Monday, March 23, 2009

Keeping the memories alive...

We all take pictures so that we will "remember" those special times in our lives that we hope to never forget, but oft times those precious moments get stuck in a drawer or in a box up on a shelf in the closet. They are tucked away neatly in an envelope, with the promise to someday look at them again. How sad is that?

While we don't need to scrapbook every photo we ever take - we should scrapbook the photos that speak to our hearts. You know the ones I'm talking about, they are the photos that bring a smile to your face, or a tear to your eye, and bring you right back to that moment that you had originally taken that photo.

This past fall we had the opportunity to take a trip to Europe as a family. It was an amazing trip that I was able to earn as a consultant for Close To My Heart and because of my fabulous clients & friends. It is a trip that we will not soon forget or at least that's what it feels like now. But I know deep down that in order for us to keep these memories fresh and alive I must scrapbook some of those wonderful moments.

We were fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days in London, we'd specifically taken our family there so that we could visit the London LDS Temple while there. This trek to the temple touched our hearts and set the tone for what would become an amazing trip to be treasured forever. If I haven't already shared the details with you - ask me sometime!

I've recently created a little acrylic album of our trip to Europe that I'm really excited to share with you. I absolutely LOVE these little albums and thoroughly enjoyed creating it. I will be featuring this as a workshop the end of April, if you would like to come - check out my website: stampnscrapkim.myctmh.com and look under the calendar for the month of April for details.



This was taken in Ville'franche - what an cute little town - I could LIVE there for sure!


This is London - the train became our best friend & the temple was so beautiful!





This area features some of the ports we went to like Malta, Rome, Florence and of course Ville'franche!


Not sure if you can see this - but there is a half page in there that I've attached the journaling to - you can then view the photo from behind since it's acrylic.


There is a half circle page here....



and then another half page overlay that I've added journaling to...







While it is not meant to "house" all my memories of this once in a life time trip - it spotlights our adventure and will make a fun little table book to keep those memories alive for years to come.

What special memories do you need to preserve and what are you doing to keep them alive?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's in our very nature....

Why do we create? What is it that makes us look for "creative outlooks"? This is something that I've pondered many times in my life. I know some will say "I'm not creative" and to that I say BONK! I KNOW deep down that EVERYONE can create - it's just a matter of developing that talent - a talent that we as women all share. But WHY do we have this urge to create? What is it that gives us such satisfaction when we do create something?

While visiting a blog that I follow recently, I found the following video clip. It had been posted on YouTube as well, and has been made from a talk that was recently given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While I do not wish to use this space to preach about my religion - it goes without saying that my religion is very much a big part of who I am, and I would be remiss if I did not share this with you now as I feel it answers the questions that I have posed above. Take a second to watch it...



The post that I follow listed the following words - I want you to THINK about these words for a moment next time you think you are not creative:

Improve
Beautify Extend
Smile
Cultivate Develop
Create

It's true, we can't help but create, it's in our very nature, it's who we are, it's what defines us.....

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Don't forget....


I'm a list maker. I LOVE to make lists. I LOVE even more to cross things off my list! Yes, I am a red pen / crosser-offer (is that even a word? if not it is now) addict. I too am a slacker (see previous posts) - I will admit it openly and freely. I have the best of intentions but often just plain forget things (maybe that's because I'm "old" or maybe the kids did it to me - can I blame them?). If you are like me (which I am not saying any of your are freaks like me) but if you ARE like me - then you might be a little forgetful too sometimes. Anyways, I saw this cute message center a few months ago and thought it would make for a fun workshop so I finally got around to making one.


I will be featuring this project in a workshop April 10th - you can check out the details on my website or leave a comment below if you'd like to make one too.
It's an easy project to make - I've got several paper colors you could choose from - this one just fits me. Make one for yourself or make one for a gift for someone you love so that they can get the much needed "help" they need to remember! You may even get a thank you note out of it, that is if they remember to mail it.
that's it for today - I'm going to whip out my red pen and check off my list - blog posted! over and out.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kim's first GIVEAWAY...

