Wednesday, April 30, 2008

From Another Class

Wilna Furstenberg of Making Memories was one of the teachers at the Scrap Etc. Event. We had two main projects in her class, and I finally put the finishing touches on this one on Saturday. These cards were supposed to be a part of an album as you can see in her examples from the Event book. She made a "coffee cup" album and then also bound them to make a mini-album. I really didn't want to do another mini-album and I'm no fan of coffee, so I decided to just make individual birthday tags instead.
I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Opryland Hotel

Yes, I'm still talking about the trip! There's just so many aspects I wanted to share that I'm having to spread it out over several blog posts!
I've really been trying hard to learn more about my camera, and Brian is patiently explaining things over and over until they sink in. It would probably help if I practiced every single day, but I just don't have the time to devote to it just yet! We weren't shooting on complete manual for these, just Av, but that's a big step for me considering I'm very fond of just shooting in P mode. Brian took these first two or three and then let me practice after that. It takes so many shots to get just the right lighting that I can't believe how frustrating it was when shooting like this in film. At least with digital you can see immediate results and change the settings accordingly! Thank goodness for technology, right?! (Remember to double click on the pics to get a better view!)

This last one is from Trish's husband's camera. I never did get a wide shot of the conservatory, so I borrowed his to show off here. Keep in mind that this is just ONE of the "common areas." There were several other wide, expansive spaces just like this one! This place was so massive, there is no way to describe how intricate all the details were in every nook and cranny. I can't imagine the architectural and landscaping plans!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Let Me Tell You About

The Grand Ole Opry! To be honest, I thought it was just for old folks, but it turned out to be the best thing about Nashville in our opinion! When I found out that Martina McBride was going to be there, I knew we had to go, even if they don't do a full-blown concert. It was worth it to just get to see her do a few songs . . . We had great seats, fourth row to be exact, so we could really see all the behind the scenes action. The sound quality was absolutely incredible! And the down home feel--no one is treated with any airs--they just come on out and sing. Simply put, it was a great time!

Clayton loved every minute (oh, except for that time that Brian left to go take pictures--we missed one whole song due to the crying and fit thowin' for Daddy!) He stayed in Brian's lap and clapped and danced the whole time!!

Jim Ed Brown:
Steve Wariner:

A new group, The Steeldrivers:

Eric Church:

Bill Anderson:

Lee Greenwood:

Little Jimmy Dickens:

And of course, Martina:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Some Favorites

My other favorite class last week was Jenni Bowlin's. She was so down to earth and the class was well organized. It was a lot slower paced than the others so I didn't feel near as much pressure to get everything done as fast as possible. And her products are so vintage looking--love the way they looked with the black and white photos. We completed four bingo cards in her class, and I knew it was a great chance to scrap some for my brother's kids. Not sure how I'm going to combine these yet, but I couldn't wait until then to share them because I really like how they turned out. Jenni's tip for the day: put your rubons on vellum and cut them out and then attach them to your project--adds a little dimension to them. (All photos are by my sister-in-law, Nicole and I've blurred the kids names for obvious reasons). And remember, you can double click on the pics to get a closer look.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Quickie Projects

Here are a couple more projects from the Scrap Etc. Event. The album was created in a class by Danelle Johnson and Kristi Blankenship of Creative Cafe. They shared lots of simple ways of recording your family's everyday moments and even the thoughts, feelings of each family member, etc. The biggest point they made was to do something rather than waiting until you have time to do some awesome publish-worthy layout. Because twenty years, thirty years, fourty years down the road, will the design really matter? Of course not! Just the memory recorded on the page is all it comes down to in the end. This particular album is divided into twelve sections, so it could easily become a month-to-month way of recording little things that have happened with your family. The other big idea that they shared that got me thinking was a Family Circle Journal--a journal passed from one family member to the next by way of letters written to each other. Neat idea, huh?
This next project wasn't necessarily my favorite mainly because I'm not great with altered art or cutesy things like that. And since I don't have a true "scrapbook room," I never really know what to do with those things anyway. Can't really hang them in the kitchen if you know what I mean. Monique McClean taught this class and it was basically just replicating her example. Here's how mine turned out:

Monday, April 21, 2008

So Glad to be Home!

