Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More Circut Ideas -

 My path to owning my own Cricut machine - came really different than most of you!  I didn't scrapbook with anyone who had one, but ended up knowing enough about scrapbooking, computers and die cut machines to be able to demonstrate the Cricut machine and what it did!  I actually demonstrated the Cricut Cake machine.....and then the regular Cricut scrapbooking machine later on for a local Michael's Craft store.
After moving to Sacramento, CA - a wonderful friend of mine, sent me one of her old machines...I just had to get a power cord!  From that point - even after it was destroyed by a vindictive person...I was able to get a machine at a local pawn shop!!!  The best thing - it's actually a better model than the one I got for free, which I am happy for!!!  Since working with the machine for a while, I have a few beginner tips for you:
  • You really TRULY don't need each and every cartridge out there known to mankind...  Look at what you are purchasing before you purchase it!
  • Network with other people in your area where you can use each others' cartridges - have a night where you bring things that needs to be cut and have fun!
  • When you DO pick out a cartridge you like, how many different things can you think of to use this one cartridge with? 
  • Limit yourself to what you purchase when you are first starting out.  Don't go to Ebay and bid on a cartridge - just because it's cheap.  Do you have uses for them as well.
  • Have a few extra cutting matt's in the size your machine cuts available; it really helps when you are cutting out more than 2 colors - cutting out what you need from one matt, then moving on to the next color.  
  • For things like tags - cut out basic colors for use later on!  That way, you have them when you need them for things like journaling, or to decorate with!  
Using the Cricut machine for your scrapbook's OR your cards can not only save you time, it saves you money too.  Having your project match - be one of a kind - and not having to run out and grab embellishments to match!  The Cricut machine helps you to do that!  Right now - my favorite alphabet go to is Ashlyn's Alphabet...but I also like it for the die cuts too!  Find your favorite, make some fun projects with it - and share it with me!
Happy crafting,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Monday, August 31, 2015

Precious Moments -

We spend all this time detailing our memories through the photos we take at the event - but what about some of those memories that truly deserves something "else" - above the photos, to document that special day, have you ever thought about that?  I know I didn't until a recent talk with a friend, about Precious Moments figurines!  
There are so many different events and things you can give one of these amazing figurines for - 

  • Start out with a newborn baby - and give them one each year!  
  • Give to a new grandparent - when they have a new grandchild!
  • Decorate your house with different figurines that are specific for you.
  • Give to your wife for a unique anniversary or birthday gift!
  • Start a collection for a family member!
  • Start a collection for YOURSELF!  
Memories are priceless - showcase an event, a birth...a wedding - whatever type of fun things you have going on in your life, Precious Moments is sure to give you something special you can give!  While you are at it - let me know what you are getting, I can help you design the perfect card, or invitations for your event - to go along with the perfect present!  
    Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Embossing With Ink - Tips and Tricks (And a Sale Too)

Embossing, you can "emboss" two different ways - a dry emboss is with stencils and a stylus to have the image be more raised on the paper, and a wet emboss is with a special ink pad and powder to heat your stamped images to be a raised look.  Embossing this way 'simply put', helps your image to "pop" off the page and be more detailed. 

The first step to embossing - you will need a few supplies on hand.  Keep in mind, I have had the same heat gun for at least 20 years now...so this purchase is very economical - and can be used for many different things (such as taking stickers off vehicles) LOL!!!!  You will go through more ink pads than you will heat guns - that is for sure!  

Items you will need to add to your basic toolbox kit - 
  • Heat tool - allows you to heat and emboss the stamped image
  • Ink pad - needs to be a special type of pad, or Pigment ink at least
  • Embossing powder - powder that when heated, is raised and hard on your page/project.
  • Fine tip paint brush- for brushing off the extra powder.  
**Tip - if you rub a static cling sheet on the item before you stamp, it will help the powder stick to where it needs to, not all over the place!  Also, you can use a paint brush to brush off the excess powder off your creation for those little pieces that gets stuck!  

