finished object: overseas trip scrapbook for my parents

unfortunately, due to the fact i finished this scrapbook an hour before i left to meet them, i do not have any photos of the finished project. but it’s done, chock-full of photos, and brief descriptions. even has a family tree of the in-laws.

a few things i’ve learned:

  • i need to keep focus, so that it doesn’t start out nice and end in something hastily put together
  • craft glue doesn’t work. i ended up using scrapbook double-sided tape instead

i’m taking a week off and will start another scrapbook, for myself.


scrapbook project 1, part a

wow, two posts in one day.

my first foray into scrapbooking. i kinda have this attitude of making it my own, even if it breaks the rules.

so this project i’m recording my recent trip to dh’s backhomelandia for my parents to see. which means lots and lots of photos. which means i put as many as i can fit in. and it means lots and lots of info to put into the little spaces in between. sometimes handwritten. sometimes typed. i’m also not very good with keeping things straight. but hey, it adds personality. and that’s what i strive for.

page 1 of scrapbook


page 2 of scrapbook

finishing off the new year, preparing for the new

so there’s less than a week left in 2010. who would have thunk that at this time in 2009 i would be even imagine myself knitting, or just creating my own things. this time last year, the thought of doing crafts was totally against my idea of a feminist i consider myself to be. i still consider myself a feminist, but i no longer think of diy crafts as anti-feminism, but a creative and let’s just say it, more fun away of making an apartment a home without spending the big bucks, or accessorizing my wardrobe without sacrificing money i’d rather spend on something fun (like books), or at least saving money. and there’s something about wearing something you made that goes beyond anything you can buy can give you: a sense of yes, i can do this myself. sorry for my rambling thoughts, i hope i made some kind of sense here.

this past weekend i gave myself a challenge of finishing all my unfinished knitting projects by the beginning of the new year. i don’t think it’s going to happen now. but i’m going to finish as much as i can. here are my unfinished projects:

  • a baby-shower gift i owe a friend
  • an ipod cozy made from leftover yarn from my finished hat
  • the first project, a garter stitch scarf, from the stitch & bitch book, with grass & pumpkin color yarns
  • another pattern from stitch & bitch, a knitted kitschy kerchief, to learn increasing.

on the way to me are supplies (yarn & double pointed needles) to attempt to make my first knitted socks via an online “class” at this site. so i’ll start the new year learning socks. i’m hoping i can learn it here so i don’t have to fork  over $60 for a class. again, trying to save money.

something else i’m going to start doing is scrapbooking. i want to create a scrapbook of my trip to dh’s homelandia for my parents. i was going to do a video dvd, but i think this would be more interesting and appreciative (my mom is more crafty than they are technological). so i need to go get some very basic supplies, go through my photos, plan the layout on the computer, go get them printed out, then put it all together, hopefully fairly quickly. i may also do it for the trip to california i took last year.

dropping a few pounds

walk walk walk walk