Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Window Dressing



First, I apologize for the quality of the pictures. My camera battery is dying and I didn't want to wait until tomorrow to post. I really need to work with the stamp set a little more. I just love it though. I think this is going to be one of my special sets. In other words, you will probably get tired of seeing it.

Enjy!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Faux Seersucker


This is just a great technique using your crimper. Just stamp you images first, then slide your paper into the crimper and turn the paper around and slide it through again. You just created Faux Gingham!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Rich & Wes' Birthday Celebration!!!





Haven't had a chance to make anything, but I thought that I would post some pictures from the Birthday Party. Nothing is better than Family, Friends and Good Food!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hawaiian Punch




On August 15, 196? my husband Rich was born and on August 15, 2006 my son Wes was born. We are celebrating their birthday in a Hawaiian/Laua Theme. I'm a very big theme person for parties. There is the excuss to get creative again. Above is the invitation to the Party. The Goodie Bags are for the kiddies. Anyway, these Hula Girls are made with Circle Punches 1-1/4 and 1-3/4" and of course a flower punch.

Aren't they adorable!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diapher Fold


This is just adorable. It's 1 sheet of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper, several folds and Voila!
Fold paper in half to create a triangle, then fold in one corner across to the other side and then repeat on the other side. Pull down the top portion of the triangle and there you have it. If you don't understand, pleace contact me at cerobinson1@msn.com or http://www.stampinscrapcheryl.stampinup.net/

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Banner


I got this ida from Regionals in Philly. I was short for time, so I only did one side with chipboard letters. The other side is just designer series paper. These are made from old CD's. I just told a fib. They are actually made from my hubbys supply of new CD's. It didn't occur to me to use old CD's at the time. But if anyone asks, they are old scratched CD's.

Christmas Ornaments


This ornament is called a Pine Cone Ornament. It is a little time consuming, put once you get the first few rows done, it gets fairly easy. It makes for a nice gift and looks real nice on your tree or wreath.

Bows


I had so much making these bows. I got a little carried away. They are real easy. I was thinking about have a class on making your own bows and wrapping paper. What do you think; would you be interested?

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Therapeutic Value of Scrapbooking

By Kathy Johnson, COTA

I have been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for 16 years and have worked with many different types of physical disabilities and clients with mental illness. When I started scrapbooking 8 years ago, I never realized what a therapeutic value it could have on my life. As the years have gone by, I have recognized the therapeutic values scrapbooking can have for those many different types of physical disabilites and those with mental illness. I have discovered that Scrapbooking has many qualities that can help restore an overall sense of well being, accomplishment, and self-worth, as well as help with physical deficits. Taking photos of loved ones and creating a scrapbook not only showcases familiar photoes, but can also display feelings and memorabilia. It is not only the actual "scrapbooking" of pictures, but the memories the pictures reveal, that can be of great value.

I made a 25th Wedding Anniversary album for my parents and which included photos from their childhood as well as photos from the time since they were married. What I learned from rummaging through all these old photos was an invaluable leasson family heritage. There were places they had been, and family members I did not know and events that were unknown to me until I sorted through these photos and interviewed my parents. The end result was a wonderful memento of their lives and a keepsake we could all cherish and share for generations to come.

Individuals with depression can find comfort in scrapbooking memories from the past. Using the scrapbooking task as a way to help individuals with mental illness stay on task, follow directions and reinforce the need to complete a project are all valuable Life Skills they will need to be productive individuals in the community. Many with mental illenss have a sense of hopelessness and low self worth. Scrapbooking can provide these individuals with a great sense of accomplishment.

The physical benefits of scrapbooking became evident to me while working with a young brain injured individual in Rehab. This person used the cropping tool to increase her fine motor skills, as well as the photos to help with memory recall of loved ones and others from her life. Cutting with scissors or a paper trimmer and handwriting journaling helps build good fine motor skills as does using shapes and stencils. Visual/perceptual skills are also utilized with the activity.

Following directions of the therapist or using an idea book help with organizing thoughts and following verbal and written instruction. The organization skills needed to complete a scrapbooking page can assist a head injured individual with the skills needed in many aspects of their life, from Activities of Daily Living to work skills for returning to employment. The step by step tasks of building a scrapbook page allow the individual to process information and put the steps together to form a completed task. Then putting all the pages together to form a completed scrapbook reinforces the idea of task completion and the overall understanding of getting an end product from their labor of love.

Overall the craft of scrapbooking can be therapeutic to all of us in some way. The companies that create scrapbooking supplies and tools are often coming out with easier and less complex ways to creat scrapbooks. Someone with limited hand motion or cognitive skills can learn to master this wonderful craft with minimal guidance. I highly recommend scrapbooking as a therapeutic tool for anyone and hope if you know someone who would reap its benefits, you will pass your love of this art on to them.

Kathy Johnson, COTA