Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Won't you join us with your paper-related crafting? Visit Sunday Scrappin', hosted by the talented Amy, to get all the details and to see what other crafters are doing. It's easy! Post your ta-da's, your to-do's, share your challenge, if you participated, and link back to Sunday Scrappin'.
1. This was the page I had intended to use for the mono-chromatic challenge. It's my first layout of Cozumel pictures that I've been trying to finish for 2-3 weeks. It's finally done! I used a layout suggestion from 52 Sketches. I used three shades of blue card stock, my paper trimmer, CM round punch, CM wavy trimmer, CM journaling pens, and CM corner rounder. This one, I kept simple.
2. This is the page I intended to use for the "animal" challenge. It has mermaid and fish. It is a premade page I purchased from ebay a while back, so all I had to do was add photos and journaling. I prefer to design my own layouts, but sometimes I see one that is premade that I like, and it saves time when you are as far behind as I am.
3. I didn't get to the lace challenge from weeks ago or to this week's sparkly challenge. I was out of town for almost a week. I did take lots of photos while we were in Arizona, and I can't wait to scrap them.
1. Complete at least one 2-page layout for the Cozumel album.
2. Shop for some better adhesives and a new tape runner. Please feel free to recommend what works best for you.
3. Organize my stickers by type: travel, cruise, school, holidays, etc. Mine are in a PSB (paper sticker binder), but does anyone know a way of organizing stickers that is easier and more at your fingertips when you are scrapping? Are there any of you who continue to use stickers, or do you prefer to use other types of embellishments?
Also, does anyone have suggestions on storing embellishments, flowers, ribbons, etc. I have my brads in a case (probably meant to be a tackle box), and I am curious to find out other ways that people organize all of their embellishments together.
Next Week's Challenge, in honor of the July 4th holiday, is to create something patriotic. I think I can do that! Have a good week everyone!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Curiosity is a blessing – and it can be a curse.
It is a blessing because being curious keeps your mind active instead of passive. It creates a sense of wonder among the more mundane aspects of our lives. Curiosity fosters growth, both personal and intellectual. The more curious you are, the more you strive to find answers, and the more you learn about yourself and explore the world around you.
For example, curiosity is a blessing when it encourages you to learn how something works, (a computer program, for example) or to develop alternatives to a problem (how to make a vehicle’s windshield unbreakable, for instance). Curiosity is good when it produces an invention that benefits humankind. Productive curiosity bolsters us to act on our genuine questions in ways that have positive outcomes. And even if we’re not solving all of life’s problems or inventing things ourselves, it produces a well-rounded individual who continues to learn, explore, grow, and discover.
It can also be a curse. Others can take your sense of curiosity as being too bold, not knowing your place, or being downright nosy. And sometimes, you will learn something you might have been better off not knowing.
For example, curiosity is a curse if you listen in on a private conversation, definitely not polite or discreet. You may learn something hurtful that you didn’t need to know. And in this case, you are curious for curiosity’s sake rather than out of a desire to learn from genuine questions. Idle curiosity does not create personal growth, just a desire to know the habits of your neighbors, for instance. Idle curiosity can occupy too much of your time with information that is of little or no consequence to your own intellectual development or the state of the world. (That's what happened to the cat.)
Genuine curiosity can bless our lives when we question the way things work, when we question how to improve a situation, or when we question to gain pure knowledge. Think of a child who is always asking, “How?” or “Why?” We have the ability to maintain that child-like, innocent curiosity to develop our minds and our lives. Pursuing a healthy level of curiosity in our lives is one key to living a productive, active, and fulfilling life.
Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
What is the weather like today where you live?
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Turn up the volume and enjoy!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Paper Organized in Acrylic 12 x 12 stackable trays!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Todays's FF is being brought to you via the open road. I'm in Arizona! Grand Canyon, here I come tomorrow!
If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?
Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?
Finish this sentence: Love is…
Have you ever been in or near a tornado?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I’ve been in technology workshops the last few days, and as I was “manipulating” an “image” and a “soundrack,” I realized there are so many words we use in these digital imaging and media programs that not too long ago had much more mundane associations.
1. Resolution – Not just for the New Year anymore!
The degree of sharpness of an image measured in pixels or dots-per-inch
2. Lasso – Not just for Cowboys anymore!
A precise selection tool in digital imaging programs
3. Eyedropper – Not just for Medicine anymore!
A tool used to repair red-eye in photos
4. Filter – Not just for Cigarettes anymore!
Used to apply special effects to an image
5. Layers – Not just a Hairstyle anymore!
Stacked portions of an edited image
6. Merge – Not just for Traffic anymore!
Combining layers to reduce file size
7. Marquee’ – Not just for Movie Theaters anymore!
Another selection tool in digital imaging programs
8. Magic Wand – Not just for Magicians anymore!
Used to select certain colors in an image
9. Menu – Not just for Restaurants anymore!
A list of options available in a program
10. Feather – Not just for 70’s Hairstyles anymore!
Creates a soft edge on an image
Yet another selection tool for digital imaging
12. Level – Not just for Carpenters anymore!
Used to straighten an image
13. Cookie Cutter – Not just for Baking anymore!
Used to crop a shape into an image
Oh, yes, there are so many more! Crop, gradient, borders, and so on. But this IS Thursday Thirteen. Hope you enjoyed this!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
When was the last time you waited in line? Was it at a restaurant? The bank? The post office? How about the dreaded airport security line? At a department store? The doctor's office?
How much time do we spend waiting at traffic signals, or worse yet, in traffic? Wiki Answers reports that the average person spends 3 minutes and 18 seconds waiting at each red traffic light. I work close to home because I detest waiting in traffic! Houston has the fifth worst traffic problem in the US according to American Public Media Talk. Witness this:
It seems we spend a lot of time waiting... waiting... waiting. Google Answers states that we spend 45 to 62 minutes waiting for something every single day! That's a whole hour of "awake" time!
I find that I am much more impatient with waiting the older I get. I think I've spent enough time waiting already. And wasting time isn't something I do well. So, next time I'm in line, instead of feeling unproductive, I'm going to try one of eHow's ten tips on how to be useful during the time I "Hurry Up and Wait!"
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
Of course, we ate cake and ice cream! This is one of the cakes - the one we DIDN'T eat because they thought it was too cute, and NO, I didn't make this myself!
And they also made bath salts and cute flip-flops (see them in the picture above?) and talked and sang and laughed.
I need to recuperate now! I'm getting too old for this!
This week, June 16-23, they are hosting a week-long giveaway event as a way to kick off the summer. Won't you join me in participating?
Friday, June 13, 2008
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Second Base - Astros Game!!!!!
Third Base - Cake and Ice Cream at Home