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Monday, October 13, 2014

Behind The Scenes Of My Business Blog Tag.

Today, I am going to take you on a behind the scenes visit here at Domesticraft!  I know, I'm so excited too! ;)  As you know, things here at Domesticraft have been changing, . . . and so have I. 



So I thought I would take this opportunity to share a bit and give you a peek at me and my biz.  In the comment section, I would LVE your feedback! I'd really like to know what you think and any ideas you may have!  Thanks!

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Okay . . . I'm a little nervous,  (there are 15 questions) but I am putting myself out there!  So, let's do this!

I was tagged by the sweet and inspiring Cara Vincens from Cesť la Vie (ours anyway) and The Hooting Pirate along with the fabulously talented Tricia Bertrand from Jewels by Trish with another blog tag from April Bowles of Blacksburg Belle.  April is one of my favorite creative business mentors (and it's a short list in which I must mention Mayi Carles as well.  I followed Mayi long before she hooked up with April as a biz partner, a very good match indeed!)


 Here goes!
Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)  
(Two or three sentences, me? lol) I am a craft activist, which means I love to share my "craft happy" and spread it in any way I can.  I am in the process of redefining Domesticraft, and by default, redefining myself. So what I want to be when I grow up, is a "Craft Coach". Actually I want to be the cheerleader too! I would like to help and encourage other creatives to find out what works best for them.  Coupled with lots of ooooohs & ahhhhhhhs, sound & doable advice with plentiful tips and tricks that I've learned along the way!  What do you think of that HUGE idea? Be gently brutal with me, I'd love to hear your ideas on my BIG PLAN!  I will continue to make stuff (of course) and teach individuals & small workshops. (gotta)  I'm planning to do some online workshops too! EEK!  I'm truly going to be going all out, cause you know what?  If not now . . . when?!  And lastly, I'll have a little online shop where I'll sell some of my favorite crafty creations. (See Question #5)

Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?   That would be hands down,the different people I get to meet both off and online and all the new friends that I've made!  I get such a high . . . crafting and chatting and teaching and learning. I can't imagine doing anything else, ever!

Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job? 
Truth, I can't think of a least favorite part!  I love the opportunity to learn new things all the time.  Well, maybe it's when I have to quit doing my creative work cause I'm forced to clean the bathroom or do laundry.  Blecch! Yep, that's it for sure! I wish I had some wind up cuties like these that would do my bidding!  Yes, I would like to have some minions. Please and thank you :)


Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?  I would say my Samsung Galaxy5 cell phone is on the list for keeps! FOREVER!  I just got my first smartphone about 4 months ago and don't know what I would do without it now!  I still suck at texting so I got a little keyboard to go with it . . . now I am a speed maniac!  I also LOVE the quality of the photos it takes.  I have to give 90 percent of the credit of my photos to my cell! :) Plus with all the amazing apps for photography with two of my favorite being Rhonna Designs and A Beautiful Mess. ♡  Another fave go-to are my sewing machines, vintage of course with one of them being my Mom's  Singer Slant 401 from the 60's.  I LOVE using it, makes me so happy! And, lastly, it is a 3 way tie between washi tape, a tiny attacher (the most awesome stapler in the world!) and scissors, all of them. 

Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?   The business goal that I am going to work my banoonies off to reach by year end is a complete overhaul and relaunch of Domesticraft!  I am so excited for this opportunity and I so hope you guys will hang out and be my beta testers.  Let me know the how I'm doing, the good and not so good . . . you know, keep me from getting to big for my britches. ;) (see question #1)


Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?

Michele Wooderson of Mish Mash - I've admired Michelle's work for years and can always count on her for inspiration.  She is super talented, shoots lovely photographs and just seems like such a nice person!  She also takes gorgeous photos, oh did mention that already?!  I Love her work! 

