Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Some people have a knack for putting a lot of stuff together in a way that is pleasing to the eye. I've tried to embellish pages this way and I can tell you, it's not as easy as it looks if it doesn't come naturally. My pages looked messy, uninviting and unattractive....overdone. Dedra's are just right. So I will learn yet to enjoy my own conservative style, while I admire the free spirit of Dedra's books.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I've been spending a lot of time at Target lately....mostly due to the postings on the message board at CK about all the great new scrapbooking supplies they have...and found these nice chipboard notebooks on sale for less than $2 each. I bought a couple different sizes and a composition notebook, slapped some new Chocolate Chalet paper on them and voila. They're so cute I might keep them for myself! I don't know why the pictures don't turn out well...this paper is really bright and cheery. I'm sure she'll fill them up in no time, and then I can make some more.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The first thing I actually noticed was how attractive and inviting the place is! Butterly Life is a franchise, so each owner gets to do his or her own thing.....but I gotta tell ya, Holly has worked on making this gym an enjoyable place to be. It's decorated with tender loving care and personal touches that make it almost "homey", even offering a fresh fruit buffet. Yum.
As she took me around from one piece of equipment to the next, I was surprised (and happy!) to discover how easy the workout is. I could actually feel my muscles responding to the minimal amount of effort I was putting into the exercise. Yeah, I'm gonna like this.
Small World: The owner of Butterfly Life moved here from Orange County just as I did...and lives in the same apartment complex as I do.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
You can go into Noell's podcast archives and watch one of her interviews with the likes of Ali Edwards and Dedra Long, visit Dedra's scraproom, view one of her fabulous altered books, read book reviews, product reviews, or learn how to cluster elements, layer elements, spruce up Prima's, and the list goes on. I've watched them all and I learn something every time. Noell has a very pleasing personality and explains things quite clearly, making it easy even for me.
I've watched Noell create a layout from start to finish and I'm just amazed with the finished product. She makes it look so easy.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tracey is Tracey Locher. She's the Chicklet Extraordinaire in the life of a fellow co-worker, a man who just happens to be one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He was single when I first met him, but soon became engaged (what a story that is with him proposing on the beach!) then married, adopted Tracey's two kids, and had a third. What a perfect man, huh? Yep, that's what I thought...and I also thought that she was SO lucky to have HIM! Then disaster struck as Jeff was diagnosed with cancer and everyone's world fell apart. Thankfully, Jeff recovered with treatment, and life went on.
Then I discovered Tracey's habit...er...hobbie, one day as I was browsing through the gallery at CK. The gallery is where you can see all of the scrapbook layouts displayed by people like me. There are small thumbnail images that you click on to view a larger size, and I only click on the ones that catch my eye. So here's this little thumbnail layout with flowers all over it and brilliant color just gushing from my screen. I had to take a look, so I opened it up and this is what I saw....
Isn't she pretty?
Oh. My. God. I was so shocked to be looking into the face of Jeff's wife! Oh. My. God. Well, I fell in love with Tracey's layouts....I now know instantly when I see a thumbnail picture of one of her layouts. What I didn't know was what I was going to quickly learn about Tracey, (once known as Jeff's wife....now known as Tracey Locher (that wonderful woman that married Jeff and gave him so many reasons to live when it was needed most.) As I was saying...I love Tracey's work, but the woman I've come to know through her layouts is an amazing mother, a loving wife and an incredible story teller. I now know that she's not the only lucky one in that marriage...
Stop by her blog and get to know her yourself....her layouts tell the stories, and you can almost feel the love she has for her family.....
...and don't forget to look for her first published layout in Creating Keepsakes magazine....she's on page 108 of the April issue! I'm sure it won't be the last.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is what I'm working on now.... I wanted to do an altered book type project or mini album, ala Dedra Long I think her creations are fabulous, but my style is so conservative that this would be really "out of the box" for me. I have these cheap little albums from Target's dollar spot that I thought I'd practice with, and I love the way it's turning out! They still look like me though....I wonder if this as far out of the box I'm going to get...! My eyes really want to add more stuff! I just can't seem to make my hands do it but I'll keep trying!
Mom at 19, what a babe.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
So when I arrived home on Friday I had a note on my door from the manager. They want to talk to me about renewing my lease. Mind you, I've only been here for 6 months and I have a one year lease. They certainly plan ahead! Actually, I'm thinking they plan for the big fallout when all of the summer people (snowbirds) leave town. I can't wait to see what they offer me to renew early....but that would mean that I won't have a whole year here to decide if I want to stay in this particular unit or not. I love my place, I really do....I just want the sun to shine on my head! I guess we'll soon find out.
That's it. I'll be back later with some thoughts about my blog and scrapbooking.