Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OT - Renovating Information

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If you've decided that it's time to get your home in excellent condition, now is the time to make it happen. You can get the process underway by remodeling a room, going green, and investing in HVAC maintenance services. 

I can't wait to get my new space looking really nice, and with the tips I found here - I can't wait to see what things look like by the time we are done!!!!   Whether you are looking at designing your own craft space - or simply your whole "space" - check out the link and tips here!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Creative Paperclay Design Team Post -

I am happy to be on the Creative Paperclay Design Team - learning much, and utilizing this fun product on a lot of projects I am working on!  For today's project - you can check out the entire project on the design team blog here - with the directions/video on how to create the title here!  Very easy -using scrapbook templates, an X-acto knife, and the Creative Paperclay product!  


Fun project for me to make - and now a bit more organized in my space!  I can't wait to get the rest of the things done I have needed to get done for my space to look good!  Painting a desk and a file cabinet included!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Project From The Heart -

So.... a little over 2 years ago, I lost someone I niece Stephanie!  She was young - just had a birthday and either turned 32 or 33...went to sleep one morning after talking to her husband she was separated from, and didn't wake up a few hours later.  My life that day changed in more ways than I like to talk about, I hate to think of her children and what they are going through...let alone her parents.  Steph wasn't just my niece, she was my confidant - that one person who got me in life...she moved in with me right after I moved back home to Utah because she was not going to live with anyone other than family...  I lost a lot by moving her in with me, but wouldn't change it for the world....and I hope she knows that! 

Right before she passed away, she asked me if I would create her 2 altered notebooks, one for her and one for her best friend/sister from another mother Jessie.  Jessie has epilepsy - and Steph's favorite color is purple.....Steph wanted her to have a notebook in which she could add her thoughts and feelings to about the disease she has!  I am sure it will come in handy for a lot of other thoughts and feelings as well because her death has hit Jessie just as hard as it has me.  Neither of us will ever ever ever be the same again.
Supplies used:
Altered composition notebook -
Patterned paper - (used The Robins Nest)
Cardstock - coordinating with patterned paper (used Bazzill)
Martha Stewart border punch
Ribbon - coordinating with paper (used white and black)
Die cuts - coordinating with paper design (used Sizzix daisy and vine)
Saying sticker to match paper used

If you need directions on how to create the notebooks - there are plenty of directions, simply search "altered composition notebook" and you will find ideas as well as the directions!  I think this particular project might get me out of my creative rut!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Friday, March 4, 2016

National Craft Month Challenges

Since this month is National Craft Month, I want to get all kinds of things done and posted!  I have a huge list of past projects that I have needed to GET done, so what better time to get it all completed, including:
  • Framed pages for my brothers
  • 2 composition notebooks for my niece's daughter and her best friend
  • My Project Life album started
  • My 2015 Year In Review album done
  • Cards made
  • Organizer box finished
  • Digital software review
  • Easter basket projects for my kids
  • Album owed to a friend of mine
  • Projects ready to sell at the Farmers Markets/Craft arena 
As you can tell, I have a lot on my list of things to do - what about YOU?  I have also been put on a slight spending freeze - using up what I have at home first before I go shopping for supplies!  Plus, I have to have a use for it RIGHT NOW - or bought at a good price!   I am allowed to purchase ONLY what I need, but not a bunch of extra stuff right now!  Creatively, this is a good thing when you have to use what you have already, versus spending money!  
It is time I start to cross those items off my list of things that need to get done - and actually GET them done!  I hope you get a list going this month - and spend some time in creating!  It is a matter of managing my time - and getting more done with the time I have!!!  Off to work on a project - can't wait to share it with you all this month!   

Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Womens History Month - 2016 Week One

Last year, I started working on an album for Women's History Month - including women that have influenced my life in a significant way!  The album - like a lot of things I do, ended up being put aside...until now!  This month - pulled out to get finished up with more remarkable women added to the list!  You can check out the posts from last year here:  
We all have women in our history's - that have shaped us into the women we are today!  People like Lisa Bearnson who changed my life in more ways - she really has no idea just how much she affected me, she is week one.  My daughter Terra - who really just made it so I stayed alive, and changed the way I was doing things, she is week two!  People like my friends Penny, Barb and week 3!  And 2 women who don't deserve names - but man have shaped me to that biatch I am today - A and B listed in week 4!  For me - it is the good, the bad and the ugly that I am documenting!  

