By the title you would think I have 34 previous numbered tips, but it’s just a random number pulled out of a hat. Surely I must have shared at least 34 tips by now. ;)
Setting the Stage
For years and years, I used notebooks to carry all my ideas in one location. They are quite handy and were so awesome to hold many thoughts in a given location. Composition books are a favorite as far as notebooks go. Small. Bendable. Comes in so many colors and patterns. Dreamy.
I have an addiction on those really.
I don’t think I would have ever changed my method of madness…uh…I mean recording…until we remodeled the floor where my studio is and I was pretty much without everything for a few months.
That’s when I bought my baby Mac…my laptop.
I won’t bore you with the details as to why I couldn’t use my big mama Mac in another location, but all work efforts were now concentrated into one, pretty much, notebook-sized electronic piece of goodness.
It was then that rather constantly looking for my notebooks, I started keeping information on my laptop. We were literally buried in
crap scrapbook items for two or three months. My front room had stuff stacked all in the middle, with two aisles to get to the furniture. And we won’t speak about the garage.
Those were not good times.
And since I was mobile now, I had a hard time keeping up with the location of the notebook.
Enter: Modern-day note taking
While working–and instead of getting up to go find the last place I put my notebook–I became BFFs with the Mac app called Pages. It’s similar to Word.
I found myself jotting down ideas in organized files for different subjects that I could quickly access at any given time. Blog ideas. Class ideas. You name it.
But I think the biggest one of them all is my list of words and phrases.
And this is the point in my life where I started going crazy with capturing words and phrases because I have my computer with me way more than any human should ever have their computer with them. So no matter where I am or what I’m listening to, when I hear something, I just quickly pop over to my list and write it down.
And I hear everything. I’m constantly listening as I work. If the tv is on, I hear a phrase that catches my interest, in it goes. My brain is always multitasking that way.
So you can probably imagine that I have quite a list. So far I’m around 20 pages with two columns on each page. (Is that all?) But as it continued to get longer and longer, I constantly had the thought in my head, How I can make it more visually organized? Where’d the travel quotes go? I’ve got some Christmas up here and down at the bottom, but their mixed with other random words, so where am I looking?
Then one day it hit me.
Christmas can be in red. Halloween in orange. Thanksgiving in rust. Travel in brown. Summer in green. Winter in blue. Love+Relationships pink. And on and on and on.
I’ve finally got (or am getting) everything into their own section with each one separated by a page break and a title. That way the columns in subjects stay together and don’t roam between columns.
The coloring makes it soooo easy to scroll and find now!
I’m loving it.
In what seems to be the year of the planner, I seem to have gone the other way. To top it off, I use my Calendar all the time. It’s great to see it on my computer as well as my phone. One creation appears on both places. love. And it alerts me too! ;)
So, there ya have it. That’s me. One step closer to total control in my life.
(We won’t discuss how many more steps there are to have total control in my life.)
Nope. I’m not talkin’ about all the broo-ha-ha going on in daytime television. You won’t find Rosie or Whoopi here folks.
What you will find is a wonderful ‘perspective’ coming from Laura. It’s a fabulous idea!
[ Designs | Pack Your Bags (the view) / Storyboard Instagram Style (photo template) ]
Here’s what Laura has to say:
A while back, I had been searching thru Kerri’s cut files in my Silhouette library and came across one from the Pack Your Bags kit that said “the view”. It might have come from a travel related kit, but it immediately gave me an idea for a layout about some of my daycare kiddos. One of my favorite ways to take pictures of the little ones is to stand above them and wait until they look up at me, which is when I snap the picture. Or I will have one of them sitting in my lap, and I will hold the camera above us and snap away, hoping that one actually captures us in the frame. I thought it would be fun to gather up a bunch of these photos from over the years for a layout.
I used one of Kerri’s collage templates from the Storyboard Instagram Style kit for my photos. I used the template that had two rows with five photos on each row. I created two of these collages, as my original idea for the page was to have the two collages separate from each other. In the end, I ended up combining them together, so that it actually looks like one large collage. I cut my title, “the view”, from the yellow and red patterned papers and from the navy blue patterned paper as well, so that I could layer them together to add a little dimension. And since I am almost always guaranteed to lose the dots from my i’s when I die cut my titles, I added a little enamel dot in it’s place.
