Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What is digital scrapbooking?

For those of you who are curious about learning more about digital scrapbooking and making layouts like this one that I posted previously:

Here are the basics:
What is digital scrapbooking? 
It is a  a form of scrapbooking that is done using a computer, digital or scanned photos and computer software. It's a relatively new form of the traditional print scrapbooking.

What do I use digital scrapbook layouts for? 
Once a kit has been download to your computer, it can then be used over and over again to make scrapbook pages (scrapbook layouts) within the software program that you choose to use.

What are the advantages to digital scrapbooking?

My personal favorite the magical UNDO button. (CTRL+Z or Command+Z) 

This means not destroying your expensive supplies or photos when trying new layouts that don't work. (Wish I had an undo button in my kitchen today!)
There is no waste, everything digital is reusable, which also means you can use the elements in unlimited ways.
For example, you can create layouts to share with friends on Facebook, blogs, or other social media.
Create desktop pictures, iphone wallpaper, cards, and more.
No mess to clean up.
No room completely taken over with traditional scrapbook supplies.
You can scrapbook anywhere you can carry your laptop.
Super easy to pick up where you left off, just save your work and go. No need for cleaning up or getting everything out again.
Not having only one book to pass down when you have more than one child because you do the layouts once and print multiple copies.
Not losing all your memories in a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster or because a toddler spilled kool-aid on it. You can make copies of your scrapbook layouts and back it up on CD's, HD's or online with free services like box.net.
You can print your layouts on durable archival photo paper a few layouts at a time, or submit your files to have them bound in a book. I recommend Persnickety Prints.
Digital scrapbooking takes less time and you can stay caught up.
Less stress since you can experiment without costly supplies being ruined.
No last minute trips to the craft store because you can find everything online 24 hours a day.
You can scrapbook anywhere you can carry your laptop.
Here is a link to a free kit 
that I posted a while ago that will only be available til Sept. 15, 2011 
Happy digi scrapping!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

crafty hair clips sneaky peak

Here is a little sneak peak of the crafty hair clips I have been making lately with scrap fabric and vintage buttons. I hope to sell these be at the Beehive Bazaar this winter in December.

Please tell me do you like gator clips...

or the snap clips better?

I have been making both but I want to make enough of the one that is most popular so please comment and let me know. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

in a southern girl's kitchen

As a southern girl I watched some talented ladies whip up flavorful things in their kitchens. I coveted four things I had to have of my very own when I grew up. Who knew I would be a grown up in Utah instead of Mississippi or Louisiana? (and have them all)

Here they are:

1. A Stand Up Mixer
They free up both your hands so you can add oil, or crack an egg. Best of all it stirs for you while you make a mad dash to clean up before company comes.
Thanks to the Petersen ladies I got a pretty red one and I love it.

2. A Food Processor 
You can never chop like this thing can, they are cheap and worth having around.

3. Sharp Knives
I really struggled with my dull knives until I got a few from my Dad who sharpened them himself. I also received a beautiful brand new knife from a dear friend, Mrs. Laurel McNeil and now my knife collection is complete.

The last thing on my list arrived today.

4. A Cast Iron Skillet!

You can't beat a well seasoned cast iron skillet for frying chicken and making cornbread. Terri Royston just sent me a hand me down skillet,that's been in her family for years already seasoned, which is the best kind to get. Unlike those teflon nonstick skillets, a cast iron skillet can last hundreds of years and it's not as toxic. If you know how to use it it's just as easy to use as the new fancy ones, and in my opinion things just taste way better when cooked in a good cast iron skillet.

If you need info on how to take care of a cast iron skillet check out this great article at Rich Soil.
Below is a list of southern recipes I can't wait to make with my new to me cast iron skillet.

Thanks Terri!

Mississippi Tomato gravy
Sour Cream Cornbread
Upside Down oooey gooey Caramelized Apple cake
Eggs and Hashbrown Skillet Breakfast
Pork chops
Fried Green Tomatoes
Cinnamon Rolls
Skillet Buttermilk biscuits

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't Put off your Happy Life

Don't put off going to bear lake with friends and or family. ( In this case it was Eric and Leslie and then we met up with the Petersen family.) Don't put off going to a demolition derby in Rich County. Don't put off going to the Paris Ice caves, there is really ice in August in there! Don't put off riding in a orange holiday star craft inboard out board motor, 1979 mark cruiser 140 (Eric's description of his new boat.) Don't pass by a rope swing and not take your turn. Don't put off riding in the back of a pick-up truck down a dirt road with a burly bearded guy in a plaid shirt. Life is too short not to remember to do the things that make you happy.

New design kit featuring these elements coming soon.

P.s. I want to continue this design featuring the Petersens as well. If ya'll have some  pictures of those good times, please share.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Live your life on purpose

A summer visit from my beautiful niece inspired this layout and new kit called, Live your life on purpose.
She was taking pictures at the Alpine Loop with her Uncle Robbie's camera. A free download of the kit with more elements will be availble soon. Check back for the freebie.