Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 reasons to explore your craft…

(2013) P.Lynne Designs

It seems lately, everything is up for new things to explore.   A baby taking their first steps, a teen learning how to drive and to explore the adult world for the first time, and a couple exploring what it is like to get married by living together.  This world is up for exploring whenever a person visits a new country, tasting new foods, and going after their dreams.
In 2001, I decided to explore into the world of direct selling by selling for a company called The Longaberger Company.  They sell baskets, pottery, and wrought iron.  In other words, home goods.  A few years before that, I decided to explore into the world of papercrafting, by creating a scrapbook for my newly born nephew, who is now 19, and is doing a little exploring himself by learning how to drive, tasting coffee, and being a doggy daddy.  He is still exploring the idea of going to college.   In 2009, I decided to explore into the possibility of going into the world of creating customized scrapbook albums, greeting cards, freelance writing, and other stationary areas, such as invitations and note cards.
As we all are trying to find and make our own path in this entity called life, a person will find out that a lot of it is nothing more than trial and error.  At the end of the day, some of it is successful, while others are duds.  Some are “glad I tried it”, while some are “I will never do this again”.  Again, at the end of the day (this time, I am talking about the end of life), when eyes are closed for the final time, a person should be happy with most of the choices made in life.
Now you are wondering, what does this have to do with crafting, especially scrapbooking.  It has to do with remembering to explore and to capture that moment, like when a child takes that first step, when a teen goes on their first date to the prom, when a person gets married, has a baby, and so forth.  Document (journaling) is a great way to hold on to those memories, taking pictures is another.  Once all that information is gathered, it is time to inform the younger generation about these happenings.  It is called heritage, it is called growth, and it is called learning about your past in order to understand your future.  Scrapbooking is merely a book of memories, no matter how pretty you make it. 

So, take out your papers, your glues, and other things to help embellish your albums.  Make them fun and inviting to other people, who do not mind looking at your family, friends, and events.  These are worth sharing.  They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when family and friends are in it, they are priceless.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo of the Day: My desk

(c) 2015 P.Lynne Designs
I do not often talk about my desk.  It has changed over the years starting when I was 12, and I had one of those white Sears desks from the 1970’s.  In fact, I had the full-size bed, and the dresser to match. I wanted a set after seeing my cousin’s bedroom set.  Next, came the rinky-dinky desk, where I had my first computer on, in my room.  It did not last long.  My next desk was to me state of the art for its time.  It was oak stained (no telling what wood was actually used) desk, and it was the first piece of furniture I bought with my own money (actually with the help of my Sears store credit card) for my first apartment.   I loved it, because it had so many places to put stuff, and it really served its purpose when I moved into my current place.  I was able to do both my paper crafting and my computer work there.  In fact, it was the desk that I decided to start blogging at.
In 2013, it was time to say goodbye to that desk.  My father thought it would be a good idea to get me new carpet and paint my walls on the first floor of my condo.  I concurred, because I am not a white wall person, and I had been begging him to get a guy to paint them for me.  Well, that meant that I had to change some things, including getting rid of my much beloved desk.   When it came time to dismantle the computer desk, I wanted to just take each screw out bit by bit, and save the desktop and use it for something else.  It was like marble, although it was made out of wood.  My brother had other ideas, and after he and my nephew took the hutch off the desk part, he took his foot, and smashed it into the hutch, breaking it in two.  Then he took the side of the desk, turn it on its side and smashed it in.  So much for keep a part of it for sentimental value.  We (my parents and I) went to the store and I picked out this desk that was a two-piece, because I was asked to look at them, and pick out what I felt was my style.  When I showed it to my father, I was told that he had a budget, and the one I wanted was too high (how was I to know).  Anyway, I picked the one I am typing at now, and I love it.   The best feature of this desk is I can hide cords.   We all know that the computer, even though the trend is to move away from the cord, has a ton of them.  Cords from the printer, the monitor, and maybe an external drive can be cumbersome to say the least, but it is contained.
So what is on my desk?

