Articles by MaBuglet
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trend Spotting 14 comments  

Ma's Madness August 2008

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There are a few things that I’m not and probably never will be. A size 2, a good singer and trendy top the list. With the release of new stuff from CHA hitting the shelves I’ve noticed some trends new and old making their way onto layouts. There are times that I wish I could jump on the “cool scrapper” bus, but then there are those trends that I’m really glad I just hang out at the bus stop. Here are a few trends that I shan’t be partaking in.

Acrylic - I think these albums are very cool, but because I’m entirely too anal and untalented, it winds up on my list. It takes so much planning to be sure that the things behind, it and then in front of it, when you turn the page are all lined up so that you get a clean shot of all of your elements. Heck, just typing that gave me a headache.

Distressed-  I’m SO over this. Well, in reality, I never got into it. Maybe if I did a layout of road kill or something I could reach for a small sample of distressed paper, but as a general rule it just doesn’t do it for me. I just think it’s so unfair for those of us that don’t like the look. Once it’s done, it’s done. I can’t undo that run-over-with-my-car-look that the manufacturers were striving for. Many a good looking paper has been ruined to meet this trend.

Felt- I know, I know, it adds dimension and texture, but I graduated from preschool 35 years ago. I feel I’ve done my time with the felt.
Flocking- Although I love the look, I can't get passed the 40 minutes, the tons of adhesive and the giant mess for one element. Hmmm, turns out that as well as not being trendy, I’m lazy.
Glitter- I’m all about the flash, but this trend has me and my scrappy area looking more like a stripper after a hard night on the pole than a hip scrapper. Glitter EVERYWHERE, save for the object of my desire.
Inking- Let’s just call this one what it is; me being lame. I am incapable of getting ink where it goes. I’ve ruined four shirts on three projects. Plus there’s a REALLY fine line when I’m involved between inking and distressing.
Owls on Surfboards- Not really but it makes as much sense to me. I live in a valley in the middle of a State and I don’t like birds, even owls. Their big ole freaky eyes and blank stare. Not for me. The thing that gets me is how many “Whooooo loves you?” or “You’re a Hoot” layouts can one person do?
So there you have it, a few trends you won’t be seeing in my gallery this summer. Of course, in real life I’m usually two years behind everyone so check back in 2010, I may surprise you.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy Anniversary 10 comments  

Ma's Madness July 2008

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Wow, can you believe it? It’s been 5 years for the Message Board. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, but I remember vividly the night I sat down after cleaning up from our Father’s Day celebration and clicked on to Stickers Galore to find a new message board. There have been many changes along the way and many new faces in that time, but it’s all been filled with fun, laughter and learning. It’s only right that I should share with you the things I’ve learned in the past 5 years.

Invest in a good chair and carpal tunnel never killed anyone.  My poor chair has been through hundreds of hours of log time and has a nice groove where only my bum fits just perfectly to prove it. And what’s a little carpal tunnel amongst friends? Especially when you just "have to hit" refresh that one last time before you go to bed or head out the door.
People come and people go. Amazingly, I still see some names of those that have been around from the beginning with me. When the Board first started there were only a handful of us and we’d mostly chat about scrapbooking, but eventually as we grew bigger, we got gabbier and friendlier. Many a fun Friday night to be had on this Board.  I miss some of the names that aren’t here anymore and some names not so much, but everyone that comes and goes from the Board leaves their special mark that’s for sure.
Change isn’t the end of the world. Although, when it’s happening, it certainly feels like it. From Stickers Galore and Stick Gals to A Cherry on Top and a brand new board to navigate, each change is an adventure to say the least, but it’s all worth it in the end. It’s obvious that the changes that are made are set out to help us become the best scrapbooking community out there and that’s definitely a good thing.
You make faces when you use smiley faces. Admit it, you know you do. We’ve had a few different types of smiley faces to use here, but it doesn’t matter which type you’re trying to use, you scrunch and twist your face to find the best one that suits your message. It’s hard to make the one-eyed sideways smiley, but I still tried.
Hunting can be fun. Cherries, flags, footballs, Easter baskets…they’ve never been so much fun or as infuriating to find in your life. I’ve logged in many hours hunting down those crazy little items and filling my basket along the way. I've tried explaining to my husband that it wasn't my fault I ordered twice the week we hunted down firecrackers.  They were just so addicting!
Copy and Paste are your friends. Oh the drama! Back in the day we used to get some fun drama and sometimes it didn’t last very long. “Big Brother”, and I say that with love, would sometimes get to the post late on a Friday night so you had to be sure to snag it before it got pulled so you could share with the people that would appreciate it most.  And I love that there are people to appreciate it most.
Online Crops and Baby Showers ROCK! Who doesn’t love croppin’ around the clock in their jammies? I never have anything but the best of fun at the Crops here. Prizes, inspiration and an all around good time! And if you were here in the early days, you’ll know why I’ll always be grateful and appreciative of one of the best baby showers that ever transpired! Man, that Reece, what a lucky boy to have so many “aunties” to send their love and goodies to him.
Webby Hugs can make your day. Whether it’s a hug, a prayer or just a place to vent, ACOT is always there to lend what you need. It’s amazing how seeing responses to your threads for support can make your whole day feel a little bit brighter.  I've learned that ACOT scrapbookers are an amazing group of people with just the perfect mix of compassion and sensibility.
Not all internet people are fat, bald guys that sit around in their undies. Or at least not the ones I’ve met. I’ve been really fortunate to meet a few dozen people from ACOT. It’s amazing how friendships can grow over the internet. I even met my soul sister here. Sure, we’re some 2999.3 miles from one another, but who’s counting, right? We’ve managed to forge a fantastic friendship and we owe our start to ACOT.
So as ACOT moves on towards 6 years, I’d like to thank them for the fun and laughter, the inspiration. the opportunity to hang out with such a great group of talented ladies and the outlet to share my personal experiences in my own “special” way.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Testing, Testing...1,2,3...Sibilance 14 comments  

Ma's Madness April 2008

Posted by MaBuglet

Hey, is this thing on?  I’ve been so busy with life lately I haven’t made much of an effort to get to my column lately.  I hope you missed me as much as I missed writing. 

