Thursday, February 27, 2014

Project Life Week 4

Our fourth week was full of fun and all things LOVE.  Drew and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary!
Week 4, Page 1

Drew and I watched Parenthood as much as we could find the time to do so!  Such a great, well developed show!  I also decorated our mantle for Valentines Day and brought back the ever popular #howvivisleeps.  That silly girl always keeping me laughing and smiling!

Week 4, page 2

Hope everyone is having a great week! :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Layout Share- Tale As Old As Time...

I created this layout for our December 2013 trip album.  Sometimes, with the selfie style pictures of Drew and I on trips, you can't even tell that we were at Disneyland.  But we were and I will always include them with those albums.

Something that helps me include them in a meaningful way is to use the photo to tell a bigger part of our total Disney story, like I did with this layout.  When I picked up this photo, the song from Beauty and the Beast popped in my head... "Tale as old as time, true as it can be..." and my concept for the layout clicked.

The journaling reads:
Boy meets Disney girl.
Disney girl takes boy to Disneyland...
he becomes a Disney boy
and together they go on so many
Disney adventures...
even having their own Disney baby girls...
Dreams do come true...

To add a bit of Disney touch to this layout, I added small punched out Mickey silhouettes to each of the embellishment hearts.  The "Dream" bingo card is also a nod to Disney and the prevailing theme throughout the movies and the parks of dreams.  The title is the lyrics to the song "Beauty and the Beast", the inspiration to this layout.

I used primarily the DCWV Vintage Collector line of products.  I added thickers from American Crafts, some twine and a label from the Target dollar spot, chalk ink from prima and some doilies to complete the page.  The journaling spot was created with my absolute favorite new scrapbook tool, the tag punch from Stampin' Up.  

Thanks so much for looking! :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Project Life- Week 3

Our third week of 2014 saw our first week that was a little more "normal" as far as weeks go.  No extra inserts were needed and I truly felt that I was documenting our average, daily life.  the biggest adventure of the third week was when our Christmas tree suddenly, without any apparent reason fell over and crashed to the floor!  I blame angry holiday purists ghosts who had decided we had left our tree up for FAR too long.  

Week 3, Page 1
During the third week, Roslyn had a great playdate with her friend Ava, Drew got *really* excited about  me doing project life, Vivi and Daddy played guitar, Drew took care of me and the house while I was sick, Roslyn finally got a Pikachu hat, Vivi and I went on a thrift store adventure, and Daddy and mama and Vivi spent a Saturday afternoon together while Roslyn had a playdate with her friend Mia.  It was a good week.

Week 3, Page 2

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hazy Shade of Winter...

I promise you that I meant it when I started to blog again and seemed to do so regularly for about a minute.

And then I got sick.  And I got sick again. And again.  And again.  And again.

It's been a bad season.  Almost everyone you could meet has had "the crud" as we've all taken to calling it.  Some have had the flu, but most that I know have at the very least had this crud that has been spreading itself and lingering and lounging about in our sinuses and in our lungs.

I've been down 5 times since September and ended up on prednisone and antibiotics 4 of those times and most recently on another course of antibiotics this last week due to a raging case of tonsillitis that had me almost literally becoming one with my couch, planning my "goodbye cruel world" speeches to be left to be read at my funeral, because surely, I was dying.  Dramatic, much?

I really try to go along with the flow and forge ahead even if I don't feel my best.  I don't like to say no to people and things and experiences and possibilities and I find that I have simply ran myself to the point of 4 sinus infections, 4 lung infections and tonsillitis.

At some point, I hope that I will learn to rest.  To simply be able to say "no" and to trust that those who hear that answer won't want to leave me or walk away or be upset with me.  I carry a pretty unconditional love for everyone in my life, but some how I have never quite learned to have faith that people do in fact have that for me.  Logically, I know they do.  But my heart is vulnerable and insecure and worries.  A lot.

In addition to the physical hardship that being sick will put on anyone- I've been dealing with the mental hardship the most lately.  My body is letting me down.  I feel like I am failing my body and my soul somehow.  My lungs don't seem to like to do their job lately.  This last week, I haven't even been able to swallow without crying.  I'm anxious and I'm sad that I just haven't felt good enough always to do the things that I want and need to do.

I don't know what I am hoping to accomplish in writing this and inevitably hitting the publish button.  But I have to get it out... it's been bubbling up inside me and I don't want to blow.  I don't want to carry this negativity, self doubt and sometimes even self hatred around inside me.  I don't want it to run me down even more and get sick again.

I've been slowly making the journey to healthier living.  Getting some issues under control medically (thyroid, blood pressure, etc) has been my main priority lately, as well as focusing on putting things in my body that promote health and healing.  I'll get there. I will.  These have just been bumps in the road.

Thank you for reading my rambling... looking forward to writing and sharing more thoughts and art soon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Layout Share... Ava & Roslyn

When Drew sent me this picture of Roslyn with her sweet friend Ava before school last week I know that I would scrapbook it in it's own page.  I just love it, their smiles and the love they have for each other simply shine through.  They have a special friendship- truly two young kindred spirits.  We are so grateful for this happy friendship for our Roslyn.
One of my goals for scrapbooking this year is to be more mindful of using what I have.  I have a lot of stuff.  I have beautiful stickers, embellishments and papers that deserve to be used and it's time I do exactly that!  One of my favorite scrapbookers, Susan, has created a 2014 stash challenge that I am participating in.  This is my first stash challenge layout.  I used one of my back-logged monthly kits, some old prima and Heidi Swapp as well as misc. embellishments that I have had for a while.

I'm looking forward to having a creatively productive year and enjoying using my supplies more than simply buying them. :)