Monthly Archives: June 2016
Well, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks! The week prior to my family reunion in mid June, hubby strained his back but seemed to be doing okay. Then at the reunion, he slipped and fell out of our fifth wheel camper (which is tall) and hurt his leg. That was on a Friday or Saturday. The following week the pain in his leg was so bad that I took him to the ER to get an X-ray. Nothing fractured but they diagnosed a deep contusion (bruise) and prescribed pain meds which really didn’t work so in a few days I took him back and they did a CT scan and still nothing (hubby was concerned as the pain was in his leg where he’d had a compound fracture when he was in his twenties). But anyway, they gave him a super pain shot and a prescription for strong pain medication and I took him home where he slept the day away. And then his Dad (93 years old) called around 6 p.m. that he was having severe stomach pain and I took him with hubby in tow to the ER! That was last Thursday. Turns out my father-in-law has lots of kidney stones, very large. A procedure was done on Sunday and he was sent home on Monday (he does live alone but down the street from us). I spent the weekend pushing hubby around in a wheelchair at the hospital to check on his Dad. Things are finally getting back to somewhat normal. FIL will be needing more procedures in the next several weeks or so. AND did I mention that we had to postpone our 40th Anniversary trip to September because of all this? Yeah, well, maybe it will be lots cooler and everyone will be feeling better by then. If you’re still with me, I’m sharing all this to explain why I haven’t been crafting much or blogging a lot. I’ve got things I want to start on and ideas….here’s hoping I can get crafty in a day or so.
So,for today, I’m sharing this Graphic 45 July calendar page I made in 2014. You do realize that with the arrival of July tomorrow that the year is half gone!! Wow!
And that’s it for today. I have a few errands to run and then tonight I’ll be cutting out a few more kits for my July class at Flossie Scrapper. By the way, Flossie has a new website design, so check it out. To see events that are upcoming at the store, click on the calendar and then on each date of what you are interested in for more info. My “World’s Fair” suitcase and mini album class is FULL for July & August (two part class) but I think we are planning to offer it again in October and November.
Mark your calendar for July 5th because one of my July Graphic 45 Design Team projects will be on the Graphic 45 blog! Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint…”It’s Summer! Let’s Head to the Beach!” Still don’t know? Then you’ll have to wait until the 5th to see the whole project. It is made of some great Graphic 45 product and it was so fun & easy to make! It’s just perfect for the Summer or the Beach. Ha, ha. And on that day in the same blog post over on Graphic 45, you’ll see another fun Summer or Beach project by Katelyn. We hope you’ll come take a look! I’ll also do a blog post about it here with more photos and details July 5th.
Today is the DAY!! My introduction to the 2016-17 Graphic 45 Design Team!! I’m so happy and excited and truly still can’t believe that I was picked to be one of their designers out of so many talented entries from all over the world! I just have to say it again…thank you so much Graphic 45 for this opportunity! And today, you can go over to the Graphic 45 blog and see their post about ME! And while you are there, take a look over on the left hand side of their blog and see the list of Designers with links to their blogs. Yep, my name is there!! Click >HERE< to see it all on the Graphic 45 blog.
My first assignment as a Graphic 45 Designer was to create a project that describes me as a designer and to include a photo of myself. I thought about it quite a bit before jumping in to the designing of the project and knew that because I love to make mini albums that I would make one about me. My creativity and crafting evolved throughout my life. I’ve always made things from learning to sew at the age of nine to paper crafting now. So instead of showing just one photo of me, I included photos of myself as a baby, child, younger adult, older adult and now. The Graphic 45 paper that I chose to use was their beautiful Once Upon a Springtime collection. This little mini album is about the size of an Altoid box but holds so much for me.
One of my favorite parts of this paper collection is the phrase “Life itself is the most wonderful FAIRY TALE.” And that’s exactly how I feel about my life.
By the way, I hope you notice that watermark on my photos. It was a very special moment when I received the file for that!
If you like the design of this mini album, I have published a Snapguide Tutorial on how you can make one from this paper collection or if you’d like use your own favorite papers. The link to the tutorial and other details about this project can be found on today’s Graphic 45 blog post.
AND…the blog post is also showcasing three of my favorite Graphic 45 projects that I’ve done in the past. I hope you’ll go take a look.
Have you submersed yourself into the planner craft craze? You know…taking your ordinary or not so ordinary planner book and decorate the pages, calendars, covers etc. There are planner groups, planner parties, planner clubs, planner kit clubs, planner videos on YouTube…everything you’d want to know about planners. I bought my planner from Flossie Scrapper the first of the year and pretty much just used it to write things on the dates that I shouldn’t forget… appointments, challenge deadlines for my blog and such. My planner is a Simple Stories brand and came with the pages and dividers. When I bought my planner I also bought some sticker packs that complimented it and also a pack with the sticker numbers for the dates. So I added those and then after seeing someone’s fun and fabulous planner I started adding other things like Washi tape, foam stickers, regular stickers and tags. My planner is nothing compared to others but I do like how it’s turning out. Below is my favorite month so far (based on the decorations I added and because it’s my birthday month)–February. (Note: Some of my entries have been “blurred” in the photo to protect my privacy and others as well.)
This is the cover or splash page or divider or whatever it’s called for February….
And another favorite month of mine because of our wedding anniversary and my family reunion–June.
Again, some of my entries have been “blurred” in the photo.
It’s hard to believe that soon June will be gone and it will be time to plan and decorate my July pages! Do you plan on planning in a planner?