Thursday, March 8, 2012

Project Life


Have you ever wished that you could some way capture your video and put them into your Project Life album?  Is it even possible you are asking to yourself right now?  Well I am here to tell you that it is possible.   All you need is a smart phone.   Now I know a lot of you out there already taking pictures with your IPhone to use in your Project Life Album.  Now you can start shooting videos too.   It's really simple and I am going to walk you through the process right now.

First thing first have you ever heard of a QR code.  A QR code is a matrix bar code (or two dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, Mobile phones with cameras and smart phones. I bet you have seen them.  They look like this...

So what do you need in order to accomplish this task?

Smart phone (I have an IPhone)
QR code (You can go on line and generate this QR codes for free like here)
A video with a URL link (I use Vimeo to upload my videos)
A printer

That's all you need.  The first step is to shoot your video on your smart phone.  Then you need to upload to a site like Vimeo or YouTube in order to create a URL link.  You can sign up for free to both Vimeo or Youtube.  Follow the directions to upload your video.  After uploading your video you need to copy the URL link and paste it into the a QR code generator.

Within minutes you will have a QR code bar.   Copy your code (by right clicking on your code and do a copy save as) then opened a Word file and paste it into word.     

Once you have it pasted into word you can re-size it to whatever size you like,   Now you need to down load the QR code reader (I use the QR code reader for IPhone),    Once that's been uploaded to your phone all you have to do is place your QR code into your Project Life album and scan your code and it will take you to your video,

If you have any questions please leave me a comment I will get back to you with the answer.

This was linked to Some What Simply

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I have received an award from one of my dear blogging friends Paula at Scrappy Me.  Here is how it works:

"Liebster" is German for 'dearest.' The award is a 'share-the-love' arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers with fewer than 200 followers (based on Google followers). 

Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you
2. Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog (see above)
4. Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers

So here goes.  I've decided to give this award to the following lovely bloggers, all of their blogs are so worth seeing and I get great enjoyment in reading about their latest projects and their life in general.  Please stop by all of their blogs to see for yourself I think you just may become a follower too.  

1.  Natalie from NorthShore Days a very talented lady - I have just started following Natalie's blog and her projects are a must see,

2. Karen from Somewhat Quirky I just love her post they are so well written and her projects don't get me started, please pop over to her blog to see for yourself.

3. Feeding Four her blog is full of wonderful recipes and her last project turned out so well.  Why don't you skip over there to see what I  mean.

4. Debbie from Beautiful things and trashy she such a creative and talented lady and she has so many wonderful projects on her blog.

5. Paula from Scrappy Me I don't know if this is allowed since she gave me this award but Paula is a very talented and creative card marker.  I've been following her blog for a very long time and she is such a sweet lady.  Please stop by her blog to see for yourself.

My Happiness Project

Okay I have to confess something - At the end of last year I finished reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and thought wow this is a great book, but deep down I questioned if it would really work.  So I set out to do my own experiment  to test it out.  


If you haven't read this book it's all about how the author Gretchen Rubin took a year of her life to do things that would bring her more happiness in her life.   Each month she focuses on something new which she thought would bring her happiness.   It's a very inspirational book and it got me motivated for sure.

So starting on Jan 1st I wrote my goals down that I wanted to accomplish in order to bring more happiness into my life.  To tell you the truth I don't know if I will make it through the whole year but I am happy to say that I've made it happen for two months now and that's encouraging to me.

I think that any time you get a chance to reach outside of your comfort zone you receive rewards.  So far my little experiment has only proven me right.

So what have I've been up to in these last two months?????

Well for January the things I focus on were:


To act like I wanted to feel -  This goal might be confusing to you.  How can you act like you want to feel?   Simple it meant instead of letting outside matters control the way I felt I concentrated on how I wanted to feel,   So many times I've simply let people in my life affect the way I felt.  For example if I ran into a crabby kid I noticed that I started to feel that way too.   So I decided to focus on how I wanted to feel and stuck to it.  No matter what I ran into I choose that I wouldn't  let outside interference change the way I wanted to feel.

To do what ought to be done -  I noticed that when I set out to do something and I did what needed to be done it felt so good.  For example I've been really working on sticking to my cleaning schedule that I made for myself.  When I stuck to my goals the house was kept cleaned and I was able to do more things which increased my happiness factor.   Also in the beginning of the year I joined Ail Edwards one little word workshop and picked the word DISCIPLINE.  So these two little goals went hand in hand together.  It takes discipline for me to get the things done that needed to be done.  When I achieved what I wanted to get done I couldn't help but to feel happy.


