Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Story Matters October...

I was late getting this posted... I want to say "life happens" because it does.

I have actually considered "quiting" scrapbooking.
Not because I don't like it, but because lately, since my life is upside down many days, the only the way I feel I DO have any control is to make things as simple as they can be.
And my scrap space is anything but calming. It'll get there.

But what I would miss most about scrapbooking isn't the paper (which I love to play with), or the embellishment, it's the people I scrap WITH. I don't want to lose that common connection with them.

Nor do I want to lose my "paper therapy". I feel I create things that to ME mean something. If someone else likes them, bonus.

So for now, not quiting.

I'll just have to settle with being behind schedule most of the time.

I will post all four here on my blog... since I don't think anyone has been stopping by much anymore (I stop posting, you stop visiting. I take full responsibility) and I don't think I have to come back to post again when the sketch comes out tomorrow. :)

I DID get a new toy... cheap, but good quality. The Janome Sew Mini. I guess there is a Hello Kitty version too?? It goes on sale for $39.99 sometimes! :)
It is a little powerhouse! I was impressed! And it was simple enough for me to make bobbins, thread, and use! THAT is saying a lot, since lately I have the attention span of a gnat.

So lots of sewing...

This one, I had just bought this little heart punch for 25 cents at the garage sale the crop I was at was having! I was happy it even worked!

LOVE this picture of Gavin playing in the surf. He was in his own world, while off in some fantasy in his head...

This was me going a little nutty with the sewing. Hindsight, I would have rathered it be brown thread, but that's OK... first shot at sewing, and I had fun!
For this... I had an idea in my head, and I wasn't exactly sure where I was going with it all...
I kept it simple... following suit with that goal in my life.
There is a little picture of the kids and I overlooking the ocean in front of the marine lab. It was surreal to be there again, but with 3 kids. Even when I had three kids (left at home) when I visited last time, it wasn't the same as them BEING there... And it makes me reflect on where I have been, and where I am going... with them and for myself.
This sketch, I created (and used previously... the layout I created previously with it is in my gallery) but sweet Megan Klauer made it digital for me. :)
Thanks Megan!
I have more than one friend that cringes when I hand my "expensive" camera to one of my boys. I don't... I love seeing the world through THEIR eyes, not just mine. Gabriel was shooting with my Rebel with the 28-200 lens, while I had the 50D with the 50mm f1.8 on it. I knew were were about to go into the aquarium, and the 50mm would serve me best. But I wanted to bring my zoom lens just in case I was outside later and wanted to catch seals or sea lions at a distance... which I did...

And thanks for stopping by! There are only a couple October TSM kits still availalbe! Better HURRY!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm BAAAck! :)

WOW! THat might have been the longest I have gone without blogging!

Being on a 10 day vacation was part of it. I am a realist. I know I would not blog while on vacation. I only "facebooked" because I can take a picture on my phone and upload it on the go!

But it is Imaginisce monthly Sketch time! Time to create for a chance at a GREAT prize!

He-LLO! So worth it! It's Imaginisce!

So anyway...

Here is the sketch:
and (see a trend here) here is my take!
Thanks for looking!!
So GO, make a layout! Tell your story!