Cori McCabe of Trail and Compass - Cori has a unique style and a wonderful business!  She is a full-time adventurer, an awesome creative, a parks advocate, and a cat lady on an eternal roadtrip across the USA with her hubs.  I actually met her through a course we both took on Creativelive.com and I started following her on Instagram.  Her blog and Instagram feed are full of the most incredible photography of US National Parks and so many other beautiful shots.  She's got "the eye".  Cori and I are working on a collaboration that I'll soon share with you.  You are going to LOVE it!

Carol Houser of The Jewel Lady - Carol is AMAZING and not just cause she's my sister! ;)  I plan to go visit her for a month on October 25th and I am over the moon excited!  She's just the break I need from all my downsizing work and she is my other half when it comes to anything crafty.  It's like I'm going to Brainstorm Craft Camp!  Oh, and she just happens to create stunning custom hand-crafted jewelry using silver and gold, with Swarovski crystals and Cat’s Eye beads.  Check out her Etsy shop, you'll totally want to buy something! ;)

Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?   Mostly, I listen to Creativelive.com workshops, (I am a learning addict!) or creative and marketing podcasts or YouTube craft tutorials as well as some inspiring Islamic lectures, which help me with my positive attitude. :)

Question 8: Morning person or night owl?   Both.  Some days I'm up early and some days I go to bed super late, it depends.  But you know I think I would like to have more of a regular schedule, a routine.  I think that's exactly what I need.  

Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?   I am my own best boss and my own worst employee at times.  My husband, David is my chief benefactor and biggest supporter!  Although his eyes start to wander and he looks for the nearest escape route, when I have exceeded the 42 seconds of the attention span that he can devote to "craft talk", he truly has my back with every crafty step I make, always has.  He is such a keeper!

Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?  It's another tie! Pinterest, for it's amazing visual "me in a craft store" appeal.  Instagram, again for the awesome visual yumminess, but with more people engagement.  Facebook is brilliant for really getting to meet and connect with such an amazing global audience.  All of these platforms blow me away with the potential that I've not even begun to tap!  Oh yeah, look out YouTube in 2015! :)
Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform? That would be Twitter!  Mostly due to ignorance, but I figure that is for the best cause I really don't think I could manage another platform.  I'm quite content with what I've got on my plate now, thank you though.

Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?  Word of mouth, whether it's online or off.  Talking up my business has become a habit now and hopefully not in an annoying way.  Putting myself out in the public has not always been easy, but now it's a piece of cake . . . mostly.  I love meeting new people and listening to their ideas and thoughts and sharing mine.  It is so flippen fun! Just keep your business fresh and appealing and be consistent. If you mess up, NO BIGGIE!  Learn from it and keep going.  Enjoy it!

Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know? That I couldn't do it without them, yes . . . I mean YOU! You keep me grounded and boost my creativity ten fold! And if I haven't told you lately, THANK YOU! 

Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?   I would be a doily.  Yep, a doily.  The fashion would be a world wide apron comeback and my business would be an old-fashioned style apron with big roomy pockets and lovely accents of vintage doilies, buttons, seam binding and lace.  Here's an exclusive!  I'm only telling you. . . I am designing just such one of a kind aprons and plan to launch this limited edition collection in the spring of 2015, In sha Allah. Shhhhhhhh :)



Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?  Below is my top tip.  Be you.  Be the best you that you can be!  Don't be a Negative Nelly to yourself.  Don't sweat what other people are thinking about you, because you know what?  They are not thinking about you!  They are sweating their own stuff!  If someones says something that bothers you and makes you mad or upset or unproductive, blah, blah, blah, realize it's not them that makes you feel like that, it's how YOU choose to react to it!  You are in charge of how you feel! You make your own happy.  I guess I'm trying to say, GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY! Now, go set the world on fire, girl!!




Okay, so now it's my turn to tag!  These creative bloggers are tops in my book!  I would encourage you all take a peek at their blogs and let them know I sent you!  I heart them all to pieces! :)

Julie of       Juliechats.com
Dana of       Dapoppins
Jenny of     Hi Jenny Brown!
  and
YOU! 

No problem if you can't participate, but if you do (yes, please) let me know in the comments, okay? You can use the post title Behind the Scenes of My Business Blog Tag and the hashtag #MyBizBlogTag so we can all find your post.

