Monday, August 25, 2014

4 Months Until Christmas


Well, you've got 4 months from today until Christmas is here!!!  That isn't a lot of time...especially if you are a procrastinator like I am!  Today's challenge is to simply to take a look at this date in this way:

  • Are you going to purchase Christmas cards, make them, or a bit of both? Start to make a list of who you want to send a card to, and get an idea how many of those on your list will get a handmade card.  Look at sketches, and what you have at home to create with - as well as your favorite inspirational places to get the creative juices flowing!
  • Do you typically plan Christmas parties or events for your friends and family?  If so, take a look at your calendar and plan a date if you haven't already!  Get a list of what you might need to do, bake, purchase - or what have you for the event.   
  • Do you bake, or give neighbor gifts at all?  Look at what you have for baking, and what you will need to get, and start to put it on a list to purchase!  
  • Start to make a list for those you want to get gifts for...are you making anything, if so - get it started.  If you need to purchase supplies TO make something, then get it on a list.  
  • What about any type of decorations you might want to make - get a list going of what you want to make, and start to purchase!  
  • Plan how many paychecks you will have until Christmas - get things purchased while you can...and research where you might be able to purchase for cheaper!  
  • Do you want to decoratively wrap your presents?  If so, research different ideas you can recreate, from gift tags, to cans, to boxes, to gift wrap... look at different ways you can wrap presents and make a plan!  
You end up spending so much time in purchasing gifts, wrapping them, making things, baking and decorating...spend a bit of time ahead of time in order to be able to not get stressed out then!  Lets get started planning this years perfect Christmas celebrations and times!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme     

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Challenge's

I have decided I am a huge procrastinator...just like my mom!  I love her completely to pieces, but I hate that I have gotten that trait from her!  So, to change that, each weekend you will get a few challenges to get things done...which will help me get my own stuff done in the process!  You will have plenty of different challenges to choose from, from basic to specific!  I hope you come back each weekend and get a bit of inspiration to help get your own stuff done!  
  • Research something different - if you traditionally do 12 x 12 scrapbook albums, and have never done cards, then start to research what you would need to start to cards! Just learn to create something different than you are used to doing - and step outside of the box!
  • Find a project you have been meaning to do - or something you have all the supplies for, and get it done.  
  • Start a design sheet on a project you have been meaning to get done.  If you finish it up, take a look at supplies you have already to go with the project you are doing.  
  • Take a look at this post looking at our calendar's for the next few weeks and what needs to get created.  If you have things you need to make, make a list of supplies you need to buy, or things you need to do to finish something up...but get something done that makes a difference.  
  • Check out your books, magazines, emails you've kept for inspiration, brochures, Pinterest, manufacture's web sites, or any other site you have bookmarked!  Find at least one thing you want to make, and start to get all the supplies for it!   
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your creativity this weekend!  I know I am going to enjoy mine! 
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
         

  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creative Paperclay Design Team Project

I have another awesome project up on the Creative Paperclay design team blog - I hope you check it out here!  Here is a little preview:


For complete directions - make sure you go to the Creative Paperclay Design Team blog for a complete list of supplies AND step by step photos and directions on how to make your own!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and
Creative Paperclay Design Team  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Composition Notebook

I needed a new composition notebook - and thanks to my post from yesterday, a bit of inspiration and a challenge to complete it since it had been on my mind all week!    

Supplies used:
Composition notebook  

Bazzill pink cardstock
Patterned paper from my stash
Colorbok White cardstock
Scraps of paper for the flowers
White ribbon (large and small)
KI Bakery Twine
KI Charms
Sizzix die cuts - flower #1, flower & stem, flower #6
Punches - sun, circle, circle flower
K&Comp stickers
Hot glue gun

Directions:
Step one:  Cut the 12 x 12 cardstock and patterned paper in half, and then cut 1" off, making each piece 6 x 11".  Set aside one of the patterned pieces, and fold the other piece in half.  
Step two:  Add the patterned paper to the composition notebook's spine, using your hot glue gun.  Add the solid color so you have 1" left over to fold over to the inside cover. Make sure to put enough adhesive on the notebook, especially on the corners.  
Step three:  After you unfold the 3 folds you did, there will be a small box in each of the top and bottom corner - cut the corners off where the fold is so your corners are more flat.  Using your glue gun - make sure you glue each of the sides down - doing the side last. Repeat for the other side.  
Step four:  If you are using ribbon - put your ribbon down (using your glue gun) on the inside top part of the composition notebook.  Do not glue anything else down yet...  
Step five: Take your twine (I used 3 different colors) starting at the top of the inside album (where the other ribbon is) and start to wrap it around the ribbon.  After you have it the way you want it to look - glue the bottom inside of the ribbon and twine together on the bottom inside of the notebook.  
Step six:  Glue the ribbon to the notebook, then adding a bow made of ribbon and twine to the top part of the ribbon.  On top of that - glue the charm.  
Step seven:  Start to add the stickers.  I used 3 different stickers that had sayings in them such as Believe, Peace and Hope...  Even though the stickers are "sticky" glue them down as well.  This way the stickers won't come off and it is more durable.
Step seven:  Create your flowers and add them to the notebook. 
Step eight:  Add a simple stamp or signature to the back of the notebook, showing YOU created it!     