This is my mom and my older sister - the one who was 11 when mom found out she had cervical cancer.  She had to have a hysterectomy - and was one of the first set of people to receive Chemo and Radiation Therapy to save her life.  While she was dealing with that - Deb stepped in and did what she could at 11 - and helped to raise me.  Debbie and I have had our problems in life, just like all siblings...   Yet - on the other hand...she is the one who came out to Colorado with a friend of hers so that we could stamp and shop...  She is the one who got me totally in to scrapbooking...  She is the one who would take me to the Scrapbook Expo's in Utah to go shopping - and the one who would take me to breakfast!  She is the one who brought me groceries because I had NO money to feed my kids...  She is the one who helped get Ryan to sleep when he was a little baby - because her "bumpies" (boob's) were bigger than mine!  She is the one who told me when I told her that I didn't know where I came from - how much I was like BOTH of our parents...  They came out to see me this past summer - and then on to Sacramento to see my kids!  I can't wait to get this page done with all of the reasons I look up to these remarkable women!
Challenges for the week:  
  1. Decide how you are going to do this years projects - are you going to simply keep adding to last years album, start a new project, or beginning a whole new album?
  2. Shop at home first for the supplies you will use for this project instead of spending money!  Get your supplies together and in one place!  
  3. What photos do you have right now you can add to the album?  Get copies of the photos you need!
  4. Get to work on your front cover, and thinking more about the way the rest of the album will look. 
I hope you enjoy the challenges for the week - and get to work on your own album documenting the women in YOUR life!!!  I am actually excited to get started on mine, I probably won't stop even at the end of this month!!  I hope to share a few pages that get done - throughout the month too!       
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Project Life Shopping Alert =

Are you a Project Lifer?  I know my album this year - is going to be done Project Life style - I just need to take the time to get a few things documented from the last 2 months - and keep up with the current stuff!  I was checking out my Stampin' Up site - and found some awesome specials for Project Life in the clearance section - I wanted to share the info with you guys here! 
I have a ton of fun things planned in the next few weeks - having my smart phone and Shutterfly, I can always print out the photos I need to add to the album later!  At the end of rebuilding our life - time to document each and every "thing" done this year - and put the album away for good!  Join me this year - have fun shopping on a budget - and make sure you get your $50 Stampin' Up order in so you can get a FREE stamp set during our SaleABration event!  

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Creative Paperclay Design Team Post -

I have a video up on the Creative Paperclay Design Team blog - you can check it out on the link above!  Beginner tips on using Creative Paperclay and Delight product with your scrapbooking!  Using molds such as the ones shown here - along with the product and paint, you will find your projects are different each and every time you use them!  Make them up ahead of time, so you can simply grab a design you like that is already dried, and get ready to create!  
I have a lot of projects I am working on, and can't wait to share with you what is being designed next!  I have a Design Team project I am working on now - and can't wait to get it finished up and the rest of the pictures/video up!  So, go check out the video and other awesome ideas!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and

Saturday, February 20, 2016

That "One" Stamp - Used Different Ways

When you purchase a stamp, there are different things you should ask yourself before you buy it...  
  1. Is it a stamp you can use over and over again, or is it just for one use only?  (Birthday vs invitation)
  2. Do you have other stamps you can pair with this "one" you are buying?  
Madge is that "one" stamp that I can use in different ways, just by the sayings and papers I used.  One is a birthday card, one is a friendship card, and one says "is it coffee yet"!  Madge is awesome!!!  

A small saying stamp - can also be used in different ways!  One was embossed and left square - the other two rounded corners!  Different colors of background papers used from my background papers from other projects!   

I have had this stamp (from Close To My Heart) for quite a long time now (since the 90's)!  It is the kind of stamp I have used with oval shaped (for Easter Baskets), down to hearts inside the basket, down to flowers!  It is such a versatile stamp - I simply LOVE it!  I also use this stamp with my Creative Paperclay, and have made magnets out of them!  

With all of the great products out there now, you can get a few punch's - add a few saying stamps, and you have your own style of cards!!!  Stamps, can help you save money - each time you end up using them!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Friday, February 19, 2016

Going Through Your Paper Scraps -

What do you do with your scraps of paper used from other projects - do you throw them away, or do you keep each piece?  I have found over the years to keep it all - even the small strip's of paper so I can use them on my tags, cards, bookmarks, and embellishments such as punch's, paper piecing's and stamps!  It is how I organize it all that helps me get more done!  Let me show you:

I gather scraps I want to use from my bin (shown above) that are large enough for me to use on my card bases, tags and both style of bookmarks.  


