Although my crafting interests are varied, scrapbooking... as in embellishing photo albums, has never caught my interest. However, the cutting tools and wide array of papers... now that I can get excited about. I made this wintery landscape from a variety of scrapbook papers cut from templates that are available for download on Martha Stewart's web site.
The skating pond reminded me of a low area of pastureland, within a short walking distance from the house where I grew up, that collected water then froze over every winter. It made a perfect patch of ice for skating. The dog reminded me of our sweet-spirited springer spaniel, Sheeba, that died a few years ago. I cut her from a sheet of scrapbook paper that I got from my daughter, Jessica.
The templates need to be enlarged 200%, which an office supply center can do in a flash, or you can do it at home by going into your printer's "copy menu" , clicking on the "size" option, then scroll down and click "custom 100%", and finally increase from the standard 100% setting to 200%. Your printer's commands may vary somewhat. It will take a bit longer than at the office supply center because you can't enlarge all of the templates in one swipe, since the enlarged sizes will not all fit on a single sheet of paper.
Using a template provided, the project's directions have you cut a narrow wavy strip that you adhere just below the line of trees to give a snowdrift effect. Instead, I cut a wavy edge, using the template as a pattern, directly on the top of the large sheet of white scrapbook paper. That way you don't have an obvious distracting strip on an otherwise fluffy smooth snowy landscape.
Feb. 22, 2009
Today's mileage: 6.5 mile bike ride
Total monthly mileage: 56.75 miles
Bible reading? Yea sure.