Here are the questions that you can copy and paste:

Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)
Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?
Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?
Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?
Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?
Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?
Question 8: Morning person or night owl?
Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?
Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?
Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform?
Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?
Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know?
Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?
Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?

This blog post is a part of the ‘Behind the Scenes of My Business’ Blog Tag started by April of Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing the behind the scenes stuff of our businesses. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out this posright here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this rather lengthy post! I hope to hear from you in the comments and Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest too! 

BIG LOVE
xoxoxo
Nancy 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creative Storage Ideas for Vintage Lovers! ♡


I am ready for a little show and tell!  

My new apartment reminds me of being on a large boat/yacht...and I like that. I've got three funky little windows in my new "cabin studio". (which is also my living room, library sewing room and study/office @ about 12'8" x 14'8") They remind me of portholes,  only rectangular in shape.  My ceilings are low at 7', giving it a cozy "boat" feeling.  :) 


Storage is at a premium, to say the least.   In this photo,  I've got a group of four vintage suitcases stacked under one of the portholes. The beauty on the top was given to me as a moving gift by my friend,  Dana at dapoppins(Thank you, dear friend!) It's an old sample suitcase from Samsonite, which highlights the different colors that were available at the time.  Pretty awesome, huh?

To the left of the suitcases is a vintage little accent table with a drawer.  A tower of 13 vintage jewelry boxes is stacked atop.(I found 3 more to add to the collection since these photos were taken, yippee!)
Yes, the suitcase is upside-down. :) I'll deal with that later! 

Under the table are three plastic sewing boxes from the 70's in avocado green & harvest gold. Gotta love those! ♡


So, all in all, in this in one little bit of square footage,  I've managed to add 24 pieces of storage to my cabin studio,  without sacrificing the cuteness that inspires me!


I'm loving this HUGE to tiny downsizing adventure more and more every day.  It's a challenge for sure,  but I've always enjoyed a crafty challenge of any sort! That's how I'm framing this new phase in my life.


Do you have any small living storage tips?  I'll take all the ideas I can? Thank you so much, friend.


Nancy
xoxoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Domesticraft Downsizing! The adventure continues! UPDATED 9-4!

Okay, my crafty friends, this is going to be a photo heavy, text light blogpost!  I hope you don't mind. 

The sale to the public starts tomorrow, Thursday,Sept. 4th  BY APPOINTMENT! 

Text me at 503-267-0530 or private message me on Facebook at Domesticraft


On FRIDAY, Sept.5th, I will open it up GARAGE SALE style at 9:00 am

I'll try posting some more photos is the morning!  :)

Prices are right,  I'll even make an amazing deal for some smart cookie who wants to buy everything!  I am wheelin' and dealin' and ready to move on and get to crafting!

Thanks!

UPDATE 9-4-14
Partial List of Stuff
THERE IS LOTS MORE, BUT IT'S SIMPLY TOO MUCH FOR ME TO LIST IT ALL.  HOPE THIS HELPS! :)

Lots of afghans
Lots of decorative scissors
Vintage globes
Vintage typerwriters
Wood and firelogs for fireplace
2 scrapbooking crop bags
Lots of plastic gimp to make bracelets, etc.
3 Gorgeous vintage hairdresser cabinet units.  They are super cool!
Large Vintage Wood Dining set with 4 chairs
Red Bbq
Retro Look TV, RED (Brand NEW)  Great Sound!
Vintage Sewing Machines in cabinets and tabletop
Custom cutting table with tons of storage and drawer space.
Sewing baskets
Lots of craft, sewing and home decor books
Huge collection of cookbooks, including Martha
Stewart and lots of vintage.
Huge selection of older magazines
Lots of craft storage, plastic, wood, wire, etc.
Craft tables
Tons of fabric
Vintage trays
Bulletin boards
Paper (assorted)
Wood mounted stamps (a ton)
Carts
Tons of crafting tools and supplies
Desks
Custom Made Vintage Buffet with Hutch
Hideabed couch
Red Love seat with ottoman
Pillows
Coffee tables (3)
Two big cozy, comfy reading/cuddling chairs
Rugs
Fold out bed love seat
Large (Quality) Armoire
night stands
vintage vanity desk with stool
Vintage Hi-fi cabinet
2 vintage bookshelves
1entertainment center
Lots of assorted dishes and pots and pans, etc.
Tons of kitschy Knic Knacs and paddy whacks
Outdoor tools
Lots of misc. chairs
Lots of misc. furniture odds and ends
lamps
candles
Lots of pictures, frames & wall decor
Lots of baskets
Lots of brand new infant and toddler outfits
Lots of women's clothes and shoes

