Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

REVIEW: Twinkling H2O's by LuminArte

After seeing the Twinkling H20's for quite some time, I bought some and then I got a great deal on some more on a local website, so, time to try them. I was really excited to get my hands on this product that so many seemed to love. It is a unique product as it can be used as a traditional watercolor paint or it can be hydrated to a creamy texture.

Included directions say, “Non-toxic, acid free and safe for all ages! Activate with wet paintbrush and begin painting on paper, canvas, and rocks, wood, polymer clay, ECT. [Their typo] Try experimenting on other surfaces!” Hmmmmmm, the possibilities sound endless.

For my first card, I used a fine-tip paintbrush and a cup of water, dipping the brush into the water and then wetting the hard bricks of Twinkling H2O’s just enough to get some color off. This painting style produces a lovely watercolor finish that has a sparkly sheen. The dry Twinkling H20's very much resemble traditional watercolors when used in this manner.

This is a nice, simple use for Twinkling H2O’s. They are very pretty as watercolor paints, however they may take some getting used to since the color of Twinkling H2O’s intensifies with more water. Also, the paint thickens the wetter it gets, so I suggest keeping a scrap piece of paper handy for dabbing extra color off the brush, and use water sparingly for best watercolor results.

Next, I plan to hydrate the watercolor cakes so that I can paint with the "creamy" option. The way to do this is to remove all of the tops of the Twinkling H20's that I want to use and spritz the dry watercolor cakes with water. After letting the water set and "sink in" for fifteen minutes or so, stir with a toothpick. Some colors will respond rather quickly and some will require a little more water and time to develop the creamy consistency. It is necessary to spritz frequently when working with them to keep them at the desired "creaminess."

I thought the traditional watercolor with a sparkle was pretty but, when using this technique, the colors really develop. Try painting a stamped image; the iridescent colors are especially nice! But I’ve heard that using plain, large stamps work much better with the Twinkling H20's than attempting the more detailed stamps.

Another application that I’ve discovered via internet search is using it as a dye for fabric, ribbon and flowers. I will have to try this one.

These paints are GORGEOUS and have a beautiful shimmer. I've never seen anything like them. If you enjoy colorizing your stamped images with paints, than you will likely be drawn to the Twinkling H20's. If you use large, non-detailed stamps you may enjoy painting directly on them and then stamping your image. There are 96 rich, glittery, shimmery and iridescent color options but you can also blend and create your own custom colors. The rich brilliant color will be most vibrant in the thicker, creamy consistency.

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (N)

Neutral - A pH of 7.0. It is not acidic.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two New Cards.....

Made Homemade Tomato Soup Today....

And it was so yummy.....

This recipe made enough for lunch today and still have 1 big container in the fridge and 2 big containers in the freezer.

Tomato Soup

15 Large tomatoes
2 Large Onions
2 Large Potatoes
1 Large Head of Garlic (or about a tablespoon of powdered)
2 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Oregano (dried)
4 Cups Milk
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Plunge tomatoes into boiling water until skins crack and then plunge into cold water and peel. Rough chop tomatoes into small pieces. Peel and dice into small pieces the onions, potatoes, and garlic. Put tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices into a large pot and simmer until the potatoes and onion are tender.

Mix the cornstarch in a little water until smooth. Add milk and cornstarch to tomato mixture and blend with an immersion hand blender until smooth.

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (M)

