Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fresh Start

We received a letter yesterday from a dear friend in England.  She wondered if it was too late to wish us a Happy New Year.  Certainly not!  I was just finishing up our page about our New Year's Day so clearly I'm still focused on the New Year.  It is always a treat to get a letter - especially a real, handwritten letter! - from a friend.

One of my crafting resolutions for the New Year was to use some of the Tools (including products) Techniques and Training Resources I had in my stash - things that perhaps have been overlooked for a long time.  I've used a lot of tools/products and revisited a couple of techniques.  For this layout, I pulled out some old training resources.  In this case, it was a 2009 Simple Scrapbooks magazine.  The scraplifted the arrangement of this layout from Julie Balzer.  Her layout had flowers peaking out around the 3 photo grid.  I subbed the paper strips and then added the three circles of brads. I've never done this with brads before but I've seen tons of examples.   My circle cutting system helped me get the right size circles as templates and then I pierced the holes. Inserting the brads turned out to be a good 'in front of the TV' activity.

The metal tag is one of those 'tools' or products I haven't used in quite a while either.

As for our New Year's resolutions, Lenny has organized several areas.  It is the keeping them organized that is the challenge for both of us.  I'm still working on 'savor.'  As you might have gathered from an earlier post this week, we 'worriers' spend too much time on the past and future and not enough in the present.  However, last night was the first night in a class on mindfulness that is sure to help.  It is one more tool to put in the toolbox to help with stress management.  The group is made up of a lot of people who want to handle their stress better as well as those who just want to get more out of their everyday lives, appreciating the little moments.  Sometime today I will do a 45 minute 'body scan' meditation.  We did this in class last night and it was interesting and didn't seem to last that long at all.     

Thanks for visiting.  How are your New Year's resolutions coming along?

Ingredients:  Cardstock:  Crumb Cake by Stampin' Up!
Letters:  Actopus to Zelephant by K and Company; Sunrise by American Crafts
DSP:  Decor Stripe by Heidi Grace for Fiskars and Candlelight by Bella Blvd 


  1. Those circles of brads are fab. Especially love the one round the title. If you are trying out new tools and techniques, please join us at Soul Scrappers. I posted my very first challenge, which is a recipe including a new tool or technique. I'd love to see you there:

  2. Lovely layout, Your circles are perfect.
    I love organizing, but yes, staying that way is actually the challenge.

  3. How I miss Simple Scrapbooks magazine. Love your circles, and the fresh colors and design of your page match the topic perfectly!

  4. I love the clean design of this page and your circles made of brads are fabulous!!!


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