I love the kids looking up. It’s a view you see so often as a mom or aunt or grandma… The look of innocence. Those eyes. Just what are they thinking? They have their whole life ahead of them. The future is theirs.
As my kids are all now in college, I wish I had photos like this of them. Guess I’ll have to settle for taking pics of their kids. They will have awesomely dressed children with amazing photos. I’ll see to that…if they ever get married, that is. ;)
Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a printed word strip that actually says ‘I Love You’. :)
Which brings us to today’s brand new kit:
These are set up just like the Merry Little Words.
So here’s how they work:
- There are three styles, white, colored and distressed.
- The first two come in the form of cut files (and PNG) so you can change the colors to whatever tickles your tinsel.
- It comes with a ‘frame’ file for Print+Cuts so that you don’t have to rely on the boxes to cut. Because if you do use the boxes, you’ll get it double cutting where the lines of each box rest against the other. I wanted to leave the boxes in tact so that you could change colors as needed. You can turn off the cut lines for the set of labels and then align the frame–with cut lines on–over the main image and use it that way.
- If you use DXF file and like the color choices, use the PNG file with the frame file and Align Top and Align Center. That way there’s no grouping or compound pathing involved. If you want to make it your own color scheme, then you’d have to make the words a compound path to do it–like normal.
- You can turn off the Line Color and Thickness if you don’t want any chance at seeing the lines when printing.
- You can also just trim these with scissors or a paper trimmer if you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette.
- Another great idea would be to use it as a background paper.
What’s really awesome is you can print out two different sets on one piece of cardstock (I like Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and cut them out. In this little ensemble, I used the SVG file of both and layered them with the frames. I turned on the cut lines for the frames only.
I had also ungrouped the image and removed the ‘readme’ text before aligning with the frames. If I’d used the distressed PNG file, I would have used my Knife tool to ‘slice’ off the ‘readme’ text at the bottom of the PNG file. The readme’s are there so if you need help with your options, then you’ve got them right there as a reminder.
My Print+Cut file ended up looking like this:
Lots of options here to use year ’round.
I love the thought having all these in a little container that I can pull from on a whim. Great for Project Life, a Valentine pocket page, or any cards or other crafts. It took all of five minutes to put together, print, and cut. Awesome!
I think I finally have all my I’s dotted and T’s crossed and The History Project is now available to purchase for 2015!
This year there’s a new format and here’s how it goes:
- The class is presented in a 12-week format, which means you’ll get emails two or three times a week with the prompt subjects for those days. Please note: The content is the same as the previous years.
- Class runs February 9, 2015 through the week of April 27. I wanted to get this rolling in the earlier winter months when there’s not much activity going on.
- You can sign up through Friday, February 14 at which time the class closes until next year.
- There are a few activities to do before class starts to prepare, so be sure to check those out in the classroom.
- There is both a message board and a closed Facebook group so everyone can chat about the memories they’ve been having. Please note: Due to the new format, these are different than the previous two years.
And the most important detail? The cost of the class is $45, however, sign up by Saturday, January 24 and save $5 on the class. If you purchased this class after October 1, 2014, you will be enrolled in this class.
Lots of dates to remember, eh? ;)
I have a very lovely page that goes into all the details of the class, if you haven’t ever heard about it. It truly is one of the greatest projects I’ve ever done on a personal level. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have so much of my own history written.
You can check out all that HERE.
This class isn’t your typical journaling-type book with a question and blank lines. It goes more in-depth than that. Lots of questions to get your mind thinking. There are also writing tips as well as ideas on gathering information. So much good stuff.
The 12-week format will go a little more ‘fast and furious’, so to speak, particularly in the first month. But I felt that the 52 weeks seemed to get to crazy for most people–myself included–and it would get put on the back burner. If we keep it in the forefront of our minds, the memories come so much easier.
If you can take 30 minutes out of your day before the kids get up or a couple hours on Sunday–whatever it takes–to sit and ponder the memories that will begin stirring and just start typing them out at least (I’m faster typing than writing), you will be amazed at where your mind goes and what memories will come up.
