Crawling out from under a rock

Sorry for the silence on the blog lately. I have been sick with a rotten case of bronchitis for the past week. It came on rather suddenly and pretty much knocked me off my feet for a week. I’m on the second round of antibiotics now and am starting to finally feel more like myself again.

No menu plan this week. I kinda sorta have a plan, but really am leaving it open as it will depend a lot on how I’m feeling. 

I did manage to do a tiny little bit of scrapbooking last weekend – I got two pages (somewhat) done – think I may tweak them a little more before I’m finished with them, but thought I’d share with you anyway.  The other four pages I can’t remember if I shared with you already or not, so I thought I’d share them today.

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I downloaded the newest version of Creative Memories’ StoryBook Creator(4.0) and am in love. It is the best of the old SBC+ and Photoshop Elements all in one. Lots more power, lots more flexibility but the same user friendliness that CM products are known for. 

I can’t wait to spend more time in the software and play around a bit.  One of the things I have discovered that I REALLY love is the fact that it handles all my non-CM content so much better than before. I just pointed the software to the folder where all my digital content is and presto! it was available in the software. No more creating packages and all that jazz.  That was one of my biggest headaches with the old CM software because I have A LOT of digital content.  So this makes me really, really happy.  Worth the price of the upgrade alone.

I’ll continue to play around and try to get a review posted soon.  If any of you are using the CM software, let me know what you think!

A little bit of scrappin’

I have been on overload this week. Lots going on at work and at home.

So, I managed to carve out a few minutes of time last night to do a little therapeutic scrapbooking – to give my brain some creative time and my body a little rest.

Here are the pages I did. Not many, but it sure was nice to get some done. I am hoping to do more this weekend.

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I can publish CM SBC+ templates if anyone is interested… let me know!

A perfect Saturday

I have had the “itch” to scrapbook for weeks now.  But life has been too hectic with the beginning of school and the other things we’ve had going on. Scrapbooking, unfortunately, has taken a back seat to the rest of life.

The good thing about this is that there has been plenty of fodder for the scrapbook!

The bad thing is that there hasn’t been much time to capture those memories!

SuperMan helped me take care of that today, though. He knew I was dying to scrapbook, so he granted me a “retreat” day. I was able to sit at my computer for most of the day – organizing files, sorting through pictures, unzipping purchased kits, and finishing up some of the digi-scrapping classes I’ve purchased but never finished.

It was glorious.

And, I learned a lot, got a lot organized, and even managed to do some pages!

I’m really proud of myself because these are ALL from PSE. After finishing the classes, I decided I needed to challenge myself and put the new skills to work (before I forgot them!)

And I don’t think I did too shabby. I have a lot to learn, but PSE seems to be so powerful that it is enticing me to do more and more and more…

Learning the keyboard shortcuts sure makes things quick! That is one of the things that drives me crazy about the CM software. It seems to lack the shortcuts that an experienced digi-scrapper would look for. While it is a fantastic program for beginners (and is, indeed, how I learned to digi-scrap) I find it frustrating now because I can’t make it do some things I want it to do. Granted, I can’t figure out how to get PSE to do some things either, but I think that is more operator knowledge than software limitation.

I feel like I’m still wobbly – like I’m learning how to ride a bike again – but I know that soon I’ll be zooming along… especially if I can sneak a few more of these “retreat” days into my schedule!

Anyway, I’m sure you are curious to see my pages – or I hope you are, because I’m going to share them with you!

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I’m planning to use 12×12 page protectors and just slip these in my 2011 Project Life album right along with the weekly pages. That is what I did last year and I think it worked out well. That way I get a little of both types of scrapbooking without feeling deprived either way! 08-05-11-me-web 08-09-11-Fist-Day-of-SchoolI tried my hand at using a template for this page (the others are all my own invention) I’m not sure if it was easier or not – It was nice to have the framework to start with, but then I had to get creative to make it work for me. I fiddled a little with it (they had the journaling where I have the title, for instance) but I think the overall result is nice.

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I made a 24×12 page – for a double page spread. Of course, now I have no idea how I am going to print the darn thing. Do any of you PSE experts know what I can do with it to get 2 12×12 pages out of it? HELP!

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Well, that’s it. My eyes are tired and my back is telling me it is time to sit in a different position for a while. 

More fun next time, folks.

