Friday, December 16, 2011
For as long as I can remember, one of our traditions is for the whole family to get together on Christmas Eve. Each year a different family member would host the gathering. To an outsider looking through the window, this gather may resemble chaos. Just people every where. Kids and grow-ups alike, sitting on the floor playing games, Christmas music playing from the stereo, Christmas movies playing on the television. The meal for this gathering is potluck, so you may have someone eating tacos, while the person next to them is chowing down on pizza.
At midnight, we all gather in front of the Christmas tree and we get to open the gifts we bought for each other. Every year we do it in a different sequence. One year it's the oldest to the youngest, the next year it is the youngest to the oldest. It never matters what order we go in, it always seems that I am in the middle.
One year we managed to get a group photo. This photo is extremely special to me, because there are several people in this photo that are no longer with us. I am so glad that we were able to get this group photo. Maybe I'll try and take another one this year. Here is my layout about "What Christmas means to me":
I used lots of Bo-Bunny on this layout. All items came from an older Swirlydoos kit.
It's your turn to tell us "What Christmas means to you". Post those layouts, we have a wonderful RAK just waiting on someone.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays!!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Christmas Spirit
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
So, I want to share a card today..not a layout as usual, which I did to celebrate this holiday season. I hope you like it!
Materials used for this card:
Base card: Bazzil Basics
Patterned paper: Prima
Glitter stickles: Ranger
Stamp: Hero Arts
Do join us this week and show off your creations on this week's theme! It's very simple by clicking on the Mr Linky tool on the side bar and insert your blog address for us to view your creations!
And don't forget that we are also offering a delicious RAK especially designed by our very own DT Sarinda. It's a homemade glass pendant and it's definitely one of a kind!
Join us and let's have fun!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Christmas is being together with family and friends and to enjoy yourself. This is not always easy because there is always a lot of pressure. There should be great food and great company and no sad faces.....
This layout shows that we really have fun at Christmas time.
Thanks for stopping by!
And don't forget to enter our challenge in order to win the great RAK!!!!
Monday, December 12, 2011
For me, Christmas is all about Family and friends. I love the season; it brings together people who haven't seen each other for perhaps the entire year. I love to scrap book Christmas events and family traditions.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wear glass jewelry to make a statement at a party, or for a quiet evening of elegant dining. Pendants are kiln formed glass, fired in a kiln, hand beveled and polished on a 16" ball chain. Each piece is one of a kind.
We will show you our 'Christmas Spirit' layouts the next few days. So please return for more inspiration! Enter your creations by using Mr Linky on the right.
Friday, December 2, 2011
As we all know money makes our world go round. Right? I do believe to ask that our society go back to a place of bartering is naive. So with this I have made a commitment to knowing where the money I spend goes to. Does it help a local farmer keep his/her local farm.... Etc...
Cheers and a warm thank you.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Here is my layout:
Thank you very much for stopping by. You can also see my work at www.rukristin.blogspot.com; thanks so much.
Hey guys sorry I'm so late posting.
This was a very difficult topic for me. I say that because I feel so passionately about a lot of things I would like to change in the world. There is the homeless problem, good affordable healthcare, pay for school teachers.....my list goes on and on.
All that said, my answer to How would I change the world? By making it more beautiful. Here is my layout expressing that. It is full of florals, flourishes, butterflies and soft colors. I think there is great beauty all around us, we just need to really just open our eyes and look for it.
As for my layout, here is what the journaling says:
What would I do if I could change the world? There are a lot
of things in the world that I think need changing, but one of the
things I would do is make the world more beautiful.
Yes, there are other things, which in the grand scheme of life
that may seem more important. However, think about how you feel when you
are surrounded by the beauty of nature.
It would be my hopes that in making the world more beautiful, the
good feelings would permeate all through mankind. It may sound kind of
simple, but I think it would be hard to be unkind to one another when surrounded
by Great Beauty.
Flowers by Kaisercraft and Prima
Wooden butterfly by Kaisercraft
Flourish by Zva
Chicken wire by Dusty attic
Thanks for looking. Remember the challenge goes through next week. Let's see how you would change the world.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
This week's theme is 'Change the World'. That's a big theme to me. It's a big theme but it wasn't long for me to decide on what I want to scrap about. It's about something that seems to be in our local news almost every day. It's about parent/s abandoning their newborns at places where they wish their secrets are well kept from the public. In my country, having a child out of wedlock is a serious offense. Its forbidden.
