Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New Record & Custom Made Scrapbook Pages

I'm on a roll! I was able to complete several pages yesterday...Oh, I'm so proud of myself! It is always easier and faster to scrap for others than it is to make mine, but I made 7 layouts including some 6x6...Wow, a new personal record!

And on this good note, I listed 3 auctions for Custom Made Pages, one of the listings includes a baby boy Scrapbook Album, the others are just for the pages in 12x12 and 6x6...I'm currently working on the pictures for the 8x8.

Today, I had a scrapbooking class scheduled for 2pm but it we postponed it for this weekend, this just gave me more time to prepare for tomorrow and Friday's Open House...Ahhhh, It's almost here!
Well, I gotta run. I'm in the middle of doing laundry and lunch. Just wanted to share my excitement with you...Blessings & Smiles!

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Listings

Happy Monday Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Are you ready for Thanksgiving???? I'm not but that doesn't matter it will be wondeful to spend time with the family. We're vegeterians so we are not excited about eating Turkey but we'll have lot of veggy dishes and pie!

OK, here's what's new today. There are a few new listings over at Ana's Handmade Cards, most of them have a Christmas Theme. I'm trying to list as many items as I can today, since the Christmas Open House is this Friday and there are a lot of things that I still need to prepare for that day. So, I might not list tomorrow. However stay tuned, because I will be posting pictures of the make n' take that our guests will be making on Friday.
Many Blessings & Smiles


Saturday, November 17, 2007


Just take a look at this super cute RAK Card that I received the other day! Isn't it just adorable? As some of you know I love getting mail... So, I'm going thru the mail and I see this very thick envelope and what I found inside truly made me smile. It was this very cute card. Geri is a valued customer at Ana's Handmade Cards. We exchanged some emails and in one of them she shared how she was inspired by one of my tear dogs and created this adorable card. Thank You Geri for this RAK (random act of kindness) Card. I think you have a truly unique idea. My little Kelly loved it...She actually screamed when I first showed it to her. We've place the card on a shelf where we can admire it everyday. Oreo (Our Cat) keeps staring at it...perhaps he's amazed that it has not barked at!

Hope you are all having a great Sunday!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Free Shipping Special

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Good Day Everyone!
There is Free Shipping (Within the USA) over at Ana's Handmade! When you purchase over $25.00 (-shipping) Your items will be shipped for Free! This offer is good from today until November 30th 2007! All items qualify for this offer, the one thing is that you must be signed up for my newsletter. This offer is only good for my subscribers...Take advantage of this great deal. I have just listed new items and will add more over the weekend. If you don't see a card that you need, let me know because Custom Orders are always welcome.
Hope you all have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend!

What's New?

Hello, Hello!

What's new? I must tell you that a lot is new around here...There is a new size in town!

A new size of cards over at Ana's Handmade Cards. You are familiar with the MiniSized NoteCard, the Standard Card, the Large 5x7 and now....I present you...the Tall Card!

Oh, yes! A full 4x9 inches of handmade paper piecing! This size is SO much FUN, I made a few with bears and others are just paper piecing. It is fun to make them, the trick is to make enough time to list them. So, when you have a few, stop by my ebay store and check out my new listings. It might take me another day to list the other cards but I'm sure that you will enjoy them.
I've been sort of busy preparing for an upcoming Open House at my local Scrapbook Store. We will be starting a new group of classes. This Open House will take place next week, I'll keep you posted.
Also, I've been updating the categories in my store. Most items are now listed by theme and holiday. So, you will see Categories as "All..." and there you will find almost everything that has to do with that particular theme: Cards, pages, altered items etc. Remember to scroll down to see Cards listed by their style, such as: Handmade, Handstamped, Tear Art Bear, TA Cat etc.
INVOICE has been a challenge lately, when an invoice is requessted on only one item and a buyer has several items, Ebay's checkout will not allow all other items to be combined. It really drives me crazy because, I must send out separate invoices and that's not the problem. The thing is that PayPal charges a fee for each payment that is received then, some payments do not all clear at the same time. So, this means that items take longer to ship. For this reason, I have posted a comment in the listings and under my store banner that asks NOT to request an invoice but to send me a message letting me know that they are ready for an invoice. This may sound silly, however, in order for me to keep my shipping prices low -and they are low- and to pass on the savings to all my buyers, I need to do this. It might be an extra step but it will save us both time and money. So, THANK YOU for your understanding and support.
Many Blessings to all of You!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fall Walk

Hello hope you've all had a wonderful start to November. I have been working on a few things and will be listing new cards, pages and some altered items...So, stay tunned as you will find new things over at Ana's Handmade Cards.

