Back to Education

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
    ~ Albert Einstein



I've been hoarding this stamp set, and, thanks to our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #18, I have a great excuse to pull it out – Back to School! I love the vintage feel of this set, since I am, well, vintage. Need proof?


Yep, that's my adorable twin sister and me on our first day of first grade with Mrs. Jacobs, Principal Mr. Horn, and my favorite all-time teacher, Mrs. Skirvin. Circa 1964! There were two classes for every grade, one through six, and sister and I were always in different classes. I think I got the better deal with Mrs. Skirvin that year. I spent most of the year on bed rest thanks to rheumatic fever, and sweet Mrs. Skirvin visited me at home every week to make sure I didn't get too far behind. I was so glad for her visit, I didn't mind all the homework. I know I never thanked her enough for the education she gave me about charity and kindness, oh, yeah, and there's that whole learning to read thing.




Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

May Arts Ribbon


My kiddos have all graduated from school (Whoop!) but I do remember how crazy hectic it was getting everyone ready. You can blame all this back-to-school jibber-jabber on Cheryl Gorka. She started it all with her fun back-to-school bookmark. I'm following her recipe with the primary colors, circles, notebook paper, Copic markers, ribbon, border punch, die cuts, matted panels, and sewing.

Of course, you don't have to use all her recipe or even as many of the ingredients as I did. Just pick and choose. You'll find all the details here – come join us! Some lucky random player will win more than 20 yards of 20 different ribbons provided to us by May Arts – THE leading distributor of high quality ribbon products, serving a wide variety of merchants from large retail outlets to home-based business in the craft and scrapbooking, gift, stationery, quilting, fancy food, floral, interior design and jewelry industries.


Here's the rest of my card's recipe.

  • Stamps – Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids, Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flags Stamps (set of 11)
  • Paper – Kraft and Prism Cardstock, October Afternoon Schoolhouse, cork sheets
  • Color Mediums – Memento Ink, Copics, Stampin' Up! Stamping Pastels
  • Fibers – May Arts ribbon and ric rac
  • Embellishments – Stampin' Up! Vintage Brads, Stampin' Up! Mini Library Clip
  • Tools – Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flag Die, Stampin' Up! border punch
  • Challenges – That's Krafty Thursday 53, Mojo Monday 203 (MOJO203)


Good luck to all of you going back to school and to all of us continuing our education.



A New Challenge – Getting Transparent

SoulTeamRemember last time I told you I have a big announcement – well here 'tis. I'm so freakin' excited.


I get to be a big deal over at the new Soul Scrappers community. Erika Martin created a worldwide community to help scrapbookers learn and share more about their craft but also to help us all put more of ourselves on our projects. And, check it out, she asked me to be part of her design team, "Soul Team." I get to write tutorials, run digital scrapbooking challenges, get my little projects featured – oh yes, my head is bigger than the house right now.


This week I wrote my very first tutorial and today I'm running my first challenge – Cool Beans!  Editing the opacity (or transparency) of pictures in digital scrapbooking pages is one of my favorite techniques, so, you know, that's what we're doin' – gettin digi wit it and getting transparent.

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I haven't had a chance to share this one with you yet because it was"out for publication' on Erika's Journaling 101 online course (which, by the way, is incredible!). It's become one of my favorite pages because it commemorates the special relationship my Caitlin had with her Grandma.


And here's a page I made this week for the challenge with pictures from our Summer trip to the Tetons in Wyoming.

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IWasFeaturedWinners of my challenge get to put this cool badge on their blog. Erika actually made this from hand (it's not a digitally composed graphic). Yes, I'm so stoked about this!


Here's my challenge: Tuesday Digital Challenge DC2 – Getting Transparent. It includes links to Photoshop tutorials, my tutorial for users of Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Scrapbook (Making Opaque Pictures in MDS), and a link to the challenge photo gallery, DC2 – Getting Transparent.

Come join us, but soon, the deadline for the challenge is Monday, February 8. Don't tell anyone, but I want one of you guys to win. Free Smiley Courtesy of


Pantone says Turquoise is the New Black

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Yes, Pantone Inc., the New Jersey-based authority on color for design professionals, named turquoise the color the year today. Pantone says: "Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing." Wow. well, we gotta celebrate that!


Okay, I have to tell you I'm not too sure about this card. My daughter says its "great." She's got a design degree so I take a lot of stock in that. My husband says, "It's not your best." So, I'll let you all be the judge.

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sketch150I made this for this week's Our Creative Corner Color (OCCC) where Joycelyn challenged us to use Blue and Green hues. I also turned to this week's Card Positioning System sketch challenge (CPS150) for my layout. (Yes, it's a loose interpretation.) Using challenges like these really helps me stretch myself – you know, all part of my moto of "Vigor and Vim in 2010."

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In addition to celebrating the color turquoise, this card also pays homage to the Russian Nesting Dolls (aka Matroyshka or Babushka doll). I love that Babushka is the Russian word for grandmother. What a great thing to celebrate. Grammies rock the world!



Here's the recipe for my OCCC/CPS150/Babushka/Turquoise card (yes, I really get a lot of bang out of my cards).

  • Embellishments: Stampin' up! (SU) Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, SU Fleurettes II Accents & Elements
  • Fibers: SU Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain (retired)2010 01 21_0313
  • Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers E0000, E00, E02, R0000, R81, R85, G20, YG63, BG 49, BG45, and BG10.
  • Paper: SU cardstock: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Pink Pirouette (retired). SU Designer Series Paper Holiday Treasures. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.

  • Stamp:SU  My Matroyshka

  • Tools: SU Scallop Trim Edge Punch, Nestabilities Label II Die.