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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SOSL Challenge #3



The challenge for this week comes in two parts:

1) Your layout must be created primarily with transparencies - either as a background or a large transparency overlay. And we really don't want to see just a teeny transparency on the page either.

2) The title of your layout has to be a song title/lyrics. And we want to see journaling. Please make sure to type out your journaling when uploading your layout.

I chose the song"My Precious One" by Celine Dion. This is a pic of me and my newest grandson and he is definitely precious!This is the first transparency I've ever done. For this I stamped the background also used another transparency to create a library pocket and used Basic Grey to create a tag. I inked around the photo and tag with Shabby Shutters distress ink. I stamped butterflies twice and layered them on top of each other to create a 3D effect.
The journaling is an excerpt from the song that goes:
"And in your dreams
You'll ride on angels' wings
Dance with the stars
And touch the face of God,
And if you should awake...
My precious one, my tiny one
I'll kiss your little cheek
And underneath the smiling moon
I'll sing you back to sleep"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Creative Art Journal Week #44



Here these are FINALLY!

This week's prompt is: home
There is lots you can do with this theme - past or previous home, dream home, how you make it home, why it is home, etc.
For me, my home is a manifestation of my soul. It is truly my nest and my safe haven, I've had to spend a lot of healing hours in my home and now - whenever I find myself away - Ifind myslef longing to return.

Creative Art Journal Challenge Week #43


This week's prompt is: sCaRy!
what scares you, tell a scary story, a halloween tale, a scary picture...anything scary!
For me showing my naked real self , without makeup is very scary, both for me to do and for you to look at. My daughter took this picture of me at our conference this weekend because she was laughing so hard at my bed head. You gotta admit, it's pretty scary!!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

SOSL Challenge #2



The challenge this week was to go through your junk drawer, your desk drawer, where ever you keep stuff junk and make a page using "non-scrap supplies". You can use magazines, tags from clothes or objects, wrapping paper, office supplies, receipts, just anything that you wouldn't use to embellish a traditional page. AND we want to easily see at least 3 different non-scrap supplies on your page.
I just got home at midnight last night from a conference in Vancouver and I really wanted to use the pic I took of my flip flops covered in sand from English Bay so thanks for this challenge!
I literally grabbed 3 items out of our junk drawer and got to work!
My 3 items are:
#1 - Hair elastic
#2 bamboo skewer(trimmed to fit)
#3 some window screening
Underneath the window screening is 2 way tape covered in sand to keep the beachy feel of this layout.The skewer and the elastic are holding my pictures together.The stamp on the paper was made with a very old wooden Indian print stamp ...a treasure I bought at this awesome store on this trip.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SOSL - Week # 1 Challenge


Here is my take on the Week#1 challenge.
I was inspired by the square photos, the awesome colors and the summer feel I got from the example.
I am finally finishing up my ongoing alphabet book for my grandson.There is hidden journaling under the photo with the pull out 'learn' tab that reads:As my grandson is about to turn two, I love watching him discover his ever expanding world. On this day he was feeling quite independent as he explored the magic of Nana and Poppa's(us) backyard!

Follow me on my Summer of Scraplove Challenge!


Go check out the amazing work that is being created over at Scraplove!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

PHAT training tips

Great way to exercise for free!

I've Gone Green!!!


I've always been a bit of a relaxed recycler but my daughter has put me over the edge. I am now composting and recylcing as a part of our daily regime.
One thing she makes for me is natural house cleaners (in exchange for homemade bread) and I cannot say how much I LOVE them. They work better than anything else I've ever used and, as someone who suffers from allergies and recurring bronchitis, they are a godsend. Thanks Deanne!!!

I got my package today!!


I received my swap package today from the Granny Secret Swap on Ravelry
Thank you , thank you Jennifer! (PCBChick)!
It was chock full of yumminess.
Here is a list of what was enclosed:
•2 balls of Icelandic Jewels bulky Peridot yarn(so pretty!)
•Saltwater taffy from Florida (my all time favorite candy!)
•A sea shell, heart shaped jewel box with treasures inside(earrings and 2 bracelets and one of them has a flip flop on it!)
• 5 skeins of hand spun 100% wool(sock knitting here I come!)
• a really pretty floral blank note pad
• A Creative Knitting magazine, crochet pattern book and Mitch Album's "Five People You Meet In Heaven" paperback (which I have been wanting to read!)
• A canvas seashore themed book cover with a sea shell book mark
•Scrapbook embelishments(yippee!)
• sea shell coasters(very pretty!)
• a handmade crochet case full of essentials(scissors, measuring tape etc.
• row markers, buttons and yummy chocolates which I had to hide from my grandson!
•Smith's mintrose lip balm which smells good enough to eat!!
•a portable coffee cup (the kind you can put pictures in) and inside were packets of hot chocolate!!
• some hazlenut coffee flavoring (which I am sipping on right now in my java! Yummo!)
• some enhanced photos with Doulanana printed on them (very cool)
• and the most thoughtful thing of all, Jennifer's husband made my little dog Percy the nicest leash I've ever seen! How did he know that he needed a new one! Percy is presently chewing on the bone they sent as well!

What can I say but thank you so much! It really made my day when the postman arrived!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Creative Art Journal Week #42


Week #42 already!! Only 10 more to go!
This week's prompt is a grateful week
The rub on on my card says," Stop and dance in the flowers" and I was truly grateful that I was able to do just that this week!We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary and spent time with our family who are not only dear to us but very near as well!
For this card I colored a chipboard flower with chalk ink and then stamped white flowers on it after I distressed the edges. I then wrapped it in fiber and added satin ribbon for leaves. I stamped flourishes on the card, inked the edges and added the rub on.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"T" is forTreat!



I am finally finishing up on the alphabet scrapbook for my grandson! Creamsicles are his new all time favorite treat so in this photo I had given him one just before his nap!
(If you slide the ribbon down, the journaling is on the inside of the creamsicle!)

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