Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Some New Layouts

I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last posting, where does the time go.  Today is the last day for the Let's Scrap National Scrapbooking month long celebration. There have been many amazing cards and layouts posted for it.   What was really special was that several of our members supplied challenges along with several of our Design Team.  How great is that!!  I didn't find organizing this celebration was to hard, but I think having organized the Blog Hop a few months ago really helped.

So now for some of my layouts. I am going to post several of them because, who knows when I will get a chance to get back in here to blog. LOL This first one was done for Ana's challenge to use black and white pictures and paper with a touch of an accent color.   I chose to do a layout with Jason and Amy's engagement pictures on it.

 The next one is for Jodie's challenge where you were to do a layout about yourself.  So I chose to scrapbook about my having been on the High School Reunion committee back in 2005.  My job on the committee was to gather and display high school memorabilia. I think having to come up with some inventive ways to display the photo's on bristol board was what got me thinking about scrapping.

This one was for Kathy's challenge.  There were several things you had to do when making it.  You had to put the word first in the title, have some type of texture in the title, journal around the pictures, use 3 patterned papers and doodle around the outside edge of the layout.  I chose to do pictures from my childhood and the first cake I ever made with my Easy Bake Oven.  Up until a few months ago I had never seen these pictures but while going through old negatives I came across them and had them developed.  It is was amazing how the memories of that day came flooding back. I wasn't that thrilled with the hand doodling and journaling on it.  I normally use my computer for my journaling because my hand writing is so bad.

The last NSD2011 challenge I did was Rachelle's.  For it you had to scrap something that showed time and use the word time in your title.  I ended up scrapping pictures of my oldest son and his time spent on the farm with his Papa and the cows over the years.  The first picture is him when he was only a week old and Papa introduced him to the cow's.  The ones on the right show him about 2 or 3 years old out in the barn yard.  The other two are when he was 9 and he decided he wanted to ride the cows so his Papa put a harness on Andrew's favorite and he took him for a ride.  I laugh every time I see the picture with him on the cow and the cow wearing the hat.

Here is the layout I finally finished for last weeks Let's Scrap sketch.  My 2 year old grandson is hat crazy and was thrilled when I picked up all these St. Patrick's Day hats at the dollar store for him.

I would have liked to have finished all the NSD challenges but life has been pretty crazy lately so I didn't get them all done.  We are anxiously awaiting the birth of my Granddaughter in 2 weeks and my grandson Jacob has been coming to visit quite a bit.  He is a busy little guy so there is no scrapping while he is here.  

Recently we found out my older sister Rose has a brain tumor and that has thrown all of us for a loop.  She started her radiation and chemo treatments yesterday and we are praying that they will work to get rid of the tumor.  I would really appreciate it if my blogging friends could say an extra prayer for her.

Will I better get back to scrapping while my mojo is still working. Happy Scrapping, my friends.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Who Are They?

I have been really busy lately organizing the month long NSD celebrations we are having at Let's Scrap.  We have such wonderful members that several of them provided the group with challenges, as did some of our Design Team members.  There are lots of challenges, two new sketches and even a game of bingo going on for NSD 2011.  Why not pop over and join in on the fun?
I decided to give member Betty Hornbrook's challenge a try.  For it you had to do a layout using a Let's Scrap sketch with no pictures.  In there place you could use a poem, bucket list, story etc.  Here is what I came up with.

The poem I used is this one written by Pam Harazim

Strangers in the Box

Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, or when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be passed away?
Make time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
I have been researching my family tree for over 40 years and I have many family photo's of people I have not been able to identify.  When I started scrapbooking I came across this poem and thought it would be perfect to use on a page for my heritage album but never got around to scrapping it until now. Hopefully with my scrapbook albums I will prevent future generations of my family from wondering  who the strangers in the box are. 
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and Happy Scrapping!