Thursday, March 31, 2011

Catch up Thursday

Catch up Thursday: Yesterday+Today Week Five
I know I missed my Catch up Thursday post last week. I actually had this layout completely finished, except for the stitching. When I went to sew on it, my sewing machine just kept jamming up. I talked to my mom, who is a sewing expert and whose old machine I use, and looked in the manual, but I couldn't fix it. My mom said that the machine does have to be cleaned and serviced every so often (not that often since I don't use it a ton), and I'd never done that since I've had it. So I took it in to the shop. Turns out it was broken and I wouldn't have been able to fix it. I also bought the proper oil and they showed me where to put it when I need to oil the machine, which should keep it running properly between professional cleanings. They told me this would be especially important because I sew on paper pretty much all the time. So today I was finally able to finish my layout.

This layout is for Week Five of Yesterday+Today by Ali Edwards, which focused on photo-less layouts. If you've been following my layouts here, you've seen that I've done several photo-less layouts this year for the Log Your Memory challenges, but I really hadn't done many prior to that. I actually did this layout during the class, but I did it about Dave. Here's that layout:
Sorry for the poor quality photo, I took it awhile ago to post to the class gallery before I worked on my layout photography skills. I'm so glad I did this layout because Dave is actually the person who is featured the least in our scrapbooks. He takes a lot of the pictures, especially at events, and I just don't make the time very often to get his perspective for journaling and telling his stories. I would love to do this more in the future.

These are both 6x12 layouts, that are back to back in a 6x12 page protector. The lesson this week was about photo-less layouts, but I did want to include a photo on one side of the layout. This was one of the options that Ali gave for the assignment. Here's my layout (again, these are both 6x12 layouts that are back to back in the page protector):
YT You should know Lisa
I wrote the date on it at the bottom after I took the picture. My stitching skills could use some work! Here's the journaling if you're interested:
1. Was born in Big Spring, TX, but moved to WI at one year old. 2. Likes to turn the water on super hot at the end of the shower and just stand under it for awhile. 3. Lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for a summer as an exchange student in high school. 4. Dyed her hair purple in college with Manic Panic hair dye. 5. Has had a problem with self-esteem and body image ever since she can remember. 6. Studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain for a year in college. 7. Is not a barefoot person. Wears shoes, slippers, or flip-flops at all times in the house. 8. Is really proud of the fact that she breast fed three babies to about 14 months each. 9. Wishes she practiced Spanish more and kept up her fluency. 10. Enjoys driving. 11. Went to the University of Minnesota because she wanted to go to a big school and wanted to be further away from home than Madison. 12. Drinks six tea bags worth of green tea every day. 13. Majored in International Relations and Spanish in college. Hated International Relations once she figured out what it was, but it was too late to change majors at that point. 14. Has a pair of purple Doc Marten’s in her closet that she doesn’t wear, but can’t get rid of. 15. Doesn’t enjoy puzzles, but loves board games. 16. Got all “A’s” in High School and College (including studying abroad for one year), except for one “B” in an incredibly boring class for her IR major. That one “B” still bothers her a little bit. 17. Started scrapbooking in 2001 at a Creative Memories party. 18. Traveled around Europe by train with two friends between freshman & sophomore year in college. 19. Thought she knew Spanish when traveling in Europe & asked for "soup" instead of "soap" in a laundromat in Spain (those two words don't sound anything alike in Spanish). 20. Started digital scrapbooking in 2009 when she figured out she could hold Sarah and scrapbook at the same time. 21. Thinks she’s adventurous and loves to travel, but is actually a home-body who is afraid of new situations. 22. Has been to Canada, Ecuador, Chile, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Italy. Would love to travel to Great Britain. 23. Has many online friends that she considers real friends, and not many real-life friends close by. 24. Her father was an airline pilot, so she traveled in planes a lot, but she got motion sick and never enjoyed flying. 25. Still sleeps with her childhood stuffed animal, a raccoon named Ricky. 26. Has always considered herself shy. 27. Doesn’t cook. 28. Is a perfectionist and a procrastinator. 29. Has never been good at keeping “to-do” lists. 30. Does not consider herself creative. 31. Does not enjoy gardening, although she feels like she should because her mom loves it. 32. Is allergic to cats and dogs, but grew up with dogs and wishes she could have one now.
Sorry I don't have the journaling for Dave's typed up anymore. I must have deleted it after I printed it. I wanted to use the photo of me that was taken on the same day as the one of Dave, for consistency between the layouts. I meant to do the layout of me during class, but I just didn't get around to it. I'm glad I did finish it now because I love these type of layouts. I think these type of random facts will be the kinds of things that my kids will find interesting someday, I know I'd love a list of these about my parents!

