Thank Goodness for Digital Cameras

Have you ever been travelling on a train and you see something out of the window that you just must capture. And then by the time you've got your camera out and in position, the view has changed. It's not just the difficulty of taking photos while travelling at high speed. The train might dip into a channel cut in the bank, or the view is blocked by another train speeding by or some other obstacle blocks my view.

With a digital camera, I can click away until eventually I get the shot I wanted. Success!

What to do with Christmas Cards?

For the past few years I've been turning the Christmas cards we receive into tags for parcels next year. It's an activity to do while watching TV (so I feel like I'm not wasting time LOL) Cut the picture side of the card into rectangles or other shapes, punch a hole and thread a ribbon or piece of string through. Easy!

Thank you to my life-long friend Jan in Canada who suggested this to me years ago.

Sometime during 2009 I bought a tag punch for my scrapbooking. Now has that turned out useful! Last night I punched out some of my old cards. Hey presto...I have lots of gift tags for next Christmas.

But there's more...
One of the scrapbooking blogs I follow is
and on one of her posts she talked about creating a 12"x12" scrapbook page from her received Christmas cards, in particular the ones with photos of family & friends on them. What a great idea.

Firstly I ruled up a grid in pencil on my scrapbook page. I chose 5cm x 5cm squares because they were the markings on my cutting board.

Next I cut out 5cm x 5cm squares from Christmas cards and a couple of 10x5 and 5x10 pieces and arranged them on my page, creating some balance by placing the larger pieces on opposite sides. I didn't have any cards with photos so I cut out the hand-written greetings as well.

I also glued some pretty paper around the edge to frame my patchwork page. When I was happy with the arrangement I started gluing the pieces down, starting at the middle and working outwards.

About this stage I thought "why am I doing this? Why am I cutting up cards and sticking them together again?"

But I decided I had started this project so I had better finish it. And I am so glad I did. The finished page reminds me of all my wonderful friends in different parts of the world.

Tip for Following Blogs

When Rebecca was visiting last time she put iGoogle as my home page on my desktop. Wished I'd known about it ages ago.

On the right hand side there is a link to add stuff. So I've got Facebook, Twitter, and a To Do List (so I remember to stop Facebooking and do some work) plus the best gadget of all - Google Reader.

When you click on it another page opens that allows you to "Add subscription". Here you paste in all the blogs you follow. The magic of this is that when someone updates their blog you get a notification and you just click to open and look. No more going to your Favourites. This has saved me so much time.

I expect there are loads more features about iGoogle that I haven't found out yet but I'm loving the Google Reader. Thank you Rebecca.