Monthly Archives: July 2011

Scrappin’ away

“Vacation, all I’ve ever wanted…”

In approximately two weeks, the Ridinger family will take a week-long trip to the Villas at Tree Tops and Fairway in the Poconos mountains to celebrate my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I’ve not only been anticipating this trip for months now, anxious to get away for a bit, relax and spend time with the family, but I’m also excited to share the scrapbook I’ve created with the help of relatives’ photos and letters.

I’m only a few pages shy from completing the 40-or-so-page book, and I can’t stop flipping through it. The pictures bring back a lot of great memories and make me laugh every time. I hope Grandma and Grandpa enjoy it as much as I do.

Below are a few photos of what I’ve put together so far. To view more pages, check out “My Work” page.

Title page, "Time to celebrate"

First page

Second page, "Enclosed are letters of love, funny stories, memories, traditions and more. ENJOY!"

"Enclosed are letters of love, funny stories, memories, traditions and more. ENJOY!"

Third page, "So happy together" vellum quote4 Kids, circa 1967 photo of four kids with replica photo from 2000Letter from my Aunt Suea COLORFUL fifty-fifth at Lake Lure in N.C.

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Try something new while the sunshine lasts

To me, summer is all about adventure. There’s more free time to explore the outdoors, check out new shops and try things you’ve never encountered before.

This year, I was more than ready for summer. I even came up with a slightly ambitious summer bucket list for the nearly four months I’d be free from classes, homework and stress. It’s still pretty full, but I’m working on it! Below I’ve shared some experiences I’ve had this summer so far, most of which appear on my bucket list, believe it or not!

In fact, I encourage you to work on a bucket list of your own. What do you want to accomplish this summer? It’s nearly mid-July already, so what are you waiting for?

Personal adventures

An adventure doesn’t have to stray too far from the home. On Saturday morning, I woke up at 7 a.m. (as I’m aware, this is quite early for a weekend), went for a walk and got ready for a morning errand-run in the hot, summer sunshine. I first drove to the Kent Free Library, somewhere I’ve never been before. There’s too many books on my summer reading bucket list, and since I’ve finished reading the ones on my shelves at home, I figured I should start there.

I then drove to the Aurora Farms Outlets and picked some bargains in Banana Republic. My last stop was the Haymaker Farmers’ Market. Although I caught the last 15 minutes of this week’s sale items, it felt great to purchase some local produce–the tomato I bought was delicious!

And of course, I finished the afternoon with some scrapbooking. I couldn’t have asked for a more productive day!

Fun with friends and family

I’ve also traveled to events and other venues outside of Kent this summer, including ComFest at Goodale Park in Columbus, a Florence + the Machine concert in Indianapolis on July 4 and a Bruce Springsteen tribute band concert at Lock 3 in Akron. Besides the Indianapolis concert, these events were free. Not only did I have a good time, but also I didn’t have to spend much money. I simply enjoyed the company of my family and friends and the summertime atmosphere.

Scrap it

Although they require some extra creativity, I’ve come up with some ways to convey unique adventures in your scrapbooks. Think beyond self portraits of you and your friends in front of the concert stage. What’s the scenery like? What features will you want to remember about the moment?

  • Farmers’ markets–Take photos during your visit. Ask vendors if you can take close ups of their fresh produce and baked goods. In many locations, these markets occur at least once a week. You’ll probably want to come back sometime, so make friends, too! Write about the people you meet in your layouts.
  • Poolside–Photograph the necessities of a perfect day by the pool. A pair of sunglasses, a book, sunscreen, a fun mixed drink–whatever! These are objects many people think of when summer comes to mind.
  • Road trips–If you’re GPS-less and kicking it old school, keep the maps you use to find your way to your destination. Recycle them and use as alternative paper styles. Take photographs of the different stops you take along the way, including funny road signs you might find. Scrapbook them as a timeline in your layouts.
  • Food–Summer boasts some great eats, so why not take pictures of that festive summer salad before you dig in? You can memorialize your favorite meals in your scrapbooks or keep the photos to remember the recipes you’d like to try in the future.
  • Scrapbooking–Why not create a layout about your favorite hobby? It might seem silly to take photos of photos, but future generations won’t know what the (organized?) mess looked like as you slaved hours over the scrapbooks they will eventually enjoy.
  • Internships–This is something I wish I had taken advantage of, photo-wise, during my year-long internship at Akron Children’s Hospital. Take photos of the building where you work, your desk, your name badge and even your co-workers, if they’ll let you! These experiences are so important for career development and even equally as important to remember for years to come.

Let me know what you’re up to this summer, and maybe we can find ways to create unique layouts for your scrapbooks!

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In scrapbook “H(e)aven”

Today I took a drive down the road to downtown Ravenna, home of Scrap n Stamp Haven, a scrapbook supply shop.Sports Cricut designs Although it’s hard to find at first, tucked in among other small Main Street shops and cafes,  I was glad I finally found it. You can’t hide many scrapbook supplies from me!

I found out about Scrap n Stamp Haven when Allison and I attended the Friday evening crop at Archiver’s about a month ago. She had brought some cute Cricut Disney characters and cut-outs for the layouts she planned to work on and told me she made them at the Ravenna shop. In fact, Allison said one of the employees helped her assemble some of the tiny, delicate pieces on Woody and Jessie’s characters–two very intricate designs. I’m sure the process required some patience, but the end result looked great!

Envelope Cricut designAfter discovering the power of the Cricut today, I realize how versatile the machine can be. I didn’t create anything too extravagant–just a few hearts, envelope shapes (to compliment our letters to Miriam and Jug) and sports cut-outs to use in the anniversary scrapbook. By the time I decided what I wanted to do and then watched as the friendly employee and a customer helped me learn the machine, the process took me about 45 minutes. However, I’m hoping I’ll be a Cricut pro someday–there’s so much you can do with the designs.

Now that I know what to do, in terms of Cricut-ing, and where to find it, Scrap n Stamp Haven will probably see me again soon. They even have workroom space in the back of the store, as well as scrapbooking, Cricut, handmade card classes and more. It’s great knowing there’s a local, reasonably-priced scrapbook supply shop only 15 minutes down the road.

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