The trip to Nashville was wonderful, but I'm such a homebody that I was sooo glad to be at home last night! We didn't get too many pics of the family because as you can tell by this one, Clayton was on a "smiling for the camera" strike . . . he's getting independent like that!! But I did want to share it because after all, it is a moment in our lives captured forever, right? The hotel was absolutely beautiful, and I've got several pics of the garden conservatory that I'll be sharing soon. I was pretty proud of myself because with Brian's help I shot several things strictly on Av mode---slowly but surely I'm learning more and more about that camera and photography in general. But it takes so much practice, I really need to be shooting pictures every single day to actually get the hang of it.
So many of you are on me about sharing my projects so I'll share my favorite first. The class was taught be Vanessa Hudson and it's the one that I had my greatest AHA! moment in. She had one of those ideas that you just say to yourself "why didn't I think of that?" We used albums from Pioneer that are made to hold 4 x 6 photos. We basically made title pages for each section of photographs and then cut them in half so they would fit in the 4 x 6 slots! These particular albums have a spot on the left side of the photos for small journaling blurbs so you can still add commentary as you would on a layout. The photos we used were of just ordinary, everyday life, but she also showed us examples of other ways to use this idea. She had all of her Disney pics in an album with different sections, each one with it's own "scrapped" title page. She talked about how she still scraps certain pics, but she has all of them in one place for just regular viewing. Now I know what to do with all of these vacation pics that I don't necessarily want to scrap an entire layout for, but I do want to do something "cute" with them! And all the lake pictures too! Now, see? Aren't you kicking yourself for not thinking of this before now?? I love the idea simply because the pics are scrapbooked in a way (and even have some journaling), but I didn't have to do a whole mini-album of layouts to get the job done. Adding a little something more than just throwing them in an album by themselves if you know what I mean . . . and I know you other scrapbookers out there know what I mean!! We feel like we have to scrap every single picture from now until doomsday, and that it's some kind of scrapbook sin to put them in an album alone with no journaling or embellishments--this method allows for a combination of both!
So here's my album (Vanessa's design)--all the diecuts are from AccuCut (I'm thinking I NEEEEEED one of these!). I had all my pics printed in black and white because I wasn't sure how they would be used, but I'm thinking I'll slowly replace them with their color counterparts since I see the overall design now. I'm pretty darn proud of the little thing--I've already got it sitting on my coffee table!

Home: pictures of and around the house
Whatcha Up To?: random snapshots of the family doing what they do
What's For Dinner?: what we eat
On the Go: places we go
For the Love of Everything: things that I love! (gotta make it my scrapbook, right???)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Scrap Lightnin'!

Well, I said I was gonna get something done at this Event, and boy am I working my rear off living up to that! I feel like I've been speed scrapping all day--and I'm very glad my group had the night off so I could rest up for tomorrow! I normally scrap soooo slooooow, and I have to spread out everywhere--to all flat surfaces within reach. And here, we are crammed in on top of each other and racing to get major projects done in under two hours. New for me, but I'm lovin' the finished products! Can't wait to get them home to share with you all! I already have THREE, count 'em THREE, albums almost done!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Greetings from Nashville!

**Wasn't a fan of downtown Nashville--I think it was a combination of the cold and the less than user friendly parking!!
**Opryland is the swankiest place I've ever been!
**You eat a lot here, but you walk it off getting back to your room! The bellman said that the employees walk an average of 12 MILES a day. TWELVE MILES!
**The Grand Ole Opry was awesome! Our seats were on the fourth row and Martina McBride was the headliner. She was just as great as I had imagined!!
**Wish I could upload some of my pics but I can't figure it out on this laptop, so you'll have to wait!
**I'll check in later this week to give you news on the actual Scrap Etc. Event!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Triumph Soccer

So I talked to one of the P.T.'s at the clinic a while back and she told me all about a program a therapy student had started last year: Triumph Soccer. No matter your level of ability, you are welcome to play in this "league." They have four practices and one game! Today was the first practice and it was quite interesting to say the least! Each child is assigned a buddy (usually a therapist at the clinic or a therapy student), and in Clayton's case, he had THREE buddies! Of course he was loving the attention! He was in his walker while they played Simon Says and Red Light, Green Light, and then got in his chair for the "scrimmage." He did okay considering there were 100 mile an hour winds the whole time--it was freezing out there! He eventually kicked the ball on his own two or three times, so I'm hoping by gameday he'll have a better idea of what's going on! He was too darn worried about all the other kids and their walkers to pay attention to what he was supposed to be doing--which is the same problem he has at the clinic! And of course here are the pics. You should be able to click on them to enlarge them for better viewing.