background has such depth and detail.

There is paper piercing around the tag
(not in this photo, I added it afterwards).

Today's just for fun photo is of my cat,
peering out at the freshly fallen snow.

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sympathy Card 1

I've never kept sympathy cards in stock, 
but after needing two already this year, 
I think that I ought to start keeping a couple on hand.

I made 7 of them this past weekend,
this card is by far the easiest of them.
This is also a good one to mail,
not requiring extra postage.

The image was heat embossed gold
onto vanilla card stock then layered
on metallic gold cardstock.

All images and supplies were from Stampin' Up!

Going through some recent digi photos, 
I decided to share some over these next few post.

This photo is of a cat that has been hanging around
our house and barn the past couple of weeks.
I snapped this photo of it as it sat outside a window,
for a good half hour, just peering in at us.
I thought my cat would have a good stare down
with it through the window, but she did not.
I joked that if it continued to hang around,
I may have to name it:
"Bond...... James Bond"
It has a little "tuxedo jacket over white shirt" fur. 
I believe it is probably a male that is hoping to
hook up with the neighbors two female cats that are not spayed.
We have seen numerous cats come and go over the years,
always assuming that they are males looking for a girlfriend ;) 

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Or as I often find myself saying, especially looking back at old photos (when it was costly for a young stay at home mom to buy and develop 35mm camera film) : not nearly enough photos of my babies!

I don't make resolutions, but if I did, one for this year would be to FINALLY get decades worth of photos put in albums. I'm off to a decent start, spending these first two weeks of the new year dismantling the kids baby/toddler photo albums.

one of two shoe boxes full of photos removed from albums

WHY take photos out of albums if the goal is to get them into albums and out of boxes you ask ?
There were a couple of reasons I decided to make more work for myself with this project. The first is that several of the pages are damaged, photos were not staying in the pockets very well. Nearly all of the pages in one of the albums needs to be repaired so they will stay in the album cover. It was dropped years ago, the weight of all the pages tore the holes in the plastic pages. Since these types of albums are no longer available (perfectly sized for 3 1/2" x 5" photos, six per page) and I made a custom fabric cover for it, I would really like to keep it.

 I wonder if office supply hole reinforcements would work?
I may end up cutting thin strips of white Gorilla Glue tape.

The second reason why I took photos out of the albums is so I can put them back in with journaling cards added in places.  There are also screen shots of old video that I am going to have printed (not at all the best quality, but the only photos I will have of certain milestones) that need to be put into these albums, causing me to reorder photos. This will fill the albums faster, leaving dozens left over that will need to be put into another album. Since I've not put any photos past the first 5 years of being a Mom, then I can start by adding the leftovers in the new albums, journaling cards and then start in on the numerous boxes of photos ! I want to put photos in the albums in chronological order. Whew !

I started by making actual scrapbook pages, pretty simple ones, of the few photos I had from my pregnancy and the birth of my first child. I soon switched to basic pocket albums. Although scrapping is fun, it does take quite a bit of time and the completed pages take up a lot more space !

Just 30 pages filled a post bound album, busting it at the seams even with extenders added ! I also worry that the various embellishments may damage photos over time ( I try to align them as best I can on the opposite page to hopefully not press against the photos). I'll share a few of the pages at some point, but most are really super simple and plain.

So, yes, it is going to be a very time consuming project, one I have put off for far, far too long.
Because I am determined to work on this long term project as much as possible this year,  I've decided to not participate in as many challenges or work on several design teams as I have in the past.  That being said, I don't plan on posting/blogging as many projects this year (of course that may change, I've sooooo many things I want to make!).

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quick Get Well Card

 A fairly quick card I made to send to an Aunt recently.

Image is an oldie from Stampin' Up!