Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How To: Picture Flip Book

Yesterday, I showed you what I gave the mother's in our lives for Mother's Day.  I also mentioned that these would be great for other events.  Such as, a graduation for high school or college (with a pictures of your student from Kindergarten through Senior year, either high school senior or college senior) paired with the book by Dr. Seuss 'Oh, the Places You'll Go', or even for Father's Day.

Supplies:

2 -- 12x12 card stock, coordinating colors
1-2 (your choice)-- of designer print pages, coordinating
Photos
Embellishments of your choice
Photos
Ribbon
Glue or self adhesive (my favorite type to use)
Cutter/paper trimmer

**All my paper, stamps and ink supplies were the product of Stampin Up!

1) I started with two (2) 12x12 pages.

2) I cut both of them in half, so they are now four (4) 6 x 12 pages.
3) I scored one (1) page at 3 inches from the left and right side, and then again about 3 1/4 from both the left and the right.  This will create a small 1/4 of an inch binding on either side and will be the cover of your book.  Put this page aside.

4) You should now have 3 pages at 6 x 12 dimensions.  However, we will need to trim them down to fit inside the book because they won't fit if they are the same size.  So, I just barely trimmed them down to 5 3/4 x 11 3/4.  
Just barely shaving a little off the sides, if you will.  That way, when you add adhesive to the back (after completed) it will fit snug inside the cover.
***You only need to do this to one side vertically and one side horizontally, otherwise, it will really shrink your book pages down. ***

5)  I then scored all three (3) pages at 3 inches from the left side and 3 inches from the right side on each page.  So right now, there should be 3 pages slightly smaller then, 6x12, that are each scored 2x, so your pages created are approximately 3 x 11 3/4 and the big inside square will approximately be 5 3/4 x 5 3/4.

6)  Line up all the short sides, where it folds, and adhere them together with either glue or the self sticking adhesive. This will make your pages for turning.

(Aerial view so that you can see what it should look like)
7)  Start adhering your photos.  You may needs to use your trimmer to have them fit within the pages.  There should be about 15 slots total for either photos, a place to journal, embellishments or other items.


  

8)  I have stamp sets, so I stamped a few pages, if you don't have any stamps, then you can add the decorative paper as a background to some of your photos.  Notice I added a touch of polka dot paper behind the one of The Mister and I?

9)  Add the ribbon:   I did two small slits, in the folds of the cover of the book.  I then laced it through, so that the ribbon was on the inside of the back cover, and the outside of the front covers.
10)  Add the decorative paper to the front 2 flaps (see how the ribbon is poking out)
11)  Don't forget to add embellishment's along the way.  This is a mini scrapbook for a loved one, or yourself.  See how I have added some flowers above Baby Girl?

12)  Add your wording:  Happy Mother's Day, Happy Father's Day, Congrats Grad!, Happy 16th Birthday, etc., etc.  to the front of the cover. The possibilities are endless.  These with overlap one another upon closure.  So you will want to only adhere it to the left side.  I made a little place card, of sorts, where I had the chipboard that said Happy Mother's Day.  It's kind of hard to see in this photo (sorry about that) but the words are on a piece of card stock, which I measured out based on the size of the letters...so that will vary as to how big you want it. 
I added the embellishments of the flowers and that cute, adorable, little tutu ribbon.  Make sure to add this under the ribbon.  Do you see how mine is under the letter's there?

13)  Add the completed photo pages to the inside of the cover.
(Don't forget to add a photo to the front page, or maybe a quote or a handwritten dedication)
14)  Close and tie together.  Sit and stare and be proud of your hard work.  Looks great, doesn't it??

Do you scrapbook?  Paper craft?   What have been some of your favorite projects that you've worked on?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flip Book Picture Parade

I have been wanting to share with all of you what I made the mom's for Mother's Day this year, but I couldn't until they had all received their books, and now I'm waaay overdue, since my mother who lives out of state, received hers nearly 2 weeks ago. 
 
I had to wait for her to receive hers, because does read this blog.  :)  I have to say, it was a huge hit.   
I paired this with another book.  One that acted as a card, because it said everything that I had wanted to say and was thankful for as a mother.  Have you read this book?
The inside of the flip book was filled with pictures of the kids, primarily, and a few of us as a couple, and a family.
 
 
 Completely opened up.  It's pretty big and there were about 17 areas to put pictures.  I wanted to write out a few quotes, so I didn't put pictures on every single slip.
The inside cover was a picture of The Mister and his Momma and I with my Momma.
 