Okay, so I'm getting sucked in.....a few of my friends are doing sort of a "Pay it Forward" giveaway. Of course after reading their blogs on this I thought it would be a good idea to join in on the fun!

I figure, if there is ANYONE ACTUALLY reading my blog then maybe you would join in as well on this fun experiment. If no one is reading my blog then I'm off the hook to do anything! LOL

So here's the scoop (on my end):

The first 10 people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For YOU!

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year. Hopefully sooner than later.
4. You have no clue what it's going to be...well, you may have a clue as I'm a paper crafter so - it will probably involve a little paper & some inking in some way!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange. Okay, that sounds frightening - I promise it will not be strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must re-post this on your blog and offer the same pay it forward opportunity to the first 5 people who promise do the same by posting on your blog.

Let's spread some love people - one craft at a time!

So, JUST so you are clear - I'm going to do this for the first 10 people (mostly because I found this on two of my friends blogs & want something from both of them - I have another friend who is doing it too - waving to Brittney - but I'm not sure I can commit to 15!

So - the first 10 for me - and then you will do only the first 5 people who post on your blog saying they too will participate in the "pay it forward" game.

Be sure to leave a comment telling me that you are doing it too so that you can win a FAB-U-LOUS handcrafted gift by me! :) Be sure to post pictures of what you won when you receive it!

Ok, let's get in the crafting spirit! Leave me a comment telling me that you're going to do it too. The first 10 are going to get something amazing from me! Well - you can only hope it's amazing - if it's not then just tell me it's amazing and then you can secretly cry and talk smack about me behind my back okay? Good luck!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Error on the page....

Holy Cow - those are the most frustrating words to see when you are eagerly working on submitting an application for something, while worried that you will be "late" doing it!

Today at 8am (MST) was the designated application time for housing at BYU - so dutifully we arose at 6:45 our time (PST) so we could be online at 7am (which of course is 8am MST). That in and of itself was a feat since it's Saturday morning and hey, we like to sleep in if possible.

The anxiety was killing us as we were striving to get Kara into her chosen housing dorm,once we logged in we saw we were 553 out of 553 in line to submit at that early hour. Within seconds the page refreshed and our number went down into the 400's out of 600+ then it refreshed again and the first number continued to go down as the last number began to jump into the 1000's. At 7:05 (remember that is 8:05 for them) we were number 37 out of 3652 - and we were extremely excited to be such a low number when so many were now online striving for the very same thing we were striving for. We knew that in just seconds that we would soon be able to submit the much anticipated application, and we saw the seconds ticking away 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...and we waited, waited, waited, only to have those cheers turn into tears within seconds, as the link went to take us to the application page we got an "error on the page" code - nervous that we had lost our "spot" online we clicked refresh (which is what the page instructed us to do) of course we just got that error on the page code again. We hit the back button - got our "number in line" page - waited for the page to refresh and back we were to the error code page yet again. This continued for 15 minutes - poor Kara was so upset - heck, I was getting upset - but I kept my cool - no bad words were said, not even my stand by of "oh cuss word". I just kept at it - clicking the back button, the refresh button, whatever I could do to get it to work. I even uttered a prayer that it would go through.

Finally, success was ours - we had made it to the survey page so I screamed for Kara - she came running and filled out the page(our time stamp was 8:20 and some seconds - so not first in line s we had lost those 15 minutes with errors, but hopefully early enough to get a spot in her desired dorm). She filled out the survey and hit continue button only to get yet another "error on the page" code. This continued again for another 15 minutes , Kara got so frustrated, she muttered "this is stupid!" and gave up and went back to bed. I was a little ticked off as this was HER application not mine, but she did work last night and has been up early every day for seminary and has to work again in a few hours, so being the "good" mom that I am - I kept at it. I filled out that darned survey a bunch of times as it kept putting me back on that page - I tried calling the housing office, but got the stupid busy signal. It was just about 8 when I finally got through to their office on the phone, I'm sure the poor guy on the other end had had his fair share of calls this morning. Anyways, he told me that we were good to go - we had our date & time stamp and that we were relatively early on the list so we could come back later in the day to complete the papers when the servers were not as busy.