Magnetic Album - A photo album which uses a special adhesive to hold photographs in place and creates static for the plastic page cover to cling to. These are not suitable for scrapbooking.
MAMBI - Abbreviation for: Me and My Big Ideas (product brand)
Matte or Matting - A surface that has no glossy appearance or a lustred look/finish.
Matting - Matting is a technique that allows you to enhance your photos by adding a border around the outside edges. The border is, most often, made from an acid-free paper that looks almost like a frame. Matting is also a non-permanent way of cropping your pictures.
Master Family Album - Holds photographs of everyone in the family and family documents, typically in chronological order.
Memorabilia - Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story. Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special occasions or historical events.
Memory or Keepsake Album - Another term for a scrapbook.
MM - Abbreviation for: Memory Makers Magazine OR Mustard Moon (product brand) OR Making Memories (product brand)
Monochromatic Colour Scheme - Employs different values of the same colour.
Mount - To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another piece of paper.
Mounting Squares - A small square of double sided tape-like adhesive dispensed from boxes.
Mosaic - Technique in scrapbooking where you cut photos, paper, etc. into small shapes and then piece them together to create a mosaic look.
Mulberry Paper - This paper has long fibers that create a feathered look when torn. It's available in various textures, weights, and colours.
Muted Colors - Subdued tints or shades of colours that tend to be more suitable for backgrounds.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (L)

Lamination - Sealing a memory between translucent plastic pieces for the same reasons as encapsulation, but not as safe due to heat exposure and pressure.
Latex Pages - Usually found in magnetic albums. These will discolour pages in a very short period of time.
Layout - A page design or the grouping of scrapbooking pages that go together. A layout can be one page; two or some are even a panoramic 4 page spread.
Letter Templates - Plastic or metal templates in the shape of letters of the alphabet.
Light Box - A small light table used for embossing or viewing negatives.
Lightfast - Coloured material that resists fading even when exposed to natural or artificial light.
Lignin - A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival scrapbooking projects.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My First Submission to a Scrapbooking Magazine

Well, I just submitted my very first submission for consideration of publishing..... that's all I'm going to say for fear of jinxing it.  Will keep you all posted!

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (K)

KMA - Abbreviation for: Keeping Memories Alive (product brand)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (J)

Journaling - The words you write in your scrapbook. This can include captions, long descriptions, poems or stories.
Journaling Templates - Templates with space left for writing.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (I)

Idea Books - Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are written for particular scrapbooking themes (Wedding, Babies, etc.) while others are devoted to a particular scrapbook supplies product (Stickers, Die-cuts, Templates, etc).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Die Cut Machines

Just posted a GREAT article on Die Cut Machines.  What do you have?  What do you WISH you had?

I have the Sizzix and the Original Cricut and the Cricut Expressions.  I LOVE my Cricuts!!!!!

Link to a GREAT article on Die Cutting Machines

Tool Talk: Die Cut Machines by Scrapbook Trends

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (H)

Hand Tinting (Also photo tinting) - A method of applying colour to a black and white photograph.
Handmade Paper - Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in texture. Sometimes there are flowers and leaves in the paper which can add a natural look to your scrapbook.
Handmade Scraps - Scrapbook supplies made from layered-looking die-cuts.
Heading - The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.
Heat Gun - Also known as a thermal or embossing gun. A hobby tool that produces heat, but not air. It's used primarily to emboss.
Heritage - Traditions passed down from generation to generation.
Hermafix/Herma - A brand of dispensing tool for photo mounting squares.
Hinge Album - A plastic strap binding allows your albums to expand. These tend to lay flatter than the post bound albums.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (G)

Gel-based Rollers - Pens with pigment ink.
General Pattern Paper - Paper with patterns, made to use for any occasion.
Gift Album - A compilation of photographs and mementos created with a person or event in mind.
Glassine - Translucent paper used to make envelopes or sleeves for storage of photo negatives or for decorative use.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

And the Winner is........

All three (yes only three) of the entries were put into a bowl and the winner's name was drawn.

Icey is the winner of a Fiskars Cutter


Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (F)

Fiber/Fibre - A fancy thread used to decorate scrapbook pages.
Fine & Chisel - Pens A fine tip pen (0.5mm) and chisel tip (6.0mm) used for lettering.
Focal Point - The element of a design where lines converge. The eye is naturally drawn to the focal point in an image.
Font - The style of lettering.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cricut Cartridges Update

I've updated the Cricut Cartridges page with 5 newly announced cartridges and 2 announced retirements!!!!

Blog Candy - Don't forget to get your entry in before midnight tonight

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog ( telling me how you plan to spend your long weekend.

