Friday, September 11, 2009

My ScrapMoir Article

My story, "My Mother's Upstairs One-Egg Cake," just appeared yesterday on Women's Memoirs in their ScrapMoir section.

Additionally, I'll be a permanent guest blogger twice a month, teaching how to use scrapbooking and memoir to tell our precious stories, including current stories of your children and grandchildren who are still young and you are seeing and hearing the stories now! Don't worry if you think your handwriting is awful. I have solutions. If you think you're not creative, that's even better. If you have pictures, this is for you. If you have stories without pictures, it's for you too. No one is excluded.


Here's a good story for my scrapbook.

Jeff's graduation from high school.

If you figure in that Jeff started early intervention at Vanderbilt's Susan Gray School when he was five weeks old, we think he has earned at least a doctorate in "A Life in School."

What a kid.

He may be attending Tennessee Vocational School, which is a residential program, or he may work with his Dad. He liked the school when we toured it recently, but he sure loves working with Dad too, and he's certainly learning day-by-day. He can now screw in switchplates to walls and hammer better than he did.


I'm adding more people to my newsletter and am currently working on the next installment, which will focus on writing family stories for scrapbooks and journals. Be sure to click on the box here on this site to be added to the list. You'll also be notified of current news goings-on in the industry as well as updates on my book. When it's finished, my email list will receive a discount plus other freebies.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Oooh, I Think This Is My Favorite Scrapbook Site

I cannot believe I found Sistine Chapel paper! When I scrap my photos of the St George, the huge Catholic church I attended growing up, I can use this paper because this is what was on those immense ceilings. Too cool.

And I can use this diecut for the train trip Gary and I want on before we were married, for my "About Us" album.

And is this not beautiful paper four our trip to the beach?

I need help, because I want to get everything on this site. It's, but it's way more than travel. There are weddings and romance, school, every known sport, and, get this, war... like map paper from the Iraqui war and vellum soldier's prayer. Stuff from the Gulf war, Vietnam, WWII.

I've never see such a huge assortment of supplies on one site. Plus if you sign up as an email friend, they'll send you a 20% off coupon. Orders over $59 ship free. I have no association with this site, except I signed up for the 20%. I just had to share this. They also are on Facebook, and you can be a fan.

Coincidentally, I got a Google allert this morning that they are merging with I cheked this out. It's quite interesting. A new concept that combines photos online with Utube, blogs, recipes, and the like, into one creative place. There is a childrens box for parents to write and share tips. Of course, there's a craft diva box, which is what I'm interested in. I'm looking it over and studying all the things it does. So stay tuned.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Last Weekend's Retreat

Getting the hang of Stacy Julian's Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Here is my last layout before I closed up shop.

Photos of Jeff and Gary in the Gulf at Anna Maria Island. Not the greatest photo of my page, but I am getting better at this.

I only wanted these two pictures on the page and tried to stay away from too much clutter.

And I so have to get the date stamp off my photos. I keep setting my camera and it keeps putting it back on.

This one of Jeff horseback riding has light bouncing off of it, but you can see the layout. This one I waned as many pictures as I could get on one page. I had a stack to choose from, but I followed the Big Picture Scrapbooking rule of storing the rest of the pictures in a photo box behind the label "Jeff's Activities" or in cold storage, meaning I wouldn't be scrapping these.

Even if I ended up using some of the rest of these photos some time down the line I can still find them in my cold storage box, for which I'm using my big Power Sort from CM.

I'm using, for right now, the Mini Power Sorts for the boxes labeled All About Us, Places We Go, People We Love, and Thins We Do

I actually came home from the retreat and organized my scrap area, and I can't believe what a difference it makes, with my new goals in mind. If you have not read Stacy's books, she's got a whole different perspective on scrapbooking. Of course, she's all into telling the stories, and that's what I like about her the most.

To the right is Cyndi, our fearless retreat sister, holding up the little pink sweater with the diva penguin on the front which I knitted for the baby shower. Yes, I knit too. And write. Oh, and read several books a week. And that's it. I hardly have time for anything else.

Our other preggo ss sister is Marcy, and I knitted her a blue (for boy) blanket, which she is not holding up.

News ~~

September 10th, I will be on the Women's Memoirs site with a story about My Mother's One-Egg Cake. Then I will be a guest blogger twice a month on the site, writing about using scrapbooking and writing to create memories and stories like Kitchen Scraps.

I've made several cookbooks using the techniques, and these are wonderful gifts for loved ones, especially our children and grandchildren. So keep check on the site to find out more.

Be sure to look in this Thursday, the 10th, to read an interesting story about my famiy in the 1940s.

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