Lori Robinett: {Creating} My Path

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Archive for the month “January, 2014”

#TBT – College Graduation

Gate Album: Jodi's college graduation

Gate Album: Jodi’s college graduation

First, I have to apologize for the quality of this pic, but I still thought it’d be fun to share. When my stepdaughter graduated and walked across the stage a few years ago, I was so proud of her (and so was her daddy!). I made a gate album for her using the backs of phone message pads as the base, then bound it using my Zutter Bind-it-all. The album was so much fun to make, and it opens this way and that, with different sized pages and a little bling here and there. It turned out really good, and I kinda hated to give it to her! ;o)

She’s now in her last semester of dental hygiene school, and I can’t wait to see her walk across the stage again. She’s done so well, and I’m proud to be a part of her life.

Throwback Thursday #TBT: 8th grade graduation gate album

Here’s a post about the gate album I made for my daughter’s 8th grade graduation. Enjoy!

One of my hobbies is scrapbooking, which dovetails nicely with my love of writing. Those are two things I can do that really get my juices flowing. Over the weekend, I worked on a gate album to commemorate my daughter’s 8th grade graduation. I thought I’d share, since this is a project I’m especially proud of.

1. Pick your pictures. Just pick the good ones. The not so good ones can go into your regular album, but you want a special album like a gate album to shine. By saying good pics, I don’t mean just those that are perfectly composed & lit – I mean those that mean something, those that bring back memories.

2. Pick a color scheme based on your photos or your theme. My album was celebrating my daughter graduating from 8th grade and going into high school, so I went with the high school’s colors – green and black – and added pops of pink and yellow to accent. I let my daughter pick most of the papers since this is her album.

3. Choose your base. I’ve been on a tree hugger kick lately (not sure what’s up with that, but last week I stopped twice to help box turtles across the road), and decided that recycled materials would be good. We still use old fashioned telephone message pads at work, so I started saving the backs of them. It’s like chipboard, basically, about 4 1/4″ x 5″ or something like that. I mounted 4 of them to cardstock (or mounted the cardstock to them. Six of one, half-dozen of the other.) to use as the base, then I built up from there, using 2 across for some pages and 2 stacked atop one another for others. Just remember to trim your pages that are not the base to allow for binding.

4. Scrap each page, leaving room along the outer edges for binding.

5. Bind the outer edge of the album using whatever method you prefer. Personally, I like the Zutter Bind-It-All, but you could also hole punch holes then use yarn or ribbon to tie your pages together. You could also use jump rings through the holes. The reason I like the Zutter bindingĀ  is that it is easy to use, easy to turn, and is sturdy. Another note: if you use the Bind-it-All (or some other binder), flip your pages so that the album back is at the front when you bind, so that your rings will be “clean” on the outside and the rough binding wire will be concealed inside your album. If you’re not sure what I mean, email me and I’ll send detailed instructions.

And here are a couple of images:

The front of the album (which is actually 2 half pages):

And here’s one of the inside pages:

Thanks for looking – and let me know what creative projects you’re working on.

Moon Ring

Etsy: Moon Ring

Etsy: Moon Ring

This week was the full moon. As I drove home last night, the moon was just peeking over the tops of the trees as I drove east. By the time I got home, the moon hung in the sky, big and bold and beautiful. After I fed and watered our dog in the moonlight, I stood there alone in our yard and stared up and just wondered.

  • What did the astronauts who stood on the moon feel?
  • What does it look like on the dark side of the moon?
  • What did my ancestors think as they stared up at the giant glowing disk in the sky?
  • Will we ever go back?
  • If I had the chance to go, would I?

The pull of the moon is enough to move our oceans, and sometimes I think I can feel it pulling on me. The moon is magical (I totally get why my Wiccan friends include the moon in their rituals). And part of me wishes that I had studied harder in math and science and gone to work at NASA.

Then again, those G-force tests look pretty tough . . . maybe I’ll just stay here and enjoy the moon from the safety of my yard.

By the way – the pic above is a ring I made, which is for sale at my Etsy shop. Stop by and browse if you’re so inclined.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelsNJournals

 

Getaway

Getaway Glass Ring available on Etsy

Getaway Glass Ring available on Etsy

Getaway. What does that word mean to you? I posed that question on Facebook recently and received the expected responses: beach and mountains. But one friend posted a very similar response to my initial thought – bank robbery. Glad to know I’m not the only one with a bit of a twisted mind!

Seriously, though, getaway is something every single one of us needs in our lives. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my girlfriend getaway to Gulf Shores in October was an amazingly refreshing trip. It allowed me to “reset” and to come home with a new attitude and a fresh outlook on life. I was relaxed, truly relaxed, for the first time in many months. That trip also gave my dreams a kick start. I allowed my friend and her mother to read one of my novels drafted during National Novel Writing Month. I spent the evenings in my bedroom reading and writing and plotting. In the past three months, since that trip, I’ve done more to further my dreams than I did the entire rest of the year.

So, what does that mean? It means that getting away from your normal routine is good for you. We all need a change of scenery sometimes. The mere act of changing routine tricks our brain into thinking beyond the mundane daily tasks that we get caught up in. How many times have you heard (or thought), “Well, I was going to do X, but life got in the way.” Life doesn’t get in the way, our daily grind gets in the way. Change it up. Do something different. And give your dreams the attention they deserve.

I highly recommend a girlfriend getaway to the beach, but if you can’t do that right now, here are some tips:

  • Turn the television off. Seriously – even if for just an hour.
  • Take a day off. Alone.
  • Take a walk. Leave your iPod at home.
  • Buy a magazine that focuses on your dream. And read it cover to cover in one sitting.

By the way, one of my dreams has been to open at Etsy store to showcase the journals and jewelry I make using recycled materials. I took the plunge and did it. Please swing by and “favorite” my store, so you can see the new creations I come up with. There’s also a Facebook page, where I’ll run contests periodically. Stop by there and “Like” it, and I’ll send you a coupon code good for January 2014. The ring at the top of this post is available.

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