To stage or not to stage

Lately I’ve been paying attention to the way the “pros” depict their creations or cards, art journals, mini books and other artsy crafty endeavors. Of course, the photos are promoting a product to increase sales.

I’m not trying to sell anything but I do like the pretty displays being photographed. In some cases I think the card looks even prettier placed on a delicate china plate and flanked by a silk rose.

I think I’ll try this staging business for a bit (heaven knows that I need something more to obsess over) I have pretty plates and some silk flowers. I may start to fancy myself a pro.

The Elbow Explanation

I’ve been asked a few times, “Why the Sexy Elbows?” and I thought this snappily dressed old bird would be the perfect card to accompany the story of how this old bird got her name.

Several years ago I was staying with my son, Jeremy. His roommate, Ian, was a bartender. Now you have the cast of characters.

One evening, Jeremy and I decided to dress up and enjoy a relaxing dinner out, instead of cooking and clean-up or delivery of wings and pizza.

We went to the restaurant where Ian was tending bar; I always think it’s best to know your bartender. I guess Ian had never really seen me at my CoverGirl best; I try to avoid make-up and hair goo whenever possible.

Anyway, Jeremy and I find a spot at the bar, exchange our hi-how-are-yas with Ian and order our drinks. Ian delivers the very well poured Tanqueray and tonic for me and as he places it before me he says, “Mrs Williams, you have really pretty eyes.”

Of course, I’m beaming with the compliment, and Jeremy is scowling (he always was, and still is, a Mom protector). Ian, noticing Jeremy scowl, turns a shade of red that a strawberry blonde should never sport and sheepishly continues, “and, I might add, very sexy elbows.”

I laughed, Jeremy grunted something, and Ian grinned. And that was the beginning of Sexyelbows.

The card features a stamp by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous and the old bird is colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company and embossed with a sparkle pink embossing powder from Hero Arts.

interactive scrapbook

ok. So, it took almost 10 years to take the photos, about 2 weeks to create the album/scrapbook, and almost 1 year to organize and arrange the photos.

one thing I learned is a person just can’t have too much fun. Another little tidbit, get the album made before the fun begins and place the photos ASAP!!

This is my Destination Adventure album. Most of the pictures are of me, but hey, it’s my book, I can do anything I want to it. Every adventure with my girlfriends or husband over the last 10 years is depicted. Notice that it’s girlfriends or husband because girlfriends can’t really have an adventure if the husbands tag along!

Darla and I have birthdays in September and always try to check off a bucket list item. We parachuted in Chicago, went on a “cattle drive”, rafted the rapids down the Ocoee river, met the drummer in Nashville, danced ourselves to death in Santa Fe, explored San Francisco…

Federica took me so many places in Italy I can’t name them all. Well I can, but I can’t spell them.

Julie and I had a blast in Chicago. She wasn’t up for parachuting but riding a segway all over downtown was fun. And the nightlife, wow! Just Wow!

Karen and I have always had a blast, but she is camera shy so most of our adventures just feature me. You know that really hurts.

Life with my husband is an adventure. period. full stop. We have lived in 7 states, 2 countries, and 12 cities.

Having all these memories in such an interesting format makes it a pleasure to flip through and remember.

Each page is different. Some cascades, some pull outs, some flip open several directions, loads of photo mats and journaling cards. I’ve included trinkets, (my daughter-in-law turned me on to penny pressing. Who knew!).

Here’s a peek.

Mail a beautiful handmade card, it’s so much better than a text message.

thought for the dayA hand written message placed in a addressed envelope with the proper postage attached and mailed to a loved one, friend, or acquaintance, is becoming a lost act of kindness. In this world it sometimes seems that even a kind words is hard to come by. We are all busy and our hi-tech electronic lives have become more hectic. Because of our gadgets, we are able to accomplish so much more in a day, reach more people ( even millions of people) in a moment. But those special people that touch our lives deserve more than a text message or a thumbs up on Facebook.

Kindness is contagious so when you catch the bug, pass it on. A simple handwritten note shows appreciation and caring in a way that an electronic message never could.