Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What's wrong with 3x5?

Whats wrong with a 3x5 inch picture? I thought it was a standard size. It has been awhile, but when I got some film printed there was still an option for 3x5. I have looked at several sites: Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Shutterfly, and others to try to get a picture printed to 3x5. None of these offer it anymore. I read a thread about this size and one person suggested that you size the photo down and add a border to make it 4x6. Good idea except that I don't know a program to use that wont degrade the quality. I just need one for a layout I am working on. Geez!

I am thinking up another project too. I will need to decide soon. What about a 8x8 scrapbook for my Nana's 80th birthday? Make a bunch of layouts and add some pictures, but leave some open so that she can add some more. June 30th is my deadline. I am going to do it. I want to make her something special. Time to work on it!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wedding pages continued 3

These are the last pages I have done. I hope to work on some more this weekend and next week. I have had a class canceled for the next week so I may be able to get some scrappin' done.

I have to thank my guru for this one. I was having so much trouble deciding which paper to use and she saw that one had the curve to it and gave me the idea to do this. I love how the pink works with the brown. Got the idea for brown from the ribbon. One paper is Stampin' Up!, the flowers are silver wrapping paper with Prima flowers. The lettering on the flowers is a sticker set and the brown flowers and letter (which uses the brown paper and a patterned red/pink) were cut with my Silhouette SD. Love this one!
The paper was bothering me. It was just to pastel before I added the dark dotted paper and the darker sticker lettering. The lower part of the page was cut with my silhouette SD as was the candelabra shape. Two ribbons blend the two papers together. Had trouble with where to put my journaling, so I put it in the empty space between the pictures with a wonderful gel pen from the set my husband bought me. I love how he spoils me with my hobby!
This has to be the most elegant page I have made yet. I used the flowers from a wedding card as inspriation. I have seen a similar layout before and thought it would work well here. The papers are glitter papers and the test paper is random from my collection (paper ho here!- just a little inside joke). I decided to focus the page on our moms and wrote a definition of mom next to the sticker lettering. I made butterfly journaling block with my Silhouette SD.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pages continued

So here are a few more additions to my wedding album. My layouts are so random.

I did these two with similar layouts because the content is similar. I used my Silhouette SD to cut the different size circles and a hole punch to create the picture borders. White craft ink stamped with a letter set.

I used some gold wrapping paper and some other papers for this page. I used chocolate chip ink with the letter set and cut out the tuxedo sets with my Silhouette SD. Those tuxedos were fun to put together and add a nice dimensional effect to the page. I used a silver pen to add accents to the suits. The gold dots are a gold glue bought at the dollar store.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Power of apology

The power of apology is amazing. I said something really hurtful about a person that means a lot to me. I regretted it as soon as it came out, but its what I was thinking. So as soon as I tried to retract it, I also apologized. It was too late she knew I had said it. I spent three days in agony of my stupidity. Finally she responded! I cannot believe my luck that she would still want to be my friend. The power of an apology is amazing.

My lesson: not all thoughts are meant to be broadcast. We do not always agree with the decisions of those we love, but if they are the ones we love we forgive and try to forget. I forgive her. I do not understand the decision or the strength I have to forgive, but I love this girl. I believe I need to stand by her as her best friend through this tough time.

Wedding pages 2

These are the second set of pages I did for my wedding album. I was inspired by the his and her chairs I cut of of one of my wedding cards. I tried to incorporate our favorite colors into our pages. Blue for me and green and black for him. I used my Silhouette SD to cut out "Bride" "Groom", the lace and circle cutouts, journaling blocks, and the picture frame.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Project

I decided to start my wedding scrapbook this year. Make it a resolution of mine. We have been married over three years now and I have been collecting items to create this scrapbook since we got married. I didn't even scrapbook, but I knew that I wanted to. I met a woman here at Tinker through some funny circumstances. I didn't like her at first because I thought she was trying to steal my idea and job, but she just wanted the same things and luckily she was better suited for them. Once I got to know her, I realized how good of a friend I had found in her. She is what I like to call my "crafting guru". She introduced me to scrapbooking and Stampin Up! So all this is really thanks to her.

Lets get to my scrapbook. So I started in January. I have worked on it almost every free moment I have. So far I have 10/11 pages left. I got 5 of those done this past week. Spring break is a good time for hobbying. I say 10/ 11 because the 10th and 11th are a two page piece. My plan is to add pictures of these pages this week. Here are the first two I did:

I am using a Silhouette SD, Cuttlebug, Prima Flowers, assorted papers and ribbons, and items from my wedding cards and wrapping paper.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

More cards

Here are some more cards that I have made.

This one is actually a postcard.
The one above was made at my first Stampin Up! party.
Those are all the ones that I have left or my husband brought back with him from Iraq.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Past cards and hoping for many more

I have been scrapbooking/card making for about eight months. I was card making for the first six months. I stopped making cards because they were not being appreciated. I made over 60 Christmas cards. 3 types. Each a little different. That was my last card attempt for now. Hopefully I get the motivation to make more some time soon.

Made a few other holiday cards and things at two Stampin Up! parties.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Over-worked meets Stressed out

What do you get when you put a over-worked husband and a under-motivated wife together?

You get no dinner! Ha!

I am so tired of school. I will say this a lot until my year long break begins. I go in to class yesterday prepared and motivated to get some answers as to why the professor will not return my emails. Low and behold she is out sick. She was out sick the last day before I left (I went on a trip to Georgia with my husband for an awards banquet in which he DIDN'T win.). I wasn't able to hand her my excuse note. I had all this stuff ready to go, so that I would not have any repercussions from missing a week of classes.

So, yesterday I had it all with me again. This time including my emails as proof. But since she wasn't there, no luck in getting that business done. I head home to work on more homework to be turned in to my next class three hours later. I play on Facebook and chat with some friends, working the whole time. Procrastination is the devil. All the while having a midterm the next morning (which I hadn't studied for yet).

Go to class, turn it in, get the next assignment, and go home. I beat my husband home again this week. OH yea! He is working twelve hour shifts, in which he gets home after 7:00. I do not feel like cooking dinner, because I am stressed about studying for that midterm. He does not feel like cooking because he has been working for the past twelve hours. Needless to say, we had scrambled eggs at 8:00 pm. Not a meal at all.

I am going to have to figure a cooking situation out or we are never going to eat!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I went on this cool little road trip with my husband to Warner Robins Air Force Base for a banquet thing. This was all last week. I had to miss class Monday to Monday. I handed my written excuse to 3 out of 5 professors. One was out sick and the other ended class late and abrupt that I forgot to hand it to him. So when I remembered the next day, I emailed them a copy explaining that I would make up any work missed. One professor responded within the day and gave his understanding and congratulations. The other teacher however, has not yet responded and I leave for her class soon. I do not know what to expect. Does she even know I missed? Does she check her email and just not respond? Total bullshit. I hope she acceptes the printed copy of the dated email I sent originally.

Another issue is that I intended on asking a classmate for the assignments, but she removed me from her Facebook and is not returning emails. These assignments are also due today. What is up with this semester? I know I do not need it and am not performing my best, but this is unfair.

This semester is useless due to the fact that I am transferring yet again (ironically back to my original university.) But the way my luck goes, the day we make the decision is the last day to drop and I miss the deadline by 8 hours. 8 hours!!! I am not a person to waste money so I will finish the semester out. The truth is though, none of the classes will transfer. The requirements are crazy too! I will write 12 papers this semester. The longest being 8 pages ( I know that's not bad, but I am terrible with length) and shortest well approximately 3 pages. Each class has a research paper that will take time. Time I just do not feel motivated to give.

Thinking about all of this, is making me consider which class I can withdraw from. As far as I see it, as long as I do not withdraw from every class, I am not wasting money.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

First Day

This is my first day, my first blog. I have been meaning to create one of these things forever. So many things I want to talk about.

the state or quality of being creative.
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

as defined by dictionary.com. I want to be creative. I want to showcase my originality.

My life is original, at least in my mind it is. I have decided again that it is not beneficial at this time to continue school. I put my husband's career first last time and this time it is making me change my plans again. I will not pay an institution for ridiculous classes that cost way too much. I want to learn but not go broke doing so. I will go back to school when it is beneficial to me and get what I want. I just hope it is still what I want once I get there.