Social media and my awkward attempts

People!  I’m trying to get my act together.

It is safe to say that I am running around in circles while my clothing is on fire.  Or similar to a dog chasing its tail.  Or a cat chasing a red laser light beam all over the place.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.  I am so unorganized in this Social Media stuff.  Then I see videos of people using more platforms to promote their offerings.

Seriously!  How do they keep up with the comments, messages, tweets, and links received from their followers?!

I don’t think I have ever made a statement about WHY I do this.  WHY I make YouTube videos and have this blog.  WHY I am on Facebook.

So here it is.  WHY I make YouTube videos.

  • It started out….way back in 2004 or 2005 to help my youngest daughter learn to do scrapbooking.  We had a common interest and she lived so far away from me.  I couldn’t just bring a car load of totes to her  house and the two of us learn and play together.  So I thought making YouTube videos would be the best place to start.
  • I am totally self taught.  Most everything I know has been hard won from small to major errors.
  • That led to other people finding some of my videos and a little community began growing.  Friendships developed and are still going to this day.
  • Although I don’t “Promote” this openly and talk a lot about this…..I have a philosophy of “Pay It Forward“.
  • When I found YouTube *angel choir singing* and How To Videos on making scrapbook layouts I realized my mistakes and made corrections from there.
  • There are new “CONVERTS” all the time.  Kind of makes me sound “cult-ish” but when a person finds something that makes them feel excited about life and has that powerful feeling deep in their soul of having created something amazing from bits of paper….
  • If I can help a newcomer to paper crafting learn something to make their creative life easier or get a spark of inspiration  then I am passing on what someone else DID FOR ME.

This blog.  Oy Vay!  I have a website connected to this blog.  It was last updated about seven years ago.  Nothing has happened there since then.

My website started as an attempt to be a Top Seller for Stampin’ Up! products.  I wanted off the road.  My life as an over the road truck driver kept me away from home for long periods of time.  So I figured starting a website would bring in customers right and left to pay for me to stay home.

Yep.  That worked out so well for me.  That is why I have not touched the website in ages.  I really need to get it cleared out and just blank until I can come up with my next scheme.

So this blog, as sporadic as I am at keeping up with it, is just to reiterate what is happening on my YouTube channel for those that don’t often go there.

Why I am on Facebook.  That one is the easiest to answer.  MY KIDS!  They live in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California.  Spread out far and wide.  I don’t get to see my kids often.  My grandchildren I don’t get to see much.  So my Facebook page is where I keep up with the happenings in their lives and the growth of my grandchildren.  Not quite the same as being there to actually give each one a big hug and spend time with them though 😦

So….I have a question for YOU.  My dear readers and friends.  I have this idea brewing in my head.

Would anyone be interested in purchasing a packet of scraps?!  There is no delicate way of phrasing this other than that.

I have the idea to have a packet filled with papers cut to specific sizes for cards using the Operation Write Home sketches.  I would ONLY SELL MY PAPERS and embellishments that would fit the card sketches.

I WILL NOT BE SELLING OPERATION WRITE HOME CARD SKETCHES.

Each packet would have the Operation Write Home Card Sketch number you can download from their site.  Click on the link above to download the AMAZING sketches.

The packet would include two (2) card bases from good quality card stock.  Colors and choices would be determined by me.  Coordinating patterned paper or card stock elements to create the card.  Ribbon, brads, or other embellishments to complete the card.

You would supply the stamped sentiment or sticker for the greeting card occasion – birthday, holiday, get well, sympathy, hello, or season.  I am not a good enough stamper to make you pay for my bad job of stamping sentiments.

This, I believe, would be a good source for beginning card makers to have the pieces necessary to create a card.  This would get them started and gain confidence in their creative endeavor.  Eventually that beginner can use the card sketches on their own with confidence.  I would also create a special YouTube channel which would feature the contents of each packet for a particular card sketch with instructions showing how to put the elements together.

Since I am home now, dealing with my breast cancer, for the next several months I want the time to be productive and more focused.  Get the fire put out on my clothing……stop chasing my tail……ignore the bright pin point of light that is so distracting.

