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Got a lovely new haircut, very chic and makes me all feisty feelin! Then since I had a little time to waste until I picked up the kiddies I stopped at a couple of my favorite thrift stores. My first score was at The Idaho Youth Ranch, and I found this paper punch. Took me a second to figure it out.http://picasaweb.google.com/conkrotwife/Thrifty#5262682573222122050

Then I punched a scrap of paper in my pocket and realized it’s a tag/label thingy! Looks like the 7 gypsies tags I’ve seen in the past. Pretty cool got it for 1.25, a little much for a thrift store but a new punch is about 10 so I’m happy! 

My second stop was my local Goodwill. And this is where you go when you are looking for toys, costumes, books everything! Normally I have the kids but this time I was all alone and took my time wandering the isles. Found a Nora Roberts book I hadn’t read in a long time, a PINK socceer ball (for Miss Clara)

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An apron for Jack, a halloween book, index card dividers (months and alpha) and the sweetest little jeans for miss C! All total $11.35! Not a bad deal.

I’m making  year in review mini album with the month dividers. Need to find one that’s numbered for my december mini…..

Last time I had the twins with me and they each got to pick out a couple of things (total about 3 bucks each) Jack got the most annoying truck with sound which he loves! Clara got a purple purse she calls her “rescue pack” from Go Diego Go, she also found a bag of my little ponies for a buck, it had 8 ponies! 

Thrift shops are the ultimate way to consume less, throw away less, and just be a little less controlled by your things. I like to box up stuff and donate which is good for my messy garage and good for my taxes, but I also like finding little things for a deal too!

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which Jane Austen are you?

Being a lover of all things Jane Austen, Regency England, Victorian Era, and yes Pride and Prejudice I saw this link and had to take the quiz.

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

So for all my fellow Austen fans, follow the link and see which heroine you are!

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Every week I lurk on the Kwerner’s Color Challenges. I’ve made only 2 cards so far. I do use the color combos for ideas for other projects. But after borrowing the Happy Heart stamp set from the new SU holiday mini I thought I’d play along with this current challenge.

From color challenges

I bought the Parisian Summer pack this summer to use on a 100 card swap. This was my 1st time doing something like this so I knew I needed to have a plan to make the most of what I have and actually get 100 card fronts done! I knew I wanted to use the baby buggy Puns from the Past. I used the paper pack to inspire my cards, bravo burgandy and pink pirouette. I still have a sheet an a half of this left and when I saw this week’s challenge I knew this same color combo would be nice for the heart card I had in mind.

From color challenges

I got a little carried away with the embossing powder, doing the background of the top note die cut and the heart. This is going to my hubby tonight, I thought to save it for the big V day but I figured you always need a little love!
Thanks for looking!

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Last weekend I decided to do something with all of those photos I’ve printed. Ali Edwards inspired me to do my week in the life book which got me going to do more scrapping. Some of these I really love, others are needed a little bit extra. But here are 9 layouts with multiple photos that are part of our story this summer so I’m pretty happy with that.
So here they are:

Miss Clara

From 2008 scrapbooks

Hubby’s birthday

From 2008 scrapbooks

More Clara

From 2008 scrapbooks

Farm Kids

From 2008 scrapbooks

My hubby

From 2008 scrapbooks

Our garden this year

From 2008 scrapbooks
From 2008 scrapbooks

Pumpkins

From 2008 scrapbooks

Silly girl

From 2008 scrapbooks

Farmer’s Market (not really loving, needs something else….)

From 2008 scrapbooks

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I’m behind. I hate to use that word because it sounds so much like “caught up” and that invokes guilt over not getting all the scrapping down that I should. But I just haven’t been into scrapping, and I haven’t been taking near as many photos as I normally do.

From 2008 scrapbooks

Now my parents would laugh at this because they think my kids are the world’s most photographed kids. For October I’ve taken 163 photos, and a little bit less than that for September. And when the kids and I were at the farm last? I took less than 50 photos, and very few with the grandparents or other family members. That’s totally slacking for me. A normal trip to the family farm nets at least 50 photos a day! Anyway, for me that’s not a lot of photos and the quality is less than I’d like. For me quality isn’t the technical aspects of photography it’s the variety of everyday shots of life I have. Do I have a lot of just one kid? Have I caught on camera how Jack peddles like a wild man on his trike? Did I get pics of Clara in her princess dress playing soccer? Or have I taken any photos of my hubby lately? Have I taken any of myself? These are the things I measure for quality. And looking at my photos so far I don’t feel I’ve met these self-imposed standards. Probably silly, but there it is.
But as I review the last couple of months I guess I really haven’t missed anything. Just going through a stage, I’m sure it will pass.

