Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Arizona Midday Show ! My scrapbooking theme for this segment was fun ways to scrapbook your summer. I highlighted techniques using ephemera from your summer activities as a way to make the projects fun and memorable for your kids to participate in as well. The two little frames shown here commemorate a trip to Hawaii earlier this summer as well as a favorite trip to Legoland a few years back that my son took. Creating a decorative frame is a fun and easy way to get your child involved in scrapbooking summer memories that doesn't always involve making a scrapbook page! To create the Lego frame Lego bricks were glued to a wooden frame from the dollar store using Aileene's Tacky Glue, I like this glue because it dries firm, quick and clear! The Hawaiian frame was created using another dollar store frame, some colorful brads that I snipped the legs off and the flowers from a Hawaiian Lei we got on our trip. I also used Tacky glue to adhere all the items to the frames, total production time for each frame was 30 minutes,( then another hour to allow for complete glue drying). Definitely a fun and kid-friendly project... seashells work great for this too! Speaking of seashells, sometimes it is fun to make a bumpy lumpy layout that you can frame! Alyssa had her 19th birthday at the beach this year so I created a little photo frame around her favorite birthday photo using some little beach shells from the beach. If you don't have any shells most craft stores sell shells very inexpensively in different sizes in small bags. To create the photo frame on the layout I first mounted the photo on heavy chipboard leaving about a 1/4" free edge all the way around, then used tacky glue once more to glue the shells down. I let this frame dry over night before adhering it to the layout. I used two-sided tape to adhere to the layout since it was a little heavier than my normal page elements.Using ephemera from your summer activities can be really fun on your scrapbooking projects, consider saving menues, programs, tickets,placemats anything you can copy on to paper or use as paper on your project! This summer Michael was in his first production with Actors Youth Theatre we cut up pieces of the program showing the production title as well as his actor bio to add to this quick and easy layout. Projects like this are once more easy for your children to create because by using the emphemera from the activity or the event you already have you layout embellishments ready to go, you just have to add pictures! I used this same technique to scrapbook Alyssa's birthday dinner in Carlsbad, California. We loved the Italian restaurant we ate at that night so I printed out a copy of the restaurants menu and insignia onto some parchment paper use as my embellishments All I had to do was add some journaling and photos and the layout was complete. Consider using the colorful placemat from your child's favorite restaurant in the same way! One of my favorite project ideas I shared on the show today was a quick Postcard mini book idea for adults and kids alike. When I am on vacation I always buy postcards but I rarely send them out! I buy them because I love the colorful photos of the places I am visiting. I great way to put those postcards to use is in a quick and simple mini book. Most postcards are either 4"x 6 or 6" x 8", I chose to create a simple ring binding on the side of mine using hinge rings available at most office supply stores. I punched holes and bound my book and added a few extra cardstock pages of the same dimension. Next I printed my favorite photos from this summer's beach vacation and glued them on the back of the postcards and onto the cardstock pages. All that was left to do was a some journaling on the backs of the postcards and cardstock pages. I embellished the front of the book with a label from my Dymo label make and some ribbon with a metal rimmed tag!
It was hard to leave the beach after a week of perfect weather, family togetherness, indulgent reading and DVD viewing pretty much total relaxation. Every day the view outside our beach house was similar to this sunshine, clear skies, good waves! I am already looking forward to the next beach trip. Here are a few more photo favs from the end of the week.
Michael and Alyssa had fun playing smash ball on the beach, Michael also spent more time in the water than any one else this week becoming quite the accomplished boogie boarder.I ventured into the water a few times but spent most of my time on the beach reading, people watching and doing a little walking. Mike got more exercise in than any of us, he brought along his mountain bike and went on quite a few nice rides in the early morning in the Carlsbad/Oceanside area. I did manage to read two more books this week that I really enjoyed. The Longest Trip Home, by John Grogan was a memoir that I truly enjoyed. I could really relate because the author grew up in the same part of Michigan that I did, and I really enjoyed reading about some the familiar landmarks of my childhood. John Grogan shares with humor what it was like to grow up in a devoutly Catholic family, and even though I am not Catholic I knew many families and kids in my neighborhood who where just like his. I really loved this book and it definitely made me a little teary eyed at the end, I would highly reccomend it. My final book of the week was Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen, it kept my attention and was a good beach read but I would have to say it was my least favorite book of the week. I liked the storyline, the relationship between two sisters with very different lives and how thy cope with stress and tragedy but it was a little obvious and contrived for me. Since coming home I have started on a literature classic I have been meaning to read for quite some time The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, I am about a third of the way through and totally loving it! I will share a review after I am finished. One of our final celebrations on vacation was Alyssa's 19th birthday, we went out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Carlsbad, opened gifts and had really bad cake we bought at the grocery store! It was fun and now our girl is 19 and ready to start her sophmore year of college in just a few short weeks.
