Saturday, July 11, 2009


Thank you, Bee and Rose, for passing on the info. from April Showers on how to make a blog button! I am much better with the old-fashioned kind of button maker, I'm afraid, and even though the instructions were very simple to follow, I still had issues. Heavy sigh. I gave it my best shot, and at least there's something up there in the corner to show for it! It's been a good weekend so far; we've played some games, watched some movies, and spent some time with good friends. Isn't that what it's all about?! We had a yummy dinner tonight complete with a recipe for ribs from a friend, and lots of fresh veggies! Even the dog had his way with a few carrots and some spilled mashed potatoes! Besides a little work that needs to get done tomorrow, I have really high hopes of getting in that great room of mine called my CRAFT ROOM (or more commonly, the place where the kids go to watch t.v.) I'm thinking of attacking my scrapbooks from another direction--one I started a while back when I was feeling overwhelmed with the incompletion of it all. I decided to do a book for each major "theme" in our lives, and expand from there. For example, I have a book entitled "HALLOWEEN". It certainly doesn't contain all the photos I take for that given holiday (hello, have we met?!), but just a sampling of a few pictures of the highlights. I also have a book called "BIRTHDAYS" with a 2-page spread for each birthday party for each child. Since my husband and I were married over the July 4th weekend, that holiday holds special significance not only as a national holiday of our great country, but as a celebration of our marriage. I have tried to take a family photo each 4th of July weekend, and these photos go into the "JULY 4TH" book. You get the picture (pardon the pun!). I also have a "YEAR IN REVIEW" book concept, and that one is a bit overwhelming because there are so many years that remain undone. With the 365 day photo challenge from BECKY HIGGINS, future years may be easier. Especially if I actually remembered to take photos every day. Ugh. Anyway, here are a few photos of the books as they are right now, and some other projects. With any luck, I'll be working on them here and there throughout the rest of our (rapidly disappearing) summer! I think the temp. here is supposed to be 156 degrees or something like that tomorrow--I don't watch the weather reports anymore--really, what's the point? The only thing I know for sure is that I now need oven mitts to grasp the steering wheel of the car and open the doors from the outside, and tongs to remove the keys from the ignition once we get where we are going. It's the price we pay for our beautiful winters here in Arizona. And I can say that, although I've had 2nd degree sunburns before, I've never lost a digit due to frostbite. I figure I'm about even.Photo tour of our home.

Year in review book, no journaling yet, only notes.

Another page of the same book, ready for pictures.

Birthday book, year 2. Incomplete, naturally!

Thanksgiving photos, recipes, traditions.

Book of Christmas cards from one season, not decorated yet.

Just a fun school idea that the kids and I did here at home.

ABC book of baby's first year, the first book project I had ever done.

Another book of Christmas pictures and letters from family and friends. I put these out every year in a Christmas basket so that we can look through them and remember years gone by!


Peterson Family said...

Cute scrapbooks! I enjoy scrapbooking as well! When I see cute scrapbooking stuff I buy it and put it away so that when the mood hits, I have tons of things to inspire me. (My husband doesn't get it though....LOL)

Life Potentials Network said...

You are so smart to keep up with the photos! After we had been married 40 years, I took all the old albums, took all the photos out, resorted them, and made about 10 albums: 1 for each child, 1 for assorted travels (plus one album for each big trip), 1 for ancestors, 1 for current family, etc. It was such a chore but well worth doing. Now I finally feel organized around photos. But they are NOTHING like your darling scrapbooks! Well done! xo

Dylan said...

Well, the covers are darn cute, even if they are incomplete! I have similar themes in the organization of my picture files on the computer. It works much better than doing chronological files.

BTW I responded to your comment on my last blog, if you want to check it out!

Oh shoot--Dylan is still signed in! I guess you can tell this is really from Dylan's mom!

Bee and Rose said...

You just inspired me to tackle that huge photo scrapbooking nightmare in my craft room! It's so overwhelming! I love all of your theme books and this actually may help me be better organized! (I might as well put all my paper to use! lol!) You are incredibly talented! I love your photo home tour book too!!!

Spirit Jump said...

okay you are super creative. If you're not already a Spirit Jumper def. consider joining. We send cards/gifts to people battling cancer in hopes of lifting their spirits

Stopping by from SITS to say hi and invite you to our Getaway Giveaway, 2 Round Trip Airline Tickets & a Sweet Spot Pink Putter.

Help support our charity & maybe even win a super cool prize!

Bee and Rose said...

Hi Lori! I'm sorry to do this on your comment forum, but I couldn't locate your email...

Earlier today, blogger removed my blog and profile for some reason. They've since put it back up, but in the process I was also removed from all of the blogs I follow! YIKES! I tried to re-follow your blog, but it's saying that you've blocked me from re-joining. (I know you aren't really blocking! At least I hope not!) The reason I'm emailing is that I wanted you to know that I still want to follow your blog! It appears that the blocking thing is some sort of "FAIL" on blogger's end, but I am trying to re-join:) After talking with some bloggy friends, I discovered that they had no idea I was being blocked from re-joining their blogs! I hope that's the case here too! I also disovered that this has occurred on Blogger before and was supposedly repaired. Please know that I’m still reading you!! It's apparently some sort of code error, but I don't know what to do to fix it!
Thank you for your very kind understanding!

ps..this is the error message I receive when I try to re-follow a blog…
“We're sorry, the site owner has blocked you from joining this site.”
This even happens when I try to join my own blog! lol!

TuTu's Bliss said...

Stopping in to give you a does of comment lovin' Saw you on SITS. I was born overwhelmed!! Hugs, Jen