I will then cut down to size the various bases I want - and add them to my box of bases in the categories I have - tags, corner bookmarks, tall bookmarks, and card bases.  I also keep the envelopes in the photo box as well, this way when I am working on something - it is all together in one place.


The key is for you to figure out the things you create - that by using this technique, you will end up saving your self money!  Even if you go to the dollar store to find a card - they add up over time!   Eventually - the supplies you have bought, will end up paying you back each time you use them!  Plus, making one of a kind cards and scrapbooks are a lot of fun - and therapeutic too!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Card Making Money Saving Tips

I have been making cards for the past 25 years - and have learned a lot along the way!  Not only when it comes to creating beautiful cards, but also in saving money when it comes to purchasing supplies too!  I don't spend a lot of money on my crafting supplies now - because when I did have a lot of money - I spent A LOT OF IT, and didn't use my money as wisely as I could have!  A lot of supplies have been wasted - and the money spent along with it.  It is that in which I have learned along the way I wanted to talk about here!
  • Trust me - you truly DON'T need each and every supply out there know to papercrafter's!  Have a use for it, and what makes a great buy - is one you can use with other theme's as well (such as a balloon stamp - can be used for a birthday, baby shower, anniversary).  
  • Paper - 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock cut in half, adding a simple envelope, makes awesome card bases for just about any theme you need to send out!  Plus you can customize them to just about any user!  
  • Ink pads - another one of those you REALLY don't need each and every color out there known to man kind!  Look at colors such as brown, white, black - or colors that will match cardstock you like to use!   
  • Look at older supplies you might have laying around before you spend a ton of money!
  • Go to crops at craft stores (if available) or look up Stampin' Up or Close to My Heart consultants for their crop schedule - in order to play with supplies before you purchase!  
  • As you are making a scrapbook layout or two, make a few cards with the supplies you have leftover!  This way, you have cards already done when you need them, versus having to make them when you don't have time!  
  • Once in a while - take out your leftover papers you might have from other projects - put together papers you can use with your card bases for your cards!  (Another post talking about this a bit more, coming up this week!) 
  • Embossing powder - when using your ink pads - get embossing powder that will go with the ink pads you have - white, black and clear are perfect to start with!
Making cards is a lot of fun - no more having to run out and find that one card when you don't have the time TO do it!  Get things made up ahead of time, and you will be just fine!  I am working on a few posts - a bit more about choosing stamps, and picking out papers, so make sure you stop back by the rest of the month for more posts!
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Monthly Planning Challenge

It is "that time of the month" again - no not Aunt Flo, but time for you to go through your calendar for the next few month's worth of events that we need to plan, create, or simply add to your calendar!  So, grab your favorite items to get planning with, and lets get started!  
  • Take a look at the next 6 weeks - until the end of March.  What type of events do you have coming up that needs to be addressed?  Do you have birthday's, anniversaries, holiday's, or special events that you need to purchase, make, or plan for?  
  • Next look at the next 3 months - until the end of May - same as before what types of things do you have coming up that you need to look at?  
  • Finally - take a look at the next 6 months - until the end of August...  Same as before, do you have anything that you need to plan for, make things for - or purchase for?  Get a list going!!!
My list - well, this is helping me get more done!  The next part for me - is making sure things actually get in the mail after I have spent so much time in making!!!  That is the worse part for me, so I am learning to add a task for the day it needs to be mailed by, we will see if that helps!  
  1. Easter - working on cards to mail and fun baskets for my kids (yes, they are adults)!!!  
  2. Birthday's - April is a huge month for me personally to send out cards, so this year, I am making them early!  Including in this is both my mom and my husbands mom's birthdays (within 3 days of each other) as well as a few other birthday's that we want to send cards out for!
  3. Plus Mothers Day in May - so I need to not only plan their birthday's but also this day right around the corner!!!
  4. My anniversary - been with my hubby for 16 years now, married for 12 of them!  Time to really celebrate!  
  5. Fathers Day - really need to spend time in creating something special this year!
  6. My own personal projects - including Project Life, creations to sell, 2015 year in review, planners to get organized... 
Spend a bit of time in looking at what you need to make, what you have that you can use already - and to plan out projects!  I am on a spending freeze - using up what I have at home - before spending a lot of money!  If I have a use for things - I purchase it, but if I don't...I won't spend!  I have my eye on the prize for sure - and the prize is more supplies used up and more cash in my pocket!  Grab your favorite organizing utensil's - and get to work on your events!   
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Monday, February 8, 2016

