Monday, April 28, 2008
Love in the Home
If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love, I am a housekeeper - not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love, my children learn cleanliness - not godliness.
Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.
Love is present through the trials. Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.
Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart.
Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God's perfection of my child. As a mother, there is much I
must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.
Here is another one:
Every mother knows...
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful to have been born the USA, the most powerful free democracy in the world.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for Velcro tennis shoes. As well as saving valuable time, now I can hear the sound of my son taking off his shoes-, which gives me three extra seconds to activate the safety locks on the back seat windows right before he hurls them out of the car and onto the freeway.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the recycling program that will preserve our natural resources and prevent the overloading of landfills.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for swim diapers because every time my son wanders into water in plain disposables, he ends up wearing a blimp the size of, say, New Jersey, on his bottom.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for fresh, organic vegetables.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for microwavable macaroni and cheese- without which my children would be surviving on about three bites of cereal and their own spit.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the opportunity to obtain a college education and have a higher quality of life than my ancestors.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful to finish a complete thought without being interrupted.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for holistic medicine and natural herbs.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for pediatric cough syrup guaranteed to "cause drowsiness" in young children.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for all of the teachers who had taught, encouraged and nurtured me throughout my formative years.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for all of the people at Weight Watcher who let me strip down to pantyhose and a strategically placed scarf before getting on the scale each week.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the opportunity to vacation in exotic foreign countries so I could experience a different way of life in a new culture.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful to have time to make it all the way down the driveway to get the mail.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the Moosewood Vegetarian cookbook.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for the butterball turkey hot line.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for a warm, cozy home to share with my loved ones.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for the lock on the bathroom door.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for material objects like custom furniture, a nice car and trendy clothes.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful when the baby spits up and misses my good shoes.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for my wonderful family
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for my wonderful family.
Please use one of these poems as inspiration for your next creation. You can use the theme, the poem itself or just a quote from one of them.
Email them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Scrapdango Blog Challenge" in the subject line. Everyone who does will recieve a ballot for this month's Blog Prize Draw!!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
If you find that your scissors aren't cutting as good as they used to and are quite dull, just cut up a sheet of aluminum foil. The foil acts as a sharpening instrument. This tip has served me quite well and I am still using the very same pair today!
Also... if your scissors are getting sticky or gooey.. rub them with some undu. You scissors may stink a little bit, but they will be good as new.
If you have any tips you would like to share please email me at: email@example.com and put "Scrapdango Blog Tips" in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for the Blog Draw!!
I wanted to add a great tip that Lois sent in to me. She suggested trimming aluminum foil in your trimmer to keep the blade sharp and crisp. Thanks for the tip Lois. You now have a ballot for the draw!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thanks to all our current Dango girls and to all the new ones who came to join us for the crop. I really hope you will stay here with us. We are always ready to scrap!!
We'll be posting the winners tomorrow!
Keep your eye out tomorrow for the next blog challenge. I will also be posting the cool prize that is up for grabs as this month's Blog Prize!!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I am feeling bright and sunny today because the weather has finally produced a beautiful day. The sun is shining bright and strong . I was inspired to create a bright and sunny layout.
Your challenge is to create a bright, bold layout. I would like to see you use up some of your older papers and embellishments. This is the time of year for Spring Cleaning so, use up some of your stash of scrappy goodies!
Here is my layout: Carefree Days
Please email your layout to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Scrapdango Blog Challenge" in the subject line. You could also link it to the blog. Remember that you will recieve a ballot for this months draw. The draw will be the 15th of May. I will post plenty of opportunities to win an amazing prize.
What is the prize???? I'll post it tomorrow!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
There were so many entries that I had to spreadsheet them and then use my random calculator to choose a winner!!
The very first Blog Prize Draw winner is...........................................LoisB!!
Congrats of winning the lovely Scrapbook & Cards Today special edition book. You are going to love this. Please pm your address to me and I'll send it out.
Tomorrow I will post the first challenge for the new Blog Prize Draw!! I'll also post a picture of the prize as well.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I look forward to hearing everyone's comments on the blog. You will have until midnight tomorrow to post your comments and I will announce our first winner on Wednesday!!
Good luck and a big thank you to everyone who have taken me up on the blog challenges, submitted information and for being such great Dango girls!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This week I am going to give you a cool and funky way to use up those mismatched alphas you may have in your stash. I hate to leave letters unused in my stash nut sometimes I am at a loss as to how to make up a title with what I may have on hand. This is where an anagram site comes in handy. These sites take the letters you have on hand and unscrambles them to form words that you can ultimately use on a layout. Of course you may not use them all. The last time I used the anagram feature it came up with the title "Blonde Twerp". I didn't see how I could possibly use that and not upset anyone.
Here are a few sites to try out:
Now for the challenge!! You didn't think I would just post a tip and no challenge. Did you? I would love for you to try this out. Grab some random letters from your stash and play around a little. Find a unique word or phrase to base your next layout on. Email it to me at: email@example.com or link it here to earn a ballot for the Blog draw. The draw will be on the 15th!!
I'll post another chance to win a ballot tomorrow!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Here is a layout I did for Lucy Chesna's Sketchworld Blog. I used the April Sketch. My word was:
1. The act of concentrating;
2. Exclusive attention to one object;
close mental application.
Journaling reads: "I really love these photos of you Emmy.
They were taken at your first horse show
of the year. You were so excited. You made
sure that you had everything all set out
the night before. You made me promise to
iron your show blouse and jacket. You shined
your boots and your helmet all by yourself.
You were really nervous when we got there.
We had never been at Eden Ridge before. It
was huge! There were so many riders and
horses.I loved how serious you were. You
would take in every little detail. You would
not let anything distract you.
The look of sheer concentration on your
face amazed me. Your focus and determination
to succeed made me proud. Winning three first
place and two second place ribbons made us
I would love to see what you can create for this challenge. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Dango Blog Challenge" in the subject line. Everyone who does will earn a ballot for this month's blog draw!!
Keep and eye out over the weekend for another chance to win!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The coolest thing about issueing challenges is seeing how everyone interprets it. My last challenge was a font challenge. I found this great font to share and challenged you to load it on your computer and create something with it. Well.... it appears that everyone thought the font would be great on cards!
Colleen sent me these two amazing cards using the font:
Suzanne chose to start a beautiful mini album using this font:
Everyone here will recieve a ballot for this month's blog prize draw. Look for more chances to win this week.
Thanks again for sharing all these wonderful creations with us!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Here is a sample:
You can download it here: Abstract Fonts
For those of you who have never loaded a font on your computer, instructions can be found here: Font How To
Now for the fun part!! I would like for you to download this great font and use it on your next creation. Please email it to: email@example.com and put "Scrapdango Blog Challenge" in the subject line. You can also link it here in the blog.
Everyone who loads this font and uses it will get a ballot for this month's Blog Prize Draw!! The draw will be made on the 15th and there will still be plenty of chances to win!