Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve

I can't believe another year has gone by. This past year was memorable because of my back surgery, turning 40, and being a MemoryWorks Team Member. Memoryworks put out the call for the 2010 TeamWorks Team last month. I applied again and yesterday they announced the new team. And I'm one of them!!!:) This time I have 2 positions/job titles on the team. I am super excited and can't wait until next week when we get our info of what to expect for the coming year as a Team member. I can't wait to get started. But in the mean time, I am going to work on some projects using some of the christmas themed products from MemoryWorks and I still have to use my December MemoryWorks Express Kit. So that is what I am going to be doing this weekend.

Speaking of the MemoryWorks Express Kits, I never posted the projects I made from the October and November kits. I guess I will share them now. There are a lot of projects and photos for this kit, so I will share the Circle Album I made from the kit now and share the rest of the projects in my next post. I also will share the projects made from the November Express kit in another post as well.

This Circle Album is a first for me. One of the consultants had asked on the message board if anyone knew how to make or where to find instructions to make one of these albums. Of course, after seeing what the circle album looks like, I had to make one as well. I made it using the items that came in the October Express Kit.

"Happy Haunting Circle Album" by Sharon Hill
This is how it looks closed. This is the front and back.
Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #1Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #2

This is how it looks open (overhead/top view):
Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #3

And here are the inside panels/pages of the circle album.
Oct09MWE Kit Circle Album #4Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #5>Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #6Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #7Oct09 MWE Kit Circle Album #8

Of course the photos are of my baby. The last one is of one of my brother and sister-in-law's beagles. This Circle Album would make a great gift. Or even a neat card to give someone. It would be something they would cherish forever.

Happy Scrappin'! :)

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Another Christmas Gift

I hope everyone had a great christmas. My brother and sister-in-law loved their calendars. I made a mini album of Lucy, the newest member of the family, since I didn't have time to make a calendar of her. I gave my sister-in-law the squash book of Lucy. Now I know some of you are thinking, "squash book? what's that?" Well, here are some pics of the finished project.

"Lucy's Squash Book" by Sharon Hill
Front cover, back cover, and open book:
Lucy's Squash Book Front CoverLucy's Squash Book Back CoverLucy's Squash Book Open
Left side and right side of book:
Lucy's Squash Book Open Left SideLucy's Squash Book Open Right Side

With my other squash books I made of the other animals, I used rubber and clear stamped images on the inside flaps. With the time crunch of getting this together right before christmas, I went with some cute kitty stickers that look almost like stamped images. None of the products used for this project were from MemoryWorks, only of what I had in my "regular" scrapbooking stash.

As for me and christmas, I got what I wanted. Some scrapbooking products (stickers, mini album kit, embellishments), sizzix die, punches, templates, and the Tim Holtz Metal Case for the Distress Inks. I labeled the sides of my inkpads with what color they are so I can easily see what color ink they are without pulling them all out. The case is half full, so I guess I need to buy some more colors.;) The biggest surprise gift I got was a portable DVD player from my brother and sister-in-law. My other one wore out, so now I can go back to doing most of my scrapping in my scrap room instead of the living room spread out all over.

Thinking of gifts reminded me of my explosion box I made last year. I finally know how to make them. I took the class at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Valley Forge last year. I haven't finished the one we started in class. I had went right to their booth after class to get some stickles and another plain explosion box. I made this one of Marvin, my "baby". So I thought I would share some pics of it as well. This would make a nice gift for christmas or birthday.

"Marvin's Explosion Box", by Sharon Hill
Marvin's Explosion BoxMarvin's Explosion Box OpenMarvin's Explosion Box Left Flap 1Marvin's Explosion Box Left Flap 2Marvin's Explosion Box Top Flap 1Marvin's Explosion Box Top Flap 2Marvin's Explosion Box Right Flap 1Marvin's Explosion Box Right Flap 2Marvin's Explosion Box Bottom Flap 1Marvin's Explosion Box Bottom Flap 2

Happy Scrappin'!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Gifts

Here we are. 4 days until Christmas. Wow! How time flies as you get older. I can't believe it is that time of year already. I am making 3 calendars for my brother and sister-in-law for christmas. Note the term "making". Yes the rush is on to finish them. I am almost done with them though. I will share a few pics of each calendar I am working on. I am making a calendar of each animal, 2 8x8 calendars (1 for each beagle) and a 6x6 for the cat. Now since I had started these a few months ago, they got a kitten now as well about 1 1/2 months ago. So since there is not enough time to put together a calendar of the kitten, I am going to make a mini pop-up/open album. I'll post pics of that later.

I am using mostly older scrapbooking supplies, holiday and pet related themed products. I also used some MemoryWorks products as well, mainly Rusty Pickle's Monthly Rub-Ons. The calendars are from Boxer Scrapbooks along with the month and days of the week stickers. 2 of the calendars also use number stickers from Boxer as well. The other calendar uses the numbers rub-ons from Rusty Pickle. I love those rub-ons!! They go on easy and there are a lot of rub-ons to each set. I used half of each set on all 3 calendars and have some rub-ons left over.

First up, Rudy's Calendar. He is the oldest member of the family and the first cat.
Rudy's Front CoverRudy's JanuaryRudy's OctoberRudy's NovemberRudy's December

Rudy was a kitten when he was adopted. Then a month or so later, he got little sister, Zoe who was only 8 weeks old. Here are some pages from Zoe's calendar.
Zoe's Front CoverZoe's JanuaryZoe's OctoberZoe's NovemberZoe's December

Everything was fine and dandy until Zoe grew bigger than Rudy. Poor Rudy! Then 1 year later, Molly was adopted at 8 weeks old. Rudy thought, oh great, another one!!
Here are some pages from Molly's Calendar.
Molly's Front CoverMolly's JanuaryMolly's OctoberMolly's NovemberMolly's December

Now that Lucy is in the family, Rudy is happy again (not at first though). He now has a playmate his size that don't slobber and bark.