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I am an Independent Longaberger® Home Consultant, as well as a freelance designer of scrapbooks and cards, and a writer, so I have a couple of baskets, the Handy Basket, and a small basket.  In the Handy Basket, I have markers for my Cricut™ Explore, a couple of stencils, some commonly used small tools.   In the small basket, I have a Sharpie™ that should be in the Handy Basket, 4 stamps, and an extra blade for my Fiskars paper cutter. 
I also have an invoice from a recent order, as well as a bill statement and folders on my desk.   As for equipment, I have my computer, a Dell Inspiron 20 All-In-One computer.   It is basically a monitor with stuff inside. (DVD, speaker, and internal drive is built in,).   A big difference from the tower I had for the past 5 years.  Oh, I have an external drive lurking in the back, hooked up, but not working.  It works, but the computer is not and will not read it.  I bought it in 2011, when I had the previous computer.  The back story behind it is when I bought the previous computer, it had Windows Vista built in.  I got sick of the OS (operating system) and upgraded to Windows 7 in 2013.  That is when the computer (Inspiron 1520) stopped reading the external drive, even though the instructions said that the external drive was compatible with Win 7.  When I changed computers in May 2014, I was told that this computer (All-in-one) could read the external drive.  The computer only read it for 30 minutes then quit.  The computer has Win 8 when I bought it, and upgraded to 8.1 a few months later.   I am on the fence of upgrading it to Win 10 when it comes out. 
I always have both phones (smart and home) phones on the desk.   I also have a random ink pad and of course a lamp, which rounds out the items on my desk.

Overall, I have a typical desk.  It suits my purpose, which is to have an efficient, working business.  When I am done for the day, whatever I stop with, I leave it on there.  That is the single life with no kids.   That will change when a little one arrives, and demands her space at my desk.   Then again, I just may have to buy her a desk of her own.  No need to bother mommy’s things.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday musings: Research tip

(c) 2014 P.Lynne Designs
Before I get to today’s post, I want to give an apology to those who have been following this blog:   I goof up again.  I am trying to make my life a little easier by automatically uploading blog posts from Blogger to pinterest.  I often use a website called Ifttt.com to perform little tasks for uploading stuff.  Unfortunately, instead of getting a recipe that uploads my posts after I publish them to my pinterest board, it is posting everything I repin from my feed (like a greeting card idea I like), and posting it to Blogger on this blog.  It is not doing it to my other blogs.  It has gotten traffic, just not the traffic I wanted for this blog.  The ones that were repined, should be for my P.Lynne Designs blog, NOT this one.  

If you are here to learn about different writing techniques and my musings, I again apologize, and if you do not mind the posts, ignore my apology.  Either way, I have stopped the recipe from automatically posting pins that have nothing to do with my post.  I am, however, learning to create one on my own, and not rely of others.   With that being said, I hope you will enjoy today’s post.

Research can be a bear (I had another name, but I am trying to keep it G).  In case you have lived under a rock, this is how research used to be:  Come up with a subject.  Narrow down the subject.  Go to the library.  If your family was lucky, you had a set of encyclopedias and you looked up information that way.  You wrote out your information of 3x5 cards (10 points if you showed it to the teacher as proof you did it).  You arranged your cards in order of appearance in your report (essay, dissertation, thesis, Et. all), and that was the hard part.  Now, you have to write the little bugger.  Typing was, and still is not my strongest skill, so using the typewriter was really grueling, and you spell check was the dictionary (my parents had Webster’s, the only game in town according to them).   If you messed up, you had to either use whiteout, a typewriter eraser, or rip the whole thing out and start the page over again.    Thank God I had caring teachers who did allow students to write the report in their own handwriting.  When I was a teen, computers were introduce to the home, and life got a little simpler.
Today, I do not know how we got along without computer.  You do not have to go to the library, take notes on a 3 x 5 index card, and so forth.   I do not remember the last time I was in a library.  I just look up my information on Google to research my subject, type out my post (or article), but what do you do with all that information you find.   Well you can store it on an external drive, your internal drive on your computer, or on a cloud drive.  How about your browser?   If you have not made this discovery, let me show you have it is done.
I am using Google Chrome, but any browser can actually do this.  You just have to know how to save.
(c) 2015 P. Lynne Designs
First of all, make your folder.   On Google Chrome, go to bar which is right under the URL bar.
 Click the right button on the mouse to bring up the menu, and go to “add folder”.
This should bring up a menu like this:
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Type in a name such as “research”, “musings” (you come up with the name)
And your folder should look like this on the saved bar (what I am calling it from now on)
Next, you want to save the website that you are researching on, so highlight the URL.

Then drag it to the new folder.
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Now if you need to go to the website, instead of typing in the URL each time, just go to your research folder in your browser.   It saves time, no need to think of the URL each time, and a bunch of trees (no more little pieces of paper with the URL floating around your desk).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pinterest: osw




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Stampin' Up! ... handmade card from Stamp and Sew For Fun ... off-set focal point block ... black and white ... striped paper and butterflies ...


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Love the layering and maybe tie the string around to recipient has to untie it to open the card.


Pinterest: Tutorial: Mini álbum


Tutorial: Mini álbum en cascada