It’s so worth it. I can’t even express just how much it’s worth it.
And just like in the years past, you are more than welcome to work on this with your immediate family members in your home. It’s also fun to get your siblings and parents working on it too. I’ve heard from sisters that live in different parts of the country working on their history and then they call each other and share their memories. Sometimes they match up…and sometimes they don’t! It’s pretty crazy how we remember things. Pretty funny.
A ‘book group’ would also be a great idea. Gather friends, talk about the prompts and one thought spurs another one so fast! You might need some kind of recording device so you can remember all those fun nuggets. Because I’ve done this before and it goes fast…the memories just start flying!
So there ya have it! Check out the lovely page all about the class. And spread the word about the class, because registration is on a limited time.
Go sign up now and let’s get ready to rock and roll!
We’re a few days into our new year already. (And I will neither confirm nor deny that I was looking for sandals the other night.) There is so much to look forward to for this brand new year (like spring, ha ha), but there are things that didn’t get done before the last year ended and need to be rounded up now.
What on earth am I talking about, you say?
Well, to say the last three months of 2014 were challenging is putting it mildly…especially the last five weeks of the year. I won’t go into details, but needless to say, two major projects in my business plan did not get executed as planned.
That would be a revamp of The History Project 2015 and the brand new second class [insert working title here] in the Silhouette series.
So what does that mean?
THE HISTORY PROJECT 2015
This class is getting a little makeover. Don’t worry, all the content is pretty much the same. But I’ve done two years of this class using 52 weeks in the entire year. So this year I’d like to try it in a condensed class that occurs in ten weeks, give or take. One thing that I’ve noticed in comments–and even from myself–is that a year is a long time to do this. And by that I mean, we can get pretty busy at various times throughout a year. You work on your history, you get busy, it gets set aside and then you have to kind of remind yourself and motivate yourself to get back into it.
So this year, I’d like to try a different approach and rope it in to a class of several weeks and see how that goes for people for 2015. I also have a really fun add-on in the works for anyone who has taken the class, so watch for all of that coming soon.
THE BRAND NEW [insert name] SILHOUETTE CLASS
The second class, Oh The Places You Will Go, that is currently available in the store is on sale because it’s being retired. The information and skills you learn there are still fabulous and it’ll help you become a Silhouette guru no matter what version (v2 or v3) you are using. So much of the software is still the same in both version, so it’s still an excellent class.
But it’s been almost three years now since its first appearance (what???) and it’s time to make new projects and use that fun new version 3 of the Studio software.
This is not an update like the Getting To Know You class, but rather it’s a brand new class with brand new projects. We will still be learning many of the same types of skills, but now it’ll be done in version 3. If you feel like you learned great stuff in the current Places class and are wielding your Silhouette like no other, then you don’t need to purchase this new class again. But if you like just following along, making new things, and getting a refresher course, then feel free to join in on the fun. :)
So there you have it.
I have quite a busy couple months ahead of me, but it will be so worth it in the end.
Watch for more details and the new sign up for The History Project 2015 coming soon. Please note, if you’ve already taken the class in the past two years, no need to sign up for it again–you will always have access to the same PDFs and elements you’ve had access to. But this year’s class will now be available only to students that sign up for the 2015 year (the content is pretty much still the same, but reorganized). If you signed up for The History Project after October 1, 2014, you will automatically be a part of this new class.
And because I hate posting without a photo, here’s a random photo that I came upon when spot checking what photos I was looking at in my list of photos. It caught me off-guard and almost made feel like I was doing something I ought not to be doing. But I love the photo still the same. :)
And besides, it makes me feel like he’s pointing at me and saying in a deep billowy voice, “Get ‘er done!” ;)
There’s some motivation.
As you may have noticed, I love numbers and words. They ‘speak’ volumes to me. And including a date on a page is not only informative, but it can be a wonderful embellishment!
For the past few years, I’ve made a ‘year’ kit. Something happened in 2014. I don’t even know what, so don’t ask. But I never got one made. So this year, we’re doing a little two-fer with a kit honoring 2015 and 2014.
