Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scrap organization, 201! and a new blog partner

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Caroline Davis?  Well, mostly  I'm (literally) working my buns off at the big red box.  But also, tutoring has taken off.  I was tutoring twice a week, and somehow this week I had 7 session booked.  Not enough to quit my day job, but enough to keep me hopping!  I truly enjoy tutoring (although nothing is without its bumps, right?), but I miss scrapbooking!

And I guess since I'm talking about tutoring, that's the perfect segue to mention my new blog partner.  I tutor through Wyzant.  Wyzant is a searchable database of qualified tutors for every subject under the sun, from Chinese to trumpet lessons.  It's different than finding a tutor through craigslist, because you have to actually pass tests in order to list subjects you want to tutor.  Not only that, many tutors (including myself) will go the extra step to have a background check done, which helps make meeting a stranger a little less scary.  You can also leave feedback and rate your tutor.  The more I work with them, the more I like the set up, the ease of use, the confidence with which you can arrange to get your child on track.  Because of that, I asked Wyzant if I could partner with them.  What that means is, if you need a tutor and you click through the ad on the top of the right side of the blog, I get a little piece of the pie.  Now, unlike the other ad on the page, which pays a couple of cents everytime you click, the Wyzant ad only pays if you actually need a tutor.  That said, if you need a tutor, I don't know of a better place to find one.

And if you are interested in becoming a tutor through Wyzant and have questions, I'd be happy to answer them.  I don't get any cut from recruiting new tutors, but so far it's been a great experience for me.

Topic 2:


As of today, my YouTube channel has 201 subscribers, which is pretty much blowing my mind.  I love making the videos, sharing my process and connecting with other scrapbookers, so this is just plain cool!

Topic 2a:

So in June of 2013 I wrote a post about how I organize my scraps.  I got some more questions about them and since I'm in video mode, I thought it might be easier to sort of show them in live action.  This is a short video - only a little over 6 minutes long.  Sadly, it's most of my hands.  Process videos are so much more engaging.  Oh well.

Okay, I'm having a super productive day, and it's off to make some chicken salad.  Yum!

Thanks for stopping by!

Edited to add:
I just got back from a tutoring session and my tutee gave me a pie.  So clicking through the Wyzant banner ad gets me a figurative piece of the pie, but tutoring gets me the WHOLE, LITERAL PIE. How cool is that??  :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hands, hovered over the keyboard...

waiting for the first line to come.  Alas, it does not.

So, maybe, instead, we'll just cut to the picture:

First, I have to say that this looks much better in real life.  The cardstock warped when I painted on the gold(ish) hexagons and the top left corner ends up looking dirty in the picture. :(  Wilna Furstenburg recently mentioned on the Paperclipping Roundtable that she uses watercolor paper because it's thicker than American Crafts cardstock and doesn't warp.  One of these days, I'm going to have to try some, because the warping gets on my nerves.  Although, here's the irony: it looks fine once I put it in the album, since the page protector is snug enough to keep it in check.  So the warping gets on my nerves because it doesn't photograph well...or show up on the blog well.  And since I am more likely to scroll through my blog than actually flip through my album, the warping bugs me. :P

And if you enjoy watching process videos, here's one for this layout:

And if you're not a process video watcher, I'll share some sad news from the video.  I think my Silhouette died this weekend. (insert, big crying frowny face, with big, fat tears of despair)  I tried cutting a word, and the software showed that it cut, but the machine didn't budge.  Thinking that maybe my cable was bad, I saved the design to an SD card and inserted it into the machine.  Normally you hit the pause button to enter the SD card menu but when I hit the pause button the menu would flash for a nano second and go back to the normal screen.  I'm simply beside myself that one of my most prized possessions has bit the dust.

I think that rather than sit here whining about it, I'm going to take advantage of the time difference between Ohio and Utah and call Silhouette's customer service and see if they can't talk me through the fix.  (IhopeIhopeIhopeIhope!)

Sorry I'm not more chatty.  Maybe next time.  Thanks for stopping by!