I will be making a fun bookmark with the supplies left over from this project today - I will be sharing it sometime later on, referring back to this post! so make sure to check back!  I am sure I will end up with a few cards as well...all on one post!  Paper crafting can be a lot of fun - not just doing "scrapbook's", but cards, bookmarks, mini albums, and altered stuff!  I am working on a lot of things right now - or at least getting the inspiration finally that I have needed TO get things done!  
**Tip - composition notebooks are on sale right now for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP...  Go to any of your local office supply places and you should be able to find them easily!**


Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
   
  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Inspiration When You Have NONE!

Life has thrown me a few curve balls lately - of which I apologize for not posting like I wanted to the past few weeks!  Hopefully that will change this month into next!!!  If you are like me - creating just helps the brain - and the stress level!  Yet there are times that creating is just stressful in itself!  Plus, I tend to procrastinate - thus the post from yesterday to remind everyone to look at their calendars for things you need to do!
  
So, how do you "create" when you just have no inspiration to do it?  Or, like me, life has just thrown you curve balls lately that don't allow you to be able to "create"?  Well, today, we are going to talk about just that, with a few things I am going to try to do so that I can get more done!  Hopefully it will help some of you too!  

  • Start reading some of the blogs you subscribe to...  Find your favorite one, and look at the past things they have done!  
  • Look back at some of your favorite projects - can you make something for someone else as a gift?  
  • Check out Pinterest - YOUR own boards...or here is my link, follow me and grab some fun inspiration there!
  • Go to a class, or check out YouTube for fun scrapbooking/card making related video's you can check out and learn from!
  • Make something small - like a bookmark shown here!  A 2.5 x 6" scrap can make the best bookmarks ever! 
  • Just pick a project - and DO IT...  Don't second guess yourself, or think about it, just get in and do it!  
  • Try something different - if you normally do 12 x 12 albums ONLY - find a mini album, paper bag album, or something totally different such as cards, altered projects or a framed page instead!  
My lack of creativity lasted quite a while, and when I get busy with life, it's even worse! Add to that a stress level - well, you can tell why I create in the first place!  I have a ton of birthday's in the next few months...plus Christmas coming up - so for me...I need to get things created...or at least thought about and stuff purchased to get things created.  I just need to "do it"...plain and simple!  I hope you join me while I fix my procrastination problem and get lots of fun stuff created!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
  
        

Friday, August 15, 2014

Monthly Reminder


Hello everyone, it's that time of the month again, so grab your calendar, your pen, your notebooks - and lets get started planning things out!  If you are a mom of kid - I am sure you are getting ready for school, and all that "that" implies!  Make sure you look at things until the end of September for any type of things you might have going on!  Christmas is also coming up (or whatever December holiday you have), which means gifts!  Look at things you can make there instead!
For me - I am looking at the next few months to see what I have going on - birthday's in September I can start to make cards and things for...  Christmas coming up at the end of the year I can get stuff rolling for...  
I hope you have fun in getting your stuff done!  I know for me - I try to get things done earlier, but I end up failing more times than not!  My goal between now and the end of the year is to get things done before they need to go in the mail instead of afterwards!  Enjoy your day!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Creative Paperclay Design Team

There are some fun tips on using Creative Paperclay on the design team blog!  You can check it out here!!!  If you haven't used this fun stuff, you can do a lot of different things with it - start out at the blog, and go from there!!!  
Lynda Jeffs
and Memories in Tyme

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our Family Album Vertical Paper Bag Album



One of my favorite style of scrapbook albums right now is the vertical paper bag album!!!  The original idea is not my own...I went to a blog hop, and that was it for me, I've created almost nothing else since!!  I love how they turn out, how you have multiple areas to put pictures, and all the different ways you can journal in the albums as well!  Instead of taking pictures this time...I decided to  do a video.  It's not the best, but you can at least see the details a bit easier than explaining!  
The cover was shared on my Creative Paperclay design team blog, link here!  I love using my scrapbook templates to create one of a kind titles and embellishments for my albums!  This one - was no different!  

