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2012 Year in blogging review

Happy New Year!

To kick off the new year, I’d like to share with you a little data on For Keeps Sake’s activity in 2012. You may start scrolling!

Crunchy numbers

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. My blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

In 2012, there were 21 new posts, not bad for my first year! There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 94 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 5th with 68 views. The most popular post that day was Did you ever make Valentine boxes in elementary school?.

Valentine box

Where did my blog visitors come from?

28 countries in all!  Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

The top referring sites to my blog in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com
  2. mycraftyworld.blogspot.com
  3. pinterest.com

2013 is going to be even better – Cheers to a great new year!

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We are more than halfway through the year!

Can you believe that it’s August all ready? This year is flying right by! By this time of the year I have usually figured out what paper craft projects I am going to work on for the fall holidays and for Christmas. I think I should stop spending less time pinning and looking at ideas on Pinterest and start planning ahead. The holidays will be here before we know it!

I am continuing to work on my ongoing Recipe Recap project. I’ll post some pictures soon of recent page additions. This little pocketbook album is filling up quickly, and is turning out to be the perfect size for this project. It feels good to know that I am reaching my goal of using scrap paper and random scrap stash to put “recipe” pages together that contain some kind of keepsake from the day, or pictures from a special happening.

Since this year will be over in a flash…I have decided that my next years annual ongoing project (or projects) will be getting SMASHed! I am so excited to try K & Company’s line of SMASH products. Do any of you SMASH?

SMASH v.: the act of sticking cool things in cool awesome books made by K & Co. Live it up, Glue it down, & Smash it in!

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Shake It Like A Poloroid Picture

Are you old enough to remember Polaroid’s instant cameras? The first Polaroid camera was launched in 1947.  Last year, Polaroid introduced the Polaroid 300 Instant Camera. I always loved Polaroid pictures…from the way the clicking of the big button feels, to the magic of watching the film glide out, the anticipation of waiting to see what develops,  and of course, the iconic white frame.   How fun will this nostalgic camera be at a party, a wedding, a reunion, or to use just hanging out with friends. I’m gonna love using this to make instantly captured memories!

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Keep it simple…

Here is the card I ended up making out of the cute stamped image I was working on for National Ice Cream Month…I kept the design simple. Using white cardstock, I made the card base. Then I covered the bottom half of the card using plaid paper. Next, I cut a strip of pink paper and adhered it to the top of the card. I matted the stamped image on to a piece of green cardstock. To add a little sparkle, I used Stickle’s glitter glue on the girl’s shirt, pony tail holders, and the on the poochie’s tag. I also added a cute metal clip as an embellishment. I would have used pop dots to attach the matted image to the card to make it stand out, but the card was going out in snail mail. I thought using pop dots might make the card to be too bulky in the envelope, so, I opted to glue on the matted image instead. For a simple design, it sure turned out to be sweet, dontcha think?

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Make it up as you go

It seems like lately I’ve been a little bit sidetracked from papercrafting…but I have enjoyed being spontaneous with the “opportunities” that have come my way. Whether it’s finding a piece of furniture and making it new again, or playing with my camera and taking pictures of beautiful spring flowers, I love to live in the moment. A couple of weeks ago, I was at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In addition to its shark lagoons, lazy river rides, waterslides and spectacular aquariums, the resort had a great paint-your-own pottery studio called “Earth & Fire”.  I knew when I heard about the studio, that it would be a great indoor adventure for me! They had a nice selection of pottery pieces to pick from so you could create your own masterpiece.  I chose to paint a small serving tray that came with a spreader, which I thought would make a great keepsake from the trip. The pottery pieces are fired in a custom kiln overnight, and are ready for pick up the following day. I was with a group, and we had a few hours to pick our piece, create our design plan, and paint it with 3 coats of glaze. The design for my serving tray included a few starfish, a sandy beach, and some ocean waves. I chose glaze colors that complimented my Fiesta®ware that I use at home, in which I have colors of tangerine, scarlet red, and cobalt. It was such a fun afternoon at the Earth & Fire pottery studio. I got to meet new people, have great conversations, and got a little messy while accomplishing something too.  Please stay tuned for more papercrafting posts coming soon….well, unless if something else fun pops up along the way!

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One caramel frappachino, please.

I loved making this gift card holder! It’s a great way to use scrap paper, and your favorite embossing folders too. The lid, cup, and cup wrapper are all embossed paper. A small glue dot attached to the gift card keeps it in place and makes it easy to remove.  The coffee mug stamp is from the Morning Cup stamp set. I didn’t quite cut out the shape of the lid the way I wanted to, but it’s one of those things that is just trial & error… enjoy!

starbucks gift card holder              hand made gift card holder in the shape of a "to-go" coffee cup

P.S. Thanks for the chai tea latte yesterday, Myra!

I think it’s time to break out another stamp set to play with…it’s a new month and with that comes a new set of ideas.

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Does your cup runneth over?

Your cup won’t runneth over with this easy project! It’s tea for two with this cute teabag holder. I used my “Morning Cup” stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  SU paper, ink, ribbon and markers were also used. A little bitty bling was added to the top of the teapot for some sparkle, and a couple of tiny buttons were attached with glue dots for a vintage look. A shout out to my friends, SU Consultant, Nancy Smith for showing me how simple this is to make, and also props to my photographer Adriana!

Here is a link to a tutorial on how to make your own tea bag or candy holder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpklUm0Sy24&feature=player_embedded#!

If you need SU stamping supplies or rubber stamps, please visit Nancy’s website at:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/nancysmith/