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Everything I Need To Know About iPad I Learned From An 18 Month Old

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Remember Robert Fulghum book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  Well, I've had a few moments over the past week with my granddaughter that made me feel like I'm out of touch with technology.  I can make my way around computers, but this new generation of "smart" technologies is sometimes a bit more than I even want to learn.


When Little Honey was two months old her mom and dad gave me an iPad. 

I added apps that LH would enjoy to read or play learning games.  She also loved Elmo's songs and shows on iPad.  I noticed that she got the concept early about turning an iPad page or the function of the "Home" key.  LH's mom and dad are very techno and she is not far behind.


Last week Papa and LH were playing on the iPad and I looked over and there was a photo of LH that her mom had sent me.  I had not downloaded it onto the iPad...so how did they get it?  Jim said LH hit a button, a search piece came up, they put in LH&…

Good Grief, Mom's Right! / Playground Scrapbook Layout

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I have had a mental block about my age since I turned 42.  I seem to continually add a year to my age.  I don't know why.  I was 42 years old for two years...it was hilarious.  I have done that twice more since and usually no one catches it until it is time for my next birthday.  Well, Mom gave me a call last night and left me a message telling me to check my math.  I'm not 54 but rather 53!  LOL  Since she was there I'll take her word for it and be a year younger!  My husband hasn't stop laughing yet. 

As I'm winding down my summer book for my granddaughter I only have a few more to share with you.  I have one more event I want to cover and a opening page to complete.  Hopefully I'll have that finished this weekend. 

One of Little Honey's favorite things to do is play on the playground.  I think we've been to nearly every playground in the vicinity!  Right now her favorite thing to do is slide down the slide.  She is fearless on even the biggest of sl…

Now I Know Why! Scrapbook Layout

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Do you ever wonder why it is so hard to throw away all the leftover pieces from a layout, mini-book, or other craft project.  Every couple of years I have to purge my scrap pile.  BUT every now and then I run across a great sketch that calls out to me to use all those scraps I've been saving.

For this sketch I had not saved my scraps very long as it is left overs from several Bo Bunny Little Miss layouts I had created.  The sketch is from Susan Stringfellow from SketchSavvy Blog.  Susan has an incredible blog.  Like always, I changed it up a bit.  Susan's sketch called for one 4" x 6" photo and I used 3 3" x 3" photos.

Ingredients:Bo Bunny Little Miss collection; Prima crystals, epoxy and rhinestone embellishments, crochet flower;  Tim Holtz strip die cut for accordion flowers, Distress Ink Vintage Photo; Fiskars Large Scalloped squeeze punch and large Round n' Round squeeze punch; We Are Memory Keepers Twine; EK Success pen; vintage typewriter for jour…

I Love Being Inspired!

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Truly, I do.  When it comes to photos of my mom, grandmother, or mother-in-law I always think of a harder time of life, but a better time.  If I say vintage I might get myself in deep trouble.  LOL  But when I think of them I think of their talent and gift of handmade quilts and more.  As part of Little Honey's summer book I wanted to include her visit see her grandparents, but with that handmade look. 

I saw a layout by Kate Moreira Vickers that reminded me of some quilts my family has made.  I took my inspiration from her and created this layout for LH's summer book. 

Ingredients:  paper I believe is Prima; crochet flowers Prima; gems Bo Bunny; Trinket Pin Maya Road; "Love" metal piece Making Memories; center large flower Anna Griffin; "my" American Crafts Thickers; small title Tim Holtz letters, Tim Holtz ticket; Rangers Picket Fence Paint Dabber; "3" Glitz Design

Note to Manufactures:  I would love a hard metal or plastic template with differe…

Summer, Butterflies, and Scrapbooking Memories

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What fun it is to relive my summer memories with Little Honey by scrapbooking her summer book.  This is a fun and very easy layout.  I picked up on the theme of butterflies from Edventure's butterfly exhibit.

