Monday, May 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Well, sorry about that! I completely spaced DOING the to do list post because I was so busy do the things on the list!
I scrapped a girly layout … sewed the binding on the veggie tales quilt …worked on mom’s day gifts … made biscuits and gravy … did a drawing … and cleaned up the Shaak.
Today is loafing around Wednesday (not a catchy cute phrase, but it is what it is!) What you doing?
Here are some pictures of my items…enjoy!
The DIL and I are creating a rag quilt for the new baby…momma designed it, so cute and fuzzy and soft!
I water colored this hibiscus flower using my Lindy’s Stamp Gang products (the ones I won and some others I had) and then finished it with sprays…love this so much. Giving it as a gift this week!
My girly layout…I blogged this week about my “despising scrapbooking” and I really understand now why I was feeling this way. All this time, I have this girly girl inside me just dying to add color to stuff, frilly ribbon and yummy pinks. Well, I could never successfully do it before with all these boys in my world. Yesterday, when I sprang up this idea…I thought, YES! A GIRL! FINALLY! and this is what came out.
Some up close shots:
I am in the middle of making over 9 gifts…I am so blessed to have so many “moms” in my life…it is a pleasure to make each them something special! Here is just a peek into one gift I have made thus far.
A special drawing I did, Spring Banner. Done in pastels and when I set it and mounted it, I was left with this canvas look. It needs a frame but I am afraid to mail it with glass. So the recipient will have to frame it herself! I hope she won’t mind.
A Mother’s Day card…plus…
As you open it…
there seems to be…
a little more…
Oh so much more! I hope it will bring a smile to her face!
So you see…this is what I have been doing…now, I want to know…what have you been up to?
ONE LAST THING!
Since Fabio came to hang out with me…I just had to keep him around. Now, he is always glaring at that clock though! So, he wants to know…Is it time to craft yet?
Monday, May 7, 2012
There are a lot of “firsts” now that the Kraaft Shaak has moved. We had our “first” Kids Kraaft on Wednesday and had a couple new students join us. We had our “first” FAB U LOUS $5 Friday, on Friday (of course) and tomorrow we will have our “first” Scrappin’ Night.
The unique thing here is we have never had a Scrappin’ Night before. We did a scrapbooking class, hosted by my wonderful friend Pam, who loves to scrap and has taught me so much, in our old place, but this time is different.
This time, I am “teaching” the class (directing the creativity I prefer to say) and I am NO scrap booker! In fact I despise the idea of scrap booking. I really do.
I found out why I despise it today! I really took at a look at myself and found that I feel guilty! I have a stack (actually a LARGE tote) of un organized photos. These are from my own childhood even! I have three boys and for most of their young lives we did not have a camera, when we did it was a disposable camera so the pictures are awful and God only knows what some of them are! I have plenty of photos to go through though. Many of my first child a few of the second and hardly any of the third…so more guilt there!
Then there is the “sorting” issue. What if I can not remember WHEN or even WHO this is? The WHERE is hard enough, then the WHY! Plus, I really don’t want to put all this time and energy into a book I would have to DRAG out in order for someone to see all my work. Besides, my boys really are not into all this “memory” stuff! Trust me when I say, it BORES THEM TO DEATH!
I know there are people out there that want to do this “thing” called scrapbooking and I am the Kraaft Shaak, so I should offer something. Pam is way too busy, so I better do something!
So, I decided to take a good long hard look at me. Why don’t I ? What needs to be different if I am going to do this?
Well, the first thing that had to go was the guilt! I can not change how I stored these photos, how I cared little about keeping them in order or that I never had the skills or equipment to do great photography.
I also need to realize the past is the past. What matters is that I preserve a memory even if no one wants to hear it right now…God knows I would never listen when my Gramps told me stories, but I sure would treasure the time now!
What happens if I can not remember? What do I do if that whole roll of film (that is what we used to use you digital kiddos out there) is of a time and place I lost all recollection of? What if it just randomness and I can not find “the story”? Do I just lay a bunch of photos down and hope a title will come?
NO! I can forget the shackles of CHRONOLOGICAL BONDAGE and scrap the people and the reasons we remember them…not the event! Recently, I forced myself to scrap and did not even realize I had done this very thing. I had two photos, seemingly unrelated, but adorable and scrap-able! I realized one was of my oldest at Kindergarten graduation and the other was of my two younger boys on the middle son’s first day of kindergarten. I hunted for a spell until I found a photo of the youngest during his Kindergarten year and made a page about Kindergarten. It spans from 1998 – 2005 all on one page and all in one book!
I have to admit, I was not doing this intentionally. I did not set out to liberate myself from the bondage of a timeline. I really felt I just wanted them in a book! It turns out that was the most freedom I have ever allowed myself to have!
I will admit also, that it is hard to maintain that liberation. As you can see in the pages I am posting here, they have a theme even within their page spread. I want to still have the continuity through out my memories. I will continue to group events, if I can, but I no longer feel restricted to chronology.