Working Through the Non-Creative Times

I'm not sure about you all, but as for me - I go in spurts when it comes to creating!  There are just times in my life that I just can't create, no matter what I do!  Either something is stressing me out - or the creativity just isn't there!  I also create best when I am on a time limit - or when the inspiration hits me,  which is often times not the most opportune time, let me tell you!!!  So, what do YOU do at times like this - when it is harder to create than at other times?  I came up with a few ideas to help get out of the creative rut and more done! 
  • Check out some magazines or books you have for inspiration.  I get you probably have different things you already want to make, but go with a fresh eye this time... look for HOW they did something - versus the supplies they used.
  • Learn a new technique that you have been wanting to try out.   
  • If you have the budget - purchase a few new supplies!  Find things that are on sale that you will USE...  Try not to purchase things that you like - but don't have a use for.
  • Check out your Pinterest pages -what do you have already pinned that you want to create AND have the supplies for?  
  • Write things down when you DO have inspiration - it really does make things so much easier when you have the time to create, already having things in one place ready to go!  
  • Check out your favorite manufacturers' websites and blogs for even more inspiration!  Keep links or notes of things you need to purchase or create!
  • Find inspiration in something you have already created, such as the Intentions album above that I recreated!!!
  • Have a schedule to get more done!  Don't just rely on your memory - use a planner, or your phone or SOMETHING - but keep a list of what needs to be done handy!
This year - the calendar is helping me!  And making things for people who truly appreciate things - is another added bonus, that is for sure!  It makes what I have created that much more special - as I know they are loved, and enjoyed - and not just thrown under the stairs because you are too embarrassed to show them to people.  So, here's to getting more done this year!  

Lynda Jeffs
                                             Memories in Tyme



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fun Valentines Day Altered Can Project

If you missed the first part of the blog post, you can check out the directions for the altered Valentines Day cans here on the Creative Paperclay Design Team blog!  With the can above - I didn't use any of the Creative Paperclay embellishments like the can's in the link - this one was created using various different heart die cuts in random places across the can!  I love how this one turned out!  With this post, you will get the directions for the tags I made to go with the cans!  Since I mail the packages to them, I wanted something that was more personalized to each one!  However, I also wanted something they could reuse if they wanted too where the can's were concerned!  I wanted a card/tag that showed them how much I love them!  So, lets get started on creating the tags to go along with those one of a kind can's! 
Supply list:
Paper left over from altered cans
Heart embellishments
3 pictures
Paper trimmer

Step one:  Trim your photos to be the exact same size.
Step two:  Create the piece where your photos will go first.  Trim an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock so you have 8.5 x 4.5", fold in half.  Add photo on top, and on the inside.  Matt on one color - then matt on another color or two as in the photo above!  
Step three:  Add the heart die cut embellishment on the bottom right hand corner to help open up the top flap to see the photos!  

I can't wait to get the insides done, and sent in the mail!  I love making fun things like this - one of a kind...made with LOVE for each of them!  I also love being on the Creative Paperclay Design Team as well, and all the fun projects made!  I am working on a video which I will post in 2 weeks - how to work with molds, so make sure you check back!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Monthly Challenge Post -

I decided this past year that I was going to get more done...this post is more designed for ME than you, but I hope it also helps you too!  The past month, I have gotten birthday cards done, my intentions album done, and half-way done with a few other projects...which is way more than I have gotten done before now!  (Hey, at least I know it is working for me...)  Plus this year I just wanted to concentrate on other things!!! 
Speaking of getting things done - you can check out my Creative Paperclay Design Team post, with a video to help you get started!  You probably already have most of the supplies needed to create your own!  The best part about it - you can see the whole process being done in the video, versus reading directions you can't understand!   
I am technology challenged...learning more and more what those "apps" can do if you find the right one's!!!  I also have a personal side to me, and a business side to me...and I don't want all of my "to-do's" included in the same list!  This is my personal to do list:
  1. Start Christmas paper bag album
  2. Create more birthday cards for personal stash
  3. Valentines Day projects both to mail and for home
  4. Project Life 2016 album started
  5. Journals to mail
  6. 2015 Year in Review album
  7. 2 framed pages to mail
So, grab your favorite way to organize yourself - and if that means good ole' paper and pen and a calendar, lets get to work on what needs to be done in the next few months!  
  • Check your calendar for anything you might have going on - birthday's, anniversaries, parties, holiday's, special events - until the end of February.
  • Now check your calendar for anything else until the end of April - what types of events do you have going on that needs to be addressed?  
  • Last - check your calendar until the end of June in through July, what things do you have going on that needs to be addressed?
I have a whole other list of creative things that need to get done, but finally things are getting done!  I hope you join me in getting things done ON TIME this year!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Friday, January 15, 2016

