Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Spray if all over something to give it a "glow".
I sprayed this entire banner with Graphite for a spooky effect.
Use it to add "COLOR". Since Glimmer Mist also has a color component to it, you can use to add color to just about any project. I had some Prima Flowers that were not the correct colors for a page I was working on. So I misted them to make them the right colors. You can view the whole process in a tutorial I posted about Glimmer Misting Flowers.
Prima Marketing Inc also offers white flowers in their Festive Collection (they come in cute little cans!) that are PERFECT for Glimmer Misting. But if you don't have those on hand and have just any flowers, you can always recolor them with Glimmer Mist, given that the flowers are lighter than the mist you are using.
Use it to TONE IT DOWN a page or element. Just like you can brighten up paper with Glimmer Mist, you can tone down dark papers by using a lighter colored Mist.To tone down the black of the diecut paper on this page I first sprayed it with Pearl Glimmer Mist and then added it to the page.
Spray it on PLASTIC! I didn't think it would work the first time I tried it but it did! LOL I sprayed these stars on this layout and just let it set and the Mist dried, nice and sparkly too. Take a closer look at the beads and epoxy charms on the banner I posted above--they are also Glimmer Misted as well. The trick is letting it dry.
LAYER it! Use several colors of Glimmer Mist on the same element to create a greater depth of color. Use browns such as Gingerbread or Coffee Shop to achieve a more antiqued effect. I misted the flowers on this page first with each individual color. Those colors were too bright so then I misted them all with browns and they came out just right.
On this page I used Jazz Blue and Bubblegum Pink Glimmer Mist on Black Cardstock to create a fun sparkly background to complement the Thickers LettersI used on the title and the glitter on the star. Also Misted the butterfly diecut from My Mind's Eye:
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A man in
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this,' She calls
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay,' he says, 'they're coming for Christmas and paying their own way.'LOL!! I've seen this one before but it is just so clever I love it. I can see my parents pulling some shenanigan like this! One of my favorite things about the human race is that we can be so clever.
Want to make one too? She is offering a class this Sunday December 14 from 12-2 pm:
2284 Griffin Way, #104
Corona, CA 92879
((off 91 Freeway / McKinley)
Taught and Designed by Carol Small
P.S. I got everything on my list done and then some with Xaver's help last night. Woohoo! And I even got started early on setting up for Saturday.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
These photos are by Shawn of Gypsy Isle Photography, taken this past summer when my inlaws were out here to visit. These B&Ws of Matt and his Grandma I think are just so precious:
I used paper from Kaiser Craft, Prima, and Making Memories. The felt flower clip is from Making Memories as well. I diecut the flourishes from Bazzill with the Revolution and layered them to make a sort of tree or something. They didn't cut write because I was trying to do it one handed (sliced my thumb open on my trimmer yesterday) but I figured I'd just ink them up and use 'em anyways! I found the "Adorable" title in my stash, from My Min'ds Eye.
I did this layout about Katie's birthday--it is so close to Christmas that we need to get creative every year. Well, that is what I thought unitl I researched each of her birthdays to put the info on the page and I realized we've done alot more parties for her than I thought! LOL This year I scored some Cheetah Girls tickets from a friend and Katie still doesn't know. I am going to let her see the layout in the store a few days before we go and let her ponder what it says for birthday #10.
I used paper from American Crafts for the background, cut the number blocks from a Making Memories paper, and cut the ornaments from Little Yellow Bicycle/Sharon Ann/DeJaViews Paper. The title is cut from a shiny red metallic paper I had in my stash. The red borders were scraps leftover from the two "Be Jolly" classes I taught.
I'm trying to use more Quickutz too--used it on both pages. Not just because there is a contest to use their "Decks The Halls" die releases but also because using QK uses more paper and I need to start using the big stash I have. WhoGAS will likely do a "No Spending Challenge" come Jan 1 so I am getting myself in gear for that.
And a I'm also sharing a little sneak peek of a mini book I also designed for Scrapbook Boulevard using the new American Crafts mini albums for under $5.