Have you ever made a layout with random facts about yourself? How much are you in your own scrapbooks? What about your partner/significant other? Does he/she feature in your scrapbooks? More or less than you?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Log Your Memory Monday

Log Your Memory Monday: Lies we tell ourselves

This week the challenge was to scrapbook about something we tell ourselves that turns out not to be true. Although I could've gotten deep about this one, I have done several journaling-intensive layouts lately for these challenges and I wanted to keep this one a little lighter. So I chose to write about how it always takes us longer to leave the house than we think. I love capturing these everyday moments in our scrapbooks, I think they'll be the moments the kids really like looking back on. Here's my layout:
Template 37 by Ali Edwards
Just Thinking and Sometimes papers by Karla Dudley
Our Story brushes by Karla Dudley
Essentials tag, staples and clock by Karla Dudley
Font is Georgia
Here's the journaling if you're interested:
OK, here’s the scene: We were planning to go to Starbucks as a family outing. We planned to leave at 4:00 so we’d have time to go and come back before dinner. Leaving the house with three kids requires a certain amount of planning. We thought we compensated for this additional time when we decided to start getting ready to leave at ten to 4:00. Then Laura had taken off her socks at some point and needed to go find them. Emma needed to find her iPhone and headphones. Sarah was running the opposite direction towards the playroom. Dave was in charge of everyone at this point and I had my own time management issues. I told myself that it’d only take a minute to finish printing something for a scrapbook layout but of course it took longer, as usual. So I was putzing around with the printer and Dave was trying to corral the children. Once we got everyone into the back hallway, it was still a struggle to get the appropriate gear onto everyone. There were coats, hats, mittens, and boots to find and put on. Then as we were going out to the van, Laura decided she needed to bring her “iPhone” (a plastic flip phone) and she needed to run inside to get it. And so we left at ten after 4:00. So why don’t we start getting ready earlier next time? Is is selective memory? Do we think the kids will stop forgetting things and taking off their socks? We just keep thinking it only takes ten minutes to get ready to go, and it keeps taking twenty. Maybe we’ll learn by the time the kids move out....
Have you ever told yourself something that isn't true?

Friday, March 25, 2011

One Little Word February

One Little Word: February

The prompt for February in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class at Big Picture Classes was to take pictures that represent your word for you in some way. Ali encouraged the class to take the whole month to do the exercise, and not rush into taking a bunch of pictures the first week. I took that advice to heart, and I compiled all my photos the first week of March. Here is the two-page spread I created for February:
One Little Word February
The left is the back of the divided page protector I created in January. Here's just the left page:
One Little Word February
The journaling around the middle square corresponds to each of the photos, and reads: "Time at the hospital - PT exercises - Last FEC treatment - Scrapping retreat - Getting stronger - Hospital entertainment - Constant reminder of friends"
On the right side, Ali gave the option of including an enlargement of one of the photos from the month. I wanted to add some journaling to document how my healing journey was progressing, so I added that to the photo. Here's the layout on the right:
One Little Word- February
Here's the journaling if you're interested: "Physical healing has been progressing very well this month. All the test results that have been coming in have been very positive and Dr. Johnson was very pleased when I saw him at the end of the month. I have decreased the frequency of my physical therapy appointments and will have my last one in early March. Besides the physical, I can’t say I’ve had much progress, however. I have been doing my spiritual exercises fairly regularly, but I still have trouble with my mind wandering. I can’t say I’ve had a huge breakthrough. I’m still impatient with the kids when they’re misbehaving. I still waste too much time and I’m not focused. I still have too much clutter and have trouble letting go of things. I still have trouble making good food decisions. It was unrealistic to expect a whole new personality like the flip of a switch. Just need to keep working on it."
Did you choose a word for the year? How has that word been playing out in your life so far this year?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photoshop Brushshop

Photoshop Brushshop: Week One

I finished the assignment from week one for The Photoshop Brushshop by Tiffany Tillman at The first week was all about learning how to use the brush tool in Photoshop and we created some custom brushes and saved them. Here are the brushes I created:
OK, so my artistic abilities leave something to be desired, but I did learn the basics of the brush tool.

