Category: simply scrappin

cute & quick

with fall upon us, a new year of youth group begins.  this year, i & another lady, are leading the girls’ middle school small group.  i tried to think of a way that would make verse memorization convenient and interesting.  while wandering the office supplies aisle at Walmart, i came across some index cards that come with a key ring already attached, and they are perforated down the middle……my creative juices started flowing and i came up with this quick idea.

simply purchase the pack of index cards (perforated, hole-punched and key-ringed) and packs of extra keyrings

tear in half

then place them in piles of 30 (per girl)

attach the key ring

i also made a front and back cover, using cardstock that is cut slightly larger than the index cards.  this is where you can be creative.  i picked some favorite patterned paper and with my quickutz, cut out my initial.  you could do whatever you want.

ribbon was added for added ‘cuteness’

these came out so well!  the girls can stick them in their purse or backpacks, attach them to zippers whatever they want!  they are small enough to take them anywhere.  each week, they can write down their memory verse inside it and almost like flashcards, they will have them right there in one area, ready to learn! (and the possibilities are endless–you could use these for so many different things!!)

  • Psalm 119:11  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
  • Psalm 119:105  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
  • James 1:22  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”

scrappin’ @ 2am

book-blog-6.jpgbook-blog-5.jpgbook-blog-4.jpgbook-blog-3.jpgbook-blog-2.jpgmeags-book-blog.jpgok. wow!  late night hours bring creativity!

it’s been a crazy week. 

working on the big garage sale at church, (what feels like non-stop).  needless to say, my time spent on housework has been little to none, not to mention numerous other projects that i should be doing, but haven’t even begun. 

BUT, i finally got to sit down and work on doing some ‘altered notebooks’.  somehow a little creative inspiration sprung through my veins.  (maybe it was the fact that i was alone….everyone else was in bed…..maybe it was the fact that i had free reign of the tv & discovered that two of my favorite shows were on from 11:30-1:00.  Seinfeld & The King of Queens.)  whatever is was, it just worked.  you know that feeling when you are working on a scrapbook layout and somehow, it just works??  the embellishments work, the color schemes match….it just worked! and that was a good thing!! 

i really would like to try to make some to list on Etsy, but this first one was a gift for someone.  i am so pleased with how it turned out, i thought i would add it my blog.  i hope you like it!  let me know what you think!  be kind, it’s my first!

my addiction

coffee-blog.jpgok.  well, i might as well admit it.  i … am … addicted to…  caffeine… ok. maybe addicted is a harsh word.  but i do enjoy it.  now, don’t bother to remind me of all of the reasons that caffeine isn’t good for me.  i know & i don’t care.  the way i figure it, i don’t smoke or drink, or do drugs, so if my worst offense is a little caffeine now & then, what’s the harm?!?!

maybe the addiction part plays into the picture when i arrange my dailyactivity (or errands) around where i can get one of my favorite beverages.   hence problem one.  i live in a small town, where the first Starbucks just opened last week, but only on a local campus.  (i’m trying to work that into tomorrow’s to-do list.)  there are a few other restaurants thatoffer delicious drinks.  we have a great local coffee shop called, The Meeting Place, where i love to meet a friend and sit and talk over a hot coffee.  i will also admit to the fact that i enjoy McDonald’s regular iced coffees.  (i am also aware of all of the health reasons for not eating frequently at McDonald’s.)  (so, to balance the sugar in the coffee, i tell myself that eating a yogurt parfait with it, somehow makes it healthy.)  another local place, Kewpee, has a great cappuccino….now, i think it tastes too sweet, so i prefer it mixed with 1/2 black coffee.  when we are out-of-town, i (& my husband) do enjoy stopping at Panera Bread for either a coffee or a Cappuccino Chip iced coffee, (notice i said, when we are ‘out-of-town’, because once again, we don’t have one of those either.) 

did i mention, that if i know it’s decaffeinated, somehow i just don’t enjoy it as much??

i won’t even begin to tell you the trouble that having a Starbucks inside a Target can cause!  (we don’t have Target either, so once again, i head out-of-town.)  combining a caffeinated drink with all of the extra great deals that you can get at Target—eeks—it’s a deadly combination!  (deadly for the wallet) so, if you see me there, and i’m wandering around with my eyes bugging out of my head, with a towering cartload, talking a million miles a minute, don’t worry….it’s just a caffeine high…’ll pass, (usually after i pay for my stuff).

well, the addiction doesn’t stop there.  i also find it difficult to resist purchasing items that have a coffee theme or coffee mug theme.  i totally judge a book (or paper or rubber stamp or anything else) by it’s cover.  then again, i am picky.  i don’t like the dainty tea cup looking things, i like the good, hearty, hip coffee mug designs….and even better, they are generally brown in color–(like a coffee bean)–i also enjoy

 as you can see by the picture above, i even scrap-booked my addiction.  i also enjoy picking up a few mugs here & there.  Starbucks, vacation spots, gifts from Disneyland, my cheerful yellow mom-mug, from Nick, or from Harry & David, (which is where my husband purchases his favorite “Moose Munch” coffee).  they cheer me up, just drinking from them!!  unfortunately my cupboards are starting to bulge with my ‘happy mugs’.

ok. i will finish this up with a quote from a book i bought with the same theme, “Espresso for a Woman’s Spirit; Encouraging Stories of Hope and Humor” by Pam Vredevelt.

  • “I have measured my life in coffee spoons.”  T.S. Eliot

notes for nick

thank-you-cards-blog.jpg…i finally got to sit down and scrap for a while….ok, well, technically, i didn’t scrap, i made thank you cards for Nick to send out.  He turned 13 last weekend and i may be a little old fashioined, but i still insist that he sends thank yous for any gifts he received.  The cards aren’t too frilly.  i tried to keep them simple and slightly ‘manly’.  Nick loves black, green & white (xbox colors), so i made the cards using those colors.  i also finally used my new label maker–(amazing that it’s considered a ‘new’ technique, didn’t we have the same label makers back in the 80’s??)  What’s old is now new, i guess.