Supplies I used for this album:
Creative Paperclay
Molds - flower and leaf
Alphabet template
Xacto knife 
White acrylic paint
Pink and blue Radiant Pearls paint
Sizzix die cuts - leaf stem, flower, tags, heart, 
Punches - Small sun, heart both small and large, flower, circle flower, 
3D squares
KI Bakery Twine
KI Metal Charms
Journaling pen
Hot glue gun
Adhesive
6 paper sacks
Colorbok White Cardstock
Colorbok Watercolor Cardstock 

To get the original idea - please go to this blog post!  It will get you to a gal who has a lot of AWESOME video's on her YouTube channel, so make sure you go check it out!    

I hope you enjoy! 
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Challenge for the Weekend

Well this month has been shot to hel*, let me tell you!!  Creative wise I have not accomplished much of anything, except an album I have been working on "Our Family" where I created the album cover out of chipboard and paper, with Creative Paperclay embellishments!  The album is turning out wonderful, I can't wait to show it to you via video!!!  Some of the little details have to be seen up close, the pictures just don't do it justice!!!  
So - question for you all - what happens when you just have NO creativity AT ALL?  How do you "get it back"?  Here are a few tips for you to maybe get a bit of that ole' creative spark back:  
  • Clean your space by organizing (if you need to), or just cleaning your area in which you always create.  
  • Look at some of the things you have started - AND NOT FINISHED...  What is wrong with the creation to make you not want to get it done?  
  • Find a friend or family member who wants to create WITH YOU...  Sometimes creating with someone ends up giving you the inspiration you need!  
  • Look on Pinterest, blogs or web sites for something "different" you can do.  If you always do 12 x 12 projects, switch it up to mini albums!  
Now - an extra challenge this weekend is to grab the following supplies, and create "something":
  1. Cardstock 
  2. Patterned paper
  3. Ribbon, floss or twine
  4. Brads, eyelets or buttons
  5. Alphabet of some sort for a title
  6. Die cuts, stickers or stamps (any style)
  7. Your choice
Have a great day today, we will see you next time!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Challenge -

So, what are your plans for the weekend?  Do you have BBQ's you are going to,  family events...what about concerts, or time spent with friends or family just doing whatever?  Or - have you been on a recent vacation, so the time spent is more getting caught up in everything you have neglected!!!  
Your challenge this weekend is to either:
  • Take photos at an event you are going to - keep track of the fun things people say and do for journaling purposes later on!  
  • Finish up a project you have been working on.  Stop the procrastination and get it done!  
We are going to a BBQ this weekend, so I will be making sure lots of pictures are taken, and lots of journaling done!  And, I am working on a "Our Family" vertical paper bag album...one that is turning out perfectly!  I can't wait to get it finished to share with you - the cover is on my Creative Paperclay design team blog - just scroll down and you will see the link! 
Have fun this weekend, I would love to see your photos or projects from your event or project you are doing!  Mine will be shared later on this month!  Plus I am planning a week full of Christmas in July ideas - cards you can make up ahead of time, as well as layouts/mini albums you can create ahead of time - either for yourself or gifts, as well as ways you can use every day things for gifts!  Should be a fun week for sure!  You will also get links to other blogs that have ideas...so make sure you are on the mailing list for sure!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme    

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monthly Reminder


It's that time again, where we spend some time looking at your events for the next few weeks - grab your calendar, notebook, and writing utensil and lets get started!  You need to look at things until the end of August - and further if you would like!  Do you have any type of weddings, showers for brides or babies, birthday's coming up, or any other type of event you need to purchase, make, or decide on???  
My life has taken such a turn this past year - I love the changes, and embrace each of them!  Some people that were in my life last year, not this year... and others are in my life where I didn't think I would.  I am so far behind in things I need to get done, my goal is simply to get caught up in my previous projects!  
So, your challenge...pick what you need to do, and we will see you in a month! 

  • Look at your calendar for any events you need to make cards or gifts for. Get your list going of what you need to get done.
  • If you are behind in making things (like me) - I challenge you to get at least 3 past projects done this month...
  • Pictures say a thousand words - but only if you help tell the story...  Look at what pictures you have right now that needs to be scrapbook-ed and get at least 2 projects done from pictures you have taken in the past few months.
  • Look at your calendar for the next 6 months, and get a list going of what needs to be done.  If you are on a budget - look at making gifts instead of purchasing things for any type of holiday you have coming up.  
  • What do you have right now that you can use, instead of spending money on cards, scrapbooks and gifts?  Create with what you have at home, no spending allowed!  

