Archive for July, 2011

Welcome to our first annual “Friends That Scrap” Blog Hop. If you just started you can either carry on from here all around the tour, or you can go to the beginning at Debbie’s blog. Each of the 11 members on the hop will link you to the next blog in line; be sure to visit and comment before midnight CST on Sunday July 24 to be eligible for any offered blog candy.

We are a Yahoo-based group that loves to scrapbook, learn new techniques, share our talents and form on-line friendships with others like us. If you are located in the US or Canada and would like to join please visit the Friends That Scrap homepage and click on the JOIN button. The New Member Application that you’ll receive by email must be completed and returned before your membership will be approved. We hope you enjoy our Destination: Summer projects; perhaps they’ll provide some inspiration as well!

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Spending a family weekend at the cottage is an annual destination for me in summer, so inspired by art/travel journals and even smash*books, this year I’ve decided to document those days in a journal.

"Oh, you stupid tuft of feathers!"

A little bit mixed media and a whole lotta fun, I started by colouring my pages with distress inks over embossed images and then adding some other bits and pieces: whimsical illustrations and text from children’s books, patterned paper cut-outs, stamping, die-cuts and twine.

"Plenty of butterflies..."

With my backgrounds now ready to go, at the cottage I’ll add some journaling and bits of ephemera such as bark & feathers, and take some photos which I’ll include when I get home. With a simple ring binding, I’m hoping my journal will be complete mere days after my return.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these peeks into my Cottage Journal as much as I enjoyed sharing them; do tell me what you think as I read and appreciate all comments. Be sure to come back again next month to view all the pages in my journal once it’s finished – or become a subscriber today and don’t miss a single post!

Your next stop is Jen’s blog; remember if you lose your way you can always go back to Debbie’s blog for a complete list of blogs on the hop. Here’s to Summer!


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Two posts in two days, oh my. But I can’t wait to share a website that despite its exploding popularity in the short time it’s been up, only came to my attention the other day. The premise of Dear Photograph is brilliantly simple; as the tagline says “take a picture of a picture from the past in the present”. With a simple caption added the results are funny, nostalgic, poignant – there’s no wonder this brainchild of Canadian 20-something Taylor Jones has become a phenomenon. Do yourself a favour and check it out – and then tell me you, too, aren’t tempted to try it.

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I love when scrappin’ serendipity happens – I’ll be working away on a page or project, and only after it’s done do I realize ‘the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way’ to quote one online definition. Although I’m beginning to wonder if it really is by chance, or if I’m not giving my Muse enough credit – even if I am oblivious to her efforts! In the latest instance I was putting photos on this Ninabrook Designs page kit which I’d assembled a couple of weeks ago, and despite rarely doing love-themed pages had applied the included rub-ons.

Today I chose some nice photos of my family from a recent hike to go on the page, and only after getting it finished noticed that I put a picture of my grandson with his arms spread wide right above the rub-on that says ‘I love you this much, p.s. not to scale’. Never mind that his arms are apart because he’s balancing on one foot on a tree stump; I love the coincidence! The title sums it up perfectly: Priceless. And that, my friends, is scrappin’ serendipity.

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