Today, we attended our stake conference, which is a meeting of all the LDS wards/congregations within a designated geographical area. The theme for this conference was Strengthening Our Families. Two weeks ago, we were given several resources to read or watch so that we would come prepared to listen to and act on the messages presented. I am SO GRATEFUL for the time and thoughtful preparation of the speakers, because I was absolutely fed in a profound spiritual way. I am excited to do (try) the following three things in our family ...Read More
The Question: What trophies, medals, awards, and certificates have you earned throughout your life? How many have you kept?
I'm choosing not to recollect (right now) all the trophies, medals, awards, and certificates that I have earned in my illustrious existence as a human being (ha!) but rather, detail and share one memory of an award that I have never forgotten.Read More
Fridays are GOOD days, don't you think?
Today is an especially good Friday, because I am the guest on Tracie Claiborne's show, Live Inspired. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't know Tracie had two podcasts—Live Inspired and ScrapGals. Turns out that today's Live Inspired is her 50th show. FIFTY! That's a HUGE accomplishment right there—and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I teased her that for her 50th show, she had to find a scrapbooker to feature who was older than 50, ha! But, speaking of old things ... I think you'll enjoy this show because we really dive into my personal history with this industry and (I think) it's a good story. I hope you'll HAVE A LISTEN, either on Tracie's site, tracieclaiborne.com or via a podcast app, where you can subscribe.
I want to give a big shot out to Traice—she is a delightful host and did such a lovely job introducing me and my work, plus she is doing some really cool things in the scrapbooking world right now. In addition to the podcasts, Tracie teaches CLASSES and creates really informative VIDEOS on YouTube. I just think people like Tracie are awesome. We need MORE people who are willing to share their perspective and talents and promote great things that other people are doing. These are the kinds of efforts that bring us together, which in my opinion is what we need and will continue to need to keep our passion and industry thriving.
I'm also REALLY impressed with this
History of Scrapbooking that Scrapbook.com put together. They've done some legit research. If you're interested in reading this article, you click on the image below!
My favorite section of this history is this ...
In the late 1700s, the practice of “extra-illustrating” books became popular, in which people customized books by adding extra illustration leaves to them. Sometimes the illustrations were added right onto existing pages in the book, or sometimes the book’s binding was completely taken apart so that additional pages could be bound inside to hold the illustrations. The practice was (and is) controversial, as it was necessarily destructive due to having to obtain the illustrations by removing them from other books or by having to add additional pages to a book’s binding.
Extra-illustrating was popularized by James Granger, author of the 1769 book “Biographical History of England.” The book was published with extra blank pages in the back to encourage readers to add their own illustrations. The immense popularity of Granger’s book led to the use of the term “Grangerizing” to describe the practice of extra-illustrating. Some of the most significant extra-illustrated works from the late 1700s come from Samuel Rudder and Count Hamilton Anthony. A samples of their books - displayed at the Huntington Library - is shown here.
I actually have a really old Scrap Book that my great grandmother, Minnie McDougal created for my mother, when she was a little girl. It is filled with clippings, post cards and cut-outs of calendars. It is a personal treasure for sure!
I LOVED the chance I had to review my scrapbooking history with Tracie and I realized that I've never actually written it down anywhere, so I'm taking it as a challenge to do so. Once I get it recorded, I'd like to use a timeline to document it. I will be drawing on inspiration for this from Ali and her Hello Story class. There's nobody who does timelines like Ali.
Anyway, think about you're own memory-making and documenting past and consider getting it down for yourself and for posterity. I told Tracie in the podcast that what I want to leave my children—more than completed scrapbooks—is a LOVE of storytelling. They will document differently than I did and do now, but if we can plant the LOVE of documenting in their hearts, then we will leave them something truly lasting and valuable.
I cleaned my backdoor bathroom today.
I do this fairly often, but my tile floor is looking a little dull and seemed maybe a bit under the weather, so I Googled, "homemade cleaner tile floor" to see if I there was anything I could whip up. I got this ...
1. 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
2. 1 tsp. vegetable oil
3. a few drops essential oil (I used citrus fresh)
4. I cup water
I mixed this up in my measuring cup and poured multiple little puddles over my floor. Note: I swept first! And then I used a rag to spread it around and wipe it in and up all at the same time. I like it. I'll do it again. It smells good and looks good. I'm generally more of a Clorox with bleach "let's kill whatever is potentially growing in here" girl, but I like how this cleaner with just a wee bit of oil, makes my floor look.
Weird blog post maybe, but I've got to write something everyday and this is what you're getting today!
Yesterday I was invited to visit with Tracie Claiborne on her podcast, Live Inspired. Before the show started Tracie asked me if I still scrapbook. I said incredulously, "Of course I still scrapbook!" But then I got to thinking, how would Tracie know this? I stink at sharing my work. The main reason for this is that I've become quite lazy. When I consider the effort involved in photographing pages/projects and getting them posted, I generally choose something else to do, ha! But, with my 2017 emphasis on writing/blogging I'm going to try and do better. I'll start with this mini album project that I taught at She Loves Color in October. I'm still a HUGE fan of small albums that can take the place of a bigger, more time-intensive chronological projects, simply because some years I don't feel like making lots of pages and yet I still want to document the year—AND you can EASILY do this through a different lens—in this case, your HOME. Remember, chronology is just ONE WAY to organize the photos and stories in a scrapbook. This means there are many, many other way.Read More
I am an idea person. I know this and I'm told this often. But, here's the really good news.
YOU are also an idea person.
I've always thought and taught that the process of generating ideas is available to anyone who is willing to practice a little curiosity and observation—to anyone who is drawn to novelty and allows moments of mindlessness along with their mindfulness.
If you're reluctant to believe me then I hope you'll watch this TEDx Talk by Laurie Smithwick ...
I LOVE that Laurie challenges and resists the long held and iconic symbol of a light bulb as an effective representation of ideas and (wait for it) suggests and promotes as a better option, the kaleidoscope.
Have a listen and tell me what YOU hear.
I am in such a nesting mood lately. Most years when I take Christmas down, I experience a surge of energy in the organize and rearrange department, but this year, I'm finding an extra helping of FUN in the whole process. Two+ weeks ago on a Saturday, I took the tree down and decided to move the armoire (with our TV inside) from one side of my living room to the other—this single action commenced a cascade of curiosity, so that now when I walk into a room, I'm thinking things like, "Why is that chair or bench or mirror or basket there? What if I moved that over here, or put it upstairs or got rid of it altogether?" As you can imagine, these questions are creating all kinds of exciting possibilities.Read More
I told my kids at dinner that I needed something to blog. Taft said, "Since it's the 15th, write a list of 15 things." Ah! Great idea. I like it. I'm going to try it and then maybe it could become a recurring thing.
15 Things on the 15th
What we do on Sundays
1. We go to church. Right now our ward/congregation meets at 11:00am. We attend a three-hour block of meetings, beginning with Sacrament meeting, followed by Sunday School and then 3rd hour, Young Women's for me (I'm currently teaching 14-15 year old girls), Priesthood for my boys and Primary for Addie. Note: There are two weekends a year, when we don't go to church. The first weekend in April and the first weekend in October are scheduled as a worldwide General Conference for all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We get to stay home and watch multiple sessions of conference online!
2. Geoff and I get up early. 5:30am (yikes) He has a 6:30am meeting and I fix him old-fashioned oatmeal, and we eat breakfast together. After he leaves I enjoy a couple of hours of QUIET time! This happens three out of four weeks. The first Sunday of every month is what we call Fast Sunday and Geoff doesn't have his super early meetings those days.Read More