Monday, December 17, 2007

More scrapbooking and paper crafts....

A promise to myself....
I will post more of my stuff....even if I am the only one who looks....


Christmas, Christmastime is here....

Time for joy...time for christmas programs....

We attended the annual St. Mary's Christmas program tonight. I am so thankful that my children attend a school that has a CHRISTMAS program that celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Katie was in the chorus...that is what the 5th through 8th graders do. They don't have to be in the program, per se.

Emily was in the chorus that was in the program...

Needless to say, we got to see both of our kiddos perform. I love this part of being a parent. Seriously. The kids are so proud that of all of the work they have done over the last 6 weeks.

The first video is of the big kids chorus, singing Frosty they Snowman (look for Frosty). Towards the end, I panned to Emily, who was really getting into the performance.

And during the performance, when she wasn't rolling on the floor (no kidding), Allison found some friends to play ring around the rosie with.

We'll be baking cookies Wednesday...the good old fashioned way. It should be an awesome mess. I am sure that I will have photos.


Saturday, December 8, 2007

Campaign for REAL Scrapping.....

http://http// from ScrapBiz....has said it well....
I think that everyone is afraid to say it, but Creative Memories has the right idea. We should document our lives...not just the 1 photo here and there.
Don't get me wrong...I love to do the 1 and 2 photo pages. But they stress me out and then I find that I haven't gotten anything done at all. I got into scrapbooking because I love to work with photos of my family, documenting their lives for them, and playing with paper - don't forget about the love I have for playing with paper! :)
From now on I will do the following (from Kim's website):
-Focus on the photos
-Add the stories and not just the names - limit the use of third-party quotes.
-Crop conservatively - Grandma's house in the background may be precious someday
-Use themed products - match photos to products
-Keep the page simple - don't overwhelm the photos with embellishments
-Use imperfect photos if that's all you have. Not every photo will be stunning.
-Reject time-consuming embellishment techniques
-Worry LESS about acid and MORE about history. (don't know about this one...I still worry about acid free. I want my albums/work to last for future generations!)
-Spend less time doctoring photos and more time scrapping
-Find your passion again!
Don't get me wrong...I will still do the occasional 1 and 2 photo page. I will still spend too long worrying about an embellishment. I will still put something with questionable acidity on my pages...but only once in a while.
I love my family. I love the books that I have created for them and about them.
Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!