With each of the cards here - something was embossed!  I really love using white on darker colors such as the purple card, it really helps the colors to pop that much more!  With the top card, the flower pot was painted and embossed in clear powder!!!  Another fun look I really love to use - clear powder on a colored ink!    

Directions for embossing:
Step one:  Taking your image, ink the stamp using the correct ink pad for embossing.  Add it to your project.
Step two:  Take your embossing powder and generously put it over the entire stamped image.  
Step three:  Dump the extra into a scrap piece of paper, tapping the excess off the creation.  Using your paper, funnel the rest back into the jar to use on another project.
Step four:  Using your heat gun - turn it on and heat the project about 3" from your stamped image.  You will see the image turn from a dull color - to a brighter color right in front of you.
Step five:  Using your favorite method of painting - markers, colored pencils, chalks, or paint - color in the image if you want to!  

Now, the best part!!!  If you don't have a heat gun - I am offering a special until the end of September - to allow everyone enough time to get the money to me!!!  To get this special - email me directly at Memoriesintyme@gmail.com using Heat Tool Offer in the subject line, and order will go in on September 30th!  Retail price (not including shipping) is $42.50 - you pay only $34, with shipping a bit extra depending on where you are at!!! Included in the offer:  

  1. Heat tool
  2. Versamark ink pad
  3. Your choice of embossing powder (or 2 colors - half jar each)
With each set purchased, you will receive a free gift, just from me!  For everyone who gives me your name as the person who referred them - you will also get ANOTHER free gift just from me!  AND - one lucky winner from ALL the orders, will receive a stamp set for them to create with!  So, get your orders in soon - you never know if you will be the one to win!!!
Happy crafting,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme    

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Beautiful DIY Flowers From Bloominous

When it comes to an event you are planning, whether it is a wedding, or just a huge party with a lot of guests - you want your event to go perfect.  From the invitations you send out, down to the very last detail of the flowers, each and every detail not only affects the other decision, but it also can be very costly on top of it!  That is partially why I started Memories in Tyme - to create one of a kind invitations for clients - ON A BUDGET!  
Yet, it was the GREAT website I found recently that provides easy DIY floral arrangements kits for weddings and events, and wanted to share it with you guys.  So many brides spend days researching the perfect wedding - and because they DO want it perfect, they turn to DIY to save costs.  But when you look at the process of researching, purchasing, and arranging - the floral's often end up causing more stress and dollars, just like creating the perfect event invitations.  Recognizing this need gap, Bloominous launched in 2014 to give brides (and anyone else having an "event) an alternative option for DIY flowers, that is truly more cost effective!

You have huge advantages of using Bloominous:
  • Save 30% to 50% off their original floral budget by using this service and creating your own items.
  • By the time you look at the markup on each piece, being able to create your own boutonnieres, centerpieces and bouquets - helps with not only the costs, but the event is truly "yours"! 
  • When you order from Bloominous - they are ready to go, WITH instructions to complete - cut-to-size, trimmed, thorns cut off - saving you both time and money!
  • The "instructions" - are step by step photo instructions for easy assembly, helping you get everything done - with design tips and how to care for the designs!  
One thing I really liked about the site, is how you can have them help you with customized designs as well!  Oh don't get me wrong, the quality, professional designs you get with the kits - you can see the 10+ years of experience that comes through in the floral design alone!  Plus the attention to details - the vases and favors, helping you design the whole look for your event!  

Check out one of their video's for centerpieces here -

This 'florist-at-their-fingertips' experience is not to be missed.  Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try. Check it out at http://bloominous.com  Let the event BE perfect, from the invitations - TO the flowers!  I hope you enjoy your event - and go see Bloominous - they can even help you with customized designs! 