And so, so, so much more.





Saturday, August 30, 2014

Domesticraft Downsizing Adventure . . .Bring your BIGGEST shopping bag!

My bag.

This is what my bag would look like if I was shopping, which I'm not!  Downsizing, minimizing, simplifying . . . that's what I'm doing!  Today started the downsizing sale to Mr. & Mrs. John Q. Public!

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There is a lot of interest in this lovely old typewriter!  I'll find out tomorrow who gets it.  I've got several more that I'll post some pictures of too!  I think I am going to keep one to mod podge (I saw a super cute one on Pinterest and bring two more of the older electric sweethearts!)
Hold me back!  I've got about 8 vintage typewriters.  Two of them I won't change, ( a mint green Hermès and an aqua beauty.)  The rest are awesome but I think they all deserve a pretty new dress!  Can't wait!
This is what I'm going to do to one of my vintage typewriters.  What do you think of this idea?  Would you?

UPDATE!

The above typewriter is SOLD! Tanya of @tm_studio on Instagram
She also walked away with a couple of globes, a quilt, an apron and some other vintage coolness. I think she was pretty happy! 
Two friends came over this past Sunday for some crafting and some shopping!  Julie from .Juliechatscom also brought her daughter Delaney, who is going to be out-crafting all of us before long, lots of talent that girl!  Lori also came over, about time Lori! :)  Both are extremely gifted designers and so much fun to hang out with!  I see lots of crafting after the move as well!  I'm pretty sure they'll be back before I move as well . . . they sure better be!  ;)  Oh, and the lovely flowers and card were a gift from Lori!  Thank you Lori!  Aren't they gorgeous and the card is equally pretty! (my photo does not do the card justice AT ALL!
I have got a boatload of acrylic craft paint going at a sweet bargain!  Tons of different colors!
These are my two oldest grandsons, Muji and Zami, moving a table out to the garage.  My daughter, Aisha, is having to sell all her stuff out of my garage, so I'm letting her borrow a table.  Aren't I nice! :)  She has a boatload too, only her stuff is a bit different than mine.  First she has a whole bunch of vintage clothing for women . . . some really retro lovelies and assorted kitschy knic knacs too!  She also has A LOT of homeschooling stuff for you and your kids and bunches of games and toys too! 
Here's another shot of the beautiful flowers!

I'm not sure what Delaney is looking at in this shot . . . but she sure is sizing something up, don't you think? 
Hmmm. . . I wonder.
I decided I am not parting with my vintage books.  There's so much I still want to do with them with regard to crafting and there are several that I would love to read as well.  I just couldn't do it!
Well, that's it for this post.  I will be posting on Craigslist tomorrow, today kind of got away from me.  Email me at domesticraft@gmail.com if you would like to come out a take a look.  I'm doing appointments cause it might get a little cray-cray as Amber over at Craftwarehouse likes to say! :)  There is still so much left to choose from, but feel free to email me with any questions.  I'll be checking in often!  Thanks again to all the lovely ladies who have come out in the last couple of weeks.  Enjoy your new goodies!

I did manage to make some split pea with lentil soup, doesn't that sound good on a gloomy day?  I hope it tastes as good as it smells!

Nancy 

xoxoxo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shrinking Biz = Thinking Big!