I'll make a draw of all comments on the weekend!!!

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (E)

Embellishment - Any scrapbooking supplies that enhance the pages. (e.g. Brads, Eyelets, Fibres, Charms etc)
Emboss - To create a raised design on paper, either by heating embossing powder laid on a stamped image, or by using a stylus to trace a brass embossing template
Embossing Ink - A glycerin based used for embossing.
Embossing Powder - Powder sprinkled, usually on stamped images, and heated to create raised edges.
Encapsulation - A method of displaying three-dimensional memorabilia and protecting nearby items from acid contained in the memorabilia. Items are encased in stable plastics.
Eyelet - A round (with a hole in the centre) metal embellishment added by punching a hole and hammering down the back.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (D)

Dauber - A round miniature stamp pad which can be dabbed onto a stamp to apply ink
Dauber Duo - A dauber applicator with a different colour or shade on each end.
Deacidification - This is a common term for a chemical treatment that removes acid in paper and lays down an alkaline buffer to counteract further acid attack. Deacidification technically refers only to the removal of acid present at the time of treatment, not to the addition of a buffer. Deacidification increases the chemical stability of paper but it does not restore strength or flexibility to brittle paper.
Deacidification Spray - Spray that neutralizes acid in newspaper clippings, certificates and other documents. (e.g. Archival Mist)
Decorative Ruler - A normal ruler with a special edge used in designing scrapbook pages.
Decorative Scissors - Scissors with a decorative pattern on the blade.
Degradation - Materials breaking down or changing appearance from the original state or appearance. Typically paper or photographs yellowing and becoming brittle.
Dry Brushing - Applying chalk or paint to a brush or sponge and removing most of it by wiping/dabbing it on a piece of paper or rag before using it. This prevents the paint from bleeding under the edges of a stencil, and chalk from looking to dark.
Dry Embossing/Debossing - To make a raised image by pushing the paper up using a stylus from the backside. Also called blind embossing.
Die-Cuts - Paper designs cut from die cut machines.
Double-Mount - To place a photo on two background papers.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Over 3000 Hits!!!!! Time for some BLOG CANDY

We did it!!!!  We're over 3000 hits since March!  I'm thrilled!!!!!  So how about some BLOG CANDY?

I'll find something for a prize and everyone who posts on the blog (reply to this post)
between now and Friday midnight will be entered.

So, the question is:
"How do you plan to spend your May long weekend?"

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (C)

Calligraphy - Formal, old fashioned lettering.
Cardstock - Sturdy paper, available in a variety of weights for scrapbooking.
CASE - Copy And Steal Everything: Means copying layouts. Also called Scraplifting.
Chalk - Not regular children's chalk, this is specially designed to be safe for Scrapbooking and used in similar paper arts.
Chalking - The art of using chalks to enhance your scrapbook pages.
Charms - Metal, paper or other type of small object that can be added to your scrapbook as an embellishment.
Clip Art - Art purchased in book or software from that can be applied to scrap booking pages.
Collage - An artistic composition made of various materials (paper, cloth, wood) that are glued onto a surface.
Colour Wheel - Shows colour relationships and placement.
Coluzzle - A plastic tool used to guide the cutting of various shapes. You need to use a craft knife as the cutting instrument.
Corner-Edged Scissors - Scissors that cut corners. Each pair creates four different types of corners.
Corrugated Paper - Thick, wavy cardstock available in many colours.
Cricut - Electronic die-cutting machine to cut words and shapes in a variety of sizes.
Crop - A term used for a gathering of Scrapbookers to work on their albums, and page layouts...’A Crop’. Can also be a formally hosted event with an expert who shares techniques, products, and information with the group.
Crop/Cropping - To cut or trim a photograph... to highlight a certain area, or cut out unwanted activity, or simply changing the photograph's shape.
Cropper Hopper - A brand of carrying tote for all your scrapbooking materials etc.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (B)