To count my blessings -  I have fond this goal to bring me the most happiness.   At first it wasn't something natural for me to do.  Most days I would walk around not even thinking what I felt blessed about.  However, when I started to make an effort to be grateful for what I had around me it really did make me feel happier.

Focus on something I really enjoyed -  I wanted to focus on one thing that I really enjoyed.  This goal was a tough one for me,  Let's face it I'm very crafty person I enjoy crafting and I enjoy showing people what I have accomplished but I found that I was always scattered.  I would have three projects going at the same time.  As much as I tried to stay focus on this goal in the beginning of February it didn't turn out.  So I decided that I would change the goal up a little.  I knew that no matter what, I wasn't going to change the fact that I had more than one project going at a time so I decided to focus on my blog.  By just picking one thing to focus on (like my blog)   I got enjoyment out of it.  I focused on setting goals for my blog and by setting these goals I've accomplish one of the things I always wanted to do and that's to grow my blog.  I got a few more followers and that gave me a thrill like you wouldn't believe.

Like Gretchen observed in her book it takes a conscious effort to be happy and by being a little bit more aware of that fact any one can set out to be a more happier person.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Simple Project - For Baby Shower

This past weekend I attended a baby shower.   This was the first shower that I ever could remember where the gift register was completely taken.  I mean there was nothing left to get on the list.  Every  item was taken.   Needless to say I began to sweat a little, what the heck was I going to do?   Then I remember a post on Pinterest a few months ago about these onsies with the months on them and I sighed a little breath of relief.

Materials Needed

Transfer iron-on paper
Cameo Silhouette machine
Pattern Paper (for card)
Wilton Cake box

I bought these star shapes from the Silhouette on-line store and added the text (using the text tool on my Silhouette) for each month.  I printed them on my home printer onto iron-on transfer paper. Cut the shape out and ironed them onto the onesie.   I went to Joann Fabric and got the Wilton cake box to package them in.  This was such an easy project to do and I've been wanting to make these ever since I saw them posted on Pinterest.

Here are few more pictures.
I made the cute little onesie card (that says Sweet-Tee pie)  to go inside the package.  That image was also bought on the Silhouette on-line store.

This will be posted on  Today's Creative Blog and Not Just a Housewife

Friday, March 2, 2012

What I want my Blog to be when it grows up

This caught my eye when I saw it on Today's Creative blogs this past Tuesday. I thought it would be interesting and fun to join in.    You can click on the link below to find more out about this link-up party. Where you tell your five goals for your blog for this year.

It all Started With Paint

Lets start off at the beginning shall we......   I started blogging back in 2008 not sure what I wanted to do with this blog other than having a place for my family and friends to view the craft projects I have completed.  Fast forward a few years and I find my blog a place that I use for socializing.  I have followed and made friends with so many talented creative ladies.  Press the fast forward button again and that brings us to today.  With me contemplating what I want my blog to be when it grows up.  

What do I want my Blog to be when it grows up?


I want my blog to have value.  I want to set goals to make my blog have some type of purpose that is fun and practical.  What I've observed lately on my blog is that a few of my project tutorials have been pinned and re pinned on Pinterest.   I've given some thought to making some video tutorials so that you can see the complete process of these projects.

Well Written

I want my blog to be clear and well written.    I would like people to come and visit my blog and read my posts to the end.  I would like to find some avenues to improve my writing. In the past I've taken workshops to improve my writing for my journals on my scrap book pages and I've found that they were very helpful.  My favorite class was taught by Ali Edwards called Storyology.   I've even thought about taking some type of class in order to improve my writing.  I've always enjoyed writing so what do I have to lose right.

A Destination 

I've kind of borrowed this idea from Linda at It all Started with Paint blog. I want to grow my followers and have this be a blog where people want to keep coming back to.  I would love to be more involved in party link ups like this one and maybe even hosting one too.   I also want to host give a ways.   I love give a ways and get excited for the chance to win.  Maybe I can find sponsors so that can happen.


I want this to be a blog that is fun and that builds friendships.  A place that we can gather to collaborate on ideas and give each other inspirations.  By participating in blog hops, link up parties and so on.  I want to be genuine, and real - because let's face it not every project, picture or post is 100% perfect I want you to see the real me.


Last but not least I want my blog content to be retrieved easily.  I want to give more thought to the tags I give to each post so that when some one wants to retrieve a post regarding a certain project or post content that they don't get frustrated and give up.  I want my blog to look neat and inviting to people.

I'm so glad that I decided to participate in this link up party.  It gave me a lot to think about and things to strive for.