So, please let me know what you think of my idea.

Leslie

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Pockets and Tags for Mini Albums

If a beginning crafter does an Internet search for “How to make mini album pockets” or “How to make mini album tags” most of the time the results are completed mini albums with the creator showing what the finished project looks like.  If a beginning crafter searches YouTube with the same queries the results are a video ranging in length from 5 minutes to over 25 minutes showing a completed project with the creator telling me “Here is the pocket I made” and “Here is the tag I made”.

When I started making scrapbook layouts and then ventured into mini albums I was continually frustrated with finding there was not one single video, or blog post, that showed the process of making a pocket or a tag.

I have taken it upon myself to be the one that shows all the steps necessary to create these things.  At the bottom of this post I will include my YouTube videos that show how to make pockets and tag inserts.

The tags, just in case you are wondering, are elements to the mini album that can be pulled out from the place they reside.  Photos and journaling  are added to the tags to tell a story…the story that is being told through the photos.  A trip to DisneyWorld, or DisneyLand.  High school prom or graduation.  A wedding or engagement.  Pregnancy or the birth of a new baby.

Gusseted Pockets

Gusseted Pockets

 

4 Pocket Insert

4 Pocket Insert

 

Mini Album tags

Mini Album tags

Next week I will be making tags for a mini album that seem to have “Advanced” skills required but they are things a beginning crafter can make easily.  I am trying to take the mystery out of being creative when it comes to designing a mini album to enjoy yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Leslie

 

My very FIRST “Finish It Friday” feature.

Usually….unless I have a gift making project….the “How To” video item gets tossed to the side, shoved into a box, hidden beneath a pile of other stuff, and generally is forgotten.

As a fickle crafter, always looking for the next fun technique or idea, I have amassed quite a stash of……crap…..

Seriously folks, I don’t think very far into the future as I create.  I get an idea for a technique.  Make a video featuring the technique.  The end.

These past two weeks I’ve been showing you how to heat emboss items without using rubber stamps.  Getting creative by using what I have on hand.  Saving myself money and time while trying to let you know that the online or walk in craft stores don’t have to be your go to place when you need something for a project.

If your craft space is anything like mine (after 10+ years of creating) you have a rich supply of paper, adhesive, dies, tools, equipment, and just a whole lot of cr….oops STUFF patiently waiting for you to remember them.

No matter your age as a new paper crafter, YouTube is a gateway to creativity.  It can also be a gateway to hell as you compare your work to others with more experience.  I might even go so far as to say quite a number of the 10 Commandments get mangled and abused in our my craft areas as we watch YouTube videos.

COMMANDMENT #1:   You shall have no other Gods before me.

I’m guilty of abusing this Commandment.  Tim Holtz, for example.  Wonderful man and teacher.  When he has a new blog post or video I am on it.  Reading every word of his blog or tweets.  Intently listening and watching his instruction as he creates his art pieces.

Tim Holtz is not the only one.  Stampin’ Up!, Graphic 45, Die Cuts With a View (DCWV), Michaels, Hobby Lobby to name a few.

COMMANDMENT #2:  You shall not make idols.

Yes, I’ve fractured this Commandment a time or two.  I’ve made a few things that I am particularly proud of and often look at the photos of my creations that have been passed on to whomever I made them for.

COMMANDMENT #3:  You shall not take the name of your LORD and God in vain.

Yep.  Smashed this Commandment on numerous occasions when a project or technique goes bad.  Hissy fit with a potty mouth.

COMMANDMENT #4:  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When I am in the creative zone one day runs into the next.  The only day(s) I don’t do anything creative are the days when my Mojo takes a hike or I am in a total funk.

COMMANDMENT #5:  Honor your father and mother.

This one gets trashed from time to time.  If I feel the need to speak about my childhood in foster care my father and mother usually get eviscerated in the conversation.

COMMANDMENT #6:  You shall not murder.

So far….I’m good on that one.  However, I am sorely tempted to act on this when I get a particularly nasty comment on one of my videos.