Here are their social media links - 

Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Disclosure:  I was financially compensated for this post...but the opinions - are my own!  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Using the Cricut Machine for Cards -

Since we have been talking about cards this week, I decided to show you a few cards that I have done using the Cricut machine - with the cartridges I have!  All you have to do is add saying stamps to die cuts, mix in background papers and you have one of a kind cards!  As you can see with the examples here, die cut shapes can be used in different card styles and themes, depending on what you happen to need at the time!  If you do not have a machine of your own, find a friend who does, and use theirs, - or go to a crop night at a local craft store in order to use their machine for free! Just make sure to die cut extra shapes for use later on!  At least try it out before you purchase it!  For me, using it for the alphabets alone for my scrapbook projects have been a time saver as well as a money saver!  You can then see how adding cards to the mix, will start to save money over time as well!  Just don't purchase a ton of cartridges, or at least have more than one use for the cartridges you do purchase!      

Now, if you happen to have kids, using a Cricut machine is almost a must have - especially if they are in school!  Bulletin boards, school projects, as well as your own uses - scrapbook pages and cards, will help this little "purchase" be a cost saver for your family each and every time you use it!

If you need a bit more help in learning what all your machine can do for you, I can schedule time for us to talk, as long as you have video chat capabilities! Price is $25 for 2 hours, paid via Paypal before our time!  I have a contact me area on the right hand side of the site, where you can get the process started!  I will also have a calendar up in the next little bit, so just check back for that feature!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thinking of You Cards -

Thinking of you cards can be for so many different things - because someone is having a hard time, or just because you want them to know you care and are "thinking about them".  This is one of the final categories I tend to create cards for, other than holidays and my new design "Hello/Hi" - being created now!  I love different type of cards to send to people...thinking of you is no different! Each of the cards here are different, but can be used for different reasons!    

  • With the blue daisy card at the top, I added a white "thinking of you" stamp randomly across the top and the bottom of the card.  A simple border, created from scraps - and a simple daisy flower with a brad to complete the card! When you stamp like this - grab another color, set them side by side, and stamp on the other color at the same time. 
  • With the pink card - I used a stamp in cursive in black ink at the top portion of the card.  The pink patterned paper at the bottom was perfect to create visual interest.  With the flowers, I used different die cut flowers curling up the edges of the flowers, with Creative Paperclay molded flowers painted with Radiant Pearls paint, as well as the vine for the flowers!
  • With the yellow card, I added the blue scrap of paper - adding the saying, embossing in white to enhance the look.  I had enough scrap of paper left over after the punches, to create the strip of paper with the flowers on it!  
Cards saying hey - I am thinking about you, really can make someone else's day, whether it is something big, or something small!  I hope you spend a bit of time in creating your own cards to give out!  
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thank You Cards -

Have you ever thought about "thank you" cards?  Do you like to receive them - or is it simply a forgotten "thing" from days long ago, because we have Facebook, and Twitter, and other ways to converse with people?!?!  I think it is simply a "thing of the past" - yet something that is so important - to simply say "thank you" for a job well done!  With today's cards, we are going to go over some fun "thank you" cards in different styles!  Lets get started!  

  • With the top card - one fun example using rub-on's, with punches, buttons, brads, and scrap paper to complete the look! Simple card, without having to get stamps!
  • With the second card - scraps of paper were used with square brads, along with a rub-on saying (or you can use a stamp) to finish up this card!  
  • With the purple card - looks a bit more complex, but done using 2 stamps, a button, floss, and scrap paper.  The sayings are embossed in white to complete the look.  I love how this particular card turned out, and can be done using any color! 
  • With the last card, the same "thanks" stamp was used from the purple card!  With this one, again, scraps of paper, die cuts to match the paper, and a simple button for the middle of the flowers.  The colors turned out perfect - along with the card!    

Thank you cards are a lot of fun to do - a simple way to say "thanks", even if it is something small that was done or said!  You can even make a bookmark to add to it - as a small token of thanks!  This is especially nice if you have kids - let them help to make part of it, especially if it is for them to send!  I hope you have fun making fun thank you cards, see you tomorrow where we will be looking at thinking of you cards - another set of cards you can send for just about anything!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cricut -

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

Whether we like it or not, summer is quickly coming to a close. Cricut is having a Summer Blowout Sale with incredible deals on titles that you won't want to miss.  From the Stretch Your Imagination Wedding Digital Set (now just $3.33) that will keep you covered for many wedding seasons to come, to the Giant Flowers Cartridge with beautiful blooms that will stay vibrant year-round, Cricut's Summer Blowout sale is the perfect time to stock up on titles you'll be glad to have year after year. 