Today I wanted to share with you a picture that I took of my little girl. She loves playing in the leaves but most of all she loves walking on them! Here she is pictured with "Kitty" her beloved Cat who goes with her everywhere. Being with her is my greatest joy, she is a marvelous angel that fills my heart and life with joy and happiness. I want to take every moment of her life and treasure it forever. Scrapbooking allows me to share these memories with her, many times it is overwhelming on how much I want to share with her with my writing, however, I know that someday she will cherish them long after I'm gone. In the meantime, my husband and I will treasure each moment of her childhood. Life passes by very quickly...cherish it! So, today all I'd like to say is: Hug someone you love today!
Many Blessings and Smiles

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Little Princess

Hi! What a fun day we had yesterday, It turned out to be Kelly's first Trick-or-Treating and she loved it!
Kelly decided to be a Princess and in this picture she was saying "Happy Halloween" and showing off some of her Princess accessories.

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Our first stop was the Festival held by the church. It had games and prizes for all the children. Kelly tried most of them, the ball throwing one was one of her favorite. She spent a lot of time on the slide and swing. The ball throwing game was being hosted by Sarah (girl in pink), who also dances at Dance Connection where Kelly takes lessons and many times participates in her class. This picture shows Ms.Kelly's victory cute!

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The Victory Dance
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Our second stop was to go Trick or Treating on our block. Some of our neighbors were handing out candy...Mr.Muel went all out and in his decorations; flashing lights, smoke, his costume and lots of candy! He built up the moment as the trick or treaters would get closer, the more smoke that would come out thru the door and then...ahhhh! It was Jason!!!! Daddy walk Kelly up to she sidewalk and from there I took her hand and walked with her up to the door to get our candy. Later, we even got candy from a fireman who went by on his Fire Rescue truck...Kelly really liked that! After, stopping at Mr.Muel's Kelly wanted to keep going. We stopped at 4 places after that then we called a night.

So we went home to take a look and eat some of the candy...I'm glad Kelly shared...yum!

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So this was our day...a fun day to dess up and get some candy!

Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Halloween 2007!

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Good Day!
A brief stop to wish you all a Happy Halloween! Today will be a fun dress up day for us. Kelly has had lots of fun dressing up since she woke up this morning. She's pretended to be a Bird and now we found all the accessories for her to be ... a Princess!

Hope you all have a safe Halloween. I will post pictures of this fun day tomorrow.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I want you all to know that I support this campaign. My prayers go out to all those who have lost a loved one, those who have survived it, and those who are fighting it!

As women, we must unite to create awareness to all of our sisters around the world. A BSE done on a monthly basis could save our lives. It is only an act of LOVE, to spread the word... Let's think pink specially in the month of October and create awareness among all women we know.

Thank You and Many Blessings!


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Holiday Cards

Good Day Everyone!
I'm back this week with a small collection of Holiday Cards featuring Tear Dog... Tear a Bear... and...
Tear art Moose!
So cute! You've just got to see him and the other characters fot this week.
I had been working on these cards last week, but had to stop to take care of a family matter. For those who do not receive my newsletter, I have listed Christmas cards and will be adding Fall & Everyday shortly.

Oh, I had a wonderful time creating these for you, and because last year I was a bit late on sending out my own cards, I decided to start creating them early this year. Because it is important to me to send unique cards, not two are alike. So, everyone on my list receives a different card. It is a lot of work, but I love bringing a smile to my recipients!

I have not forgotten about Fall Cards, they are sitting on my desk waiting to have their picture taken...So, expect them soon.

