Saturday, December 29, 2012

Silhouette CAMEO!!

My amazing husband surprised me with a cutter for Christmas! I haven't designed files in several years and I am SUPER excited to start again! I spent the day watching youtube videos and playing with the machine and the settings. Now I'm ready to start, however, I need  some inspiration! 

Please post on here what you are working on and what file would really help you! If it inspires me, I will create the file and share it! 

I can convert my old files too it seems, which is also very exciting! So, what are you looking for? What can I help you with? 

Let me know, 
Tammey

Friday, May 11, 2012

Family... loved ones....

In the last few weeks four babies have joined our ranks and three dear friends/family members have moved on. My heart aches for those that recently lost loved ones. So much history goes with them. My grandparents and my dad are all gone. They left years and years ago. My beloved sister is also gone; I miss her daily. She was the glue to our family. She always knew where everyone was and what they were doing. I loved getting phone calls from her and catching up on everyone. When she passed the fine threads that held us all together shattered. I often think of her and her contagious laugh! She taught me that a good server deserved a good tip and a bad server needed to be told so they could earn the good tips! She taught me love of family, a genuine love and acceptance. She loved her family unconditionally, even when she didn't agree with their actions, she always loved them. She left suddenly, without warning, and left a huge void in so many lives. For years I was going to get with her and we were going to work on our family tree and locate missing family members. We never did. She left before we got to it.

Now here I sit, super restless and feeling a friends pain at her loss of a beloved family member. Words can not begin to ease the pain and I know that. I have another acquaintance that lost her mom over the weekend, and yet another that lost her son. My heart goes out to all of them! This is why I scrapbook.

In those beautiful photos are the memories. That is where our loved ones come back and visit! We see their smiles, we remember their laugh, we feel their love in our photos and in our memories. Time fades those. All of them, always. Unless we make a point to hold on to them! This is why I make albums.

In my albums are the people I love, even the ones I don't have anymore or don't spend time with. I still have the memories of better days! I can look at the pages and hear the laughter, feel our special bond and experience the love again. I've lost people, a lot of people, but I still hold them dear and visit them often through my albums! When I'm feeling down or sad, I open up my books and look through the pages. That's where my happy thoughts are! My birthday when my kid brothers got me the best fishing pole ever! I could not wait for them to take me fishing! My wedding photos always make me smile. It wasn't a huge wedding, but it was amazing! I giggle every time I see the photo of my husband smearing me with cake! That twinkle in his eye, oh I just want to hug him! This is why I'm passionate about photos - this is why I scrapbook!

I hear:
I don't have time
I don't have the money
I am not creative
I don't know how

All false. You don't want to take the time, spend the money, or put in the effort because it's not important to you. What is? Twenty years from now, what will be important? The dollar you earned? The flower you planted? The booze you put away? No, those things won't even be remembered. Neither will the moment you spent with your loved one because either you didn't do it because you were busy with the above mentioned items, or you didn't document it.

I'm not saying document every single moment of every single day, you really wouldn't have time! I am saying three times a year make the time to document your loved ones. Do something with them and journal it. Take a photo! The first year of a baby's life, wow, it goes SO quickly! Then they are walking and talking and in school and before you know it, it's time for prom and then graduation and they are gone. Where did the time go? The memories are fading, the giggles are but an echo and life moves on. They are grown with children of their own and life moves on. You sit alone missing times gone by, people that have moved in and out of your life, and all you have is what you remember. This is why I scrapbook.

This is why I am so passionate about what I do! It really does matter to me that you get your photos into a photo safe album. Yes, there are many choices out there. Yes, you can run down to the dollar store and get an album to hold your precious memories. There is not a photo safe task force that prevents non-photo safe products from hitting the market. They are out there and you do have access. There are online outlets for making albums, they are out there and they are easy. You might save a couple of bucks going that rout, but to what expense in the long run? If it's worth doing, isn't it worth doing right?

I don't have time - a few hours once a month would do the trick! There are albums with photo safe pockets for you to simply slide the photo in and add a little journaling, voila! You have a layout done!

I don't have the money - Purchase or download the software and spend the time over the year of doing one, two page layout a month for a year. At the end of the year, your investment would come out to about $5 a month, that is less than ONE Starbucks venti mocha!

I am not creative - most often the digital software has templates and embellishments are ready for you! Just drop in the photo, add the journaling (story) and send it off to be printed! Tada!

I don't know how - All it takes is you having a desire to save your memories and record the ones you love. It doesn't need to be fancy. It just needs to be. First, purchase a photo safe album and double sided adhesive. The important components are the photos and the story behind the photos. Answer who, what, when, where and why. That's it! You have successfully learned the steps to creating an album! Still stuck?