I will be back tomorrow with a full tutorial on this flip book.  This can also be used for a high school or college graduation  (with a pictures of your student from Kindergarten through Senior year, either high school senior or college senior) paired with the book by Dr. Seuss 'Oh, the Places You'll Go', or even for Father's Day.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 5/27/2013

I'm baaaack with my Meal Plan Monday's.  I took a short hiatus and quickly found that it just doesn’t work for me to not have a menu planned out.   So, even if these don’t help you get through the weekday “What’s for Dinner?” crunch, these are for me too.

This week is filled with slow cooker meals.  I’m currently studying for a major test for my work.  So I need simplicity right now.   I need to come home and have dinner completely ready so that I can get maximum study time in my evenings.  It’s the least I can do for my family, as I will be non-existent in their eyes, until my test date.

**All meals this week, will also be paired with a nice garden salad

Monday:  Memorial Day BBQ at a friend’s house.  I am bringing this side dish.  It’s a hit with my hubby and kids.  Crab and Pea Salad

Tuesday: Slow Cooker: Pork Loin with homemade canned applesauce

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker: Salisbury Steak with mashed garlic potatoes

Thursday:  Slow Cooker: Tortellini Soup with rolls

Friday:  Slow Cooker: Lemon Garlic Chicken with fresh corn on the cob

Saturday:  Bubba turns 8!!!   So, with the theme of his birthday party (will post later this week) we are barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs

I have also created a new board, on my Pinterest page, titled This Week’s Meals.  So, if I’ve pinned any meals that we will be having for the week, they will be showing on that board.  Easy to find.

Happy Memorial Day!


As I am sitting here at the computer, with my peanut butter toast, and a cup of tea; I can't help but reflect on WHY I have the day off from work?  WHY I get to enjoy a day with my family?  When there are all ranks of the military serving our country, away from their families, without a day off.   It's because of these men and women of our past, present and future, that I do get to do these things.  I can't express my heartfelt 'thank you' nearly enough.  

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 If you/your family is suffering the loss of a service member paying the ultimate sacrifice, my heart is heavy for you today. If you/your family is supporting a service member who is putting it all on the line, I worry with you every day. Selfless courage is what made our nation great. I'll never forget those who have and who currently embody this incredibly honorable trait.
I would like to share this poem, that an 87 year old, mentor/friend, of one of my friend's wrote.

Memorial Day

The crowds are getting smaller
The parades becoming few
The Holiday is upon us
And we have so much to do.

There are sales we have to get to
New vacation spots to see
A barbeque that must be started
Or someplace we need to be.

We’ve forgotten what this day is
What it was meant to be
A chance to pause and think about
The reason we are free.

To remember men and women
Who gave all that they could give
So we could all enjoy this land
And the freedom that we live.

So if you have a chance today
Please pause and say a prayer
For all of those that gave their all
To show how much they care.

Mike Nasset

Thank you to all who have served our country, and to their families as well. Because of you we all know freedom. .h.e crowds are getting smaller
The parades becoming few
The Holiday is upon us
And we have so much to do.

There are sales we have to get to
New vacation spots to see
A barbeque that must be started
Or some place we need to be.

We’ve forgotten what this day is
What it was meant to be
A chance to pause and think about
The reason we are free.

To remember men and women
Who gave all that they could give
So we could all enjoy this land
And the freedom that we live.

So if you have a chance today
Please pause and say a prayer
For all of those that gave their all
To show how much they care.

Mike Nasset

Thank you to all who have served our country, and to their families as well. Because of you we all know freedom. Please share this, if you would like.Memorial Day

The crowds are getting smaller
The parades becoming few
The Holiday is upon us
And we have so much to do.

There are sales we have to get to
New vacation spots to see
A barbeque that must be started
Or some place we need to be.

We’ve forgotten what this day is
What it was meant to be
A chance to pause and think about
The reason we are free.

To remember men and women
Who gave all that they could give
So we could all enjoy this land
And the freedom that we live.

So if you have a chance today
Please pause and say a prayer
For all of those that gave their all
To show how much they care.

Mike Nasset

Thank you to all who have served our country, and to their families as well. Because of you we all know freedom. Please share this, if you would


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons...

**My heart is breaking for those affected in Oklahoma right now, after that massive tornado from yesterday.  This is a terrible, horrific tragedy.  I can't even comprehend the suffering that these people are enduring right now. 
I pray that God will comfort the people in Oklahoma. They need all our love and support now.

If you want to help out, you can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund,, or go to your local blood bank to donate blood.

  ... You make lemonade!!

Do you know what Georgia Romeo shoes are?  Well, let me tell you.  They are ONLY Bubba's favoritest shoes.  Ever!  We bought these shoes for him for Christmas....2011.  He has worn these shoes...every...single...day.
Any particular outfits?  Nope. 

