Is it Monday again already?! I don’t know about you, but life in my house right now is sort of insane. Having 3 kids has always kept us hopping but since our youngest started Kindergarten last month, and all the after school activities being 5 allowed her to participate in, our busy-ness turned up about 1,000 notches!! This weekly blog hop that I am lucky enough to participate in seems to be the only thing I am managing to post to my blog right now. Yikes!
I have been a bit disappointed in myself for not playing along with the actual LayOut A Day portion of the MotherLOAD class that I’m currently enrolled in. Life has been … well, hectic this month, to say the least! School started up again, Paige had that 2 week painful graduated entry to get through, my Stampin’ Up! business is hogging all my family scrapping time … you see? Hectic.
But yesterday I made a commitment to myself to do something creative everyday. Whether that be a Stampin’ Up! sample for a workshop or swap, or (hopefully) a scrapbook layout for our family albums, I just need to create! I miss it! I need it!!! So, last night at 10:00PM I headed into my craft room, put on the latest Mind Aware Teleseminar replay, pulled out my notebook with those lists of LOAD prompts, grabbed a snack bag and got busy. Within an hour I came up with this.
I received my weekly MotherLOAD email this morning … we’re into week 8 now. Hmmm … I finished the layout for week 7 yesterday … Oh well. Life has been busy and taken a turn for the crazy(er). While I have been spending hours in my scrap room/office, it’s mostly been reading up on Stampin’ Up! stuff, trying to figure out their site and learning about the fine art of Direct Sales. Ugh. Not sure I’m really cut out for all this cold calling and stuff but I’m doing my best to give it a shot.
But back to Week 7 … we were to create a layout that conveyed a theme or emotion without using words. Here is mine, can you guess what my theme/emotion is?
For week 8 Lain is talking about Inspiration and how we can get overwhelmed with our inspiration – too many ideas, too much product, too many photos. Check out this great post from layoutaday.com about burnout. It is so timely as I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and not in a scrapping “mood”. Since doing all those Apron Strings challenges in July, I’ve barely scrapped anything. I’m falling behind on my MotherLOAD work, I’ve printed the pictures for my July P12 layout but done nothing with them and my OLW … well, the less said about THAT the better! Earlier in the summer I signed up for Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival so now I’ve got more projects that aren’t getting done. Yes, I suppose I could be a teensy bit over stretched! 🙂 Add to that the fact that I’ve now signed up with Stampin’ Up! and am trying desperately to learn all I can about the company, their products (I’m mostly familiar with them already thank goodness!) and the business of being a demonstrator for them. It’s a ton of stuff firing at me at the same time. No wonder I’m feeling overwhelmed!
Anyway, I’m going to try and get into my craft room today to do some scrapping – if the girls will play nicely! I had an hour to myself last night to get some sales calls made and the promise of another hour tonight to make some more, so I think I can put aside the crafting business in favour of the crafting business for a bit. Wish me luck!
I’ve been doing my MotherLOAD assignments but I’ve just plain old forgotten to post them. Whoops! I’ve also been SUPER preoocupied with other stuff that I am hoping to post about soon. I’m just not sure yet what form that post will take so stay tuned …
Back to MotherLOAD. I last posted about Week 4 where the theme was “use what you love, lose the rest”. Week 5 we were talking about cutting corners – not literally, but in a more “scrapping faster” kind of way. We had taken notes about our usual scrap process in Week 3 and now we were to revisit those notes and find ways to shave off time. To be honest, I’m not sure where I’m wasting time. I’ve gotten into the habit of pre-printing a whole stack of photos at once so when I want to scrap something, they are ready to go. I do sometimes spend forever picking my papers – trying to find the “perfect ones”. So I can endeavour to make decisions faster there. Harkening back to my Embracing Imperfection workshop, I can embrace what I have and use it. Perfect or not. Oh, and through the process of using my old stash during Apron Strings July challenges, I now am more intimately acquainted with my stash so digging through it to find the right papers doesn’t take nearly as long! I can also get bogged down in photo and embellishment placement but if I find I’m having trouble, I know that turning to a sketch can be a real life saver.
Lain challenged us to create a layout in only 30 minutes. Set a timer and go for it! I created this.
In Week 6 we started focussing on Journalling and the challenge was to start our layouts with the journalling. Plan for it from the beginning so as to ensure there was enough room and that everything else supported it. I was so inspired I actually made 2 layouts (I’m a keener that way!) When I was looking at the stack of photos from our trip to the PNE in 2009 I knew I wanted to include a page about it in Paige’s album but most of the pictures were of Marley on rides. What to do? Make two pages!! One for Paige’s album and one for Marley’s. I started by writing down my journalling for both in my new notebook dedicated to such things (another Lain prompt) and then transferred it to some Basic Grey paper which I cut out on my Cuttlebug.
Here’s the layout for Paige.