We also learned about using brushes with some of the settings for a pen tablet. I have a small Wacom Pen & Touch, and I created the heart below using some of the pen settings.

Again, I'm not much of an artist, but this was about learning how the tool works, not so much creating something I'd actually use on a layout. I'm hoping with some practice and inspiration, I can use some of these new skills on a layout soon!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Log Your Memory Monday

Log Your Memory Monday: Decisions

This week the challenge was to scrapbook about a decision, either a one-time decision or one you make all the time. I decided to write about a decision I make about how to spend my time every minute of the day. Here's what I came up with:

Scrappable Template 3 by Tiffany Tillman at Design House Digital
ABC kit by Cilenia Curtis at Digital Designer Shop
Clock by Karla Dudley
All About Me Word Art by Ali Edwards
Fonts are Garamond and CK Ali's Hand

Here's the journaling if you're interested:
It starts almost every morning when I get up. I think I’m going to get so much done because I don’t have any appointments and the kids are at school all morning. Then I sit at breakfast and read blogs on my iPad. Time slips away. I do my physical therapy exercises or go for a walk if the weather is nice. Time slips away. I do my spiritual exercises and time slips away. Suddenly it’s time for Dave to go get the kids from school and I’m back on Mommy duty. We eat lunch, I read more blogs with my tea, I put Sarah down for her nap, Laura and I read books, time slips away. By the time they’re watching TV in the afternoon, I’m exhausted and I’ve gotten into the habit of watching Friends and Seinfeld reruns. Time slips away. Every evening is slightly different depending on what we’ve got going on, but after dinner I think I’ll get some more tasks accomplished. After the kids are in bed, Dave and I sit with our laptops and usually watch TV, like DVDs of “Modern Family” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Then it’s suddenly 11:00 and the day is over. I usually haven’t gotten as much done as I thought I would. Time just slipped away....
I know that I am in control of my own time, at this point in my life more than ever. I feel like every moment I make a decision about how to spend my time, and I make the wrong decision more often than not. I allow the time to slip away and I need to learn to be more purposeful with it.

How do you manage your time? Do you often feel like you should have accomplished more during the day?


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catch up Thursday... Coming Soon

Catch up Thursday... Coming Soon

For this week's Catch Up Thursday, I'm working on a class called The Photoshop Brushshop by Tiffany Tillman at I'm working through the first several videos, but there isn't really an assignment in the first several. I think the fourth or fifth video has an assignment and I hope to post that before next week. I really love the look of brushwork on layouts, and I hope to learn a lot in this class. I think I did watch the first week's worth of videos when I first took the class, but I don't remember much of it. I'm hoping if I work through the whole class at once, and apply what I'm learning to layouts, I will retain the knowledge better and be able to incorporate brushwork on more of my own layouts.

How do you retain what you learn in online (or any type of) classes?


Monday, March 14, 2011

Log Your Memory Monday

Log Your Memory Monday: Share a craving, addiction, or other love/hate relationship

This week the challenge was to scrapbook a craving, addiction, or other love/hate relationship. Here's what I came up with:
Template, papers, and elements from All About Me a Digichick Boutique collab
Staples by Karen Funk
Font is DJB Heather E

Here's the journaling if you're interested:
It started in High School when I would go out with my friends after school or on the weekends. We would usually go to restaurants where they didn’t mind if you hung out for a long time. And what does a teenager who gets generally healthy food at home order at a restaurant? Junk, of course! French fries at Denny’s, piles of pancakes at IHOP, dounts at Dunkin Donuts. The junk food habit continued in college. I used to get a “salad” from the salad bar that consisted of mostly cheese and dressing. My favorite “snack” was soft serve with Lucky Charms on top. I never really learned how to cook properly, so I ate mostly boxed or processed foods that I probably thought were healthy at the time. When Dave and I were living together and in our early married life, we still ate a lot of processed foods and ate out a lot. We started to eat healthier at home when Dave started cooking. We still ate out a lot and I’ve never been good at making healthy choices at restaurants. When Emma was about a year old, I joined Weight Watchers and that’s when we really started to make good food choices for awhile. Then it started to go down hill again when I was in school for ultrasound. I would eat lunch out a lot and grab snacks on the way to and from school. I really got into some bad habits when I was doing my internship in Waconia. It was a 45 minute drive and I would stop at a gas station most days on the way home and get chips and candy for the drive. Since that time, I’ve had periods of healthy eating, mostly when I was following some specific diet plan, but mostly I have a problem with junk food. I always have an excuse for why I “deserve” a snack or a sweet treat. I still make poor choices at restaurants most of the time and we come up with too many reasons to eat out. At this point in my life, it’s becoming more and more important to eat nourishing, healthy foods and I don’t know why I can’t get over the junk food habit. We generally eat well at home, I just need to cut out all the junk I eat out of the house. This is one of the big lessons I need to learn in this life and a major part of my healing process. I just hope that I figure out how to make these changes very soon.