I am keeping this one "secret" because I am so happy with the way that it turned out that I am going to try submitting it to a few mags. In all my spare time. I cut the robot from QK Adhesive Vinyl. I have to share my adventure with THAT and with getting these stickers to stick to a slick surface on another day.
I used papers and rubons from Kaiser Craft, buttons and the album and alpha stickers are all American Crafts, QK vinyl in black, Lil Davis Ribbon, and the brads and gears are from Magic Scraps I think.
And speaking of spare time, I am "officially" on vacation. Really I am just catching up on things. I used to scoff at people who would lose track of things, didn't send stuff on time, never answered their emails, paid their bills late...what is the big deal? Just get organized already!
But now, I GET IT.
I get how at some point you can get so overwhelmed from just going going going going going going going going going going going that you don't even know where to start, where to end, when to take a break. I find myself walking from room to room doing half of a job and then going into another room, getting distracted and putting something in a pile (I NEVER do piles but in the last 6 months that is what I have started doing).
I am seriously on the verge of tears at how overwhelming everything has gotten. Honestly, I did start to cry this morning but then I realized that I got myself into this, I can get myself out. Just take it ONE LITTLE THING AT A TIME. Just "suck it up and drive on", as they say in the Army. How fitting I had this crazy dream that I was back in the Army last night! LOL
So today, despite the mountain of stuff I need to do all over the house and in my scrap room I set out to complete just a few tasks.
Clean out the Medicine Drawer. DONE
Clean bedroom. Almost done.
Pay Bills. DONE
Cleaned off part of Xaver's desk which had turned into a clothes folding table. DONE all that I can do on that! LOL
Cleaned off my desk. DONE
Call Court because I forgot to go to Traffic School on time. DONE
Get stuff to etsy and other customers who have been patiently waiting on me. Working on it.
Deal with Girl Scout Patch Issue. DONE and will pick them up this afternoon when I go to a Dr. Appt.
Finish designing my Silhouette "Out of the Box" class. Still rolling the idea around in my head.
So that is pretty good. Since I woke up at 8am the day is only really half way over and I got half my things done and am on the way to completing the rest.
So now to peel myself away from the computer and FaceBook and Scrapbook.com and my blogroll and my emails (all of which I really do just love to check every waking second of my day) and get to work while Matt is still sleeping. And when he wakes up, we will go to the park. Because all work and no play is just making me frazzled.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I just checked Angie Seaman's blog and she is giving away a $75 gift certificate to what is essentially a "Build A Bear" for boys. Just go to her blog here and leave a comment on the post about RIDEMAKERZ for a chance to win. She'll announce the winner on Saturday. If you're in Southern California you'll be dissappointed to know that the closest one is in Glendale, AZ but you can order these online. I am crossing my fingers that I win because I told my dad about it and we are already going on a trip to AZ so we're going to adjust our route to take the kids to it.
Speaking of Saturday, if you get my emails then you know about my First Annual Holiday Scrapbook Party! I am busy making preparations, readying the goodie bags, cutting the make n takes...Xaver went to Costco to get the pork and other yummies tonight. We have a full 12+ hours of cropping, shopping, and fun! I have a couple of vendors bringing some handmade goodies to sell that would make perfect stocking stuffers and gifts. I'll also be offering help early in the morning at 9am with any kit purchased from a class in the last 2 years. We're also collecting canned food for the local food bank here whose shelves were bare when I last checked in November.
Scrapbook Royalty Par-tay!
Lisa Klipfel of Heritage Makers donated an album cataloging all of the Scrapbook Royalty events and fundraising efforts since its inception. Everyone signed the book -- it was an awesome reminder of why we do what we do and why we all love it so much.
There was an assortment of purple (or course) candies at the front entrance and Donna grabbed some purple Now & Laters for everyone and had us eat them. Just so we could all show our tongues in this photo.
