Crazy?

So, it’s back to school (work for me). Call me crazy but I signed up for not one but TWO classes at BigPictureScrapbooking.com. May Flaum’s “Use Your Stash” and Cathy Zielske’s “Me A to Z: The Abridged Version”. This is the girl that signed up for May’s summer class and got maybe 1 layout done. Maybe the return to routine will help: I did get 31 layouts done for Layout a Day in May. I really am looking forward to using up some of my stash instead of trying to save it for that “perfect” layout and Cathy’s class looks to be just plain fun. We’ll see how much of life actually gets in the way.

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Over a Month!

Some blogger I’ve turned out to be! It’s been well over a month since I’ve entered anything. Last post, I was trying to get something done for Camp Scrap. I never did get anything uploaded, although I did get a couple of pages done. Summer has been busier than I expected and then the unthinkable happened…my DH had a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery. Life has certainly been turned upside-down in our household! Instead of blogging, I’ve been writing journal entries at caringbridge.com to keep family and friends up to date on his progress.
As my DH heals, I’m finding more and more time to sit and work on a couple of projects. My big one is an anniversary album inspired by the Creating Keepsakes Special Edition mag Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks. Based on a recent episode of Paperclipping, I’m doing the parts of that album in batches and am loving how much progess I’m making on it. Things have slowed a bit as I’ve run out of page protectors and am waiting for them to arrive in a package of goodies from Scrapbook.com.
I’m trying to get something done during the Big Idea Festival at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Stacy Julian had the cutest little sewing kit project yesterday and I’ve almost finished work on two of them. The goal for the day is to finish them and get them uploaded to the Gallery.

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I’m impressed

I have to say that I am impressed by those who are able to post something everyday on their blogs. Maybe it’s because I’m new at this and it hasn’t become a habit. Somedays I don’t think of it at all and other days I think of something I’d like to blog about but it’s when I’m off doing something else. Being ADD doesn’t help any (until some sort of routine is developed). It’s so very easy for me to be side-tracked by something I see. Thank goodness my scrapbook table is something I see a lot.

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Disarray!

Camp Scrap started today and my scrapbooking space is in disarray. I decided to paint the wall my scrapbook table faces and though it is dry now, I have to wait for my DH to put up the cool Ikea shelf unit I bought recently. It’s hard to wait when you’ve got the itch to scrap! With luck, it will go up tomorrow evening.

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I Love Flexible Templates!

I am a fairly new member of the Paperclipping community. I downloaded the tutorial archives and finished watching all of them not long ago. I love Noell’s flexible templates! I see sketches online or in magazines, but they just don’t work for me. The flexible templates, on the other hand, leave lots of room for creativity. I have been working on an album that documents our trip to France. When I saw Noell’s episode featuring the Moving Panel template (http://www.paperclipping.com/2009/02/26/paperclipping-93-moving-panel-template/ ). I knew it was just what I needed to complete the layout “Edge of Your Seat” which documents the day we attended a “Course de Taureaux”. These are “games” played with Camargue bulls in the south of France. The “razeteurs” use a hook-like device called a “crochet” to try to grab the “cocard” (a red wax seal attached to a string tied between the bulls horns) which is worth so-many euros. 

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I wanted the energy and constant movement of the games to be reflected in the layout and this template was perfect for that effect. I managed to cram 10 photos into the layout and am really happy with the result.

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I also used the technique from the Create Embellishments tutorial (http://www.paperclipping.com/2008/08/10/paperclipping-52-create-your-own-embellishments/) to make the little bull emblem on the lower right side of the layout.  I scanned an image from a french magazine, cut it out, covered it with glossy accents and, voila!

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LOAD Withdrawal

Have to say that after scrapbooking a layout a day for 31 days I have been experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It’s not that I don’t have things I want to scrap. It was just weird not receiving an email in the morning telling me what to do. And since my DH was so good about putting up with me disappearing every evening to scrap, I thought I should spend a few sitting with him and doing whatever he wanted to do.
Thankfully, my mother-in-law invited me to go last weekend to help her and my sister-in-law work on a mini-book for Grandma’s 90th birthday. We girls scrapped a boat-load of pictures of Grandma’s handiwork (and recipients) from over the years while the “boys” went on a motorcycle ride. I was in my element despite not having my own materials to work with. What fun we had! The icing on the cake came that evening when my sister-in-law and I got to empty out my mother-in-law’s huge jars of buttons, sort through them and then divide them up to take home with us. Unfortunately, I did not have the presence of mind to take any pictures of the process. 😦

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Me? Blog?

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have a blog.  And here I am.  Scrapbooking brought me here.  I started listening to podcasts about scrapbooking to keep me alert during the many hours a week of windshield time I see. (I fell asleep once, a few years ago and am still amazed that neither I nor my car were harmed in any way.)  Well… listening to those podcasts got me surfing the web and checking out suggested sites and blogs and online scrapbooking stores. Next thing you know, I’m a Paperclipping member, I’m logging on Tuesday nights to scrap with Noell on Paperclipping Live, I’m signed up for the May LOAD event and doing digital layouts on days when I can’t be home to scrapbook! And now I have a blog.  Guess what the main topic will be? Scrapbooking! One of my hopes is that I will be able to find some online friends that enjoy scrapbooking as much as I do and can offer answers to my dumb questions about products and techniques that I have not had a chance to try out.  And it would be cool to have some buddies to scrapbook with online. There is a group of women who meet once a month to scrapbook at our church, which is fun and all, but that just isn’t enough for me. I’ve got so many pictures and so many stories and so many ideas spinning around in my brain that limiting my scrapbooking to once a month would be real torture. Can anybody relate to that?

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