Here's a layout with the photos from Lily's party that I posted the other day. This layout uses the sketch bundle posted in the Get It Scrapped forums at our 1 year Birthday party.
We've got some gifts for you on the 1st Birthday of Get It Scrapped!
Thank you all for being a part of the community that has made Get It Scrapped!
a growing and just plain nice place to be. To celebrate our first
complete year in business, the teachers have put together chats,
miniprojects, and challenges. We'll be giving out prizes at the chats
and challenges that include scrapbooking product, passes to future
classes, and mugs and totes with the Get It Scrapped! logo. I hope you
can stop by sometime this weekend and take a look at our offerings. The
schedule follows --- all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
in the chat room -- please register and set up your password ahead of time--we'll have a tough time giving immediate help during chats.
Friday, April 24
7 pm - 8 pm EDT: Party Kick-off with Debbie Hodge & Doris Sander.
Saturday, April 25
10:30 am-11:30 am EDT: Inspiration Chat with Paula Gilarde & Lynn Weber.
11:30 am - 12:30pm EDT: Multiphoto Layout Chat with Debbie Hodge.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT: Motivation Chat with Tania Willis & Lynn Weber.
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT: Stripes & Dots Chat with Debbie Hodge.
in the Birthday Forum
Friday, April 24, 8pm EDT
Hybrid Challenge from Paula Gilarde
Sketch Challenge from Debbie Hodge
Doodling Challenge from Michelle Houghton
Motherly Challenge from Tami Taylor
Saturday, April 25
10am EDT Who's Who?
3pm EDT I Spy
6pm EDT Let's Get it All Together
in the Birthday Forum
Friday, 9pm EDT Challenge Jar by Tami Taylor
Saturday, 12:30pm EDT Mini mini book by Doris Sander
Saturday, 4pm EDT Ink resist technique by Dina Wakley
and here's a page with a couple of the new products that will go into the store this weekend. Links to supplies are in my Designer Digitals gallery. There's 30% off storewide starting tonight and going through to the wee hours of Monday.
These photos are from yesterday. It was amazing how much time these guys spent in the rain --- and it wasn't really all that warm a rain. But they were constantly moving.
He loved it. I loved it. The easiest birthday party I've every given him. Finally, he's let go of the idea of a huge extravaganza with 20 kids and lots of events. The week after his birthday was spring break, so on Monday, with a couple of friends and his little brother, he went to Hilltop Fun Center and played Laser Tag and arcarde games. Then off to Pizza Hut for LOTS of food. At home, they played Munchkin and ate ice cream cake, then adjourned to Joshua's room where they played video games and yakked til almost 4am. For days afterward, Joshua told me what a great party it was. So glad he had fun.
Trish Turay’s Circle of Moms album class
is available for download tomorrow. Just in time to put together an
album that collects the wisdom of the moms you know for Mother’s Day.
The Mother May I Benefit Challenge starts on Monday, April 27th. Get in on this fun class that’s packed with 72 page challenges based on the things mothers say. All proceeds go to the Scleroderma Foundation. Suggested donation is $20 but give what you feel comfortable with – we want you there. And there are rocking prizes: one $35 gift certificate each week, one $100 gift certificate at the end, and MANY surprise drive-by giveaways throughout the three weeks.
Intermediate Photo Editing
has just begun and there’s time to get in on the action. On Friday, we
learned how to add a person to a photo and tomorrow we’ll be smoothing
out some wrinkles and brightening eyes.
We’re celebrating our first birthday! Get It Scrapped! is one year old and we’re celebrating with live chats, mini projects, prizes, and challenges. Check out the schedule in the Birthday Forum.
What' more . . . next weekend at the party, we'll tell you about the weekly sketch challenge we're getting ready to launch. Come on by and make sure you're on our mailing list so you don't miss the activities that you're interested in.
The kids were AWESOME. Carried their instruments over to the grocery store after school, set up and perforumed. THEN broke the whole thing down and hiked over to the Alumni Center at the university WHERE we gave them some pizza AND they set up AGAIN and performed AGAIN and were treated to chocolate during the silent auction.
