Saturday, October 23, 2010

Accountablilty list Oct 23

Oh my! My to do list is pretty long today. I am wondering how much I will get done. I am kinda starting out late in the day but, better late than never right? And I figure if I write my list here I will have to be accountable for it! LOL I can check them off later in the day as I get them done.

Ignore if not interesting! I don't mind! LOL

DONE clear off work table on porch
DONE bring in baskets for basement
DONE sweep porch
vacuum sofa on porch (love those cats!) :)
DONE! vacuum LR
vacuum steps
DONE laundry basket 1
DONE laundry basket 2
DONE laundry basket 3 (sensing a trend here?)
DONE!--put new hardback books away to read later
DONE dusting Liv Room
DONE! -collect toiletries for flood victims from hall closet
DONE! -package up cards for troops to ship to KS
declutter kitchen cabinet
DONE sweep kitchen floor
DONE! make guest bed up

Goodness this seems like a big list. I better get crackin! Ready set go! 11:58 am MN time!
Will report progress later.


Friday, October 22, 2010

...and a few more cards!

I know it seems like most of my recent posts are about cards--and they are! I have been using my supplies and trying to create something useful from the stash. It seems to be working. :) Here is one more set of cards for the Operation Write Home collection for the troops overseas. My friend Sue gave me some adorable unmounted rubber stamps and one of them was perfect for this project.

I used my Copic markers once again and did a small platoon of
15 army cards. Now I have to pack up all the cards and send them off to Kansas so my regional shipper can get them going to the troops. I feel good about this project and in the last month I have made about 50 cards or more for the cause. I truly hope 50 soldiers--or 50 family members-- enjoy the cards.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Operation Write Home- Christmas

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Thank you Christie at for the idea!
I did this above Christmas set of about 15 cards today with the Lovebird (digital image by Jennifer Aho, 2010) for Operation Write home.

If you have some surplus (perhaps left over from last year?) blank handmade Holiday cards, consider sending them on to Operation Write Home so the troops can use them to send to their families in 2010. Due deadline is Oct 31. 2010. That is soon-- so get crackin! :)

Email the shippers listed on the left side of the OWH webpage to be sure of what they need. My shipper said cards that are different from each other are preferred right now over sending a massive identical set. This is because we are getting closer to that Oct 31 deadline. Keep that in mind. Having them all designed differently would actually be a GOOD thing for stash use! Use one basic card layout idea but change out the papers and accents. Think scraps and odds and ends winter embellishments/accents! Remember NO GLITTER!!

Need a basic card sketch to use? Try this one
Your sentiment can be computer printed! In fact they favor that over handwritten.

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I am also sending them some manly Thank You cards seen here. I am still in the process as you can see with the buttons. But I thought these might come in handy for some soldier too--man or woman! Thanks to our troops overseas for all they do. Being away from loved ones is never easy and the holidays are especially hard.

I will be making another design this afternoon and will add it to this blog post when done!

(posted later...Here it is! Winter Boots handcolored with Copic markers. (Digital design by Jennifer Aho, 2010)

Can you spare a card or two? Please do!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Magazine sorting Challenge!


I issued a challenge this afternoon over on ScrappersChallenge on Yahoo Groups for members. I wanted them to join me as I sorted and ripped articles from my 20 some magazines and kept only the best pages, ideas, or articles. these magazines ranged from way back in 2000 and 2002 all the way up to Jan/Feb 2010 issues!! Did you do the challenge with me? You still can!

Here above is the BEFORE stack I had of mostly home and craft magazines. 21 in all---all before spread out on the table. The stack if stacked upright was about 12 inches tall but it never stayed upright for the photo as magazines are so slippery!

And here is the AFTER. I included a shot of the ruler in here so you can see that the space saved is amazing. The saved pages, articles, sketches and tips all amounted to about 2 or 3 in each magazine. I ended up with only 1/2 an inch of saved articles!!! Yippeee! So much easier on my mind to find what I want now!

I only kept those I thought would REALLY get used or be informative (ie the Letterpress article on top) or inspiring (a treasure of a Tim Holtz article in an old Stampington magazine) or useful (patterns and sketches). Did you know I love Tim Holtz techniques? And did you know he used to work at a Ben Franklin? And, before that, in a restaurant in Prescott Arizona? ...but I digress....