This week as I sat down and wondered what to write about and reflected a bit about my scrapbooking it dawned on me that I’m not an actual scrapbooker I’m more like the Winger of the scrappy world.  A total poser.  I mean, I set out with the best of intentions to be a good scrapbooker, but alas, I am not. Every now and again I’ll finish a page that doesn’t make me a disgrace to the scrappy community, but in actuality, I’m just hanging out with the real scrappy people trying to look cool. 

Lately I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really been scrapbooking.  Don’t get me wrong, I still collect my fair share of supplies, but I haven’t even attempted to put them to use.  Recently I’ve been keeping up with the scrappy world by spending time here at ACOT, working my job at a scrapbook store and surrounding myself with scrappy friends.  I even got to go to CHA, or as I like to call it Scrapperpalooza, and hang out with something akin to a backstage pass.  And I still wear my ACOT t-shirt with pride. Wow, with more reflection, it would seem I’m not even a poser, I’m more like a groupie to a poser.  Now it makes sense why I felt the urge to stand at the front doors of CHA after closing with my lighter in hand yelling, “ENCORE!”

No matter, I still love scrapbooking and the people I’ve met surrounding the scrappy world. And even though I sometimes wish I could scrap like some of the “celebrities” out there, I’m pretty proud of my own little style and the little pieces of my family that it helps me to represent.

So I’ll keep on collecting scrappy supplies, hanging out with scrappy types and posing.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Let the Classes Begin 6 comments

My first CHA class

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Wow...I really have to pay more attention to the class times when I sign up for these classes.  7am is rough!  Especially when you're up until 1am talking and laughing with your roommates.  Laura was kind enough to get up and drive me over to the Convention Center this morning ...

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Monday, February 11, 2008

CHA--Day Two 6 comments


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Okay, I am officially aware of how the "cha" got in CHA.  CHA-ching!  I cannot even begin to tell you how expensive May is going to be for me.  Rumor has it that is when many of the items that haven't already been shipping will hit the shelves ...

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

CHA--Day One 8 comments

A Moment on the Lips...

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Wowzers! This place is amazing! I’m amazed at the sheer enormity of this place. I thought this being my second year that it wouldn’t seem so overwhelming, but alas, I was wrong. There is so much to see and do here at CHA. I’ve only managed to make a dent in Section D ...

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hello from CHA 8 comments

We're Storming the Castle

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Hi Gang!  Well, we all made it here safely.  We flew in from Hawaii, Massachussetts, Michigan, Washington and even other parts of California to hang out here and bring the Show to you.  The Showroom floor is opening in a few mintues and you wouldn't believe the excitement building outside of the doors ...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gifted 20 comments

Ma's Madness December 2007

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Oh, the pressures of being a scrapbooker. First there is the pressure to get the whole history of your family events, not only in your books, but in the correct order and with the correct information ...

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wouldn't You Like to See a Hoarder Too? 16 comments

Ma's Madness for November 2007

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You know, I really should write a book. A “how not to” book about organizing. It’s so obvious that, not only am I clueless about organizing scrappy goods, I’m actually quite bad. Really bad. I attack my scrappy area about every three to five weeks and am always amazed at either how much stuff I have amassed or how poorly it was put away the last time I tried to organize it all ...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, MoJo 28 comments

Ma's Madness August 2007

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It’s official. I’ve lost my scrapping MoJo. You know, that thing that gets your scrappy groove on? It gets you from a pile of pictures and papers to a page you can be proud of. Or, for me, at least not cry about. I can’t seem to find mine ...

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Hip Fads 28 comments

Ma's Madness July 2007

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I’m so not the cool kid on the block when it comes to scrapping. It seems I’m always a pair of Jordache jeans away from being cool. I can’t get over how fast our little scrappy world has exploded and with another CHA on the way this month I couldn’t feel more overwhelmed by all the new stuff that will be spilling out onto the shelves and into my Internet basket ...

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Meet 4peasinourpod 29 comments

Read about Pam. She describes her style as simple, but if you take a look at her Gallery you'll see that simple can be great!

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Tell us about your family:

I have a husband, Andy, that I have been married to for 13 years, and four children, Evan, Kendall, Kiley and Delaney ...

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Scrapbooking Confessions 34 comments

Ma's Madness June 2007

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The middle of this month marks a pretty big anniversary for A Cherry on Top. It was then that the Message Board opened up for chatting and sharing. And for four years I’ve been bellied up to my computer taking it all in. I come for the fun, the Crops and Contests, the Gallery, the friends and, of course, the drama ...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Crop Around the Clock 0 comments

Ma's Madness May 2007

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May is here. Time for those April showers to kick down some of those May flowers. Plus it’s National Scrapbook Day on May 5th. Who doesn’t love an entire day devoted to scrapbooking? Of course, I’m none too pleased with the planning committee on this ...

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Wouldn't You Like to be a Sinner Too? 42 comments

Ma's Madness April 2007

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Recently I was thinking about the Seven Deadly Sins (don’t ask, you’ll need your own therapy) and, since scrapbooking is more of a vice for me than a hobby at this point, I wondered how they would apply to my scrappy world. Turns out that I’m headed straight for a hand-basket ...

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