Emma, Mary Ann, Regina, Yvette and I were awesome. Lots of lots of work to make all this happen. HUGE credit goes to Emma for the very nice chunk of change raised during the silent auction.
Isaac has discovered a boy whose brother is also in the band -- Ben -- a boy he briefly met last summer at campe and really liked. They had so much fun together. When I tried to take their photo, they'd put on finger mustaches to be "incognito."
Joshua counts down the weeks & then the days until his birthday, excited for it to arrive...until the night before when he starts getting sad and worried about being a new age. It happens every year.
He does have a sense of humor, though, right before bed, asking me: do you think that at 9:30 tomorrow morning, I’ll grow a few inches & a mustache?
Upon waking (while Neil & Isaac still slept) I gave him the wooden sword (waster) we'd found to surprise him with. He LOVED it. Got this one from a the dad of one of Isaac's school mates--who we met last year at a Medievel Faire.
After school, Joshua opened the rest of his gifts --- xbox live stuff, and his fave gift turned out to be Munchkin, a board game that's a spoof of role playing games and that actually encourages changing rules & ganging up. We finished the celebration of with jello cake :)
Two years ago, I realized that while Passover is not "my" holiday and while it always falls at an incredibly INCREDIBLY busy time for me and while it is a holiday that requires a substantial amount of time to prepare for, I need to host it for our family. It's an important holiday for the boys and neil (and me) and there's too much that can go wrong counting on others to take care of it. So here we are! Celebrating this joyful holiday with dear dear friends.
JOURNALING:The Lents, The Cohens, The DuroBans, Josh’s friend Adam, & us. Robin made chicken mirabella, Regina made a salad. Pattie made a chocolate torte with raspberry sauce (which Joshua claimed was a work of art). I made vegetable broth & matzo balls, vegetable cutlets (with matzah meal), & carrot pudding (with matzah meal). Neil & Iz made the charoset. Josh made his unleavened garlic bread (which he tried for the 1st time last year and burned--but which this year was successful).
There were 14 at the table, and I used GG’s little cherry side table with the leaves to make the table just long enough. The kids held the afikomen ransom for a while --and then turned it
over to Neil for some silver dollars and small toys.
From the Lents: Not only is Katie
pregnant, but so is Abby. From Joe & Reg:
Gail is pregnant!
From the Cohens: Pattie is running unaopposted
"I heard she almost killed a woman."
When Joshua was in preschool, there was a little boy who got in a lot of fist fights, and one day, 3-year-old Joshua said to me in a hushed tone, "I heard he almost killed a kid." That's a line that gets a lot of laughs around our house when used at the right moment.
In the last week, I've asked two women for help in a volunteer capacity. Please note: I RARELY ASK FOR HELP. I really need help, though. So I broke down, and I asked for help--very specific help, from friends, prefaced by the explanation that I, personally, needed this help. Both women said no. It's fine to say no . . . . but don't do it in a way that totally insults and negates what I've got going on in my life.
I understand that volunteering is not possible for everyone. I don't volunteer for everything. But I do take on some specific activities that contribute meaningfully. And I do expect that if there are events from which your child will substantially benefit, you should give in some way.
Here are some things NOT to say to me when I ask for help:
"Oh I couldn't do that because it would totally disrupt my work flow."
This presupposes that *I* have no workflow.
"If I do that my family isn't going to eat!"
This presupposes that *my* family eats.
"You need to slow down and get some help."
No sh*! That's why I'm calling you."
"Sure I'll help out. I'm not sure when I can arrive, but I'll definitely help out when I get there."
Ummmmm. . . . so *I* still need to be there the whole time?
"Give me a job, but don't ask me to plan or take responsibility for anything."
"What kind of mother *are* you?" (that you didn't bring your performing child flowers).
The kind who was volunteering while you were out buying flowers.
