Saturday, November 22, 2008

Long Awaited Directions for Paper Bag Photo Album...

So, I purchased a sample because I had seen them before and wanted to make a cute little album for myself. Now I'm in the sharing, giving mode and posting the directions for completing said adorable album. :)

Start with a simple paper bag typically used for lunch.

Then cut along the fold that creates the bottom of the bag. (In this picture I folded the "bottom" under so that you could see the fold to cut along.)

Next cut along the diagonals that hold the flap you have cut to the rest of the bag. I have already cut the diagonals because I couldn't get a good camera angle on the way to cut it. So this is the skeleton of the album.

Thus you have an album that stands like this:

Now you just need to cover the bag with beautiful scrapbook paper in these sizes:

1. First pattern paper 3" x 5" (A) and 5" x 8.5" (B)

2. Second pattern paper 5.5" x 5" (C) and 11" x 5" (D)

(A) goes on the flap created when the bottom of the bag was cut off.

(B) goes on the back side of the flap continuing on the inside of the album.

(C) goes on the inside of the album on the far right side.

(D) goes along the entire outside of the album.

You will also need two 6" inch strands of thin ribbon to tie the album together when finished.

Here's the sample album that I purchased:

You may also add 3 "pages" of cardstock for extra pictures or stories, these should be 5.5" x 5" and fit nicely in the opening of the bag.

Happy Scrapping! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dedicating the boys to Jesus

On Nov. 9th, 2008 we made the decision as parents to confirm before God and our church family that we intend to raise our boys to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. I was so excited for that moment in our family because now Nathan continues the experience with little prayers at random times of the day. This little "game" he plays reminds me to be like a child in my faith and just believe that God has a plan for my life and will keep me safe as I try to do with my boys. Here are some pictures from the Dedication Ceremony.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Long week makes Momma TIRED!

This past week was my first week back in my classroom after having someone else begin the school year with my students and the following eleven weeks. I realized how much I had really missed being in the classroom and working with students with disabilities. I have a new found respect and perspective in working with parents now that I am a mother myself. Though I may not have a child with special needs as their's do, I still feel a connection to the families with which I interact through my career choice.

Today we participated in the Baby Dedication Service at our church by proclaiming our desire to raise our boys to accept Jesus as their Savior. There were also new believers being baptized during the service. Nathan asked why they were in the water and I told him that they decided to have Jesus in their hearts forever. I wasn't sure what his response to this explanation would be or if he would even accept it as truth in his toddler mind. But to my surprise he brought out the biggest smile that I have seen on him. There is much truth in a "childlike faith" because Nathan didn't say "how come?" like he does for every other explanation that I give him now.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My current thoughts of the day...

In order to remedy the problem with the Shift key on the laptop, I was forced to surrender our laptop to the Geek Squad for repairs. There wasn't a fix that the store could find, so they had to "ship it off". Thus leaving us without our high speed convenience in the living room. Now that it has returned I realize how much we rely on this gateway at our fingertips. The keyboard is brand-new with it's shiny white letters and characters and the clicks of the keys are more prominent than the last one.

So the now all consuming thought is the impending return to work and the 'real world' tomorrow/Monday Nov. 3rd. This coming week will bring many transitions for our little family of four now. The boys will be well loved at the Marga's house during the school day while Zach and I work, but we can all ride in one car now because tennis season is officially finished for this year. The completion of this season brings more time for Zach to be at home with the little boys and me. I am also concerned with the future of our country in the next week with the election being completed.

I'm exhausted just thinking about the numerous things I could be doing rather than adding a blog entry, so I'm going to try to rest...