Sunday, September 23, 2007

"Rounding Up" Your Memories

Okay, so surfing a few blogs today (okay found this in my saved drafts and decided to publish it today - so in actuality it was a few months ago) and found where Angie Pederson (of Book of Me fame) mentions Katie's Rounding Up Memories process! Katie's post is great because she actually walks you through a few important reminders not just memories, but backing up your digital photos, looking forward to the next month to see if there are any important photos you want to take from events, and more. Below are the questions she wants you to ask yourself about the previous month. This will not only help you review what your life was like, but serve as journaling and scrapbooking prompts when you're ready to sit down and create! Enjoy!

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
What were this month's disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?
Anything else noteworthy to record?

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Did you know???

That it's officially FALL?? Yeah, I know . . . it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
I'm in Florida and at some points throughout the year, I actually wish I wasn't in a flat sub-tropical climate sitting in the middle of hurricane season. I LOVE the feel of a crisp fall day and to just daydream of hiking in the mountains in the middle of fall foliage makes me want to take a weekend trip to NC.
Lately we've had record rainfall in the area - something like 10" towards our beaches - and that was just on Thursday. The soccer game last night where my boys' teams played each other was called due to lightening even though it really didn't rain until later. When we got home, we learned that our ac is on the fritz. Luckily it's been pretty overcast and it's was liveable last night when we finally shut it down. Someone came by today to fix it (with a $99.99 service call fee on top of the part), but as of tonight, we're having problems again. Hubby and I are thinking that it may be our thermostat, so he runs to Home Depot, picks up two because he can't "decide" and brings them home. While I'm looking at them "deciding," I realize that neither of these work. HD is now closed, and was by the time we figured this out, and we're not turning on the AC again to try and avoid further damaging a part that was just replaced . . . so, wish us luck tomorrow that we can exchange the two thermostats here for one that will work on our unit, AND that it's done before it gets too hot out . . . AND of course, that it will actually fix the problem and we don't have to call the repair guy back out. :-)
Bye for now!

Saying goodbye - and Halloween 1996

In honor of October almost being here . . . just to show that Halloween photos don't always call for Orange and Black . . . :-)

So, this is goodbye to a favorite . . . I really enjoyed this paper pack from CTMH (precious paisley), but it's now retired and the paper pack is already gone. There are some stickease and the level 1 kit still available, but I'm sure it won't be for long. This layout was partially done from a workshop I had designed, but several of the elements came from a swap I participated in. The artist of the title, slide frame, file folder, and photo mat was Sally Lynn MacDonald. I love that I have a touch of Sally Lynn added to this layout. She was always so talented and a true artist. Thanks Sally Lynn . . . I do so love how the pages turned out! Hope everyone else is enjoying them as well!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My strong-willed son

is amazing to me . . . when he finally decides he wants something bad enough, he goes for it and succeeds! This is the same child that was potty-trained in two days. He started Kindergarten on August 20 and by that weekend he was bound and determined to ride two wheels on his bike so he too, could ride his bike to school. Well, that day he came home and had me take off his training wheels, by the 2nd day, he was done falling . . . that weekend we bought him a new bike. NOW, I just need to find a bike stroller for the youngest so that I can go directly from taking Matthew to school, to take the youngest to his PreK around the corner. There won't be time for me to head back home, get cleaned up and get in the car to drive him. I can't wait to start saving some gas money!!

Here's my fav photo of Matthew riding his new bike!

Creativity: A Daily Dose

I'm learning a lot about how "I" create in this class . . . that even if I'm not completing a layout every day, I can still be thinking creatively . . . LOVE IT! I've been so productive in my crafting lately, I don't think I can share everything . . . some of it was just to get finished and scrapped . . . others I'm much happier about.

This one was based on a sketch from class . . . assignment was to find a 4x6 photo that we loved and explain why. I LOVED getting to finally use some good ol' stash that screams happy boy to me (SEI-Sporty)! This is my youngest at the local elementary school while we're waiting for his siblings . . .

Here's another project I did.

It's a photo holder card and is very simple to make. Instead of a typical 5.5x8.5 piece of cardstock scored at 4.25 for a standard card, it's longer - closer to 5.5x11, and it's scored at 4.25 and 8.5. The extra 2.5 inches is folded up, layered with paper and has a circle punch (1.5") taken to the center. This one is going to DH's Grandma in NJ! I used CTMH stamps and papers on it and the coluzzle to make the circle!

Crawling out from under the Rock

to congratulate Jeanne on being my RAK winner!! Email me your addy so I can send you your goodies, please! :)
Jeanne had a question (or two) for me!! Hooray! She wanted to know, "How often are you able to sit down to create things? Are you able to do it daily, weekly? I know you have kids in activities, so I was just curious. Where do you find your inspiration?"
Jeanne, I am able to sit down and create a little of something every day now if I choose to! I used to just be able to create in the evenings after kids have gone to bed, or once in a while on the weekends. It was difficult to stay in that "creative frame of mind" and actually be productive at things! NOW, I have all three of my kids in school, at least for the morning, five days a week! I'm also in a class where I'm learning that even THINKING about being creative helps me be more productive when I sit down to actually create . . . So, even if I'm deciding on a photo to scrapbook next, I do a little something every day.
As for my inspiration . . . I find it mainly from the photos I've taken, although I'm working on expanding that to EVERYWHERE! I'm working on using memories as inspiration as well as quotes and poems that just speak to me. It's been a battle to get into that groove, but I'm loving the results. I recently found a poem on 2Peas that I loved . . . It fits my oldest son (now 5) to a T and I'll be pulling different photos from different times to put a layout together about that centers around that poem.
Hope that answered your questions! :-)
Jean, another blogger, asked why I didn't have my name over in the "about me" section to the right . . . My answer: I never realized it was missing. As soon as I did, I went and fixed it! Thanks for the comment and the heads-up, Jean! :)