Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop!

Hey, OWH Hoppers!

Today's cards feature OWH card sketch #28.

True to form, I set up a paper cutting diagram so that I could use just three sheets of 8.5x11 paper to make three standard cards with interchangeable pieces. It's my policy to have as few scraps as possible, and this cutting formula is no exception!

Watch a how-to video with added tips and techniques.

Download your formula's cutting instructions here.
Stamps: "The Best Things In Life" -- Club Scrap Tahiti Unmounted Borders & Backgrounds
"Happier Than a Bird with a French Fry" -- Club Scrap Full Circle Unmounted Greeting

I'd love to see what you make with this fun formula. I know that the cuts can seem a bit challenging if this is your first time exercising those "measuring muscles," but it gets easier with practice. It's worth the effort. Try practicing the first round of cuts with some scrap paper until you've got the hang of it. Let me know how it goes!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

13.1 Miles in Titletown

There was a fair amount of drama encircling last Sunday's Green Bay Half Marathon. The unseasonal extreme heat forced the race director to close the course at 9:35am. Only ten elite runners finished the full marathon. I was lucky enough to finish the half marathon at around 9:15am, only 20 minutes before they completely closed the course.

Here's my race report. . .

This is what was hanging on the refrigerator door for twelve weeks--my Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Schedule. Every box is now officially crossed off!

We always build a "running man" the night before the race. This ensures that you have the essentials. . . socks, shoes, Garmin, SpiBelt, shades, iPod, headphones, etc. It's hard to think clearly when the alarm goes off at 4am.

Tricia's "Running Man"
I pile into the car with Drew Ehlert, Cliff Morris and our awesome "fan man", Liz, at 5:15am. Right on schedule.

Drew, Tricia and Cliff
Off to the start line. Ahhhh--look at that beautiful stadium. Gotta love the Packers.

Isn't it beautiful?
The hot weather was a force to be reckoned with, for sure. Maybe I'm a little wimpy because I've been spoiled by cool, cloudy mornings perfect for those long training runs. But I had to dig deep--really deep--to finish this one. These were my goals for the race:

1. Achieve a PR (Personal Record) time of less than 2:07:54.
2. Run the whole thing.
3. Run, but walk through the water stations.
4. Finish.
5. Live to tell about it.
Pretending to feel awesome at Mile 11
Goal #1 was abandoned at mile 5. I started walking through water stations at mile 8. I spent mile 13 approaching the finish line party at Lambeau Field at a respectable and very determined "jog."
Coming in for the finish!
My eyes may have been leaking ever so slightly when a kindly volunteer put that beautiful football shaped medal around my sweaty neck.
Look at that COOL medal!
And then, I reunited with my running pals and enjoyed a 12 oz. cup of fabulously delicious 26.2 Ale made especially for this event by Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay. I assigned everyone a bright, bold color so that we'll coordinate well in the final scrapbook. (Actually, that was a happy accident.)
My running pals: Cliff, Drew and Todd
Driving home from the finish, this was the temperature reading in the car.

Next up, it'll be time to print my half marathon photos and make them a part of that permanent record. And that's where Club Scrap's fun Marathon Collection comes in. I love the prints because they have a framework where you can fill in your finish time with digital numbers. Way cool. 2:14:54.

Fill in the numbers to record the chip time. Nifty.
Are you training for anything? Have you caught the running bug? Some folks say I'm crazy. Last Sunday, I was only "half crazy." Can't wait to hear about what you've been up to. Pick up one of the last Marathon Collections from Club Scrap while they last!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bookbinding Glue, You're Back.

Oh, how I've missed it. The feeling of dried CS® Bookbinding Glue on my fingers and on the side seam of my jeans. The wonderful substance spreading its way over an outside cover wrap with the help of my foam brush. . .

Sorry. Got a little caught up in the reverie.

In case you haven't heard. . . now that the cold winter is over and Bookbinding Glue can safely be transported around the world, it's finally back in stock!

First thing I did was make a bunch of notepads with paper scraps from various projects from around the warehouse. Here's how 'ya do it:

1. Stack the paper as neatly as possible on at least one edge.

2. Clip the papers firmly together with binder clips.

3. Brush a generous coat of CS® Bookbinding Glue onto the edge. Allow the glue to dry.

4. Repeat. Allow the glue to dry clear.

5. Remove the binder clip. The stack of papers is now a notepad!

Quick, go make some nifty notepads!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tony's Turkey

There is a spring turkey hunt here in Wisconsin. My brother-in-law is one of the most amazing outdoorsy types I've ever known. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys, well, pretty much any activity that you can do "outside". His wife sent me a digital picture of the season's successful hunt, so I decided to make a digital page and save myself the trip to Walgreen's to print the photo.

I used "The Lodge" digital kit. Had Tony's name written all over it, don't you think?