Monday, January 1, 2018

What New Year's Resolutions?

I used to have a tradition of making New Year's resolutions. I decided this is a waste of time. And it's not that I'm going to break them. It's more that I believe setting goals is organic, something that evolves with me. I constantly change directions and I like being able to start over every day if I need to.

This last Christmas I thought I really should touch base with family and friends and let them know that our family is well and find out how they are all doing. I wondered how long it had been since I contacted my own brother, weeks? Months? We usually keep in touch via email but that has been few and far between.

At my age I just can't take it for granted that my family, siblings and cousins are always going to be there, and me either, for that matter. So I decided I really want to do a better job of keeping in touch with family and close friends.

The top printable is A5 size and the bottom is 8 x 11.
There is room to fill in  contact information. X marks the box that is the easiest way to contact them. Frequency can be marked with
D = daily, W = weekly,
M = monthly, Q = quarterly
or Y = yearly.

The tracker allows me to mark how often that contact wants or needs to be contacted, then there are monthly boxes that I can mark when I contacted them last.
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Here are some bigger pictures so you can see detail:
This is the 8 x 11 size.

This is the A5 size. It does need to be trimmed.

Speaking of another non-resolution,
here is a picture of my fitness spread:


As you can hopefully see, each triangle is worth 15 minutes. I get to color in a triangle for every15 minutes I spend gardening, doing household chores, taking a walk, shopping, or on the treadmill, yoga or strength training. You'd be surprised how motivating
it is to be able to color in a square.
I doodle in the larger squares (usually a journey of Harry Potter through one of his books = total nerd, I know). It's kinda like reaching smaller goals along the way.
This one has not been made into a printable yet--still trying to figure it out. It didn't work out so well in Excel.

Happiest of New Years to you!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review of Xyron Creative Station Sticker Maker


This is not an affiliate post and the color of the sticker maker is silver, not pink.
Ooops! I have no idea why the color changed.

I bought this fun, little toy a few weeks ago and so far I am delighted. If I knew making stickers was so much fun,
I would've bought this a long time ago.


This one is 9 inches wide, but it will use either 9 inch wide film
or 5 inch wide film.

This is the front tray in the real color.

This is where the stickers come out on one sheet.

This is the side view that shows you the handle. It folds and tucks into that hole so you can store it easier.

My 6 Steps:

First find the cute graphics, photo, whatever you want to turn into a sticker and cut them out.

I got these cute graphics from scrappindoodles.com



Line them up on the tray.
I have three rows lined up. The first row I have to feed in a little farther to get started. I had to feed each row in as the previous row went through. Make sure you allow plenty of space
between your cut-outs.


Turn the handle clockwise and your stickers come through. You can see here that one of my stickers did not feed through until a little later.

They almost overlap, but whew, not quite. They will work out.

Ooh, sorry, blurred.
Use the cutter on the feed to cut your sticker sheet off.


Peel off the top plastic film.


There you have your sticker sheet. All you have to do at this point is peel your sticker off the backing and place wherever you want.

These stickers are going to one of my grandkids.

Did I mention that this does NOT use heat or even electricity?
You can let your kids make stickers or laminate
without having to hover.
It can also laminate and make magnets.
It all depends on the type of film cartridge you use in your unit.

In the past, I cut out my shapes and put double stick tape on them, which is ok, but not as much fun. I love making stickers for my journal and my grandkids. It is supposed to be safe for photos.
I gave it a try and it sticks well.
I guess time will tell if it's really safe.

Have fun!

Always,




Monday, October 30, 2017

Best Ever Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


I have never been a fan of Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies. It was the texture--rather cakey and sometimes dry. Disclaimer: this in NO WAY is intended to be a healthy recipe. Eat at your own risk!

Our family has a go-to basic cookie recipe for our experiments. Here it is, TOP SECRET straight from our family vault:

Any cake mix
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs

And this is no exception.
Here is the mix I used:


On the back of this box is almost my recipe, but I've been making these cookies with their mix longer than they have, so trust me--use two eggs.

1/2 cup shortening. I like to use Crisco Butter Flavor stick. So convenient.

By showing you one of my plates, you now know that I am about 100 years old. Many of your grandmothers may have plates like this.

Add 4 - 6 ounces of chocolate chips. We prefer the semi-sweet, but milk chocolate will do.

Mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 -10 minutes at 325 - 350 degrees. My oven bakes on the hot side so I bake for 9 minutes at 325. Let the cookies cool and set before lifting them off the cookie sheet.

Happy BOO to you!

Always,



Monday, October 23, 2017

Review of Crayola Lettering products


I'll start with the Crayoligraphy Activity Set.
This set is sort of a sampling of their products. It comes with the practice papers and instruction sheets you see pictured, two gel pens, two brush tip (dual tip) markers, and 10 graphic tip (dual tip)markers. It's so-so for a beginner kit, but it should have more brush tip markers.

Also, I don't understand why the detail tips at the other end is a different color. I use the detail tips to touch up my lettering so making the detail tip a different color is not helpful. Maybe you can see what I mean in my sample pages:


Only one detail tip matches the graphic tip. I suppose you could add the different color detail to your lettering as a highlight for dimension. I haven't tried blending yet. I'm new to lettering.

By the way, I haven't seen the graphic tip before and I wasn't sure how to hold the marker. You can see by my feeble attempts above that it will take me some practice to get used to these markers. It is much easier to use the regular Crayola Washable markers than the graphic tips.

The only two brush tip markers in this set came in blue and black. They are very nice and almost the quality of Tombow brush tips. Again, the detail tips did not match. 

The bleed is much the same of other markers on this quality (which isn't great) paper.


The Crayola markers are a little less expensive than Tombow, but for my money, I think I will stick with Tombow. 

Next I tried out Crayola's glitter markers:
Now these are fun markers! They act more like a paint marker in that you may need to press down on the tip to get the marker to flow. The glitter is subtle and can be best seen holding the paper at an angle in the light. Definite bling factor. 

They are easy to use, but not good for lettering. See my sample page above, left hand side.

The glitter markers bleed a wee bit more than the others.


Crayola's Metallic markers have a more subtle bling. They can be used for lettering with some practice. See my sample page, left hand side, second section.

I am absolutely delighted with the gel pens. Check this out:
They come in this really cute tin. Here is a better picture of the tin:
Am I right?
I was amazed at the quality of the pens. This set includes glitter gel pens and metallic gel pens.

This is what is inside the cute tin.
As you can see on my sample page, left hand side, third and fourth sections, that the colors vary from glitter to metallic. The glitter pen colors are brighter while the metallic pens are more subdued.

I like the gold of the metallic better than the glitter and the orange of the metallic looks more like copper. Both sets write smoothly.

Writing utensils are like books--you can never have "too many."

Keep on journaling!

Always,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The House that Jack Haunts is Finally Here!! with a FREE printable stickers offer!!

Here it is, barely in time for last minute Halloween shopping...


It's the first in a series of Doodle Coloring books
for kids and adults! You can find it here.

I made it for my grandkids.
It was so much fun to make,
I might just color one myself.

From now until Halloween 2017, if you buy this book on Amazon, I will send you a free printable of 34 stickers to go with your book.

Post about your purchase, (a pic of your receipt with your personal info blacked out) on my Facebook page
to claim your FREE stickers printable.
 I will contact you via pm for your email address
and email your printable for FREE!

Enjoy!!

Always,