The Digital Scraproom

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rainbows Everywhere

Rainbow Looms

It is a craze that has swept the world and especially the world of my grandchildren, grand nephews and grandnieces.They have fallen in love with these crazy colorful rubber bands! We bought one for my grandson last December and lo and behold he received two other looms from friends at his birthday party! As we celebrated birthdays with some of the grandnieces I noticed they also squealed with delight to receive one. This weekend we will be celebrating with another grandnephew and guess what he has on his list? More Rainbow Loom goodies :) If we could figure a way to create fun stuff incorporating all of his favorites: Legos, reading, action figures and the beloved Rainbow Loom we would be super stars in his world! Well I'm not unhappy to be a favored Auntie I guess ;) 
Today I'd like to share a pattern from one of my Youtube channels, ScrapTimeVideos. It is called a Hexagon Bracelet.
You can find unlimited ideas for the Rainbow Loom on Youtube! This one is so clear and concise. 
I mentioned that it would be great if I could incorporate all of my grandnephews favorites...well it may be possible! Check out this fun Lego Bracelet
Another amazing project from a Youtuber on the DYIMommy channel creating an owl from Harry Potter. Soooo Cool! 
I'm such a beginner I'd need to stick to some simple design but look how cool this one with perler beads is!
Don't these fun and colorful projects make you want to be a kid again!
Well I know my grandnephew is going to love the gift we picked for him since he is the one who shared his birthday list with us hehe...can't wait to see him open his present!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

CASE What? - What Do All Those Acronyms Mean??

CASE what? Doesn't it sound like a person could be up to some trouble, LOL? I had to do some digging through some of my favorite sites FAQ's to to find a few of these. Are you asking what's a FAQ? Oh! You might be new :) You will definitely NEED to keep reading. In our digital world and in the world of stamping I've come across some real doozies so I thought I would share some with all of my friends and perhaps you'll share a few of your favorites in the comments. (This is a family blog site so lets keep those um naughty ones off the air please ;)) 

Whether you come across them in a blog on a forum or on our favorite chat or IM, it seems we have begun to use lots of acronyms or other shortened forms of words to express our thoughts quickly. I decided it was time for me to embrace this change and become more learned.  In the craft world they abound but it never ceases to amaze me that even though I am not new to this digital craft world I STILL run into acronyms and abbreviated words that are new to me so I'm thinking perhaps you also wonder WTH = What The Heck they represent. 

SO... Here are a bunch of common ones and a few not so common. 
IM = Instant Message
FAQ = Frequently Asked Question
ROTF = Rolling On The Floor
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
NIP = New In Package
TFL = Thanks For Looking
DH = Dear Husband 
TFTT = Thanks for the tip
OOAK = One of a kind
WTA = Winner takes All 
PC = Postcard
ATC = Artists Trading Card
APC = Altered Playing Card
TFS = Thanks For Sharing TAN = Tangent, off topic
LO = Lay out
CASE = Copy and Share with Everyone
DSP = Designer Paper
A2 = The most common handmade card size. It measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. 
ATG = Automatic Tape Gun 
CS = Card Stock
UM = Unmounted Stamps
CAS = Clean and simple card design
RAK = Random Act of Kindness
DAK = Deliberate Act of Kindness
Envy = Envelope
Addy = Address

I hope you found this list helpful. Now for those who need a bit more, I wanted to share some of my favorite and most helpful sites for clues to some of the more tricky acronyms you might come across as a papercrafter. Whether you just love hanging out online and need some help with those weird terms or maybe stampers forums at Splitcoast or are just trying to wade through a specific set of rules on Swap-bot you will find lots of help. 

So now you know a bit more than before but then there will always be those who want to split hairs about what comprises an acronym and for those individuals be sure to check out this post.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Graduations Mean Summer is ALMOST Here

Hi Friends! It's been way too long since my last posting,our summer is nearly here. We've had lots of celebrating going on which for a crafter means cards, projects and ideas galore. I've celebrated family and 8th grade graduations, birthdays then high school graduations  for both family and friends. I love all the parties and celebrations, how about you? 
The photos above are oldies...2004. Yes Mikeal, we were all rooting for you when you graduated! Look how young you looked Mike :)

Ok so to start of all the graduate activity here is my darling granddaughter Megan graduating from 8th grade. We're so proud of you Megan!

With all the whirl of activity I've been visiting one of my favorite sites for ideas, Pinterest. Do you Pinterest? If you love it as much as I do be sure and follow me and follow the boards that interest you :) I love it and spend way too much time surfing and sharing ideas there. These days it usually is where I begin with a project or even to develop my ideas...I always say "one good idea leads to another" :) So please let me share with you my recent crafts.
Megan's Card

Megan's card is created from a stamped design and hand watercolored.

Just because I love sowing off my sweet grandkids I 'm throwing in a pic of my grandson Evan who was really quite ready to leave the ceremony...
now please?