Until later...THANK YOU & BLESSINGS!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Introducing "Cardstock Paper Bear"

Hey, TGIF!
Yes, another week gone by and Fall is here! Now, I love Fall! Why? Because I was born in the Fall and it makes me so very happy, to watch the leaves change and the weather cool down from the hot summer days.

To celebrate the beginning of the this fabulous season, I created some Fall cards that feature a paper piecing of an adorable little Bear.

Do you recognize him? Yes, its my Tear Art Bear made out of cardstock! Isn't him just adorable? Yep, Kelly thinks he's cute.

The second card was made with my other bear who has more of a round head. I love how this card turned out. It was fun making the stamped titles. Kelly and I stamped for a couple of hours and made a few of these titles. Not all were for the fall, you'll get to see them in the next few weeks as I used them on cards and pages. Kelly had fun spelling her name with the stamps. The head of the bear is mounted on foam for dimention and all the leaves are tiny little punches. My thumb still hurst from trying to puch them out of that thick cardstock, I thought they were gong to break...luckly they didn't. Let, say that I know which die is on my must buy list.

The last is my favorite of the 4 cards that were made last night. I really like the patterned paper. It funky and so mod! I'm a mod kind of girl. I have lots of beautiful fall paper and will be making more cards featuring "CardstockBear" Kelly calls him "PaperBear"...I like that too.

As I mentioned, I will be making more cards featuring "Cardstock Bear", however, that will be after my last Halloween projects are completed and Christmas cards are listed. So, if you still need some Spooky cards stop by AHMC Ebay store or check my auctions this weekend for the last of my Halloween Cards. You will also find, Christmas Cards and other projects...Oh, and my brand new Christmas Template, fantabulously cute!

Visit my Ebay store to viwe all the new 4 Fall Cards

Stay Tunned...Scrap Happy and Often! Blessings & Thank You!


Our Kelly Dancer

Here she little girl...The Dancer! September marks the start of Kelly's dance experience. She just loves to dance. From the time she was just learning to sit up, Kelly loved music and dancing. I knew that as a mom, my wish would be for her to experience dance and what it teaches a young little lady. However, it would be encouraged but not forced.
The idea of dance started with "play pretend time", our "make up silly dances" and later with a birthday gift from grandma "Dancerella". I could see the excitement and she started saying..."Watch me, I'm a ballerina"
Her first day was overwhelming, she was in a class with older girls (hyper girls) and some that were not too happy to be there. Kelly kept running back to me for comfort and was not too sure on how to be around these girls that kept running away from the teacher and out the studio. I stayed in the classroom for most of class. The teacher was able to keep the attention of the other girls, long enough to have the girls connect and perform a series of exercises. Kelly did great, followed instructions to a T and connected with Nichole (the instructor).The new class in which Kelly is now part of, is composed by only a few students, the instructor's little girl Diane and Sarah who is a sweet 10 year old, star dancer assistant. Oh, and did I mentioned that Ms.Kelly had a audience? Yep, Daddy was there taking pictures, Grandma was there (this class is her gift to KB) and of course, I was there taking pictures with my camera.
I love to see our little Ms.Kelly smile and be happy, she's having a wonderful time and practices in the living room. Where will this take her? I don't know, however, it is what is doing for her and her character right now that I'm thankful for!
Many Blessings to You!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Look at Ana's Handmade Cards

Good Day Everyone!
Oh, I'm super excited about the new look of my Ebay store! I think Little Ms.Bear looks...Beary Cute! This new look was very well needed since the change of my seller id.
I have a new store banner, logo and business cards are in the works.
When you have a moment stop by my store and take a look around. I have added Store Pages with detailed information on Shipping & Payment. Later, I will more information to make your holiday shopping experience a pleasant one.
Well, this is a short post. It's almost lunch time and I have a lady stopping by for some Custom work for her Scrapbooks. So, I will blog you later.
Blessings 2 all! Ana

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More Doggie Dogs

Hi! I'm glad to have the time to write a few lines in my blog today. It has truly been quite a busy week with Kelly starting dance class, new listings and custom orders...I need more hours in the day!

