Super Bowl Scrapbooking Challenge

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!  Whether you are cheering on the Seahawks or the Broncos, it’s time to celebrate all things football.   As kickoff time approaches, the excitement is building.  People are talking about Peyton Manning, the half time show and even the commercials.

Today is a celebration of all things NFL.  There are so many events that occur around the Super Bowl.  I remember when Jacksonville was the host we had concerts and street parties plus the NFL experience.  The celebration went on for days!  If you have layouts of Super Bowl events and Super Bowl parties, post a link in the comments.

While tonight’s game is highly anticipated, there is nothing like seeing YOUR team play in the Super Bowl.  I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was four years old.  I am a die hard fan with the Terrible Towel to prove it!  I honor of the big game, today’s challenge is to create a card or layout using your favorite NFL team’s colors.  I’ll be working with black and gold.  All you Jaguars fans get to play with teal and black.  Play along and post a link to your project in the comments!


Do You Like A Challenge?

Sometimes a challenge is just what I need to keep me on track to meet a goal.  Two years ago, I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year.  I really wanted to read a book a week and I knew that to meet my goal, I would need to document my progress and motivate myself to read daily.  I signed up for the Goodreads challenge and took delight in getting a title on my list of finished works.  Goodreads posted my progress reports to my Facebook page which made me feel accountable and gave me the support of having my friends cheer me on.

I have participated in a number of scrapbooking challenges and find that they encourage me to complete pages and to try new things.  For this week’s challenge, I am working with a new card sketch and the Laughing Lola paper pack plus a set of the Laughing Lola Assortment embellishments with these adorable satin paper clip bows.  I’ll include the results in my February newsletter!

My challenge to you this week is to try something new!  Use a stamp set or pattern paper you haven’t worked with before or even a sketch.   I can’t wait to see what you create.

Happy New Year

Let’s make 2014 the best year yet! For me that means, making my year extra crafty.  Before I turn my full focus on my goals for the new year, I’ve got a few crafty projects to celebrate wrapping up 2013.  If last year was tough for you in any way, I think  it is particularly helpful to get closure by scrapbooking your struggles.  While I think there is value in documenting the milestones of the year and even the trends in pop culture, I think we get even more out of documenting our challenges.

I love to scrapbook.  I am a total night owl and happily sacrifice sleep to make layouts.  I make my scrapbooks to tell my story and that means I am not going to leave out the tough stuff.  There’s an art to taking our journaling to a deeper, more meaningful level.  When I’m including my struggles in my albums, I use a lot of hidden journaling or even create a mini book that I don’t share with my friends and family – something more like a diary with art.

So this weekend I am creating my annual layout “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – 2013″.  I’ll make a layout of my favorite things of 2013 and then I’m moving on to documenting my goals for 2014.  I hope you’ll join me in making 2014 extra crafty and give  this idea a try.  Let me know how it works for you!

Your Soundtrack & A Weekend Challenge

In honor of the anniversary of the invention of the phonograph in 1877, it’s time for a blog about music!  While I wouldn’t say I share either of my parents’ tastes in music, I was definitely raised in a musical household.  My mother is an accomplished singer and is currently performing with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus.  Be sure to look for her if you attend a Holiday Pops Concert!

I associate certain albums with different times in my life.  Growing up in the 1970s, I was mad for the rockabilly sound of the Eagles, still my all time favorite band, and raised on classic rock.  My parents happily indulged me with ABBA on vinyl and my cool older cousin gifted me with everything from the Little River Band to Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.  In seventh grade I fell madly in love with Simon LeBon and covered my walls with Duran Duran posters.  When my closest friend, Tiffany, fell for Michael Jackson I was devastated.  We compromised by obsessing over Cheap Trick.

Music got me into all sorts of trouble.  I got lectures for listening to everything from Olivia Newton John’s “Physical” to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and Wham’s “Careless Whisper”.  In response I bought headphones and ventured into Dark Wave territory.  What would Mother think of the Ramones, the Violent Femmes, and Joy Division?  By college I had developed a profound addiction to the Cure and still tell anyone who will listen that Robert Smith is a genius.

I am one of those people who has music playing all the time.  I love Alt Nation on Sirius radio (discover why and an X rated song in my Hidden Journaling class!).  I love show tunes and standards.  I can belt out dozens of Big Band tunes (“I’ll Be Seeing You” is my favorite).  My Dad loves the music of the 1950s and introduced me to it on road trips with cassettes of the first shock jock, Wolfman Jack, as DJ.  I appreciate almost all genres of music (hip hop, rap and country are exceptions). I’m as likely to sing along to Peter, Paul and Mary as I am to Buddy Holly.  Give me everything from the Doors to Nirvana, Alice in Chains or Stone Temple Pilots!

I associate certain songs and bands with special people in my life.  My dear friend Michael introduced me to Erasure and I can’t hear “A Little Respect” without thinking of our many adventures together.  My college roommate, Cheryl, was a country music fan and I always think of her when I hear “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” or “Friends in Low Places”.   We always sang along to Margaritaville together and changed the lyrics to ‘it’s always HIS fault’.  My adorable godchildren created their own G rated version of “Hope It Gives You Hell”.  I can’t hear “Only You” by Yaz without remembering  the greatest love of my life, Andrew Trappen, who stole my heart the first day of kindergarten.

So this weekend’s scrappy challenge is to create a layout about any song from the soundtrack of your life!  I admit I am scraplifting mine.  I saw the most amazing layout about the Cure’s Lovesong using a chipboard treble clef and a Jenni Bowlin bingo card.   I can’t wait to create my own!