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Challenge #1-2013 MMDT-"Occasionally..."

If you've been following along, meeting the new team, you will no doubt be looking forward to all that is in store for this year. This first challenge has brought a few secondary challenges as everyone became comfortable with the workings of Journella, getting the “bugs” out, and getting their pages completed and presented. I hope you have enjoyed this look at the team as they've introduced themselves to you…publishing their stories! And it’s up to you to publish your own thoughts on their work…get in there and comment and cheer them on their way to success!


What’s black and white and ‘red’ all over?

You've heard the old joke and you know the answer is a newspaper!


So what does that have to do with my First Challenge for January? Well, like a newspaper this challenge layout publishes the truth about me! Well, at least some of it! And I've gone with a black Mosaic Moments grid with Red and White Paper Tiles along with some folded white tag for journal blocks.  

NOTE: When wondering why the letters to the title did not fit when I went to place them on the red as they had in the "practice" I should have spell checked myself! I'm not going to re-shoot the photos...but just to prove there are some things I don't do you know that too!  


My title comes from the Toby Keith song “I Wanna Talk about Me.” (go hear the song!) The chorus is posted in the side bar on the left and a part of it was used to develop the theme, “what I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see.” Photos new and old were selected to illustrate those things about me to share with you. As a scrapbooker I'm good about talking about everybody it's my turn!




Main Journal Block:

The first time I heard this song by Toby Keith I said…”I can relate.” I knew one day I would use it for a page in an album I’d scrap that would be “all about me”. The scary part was actually doing something about it. THIS is it! There are few photos of me as I’m the official photographer, but in a history of me, I can choose the photos I want to use. This page may not be all I first imagined, but it is an introduction to what I’m likely to spend my time talking about if you and I were ever to sit and chat.   


My favorite quote:

Seen in the tease block above, it was this quote that kept me moving forward after my husband died in 2005. I still love it today.

 “Bleeding Cowboy” font was used for the quote and LD Saloon font for John Wayne’s name printed on white. It was then mounted on a red MM paper tile and then mounted on a square of denim. The denim had first been put through the Xyron, mounted on a paper tile, then top-stitched in red.  Copper brads were inserted in each corner to try to give that look of jeans.

This is a photo of me at about age two watering the garden…I still love flowers in my garden…I just don’t like the weeding! So taking photos is what I enjoy the most in my garden now! Much easier on my back!



Including a rare photo of my husband and myself together, as we work on the house we were building.  Even the kids helped to work on the house at all stages of the project…and have continued to do so.




The Bible is the instruction book for my life, where we've drawn the principles to raise our children, and how we live.  For us, that’s meant home educating all five of our children…and still going strong with Andrew! I can’t imagine a life apart from this wonderful adventure we've been on all these years, yes, ups and downs, but so much joy! And grandchildren ARE a crown for our lives…Isabella will be one year old in a few short weeks…how time has flown.




Travel…My Dad, taking our family around the country learning American History on site really put a roaming bug in me. My parents were both born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada where they met and married and then eventually came to the US…so learning about this country was something my Dad felt strongly about.  There are only 8 states I haven’t been to and would love to be able to see at least the six in the Continental U.S.

We've camped for years and we have carried two tents for our big group; although Andrew and I have a small tent, as it’s usually just the two of us now (everybody working),  we often find the shelter of a cabin much better in the rain. We've had some rough camping experiences, but lots of memories too, much easier to smile and laugh at now, than then!




Photography has been a big part of my growing up years, my Dad really encouraged me by entrusting me with his 35 mm when I was very young.  The shutterbug is a lifelong disease!! I love the details of the Creation that I can capture in so many shots and my garden provides so many willing models. Included here are some of the ways I get to be creative…from handmade cards, quilts and knitted items to the cookies made for my daughter Hannah’s licensed home bakery. (Story Girl Cakes)   I used to do quite a bit of cross-stitching and this one (lower left corner) was one I designed, executed and entered in the county fair (yes, we are fair people)…won first place in my category!  This photo of me is an old one but one of the few with my artwork (an acrylic landscape) on display.  