Be sure to take advantage of this huge sale today and get straight to work trying out your new Cricut titles!  Use code SUPPLIES10 and you will receive 10% off your entire order!  Follow the links to get started!  

Happy crafting! 

Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Monday, August 24, 2015

Note Cards -

Note cards are probably my favorite type of cards to create, for many reasons.  You can use background papers - adding die cut shapes, punches, stamps if you have them, stickers, as well as ribbon, brads or eyelets, buttons, or other fun items to create your cards!  They don't have to be works of art all the time, and by using scraps - your cards are truly one of a kind and more personal!  Plus you can simply add a stamped saying if you need to turn any of these cards, into a Thank You card lets say!  Great to be able to personalize to the person receiving the card - especially creating the card in their favorite colors!  Easy enough to do, using stamps, punches, die cuts, or whatever you happen to have - in order to create one of a kind cards! 

  • The orange card was created with scraps of paper from other projects, adding the blue and white flowers, with the green brads to create more color!  The flower pot is a CTMH stamp, Radiant Pearls paint embossed in clear powder!  
  • The yellow flower card - was done using one flower and a vine die cut - adding punches to the flowers to create dimension and just to look good! 
  • With the pink card, we used the same die cut in the yellow card, but on the top flower layer - I rolled each of the petals, and added a Creative Paperclay painted flower to the middle! After adding the vine in the light green, the card simply came to life! 
Note cards are a lot of fun to do, just being able to pick out colors that go together, and "create"!  You can also do a set of 4 note cards, creating each of them the same, or - you can create them each a bit different if you'd like!  I hope you have fun making your own note cards, and make sure you share with me what you are working on!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme    

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Just Because Cards -

Cards made "just because" - the funnest cards to make for sure!  You don't have to worry about a "theme" - just make fun cards...for people when you want to give them a card!  Different than note cards, these cards have a bit of everything - fun embellishments with something to say! 

  • With the top card - a very simple card, can be easily done with different stamps you have.  3 squares at the top, using 1 saying stamp, and an image stamp, stamped twice - with the corners rounded at the top.  Add ribbon, and an embossed soda pop buckle, and you are done.  
  • With the 2nd card, another great card using a simple saying stamp, plus die cuts to create a simple, fun card.  This card can be done using any type of scrap papers you have available and on hand.
  • The 3rd and final card, can be recreated with any rub-on's you might have available, and die cuts!  Add your scraps of paper - and your card is done!  Great if you are just starting out, or don't have a lot of stamps yet!  
Cards "just because" - just because you want to send it, just because someone is going through something, just because!!!!  Note cards are up next tomorrow - with 3 more styles after that!  I am in the process of creating right now, so I will have more to share soon!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Get Well Soon -

It's not fun to get sick - we all know THAT!  Life also doesn't give you a notice, oh hey, by the way - next Tuesday you are going to wake up and be as sick as a dog...or have something happen, life usually happens when it happens!  By making up a few cards, and keeping a few on hand at all times, you can always get a card to someone quick!  
The top card, was done with scraps of course - and 2 different stamps to complete the look.  I embossed the saying in white - and used a teal color for the pill bottles - it truly turned out cute in person!
With the 2nd card, a simple "Get Well Soon" saying is on the background, with a yellow background and yellow brads to complete the look.  The bear is in blue - which is the same ink color as the saying on the first blue color!  A bright and sunny "get well soon" card that anyone would be happy to get!    
This last card is my personal favorite - also using scraps of paper, so some of the pieces are a bit smaller than I wanted them (such as the pink piece)!  For this bear - I used Radiant Pearls paint - and embossed the image in clear embossing powder! With this one, I just love how the yellow pieces frame the bear!  A fun card to make - even funner to receive!
Challenge for the weekend - get a few cards made for your stash!  Look back at some of the cards I have shared for inspiration - your Pinterest board - anything else you have for inspiration and have fun!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friendship Cards -

