There’s a Glue Stick in my Fridge

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Glue Sticks by Natalie ParkerRandom, I know.

I use Avery glue sticks for scrapbooking.  No muss, no fuss, no special/precious/gimmicky scrapbook glue.  I tried to use my glue stick a couple of weeks ago.  It had turned to mush.  I’m not sure how else to describe it.  Perhaps goo is the right word?

I buy Avery glue sticks in packs of six.  The pack will last me for over a year.  I checked the new one I had left in the package and it was mush as well.  Any ideas?  Do your glue sticks expire?

I thought it might have been the slight heat wave we had at the time.  I put it in the fridge to see if the cold would harden it back up.  Mr. P found this puzzling.  “Why is there a glue stick in the fridge?”

The fridge treatment didn’t work and I replaced the glue sticks with a new set.  You will, of course, be the first to know if these new ones go downhill.

Glue Sticks by Natalie Parker

Scrapbook Layouts: Changing Jobs

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Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerTwo layouts today!

The Story: When I left a job to take a new one.  Sounds simple enough.  I had a bunch of ephemera in my 2006 box related to the job change so I decided to make matching layouts.  Changing jobs is always a big deal in life, but it was a bigger deal here because I made the move a month before my wedding day.

Thin Letters: I wasn’t sure cutting letters this thin would work on the Silhouette — it barely did.  Gluing them was even more fun.

Street View: The picture of Mervyns Headquarters I grabbed from Street View.  More info on how to do that here.

Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas, Ostrich Sans | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline & banner) | Supplies: Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart, Recollections Blue Wag Pattern (papers) | Ephemera: Business cards, greeting card, employee discount card.

Wine Box Art

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Wine Box Art by Natalie ParkerThis weekend I finally finished a quick project: making a piece of wall art out of a wine box.  It’s a champagne box actually, from Champagne!

This box means a lot of things.  Our very first trip abroad.  France.  Champagne.  The little village of Verzenay where we learned how champagne is made:

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We bought this special vintage champagne that came in a special box.  I loved the special box so much that we carried it with our luggage for the rest of our trip (on the train, into the taxi, up the stairs, walking a half mile back to the train station, on the plane, to the hotel, back in a taxi, on the plane, through customs, home).  Let’s just say our lives could have been easier if I’d relented and we’d chucked the box and took the bottle home by itself.

We opened the champagne a few weeks later for our anniversary.  Delicious.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Then I put the box in the closet, intending to display it.  Four years later, I finally got around to it!

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

This would have been easier with a hack saw, but I don’t own one.  I pulled it apart using a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.  The wood is very soft so I had to be really careful not to break it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

I picked the panel that looked the best and threw out the other pieces.  I attached a picture hanger to the back of the panel.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

I bought an empty frame at Michaels and spray painted it with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze.  I attached two more picture hangers to the back of the frame.  The frame is supposed to be hung with wire, which wouldn’t work here because I was leaving the frame empty.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We hung the frame first, then the panel inside it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Such an easy project, I can’t believe I waited four years to do it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We booked our day trip to Champagne with Paris Champagne Tours.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  It was a private tour with a small group and we would not have gotten the same experience heading there ourselves on the train or booking a larger bus tour.  I’ve sent many friends on this tour and everyone loves it.  Only ten percent of visitors to Paris visit Champagne.  You should go!

Weekend Photos: 4th of July

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Oregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerWe spent a lovely weekend in Oregon celebrating the 4th of July.  At the last minute, I decided not to bring my big camera and stick with my cell phone.  I upgraded recently and the quality of my phone photos is much better.

We headed for Eugene, making a pit stop in Portland so Mr. P could work and I could eat things that were bad for me and visit one of my internet friends.

We spent the weekend catching up with my dear friend, meeting her new baby, tasting wine, sipping local brews, exploring, and relaxing.  It was fantastic.  I got to practice baby-holding and Mr. P made a new best friend.  We both got to set off the little man’s first fireworks show.  At only 9 weeks old, he was enthralled.

I decided not to excessively document the weekend.  I captured moments here and there with my phone and shared quite a few of them on Instagram.  This small handful tells the story just fine.

Scrapbook Layout: Nursing School Graduation

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Nursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: When my older sister graduated to become a registered nurse.