WOOOHOOO!!! We'd made it - well, sort of - at least I didn't have to stay online, hitting that darned refresh button, back button & fill out that "cuss word" survey yet one more time - we had our time & date stamp and that was all that mattered, well that and the fact that I stayed relatively calm, cool and collected - that in and of itself was a small miracle. In the words of Miss Brooks (a whole other story) "Thank you Jesus!"

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm not famous, I'm a freak...

Okay, so many of you know that I absolutely adore Stacy Julian. Well, I saw her on my "friend finder" for facebook. Apparently we have friends in common. Of course without hesitating I clicked to add her as a friend only to think after the fact - wow - she doesn't even know who I am - she's going to be thinking...stalker freak! LOL

My good friend Jen & I often chat in scenario style, you know when you start talking and then you embellish it a little and make it into something that is NEVER going to happen? Well, we are the queen's of doing that - it's actually quite fun and something I might even dare to call a talent. My kids are pretty good at it as well...don't know where they learned to do that?!

Anyways, Jen & I have often had this discussion how we are Stacy Julian's BFF's and how we should show up to her place to scrapbook. Of course we would never do that because first of all - she lives in Spokane, and secondly she doesn't even really know either of us. (notice how that is second on my list?heehee) - anyways, Jen does have a slight connection through her sister Tracy who did a piece of artwork for Stacy when she came as our keynote speaker to convention, but that was years ago.

So - tonight when I told Jen that she'd never guess who I was now "friends" with on facebook, she started rattling off names of Close To My Heart corporate people. As she did this I was all...oh, ya I'm friends with them already, I'm friends with her too, ya her too. Jen went through a list - finally after a few hints she came up with Stacy and then gasped. Of course I had to tell her about how I added her and then how I had felt weird after the fact for doing so, and of course we giggled as we do in our devious way thinking we are naughty and cleaver at the same time.

At the end of our conversation I said to Jen - "Ya, I'm friends with all these corporate gals & Stacy but they don't even know who I am" and Jen said, "No, your famous! They know who you are" to which I quickly replied "No, I'm not famous, I'm a freak! Both start with "F" but there is a BIG difference!" So - there you have it - I'm not famous, I'm a freak - both do start with F - but just thought I'd better clarify that just in case there was any confusion on the matter.

Oh and if you ever read this Stacy - sorry for being a stalker -but hey your my BFF right?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Birthday from a slacker...

I have been reminding myself for over a week to send off a few birthday cards, but did I get it done? NOPE!
I've been working on a birthday card workshop that will be held at my house next week, so there has been a constant reminder of "birthdays" here - but did that help me? NOPE!
Last week my sister Jennifer celebrated her birthday (happy belated birthday Jen - wave wave) - her card is sitting here along with a gift that needs to be run to the post office. My brother-in-law Nate's birthday was last week as well - he too has his card & gift sitting here and the sad thing is I don't even have to mail it to him, cause he lives down the street. Today is my dad's birthday - and go figure - his card is sitting right here - not in the mail but on my counter!
Typical for me I tell you....funny thing is (or not so funny thing as the case may be if I owe you a card) I have NO excuse for not getting it off to him or to any of them for that matter, so they can have their birthday recognized on time. I don't have to shop for cards - I make cards - and I always have a stack of cards on hand! That's how it is when you are a card maker, you always have cards on hand - trouble comes in remembering to mail them off!
So here I am confessing that yes, I'm a horrible sister, sister-in-law, daughter, wife, mother, friend. Face it - I'm a slacker. I am owning up to it - in fact I own the term "slacker" at least when it comes to sending out birthday cards.
So, please keep in mind when it comes to your birthday that you are in my thoughts, truly you are, and most likely you will have a card sitting here, on my counter waiting for you for whenever we meet again or whenever I finally realize that "hey - I never mailed that out". From your slacker _________(fill in the blank - see above) - Happy Birthday!