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January 2, 2013

Welcome to 2013

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Well another year has come and gone. I am happy with my accomplishments for 2012.

  • I gathered information of our family genealogy to pass on to my grandchildren.
  • We took a cruise to Alaska with two of our grandchildren.
  • We discovered KOA Camping Cabins and had two very interesting camping trips.
  • I studied several really good books on faith with a group at our church. This later item has lead me on a different voyage.

I desire more joy in my life. The Bible gives us the promise that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” I work out with a trainer each week to try to keep my body strong. But there is a different kind of strength that we need in these turbulent times. The strength to seek peace when the world seems to spiral around us.  The inner strength to withstand sickness.  I am sure I will find many other forms of strength as I study this year.

I have decided to seek joy in 2013 since joy seems to be the root of strenth. I am not sure what this voyage will entail but I will seek to understand the meaning of joy and I am sure I will travel into creativity as I search.

2013 Year of Joy 002

January 1. Two years ago I got a painting set for Christmas. In the past 24 months I have not found the time or desire to open the box and try to paint something. Yesterday was the day of new beginnings so I took the plunge. It was a really enjoyable time. As I started with yellow in the top corner, I had no idea where it would lead. This is the result. I am well pleased in this beginning.

 

2013 Year of Joy 001

 

January 2nd Today I have started to build my own definition of joy. Here is one that I found on the internet.

Noun

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
A thing that causes joy.

Synonyms

delight – gladness – pleasure – mirth – rejoicing

 

I think this has more to do with rejoicing with gladness than it does in pleasure and mirth.  I look forward to seeing what this year will bring.

I look forward to hearing what others think about joy and its relationship to strenth.

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December 22, 2012

Step Ten Join Me on a Journey

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I seem to have lost my way. What with getting ready for Christmas, flu and colds, and basic busyness, I just got right off the path that I had been working on. This project has gone on longer than I had originally thought it would.

I want to have photographs of all of the grandparents that I have been writing about. I am looking for old albums that seem to be hidding somewhere. I remember a photograph of one of the weddings. It used to be hanging on my grandma’s dining room wall. I sent several emails out, and I finally know who has the picture. Now I am just trying to get a copy sent to me. I will continue to work on getting the photos together.

The next step for me was to put together a family tree. I thought of several different ways to do this. I could use some printed sheets and put on all the details dates etc. I decided that the easiest way, to begin,  was to just do the names.

genealogy chart

I drew out all the grid and put in all the names with pencil. This way I was able to erase and make changes as I needed to. Then I created the background right over my writing on both pages with blue and yellow gelatos. When the colours were dry I went over all the lines and names with a black marker. To finish it off I used a blue big brush pen to embellish around the boxes. The final touch was to add the word “Family” and a little silver to the edge of the pages. . I thought that doing the page simply would make it easier for my grandchildren to follow and understand.

I am going to close off this project for now. I will come back to it next year and do the same steps for my husbands grandparents and then I will combine the two family trees. There is still much work to be done but I want to move onto some other things for 2013.

Watch for my postings on JOY!! this year. I feel a need to better understand joy. The Bible tells us that …”The joy of the Lord is our strength” I could sure use more strength in my life. I will be searching out the concept of joy as we move into 2013. I’m not totally sure what form that will take but I am ready to try.

November 2, 2012

Step Nine: Join Me On A Journey

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This has been an interesting couple of weeks. Life got busy and I totally missed last Friday. But I am back on track today.
I have comleted adding the vital statistics to my memories of my grandparents. Some of them were listed in the old family Bible I received from my sister. The rest I got by contacting a cousin who is into genealogy. I thought my grandparents had been married in England before they came to Canada and was surprised to learn they had not been married until they moved to Winnipeg Manitoba. I think there is a story in there but I am not sure at this point how to go about finding out the details.
The next step in the journey will be to start going through old albums and getting copies of photographs of these dear people. I will also contact family members to see what they have.

I haven’t worked on my art journaling much lately but finally got down to it last night. I find it very interesting to watch the page develope. I don’t really know where I am going until it is finished.

First I covered the background in shades of yellows with my gelatos. I find them so much fun to use and I love the results. Then I used several masks to first put some muted blue squares and then some prominent spots on the page. I used my Sew Easy Stamper to put a scallop down the left side. It then seemed that a funny little butterfly was needed.

butterfly

At this point I had no idea where I was going. I thought I would try a person. I cut some patterned paper and tried to decide how I would draw the arms, legs and head. I drew a head and put on a face and penned in some hair. I did not like the face at all. I then cut some wings from the scraps on my table and went to be.
I woke up in the morning and knew exactly what I wanted. I cut out a face of my grand-daughter. It looked cute but her face didn’t cover the hair I had penned in. This little circle with a heart was sitting on the table. When I put the face peeking though, it was just what I wanted.

I put little silver glitter shoes on her and added glitter to the spots at the top of the page and pink glitter to the wings.

shoes

She is the angel that reminds me to smile. She is so filled with joy. And now I understand the butterfly. She loves butterflies. She is like a butterfly as she flits joyfully from one activity to another. I am well pleased with this page.

She is the angel that keeps me in the joy of the Lord.

I would love to see what you have been doing. Please add links in your comments to what has been keeping you busy these days.

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