COMMANDMENT #7:  You shall not commit adultery.

I often wonder what my husband thinks as I babble on and on about Tim Holtz.  At least I only babble about him and don’t actively seek him out.  So…I guess I’m safe on this one.

COMMANDMENT #8:  You shall not steal.

Err, uhm, ahem.  I have stolen someone’s idea from a YouTube video and made it my own.  Not anymore though.  I have learned to give credit where credit is due.

COMMANDMENT #9:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

I have not sullied this Commandment…..yet.

COMMANDMENT #10:  You shall not covet.

Guilty!  Totally guilty of obliterating this Commandment.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at my craft room tour video if you have AN HOUR to kill and want to listen to my voice drone on and  on.

I’m going to Hell I tell you.

Before I go to Hell I want to share with you the newest video I have created.  It is a scrapbook page featuring all the heat embossing techniques I’ve shown you how to do.  It is a “Sampler” page or a reference.  I can look at this page and remember how I did any one of the techniques and use that on a card or another scrapbook page.

I hope this video helps you to be a bit more creative in your craft room.  Using what you have on hand and make others marvel at your genius.

Leslie

 

 

 

Do I Need To Buy A Cricut?

Tell me the truth now.  Have you ever watched a craft related YouTube video and was overcome with a welling in your soul so great you heard the angels singing?  Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration…..but you may know what I mean.

In that brief and excited moment your brain goes from 0 to 120 mph.  Flashes of creative genius stumble all over themselves, like a mass exodus from a burning building.  Your heart beats faster.  A welling in your core grows to such a point you feel sure there will be an explosion of stars and glitter bursting from your chest.

Your heart overrides your brain.  You have to have that gadget.  You must have it right now!

Okay, so you are not quite as crazy as I am.  Perhaps you do know of what I speak but don’t allow your heart to rule your world.

When I first dipped my toe into the world of paper crafting I watched so many YouTube videos on every paper craft subject there was available at that time.  This was back in 2005 when the video channel was in its infancy.

At that time I didn’t have ANYTHING to be creative.  I had a few glitter gel pens of various colors.  That was all I had.  Little by little I began acquiring products and tools only to find the creative genius in me was more of a befuddled person in a straight-jacket.  The things I created were more worthy of the trash bin.

One long weekend in a hotel room in Port Wentworth, Georgia I channel surfed the television.  Bored out of my head I needed to find a distraction.  None was to be found.  That is until I saw an Infomercial on the Cricut machine.  My husband, Joe, was in the room with me.  He had to have been extremely grateful that I had finally settled on something to watch instead of the constant flitting from one channel to the next.

As the presentation unfolded before me I heard my husband say “You need one of those”.

It would be several months later and in Wichita, Kansas that I would become the owner of a Cricut machine.  During another long weekend in a hotel room far from home, Joe took me to a scrapbook store in Wichita and asked a store employee if they carried the new Cricut.

Now, nearly 10 years later, this much desired machine sits on a shelf behind closed doors in my craft room.

My Cricut machine

My Cricut machine

Fickle hearted me has gone on to other things.  A subscriber to my YouTube channel sent me an e-mail with the following question.

“A question I do have though, what do you think about those Cricut machines, are they a must have?”

In order to answer her question I thought it would be best to show her how the machine works.  I am not a professional and I won’t tell you that I know what I’m doing with the machine.  Mistakes and problems I left in the video.  I mean I have to be “Real” and not pretend to be something I’m not.

The Cricut machine has advanced over the years.  Newer models are available and do the same as my old one, even a bit more.  I offer a video for you showcasing my abundant skills in presentation :/.

Oh, one final thing.  This coming Wednesday, August 12, 2015, I will be continuing on in my Heat Embossing series.  This one features Mailing Labels.

Using mailing labels in heat embossing

Using mailing labels in heat embossing

Leslie

 

Heat Embossing videos inspired by one of my YouTube subscribers

It has been quite a long time since I’ve been in my craft room.  Mainly because I have had a mental block.

An e-mail request from one of my subscribers has dislodged the boulder in my head and I am busy experimenting.