I no longer feel the guilt surrounding my inability to sort and organize by dates and time and I no longer feel bad about my imperfect photography skills. I can make a bad picture a good story just by adding it to a bunch of other bad photos.
The truth is, there is no limit to what I can put into a layout, my large tote can attest to that, the limit comes when I don’t do anything at all!
In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I am pleased to announce our Scrappin’ Night is Tuesday May 8th (that’s tomorrow) 7 pm – 9 pm. You can bring your current project and we will have space for ya as well as some snacks and drinks or you can use our supplies on hand.
We have a lot to share. We have some chains to break! and most of all, we have some memories to scrap…so be sure to sign up and save your spot!
If you are unable to attend tomorrow, we offer All Day Kraaft on a couple Saturday’s this month. We also offer you the opportunity to Scrap While We Skype, a new feature that you can join me via Skype to get in on the fun just purchase a kit and when it arrives we will set up your Skype session. Sign up for this under the Projects and Class Schedule tab above.
See you at the Shaak!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
In honor of National Scrapbooking Day this Saturday and it being celebrated at CTMH all this month, I felt I should take the plunge and go ahead and do that which does not come naturally to me…SCRAP!
I have never been a scrapbook fan. I have never had the desire, but this was a challenge I was willing to take on! As I am though, I had to do MORE than “just” make a page…I enjoyed what I was doing so much I thought I would share how and WHY I got this idea and it has NOTHING to do with scrapbooking in and of itself!
You see, a while back, see this post here for more information, I bought a Cuttlebug! I recently bought the Tim Holtz die Tattered Flowers. I was making something cool with those last night and I was left with the “negative”. This morning when I was putting things away I thought, what can I do with these?
Here is a picture tutorial of what I did with mine!
First, cut dies from paper. The same thing can be done from Cricut cuts too! Just saying
Remove the dies and use them for whatever you were planning before you read this post.
BUT DO NOT THROW AWAY THAT NEGATIVE!!!
I made several and then taped them together. You may want to make sure you are preparing a 12X12 or use the organic size like I did. Up to you.
Now, be sure to prep your surrounding area. I used my craft mat from Ranger and a garden tray I use to catch the over spray…but a box works so much better. Just hard to photograph! Oh, the things we do for our fame!
I used a lovely bunch of colors for mine…all from Lindy’s Stamp Gang but you can use what you have. Even, create your own using re-inkers!
Remove the mask (the negative) and then let it dry or if you are impatient like I am, use a heat tool to speed things up!
When it is dry, and under better lighting, you can see all the sparkle and shine that is so wonderful about LSG. It is now set and won’t smudge or smear on me either! LOVE THAT!
Then I saw those sparkly negatives and thought…”How can I just let that beauty go to waste? Not gonna do it! Get out the trimmer!”
Here is the completed page. I know it isn’t a super prize winner but it was fun! I love to spray stuff! I also like that this picture from way back when is now in a book and telling it’s story. Hmmm, maybe there is something to this scrappin’ stuff after all!
a few close ups of the details and the sparkle! I used three of the flowers from the dies and created this one with the brad holding them together. I inked the edges and sprayed all of them too then just bent the edges for dimension.
Up close of the stamp…I was sure to stamp using Archival ink so I did not get any smearing and the clean crisp image would stay sharp. See all the sparkles from the sprays?
So, how are you stepping out of your comfort zone? What kind of project are you planning for your scrapbooking celebrations? Do you even scrap? Want to?
That is a lot of questions, but I am eager to see who would like to join in…so let’s be sure to share with us and include a link to visit yours!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Our last list…
April 17, 2012
1. Create and/or Prep –
a) Kid’s Scrap – need 2- two page layouts, and a starter pack, sample & kits b) Card Café – samples and kits2. Package kits – have them labeled and priced and in bins on shelves
c) Sew & Sew – Spring Banner, sampleand kits
d) Paper Play – Shadow Box, sample and kits
3. Create labels for display case – need a serious number of these, may take two TDLT!
4. Finish incomplete projects in the project bag
I finished all the items highlighted in yellow. I still need to do the curtains for our living room, but that is going to wait until next week. This week I need to focus on Mother’s Day gifts.
a) turtle baby blanket b) veggie tales blanketjust sew binding c) seat cushions for class chairs
d) living room curtains
So this is the new list for Today!
May 1, 2012
1. Create Mom gifts for special ladies
Janice- Donna- Patsy- Sue- Barb- Gram- Sally- Ebba
2. Get gifts mailed!
My list is short compared to usual. I am bound and determined to not only make them but MAIL them so that is all I am focusing on! I hope I can do it!
One last thing to leave you and your list with…Friends, is your to do list dauntingly overwhelming? Well, then add something fun to the list…here is a sample
The Perfect To Do List
Seriously, I am adding something fun to mine this week! Maybe play in the rain? What will you add to yours?