For me, my friends mean the world to me...they are those who get phone calls when I am mad, or upset - and I get their calls.  They are the ones who put you in your place - nicely of course...and they know you are okay with it!  They are the ones who pick up the pieces when you can't!  Friends are really important, so why not make fun cards for just them!  With the first two cards I am sharing - made with the same papers, just added a bit of pink cardstock to one of the cards - and made the flowers a bit differently! The "friends" saying is perfect for these cards, and as a die cut can be used in different ways!  Buttons in the middle of the flowers complete the look for both of the cards here! 

With this next card, I used scraps for everything - the background paper is actually two sided, I just didn't like the pattern on the other side, so I used the solid side instead!  For some reason I have been into teal and red lately, this card fitting perfect in that color scheme!  For the background on the teal sheet - I simply took my "friends" saying, and stamped it over and over again with with ink!  The Old Lady stamp was embossed in black embossing powder, and chalked in various colors to match the card!  The saying was perfect - especially between friends!

With this next card, the same stamp was used in the above card, just once in pink to match the rest of the card.  I was too afraid of using a black ink pad and it being off too much in the colors. I added the flower to the patterned paper, the bows at the top, and the card is done!  That is why I love using scraps of paper - easy to create cards and smaller things out of!  Some of the other smaller scraps you don't use up, can go to create bookmarks, or smaller cards!  
What is better than making a handmade card for a good friend - let them know just how much you really care!  Keep the inside empty to be able write a special note inside for the person receiving it.  Make a few extra up, for use later on! Next up, Get Well Cards, so make sure you check back!  We will see you tomorrow!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Birthday Cards -

One of the best buys for me scrapbook wise - was my Sizzix die cut machine, that little red beast is just the BEST thing for me!  I have had the same die cut shapes for the machine, for longer than I can remember...since living in Utah!  I moved to California - and my little beast broke...ended up having a wonderful scrapbook buddy send me 2 of hers!  
The two shapes I end up using for tons of things - my presents, and the balloons!  They have saved me more money than I can count - and time from having to cut out individual items!  With the balloons, simply add a stamped saying, or - a rub-on!  I have used black twine for my strings, as well as floss.  I have also used a fine tip black marker, and created the strings in black - being able to customize it a bit easier!  I also used scrap papers for the cards!  
With the present die cut - you can see the many times I have used this particular die cut, for birthdays as well as Christmas cards!  These are the kind of things I have been able to use in order to help save money at this craft!  
Another thing you can add to die cuts - are punches!  With the balloons above, I used a simple bow punch for all the strings to meet!  This is where a hot glue gun comes in handy - being able to glue down the designs easier on the papers you are using!  

Challenge - start to create a few cards for your own stash!  If you look at your calendar for the month upcoming, it might make it easier for you to start there! Make at least 5 cards for your stash, and share with me what YOU have done!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Baby cards -

Baby cards - one of those cards you will end up making time and time again, where the same stamp can be used in so many different ways!  You always start with the card base, but the background papers - and the embellishments you use, will go hand in hand with each decision you make!  Notice the same stamp was used in all three cards here - embossed in white.  The blue card below, is more of a simple card creation, versus the other 2 - where we did a lot more intricate work!  
As you start out, look at cards that really spark your attention.  What details do they have that you like and want to use on your creation? Another question you can ask yourself - is who is getting the creation in the first place?  If they tend to throw away what you have spent time making, don't go in to as much details as you would someone who keeps your creation and frames it.    

Making handmade cards is fun - and yes, time consuming!  One thing you can do, if you are already working on a "baby layout", pull out the rest of the supplies and make the card bases up, for use later on!  This way, you don't have to pull the supplies out AGAIN!  Decide how many baby cards you will need soon, or how many you want to keep on hand!  With baby cards, I usually have 1 pink and blue, and 2 each of yellow and green!  

Same thing with the die cuts you select, learn to use them with different "things" such as the die cuts used in the green card above - and the pink baby card here!  Balloons can be used for not just "birthdays"!!!  

