We live about 90 miles from Crater Lake (7th deepest lake in the world - formed when Mt. Mazama erupted). I haven't been there since I was a teenager though (funny, how when you live close to something like that, seeing it is never really a priority).
Totally unplanned, but I really needed to get out of the house yesterday (am designing some new classes and am overwhelmed).
Ross stayed home and slept all day (he had 5 friends over the night before and they stayed up all night eating pizza and goofing off), but the rest of us went.
The highlights: pine cone fights, hopping the fence along the hiking trail to get closer to the river (bad role-models, I know), Josh trying to capture an ant lion (he never caught one, so I am still doubting their existence), the great buffet-style dinner (just joking Josh...that was the worst dinner ever), feeding the crazy squirrels and all 3 kiddos sleeping the whole ride home.
I'm going up to Portland, OR next weekend for my Sister's bachelorette party (I can feel the pain from the hangover already - I'm getting waaaaay to old for stuff like this).
Anyhoo...lucky me - Karen Burniston (one of my favorite people in the world) just happens to be teaching classes in Portland that very same weekend.
So I will be at A Joy Forever in Gresham, OR on Saturday, August 5th (503 661 1400) hanging out with my friends, Tanya & Kristin at one of Karen Burnistons classes.
I'm taking her "Memory Art" class from 10-12. She's teaching 3 classes that day - Memory Art, Transparency Techniques and Wild Side (mini-album). I saw her project for the "Tranparency Techniques" class and let me tell you, it is amazing (she's an engineer - so she can come up with cool stuff that us "non-engineers" could never think of).
I just got my first issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine yesterday. Annie Bannie's first time in a magazine (August issue).
I'm thinking that I like this magazine a lot.
I haven't had a lot of stuff published lately - so it was fun to see some of my stuff in there. I might have mentioned this before (I am starting to forget what I have blogged about in the past), but I think that it might be assumed that since I have a product line and won HOF (a bazillion years ago) that anytime I want any of my stuff published, that I just get on the phone to one of my close friends in the magazine world.
Well, let me dispel that myth. No close friends in the magazine world. Lots of nice people and lots of acquaintances...but I submit my pages the regular way, just like everyone else (and the vast majority of what I submit, never gets picked up).
Every now & then, I'll get an email from someone who wants a specific page for an article that they are working on - but that doesn't happen all that frequently.
I won't turn this into a long-winded, inspirational post for all of those struggling to get published.
Just wanted to mention it.
Did this layout a few weeks ago - submitted it - no calls. Doesn't matter a bit to me if it's not what the magazines are looking for right now - I'm crazy about it.
Grants Pass has these cool little concerts that they put on at Riverside park every Tuesday night during the summer.
Josh & I swore that we were going to go every single Tuesday.
This Tuesday was the first one we've made it to all Summer (so far).
Really great stuff though. We loaded up all the kiddos, picked up some sandwiches and laid out a blanket out in the shade.
So cool for Coley & Courtney - they rolled somersaults down the little hill we were sitting on all night, got their faces painted and played in one of those big blow-up bouncy room things (I don't have a clue what they're called - perhaps they really are called "big blow-up bouncy room things").
Annie loves being outside (and loves being held), so the night was a huge success in her book.
I think Ross even had a good time (other than getting stung by 3 bees when he decided that rolling down the hill might be fun for him too).
Funny...as we were packing up to leave, a women (who had been sitting behind us the whole evening) said to me "You have the most beautiful family" (apparently she hadn't noticed Courtney with her finger stuffed a mile up her nose all night, me telling Cole that if he didn't quit his whining that I was going to "crack his noggin", Ross pouting for the first 20 minutes of the concert because "50's music just isn't his thing", Annie screeching because she hadn't had a nap all day and Josh purposely throwing the kids shoes down the hill just to make them holler).
Coley & Courtney Lee did a little bit of scrapbooking yesterday (Courtney's destined for Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame 2046).
When I'm scrapbooking, I usually end up tossing a few photos that I printed, but didn't use (wrong size, bad color, etc.). Decided to start keeping them in a box for the kiddos along with product that I would normally give away.
Glad I did.
They picked out everything on their own and decided where they wanted it - Ross & I just helped them with adhering stuff (and so I have to mention again...I think Courtney's got an eye for the rules of design - just check out her layout).
Cracks me up that Coley decided an entire sheet of Batman stickers would be the perfect touch for his layout and that one of the stickers would look great right over the top of Ross's head (ok, so maybe he's not destined for scrapbooking greatness).
And yes...all the grass in my front yard really is dead.
There are a lot of reasons that I love doing what I do (and stuff like this is high on the list).
Last Saturday morning, I had coffee (she had tea) with the most lovely gal from France (Catherine). She was picking her son up in Eugene (about 2 hours north of me) from a Youth Corps program.
She's a teacher - started scrapbooking about 6 months ago. She had ordered a class kit from me awhile back and then emailed me again before she came to the states to ask a few questions. It happened to work out perfectly that we could meet at 7am on Saturday morning before she headed out for Eugene and I left for Phoenix to teach class.
A great hour (thanks Catherine).
So cool to me that two people, from two different parts of the world could decide to meet up for a cup of coffee just because of one commonality...scrapbooking.
Edited this to make it more clear because Jill thought I made it too confusing the first time around.
Answering a quick question:
I made the little journaling strips (on the layout I posted this morning) on the computer. For the pink and orange strips with white text, I just made a pink and an orange canvas in Photoshop (you should be able to do this in any photo editing program or even in a word processing program) and then added white text to the colored canvas. Then I printed them out onto white cardstock. Because printers don't have white ink, when they print out the areas of "white" text, the text is actually left blank/clear, so if you are printing on white cardstock, the text appears to be white (for example, if you printed onto pink cardstock, the text would appear to be pink).