It was a blast and what an awesome achievement to celebrate. I really do enjoy all the work I do for SBR. It'd be nice if I got paid but honestly, this kind of work really comes from the heart and there is not really any amount of money that could buy that kind of work from someone. Elena has done a wonderful job of finding volunteers with big hearts like hers who give and give and believe in what she is doing and in what SBR is doing. I for one and am very honored to be a part of Scrapbook Royalty and to be Elena's friend. And Happy Birthday E!! Technically it was yesterday...
Now off to catch some zzz!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
So today's post is a little bit about a recent situation that reminded me of the lessons I learned over this last year. And then about how I am pondering what my resolution should be for 2009. Lose weight, of course, but I want to do something deeper than that, something I might actually succeed at! LOL
I'm always forgetting that more people than just "my friends" read my blog when I share personal stuff. I KNOW more people do, people who like me I hope but I know some people who don't like me read my blog too. It's public and that is how I like it so everyone is welcome.
I guess I gotta remember that when other people DO read it, they might see stuff through their own lens and take things the wrong way. I can't really control all of that since there are limitations to conveying tone when typing and that is something that I totally accept -- if someone is having a bad day they can hear "Happy Holidays" and take it the wrong way. Not a whole lot I can do about that. I will remember it when writing my posts, but I just don't know that there is a whole lot I can do about what goes on in someone else's head. In fact, I really have no power in that realm!
I recently learned that several people were offended about something I wrote on my blog a couple months back about me. It really reflected some things that were going on in my life at the time -- I'd never blast someone personally on here -- and I doubt anyone who reads my blog wants to read that kind of blather anyways! LOL Plus I know better than that--things can be forwarded so easily, why would I want the drama? I like to think I operate in a drama free zone ... ;)
As unexpected as it was, I discovered that several people took things that I said to be a personal attack on them. Some of them are people I have barely met and had less than a handful of conversations with. Due to their frustration with my post (this is my theory that they were just frustrated and not being mean) I found out that they were in two places where I do business discussing me and my blog post in a negative light, in public basically. Again, this is something I totally cannot control.
But I think I can understand it. Sometimes we just need to vent and it may not always be in the most appropriate place or to the most appropriate person or people and I am thinking this is what the case was. Girls like to talk things out. Guys like to act. That's just what we do. And I am certainly guilty of venting to people myself! I think we sometimes need to vent to just get over it.
Now if this is you, don't take this post as another attack because really, I am not attacking you--just trying to tell the story as it unfolded. If I have something to say to someone and I think it would help us have a better relationship, then surely I will chat with them face to face about it. If I don't think it will get us anywhere productive, then I won't talk to them about it. Why get all flustered if I don't think anything good will come of it? And again, this post is about me and my journey to find a resolution for 2009.
Like I said before, I want my blog to be a happy place for scrapping, not another Scrap Smack (if you don't know what that is, count yourself lucky).
I am addressing this here because I really don't know if anyone else was offended. And since I was informed it was people I really do not have a strong relationship with, I don't know that they would be receptive to me talking to them about it since I really do not know them. I just shared what I truly think about things in my life in that blog post. It might be because of something I experienced in Girl Scouts, something from the Army, something I am dealing with in my family, something I am struggling to deal with personally. The blog post was "101 Things About Me" - my strengths, my weaknesses, my views, my values, and fun little facts as well. It certainly doesn't do me any good to use my blog to offend people--that's not why I put so many hours into trying to make it something useful for people so they will want to come back and read it.
Over the last few years I have had alot of "growing moments" -- my experiences in this business and in life in general are teaching me lessons daily. One is to put more faith in God. Another is to be more patient and understanding with people, especially since I would love it they did the same regarding me. And another one is to not believe everything you hear and to take negative opinions and comments with a grain of salt--make your own judgements based on your own personal experiences with a person, organization, or business. Don't judge someone based on what another person has said about them. Most likely they have hurt feelings and are acting out about them. It is information but don't miss out on something that could be good because you never gave it a chance. If it isn't illegal, dangerous, or immoral, then it probably is just hurt feelings or a misunderstanding. These things have been recurring themes for me in 2008.