Sometimes stuff happens in your life, that makes you start rethinking how you want to proceed with your "happily ever after" plans. There have been many factors leading to my/our decision to downsize Domesticraft, our home and our lifestyle in general. I'm not going to bore you with all that though. I just wanted to let you know that it's a good decision for us and I'm actually very excited about the move! I would love for you to join me on this journey. I'm going to do my best to post daily with lots of photos of my progress! Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on. We are going to be moving from our 6600 sq.ft. home/business to a one bed room apartment 1/10 of the size at 660 sq.ft.!  Yep, we could fit 10 of our soon to be apartments into our present house! 


We've lived in this awesome 1961 mid-century house for going on three years now. We don't own it, don't even have a lease. And think they might be thinking about selling it too, but I have no idea really, it just kind of puts an exclamtion mark on stuff, if you know what I mean! 

My daughter and her kids had lived in the lower level for going on 2 years and decided to downsize last September. I was sad at first, but then she reminded me that I have wanted to have a craft studio big enough to hold workshops and spread out all my craft chaos. Hmmmmm . . . yes, please! So that's what I did. And it looks awesome! I can't tell you how much I love it . . . a real dream come true! So, you may think my dream bubble has popped, but it's really just deflating a bit, down to a more manageable size! 

A lot of changes have happened over the summer and a lot of soul searching, learning and growing happened along with it!  The hubs went away for approximately 9 weeks from the end of May to the beginning of August and I spent Ramadan mostly on my own. I took and continue to participate in workshops on blogging and business and this last group I am now involved with called Metamorphosis, an online art journaling workshop given by Margie-Romney-Aslett, which is the creative icing on the learning part of the journey, for now.

Hubs has been home for a couple of weeks now (YAY!)and I've poured out all my thoughts and ideas to him, and he is in agreement and we are totally on the same page . . . as usual! :) So for now it's all about the ACTION! 

The move is scheduled for mid September and I've got a business and home to downsize in less than 30 days! Did I mention we will be going from 6600 sq.ft. to 660 sq.ft.? Oh, I did. ;) I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. We are moving over to SW Portland, right around Capitol Hwy & Barbur Blvd, just about a 45 minute or so drive depending on the traffic. 

I've figured out over these summer months, what direction I really want my business to take and it doesn't require all this massive square footage or the expense for upkeep. We are going to be living really close to the Masjid, which is so exciting, especially for my husband who can attend all 5 of our daily prayers there! Yay! And, we will be living in the apartment right below where my youngest daughter lives with her hubs and 6 kids! I know, I'm crazy, right?! Naw, it's gonna be awesome!


If you are interested in purchasing anything, I will be holding a craft pre-sale on Monday, August 25 through Thursday August 28th, by appointment. Drop me an email at domesticraft@gmail.com and I'll get back to you as quick as I am able in my crazy, turned upside down world! :) My two daughters also have a TON of stuff in my garage that they will be selling as well! 

In addition to the craft sale, We will be having a HUGE downsizing sale starting on Saturday, August 23, starting at 9:00 am.  I'll be posting further info on this on Craigslist too!  Feel free to comment and you can reach me at domesticraft@gmail.com too!

NOW LET'S DO THIS!  WHOOT! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NO Scrapbooking Police Blog Series * BUSTED FOR FRAUD!



Hi everyone!  Welcome to day 10 of the blog series hosted by my good friend and collaborative partner, Cara Vincens.  

I hope you are enjoying this little blog hop, entitled "No Scrapbook Police".  Cara will be finishing up the series tomorrow with her own post and she has chosen the subject "A Scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up" and since she has six kids . . . well I don't know how it could be otherwise! ;)

The subject myth I get to debunk today, is "Scrapbooking should be 12 x 12 traditional paper" and truth, ladies, I thought this post was going to be a piece of cake!  Since I've never done a 12 x 12 layout in my life, Slam & Dunk, rightNope!  I've had such revelations these past several weeks, writing and rewriting this post countless times!  Not only because all the awesome scrappers before me kept taking all my good stuff, as in "Oh no, I was going to say that!" Back to the drawing board, again! :) And this time, well let's just say that if there were scrapbooking police, I would have been arrested on so many counts!!  As in slam the jail door and throw away the key! 

So, having said that, I have loaded this post with lots of super cute photos in hopes that an angry, scrappy mob of what I like to consider my peers, friends and fellow scrappers from all over the world, will not shun me for the facts that I am about to reveal! Just remember ladies, there was no malice aforethought . . .ever!

This is my scrapbooking crime and one last reminder ladies, I was in total denial about this. As in . . . NO CLUE! I have and always will consider myself a scrapbooker!  My defense is simple.  (Scroll through the post and look at all the cute photos again. :)

My friends, I was blinded by the bling, the beauty and the bond of the scrapbooking industry and it's amazing scrappers! I'll start with my "Title" crime.


  • 12 x 12 traditional paper.  I've never made a traditional 12 x 12 layout in my life!  *GASP* In my younger days, I was simply too cheap and too lazy to do that. I thought using that giant paper for one or two photos seemed wasteful (that's the cheap part) and once I spent what I imagined would take forever to do just one page (that's the lazy part) that indeed, I could not do this.  All my imagined pages would have to be framed for people to gaze upon daily, because they would be so amazing, too good to be contained in a closed up scrapbook, high up on a shelf!
Now that I've got that m myth DEBUNKED, I realized that I really only have one scrappy crime and that is I am a . . . 

Fraud. I am a scrapbooking fraud. :(  There, I've said it.  I have NO scrapbooks full of of beautiful photos and layouts with lovely embellishments sprinkled everywhere.  I don't have any scrapbooks, period.  ZERO. No, that's a lie.  I have one, mostly because it is red with white polka dots and was 1/2 off clearance with an additional 25% off. :) It's where I store all the various & empty page protectors that I've accumulated.  

I've got 1 tiny box of photos and I've only got these because I've forgotten to give them to the kids (a few are just for me).  The first photo you see here is of my almost 16 year old granddaughter, Myriam and this was not scrapped until . . . yesterday! Seriously!  

But the truth is ladies, my kid's don't really care all that much about whether or not they have scrapbooks.  They are not making them for their children either.  So, I am not sweating it too much. In fact, not at all.

What I am doing, is this.  A hybrid type of scrapbooking. I have a major love of paper and all the scrappy "accessories" and I want to try it all!  For me.  For the sheer joy of creating.  I love to experiment and learn new things and techniques!  Down the road a bit, I think I might try selling some stuff too!  And do some videos and tutorials!  And teach more workshops! And just enjoy the process and the people.  Creatives are so fun to hang out with, they get me.  I love creating & crafting with them!  So I'll be making anything and everything that my imagination and my ENORMOUS stash of scrap happiness will allow. 
 
 So, since I don't do scrapbooks in the traditional sense, let me tell you how I do scrap.  All my photos will be stored and shared on my laptop and smartphone, with backups.  I'll be "scrapping" it my way on my blog, my Facebook page, my Instagram account, my Pinterest account and guest posts!  (if anybody wants me any more. ;)  I'll do smash books and mini journals & books and mixed media journals.  And I love, love, love making DIY Project Life and pocket page journaling cards.  This is my kind of scrapping. 

My passion. My way.

I figure, this way I get to have all the fun of "traditional" scrapbooking and all the ease of doing things digitally as well.  I've only just begun, really.  There are so many things I want to explore! I just got a smartphone not quite 3 months ago, and my world has turned upside down in such totally awesome & exciting ways!  The whole picture taking process is no longer any kind of hassle at all (oh and the cool photo apps like Rhonna Designs and A Beautiful Mess, I've had to add more memory already!) The time it takes to do things now is just like a walk in the park and mostly being able to connect and share in such an easy, almost effortless way . . . well, it's just amazing.  I am so enjoying this part of my scrapbooking/life journey!

