Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scrap-n-Time a Success!

Good morning Dreamers!  I have to tell you about our first all day crop at my new church (new cause I moved to Chicago).  I met Diane at a Growth Group lunch (that's the Tuesday Bible Study) and knew we would be friends.  You know, sometimes you can just tell?  Well, as we talked a bit more over the weeks, we found out we were both scrapbookers.  She invited me to crop at her former church with her.  It was a good time (when is cropping not!), but a little awkward. I went a second time with her and then suggested that we start our own crop at Good Shepherd.  Well, Saturday was the first day!
    There were 6 of us last Saturday morning.  We had so much fun!!! We had a great lunch provided by Diane.  I even got 2 layouts done!  Ok, one I'm not real thrilled with, it's a challenge in Creative Scrapbooking Divas.  Pictures of activities during the preceeding month.  I think that is for people with children or active lives.  It snowed!  That and the dog are about all I have to take pictures of!  (I need to get a life, and then there would be more. . . putting that on my list of things to do)
    But the continuing trip to Maine and back (it's only been 2 1/2 years!) was on my radar.  I am determined to get it finished!  So I got a layout about Niagra Falls done.  It also was a challange in the Diva forum....NO PATTERN PAPER!  The thought almost made me explode!  I love strips, flowers, dots, SWIRLS!!!  I thought it was going to be impossible!  And you know, it can't be too simple or I can't wrap my mind around it.  But, I did it! 

It's a bit more exciting when you can touch it and realize that the word tiles are actually Tim Holtz fragments.  So they stand up 1/8 inch or so.  I used my handy ZipDry and glued the tiles to the dark blue Bazzill cardstock.  After they were dry, I took my constant companion, the exacto blade, and trimed the edges.  I edged the tiles with Timber Brown StazOn ink. I have a love-affair with rub-ons, so I used some to spell the words. And since I took the picture, I have added more bling and removed the corner transparencies from page one.  It was a good idea at the time, it was just too "muddy" on the layout. 
                         Oh, and the title block on page 2- - -I've decided that unless something spectacular has happened where my nature pics were taken, I wouldn't journal them.  We all know it was a trip home from Maine, cause it said so on the layout before, it's beautiful, magnificent, blah, blah, blah.  No need to repeat it until my Grandkids say "sheesh, Gramma, we get like nature!"  So, I was going to write in about how high the falls are, water volume coming down the river, that the word Niagra is derived from the Iroquois Indian word "Onguiaahra" meaning "the strait, and exciting things like that!  BORING!!! But then my oldest, Patrick called.  I told him I was looking up Niagra Falls facts and his reply: "NIAGRA FALLS!  Slowly I turned, Step by Step, Inch by Inch..."  It is one of our favorite Three Stooges skits!  Typical stooge antics (watch it here), but one the kids watched over and over.  The clip I sent you too was for our soldiers at a USO show, but they actually did the bit in one of their movies. 
           So it was done!  I had to put that as my what if 20 years from now, someone buys my book at a garage sale (my kids aren't keepers) for the pretty travel pictures?  Maybe they will look up the Stooge bit on U Tube and get a good chuckle from it.  Then my job on earth would be joy to strangers.
    Pass on some joy today and Keep Dreamin'

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