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Friday, June 8, 2012

Letter Play - 'Juno' Yearbook Movie Scrapbook Layout

The following tutorial is brought to you by Nicole from The Madlab Post...

It’s time for Letter Play - Where DIY activities, cinema and life offline collide! 

In celebration of the Class of 2012 and their upcoming summer vacation, I put together a little movie scrapbook layout inspired by the comedy starring Ellen Paige, Michael Cera and Jennifer Garner. You know how the senior class usually has a yearbook that they get their friends to sign? Well, why not try making a yearbook page just for family and friends who are just as excited to celebrate a huge milestone in the life of their favorite son, daughter, nephew, niece, get the picture?! If nothing else, it gives you somewhere to place those photos that either didn’t make it in the yearbook or have just been snapped during the graduation.

Basic Materials

To make this Juno inspired yearbook movie scrapbook layout, you will need one 81/2 by 11 inch sheet each of white, black, gold (or yellow), orange, maroon (or red) and purple cardstock paper. You will also need green letters J, U and N; one glue stick, scissors, ruler and scrap paper. The remaining materials needed for this scrapbook page include one green, orange and black marker each. Photos, embellishments and other graphics are optional.


Step 1. Divide your orange cardstock sheet into one-inch sections, using a ruler and pencil. If done correctly, this sheet will have 11 vertically drawn lines on one side, when finished.

Step 2. Divide your white cardstock into one-inch sections using the same directions in Step 1 and then cut out five one-inch strips, using scissors.

Step 3. Starting with the second orange section, glue one white strip on top of every other section on your orange cardstock sheet.

Step 4. Cut out two 3 by 3 inch squares from your black cardstock sheet and then glue one square each in the upper right and lower left corners of the orange cardstock sheet.

Step 5. Apply the green J, U and N letter to the lower right side of the orange cardstock sheet, using your glue stick.

Step 6. Cut out a 3 by 4 or 3 by 5 inch square shape from your maroon (or red) cardstock sheet and then glue it to the middle of your orange sheet. It should be positioned lengthwise between the two black squares.

Step 7. Cut out two thin strips of yellow cardstock to match the length of your maroon shape and then cut out one thicker strip of yellow cardstock. Set these items aside and then cut out one thin strip of purple cardstock to match the length of your yellow strips. Repeat this step to make four thin white cardstock strips.

Step 8. Glue the thick yellow strip over the top edge of your maroon shape and then glue the thin yellow strips of cardstock on the bottom of this shape, keeping enough space between them to add the purple strip. Glue the purple strip between the two thin yellow strips of cardstock, overlapping them, if necessary. Glue one white strip of cardstock between the yellow and purple strips and then use the remaining two white strips to create a border around the outer edges of your top and bottom yellow cardstock strips.

Step 9. Decorate by gluing photos in the center of the two black squares and attaching logos or one additional photo in the center of the maroon cardstock shape. Ask family, friends, classmates, etc. to sign your yearbook scrapbook page -OR- sign it yourself, pass it around to other family members and then give as a memento gift to a recent school graduate. It’s a nice activity for elementary, middle, high school and/or college graduation parties, where you could also utilize the back of the scrapbook sheet as well to provide more space for guests to write a message and sign for the graduate in the class of 2012!

Here is an example that I made using photos of actor Jude Law, who was the May 2012 King Dong on my blog:

I also added Paulie Bleeker’s team logo in the middle, just to show you all some possibilities for decorating your own Juno inspired yearbook scrapbook page.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

A to Z of Happiness

This post is brought to you by AZ co-host Damyanti, from Amlokiblogs.
Everyone wants to be happy, and they search for that state all their lives-- not realizing that it lies in simple things, in fleeting moments.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Guest Post, Siv Ottem: Lost and Found

It's my privilege and honor to introduce this guest post. Siv Maria of “Been there, done that.” has an amazing and personal story to tell that will warm your heart and perhaps bring a tear to your eye. Don't forget to visit her personal blog, too.

One year ago today my son found me, 35 years after I had given him up for adoption. Those of you that have been following my blog this past year probably know the story, but for those of you that do not, I am re-posting some of those posts today. Here is what happened and how it has changed my life forever.

The three of us, lost and then found

May happens to be an amazing month for me. Do you have a certain month where for some unexplained reason; life grabs you and makes you pay attention? May is that month for me. Maybe my mother, who was born in May, genetically imprinted this month for future events into my DNA. I married my husband in May, my youngest son was born in May, and two children who were lost to me found me once again, in the month of May. Two years ago on May 12th my daughter, who I lost through a messy divorce years ago, found me on Facebook. Last year on May 10th my firstborn son found me as well.

You cannot possibly imagine the effect this has had on my life and the life of my family. In one year, I gained two more children, two grandchildren, a son-in-law and various new friends, including the estranged father of my first son. My husband became a step-father, my mother a great grandmother, and all my children gained more siblings. My son, who lost both his adoptive parents and had no siblings, suddenly had a huge family with grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins. I often think how overwhelming this must be for him, and how many more surprises are still in store for all of us.
My youngest daughter traveled to the states last summer to meet both her sister and older brother for the first time. I traveled there soon after and got to spend time with the both of them. I also got to meet my grandchildren for the first time. There have been a lot of first times for everyone and this summer there will be even more. My son is coming to visit us and finally meet more members of his family!
We all connected through Facebook and keep in touch using Skype. My son learned a lot about me before we even had the chance to talk. He found my blog “Been there, done that” on Facebook, went there and read all about me and my life. Questions he has asked himself his entire life were answered in one tiny corner of cyberspace called blogger.

One year ago I got out of bed and started the day with ordinary expectations, when I went to bed that night I realized that my expectations would never be ordinary again. How could they be? In one year I had given birth to two grown children, and the funny thing is ...
No matter how grown up they may be,
they still feel like--- my babies to me.

All of us can get lost, but thankfully we can also be found.