Lynda Jeffs,
Memories in Tyme 
  


  


Monday, July 14, 2014

Creative Paperclay Design Team Project -


There is a great project up on the Creative Paperclay Design Team blog - using scrapbook templates and molds to create this one of a kind vertical paper bag album cover! Click the link above to check it out!  Check back in the next few weeks for the inside pages and video of the album itself!   
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and
Creative Paperclay Design Team

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Creative Paperclay Design Team Post

Scrapbook templates
I have had a lot of fun using the Creative Paperclay product, and being on their design team!  Now, if you happen to have any of these, I have some tips - and a challenge for you on the blog today, you should check it out!  If you haven't worked with this stuff, watch for a coupon from your local craft store and pick some up, you won't be sorry!  There are great projects on the blog you can start out with - which is also my challenge for the month - so go check out the blog - and the various ideas!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Memories in Tyme Updates -

So many things going on here at Memories in Tyme - I figured I would start here and update everything at once - along with links for your convenience!  I am really excited to get things rolling finally!!!!  

Classes will be starting up soon here at Memories in Tyme - at a location if you live close by, or online if you happen to have Skype and can chat!  Some of the classes we are offering at this point can be found at the link above.  Our beginners class is sure to help you start to make your own handmade cards, scrapbooks and "paper crafts" made out of your own style of paper and embellishments!  Other classes are card making, scrapbooking, paper bag albums...all can be done online, or in person.    

I also have a retreat being planned for October 10-12th, here in Reno/Sparks area...with my wonderful friend Terri Sproul!  I have worked with Terri on the Glue Dots design team we were both on, and she is also the design team leader with Creative Paperclay - along with a few other awesome teams! She is a very talented lady, one I can't wait to learn more from when she comes out!  

Another fun change we have - is our Memories in Tyme shop!  With all of our classes, you will have a list of what supplies you will need to pick up before hand, and links to anything needed here!  I will also be showing you what else you can do with that "pad of paper" you bought/have, or that die cut you purchased!  Everything here is products I have in my own supply list...or is on my list to purchase!  

Thank you for your continued support of Memories in Tyme!  I am really excited to bring you the classes and retreats - as well as a new way to shop!  With Memories in Tyme - we show you how to use the whole entire pad of paper - not only on the item you are creating, but much more!  See you next time!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Creative Paperclay Design Team Project -

Here's a little peek at my latest Creative Paperclay design team project!  At first I wasn't too sure how it was going to turn out - and though it isn't "perfect" - I really like how it turned out!  Supply list and directions on the link below!  

Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Monthly Reminder


It's that time again, take a look at your schedule for the next 6 weeks!  Now, I realize today is Fathers Day, so put this on your list of "things to do" for tomorrow!  Grab your calendar, a pen/pencil, a notebook and lets get started!   

  • Do you have any birthdays, anniversaries - or anything else going on between now and the end of July that you need to get started on?
  • Create a list of things you need to purchase and make for anything in the next 6 weeks.  
  • Look at anything you have at home first - before you spend money!  
For my list - 
  1. Daughter's birthday - 
  2. Father's birthday
  3. Farmers Market items
I procrastinate...boy do I procrastinate!  I hope this helps you as much as it is beginning to help me!  Have fun creating, see you next month!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beginner Scrapbook Ideas

With this 2 page layout spread - I used easy enough techniques you can recreate using your own photos (cause you sure don't want to use mine, LOL)! A simple layout using 4 photos, a nice quote, - and the title is done using cardstock, film strips, buttons and floss, along with words in the middle of each of the film strips!  I love the yellow, blue and green combination along with the supplies used for each of the pages - and how easy you can recreate them!  The best part of this layout - is it can be done using what you have at home...a bowl, paper, and scraps of paper for the borders, using what you have available for your title!  You don't need to use exactly each supply I do, learn to switch it up a bit!      
**To make the circles, simply grab a couple of bowl's from your kitchen, looking at how larger you will want your circle's to be.  Place one of them most of the way on the page, trace and cut it out.  As you matt it on the second color - simply cut it a bit larger than the first circle is!  Repeat this for the next circle if you are wanting your circles to be different sizes....**
For the border - simply trim different size cardstock to a white border the size you want it...  I used a 2.5" border, but you can go just about any size you would want to, depending on your project.  Add each of the pieces with adhesive, then add to your layout pages!  Fun layout - make sure you show me your take on it!  
                                                    Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme          

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Beginner Card Idea

I love making cards, especially note cards with nothing on the inside of the card, but instead a place where I am able to write up something to the person directly!  I might use it as a way to say thank you, or a way to say I am sorry...depending on the person getting it!  For a basic card, here are a few tips - and ideas to get you started!  

**Tip**  As you are picking out products you like, look at alternatives to help you save money - such as templates, punches, and die cut machines over stickers, die cuts and rub-ons that you can only use once.  

