Birds of a Feather…

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My Favorite Quick Project March 6, 2009

Filed under: Family time,Scrapbook Layouts,Scrapbooking tips and tricks — birdsofafeather19 @ 3:03 pm

This fun project is called an exploding box.  If you want a quick and easy craft for a weekend or a crop day try this.  They have been around for quite awhile but seem to pop up from time to time.  They make a great gift.  This one sits on my desk at work and makes me happy with the bright colors and pictures of my family.



I found that brightly colored birdy paper and had to make something with it.  I’m like a kid in a candy store with paper.  Love it!!


The butterfly was on this bright paper, too.  So I cut it out with my Fiskars micro-tip scissors which are prefect for intricate details like this.  I used a sponge to ink the edges of the butterfly slightly so it would stand out more and bent the wings up just a little.



For some dimension and interest I embellished some of the pages without adding a photo.  I also embellished some of the photos with a flower or tag.  Just mixin’ it up.



This was my first attempt at this project and, as with any new skill, I learned something for the next time.  First, decide which direction you want the pictures to face.  I think I turned them all around at least once and they still don’t face the same direction.  Second, make the top of the box and place it on the box before you decorate the outside.  I made this cute “Family” square and then discovered that the top of the box covered up the F and most of the a and m.  Oh well.  I still love it.

Happy Crafting!



Black and White Album -Part I February 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — birdsofafeather19 @ 10:30 pm

One day I was shopping at a scrapbook store and came across a sample layout that jumped out at me.  It was done in black, cream and red papers with all black and white photos.  I have kept that vision in my head for quite some time.  I decided to complete one whole year as a seperate album.  I started buying little things here and there in preparation.  So after awhile I had a substantial stash and was ready to put it all together.  

This is the inside cover page: 2007


I enjoyed planning out the theme almost as much as I enjoyed creating the pages.  The process of imagining a layout or design and bringing it together is so fulfilling.  Here are a few more pages from the B&W album.

I think the contrast came out wrong on this photo, it’s supposed to be a dark red and black.  The background looks almost brown here.  that’s what I get for using my phone to take pictures.  hmmm…must get Photoshop…


Here are two of my rugrats on ice.  We spend so much time with hockey and I was grateful to get some outdoor pics without helmets and jerseys!!  Aren’t they cute?



This layout is one of my favorites.  It is unique for the following reasons:  I have a photo of all five us; I used a new-to-me technique (off center – I actually cut through the pictures *gasp*); and I painted on swirls with a stencil and a sponge.  Came out pretty good, don’cha-know.



Look for Part II  of this album coming soon…  Now that I can use my new camera I’ll be sure to have better images to show you. 

Happy crafting!



Tools, Tools, Tools… January 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — birdsofafeather19 @ 9:21 pm

I have a new craft tool that I am in love with..




It is the Fiskars Premium Crafter’s Trimmer.  The perfect size to travel to crops with and the markings are clear and easy to read.  They have also mapped out the most common sizes like 5×7, 3×5, etc. to make it completely idiot proof.  Pick this one up asap!


I’m also coveting a new item…



Fiskars Border Punch – Upper Crest.

This classy little punch looks like it would fit perfectly with my style of scrapbooking.  I’ll be searching this one out at the local scrapbooking stores right away.  Although, it may be as elusive as the threading waters punch was when it first came out.


By the way, if you haven’t gone crazy over Fiskars tools head over to and see what the fuss is all about.


a DECISIVE beginning January 16, 2009

Filed under: Day in the life,Family time,Uncategorized — birdsofafeather19 @ 9:21 pm

I am taking liberties with my word of the year:  DECISIVE

I have decided it to also mean “take charge”, “can’t mess with me” and “I am right”.  This is my interpretation of “displaying no or little hesitation; resolute; determined” 

Since my New Years Resolution to become DECISIVE I am off to a good start.  My first plan of attack was my personal finances.  My husband and I have tried many ways over the years to tackle our bills and lately we have been splitting them down the middle.  Our incomes are almost the same now so it’s a lot easier.  But the drawback is  it was easy for me to lose track of the balances on things he took care of, out of sight-out of mind.  I have decided to rein it all in. 

