Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week in the Life 2011: Day 2

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Left column: cutting a vidalia for dinner, photo of what I was wearing
Middle column: Bible study on the table, dishwasher about to be emptied
Right column: Cream cheese frosting on a walnut fudge brownie, chicken & broccoli salad with a pita and cantaloupe, and Greek-style tilapia with couscous

Tuesday was really about the food/kitchen. I didn't leave the house, and I honestly kind of felt icky. It was a lot of browsing the internet, watching a movie, and just being a blob. I felt better towards evening, but then I sat around looking at syllabi for the classes I'll be teaching when school starts in two weeks (I had a meeting on Wednesday with the woman taking the maternity leave and her husband, the principal of the school). I went to bed really early because Trevor got to his hotel really early that night, so we were able to talk around 6 p.m. instead of our usual 8 p.m. or so.
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Week in the Life 2011: Day 1

Monday, July 25, 2011

Clockwise, beginning in the upper left corner: Yogli Mogli frozen yogurts, view of my side of the sink, Harry Potter movie posters outside of the theatre, Trevor's suitcase packed for his four day trip, self-portrait of Trevor & me at Thai Heaven (using takeout boxes as a tripod), Trevor packing his lunchbox for his four day, beef pad Thai at Thai Heaven, the view of Trevor's side of the bathroom, Trevor's meals for his four day stacked in the fridge, and new lunch box gear for the coming school year for me.

It was our two year wedding anniversary. We slept in, Trevor mowed the lawn, we went out for a late lunch at Thai Heaven, then Harry Potter at the Carmike in Newnan. Later on, we went to Yogli Mogli for "dinner." We ended up swinging into Target to look at bedding for the guest room, but instead came home with lunch box gear for me (school starts in just over two weeks). After we came home, Trevor packed his clothes and food for his four day trip that would begin early the next morning.

I haven't written much down so far. I think it's because I naturally remember so much of the stuff I would write down. Like when Trevor said, "Do I need to take a picture of my food because you're weird like that?" Seriously. Like I could forget something like that! I nearly made him take a camera along with him this week when he left for the trip, but I figured I'd probably get photos of cockpit instruments and clouds. The time that I reluctantly let him take the good camera along, though, he ended up getting his photo taken with Harry Reid, who was on one of Trevor's flights (he has also flown such illustrious celebrities as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Erik Estrada, and an assortment of 80s has-beens for a festival in Valdosta last summer, while my friend Rachel has flown Michael Bolton and Selena Gomez).
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Week in the Life 2011: My Format + Potential Products

Week in the Life 2011 runs July 25-July 31, 2011. It is a project from Ali Edwards. It isn't class, but more of a guided project. For free resources and inspiration, as well as links to digital and physical products that might help you, check out

First off all, I have to point out that this plan is flexible. It could easily change once I get into the actual documentation process, or once I start actually putting it all together in early August.

My plan is use 12x12 page protectors that have been divided for 4x6 photos. I'm going to alternate vertical and horizontal layouts so that each day will have one page of each. This means my photos won't really be chronological by the hour and minute, but they will still be chronological by date. The brands I'll be using are Pebbles/American Crafts for the horizontally-orientated pages and The Paper Studio for the vertically oriented. That's because I have some on hand, and I know these brands are available locally. I won't be scouring the internet for this project -- I'm keeping it simple.

Between my 12x12 pages, I think I'll be using baseball card sheets to hold bits of memorabilia, maybe some wallet-sized photos, and other little bits. I also plan to have some other sizes of page protectors ready in case some ephemera comes up that I'd rather not cut down, or would be best left whole (like the anniversary card I'll likely receive from Trevor on day one!).

My plan is to use products I have on hand for this. It might mean finishing off some Studio Calico kits, a set of Echo Park papers I've had for about a year, or just tossing things together. Most of my albums aren't cohesive because that just isn't how I scrap, so this one might not be coordinated, either. Again, this is something that will be determined once I get into the documenting/putting together stages of my album.

I have my box of journaling tags out and ready to go. I'm not sure if I'll journal on tags right away or if I'll pluck out bits from the notebook I'll be writing in during the week. I guess we'll see how next week goes. We never have a typical week, and next week is no exception -- our anniversary, prepping for school starting, finishing the unpacking/decorating, taking a quick trip to Minnesota, and maybe seeing our preschool students graduate to their next class at church on Sunday.