If you read this far, thank you! I really am just this passionate about you preserving your story, the people you love and why you love them. The pain of losing someone is so intense, having an album(s) full of memories and laughter will ease the pain and will make the loss not quite so unbearable. This isn't meant to add to anyone's pain or to cause guilt. It is simply meant to inspire and give hope and to encourage you to save your memories :)

hugs to you
Tammey



Monday, April 9, 2012

Communication - Love Languages

I love to learn. It rarely matters what I'm learning, it's all interesting. I really love to learn about people, personalities and why we do what we do. Fascinating! So the thing I'm learning about right now is Love Languages. Oh, I've been aware of them before. I knew that some people react better to words than actions and vice versa. I never knew there was a quiz out there to determine which one I was or how to apply it!

I love it when my husband plans out a trip for us. He researches where we are going, when we are going, how we are going and what we will see. These little adventures just leave my bucket over flowing with feeling loved. I always thought my love language was quality time because of these little outings. According to the quiz, it's actually acts of service! When he spends so much time putting this together and planning it for me, that's what makes me feel whole! I just love it. You can talk to me all you want, although I appreciate being told I'm doing a good job, it doesn't fire me up. I'm not being cold or anything, it just doesn't do for me what I know it does for some. Now, if you were to take my car and wash it for me, oh wow! THAT fills my love tank right up! :) I love how God has made us all so differently. It's just plain fascinating.

Everyone has their own love language and when others 'talk' to us in that language, we feel appreciated. I think this is an important part of any relationship. If you don't feel appreciated, I'll bet your partner has a different love language! Theirs might be acts of service so they do things for you all the time, but that isn't yours so it leaves you feeling left out or ignored because what you really need is quality time!

What is your love language?

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/assessments/love/

The link is safe, I've share it a LOT!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Scrapbooking Classes February Newsletter is out!

The Scrapbooking Classes newsletter for February 2012 is out! Be sure to get your copy today! It not only includes a couple of inspiration and informative articles, but an easy to read and follow layout sketch!


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Friday, February 10, 2012

When Things Slow Down...

I think some of the worst phrases around today are:
  • Someday I'll do that
  • Tomorrow I'll have more time
  • Things will be better next week
  • When I get around to it
  • When things slow down
Tomorrow is a concept, so is someday. They don't actually exist. Tomorrow is always tomorrow, once it gets here it becomes today and when it passes it is yesterday. I've spent a lot of time over the years waiting for tomorrow and someday. Tomorrow I'll call that person or write that letter. I don't. Someday I'll sit down and write that book. I haven't. When things slow down, when life isn't so crazy, I'll accomplish a whole list of things I want to complete. Life hasn't slowed down, in fact, it's getting busier and crazier.

It seems like yesterday my baby girl was learning to walk, today she is a junior in college going for Criminal Law. Where did the time go? It was just a short while ago that I was talking to my second little girl about picking up her baby dolls, and now she has three babies of her own! Tomorrow I will take the time to take my boys fishing and camping, next weekend when it's not so crazy, later this summer when things slow down.... but I rarely did. Now they are both grown and living on their own. Where did the summers go? Where are all of those tomorrows? I let them slide right by me disguised as today's.

Do you have little children at home? Today is the tomorrow you were talking about yesterday. It's so cliche and yet so very true! Remember when you brought the baby home and all you wanted was for them to sleep through the night and then they did! Oh how you couldn't wait until they could walk, and they are! You'll find time when they start school, then they started school and you would plan for summers only to find you were planning for school!

This is why I love scrapbooking so much. It is not a fluffy art to entertain bored women. It is a way to capture those precious moments and store them away! You don't have to do it every day. You don't have to journal every moment of your child's life. Even capturing one moment is more than you had yesterday, right?

That next great assignment that comes home from school, slide it into a pocket page with the date on it. That moment is now captured!

Today they are one day older, they are one day closer to being grown and gone. The same goes with our parents and grandparents. Recently we lost two elderly family members. Both of them were important to me and both were on my 'tomorrow list'. Tomorrow I will write to them, tomorrow we will catch up. I have no more tomorrows to share with them. They left yesterday.

Where were they born? What did they love? What would they change? How did they meet their spouse? What brought them joy? I will never know.

Talk to your loved ones. Learn about them. Hold on to your today and to them. Seek them out. Encourage them. Listen to them. Take a photo today. Of what you might ask? Of them doing what they love. Ask them about it. Why do they love it? What brings them joy?

You can't do anything with yesterdays once they are gone. You can rejoice in them if you've captured them! This is what scrapbooking is to me.

I would love to help you get started! Preserving your memories does not have to be time consuming or difficult. It just has to be. There are many styles available now. Digital is an easy way to get your memories saved without storing supplies! Be cautious on where you purchase the albums from though, the purpose of saving these memories is so they last and the reason the cheap guys are cheap, is because they can offer a lesser quality paper and ink. The same is true for the big store brands. Make sure your purchases are meant to last.

