Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Finding humor in scrapping!: Getting to know Lain Ehmann
By Kaylea Hutson, a.k.a. Kaytebug
Think scrapbooking is a bland, boring subject? If Lain Ehmann has her way, readers of her new book will find out that scrapbooking has a humorous side.
Ehmann, a contributing editor of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine and author of the ScrapHappy blog, has completed a new book – Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking – featuring a collection of essays about the “crazy things” scrap bookers do in pursuit of their hobby.
“I naturally have a humorous, quirky way of looking at the world,” Ehmann admits. “Often, it's a choice between laughing at myself and the world around me, or go insane! I choose to laugh (though my sanity is somewhat in question!).”
Ehmann brings her quirky way to look at the world to an on-line release party at 9 p.m. central standard time on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Oscraps chat room. She’ll be on hand to answer questions, chat about her book of essays and award a few prizes or two [or more] from the Oscraps designers. Jodie McNally, a designer at Oscraps and friend of Ehmann is sponsoring the release party.
More about Ehmann’s essays
With stories ranging from making children pose for holiday photos in August – because the light is better – to talking about why scrap bookers hook up with strangers on-line, Ehmann said she hopes there’s something everyone can relate to inside her book.
“I hope [people] find themselves between the pages,” she said. “I hope they walk away with a renewed sense of how crazy and fun our hobby is, and that they are not alone in their quirky habits. I also hope they laugh so hard they spit soda out their noses!”
Ehmann decided to compile the essays for a variety of reasons.
“I'm a natural writer. I always document my life in words, and I had been writing these little stories down for quite some time,” she said. “Finally, I thought, ‘I have enough here for a book!’
“I also hate all the divisiveness in our hobby (and in our world as well). I thought the time was right for a book that celebrates this passion of ours, regardless of what "kind" of scrap booker you are.”
Ehmann spent more than a year compiling and writing her book of essays and hopes readers will identify with what with her efforts.
A bit about Ehmann
Ehmann began working for Simple Scrapbooks as a contributing writer for more than three years. She has spent the last year and a half as an editor.
“As contributing editor I write articles, scrapbook layouts on assignment, troll the internet for good ideas, teach at Creating Keepsakes Conventions and generally do my best to be an ambassador of scrappiness to all I meet,” Ehmann explained. “I was a long-time subscriber and a reader of Stacy Julian's blog.
“I have been a journalist for over 10 years, so I finally figured I should be writing about the things I really love, so I emailed her and asked if the magazine needed writers. She put me in touch with Angie Lucas, the managing editor, who assigned me an article. I guess I did a good job because they kept assigning me more and more!”
In addition to her work at Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, Ehmann is the author of the ScrapHappy blog and podcasts.
She lives in northern California, near San Jose, with her husband, John, and three children, Ben, 11, Kinsey, 8, and Callie, 4.
“I buy too many craft supplies,” Ehmann jokes. “[My family] are all good sports about my endeavors,” Ehmann said. “I have a sewing machine set up on the dining room table, boxes of scrap booking supplies on the stairs and yarn under my bed.”
Ehmann’s passion for scrap booking shortly after her oldest son, Ben’s birth.
“I was invited to a Creative Memories party - I was hooked and immediately dropped $100 on a personal cutting system and enough patterned paper and cardstock to wallpaper my family room,” Ehmann said. “That was over 10 years ago, and I'm still going strong!’
Since then, Ehmann said she discovered a way she can be creative, without necessarily being artistic.
“I love paper, words and photos – so it’s a perfect medium for me,” explained Ehmann.
Ehmann’s scrapbooking style
While Ehmann is primarily a paper scrapper – with a large stash of papers and Stickles, a glitter glue produced by Ranger Industries - she has delved into the digital world – creating hybrid layouts using journaling and photo manipulation techniques.
She hopes to become more familiar with Photoshop Elements in the next year, learning how to use actions and stamps on a page, as well as creating photo collages.
Ehmann said she likes the digi-scrapping community because it seems to be a “very open, welcoming and supportive” group of people.
She also appreciates the way digital scrap bookers are always “pushing the boundaries” and trying new things.