Things You Can Do With Stamps

I started with stamping - my first project, was my darling daughter Terra's birth announcements, made out of a Disney stamp and cardstock!  So stamps have been a huge part of my creativity for the past 25 years now!  At first when I started purchasing stamps - I bought everything I could...stamp upon stamp, and over half of them, I haven't used more than once!  I wasted a LOT of money, let me tell you!  
A good purchase for a stamp, is one you can not only use over and over - but also the stamp that can be used for more than one theme or use!  It makes it so that flower, or present, or cloud, or saying - actually can start to give YOU back money by using the stamp versus purchasing a die cut or sticker!  Plus if you pair stamps with die cuts, punch pieces, AND stickers even - your creations can truly be one of a kind!
With stamps, you can use them in different ways -  use for cards, add a bit of background paper, and you are done!  You can emboss the images, or just leave them plain!

Use with bookmarks - again, add a bit of background paper, color in the image, and it looks awesome!

Use with your layouts - so many different ways you can use stamps...
  • Use stamps to create a border.  Stamp images using the same theme you are working (see the birthday layout below).  
  • Stamp small images randomly on a plain sheet of paper (see the "of me" below).  Take a alpha template (or die cut machine) and cut out the letters of the title!  
  • Use stamps as an embellishment (see birthday layout for tag, and Pieces of me for a larger embellishment) for your layouts! 
  • Use alpha stamps for titles - (see Grandma and Grandpa layout)!  
  • Take various colors of ink and stamp an image or two all over the paper.  Take coordinating cardstock, photos - and you have a one of a kind layout nobody else would have!      

Use with Creative Paperclay - such as the basket stamp (see below) used here!  Roll a small piece of Creative Paperclay product out, take your image stamp - and stamp the image into the clay.  Using an Xacto knife - cut around the image and lay it flat to dry.  

Stamps are a lot of fun to work with - you will start to see more stamps in my Project Life album this year!  If you need a few stamps, right now at Stampin' Up, we have our Sale-a-Bration event going on - for every $50 spent, get a FREE stamp set!  BEST part about it - you have until March 31, 2016 to get your FREE sets!  Shop online to make it easier for you!  For every ORDER placed between now and the end of March, only lucky person will receive a stamp set, more details to follow!!!  If you need any help in picking out a gift, let me know!  
I hope you have just as much fun with stamps as I do!  Stamps are starting to be a huge part of my crafting again, and not just for making cards!  Pick out your favorite stamps and get to work - I know I have 2 days full of crafting going on, and I am planning on using stamps!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme


Monday, January 11, 2016

More Birthday Cards

If you scroll down after you read this post, you will see the first post, which has 3 different style of birthday cards!  I had a lot of fun creating - in fact, I think the cards I am sharing today - might be some of my personal favorites!  
When it comes to purchasing stamps, I will absolutely tell you to NOT buy everything you see and you like.  Now, if you have the money to purchase what you want, then do so!  If you are on a budget, and have to watch what you spend, I have a few tips just for you!
  1. Do not spend a ton of money starting out - try to refrain!  When you do shop - will you be able to use the stamp for more than one use OR at the very least, more than just one time?   
  2. When it comes to saving money, use scraps of paper for your matting, punch pieces, stamped sayings (such as below) and paper piecing patterns!  The smallest of pieces go very well when you are creating a card or tag! 
  3. Try to make a card or two when you already have specific items out - such as birthday cards when you make a birthday layout!  Or, when you do create a scrapbook project - make sure to die cut extra items as you are creating your layouts for use later on!   
  4. As you grow into creating more and more with stamps, remember that basic cardstock goes a long way when you have a white and black ink pad!   You can add colors from that point - but a basic black and white are wonderful to start with!
For the card examples today, personally they are my favorites!  

Card #1 - I used the same paper pack as from yesterday's cards as well as the 2015-2017 colors in cardstock!  I simply added a white embossed saying (also from Stampin' Up), a simple bow at the top and it is finished  What you can't see, is the background paper on the back of the mint saying!

Card #2 -  I used the other side of the papers used from one of the cards yesterday!  I added a Sizzix flower and vine die cut, along with punch pieces (from Stampin' Up), and a simple Birthday Wishes saying embossed in white! 


I was able to create 10 cards for my personal stash in no time, using both sides of the papers I selected to use!  I still have papers left over to create with!  I can't wait to start to mail them,  so special friends and family this year!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme