The beginnings of spring are here. Small yellow flowers dot the side of our yard. Now is the time to start planning our celebrations. We are going to be thinking of Coming of Age ceremonies, birthdays, Easter, Passover, graduations, and weddings. I like simple, remember? I have found a fabulously easy way to remember all of my friends and family through cards that I design, my way. I use templates similar to those you see below that I either purchase on my website or that I find on www.digital.creativememories.com . I find a template I enjoy, add pictures and a simple saying. I then print out 20 and keep in my drawer at home to send for everyday occasions. I use the special occasion templates for those times when a generic card just won’t do. What do you do to make it simple?
My traditional picture collection? A disaster. Plastic bins and albums full of pictures that have been long neglected until 2 years ago. Now, some of them are scanned, organized, and believe it or not, scrapbooked. Before Creative Memories, I tried to scrapbook not very successfully. You see, I am artistically challenged. I thought I had to cut circles out of the photos and try to arrange them on the page—believe me NOT pretty (someday I will put ugly scrapbook pages on this site—starting with my own). As I began scanning and organizing, I found it easier to gather a group of pictures for a traditional page. I AM still artistically challenged but I get a lot of help from the folks on the Help Zone at my website
and from page planners.
As you see in the photo, I want a way to remember my son’s 3rd birthday with all of the fun and friends. A collage is the best way to display these wonderful memories. You don’t have to do it complicated, you don’t have to add a lot of bling. Just pure and simple memories arranged in a simple way.
I didn’t even have to cut circles in the pictures. If I can organize and scrapbook my pictures, you can too—give it a try. Need help, ask your personal photo coach—ME! Happy scrappin’
I like simple. I never thought of myself as a terribly creative person much like most of us who grew up with minimal art exposure. Since my family is the most important subject I ever focus on, I wanted a simple way to display photos.
Once I started my involvement as a Creative Memories Independent Consultant, I was still looking for simple. Out of all of the projects I have created, my favorite has to be the 12×12 calendars which have perforations to use again and again. I made my calendar using Storybook Creator. The free templates made it even easier. Once the year was done, I put all of my calendar pages in a Picfolio Max album—just slide in the pages and done.
Now that a new year has arrived, I simply go to the Picfolio, pull out the page that suits the month and voila! Instant wall display as I magnetically attach it to my Everyday Display Board. I attach my son’s birthday card and some sayings to the cute clothespins that come with it and I even hung a heart ornament on the top that I made with a heart template and scrapbook paper carefully folding the hearts in half and gluing them together.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you…lovin’ the simple.
I almost missed it, how about you? I learned that my son shares a birthday today with Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. I quickly scan through my day. I stressed over not reaching my son on the phone to wish him a quick birthday. I stressed over a financial aid application for my daughter. I stressed over being late to a meeting. Despite all of those things, the world did not end. My family still loves me. I did get to wish my son a Happy Birthday in person and on the phone. I finished the application.
We often get worried over our strict expectations for ourselves. We get stressed at what seems to be missed opportunities or irritations in life. I look at the picture of my son pretending to pout and a big smile appears on my face. I think about the subway art example that Creative Memories put out this week and an idea comes to mind. Using Storybook Creator, I quickly put the picture into a template and adjust the opacity. I then use the fonts on my computer to generate the words and put a glow around them. I align the top and bottom making sure you can see the eyes and lips of my pouting child. Come to Glitter Workshop on 2-12-12 from 1-3 to see how to make street art and more.
I don’t worry and I AM happy again.
There are so many ways to find friends. One of them is to get a group of people together whom you know but really don’t know and craft together. I had so much fun gathered at Glitter Workshop today with 7 families making Valentine’s Day cards, boxes, and treat bag toppers. I didn’t know one of the mothers was a potter. I got to catch up on another person’s comings and goings in her busy family. I got to see the skill and talent of the adults and kids alike as they glued, cut, stuck, and blinged their precious valentines for their families and friends. Homemade gifts ARE the best kind.
We’ve had a delicious week. Handmade treat bag toppers on the top column photos, some delicious cupcakes from Cupcakes-A-Go-Go, Love Paper Photo Albums from Creative Memories, digital treat bag toppers made with the wonderful Storybook Creator, and finally, homemade love.
My sister-in-law sent us a big box filled with paper hearts and stencils that she cut out by hand and dipped in paint with the words, “play” and “joy”. This was the best present we had received by mail in a long time. We reused some of those hearts today. A parent commented that the treat bag toppers were a very clever idea to which I responded, “I get all of my ideas from the internet”. Of course being a Creative Memories Independent Consultant helps me find really cool stuff on the project page on my website too. Grab your
loves this Valentine’s Day and make sure you add the PLAY and JOY to their lives…