Well, it is more doggie dogs for me this week. In various colors and a couple of special projects that will be listed in 3 day format in the next week.

I love dogs. My very first best friend was my dog Yesi and I've been missing her for 15 years. She was a gift for my 10th bithday. We were inseparable, my playmate and loyal friend 8 years. She was a mix between Maltese/Pekineese, a real trip and fun personality. She will forever live in a special place in my heart.

Later, as an adult I told my little brother that we would get him a dog. And we did...a Chihuahua Dog that we named "CHIKIS" and let me tell you, she is one crazy cookie. She loves to chase after the big dogs. She is fearless and has a diva attitude. Chikis has been part of our family for over 4 years and although I don't get to see her since we moved to another state. I miss her a lot.

There you have the reason behind "Doggie Week" at Ana's Handmade Cards. There are at least 4 different styles of dogs that will be listed. Be ready, doggie week has just began.

A million thanks go out to you for taking the time to read my blog... THANK YOU X 1000!

Blessings & Smiles


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Monkey Tear Art

Say Hello to "CoCo" my latest Tear Art Creation. This is the final product of the two that were first created (picture was posted last month). Oh, I'm thrilled with how he turned out!
And he made it to Ebay too. If you love monkeys, you'll love the new series of cards that will feature "CoCo". This is only a short, because tonight is my crop night and my cropping cart is calling my name...So, I will blog you later.
Remember, my scrapbooking classes for beginners will start soon. Stop by again soon and tell a friend. They will be titled "Scrapping 101" and will cover all the basics of this fun and addictive hobby.
Blessings to all of you who take the time to read my blog and Thank You!

Friday, September 7, 2007

New Tear Art

Here she is...Princess! An Original pet pattern by AnasCards 2007
She is so adorable and such a little Diva!
In 2001 I was blessed with a trip to Germany, and there I saw this little white dog that simply store my heart. Yes, a White English Terrier. And now, this little short hair Terrier Puppy has come to life in a Tear Art Creation. I believe that there are a few minor adjustments that will take place, since she looks more like a cat. That explains why I decided to go with a "Pet" title in the listing. However, I am thrilled with the idea of having her as part of my Tear Art Collection.
I created a 12x12 Premade Scrapbook Page where she is the star. With a bit of bling and glam, she is ready to be part of a someone's special scrapbook.
I am thinking of making a special page for our cat Oreo. Stay tunned.
"Reindeer Premade Scrapbook Page"

Christmas is not really around the corner, but it is never too early to start planning the page or pages that will hold spceial memories. With that in mind, I created another 12x12 page featuring these adorable Reindeers. The pattern is not my original creation, however I made some adjustments and came up with my own version of a Reindeer. The page can hold several pictures and has room for hidden journaling.

This weekend I will be working on some more cards and premade paper piecings for scrapbooks. Also, I will be posting a tutorial on how to select pattern paper so stay tunned.

Blessings and Smiles to all!


Fantastic Week!

This week Kelly started Preschool at home. She loved her first day with the traditional first day Picture and other activities. This is a picture of her foam stamping, which she totally loves...I wonder why? She has done great of her first week of Homeschool. During our class time she calls me "Teacher Mommy" sweet is that?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Ebay Seller ID

Good Day Everybody!

Today is a brand new day and with that and after sometime of thinking it...I changed my Ebay id. The Ebay id name that I have used from day one has been LADYANALADYBUG, this was a name that was assigned to me by Ebay since, I could not think of one myself. After, a couple of selling my handmade cards and other paper piecings, it was time to better represent what it that I do on Ebay and for that my new Id is : ANASCARDS

Simple and straight to the point. For the next 30 days, I will continue to use LADYANALADYBUG as part of the title in my listings and inform all my clients of the change.

And, although I am also selling other paper pieced items and pre-made scrapbook pages, and love Ladybugs... HANDMADE CARDS will always be my specialty.

On the other hand, I do own and will be developing a website in the future. For those new to Ebay, when you are on Ebay's homepage, you may type in your search box ANASCARDS or Ana's Handmade Cards and you will find my listings.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oreo the Cat!

