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Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, Fancy Pants Patterned paper, Paper studio Brads, American Crafts Thickers.  Miscellaneous buttons and black twine.

Supplies:  Basic Grey patterned paper, Visual Designs by Chris die cut.  Stampin up glaze, Paper studio Chipboard,  CTMH metal edge tags.  Miscellaneous Buttons. 
Digi in deeper class.  Assignment #2.   The original assignment had big wings on the page.   I found fishy fins, but I don't know it I will keep them that way.  


Something that I have discovered about myself over the last few years, it that I love to learn.  I especially love to learn in a classroom setting with other around me.   But taking classes is not very cost effective and does not often fit into my schedule,  Maybe that's why I enjoy teaching......  .

I have discovered that taking online classes can give me the same pleasure as sitting in a classroom and it's more convenient.  In fact,  I can listen to the lesson while cooking dinner.  So needless to say,  I am some what addicted to taking online scrapbook classes.  I love the message boards to connect with other classmates,  to see and hear their perspectives is always inspiring.   I love the daily messages to inspire me along in my creative journey.   They are always full of ideas for pages, journaling and of course the photos.  I don't have time everyday to head downstairs and create scrapbook pages, but I do have time to spend at the computer.   Funny eh?   I find these classes help me to think about what my next project might be what little things I can do to make my craft time more productive.  I often write several ideas on scraps of paper and let them brew around in my brain for several days.   I would like to say that my words are more meaningfully and my pages are better.

I especially love the classes that give you a layout, & then take you step by step through the layout, so you learn the process.    So great to learn and have a completed page at the end of the process.   So today,  I thought I would share a few of my favorite classes sites.  I would love to hear from you.   Where do you go to learn new things?  

This is the first class that I have taken from Shimelle.  I am really enjoying it so far.   I think I will check out her other classes when I am finished here.  

I love, love love Jessica's Classes.   I think that I have taken almost everyone that she offers.  They are all fantastic.  She has a great way of taking a complex task and breaking it down.    I highly recommend her classes if you are thinking about learning more about digital scrapbooking.   
My first Ali Edwards class.  I have always love Ali's simple style.  This class has really taught me to focus on my stories and photos.  She encourages the students not to get to hung up on making the pages perfect.   It's a great reminder that every page does not have to be award winning.
Two peas offers some great classes and many of them are Free

Big Picture Classes

I ran across this article at the peppermint creative blog.
It explains some basic photo principles. It was a good reminder of the concepts.
   The article was well written, with enough details to help you understand, but not to technical to lose you.  Check it out. 

Photography Tips: Pixels, Resolution, Format & Memory Cards
Article by: Sarah Harbuck.

A day at the Farm

Spring Break is a great time to leave the city and head to the farm.  The kids and I traveled the 1 1/2 hours down to the farm.  We spent Thursday and Friday with Grandpa and Grandma.

I spent most of the time sorting through old photos.   I found this task very enjoyable and it sparked some memories for me to use in my Yesterday and Today class.  My mom and I also found about 800 slides.   Yeah 800!   We decided to have the local store scan those to a CD so we could have digital copies.   I am excited to see what treasures await in those 800 photos. 

The kids were thrilled to have their cousins join them.  My sister also had 2 boys and then a girl, so the kids are perfect playmates for each other. 

The boys were outside all day.   Thankfully they were hungry and needed to eat, otherwise, I don't think we would have seen them all day.   They jumped the big round hay bales, and "helped" Jason with his cows.   I can't say they were much help, but they go to see several brand new calves and watched the dogs round up the rodeo bulls for the rodeo tomorrow.   The dogs are about the only ones that can round up those bulls.  They actually frighten me a little.

 Uncle Jason also has a new puppy.  He was really cute following the boys around the yard.  His name is Stetson. 

The little girls wondered in and out of the house pretty regularly.   They got to play with the newly weaned  pigs before they were moved.  Nadia jumped right in and showed no fear, until they wiggled and squealed to get down.  

They also had some time to play games with Great Grandma.  They played the memory matching game.  Great Grandma was at a distinct disadvantage.   The conversation  actually went something like this:

Great Grandma:  " Wow  looked at you girls.  You have such smart little brains."
Nadia:  "Yeah, Great grandma,  What happened to your brain?"
I was about to correct Nadia for being so rude to Great Grandma, but Grandma responded quickly with, " I don't know, I must have left it at Maple Ridge"   Maple Ridge is her commmunity living home.  We laughed so hard and the girls agreed that Great Grandma must have left her brain at home.   The final results of memory were:  Nadia 19, Anna 13 and Great Grandma 2.  

We were exhausted after spending 2 days and this photo basically summarizes our time:  Out for the whole trip home. 

Scrapbook pages

 I have had a few moments in the last couple weeks to work on a few scrapbook pages.  I am taking 2 online classes that have been fun, although, I don't recommend taking 2 classes at a time.  First,   I am taking  Yesterday and Today by Ali Edwards at Big Picture Scrapbooking.   This class was designed to tell my stories.  Childhood stories and stories of today.   I really am enjoying Ali approach to getting the stories told.  She asked us to focus on the Words and the Photos.   She gives us an option to go completely paper or digital and I am thinking I will do a little of both.  Here's my title page layout, this is completely digital.  
I am heading home tomorrow to see what other fun photos I can round up for this project.

The Second class that I am taking is from Jessica Sprague.  I have taken all her class and love everything about them.   Digi in Deeper is her 4th class in the series.  She is great a leading her students through each project until we reach the light bulb moment.   Here's my first layout for this class. 

Obviously the classes have very different styles, but I am really enjoying both of them.

I have also had a little time to paper scrap.  

This page was for the March Sketch Challenge at Visual Designs by Chris.  Supplies:  Pagemaps sketch
Scrapworks rub ons
Technique Tuesday, CTMH, and Autumn leaves stamps
Visual designs by Chris die cuts.

A card using some old Cosmo Cricket scraps

Used the brand new Simple Stories Travel kit.

Supplies: Basic Grey patterned paper, The cat die cut is by Ginny's happy cuts. You make me smile
The title was Rub ons by American Crafts.