Well there you have it. The other thing I wanted to share with you today was my continued efforts to reorganize my scrap space. While the girls were at Granny Camp and Greg was laid up recovering from his “procedure” I got busy in the office. Greg and I actually share the space but I think I am slowly pushing him out! 🙂 As my stash takes up more and more room, his computer gets more and more hidden. If my new business venture (hint, hint, hint) takes off, he may have to leave altogether so we can claim that office as a tax write-off. We’ll see.
Anyway, here are some pictures of the new space.
I managed to convince Greg to take the girls to the drop-in at Delta Gymnastics (thanks Colleen!!) so while I have the house to myself I thought I’d better post about the work that went on in my craft room this weekend. And today. But mostly over the weekend! 🙂
First up, was One Little Word. At the beginning of July I got caught up on the past few months of homework assignments (see this post here) and I’ve been working on July’s assignment all month. Let me explain. The task was to pick 9 songs that comprise a soundtrack of our Word as it applies to us right now. This was tricky for me. I love music and music can generate such a wide range of feelings in me. Greg and I have mostly widely differing tastes in music! He likes the new, edgy Rock/Alternative stuff (with a healthy dose of the 80’s and 90’s in there too – gotta keep those highschool memories alive!) while I tend towards more Rock/Pop/Country genres. It may be jouvenile for me to rock out to Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears but it gets those happy hormones flowing and that’s really what music is all about for me. Plus, the girls “get it” too so we can dance around the house together!
My word is Release and when I Googled “release” and “song titles” all I got was a huge long list of various artists album and/or song release dates. Which I kind of figured was going to be the case. So I went to plan B. I opened up iTunes and pulled up “most played” and went shopping for the tunes that spoke to me. Out of my list of 17 or so, I slowly worked on narrowing it down to 9. Then we were to make up little canvasses using our song titles and some lyrics from the song which spoke to our word.
Here’s what I came up with … initially.
Okay, I’m continuing my crafty streak. Participating in these two challenges this month has been an awesome experience for so many reasons. I’ve been completing lots of layouts for one. I’ve been reacquainting myself with (and actually using) my stash! And I’ve been tackling little organizational projects from my to-do list. And, perhaps the most amazing reason of all, I’ve really been discovering my “style”!
So the first of the two layouts I have for you tonight is a double pager for Apron Strings Day 12. The challenge was to use the given colour scheme and some older kits/papers. Lori also gave us another sketch to help us if we needed it. I’d used it before (Day 6 I believe) and decided to give it another go.
Here’s the colour scheme and the sketch.
For our MotherLOAD assignment this week we were to pay attention to our process and examine how it may be contributing to or affecting our output. For example, do we always start a layout with the photos or is it the papers? Do we use sketches or not – how do they change the way we approach a layout? To test this out we were to create a layout using our normal process and take notes along the way, how long each step was taking, etc. This was an interesting exercise. I wanted to combine it with the Apron Strings challenge but to be honest, I don’t normally start with a specific colour scheme in mind so I had to create a completely different layout. As I do have a stack of photos sitting out waiting to be scrapped I just grabbed the next ones and got to work. Here’s what I came up with.
The photo assignment for this week was a self portrait. I don’t usually like pictures of myself but … what the hell. Here it is.
I was talking to Greg last night about turning my 5 on Friday into a Week In Review type post as I’m finding it hard to always come up with 5 things to talk about. I also said something about trying to keep it family content only so my family overseas and out of town (with zero interest in my scrapbooking) can know to check in once a week for an update on our lives and not be bombarded with layouts and paper talk.
Today I have very little to talk about besides scrapbooking!!
I fully admit to holing away in my scrap room whenever I can and for as long as the girls will play nicely together. The laundry isn’t folded yet. The dishes get done when I’m preparing dinner (and just get stacked on the counter all day up to then!) The girls are having a ball developing Pixie Hollow to their hearts content and, in Marley’s case, reading about owls and eagles as much as they like. Meals are offered. Snacks are prepared. Diapers are changed. But really, it’s summer so there is little structure and lots of free playtime. As an added bonus the weather hasn’t been overly nice so I don’t feel too terrible NOT taking them to the park/beach/playground/etc.
I suppose it can’t last forever though. LC has been having trouble sleeping lately and I’m starting to wonder if it’s not directly related to how much outside time she’s not getting. Does that make sense? 🙂
Ah the Guilt Trips of Motherhood!
So, what have we been doing this week? Well, I will start with my scrappy stuff and go from there.
1. MotherLOAD Week 2
We’re actually in Week 3 now but I got caught up in other stuff and forgot to post/do my Week 2 assignments. Our photo homework was to take a picture of something that makes us smile. Well, that was easy! LC tortured me for the entire 9 months she lived inside me but since being born she has made us smile every day. Last Saturday we went over to Andrew and Jonina’s for my nephew Matthew’s birthday and she was at it again. Check her out here.
5. This just happened
Just to prove that the girls don’t stay indoors ALL the time …