Oreo the Cat! This little guy adopted us last summer. We really love him and take care of him. He loves to come in to take some "cat-naps" (he,he..). I have never been a cat person but this little guy had found a special place in my heart. Kelly adores him.
Well, our little feline buddy went missing this past Friday. We looked for him around the house, but weren't so concerned since outdoor cats tend to do that (This according to my husband and father-in-law). Well, all of this "cat" thing is new to me. Saturday, came and Oreo didn't...So we began to get worried. We looked for him around the house and his usual places, Kelly called him several times during the day and nothing.
Later in the evening, or early Sunday morning my husband hound skid marks in front of the house and we feared the worst. Oh, my! I could not believe that I, Ana Banana would be sad for some four legged feline! I have never been a "cat person", because I've always had dogs. Anyway, I was just worried sick for Oreo. All we did was say a family prayer for him and hope that we would be returned to us safe.
On Sunday, when on driving to the store, I saw a cat laying on my neighbor's porch and I called him, thinking that it could be Oreo. My neighbor came out, probably thinking that I was trying to steal his cat, but all I wanted was to see the making on the cat's face and determine if it was our Oreo. Sadly enough, it wasn't.
Sunday came and went, and I could not help but to feel sad. However, I had this image in my head of him walking Thur high grass towards me. At the time, I did not know what it meant but it made be feel that Oreo, wherever he was, he was fine.
This morning, I got up early and opened the door, hoping to see him jump out from withing the bushes at the bottom of the Oak tree. But nothing. No Oreo. No dead mouse on the walkway. No scratching on the door. Nothing.
So, I went in the kitchen to fix me a cup of coffee. Then, went to the living room to turn the TV on to watch the morning news. And while I was sitting on the couch, I heard a loud ...MEOW! "Great, now I'm hearing things" I thought. "Wait-a-minute! That's Oreo!" And I ran to the door! Sure enough, Oreo was back! Hungry and thirsty, looking a bit rough. We could not tell if he'd been hit or what had happened to him. All we knew was that he was back!
Well, this evening my husband and I were out taking a walk-run with our daughter, when we ran into Uncle Hugh and Aunt Nancy (who live one house over from us) and from them we found out that Oreo spent the weekend locked in Uncle Hugh's storage room. He believes that Oreo got in as he was leaving and locked the door behind him without knowing that the cat was inside. Poor, cat! He was so close and we did not hear him. No wonder he was so hungry and thirsty.
Kelly and DC were just as happy to see him as I was. It is good to have him back. I want him to stay an indoors all the time, but that is easier said than done. How do you turn a wild cat into an indoors cat?
Tonight he is sleeping indoors...and he is loving it!
I'm grateful that Oreo came home safe and to celebrate his return I will be listing Cat themed cards and layouts all week long.
Welcome back Oreo!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Today's Layout Halloween 8x8

Hello, Hello!

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I'm excited that my computer is up an running again!
Here is today's layout. It is a double spread 8x8 with room for up to 6 pictures. On the second page you have a 3-d pocket to hold some journaling or an extra pictures. The bears are 3-D ,hand-torn and created with several layers to make them fluffier. This LO simply marks the beginning of many more 8x8 layouts that will be available for purchase in my store and some will be listed in auction format. They'll be available in Single Page or Double Page, like the one shown in the picture.
I'm currently working on Kelly's 2007 Scrapbook, and for this year I chose an 8x8 format. My daughter's first scrapbook was a 12x12 format, the second and third were A4 or 8.5x11 format. Although, 8x8's are usually considered THEME albums (vacation, birthday, wedding, etc.) I still wanted to work with this smaller size. Well, let me tell you that it has been quite a challenge. Why? Not only because I got used to the larger page and being able to use lager pictures, cropping them was almost rare! But also, because we love taking LOTS of pictures, my husband is a photographer and he takes at least 100 pictures or more of a single event...Oh, my! You can just imagine what it's like to only select the "scrappable" pictures.
Now, I have found a way to display my favorite pictures of Kelly by printing them in different sizes or cropping them. I love matting my pictures, keeping my journaling private , using PP but most of all...I love that it feels that you are looking at a 12x12 LO when you're not. Smaller pages are supposed to be faster to make, and they are in a way. However, I found myself spending just as much time creating an smaller page that a larger, because of all the matting and little details. But, I LOVE the final result!
You can pre-make these pages and keep them in your scrapbooks to use in the future or give them as a gift in a scrapbook to share the bug of scapbooking with a friend.
In my case and because I don't print my pictures at home, I look at the pictures, select one as the focal point picture , then select the rest that help me tell the story. Then, decide on their size and from there I design the page. After that, all I have to do is print and add them to my page.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Halloween 6x6 Layout

Good Day Everybody!

