Monday, April 11, 2011

Log Your Memory Week 14

Log Your Memory: Week 14

This week's challenge was to document the changes in one aspect of your life over time. This was one of the weeks where my layout was used as the example for the challenge. For my original layout, I documented my life as a new mom vs. my life as  mother of three. Here's that layout:
Lisa New Mom
Template, papers, and concept from Type+Writer 1 at

For my new layout, I knew I wanted to use some journaling I'd written for my CaringBridge site back in January. I was laying awake one night unable to sleep thinking about all the changes in my life since my diagnosis. I eventually did fall asleep, but the next day at treatment I started writing this list. I knew it would eventually make it to a scrapbook page, but I waited until the opportunity presented itself. When I saw the challenge for this week, I knew it was perfect! Here's what I came up with:
Storyteller Collection No. 2 by Tiffany Tillman at Design House Digital
Treasure the Memory by Sugarplum Paperie at The Digichick
Fonts are Caslon and CK Vogue
Here's the journaling:
Two months ago I was tired all the time. Now I have energy most days.
Two months ago I didn't know what was going on with my body. Now I have a diagnosis and a plan.
Two months ago I could work to help support my family. Now I don't work, but I still help to support my family through the generosity of others giving me their vacation days.
Two months ago I could lift Sarah to put her in her crib, or her high chair, or change her diaper, but it was excruciating every time. Now I can't lift her, and I need help to take care of her on a day to day basis.
Two months ago I often felt sad. Now I feel hopeful.
Two months ago I was in pain almost all the time. Now I am mostly pain-free.
Two months ago I couldn't exercise at all. Now I can "jog" for 10 minutes on an elliptical machine.
Two months ago I thought I didn't have very many friends. Now I am overwhelmed on a daily basis by how many friends I have and by their generosity.
Two months ago I had plans for the future. Now I live day by day.
Two months ago I worried about what people thought about me. Now I realize that's not very important.
Two months ago I had hair. Now I am bald.
Two months ago I was on a diet to lose weight and I often felt deprived. Now I am on a diet for my health and I sometimes still feel deprived, but I'm working on it.
Two months ago I spent my days taking care of my kids and my house. Now I need help to do both those things and I spend my days focusing on my recovery.
Two months ago I was a mom, a wife, a sonographer, a scrapbooker. Now I am a cancer patient.
Cancer changed everything about my life. But who is to say whether it was for the worse?

I could almost write a whole new list now because things have already changed so much again since January. 

Can you think of a time in your life when everything changed? Have you ever documented those changes? 

Log Your Memory Week 13

Log Your Memory: Week 13

The challenge for this week was to list ten things you love right now. Because I knew this challenge was coming up, I just started snapping pictures with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone of things I love. Then when I had enough, I made the layout. They aren't necessarily the "top ten" things right now, just a random collection of ten things. I did a similar layout (also for a challenge) in November 2009 and it's interesting to compare the things I chose then and now. It would be fun to do a layout like this every other year or so. I bet if I keep doing challenges, it'll just happen, because I probably won't remember to do it! Here's my current layout:
10 Things Layered Template, Love Life Chipboard Tag, and Love You Sentiment Stacks by Ali Edwards
Blush Starter kit by Basic Grey at The Digichick
Stitched by Anna White No. 5 by Anna Aspnes
Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 1, File Labels Love, and Crochet heart by Katie Pertiet
Round Love tag (web challenge freebie) by Lynn Grieveson
Dainty Love tag by Sara Schmutz
Brad by Karen Funk
Love Always Heart tag by Torta Gialla
Font is American Typewriter

Here's the journaling if you're interested:
1. I love watching Sarah run. She runs after her sisters, even when they’re not running, because her legs are shorter than theirs and she has to run to keep up. She runs when you call for her, just because she can. She runs from room to room, and I love to watch her little legs pumping and the joy on her face.
2. I love reading blogs on my iPad. I usually spend some time reading blogs in the morning with breakfast and after lunch with my tea.
3. I love that I’m finally beating Dave at a game of Words with Friends. He won the first two games after we put the app on our phones about two weeks ago. I hope that I finally win this game!
4. I love reading books with Laura in the afternoon when Sarah goes down for her nap. We call it “snuggle book time,” and we do just that, snuggle under a big blanket and read a bunch of books.
5. I love that the sun is finally out again. It seems like it’s been a long, cold, dark late winter/early spring so far and I’m just craving some warmth and sun.
6. I love when the house is clean after Jamie comes every other Wednesday, especially the wood floors, which always seem to show the dust first. Of course the whole-house clean doesn’t last long, but I love it for those few hours.
7. I love eating breakfast with the family, especially the time I get to spend with Emma after Dave takes the little girls to school. Of course, sometimes she’s too engrossed in comics on her iPhone (”Zits” is her favorite) to be very interactive, but sometimes I get a little glimpse into the young lady she’s becoming.
8. I love eating lunch in the porch. It was finally warm enough out there midday this week. Soon it’ll be warm enough at dinner time, too!
9. I love when the laundry is all sorted and both machines are humming away getting them clean and dried. Unfortunately, the folding and putting away is my least favorite step and that comes next.
10. I love reading books with Sarah before her nap. She understands so much, has her favorite books, and really gets into them. She loves “Baby, Baby!” and points at almost all the pictures. She makes some of the faces like the babies in the book and she puts her head to the side and “snores” on the page with the sleeping kitty.

Here's the layout from November 2009: 
JS-challenge-10-Things- Nov 2009
Blue cardstock by Katie Pertiet: White cardstock & stitching by Anna Aspnes; striped paper (recolored) by 3 Paper Peonies; Word art by Ali Edwards; Acrylic clock by Patti Knox; Template by 3s enough; Fonts: CK 8 Ball + Garamond

What are ten things you love right now? Have you scrapped them?
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