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Justin Bieber

When:

Friday, Dec 10, 2010
7:30pm

Where:

Madison Square Garden
4 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001

 

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Elements of Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has been around for many years as a hobby. Unlike albums, scrapbooking can include more than just memorable photos. For more creative scrapbook hobbyists, their scrapbooks can include pieces of memorabilia: a rose petal from their first date, movie tickets to their first date, a poem written on a diner tissue, so on and so forth. Scrapbooking is an excellent way to preserve memories as well as a creative and positive outlet to channel emotions such as love, joy, gratitude and even longing. Scrapbooking is a form of collecting and compiling fond memories creatively.

Scrapbooks can have various purposes: for keepsake, as a going-away token for a best friend or a favorite teacher, or as a means of chronicling a part of your life in which you find the most significant memories with someone you love.

However, not all people take readily to scrapbooking. They hesitate at the thought of having to put things together for fear that it might not be what their recipients expect. But even the most non-creative person can put a scrapbook together if they follow these simple steps in starting with scrapbooking.

1. Choose Your Theme - What is the purpose of your scrapbook? Answering the question can make a lot of difference and can start you on the right track on scrapbooking. Themes can either be individual themes such as for a painter, for a teacher, for a friend, for a sister, for a new-born baby, or it can also be a group theme such as for an entire graduating class, for a family, for a group of friends. If you are making a scrapbook, it is important to keep that individual or group in mind while making the whole scrapbook: his or her favorite color, his or her favorite sport, his or her favorite line in a poem, etc.

2. Choose Your Photos - Photos are one of the major elements of a scrapbook. Photos capture memories and events in time and present them again and again in scrapbooks in different views. Choose photos that capture the emotion you want to evoke in your scrapbook. Photos that are clear and with up-close shots work best. Photos can be sporadically arranged in a single page or on two open pages of your scrapbook. Keeping them in odd numbers add variety and can subconsciously pique the interest rather than displaying photos in even numbers. As much as possible, use photos with people in them rather than exclusively displaying landscape photos without people all in one page.

3. Choose Your Colors - If you are using the scrapbook as a going away present, it would be thoughtful to use the recipient's favorite color. However, the one making the scrapbook must keep in mind that each page should be decorated unique and different from the other pages. If you are displaying a photo, your whole page color theme may be built around a dominant color in the picture. For example, when making a concert scrapbook of your friend playing the violin in a dark green gown, use the color dark green to build your color scheme around for that particular page. Different color themes for each page adds variety and keeps your scrapbook interesting.

4. Choose a Focus Point - Each page should contain a focal point where the viewer's attention may be drawn to the moment the page is opened. A good focal point need not necessarily be a photo; it can be a concert ticket stub, a dried leaf or dried petals, or it can also be a poem written on a tissue paper from the local diner. The thing is, anything ordinary can be transformed into something beautiful and meaningful with the right colors, the right set-up or arrangement and the right page decorations. Focal points are not only for visual purposes. They also give sentimental value.

5. Choose Your Texture - Scrapbook textures add interest, variety and layer to your scrapbook composition. Texture may be attained by bordering and layering colored materials one on top of the other. Texture can also be attained by methods of folding or crumpling art materials or using corrugated paper for decorations.

Scrapbooking is both a science and an art. It is a science in a way that it requires the organized and systematic, chronological collection of important event photos, and memorabilia. But it is also an art in such a way that it takes creativity and ingenuity to arrange these memories that can take its viewers back in time. It takes creativity and art to arrange these memories and make them worth reminiscing again and again.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Fun and Functional Gift Ideas for Men - Playoff Tickets

All men love gadgets, toys, and things for tinkering. The search is over. Try these fun, yet out of the ordinary gift ideas that are great for the executive man, for dads, for grandfathers, or just that special man in your life. Below are the answers to all those special gift idea needs that you may have.

For the fisherman in your life, a great gift idea is an Underwater Fishing Camera. It allows the fisherman to see his hook, which in turn allows him to target specific species and not just aimlessly attempt to lure in the species he is trying to catch. Underwater cameras also allow the fisherman to see the contour of the land below, giving added benefits to the fishing experience, whether in a pond, in a river, or at sea. Underwater cameras can be found in varied price ranges and with other varied features such as water depth, temperature, etc. No one wants to give the same boring gift time after time. This is a great alternative to the standard rods, reels, and lures so often given.

For the backyard grill master in your life, here is an unusual gift that gives him the ability to say to all of his family and friends, "I am the grill artist master". A branding iron with the initials of your recipient is a relatively inexpensive, unique and much appreciated gift!

Looking for that special gift for the sports lover on your list? Surprise him with those tickets he's been wanting, but refusing to buy for himself. There are many offers available and you'll find lots of deals no matter what the sport. Don't settle for yet another box of golf balls; get the tickets to the tournament he's always wanted to attend. Don't let him miss the event he's been talking about for a month. Get him tickets. He'll have lots to share with his buddies because of your thoughtful gift.

Now for the more traditional type of gift you can always fall back on the ever so "manly" pocket knife. With such a wide varity available, it can be difficult to decide which kind of knife would suit him best. Personalize it. Make it specific to your man. Whether it is a collector's item or your run of the mill pocketknife, have a small inscription or his name put on the blade or the handle. The man in your life will cherish it forever.

These few ideas will have the man in your life bragging to his buddies about the great gift he received. When you find that perfect gift, don't hesitate. Grab it, and let the appreciation for your special someone show.

The Golden Rules of Buying a Gift for Your Personal Assistant - Event Tickets

It is that time of year again, and you are stuck for gift ideas for your personal assistant. It is their birthday, or the holidays are looming or an important work anniversary is nearly upon you. Perhaps they reached down deep and went to extraordinary lengths on that last project and you need something special to thank them for their efforts. Well by the time you are through with this article you will not only have some great gift ideas beyond fruit baskets, you'll also leave with the golden rules for generating great ideas of your own.

Let us start with the first golden rule: a gift should be for the sole good of your Personal Assistant. A genuine gift should be something that is a treat for them. So steer clear of things that could be seen as self-serving. If they need a Blackberry for your convenience, that is not a gift - that is a prison sentence! The same goes for fancy day planners, productivity software or paying for a trip that happens to coincide with a work conference. Your gift should be something given for their benefit. Now let us think about which category of gift you should be considering: things vs. experiences.

Clearly your PA makes your life easier, so perhaps it is time to return the favor. Simply giving the gift of a thing can be the safe bet. Especially if you are not that familiar with your PA yet. A smart new pen, gift vouchers, those dreaded fruit baskets are all predictable staples of the PA gift bag. But if you plan to make a special gesture, you should plan an experience for your PA. Arrange an evening with paid professional babysitting services and a dinner for two at their favorite restaurant and tickets to a concert. Perhaps something wild like a helicopter ride, or even wilder still, how about a parachuting course? Always include their partners. On the more practical side, perhaps hire someone to help them finish a D.I.Y. project they've been putting off because they're been stuck in the office.

So to recap: make sure your PA gift is for their benefit, experiences make more thoughtful gifts, and always include their significant other. Oh yes, and one final suggestion. Always keep in mind that any gift you make is probably the beginning of something of a tradition. So get something in your price range that you're prepared to match next year. Keep the golden rules and you'll be a classy gift buyer for years to come.