Ingredients:  My Minds Eye ... title card, flowers, transparency element; Recollection fabric paper butterflies; Dymo Label Maker; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink; Stazon Jet Black ink

The Idea...
was to divide the 12" x 12" page into 3" x 3" photos to get in as many photos as I could.  Of course there were several photos that would not fit into a 3" x 3" crop space.  I kept the idea of 3" x 3" and just made what would be two photos into one 6" x 3" or 3" x 6" photo.  I used a couple of the 3" x 3" spaces for embellishing, journaling, and title.  I ended up telling a bit of LH's summer adventures at the children's museum with 9 photos. 

I use my Photoshop Elements(this is a link to Amazon dot co…

Music Play Scrapbook Layout

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When Little Honey and I go places or are involved in classes I'm the one always taking the photos.  I was fortunate that a professional photographer came to music play to take photos for the school.  I loved that LH and I had so many photos taken together.

The sketch this layout was based on was created by Valerie Salmon, sketch designer for Basic Grey and a sketch blog:  got sketch? Check it out.

Ingredients:  Core'dinations paper; Little Yellow Bicycle paper; Tim Holt embossed paper, letters (music), music score die cut, tickets, paper tape, vintage photo distress ink, button, American Crafts Thickers (play); Ranger Paint Dabber Snow Cap; Maya Road trinket pin; Epiphany Crafts buttons; We Are Memory Keepers twine; Fiskars scalloped circle punches.

Note
I'm finding I like to group my multi-photos onto one background mat.  It becomes an element for the entire page. 

Challenge and Giveaway
Check this post and play along to win a Fiskars "Love Takes Flight" Squeeze p…

Creative Use of Banners on Your Layout: Challenge and Giveaway

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It is great that banners, as a scrapbook page element, are still going strong.  I love all the different shapes and ways you can create a banner.  I used a banner to solve one of my problems in making Little Honey's summer album.

LH went to a marionette showing of Pinocchio.  Since I only have a point and shoot camera, taking photos in a dark theater is difficult.  I did take a few photos of some of the characters that LH seem to respond to during the performance.  They were blurry and under exposed.  No amount of editing was going to help them.

I decided to use the banner element to utilize my character photos.  The photos were the perfect size for the banner and LH will be able to make out each character from the play.  

Ingredients:  My Minds Eye paper collection; Epiphany Crafts flower buttons; Maya Road chipboard banner pieces; Webster's Pages letter stickers; We Are Memory Keeper twine.

Banner Tips:
print the photos small;adhere to banner chipboard;use micro-tip scissors or 

Bookworm's Second Library Medal! Free Chevron Pattern

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I had wrote yesterday I had a hard time picking out photos, so I did create another page about Little Honey's library summer fun.  It is not a double layout from yesterday's layout, but I did use the same paper and element ideas.

Each year our library has a summer reading program that starts at birth.  LH is in the listener's program.  After she "listens" to so many hours of books she goes to the library to get a prize.  At the end of the program you receive a Library Medal.  This is LH's second medal. Does she look a bit happy about her medal? 


Ingredients:  Little Yellow Bicycle paper collection; 7Gyspies tickets, "Happily Ever After," and GHIJKL; Dymo Label Maker; Bananagram tiles; Stampabilities "Celebrate"; Stazon Ink Jet Black; Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink and paper fastener; old date stamp;

I can't wait to introduce my newest granddaughter to the library!

To download the free Chevron pattern go to Billie Monster's Bl…

Actually Having Fun!

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I'm beginning to get back into the swing of scrapbooking and crafting and have fun while I do it!  After figuring out how I can scrap on my new schedule I've been happily working on Little Honey's summer album.  I have lots of pages to share.  I have a few more pages to complete.  Then all that is left is to put the album together.

One of Little Honey's favorite hang outs whether it is fall, spring, summer, or winter is the Library.  Her favorite librarian is Ms. Michelle.  This is one of two layouts about her time at the library this summer.

Music and Movement


Ingredients:  Little Yellow Bicycle paper collection; "bookworm" American Crafts; library card and envelope from Educational Wonderland; "Listen", 12, and "Focus" 7Gypsies; tiles Bananagrams, Stazon Jet Black ink;

The hardest thing I'm running up against right now with Little Honey's summer book is wanting to include every photo.  On the other hand it does cause me to really …