Thursday, May 22, 2008

Finding projects

I came across this website called Instructables as part of my browsing the BzzAgent site. And Instructables is pretty cool, I have to admit. (Granted, there's some junk there, too!) I think I could spend way too much time looking at little projects to do. For instance, one of the things I came across was how to make your own cooling scarf. If you have no idea what this is, it's a long, thin piece of fabric that's filled with polymer beads that expand & hold water when soaked. The water is slowly released from the bead, and it keeps the fabric damp. You wear it around your neck to help keep you cool. My dh and I started using these several years ago back when we were in our rollercoaster/themepark days, because it gets hot walking around in the summer in Texas. :) I'd always had a general idea of how to make them, but there were step-by-step instructions with photos on Instructables. Just think...I could probably find some Disney fabric and make these for a Disney trip. Cool! (If I ever do that, I'll post a pic. :D )

Anyways, there's all sorts of stuff to look at there, so you might find it worth a visit. ;)

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's strawberry and gardening time!

This is in my fridge right now. Jealous? :) I got the new Kraft Food & Family mag yesterday, and looking through it today, I knew I wanted to make this. The little bit I've sampled proves it was a good choice. :D Strawberry season has snuck up on me; somehow I still feel like we should be having winter, although the weather sure doesn't feel that way. We were outside a bit today and I planted some chives, plus my dh planted some tomato plants that he got through the mail. I've already got a basil plant outdoors. I love basil! But it's my hope to have some homemade salsa before the end of the summer, with home-grown tomatoes. Wish us luck!

Friday, May 9, 2008

The pin shadowbox question answered! :)

My friend Fran asked about the Disney pin project I posted earlier this week. So, here's what's involved. I found a 12 x 12 inch shadowbox frame at...I think it was...Target, about a year ago. My intention was to use it for a regular scrapbook page, but this worked much better. I used 2 12 x 12 inch cork tiles, which were stuck together with the little adhesive tabs that came with the package of (4) tiles. I think these were from Michael's or WalMart. Then I used photo safe double sided adhesive tape from Creative Memories to affix the 12 x 12 printed layout onto the tile. I took all my pins and did a general placement test (with the pinbacks still attached) so I could get a good idea of how I wanted the pins laid out. Once I was happy with the placement, I took one pin at a time, took the back off, and poked it through the photo into the cork. (2 cork tiles was just the right thickness so that the pins wouldn't pop through the back; they are well stuck in cork.) Finally, the whole shebang was placed back under the glass and the back was reattached to the frame. Thankfully it all fit. :)

Monday, May 5, 2008

The bluebonnets!

Now that bluebonnet season is over, I'm finally finished a layout made with this year's pictures. (There weren't many; we had all of a 5 minute shoot one day.) This was made with some retinted Whimsey and Whimsey Seasons papers, and I scraplifted something from the latest Target sale flyer. :D See if you can find it! It's in the May 4-10 least, it's in the DFW one.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Yay, my pin project's done!

I've planned to do this for a while (at least a year, I think). But this past week I finally ordered the print for the background, got together the supplies, and got it finished! This is a 12 x 12 natural wood frame shadowbox, with one of my Seebee's Freebies Dream Trip papers used as the background (with a title strip added). And, as I suspected, I still have some leftover pins. I envision that I'll eventually have 3 of these...maybe 2 smaller ones on each side, or maybe all three will be the same. But it would be a while before I have enough pins to finish 3 of these. :) So I'll hang & enjoy the 1 for now.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!!

If you've checked out Digitals today, you'll notice that most of the store is on sale for 30% off. How about a little extra for you, Blog Buddy? :) Use the coupon code 2061820683 at checkout when you buy Seebee's products, and you should save an extra 10% on those products. (This coupon code is good for TODAY only!) All my products are included in the sale, so that's 40% off of everything I have at Digitals including my new That Happy Feeling kit from the previous post!

Have fun shopping & scrapping!

Friday, May 2, 2008

New kit!!!

This is my most ambitious kit so far, with a whopping 15 digipapers plus borders, frames, mats, and stickers. I love the colors of this set! I went ahead & kept the price of this the same as my other kits, too: $4. And don't forget with National Scrapbook Day being tomorrow, there is a big weeklong sale that starts at Digitals tomorrow. (Hint, hint.) I think you'll want to check back here tomorrow; I'll have a 1 day only coupon to give you a little extra savings. :) See you then!