Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Wonders

If only I could quit my day job! It is a goal of mine, but I need to be patient and wait for the right time...
I was trying to work on some projects during lunch today, and my craft table is so buried it is pathetic!!! I have Almond Joys from Halloween stashed in my top drawer with the double stick tape, but I've been strong and I haven't touched them since Sunday! Maybe I should send them to Jan Tink!? She is such an awesome scrapper/crafter and she was my inspiration for a "new" technique I tried last night. She calls it Joseph's Coat Inside-Out. If you've heard of Emerging Color, it's basically the same, she just uses a background stamp.
Her tutorial is MORE than's entertaining, and you should give it a try! I can't share what I made because it is a top secret crafty thing I'm sending to a friend today, but let me tell ya, it's GORGEOUS!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Gobble Gobble

Turkey day is a commin' and I know you'll be taking pictures of your bloated loved ones during the holiday! ;) Well whenever you get around to scrapping them here is a compiled list of page title ideas I found on various websites, including The Perfect Title. Also, I found this page with links to several sites where you can create interesting ways to print off titles for your pages: CLICK ME!

  • A Bountiful Harvest
  • A Bunch of Turkeys
  • A Day Of Thanks
  • A Happy Heart Is A Thankful Heart
  • A Harvest Of Memories
  • A Hunting We Will Go
  • A Time For Giving Thanks
  • A Time To Give Thanks
  • American Pie
  • Be Thankful Always
  • Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
  • Be Ye Thankful Bountiful Blessings
  • Bless This Food
  • Bunch Of Turkey
  • Bushel Of Blessings
  • Canning Our Bounty
  • Carving Memories
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
  • Cornucopia Of Blessings
  • Cornucopia Of Bounty
  • Count Each Day As A Blessing
  • Count Your Blessings
  • Dinner Time
  • Don't Call Me Late For Dinner
  • Don't Worry, Be Thankful
  • Eat Drink And Be Merry For Tomorrow We Will Diet
  • Family & Turkey & Football...Oh My!
  • Family And Food
  • Family Traditions
  • Feast With The Pilgrims
  • Feast Your Eyes On This
  • Friends, Family, Food And FOOTBALL!
  • Gather Together With Thankful Hearts
  • Give Thanks
  • Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart
  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
  • Giving Thanks
  • Giving Thanks For The Simple Things In Life
  • Gobble, Gobble
  • Gobble ‘Till You Wobble!
  • God Is Good, God Is Great
  • Happy Harvest
  • Happy Turkey Day
  • Harvest Delight
  • Have a good fall, y'all
  • Horn of Plenty
  • I Am Thankful
  • I LOVE a Parade!
  • I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing
  • I'm Thankful For...
  • In Everything Give Thanks
  • It's Turkey Time!
  • Let Us Give Thanks
  • Let's Get Stuffed
  • Let's Give Thanks
  • Let's Talk Turkey
  • Little Turkeys
  • Live Thankfully
  • Look At This Feast, Now Let's Eat This Beast
  • Lovin' in the Oven
  • May The Bounty Of The Season Fill Your Heart And Your Home
  • My Little Turkey
  • Nap Time
  • O, The Lord's Been Good To Me
  • Our Table Runneth Over!
  • Over The River And Through The Woods
  • Parade Paradise
  • Pilgrims And Indians Remembered
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Pilgrim's Progress
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Save A Turkey, Send Out For Pizza
  • Sharing The Food
  • Sharing The Harvest
  • Share Your Blessings
  • Share Your Bountiful Harvest
  • So Much To Be Thankful For
  • Stuffed!
  • Stuffed With Stuffing!
  • Strutting Her Stuff-ing
  • Take Time To Be Thankful
  • Thankful For Elastic Waistbands!
  • Thankful Hearts
  • Thankful Hearts, Helpful Hands
  • Thanks for the Giving
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Bounty
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Thanksgiving Is For All Creatures Great And Small
  • Thanksgiving Is Not A Time Of The Year, But An Attitude Of The Heart
  • Thanksgiving, Send Out For Pizza
  • Thanksgiving Time
  • Thanksgiving Traditions
  • The Dressing Of A Turkey
  • The Feast
  • The Turkeys Play On Thanksgiving Day
  • There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings
  • Tons Of Turkey
  • True Family Gathering
  • Turkey And Dressing
  • Turkey And Family Trimmings
  • Turkey Day
  • Turkey, Dressing And Pumpkin Pie
  • Turkey In The Straw
  • Turkey Talk
  • Turkey Time!
  • Turkey Tribute
  • Turkey Tunes And Holiday Wishes
  • We Are Gathered Here...
  • We Are Thankful
  • We Are Thankful For...
  • We Gather Together
  • We Gather Together To Ask The Lord's Blessing
  • We Give Thanks
  • What A Bunch Of Turkeys!
  • What A Feast!
  • What A Little Turkey
  • What We Are Thankful For:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Things Are Getting a Bit Sketchy

I want to announce my continued involvement with the weekly SplitCoastStampers scrapbooking challenges!!!

Last Friday was my debut as the lead sketch challenge hostess, I'm super excited to have been asked, and I plan to provide mostly original sketches of my own design, and on occasion a sketch from a guest hostess - it's going to be SUPER!