Capture today, right now, this moment. What have you been putting off? Right now is a great time to tackle that! Just do it!

Tammey Brown






NOTE: I posted this on Febuary 10, 2012. That Sunday (2/12/12) I got to church to hear an amazing, right to the heart sermon. The new series is called "Live Like You Were Dying", wow. Can you imagine how much we would get done? How much we would share? How much we would talk? How much we would take the time to tell loved ones how much they are loved? To see the sermon, click here
http://www.prairieheights.com/messages?sermon_id=112

It's worth watching! Be prepared to be inspired!
~Tammey

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Journaling

Journaling is NOT writing a book. It is not documenting every breath, everything they said, everything they did, everywhere they went or everyone they came in contact with. That is just way too much! If you want to do it, more power to you! However, most people just don't have the time.

If you can add three 2-page layouts a year to their album, I think you're doing great! If they are a summer baby, make sure you do birthday, first or last day of school and Christmas. That way you are getting a really good picture of their year. Three layouts a year! I KNOW you can do it!

Format:
Title (usually the event, for example 3rd Birthday, Jakie turns 2 or 1st Day of School)
Photos (1-6 a page)
Journaling (take the time to write a little paragraph or two about the event as the events don't mean much if 50 years down the road no one knows what/when or who was at the event)

That's it. That is the formula for a great layout. Everything else is just frosting.

Title + Photos + Journaling = Captured Memory

Yes, it IS as simple as that! The layout does not have to be ultra fantastic. Even advanced scrappers don't achieve that every time, or even try to. The important part is the preserving the memory. If after that you want to add the fun stuff, go for it. You can use the same formula for digital scrapbooking. I have a quick kit that shows you how to get two full layouts with minimal paper waste, feel free to use it.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sorting Paper

I really struggle with how to sort my paper. I have too much, and yet, not nearly enough! I have started going through the stacks and will post pics when I'm done. The solid colors aren't the problem. Those are easy, just put red with red, blue with blue, yellow with yellow etc..

The problem is the pattern paper! If it is yellow, orange, and green; does it go with yellow? orange? green? Does it go with Spring colors? Or maybe summer?

How do you sort your paper? I would love to see pics of your scrapspace!

Please join me on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/ScrapWithMecom/226237917454800

and share photos, projects, ideas, techniques, solutions and more!

See you there,
Tammey

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why Scrapbook?

What is scrapbooking? It's gluing photos to any old paper, right? It's putting as many doodads on a page as you can, right? It's cutting photos into odd shapes, removing people you don't like and then ignoring them, right?

Wrong. Scrapbooking is your story, your way! You determine how you want to preserve it. You write your history. You do. No one else is going to do it for you. You have to. There are so many options out there! Just do it! Pick one and go for it.

Are your photos somewhere in the closet? Stored safely on the hard drive to be dealt with later? Either way, what if there is a fire tonight? Where are your precious memories? Wasn't it just yesterday your child was newborn, snuggled in your arms and so full of promise? Wasn't it just yesterday that they were learning to walk? Write? Ride a bike? Sing, dance, or play an instrument? Wasn't it just yesterday that they were graduating? Wasn't it just....... Where did the time go?

It is a passion that God gave me at birth. I've not known what to do with it. I thought it was just for me to learn to scrapbook so I could preserve my memories. Recently though, I've come to realize, that isn't it. He made me a teacher ON purpose! He whispered in my soul a genuine love of other people's stories, of their photos, of their dreams. I am honored to use the gifts God has blessed me with to help others preserve their most precious gifts.

Don't want the clutter? Digital albums are done on the computer. Use the software, pick the template that works best for you, drop your photos right into the spaces already set up, add any embellishments you like and send to the printer! They print and bind the pages into an amazing book. Tada! A beautiful album with the stories behind them.

Like albums, but don't want to measure, cut, and try to figure out where everything goes?  There are albums with pockets built in that you just drop photos and journaling into! Yep, it's that easy! PLUS - as a bonus, they are 40% OFF right now!

Love the feel of paper? Want to design every page around your photos? Go for it! ALSO, now you can even design the front cover to your album! How sweet is that? Love that! Imagine your Christmas 2011 album with a family photo from Christmas 2011 right on the cover! How about a baby album, with a pic of the brand new bundle of joy as the cover!

The possibilities are endless. Need help? Need direction? Need solutions? Feel free to contact me! I would love to help.

No matter what the problem is, I'm sure we can find a solution. This is the year! Just do it!



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Monday, January 16, 2012

Start Scrapbooking

Photo journaling, scrapbooking, and saving your memories to any media are really all the same thing. For this post, I'm going to call it...