I used to keep track on the computer with a budgeting template in excel (thank you free excel templates on  But it was easy to hide in a file and forget about updating it.  I took charge and went to Office Depot and bought the old fashioned column pads  Writing everything down and putting it in my face on the desk everyday will keep me on track.   I am also cutting back on unnecessary purchases

like Caribou Coffee 1817

and Einstein Bros bagels.


and potato chips..mmmm



and HBO


I know I can do it.  I have decided!


Resolultions January 8, 2009

Filed under: Day in the life,Family time — birdsofafeather19 @ 4:49 pm

I’ve been reading so many blogs lately about New Year’s Resolutions.  But there is a twist.  Many people are choosing a word of the year.  Something to inspire and focus them for the whole year.  I love this idea and am jumping on the bandwagon. 

What word to choose??  hmmm..  let me think about it.  What do you think?  Maybe Happiness?  No, too broad.  Maybe Inspired?  No, also too broad and that is what I want to the word to do…inspire.  um, maybe Focused?  Now we’re getting there.  I like the direction we’re heading.  I’ve got it!!  Decisive.  That’s what I need to be.

According to


1. having the power or quality of deciding; putting an end to controversy; crucial or most important: Your argument was the decisive one.
2. characterized by or displaying no or little hesitation; resolute; determined: The general was known for his decisive manner.
3. indisputable; definite: a decisive defeat.
4. unsurpassable; commanding: a decisive lead in the voting.

I like decisive.  It’s like positive, but more definate.  No more missed opportunities because I failed to act.  My resolution for 2009 is to be DECISIVE! 

What’s your word of the year?


Santa came through for me January 5, 2009

Filed under: Day in the life,Scrapbooking tips and tricks,Uncategorized — birdsofafeather19 @ 11:04 pm

353_26110_s550_frontSanta was a good boy this year and brought me a new Nikon Coolpix digitial camera.  Isn’t is pretty?  I love it!!  My last digital camera bit the big one about a year ago (see my woeful blog post  What is a scrapbooker and parent of rapidly growing children supposed to do without a camera??!!  Thank goodness for the jolly fellow who was tired of my whining. 

Now it’s time to buckle down and read the manual.  Or I could just continue snapping pics on the default setting.  It’s working for now.  Once I figure out how to download the photos I’ll be back in the scrapbooking saddle again.  Do you have this kind of camera?  Do you have any digital photo tips for me?  I can use all the help I can get!  Thanks and happy picture taking. 🙂


A different kind of scrapbooking December 22, 2008

Filed under: Day in the life,Family time,Scrapbook Layouts,Uncategorized — birdsofafeather19 @ 3:55 pm

Recently my father passed away and I ended up making some very difficult decsions.  Mostly funeral arrangements.   One of the things I knew he would have wanted was a memorial service that showed him as he really was; fun, full of life and a little on the mischievous side.  He alwasy said “don’t play that song How Great Thou Art.  Everyone I’ve ever known my whold life plays that at a funeral.  Play some Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard at mine.”  He loved to ride his Harley, he loved to hunt with his dog and he loved his grandchildren.  I knew that I would not be able to get up at a podium and properly convey how I felt so I decided to use my skills in scrapbooking to create picture boards of happy times in his life.  I know this is a very common practice these days, but I know my talents are more artistic expression, than verbal. 

While creating the boards I had to keep telling myself  “don’t look at the pictures”.  Because each time I did tears would come to my eyes and I was afraid of ruining them.  However, as  I kept working, I found myself smiling at some of the goofy pictures and marveling at the ones where he was a child.  So the process turned out to be therapeutic as well.  We did play Merle Haggard and we did have pictures of him on his Harley, too.  I’m glad I was able to fulfill his wishes and I will miss him every day…




(boards were laid out side to side on easels)