What I’m wondering

Now that school is back in session, I’m spending a little bit of time sitting in my car… in carpool, waiting for dance class, etc. And that time is usually spent catching up on reading.  Reading my current book of choice or reading one of the magazines I subscribe to.

I love magazines. I love the glossy, sleek pages. I love the streamlined design, the catchy fonts and colorful titles and the glorious photography.  The latent graphic designer in me is in heaven when I find a well laid-out magazine.

Some of my current favorites are Family Circle, Real Simple and Taste of Home.  They give me ideas for taking care of my family and usually provide some general entertainment when I’m stuck in car rider line. My guilty pleasure that I read when I travel is Vanity Fair. I like the fact that the articles are long (and interesting) and get me through long flights when I can’t read on my e-reader.

fam circle

But one of my pet peeves, since I have an e-reader, is that, should I want to read my magazine on my e-reader, I’d have to pay for a completely different subscription in addition to my paper magazine subscription.  Way back when I used to subscribe to the Martha Stewart family of magazines, I got access to the electronic magazine included in my paper subscription.  It was a great perk that spoiled me utterly.

I admit, I love, love, love reading a paper magazine. More so than the electronic version. I love sliding those glossy pages along each other as I peruse the pages and read the articles.  I love being able to read them in carpool line or at the pool without worry of wear and tear and water damage.  I love being able to tear out the one page with a recipe, or an article, that I want to share or save, without having to keep the whole darn thing when I’m finished.

What I don’t love is that they are big and bulky to carry around… which leads me to wishing I could read them on an e-reader.  I have tried. Lord knows, I’ve tried. For several magazines I tried electronic versions, thinking I would drop the paper completely and read them only on the e-reader.  But it just wasn’t the same.  It seems sterile.  And I don’t get the same “feel” as I’m flipping through the pages.  Some of them are hard to read because the font size is so small – or you have to use the “article view” which totally ruins the “read the words and look at the picture at the same time” vibe you get with a paper magazine.

But it is nice having six months of magazines on my e-reader to peruse or review a recipe at will.  And that is why I wish I had access to all my magazine subscriptions on my e-reader… AND my paper magazines, too.


I can’t have it all?

Apparently not.

While some magazines, like Martha Stewart, offer complimentary access to their electronic version of their magazines to subscribers, most I’ve found do not.  And this is really too bad.  The way I see it, I’ve already paid the premium for them to print and ship the magazine to me. (paper subscriptions are a lot more than e-versions)  I don’t think it costs them any more effort, hassle or money to provide me access to download the e-version to the same issue.

What do you think?

Are you an e-reader gal?  Or are you paper only?

Do you do like me and waffle between the two?

I guess, at some point, I’ll make the cut over to electronic-only.  But I am not sure when.  Even though I have an e-reader (multiple, actually) I still love holding a real BOOK in my hands.  Even though I use an electronic calendar, I still love writing things down in my PLANNER.  There is just something about the tactile sensation of these activities.

I’m in a quandary – and the publishers would make my life so much easier if they’d just let me have my cake and eat it too, so to speak.

What do you think?


Project Life Tuesday ~ 4.3.12

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It’s APRIL, people!


WOW. Just wow. The year is flying by. Earlier this week, I was afraid I wasn’t going to have enough pictures to fill the week in the album. Boy, was I wrong! I ended up with two inserts in addition to the usual weekly pages.  Part of that is because I devoted an entire page + to Little Bit’s newest attempt to ride a bike without training wheels. Big Girl took pictures (I was at the grocery store and I have trained her well – SuperMan said she told him “Mom will kill you if we don’t get pictures of this.”) I think she likes that her photos are featured in the family album and I love the help!

Add to that the beautiful weather and some silly critters and I had a lot of stuff to share. So, get comfy, you’ve got a lot of stuff to look at here.

(and remember to click on any picture you want to see larger)

The first two-page spread: (you can see the other insert peeking through) I used a smaller insert (on the right) with 3 4×6 photos – it was just enough to capture the rest of the bike pictures.


Next, a close up of those photos:imgp4149

I am having fun  using up my “stash” and finding things to go together that weren’t meant to go together – like the Creative Memories’ pink die-cut and stickers to go with another scrap-pad paper and the PL grid journaling card cut down and stuck on top.


And then the back of the smaller insert and the front of the second insert: (Silly puppy shots)


And let’s all sing “Hallelujah!” for my new dishwasher! (hee hee)

Close ups:

The stickers on the puppy pictures were from a sheet from Jillibean Soup. imgp4148

I made the journal card on the bottom right using my PL Digital papers from Jessica Sprague. Sticker on the picture of Little Bit reading was a circle I cut in half from October Afternoon and the label on the yummy dinner picture is a Martha Stewart label from the Staples collection.


Back of the second insert and the final page:imgp4152

Close ups:


The polka dot paper is from My Mind’s Eye (I think I got the pad of paper at Michael’s) and the words on vellum are from an old Creative Memories pack I had.  More Martha Stewart labels on the other pictures and a picture of the book I’m reading right now.

And close up of the last page:


The journal card is from Kate Teague (This Life collection) and I added the “This Story” to the top from another file in the same kit and dropped it on there. The paper flowers were more Creative Memories stuff I uncovered.  The Happy Spring page I used as my week indicator came from Ali Edwards and I edited it to change the background color to match the journal card and then added the week, the paper flower and some glitter poka dots with a Gelly Roll glitter pen. The “Hello Spring” came from Sprik Space. I just found that blog and love the designs! imgp4151_close up1

Because I thought I wasn’t going to have a lot of pictures for the week, I did a screen print of the audio book I’m listening to, the Daily Mile page to show my walks this week (yay, me!) and the poster of the movie SuperMan and I went to see Friday night. I like it, though. Bits of ephemera about our life.imgp4151_close up2

Well, that’s it for this week – hope you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

I knew I should’ve taken that left turn at Albequerque

I’m back!

Did you miss me??

Just in case you don’t get the reference in the title:

(I love Bugs Bunny)

I did manage to get my Project Life pages finished and thought I’d share with you, even if I am a couple days later than my usual Tuesday posts.The Mom Creative

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This week I have an insert – at the beginning of the week I was worried I wouldn’t have enough pictures – then we went to Mom’s for the weekend and I ended up printing 20+ pictures to fit into the week! Happily so, though.
So, I will share the pages along with some close-ups of them.
It is gloomy here so I hope they are not too dark for you.
The Left page:img_1416
Close ups: (a couple custom journal cards. one downloaded, one I “made” from a blank grid card and some leftover stickers)
The insert page (front)
Close ups:
Back of the insert page:
Close up (can you tell I love the Martha Stewart labels?)
The Right page:
I used a couple Smash journal cards here in addition to the Project Life ones. The heart card came from here.
Close ups:
And I’ve already started on this week’s pages! – more on that next week.img_1427