Basic Templates - Templates in basic shapes such as circles, squares, ovals.
Beads - Come in many different shapes and sizes and can be attached with glue, on wire, sewn on etc.
Blocking - When two materials stick together unintentionally. For instance, a photograph sticking to the back of the next page or photo album sleeve.
BOM - Abbreviation for: Book of Me, a book by Angie Pedersen about creating a scrapbook all about your life.
Bone Folder - A tool that's used to impress a fine line or crease onto a piece of paper or cardstock to make folding the paper much easier and provides a neater fold. Although called bone folders, they can also be made out of plastic
Border - The margins of a scrapbook page. Usually spoken of in terms of decoration.
Brads - Similar to typical offices split pins but are found in many different sizes, shapes and colours. Very commonly used for an embellishment.
Buffered - Products capable of maintaining the core of a solution. (Buffered paper prevents acid from moving from a photograph to a paper).
Button - Come in many different shapes, styles and colours. There are also many buttons that are made specifically for scrapbooking. They are thin, flat and can be attached with fibers, thread or glue.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Michael's Coupon - 40% Off

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (A)

AF - Abbreviation for: acid-free/lignin-free Acetate - A form of acidic plastic that causes photo’s, paper and documents to deteriorate and fade over time.
Acid - Acids weaken the cellulose in paper, which leads to its break down, causing discoloration and disintegration.
Acid Free - Materials that have a pH balance of 7.0 or higher. Many papers are considered acid free immediately after manufacture however unless they have been buffered, i.e. treated with a neutralising agent, chemical reactions with substances such as sizing or bleaching will cause the paper to become acidic over time. All plastic by its nature is acid free however some plastic is unsafe for use in photo albums.
Acid Migration - Acid migration occurs when something with acid is placed against an article that is acid free. Photographs mounted on acidic paper will weaken and crumble. Acidic memorabilia can be added to photo albums if encapsulated in polypropylene sleeves or placed on buffered card on a page underneath a protective sleeve.
Adhesives - The glue used to attach/secure photographs and other components onto a scrapbook page. Adhesive types include photo corners (clear plastic stick on style or paper "lick and stick" style) which are considered to be non permanent, photo tape, photo tabs, tape runner (all forms of double sided tape) which are considered permanent and photo safe.
Album - Blank book used to store scrapbooking photographs and scrapbook pages.
Alkaline - Alkaline substances have a pH over 7.0. They may be added to a material to neutralize acids or as an alkaline reserve or buffer for the purpose of counteracting acids that may form in the future. A buffer may be added during the manufacturing or during the process of deacidification. While a number of chemicals may be used as buffers, the most common are magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate.
Alpha Cellulose - The strongest and most stable of all plant fibres. Because of this stability it is used in permanent paper.
Altered Book - An altered book is an existing book that has been changed or altered using glue, paint, collage, rubber stamps, and scissors, tearing, or adding to. “It is an expression of one's self, a piece of art, an experiment or a conversation piece."
Analogous Colours - Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
Archival - Term describing a product or technique used in preserving artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and other items.
Archival Quality - A non-technical term which suggests that a substance is permanent, durable and chemically stable. There is no guarantee that this is the case. It is safer to look for acid free and lignin free when purchasing scrapbooking components.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oh My Goodness.... where has time gone?

Such a busy weekend!!!!  Time to catch up!

Friday was our work Golf Tournament which is a bit misleading as it was more like everybody who golfed, played and then we all met for dinner and prizes in the clubhouse.  I, personally, don't golf so my role was to ensure the lounge was comfortable and the beer was flowing... (tee hee hee).  Actually, it was a much needed afternoon "break" as I had spent a busy couple of days working and running around purchasing all the prizes, coordinating everything with the Golf Club, and all the little details that make the night run smoothly.  It did and I was lucky enough to win exactly the prize I hoped for!!!!!!  All-in-all, a GREAT night!

Saturday started as a day of gardening in the sunshine and then we went shopping and bought more plants.  Got a little more gardening done and then off to the neighbor's for her Birthday Party.  A great day, but not a lot of time on the computer.

