Sunday, January 6, 2013

HAPPY 2013!

Happy New Year to all of my friends and family!!!!

It has been sooooooooooooooooooooooo long since I have posted to my blog.  I am sure you can guess what one of my goals for this year is going to be.  I am going to REALLY make an effort to post on this blog on a regular basis.  I have been slightly side tracked for awhile, but I am definitely going to get back on track.

I still love, love, love, my scrapbooking!  I am going to concentrate on my scrapbooks this year.  After all, that is what this whole hobby was started for.  I want there to be a record of my family and all of our fun and traditions, long after I am not here.  I love my family, and they are so wonderful!

I still will make cards, and learn new techniques along the way, of which I will also share with everyone.  So, let the fun begin!

After my last post during National Scrapbook day, I was really getting some scrappy time in.  My room was fairly organized, and I was scrapping on a regular basis.  June and my birthday came around, and Chico got a new scrapbook store!  Anyone who knows me, knows about my love of scrapbook stores.  I had the privilege of managing a scrapbook store from 2004-2006.  It was a very happy time and experience for me. So I truly love the fun and atmosphere of a Scrapbook store.  The new store, Chico Scrapbooks is fun,
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 and the owner Jodi Beck has a true love of all papercrafting and is a very knowledgeable photographer.  We quickly became friends, so the rest of my 2012, was immersed in scrapbook store activities.  I have learned so much and had some great fun.
 However, I also had some sadness, as my sister Karen passed away in December.

  I have had lots of love and support from my family.  All of this has helped me to remember what is really important in my life.  

Now forward on to 2013.  
Right now I am involved in an online activity called Creative Jumpstart. 

 You might want to check it out, as there are many great teachers involved with this.  I am going to use some of the techniques I am learning in my 2013 scrapbook.  I am also going to use some of Graphic 45's "A Place In Time" in my scrapbook this year,

 along with TONS of other paper lines, as you also know my love of paper!

I received a new Cricut from my very supportive husband Vince for Christmas.

  He got me the Cricut Expressions 2 with PINK end caps.  Hooray!!  Isn't he the greatest?
Cricut Expression® 2 with Pink End Caps - Cricut Shop

  He also got me a sewing machine especially designed for papercrafting.
Singer Pixie Plus Electronic Sewing Machine - Sewing Machines ...

  I will let you know how I do with that.  I expect to do a lot more sewing on paper this year as well.  I need to learn how to use my new Cricut, and if I learn anything cool or helpful, I will also share these things with you.  

Please feel free to share any new techniques with me.  I would love to hear from everyone.  

So with all of this, I wish you all a very happy and productive new year.  Give each other lots of hugs!

Here is a picture of two of the cards I created at Christmas time.  I has having fun with October Afternoon.  Next post will be my first creation of 2013.  Have a happy day!


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