I kicked off with this DPS and hadn't had time to use it myself until Wednesday.

You are the first to see what I did with it...

I had a disagreement with the scanner today, so I had to use my camera to get these pages uploaded. I wish I'd had better photos for the layout, but these are all I have from my sweet girls birthday at school. Notice the hair in her face? Yeah, that's what remains from when she practically scalped herself with the scissors. That's my Sydney!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY, and lots of GREAT things are coming our way! Are you excited? I am!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ask Sally

I recently discovered I actually have readers! So I guess I'm not always talking to myself!!! tee hee Well I decided to share some email correspondence I received (hope that's OK Alison) and feel free to put in your two cents if you have additional advice to share, just post in my comments. Also, if you have a question of your own, email me!

Dear Sally,

I really enjoy your blog and scrapbook layouts. I would really like to start scrapbooking, but feel a little overwhelmed. I never have enough pictures to make an entire book. Sometimes I don't even have enough to make a 2 page by page layout.
I have a friend who just bought a 3 ring binder and when she would ever have one page done she would add it. When you would open the book, the 2 pages had nothing to do with each other. Even if I did start a small book, what is your first page normally about? Does it
have a picture or just something about the theme? I would love it if you had any ideas or suggestions for me.


Wow, thanks for the compliment! I guess one thing you should do is start taking more pictures! *wink*
Well if you know my style, you know I like to use a TON of pictures, but every once in a while, I do a layout with just one. It's a nice change with the right photo. You can even get larger prints and mix it up!
When I have too many pictures for one page and not enough for 2 (or I'm trying to avoid a 3rd page) I sometimes hide some in a little flip out or pull out element. I just did that yesterday with a page as a matter of fact. I folded a strip of patterned paper in thirds and attached it to the page with one picture on top. I put a little folded piece of ribbon at the bottom so you can tell it opens and when you lift the top piece there are two more photos...then you can fold down the inside and you see the journaling. Super easy!

If you do this just cut a slit in the page protector to provide access to the hidden elements! Another thought is to alter the size of your album, you could do a 6x6 or 8x8 instead of 8 1/2 x 11 or 12x12. As far as having pages that compliment each other inside your book, a sure way to accomplish that is to do themed albums. Some people do an album for vacations, one for birthdays, a Christmas album...etc. This is perfect for someone who doesn't want to scrap EVERYTHING. I personally prefer to just scrap chronologically....but I'm on a mission to scrap EVERYTHING! hee hee I was actually in a rut for a long time because I was stuck in the late 90's, but one day I decided to do some current events and I was liberated. I got on a roll that hasn't stopped yet! I have about 5 albums going at the same time, but it helps me stay interested and continue to scrap. Do whatever makes you happy! If I didn't answer this right or I missed something, let me know! You are welcome to call me too. I never get bored of talking about scrapping!

Sally Saenz

Something that I realize now that I did not address is an intro page when you first open the album. I have one book with a page in the cover that conveys what you'll find inside, but I don't usually do a page in the front just to "announce" the rest of the book. It can be frustrating if you find that you want to begin with a DPS, so in that instance an intro page would be could be something as simple as "Saenz Family 2006 - 2007" or if you are doing a themed album, "Christmas with the Saenz' 1995 - 2000" you get the idea!

Here's a few examples of hidden elements:

These were just done Saturday during VSBN, and this is the page I was describing to Alison in my email response. The photo on the upper right of the page has a little loop of ribbon and you can flip it up to see more pictures.
I didn't take another photo of the bottom photo flipped down, but the journaling is under there.

This next page just has a pull out where the journaling is. It probably could have used a little tab of ribbon as well, but if you slit your page protector and leave it sticking out, that should be a clear indicator to give it a tug!


If you were something I could buy at the LSS (local scrapbook store), what would you be??? Take this quiz and leave me a comment, I'd love to know what YOU are! Quiz me!

Here's what I am:

You are Brads!
Your life is all about the details! You like to embellish your life like you embellish your scrapbook - with lots of details! You tend to be a perfectionist and like everything just so. You make time to stop and smell the flowers and try to fill your life with things to make you happy. You don't like to take a back seat in life - you like to stand out and are often in leadership roles. People love you because you always seem to have it all together. But Brads Beware - Your life can be overdone with details and can find yourself with too many projects on your plate to finish them all. Try to stay focused and prioritize more.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Nifty Little Coaster Book!

I told you about VSBN which started yesterday, and one of the challenges was a mini accordion book made from square coasters. I didn't have square coasters so I cut some cardboard that came in a paper pack to 4x4 square and rounded the corners on 2 sides!
The complete tutorial is on Nicole Heady's Blog, Capture the Moment, and it's a pretty fun little project. I wanted to use the last of some patterned card stock from an old Simply Scrappin' Kit, so I made mine with a vintage look and dug out some old school pictures of my friends in 8th grade!
Here's the front:

I considered additional embellishments, but really wanted to keep this one simple...not to mention the constant interruptions from my three year-old - it's been one of those days!
The inside contains two mini accordion style "booklets" that fold out to reveal pictures and journaling. This was really easy, and with the right pictures, it has gift potential!

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