Unfortunately, today is more of the same.  I have a couple of errands and the weather doesn't look like it's going to cooperate, but I HAVE to plant all of the plants that I bought yesterday.

So, I'd better get moving.  I will get some scrapbooking / papercrafting tips and photos posted soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Thursday!!!!!!

Happy Thursday all..... hope you have a GREAT day!!!!!!

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Scoring & Folding

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Scoring and Folding
Folding - Mountain folds-up, valley folds-down.  Most patterns will hae different types of dotted lines to denote mountain or valley folds.
Tools - Scoring tool and bone folder.  Fingernails will scar the surface of the paper.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Pens & Markers

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Pens and Markers
Choose inks (permanent, watercolor, metallic, etc.), colors (sold by sets or individually), and nibs (fine point, calligraphy, etc.) to suit the project.  For journals and scrapbooks, make sure inks are permanent and fade-resistant.
Store pens and markers flat unless the manufacturer says otherwise.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm back...........

Had a great vacation visiting my sister and her family.  What a great long weekend!  Will get some layouts done soon and post....

Hope you all are getting some crafting done!!!  Would love to see your projects!

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Stamping

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Direct-to-paper (DTP) - Use ink pad, sponge or stylus tool to apply ink instead of a rubber stamp.
Inks - Available in pads and re-inker bottles.  Types include dye and pigment, permanent, waterproof and fade-resistant or archival, chalk finish, fast drying, slow drying, rainbow and more.  Read the labels to determine what is best for a project or surface.
Make stamps - Carve rubber, erasers, carving blocks, vegetables.  Heat Magic Stamp foam blocks to press against textures.  Stamp found objects such as leaves and flowers, keys and coins, etc.
Stamps - Sold mounted on wood, acrylic or foam, or unmounted (rubber part only), made from vulcanized rubber, acrylic or foam.
Store - Flat and away from light and heat.
Techniques - Tap the ink onto the stamp (using the pad as the applicator) or tap the stamp onto the ink pad.  Stamp with even hand pressure (no rocking) for best results.  For very large stamps, apply ink with a brayer.  Color the surface of a stamp with watercolor markrs (several colors), huff with breath to keep the colors moist, then stamp; or lightly spray with water mist before stamping for a very different effect.
Unbounted stamps - Mount temporarily on acrylic blocks with foam tape, hook-and-loop, paint on adhesives or cling plastic.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Paper & Card Stock

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Paper and Card Stock
Card stock - heavier and stiffer than paper.  A sturdy surface for cards, boxes, ornaments.
Paper - Lighter weight surfaces used for drawing, stamping, collage.
Storage and organization - Store paper flat and away from moisture.  Arrange by color, size or type.  Keep your scraps for collage projects.
Types - Handmade, milled, marbled, mulberry, origami, embossed, glossy, matte, botanical inclusions, vellum, partchment, preprinted, tissue and more.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

For those that have Mother's in Heaven:

If roses grow in heaven Lord pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother'arm's and tell her, they're from me,
Tell her that I Love Her and Miss Her, and when she turn to Smile.
Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy, I do it everyday,
There's an ache within my Heart that will never go away.

Happy Mother's Day Mom

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Glues & Adhesives

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:

Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun.  Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start.  The possibilities abound!

Glues and Adhesives
Basics - Each glue or adhesive is formulated for a particular use and specified surfaces.  Read the label and carefully follow directions, especially those that involve personal safety and health.
Foam tape adds dimension.
Glue dots, adhesive sheets and cartridge-type machines quick grab, no drying time needed.
Glue pens - Fine-line control.
Glue sticks - Wide coverage
Respositional products - Useful for stencils and temporary holding.

Card Crafting Basics

Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Weekend

Is of to see six of my wonderful nieces and nephews! Have a great

Denise aka Aunt2Jaymz
Sent from my iPhone

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Embossing

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

Dry embossing - Use a light source, stencil, card stock and stylus tool.  Add color, or leave raised areas plain.
Heat embossing - Use embossing powder, ink, card stock and a heat tool to creat raised designs and textures.  Powders come in a wide range of colors.  Fine grain is called "detail" and heavier called "ultrathick."  Embossing powders will not stick to most dye inks - use pigment inks or special clear embossing inks for best results.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Happy Friday! Have a great Mother's Day Weekend!!!!