Most of the pics in the calendars I took and some were what my brother emailed me. I told him I needed some holiday pics of the "kids" for something I was working on. I'll tell them about this post after christmas.

I need to make a calendar of Marvin, my cat. But for now, off to finish those calendars and the mini album of Lucy!:)

Happy Scrappin'!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!:)

Happy turkey day! I haven't had mine yet, at supper time. In the past we had it for lunch and then left-overs and/or hot turkey sandwiches for supper. This year it is here with mom and dad. Nelson and Janet will be coming over (I hope they bring Lucy). Lucy is a 5-6 month old kitten that was a recent addition to the family. I want her to meet her cousin Marvin. Marvin doesn't know it yet, but while his uncle Nelson is here, he is getting his back claws clipped.;)

Wow! It has been quite some time since I posted anything on here. I have been busy with MemoryWorks related stuff. I have been going to a monthly crop and vendoring there. Matter of fact, this past Saturday (nov. 21st), was the crop and it was the best one yet. I sold about $200 worth of scrapbooking supplies!:) I took mainly the halloween and christmas items and left the rest home. Besides doing the crops I have vendored at a few other events to help get my name out. I have also been busy with TeamWorks (doing challenges, posting on the blog, monitoring the message board, etc). I fell behind on my MemoryWorks Express kits but October I finished and got caught up. November Express Kit was my month to make items for the idea gallery, so I got my kit the end of October instead of mid november. I had fun with that kit. I'll post those projects later.

I'll start by showing some items I did with the September MemoryWorks Express kit. What these kits are, they are a monthly kit club that you subscribe to. These kits are awesome!! They are packed full of products and some of the products are items not carried in the MemoryWorks catalog. This is nice because it adds a variety of new items that you can play with.

"Thanks!" Card by Sharon Hill
Sept09 MWE "Thanks" Card

"Thanks" Card by Sharon Hill
Sept09 MWE kit Thanks Card

"At The Cabin" Layout by Sharon Hill
Sept09 MWE Kit At The Cabin layout

And my favorite,..........

"Sleeping Positions 102" Layout by Sharon Hill

That one I did as a continuation from the first sleeping positions layout I did. I did the "Mirror-image" of that layout by flipping the layout around. Here is the first layout made from the Nov08 MemoryWorks Express Kit:

"Sleeping Positions 101" Layout by Sharon Hill
November Express Kit Layout #4

So very cute!!:) I figured I have alot of photos of Marvin sleeping that I would create a continuing layout from some more of those photos that I have.

Well, I guess it is time to go for now. I smell the turkey cooking, and the stuffing cooking, and the.................................................

Happy Scrappin'!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time Flies!

Wow! It has been awhile since I posted on here. So much has happened in the past couple of months. The biggest was a life changing event. Where to begin................February was busy because I saw my neurosurgeon and we scheduled me for back surgery. So the rest of that month was spent getting things done around the house before the surgery. Then March 9th was the big day. I had a decompression and fusion surgery done at L5-S1 level of my lower back. I now have hardware in my back, 2 rods and 4 screws. I wear a back brace and I have a bone growth stimulator that I have to wear every day for 4 hours. I am surprised at how well I am getting around. I can drive now, but for short distances. It has been 1 month since the surgery and I feel great. Mornings are still a little rough, especially when the weather is bad, but that could be the arthritis. Heck, they had me out of bed and walking a little a few hours after the surgery. The pain!!!! Of course it didn't help that the nurses had me walking like that before I got my pain medicine. What torture! But each day I am getting better. When it is nice outside, I go for short walks. I will be out of work for a minimum of 2-3 months on up to 6 months. I can see me going back to work in a another month or so. With me being laid up I am getting a lot done, mainly for my position as a TeamWorks Member for MemoryWorks. I have gotten quite a bit of scrapbooking done using the MW Express kits and some MW products on hand. Here are a few layouts that I completed:

"Kindergarten" layout
Feb09 Express Kit layout #1a March Creative Challenge #5

"Alice in Wonderland" layout
Feb09 Express kit  Layout #5

"Laugh" layout
Laugh layout March Creative Challenge #2

"X-mas 1973" layout

Yes, all of the photos are of me as a kid. Some are with my brother. The first two layouts were made from the MW Feb09 Express kit. The first layout obviously is from kindergarten. The second layout was from when I was Alice in Wonderland on a float in a parade. The third layout is when I was a brownie and my brother was a cub scout. You can tell it was my first year as a brownie because my uniform was big on me. And the fourth layout is from christmas of 1973 when I got my kitchen play set with the plastic food from "Santa". The third and fourth layouts were created for March's Creative Challenges on the MW message board. The third was using some papers from the MW March09 Express Kit and was made from the color palette (there were 5 colors to be used in the layout) for the challenge. The fourth layout was using some of the papers from Fancy Pants Happy Holiday collection. The layout was created for the challenge where only 5 items/products could be used to make the layout. (something shiny, cardstock, patterned paper matching eye color, something from warehouse sale, and stamp(s)--no more than 3). The challenges are fun to do. I am hosting the May challenge with another consultant so I am now busy coming up with ideas for the challenges. Well, we have the challenges figured out that we are doing and now it is getting the products and actually making a sample project for the challenge. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

Well I think this is long enough for now. I had to catch you up on what has been going on since the last post. Until next time..............
Happy Scrappin'!