This is a blog post for the Anything But a Card challenge blog, where I am a Design Team member. I volunteered to do the Spotlight and mini challenge for the month of March 2015, which is published on the fourth Sunday of the month. Decided that it would make a fun page about me to share with my blog readers. Enjoy!
Here we are in the month of March and it is my turn for a
spotlight and mini challenge. My
name is Neva and I live in Central Oregon. I’ve been a West Coast girl almost all my life moving
between Southern California, Alaska, and Oregon. I spent a year as an exchange student to Japan while still
in high school. I will also admit
to a short stint in Texas, but made a beeline back to the Northwest after my
year teaching in a private school.
By training I am a High School Science teacher, mostly Chemistry with a
little Biology and Biotechnology mixed in. I married later in life at 45 because I waited for Mr.
|Crossroad Layout Created in 2009 for my All About Me Album|
When I married just over ten years ago I left full-time
employment to substitute teach, do all the paperwork for running a small
business, and raise our children.
My husband has a daughter
who is now away for her freshman year in college.
We adopted two boys from Russia 5 ½ years ago, and have
enjoyed the journey of raising our boys.
|Created in 2012 for each of the boys' albums|
Our older son is now 15,
a freshman in high school and active in sports.
We are very proud of the progress he has made academically;
and watch him play soccer, wrestle, and high jump/long jump/run track.
Our younger son is in third grade
as a 9-year-old and is working very hard to overcome some of the speech and
We are thankful
for his great team and he is progressing at a rapid pace.
He enjoys his riding his bike, doing
flips on the trampoline, wrestling, and Cub Scout activities.
As my blog mentions I find Snippets of Time to Craft in
between the entire goings on of life, raising kids, running a business, and
caring for our home and property.
We are fortunate to live on six acres and raise two steer each summer,
usually 15-18 or so chickens, a couple of turkeys and one noisy duck.
The grandparents help us with a garden;
although it is challenging to raise veggies with our short growing season here
in the high desert.
It is lovely
to have fresh eggs, produce, and organic beef from our little farm.
We also raise German Shepherds and have
a litter or two of pups each year.
Right now we have 8 wonderful puppies, you can learn more about them on
our Facebook page, vom Kaskadenberge
|Can you believe I still have this! |
I was raised by a crafter, and have many memories of
crafting, sewing, ceramics, and other assorted hobbies. I can trace my first red rubber stamp
purchase along with clear embossing powder to 1983 . . . even have the sales
slip! I started paper crafting in earnest
in 1995, as part of my two year-long healing therapy following a car accident
and closed head brain injury. I
was intrigued with paper engineering and created a pop-up resume for a job
application at our Museum of Science and Industry. Fortunately there was a small local stamp shop within a few
blocks of my home and I became a regular shopper and took a few classes. This started me down the path of my
paper and ink addiction. In 1997 my
sister and a Creative Memories workshop introduced me to archival scrapbooking.
It is hard to believe that I
have been at this wonderful pastime for 20 years!
I am blessed to have a huge room in our home dedicated to my
crafting endeavors. I have many collections
to indulge in from paper, inks, dies, stamps, stickers, specialty paper,
paints, alcohol inks, ribbon, embellishments, glitter, fibers, chipboard, and
so on. Over the years I have
learned so much from online forums, classes at local stamp and scrapbook
stores, and at conventions. Last
fall I dove into blogging regularly and entering challenges. I applied to a few design teams and
fortunately was selected for Anything But a Card and Retro Rubber Challenge
I would describe my style as fairly eclectic and sometimes elegant. I am not much into grunge or shabby
chic, but just about everything else is game. I would like to learn play more with different media
forms, but know I already have plenty to keep my occupied for a long time!
My favorite thing to create is probably mini-albums. I like to have little albums that
commemorate an event or trip. I
have been known to make albums as gifts, especially for the crew of my
husband’s sailing adventures! I
like little books, and have a few that I’ve created over the years in many
different styles. Here are a just a few!
|Just a few of the mini books and albums I've created in 20 years.|
|Created in 1999 as a gift for my Grandparents, it has since been returned to me.|
|Created in 2006, one for my DH and one for his crew on the sailboat.|
|Created in 2007, two copies : )|
|Created for my daughter in 2007. Lots of pockets and flaps.|
|Gift album created in 2009 for a friend who coordinated a forum.|
|My interior contribution and the back of the album.|
|Part of a birthday album created for DSD in 2010.|
|Started as a kit from the Button Farm, but grew into a much larger acrylic mini album in 2013.|
My most recent
acrylic mini album is one I created of our trip to Colorado for the Buccaneer North
American Championships, which can be viewed in this post on my blog
If you just want to look at the photos and not read all the
instructions, click on the first photo and go through them slide show
|Created in 2015, actual size is 3" x 3".|
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