With these first set of cards shown, I used a simple butterfly die cut from Sizzix, you have your choice of quite a few different styles in the link above!  If you don't have a machine, I would really look at Sizzix to start with, especially if you are on a budget!  You can see in the next two cards how the butterflies are the same, just in a different color - with the background paper being what is the focus!  With the green card, I used a darker green card base, with the lighter green as the accents!  I love how each of them turned out - and how easy using die cuts are when you are making cards!  It's not all about stamping!  
Same thing with the flower cards - same flower die cut from Sizzix, with buttons placed in the middle of each flower!  You could add a saying if you wanted to - or a bit more "bling" if you think it's too plain...  However, as you are just starting out - you really don't need to create harder projects!  

Supplies you will need to create your own note cards:
Card base w/envelope
Background paper
Die cuts of your choice
Any other embellishment if needed

Basic note card directions: 
Step one:  Look at the scraps of paper you might already have available from other projects.  Start to put them aside to see what colors you have that will match or go well together.  
Step two:  Taking your card base, cut your scraps so it is just smaller than your card base.  Adhere it with your adhesive to the card base.  If you have a second color - repeat!  
Step three:  Take your die cut shapes and add those to your card base with any embellishments you need to (such as the buttons to the flowers and the brads to the top cards.  
Step four:  Turn your card over - and make sure to stamp (if you have something to use) or write a small "handmade for you - by..." adding your name to it!  This way, when people get the note cards, they know you took the time to create it yourself!  Enjoy making your own handmade note cards - with your scraps - and your own personal touch!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

  

   

   


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking - Beginner


I love digital scrapbooking - being able to take photos and memories and create a page!  I love this picture of me, my husband, 3 of our grandchildren taken a few years ago!  Since then, their mother - Del's daughter, has had another baby, this time a boy!  This picture has been used in many projects...but this layout is probably my favorite!
Your challenge is to find one of your favorite layouts to start with.  Find one quote that you can use to go with it!  Choose one accent color you will use - I chose pink to match the girls' shirts and bow...  Create a layout with black and white, with one accent color!  I really like simple layouts like this, that doesn't take a lot of time to create it! 
If you don't have a particular software you use - look back to the previous posts and you will find links to software I would recommend!  Within the next few weeks I will be reviewing another scrapbook software, and how to add kits for free, so make sure you check back!  I hope you have fun doing digital scrapbooking...if your pictures are digital - then it makes more sense to create digitally!  Have fun, and we will see you next week!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 
     

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beginner Scrapbooking Idea -

I love scrapbooking my memories...and as I first started scrapbooking, I used it more for 
"therapy"  than as a creative outlet like I do now!  I was the youngest of 5 children, born 5 years after my older sister was born.  Mom also had cancer when I was a baby, so my older sister - who is 10 years older than I am...raised me in a sense.  Because of me being "the youngest" - those of you who are the "babies of the family" know - there are no picture of you as a child!  I had a few being a baby, maybe 1 or 2 as a toddler, none growing up - and there you go!  

However, I still have memories even though no pictures are available...so instead the written word ends up being the most important part of the layout!
As I look at this layout today, I realize how each of the things listed here - have shaped me in to who I am today!  I still get mom's finger when she's mad at me, I found the Davidson twins - who shared their dad Howard with me as a child...going to my cousin Teresa's house one summer - dancing lessons with my Aunt!  
Journaling is the written word where scrapbooking layouts is concerned.  Journaling makes the photo turn in to a story!  This is an example of a layout you can do without pictures...just random memories of a time in your life!  With this layout, you can tweak it to be just about any theme - colors - accents - reason for journaling and papers you use!  Journaling is about the memories, so put a few of your memories down on paper today - photos or not!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme       

Monday, June 2, 2014

Creative Paperclay Tips

I have some great tips working with Creative Paperclay up on the blog, all about handling it when you don't create the "perfect" project each and every time!  I love working with this clay - whether I make the "perfect project", or I screw up like I did this time!  I learn more and more each and every time I create!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and
Creative Paperclay Design Team

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Beginner Scrapbooking


When you first start out creating layouts (and ultimately cards and altered stuff), you want to do neat layouts...but you don't want to learn really hard techniques while you are just starting out!  Plus you don't want to spend a ton of money on the supplies you need to create the project in the first place! With this 2 page layout I am sharing today, for the most part, you need mostly your hands!  
This is a monochromatic layout using 3 shades of blue, and as you can tell, the embellishments are done using paper tearing!!!!  Paper tearing is a very easy technique you can do - simply tear your paper the way you want it to look!  This is just one example, I will be sharing more examples on my web site - links to follow!

**Tip**  Get a paint brush and a bit of water - simply put the brush (with water on it) where you want to tear the paper, it will make it easier for you tear where you want to, instead of everywhere else!  

