Archive | September 2011

Envelope z fold album

I was asked to teach a crafting class at the Kroc centers scrapbook club. We begin in September to get together monthly for crops and make and take classes. The women there have liked seeing some of the mini albums I have made and the director there asked me if I would be willing to teach them the z-fold album made out of envelopes. I have made many of this style of albums that I have given as gifts. I am happy to show them how I make them.

This Friday evening I am demonstrating this to 8 women that have signed up for this class. I helped a couple of friends with it in my home last fall. I did ok, but not great as I truly can’t multi-task any more. I also struggle in the evening with my speech. We will see how it will go.

I have been preparing for this and hope everyone will be comfortable and enjoy this great craft. I wrote down the directions. I have made the pages and the binding strips having samples for the women to see. I think this organization should help the class go well. I will let you know on Saturday how it went! Maybe can even show you some pictures.

WELL… I am just editing this post.  It is Saturday morning and my presentation at the Kroc center went well.  Ten ladies participated and loved the project.  They will enjoy their finished album when they get the pages decorated and their tags done.  I was able to walk them through the making of the album.  The preparation with samples of each step on each of their tables made it much easier to explain.  I am happy that I was able to do this.  I have not spoken to teach in front of a class before.  ( I used to teach children’s bible classes before my stroke 5 years ago. That is my teaching experience!  I did give inservices to nurses as well.)   Last night,  I did well. 🙂 !  

I was not able to take photos of the class as I had to stay focused on teaching.  I  will post pictures of the sample envelope album that I brought to the class.  

I was exhausted after this event, but again was so happy that I was able to do it.  Jim walked a 15 mile walk around the Lake while I taught and ended his walk at the Kroc center.  He drove me home at around 10 pm.  I “crashed” into bed and slept.  Today we are at home resting, preparing for our upcoming trip to Germany and Holland.  

May you all have a blessed weekend.  Much grace to you.   Debbie




I loved my friends “pinterist” project that she posted on her blog. Renae’s adventures.

The purpose of hers doesn’t fit a need for me as I still love my paper calendar to deal as a tickler file. What I do have a need for is 1. a place to file birthday cards that I make or buy for the monthly birthdays. And 2. A place to sort my photos that are waiting to be scrapbooked. I also love to file a title, ideas for the layouts etc.

I made this cute file which I really like on my desk. I cut off the monthly tabs from this Years calendar and adhered them to dividers made from some favorite paper scraps. This “vase” file holds 4×6 notecards easily. I bought it on discount for $3.99 at michaels. I love it. I am going to use it to meet my #1 need. I have the birthdays listed by month on the notecard filed by the month. I will add cards as i make them so they are ready to mail. I still want to put the addresses on the filed card so everything is together to make the mailing easier.

I may look for another vase to make a file for my #2 need. I will let you know later what I do. Right now they are in a bin in my scrap room. Once I get a feel of the story for my photos, I like to make a kit for it and put it all in a 12×12 folder. Sometimes I will have 6 or 7 kits all ready so I can grab and go…or grab and scrap.

Thank you Renae for sharing your project. I love the idea and it’s flexibility to meet many needs.




I  got to spend a week with my sister and her family.  Daddy stayed with us for 4 days while I was there.  It was a pleasure to be with him.  His alscheimers is pretty advanced.  I loved seeing his joy in being in Dayna’s home.  I also grieve as he is not the same daddy I grew up with.  I am so happy that with this disease, he is not aware of his limits, and still enjoys life in a simple way. We love you daddy, and have been so blessed to be raised by you.  I also got to spend a lot of time with my aunt Mary who lives in Dayna’s home.  It was a real pleasure to be with her.  She and I enjoyed the peaceful evenings in her part of the house.  Thank you for having me there in your home.

A few days after my return home, Joy arrived!  She is staying with us for 3 weeks on her summer break from school.  We had a “welcome home party” on the deck at our Condo.  It was a wonderful time.  Jenn and Matt came from Seattle, and many of our church family came to welcome Joy home.

Joy and Rachel !

our girls...Joy and Jenn

I am enjoying my second week with Joy.  A busy time seeing all her friends, having haircuts, dentist appointments etc… but mainly being with her.  We went on a boat ride for about 4 hours seeing the Coeurdalene lake and river with Jim and my friend Baxter.  We are looking forward for Rachel and Marks wedding next weekend.  It is great to have time with our kids.  Our family.   Much blessing to you all this week.  Enjoy the last sunny days of summer.