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Back to reality

Aunt Lynn, Dad and Uncle Rick simultaneously taking photos

Aunt Lynn, Dad and Uncle Rick simultaneously taking photos; A picture of someone else taking a picture is a common occurrence in our family.

Although summer break ends in less than a month, I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend a week in the Pocono Mountains with my family. We shared a lot of laughs and fun experiences, and among the paparazzi that is the Ridinger family, we have many photos to prove it. Who knows when I’ll have or make the time to scrapbook this family vacation, so for now I’ll share my five favorite moments from the trip:

1. Spending time with Grandma and Grandpa

Looking through the scrapbook

Grandma and Grandpa flipping through the scrapbook

Although they couldn’t hike up a mountain or canoe 10 miles down the river, I enjoyed the time we spent with them during other moments of the trip. We shared meals each night in alternating condos; we played board games in the evenings; we went mini golfing and swimming; and of course, we gave them the scrapbook for their anniversary gift, something they seemed to enjoy very much.

2. Near constant laughter

Between my dad’s “jokes” (as we passed a bear statue on the right he said, “Bear right”), my Aunt Sue’s jumpiness and Matt and Jason’s incredible eating abilities, there was never a dull moment in our condo.

Jersey Boys

Celebrity sightings: the Situation, Vinny and Pauly D. on the Jersey Shore

3. Canoeing along the Jersey Shore

More than four hours of canoeing with the guys was entertaining, to say the least.

4. Family time

It was great to get away and relax for a few days, but it would not have been the same with my family.

Matt, me, Jane, my dad

My brother Matt, me, Jane and my dad

5. Bushkill Falls

Hiking along the Bushkill Falls trail was worth the $11 charge to simply hike along the trail. (Tourist trap?) The scenery was beautiful and very calming. The tall trees in the forest shaded us from the heat–also a good thing!

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls: the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania


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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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