Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Project Scrapbook

Three years. I have had a scrapbook for three years. It's for a friend's wedding. I have not finished it. I started it three years ago and I did finish it but I didn't like the way it turned out. So I started all over. I would understand if she is totally pissed at me. I would be pissed if I were her. Thing is, I want it to be perfect. I'm putting too much pressure on myself. So now that I have a fresh start and a new perspective on things (thanks to for ideas) I am ready to get going on it. I scanned all the pictures onto my computer. Now I need to do the following:
  1. Edit them in photoshop
  2. Make digital scrapbook
  3. Find 12x12 layouts, sketches or templates
  4. Find Embellishments, stamps, titles, journaling, quotations and poems
  5. Ideas for titles
    1. Mother of the Bride
    2. Mother of the Groom
    3. Father of the Bride
    4. Friendship
    5. Family
    6. Bride
    7. Groom
    8. Love
    9. Marriage
    10. Smile
    11. Happiness
    12. Location
    13. red Roses
    14. Maid of Honor
    15. Her last name
    16. His last name
    17. Girls night out
    18. getting ready
    19. ceremony
    20. i do
    21. reception
    22. happily ever after
These are the links that I am finding most helpful for this project:
capital b free printables
shabby blogs
the crativity exchange
thats what she said
the girl creative
digital scrapbook - Google Search
Free Digital Scrapbooking - Tutorials
3D Flowers SVG Kit - $6.99 SVG Files for Sure Cuts A Lot -
52 Sketches…52 Weeks 
advice for the bride - Yahoo! Search Results
Amy's SVGs and Other Scrap Stuff
Amys Collages and Other Scrap Stuff
Articles Creating Keepsakes
Brittany's SVG Files
Browsing Resources & Stock Images on deviantART
Brush Kits
CatScrap  Brushes and Stamps  Jack Brushset by NRJ
Collages - Picture Collage Ideas - Scrapbooks Etc.
Craft Edge • View forum - Flourishes
Craft Edge • View topic - BEAUTIFUL Borders & Frames ...
Crafty Things - prints
Cricut & SCAL FREE SVG FILES!!! « Eat, Sleep, Scrap…Repeat
Cricut Top 40 - Rankings - All Sites
Digital Scrapbooking Brushes from ScrapGirls Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
E. E. Cummings Poems and Poetry
einnej Free SVG Files
Embellishments and more at Better Homes and Gardens
Father Poems
Fonts For Peas Best Handwriting Fonts
Free designs » Create Your Heart Out
Free Digital Stamps
Free Dingbats,, Sure Cuts A Lot software, SCAL
Free Scrapbook Fonts - Part 2
Free svg and scut files Downloads to use with Cricut and SCAL
PageMaps  Free SVG Files for Sure Cuts A Lot
Swirling flourishes Stock Illustration
The Free SVG Blog
The Lady Wolf playing with Cricut
The Pink Stamper
tracy ann designs - Yahoo! Search Results
Wedding Scrapbook Layout Ideas Scrapbook Wedding Photos of the Bride and Groom
Wordle - Create
work for scraps Friday Freebies! Scalable, cutable SVG files

Thursday, February 16, 2012

About ME

As always, I was bored. I was seven, I was always bored. I remember the white headboard with built-in bookshelves as my Grandmother, Naomia and I sat on the bed watching television while she babysat me. She glanced up from her knitting every now and then to watch whatever cartoon I had put on.
Then Grandma got me 'hooked'. She handed me a size G crochet needle and a ball of acrylic yarn and taught me how to do a simple chain stitch. What I didn't know at the time was how I would cherish this memory of her and I together, forever. I practiced the chain stitch for weeks, never knowing what to do next. Unravel, start over, trying to perfect the stitches so they were all the same. Once I got this simple foundation stitch to where I liked it, I showed her. There was a look of pride twinkling in her eyes as she told me that I was ready for the next part - what to do with it! She then taught me how to do simple stitches; single and double crochet. Before you knew it, I was making Granny Squares.
When I turned twelve, I copied an afghan she had made for my father. I didn't have a pattern. I didn't even know how to read a pattern, but I knew how to copy any work that was in front of me. It took hours, but once I figured it out, I knew it.
I stopped crocheting for a long time after that. Too many other things to do than sit around with yarn and a crochet hook. Not to mention the fact that I didn't see the work as fashionable. Until that ugly day. I was in high school when I was told that Naomia had Alzheimers Disease. I knew it would be a matter of time before she 'forgot' how to do a craft that she loved so much and had a natural talent for. I picked her brain, trying to get as much knowledge as I could out of her - knowing that I wanted to carry out the tradition to my friends and family the way that she had taught me.
When I was 30, Naomia passed away after a very long fight. My Grandfather handed over to myself and female cousins Grandma's knitting and crochet supplies. There was nothing fancy about Gram's 'stash'. A ton of acrylic yarn with pricetags for under a dollar, numerous amounts of size 'G' crochet hooks. But there was something in there I never knew about...knitting needles! There were double-pointed-needles, circular needles and straight needles in just about every length and size. But, I didn't know how to knit. So, I started asking questions. Turns out, Gram knitted anything and everything from socks to sweaters, she had it down back in the day! I wish I had known her during that time in her life, to soak up more knowledge, but that time was gone. Forever.
So, I taught myself. I bought books, watched videos, scoured the web for tutorials and before you know it, I was making cabled sweaters.
Then another problem got in my way. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I knew there would be days where I was too tired, my hands shake or my brain would just forget. My goal now is to do the work when I can and for as long as I can and to someday pass along my knowledge to others. Gram laid the foundation for something that has now become a passion of mine and I plan on going for as long as I can.