Cleaning House

I’m cleaning out my scrap space… since so much of my scrapping is digital nowadays, I’m going to clear out some of the “traditional” stuff I’ve got that take up a lot of space and don’t get used very often.

I know most of you that read this blog are also digital scrapbookers, but I thought I’d let you know what I’m getting rid of just in case you’re interested or know someone who might be interested.

If you think you want something, email me and we can work something out.

Quickutz Revolution Die Cutting Machine

$75 + shipping
This package includes the Die Cutting Machine, Train-style travel case, Moonlight alphabet die set

I think I may have used this once or twice. It’s practically new.

I have the 12” extension plate, too, but can’t put my hands on it right now. If I find it, I’ll toss it in, too.

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Let me know if you are interested!

Project Life check in

I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been doing with my Project Life project… or rather, doing but not doing….

or something like that.

I think I mentioned a while back that I’d purchased Becky Higgins’ Project Life kit.  I have every intention of using it, but life has been so crazy lately, not much is happening with it.

As a matter of fact, it looks like this:

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How sad is that?

Of course, the pile isn’t all mine. That flowered album is Big Girl’s and from that binder up to the top is all the kids’ school work that they decided needed to be in my album and therefore could be stacked there instead of going through it and tossing what they didn’t want.  (Guess that means Mommy gets to sort it and toss it)

I have been really good about taking my pictures, though.  Just not very good at doing much with them after that – well, I guess I’m doing something – I’m putting them here.

I am still toying with the concept of doing some digitally, too.

I am enamored of “the monthly roundup” concept that Katie Pertiet does – and Cathy Zielske has these great templates that work well, too.

(She’s also doing Project Life – and I love how she is doing it)

The Shabby Princess is also doing something similar – I think she calls it Project Scrap.  Her idea is 2 pictures/week and then she offers a free template each month for you to plop your pictures in. And the templates are CUTE!

I had been thinking about doing Katie’s Roundup each month to compliment the Project Life pages – and had originally planned to get Cathy Z’s templates. But after finding the Shabby Princess’ templates, I may just go with those. They’re free, after all.

So, that brings me back to the progress, or lack of progress, with the project. I have done well with picture taking and with keeping tidbits of memorabilia from life. I still want to do better with capturing some news items and saving some more things from life – church bulletins, etc.

I am hoping to go to a weekend crop the first part of July and that is when I’m planning to catch up on my project.  That will be all I work on, so that should be plenty of time (and stuff) to work with!

In the meantime, I think I may give these digital options a try and see if I can do some monthly recaps – at least I’ll feel more like I’m accomplishing something… although, I have to admit, between this blog and my photo-a-day blog, I don’t really feel like I’m being terribly slack. I’m just capturing my memories in a different way.

What about you? What do you think?

A little progress

I had high hopes of scrapbooking this past week – or at least getting some scrapbooking in during the past three days.  Alas, life did not go according to plan, and neither did my muse.  It just wasn’t in me.

And then, I thought to myself that even though I didn’t “feel creative” I should just sit down and piddle a little with the pictures and see if I got inspired. After all, it’s been months since I’ve scrapbooked and I’m still working on 2010 pictures, for Pete’s sake. (whoever Pete is…)

So, I did just that.

Sat down, opened up my software to see where I’d left off, and before you know it, I’d managed to do six pages! That, along with, feeding kids, retrieving dogs who are escaping their invisible fence, troubleshooting my mom’s email account, answering the phone, well, you get the picture. 

The days of quiet solitude while I scrap are long gone.  But, the nice thing about digital scrapbooking is that I can do just that – scrap in between life’s little interruptions. It doesn’t mean I have to put all the mess away, or pray no one bumps my page in progress. Nope, I just hit the “save” button, take care of the urgent matter, and move right along.

Love it.

Anyway, here are the pages I’ve done: (most of the digital supplies are from the Daily Digi subscription I have. Best investment for high quality digital supplies, I tell ya.)

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And as a special treat for you guys – I have uploaded the template for the two pages above to my 4shared account (Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus templates) for you to download!

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It’s not Instagram, but I like it

I don’t have an iPhone. Therefore, I don’t have Instagram. I love the Instagram photos I see online, but I’m not going to give up my Droid phone for an iPhone just for the app, that’s for sure.

I have, however, found a pretty cool photo program (or two) for my Droid phone.

