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You know you're a scrapbooker when...

I can always tell when something really, really touches me....gets through, so to speak....if one of my first thoughts is that I'd really love to scrapbook about that thing. Music does it a lot...and poetry...and watching kids...and having God speak to me.

The other day in church we were singing a song that I'm sure we'd sung 100 times. One line in the song really got me this time...."There is no shadow in your presence" It struck me that there are a lot of shadows in my life and sometimes more than others. Things in my life that look dark, or hopeless, or negative. And it also struck me that when I'm seeing shadowed things....it's because I'm standing between those negative things in my life, and the Light Source. If I would only turn around....to face the light, the shadows would all fall behind me, and I wouldn't see a life full of shadows - I'd see only the light of God. What a different perspective that would be.

Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids projects:

Here are the projects I taught at Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids. Thanks to all the ladies who took my classes - you made me feel at ease and made this a VERY fun event!!

Cosmo Cricket class: Layout "Glimpse" designed by Jen Backler for Cosmo Cricket.

"Glimpse" My version (Scraplift):

and Jen's original:

Back-to-School Mini-album (Pebbles Inc. sponsor)

8x8 Coil-bound calendar (Karen Foster Design sponsor)

Karen Foster Design donated all of this lovely calendar paper - a full set of 12 sheets (every month) for every person who took the class! Isn't that amazing? I was in Paper-heaven sorting through it all :) This first image is the 2 covers I made. One is made with only cardstock scraps from my project and the other is made using the PP scraps leftover from cutting the 12x12 page of PP into an 8x8 page, 2 - 4x8 strips to tape together into another 8x8 page and then the 4x4 square that's leftover. In both cases, I "quilted" the blocks (one with a machine, and the other with a pen). I also don't have a December page b/c I had to order Dec. paper on ebay - my kit came with only enough for class participants, not and extra page for me.....it should be here soon and I'll update with my Dec. page.

My parents and in-laws will be getting matching calendars for Christmas this year!

January Page with calendar grid page:
January - November (no calendar grid page showing)

Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids

I just got back from teaching this weekend at one of the best weekend crops I've ever attended. It was a national charity event with $$ going to Children's Hospitals so that in itself was a great thing and I got to go with Maria and spend the weekend hanging out with her - another great thing! I was so nervous teaching...especially my first class which was someone else's designs and not a kit I put together....but all in all I think my classes went well. And the ladies that came were amazing....really put me at ease. It really is amazing how different everyone is and yet how connected you feel just because you share something scrapbooking.

Anyway, some of the people who took my last class (An 8x8 coil-bound calendar) asked if I'd post pictures of my calendar because it was such a HUGE project that no one finished in the classtime. So, here are my projects that I taught - and I'll let you follow the links if you want the detailed, complete project pictures. I'll put those on my ART blog.

Here's my first class - a layout entitled Glimpse designed by Jen Backler for Cosmo Cricket. I changed my version of it to more reflect my style (I love clustered embellies and lots of white space) and I used a horizontal 5x7 picture.


My version:

Jen's original:

My Back-to-School mini-album (pictures of all the pages inside are here: My Art Blog)

My 8x8 Coil-bound Calendar (pictures of all the pages inside are here: My Art Blog)

I've said it elsewhere but I'll say it here too - Thanks SO much to the organizers of CSC4K - Sarah for the initial idea and the year & 1/2 of work she's put into this....and Char for the Winnipeg crop - Wowzers, you've outdone yourself!!

A new era...

Yesterday was my last day of babysitting. I've been watching kids in my home for nearly 7 years....since Cale was born. Wow. Today I start my new job. So far I'm a sub-for-hire EA at my kids' school but hopefully the -for-hire part will happen soon and it'll be mine. It's part-time, only afternoons, everything I needed in a job. God provides!! I'm nervous and excited at the same time - or is that the same thing??