Sent from my iPhone

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Embellishments

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun. Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start. The possibilities abound!

If you are not already a pack rat, it is time to start!  Embellish projects with stickers, eyelets, brads, nail heads, wire, beads, iron-on ribbon and braid, memorabilia and printed ephemera.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today's Tip! - Card Crafting Basics - Cutting & Tearing

This is an excerpt from a July 2006 article in CardMaker magazine:
Card Crafting Basics
Card crafting is easy, creative and fun.  Collect basic tools and supplies, learn a few simple terms and techniques, and you're ready to start.  The possibilities abound!

Cutting and Tearing:
Craft knife, cutting mat - Must-have tools.  Mat protects work surface, keeps blades from getting dull.
Measure and mark - Diagrams show solid lines for cutting, dotted lines for folding.
Other cutters - Guillotine and rotary-blade paper cutters, oval and circle cutters, cutters that cut unusual shapes via a gear or cam system, swivel-blade knives that cut along the channels of plastic templates, and die-cutting machines (large or small in size and price_.  Markers that draw as they cut.
Punches - Available in hundreds of shapes and sizes ranging from 1/16 inch to over 3 inches (use for eyelets, lettering, dimensional punch art, and embellishments).  Also punches for two-ring, three-ring, coil, comb and disk binding.
Scissors - Long and short blades that cut straight or a pattern.  Scissors with nonstick coating are ideal for cutting adhesive sheets and tape, bonsai scissors best for cutting rubber or heavy board.  consider comfort - large holes for fingers, soft grips.
Tearing - Tear paper for collage, special effects, layering on cards, scrapbook pages and more.  Wet a small paintbrush; tear along the wet line for a deckle edge.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Welcome Wednesday

May you pass quickly and smoothly as Friday is right around the corner.

Denise aka Aunt2Jaymz
Sent from my iPhone

Today's Tip! - More Photo Organization

Ways to Organize Photos of Any Kind

  1. Time and Place - Set aside a time when you can sit uninterrupted. Depending on how many photos you have, taking the time to organize them can be very time-consuming and will take more than one session. Decide on a place that allows you to spread out.
  2. Gather - Gather all of your photos from everywhere in the house. Include every closet, drawer, box, nook, and table where they have been accumulating.  Don't forget the portrait extras and smaller photos from holidays or school pictures.
  3. Sort Chronologically - Sort through every envelope. First, group them by year, then go through each year and sort by month. If you did not have the date on the photo, make your best estimation. It is better to give a rough estimate now than to try guessing 10 years from now or, worse yet, leaving it for others to figure out. This is the most commonly used way to organize photos.
    Or Sort by Categories - Simply make a group of categories appropriate for your family.  Some examples may be friends, family, vacations, school, kids, grandchildren, graduations, holidays, birthdays, or religious events.  This method is not used as frequently because there tends to be categories that overlap and it is difficult to divide the photos.
  4. Label - As you go through each pile or envelope, label the back.  You should include the full names of people in the photo,the date, the location, and the event. Use a special pen made only for this purpose. Do not use a regular pen because it makes indentions on the front of the photo.
  5. Delete - Remember you don't have to keep every photo that you take. Some just end up not being, so don't feel guilty. Throw away, or pass on, any duplicates that no longer have a use.  This will sometimes cut down the pile considerably and make your task easier.
  6. Start Somewhere - A good way is to just pick an event such as a birthday or a recent month or year. You could always work backwards when you have extra time. It is best to pick a recent time and move forward until you are caught up to the present. It keeps you motivated and at least currrent on your present photos.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wedding Card I made tonight

Today's Tip! - Organizing Digital Photos

Organizing Digital Photos in 5 Simple Steps

Organizing digital photos can be tedious, frustrating, and VERY time-consuming.

