Day One in Escalante (near Bryce Canyon) where Scott is painting scenes of the incredible landscape. There is an art festival here this week and a Plein Air painting competition - which Scott didn't enter. He's still learning. At the end of the week, we'll go see the competion exhibit where the painters show the paintings they made of the Escalante area in the last four days. Then Scott will see that he's as good as 90% of the participants. This photo shows the place we are staying - the Slot Canyons Inn. Scott decided to paint right here on the property and chose a scene of the original cabin on the property (to the right of the inn) and the cliffs behind it. In true life, it's beautiful.
scraplifter and copycat that I am, I went right out and bought the same plaque. We are possibly going to cut the quote in rub-on vinyl at Adornit, so if you're interested in it (for a Christmas gift of course!) let me know.
First of all, I have no idea how to make this NOT long and skinny - so just laugh and enjoy....
Well, after lots of work by Georgana (my boss at Adornit) and me, and with the permission of my Cut the Crazy partner Norma Olsen, we succeeded in getting our Cut the Crazy out of Christmas class onto a very popular website that provides classes for scrapbookers. It's called Big Picture Scrapbooking, and I have to say, it's BIG to be there. So the whole world can take our Christmas class...and I hope the whole world does. At least all the women! We have added a scrapbooking element to the class to make it fun for the Big Picture audience. In addition, we have written some wonderful content to help women learn how to simplify and control Christmas. We will also offer an updated version of the planner which Georgana designed. This is all done online - the class is virtual and the handouts come as downloads on your computer. The class will be taught during the month of November. We'll have a message board, two live chats, and a Gallery to post pictures of projects etc. I can't even begin to describe how happy and astonished I am about this. I wrote the words for the ad below and I think they describe our class pretty well. It's my biggest gig yet!
Christmas is a time of great excitement and activity - and sometimes chaos.
The things we long for at Christmas:
these simply won't happen if we don't PLAN ahead and then leave space for them on our December calendars.
Christmas gets crazy because we try to cram everything into four short weeks. At some point, we must accept that it is unrealistic to have it all, do it all, and be it all.
The Cut the Crazy out of Christmas approach helps you so that:
The 'cut the crazy' ladies, Georgana and Debbie, teamed with Big Picture Scrapbooking, can help bring a new perspective on how you approach Christmas this year. The workshop includes a downloadable planner that will change the way you plan for the holidays…plus projects and lots of ideas.
I was about to go to bed a few minutes ago, but just had to have one more look on the TV at the progress of Hurricane Ike. Sometime between now and when we wake up in the morning, this monster storm is supposed to make landfall. My heart goes out to all the people of that area who are waiting...it must be so frightening. I feel for the poor people who had to abandon their homes and are uncomfortably staying in shelters etc. not knowing what is happening back home. It would be so awful - I just hope hope pray that the storm is not as bad as predicted. Our nephew Brandon Gihring lives in Houston. He is the son of Scott's sister Jill and brother-in-law Ron. Brandon just got his MBA degree and works for a big accounting firm. Jill sent us this email:
Brandon wanted everyone to know that as they say in Texas he has "hunkered down" for the storm. He has plenty of water, food, camp stove, lights and a good book. His apartment is on the third floor, so if the flood waters come he hopes that he will not get wet. He has duck taped all his windows, and has his overall's and wading boots ready to go. So our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon tonight, along with everyone in the path of the storm. I know I'll be up early to tune in to the TV reports about what happened. --The Gihrings
Today's post is borrowed from my boss Georgana's blog It's my monthly column for Adornit called "Beginner Basics." This was such a fun scrapbook layout to make - a quick review of the summer. Since I'm spending every spare minute getting our Cut the Crazy out of Christmas class ready for Big Picture Scrapbooking dot com, I'm pretty sure this is the only 2008 summer layout I'll make. I'll always be glad I have this in my scrapbook album - and the photos will be safely tucked away in the photo album. Well, they will be as soon as Scott gets them put in. It's easy to click the link below and download the calendar. (If you click on the pictures they pop up larger.)
Debbie writes: You’re going to LOVE what I have to show you for this month’s Beginner Basics. In fact, you might as well just get your supplies out, because this is a quick and easy layout you’ll want to complete before the day is over!
Most of us have had good intentions to scrapbook all of our favorite summer photos. We don’t want to forget those good memories, but with three busy summer months, we don’t know where to start.
Georgana to the rescue! For her Make & Take project for the Big Picture Scrapbooking Summer Crop last month, Georgana decided to make a layout that summarizes the summer. She called it her Summer Highlights layout and created a three-month calendar to use on the pages to quickly list all her fun summer activities. Well, lucky for us, she has made the calendar available to all her blog readers to print out for your own scrapbooks. You can click on the link to download the calendar!
I really enjoyed making this project. I was able to put a bunch of photos (ten total) on my double page layout. It was fun to review the summer as I flipped through my photos and filled in my calendar. I used a bunch of Adornit Cardstock Stickers and our adhesive foam letters. When it’s cold outside and I’m cozied up in my kitchen ready to do some “serious scrapbooking,” I’ll have this layout to remind me of Summer 2008. But right now, I’ve got to get outside and ride that bicycle!
Our first date was New Year’s Eve 1973. We went out twice and then Scott left to go back to medical school in New York City. We sent a couple of postcards back and forth to stay in touch until Scott returned to Logan for Spring break. We ‘dated’ for a week then and fell in love…but neither admitted it. Scott went back to school and we wrote to each other until June.
Those were the ‘olden days.’ We didn’t have email or cell phones. Making a long distance call was a big expensive deal and you just didn’t do it. We wrote letters. In June, we dated for three weeks, then decided we wanted to get married. The day after we got engaged Scott left for his residency in Arizona. During our engagement we talked to each other on the phone each Sunday, and sent cassette tapes back and forth. Scott came home to Logan two days before our wedding. I don’t remember thinking any of this was weird, though I did feel lonely and sad that I was planning the whole wedding by myself (with the help of my mom and Scott's sisters). My parents, to their credit, never questioned my judgment. They didn't know Scott, but knew his parents and family, so that helped. We were married 34 years ago today: September 4, 1974.
Some of the songs on the radio in 1974 were "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings, "Another Saturday Night" by Cat Stevens and “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John.” It was a year for some great movies like The Towering Inferno, Chinatown, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I remember watching All in the Family and Rhoda on TV while Scott was staying overnight at the hospital every fourth night. It sure doesn’t seem like 34 years. They have been good ones for sure!
As I was finishing this post Scott gave me his anniversary present. It was so cute. He sang 'our song' to me. Now, we've never had a song all these years. Then one day Scott told me that the Michael Buble song "Everything" was our song. I love it. Now I love it even more, because, with our son Mike's help, Scott recorded himself singing the song to me, using the original Buble music, but with Buble's voice dubbed over by Scott's voice. It was the best gift ever!