Making Memories in May – 2018

Last month with the A to Z I didn’t make time to participate in the Escapist Coloring Club as hosted by Linda G. Hill.  I’m sharing here a few of the things I’ve colored in the last month.

These are 6 x 8 inch prints that I plan to try to incorporate into my scrapbooking and card making.  I can cut them down a bit to fit as card focals and add a sentiment.

This one I can imagine using in a scrapbook layout with either a picture in the white space or using that space to do some journaling.  Now I just need to go on a vacation to some island to have pictures that would work with it – LOL.  

Sometimes I like doing these because I can finish one or two of them while watching a movie.  If I have to stop in the middle of coloring a larger picture I forget what colors I’m using!  (Maybe because I have too many pencils and markers?)

As with all blog-hops, make sure to stop by and check out some of the other colorers! 

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Making Memories in May – 2018

Last month with the A to Z I didn’t make time to participate in the Escapist Coloring Club as hosted by Linda G. Hill.  I’m sharing here a few of the things I’ve colored in the last month.

These are 6 x 8 inch prints that I plan to try to incorporate into my scrapbooking and card making.  I can cut them down a bit to fit as card focals and add a sentiment.

This one I can imagine using in a scrapbook layout with either a picture in the white space or using that space to do some journaling.  Now I just need to go on a vacation to some island to have pictures that would work with it – LOL.  

Sometimes I like doing these because I can finish one or two of them while watching a movie.  If I have to stop in the middle of coloring a larger picture I forget what colors I’m using!  (Maybe because I have too many pencils and markers?)

As with all blog-hops, make sure to stop by and check out some of the other colorers! 

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Making Memories in May – 2018

So I finished the A to Z Challenge last month (yesterday), blogging my way through the alphabet as seen in Michaels Arts and Crafts store.  It was pretty smooth sailing this time compared to last year but I’ll talk about that next week in the recap post.  For now I’m sure you’re A to Z’d out.

In the meantime, one of the other big projects I completed was the Sketchbook Project.  I wrote about it in January but I didn’t really get started on it until March when I finally decided to use the theme “People I Wish I Knew.”  It took me a while to narrow down the people I wish I could meet and once I did, I set about trying to figure out how to fill up the book.  I decided to include a quote from each person because I they each inspire me in some way.  Fortunately, they delayed the deadline for submission of the books to April 30 so I knew I still had time. 

Then I looked at the book.  OMG it’s blank (duh).  I don’t know about you but sometimes blank pages are intimidating to me.  I knew the book was going to go into a library and could actually be seen by someone and that was kind of scary.  I decided to look at some of the books that are already in the Sketchbook Project Library.   There were all kinds of different ones on digital display, some very detailed and some really plain.  I decided that I could manage it so I got started.

Here is what I came up with:

The Cover

Introduction page – I used a little washi tape there!
Ms. Stevie Nicks – I’ve written before about how she is my muse so of course I had to include her.  I found her quote about the fear bringing out the magic in her performances intriguing.
Sherlock Holmes – Yes, I know, a fictional character.  Still, I love his quote about being a conductor of light.

Dame Agatha Christie – “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  How true is that!  There is a row of washi tape along the bottom of these pages.  See I do use it!

Alfred Hitchcock – I was really happy with the way this page came out.  The top row of birds was actually a mistake!  I stamped the back instead of the front but then I stamped over it correctly and I think it gives a mysterious feel to the image.  

Roberto Clemente – Such an inspiration in a lot of ways.  Lost his life going to help the people in Nicaragua.  Wish we had been able to get his autograph!  

Abraham Lincoln – “The only way to predict the future is to create it!”  I like that.  Fits so well with my word this year.

Lady Diana – She proposes random acts of kindness.  I try to do that when I can.

JFK and Jackie Kennedy – “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”  “You have to be doing something you enjoy.  That is a definition of happiness.”  Plus…Camelot…

Steve Jobs – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  I am an Apple lover and always have been.  

Stephen King – “Life isn’t a support system for art, it’s the other way around.”  

Ellen Degeneres – “…Find your true self and live that truth…”

Tom Hanks – “…Approach people with an open mind…”  Wish that it was always possible to do that.

Tom Petty – “…Music is magic…”  Ain’t it the truth!

Jo March – Okay, another fictional character but she was my heroine in Little Women and I love her strong will.

President Barack and Michelle Obama – I just admire the way these two are together.  

Just in case you couldn’t read it from the other picture. 

The ending 

The back – I had to keep the bar code intact but wanted to make sure to add my trademark, the smile.
So cool to think this will be in the Brooklyn Art Library.  They don’t judge them so as long as I got it there on time, it will be included unless it was made with something they don’t accept, but I’m pretty sure all my supplies were legal.  Also, since I got it in by the deadline, it will be placed in the “traveling library” that makes several stops around the country.  
I know not everyone will agree with my choices and I there are definitely more people than these that I wish I knew.  I wish I had known my grandparents.  Only my mom’s mom was alive when I was born.  Am I 100% happy with the way this came out, no.  I can think of a couple of things I may have done differently but all in all I’m satisfied.  It will be very exciting to see if anyone looks at this book.  I’ll get an email if someone does.  
What do you think?  Agree with any of my choices?  Who would you like to meet?  I have already ordered the book for the next group.  I think it will be easier for me to start it since I’ve already done one.  If you would like to give it a try it’s not too late!  Click on the link above and order yours.  I’d love to see what you do.     