And the sad thing is when things happen, some leave them in front of hospitals, some leave them in public toilets and some even went further by drowning or throwing the babies in the drains or rivers for fear that they will get caught by the authorities. If I could change the world, I would put a stop to all this. To me it's very simple, I'm a mother myself. I would never do that to my own child or anyone's child. Maybe I don't understand why they just had to make this horrible decision, but killing a baby just doesn't justify anything at all, at least to me.
So, here's a layout of my son taking one of his first few steps in life. I would never stop him from what he deserves in life. I can only love and guide him through as much and as long as I can.
We would like you, our lovely readers to join in and submit your layouts for this week's theme. You can scrap on anything on how you would like to change the world. We would love to know. You can join us by linking your layouts to the Mr Linky tool on the side bar. Don't forget to come back to view our DTs layout for the rest of this week and get yourself inspired!
Some of the materials I have used for this layout:
Brads: Basic Grey
Stamp: Glitz Creations
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
But there is always some time for scrapbooking!!! Therefore a new challenge.
But off course, we would like to see your work too!!!!
This challenge will run until next sunday, November 27.
The winner will be awarded with our new Scrap Challenge Award.
You can enter your layout on the Mr. Linky on the right.
Can't waite so see your entries!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I took a literal spin on this 'positive talk' and made a page filled with forms of locomotion. I just love the colour scheme of this page and the adorable vintage cards I used from October Afternoon. I actually ran out of some of my letters and used an upside down 'V' as an 'A' and an upside down 'W' as an 'M.' Get creative with your letters and try to use 'em all!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
One thing that came up again and again was about being a 'home maker'. I love improving the house and making it nice and cosy so that there is a true home for our family to come home to. It could be painting for days or just baking some cupcakes. This make me feel at home, but also for my kids, hubby and family or friends that come over at our place.
So my positiv self-talk is:
This layout shows an example of me and my eldest daughter working together on a new painting on the wall of her bedroom. I don't say that my painting skills are great, but the feeling it gave making it together was great!
This digi layout was made with the digital kit 'The Dwelling Place' from Everyday Moms Ideas.
Now I can't wait to see your projects!!!! Show them to us using Mr. Linky and win our scrapbook challenge award! You wil find the Mr. Linky HERE
If you want to know more about me, check me out at scrap-4-kids.blogspot.com.
Thanks for stopping by,
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Hi there! This week's theme is on Positive Self Talk - the good things about you and what do you say to YOU.
All I need to say to myself now is that I'm very happy to have all the people I know in my life especially my closest family. They are with me in times of good and bad, happy or sad.
So, whenever I'm in need of that positive self talk, I will think of my loved ones always.
I hope you like the layout that I have created for this week's theme. Here are some of the items that I have used for this layout.
Pp: Webster's Pages, Glitz Creations
Push pin: Webster's Pages
Pearls: Queen and co.
If you would like to see some more of my craft works, you are welcome to visit my blog.
See you soon!
Some close-ups below of the layout.
The challenge is:
Make a layout about you and what you like about yourself.
What do you say to yourself when you look into the mirror?
Why are you happy about this?
Our DT-team will post an example layout every day this week to give you some inspiration.
But off course, we would like to see your work too!!!!
This challenge will run until next sunday, November 20.
The winner will be awarded with our new Scrap Challenge Award.
You can add your link to Mr Linky below.
Happy Scrapping and enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I had fun with this week's challenge: "My Safe Place"
Instead of picking out an actual location; I decided that I would focus on the person that I go to when I need to feel safe.
Here is my layout:
Monday, November 7, 2011
This is the place in my house where I can be my self. Here are just my rules, and I need to think just about what I want! Don't misunderstand me, my home is my temple. But inside my house... my corner is "My place".
Here is the Layout I create for this theme.
Friday, November 4, 2011
I know we are freshly out of Halloween. Granted this is a bit early for even me.
This all started recently when we started the remodel of our kitchen and my Son wanted a RAINBOW Kitchen, Rainbow Garden, RAINBOW Holiday-!
I am on the hunt for all things that are Rainbow, ornaments, decorations that we can make together. Here are some nice ones....