When Tania Willis and I talked about the possibility of Tania teaching classes at Get It Scrapped!, I asked her what she'd really like to teach--where her passion was--and she described to me two classes. One, "Embellishments: Beautifully Handmade," she developed and taught in January. The class was a 10-lesson tour-de-force packed with ideas, detailed how-tos, and tips for making embellishments for scrapbook pages, accessories, clothing and more. The excerpt below is from a paper-piecing lesson in which she shared templates and illustrations for paper-pieced ugly dolls, owls, and this cute monkey.
The other class Tania told me she was passionate to teach became "In Loving Memory," which started this week. A class in which she's providing prompts, sketches, examples, instructions, and support for making a scrapbook about a loved one you've lost. All of the illustrations and materials in these lessons show original, creative, and heart-felt ways to embark upon such an important undertaking. You can find out more and register for In Loving Memory here.
TUTORIAL: PAPER PIECED MONKEY by Tania Willis
originally created for her class "Embellishments: Beautifully Handmade"
pattern (templates provided)
specialty paper (i.e. handmade or mulberry paper)
silk and/or paper flowers
tweezers or fine-tipped scissors
small spray bottle with water
pen or pencil
1. Print the template pieces (provided) and cut them out. If you think you’ll make them more than once, I recommend transferring them to chipboard so they will hold up over time.
2. Lay your pattern piece, facedown, on the wrong side of your paper. This allows you to cut out without worrying about leaving stray pencil/pen marks behind.
3. Place your pattern into a sandwich or snack size baggie and label the bag. Don’t risk losing pieces of your pattern by not bagging it immediately when done tracing. This is especially important when doing an advanced pattern that may have lots of small pattern pieces. I also find it helpful to snap a picture of the project when I am finished and include a printout of it in the bag for future reference.
* Crumple your paper. Spritz lightly with water first to make the paper more pliable and avoid tearing.
* Make handmade or mulberry paper fuzzy by spritzing with water and then using tweezers or a fine-tipped pair of scissors to “fluff” up the fibers. Here is a side-by-side example of untouched vs. fluffed handmade paper.
And here is a detail shot of the fuzzy monkey made using the handmade paper. See why I love this stuff? It gives a wonderful texture to your projects.
Adhere your pieces together, being careful to avoid getting adhesive where it will show. I find that a wet adhesive works best with the handmade paper and paper to which you’ve added texture. Then, add buttons for eyes and brads for the nose to embellish your piece. A few variations are shown.
Add further details to personalize your piece, including flowers, ribbon bows, hand stitching, etc. Before hand stitching, I prefer to poke my holes using my needle or a paper piercing tool making it easier (and quicker) to add stitching. You can make your monkey a male by simply leaving off the flowers and adding insets to the ears in the same color or pattern you used for the face.
You can add further character to your cardstock pieces by distressing them using the open blade of your scissors and scraping it along the edges to rough them up.
Adhere to project.
And Isaac played the farmer --- he had lots of tough feelings around this during the weeks of before-school rehearsals. He wanted a part. He was happy to have a part. BUT almost EVERYONE else (with a part and in the chorus) was a cute animal. He loves cute animals. And now he had the role of the farmer who tries to kill a cute animal. He really was truly sad about this and wrestled with it. Joshua kept pointing out that he had some of the funniest lines in the play. In the end, Isaac's desire to have a part won out and (I think) once it was all over he was happy. It keeps surprising me how little anxiety he has over the performing and how wonderfully he carries himself.
convinced Josh he really could make the 7 o'clock bus
drove Iz & his science project to school
answered a lot of emails
put up a new class page: Mother May I!
did the layout for the Jazz Through the Miles Fun Run gift bag
talked to Emma about band stuff and swore
registered a bunch of folk for classes
wrote a letter to jazz band families & did a ginormous invoice mail-merge
updated the jazz band website
made a dinner everyone ate
almost have another new class page up: Circle of Moms
drank a half-bottle of wine and was just about over that feeling that I'd never get caught up 'cause I was going to work til midnight and the kids were in the tub and homework was done. . . .
and then my neighbor called and said that while he and Neil had talked about it at the bus stop and it didn't look like the river was going over its banks. . . . now he was rethinking things . . .
and this was as Neil was leaving for a town council meeting (where stupid things will happen)
and the kids were in the tub . . .
and so I went down to the river and moved two kayaks and 8 chairs and 3 tables and was thinking I had no energy for the canoe and was just pitiful . . . when . . . .
down the hill came Isaac saying "Do you need some help?"
and then from the other direction came Craig and Brian and Chris to help.
