Feb 28, 2015

Chatter & Layouts Feb 22 - 28



    An InLinkz Link-up

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3. Begin title with the lesson/challenge name & number.

It's the last week of February and there are only 28 days this month.  So close to March which seems so close to Spring!  I very much enjoy all who post comments and chatter on the blog.  You make my day.

Feb 27, 2015

Question of the day...Polar Bears...

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It's Polar Bear Day!!! And well, since I'm a bear fanatic, it's a good day to celebrate. :D

Polar bears are the world's largest carnivore. A polar bear can grow up to nine feet tall(when standing) and 1400 pounds. Polar bears live at the North Pole region, and are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.  

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the wild? Where???

Feb 26, 2015

Challenge Round-Up Time!

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Hey all, Dawn here with another challenge round up for you! Lots of things to see and do since the last time I gathered all the info for ya, so happy clicking! :)

Valentine Scraplift #24- Angie Gladwell

NEW VIDEO! Photography Class! Lesson 11C

Dawn's Font Challenge- KG Blank Space

Valentine Template by AMarie

Take Me Deeper February Week 2 Challenge

Take Me Deeper February Week 3 Challenge - FREEBIE ALERT!!

Journey of a Book - Circle scrapbook - Join us!

Class Highlight
Speed Crop Challenges!

 You know you love 'em! We have saved all our previous speed scraps and have collected them all in one place for you! Just make sure you be good and don't jump ahead! Haha. Read one instruction at a time, do it, and then come back for the next instruction! You can do it! I have faith in you!!


Here are some older challenges that you can still do!

Offset Shapes


Hummie's Template 103 (Freebie on blog post)

Yearbook Yourself!! I just HAD to bring back this oldie but goodie, and imagine my surprise when it was MY face I saw when I went to the challenge guide page! Ha!!! Sneaky sneaky, Hummie! lol! Oh, and I guess it's a good thing that I do better spell checking now, huh? Ha. See my flub-up?

Quote Challenge: "Just Living is not Enough" This one made me think of spring. Despite all the snow that we here in Ohio are getting right now.... Spring. IS. Coming!!

Please remember that you do not need to do an entire class. You can pick and choose challenges on the classes if you do not want to do an entire class. You do still have the option of doing all the challenges in a class to earn an icon.

I do hope you will join us in doing some (or better yet- ALL!) of these challenges!! See you in the next round-up!

Brown Paper Bag Album

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Click on the image source link for instructions on how to make a brown paper bag album.  These can be may with paper lunch bags which are so inexpensive.
After you create your album, create your digital scrapbooking pages, print them, and adhere them to the pages.  Cool, huh?

I found the below video.

Power to Grow

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Power to Grow

4/28/13 Arrow Prayer  Father, thank you for opening my eyes as I read this dog training book which points out to me not to "blame the dog," for the things it does because it simply has not learned yet, not to punish the dog, but to wait for the next time to teach with positive reinforcement.  It gives me a new way to look a people also in that most things people do are not with evil purpose, but rather simply that they are still growing in themselves also.  Every time my mind tries to blame others, please help it redirect towards You and my own failures and sins so that I may grow.

My thoughts on filling in the nest


*First published May 30, 2014
We've been working SO hard to get as much of our house organized (and cutting down on stuff) since we've became empty nesters that when I saw the fern where the bird's nest was just a few weeks ago almost filled back in, I saw the analogy.

I know it always gives me a twinge to see the house where my bedroom was growing up all changed. I wonder if my boys feel the same way when they visit our house and see the bedrooms that they knew growing up changed. I'm guessing not so much as me because boys aren't as sentimental sappy.

"These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!"—Habakkuk 2:3 The Living Bible

Habakkuk 2:3 speaks to me today! Since we are in the "get rid of stuff and organize stage" of life, we are trying to get through it as fast as we can so we can have more time for "us."

Instead of having a to-do list every week, our to-do list might be "go for a walk, or go do this or that" and enjoy life. We are working so hard and it just seems we cannot get things done as fast as we would like to and we are exhausted and physically spent. 

