Monday, April 27, 2009

Art is good for the soul!

Inspiration comes from many places. I find LOTS of inspiration from original work from others. I love to see what people can create and different ways to use various mediums of paint and paper. Kelly Rae has a very unique way of mixing the two. I love her shop on etsy. You can find it here...
Kelly Rae Etsy

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Be You

I found this on one of the blogs I go to daily. Melody Ross is a woman who achieved great success at a VERY young age in the scrapbook industry. However, her life turned upside down when her husband was in a surfing accident that caused brain damage. She is no longer a millionaire, she lost just about everything. She has been full circle to say the least. Yet, she keeps on going and has gotten back up and is still in the game of life. She just has a very inspirational story. Here is her blog if you are interested..
Melody Ross

And just for fun I'm going to share another one of my favorite blog sites. Her name is Kelly Rae Roberts. She was a social worker for many years, but then kind of stumbled upon her God given gift..painting with mixed media. I LOVE her work.Kelly Rae website. She has written a book and also has an etsy shop.Kelly Rae's etsy. I want one of everything she has!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Organizing School Pictures- Part I

Organizing all the school stuff is a bit overwhelming. I have found a system that works for me and thought I'd share it. Take as little or as much as you want and find something that works for you. The most important element is to start with THIS year and work back. Don't try and go all the way back to the beginning, you will end up frastrated!
This is what my piles look like RIGHT NOW. Creating Keepsakes sold these wonderful school kits a couple of years ago and I bought 2! That is probably one of the best kits I ever bought. But, you don't have to have a fancy kit to get started. Just get any kind of folder. You could even get a manilla file folder (I would staple the sides so that there is an opening only at the top so stuff doesn't fall out when you pick it up). When I go through their backpacks everyday I don't keep everything. I don't even keep alot. Most of the everyday school worksheets go in the trash.(I know...gasp!) I try to keep at least 1 spelling test and some writing samples for them to compare to later on. But, here is what I keep...
1. Creative stories
2. Pictures created by them
3. Letters from teachers
4. All certificates and diplomas (these go into a seperate folder)
5. Programs, letters from school friends, some invites, valentines, etc.
6. Just about anything with their handwriting
The inside of the pocket looks like this..

I keep way more than I'm going to use. I go through it again and scan in some of the bigger items to fit on the page. For instance, if they bring home a 16x12 piece that has a picture on top and a story below it, I cut it in half and then scan and shrink it. After you scan it you can put it back on top of each other on your page. Or here...

I wanted to use this program but didn't want it to take up most of my 12x12 page. So I scanned it in and shrunk it down to about 3x5.

I also shrink my pictures down in Photoshop. I just open up a 4x6 canvas and add 2 pictures to that canvas. I save the image and send it off to Shutterstock. When I get it back I cut it and use the little pictures on my page. I get alot more stuff on my page when I shrink it down. This is what they look like when they are done in Photoshop...

Some items I keep in their original form like this Abe Lincoln piece R did.
I thought it was absolutely adorable. So, I just put it right onto my 12x12 layout. I use all kinds of sizes and shapes on my pages. There really is no rhyme or standard. I do try to balance out the pages though. I use lots of square and rectangle sizes for my pictures for continuity.

For every grade I keep the 12x12 layouts kind of similar. The first page has an 8x10school picture. I also add their daily schedule and the school name, year, etc.. On page 2 or 3 I always write a letter to my children. In the letter I highlight favorite activities, things they said that made me smile, and talk about their friends. I am really big on journaling. During the year if something comes up that I think I might forget I just write it down on scratch paper and stick it in the folder. I have lots of scribbly notes later, but at least they are there. I then go through them and include them in my letter. If you don't write it down YOU WILL FORGET IT!!!

In my albums I house the 12x12 pockets, 8 1/2 x11 page protectors with art work that I wanted to keep individually stored and 12x12 pages. I like using the different sizes, it adds a little interest. You don't have to scrapbook everything, just stick it in a page protector!


Once all this stuff is sorted and put together it is a lot of fun to look at over and over. Trust me the process isn't really all that bad. I got both of my kids' books caught up to this year last summer. Preschool too! :) Just remeber start this year and go back. Sort a little at a time. Oh! I almost forgot...I do keep a folder on my computer labeled "school pictures". This is where I sort and keep all the pictures that I use on my 12x12 layouts. So, the papers and misc. items are only part 1 of the process...I'll go into that on my next post, K?

Start sorting and have fun! When in doubt, keep it and move on. When you start scrapping, you will sort it even more.
This is what the album looks like when it's all done, I have 2 grades so far in this album...
I can fit 3-4 grades in one album. I keep LOTS of stuff though. So, it will just depend on what you want to keep. I use We R Memory Keepers 12x12 leather albums. Blue for my son, purple for my daughter. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or you can comment below.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


Telling the story of your life does not always include pictures. In this page I tried to capture more sound (the conversation between Jamie and I) and sights. Although, I can already smell some yummy bread coming out of the oven in those bakeries we went to! Have fun. And don't forget to use all that everyday stuff that you normally throw away. I used menu's, brochures and a Mellow Mushroom calendar for this page. Our everyday life is full of so much color. Save some money and save a tree! :)
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I will be the absolute FIRST to say that organization eludes me. I feel that I am somewhat of an organized thinker. Taking action on these thoughts is kind of painful for me. I really have to work at it! I was THRILLED to stumble across this idea! I don't even remember where I saw/heard it, but it stuck!
Here is THE binder! This is where all my recipes, gardening and some of my favorite decorating ideas live. Please note that everything in between the green and yellow tabs are DESSERTS!! The main dishes and sides are somewhere in there. And there is a whole section on dips and cheese balls (my favorite!)
When I see a recipe I like in a magazine I rip it out and just stick it in a page protector. If I find one on the internet I print it out and stick it in there too. Or I have some pages with hand written recipes on misc. pieces of paper..those are simply stapled to some paper and then stuck in the page protector. I also want to remember what I put in my flower garden. So this too goes in the binder. I got so tired of seeing them just laying around on my counters. Where else do you put these things?? I stapled them in such a way that I can partially flip them over and see what's on the back ( I only read that part when something doesn't grow:) Same with articles that I want to keep. I try not to keep whole publications just for a handful of ideas. I do the same thing with my scrapbooking. I rip out the pages and stick them in an idea binder (a separate binder that I keep in my studio). When I get stuck or need ideas, I've got them all nice and neat in page protectors..have I mentioned that I LOVE page protectors?
I hope that this helps someone! It sure has made my life easier!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Showers

Although it IS raining again!! All these showers mean greener grass in a couple of weeks. Thought it would be fun to pull together some of my favorite things right now.
1. R wrote down his recipe for his egg concoction that he and H made ALL by themselves. (A modified version of Pops' in Houston)
2. Red "Betty Boop" shoes. Try to work these into any outfit!
3. Having fun recycling cereal boxes. Good thing, we go through lots!
4. H brought home a book from school, "Lives of Extraordiaray Women". The subtitle was "well behaved women never made history"..wooohoo, good reading! :)
5. "Find X" lives on my frige.
6. Can't do without my "nano pod".
7. Found the yellow shoes at Marshalls. Love at first sight!
8. LOVE looking at journal pages of creative artists! The page markers are recycled embellishments from my "Swoozies' catalog!
9. Texas hat is a faithful walking companion

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