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I used a few things out of my pile of Webster's Pages and added lots of ink and 2 book embellishments (who were in my stash for many years - aha thought so I should never throw anything out!). Still fighting with the bloomers though. They are so big on a layout, so I used some ink on them too, to give them some shading. I added the word 'books' many times too give extra attention to my obsession.
Now it is your turn! Scrap your obsession and show it to us!
Thanks for stopping by,
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
If you ever wanted to do a layout to include a letter/advice to your younger self, this is the perfect challenge to use. That's what I did. the title of my layout is be Kind and here it is.
The envelope tucked under the picture contains the letter. The letter reads;
To my younger self,
that saying about all you really need to know you learned in kindergarten is true. The most important thing you learned then was to be kind to people, you never what they may be going through. Later in life you will understand just how important that is, as you will find yourself going through some trials.
Fortunately, you will come out on the upside of the trials. During your journey, you will encounter many people, some were kind and some were unkind. Those that were unkind could have affected your outcome in a very negative way, had you let them. You were lucky, you have a strong support system and developed a healthy self-esteem. You chose to to focus on those that were kind during your struggles.
Remember the way that those who were unkind to you made you feel? Do you want to be responsible for making someone else feel that way? I know your older self doesn't, so always remember, be Kind.
I used the August kit from here to complete my layout. I hope this inspires you to pull out the little me pictures and do some scrapping.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Happy Wednesday, I hope everyone is having a spectacular week. I loved this week's challenge--little me. I've had a couple of old photos of myself that I've been dying to throw into a new layout, and this was a fantastic excuse!
This is one of my all time favorite pictures; a photo of me and my (distant) cousin at our family reunion in 1991. I just love how we were dressed; nineties fashion was just so much fun.
See, I was born early and fought my way through many health problems and risks from being born premature with complications. I have wanted to put down how I feel about that for a long time... and now I have.
I used a VERY beautiful kit found HERE from Birds of a Feather for my page. I love the aged feel of the page and the little hits of glitter and mist made it feel complete to me.
I hope this will inspire you to scrap the little you... the one that has a story of her own.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
I am a full time Artist and let me be the first to tell you that there are a lot of critics out there. Not that I am cynical..... But It takes a lot to put my emotional self out there for a living. There will always be someone who ReaLLy enjoys me and my work. YEAH. (these are the folks you gather around you) Then other days there are some who... well, just don't get it. AND that is ok too. Why am I any different than all of you. We all have an inner critic. RIGht?
My Point here is... Just start doing what you love and in YOUR own aesthetic. Have your inner VOICE LOUD and Proud. You got here because of your life. And whatever starts the flame in your heart to grow... Well then.
Enjoy Life and like you for who you are. It may not be perfect... who said that anyway. It is not about that, it is about just the act of DOING. Picasso was not Picasso in a day, It took a lifetime.
"Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams."
Celebrating life with wit, integrity and knowing you can do anything; you set your mind to. Sometimes we fall down… However, Most of the time finding out what we want to be when we grow up is about elimination of what you don’t want to do. Which in turn leads us to where we really want to be. SO start checking off your list.
A few quotes I like:
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels."
~ Faith Whittlesey
"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."
~ Oprah Winfrey
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This weeks challenge is about womanhood. That was a hard one for me. Never felt like a real woman all my life. When I was young I even wanted to be a boy. I actually looked like a boy and I didn't care about that until I was about 15.
Growing up, going to university, work, marriage, kids. I still wasn't really thinking about being a woman, or life in general. Until that black day 3 years ago in October. I woke up and thought my life was over. I thought I was dying, having a heart attack and it was time to say goodbye. It turned out my heart was fine, but for the next months I hardly could get out of my bed, walk, talk, breath. I was burned out, had chronical hyperventilation and even panic attacks. It took me two years to get back on my feet again and to look back. I found out I lived the life I was supposed to live, as many women do.
I took care of everyone and everything and that I had just done to much before something snapped.....now I'm back. I realised that I'm a person, a woman, someone who should take better care of herself! I started to start with atletics, something I loved doing when I was younger, became a coach too, bought myself a dog to take long walks to enjoy the outdoors, and cut back the work (and the money and found out that I dind't even care!). And as my health improved I got the ultimate present to celebrate womanhood. I got pregnant of my third child!
The layout that I made shows me with my dog in the period I was still ver tired. Should print this blogpost on it as a journal. But somehow it is still to painful to journal it.....