Not only is there quite an assortment of things to choose from to use all by their lonesome, but they work together too!
Here’s a little sampling of what you can do.
Take the ‘twenty-fifteen/fourteen’ and add it along side a month tag. Staple a month tag ‘as is’ over the top of a large year. Combine the script-ee month with a block year. Add your own color to the month labels or you can even remove the word it comes with and replace it with a script-ee word instead!
Soooo many possibilities!
Not only are there PNG files, but the cut files are included too so that you can change colors on the tabs and labels in your cutting software to suit your own color scheme. And what would be awesome is to make a few different colored Print+Cuts and set place them in a container just to have on hand when you need them.
And I just had to print some out too, ya know….and cut them out.
They are just so much fun!
Oh, and they would be awesome for Project Life! In case you wanted to know, the month tab also happens to be proportionate to the 3×4 size. :)
I can admit it.
I have a ‘creative A.D.D.’ issue.
It’s a result of having too many ideas in your head that are bursting to come out. Or because when you’re working on one idea, you’re sparked with another idea and ‘the other’ is something quicker to create, so you do that first.
Welcome to my life.
Here is today’s ADD moment:
I couldn’t help myself.
It had to be done.
And you probably think I spent a lot of time creating a hand. Well, here’s a little trade secret: It’s my real hand. Took a picture of it in front of my bedroom window so it was backlit , opened it in my software and then traced it. (Of course there’s fine-tuning that occurs, but the base is there to start with.)
Oh yeah, and how cool would that be printed/painted on a pillow?
And here’s a sneak peek at what I was distracted away from:
And here’s another little secret…because I never seemed to have gotten a twentyFOURTEEN kit done? (What was up with that???) This is gonna be a two-fer year. :)
Back to work…
A new year is upon us.
I’ve been contemplating this moment for quite some time now.
What do I see for this brand new year?
What will my home life be?
Will I finally get it organized?
What will my kids be doing?
What new happy things will be coming to my business?
What do I want out of 2015?
That’s a big question.
Each year Ali Edwards does her One Little Word and while I have never participated in her workshop, I still pick a word because I think it helps give the year a direction of where you want to go. Last year it was focus. I’d let life and work get out of control the year before and so it was my mission to focus in on what mattered most, which was my family and my own personal business.
I’ve been pondering for some time what I wanted to concentrate on for this year. In my head I’ve known I wanted…needed…to put more of my memories down on paper–photographically speaking, of course. Document or Record were two words that had stuck out to me, but not only had I used document in a combo word a couple years ago, but the words just didn’t encompass enough of what I wanted from the year.
I wanted more for my year.
And then I saw a word that encompassed more.
I loved part of its definition: record or express accurately in words or pictures.
But beyond that, I want to capture more of the life that surrounds me. I want to capture moments–in words and pictures as well as making them. I want to capture more of what and who I love. And capture what I need to be a better person, mom and business woman. (pffff….business woman…I feel like I’m wearing a suit. Do pjs count as a suit?)
I’ve had a smartphone for two years now and it has been the best investment ever. It has helped me capture many of these moments, but not enough and definitely not in recording or expressing accurately in words or pictures.
I need to do it more.
I need to do everything more.
I know better than to say ‘I will make a page every single week in the year 2015.’ But rather, I will make it my mission to capture those memories and document them physically more than any year I’ve done. It’s hard when you only have so much time for work in a day. But perhaps moving it from the ‘work’ column to the ‘play’ column is the attitude I need to have. It’s hard when there’s a very fine line between those two.
I also need to spend more time out of my house experiencing life. I’m often too wrapped up with work that I sit around in my home way too much.
I need to capture more of life.
And so there it is.
This is my new year.
This is my direction.
Only one question left now…
Of course it needs to be a little freebie–with or without distressing and with or without ‘hello 2015′
because you never know what you’ll need it for.
Comes in the usual cut files for changing colors in your digital cutting programs as well as
distressed and just a plain white text.
To download this–forever free-click HERE.
So what’s next for you this 2015?
Did you pick One Little Word?
If so, share it…I’d love to hear!
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