For the green card above - the baby stockings were made from my Sizzix Machine's Christmas sock die cut!
Step one:  Die cut 2 solid socks, and 2 patterned socks.
Step two:  Trim the top, heel, and toe of the patterned socks - throw away the leftovers.
Step three:  Glue on the pieces from the patterned paper, to the solid socks.  
Step four:  Trim the top cuff off the two creations, and the leg part of the socks. Step five:  Add the cuffs to each of the socks, add to your card or creation!  

**Tip - make sure when you die cut your socks, you are going in the same direction when you cut them!  This is especially important if you only have a small bit of paper left to use!  

Tomorrow we will be talking about birthday cards, with more examples of fun cards!  Hope to see you back - with even more card examples the rest of the week and next!  
  Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Anniversary, Love, or Wedding Cards

When I make cards for people, I don't do it for the glory - I do it because I truly love to make things and create!  I also love to create things people love to receive, displaying them during the time of their "event", or simply keeping them in a special drawer or place!  I love to scrapbook the cards I get, adding them to my pocket pages for birthday's and events, so I can always have it!  As you can tell, I love cards!  

One thing about handmade cards, if you use scraps of paper, they turn into one of a kind, simply because you may not have that scrap of paper again.  I also love to use leftovers from other projects - die cuts I didn't use, stickers, or punches even - when adding to my stamps, make quick and easy cards!  This way, the person receiving it - won't be able to find it just anywhere!    

**Tip - If you have a printer, you can always print out different sayings on cardstock with your "Microsoft Office" type of program!  Pick a font, a few different sayings, and print them out for you to use on different cards!  This helps for cards you will not always need to create, and saves on purchasing stamps you won't use much!  

With these anniversary cards, I simply printed out the saying, cut it down to size.  I then added the hearts in the teal and bright pink to go with the papers I had selected to complete the card!  Same thing with the next card - I used die cuts from my stash, added the saying to the background paper!  Yet with the pink and grey card, adding that little bit of pink really made the whole card!

As you can see - your cards do not need to be complete works of art and time consuming to be loved and appreciated!  If you make a few up ahead of time, you won't be rushing around trying to create something special!  Look at ideas on Pinterest - (link here for me), on web sites, blogs or from magazines or catalogs!  

For today's challenge - start to look at love, anniversary, or wedding style cards - or create generic cards with hearts in them you can use for any occasion!  See you tomorrow with more ideas for a different category!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Card Making Challenge and Tips

Making cards - that is where I started, and my first love creative wise!  For the rest of this month, I am planning on getting a bunch of cards made up - different cards I use often...ones that are JUST MY OWN, not to sell to anyone!   My sister has a huge supply of different cards to give to people when the need arises - I decided to take a page from her book, thus this challenge started, and my own personal card stash began!  

Today, we have a few challenges to get you started!  
  1. Start to look at different type of cards you send out, or would send out if you had them ready to go.  Make a list - and decide how many of each style you want to keep on hand. 
  2. Do you have any stamps, die cuts, stickers, or paper (scraps or not) you would like to use?  Make a list of what you want to use out of what you have at home already!  
  3. Where and how are you going to store the cards?  What else will you keep with them such as envelopes, stamps, address labels, etc.
  4. Pick 5 cards and make them if you have the supplies to use!  
Handmade cards are best when you make them with love...  They also end up saving you money when you create your own!  Some ways you can save money by making your cards are:

  • Take 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock, cut in half either way - and then folded in half, makes PERFECT card bases!  Add the envelopes you can purchase separately!  
  • Using scraps of paper from scrapbook projects, make wonderful one of a kind cards when you use them for bases, die cuts,  stamps, paper piecing's, etc!  
  • Stamps make wonderful one of a kind embellishments, as well as cards! Take a look at different stamps you can use, making sure you have more than one "thing" you can use it on!  
  • Don't buy everything you see - be choosy!  On the other hand - look at places like Walmart, Target, and craft stores for less expensive stamps and ink pads.  They are great to start out with, while you figure out if you like to use stamps!
So, make a few cards for your stash of cards...look at your scraps and supplies you purchase a bit differently - and learn to make your crafting dollar work for you - not against you!  See you next time!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cat Paw Print Wall Hanging