I recently fisnished another lil' LO for my "ME" scrapbook and thought of sharing it with you.
It was taken a couple of years ago on Halloween Night. The girls and I had a great time dressing up and spending time with a group of friends at a local night club. The two girls in the picture are 2 of my best friends in the whole wide world. We all live in different towns and states but we know that we will always be "The Girls".
I'm having a lot of fun creating these smaller layouts and have found creative ways of adding journaling and several pictures. For this LO, I created a 3-D Pocket that will hold the journaling and probably a small picture as well.
What do you think of Mini Bear? This is the first time that I have created a full body mini bear. It is an original design by yours truly...I think he is Adorable and will definitely use it on future layouts.
Bye for now!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Monkey's Born!

Second Post of the day!

Yes, a monkey was born in my craft room on August 21st 2007...Well, it is not a real monkey...but after about 2 months of sitting in my "CRE8" Basket, I finally took the time to put it toghether. I am talking about a Peek A Boo Tear Monkey.
Well, I ended up with two styles of Monkey. At this time, I'm not quite sure on which will be used first, but I like them both.
What do you think? Which one do you like best?
Stay tunned as one of these two little guys will soon be found on a special pp!
I have to run, time is running out and my little girl has had enough of the library.
Blog you later!

Still Here!

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that, I am still here! It has been more than a few days since my last post. My computer at home crashed in a grand way! Keyboard and mouse! However, I have been quite busy creating a few things to list this week.

You probably have seen the new cards and today...12x12 Layouts! Yey!

These are just 3 of the LOS that you will find listed on Ebay today. 1Cat LO, 1Dog LO and 1 Halloween...check them out becasue they are adorable!
Since, my computer is out of order at this time I'm using the computers at the library to list and to answer emails. So, if you have a question just be a bit patient with me as it might take me a day or so to see your message. However, I'd like to thank you in advanced for all your support and your business.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Rubber Stamping...Again!


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Well, after taking a short break from stamping I decided to get back in it by creating a little Christmas Card with House Mouse Stamps. Oh, and you should see what I have in the works. My new collection of Handstamped Christmas Cards is almost ready, it took me a bit to get inspired but I missed stamping and once I started it was hard to stop.

I'll post the details of this card later. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Blessings!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Here is a picture of Kelly playing on while I was tearing bears for a custom order yesterday.
Kelly calls the computer Max. The first time that she watched a TV episode on the computer was of "Max & Ruby" at, since then the computer has been known as "Max".

On my Desk Today

The picture to the left of the screen shows what is on my desk today. Another Halloween Card, just waiting to be assembled. On this particular one, I did some hand-stitching all around the greeting. Looove it! There are other bear cards and a few other cards with handstamped images just waiting, actually, calling my name...Aaannnaaa! Last week, I had the chance to stamp several images and now all there is to do, is to color them.But, all that is on hold for a couple of days until I finish with the current custom order.

This cute BABY layout was completed yesterday and I truly like how it turned out. It is a unisex baby laout -could be used for a baby girl or boyThe top right mat is 3-d and will hold 3 tags that could be used for journaling or for some small pictures. If you are familiar with my scrapbooking, you know how I like to hide and creative with the journaling. I then embellished the page with various elements such as; buttons, ribbon, charm (reads NEW BABY) and a wooden duck. Cute, cute! If you like pre-made pages stay tunned as I will be listing more directly to my store.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tag You're It!

Hello...Tag You're it!
Here is a super idea that I got from my friend over at "Pieces of Me" who got tagged. I have not been tagged but I will start to tag. This is a very special way to RAK someone...What is RAK? It is a Random Act of Kindness.
Here is how we play this game: 1) Send ONE card (handmade by yourself or bought) to someone you know within 7 days(family, friends, associates, cyber friends, etc.). Just imagine the smile on their face when they open their mailbox and see a card from you? 2) Tag 5 people you know to do the same thing (Tag means tag them to send their own cards to their own people). 3) Proudly display this on your blog to spread a little sunshine and pass it on or share the idea with all who you tag to pass it on.
Let's share the love with all the people in our lives...Yes, I said all the people...even those who you might not like so much. Why? Why not? We are all here for a period of time, why not just all get along? Share the love, Let the RAKs begin!
With that said, I will be sending out my RAKs within the next 7 days to my friends, family and customers. Keep an eye in your mailbox...tag you're it!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

6x6 Layouts

Well as I promised, here are a couple of more 6x6 layouts that I created for my ME album.

At first, it was hard for me to decide on which size I was goning to use. So, I had to look at the pictures that I had on my life before getting married -which were not many since I've lost so many- and being that this was my first ME album it was easy to decide on the 6x6 format. Using a small format will keep the focus on the pictures, the journaling will be short or hidden, since I don't really remember dates or a lot of the details.

With that said, remember that as you decide to begin scrapbooking that writing down the details such as; date, place and names of the people in the picture as well as a short note about the story being told will most definitely help you later. Don't trust your memory or that you will remember all the details because there might be days, months or years -let's hope not years- before you have the chance to scrap those pictures. So, write down the basic information on the back using a PHOTO SAFE pencil DO NOT USE A PEN or a regular pencil as these are not acid-free and will damage you picture. You can find photo safe pencils at your local scrapbookstore or on line.
Do not feel limited by the size or think that there might not be any room to play. Layout sketches for any square format can be adapted to fit any size, including the small ones.
The first layout shows a picture of one of my best friends Erika and yours truly. Oh, how I miss those times! Eri, this is for you! I remember the last time we went out to have a cup of coffee Paty, You and I. It was so much fun and the conversation could have lasted all night!
The second layour is of me holding my crazy little chihuahua dog...Chikis. It was Christmas time and I went to town getting her all kinds of little outfits for her to wear. The journaling was written on the tag and hidden behind the torn patterned paper.
Hope you enjoy.
Blog you later and Scrap-a-lot!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Blog

I'm very excited to be starting this new blog. Here you will find my latest scrapping happenings and about me and what is to have the scrapping bug!

Yesterday I received a call from my very best friend Patty Cakes! Girl you made my day...Thanks a bunch!

If I could, I would turn everyone that I know in to a scapbooker...why? Well, simply because is a meaninful way of sharing yourself with your loved ones and all future generations in your family. Scrapbooking combines my love for photography and office/school supplies...not to mention ribbon, buttons, writing, patterned paper, rubber stamps... Well you get the point.

Ok this is for you Paty... This is a sample of a small 6x6 layout. Great little way of getting your feet wet in scrapbooking. The format is small and places complete focus on the picture. The picture in this layout is 3x4, which is a fantastic size to use in smaller pages. Also, because you can go to any printing station/kiosk and print 2 pictues in a 4x6 sheet for about $28 cents.
Hey, scrapbooking is not cheap, so I'll strech my dollar as much as I can. Anyway, back to the the 6x6 page... These small pages go in a their tiny scrapbook (many come with 10 sheet protectors in which you can hold 20 little layouts), they are usually used as a theme album: baby, birthday, vacation etc.
Do not be fooled by the small size and think " can't have too many pictures on that thing!" You can also print your pictures in wallet size or smaller and give this small album the feel of the gigantic 12x12 format.
Currently, I'm scrapping Kelly's book in 8x8, last year's album in 8.5x11, her birthday album in 8x8 and the list goes on. With all that going on, I started one for me in 6x6 (my life before...), and chose this size not only because I only have a few pictures but because it is fast to complete.
Later this evening I will post some samples and then continue to talk about another size. Hopefully it give you and all who read this a better understanding or to help you choose a size to scrap.