Monday, September 18, 2006

Lovely Weekend

Well, I had a lovely weekend. It started with knowing it was going to be sunny the whole time so I took the top down on the Jeep and enjoyed the open air immensly. For some reason I just find it invigorating.

Saturday I lugged my scrapbooking bags to Archivers to crop with the girls. We had a fun time as usual. It's like having more sisters. We have so much fun ribbing each other.

I managed to get three birthday cards done. It usually takes me a day to do just one but I already had ideas on what I wanted to do so it made it much easier. Kimberly got a fair amount done but she was trying to do some challenges and that slowed down her creative juices. She still had some really cute pages and even made a pretty card. Rebecca started a project that I think is going to be a Christmas present so can't give any details but it is beautiful and she is using some of my favorite paper, that new Bohemia line. Misti managed to join us for the evening but she is about to pop with that baby of hers. I think she only has about three weeks left. She has some really cute stories about her hubby and what he is doing to prepare.

Sunday drove two hours to my sister's house for a birthday party for one of my nephews. It was a nice day and a nice time. Wish it could have been a longer visit but that's always how it is.

My brother said his boss liked the mini album I did so much that he might want to commision one himself. I have no clue what to charge so did a little research and I was surprised at how much custom albums cost. Some ladies charge as much as $30 a page and they weren't even all that creative. I wouldn't be able to bring myself to charge that much at least not for the first time out and not for someone I know. I will have to do some more research and ponder it.

It also made me wonder if I could do that for a living but I'd really have to crank them out to support the life style I've become accustomed to with my current salary as an IT person. Sometimes I wish I were an awesome programmer or developer and could earn enough to work part time. Oh well, I just need to be patient and see what God has in store for me.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Last Saturday, at my brother's party, we're all sitting around getting to know new people and they ask if he is the oldest. My sister and I pipe up and say no he's the baby but as I was sitting there I thought, why not let him be the oldest. I've always been the oldest and I'm willing to pass the torch. He's the tallest anyway. So, from now on Sherri can remain the middle child and I'll be the youngest. Course the drawback is I may forget what my age is but I'm willing to chance it. ;-)

At this point age is relative anyway. It's how young your spirit is. My mom has a young heart (most of the time anyway) and I think it is a better approach to life. Youth is optimism and expecting great things in life and that should never stop. Life throws us some hard things sometimes but learning and going forward with gusto is much better than becoming a victim and giving up. Oops, didn't mean to get philosophical about it all. Oh well.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Made it...

Well, Saturday was my brothers reception/birthday party and I managed to get all the albums done and in his hands.

Saturday morning I slotted time to add a couple more pictures to some of the albums and found a few of them where a little glue got on the pictures and turned them green so there I was reprinting a bunch and trying to gently remove the bad ones. I didn't get to see everyone look at the albums but the ones I did see seemed to be enjoying them. It was all worth it to see everyone enjoying the pictures and the memories. It didn't hurt either that my brother gave me a gift card to my favorite store, Archivers. I was so very tired on Sunday but I managed to drag myself out for a little shopping spree. I'm hardly ever too tired to shop. :-0

I'll post a picture of one of the albums as soon as I get it scanned.

We'll time to get back to my real job.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Wow! What a weekend

Labor Day weekend. A whole extra day! I really needed one or two more days. I'm working on those 7, no make that 8, gift albums for my brother. He liked the one I made them for a wedding present so much he wanted some for friends who went all the way to the Dominican Republic to attend his wedding.

The weekend before I started and figured out the cover but then had writers block so didn't get very far. Saturday though I came to the realization that I couldn't embellish a 6x6 book like I do larger ones and things went much faster. Or so I thought. Finished the prototype and figured out what extra paper I needed and ran down to the Memories store before they closed. And guess what, they were out of some of the paper I needed. It was almost more than I could bear. I'm using the new Bohemia paper by My Mind's Eye and apparently it was very popular last week.

In the mean time I met up with my friend Rebecca at Archiver's for a work day on Sunday. And made good headway but made better time when she helped and we setup a little assembly line. The store decided they wanted to close for the evening so we headed back to my house and went until about 10:30 or 11:00. She helped so much and we were almost finished pasting the pictures in when low and behold I had a stack of pictures but no album. At that time of the night it took the wind out of my sales. I thought I needed 7 books but needed 8. Now I needed even more stuff to finish up.

Monday dawned and I was a little bummed so got a late start but started calling around and found more of the paper but an hour away. Oh well, such is life sometimes. Not to make a long story longer. Got my paper and made the 8th book. All I have left now is to finish the covers and put them together. Told my brother he owes me dinner. I'll post a picture later of the albums.

Friday, September 01, 2006

We call it scraplifting...

Ok, so I "borrowed" an idea from Rebecca (she'll call it stealing) and used for some pictures. On the side are pictures from a recent trip to the Domincan Republic for my brother's wedding. I bought the Cannon Rebel XT in January for a trip to England and am still learning how to use it. At the bottom I have another one with cards I've created.

I think I'll have to come up with something else though because I have lots of pictures and I mean lots. My mom and I went to England, or the United Kingdom I should say, and I only took about 2000 pictures. Of course some will be deleted because they are too blurry. It was my first time out with the Rebel.

Well, It's about time to go to bed. This weekend I need to make 7 gift albums for guests from my brother's wedding. The things I get myself into. At least it's a three day weekend.