Kendall's High School grad card
We also celebrated with our friends the Liu's...their daughter Becky graduated from High School and they through a party for her. Her mom Lisa made these incredible crepes from scratch...I didn't take pictures but I sure wish I had...for two reasons.Lisa's creps and all the toppings were really something AND she also made an incredible tribute wall out of photos for Becky. Below is the card I made for Becky.
Beckys card 
Our friends the Zenes's also had a graduate...Way to go Carter!! Here is the card i made for him.Shhhh I haven't got it mailed to him yet. They stopped by the day I was making the cards, LOL. 

Carter's Grad card
My grandnephew Andy graduated High School this year, we're so proud of you Andy!

I had fun making his card- Sorry I forgot to take a picture and this one was taken at the celebration.  I also made a photo album for his High School memories and I also missed taking pics but thanks to Tatiana, here are a couple photos.

Since making these there have been even more celebrations and fun reasons to create but for now I hope you enjoy seeing what I've been up to and reading my post.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A "GOOD THING": Thankful For

My "Thankful For" posts started back in November did not unfold like I had hoped, in fact my time set aside for blogging totally disappeared. Why do we think of being thankful as a "November tradition"?  Perhaps it is brought on by the excitement of the upcoming holidays and the planning of Thanksgiving. 

My goal truly had been to focus on being more grateful year round so I think beginning the New Year with reflections of gratitude is a "good thing" as Martha Stewart would say.

This is officially my second post on the topic of Thankful For... 
I'm so very Thankful for new beginnings. they come to us in many ways. This year has been one of practicing forgiveness as we let go of the past. It brings with it freedom.
Oh... and the New Year brings a new beginning too. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

How I Started 2014: THE NEW YEAR

The simple things in life bring so much joy...hanging out with two of our grandchildren on New Years Eve...creating, laughing, child's play...yes the simple things :) The ART of Beginning! I look forward to what this bright New Year will bring. Perhaps like the banner our granddaughter created it will be bright, colorful, and sparkly with some "throw back your head laughter" thrown in for good measure .

Monday, November 4, 2013

What Are You Thankful For?

 What Are You Thankful For?

In late 2011 a friend was talking about the fun mail art envelopes she had been creating for a swap partner and it was then I learned about Swap-bot. What a great find! One of my favorite pastimes today is participating in the many and varied swaps available at this site. Currently I am in a swap called Fall ATC-What Are You Thankful For? 

Wow what a topic. In a previous post I shared some thoughts about a friend, Karen Huss who has just recently died. The topic of Thanksgiving, Fall and Gratitude would normally bring to mind the color of Autumn, the crisp air and cooler temperatures, harvesting my apples, making apple butter and so many delights! While posting those thoughts I realized that although those are wonderful experiences, they do not really embody what I am truly grateful for. In fact, it is an exploration for me so I decided to begin a group of posts listing what I AM thankful for. I will include many of the normal and expected things I'm sure, but maybe you like me have a NEED to think more deeply and pen some of your own thoughts. I hope you'll share by adding some of your personal reasons to be thankful in the comments. 

Today I am thankful for God's love, His love helps us endure in times of sorrow and His love is there to rejoice with us in times of great joy!

Monday, October 21, 2013

How To Cultivate A Home And Heart Of Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1
I's a bit early to start talking about Thanksgiving...Or is it?
Thanksgiving... How do we create or cultivate a home and heart of Thanksgiving? As the season of Thanksgiving approaches we may find ourselves pondering this topic. Actually it has been on my heart alot lately for a number of reasons.
A dear friend discovered in the earlier part of this year she had stage 4 colon cancer.The same friend has been supporting her husband through his own battle with lung cancer this past two years and thier daughter has been having seizures from an unknown cause. Our friends have been an amazing example of "What do I have to be thankful for"? Through the pain, chemo, medical bills, changes the future has brought I witnessed a spirit of joy, Thanksgiving and gratitude. How did they manage to do that? We will be celebrating my friends life this week and saying our last is on my mind as I prepare a talk to honor her. It won't be easy and yet it won't be hard. We have so many great shared  memories. Her life and legacy are in the lives she touched, sometimes just the simplest of gestures... a hug, a word of truth, an idea for our business teams. She will be sorely missed, I wish it could have been longer and I feel so privileged for having had her in my life.
One thing I loved was visiting her home during seasonal holidays. Her home showed off her love for beauty in the small things whether with people or the beauty within her home.
I found this website a while back, it inspired me. How to Create a Home and Heart Of Thanksgiving
She talks about tangible ways to create a home and heart of Thanksgiving...not just in this season but throughout the year.
I liked this idea from Denise's post:
  • Have a visual way to leave encouraging notes and verses for the entire family. Use a chalkboard or whiteboard to write a daily scripture or thankful note.
I already have a cork & whiteboard up so I'm going to add a scripture  and note daily.  I also am going to start a series of Thankful For posts beginning today to remind myself and cultivate gratitude. These are not in order of importance but rather what is most on my heart today.

Do you like my digital paper and font? Here is a link so you can make one too. The one I used today from Shabbyblogsblog, Thank You Keren!Thanks Photobookgirl, I love the font links and digital paper she shared.

As we enter this special season it is my hope and prayer that you and I would take time to count our blessings. If you've had a difficult season could I encourage you to like my dear friend make it a choice to put on a spirit of joy, Thanksgiving and gratitude for whatever you can.