Of course, right now I’m consumed with potty training one of my twins. That’s pretty much my whole world right now.

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Last summer my Grandma Florence moved out of her house into a mobile home on my parents’ property. She was 89 and lived on her farm which is pretty isolated and my parents were worried about her being by herself. I went and helped her pack some of her things up for the big move. She only moved about 2 miles but she’s a horrible pack rat (a trait I inherited), she never got rid of anything, and she had stuff packed into every nook and cranny. She had an old cabinet packed full of old photos and scrapbooks. She knows that I am really into old photos and preserving the past so she gave them all to me. I was thrilled until I saw her start stuffing a large diaper box with photos! Yikes! I took over and tried to gently pack these pictures into the box. Since then these have all been in my garage in my large scrap booking tote and I’ve yet to figure out what to do with them. I started just putting the loose pictures into general categories including one for mystery pictures.
Then I got to my grandma’s scrapbook.

organizing old photos

It’s one of those with the construction pages and string binding with photos glued to both sides of the paper. There are sections of my dad, his brother and cousin and other family members.

From organizing old photos

The largest section is photos from when Grandma was in the military and overseas during WWII. These are just priceless.

From organizing old photos

Photos of her fresh off the farm and completing basic training in Daytona Beach, FL. Then there are the photos from when she was stationed at Oxford, England and Paris, France. Unfortunately my Grandma is not interested in talking about the past or reminiscing, she’s actually much more interested in history and politics right now. But I have this terrific scrapbook that she cared enough to put together years ago
and it has most of the pictures labeled in some fashion.
I’ve tried a couple of different ways to remove photos and none really work. Whatever glue was used, really stays stuck. I didn’t try that stuff called “un-do” or whatever the name is. I was hesitant to put any liquid on one side of the paper where it could leak onto the photos on the back side.This is where inspiration struck and I thought why not just put the entire pages in new sheet protectors and make a new album? This was a really smart idea on my part, except the pages are much bigger than 12×12. I tried to trim down the pages but just couldn’t get them down smaller.

Then I remembered that Martha Stewart Crafts had these gigantic albums for sale at Michael’s.

From organizing old photos

I didn’t realize how much bigger an 18×18 album was until I picked it up, these things are enormous! And expensive, $79. Ouch! But then I discovered I could use my 40% off coupon on the album which made the price much more reasonable. I picked up extra sheet protectors which have double pockets instead of one pocket for pages to go back to back in, and these were nice pages. When I got the album home and ripped off the wrapping I found that the pages in the album were not sheet protector types like the ones I bought but were paper pages with a thin top page (like tissue paper). This threw me off because I wanted to be able to slide the pages right into the pockets. What I did instead was use the clear sheet protectors for the pages that had photos on both sides of the paper, then used photo corners to attach the original pages that had pics on only one side onto the paper pages of the new album. I kept the album in the same order that the original scrapbook was in and just mixed in the clear pages with the paper pages as I went. The orginal album is not 18×18, and the pages in the sleeves slide around a bit so I need to come up with a way to keep them from sliding out.

I still have many old photos that are loose and not identified, I’m thinking that I will add those to the remaining paper pages of the new album and try to have most of these old pictures together.

From organizing old photos

As for my regular scrap booking, I don’t see myself converting to this bigger size album I just don’t think I could store many of these giant albums or fill that big of space.

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simple delights mini

I was inspired by Stacy Julian’s challenge to take time to make something for myself. She suggested a mini book to remind us of our blessings. I make mini books for the grandparents and husband but not often for myself. I took this little challenge as an opportunity to make a fun mini to keep with me.

simple delights

I kept it simple with kraft–my new favorite card stock, a few definitions from the Define Your Life set and a few scraps from the Autumn Vine paper pack from Stampin Up! Then I selected a few pics and made a basic plan.

From simple delights

Most of my mini books follow this basic formula, I just add more ribbon or other embellishments as needed.
I used the definitions as the title of each page and as a starting point for my journalling.

From simple delights

And since I love lots of bits of ribbon hanging on things I them to the spine with a dab of liquid glue to hold the ribbons in place. I also added some left over rub-ons and a piece of burlap (another favorite) to finish the cover.

From simple delights

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