I am so glad to have gotten this off my chest and this blog post written once and for all! The scrapbooking community is just an amazing source of cammaraderie and inspiration and I'm sure they won't kick me out now . . . right guys?  (keep looking at the pics. . . cute baby, pretty stuff, lol)  

I hope you enjoy the photos.  If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!  I also hope you'll follow me on my outlaw scrapbooking journey by following my blog for VIP status (up at the top, right of the post)and  while you're at it, I would love to meet up with you over on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too!  My journey is just beginning and I would love to have you be a part of it!  I've got lots of irons in the fire and some big news flashes coming up too, so stay tuned!  And last, but not least . . . thanks again, Cara, for inviting me to be a part of this series, it has been a journey in and of itself!
 I think you all are SUPER! ;)


Is she adorable or what?  I'll let you know what she thinks about me posting this for all the world to see!
In the above photo, note how I left lots of room on the bottom for journaling and a bit on the side too.  I always try to take my photos with this idea in mind.
In the above photo I made a collage using the same photo in two of the frames and in the third, I put in Myriam again.  Notice how I can shrink and enlarge pretty much at will?   That's why sometimes you might see a photo of mine and think, "Wow, that's way too busy for me", but I do that for a reason and not just cause I like to throw in everything plus the kitchen sink!  I can get so many awesome closeups from the same photo this way!  And then when I'm satisfied that I've exhausted all the shots, I'll then break down the vignette, layer by layer until I've completed the shoot of all available angles and permutations that I can think of.  Sometimes it's crap and sometimes I get some amazing shots. And to me, it's just plain fun!  I get lost in this process the same way I do with scrapping!  I also put a blank card on an easel to add journaling, a photo or a quote. Oh, and no special camera or equipment!   Just my cell's camera, a Samsung Galaxy s5.  This is an awesome phone with a great camera and for someone who was a bit (or a lot) shy about getting on board with this technology . . . well let's just say, I am catching up quick! I love it! 
Now the above is photo is similar, with some journaling done digitally with the same app I used for the collage.  I believe this shot is from A beautiful Mess photo design app.  I've also added a coordinating DIY pocket journaling card and then enlarged a different part of the same photo of Myriam. The rest of the photos are basically done the same way.  Oh, I must mention, and you may cringe at this . . . my hubs did.  The photo of Myriam and the photo of Martha and Elizabeth, (my daughters as Dracula and Pocahontas down below) well, I cut their bodies right out of the photograph and placed them on the layout and the DIY pocket journal card as I liked.  Yes, I "ruined" the original, but it's going to get a lot more mileage out of it this way!  People will get to see it and share it!  Folks who have probably never seen it AT ALL, cause it was hidden away in a box!  I think it's the best choice FOR ME

See that cool stick?  I found that while blackberry picking the other day.  It has a natural slot in it and is just perfect for slipping in a journaling card.  Love it!   I am always on the lookout for photo props everywhere I go.  I think think they can add so much interest and dimension to a photo!
My youngest granddaughter, Kinsey.  This summer!  I'm current!  Yay!
 
I love using different textures.  My current fave is burlap and this awesome grid cutting mat!  (You can see a peek of it in the background) Oh, and the hour or so before the sun starts to set, that is when I love the lighting the most!
Notice how I left lots of room for text, if I want.  This shot is naturally perfect for a lovely inspirational quote!
Lots of room for an uplifting quotation!  My hubs said, "The sky is the limit!"  Yes, he is corny like that! :)
I actually put a set of DIY POCKET PAGE JOURNALING CARDS in this page protector. WOW! I am to a real scrapbooker!! haha This set was made from a couple of blank greeting cards and kraft cardstock.  It also has bits and pieces of fussy cuts from scrap papers, punches, lots of machine stitching & a few other little bits of scrappy yumminess. 