Everything certainly does happen for us in God's timing and not in our own.  Although this verse most likely refers to waiting for Jesus to come again (Hebrews 10:35-37), it sure does feel applicable to anything for which we wait.

Can we just get done with all these projects and organizing! I want to enjoy more time taking photographs, blogging, cooking, gardening, scrapping, and all my many other hobbies, as well as studying God's Word and working on new relationships.

What I like the best about this season of my life is that now that the children are gone, hubby and I have more time to focus on each other and we are realizing all those little things that triggered arguments for the last 28 years, and we are learning and growing and changing. We never had the time before or the privacy to work on our own relationship. I've had a lot of revelations! What a great time to get reacquainted with the man I married so long ago.

I am seeing how true it is that couples divorce at this time of their life, but am very thankful we are both choosing to grow closer rather than further apart. 

I love that my house stays cleaner and is less cluttered.  Oh, to the son with the stinky sneakers, and oh, to the son who brought home stinky animals, and oh, to the son who left all his dirty clothes on the floor!

I have to laugh with the "I didn't do it" person that left our house because now when things mysteriously move in my house, hubby has no anonymous person to blame it on. Giggle.

What I like least about this time is that two of my three children, and my grandchild, live so far away that I do not get to experience much of their life at all anymore. Being sons, they don't communicate well, not even taking time to share many things in their life with me. I think a daughter might be different. 

One son is in town, so we spend a time doing for him with his new home or we'll get together to eat out, and sometimes I feel guilty because I do like to keep things even that I do for each child and now that is not the case. I used to take great strides to treat them all equally and it worked as they never had sibling rivalry. Now I have to tell myself "it's okay" and retrain my thinking.

One wise lady once told me that it is hard to see each stage of our life go by, but the next stage is always as great as the one before.  So far, she was spot on right!

Fitness Floating

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I know, for those watching for my fitness posts in order to share your own fitness journey in comments, I apologize.  I haven't blogged about fitness.  Why?  I've been floating.  I've been floating at this weight for the entire month of February.

A week ago I was at the level of 9 pounds to loose for two days.  I was excited.  But it did not hold.  My weight went up and up and up.  All the way up to 12.2 pounds to loose.  Today it is back down to 11 pounds to loose.  That is still two pounds over what I was a week ago.  I always say, unless I hold the weight for three days, I won't count it as gone.  It is so true.

I am discouraged to say the least.  Very discouraged.  I am right back where I was this same time of year two years ago.  The same weight level.  The same plateau.  Working hard for an entire month with no progress.  My body just likes this weight I think!

I hit 14,000 steps on Sunday and 12,000 steps yesterday. That is huge compared to my previous activity level before Fitbit.  I have been eating well and being very active.  Yet nothing is beneficial for me.  I want to give up, just as I did two years ago.  I seriously want to give up.

However, I feel a tug that I cannot give up as I did before.  I have to keep pushing.  I cannot let my body win.  It has to give up this weight sooner or later.  My brain waffles and I struggle to pull for self-motivation.

I find myself searching for the Holy Spirit and the Word from God to help me through this hump.  Here is what He showed me today:

Romans 8:36-39 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

With Jesus's help, not only can I conquer this plateau, but I can more than conquer.  He loves me.  Nothing can separate me from Him, not even whatever is causing my weight to be the same causing me to be discouraged.  God is an encouraging, not a discouraging.  God is love.  This discouraging scale is not of Him.  I have faith in God and what He can do for me through this weight journey.  I hold on tight to Him who gives me strength.  He can give me motivation.  He can make that weight begin to shed.  He can uplift me.  Yep.  Only Him.  Not me.

It's Not Easy

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To apologize,
To begin over,
To be unselfish,
To take advice,
To admit error,
To face a sneer,
To be charitable,
To keep on trying,
To be considerate,
To avoid mistakes,
To endure success,
To profit by mistakes,
To forgive and forget,
To think and then act,
To keep out of the rut,
To make a best of little,
To subdue an unruly temper,
To maintain a high standard,
To shoulder a deserved blame,
To recognize the silver line,
But it always pays: try it.

