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  1. Blogfiction
  2. Taking a break
  3. Baby Granny
  4. Behold, I hath scrapped!
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Blogfiction

This is what I'm doing at the moment, if anyone is interested:

Caddie Emerging

That will take you to the very first entry. If you want to know what it's about, click on the "What the Heck is This?" tab at the top.

It's a blog, but it's fictional. I am the creator of the person writing it, although she is the "writer" (with help from her husband and the occasional guest blogger). It's not a traditional blog, more of a journal, but sorta blog-ish. Anyway, if you're interested check it out, and if not, I promise not to hate you forever. ;-) If you do like it PLEASE subscribe! You can take your time getting caught up. Really. I promise.

Still no scrapping/stamping/digiscrapping mojo. *SIGH*
    

Taking a break

Okay, I think it's probably "official" that I am not scrapping right now, in any form, or stamping. I don't know exactly what's up, just that I'm burned out and my mojo has taken an extended vacation to Jupiter or somewhere.

I don't know when I'll be back in the saddle. It could be as early as tomorrow, if a burst of inspiration (and energy) seizes me. It could be a year from now. It might even be never. I just don't know. This is so typical ADD/ADHD, so I shouldn't be surprised, but I am disappointed in myself. I really loved this stuff when I was doing it, but now it just seems overwhelming to even think about.

I'm not to the point of selling my stuff yet. I still have hope that this will all come flooding back to me and I can get right back up in that loft and start again. (Even getting back to the digital stuff would make me happy -- I still have a ton of heritage photos I'd like to scrap so I can finish that book).

We just got back from two weeks in London and Norway. I logged onto Shutterfly and made a (huge) photo book from most of the photos (it has 68 pages!), because I knew I would never scrap them. I have one Norway scrapbook from ten years ago (that took four years to get to/finish), so I don't really have it in me to do another one.

So ... I don't know. If you're following the blog or get it delivered to your inbox, I'll understand if you decide to stop following or unsubscribe.

I'm hoping that, once Aidan gets back in school I'll decide I want to do this some more, but I can't promise. It's his senior year, I'm depressed about him leaving home in a year, he keeps scaring me with wanting to apply to colleges far away from home, and I am officially in menopause. So I'm struggling with depression, and maybe that's part of why I can't get the mojo going.

Okay, enough explanation. It be what it be, and I'll just have to see what happens over the next little while.

I do appreciate everyone who has been a faithful reader of this blog. I'm not shutting it down, because I'm hoping this is temporary. But I do want y'all to know I'm grateful for all the kind words about my work.

So, until next time (hopefully!) ... Happy scrapping and stamping to you all!
    

Baby Granny

Well, I'm back! Just two days after my last post! Try not to faint or choke on your morning latte.

As I promised in the last post, I will now reveal to you one of the other two heritage digiscrapped pages I found in my Unfinished folder. This one is of my grandmother when she was a li'l baby. I think the pictures are hilarious, not because anything particularly funny is going on, but because it's so weird to think of my grandmother, who died at the age of 95, as ever being an actual baby. I can't imagine her ever being helpless or unable to take care of herself. (With the exception of her last days in the hospital, and we won't go there.)

Granny is the one on the left in the oval photo, on the right in the other. And, actually, something funny is going on in the oval one, or was just before it was taken. Apparently Granny had a set of keys in her hand, and had reached over and bopped her cousin Ida Lou on her head! Heee!

Here are the ingredients of the layout:
Vine: Brandy Murry, “Bees Knees” (ScrapGirls)
Papers: Doris Castle, Michelle Shefveland, “Butterfly Wings” (Cottage Arts); Cheryl McCain, “June’s Cadence”; “Divine Damask” (Atomic Cupcake)
Paper template: Syndee Nuckles “On the Edge” (ScrapGirls)
Flowers: Syndee Nuckles “Noteworthy” (ScrapGirls); Michelle Stone Designs “Romantic Beauties” (Two Little Pixels)
Butterflies: Forget-me-nots Designs, “Stories to Tell” (Heritage Scrap)
Brushes: Erica Hite “Frayed Edges” (ScrapGirls)
Frame: Diana Burton “Heritage Helpers” (Digital Scrapbook Pages) – altered using Kerry Veale’s “Intaglio 7601” style (ScrapGirls)
Tags: “Guy Thing” (Atomic Cupcake), altered using Durin Eberhart’s “Antique Paper 5101” style (ScrapGirls)
Title alpha: Nini’s Notions “Shiny Copper Alpha” (Digital Scrapbook Pages); altered
Font: Lettering Delights “LDAntique”
Scatter action: Christy VanderWall, “Scatter Things PSE 11101” (ScrapGirls)
Template: Loosely based on Kristin’s Scrap Design “Template 15” set
Styles: Mandy Steward “Framed Ink 1801” (ScrapGirls); Sarah Batdorf “Basic Shadows 6501” (SG)


I might actually start another digital family heritage page today. Or try to get caught up on my Scripture words layouts. Might. Don't get too excited. I'm waaaaaay tired this morning, so it might have to be after my post-lunch nap. (Hmmmm ... wonder if I could hurry up and have lunch, even though I had breakfast an hour ago, just so I could take that nap sooner?)

Anyway, hope you enjoy looking at this layout, and that you have a simply fabulous day!
    

Behold, I hath scrapped!