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Making Memories in May – 2018

So I finished the A to Z Challenge last month (yesterday), blogging my way through the alphabet as seen in Michaels Arts and Crafts store.  It was pretty smooth sailing this time compared to last year but I’ll talk about that next week in the recap post.  For now I’m sure you’re A to Z’d out.

In the meantime, one of the other big projects I completed was the Sketchbook Project.  I wrote about it in January but I didn’t really get started on it until March when I finally decided to use the theme “People I Wish I Knew.”  It took me a while to narrow down the people I wish I could meet and once I did, I set about trying to figure out how to fill up the book.  I decided to include a quote from each person because I they each inspire me in some way.  Fortunately, they delayed the deadline for submission of the books to April 30 so I knew I still had time. 

Then I looked at the book.  OMG it’s blank (duh).  I don’t know about you but sometimes blank pages are intimidating to me.  I knew the book was going to go into a library and could actually be seen by someone and that was kind of scary.  I decided to look at some of the books that are already in the Sketchbook Project Library.   There were all kinds of different ones on digital display, some very detailed and some really plain.  I decided that I could manage it so I got started.

Here is what I came up with:

The Cover

Introduction page – I used a little washi tape there!
Ms. Stevie Nicks – I’ve written before about how she is my muse so of course I had to include her.  I found her quote about the fear bringing out the magic in her performances intriguing.
Sherlock Holmes – Yes, I know, a fictional character.  Still, I love his quote about being a conductor of light.

Dame Agatha Christie – “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  How true is that!  There is a row of washi tape along the bottom of these pages.  See I do use it!

Alfred Hitchcock – I was really happy with the way this page came out.  The top row of birds was actually a mistake!  I stamped the back instead of the front but then I stamped over it correctly and I think it gives a mysterious feel to the image.  

Roberto Clemente – Such an inspiration in a lot of ways.  Lost his life going to help the people in Nicaragua.  Wish we had been able to get his autograph!  

Abraham Lincoln – “The only way to predict the future is to create it!”  I like that.  Fits so well with my word this year.

Lady Diana – She proposes random acts of kindness.  I try to do that when I can.

JFK and Jackie Kennedy – “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”  “You have to be doing something you enjoy.  That is a definition of happiness.”  Plus…Camelot…

Steve Jobs – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  I am an Apple lover and always have been.  

Stephen King – “Life isn’t a support system for art, it’s the other way around.”  

Ellen Degeneres – “…Find your true self and live that truth…”

Tom Hanks – “…Approach people with an open mind…”  Wish that it was always possible to do that.

Tom Petty – “…Music is magic…”  Ain’t it the truth!

Jo March – Okay, another fictional character but she was my heroine in Little Women and I love her strong will.

President Barack and Michelle Obama – I just admire the way these two are together.  

Just in case you couldn’t read it from the other picture. 

The ending 

The back – I had to keep the bar code intact but wanted to make sure to add my trademark, the smile.
So cool to think this will be in the Brooklyn Art Library.  They don’t judge them so as long as I got it there on time, it will be included unless it was made with something they don’t accept, but I’m pretty sure all my supplies were legal.  Also, since I got it in by the deadline, it will be placed in the “traveling library” that makes several stops around the country.  
I know not everyone will agree with my choices and I there are definitely more people than these that I wish I knew.  I wish I had known my grandparents.  Only my mom’s mom was alive when I was born.  Am I 100% happy with the way this came out, no.  I can think of a couple of things I may have done differently but all in all I’m satisfied.  It will be very exciting to see if anyone looks at this book.  I’ll get an email if someone does.  
What do you think?  Agree with any of my choices?  Who would you like to meet?  I have already ordered the book for the next group.  I think it will be easier for me to start it since I’ve already done one.  If you would like to give it a try it’s not too late!  Click on the link above and order yours.  I’d love to see what you do.     
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Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – Z is for

Welcome to the letter Z in the A to Z Challenge for 2018.  This year I am making my way through the alphabet as seen in Michaels Arts and Crafts store.  We have reached the end of the road today with the letter Z.  It was one of the first letters that I looked around the store to find something to feature since I figured that if I could get a “Z” I’d have the alphabet licked.

Thank goodness for Zentangle!  The cover says “Drawing your way to increased creativity, focus and well-being.”  I call it doodling and it totally would have fit in with my letter D for drawing, but I needed a Z so there you go.

Fortunately for me, they make Zentangle tool sets so I had some additional information.

I didn’t research too much but there are apparently different types of tool sets.  The Apprentice set is for children.  

The Renaissance set is for drawing on old-looking papers.  The colors are more browns and tans.  

This is what is in the Renaissance set.  

They even make special “artist tiles” which are pieces of paper cut to a square.  These are 6 x 6 and the paper is black.

I have never tried Zentangle and oddly enough, I don’t really doodle much.  You would think I’d be all over doodles but no.  Intimidated maybe?  I color great if someone else draws the thing. 
This one almost made it into the X-tras Friday but I decided to keep it here.  Michaels has zippers.  Not many, but you can get some.  

During my last round of picture taking for this A to Z as I was in the scrapbooking section taking a picture of the X-ron machine, I saw the Zips and Zots and had to add them.  
Zips and zots are small round bits of adhesive that you can use to hold your embellishments down.  I use them a lot when I am adding flowers to a project because the round shape is perfect to hold the middle of the flower down but leave the petals loose.  Sometimes they are raised a bit because the Zot is thick.  Even more dimension.  
The flowers on the front of this card 

and this Easter Mini-album are held on with Zots.  

You can see the dimension it adds and the petals are loose but the flower won’t come off because the Zots are very strong.  

Well, I made it!  Last year I finished the A to Z but not on time as there were some of the entries I had to add in after the fact.  This year was much easier and once again I have to give a shout out to Jacqui Murray at Word Dreams for giving me the idea to base my A to Z on the things you could find at Michaels.  
As you exit the store, and my A to Z posts, I’ll leave you with this:

I hope that you have enjoyed the journey through the store with me.  I found some interesting things during the six months I worked there (September 2017 through March 2018) both in the store and in the people I interacted with.  It was definitely a learning experience.  
Now I have to think about what to write for next year’s A to Z.  Got any suggestions?  Did you like my Michaels series?  Learn anything?  Do you Zentangle?  Love to hear about it.   
(Note:  I decided I should add a disclaimer to these posts because I certainly don’t want to give the idea that I am being paid by Michaels to do this or that they are furnishing me with material.  All pictures used in this blog series were taken by me at local Michaels stores, or are my personal pictures and every Michaels store may not have everything shown.)

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Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – Y is for

Welcome to the letter Y in the A to Z Challenge for 2018.  We are down to the last two days here in the A to Z of Michaels Arts and Crafts.  The letter Y is definitely for Yarn.

Yarn has a whole section of its own.  There are so many different colors and thicknesses of yarn for any kind of project from blankets to hats to baby items.  It’s hard to tell from my pictures but the yarn in the picture on the right is SO big.  You can kind of tell on the teal one on the bottom and the cream colored one above it how thick the strands are.  If you look at the same teal color in the picture on the left the strands look much thinner.  I have no idea what people do with the yarn so thick.   

Red Heart, Loops and Threads and Vanna White are some of the brands. 

Yarn can be expensive so it is kind of a big deal when there is a sale.  

These are called Sugar and Cream.  I don’t know why they want to call yarn by food names but whatever.

They call these Caron Cakes.  They come in Big Cakes, Cakes and Cupcakes.  Mix them with the Sugar and Cream above and you have cakes with frosting – LOL.  I think they are pretty neat in that when you are making something you don’t have to change colors, it is automatic.  I suppose you might have to pay attention to what pattern you are making so that the colors match but mostly I make blankets and shawls so I think it would be okay.  

Perhaps these big knitting needles are for the large yarns.  I don’t think I’m coordinated enough to handle something so big.  I’m not a knitter anyway, crochet is my thing. 

Fortunately there are plenty of both knitting needles and crochet hooks to satisfy everyone.  Well, almost everyone.  One of the unpleasant experiences I had while working was with a customer who could not find the size needle she was looking for.  When I tried to help her she was less than courteous as I explained to her that we didn’t seem to have the size she was wanting.  It ended up with me calling the manager over because I just could not satisfy her.  I had to bite my tongue and not tell this lady she was wacko.  It was situations like this that reminded me how lucky I had been to be able to work for myself from home for the last 18 years and it helped me make the decision to stop working at Michaels.  I mean, look at this selection!    

There are even loom sets for those more adventurous.

And lots of instructional books and patterns to chose from for all manner of things.  

Even the Celebrity baby fashions!  How cute is that?  

Two of the scarves that I crocheted are on sale in my Etsy shop.  I got the yarn from Michaels 🙂

Okay, tomorrow is a day of rest from the A to Z and then Monday is our grand finale, Z.  Hope you’ll be able to make it to the end with me.  
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Creative Live Classes

I’ve mentioned that I am an affiliate for Creative Live and I promised that I wouldn’t bombard with pitches but this one is a good one.  $20 classes on a wide range of topics from photography to self-help.  I’m thinking about a collage one.

20 Classes For $20 Each

Can’t hurt to check it out, right?  Even if you can’t watch it now, they are downloadable so you can take it whenever you have time.  These are on sale from 4/27 to 4/29/18.

Happy Friday all. 

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