Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August Book of Me Prompt

  Hey Dreamers.  I know that by now most of you are aware that the Creative Scrapbooking Divas blog is closed as of last Sunday.  I am really saddened by it...cause I imagine I will lose contact with some great friends that I have made over the last 2 years.  I fully understand the reasons....it was a lot of work for everyone.  My personal blog has been so ignored  :(
    I am going to assure you that every month I will still issue my challenges here on this blog.
                 I will post as follows:
  • 1st- Mini Albums   due the last day of the month, by midnight central time zone
  • 15th- Book of Me   due the 13th of each month,    by midnight central time zone
    So I would like to restate my Book of Me challenge for August...if you don't mind.  I have some readers who are not Divas, just Dreamers and they may also want to join in.
   Being at my real home in Oklahoma always causes me to really be homesick. Therefore the prompt...is home. This is a personal journey for all of us. For some home is warm and fuzzy, full of wonderful memories. But sometimes home can be a place of hurt and regrets. I would like you to write about home...any home you have lived in...where you grew up, first home in marriage, or your current home. Or maybe even about a dream home, not yet realized.
Here is an "untouched" picture of my layout. (there is no photo editing program on his laptop!) I took this on the front porch of my Oklahoma home.

I used the Nutmeg line from Cosmo Cricket. I love double sided paper! This was one piece of paper, cut in two pieces (top is larger) and pulled together with a strip of paper that I pleated

Here is a closeup of the heart and paper strip. I love that the paper had dashes on it, to mimic stitching. I didn't have access to a trimmer, so I "cut" everything out by hand, using a really unsharp pair of round pointed scissors! I tore the large pieces and paper strip using the straight edge of a ruler. Then I ripped the heart shape, after drawing it on the back of the page. Some home made flowers to match and I was finished.
I love the birdie on the title strip, so I fussy cut one off of the dotted paper and popped it on foam dots. I covered the hole where the birdie came from with the title. The journal box on right is just for the picture. I will need a MUCH larger block to write all I have to say about home being where my heart is.
Hope you enjoy working on this prompt. I would love to see how yours turns out, so leave a comment.  I have started a Flickr group for us to post our projects into.  Please ask for the link and I will email it to you.  I think a private group is good for us, but feel free to invite your friends! 
  I'm Dreamin' that this will be a great success...you keep Dreamin' too.

Pammie Kay

Pammie Kay

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Well, I have to say my trip to Oklahoma has been a great experience....I was able to do a lot of things I needed AND wanted to do...it has been a great mix.  I also got to get a lot of scrapping done.  That was because of the Creative Keepsakes Convention that was in Tulsa.  The girls and I spent Friday & Saturday playing with new products, meeting old friends, SHOPPING!!, volunteering, taking classes, and 2 nights of cropping!  I won several prizes and completed a mini album!
     I am on my son's computer, so I don't have pics on here. But I'll briefly (lol) tell you about some of my favs:
  • Embellish It!  Shelby & Steve are the 2 nicest people.I worked in the booth with them for a while on both days.  They were the only ones to have the newest Basic Grey and Simple Stories papers. And she makes some awesome layout kits.Show price was only $10 and $12 online...they are creative and  pretty. Not just some die cuts and photo mats (you know the ones I mean!)  Check them out by clicking their name in the title.
  • PK Glitz:  Awesome products!  They have the double sided adhesive sheets that you can cut in your cricut, Pazzle, Cuttlebug, etc. And it is heat resistant, so you can sprinkle it with embossing powder. They carry the glitter embossing powder, it's glittery but not all over your page!  DREAMY!!
   I have only a few days left here, so I can't spend them on the computer. Things on my list to still do...visit my friend Laurie, swim with grandsons, spend time with my cousin Pam, tackle another stack in DD's old room (I hate cleaning, but I had dirty worse!!), and hopefully get to scrap with my fabulous page kits I bought from Embellish It!  As much as I love getting away, I equally love going home to Stevie and being with him.  Lots to look forward to. 
   So for now I am Dreamin' of fun...you keep Dreamin' too

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A mini album beginning

     Morning Dreamers!  The blog hop was so much fun!  The Divas will have another in September, but I won't be participating this time...I need some time to scrap some of my other challenges also.  And, it falls on our anniversary weekend..maybe hubby will do something special.  Want to leave my options open! 
    I have been so busy this week, creating like a storm.  Mostly I have been keeping up or trying to keep ahead of my design team duties at Creative Scrapbooking Divas.  So I am going to partially share a post and you can go there to read it in it's entirety!  I am working on a couple of things for "just us" also. I promise.  My table always has 2 projects going, in case one starts boring me!!
    I have a repeating subject on the Divas Blog that I post once a month.  The first month it was just a starter, sharing my very first mini album.  You can see it here if you haven't yet. That was a fun project and got lots of people at the shop excited about making mini albums. But let's be serious...there's no way I can make an entire mini album every month. Not if I want them to be good. Sure I could slap something together to showcase, but that is not me.  
   So instead, I am challenging everyone to work on their album with me...a few pages at a time.    Below is my finished front cover.  I am in love with Distress Stains and enjoyed staining with them.
    So here is finished front and if you would like to join the group and start a mini album with me (shake your head up and down, yes Pam we will!), hop over to the Divas site and start in.  Oh, and every month there will be blog candy!!

