Monday, April 27, 2009

Our guest design team member for May is Liz Chidester. Most of you know her as Marthasdaughter. Her beautiful creations can be seen here. I especially love her use of flowers. Welcome Liz!

Hello. My name is Liz and I'm a scrapoholic. I've been scrapping for 10+years and loving it! I can honestly say scrapbooking is a part of who I am. I originally started scrapbooking after my first child was born. I needed a place to put all of the new pics I was constantly taking of her. Now 4 kids later, I have filled many scrapbooks. I love this hobby because of the creative outlet I get by doing it but more importantly, I love to see my kids look through my albums, giggling and talking about "remember this". That's success enough for me. I found Memorable Seasons through an online search and have stuck around. I love the friendly forum and the store is great with very reasonable prices and great sales. I'm just happy to be here!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Earth Day Projects

I know that Earth Day was last week but I wanted to share one more project and a few fun ideas with you. Earlier this month I did an internet search on Earth Day crafts to do with the kids and ended up finding so many fun things for me to make too. Here's a link to a few ideas if you're interested. :)

I made this cute little house with a recycled Pop Tart box.....





and here are the directions if you'd like to make one of your own....

The top of the box (with flaps intact) will be the top of the house. Decide what color you would like your house to be and cover the outside with paper. Leave three extra inches of paper at the top all the way around (where the flaps are).

1. Cut slits in the paper at the top corners, so that the paper can fold like the flaps can. Adhere the paper to the flaps.

2. Fold corners of the big flaps of the top of the box inward to make an upside down "v". Fold the corners inward, but leave them sitting like tabs, so that you can glue the roof to them. Fold the small flaps down inside the box.

3. Decide what color you would like your roof to be and cut the paper to cover it. Adhere it and then add any details you would like to your house, i.e., window boxes, shutters, flowers, ivy or anything else you like!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Repurpose That!

We all have it... bits of papers, things that link us to certain memories, or are just neat to look at. This week's Green Challenge at MS is to Repurpose some of that old paper and ephemera - aka "stuff".
So, grab that ticket stub, your kiddos school paper, a map, a to-do list, an old receipt, a dictionary, etc... and make a Layout using it. Post your Layout to the MS gallery for all to see, then, remember the theme of the "green" month here at MS...
Once you re-use or repurpose in this case, something, treat yourself to a new little treat from the MS Store! So, I used a piece of an old thesaurus with the word "Book" for this LO about my rekindled love of reading... now I off to search for a few new pieces of paper in the store with some verbage on them! :)
Have fun creating and be sure to post your project to the MS Gallery! :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Quote Junkie

I am a quote junkie. I actively look for them. I cut them out of magazines and newspapers. I write them down on napkins and scraps of paper that I leave lying around. I love them. I subscribe to four different sites that send quotes to my email inbox everyday. One of my favorite things to do is share them with you on my blog. I simply call it “Quote of the Day.” I’ve used them on layouts and in mini books and I designed a calendar for my extended family a couple of years ago using my own photographs with appropriate quotes.

My obsession is not just with famous person quotes. I like literary quotes like lines from poetry and novels and children’s books. I like song lyrics. A few people whose quotes I am often drawn to are Mother Teresa, TS Eliot, Maya Angelou and EE Cummings. I really like Dr. Seuss, too. My all time favorite place to get quotes from, though, is Brian Andreas and the Story People. His stuff is off the wall, kind of wacky but often so very true that I feel like I could have said it, myself. I found one of his books and some of his prints in a gift shop once and became smitten. Here are just a few I have used.

"It's hard to love the ordinary things, she said, but you get lots of opportunities to practice."

"There are little scraps of magic & when you paste them together you get a memory of something fine and strong, she said. Sometimes it takes till you're 40 to see it, though."

and then there is the one that describes my own love story,
"you're the strangest person I ever met, she said and I said you, too and we decided we would know each other a long time."

When I feel the need for a quote to illustrate a point or a photo, I open my browser and type in a word or a phrase or a feeling that I want to convey plus the word quotes and lots of possibilities will pop up. I generally have the best luck finding what I need on thinkexist.com. Other good sites include inspirationalquotes.com and quotegarden.com.

The sites that I get daily doses of quotes from are Story People, Real Simple Daily Thought, Quotes of the Day and Motivational Quotes of the Day.

Real Simple’s thought for Monday, April 13 seemed very appropriate to use since we are an artistic group who use colors to convey our thoughts and feelings and preserve our memories.

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."

―Joan MirĂ³

Monday, April 6, 2009

in*SPRING*ration

So many of my LOs are inspired by the colors of the seasons. I love when Spring comes around because that means that all of the new soft Spring colors will be popping up from products showcased at Winter CHA.


I am fortunate enough to live so close to the DC area and I love to see the Cherry Blossoms bloom this time of year. My parents and I took my oldest son to a concert at the Kennedy Center this past weekend and the drive downtown was spectacular! The trees were in full bloom and it was a gorgeous, sunny day. Of course, I have ZERO pictures from the drive or of the trees! But when I got home I made sure to take a picture of the view down my street. It is so sad that the blossoms only last a few days each year - they make the neighborhood come to life!


The colors of the Cherry Blossom trees inspired this LO. I love dark brown, green, and pink together - it has always been one of my favorite color combos! In fact, the twins' room is even decorated in these colors.


My challenge to you - create a piece inspired by the season - whether it be the colors, the holidays, the weather - anything inspired by Spring. Post it in the gallery and in the DT Challenge Forum - and don't forget to tell us about your seasonal inspiration! I can't wait to see what you come up with!