For this layout - I used the following supplies:

Bazill Basics monochromatic blue paper pack (5 different shades included)
Sizzix die cut - tags 
Silver embellishments such as buttons, ribbon, and silver circle paper clips
Paper trimmer
Rub-on title
Black marker for journaling

This layout - done 10 years ago...though I would do the journaling differently if I would have done it "today"...looking past that - I am glad "at the time" I had certain dreams, which are different than today's dreams.  So for me, I will do a 10 years later project...with more "hidden journaling", which we will learn about in the future posts!  I hope you have fun with paper tearing, whether you are tearing the embellishments - part of the background paper - the frame - or whatever!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Handmade Cards

Easy cards for you to recreate - using punches and scraps of paper!  Add a bit of rub-pn's, and you have yourself an easy beginner card or three!  All of the cards I do are one of a kind, even if I am trying to create the same card!  Each one ends up being different because it is simply handmade!  Now, make sure to get some sort of a stamp that says you made this card...to add to the back!  I have two sets I use, and love them!  
As you start to make cards - here are a few tips to help you along the way!!!  

  • Keep scraps from other projects - a small piece can go a long way when you use scraps!  
  • If you are out of a certain color - and you can matt it with another color (such as the bright pink flower card), you can always use the bottom color to punch out your shapes (such as the flowers).  
  • Scraps can be used for matting - for tags - for punch pieces - for stamped images or sayings - paper piecing's - just to name a few!  
  • As you start to create both scrapbooks and cards, organize your stuff together!  You can really make cute projects, especially altered items with stickers, stamps, die cuts, punches!  
  • Don't be afraid of patterned paper!  
Since I have been scrapbooking, I use my stamps for more than just cards...and I use my scrapbook supplies for more than just layouts now!  I alter stuff like crazy - and enjoy creating with what I have at home!  Your supplies will be different than mine - my projects are more to help you see how easy it is!  
Here is a great card for you to recreate and a technique for you to try if you haven't - color blocking!  

Directions:  
Find 3 shades of the same color of scraps of paper - using the card above, you can see how that will look.  Add the scraps to the card base, cutting them down to size if you have to.  Find a punch, and punch various colors of the same punch, add it to the bottom of the card - with 1 at the top!  I did 3D 2 of the stars, but this is not a necessity!  Add a saying to the top, whether stamped or rub-on, and you are done!  

Simple cards, easy for you to create!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 
  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Craft Artist 2 Software Review -

When I first started digital scrapbooking, I started out by using Serif Craft Artist software (or at least the previous version that is), so this is what I have used from day one!  I tend to do easier type of layouts and projects...but I also love to play with all the bells and whistles, to see what I can come up with too!  I love the free kits I could download and use, without having to spend a bunch of money up front..., but I also like the kits you can purchase too!    
You can download a free version of software at Daisy Trail web site, along with more free kits you can use!  Sign up for a free account, that way you can get on and check out what others are doing!  This review is on the Craft Artist 2 Professional software - cost $39.99, but is worth it in my opinion with everything you get with it!   Create scrapbook pages, photo books,  cards, invitations, toppers for cup cakes,  gift bags, tags, certificates, flyers and more!  Plus with the free kits they come out with all of the time, you will always be able to create fun things!    
The paid version of software includes quite a few page kits included as it is, plus the free kits you can download - you can create without worry of spending more money on kits.  Add to that the kits you can purchase if you want to - (or those that you are attracted to or would use a lot anyway) - you can create a ton of different things using the same kit!  The software is easy to navigate through, when you first start up, you will have a startup wizard to help you get the right template up you will need depending on the project you want to make. 
As the template comes up you have chosen, you can then go in and add the kit or things you want to add to the project!  For me personally, I love the fact I can change an aspect - such as background papers, embellishments, fonts can be changed, and photos moved around!  You can't do that as easily when you use paper!   One of the best things I like about this software, the startup wizard allows you to open up previous projects you have saved...and even learn how to use the software by watching YouTube video's!  

Easy software to use - wonderful FREE kits you can download, templates you can use - or start with a blank!  A web site with a gallery you can go and check out - get inspiration from, along with a forum where you can chat with others!   From the free version of software, to the Professional version - this software is worth the price, whether you just create a few layouts a year, or a few layouts a day!    
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Challenge

Today's Friday Challenge is one I hope you will join me in, a No Shopping Allowed challenge!  I love challenges like this that help you get stuff done - without spending a bunch of money while you are at it!  So, spend some time looking at what you have already, and what you can make with what you have at home right now!  A few ideas to get you started:  
  • Make handmade cards out of scraps of paper.  You can always get the base later on, and just get the decorative part done!  
  • Look through all those layouts you have put aside, and find at least 1 photo you can scrapbook with the supplies you have right now!    
  • Do a framed page you can put on your desk - where you can add the frame later on! '
The key here is to not spend money creating something paper craft related!  I have a few things I will be working on the next few weeks - and will show you what I have done!  No spending money for me - I work on what I have at home, spending very little along the way!  So - what are YOU going to create?
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beginner Scrapbooking