“[I love] the idea that you can try something on a layout and if you don’t like it, you can move it a different way and try it another way, without having to reprint pictures, use new materials or stress-out!” Ehmann said.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So Kathie...this post is for you!
For less than the cost of four grande beverages at Starbucks (or another coffee shop); four Happy Meals; about the cost of two movie tickets, and a drink/popcorn combo; and maybe the newest hardback book....
...you can provide a Christmas present for a child in Costa Rica.
A writing friend in Costa Rica is working to raise $2o per child, 33 children in total, to provide Christmas presents - gifts to include things like clothing, shoes, school supplies, toothpaste, shampoo - things kids in the states take for granted.
Here's the original blog post about Share the Blessing 2008 http://takingastroll.blogspot.com/2008/10/share-blessings-2008.html
Here's the update - http://takingastroll.blogspot.com/2008/11/share-blessings-2008-update.html
Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm finding though, the days I take time to post something - at least one thing I'm grateful for - my attitude improves greatly.
So today, I'm grateful for second chances.
I'm also grateful that I believe in a God who provides second chances - we just have to be willing to ask for help.
If you need proof, check out the second chance God gave Saul/Paul in the New Testament....
So, I'll "back post" some other things I've been grateful for this week and haven't journaled about. I think it will help improve my attitude about life. (Especially on this rainy, gloomy day.)
Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau
Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Today, I am thankful for friends and small gestures.
I met up with one of the parents (of a student from the children's ministry) at the Middle School Adopters Chili Supper & Auction and spent the evening listening to some of my middle schoolers sing in the honors choir and play in the band.
I also tried to win a few prizes in the school's silent auction. Note: I am not good at silent auctions.
Shannon's sister kept out bidding me for the tickets to something at the Walton Art Center. Since I knew she would just keep bidding against me until the end, I conceded before the table closed.
Oh well, it was a lot of fun. I'm glad Conner's mom suggested I come - it gave me an excuse to go (I don't always like going places "by myself.")
So again, with the friendship theme....here's a quote to go with this post....
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday is my busy day at church - the small group/discipleship groups for the children's ministry meets on Wednesday. It seems like I can never get everything finished on Wednesdays - not enough hours in my day.
But one thing that helps on Wednesday is remembering why I do what I do on Wednesdays - the kiddos.
Tonight, I'm grateful for Riley. He's one of my preschoolers, who always has a smile for me and a hug. He's still a bit shy/clingy to his momma on Sundays, but he's starting to "get his wings" and feel more comfortable in church.
Riley's been fighting a bad case of pneumonia - it even put him in the hospital for a few days.
(When I visited him in the hospital, he told me he was spending his time watching cartoons/commercials to see what to put on his Christmas list.)
Anyway, Riley had a huge hug for me on Wednesday night - he was back after being gone for two weeks. He was his happy, normal self - which makes me very thankful.
Here's Riley, from a recent church event....
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tonight, I spent time working on my notebook for Jessica Sprague's Stories In Hand Class.
I loved this quote - one of the many she is sprinkling throughout the class assignments.
I also spent time working on my "big" Christmas present for several family members - a recipe collection (created digitally as 4x6 cards) which includes recipes from my grandmas, aunts, mom and some I've collected from friends.
This project has made me realize how many stories in my life weave in and out of food.
Take this recipe, from Cydni for example.
Cyd gave me this recipe during my first year at Asbury Seminary (1994-1995), when we were suite-mates in Orleans House (the on-campus women's housing). It was an easy recipe to make - only four ingredients - and we could bake six cookies at a time in my toaster oven in our third-floor kitchenette.
There were several nights when we - my floor mates and I - would bake cookies, and as quick as we could take them off the cookie sheet, the guys would eat them.
I would also bake cookies when I was stressed, eat a couple, then leave the rest out on plate on the table in the lounge - the next morning, without fail, the plate would be empty.
Anyway, I still find myself making Cake Mix Cookies when I need an easy cookie to take to a dinner or event. It's a "keeper" when it comes to my recipe stash.
Here's a quote, I found that kinda sums up what I've found about this recipe project
often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers
turns them into good friends. That's why I love this community.