Like most people, I love taking tons of photos, without worrying about how much film I was using. I also love viewing my photos right away through the LED screen.  What I didn't know initially was that organizing digital photos takes time.  LOTS of time.  But, in the long run, you will end up with a system that is great for storing and retrieving your precious digital photos.

  1. Download - The first thing you want to do is download your pictures to your computer. This can be done in one of 3 ways:
    ◦ Through a USB cable from your computer to your camera;
    ◦ Through a memory card reader; or,
    ◦ Through a memory card readers built right into your computer.
  2. Delete and Edit - Firstly, delete any photos that you do not want to keep. Don't feel guilty here. That is the great part of a digital camera, you delete the bad, out-if-focus, or otherwise unworthy photos and keep only the pictures that you really love. Next, edit the photos that you are going to keep.
  3. Rename the Image File - This has to be the most tedious part of organizing digital photos. All photos come with a file name that really doesn't mean anything to you - just a bunch of numbers and letters. So, in order to find a photo years down the line, you must name the photo.  Be specific.  Don't name the picture "Mary at the park". Include the name of the person, place, month and year, and what the person was doing or something about the photograph that will help you remember.
  4. Categorize Albums - Most cameras come with software which allows you to make albums in which to place your photos. You may wish to use categories such as family, friends, vacation, etc. But you can also do it by time. Some examples may be by year, month, etc.  I file mine chronologically such as 2010-04 (April), 2010-03 (March), etc. and then make sub-directories within such as Birthday Party, Vacation, etc.  However you choose, think about it carefully and decide what will work best for you.  It may also depend on the software program you are using and how much you want to do. Deciding on a method now will save you tons to time and energy later.
  5. Save Them Forever - After following the above steps, it is time to think about how you will save your photos.  This can be done in one of 3 ways:
    ◦ Burn them to a CD/DVD;
    ◦ Use an external storage device found at any office supply or home electronics center; or,
    ◦ Use digital photo online storage.
This is a basic step-by-step way to organize your digital photos. If you are new to cameras, digital, or computers, give yourself time to learn and take the time to read.  Get to know what your electronics can do and you will be surprised at the possibilities.  Organize your digital photos now and they will supply a lifetime of memories.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Here is one of the Christening cards I made

For my cousin's little girl

Happy Monday

If you're like me and have to say it to feel it, then say it out loud
to someone. They may need to hear it!!!


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Today's Tip! - Photo Storage

Archival Photo Storage

Using the correct archival photo storage is important so that you can preserve your images for as long as possible.  The following tips will assist you and improved the chances of your photos lasting as long as possible.  If you use the correct photo storage system, you can actually extend the life of your photos.

Tips On Correct Archival Photo Storage

Choose a Place - First, you must choose a favorable place for your photos. Photos do best in any cool, dark, dry area. Ensure the spot you pick is free of any water pipes or sprinklers that may damage the photos if broken or triggered.  Do not store your photos in a garage, basement, atttic, or any room where the temperature and humidity can not be controlled.  Do store them in an area of your home within your main living space.  Think of it this way - if you don't live in the space neither should your pictures. A perfect place is a hall or bedroom closet. These usually have all 3 requirements of cool, dark, and dry.  Make sure there is adequate air circulation around your box or album. Do not push them up against the wall tightly, leave an inch or so between the box/album and the closet wall.

Choose the Correct Products - Make sure all of the products you use for archival photo storage are made specifically to store photos or negatives.  Do not trust your precious photos and momentos to old shoeboxes or cardboard boxes.  Do use special photo sto/trage boxes that are made to store photos correctly. They should be labeled PVC-free, non-magnetic, and/or acidic-free.

Correct Products to Mount your Photos - If you do not use the correct items to adhere your images, they will be damaged over time.  Do use special tape, mounting tabs, or glue made specifically for photos.  DO NOT use regular clear tape, regular school glue, or regular stick glue to mount your pictures.