   I dreamin' of my album being finished, you keep dreamin' too.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Day 2 of Dog Days of Summer Hop

Well, I hope you all enjoyed all the wonderful creations on the hop yesterday.  The plan is, gals for you to do some creating on your own this weekend and then share it with us on the Creative Scrapbooking Divas Blog..  That gets you 2 entries into the drawing for the prize package!!  I know I could use some more product...   So be sure and play along.
    I don't know if anyone else is posting again today....but if you want to follow the Blog hop...go to Luisa's blog and follow long.  Again, be sure and leave a comment everywhere!
    I told you yesterday that I would have another post today...and TA DA!! I rarely do a one page layout...even in a sketch contest I do a second one.  I like the way it looks in my albums.  I must warn you that one of the pictures is a little x-rated....but cute! I used the same papers as yesterday..but since the one (K&Co) was so old and the only one I had, I had to use it sparingly!   Of course, the pictures aren't that pink in person...but they are orange-ish! 

    The "x-rated" pic on the lower left show Patrick's.....well...we lived in the country and sometimes there wasn't always a potty when you needed it!  The bear does this in the woods!  I couldn't believe that Steve took this picture, but we will laugh about it till we die!  And it doesn't bother Pat at all...he says he was cute! 
    As  always when I do one of the kid's layouts, journaling is a focus.  I carried over the twine element from page one onto the picture as shown here.  A couple of wraps around and a knot did the trick. I love these mini tickets from Maya Road, and couldn't resist adding them with some sentiments to the photo.

Well, I hope I have given you some ideas of where to go with your next summertime project.  Grab some old photos and take off with them.  I did use copies, cause my 110 camera from the 80's didn't do close ups...and you couldn't tell what size your subjects would be in the finished photo!  Now go on to Alecia's Blog and see if she has posted again today.  Enjoy the last of your weekend ....and keep Dreamin' of your summer-time layouts.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Dog Days of Summer Blog Hop!

 Welcome to the Creative Scrapbooking Divas' "Dog Days of Summer" Blog Hop! Yes, it's all about summer, and I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful blogs.  I can't wait to hop this morning!

   If you are just joining me now, you can go to Luisa’s blog to start at the beginning so you won’t miss a hop stop and can be eligible for the blog hop prize.

Here is the CSDivas Divalicious Dog Days of Summer Grand Prize:

To earn a ticket you need to:
1) Live a comment in each of the hop stops.
                         2) Leave a comment at the CSDivas blog when you are done.

After you've done that, you can also earn extra tickets by:

a) Become a follower of our CSDivas blog!
b) Become a Fan of our Facebook Fan Page
c) Add a summer project to Mr Linky below

Here's our Tour List, in case you get lost along the way:
Luisa - Creative Designs by Luisa http://www.creativedesignsbyluisa.com/
Sandy - ScrapBook Blessings http://www.scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com/
Stephanie – The Magic of Ordinary Days http://todaysmagical.blogspot.com/
Pam - Dreamers Klub 
Jessica- Jessica's Blog
Alecia - Welcome to Alecia's

       So let's get started.. I love summer time.  But when they said we were going to us "Dog Days" for our theme...I knew exactly what I was going to scrap.  You see, having grown up in Oklahoma, that is not a cute little phrase, but a true season there.  It starts about July 3 and continues until about August 11. It is a hot, hot time in Oklahoma and other southwestern states.  If you want to read about how it got it's name....go here. It's kinda interesting.
    This summer in Okla. has lived up to it's reputation with heat.  In fact, only a few years have been as bad...or worse.  In 1980, it was worse....with the heat not ending until late September.  How do I know?  I delivered my 2nd son on 8-8-80!  There wasn't enough air-conditioners in the US to get this fat lady cool!!
    Steve would take our older son to the local lake, Keystone, to swim and play on the beach.  I didn't go very often, cause I would swell up like a toadstool!!  Don't worry, there are no scary pictures like that here!  Only cute ones of my son Patrick, who was 19 months old.
  This layout is a mix of new and old products  The kraft cardstock has become my newest favorite color! (I use it too much, I know) The lined paper is from the new Lost and Found set from My Mind's Eye.  It was the right color, had a nice shape on the top and sides.  So, I simply cut the pretty glittery pieces off.  I will use them on a card or as a home made embellishment.

The bottom layer is from K&Co.  paper that I was "saving" cause it was pretty! I have lots of those! The color matched well with the yellowy/orange of the old photos.(don't get me wrong..the lake was "turning over" and the water was actually that red.  Usual for August). I needed a little dark to pop the pictures a bit, so I used some heavy paper from October Afternoon (love their new line!!!)  The alphas were stickers from pink paislee and the ribbon from Cosmo Cricket "Mr Campy" line. Everything else was just stuff from my stash. 
   Here's a close up  of the wonderful velvet ribbon from CC.  And yes girls, I used my own handwriting..the grand kids will love hearing about Uncle Pat and seeing Grandma's writing.  Trust me, I've lost all my elders, and I cherish anything written by them.
    I hope I haven't been too wordy again today.  I haven't talked to you all in a while...but I'll tell you about my busyness at a later date!  And I hope that you have been inspired to pick up some old photos and get them on paper.  This is the story of your life and it deserves to be told.  I'll have the other page posted on Sunday morning, if you want to check back.
Please leave a comment (to be entered in the contest) and feel free to look around my blog.  I really don't mind...I love it.  If you like what you see, please be my friend!! 
Now you are off to Jessica's  blog to see what she has in store for you!!

Girls I'm Dreamin' of cooler weather..you keep Dreamin' too!