One Photo: The graduation was in a dimly-lit gym and I only got one photo.  It’s not the best but why not use it?  I almost turned it black and white but I thought it would wash out the page with the papers I picked.

Vellum: I experimented a bit with pasting the headline on top of vellum.  I’m still not sure I like how it came out but hey, try something new.

Nursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Klinic Slab |Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) 

Making Some Notecards

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Notecards by Natalie ParkerI went paper shopping last year in Sydney.  I brought home lots of goodies.  I’ve used some of them but haven’t touched these cute envelopes.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I picked them up at Kikki.K, a rad stationary store chain.

The thing is, since the envelopes are by themselves, I’ve never used them.  It’s been over a year.  I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use them but never think anything is cool enough or matches well enough to go with them.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

My stationary box is busting at the seams, so these have to get used.  I decided to make some matchy notecards so they’re ready next time I have to send a note.

I had this shimmery stock laying around.  It isn’t acid free so I can’t use it in my scrapbooks.  I’m psyched I found a use for it.  I glued some white stock to the other side to make the cards nice and hefty.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I love how they turned out!  Hopefully I’ll actually use these very soon!

Notecards by Natalie Parker

Scrapbook Layout: Banquet

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Banquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Mr. P and I attending the annual banquet for the student group we were a part of in college.

Black and White Squares:  More squares.  I love squares, don’t you?  I changed the photos black and white here to make them more cohesive.  I usually don’t do that but the color in the photo wasn’t telling the story here.  I felt like taking the color away helps focus on the people in the pictures more.

Lots of Group Shots: It’s challenging to make a layout out of a ton of group shots.  I think I did pretty well here.

Previously: My 2004 layout for this banquet, my senior year layout for this banquet.

Banquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas (headline) Nevis (photo caption), Cambria (photo caption) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: October Afternoon/Woodland Park/Minnow Creek (patterned paper)

On the Two Peas Closure

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Two-Peas-in-a-Bucket-closing-imageI was in the middle of work yesterday when I got the email from Two Peas that they were closing.  I’m just so bummed.

You might be surprised to read this because I’m someone who always talks about the process rather than the supplies.  I don’t post product hauls.  I’ve only started using eensy bits of patterned paper.  But the closing of Two Peas still bums me out as a scrapbooker.  I was happy to see the community thriving there and always wished I had the time to participate.  I don’t have any inside scoop about why they’re closing but to me it means that there aren’t enough of us to sustain the business model.

In my research, I know that those of us who diligently catalog our memories are the exception, not the norm . . . the little salmon swimming upstream.

#stillascrapbooker

Scrapbook Layout: Basketball Season

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Basketball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBasketball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBasketball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBasketball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Starting a scrapbook with sports?  Normally all of my crazy baseball and football pages come in near the middle and end.  For this year, I’d kept the ticket stubs from some games we went to and even took pictures.  Make page?  Why not?

Banner Headline: I drew this by hand in Silhouette Studio.  There is one thick blue banner with the text glued on top of it.  Then there’s a narrow blue outline (which almost didn’t come off the mat successfully).

Squares with Borders: I love square photos with white borders almost too much.

Basketball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: ClementePDai (headlines), Nevis (photo caption), Cambria (photo caption) | Silhouette SD (headline & banner) | Ephemera: basketball tickets.

 

For the Love of Old Stamps

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Old Stamps by Natalie ParkerI have a new obsession: old, unused stamps.

It all started when I ordered a Vintage Pen Pal Kit from Saturday Morning Vintage.  The kit comes with old, unused postage!  All of a sudden, a light went off and I dreamed of sending mail Weasley style.

My mom is a lover of estate sales and treasure hunts.  She also loves a challenge, especially if one of her kids is asking.  In less than a month, envelopes started arriving filled with old stamps.  I love them!

Then she called me.  I hadn’t used them yet.  Apparently the big haul she got came from an old house that had a rat problem and I probably shouldn’t lick them.  Noted mom, noted.  I’m calling them the rat stamps now.

Regardless of provenance, I’m excited to start using them.  I ordered a bunch of penny stamps from USPS and we’re all set!  Long live snail mail.

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