One in particular I really like –

Retro Camera

Retro Camera is a program with five different “cameras” you can use to shoot with – (quoted from their website)

The Bärbl – An East German classic, naturally faded with a scratched film and medium vignetting, the perfect all-round choice.
The Little Orange Box – The Soviet Staple with aggressive cross processing and scratched square film. It's crappy plastic lens leaks in light and exhibits strong vignetting. Black and white option for even more emotion.
Xolaroid 2000 – Its inspiration is obvious! We love the candid snapshots this camera produces – you simply can't fail, every shot is a keeper. Blue / Green cross processing effects and timeless contrast. Black and white option for that classic touch.
The Pinhole Camera – A DIY gem and more unpredictable than Schrödinger's cat. Full bleed developing and vignetting through the roof, be sure to give this cardboard chimera a go.
The FudgeCan – The perfect rig for outdoors; developed on square film that wasn't quite stored… or developed right. But therein lies the charm that'll make your pics with this beauty, memorable and instantly nostalgic.

I am finally getting around to playing with it, after having it installed for a couple of months and totally forgetting it’s there.

Here are a few shots I took last week:

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I think someone was finished having her picture taken – and I love the note – I didn’t see it at the time but it was a note between her and my mom, written on the menu. Sweet.

Have you found any non-iPhone apps that you love?

Fruits of the Spirit

One of the things we talked about at the retreat I was at this past weekend were the Fruits of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22.

I wanted to create something to keep these foremost in my mind so that I would not forget what I learned.

I created this:

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I thought some of you might like a copy – so I put it on Flickr and you can download a copy and print it for yourself. I am putting mine in a 5×7 frame.

Final JYC Post for 2010

I put the finishing touches on my Journal Your Christmas album today. I am pleased that I actually finished it before the end of my holiday break. I know that once I am back at work, and the kids in school, that I won’t have time to scrapbook much, so I’m especially glad to finalize the project.  image

I’ll be ordering my bound book in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to see the finished project.  This will be the first all-digital, bound book I’ve done for our family. I’ve done gift albums that I’ve given to others, but this is just for us.

Since I’m doing so much digital scrapbooking these days, I’m thinking I may just do more and more of these type books. They take up a lot less space on the bookshelf and it is so much easier to just order the bound book when you’re done.

I am considering doing the same for my 2010 pages. I have to finish from August-December and that will be my next project, I think. Once those pages are done, I’ll probably go ahead and make it a bound book as well.

Do any of you have suggestions for ordering a bound 12×12 book? This Christmas one is 8×8 and I’ll probably order it through Creative Memories.  But I would love to do some price comparison (and quality comparison) on the larger 12×12 books.

Any suggestions?

Here are the final few pages I don’t think I’ve shared with you:

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a Christmas Manifesto

I’m starting (finally) my 2010 Christmas album.

As last year, I’m following along with Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas class. Loving the prompts and finding that I really do have new things to write about this year, even though the prompts are pretty much the same as last year.

Although it appears they are mixed up a bit… or maybe I am wrong? Does anyone know if she rearranges the prompts from year to year?

Here’s my first page:

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Journaling:

This year, my Christmas manifesto is this:

Don’t over do.

Keep it simple.

Do what feels right.

Slow down.

Enjoy things.

Stress less.

Relax more.

People, not things.

Do the things you want to do.

Let the rest go.

I’m hoping to find a way to focus on what is really important about the season – Christ’s birth and the celebration of our Savior – and not so much on the shopping and to-do lists.

And here is Day 2:

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The Journaling:

This year has been crazy with weather. An unseasonably warm fall which fell right into an unseasonably cold winter. It was as if we only had a few days of "fall" and then temperatures plummeted. After Thanksgiving, we had a rainy Friday which began the downward spiral of temps. This week, the first of December, has been bitterly cold. Temperatures are in the 20's at night and barely out of the 30's in the daytime. Rob is working outside this year and it makes for very uncomfortable working conditions. With my weight loss, I've been freezing as well, even keeping a space heater by my desk to warm me while I work (in the heated house!)The girls are hoping for snow this winter. I figure if we're going to freeze, we might as well get snow!

And Day 3:

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Journaling:

I addressed and sent 50 Christmas cards this year. That is about double what I have been doing in past years. I included all the folks from church, UpStreet, and a few new friends we've made in the past year. It was fun to send cards to folks we haven't sent to before, along with the usual cards to family. I didn't get them out the week of Thanksgiving, which is my goal every year, but they were out by the 10th, which was fine for me.

More pages to come.