Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Few Creations

One of the great things about all this great time off during the summer is that I have so much time to create. It's certainly too hot to do anything outside. Here are a few things I made this week.

I found the directions for this cute mini pizza box at Split Coast Stampers. I put it together using one of my recent kits from Mosh Posh along with some flowers from my stash. The top opens up just like a pizza box. It's perfect for stashing candy in for a treat box or even small gifts. Think about how great this would look in Christmas colors!

The Sassy Blinging Babes weekly challenge last week was to do a layout about a father. I didn't get around to this in time for the deadline but better late than never. This is a layout about Aaron's special relationship with our grandfather. Aaron is now 16. I used the Fancy Pants About a Boy paper collection and lifted this from a sketch in the Scrapbooks, Etc. Page Planner magazine.

I used my June Unity Kit of the Month and some BasicGrey scraps to make this card. I colored the image in with some plain-ole' Crayolas. I am lovin' this KOM! Lots of fun images in there.

*Quote of the Day*

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
- James Dent

I hope your summer day is the essence of perfection!

Stay cool!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

It's a really hot summer day today but it's also Father's Day. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I am so thankful for the father that I was blessed with. I thank God for him. The pastor at church this morning said that a man can be a great father but he does not reach his true potential until he knows his Heavenly Father. I'm thankful that mine did and he took us to church and taught us about God's righteousness. My daddy was an excellent provider. We may not be rich people but we always had just what we needed. We've never went hungry and we've always had plenty of clothing. We have heat when it was cold and air conditioning when it was hot. We have hot running water and comftorable beds to sleep in. I'm also thankful for the lessons that my Daddy taught us over the years, a lot of those lessons he taught us just by his example. I'm so proud of him.

My Daddy loves to play golf so I adapted the flower pot card to make him a bucket of golf balls. I originally saw this card at and adapted it. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the balls. You can see my previous post for the directions to the flower pot card. I used the same directions except I used balls instead of flowers.

When you pull the golf balls up it reveals this message.

Did you notice my new watermark on my photos? I ordered it from Dina at Dina's Digi-Sig Diner. She is so easy to work with and very inexpensive. It was so much easier for me to order one than to figure out how to make it by myself. I'm so pleased with the way my watermark turned out. Click on her name to go to her blog and see all of her designs. Thank you, Dina!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scrapping the Storm

I've scrapbooked about a lot of different things but there's been one subject I've been avoiding - Hurricane Katrina. It was an important part of all of our lives and yet it still scared me. I've had these pictures for over three years now and I just couldn't bring myself to scrap them.

Thanks to Noelle, the challenge coordinator for the Sassy Blinging Babes, that event got scrapbooked today. I think the reason I hadn't ever tried to scrap these before was because I was afraid that I would mess it up...somehow I would just not do that event justice on a page.

The SBB weekly challenge this week was to do a layout with song lyrics for the title. As soon as I woke up this morning, the idea came to me to do a Katrina layout with "Praise You in this Storm" by Casting Crowns. After all, that was the song that got me through that whole event.

The white paper says: "Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005 - "I know there'll be days when this life brings me pain but if that's what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain."

The journaling is hidden on the orange tab behind the photos. There was just way too much to leave it open on the page. This is the first time I've done hidden journaling. Usually, I'm very "out there" with my feelings but not this time.

Honestly, I could have wrote a book on Katrina. One scrapbook page cannot possible capture all of my feelings/emotions from that time. I feel like I left so much out. I can't describe all of my fears and everything that went on. Hindsight tells me I should've kept a journal back then but the thought never crossed my mind. Nevertheless, here is my journaling - as jumbled up as it may be:

I will never forget how scared I was as Hurricane Katrina approached land. I had never been that scared of anything before. The night before, I had a horrible feeling inside me. During the storm, Aaron and I would run from room to room. We could hear the trees snapping and we didn’t know which way they were falling. We sat in the hallway and just cried. When the storm was over and we looked outside, it was like being in a nightmare and just wanting to wake up. The many trees in our front yard were down. One was on MawMaw and Pa’s house. Sheds were destroyed. Fencing was destroyed. We couldn’t even see the road. Trees were split in half from tornadoes. We were literally trapped in. There was no way for a car to escape. However, there was no damage to our home other than a few missing shingles. It was as if God had placed his hand over it and protected us. When we were able to get a signal on a battery-operated TV and were able to watch the coast news, we were devastated to learn what was going on around us on the coast and in New Orleans. We were then thankful to even have a home. So we prayed as a family together and thanked God for his blessings. I prayed more during that time than I had in my whole life. I grew closer to God and trusted him more.

God has a funny way of bringing people together. Our family grew closer together. We had to clean out the freezer so we had all kinds of good food – anything that could be fried on the cooker outside or cooked on the barbecue grill. We enjoyed just being together. I remember me, Mama, Daddy, and Aaron all sleeping together in the living room. Daddy would hook a fan up to the generator and would run it all night long. We would all sleep in the same room so we could be cool while we slept. I remember taking cold showers and it actually feeling good because of the August heat. I forgot about things like makeup and jewelry. I forgot about what was happening on my favorite television show. Those things just weren’t important anymore.

Katrina taught us all a lesson about taking things for granted. We were truly blessed to have a roof over our heads, to know that all of our family was safe, to have [good] food to eat, to have clothes, and to all be healthy. Many people weren’t that fortunate. We were rich in God’s blessings and we praised him for it (especially when the electricity came back on 19 days later).
The song “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns helped me get through that difficult time. I felt like the lyrics spoke to anyone who had experienced that storm.

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm


Materials used:
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow collection pack, Crate Paper 12x12 diecut paper - Hope
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. - Rain & Flowers and Scalloped Details & Dates
Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown
Alphas: Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers - Brown Ledger
Tools: Heidi Swapp edge distresser, sewing machine

Thank you for taking this glance into my past.

May God bless.