Any particular events?  Nope.

Basketball shorts?  Check!

Swim Trunks?  Check!

Weddings?  Check!

Pajamas?  Check!

So, when we were camping this last weekend, I couldn't help but notice that after an hour of playing outside, he had come inside to "warm up" and his feet were completely soaking wet.  It had rained the night before, and he was playing in some tall grass with his little buddy, but it wasn't enough for his socks to be completely soaked, down to his bones.  I picked up his shoes and THIS is what I saw!
Can you believe that?  How long have his shoes been this way?  Has he been going to school with them like that?  Mother of the year here for not noticing. Shame.  Complete shame.

When I asked him if he had brought his brand new sneakers, of course the answer was "No".   

When I asked him if he had brought ANY extra shoes, of course the answer was "No."

I was frustrated, worried, and trying to figure out exactly how we were going to put shoes on him for the rest of the 2 days that we were there because I knew he wasn't going to be spending the weekend inside the trailer, and for sure he was not going to be out running around in holey-soled shoes.

And then, it was my BFF to the rescue!  On one of our last camping trips with her, I had cleaned out some shoes that were too small for my daughters and would fit her daughter eventually.  Luckily she still had those shoes in her trailer.

The catch?  They were white with a pink Nike swoosh.

This boy was NOT having it!   No way, no how, was he going to wear his sister's old pink shoes.  Nada!  He was spending the weekend in the trailer, and he was just fine with that, because pink was NOT his cup of tea!

And then out of nowhere, big sister to the rescue!!!   In no time at all he was outside, sporting some white shoes, with BLACK Nike swooshes.   She took a sharpie and color every sign of visible pink on the shoes.


It was great!  Once again Bubba was out having a blast with his pals.


Remember:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!








Friday, May 10, 2013

The Color Run...Portland

I am really excited about participating in my first Color Run.  I am forming, what was originally a Mother-Daughter team, has now turned into a Mother-Child team.   I couldn't be more thrilled about it either!  I have wanted to do this run for a few years now and have finally taken the time to build a team. 
Seriously, doesn't this just look like a blast?  I can't wait for our team to form and to run together.  We are going to have a blast!

If you are local or will be in the Portland area, we would love for you and your child to join us!

The Color Run will be starting at 9:00am on September 7th, 2013 at Portland International Raceway (PIR)

Have you participated in The Color Run before?  Was it a blast?   What was your favorite part about it?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Our, Not So Secret, Garden

Hello Spring!  Hello Sunshine!!  Hello Produce!!! 

What?!  Yup, we are going to grow our own produce this year.  We go through so much of it, so why not?!  We used to have a cute little garden in the backyard, when the kids were little, very little.  However, the trampoline for the kids took over that spot for a little while.  Which has been a great source of fun for the kids...and adults, but we need our garden space back.

While our backyard is not large, we had to do a little rearranging, some woodworking, and a partial backyard make over, and we now have a garden spot!   I am beyond thrilled!  (A garden box, how-to, will be coming in a later post)

I am so excited to have fresh tomatoes, fresh strawberries, and fresh cucumbers.
Actually we are going to plant a ton more and even, The Mister, is getting on the garden and canning this year.  He makes a mean batch of dill pickles and bread & butter pickles!  I can't wait!

What we will be growing:

Box 1
Roma Tomatoes
Early Girl Tomatoes
Hawaiian Pineapple Tomatoes (excited for this one)
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Zucchini

Box 2
Broccoli
Cucumbers
Sweet Peppers
Onions
Lemon Cucumbers

Box 3
Pickling Cucumbers
Strawberries
Potatoes
Lettuce

Arch 1 (Coming Soon)
Green Peas

Arch 2 (Coming Soon)
Green Beans

 We also plan on planting some blueberry trees.  I'm so excited!

 Do you have a garden in your yard?  What are you growing this year?  What is your favorite produce to grow?  Tomatoes?  Zucchini?


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sisters...

Sisters...a tricky relationship.  One minute your sister is your best friend in the whole wide world, the next minute you are screaming at each other because she is wearing your favorite shirt.
The two sisters that live in our house, our darling daughters, are going through a tough time right now.  They are at each other's throats, they are irritated at the sound of each other's breathing, much less everything else.  I know they are the best of friends, which is why they are the way they are right now.
This last weekend we did our annual Mother-Daughter beach trip, with 4 other mommies and 5 other girls, ages from 4-15.  We love this trip every year.   We seriously look forward to it so much every year.  It is so much fun. 
Out of all the pictures that were taken on this trip, this is my favorite picture.  If a picture could talk...this one would say 1,000 words.
I love these girls so much!

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