~Jasmine Heiler, about recipezaar.com
Monday, November 10, 2008
Ok, honestly, I'm not sure what I'm not sure what I was grateful for on Monday.
It was a long, gloomy day.
But life is a good thing to be grateful for on any day.
Here are a few quotes related to life...
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." ~Erma Bombeck
Life is simple, its just not easy. ~Author Unknown
I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I spent part of Sunday hanging out with the youth (and several families) along the river, having a late-fall season bonfire and hayride.
It was fun spending time with the youth group - even though it was a bit cold ... um A LOT cold - since this was the first full weekend after the time change.
Here's a couple pictures from the bonfire...
Lawson and his brothers (four in all) always make me smile....
I just thought this was a cute photo of her....
She was one of my middle school small group gals last year.
I'm not leading the group this year, but still hang out with the gals when I can.
Here's a "fire" related quote...
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.
~Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, November 8, 2008
So, today, I'm grateful I can rest - and sleep.
Before I sign off, here's a quote about rest...
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb
I've had both - a good laugh thanks to a friend I ran into at Wal-Mart (while I was picking up the script) on Friday, and a long sleep - most of today! That and several glasses of water seem to be helping a lot!
What are you grateful for today?
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'm a bit under the weather, and finally listened to my mother - you should always listen to your mother - and went to the doctor.
After a week of steadily getting worse, I finally went to the doctor. I ended up with an upper respiratory infection - not quite bronchitis, but almost....which might have gotten worse...yes, I am glad I listened to my mom.
Fortunately, I have insurance. Because of this, the script was only $15 instead of almost $50....and I was able to get the other med over the counter.
So, that's my gratitude thing for the day.
I was looking for a quote related to health, and found this one....
“If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing, If you lose your health, you have lost something, But if you lose your character, you have lost everything.”
I'm grateful for Facebook.
Initially, I resisted getting on Facebook. It was "one more thing" to do on the computer. Sometimes I feel like I spend a lifetime on the computer.... (Yes, I've spent most of today catching up on-line digi scraping stuff and other things...but I've also been resting...a bit under the weather...)
But, I digress. I'm thankful for Facebook because it's allowed me a chance to re-connect with tons of friends - from Asbury, from Heartland Covenant (in Springfield) and from friends from around the state.
I love that I can message friends - even when I don't have their current e-mails, I can chat with friends -without having to download yet another program or file on my computer, and I can share photos and other things with people.
I'm grateful that some college students in my life - Stephanie it's all your fault, lol - talked me into making my account. It has been a blessing in disguise.
Here's a quote for today...
you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali.
Today, I'm grateful to live in a country where on the morning after a major, national election, we do not awake to riots and bloodshed, but instead, simply wake up to headlines like this....
This picture also represents how I get news....
Yes, I'm a nerd, my homepage for my laptop is The New York Times.
One of my favorite Sunday activities (pre-children's ministry) is to get up, pick up a New York Times at Starbucks and sit and devour the entire edition. I could read a Sunday Times for days - it's so huge....(of course, I don't live near a Starbucks, to do this on Sunday right now...lol).
I also get my news from reading the Arkansas Democrat Gazette - the biggest paper in the state. If I was still in Mo, I'd read the Kansas City Star - but here in NW Ark, I have to stick with the Democrat Gazette.
Here's a funny quote for ya, concerning national elections.... (not necessarily about this one...)
Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? Robert Orben.
Today (I wrote this in my head on Tuesday) I'm grateful that I have the freedom to voice my opinion and vote in the presidential election.
I'm also very grateful for the women who helped make it possible for me, a woman living in the United States in2008, to vote in this election.
In 1848, at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York, activists including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott began a seventy year struggle to secure the right to vote for women. Susan B. Anthony, a native of Rochester New York, joined the cause four years later at the Syracuse Convention.
Women's suffrage activists pointed out that blacks had been granted the franchise and had not been included in the language of the United States Constitution's Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments (which gave people equal protection under the law and the right to vote regardless of their race, respectively). This, they contended, had been unjust.