One of my favorite activities when going to the beaching is assembling a big stack of books to read. While at home I rarely have time to sit and literally read ALL day, while at the beach that is my primary activity. I have made a good dent in the books I have brought. The first book finished I would highly recommend, The Art of Racing in the Rain. I was a bit skeptical of reading another dog book but this one was super good. The story of Denny, ( the dog's owner) is told by Enzo the dog. I was hooked from the first page. It was a quick read that I couldn't put down, I laughed and definited cried. The ending was a bit predictable but I loved it just the same... go get this one! Next up was Pride and Predjudice and Zombies , I had picked this up many times and almost bought it, I was curious having read the Jane Austin original many years ago. I took the plunge and bought it at Target to read at the beach.I must admit it was alittle silly but it kept my attention and was definitely way different than most of what I read. I think die- hard Jane Austen fans my not care for it too much. Next on deck starting tomorrow is The Longest Trip Home. Both my hubby and my best friend loved this book by John Grogran and I am a big fan of Marley and Me so I am looking forward to this memoir of his youth! I will offer more book reviews as I work through my stack of books.
No better time to return to blogging than when on vacation right? We are enjoying the sand and sun of Oceanside, California. We really loved this particular beach house last year and were fortunate it was available during a week we were all free this year. I love this photo of ALyssa and Michael, when no one else is around they actually hang out together which is nice. The weather is wonderful and predicted to stay that way for the duration of our stay. So far I have eaten lots of food I have sworn off for the last couple months, had a couple margaritas and read two good books. I am looking forward to much more of the same.
Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend my niece Mackenzie's annual synchronized swimming water show, the weather was perfect and we had great seats!
Mackenzie has been a competing member of the Arizona Aqua Stars swim team since she was in elementary school, she toils in the pool with her teammates many hours a week during competiton season and has won many awards for her efforts, the annual watershow is our yearly opportunity to see her strut her stuff! I wish I was better at capturing the quick acrobatics and amazing synchronized movements her team executes in the pool check out some of the photo albums my cousin Dana( her mom) usually has posted in her blog sidebar albums to see what these gals can do!
I was able to get a couple cute pictures of
Mackenzie on the day of the performance with Alyssa and her college Roomate Riley and Mackenzie's other little cousin Katie, and a good picture of Michael with Mackenzie too. The costumes these swimmers wear are amazing as well sparkly and shimmering truly amazing... a tribute to all the moms to pitch in to do all the beadwork( I am talking bout you Dana!)
One of the things Alyssa had asked me to do for her over spring break was take some action photos of her dancing to attach to her 2009/2010 NAU dance team audition packet. I was happy to do it, but a bit nervous since photos capturing lots of movement have never been my specialty! I did have a location in mind though. The last few times I had been to down town Mesa I had taken note of very cool surfaces on the exterior walls of some of the historic downtown buildings, and cool paint colors as well!
We settled on a wall with a brick and plaster finish that looked cool behind the pictures and I got a few picture that weren't blurry yeah! I wish I hadn't clipped off her fingers in this leap photo, but it was the best leaping one we took so we went with it! Here are a couple more of my favorites of my favorite dancer we took that day.
