Good Karma Friday: Payin’ it forward with handmade goodness

Here’s a nifty, creative way to pay it forward…

I promise to send something hand-made to the first 5 people who leave a comment here!

To really ‘pay it forward,” those 5 people must re-post this (either on their blog or FB page) and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status…and so on and so on and so on!

The only rules are that it must be hand-made by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2012. And don’t be intimidated, handmade doesn’t mean super fancy or complicated. It could be a poem, a song, a drawing, or anything YOU created.

I’m looking forward (get it!) to participating in this project. By the way, if you are person number 6 or beyond…don’t fret…start your own ‘Pay it Forward’ project. I did!

How to reduce your New Year’s resolutions into One Simple Word!

Many people choose one word each January 1st to focus on and guide them through the year. It can be a personal goal like the word ‘love’ or a business goal like ‘success’ or a fitness goal like ‘strong.’ Words contain energy, images, and meaning…don’t pick yours too hastily.

Last year, the word I chose was short and sweet. I chose the word ‘do.’ Was it a successful word? Sure…I ‘did’ a lot of stuff…LOL! Then again, I came to the realization that it was too generic and too easy (in my own opinion)…more on that later.

How to ‘find’ your word

Last year, as I was starting to think about what my one word was going to be, I started noticing that the famous quote by Yoda (of Star Wars fame), “Do or do not, there is no try.” was popping up in all kinds of random places, in things that I was reading, and in my personal environment. Yoda was everywhere and a special Star Wars exhibit even came to Seattle. I felt that for some reason, I needed to pay attention to the word “Do.”

Choosing your word should be like that…it should choose you. (However, as I think back now, one year later, I think my one word should have actually been “Yoda.”)

If you need help finding your word, here’s a link to get a free tool (worksheet) to help you come up with your word for 2012:

After you choose your word, consider keeping a blog, journal, or art journal/scrapbook for the year with daily, weekly, or monthly updates on how you and your word interact throughout the year. If you’d like to have some monthly guidance on a project like that, I highly recommend Ali Edwards, year-long online class called ‘One Little Word’ on

So, another year is here and it’s time to choose my One Simple Word…I’m still thinking.

By the way, I am not affiliated with either person recommended above…just passing on some information I liked.

Last Saturday was the last day of the world…did you miss it?

What happens when you expect the world to end and you still wake up the following morning? Have no fear, apparently it’s REALLY REALLY gonna happen on October 21st, 2011. But wait! Now you have plenty of time to have an ‘apocalyptic’ crop party where all of your scrappin’ buddies can make a minibook all about LASTS!

Noelle Hyman, of, has created a great list of prompts to get you started creating for the end of it all…LOL!

Here’s a couple:
6. What was the last thing you ate?
11. What was your last Twitter or Facebook status update?
15. What was your last creative act?

How did you spend last Saturday, May 21st?
I was just getting home from a 7-day cruise to Alaska with my aunt and mom (girls only). We joked about staying on the ship and being a floating community (anyone seen Kevin Costner?).

At home, I spent some time catching up on e-mails and Facebook (of course!) before dinner and a DVR session (catching up on Bones and Sanctuary) with my honey. On Sunday, we woke to a nice sunny, spring morning with the cats meowing to get outside. Nothing fabulous – just normal. 😉

International Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Lot’s of digi shops are having sales and crops and contests on Saturday the 6th. Visit your favorite shop and scrap something! I’ll post what I scrap here tomorrow.


Smile!Well, I did shop a bit at DesignerDigitals, but I didn’t scrap until Tuesday! I made the first of a series of 4×6 cards for the Scrappers Give Thanks project. I used my retired kit, No Foolin’ and one of my Inspiration Charms elements to make this one.

Scrappers Give Thanks is a charitable project that takes place annually during the month before Thanksgiving. Scrapbookers all over the world are joining in to create either digital or paper 4×6 cards that will be complied and printed in free books for kids in hospitals.

Click on the image in the right column to find out more and join in!

Living the Project 365 Lifestyle

Introducing a special dedicated blog just for my Project 365 layouts, photo ideas, and motivating tips: The Project 365 Lifestyle. Join me on a continuing year long journey. Visit often!

Project 365 heats up in 2009 – it’s everywhere!

Caution – this is a bit long because there are so many ideas for getting started that will help you right now!

Last year, participating in Project 365 was popular, but this year it’s everywhere you look – worldwide!! I’ve heard of at least five digi shops that are hosting, challenges, numerous Facebook groups you can join, a paper scrapping kit by Becky Higgins (that has sold out already!), and I’m sure there are many more folks out there who are participating in their own ways. Some participants on Facebook and are going to post their photos and layouts in their personal photo albums. Invite your family and friends to play along with you…it’s fun to take photos together! Don’t forget to have the kids play along – it would be amazing to see the year from child’s point of view.

I just can’t say enough about this project and highly encourage you to join in. By ‘join in” I don’t mean you have to JOIN a group if you don’t want to. I did it all on my own last year and really enjoyed it. It sure was an easy way to create a comprehensive album about our everyday life that will be fun to look back on for my whole family – after all, they were mostly involved, too! I’ll still make special albums about events or vacations but I think this will be the way I create my annual family album from now on.

Feel free to start your project 365 anytime – a few of you already have – and don’t be afraid to start late. January 1 isn’t the only good date to start…lots of other countries and nations have their new year starting on a different date. And, if you want to do a pregnancy theme, you’ll definitely be starting on an alternate date!

Are you a teacher? Do a shortened version with your class and document the school year, a semester, or a quarter. At the end of the designated time period, choose a different weekly layout from each pupil and have an art show…so many possibilities.

Since I am such an advocate for documenting life this way, I decided to host Project 365 in the Plain Digital Wrapper challenge forum and give away the weekly templates, featuring 7 photos per page, that I created for my 2008 album…all totally FREE. I created all 52 of them (and a cover) to document my photos because I was too lazy to upload a photo to my blog every day – LOL! My 2008 photos are not all placed into the templates yet – I’m up to week 34.

I have also created a Project 365 with Plain Digital Wrapper (PDW) group on Facebook where anyone can join and post photos and comments.

If you’re hesitant or aren’t ready for such a commitment, why not start out doing a photo a week? Once you get in the habit of taking your camera everywhere you go (even to the grocery store) you’ll find it’s actually pretty easy. And with all the free templates out there – including mine – putting it all together is a snap!

My 2008 Project 365 was about our everyday life and interesting things I observed. One day I took a picture of an oil spot in a parking lot on a rainy day just because it had a cool rainbow effect! Since everyday life is pretty eclectic (mine is anyway), I decided to NOT have a particular theme except for making the background the same for facing pages. However, if you need to have a theme or a theme helps you get inspired, why not do a week for each family member and pet, a week or two for a vacation or trip, 365 days in the garden, 365 days of recipes (for all you foodies out there), add in a photo of you or a family member once a week (very fun to look back on at the end and in the years to come!), or if you have a DSLR camera, play with the settings and document what you used for your photo.

Secret tip: I actually had a few uninspired days last year where I just couldn’t find anything to take a picture of or I just plain forgot. To fill in those days I took extra shots of the garden, scenery, indoor closeups, etc. It’s not really cheating because I did take the photo – it’s being ‘creative’ in finding an easy solution! 😉

I’ll be posting more tips and storage and printing ideas as the year goes along. I’ll also be giving out extras (papers and elements) from time to time. But, with 7 photos on a page there isn’t much room! Besides, I know you already have a bunch of digi stuff in your collection – here’s a chance to use some of it!


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