Question of the day...nuts!

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Today is National Pistachio Day.

According to Holiday Insights.com...

  • Pistachios grow on trees. They are native to the Middle East.
  • Its a long wait to get the first nut. A pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.
  • California is the major producer in the U.S.
  • Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees. It less than a minute.
  • The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
  • Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
  •  People in the Middle East call it the "smiling nut" and in China its called the "happy nut".
  • Pistachios are nutritious, so eat them up! 
Do you like Pistachios?

Feb 25, 2015

Backpack Album

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Click on the image source link for a tutorial on how to create this backpack album.

This is Lynn's (her blog) version of the album that she posted in the HW forum.

Here are some instructions Lynn had posted in the forum.

This is about the simplest album I have made.  It is just a piece of straight cut cardstock scored and folded, to which is added (in the inside) 2 more pieces of cut and scored cardstock (decorated with papers, etc), and then on the outside, all you need is the pocket cover for the top and then some patterned paper folded in half and attached to make a front pocket. So easy yet so effective! I am sure you could do even better.

I said: First, I need something to score with! Then I need to learn how to make pocket covers! I true beginner I would be!

Lynn replied: Well, if you don't have a bone folder or scoring tool of some sort, you can always just use something you have already in the house - the end of a biro with the cap on maybe (depending how blunt/sharp that is), the writing end of a biro that has run out of ink, cutlery or whatever. You just need something that will help make a crease in your cardstock. I have been known to just fold my cardstock and then press down hard on the edge using my metal ruler! And as for pocket covers, they are sooo easy! Rectangle of paper, fold almost in half (leave about 0.5") then use the 0.5" bit to stick the two folds together, then fold the ensuing rectangle in half across the short side and you have a pocket tag! Well, I hope that explanation makes sense! Everyone is a beginner when they first start, the fun is in the learning!

I said: By Biro, you mean a pen? Does any pen work? Yes, learning is fun!

Lynn said:  Yes I meant a pen. Sorry biro is just a trade name here in the uk and we tend to use it all the time! You can't use just any pen as fountain pens, for instance, would leave ink all over the place and if you pressed really hard, you may end up breaking the nib! A bone folder (which is what you would use if you have one) looks like this:

I must admit, I hadn't a clue what they were when I first heard people talk about them! They are solid plastics type things and the end is pointed, but because the bone folder is probably about the thickness of a this ruler, it is not sharp, but you are able to get a good crease on paper without tearing or cutting the paper (unless like me you tend to be ham fisted and press down too hard) You can buy bone folders at craft shops, ebay and on amazon for around $5 or more and you can even get them cheaper if you look around.

Any pen that you use needs to be similar and I reckon the end of the top of this one would work (not the bit on the far left, that is probably too thick, but the other end on the solid black bit (not the bottom of the pen) or possibly even the writing end once the pen has run out of ink:

You could maybe even use the tip of a knife (but one that doesn't have sharp edges though as otherwise you would end up cutting the paper) so maybe a table knife used the wrong way round (i.e. hold it as you would when eating, but turn the blade the other way round so the most blunt end is on the paper). I'm all for getting creative and making do with what I have to hand!

Many people just use their hands. The only reason for using a bone folder or other tool is so you get a dent in the paper which makes it easier to fold. As long as you press down hard on the crease so you make it nice and crisp, tools aren't essential (but they are helpful). You would need to use something though to help if you were folding card stock as that is much thicker than normal paper.

Just have a rummage through your husband's tool box to see if he has anything in there that would be suitable (or your kitchen drawers!) - maybe a large screwdriver provided it is not too sharp/pointed at the end. I reckon the tip of my bamboo pen might even work, although to be honest, it would probably be better to buy a bone folder than risk wrecking my bamboo pen!

I said: Oh! You are so helpful! You are full of information. I'm sure the bone folders are inexpensive and easy to find in hobby stores. I can see even using just an old kitchen table knife on the non-serrated edge.