Here is the AFTER pic! Amazing huh?

Half an inch!!!! That's right! Hurray for streamlining!

Now I challenge you to do the same. Can you clear out five or ten or even 20 magazines too?


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

38 pages of Costa Rica--done in three weeks!

The cover

Title page (above)

The Costa Rica Album!
Time to upload some new pages!

I talk about speed scrapping a lot. I heartily advocate just getting the job underway --and not second guessing your own personal style and good taste. It can be done. Plan efficiently. Make page kits. Set aside time to crop. Use your stash!

I just finished a speed album of 38 vacation pages that I did for my daughter about her Costa Rica trip. My daughter can add her own personal journaling later if she likes. We have plenty of room for that. I am posting the layouts here so you can see how I used what I had. It did not match. Some papers were what I would call downright old and frankly too neon for me. I also used up ribbons, flowers, and more that were bold and bright. However, for this kind of tropical travel album project-- they really did work! I tried to match color schemes to each other (within each two page layout) but not necessarily to the next layout sets. You can get a feel for this kind of scrapping here.

A ticket to ride??? Mexicana Airlines goes bankrupt after 89 years in business on the DAY they are booked to fly out. Thank goodness American Airlines later picked up the flights a few hours later!

Jaco Beach accomidations- nice digs!

The 4 girls

Stylin' in Central Ameirca!

The coastline

Sailing on the ocean

Just another day at the beach...

Beach Girls

The Monkeys in the Jungle

Hiking in the jungle

Jungle Trek- more animals like giant sloths, small dragons, iguana lizards, mackaws and parrots, large hermit crabs, and beautiful flowers.

Surfer Girl -taking lessons

Beautiful Moments like This

Seashore Retreat

Poas Friends- at the Volcano

Escape- the food is delish!

Always Travel and Enjoy Life. (and don't mind the rain!)

Delicious! ...more great food and drinks!

Homeward Bound (on American Airlines!)

This ENTIRE album and pages cost me a total of about $9.50. HOW?? This seems impossible right? The album itself was $1 at a garage sale. I bought it 3 years ago and set it aside. I had NO IDEA then how I was going to use it at the time. I thought it was going to have to be altered and muted because that cover is so boldly striped. (Igg! I prefer earth or jewel tones!) But again, for the tropics, it works really well! All the titles are from my sticker stash, the Cricut machine, or accent sticker titles from various travel sticker sets left over from the Germany 2010 album done a month before. I did have two friends gift me between 5 and ten travel papers each. One friend lent me 7 big flowers (on the cover and the last homeward bound page). All the rest of these supplies were from my own stash.

I feel the clencher for keeping my costs down over this 38 page album is truly the stash-paper.
I am so proud of using up about 55 pieces of odds and ends 12x12 paper stash that I would not likely use anywhere else. Neon yellows, crazy and bold florals, mouth-puckering limes, eye scorching oranges, and whooo-nasty stripes-- theyALL went into these 38 pages. I cut them and tore them and mixed them and matched them. So....if you subtract those 10 or so papers that my two dear friends shared with me (because they wanted to lighten their own stashes) then I used about 45 of my own papers. Streamlining my stash --and getting pages done in an appropriately colorful way feels fabulous! Saving an average of $1 a sheet or more means I saved $45 to $60 on this project!. That doesn't hurt either!

The album and the paper and accent supplies before photo developing for an album this size and scope can run easily $100 to $150. I did it for a tenth of that price because I really looked at what I had and made it work for me. I used the "Going Places" Cricut cartridge and some of my other font cartridges. Make your big tools work for you. Use them! My pals tossed a few surplus papers my way when they saw I was doing the tropics. I bet you share like that too. Next time around they know that I will share with them. I figured out what worked and what wouldn't for each page. Don't scrutinize and over-analyse and cut your ideas off at the knees! Trust your own combinations and creations!

Costa Rica (Jaco Beach) was the lovely site for this set of vacation photos. I apologize for the poor photos. I took them in the evening under florescent light with a cell phone camera. But you get the idea! Now the photos all have a fitting home and I feel so productive! LOL My daughter will love it. I know you have albums that you can get done from your own stashes too. Whether for gifts or for yourselves, just make them!

It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Your supplies don't have to right off the truck from CHA! The photos are the focus!