And they finished up and insisted they didn't need my help with their boats, though Isaac went to help them.
And that was good and I was happy for a few minutes . . . . until I remembered those mornings at 6am when Linda and I were down there alone and the kids were too small to help . . .
and I had to get nostalgic about that.
And now I've got a diet coke and the local access channel running and . . . . I'm guardedly hopeful.
And Tania's chatting at 10pm EDT. (Dina taught me about that EDT vs EST)! And Dina's coming home today!.
I'm thinking the band parents were actually the best customers the hockey boosters had this night AND we were our own best bake sale customers. HOWEVER, the band, again, sounded awesome --- I took the photo of the girl who sing (Silver Lining) is for the yearbook. By this time, Emma and I are becoming friends with a common need to control and make things happen and curse a little as we get it done.
While I do not have daughters, I have many friends with daughters, and this winter I've been doing the rounds of local Swift Water Council Girl Scout & Brownie meetings. We made autograph books with Jill's Brownie troop in February. And then a couple of weeks ago, I did a layout project with Maritza's troop, and today . . . a mini photo album with Sara & Leah's Brownie Troop. Instructions and links to downloadable pdfs with "my Brownie troop" or "my Girl Scout troop" and the Girl Scout logo are below.
Download "my Brownie troop" circle for print.
Download "my Girl Scout troop" circle for print.
supplies for one album
or if you're looking for some enticement to start the process . . .
check out the home-inspired scrapbook page ideas in "Scraproom with a View"--a new online class with Doris Sander. It started last week and there's still time to join in (and lots more lessons to come--with the next one slated for Friday).
So far, Doris has been our guide through the kitchen, the car, and the closet. She's shared ideas for topics to scrap, ephemera to include on the page, and even techniques inspired by household items. In addition to her beautifully illustrated class materials, Doris keeps the forum hopping with lots of fun questions, ideas, challenges, and prizes. I can't wait to move onto the garden, the mailbox, and the other spots she's put on the itinerary.
Sign up today and give yourself something creative to think on while you're getting your home ready for a new season.
a letter from Lynn Weber about her upcoming class:
As we work through six lessons over two weeks, we will become masters at changing all the things we don’t like about our photos! Do you hate that background behind your darling little one’s birthday portrait? Change it! Do you wish your wrinkles and double chin weren’t quite so apparent? Change them! Are you horrified at the hideous orange shirt you wore in your family photo? Change it! And, by the way, would you like that same family photo to include your son, who had to work that day? Change it!
These are just some of the exciting ways we can improve our photos using Photoshop Elements 4 through 7 or Photoshop CS through CS4!
Please join me in the fun and see what magic you can create!
Here's what a student said about Lynn Weber's Beginning Photo Editing class
"I don't think I've ever taken any class of any kind that has given me so many amazing tools in such a short period of time. Without exception, every lesson provided the information needed to take my photos to an entirely new level. I couldn't possibly count all the times I cried "Wow!" or "Amazing" or some other superlative at what I accomplished with Lynn's instruction. Many pictures I'd planned to toss are now better than the ones I'd thought were good!! The pictures I thought were good before are now even better . . . in some cases PHENOMENAL! My photo collection has been transformed from marginal to pretty doggone decent.
Each lesson was thoroughly detailed. It was nearly impossible to "mess something up" because the directions were so precise and easy to understand. Lynn was quick and responsive to every single question anyone had.
I couldn't possibly recommend this class more highly. Lynn is yet another gem at Get It Scrapped! and one of the reasons I tell people constantly that if they're looking for a scrapbooking class, this is the place" -- Dee