Maybe it’s the kids’ books I've been reading lately with Isabella, but an interactive page sounded like a great idea. Before deciding on the fold over journal block I had pockets printed from the FREE download at but debated about how to get all the info on the size with which I was working. This technique is one shared in another challenge with pockets,(see the Challenge for May 2012, Changed Forever) and works just as well for “flaps”.

Here's a quick look:

Be sure your layout is correctly positioned in the page protector...very important! Line up your metal edge ruler along the top side of the fold where you will be bringing the flap out. 

Begin cutting by piercing the protector with your exacto knife just beyond the edge of the area. This will allow you some give. The tension created by the position of the rule above the fold will help make the cut, do not press too hard, you don't want to cut your grid paper.

Finished look...flaps out...they will be protected by the facing layer of page protector and in time and the weight of your album, lay much flatter! 

Thanks for stopping by for the first challenge of 2013…I hope we’ll be seeing a lot of you and that you will join in on the open challenges and post your work alongside ours. There’ll be more to see this year, so stop back frequently, and let us know what you think!





Shared by Andrea Fisher on January 7, 2013 | Memory Date: January 7, 2013
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love it! great way to include a lot of info & pix, tell the story, but yet not overwhelm! really nice!
Posted By: Brenda Holser  |  January 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm   
Andrea, I love all you work, but I have to say this is my favorite so far. I enjoyed reading every word about YOU! I had no idea you like boots and westerns! Or the variety of music that you do....I like the same!! Loved the picture of you and Denny by your bedroom window, miss him! Didn't know you played the dulcimer! Love that you dress for comfort and not to impress and that you designed and created the stitching that won first place at the fair...I say you should keep making pages like this about yourself, for your children and grandchildren especially, but also for your peeps! Bravo!! I may have to make some about myself....what a novel idea! We must get together so you can show me how to use all the stuff I bought a while back...
Posted By: Sheila Deptowicz  |  January 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm   
Wonderful introduction to you! You got so much detail in so little space. And you made cutting the page protector seem easy - and it always makes me sweat trying to get it just right...
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  January 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm   
This is great! I love that song and I love how you incorporated it and used it as a journaling starter.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  January 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm   
Andrea, great as usual! Nice to get to know more about you though. Love the song lyrics on the left side of page one. I just heard that song for the first time in 2012! Can't wait to see what comes next.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  January 10, 2013 at 12:43 am   
I thrive on your attention to detail and your penchant for storytelling. Of course, you had me hooked when I saw the dulcimer. I was first influenced by the rich reds on your page; I just knew we were in for something good. I like your journaling vehicle not only for the story but also for the added dimension. And the stitching . . . yep -- this is consistent with the inspiring work you did in 2012 and holds great promise for 2013. Thank you for your commitment to excellence; for doing all things as unto the Lord. Your commitment shows. Awesome.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  January 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm   
I can't believe how much you got on one two-page layout! And I love the idea of using the song as a road-map - I'm not familiar with that one. And I didn't know you played dulcimer! I've been trying to learn the hammered dulcimer, but don't get enough time to practice - maybe when I retire!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  January 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm   
WOW!! That's all I can say...WOW! Amazing page, amazing story, amazing life! WOW!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm   
Beautiful page Andrea!!! I love all of the details that you give about everything. Thank you for the instructions as I want to try this one day and was just wondering today if I would be brave enough to cut my page protectors!!! I love your work. It's going to be great working with all of the DT Members- I CAN'T WAIT!!! Thank you again for sharing!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  January 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm   
I love all the bits of information waiting to be discovered under the little flaps! Wonderful way to read more about you. Thank you so much for sharing the technique details. It' is always good to read the "hows" of a great page. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  January 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm   

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