Thursday, July 30, 2009

CYD- Fulfilled Dreams





Ok, so I cheated a little bit on this one. I was SUPPOSED to dig deep into my past and find dreams that have been fulfilled. I didn't dig very far and included a picture of my NanoWriMo novel that I wrote this fall (still unrevised BUT 50,000 words) and then about becoming a mother. Writing a novel and becoming a mom are remarkable similar adventures and take HUGE leaps of faith and a belief in the process. So, these are my best fulfilled wishes so far. Oh yes, the little writing is how to achieved our goal.

On a technical note: The "frame" is a piece of overhead that I both stamped on and used a white sharpie on. I made it so it would frame both pieces and am including a picture of the picture framed and unframed.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CYD- Why my dreams should come true page

Here is the latest page after responding to why our dreams should come true. I printed the wordle below on yellow cardstock and then used a transparency for the plant (divided it in half) and used another piece for the flower with the Shakespeare quote. I love that this scrapbook paper had all orange owls except one little blue one. I just had to get that little blue guy in there- the one owl going against the crowd. Hmmmm.... who do we know who would appreciate that? Oh yea, me!
Below is a link to my wordle about dreams.  This is a place where you can input a paragraph
and it gives you a wordle bubble.  I created 4 different versions.  I think this is the one
that I like the best. 
Wordle: Dreams3

Sunday, July 26, 2009

CYD- Mini book back cover


So here is the back cover of my book. It is also crazy quilted. I thought I would just add my initials and the year. I'm not sure that all the fabrics coordinate but I chose the ones that I liked. Phoebe kept coming up to me as I sewed and pointing and saying "strawberry". I'll have to make her something with this cute strawberry flannel- I have loads of it. This has inspired me to go back to sewing. Maybe I'll make a little crazy quilt for Phoebe's dolly for Christmas.

The inside cover has another pocket. I love the green fabric and had only found a little tiny place for it on the back cover so I used it on the pocket.

So, good start to my book and we'll have to see what exercise awaits for tomorrow's class!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cover to "My Dream" book



This is the cover to the book for the Capture Your Dream workshop. The assignment was to embroider your title on fabric and attach it to cardboard and use this as your cover. Obviously, I took liberties. I decided to crazy quilt the cover which I haven't done for about 5 years. It was actually fun to do a small area! The teacher had given us a template for the letters but I just free-formed it in the end. I kinda had to squeeze in the "M" but it definitely shows it's handmade. After all that, I have a blister on my finger from all the sewing. Just this cover took me about 7 hours or so.

On the inside cover, I added a little pocket. Hey, the class is about dreams and there is no better place to put a dream than in a pocket, right?

I also added grommets to the holes. It looks MUCH better than just holes and they were leftover from another project. So, now I only have to do the back cover. Maybe I'll start that later (after I put a bandaid on my blister!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Page One (ish) of Capture Your Dream Scrapbooking Class





So, here is my first page assignment for the Capture Your Dream scrapbooking class. You'll notice that the first page assignment, leaked into 4 pages. Oh well....

Anyone who is in the Concord area, Concord Camera pictures are SO MUCH BETTER than anywhere else. Phoebe and I walked down for them this morning. I got to crop, adjust color, and print- all in about 20 minutes. Beautiful pictures! Ok, so it was more expensive than Target but worth it. AND they said that they might be offering a Photoshop class in the fall (which I desperately need). Probably can't afford it on a regular basis but for those important pictures, there really is a difference in the quality.

So, thanks to my last class in doodling, I added a little doodling frame around the pictures and a few little dots to my chipboard letters. That's called transfer in teacher speak.
So far, so good!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009






In taking a new on-line scrapbooking class, my first assignment was to take (or find) 5 pictures that represented me. With help of Jan, I found 5 images that I think represent who I am right now. See below.... (and stay tuned for what we are going to do with these pictures!):

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Haven't been scrapbooking


Really, we've been too busy going to the pool for swim lessons and Grammie and Grampie's for Grammie's birthday to sit down and scrapbook. I'm uploading a few highlights of us at the pool to remind myself that at some point I should get back to it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Do you like butter?

Here is the page that I finished about 20 minutes ago.  It's a two page spread of the kids picking dandilions at Mimi and Grampie's and making bouquets for all of us.  Mimi asked the kids if they liked butter so that's where the title came from.  Thank goodness I had a book of pre-punched flowers for this one because I covered all the chipboard letters which took about an hour.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Plans Scrapbook Page


Here is the latest scrapbook page.... right off the presses.  In fact, I need to finish it by grilling both Elliot and Jan about what they are looking forward to doing this summer (but since it is almost 1 am, I guess I won't wake them up just so I can finish a scrapbook page).  Jan helped me make a guess about what Phoebe would say if she had more language (although she is using simple sentences now).   Lots of machine sewing on this one because this was the last "assignment" for my on-line scrapbooking class.