When browsing my box of journaling tags today, I found I had two sets of Elle's Studio Days of the Week tags from around 2008-2009. One set is black and white, and the other is bright colors. Some of these will almost definitely make it into my finished product. I might use one set or the other, or a mix of both. I'll definitely have these out as I go through my patterned papers and cardstock to choose what is going into the finished album.

If you're doing a Week in the Life this year, which products are you using?

Week in the Life 2011: I'm doing it

I wasn't going to do Week in the Life 2011.

I didn't have time in 2009. I was sick all week in 2010 and never came back to it after the second or third day. 2011's Week in the Life falls during a busy time -- school starts about two weeks after the end of WITL, I'm not done unpacking from the move, and the house isn't decorated. Oh, and I'm way behind on all my other scrapbooking, too.

Then Ali Edwards posted a link to a past blog post about the basics of documenting a week in the life. As I scrolled down the page, I saw a reference to North Dakota, which made me scroll back, and this is what I found:

  • 7.
    Lynsey said…
    This is a very important time in my life document. Even though I think I’m boring, the truth is, my children will someday treasure this glimpse into my life right now: 9 months into our marriage, my husband is beginning his fourth year at a regional airline, I’m unemployed, I’m still learning our way around my new home in Georgia after moving from North Dakota when we got married last summer, and we’re in our first married home. I’ve heard stories about this time in my parents’ lives, but never seen photos of it. I think my future kids will be fascinated by this, even if I find it mundane.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My dad says I'm awesome

{Supplies: patterned papers - Basic Grey, letter stickers - Sassafras (cream) and Cosmo Cricket (red tiny type), thread - Coats & Clark, border punch - Fiskars, paper piercer - Making Memories}

Once in a great while, something magical happens. The Twins come to Atlanta, and their fans, the thousands of upper midwestern transplants, flood the stadium. It's a sea of navy and red, but most of the emblems are those of the Minnesota Twins. In March, we joined a crew of northerners at a pre-season game at Turner Field. It was my first game at an outdoor stadium.

For this layout, I wanted to stick with the two teams' mutual colors. I knew I wanted to use some of my BG Boxer paper (from a mini pad) and that I wanted to stick with an obvious baseball theme. Once I chose the gridded/dotted background, I hand poked the holes for the lacing. It took something like five hours to do all the hand stitching.

I posted this layout to my Facebook album titled "Creative Works" because a few people had heard about it before I finished it. My dad was the only one to comment so far, and all he wrote was "Awesome!!"

Thanks for making me a baseball fan, Dad.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Reverb: July - Revising a goal

Silver Mountain, near Lempster, New Hampshire. 7/12/11

I have to start with a confession.

I didn't climb Stone Mountain on July 3. I didn't even attempt it. As soon as I got out of the car, my clothes were sticking to me. It was so hot and humid, and I think my bronchitis was worse. Trevor said he didn't need to climb the mountain, so I decided I didn't need to either. When we reached the laser lawn inside the park, we found that it was already crowded. So, we trekked back to our car, grabbed our stuff, and started setting up our camp for the afternoon and evening while Becca and Mia made the trip.

But a week later, I had the chance to climb a different mountain, and I took it.

The photo above is Trevor & me on top of Silver Mountain in New Hampshire. One of my best friends has a cabin on Sand Pond Lake, near the base of the mountain. The five of us who stayed at the cabin this week climbed to the top and picked blueberries. It was exhilarating to climb to the top, amazing to find the blueberries, and incredibly exhausting. After we came back down, we ate a quick lunch and then jumped in the lake. I'm not ashamed to admit that I strapped on a life vest and just laid in the water with Rachel and Trevor. :)

I'm so glad I climbed Silver Mountain. I was even more glad this morning, when I was able to eat a handful of the blueberries I picked on my breakfast cereal. Amazing.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Reverb: July Prompt

(For the Young Crafters Unite blog hop, scroll down one post)

What new thing will you try this month?

