Closing the miles equals SMILES with happy and quick art projects and ideas to use when reaching out to your loved ones!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Make the Most of Your Day
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Do you a plan for getting things done each day?Do you make the most of your day?
For me, it’s doing my art work.Even when I was working, I got up about 1:30
am, as I left for work about 5:30 am.I
had about 2 to 3 hours to do indulge in my art.It’s easier, though, as I came home tired every day, and was usually
sleeping by 5:30 pm or 6 pm.
Now that I’m retired, it doesn’t matter when or
how much I sleep.I can nap anytime I
Since I started my “scrap a picture for each of my
two granddaughters daily” project, it became the activity I didn’t want to
miss.So doing this first every morning
was my goal!
In the beginning, I would text the pictures to
them. This caused my cell phone bill to
Then I hit on making a family Facebook page and
now I post directly there.I do a
picture for each granddaughter daily, but adding my family members to the
group, I also do about 4-6 more pictures of someone else in my family group.(My cell phone bill went back down.)
I have a lot of physical pictures, too, as well as
the digital ones on my computer and phone.
One really fantastic thing that my oldest granddaughter
introduced to her mom, sister and me is Snap Chat.
It’s a free program that allows you to send funny
pictures of yourself to each other.The
program uses filters, and what I didn’t realize is that they change the filters
from time to time.So, if you use it,
make sure you keep checking.
You can take a print screen of your picture or
theirs right from your phone.Press your
home button at the same time you press the ON/OFF switch.Snap Chat tells you can do this.
The thing with Snap Chat is:it shows you the picture once or a video
once, and then it disappears.I don’t
always get each one, but I get a lot of them.
We had another fun time again last night
snap-chatting pictures back and forth to each other.It’s such a blast.
Here is an example of one of my pictures.
My daughter and granddaughters started the session
that evening.We had been watching TV,
and we had our lights off.I took this
with very little light, and wanted it that way as I felt it added to the
picture.This program is a real hoot, so
if you haven’t started playing with it, go get it!
I posted a lot of that first session in our family
group.Last night, as I said, we did
While these are funny, the other thing about
posting all my pictures to our small family group is that it caused my middle
son to ask questions about my past.
He saw a bunch of OLD pictures, like when I was 2
and living with my grandmother, and he also saw some other family members,
which caused him to ask lots of questions.
I had posted some of the information with the
pictures right on Facebook, but people, even MY kids, don’t always take time to
read the actual words.Someday, when I
am gone, I’m sure they will be scouring the page again, ready to drink in what
I actually wrote.
Instead, my son texted me and said, “It’s been a
while since we chatted.Can we do it at
1 pm?I texted back, “Would love it!”
Skype appointment made, and we talked for two
hours.That last hour was his many
questions about relatives, and what had happened and when.There were so many stories he didn’t know
about.By the time we stopped chatting,
he said, “I wish I had recorded this!”
And that is really very funny. Why?Because when my first husband’s mother came
for a two-week summer visit, before she died, we had sat out on our patio one
afternoon, recording all her old stories.These are pieces of your history that you can only get while they are
still here, living and breathing!
Doesn’t that feel like making the most of a
day?Oh yes, it does!
It’s the little projects that we start in our
life, and eventually turns into something more.
So what it is that will cause you do something to
make the most of your day? Find a way to
With that said, let’s move on!
So go ahead.Download these free
goodies at Grannies Print Shop to make your scrapping easier.Just make ONE card, and send it out!See how good it feels, and stand back and
wait for the reactions!
And now, onto the REAL SHARING.First
off! Here’s the picture of the pumpkin I
tried to post on Monday, and wouldn’t post.
He’d be great on a Thanksgiving or Halloween card, right?
Below:A quick frame I made my one of
my granddaughters.I put her name in
yellow letters in the petals, starting at the far left, just below center, and
worked them around.You may need to
place them differently is the name you are using is longer.
Below: Base frame for my creation. Accessories are below the base frame.
Below: Decorated frame.
Below:Make a couple of joke cards.We all love jokes!
Below: A card to let them know how you feel!
for the graphics today.
creating easier, you can buy blank cards with envelopes.I use those from time-to-time, when I need a
quick card in a hurry.
If you’d like to take the next step,
and need tools to do it; look no further.Go on!Just right click, copy,
save as, and start your journey today!Put a smile on the faces of those you love.Erase the miles between you.It’s fun!And now, it’s so easy.
Here’s my card to share, share, share with others!And, thank you!
For ways to use
these graphics, please check the first two weeks of posts.
I appreciate any and all comments.
If you have trouble posting, try several
times.It took me a few times, and
others have said that it was hard for them to post.(You might also try right clicking on the
comment to see if that brings it up.)
Have a terrific day, and see you Friday.
NOTE: Sorry this posted on Thursday. I had computer problems. Thanks!
Cj at Grannies
Print Shop.blogspot.com; designed to help grandparents reach out to their
grandchildren, so that closing the miles equals smiles.Make a connection again, and let your
grandkids know you are thinking of them.If you consider making a physical card, you are remembering how
wonderful it used to be to receive REAL MAIL from friends and family.It’s a dying art, so I hope you’ll help keep
the tradition alive!
Also find me on
Instagram at cj.hampton.Thanks.
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