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Scrapbooking for Beginners!


Scrapbooking for Beginners!


When it comes to the arts & crafts/hobby world, there is one that has climbed the charts of popularity over the past few years. Scrapbooking calls out to a variety of people who, let’s face it, are truly sick and tired of cellphones clicking away, yet never producing PAPER copies of your grandchild’s photos. I realize that these electronic photos are simpler to use as backgrounds on laptops and backgrounds on the cellphones themselves, but they take away from the grandmother who wants to carry those PAPER copies in her purse to show off to others. But…I digress.

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Scrapbooking also appeals to all those out there who love to create and color, draw, and put together books on “topics” that are special to them. But, how do you begin that art of scrapbooking so that you can start making the perfect Christmas presents for everyone you love? That’s easy enough.


First, we talk about supplies. This is not an overly pricey hobby (although it can be for those who wish to go grand when it comes to weddings, etc.). For the basic scrapbook, supplies include: card stock and/or patterned paper, acid-free adhesive which could be tape or liquid, embellishments or stickers that coincide with the topic you choose, sharp scissors, your photos that you wish to include, page protectors, and the album, itself. Hobby Lobby is a fantastic store to find all kinds of these supplies.

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Now…how to choose a topic for your scrapbook? There are millions of topics you can go with. You just have to remember that the art of scrapbooking is basically telling a story to others, so think about the moments or events in your life that you would like to share. And you don’t have to “go big” when choosing your topic. Such as, you do not have to put together a huge scrapbook of your life with your mate. Start small: trips, moments or memories you wish to treasure, things like that. And if you find that telling a ‘story’ is too hard, just pick a specific theme such as, a kid’s graduation, a birthday, or even a pet scrapbook that’s all about your love for the four-legged creature in your life.


When it comes to the size of a scrapbook, the two most popular formats are 12”x12” and 8.5”x11”. There are so many varieties of albums and papers that are already cut to these sizes, but keep in mind that a twelve-by-twelve layout will give you more space to add text, stickers, and other embellishments to a page with a picture that’s already 8.5 x 11”.


There is also no law, by the way, that you have to “go big” in this area either. There are mini scrapbooking albums that are a whole lot of fun to use. All the way down to a 4” x 4”. There are also albums that are round, rectangular, triangular – you name it, they’re out there.


Now, it is time to choose those perfect photos of yours. For this step, try to remember that less is more. The scrapbooking pages themselves will be lovely, colorful and most likely will already come with embellishments, so there is no need to include every photo you have on hand. Take the absolute favorites so that your scrapbook will end up being 100% meaningful to you. Choose the photos with the best lighting and focus and add more than just the smiley-faced ones. In other words, when choosing to do a scrapbook of that new grandchild, include shots or drawn pictures of the little baby hands and feet, a shot of their first Christmas, their favorite toy, etc. But make sure to save photos for the next project.


Why? Because, just as it is with that precious grandchild, one scrapbook will never be enough!


Source:  GIG News



Your Guide to Visiting the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50


Your Guide to Visiting the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50

By Burt Carey

The National Football League’s golden anniversary league championship, Super Bowl 50 will be played Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

NFL Golden Anniversary, festivities, fan events, Super Bowl City, parking, information, ideas, tips, Super Bowl 50The entire Bay Area and Super Bowl host committee are preparing for a week of festivities built around the Super Bowl 50 theme. Everything is golden, of course: it’s the Golden Super Bowl in its golden anniversary, it’s being held in the Golden State, and the host team, the San Francisco 49ers, is named in honor of Gold Rush-era miners.

In a departure from the NFL tradition of using Roman numerals, this Super Bowl is being marketed using Roman numerals for the first time. Super Bowl L just didn’t have the same branding hook as Super Bowl 50.

Tourism officials say they expect up to 1 million people to visit the Bay Area during Super Bowl week, and recommend that visitors plan ahead. Here’s a quick look at things to do and see during the week of Super Bowl 50.

Several fan events will take place in both San Francisco and San Jose during the week leading up to the game.

Always a fan favorite, the NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the north and sound buildings of the Moscone Center from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7. The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.

Ticket prices for the NFL Experience are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. NFLXtra (fast pass) tickets are $60 for adults or $50 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

The Super Bowl host committee is building Super Bowl City, a village that will showcase the best the Bay Area has to offer, with interactive games and activities that highlight the region’s technological prowess, culinary excellence and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate the 50th Super Bowl and the Bay Area’s place in professional football history.

Super Bowl City is free and open to the public, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7 in Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street. Super Bowl City will feature family-friendly activities for fans of all ages. It will offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the extravaganza that is the sporting world’s biggest annual event.

Fans will have the opportunity to see the Super Bowl teams in public for the first time at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade on Feb. 1, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose. Super Bowl Opening Night is a shift from the traditional Media Day held on Tuesday morning.

Don’t miss your chance to see players and coaches of the Super Bowl teams address fans and thousands of media members for the first time after the teams arrive in the Bay Area!

The event begins at 5 p.m., with interviews will be taking place from about 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. (All times are Pacific Time Zone.) Tickets are $27.50 for standard admission. See Ticketmaster for tickets.

In addition, there are $2 million worth of other ancillary events, including a parade down Santa Clara’s Great America Parkway that will cost $1.2 million, a week-long event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, a beer, wine and food festival at Bellomy Field at Santa Clara University, and a pep rally.

Three major international airports serve the Bay Area: San Jose International Airport is just 6.2 miles from Levi’s Stadium; San Francisco International Airport is 31.5 miles north of the stadium; and Oakland International Airport is across the bay, some 34 miles from Levi’s Stadium.

Automobile parking for the week of Super Bowl 50 will be available for purchase in December by going online here. Maps, directions and road closure information will be available on the Click and Park website.

The Super Bowl host committee’s plans and programs are available online here. You may also want to check out the NFL’s Super Bowl information here.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle