Thursday, February 26, 2015

Refrigerator Friends

I don't know if it's the same in your house, but our fridge has always been an archive of information, reminders, notes and photos.  Sometimes many layers deep.  Also a repository of salad dressings, leftovers and limp veggies.  But the archives are on the door.  Mostly.  The limp veggies were really getting to me though, so when we planned our kitchen reno last fall, we opted for a very lovely SubZero refrigerator.  Stainless Steel.  (dream come true!) But as you probably already know, magnets don't stick to stainless steel.  No loss.  Those magnets mostly just look messy and cluttered.  But what I really miss is the ability to display all the photo cards that come to us, especially at the holidays.  So I needed a way to still be able to see them and let others see them too.  

Enter Pinterest, stage left.

Here's what I made.  And if you know me at all, you know how much this pleases my logomaniac heart.  Anything with text is good.  
So after tearing off the covers of a Good Will book, I folded each page in half and laid it open on the table.  Thats it.  Just two steps of instruction!  SO fantastically easy and fast and more to the point, accomplishes exactly what I needed it to!
I think this would make a great way to display holiday cards as well!
As you can see there are many pages left with room for lots more photos!  Send us your family photos and I'll be happy to put all of your smiling faces in there!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oh Yikes!!

November was the month of my last blog post!!  If that doesn't perfectly illustrate how fast time flies...!!  *Insert creative, interesting, perfectly justifiable excuse for absence here*.  (It can't be blamed on simple creative paralysis, surely!?)  (Alright maybe a little.)  

So, it's not like I haven't been doing ANYthing for the last 2.5 months, and herein begins the effort to prove it!  Today I'm sharing my most recent layout for Love is in the Details.  I'll be posting other recent projects over the next little while, so check back regularly!

Two years ago, I helped my aging parents move from their home of 52 years, into a condo.  In the process, as you can imagine, many treasures surfaced.  One of those items was something I didn't even know existed, although I am well acquainted with the story that accompanies it.  It's a wicker suitcase that belonged to my grandmother back in "the old country".  Probably purchased in Latvia, it accompanied them as they made several urgent and desperate moves until finally arriving and settling in Canada.
I tired to retell the story on the layout:
"In 1946, a retired police officer was hired to smuggle my grandma and 4 of her children out of East Germany and into the West.  They took only the clothes on their backs, and whatever could fit into a picnic basket, having to make it seem as though they were merely going on a berry picking excursion.  This is that basket.  It had come with them from Latvia, and accompanied them all the way to Canada in 1948."
On the basket is written, the family name, the town, province and country they were heading to.  There is a metal rod that was once inserted through metal loops, but no one has any idea what became of it.

This is, to me, the best of what scrapbooking can do...bringing to life again, a piece of history, and connecting past and future generations in the documenting of it.

I used lots of Teresa Collins product, from the Life Emporium and 9&Co lines.  As well I used Gossamer Blue paper, Amy Tangerine Thickers, My Mind's Eye enamel dots and die cuts, and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology vellum paper.

Thanks for coming back to check on things here, and please check back again soon!  More projects are being pre-posted as we speak!  Write?  Type?