Early victories were won in the territories of Wyoming (1869) and Utah (1870), although Utah women were disenfranchised by provisions of the federal Edmunds-Tucker Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1887. The push to grant Utah women's suffrage was at least partially fueled by the belief that, given the right to vote, Utah women would dispose of polygamy. It was only after Utah women exercised their suffrage rights in favor of polygamy that the U.S. Congress disenfranchised Utah women.
National women’s suffrage, however, did not exist until 1920. During the beginning of the twentieth century, as women's suffrage gained in popularity, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed.
While the ability to vote was a national trend forming since the progressive years of Republican President William Taft, Woodrow's predecessor, Taft's appointment as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court in 1921 was seen as the watershed moment for equal-pay legislation. Taft's dissenting opinion in Adkins v. Children's Hospital in 1923 was a progressive move and called out a maximum-hours law was equivalent to a minimal-wage. The Supreme Court overturned the decision, to agree with Taft, in 1934 permanently ruling separate hours/rates for women and men as unconstitutional.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I was uploading pics to my Facebook gallery from the youth football breakfast, and well, I ran across this one, from the trip to the corn maze....
I love Shannon's expression - and how she took joy in something small - a "sand box" filled with corn.
It kinda goes along with a quote I found today, on Ali Edward's blog....
And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform.
What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…
So, maybe this is part two....finding gratitude in the ordinary. It is daring to find the gratitude in the small things. It is celebrating the small miracles and small wins - it is having the courage to be ordinary.
They don't write books about the ordinary, but it's the ordinary, small things that can make a life-long impact.
Maybe I need to remember that - that the ordinary, the small things I do in the ministry are what make the most difference.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Learn to write about the ordinary.
Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows,
city buses, thin ham sandwiches.
Make a list of everything ordinary you can think of.
Keep adding to it.
Promise yourself, before you leave the earth,
to mention everything on your list
at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article.
Photo taken on Saturday along the banks of Beaver Lake, near the War Eagle area, in NW Arkansas.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Try to have an attitude of gratitude....
What am I grateful for today?
Here's a pic of Carl & Denni and their crew (G and K)....I love the fact that the entire family dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz....and how they let me hang out as Aunt Kaylea.
Today, I'm thankful for the Palmers. I think I'd be lost in NW Ark without them...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
You can read all about it here at the New York Times....
Regardless of your politics, I think you'll agree, this has to be one of the most difficult times in his life.
I'm thinking of him and his family tonight. I know how hard it was to say goodbye to my grandma (dad's mom) - it's hard to believe she's been gone for 17 years (this fall); and say goodbye long-distance to my grandmother (mom's mom) - she died a few days before I had to head back to Kentucky for school.
Prayers to the Obama family. May you find a peace that only God can give you at this time.
I've copied the info from her blog below.
If you are looking for a small project you can do with your kids to help other kids (so Christmas is more than what "we can get") check out the blog here...
takingastroll. blogspot. com
is fast approaching and here in we are already making plans for the celebration we will share with the children to whom we minister. Last year I posted on our blog about the need of donations to provide gifts for the children, and with help from those who read our blog around the world, we were able to make Christmas a special time for more than 70 children.
We are praying that we will be able to make that happen again this year. Like last year, we are hoping to raise $20 per child. I have just put up a post about the children and put up a photo of each of them on our blog. We invite you to visit and read the post at http://takingastroll. blogspot. com
This year we need help for 28 children. Please pray with us that we will be able to make Christmas 2008 a special time for these children. And if you would like to sponsor a child please contact us at this email address or by posting a comment on the blog post entitled Share the Blessings 2008.
Blessings to you and your family.
Missionary in Costa Rica
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Took these this weekend at the fall festival at Elm Springs UMC.
Of course, G & K are my primary subjects - their own personal paparazzi...G said I'm worse than the "people" on Hannah Montana....
I think that's a complement!
Anyway....Here are few of my favorite shots from the day...
(I'm still taking pics...so I may keep adding to this post...)
The rest of the photos can be found on my photo blog....
Kiki sayin' cheese...
Gi and Ki
Dressed in their Yester Daze Costumes
Photo Booth Photos
David being goofy....
Another little one....
Family with Twins