My cats mean the world to me...they have been with us from Utah to Colorado to California to Nevada!!!  They have lived with us in a hotel/student housing - while my husband and son went to school...and moved from house to house when we couldn't keep a roof over our heads for too long!  They have their own beds, it's only fitting they have their own special wall hanging too!!!  
So, on the Creative Paperclay Design Team blog - you will see a fun idea - with the fun paw prints you see here!  Check out the directions and supply list on the link below!  See you there!
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Monthly Challenge Post -

I have to tell you - when my "personal life" starts to go strange, this is the first thing to go...  I also have been getting ready to go to the Farmers Markets in my local area, and hopefully one in Lake Tahoe before the season ends!!!  I have a bunch of things to share with you in the next few weeks - make sure you check back often!  
Now, it's also that time of the month again - time to go through our calendar for the next 6 months!!!  Since I didn't do this last month - I hope you checked it out on your own, but if you are like me and need a little push - here you go!  I also want to get more done - and time for me is limited with things going on!     This helps me to look at my calendar, see what needs to be done in the next few months!  So, grab your calendar, your smartphone, a notebook, pen/pencil - or whatever your favorite tools are - and lets get started!

  • What do you have going on for the next 6 weeks - until the end of September.  Look at your personal and work calendar as well.
  • What about the next 4 months - through the end of December?  Make sure you look at holidays, events, activities - for both school (if you have kids) as well as work, and personal!  
  • Then look at your calendar until February 2016, and at least write them down.  If you have "things" but not solid dates, at least write down the event or "thing" happening on a sticky note if you need to!  
As you are looking at your calendar, do you have things that needs to be made, supplies purchased TO make something, are there gifts on your list that you need to do, or cards that need to be made?  What does your schedule look like - do you need to do things now, because you have the time - or later?  
Have fun checking out your calendar, mine is full right now!  Lots of birthdays coming up in September, hubby's birthday in October, Farmers Markets this month and next, Holiday's coming up - a full calendar!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mini Album - Part 2

Front Cover
I really love how this album turned out, and is up for sale here!  Since you picked out your supplies in the last post, lets get started today in getting everything ready to go for your album!  Each album done will be different, simply because of the pictures you end up working with, and the supplies you use!  

Step one:  Out of the papers you have selected, choose one that will be for your front and back cover.  Cut the 12 x 12 sheet of paper/cardstock in half.  Fold in half - set aside!

Interactive feature
Step two:  Take the 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock, trim to 5 3/4" x 11 - fold each piece in half, add to the inside of the cover - one inside the other! 

Step three:  Decide how many photos you want to use in your album, the more photos you are using, the more interactive features you might want to add to the album.  The green piece on the front cover actually flips up giving you more room for other photos or journaling about the album!  You can also add a fun saying to the front cover too!  

Step four:  Using a hole punch - punch 2 holes where for the ribbon to go through.  I try to go as close to the fold as I can for all 3 pages, putting the hand-held punch at the top, and then the bottom creating 2 holes.  Getting things ready here, helps you to know how to place the inside pieces!  **Do NOT add the ribbon yet - simply get the holes done in this step!  

Step five:  Add the photo matt's - see the photos below for how I do mine!  I also added interactivity to the album pages!  



Step six:  Look at the embellishments you want to use, this is where you want to get your die cut machine, stickers, stamps, punches - and create your own embellishments! Start to add them to the album.  

Step seven:  Don't forget the back, make sure you get a signature stamp going, such as the stamps I use here, and add it to the back of the creation!  You can also sign it, initial it, or number it if you create more than one! 

Each album will be different, yet done the exact same!  I picked up some darling paper - I can't wait to see what inspiration hits me to create with it!  More 10 page mini albums for sure!  Quick, easy, and fun to create!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme