Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Retweetables: Inspired by Halloween Tweets

"I've seen enough horror movies to know that any 
weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly." 
-Elizabeth, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Horror movies were a big part of my life growing up. My family and I watched scary, bloody, gorey and spine-tingling movies more than any other genre. Maybe that's why I love Halloween so much and why I've done four straight weeks of Halloween-themed Retweetable Tweeter posts (say that five time fast).

Twitter has been streaming with endless links to Halloween crafts, costumes and scary stories and without it, I probably wouldn't have seen a tweet about a pumpkin photo centerpiece that inspired me to do this:


The tweet was listed in my post, The Retweetables: Halloween Edition, and leads to the blog post Pumpkin Photo Centerpiece Holds Your Autumn Memories by Camille Dawn (and was featured on the AlphaMom blog). It's not often that I get inspired to change up my pumpkin carving routine, but when I checked out the post, I knew I wanted to hammer some nails into a pumpkin and decorate it with twine and photographs. Seriously, this was truly cool and unique and I had to do it. And since we bought three pumpkins, I was still able to carve one along with my oldest daughter, who gutted and carved a pumpkin all on her own for the very first time:

I used the fireworks setting on  my camera to capture this shot.
Another tweet from my first Halloween Edition (links to the The Scrap Shoppe blog post Spooky Chic Halloween Wreath) made me do this:


The skull was already sparkling with glitter, but I used Pop-Up Glue Dots® to add the green buttons for the eyes (I would have done red, but I didn't have any of the right size-even my oldest daughter told me I should have used red). Makes it look freakier, right? Yet, no matter what, I still have to hide the skull since it scares my youngest and she wouldn't even enter the room when it was displayed. (Kind of like how she's freaked out by masks. Read about that HERE.)

Were you inspired by any Halloween tweets this year? Share your thoughts below and if you made anything crafty, feel free to add your link.

I'm leaving you today with a link to a few laughs...and guess where I first heard about it?!? On Twitter, of course! Here's the latest #retweetable tweeter who tweeted about Halloween (let's try saying this one five times fast):
  • @Time: The 20 best Halloween costumes | http://su.pr/1tPQyg [Still don't know what you're going to be for Halloween? This may help if you have a sense of humor.]

Thanks for stopping by ScrappinMemories4U.com! Hope you have a safe (and fright-filled) Halloween weekend! 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why I Always Get a Seasonal Flu Shot


I will never forget the year my daughter and I were sick with the flu and had to miss a trip to visit family at Christmastime. Everything was packed (since I'm an early planner) and we were ready for our scheduled road trip two days later...until the flu bug struck. We wanted Santa to visit us, not the dreaded flu. Plans changed, but a lesson was learned that year: Always get a seasonal flu shot so we will never miss Christmas again. That was in 2003.

Now, I make it a priority to get my family vaccinated against the flu each October. I even did it when I was pregnant with my second child to stay healthy during flu season. Yet, last year was a bit of a hassle because of all the H1N1 hype and we ended up having to make three trips to the doctor's office and flu clinics to be fully vaccinated against each strain of flu virus. It's easier this year because one flu shot protects us from three different flu viruses (including H1N1).

I'm sharing this little story with you today for a few reasons:
  • Germs are nasty and I don't want you to get sick with the flu.
  • I wanted to scrapbook the photo above of my daughter and I home sick with the flu. (I used MemoryWorks Simple Stories: Life Documented kit.)
  • I may receive a small thank you (valued at less than $20) since this post is part of a TwitterMoms blogging program and you can have a chance too if you click HERE.
I just got my flu shot. Have you? For more information about the flu vaccine and how you can protect your family from the flu this season, visit www.cdc.gov/flu. Thanks for stopping by ScrappinMemories4U.com!


Friday, October 22, 2010

The Countdown Begins: 9 #LOAD Scrapbook Layouts Left to Complete


"Day 3" LOAD Day 17, originally uploaded by 0hi0dh.