Friday night, Alyssa came home from college at NAU for spring break week, Yeah! Other than Christmas this will be the first time we have had her home for this long since the beginning of the school year. we have plans to get manicures and pedicures and Alyssa was lucky enough to pick up a couple of shifts at Target over break as well. Other than that I think her primary plan is to hang out with friends and work on her tan! Yesterday we had some fabulous Arizona weather, 80 degrees and sunny, perfect weather for barbequing and being outside. We also had the pleasure of attending my niece Mackenzie's snychronized swimming water show,She swims or the Arizona Aqua Stars, I will post more on that tomorrow! In honor of ALyssa's return we had a nice little barbeque for dinner here was our menu: Marinated and barbequed steaks, corn on the cob, and Fire and Ice pickeled cucumbers and tomatoes. We also had some shrimp cocktail as an appetizer it was simply delish! I took a rare family photo minus myself of course during our appetizer course on the patio,
I am really going to attempt to snap lots of photos over the break, it is driving me crazy that I have absolutely no photos lately! I will close with my recipe, actually my mom's recipe for Fire and Ice pickled cucumbers and tomatoes. If you are looking for a good side dish this summer with a kick to it I would highly recommend it!
Fire and Ice Tomatoes and Cucumbers 6 medium tomatoes quartered 1 medium white onion slices thin 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers sliced thin 3/4 cup cider vinegr 1/4 cup water 1 tblsp plus 2 tsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp celery salt 1 1/2 tsp mustard seed 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes Combine vegetables in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and boil one minute. Pour over vegetables and mix, Cover and refrigerate 5-8 hours before serving.
I guess it has been too long since my last blog post when things like this start happening!
Family Members from out of state start calling to be sure I am ok since I never post to by blog any more
When I have to consult my passworld file to log into Typepad!
My husband even starts to comment on my lack of blogging
So what is the problem? why am I not blogging? Like any routine, once you break it becomes hard to get back into the habit of recording my thoughts and activities on a regular basis. I must also admit that while I am not blogging I am spending time on Facebook and Twitter largely because I can do it in extremely small bursts with albsolutely no preparation.... it is kinda like "trial-sized" blogging 140 or 160 character entries and I am done, and I go on my merry way! While this type of social networking and connecting is fun, I have to admit i miss the more journal-like entries I have created for my blog over the past few years and I am going to do my best to take some baby steps to get on the blog-bandwagon again! Wish me luck. Thought I would close with a photo of this totally cute tape I ordered last week that came in the mail today! This purchase was the result of a twitter post from Stacy Julian about a cool tape company she had happened upon Tapeswell! I would highly suggest checking them out. The two rolls of printed coordinating packing tape I got came packaged in the darling can next to it. I also ordered the roll of 15o fun mailing labels that coordinate with the tape! There is just something fun about sending envelopes and packages that look cute! Hope I enabled a few of you, but this stuff is just too cute to pass up!
I love creating with chipboard and I am excited to announce I am teaching a new "Projects Now" Class at Big Picture Scrapbooking that shares my favorite techniques for creating with chipboard. The great thing about a "Projects Now" class is that you can take it whenever you like, registration is always open. I would love to have you join me. Click on the Big Picture Scrapbooking Link above and check it out! Be on the watch for other 'Projects Now' classes from me this spring at Big Picture Scrapbooking!
It has been a long while since I have collected something, I guess nothing has really caught my fancy to be honest.
This Christmas my husband put a cool iron and wooden coat hook from Anthropologie in my stocking. I had actually looked at them a few times when I had been shopping over the holidays and thought it would be fun to have one in my scraproom, so it was a nice surprise to get one as a gift. A good friend, Liz Eaton had mentioned that she was going to display a collection of hooks to hang stuff on in her son's room and I thought it might be fun to do the same in my scrap room for my ever growing collection of aprons and such.... I guess I better start collecting! Well on to hook number 2, I was internet surfing a couple of weeks ago and one link led to another and I found this completely cool boutique , I windowed shopped for awhile be fore I happend upon this
wonderful vintage coat hook from an English school classroom, it was love at first sight, one quick click of the mouse and this little beauty was mine. Does two make a collection, I am thinking so.... I loved that the vintage hook came with a lovely vintage postcard and label-shaped business card from the shop proprietess.
As I clump them somewhere on a wall I will have to post a photo to share. On an unrelated topic while cruising thru Michael's Craft store this weekend I found some super cute stuff in the sewing section that has some definite scrapbooking potential , It was a cute line of embellishments inspired by my favorite reality show Project Runway, and created by Dritz. I will post a picture below. ( so sad Project Runway's fate is unknown I miss the show already!)The trim and rosette flowers are made from twill zipper tape, the rosette zipper flowers have pins on the back so you could actually wear them if you wanted! The other item in the picture is an adorable box of straight pins with little blue buttons atop the pin head.... way cute.