My first video is in answer to the questions raised about finding the tools and products to do heat embossing.

You might say “I don’t have any rubber stamps to do heat embossing”.  Don’t worry about that.  The videos I’m creating are meant to get you working with embossing powder successfully.  Applying it over large surfaces so you can see the reaction and to know when you have achieved the desired results.

The second video I put up is using painter’s masking tape on paper.  Create a grid to watch the changes occur as the plastic resins and embossing ink react to heat.  In this video I have three FAILURES to show you the progression of my newly formed idea that wasn’t quite well thought out.  These failures are shown AFTER the successful application of my idea.

Currently, I’m working on a video featuring mailing labels and embossing powders.  This is more experimenting with the heat embossing medium.  The results are a mixed bag of tricks and I’m only moderately happy with the end results.

Heat embossing with mailing labels

Heat embossing with mailing labels

Stay tuned….there will be more to come.

Leslie

Ms. Snotty Pants is trying to use the Stampin’ Up! Letter Press Plate

Before I get into the “meat” of this blog post I want to take a minute to thank all of you that have come to my blog and had a look around.  For those of you new subscribers I want to thank you for doing that.  I appreciate everyone of you that stop in.

Okay – here we go.

I have spent the last three days getting this video created, edited, and uploaded to YouTube.

“Ms. Snotty Pants” is the part of my personality that tells me I’m a loser and can’t do anything right.  I think we all have one of these people lurking in our brains.  The “Know It All” who doesn’t really know anything.  The part of us that we give way too much head space to in our daily lives.

Maybe I should not include you in this because I don’t know what you have going on in your head.

When I leave the house with no makeup and just in  my comfy clothes I get this voice that says it is not correct to go out in public looking like a frump.  I do it anyway and don’t get attacked by the “Frump Police” or scolded by the “Fashion Police”.

Ms. Snotty Pants is my constant companion :/.   So I figured that maybe I could exorcise this demon and get to the point where I like myself better if I have a way of seeing that part of me in real life and outside of my head.  So you are going to be privy to my homemade remedy of “Psychoanalysis”.  This should prove to be an experience :/

If anyone has been looking through my older videos…..way older.  From 2010 and 2011 you will notice that nearly all of the references to Stampin’ Up! have been eliminated as best as I can.  The link to my former Demo site has been deleted from the Description Area and I have “X’d” out all of the tags for that same Demo site address at the end of those videos.

At last!  One thing scratched through on my To Do List!  (big heaving sigh of relief)

Now I have assigned myself the task of reworking those old videos and getting them deleted.  Ms. Snotty Pants will be playing a huge roll in these new videos.  Aren’t you just so excited?  NOT.

I hope you all are getting ready for this long weekend in the US – Columbus Day.  The British would call it a “Bank Holiday” since all the banks and post offices will be closed.  Those of you that get the extra day off I hope you enjoy the new fall weather.  Those of us grunts that have to work that day I hope it is a great one.

Talk to you soon.

Leslie

 

I’m trying something new in my YouTube videos.

New video setup

New video setup

While Joe is away traveling cross country I’ve taken the liberty of using his equipment.  You know…”When the cat’s away the mice will play”.

I’m trying to make my videos a little more interesting and fun.  I have had a brilliant idea.  Yes folks, I’m a legend in my own mind :/

I am portraying two different people in this newest video of mine.  It is about choosing the right paper and card stock for your projects.

You will see me as Ms. Snotty Pants.

Ms. Snotty Pants

Ms. Snotty Pants

And then there is the normal everyday me.

The everyday me

The everyday me

I have been going through my old videos and cringing the whole time.  In an attempt to make better videos I am in the process of learning how to do it.

Since my last post, a few weeks ago now, I have had a few bad days in my Sepsis recovery but mostly good days.  I’m on the mend it seems.

I hope you enjoy this new style of my video making.  It is my hope that they will get better and better as I learn to shoot and edit.  I also need to work on my scripting skills and acting abilities.

Check out my new video and let me know what you think.

Leslie

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