My grandson, Hamza.   He has perfected the, "Guess what I'm dreaming of" look, wouldn't you say?  9 times out of 10, it is about food!
On the Domesticraft sign (above left) of which one of my Son-in-laws made, the middle has been left blank, on purpose . . . again so that I can write a new message or place a photo or quote.  It makes it very versatile!
Two more grandsons, Left . . . Yusef and right . . . Abdur Rahman, aka: Itty Bitty or you may also call him Superman. ;)  This photo was adorable to start, but I put a filter on it. Now it is awesome!  One of my faves!
And last, but by no means least is a shot I took the other day while over for a visit to my grandkids!  Zami, my 11 year old grandson, suggested we take a pic of the apple with the water droplets and I agreed.  Spectacular shot! No filter. One very perfectly placed inspirational quote! 

Done!  I hope you were inspired!  I know I have been from all the super talented and scrappy bloggers, especially Cara!  You'll not regret taking the time to check this series out from the beginning if you are just now joining.  This is some really good content!  Here are the links to get you on your way!  Thanks for visiting and I hope I'll be seeing a lot of you!

Nancy 

xoxoxo


August 4 - Paige Evans
A Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling
August 5 - Ashli Oliver
Scrapbook pages SHOULD be fast and simple to just get them done
August 6 - Jen Gallacher
Scrapbook pages SHOULD look perfect
August 7 Melissa Shanhun
Digital scrapbook pages SHOULD look as much like a paper page as possible 
August 8 - Ashley Calder
Scrapbooking SHOULD be done *this* way  
August 9 - Caroline Davis
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook FOR her family
August 10 - Lisa Harris
Scrapbooking SHOULD be a legacy for the scrapbooker's family
August 11 - Connie Hanks
A scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook chronologically
August 13 - Nancy Gaines
Scrapbooking SHOULD be 12x12 traditional paper pages
August 14 - Cara Vincens
A scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up
August 4 - Paige EvansA Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling - See more at: http://vincens.typepad.com/cest_la_vie_ours_anyway/2014/08/there-is-no-scrapbooking-police-seriously-a-blog-series.html#sthash.oB9hwHdp.dpuf
August 4 - Paige EvansA Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling - See more at: http://vincens.typepad.com/cest_la_vie_ours_anyway/2014/08/there-is-no-scrapbooking-police-seriously-a-blog-series.html#sthash.oB9hwHdp.dpuf


August 4 - Paige EvansA Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling
August 5 - Ashli Oliver
Scrapbook pages SHOULD be fast and simple to just get them done
August 6 - Jen Gallacher
Scrapbook pages SHOULD look perfect
August 7 - Melissa Shanhun
Digital scrapbook pages should look as much like a paper page as possible 
August 8 - Ashley Calder
Scrapbooking SHOULD be done *this* way  
August 9 - Caroline Davis
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook FOR her family
August 10 - Lisa Harris
Scrapbooking SHOULD be a legacy for the scrapbooker's family
August 11 - Connie Hanks
A scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook chronologically
August 13 - Nancy Gaines
Scrapbooking SHOULD be 12x12 traditional paper pages
August 14 - Cara Vincens
A scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up
- See more at: http://vincens.typepad.com/cest_la_vie_ours_anyway/2014/08/there-is-no-scrapbooking-police-seriously-a-blog-series.html#sthash.oB9hwHdp.dpuf

August 4 - Paige EvansA Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling
August 5 - Ashli Oliver
Scrapbook pages SHOULD be fast and simple to just get them done
August 6 - Jen Gallacher
Scrapbook pages SHOULD look perfect
August 7 - Melissa Shanhun
Digital scrapbook pages should look as much like a paper page as possible 
August 8 - Ashley Calder
Scrapbooking SHOULD be done *this* way  
August 9 - Caroline Davis
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook FOR her family
August 10 - Lisa Harris
Scrapbooking SHOULD be a legacy for the scrapbooker's family
August 11 - Connie Hanks
A scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook chronologically
August 13 - Nancy Gaines
Scrapbooking SHOULD be 12x12 traditional paper pages
August 14 - Cara Vincens
A scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up
- See more at: http://vincens.typepad.com/cest_la_vie_ours_anyway/2014/08/there-is-no-scrapbooking-police-seriously-a-blog-series.html#sthash.oB9hwHdp.dpuf