Another quickie post today...just wanted to share my favorite scrapbook layout of the week. Visually, this page of my husband and daughter walking toward the school makes me want to just stop and look at it for a long time. I love black and white scrapbook layouts with a pop of color and word paper makes me drool. I'm almost done with October's Layout A Day and looking forward to a little scrapbook break in November. See the rest of my #LOAD layouts here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniellehunter/ (This is my first blog post from Flickr, hoping it works...)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Retweetables: Halloween Edition (Part Three)

halloween Made with My Cool Signs.Net

When I think of Halloween, visions of pumpkins and Michael Meyers parade around in my head. I think of my childhood and eating candy until my belly ached, bobbing for apples, pumpkin seeds, haunted houses and oh, the decorations. It's hard to be uninspired at a time when it's okay to be someone you're not like a serial killer or a naughty nun (*giggle* I'm dressing up in a sexy nun costume this year). And it's super easy to be inspired by this week's #retweetable tweeters:
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Creating a Healthy Home Environment for Children & Free Coupons

When I became a mom, my point of view of the world around me changed. Little by little I asked questions. Is this safe for my baby? Should I do this or that? What am I doing wrong? What am I doing right? What could I be doing better? The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know very much at all. 
Being a mom (or being a person in general) is a lifelong continuous process of education and  gaining wisdom. Today, I hope you will take a moment to educate yourself about the environment around you, make a decision to be more conscious about what you bring into your life and then take that knowledge and share it with others as I did during my Healthy Home Party sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World.

A package arrived at my house a few weeks ago from Healthy Child Healthy World and it was filled with all kinds of delightful goodies for me to share with others. Take a look...



Included in the Healthy Home Party Kit were safe and environmentally friendly items and information from these companies:

Klean Kanteen
Revolution Foods
Plum Organics
Luna
Yes To Carrots
Activeion
CleanWell
Earthbound Farm
Earth Friendly Products
Eat Cleaner
Happy Baby
Naturepedic
Organic Valley
Seventh Generation
Mohawk

Now you may be wondering what is Healthy Child Healthy World. It is a nonprofit organization that educates parents on how to create safer and greener environments for their children. If you browse their website, HealthyChild.org, you will find that it is loaded with information that will help you make better and healthier decisions about the environment around you and most importantly, your children.

Why is a healthy environment important? The answer is simple. Our children need healthy places to live and grow. They should not be exposed to toxic chemicals that can harm them and these toxins are in products that many of us use everyday: pesticides, food, body wash, furniture, cleaners, etc.

What can you do? Follow these 5 Easy Steps to improve your families' health:
  1. Manage pests safely
  2. Use nontoxic products
  3. Clean up indoor air
  4. Eat healthy
  5. Be wise with plastics
One of the simplest things to do is make your own cleaning products. Using natural and safe cleaning items that you make at home will save money and keep your family healthy. There are several possibilities when it comes to homemade cleaners and I decided to share an easy microwave cleaner with my guests. I mixed up 4 tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to make a paste, passed out old socks and told my guests that we're cleaning a microwave today! (This was fun!) My microwave was nasty and gross. I had heated up spaghetti earlier in the week without a cover and it splattered all over the microwave.  So we scrubbed and rinsed. Cleaning with baking soda was surprisingly easy and it worked!


I'm feeling good about making my own homemade cleaner and sharing with others. The party is over now, but guess what? I saved something for you! The first 5 people who email me their contact information will receive:
  • Organic Valley coupons ($15.00 value)
  • Earthbound Farm pamphlet (with recipes and coupons)
  • "Creating Healthy Environments for Children" DVD code
There's no catch - just be one of the first 5 people to email scrappindanielle (at) gmail (dot) com...and that's it! Do want a bonus? I also have assorted coupons leftover and you can get your hands on some if you email me AND leave a comment below.

I know there are many things to think about right now, but just start with one thing you can change and make a commitment to keep learning about safer alternatives. You can even have your own Healthy Home Party. Sign up HERE. Or join Healthy Child on Twitter every Thursday night at 6pmPST/9pmEST for news and tips.

Resources:
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Disclosure: The Healthy Home Party Kit was sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Halfway Through Layout A Day (#LOAD)


I'm on Day 15 of October's Layout A Day and proud to say that I haven't missed a challenge yet. Today's challenge was to use items that don't normally go together. In the layout above, I used flowers and the color pink on a page with men. It works and I like it. The photo is meaningful since it showcases three generations and I believe that it was the first time that these three men had a photo taken together. 

The man on the left is my father-in-law and I recently created a website for his business, Consolidated Hunter: Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning. I did it through Blogger and tweaked it to make it look like a website. I would love it if you checked it out and let me know what you think. It's my first attempt at web design (besides this blog).

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Retweetables: Halloween Edition (Part Two)


 This was me. A clown. Not one of my favorite costumes as a child, but to tell the truth, I chose this photo since the quality was better than the other ones I browsed through this morning. My mom created a HUGE scrapbook for me when I turned 30 and then filled a large photo album with all the other photos that couldn't fit into the scrapbook. So as I was looking through the album, I debated between the photos of me as a punk rocker, a witch with a green face and a few others. I like the photo I chose because it brings back memories of my blue tennis shoes with velcro, the big orange rocking chair that sat atop our red carpeting and the brick fireplace that I ran into right before I started kindergarten (and ended up with a horribly bruised ear). At least the carpet brings out my face paint and the red polka dots on my costume.

Since I'm on the subject of face paint and costumes, check out this week's #Retweetable Halloween tweeters:
Other noteworthy tweets that aren't Halloween related, but I had to share:
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Note: The above layout was created for Day 14 of Layout A Day (LOAD) and scraplifted from the January/February 2007 issue of Simple Scrapbooks (our challenge was to use something old). You can view my LOAD photostream on Flickr.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You know you're a Glue Dot® when you can decorate Halloween treats like no other adhesive

Trick-or-Treat, smell my feet
Give me something good to eat
If you don't, I don't care
I'll pull down your underwear!


When it comes to getting crafty, my comfort zone is centered around scrapbooking and paper in particular. I enjoy making little embellishments and titles and often turn to Glue Dots® adhesive for adding that special touch...a pop, a dot, a line. And when I got my hands on Sparkly Fluff from OurCraftLounge.net, I knew that it would be a perfect companion to Glue Dots®. I experimented with Sparkly Fluff for the first time when I created my serial killer scrapbook layout and wanted to have more fun with it...


Supplies:

Step 1: Go through your scrap paper and find an assortment of colors. I chose orange, blue, green and purple and used my square punch to make 8 squares (you can make more if you wish). Then I cut 8 1.75" black squares to mat the smaller squares (put aside and attach later).

Step 2: Make Halloween scenes on your squares using Glue Dots® and Sparkly Fluff. Add a Glue Dot®:


Press the Glue Dot® into the Sparkly Fluff or sprinkle it on the dot.


The Sparkly Fluff is very soft and easy to work with.


Tap off the excess Sparkly Fluff.


Then blow off any additional Sparkly Fluff.


Step 3: Decorate the squares with Continuous Glue Lines®. I made a spider web by attaching the lines to the square and cut them with sharp scissors as needed.


Then I sprinkled the Sparkly Fluff on top and removed the excess.


Here are all the squares after applying the Glue Dots® adhesive and Sparkly Fluff:


Step 4: Finish decorating the squares. Grab those black mats from earlier, make mini tombstones, bats and skulls with paper (or try making candy corn, pumpkins, ghosts, etc.) and attach them to the squares with Glue Dots® adhesive.

Tip: Roll a Glue Dot® up like a burrito. I've done this when I've run out of Glue Lines® or Pop Up  Glue Dots® and can't make it to the store.


Tip: Use Glue Lines® to add a little pop to an embellishment. Glue Lines® also work great to make hidden pockets on a scrapbook page.


Tip: Use Pop Up Glue Dots® to add a 3D effect to an embellishment. If the item is too small to fit a Pop Up®, you can cut the dot to the size you need.


Step 5: Wrap ribbon around the treats and stick the ends together with Mini Glue Dots®.

Use Glue Lines® to adhere the squares to the ribbon.


And we're done!


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Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team. OurCraftLounge.net provided me with Sparkly Fluff. My opinions are honest and I would never persuade you to purchase something I didn't like. Links going to Amazon.com are part of an affiliate program.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

This week in Layout A Day, a.k.a. #LOAD


Here's my most popular scrapbook layout this week from Layout A Day. It even made it to the Explore section of Flickr! You can see the rest of my #LOAD layouts HERE. Short post today...I gotta pack for an all day crop tomorrow! Haven't been to one in years! Thanks for stopping by ScrappinMemories4U.com!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Retweetables: Halloween Edition

Meet my serial killer daughter. Three years ago, my sweet little four-year-old wanted to dress up as Scream and I let her. Afterall, she refused to look at other costumes and insisted on this one. So, I HAD to make a scrapbook page. (I totally scraplifted the layout from a book I read in 2007. I wish I could remember which one, but that was three years ago and I didn't keep track of things like I do now. If you've seen a layout like this and know who created it, please let me know.)

Okay, back to the bloody layout. Let's open it up to see a "murder"...



(The pop-up element was not part of the scraplift. I had to figure that one out all on my own. Anyway...) Here's the terrifying and fictional story about a young girl, turned serial killer...


Note: After showing my daughter (now 7) my last blog post, Mix a little gore with a few screams, add a dash of sparkle and you have a scrapbook layout, she confessed that she didn't know that Scream was a serial killer. She thought that he just chased people around to scare them.

Since we are on the subject of Halloween, I thought I'd share some Halloweenie tweets with all of you. [I've also added a little commentary to the tweets.]

  • @scrapbooktrends: Our Halloween Spooktacular is is full swing! Be sure to swing by our blog, look for the Spooktacular banner on... http://fb.me/KFbqHApM [There are soooo many fun Halloween projects on this blog and a contest that ends tonight 10/7/10.]
  • @ArtistTaraReed: Scare up some fab paper crafts for Halloween with new stamp sets for Technique Tuesday! | Tara Reed Designs http://ht.ly/2OWYw [These are so cute!]
  • @mmscrapshoppe: Spooky Chic Halloween Wreath: I love purple and black together for Halloween. I think they look subtly spooky toge... http://bit.ly/dlXG8R [The skull is freaky!]
  • @FamilyFun: Have a bewitching #Halloween party with the help of these fun Halloween games and make the party go off with a scream! http://bit.ly/9AQGxs [Loads of fun stuff here!]
  • @craft: Printable Rainbow Owl Mobile:   Here's a fun printable you can use to add some color and whimsy to any corner of a... http://bit.ly/drytK4 [This is adorable and great for Halloween. It's not spooky and you can even decorate a nursery with it. For directions and more free downloads, go to http://www.minieco.co.uk/hoot-hoot/]
Oh, what crafty goodness! I'm so glad I can turn to Twitter for endless ideas and creativity. I hope you have enjoyed these tweets too! Thanks for stopping by ScrappinMemories4U.com. Follow @ohiodanielle on Twitter to stay updated on The Retweetables.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mix a little gore with a few screams, add a dash of sparkle and you have a scrapbook layout

Q: What happens when your child wants to be a serial killer?
A: You grab a camera, snap a few photos and create a gory scrapbook layout.

My oldest daughter (age 7) has always enjoyed watching scary movies, but when she chose the Scream costume as a preschooler, I was a bit surprised. She had never viewed that particular movie before, but after walking through the costume store, she insisted on being a serial killer. The costume was too big for her, but I made it work to make her happy. This wasn't a regular Scream mask. It was connected to a heart that pumped blood into the mask. She proudly wore it Trick-or-Treating.

Through the years, my daughter continued wearing a variety of masks and it didn't have to be Halloween for her to do so. When my youngest daughter was old enough to be scared, a masked girl chased her little sister around the house and masks have terrified my two-year-old ever since. The scrapbook layout I'm about to show you tells the story of a little girl and her scary masks.

Supplies:
  • Glue Dots® adhesive: Pop Up, Mini, Continuous Line, Memory Book
  • Paper: DCWV, Paperbilities, American Crafts, The Paper Company, scraps
  • The Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff
  • Making Memories ink and letter stamps
  • American Crafts marker
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen
  • Deco Art acrylic paint
  • wire
  • button

Step 1: Create a bloody background page. Slice open your hand and drip blood on a nice sheet of white cardstock...or use red acrylic paint like I did. Let dry for several hours.



Step 2: Make a mini serial killer hold a bloody banner. After cutting out a little white mask and black cloak, attach the face with a Pop Up Glue Dot®.



Using two pieces of scrap paper, create a pop-up banner. One piece will be for the title and the other for a background. Drip "blood" onto the title.



Attach wire to the background paper with Pop Up Glue Dots® and place the title on top.



Step 3: Balance the gore with a little Sparkly Fluff. Carefully take a strip of Mini Glue Dots® and adhere to a piece of scrap patterned paper.



 Repeat two more times.



Sprinkle Sparkly Fluff over the Mini Glue Dots® and shake off the excess.

Step 4: Mix together the gore with a few screams, add the sparkle and you have a bloody and kinda scary scrapbook layout.


Bonus Step: Make a pocket for your gruesome mask stories. Place Continuous Glue Lines® on the back edges of your matted photo block and adhere to the layout.


Insert your journaling and the gorey scrapbook layout is complete!


Thanks for stopping by ScrappinMemories4U.com! Be sure to visit this Thursday for The Retweetables: Halloween Edition and to see another layout that will make you SCREAM!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

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