Last week we started talking about beginner scrapbooking - if you missed the post, check it out here!  Scrapbooking is more about the memories you have and the photos you have taken, not about the supplies you have to purchase.  You can do this craft for cheaper, you just have to look at things a bit differently - 
  1. You don't need each and every supply there is - to make your pages and albums.  You can do this for a small amount of money if you want and still have your pages look good!  
  2. Have a dedicated space to put all of your stuff to make creating easier!  Even if you have to put it away when you are done, just have a space (kitchen table is fine) where you can get things done!
  3. Have a wish list on a web site so you can send the link to your friends and family! That way you can get what you WANT for presents, instead of what you don't need!  
I have two layouts I am sharing today, one is one page, the other is a two page spread.  One has my son's pictures, and the other simply books...  This gives you an example of things you can do with your photos - using minimal supplies.  The "All Star Kid" layout was done with alphabet stickers, a star punch and my paper trimmer!  For the I "heart" Books layout, I did this one in a two page spread, including die cuts, pictures of my books, writing directly ON the photos...as well as alphabet rub-ons! 
 















One page - two pages...an entire album...  You will do family albums, kid albums, holiday albums...but just don't forget YOU...  YOUR memories, your thoughts, who YOU look like!  You tell a great story for your family, just don't miss out on you as well!
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beginner Card Ideas

Last week we started talking about making your own handmade cards in this post, check it out if you missed it!  I included a very easy card idea using cardstock, scraps of paper and a simple sticker to create a beautiful card!  Each week we will bring you easy card ideas for you to recreate, using basic scrapbook supplies and a few rubber stamps!  
Using die cuts, along with rubber stamps or rub-on's, adding your scraps of paper for the backgrounds, will help you create your own style of cards to give to your friends and family, instead of a store bought card. You can see these two birthday cards - I used the same Sizzix die cut for both cards, but each of the cards look totally different because of the papers used!  
I added a bit of floss to the yellow card, and ribbon to the polka dot card, making each turn out totally different!  The yellow card has a rub-on saying, while the polka dot card is embossed with white embossing powder.  So you can see, by using basic scrapbook supplies such as die cuts on your cards, helps to save you money...  Supplies you do buy can be used on both crafts, which is great on the pocket book!  
So, grab your scraps, grab your stickers, your die cuts, your card packs...and lets get started with a couple of challenges for today to get you rolling:  

  • Start a stash of cards for use later on...  Look at your events for the next 3 months - do you have a lot of birthdays, or other events?  Make up a few extra cards for use later on!  
  • Look at any upcoming events you could make a card for - and start to get ideas for it whether on Pinterest, web sites, blogs or advertisements.  
  • Look at the different stamp pads, stamps, and other type of card making supplies at your local craft stores.  What are you attracted to shopping wise?  Get a list going, and make sure you pass this list on to your friends and family for help shopping for you!  
Make sure you check back next week for even more fun and easy handmade card ideas, and have a lot of fun shopping - even if it is just "window shopping"!  I am working on a post to help you with basic supplies and what you need, it will be in the next few weeks so check back!  We are also going to work on basic techniques - starting with embossing - to help you make awesome cards, tags, and embellishments out of stamps, punches, die cuts and stickers!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 


  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Beginner Digital Scrapbooking

If you missed last week...check out the post here, for a link to free digital scrapbook software you can start out with, to decide if this is for you!  I hope you decided what software you want to use - or you downloaded the free version - if so lets do another fun project!
Starting with a photo - use it as the background for the whole page.  Add some sort of embellishment, and journaling!  You don't have to do black and white, but if you want to, change the color of the photo!  Look at the digital embellishments you have access to in each of the kits that you have, and pick out a nice font for the journaling!  The layouts can be saved as a jpeg format for you to share and print out easily!
Or change it up...use a background or two...no more than 3 embellishments and a frame... NO journaling or title to be used...but you can do a separate page with anything else if you want!    

Digital scrapbooking is fun in the sense you can change the look of just one picture - and can scrapbook that one photo so many different ways...  You don't have to do elaborate - but you can as you learn more techniques - just like paper scrapbooking!  So - what are you waiting for - download some software and lets have some fun!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 


Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Challenges

I decided to start doing Friday Challenges...each week will be a totally different challenge - with some of them being brought back each month!!!  The first challenge, I hope it is one you will join me each month in doing...A to Z about Me!!!  This is my album cover - I am doing a paper bag album shown here!  Your challenge for the month is to design YOUR style of album...  

