Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tension Breaker

Scrap therapy -- oh, did I need some.
So I treated myself to some. 
The journaling isn't visible -- sorry! It's on the yellow card peeking out from behind the photo. 

The page documents my husband's 40th birthday surprise: a Lego Millennium Falcon. We could have gone with the whole "over the hill" approach, but instead, my daughter and I decided to honor the forever-young boy within.  
I pulled together lots of tidbits on this layout, using pieces from Ali E.'s story kits, past Studio Calico and Elle's Studio kits, some October Afternoon chipboard pieces, and more. The patterned papers are from a variety of sources, including Studio Tekturek (love, love, love that blue paper), JBS, and SC. The background paper (from SC) reminds me of the circles on Lego pieces. 

It felt good to make a "just because" page, especially one that allowed me to let go and be silly. I've been way too serious lately, and needed to loosen up.  Thank goodness for this crafty outlet. :) 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Way Through

This week:
there are no words.

No, that's not right --
There are so many words,
word upon word upon word --
some are swallowed,
some are cried out,
some are chanted,
some are posted,
some are deleted,
some are released in anger,
some are held back in fear,
some are sung in elegy,
some are whispered in prayer,
some thank Jesus,
some ask him for guidance,
some ask, "What's next?"
some challenge the answer,
some say sorry,
some say anything but.

And even though I keep forming all sorts of words with my mouth and my fingers and my mind,
I can't seem to find the right ones. But I'll keep trying.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November at Elle's Studio

It's November 10, which means that it's reveal time at Elle's Studio! There's a new kit, just in time for documenting November's highlights, with some extras in case you're ready to jump into December already.
If that last bit about December piqued your interest, then you will love the Christmas acrylic, stamps, and wood veneer in the shop!

Ooh, and if you're already over 2016 (as so many seem to be at this point), then set your sights on these 2017 goodies:

Count on Elle to know just what our scrappy hearts desire.

The colors in this month's kit coordinate with those in the 'Tis the Season collection, something that I capitalized upon in this holiday layout:

Have a great day! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Candy corn was made for stardom. Those shiny, waxy yellow ends demand to be clutched by the handful and eaten, top, middle, bottom, top, middle, bottom, in a compulsive rhythm until they are gone. Chocolate gets all the fanzines, but it is the clay of candy. Matte, endlessly shapeable, chocolate is all about taste. Candy corn gets by on looks alone. Odes should be written to its waxy gleam, its whimsical design, its autumnal shades.

-- from Hilary Liftin's Candy and Me
I know just what Liftin means. 

Happy Halloween! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

So Very Sketchy

Sketches are a scrapbooker's friend. They offer up a blueprint when one isn't quite sure what to build, a compass when one needs a sense of direction, and a spark when one is hoping to kindle inspiration.

As I studied the PDF from the first Elle's Studio "From Sketch to Finish" class, I felt that telltale inspo-push, that compulsion to get scrapping. That's always the sign of a great class!

When I was asked to be a part of the second "From Sketch to Finish" class, of course I happily joined in as a contributor.  Here's a glimpse of one of my projects: 
A few days ago, I got a sneak peek at the full class, and it is ahhh-mazing -- SO many sketches and SO much creativity are packed into a single PDF. 

Be sure to check it out, come Monday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

October at Elle's Studio

I've been a shameful excuse of a blogger over the past few weeks, I know, but I'm popping in today with some good news -- it's October reveal time at Elle's Studio!
You know how much I love the monthly kits, and if you share my love, then you'll be thrilled to learn that there is now a kit subscription option! If you start your subscription today, you'll receive a free gift, and if you're in the U.S., anything else that you purchase today alongside the subscription will be shipped free (there's a reduced shipping fee for international customers).

My October ES layout this month incorporates the kit as well as some Halloween goodies.
Be sure to stop by Elle's Studio to check out more new items! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

This Stuff Matters.

Do you ever find yourself taking seemingly random photos, only to discover later, as you go through your photos, that there is actually a pattern to be found?

Recently I realized that I have a fair number of photos of doctors' offices. Apparently, as these doctors kept me waiting, I got a little antsy and decided to do what we scrapbookers do best: document.  So I documented the yearly physical...and the mammogram...and the eye exam. 

In looking at these photos together, it occurred to me that I had never created a layout about my attitude toward my health and doctors' visits. Sure, I've put together "pep talk" pages about changes in my diet or exercise habits, but I've never actually reflected on my view about seeking help from a professional when the moment calls for it. 

Quite a few of my family members have, in the past and present, avoided doctors until a problem became so serious that it resulted in major surgery, a chronic condition, a serious decline in the quality of living, or, sadly, death. 

As we age, health problems become scarier and more common, and the likelihood of a doctor saying something we don't want to hear becomes greater. That's enough to foster a pretty strong inclination toward denial. Still, I don't want to compound any problem by ignoring the signs. 
The "Stuff" Story Kit from Ali Edwards helped this layout along. The "good stuff/bad stuff" card prompted the journaling.  I'm kind of bummed about the alignment of the journaling, though. Everything was measured perfectly in my word processing program, but when I ran the card through to add the second column, the alignment of the paper in the printer was off, and the columns ended up too close together.  Ah, well...I forgive me. :) 
This chipboard sentiment pretty much sums up the page and the reason that I created it: this stuff matters.