Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bad weather days = crafting days

I don't know about you, but bad weather doesn't get me down as long as I can stay home and craft. Raining out in the middle of summer? That's ok, we can always stamp something. Snowing out? Let's work on our scrapbooks while daddy and big brother shovel the driveway. This logic works for me. The only one I couldn't figure out was how I could do much crafting when the power went out. There were too many other things that needed to be done during daylight, and scrapbooking by candle light could be frightful in the light of day.

I can see it now. "Oh, in the candlelight that looked like pink. I didn't realize it was bright orange paper!" I suppose we could have made a game of it to see who came up with the ugliest scrapbook page designed in the flickering glow of candlelight.

How about you - do you get to craft during the bad weather?

Well it may be snowing and I may be at home, but I am suppose to be working. Maybe the process I was waiting on is almost done and I can get back to work. The sooner that happens, the sooner I can finish and maybe work on a scrapbook layout.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On participating in swaps

Have you ever participated in a scrapbook layout swap? They are so much fun to do, especially if you are swapping with a talented group of ladies! I swap with a talented group of Close To My Heart consultants, and the stuff I get back in return is usually top-notch and beautiful with a capital 'B'!

What is a swap you ask? The basic idea is that a group of people will sign up to partipate in a swap with a particular theme. I have done Christmas swaps, little girl swaps, sports swaps, monochromatic swaps, and so many more. Each lady creates a two-page layout for each member of the swap including herself. Then we all mail those pages to the hostess along with postage for it to come to us. Once all the pages have been received, the hostess "swaps out" the pages and sends back one of each layout to each participant.

When you get the swap pages back, you now have a variety of pages ready to go that just need pictures and journaling to be complete! I bring these pages along with the pictures I have chosen to go with them when I go to a crop. In December I completed 12 calendar pages for my husband's Christmas gift plus 20 something two-page layouts. Now that is what I call power-scrapping!

Let me know about your experiences with swapping.