Save the Originals - If you have a favorite photo or portrait, consider scanning the original and storing it in a safe place.  Then display the copy in a frame or album.

Think Retro - Those old black and white photos from older relatives are still around for a reason.  Black and white photos tend to hold up better over time than color photos so make an effort to take one or two rolls a year.  Another good reason is simply that they just look really cool!  Some of my favorite snapshots are on black and white film.

Photos are so precious. Some shots you plan, while others are spontaneous and fun.  Regardless of how the photo was captured, though, you want to keep it forever.  If you follow the above tips you improve your chances of keeping those images, and memories, in the best shape for the longest period of time.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NSD Weekend

As National Scrapbooking Day weekend comes to a close, show us what YOU worked on.

Share your favorite project from the weekend; we'd love to see what you worked on.  I had hoped to finish some canvases, but today got away from me.  Please inspire me.....

Today's Activities

The baptism of my cousin's beautiful little girl, Julia, was lovely and now we move on to the First Birthday Party!!!!!  After that, a few errands including consulting with a friend for her kitchen renovation, and then home to clean and create! Maybe I will defer some grocery shopping to Monday...... I may need a nap!!!!!
Denise aka Aunt2Jaymz
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Today's Tip! - Paper Storage

Scrapbook Paper Storage That Works!

Scrapbook paper storage is a challenge! Ask anyone who scrapbooks and they will agree. There are so many different colors, patterns, type, and sizes to consider.

How many times did you cut a new sheet because you couldn't find the smaller size you needed only to find it the next day? How many times did you buy a new piece of paper only to find you already had that color or pattern? What about the precious time wasted looking for just the right piece?

Well, all of those frustrating moments can be history if you organize your paper and use scrapbook paper storage items. To help you with your scrapbook paper storage, here ares some ideas:
Stackable Paper Trays (8.5"x11: and 12"x12") - Paper trays are a good choice to keep your paper right where you need it.  It makes your paper easy to see and easily accessible!

Expandable Organizer - These are great expandable organizers that can hold up to 500 pieces of 12"x12" paper, has a locking tuck tab and of course in acid free. A perfect choice for small space scrappers or scappers on the move.

Cropper Hopper Paper Holder - I LOVE my Cropper Hopper but don't see them anymore.  It's convenient and sturdy and, on a wheeled base, easily moved.  The unit holds up to 200 pages of 12"x12" papers. Add dividers (found below)to separate colors and patterns.

Cropper Hopper Vertical Value Pack - This is another favorite of mine.  Pages are protected and easily stored.  There are a few different sizes and it's easy to sort by color, theme, or whatever works for you.

Using scrapbook paper storage can help you get more done in less time by using your time efficiently and for what you love - building great scrapbook pages!

Happy Organizing!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Woohoo!!!!!! 2600 Hits!!!!!

We did it! 2600 hits. I can't wait for 3000! I'll find some blog
candy for and think of a contest!!!

Denise aka Aunt2Jaymz
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Happy NSD!!!!!

I've made 3 Christening cards (sorry, can't show you yet)..... now on to the next project.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!!!!

Enjoy your day, spend time with friends, and get some scrapping done!!!!


Today's Tip! - Types of Albums

There are two standard sizes of albums:
  • 8.5”x11”, and;
  • 12”x12”
Most scrappers I know use a 12”x12” album for the "family scrapbooks" and smaller (6"x6", 8"x8", or even 8.5"x11") books for themed albums.

3-ring binders or D-ring binders: These are just like the binders you used in school.  This is my preference, though I have a hard time finding these in Victoria.  A simple 3-ring center means you can add or switch around pages easily and a D-ring allows pages to lie flat.  The best thing is that you can fit a lot of pages into a 3-ring binder.

Post-bound albums: The pages are bound into the album with three posts that can easily be taken out and more pages added in or removed.  It is also somewhat easy to move pages around.

Strap-hinge albums: These albums have flexible plastic straps in the cover that run through wire loops embedded in each page. Binding is expandable but pages are not a readily available.