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Friday, July 31, 2009

Sounds of Summer Bind It ALL Album

I just uploaded an album that combines several of my scrapbooking favorites - the Bind It All and the Sounds Easy Voice Recorder.

Lately I seem to be mostly making mini albums - and there is no better way (IMHO) than with the BIA. I decided to participate in my first ever challenge on the BIA blog - a mini album on Summer.

So - I documented some of our favorite Sounds of Summer by recording the pictures AND the sounds with the Sounds Easy Voice Recorder. (See my first post for details on how easy the system works).

Here is the cover. I painted one of the BIA 5 x 7 chipboard covers with lime green and throughout the album used Die Cuts with a View Extreme Paper stack for patterned paper. The solid cardstock is Stampin Up! The sun is a scalloped SU! punch covered with flower soft (great stuff) with google eyes and a rhinestone smile. I'll probably add stickles to the title letters tomorrow. I like my BLING what can I say!

I wanted to use lots of different sizes and shapes in the album. The numbers on the bottom right of the page correspond to the sound captured on the Sounds Easy disk. The disk is stored in a pocket on the last page that you'll see later if you stick around that long.

Here are the first 2 pages of the album.

On page 1. is a picture of my DD (when she was much younger) swimming in the pool. The sound corresponding is a Rascal Flatts song Summer Nights.

2. The neighborhood dogs having a "play date" while taking a walk. The sound recorded is them barking and playing.

3. These are some beautiful flowers I passed one day in the beginning of summer. I haven't picked which country song I'm going to record here yet. My DDs are helping me pick.

4. I had a great time with the Green Stack by DVWV on this page. I'm not sure how well the details show up here - but there is a tiny bird in the tree that I cut out of their paper and covered with stickles and crystal effects. The tree trunk is felt. The sound here is the birds that are singing and chirping in our yard.

For brevity I didn't post pages 5 and 6. They are of my container vegetable garden and the ferris wheel at a carnival.

7. One of my favorite places to be -the beach! I really like all the senses at the beach - the hot sun (well for a while anyway LOL), the feel of the sand on my toes while I'm sitting in a chair reading a book, the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach and the endless horizon over the ocean. I tried to capture the visual. The sound recorded is the waves crashing. For the other senses - we'll just have to use our imagination!

8. Sleepovers -what summer is complete with out a bunch of sleepovers!! I didn't post the LO due to the already long length of the post and I don't really like how that page came out LOL

9. 4th of July

Fireworks have become a tradition for us. My DH really enjoys his fireworks and so do we! This year we stopped at Phantom fireworks and got a wonderful selection for 7/4/09 We also set off fireworks at New Years. The sound will be of the fireworks themselves. We actually didn't make a recording of the sounds at 4th of July (cuz I wasn't thinking of it) so we are going to have to set some more off one night to capture the sound - which is just one more chance to have some fun .

10. What summer is complete without a trip to the ice cream place? Brewster gives dogs free ice cream so the layout is of our Max eating a cup of ice cream. I haven't figured out a sound for that one yet - ideas?

11. A road trip our eldest and I took to NC and Tennessee on the way (in a long about we're on vacation so we don't want to go the direct/fastest route possible way) to pick up our youngest from camp. The song is one we listened to a lot by Kelly Pickler

12. Bike rides. My husband and daughters have really enjoyed riding bikes during the summer evenings. Again, I will record a country song for the sounds - I'm just waiting for them to pick one and will update when they do

13. In June my Dad and Iwent to New York city with the girls. We had a fabulous time! Frequently Dad would sing NY NY and we'd all laugh because no one knew the next line of the song (till we used the Itouch and looked it up). So of course the sound on this page is ....Dad singing New York New York!

And finally - the back cover. I used a BIA acrylic 5 x7 tabed page
for the cover. Page 13 is on the flip side. I used double
sided paper on the road trip page that gave the blue
background and found the flower paper in my stash. I punched a hole in the acrylic with my Crop-a-dile so the ribbon could thread through to the other side. My DD has been cleaning out her room and I took a
denim skirt from the go-to-charity pile (I know I'm sorry
- some poor kid is without a skirt because I just thought
this pocket was too cute to resist)... If you open the pocket - you'll find the disk for the Sounds Easy with all the fun sounds of our summer.

If you've hung till the end - THANK YOU for stopping by!
Sorry for all the extra spacing - I'm having a learning curve here -the spacing doesn't show up as I type only when published. I'll fix it when I figure out how LOL

Stop by the Bind It all Blog to see more great albums!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Enjoy the Journey

The title of this blog is so true! Crafting and using my creativity keeps me grounded and sane. There is something about it that is soothing and relaxing. I decided to make myself a personal scrapbook - just for me - of things that I find meaningful at the time. No set theme -no set subject or pictures - just create a page that needs to be created.

This is one of the newest ones for this album. I went through my scraps and picked out some of my favorite papers and ribbons. I had a lot of fun with the weaving. I know there is an easier way - for example - tape all the vertical lines to the table and weave in and out the horizontal - but I didn't do it that way which made it more challenging LOL!

I had a lot of fun glimmer misting the flowers - the large one is Bazzil and the small blue one is Prima and the black glittery one is Making Memories. Glimmer Mist is my new FAV sb item!!

I also really like the the Anna Griffin lace corner don't you?

I signed up to participate in the Craft It Wednesday blog. I know this is a day late but I'm going to link you guys to there since I just found out about it today!

Thanks for vising!

Till next time....

Thats it for now!

Monday, July 27, 2009

I've taken the plunge!!!! Sounds Easy Page

I've been thinking and talking to friends about creating a blog - and HERE IT IS!! Why should I create a blog was a question I pondered for a long long time.

Answer: I've really enjoyed looking at blogs on the web for inspiration and pleasure. So I wanted to "give back" and join the fun.

Why not do it? Well - cuz in no particular order - In no way does my stuff compare to the blogs that inspire me. And because I craft in spurts and I might have long times without anything to add. And because I don't think anyone will visit.

Why do it? Well here is my answer to the above - Don't compare yourself. Because that only makes you lose. Enjoy the process and have fun - even if its a party of 1 (me)

So here we GO...............My first Creative Sanity sharing.

I was fortunate to create some samples for an amazing new company - Sounds Easy Voice Recorder - to take to winter CHA. I love this product. It allows you to record 30 separate audio - yes thats right AUDIO - recordings that are 30 seconds long. This has forever changed my scrapbooking. Not only can I document the visual (photo) memories I can now document the audio memories. The recorder uses interchangable memory devices. The chip (much like you have in a digital camera) is stored in a tiny envelope in your album. When you look through the album, you put the chip into the Sounds Easy Recorder (it records and plays back) and play the sound corresponding to your page. Easy and AWESOME!

Once this computer illiterate new blogger (AKA me) figures out how to post a picture I'm going to show you a layout I made for Sounds Easy of my DDs Bat Mitzvah (she will kill me for having her picture here so if you know her don't tell LOL).

She and I wove her Tallis (prayer shawl) and I made a color copy of it to use as my background paper. I recorded her chanting the Torah from the DVD taken during the event. The number 29 in the lower right hand corner is the corresponding number for the Sounds Easy.

If you've made it this far - or been here at all LOL - thanks!!