But I don't always know the best way to deal with things and I don't always do the right thing. Nobody does. So I've been thinking alot about people I've run into, things that have happened, words that were said either to me or about me and you know what? I think that women really really really like drama. And since I chose to be in a business filled with women that focuses on products mostly for women, well, I guess I have to accept that. I don't think we seek out drama. I just think we like it, without knowing it. Otherwise, why would soap operas and Desperate Housewives and day time talk shows be so popular? Men are NOT watching that stuff.
So yeah, we love the drama. I might be asking for trouble with this post but it is a free country and we can read and write whatever we want. So I am exercising my right. Gotta love the USA!
So back to the drama: I mean, first people talk about me. Then someone overhears and they tell me. Or the person who was talked to tells me. I get upset and then say something back to the person who told me. Then who knows what they do with that little gem! So then I struggle--do I talk to the gossiper about it, see what their problem is? Do I apologize to the person just to make it all better, even if I don't know what their problem is? Do I just ignore it? Yeah, like THAT is easy. Ha! Now if that isn't drama, I don't know what is?! I guess it is just our nature. I certainly have better things to put time into, as I am sure everyone involved does. What can you do?! Well, it doesn't have to be this way.
There is a lady I know who is virtually drama free. Everyone who knows her has said she has never ever ever ever said a cross word about anyone. If you have a gripe, she'll listen. But she never joins in. She never says anything bad about anyone. Everyone wants to be like her.
So that is my resolution--to try to be like her. Essentially this is like being like Jesus but it is alot easier to see a real life person who lives by the word of the Bible and KNOW that it is really possible because someone right here and now is living it and doing it successfully. I can't control what other people say and do, I can only control ME.
I can't walk on eggshells when I make blog posts. It will just take too long. But I can make sure I never talk bad about anyone. I will tell stories though. And If someone wants to be offended, be my guest to call me on it and we'll figure it out. I mean, I make alot of typos too so if you see a curse word because I made a typo, don't get mad--please let me know! LOL But seriously, things can be worked out. And if not, if our relationship is not good enough to put the effort in, then why even waste effort to talk about me at all? We only have so much time here on earth, let's make the most of it.
If you aren't offended, I hope you can laugh at some of the stuff I say. Or you can laugh at all of it if you want to-hehe. Laugh at my layouts too. Have fun!! As long as you are entertained and get some enjoyment out of reading what I have to offer.
Maybe this will re-offend the people who were offended in the first place. But honestly, if people don't bring their concerns to me personally then how can I possibly address them? And this goes for dealing with anyone. Sitting somewhere 80 miles from me with hurt feelings about something I said or wrote doesn't help anyone at all. If they just talk bad about me or spread rumors, then all it does is hurt us all. It makes us look like petty high school girls and I for one do not want to look like I am in high school. Ewww acne!
I also expect that people will expect the same of me -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is always true. If a relationship is worth it to them to work on, then call me up and let's hash it out and get to the bottom of things. Because more often than not, everything is just a misunderstanding and easily solved once everyone gets their baggage off their chest and unwads their panties.
So I resolve to not get bogged down in the small stuff. I have the book. I have the Workbook too. Not I gotta make a layout about that!
Hmm. Maybe losing weight is going to be easier on second thought! Now, off to try clean my house. I should also resolve to do a better job on my mother-ly and wife-ly duties around the house but maybe I'll work on that one in 2010...
And now for a layout about meeting Leslie Hall. I *think* she is a performance artist but whatever she is, it was an experience meeting her! LOL
Can't always be too serious. I gotta remember this too.
Koby did an awesome job of giving me a style I can wear curly or straight. I also got some great new product to use--this has to be one of the best experiences I have had at a along in the last 12 or so years! So I definitely recommend checking them out. I will be back there for my next appointment soon!
Here is my hair in the braid before they cut it:
And here is my hair!!!!
After she cut it she flat ironed it but it was dark so this is hte best pic we could get:
Here is a better pic that Elena took of Xaver and I at a Scrapbook Royalty party on Sat night:
So now I have to mail my braid to locks of love. I am so glad I finally did it!!