Who doesn't love a good story? I sure do! I tend to creating stories in my head when I'm doing other things, like taking a walk, doing dishes, mowing lawn, riding a snowmobile, etc. I don't even realize I'm doing it most of the time; I'll just be going along doing my thing and then realize that I just created a story.
I used to do a lot of snowmobiling through the Minnesota wilderness and I loved to pretend that I was on some great adventure, or in a race, or in a movie. When our group would stop along the trail I would tell them the story I created, and then when we would start up again I would continue my story or maybe start a new one.
I was thinking about this last night as I went for a walk. The end of my walk takes me through a beautiful park in my neighborhood, down a giant hill and then back up (the hard part). I listen to music while I walk and there's a certain song I like to listen to as I go up the hill because it sets just the right pace to get me up the hill without having a near death experience. Sometimes I need to pace around at the bottom of the hill waiting for the song to start (Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom). The problem is that there's a creek at the bottom of the hill and I think it's creepy! It's very overgrown and dark and I always worry that I'm going to see a dead body floating in the water. I know! Crazy, but that's the story in my head! Here's what the area looks like:
Do you remember the typewriter? Did you take typing class when you were in school?
When I was in high school we had to take typing class; I think it was for one semester. Half of our time in the class was spent using an electric typewriter and the other half of the class was spent on a manual typewriter. Using a manual typewriter was the worst!
I realize that you now know (if you didn't already) that I'm old.
I recently received some old instruction manuals from typing class. My mom was cleaning at her house and came across these old manuals which she knew I would want. She was right.
A few days ago I was looking through one of the books and thought it would be fun to make some cards using pages from one of the books. I made a total of four cards:
The typewriter on all of the cards is cut from a Cricut. I don't have the cartridge but a friend of mine does so every time I have access to it I cut a bunch out because I love it!!
These cards are available in my Etsy shop. Also, if you plan a visit to the pumpkin patch or an apple orchard this fall you might want to document your fall photos in this mini album, also available in my shop.
The album also works well to document Halloween, which is when I used it for. The album is 4 x 6 and has a total of 7 double sided pages made from patterned paper. The album also comes with stickers, die cuts, ribbon, etc. Everything you need to document fall is included in this album.
I've been working on putting my Week in the Life album together, slowly for sure. As a reminder, I documented one week in my life with photos and journaling back in July along with Ali Edwards and lots of other scrapbookers.
As I started laying out my album I decided to make 4 journaling cards for each day; one for each of the following:
I typed all of the journaling and cut the cards into the size I needed to fit into my page protector, which is a 9 pocket protector like a baseball card page protector. Once I had them all printed and cut I decided to sew a line on each journaling card as an accent. This required me to get out my sewing machine. I would consider myself a novice sewer. I have made a few aprons and one chef hat (I needed help with that!) and I once made myself a dress - a maternity dress. By the time I had it done I was far too pregnant to fit into it, but I did wear it home from the hospital.
Because of my lack of experience this is what typically happens when I start sewing:
That's the instruction manual that came with my machine, and it gets a lot of use. My struggle this particular day was the bobbin; for some reason I could not get it to work! I tried many times (see the pile of thread up inthe left hand corner of the picture?) and then I consulted my manual and eventually figured it out.
I got my sewing done as you can see in this photo. My goal wasn't to have perfect looking straight lines, I wanted them to look kind of messy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! I decided to put the four journaling blocks all together in the same place for every day of the week. That could change as I continue to work on the book.
When I pulled one of the journaling blocks out of the page protector to sew on it I accidently pulled out the photo behind it and didn't realize it until I had done the sewing. So now this photo has the back side of my sewing efforts on it, which certainly wasn't my plan but I can live with it!
I will continue to share my album as I work on it . . . I hope to eventually get it done! I think once I get a plan in place it will go quickly, but as usual the plan it taking a while.
It's September in Minnesota and it's going to be 90 degrees today. What the heck? I'm not complaining though, because next week we will have highs in the 60's so I'm soaking up the last few days of warm weather. On my schedule today . . . hanging laundry on the line and crafting.
I started my day with a walk, and found this on my journey:
You wouldn't believe how long it took me to get this many ants in one picture. There are tons of ants going back and forth, but every time I raised my camera there wouldn't be any ants in my shot. So it may not look like much but trust me, it really is a busy "road".
I haven't done much crafting this summer but I did make a bunch of tags (50) for an Etsy friend that was making gift bags for her class reunion this summer (what a great idea!). She asked if I wanted to send her something to put in the gift bags as advertisement so I made these cute little tree tags with my Etsy shop name on the back.
I used some left over paper and ribbon so that's why they aren't all the exact same. It was a fun, easy project that hopefully brings more visitors to my shop.
My goal today is to make as many cards as possible. I have an outstanding IOU to my mom for a variety of cards and I also want to make some to sell at a fundraiser tomorrow. I'm planning to use some of the card ideas I posted here earlier this summer and use up as much scrap patterned paper as possible because I just have too much! And it's so cute!
Hope you are having a great day!