I love the wording of this prompt. It could have been "What new thing do you want to try this month?" or "What new thing will you think about trying this month?" Instead, it's a very certain, affirming, and forceful "What new thing will you try this month?" Putting it like that means that the respondents will be required to do what they stated. It becomes a promise in these terms.

Today, I will climb Stone Mountain. This is huge for me. I am not an athlete. I am scared of heights. To climb a mountain means putting myself against these two huge things. It's also going to mean overcoming the last lingering breathing issues related to bronchitis and bronchial spasms I had in June. Luckily, I'm going to be doing this with two of the most supportive people I know, my husband and my friend, Becca.

Later this month, I'm going to Valley Fair. It's going to be a new thing for me in that I cannot remember the last time I was on an amusement ride. Seriously. It might have been right after senior year of high school, when a group of us went to the state fair and an Our Lady Peace/3 Doors Down concert, but I'm not even sure we rode rides that night, either.

So, overall, I guess you could say that this month, I will try being adventurous.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Young Crafters Blog Hop

Welcome to the Young Crafters Unite Favorite Things Blog Hop! If you're just stumbling through, I highly recommend you start at the main page to get some background on the hop, and then click on through to the end. I'm sure you'll see some great things!

If you're coming in order, you should have come to my page from New Ideas, a blog by Isha. I hope you looked around for awhile. She's got some gorgeous yet simple cards using border punches, rainbow colors, and twine. I love her work!

For those of you who are new to my blog, I'm a young crafter because I am, in fact, young. I'm 26, a relatively newlywed substitute teacher married to an airline pilot. We're building a life together in the suburbs of Atlanta, which is far from where we grew up -- I was raised on a cattle ranch in North Dakota, and he was raised in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. We still visit both frequently, but we save our visits for the spring and summer months, letting us enjoy the north at its best and leave the south at its worst! ;)

{Supplies: Studio Calico May Kit: Lawn Party, Fiskars Threading Water border punch, Marvy Uchida pennant punch, Martha Stewart Holidays Baker's Twine, Recollections kraft cardstock, various gems and pearls, Spellbinders Labels Eight die set, Stampabilities Pigment Ink Pad in Brown, and Unity Stamp Co. Bevy of Butterflies stamp set}

When I read that this would be a favorite things hop, I was a little distressed. How could I pick any small assortment of favorite things? I love this hobby too much to pick favorites! So, I realized I'd have to take a different approach. I picked a favorite person and decided to make a project for her. I chose my cousin Erin, who is starting college in about six weeks. I wanted to make a fun card to greet her shortly after she moved into her dorm at North Dakota State University. I had the Bevy of Butterflies set from Unity Stamp Co. on my desk and realized that the small "Best of Luck" stamp would be perfect for what I was planning. From there, I chose a favorite Studio Calico kit.

I loved this kit because it was full of delightful spring colors without being too heavy on pink, the little banners were a neat embellishment, and there were still some fun neutrals in the kit. Most of all, I loved all the orange in it, too. I decided it was time to let go of the last of my banners, so I snipped them from their toothpicks and punched pennants out of scraps to help fill out the area I intended for my banner. I decided how much of the card I wanted the banner to cover, and cut the black and white handwritten paper to cover that area. I then chose the bottom papers to bring in some color.

I traced around the outside of my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter to get the banner's arch. I had planned to use my Sew Easy to pierce the holes, but it didn't have the turn radius I needed, so I instead poked the holes by hand. I handstitched with brown and white twine, and then added my sentiment. I finished by dressing up some of the banners with my favorite simple, quick embellishment: pearls and gems.

I hadn't planned on having the banner overlap the page, but I loved how it looked when I started laying it down, so I decided to go with it. I think it's going to be really fun for Erin when she receives it, and it will be easy to just send it in a slightly larger envelope.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Please leave a comment letting me know you were here, and remember, commenters on the blog hop have the chance of winning some great prizes ( $20 from Simon Says Stamp, their choice of stamp set from Paper Smooches, or their choice of stamp set from Lawn Fawn)! Also, feel free to stop back in the future to see more cards, layouts, and some home decor projects I've got planned!

Next up on the blog hop: Neat & Tangled, a blog by Danielle Walls! Enjoy the rest of the hop!