  • Do you want to do a smaller size, a mini project, a paper bag album...or do you need an even bigger size such as 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11?   
  • Start to collect words that describe you - to add to your album.  Add it to a sheet of paper or your favorite way to plan out your projects!  
  • Start to collect photos that go with the words you have selected, add them to a file folder, or your favorite way to keep all your stuff in one place.  
Next month we will start to put the photos and journaling together, so you have a month to get your album done...and we will see you next month!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Beginner Scrapbooking -

Scrapbooking is all about talking your photos, and making an attractive way to showcase the memories behind the photos.  It isn't about spending a ton of money, or creating the best layout/album around that will get you published in the magazines or online.  Yet some people think they need to spend more money than they need and create all of these elaborate projects for their families, you don't!  
To start out with, you need a few basic supplies - I call it your toolbox kit.  Look for coupons at your local craft stores to pick up any of the items on the list that you might need, and look at what you have at home too..some you might even have available right now!  

Tool Box Kit:  
Cardstock 
Patterned paper
Fine tip scissors
Fine tip markers - at least black
Die cuts and stickers
Paper trimmer
Adhesives
Album

The only other thing you would need to start out with is a pen or pencil, scrap paper for notes (or notepad of some sort), a ruler, Xacto knife, and if you do other crafts - things like buttons, ribbons, and yarn can also be used on your pages.  Start small, don't be thinking you need to make a huge project to begin with - or spend a ton of money on supplies.  Try one photo, add some journaling...maybe a die cut or sticker - and then frame it!  With either of these two layouts, you can change different aspects of things - such as the title, or the embellishments used, either way - when you start with your photo and papers, it's all yours anyway!  I love how either one of the layouts has handwriten journaling versus computer generated...but I also love to do computer generated on some projects!  Personally I love seeing my grandma's handwriting still - and she has been gone for 16 years almost!  
So - scrapbooking doesn't have to be this huge thing...one simple photo, adding a bit of journaling and a few embellishments!  Easy layouts to recreate with any type of photos you might have!  As you create more layouts - keep your scraps, this will help to be able to make cards, or one of a kind embellishments as you go along!  Get your family involved - it's their memories too!
Now, if you need a bit of extra help - I do online classes with Take Lessons!  Each session is catered to what you want to learn, or you can take one of the classes listed here!  If you are just starting out - and need a bit of extra help and attention, this is a great way to get that "personalized attention" without having to go anywhere except your own home!  Plus you can have your own supplies available when we do the class, therefore learning on your supplies, not mine!  
Making scrapbooks can be a lot of fun - AND expensive if you let it!  In order to do it for less, don't spend a lot of money up front...  Watch for sales, look online and just buy the things you NEED!  Plus if you do this with your family, it can be a great thing to create together!  I hope you join me in making YOUR first scrapbook album!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme
         


Monthly Reminder


I procrastinate...oh boy do I procrastinate!  Then when I really need to get something done, I am in a time crunch just to get it finished.  Well, I am tired of being "that person"! So, each month you will get a reminder post to get you to look at your calendar for the next 6 weeks, so grab it and lets get to work!  
What type of events do you have that you need to deal with - Mothers Day just ended, what about Fathers Day - or birthday's...what about the end of school coming up... June is a huge month for weddings, do you have any of those?  Get everything written out, then look at that list for anything you need to purchase, plan or make!  
My list is easy - I have Fathers Day coming up - and getting a business off the ground!  So my time will be spent more on business things - than creative "things" for the most part! And what I am planning on making - is for me for once, those I do make things for don't appreciate "it" or me!!!
Have fun with your list - and making that in which you need to!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 
  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Beginner Handmade Cards

Creating your own personalized, handmade cards isn't all that tough...If you scrapbook, you can make cards...and if you make cards...you can scrapbook!  The supplies are the same, and a lot of times, your die cuts - added with a simple saying stamp can make a quick and easy card!  Or using your stamps to create one of a kind embellishments for cheap!  
To start out, you will want to add a few extra supplies to your existing tool kit.  And make sure you watch for coupons for your local craft stores for anything on this list you can get there! 

  • A basic stamp set or two.  I like sayings and basic shapes such as hearts and flowers for me personally.  
  • Basic ink pad - black, brown or white
  • Colored pencils, markers or chalks
  • Card packs w/envelopes
  • Embossing gun and embossing powder (optional)
  • Corner punches both decorative and a corner rounder (optional)
The only other thing I would be adding is die cuts or cute stickers that you use for scrapbooking - and punches if you happen to have them.  If you do already scrapbook, you have a huge set of supplies you can use to add to all of this!  So, lets get started in creating your first card.  This particular card was made with very little supplies, and is easy enough you can create it with scraps!  I started with the card base - added a scrap piece of paper to the top of the card, and a simple sticker in the middle of the card that matched the colors of the card.  Simple, yet elegant!  
I hope you have enjoyed this very beginner card that you can recreate!  See you next week with another beginner card!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme