A Sustainable Future

I know most of us are feeling overwhelmed with the current state of today. If you are not, lucky you. But sustainability is a core pillar in my job as an animal scientist. I must pick the best management and nutritional strategies to ensure a long-term future for my producers.  Many people think of sustainability as lowering Green House Gases, having less pollution, etc. But with every choice it also must be economically viable. The livestock industries have made leaps in bounds in the last century in lowering our emissions and environmental impact in face of lower profitability.

But I also put sustainability decisions into my daily life. I have enjoyed sharing and teaching card-making over the years. But I have decided that I will also be keeping up with scrapbooking. Working on my son’s books once a year at a retreat is not enough. So, I thought I would share a few pages I created using Stampin Up’s Pocket Pages and Sail Away Suite….I bet you were thinking I was giving up card-making, but there is more to come.

The Pocket book and pages that carried over into the new catalog are for a 6” x 8” page. The Lake Springdale page is a 12”x12” layout from a different event. My plan for the smaller album is to just scrap our 10-year anniversary trip to Las Vegas. But the memories and more cards and stickers make quick additions to complete several pages of your scrapbook. I even used one card on the full 6”x8” page as a title for page. I used several of my dies from different sets to create a nautical look. I also stamped the Balmy Blue with a net stamp for some texture.

The Pocket book and pages that carried over into the new catalog are for a 6” x 8” page. The Lake Springdale page is a 12”x12” layout from a different event. My plan for the smaller album is to just scrap our 10-year anniversary trip to Las Vegas. But the memories and more cards and stickers make quick additions to complete several pages of your scrapbook. I even used one card on the full 6”x8” page as a title for page. I used several of my dies from different sets to create a nautical look. I also stamped the Balmy Blue with a net stamp for some texture.

I want to point some elements in my design that can also be used with cards. Let us take the Night of Navy Framed Picture for an example. You can see I used my stitched-rectangle nesting dies to create a frame. I then used the stickers and vellum seaweed die-cuts to accent it. This same technique could be used with a scene creation from one of our many stamp sets, such as waterfront for a perfect card.

In closing, I hope I inspired you to get more out of your supplies and come up with new ideas either for your card-making or scrapbooking. But I also want to leave you with a thought, if we all try to make a difference, we can change the world. Our oceans and planets are at great risk, not due to animal agriculture, but of mankind and lifestyle. I urge you to help start making personal changes to help keep our planet sustainable for future generations. And a possible funny note, I think I will be hanging out in a shark cage underwater someday with Arthur, as he still loves these creatures.

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