It's no secret that I like to snap pictures with my camera phone. In fact, this year alone I did a couple of Studio 5
segments on this topic and wrote about using camera phones in Creating Keepsakes magazine
What's the deal with this obsession? Well, a phone is one thing we almost always have on us. If you're lucky enough to have a camera built into yours, and so many do anymore, this means you always have a camera at the ready. Perfect for those everyday shots!
Inspired by an idea Margie Romney-Aslett
posted on Facebook, I decided to post a few of my 2010 phone-photo highlights. I have close to 1,000 images on my phone at the moment, so I really had to narrow. Here are a few. I love the glimpse it gives into my year. You bet I'll be keeping that camera busy in 2011.
Note: I'm breaking all the blog/online rules with this lengthy post. Please accept my apologies for all of the scrolling. If you want to opt out now, I'll completely understand.
Cory and I try our hand at homemade marshmallows. Aren't they cute? They were tasty, too!
Jewels and I catch a flick. I can't remember what we saw, but I know we enjoyed pausing to play with the jumbo chipmunks.
I do my first of many Studio 5 segments
for 2010. I was really stressed about what to wear, so I posted this pic for my personal team of fashion consultants. In other words, I posted it to Facebook. ;)
My cute coworker, Kim
, and I join friends for a fun-filled day at Disneyland before the CHA craze begins. I can't go to D-land without stopping for some Dole Whip. It's delicious!
CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association trade show) is in full swing. Love the opportunity it provides me to see amazing new crafting products and beautiful friends. Speaking of friends, I adore these two gals, Jill (Jillibean Soup
) and Stephanie (Bella Blvd.
). We go way back to the new exhibitor days when they were patient enough to put up with my amateur film making skills. You can watch the outcome of those visits here
Another sweet CHA friend. I don't think they get more passionate than Maggie. Check out her Cuttlebug Challenge blog
for bunches of projects to make with your die-cuts.
On my way home from Cali, I stop to enjoy a little Viva Las Vegas with these pretty people (my DH and parents). Here, we're waiting in line to go up in the Eiffel Tower at the Paris (where we stayed), something I had never done before. Very cool, BTW!
Part of my Vegas experience includes my first frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. Super num!
Feb. 4: The stunning Lori
and I fly to Portland, OR to teach at the first CKC event
Of course, a trip to Portland meant a stop at the legendary Voodoo Donuts. Oh. My. Gosh. SO good! It was in a semi-ghetto part of town, but the risk to our lives was totally worth it. ;)
I spot the March issue of Creating Keepsakes
on newsstands. I happened to make the layout on the cover of this issue, which makes this moment even more exciting than it usually is for me. Naturally, I move it and its sister pub, Card Creations
by Paper Crafts
, to the front of the display.
I make one of my first posie bracelets, snap a picture, and send it to my friend for feedback.
Edward and I show up for work in our glorious green.
March 23: A HUGE day. Mom has her last cancer treatment. Our family goes out to dinner to celebrate.
I show up for work extra early to pull a series of office pranks, including kidnapping this doll and holding it for ransom. This is the picture I sent to the doll's owner when asking for my payment.
I fly first class for the first (and probably only) time. Look at all of that legroom. My legs actually fit without squishing up against the seat in front of me. I was so thrilled by this that I grabbed my camera and obtained some photographic evidence.
April 10: Kelly
and I take a break from teaching at CKC St. Louis to visit "the arches." Some 20 pictures later, we finally got a shot with both of us and the arch. (BTW, "the arches" is what cute Kelly called them. I still LOL every time I think of that. I later told the CKC St. Louis crowd to ask Kelly about "the arches" whenever they saw her. Yeah, she was thrilled. Hahahahahahaha! Good times!
Cory wins big on a penny slot in Wendover, NV. Way to go, baby. Dinner's on you!
At last, after nearly two years of growing, my hair is cut for Locks of Love.
Schmom, Pop, Cory, and I participate in the Race for the Cure. Mom's lookin' extra good in her pink survivor's shirt!
Cory and I take Cory's parents to see one of our favorite comedians, Brian Regan. If you haven't heard of him, I highly recommend you check him out here
. He's heeeeelarious!
I make my way to NYC for the Nat'l Stationery Show. I couldn't go that far without making a trip to Tinsel Trading. It was just as incredible as Martha
promised me it would be. ;)
I take a break from teaching at CKC Buffalo to visit Niagara Falls.
My cousins visit from Denver. We go to a family-favorite destination--Lagoon. I rode these same boats when I was their ages.
Jewels and I visit the Utah Arts Festival, where we purchase darling handmade purses.
Cory and I take in a ballgame as part of our family's July 24 celebration (UT holiday).
Time for CHA Summer in Chicago, which means meeting up with more delightful friends, including these two sassy ladies, Kerri
. Love these girls! Ummmm...yeah...Liz is standing on a stool in this shot. She's actually quite bitty, but she wanted to appear taller than me and the step stool did the trick. LOL
After teaching at CKC Charlotte, Cory joins me for a little summer vacation, which included a stop in Denver, CO, where I bought this M-A-zing card catalog.
I take a Creative Escape in Phoenix, AZ, where I get to play with paper and see a bunch of sweet friends, including Miss Maggie
, who was teaching at the event.
Cor and I join Curt and Gina for some of the best pizza in Utah. If you're going to have The Pie pizza, Curt (my brother) insists you go to this location at the University of Utah. It's worth the drive.
: I visit the flag fields in Sandy, UT to remember those lost on Sept. 11. The many flags on display, each representing somebody lost, were both beautiful and sobering.
I take many of my phone photos at the mall. This is one example. I was totally inspired by this Fossil display at Dillards. Wanting to remember the colors, the font, the patterns...basically everything about it, I took a pic.
The Creating Keepsakes
team takes Joannie (associate editor) to Texas Roadhouse for her 40th birthday celebration. Yippee ki yi yay!
Mom and I head to Denver, where I film a few scrapbooking/paper crafting videos
for work. After a long day of filming, Mom and I crawl into bed with Aunt Ruby to watch the nightly news. Yeah, we're a wild bunch like that. Look out, D Town!
The Creating Keepsakes
editorial and events teams get together for a frightfully fun Halloween celebration. Our magazine team came as Cackling Keepsakes
, a coven of crazy witches.
Time for the holiday craft fairs to commence. I was selling my posie bracelets at my friend Holly's
boutique. Here they are, all set up and ready to go home with happy shoppers.
I puppysit for PK
. This pic was to let mama know that Lex Pup was doing just fine. Well, she was a little chilly, but we got along okay.
Nov. 28: Bobby
comes home from Iraq. We (he, Jewels and I) spent the day crafting and went to a movie that night. After the cinema, we went for this, the best yogurt in town. I'm sure I'll never hear the end of the fact that I thought it would be regular yogurt and not frozen. This also happened to be the day of a major snow storm here in UT. Why on earth would I knowingly go for FROZEN yogurt when it was a blizzard outside? Oh well. My puffy coat kept me warm and this tasty treat was totally worth the chill.
Another favorite phone use: creating a shopping list. If I see something I want, I snap a photo and send it to Cory. It's a good way for both of us to remember wishes.
The Creating Keepsakes
team takes a break from writing and editing to enjoy a holiday breakfast and Secret Santa gift exchange. Isn't my present pretty? I couldn't resist the photo op.
Whew! What a year it's been. Thanks for taking a look back with me. I hope this inspires (and didn't bore or frighten) you to take more everyday photos with your camera phone.