Not much to say today. Just working on some new things and catching up on other things.
We live very close to a sculpture park- which Reiley just loves! So, we walk down there often and take Boston. Justin tried to get Boston to pose with some sculptures...but she did not cooperate as well as Reiley.
I have no idea what she is doing here- I cannot even imagine this is close to the real thing.
But Reiley thought it was quite funny.
I should mention that one of the first papers I got in Reiley's take home folder this year was one complete with illustration. The kind of writing paper that has the space above for the drawing. It has her drawing of two dogs, they look cute and all...then written below- "Dog's sniff each others butts to say hello!"
I can only imagine her teacher reading that and thinking what a great year this will be.
I also should mention it is one of the few papers I kept.
Even in her younger days, Reiley has always taken onto the philosophy of *love the earth* (although quite literal here). Here she was only but...three in a half years old and she would go around and hug trees. If she saw a tree- we would have to wait for her to go and hug it. Maybe it had to do with out neighborhood being fairly new and so the trees were quite small still. So, when she saw a big tree- she was right there.
Tomorrow (because today we have a Girl Scout meeting) we are planning on celebrating by going to see Earth. Reiley is super excited about this because her favorite* (* for the moment) animal is in this movie...polar bears!
I never have really done too much for earth day- I think my fondest memory was going to the zoo one year and they handed out50 things kids can do to save the earth. Really, I thought it was so cool I actually got something, like a book, for free.
There was another book I liked when I was a kid- I think it was along the lines of 101 free things for kids- something like that. It listed things you could have sent to you from all over the nation by sending envelopes or letters requesting it. I was all hyped up about getting free things (kids don't have a lot of money you know). However, I don't think I ever received even half of the things I requested. I felt totally taken advantage of...
Okay back on topic-
But this earth day I wanted to do something in celebration of getting all the product in the shop green.
But...I ran out of time to do what I truly wanted to do.
It always works out that way doesn't it?
So- I am going to share some earth day goodness
First- if you are thinking of some ways to do your part...
go here for 30 suggestions on ways to extend your earth day!
Second- here is a cool link for some fun earth friendly type projects. I really like the button clock and the buckle frames. The tea cup candles are really fun too!
I am most definitely using the tree hugger tag on a layout with that picture above.
And here is a little trick if you want little tags (about half size)- print them off using the multiple pages selection (with the number two selected). Then you get some little bitty tags...
If you are pretty handy with photoshop or other editing software- you can use this as a template to create a layout as is- or print it off and create the layout on the print out.
I did a quick example here- and I have some cute little buttons from the dollar spot at Target I am going to use to fill that top right space after printing it up. For this one I did the layout digitally but like I said, you could easily get the same effect by printing the entire sheet off and using it as the backdrop for you layout.
I basically imported the pdf (instead of cutting it up) and edited it in InDesign (or you could use Photoshop or even Word for that matter)- this includes covering some of the tag or words up with white blocks and typing over them, placing photos over some of the tags, and adding journaling blocks in other spots.
I try to use a combination of handwriting, type and alphabets on any or all of my projects (just to mix it up a bit).
A couple of years ago I picked up an old typewriter at the antique store that was only $10! I was so excited! It even looks cool! Only, it did not work quite right. I was determined to get it working though because I wanted to be able to use it. Sure, I could have used my typewriter from middle school (yes, I actually bought a typewriter to type up school reports) but it is not nearly as cool looking as this one.
Anyway, I called around some computer repair places after realizing I could not get it to work and talked to a guy who said bring it in. So...i did!
He was actually very interested in why I wanted it fixed. He also had a few old typewriters and so he knew how to get them working. A week and $40 later it was all clean, had new ribbon, and was working perfect! I told him I was going to use it for scrapbooking. I am not sure he understood that part.
First, I picked out some of my tags I want to use. These are some of the savoir faire tags in my shop...
Next I adhered them to a scrap piece of paper. I left some space around each one- did not even line them up in any way...I forgot to take a photo of that part so just imagine they are adhered to the paper...
Slide your paper in and shift it around to type on each tag!
We dyed eggs. Reiley is now at the stage of her life that anytime I have my camera out, she feels it necessary to be holding something against her face or have her face propped up around the object. It is nearly impossible to get her to take a natural photo. I had to beg her to stop looking at the camera at one point because every photo I was taking was an egg propped up near her head (like someone doing a commercial about eggs).
We woke up too early on Saturday morning to stand outside in the cold at the Environmental Learning Center for Girl Scouts. I don't think it warmed up one bit while we were there- and it being so cold only made Reiley want to be less involved and more cranky with the situation. They taught the girls about the food chain, we went on a mini hike, they got to explore the center a bit, and last they were able to see some of the birds from the raptor program.
I think all of the girls were most interested in this part. Most of them had already seen the birds from the raptor program- because they visit the schools, but Reiley loves eagles so she cheered up for the last 30 minutes of the morning. Right before we left. All in all, she was excited because she earned herself another badge.
We all took it easy on Easter morning. Reiley had a blast searching for eggs in the house (it was way too cold outside) and she even hid some around the house later for us to find. Justin and I are very competitive (or else we seemed like it) and we took off running and tore the house apart looking for the eggs (Reiley is an excellent egg hider).
The rest of the day I worked on projects and even got to scrapbook a little (!)
My lighting is just horrible downstairs- I don't think I will ever be able to take a decent photo down here.
I think my allergies were totally bugging me after being outside all yesterday. Today is much better. I actually never even had allergies until after I had Reiley. I think it took me a year or two to figure out I was not actually getting sick every spring...
So, all the new items are listed in the shop today. I decided to take out almost everything else so I can get it all switched out to the new printing process. There are still a few items that are not using the recycled papers with soy based inks up in the shop.
On to the new items-
The new printing process uses soy inks and wind power on recycled cardstock. This makes all of the designs very crisp and bright. They have a light sheen to them- very pretty. They are all professionally printed so the quality is amazing!
One of my favorite items are the new journaling booklets (like above).
The journaling booklet is not so much a notebook as it is meant to have it's pages ripped out for projects...but I think it would also make a fun little mini-scrapbook. I am so looking forward to using them on some upcoming projects!
I am also loving the new circle tags- these are from the hold your horses line. And although this line is mainly having to do with a cowgirl type of theme- there are a lot of basic images that can be used on other projects. Perfect as gift tags too!
There are also some redesigns. The good tags got a makeover-
As did the lucky tags. Both these tags would make great little lunchbox notes. Reiley now comes to me in the morning and chooses what type of paper or tag she wants her lunch note on. It is pretty cute-
The paisley floral tags are also now printed *green*
And I have a few spots listed for sets of tags or kits.
So there is a bit of a deal for those who would like to order several sets of tags. Basically if you order 4 tags you get the 5th free (save $3.00).
And if matching is your thing...
The entire line is up (savoir faire shown here. melange and hold your horses also available). This is a savings of $4.00 as opposed to picking up all of the items separately.
As I get more items redesigned and reprinted they will go back up in the shop.
I am hopefully going to work on some projects this weekend and look for giveaways coming up next week.
I am still planning on tomorrow as the set date to put everything up- but it won't be until later now because instead I am going on a field trip with Reiley. The field trip was scheduled last week but got rescheduled to tomorrow instead. I was not going to go ( I have so much to do!)- but Reiley bugged me and I realized soon she won't even want me to go on field trips with her...will she?
I spent my entire night cleaning up my studio. It's crazy how quickly everything just gets shifted around and how soon that evolves into a mess. I am hoping I get my counter height table soon so I can have two work tables in here. I think that will help me spread out a bit more...
I am not sure spreading out is the answer to the mess though.
These tags are part of the the Savoir Faire line which is a very girly line...
Each line has...eight or so items I think.
I have been working on these new lines for about a full month straight! Finally it is coming near to an end. Part of the reason it has taken me so much longer than expected is because of the printing process...but I am so happy with it that I am gradually switching everything over in the shop. So some items might disappear for a short period of time but they will gradually be either redesigned or reprinted and put back up.
Well, I have lots of photos to sort through and edit.
I am setting a tentative date to get everything up into the shop on Wednesday this week. This should be enough time for me to tie up any lose ends!