Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Altered Tape Dispenser

I decided my favorite tape dispenser was looking way too boring so here is what I did!

CS paper and stamps, Adirondack ink and Glimmer mist.

August Stamping Academy Challenge finished page

This page is my finished version of my entry into the August Stamping Academy Challenge at ClubScrapChat . Details for the ingredients on this page are listed below. I used the Club Scrap Academy (8/07) kit papers and embellishments, various stamps (listed below in detail ) with the addition of UM stamps from Refresh (2/07) kit and Slick Writers pens. I added additional layers of photo mattes using left over paper from my frugal scrapping method and journaling is on the "file folders" that are sticking out from under the photos. File folder die from Sizzix.

My Entry In The ClubScrapChat August Stamping Academy Challenge

I am so in love with the shade of blue in the August 2007 Academy kit from Club Scrap. While doing the ALSB I realized I was going to use up all of the blue papers in my kit!! So, when I got to the #7-8 layouts I decided to make a print on the manilla paper instead using the strips of blue suggested in the instructions. The Scrap Rap ink chart recommended Ranger's Adirondak ink in the color Pool. Of course I didn't have that one. I tried Stonewashed and IMO it's a great match when it's on the manilla paper. I pulled out a bunch of stamps that I thought would go well with the kit and here is the "printed" paper that I came up with. I used WM stamps from Club Scrap kits Academy (8/07), Chapter One (6/07), Collections (6/06) , and Science (9/05). I also used UM stamps from Rhapsody (3/07) and Ivory Elegance (12/06). With all of the stamps used in these layouts I decided to enter them in the ClubScrapChat August Stamping Academy Challenge. See next post to view the frugal scrapping methods I used to make the most of these papers.

Frugal Scrapping

The back of one of the Stamping Academy Challenges as seen above. I wanted to get the most out of my papers from this kit because I love it so much. I thought if I take the middle out of the manilla paper where it is covered with the dark brown print I could make 2 photo mattes out of it. And of course I wanted to keep as much of the blue as possible (It's my favorite color) so I trimmed out the middle leaving enough space to attach all of the other pieces to it. This configuration holds up well with Club Scrap's cover stock weight paper. This is the back of the other Stamping Academy Challenge page using the same frugal principals as above. The blue stripe on here is the edge of the blue die cut sheet. I needed something to cover up the adhesive that was exposed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Flood in Findlay

The rain started Monday night and kept going on and off through Tuesday night and we had a total of 9 inches in 48 hours. The Blanchard river thought that was too much and rose to between 17 and 18 feet. Flood stage is 11 feet. We live about 800 feet from the Blanchard River and supposedly out of the FEMA stated flood zones. Our neighbor who has lived on the end of our street (farthest from the river) for 30 years said she had only once seen the water come halfway up the street. Today it came up to our driveway. We are 3 houses from the far end of the street.
This picutre is from the "dry" end of our street. On the right is Tim's red truck.

This is the view of our house from across the river, um I meant street.

This is on our street, a little closer to the river. The gaurdrail at the end is usually where the next cross street is and that street runs along the river. There is a good 5 foot drop from the gaurdrail to the river, usually. Don't know how many people stayed in the homes down there as it was too deep to drive or walk through to see who was still there. I know some of them brought their cars to the dry end of our road.

This is the neighborhood across the main road from us. The dry end of our street goes to the main road and that road is dry where we are, but is flooded further into town.

The green rectangle in the bottom left side of this picture is a picnic table that usually has grass, a grill and parking lot around it. It is right by the river.