Entries from December 2011

Lasting Words or Goodbye Story, Hello Focus

December 31, 2011

Come the new year, you may think what you need to do is get your things organized.  I did a series of posts on that subject last year and I would encourage you to re-read them, or read them for the first time.  But I think there is something even more valuable for you to do.

For four years now I have been doing the One Little Word project (click on this category from the list on the right if you want to see my posts on the subject).

Every year I struggle a bit with remembering to be engaged with my word.  You know how that goes…January, right on top of it but by summer it’s way off somewhere in my mind.  Well, last year I did a couple of things to keep it more current in my thinking.  For 2011, my word was STORY.  First I took a Big Picture class called Yesterday and Today.  I don’t know when it will be offered again but it was so good and I really recommend it.  It was all about writing stories about your past and stories about today and stories that include a little of both.

Along with that class, I also signed up for and took Allie Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture. It made such a difference and I can not say enough about how valuable this was for me.  This class costs $36.  Drink one less Starbuck’s latte a month and take this class! You will get one “prompt” each month. The prompt includes handouts, photoshop/Adobe .pdf files to print for the monthly project, and a short video presentation by Allie.  The projects are a great combination of art, writing, and picture taking. I am so looking forward to doing it again this year.  I urge you to consider it too. As Allie says, “These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been embedded into who I am, and into whom I’m becoming.  They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed).  They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.”

I have ordered the We R albums and C-Line page protectors that she recommends in the class supply list so it will be really easy for you to get what you need right at Creating Lasting Memories.  They should be in by the middle of next week.  Oh, my word for 2012? FOCUS.  “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2) Don’t know where that is going to take me this year, but I’m excited to begin the journey and to see where it will lead. So join me!  I know you will be glad you did.


PS I am also planning on doing another 365 project.  It’s been four years and I think it’s time to do it again.  The 365 project is a photo project where you take at least one photo every day.  You don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to.  But you can also use them for layouts (once a week? once a month?).  All I know is that I took more photos that year (2008) than every before or since, I learned a ton about my camera and it gave me an eye for the ordinary as well as the special events of my life.  A variation on that theme is to take a specific kind of picture everyday, like a photo of the clouds, or a photo of the sunset, or a photo of the ocean (since we live by the sea).

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Creating holiday decor with rosettes

December 30, 2011

I stopped by Dotty’s home on Christmas Eve for a little cheer. To visit my friend, to be sure, and to see her home all decorated for the holidays.  She always does such a beautiful job.  She loves the victorian look and has acquired such a beautiful collection of simple and elegant decor items.  And then she tastefully arranges them.

What really caught my eye was the way she used rosettes. Small ones, big ones and everything in between.  They looked so great.  Check it out:

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She had them strung across the mantle.  They were made using 12×12 music note paper that we have at the store.  This paper comes with black notes on a cream background on one side and cream notes on black background on the reverse side.  She said, “I thought I could even turn them around for Halloween.”

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If you decide you want try these, be sure to keep in mind the formula for the circumference of a circle (pi r squared).  For example, if the radius is 2 inches, you will need more than 12 inches in length because 2×2=4 and 4 multiplied by 3.14 (pi)  is more than 12. So cut yourself two strips of 2×12 paper and glue then together.

And look at all the tags on the swag over the doorway:

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Of course, both tags and rosettes could be hung as tree decorations.

Great ideas don’t you think. And you have almost 12 months to get them made for next Christmas!

Happy creating~


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Memories of tags dancing in my head

December 29, 2011

It was another super fun two weeks (or 6 days or way more than 12 hours) of creating fun.  Some people call it a class, some may call it art and some even call it therapy.  Whatever you want to call it, it was definitely inspiring and so much fun to hang out with these gals and make Tim Holtz style Christmas tags.  And we even survived the experience with our sanity intact!

Wanted to post some pictures from the final day.  The last tag we made was New Year themed using the clock die cut.

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The wonderful Trisha designed and taught this one.

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This is Bev and Dotty hard at work.  And they are still smiling even on day 6.

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Jacki, Loye and Carole having fun too.  Check out the Tim Holtz cargo case Jacki got for her birthday from some friends. Lucky! She must have some really nice friends. We discovered that it works really well as an easel (lean the sample tag against the handle and everyone on that side of the table can see it).

And when we finished, we celebrated!

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Thanks everyone who came, who taught and who made me smile.  You are awesome.


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Lasting Tag Fun

December 4, 2011

The 12 tags of Christmas starts tomorrow at Creating Lasting Memories.  As we did last December, I will be sharing the teaching responsibility with the super talented Trisha Easley.  Trisha will start off class tomorrow, Monday, December 5, at 1:30.  Here’s the tag she will be showing us how to create:

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Lots of Cuttlebug work here.  We plan on having a couple machines available.  But if you want to bring yours, we would not be turning it away! Trisha did say she will be pre-cutting some of the items. I love those little acorns – that’s a Memory Box die.

Then, our second tag, that yours truly will be teaching, features the cardinal stamp and die by Heartfelt Creations. I love this stamp!

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If you haven’t heard already, our product that will be used on every tag, is PAPER TAPE.  Not just those by Tim, but also those by 7 Gypsies and others.

I’ll be suggesting the following Tim Holtz Tag Basic Kit (in addition to our usual Basic Kit):

craft mat, 3-in-1 Beacon adhesive or Glossy Accents, distressor, ink blending tool and foam pads, distress inks, sanding block, tonic scissors, paper piercer, & mini mister.

Class size is limited but we do have room for 2 more in Monday’s class.  There will be more fabulous tags on Tuesday and Wednesday (classes begin at 10:30 a.m.) and then the schedule repeats the following week. Please call and sign up. Tags for the next day will be posted the day before.  Looking forward to sharing this time with all of you.

Some have asked, “What do you do with the tags?”  First, you can easily make them in to a card (3 1/2 x 7)  which fits perfectly into a legal size envelope.  Then you can hang them on your tree, or a wreath or a swag. Like this:


Last, but certainly not least, if you want some more inspiration, check out Tim’s blog for his 2011 Tags.


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