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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring? Summer?

Even though Spring started on March 20th and Summer still has about 2 months before she officially shows up, I'm really not sure what season it is!

When heading out last week I was greeted with a bit of overcast skies.
Not bad, not bad at all.

Nice fluffy clouds with that beautiful blue sky poking through
and temps were mild.

Then while passing through Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge
things started to change

It got a little dark

and even darker

The sky filled with thick heavy dark clouds.
OOH look at all the Mustard in bloom! 

And then it hit!

And hit hard and cold.
Not complaining cuz Lord knows we need the water.
Just surprised since the past week had been in the high 70's

I made it through the storm (in more ways than one).
I think I need to be more like this Longhorn....
ignore the storms and go on about my daily business

It's to make it into the 90's this weekend.
We're dragging out the fans and getting ready.

It makes me feel better that Mother Nature can get just as confused as I can ;)

Have a Lvely Saturday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Freebie Friday

MyMemories was FEATURED on the Mother's Day Special for Lifetime Television's Morning show, *The Balancing Act*!!
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You can see the clip here.
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You have 20 pages to tell a story through pictures, what can you dream up?

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The weather is warming fast...goes had in hand with the week I've had.
Looking forward to the weekend and may even disconnect the phones.
I need as couple days of peace.....

I found my Orange full of buds!

 my Cecil Brunner is finally opening up.
The fragrance is delightful

Cecil Brunner on my arch

Little Bo Peep is still looking for her Sheep!

I don't know the name of this Lilac but it's flowers are so delicate looking

they are so small compared my others

I'm joining:

Tootsie Time

Wishing all a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Creating A Hybrid Scrapbook Album

Hi, I'm Barbara Eastwick. I will be guest blogging for Deb today.

Tip:  Do you like to use tangible scrapbook supplies?  Here's a fun way to create a great album using digi and paper!!  Why not try this fabulous idea out today using MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software ??!!

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Creating a hybrid scrapbook sounds much more 'technical' than it really is. "Hybrid" just mean that your project will incorporate some element of digital graphics and some element of tangible material. For this project we are using 5.5" x 5.5" Quick Pages that have been completed and printed out, scrapbooking paper, a 6" x 6" Accordion Style Create and Treasure blank book, gold paint and glue. The Quick Pages used in this project were created from the November RAKScraps Mega Kit. The completed quick pages were printed by my local store printer. The blank board book can be purchased at most craft stores, and they have so many sizes and shapes to choose from. And, of course, the digital layouts can be easily made using MyMemories Suite Software!!

Here are the supplies I used:

These Blank Board Books are beautifully done and do not require any preparation before use. My layouts however, have a definite Fall theme, and as such I wanted to paint my blank board edges a deep antique gold. Note that I did not need to paint the entire board book, just the edges and a little bit of the pages, but most specifically, the inside and outside creases.

This album has 10 pages. I chose three scrapbook papers and I cut them down to 6" x 6" squares. I most certainly could have left my papers with a squared edge and just layered my printed Layouts on top of them, but I like the look that corner slot punches, and corner rounders give. I use the corner slot punch first on all four corners, and then used the corner rounder on each one.

From here I simply inserted my finished printed layouts into the corner slots. And this is the time where you would wish to take to a moment and see if you wish to add any other tangible embellishments. I'm adding paper flower embellishments with brad middles, tabs, card stock stickers, labels, and more. Once you have your finished pages how you'd like them to be, simply adhere them to each page of the album. You want to use a very strong adhesive, preferably acid-free, to ensure the longevity of your project. If you use a liquid glue please be sure to watch for overruns and spills as you brayer the layer on to get the air bubbles out. If you use a two sided tape adhesive, you'll want to be sure to run your adhesive to the edges, so they don't peel off or fray over time. You certainly may sand and ink your edges, too, if you desire.

Here's my finished album. It can be folded and tied with a ribbon to present as a gift, or it can be opened and left on a mantle or shelf to be displayed!

Of course, using these few techniques - the options are limitless! You can create any size album, or any shape album!

Here's my next one! It's an 8" x 8" Board Book with my family's Christmas Layouts. These pages were created using the December RAKScraps Mega Kit. I'll be making two of these and sending them off to the Grandmas!

Well I have had fun today guest blogging.
I hope I've helped to stimulate you to be creative and have fun with MyMemories Scrapbooking Software!

If you use this code upon checkout you will receive a discount:

Now go make some Memories!

And remember to enter Deb's giveaway !!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pinning or Pining?

Time to join Kimberly and Courtney for their Monday Pinning Party!

Won't you join us!

Ever had a period in you life where you just wanted to play Ostrich and bury your head in the sand? and not want to come out for a long time?
My life is a little crazy right now, heck it's been a roller coaster for quite some time. I just want to get off and move on.

I've been having hideaways on the mind.
In fact, pining for a hideaway....
you know somewhere where the world disappears and you can just be happy.
An escape, if you will.

Any of these would definitely do the trick.

Can you just imagine this in a quiet woods hidden by all the foliage...
love the moat btw :)

This little hideaway would be perfect nestled into a garden like it is here.
But it doesn't look much bigger than an outhouse :/

This one is kind of bright.
Maybe it would help fight depression :?

When I was little I would get a few kitchen chairs and drape blankets over them.
It would become my secret hideaway...in the middle of the living room ;)
This reminds me of that "design" and brings back memories.
Of course, mine wasn't this big or elaborate....

Who wouldn't want a hidden room behind a bookcase?
That would be sooo cool.
No one could find you.

Love both of these ♥

But hiding in not an option.
So here I go head first into this week.
See you on the other side...
I hope ♥♥♥

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bound and Determined

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds
Women to change their shapes, than Men their minds.
William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona

I came across this and found it fascinating.
Hope you do too.


The Making of Corsets

Thank goodness we don't have to go through this ritual today!!


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