Hello. It’s Tuesdayy morning so I’m writing on the blog hoping to inspire you with layouts using Snickerdoodle Designs’ new release Pass It On Collection.
Pass it On is available at introductory pricing, saving you 30% on the Kit and Extras, or 58% on the entire Collection:
I love the theme of this collection and remember with fond memory the skills my mother passed along to me, such as making homemade pie crust, hand and machine sewing, knitting, and so much more. I hope I have continued the tradition by passing these things along to my children and grandchildren. I truly like that this collection is themed not only for more traditional skills but for new things such as the painted rock-hide-and-seek craze. So without further ad, I’ll get to the purpose of my post.
I love the out of bounds photo in Pass It On by franlk. The curled corners of the frame are very realistic. The background she created by combining the blendables, stamps and patterned paper works so well for her theme. I like the cluster she constructed using the extracted book which is part of the collection. The word art is just right for the page.
The page design of Build a Bridge by Kathryn is so dynamic. The way the photo and bridge pieces extend to the edge of the page creates a lot of movement. Kathryn used a template by Kabra and truly made it her own. The title work is exceptional and I like the cluster of tools she created in line with her theme. The bits of yellow totally pop and I like the tucked in word strips for the names and date.
I love the journaling in For the Love of Jack by Ozegirl. It seems this lucky little boy will find himself with many handmade goodies. I really like the composition of the cluster down the side of the page and the shadowing is perfection. The smaller cluster in the corner balances the page and the blended photo is adorable. The word art is tucked into the perfect spot on the page.
britnkaysmemaw2 created a page entitled Rock Painting documenting the rock painting craze I mentioned previously . She also used a template by Heartstrings Scrap Art. I love the vertical flow of the page. The painted edge of the background paper mimics the theme and the clusters are so pretty and delicate. I like the way she inserted the journal card, word art and word strips.
There’s so much to love about Dress-Am’Ma by msbrad. I really like how she told the story of her Granddaughter’s new dress using a conversational style. The strip of photos across the top combined with the lovely extraction make for a perfect focal point. The measuring tape divides the page creatively. I like the stitching across the top and the twine heart around part of the journaling. The stamping in the corner with the cluster on top finishes off her page exactly right.
I hope you downloaded the lovely border created by Charne found in a previous blog post. In case you missed it, I’ll add it again here. Just click the image to download it.
I hope this post has inspired you to not only pass along your skills but to document them also. I know I’ve collected some ideas for my own pages. Thanks and have a great week.
Have you ever fallen in love with a particular font but didn’t know what it was named? Perhaps the text was in a magazine advertisement, on another digital scrapbooker’s layout, or even on a pack of Journal Cards you received in a designer’s Collection. Did you know there is an easy way to find out?
There is! And it is available at the Font Squirrel: The Matcherator on Font Squirrel.
Upload an image with text to The Matcherator, and it will check 4 sites to see if the text can be matched. If the text is available at any of those 4 sites, the Matcherator will tell you where. If not, it will provide similar text alternatives. Here are some screen shots for you:
- Upload your text, or an image with text on it that you would like to match.
- I uploaded text only:
- Highlight your text, then click on the Matcherate It! button.
- Be sure all 4 Distributors are check marked, and Matcherator will start searching.
- Matcherator will then start searching, and in just a few seconds give you the search results: (red outline added by me)
And they are right. The font I used was Lunchbox. The Matcherator tells me where I can purchase this font and what the price of it is.
If the font image that I uploaded was not available at any of the 4 distributors, the Matcherator will still show me the results of similar fonts available at the 4 distributors.
So bookmark the Matcherator, to make your future font searches a breeze!
If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial, you may do so here: Match your Font
In the mid-90’s, I was what my family affectionately called a “gym rat.” I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and was at the gym by 5:00 am. My routine lasted about 90 minutes, so I could be home in time to be sure Jennifer and Brian (daughter and son), were up and getting ready for school. Some days I popped right out of bed ready to go. But there were also many days when I had to talk myself into getting up. “You KNOW you will feel soooo much better after you work out.” Or “You’ll never go back to sleep now, so you might as well get up.”
I had a friend at the gym who was in school to become a personal trainer. He asked me to allow him to train me 5 days a week, for a year, while he was in school. He could practice what he was learning on me, and I would obviously benefit from his knowledge. You’ve got to understand that I was never good at sports. But anyone can lift a weight, so lifting weights, and learning how to do it properly built up my self-confidence, in a field where I had always felt inadequate. It was a win/win situation for us both.
Once I had finished my year of training, and my friend moved on to paying customers, I found another gym partner (for accountability) and continued with my exercise program. In the mid-2000’s, I started losing my passion for the gym, and while I did exercise, the intensity of my program dwindled, the frequency of my gym days became less and less. When we moved to Coarsegold, 3 years ago, my exercise program simply became going for walks. Yes, we do have some very steep grades here in the mountains, but it’s not the same as an all-over body workout. Still…. it’s what I have done. Some days.
Honestly. I became quite lazy. Well, maybe lazy isn’t the right word. I became “complacent.” I was not motivated in any way to do anything other than what I was doing.
I have no excuse for not exercising other than motivation. We have a gym in our community here on the mountain, just 10 minutes from our house; and our medical insurance pays 100% of a gym membership. (Yea Kaiser!). I just needed to make the decision to exercise again for my health…. and I needed a committed partner. Eight weeks ago, I found one! Eileen and I have been going to the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since then. But there were a few days when she couldn’t make it, and I just bailed out myself.
But yesterday! YESTERDAY, we went to the gym, and about halfway through our routine, Eileen said she was tired and was just calling it a day. Three weeks ago, even last week, I would have left with her. But yesterday, I stayed. Not only did I stay, I kicked it up a notch. I OWNED it. FINALLY.
I know that if Eileen can’t make it, I’ll have to talk myself into going to the gym by alone. But I also know I will do it!
Brian created the “gyme rat” drawing for me using a paint program when we got a “new” computer in 1995. It was a Pac Bell. Did anyone have one of those? Not upgradable at all. It was a what-you-see-is-what-you-get-forever computer. So funny to think of that now.
I “scrapped” his drawing, and I can’t say my scrapbooking skills were amazing. (How embarrassing!) This page was created 22 years ago.
Do you have any gym stories or early scrapbook pages you would care to share? I’m feeling quite vulnerable right now!