Digitally, even! I started a page about my granddad a couple of weeks ago, but still wasn't quite ready to be digiscrapping. So yesterday I decided to take a deep breath and go for it ... and it was okay! I didn't throw up, I didn't run screaming out of the room, I actually pretty much enjoyed it!

So, without further ado: Here. Is. That. Layout!! (Have to be a fan of Larry the Cucumber/LarryBoy to get that fully.)


Wasn't he spiff?! My mother says he was the cleanest carpenter she ever saw. He also worked on his parents' farm AND taught school, but carpenter was what he eventually stayed with. I remember him always looking nice, even just to sit around the house and work crossword puzzles -- not in a suit, no, but nice pants and a clean, pressed shirt. Heck, even his pajamas were spiff!

Here are the ingredients for the layout:
Paper: Dana Zarling “Vintage Artistry” (Scrapbook Bytes)
Grunge edge overlay: Inked Edge Grungy 1 (Atomic Cupcake)
Curved paper strip: BubblyKori Designs “Autumn in Paris” (Heritage Scrap), altered using Erica Hite’s “Fabric 5401” style (ScrapGirls), Syndee Nuckles’ “Damask 6301” style (SG), and Mandy Steward’s “Inked Edges 1801” (SG), and possibly some other step I’ve forgotten.
Ribbons: Lynn Griffin “Southern Porch” (Heritage Scrap), recolored; Syndee Nuckles “November Sky” (ScrapGirls), recolored; Diana Burton “Marguerite” (Digital Scrapbook Pages), altered; Heather Roselli “Mint Chocolate” (DigiChick), recolored
Tag: Michelle Coleman “Bohemian Summer” (Memory Makers Magazine), recolored
Brad: “Shabby Mommy” (Shabby Princess)
Font: Lettering Delights “LDAunt Elizabeth” (altered on title, forgotten how)
Other Styles: Sarah Batdorf “Basic Shadows 6501” (SG)


I also found two other layouts I had finished but had not yet completed the supply lists for, and so had not moved them from the "unfinished" folder to the proper "finished" folder. I'll save those for other posts.

I still despair of ever getting into the craft loft again. I got the new Stampin' Up! catalog the other day, and really, there were only a few sets that just grabbed my attention and turned on the "WANT!" button. Some nice papers and accessories, too. Of course, the stuff I really liked would look great on heritage layouts, but I'm doing all those digi, so I can only hope that SU will create digi stamps out of those sets SOON!!! Or else buy 'em anyway and hope they spark some creativity. I hate to do that, though, when I already have ten jillion stamps sitting there unused.

Maybe one of these days I will feel better and that will be all it takes to get me up there. Really, right now I don't feel much like putting the effort in. I had a few good weeks, there, but was busy Genealogy-izing, and now I'm having problems with my head/neck and don't much want to be sitting up straight and looking down at the table for too long at a time. (I slouch when I'm on the computer, and can fix it so I don't have to bend my neck to see it.)

Ah, well. I read about a lady the other day who had been poisoned by E. coli a year ago and was still in the hospital trying to recover from what it did to her internal organs. So I'm definitely blessed not to be that bad off!

It's my Mama's birthday today (78! she can't be that "old"!), but I didn't hand-make her card (I feel so bad about that, even though she understands!). The gift I ordered for her hasn't arrived yet, either. It's a 12x12 stretched canvas version of the layout I made of her when she was 8 years old. I hope they do a good job with it. But, so, yeah, that won't be here. She says celebrating on a Tuesday is kinda silly, she'd rather celebrate on the weekend, anyway, but we'll at least do something smallish today. I have a headache and don't feel up to making her a cake (which she probably couldn't eat anyway because she's having some major digestive issues lately, along with the fact that she can't eat sugar or wheat anyway). No, we are not "normal," easy-to-party people around here. But we love and celebrate each other every day, anyway. I've always been so thankful that my Granny knew how much we loved her (because we always wrote tributes in our cards we gave her for her birthdays), and we gave her lots of flowers, we didn't wait until her funeral for that stuff. We're like that about Mom and Dad, too. I say, if you love somebody, tell 'em, dang it! Let them know what they mean to you and why. Celebrate them every day, don't wait until they're gone and can't benefit from it.

Okay, I'm rambling now. Off to do ... something (maybe a nap?). Hope you enjoyed the layout!
    

Quick update

Okay -- I do NOT have to have a tonsillectomy!! So the deviated septum will remain as-is. I do have lumbar arthritis, and I'm having procedures done to sort-of cauterize some of the nerves in my neck to help with headaches these nerves cause.

I haven't scrapped since my last post (maybe once). Still can't stand the thought of digi-scrapping, but it doesn't make me queasy now. I have been doing heaps of stuff with family history (mainly just finding documents and adding sources). No writing going on yet.

No huge plans for the summer, although Aidan will be attending the National Junior Classical League convention in July. It's in Fargo, ND. Whoopee. We'll probably all end up going there because I'm one of "those" moms and can't quite see letting him fly by himself. So, yeah. Fargo. Can't contain the excitement.

And, that's pretty much it. As I said in my last post, don't give up on me yet, because I'm sure I'll be back in the saddle in the craft loft one of these days. And if I should ever decide I'm done for good, I will be selling huge amounts of scrapping supplies! (But I don't see this happening.)

Until next time ...
    

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