Saturday, December 28, 2013

Scrapbook Saturday!

Hello friends! It's been a busy week, and I hope you all are getting some good downtime this weekend. Today we're introducing a new feature here -- "Scrapbook Saturday." I'll be sharing a new layout by our resident scrapbooker, Melissa Craig, every couple of weeks for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Digis, especially precolored ones, work particularly well for digital scrapbooking. Using a program like "My Memories Suite" (what Melissa uses) or "Photoshop" (like I use), you can easily layer digital papers and digis along with your photos and other decorative elements. The pages you create can then be stored on your computer, printed out and placed in a traditional scrapbook, or even used to create printed books as gifts for family and friends.

To create today's page, Melissa used elements from our "Christmas Cuties" set, including the snowman image and the dots-and-stripes paper. She added snowflakes and papers from the "My Memories Suite" to accent this adorable picture of her daughter. If you look closely, you can see that her daughter is wearing a precious little snowman dress that Melissa made for her. So darling! To read more about how Melissa creates her pages, please visit her blog, and be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for our next Scrapbook Saturday! :-)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Where Have You Been Hiding?

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Each year, my resolution is pretty much the same: to be better about reaching out to and staying in contact with friends and family. As a busy wife and mother (among all the other hats that I wear), and as someone who is naturally a bit "hermit-ish," being social can be a pretty big challenge for me. So each year, I resolve to do better. Handmade cards are a great way of reaching out and letting someone know you care, so this year I am planning to keep a stack right on my work desk. This way, as people cross my mind, or prayer requests come through email, I can send off notes right away. Here is the first for my stack, made with the "Out of the Bag" set. I colored Oscar a little differently than he appears in the precolored image from this set, and added a few doodles and a flower accent to his bag to pretty it up. The sentiment is a good one, I think, for saying hello to someone I haven't seen or heard from in a while, even if half the time it's really me that's been "hiding." ;-)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Time for a Hug?

Hello friends! I hope you all had a magnificent Christmas! I apologize for the break between posts -- holiday preparations kept me hopping this last week or so. Although Christmas is my very favorite day of the year, it is also nice in some ways to move forward so that life can settle down a bit.

Today I have a marvelous card, made by designer Carol Longacre, to share with you. Carol made this little sweetie using the new "Time With You" set. She found the most wonderful Roman numeral paper to use in the background, and the red brads that she added to the gears and pendulum really bring this to life. Carol makes a lot of cards for children who are hospitalized in order to lift their spirits. I just know this one is going to make some little boy or girl smile, as I hope it does you! :-)