This one was hard for me to write about because it's something I still struggle with every day. Any tips for ridding myself of my junk food addiction?


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Catch up Thursday

Catch up Thursday: Up and Running Week Four Bonus

I finished up another class this week, with the final lesson for Up & Running by Jessica Sprague. This was a bonus lesson that taught the technique for creating the photo collage with the trapezoid shape in the middle. Here's my layout:
Festa paper by Jessica Sprague
Graphic Pop Circles No. 2 and Yarn Swirls No. 3 by Katie Pertiet
Alpha by Miss Mis Designs
Stitched by Anna White No. 5 by Anna Aspnes
Mini Labels by Creativity by Crystal
Font is CK Jot
I love that I'm finishing up these old classes!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Log Your Memory Monday

Log Your Memory Monday: Stream of Consciousness

Happy Monday, everyone! This week the challenge at Log Your Memory was to document the "stream of consciousness" running through your mind during a particular time period or event. I have been working hard on meditation as part of my healing process, so decided to document the struggle I'm having with random thoughts popping into my head. Here's what I came up with:
Showcase Fotoblendz Layered Templates No. 1 by Anna Aspnes
Poppy Paper Set Vol. 1 by Deena Rutter
Fonts are Caslon and Inked God

Here's the journaling if you're interested:
Part of my healing process involves spiritual healing and growth which I am working on by doing a spiritual exercise, or meditation, on a daily basis. This is really difficult for me, and I’m hoping I get better at it as time goes on. Right now, the process generally goes like this: I read a passage from a spiritual or thought-provoking book, set my iPhone alarm for 20 minutes, close my eyes, take some deep breaths, and begin. I sing the word “HU,” an ancient name for God. Then a bunch of random thoughts try to crowd into my brain and distract from the spiritual work it’s trying to do. On this particular day, the following thoughts jumped in there: scrapbooking- particularly this layout and my CT requirements for February, getting the ice off the car to be able to run errands, wondering when my hair will start to grow back, kids who haven’t RSVP’d to Laura’s birthday party, my next appointment with the oncologist, the laundry, the snow plow that I could hear the whole time, and the nanny for the summer. I was contemplating on the phrase, “When love is on the field, fear must retreat,” and I kept coming back to it. But the daily life stuff kept intruding. I want to learn to clear my mind, to allow spirit to do its work. I hope with more practice, I will get better at it.
I really enjoy looking at layouts in this artistic style by others, but I struggled with this one for myself. I'll keep working on it because I really like this style.

Have you every tried meditation? How do you keep your mind from wandering?


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Catch up Thursday

Catch Up Thursday: Use Your Stash

Use Your Stash was another class by May Flaum at Big Picture Classes. As the title states, it was all about using up your "stash" of scrapbooking supplies and I definitely have a stash to use up! Unfortunately, at the time the class was running, I must not have had a lot of time for scrapping because I didn't actually complete any of the lessons during the class. So, I'm starting from scratch on this one. The layout below was inspired by the layout included in the pre-class material for the class.
Sandylion patterned paper
Chipboard flowers
Making Memories journaling spot
Creative Memories letter stickers
Martha Stewart punches
Zig pen

This was definitely a layout from my stash. This paper said copyright 2006 on it, and that's probably about when I bought it. That's really old for scrapbooking supplies! The flowers (which were bare chipboard that I covered with paper from the same line) were from a kit I received at a crop at least 2 years ago. I buy a lot of chipboard, but I can never figure out what to do with it, so it often sits in my stash. The only new thing I used on this page was the punches I used for the borders under the pictures. And using new tools to jazz up old paper is definitely a great way to get that paper out of the stash and onto a layout! 

Do you have a lot of old supplies sitting around unused? Challenge yourself to find just one old product and figure out a way to put it on a layout!
Designs by Dana
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© Kit by Karla Dudley