Thursday, November 04, 2010


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*

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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!

Friday, June 18, 2010

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 ...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Oh, the irony

So last time I blogged, I went on and on about how much I love digital scrapbooking.

In the couple of weeks since then, I have crashed and burned. I am totally burnt out on it. Maybe it has to do with the looooonnnggg period of illness I had this winter/early spring. Just something about the thought of sitting down and digi-scrapping makes me queasy. And it's not just that. I'm feeling that way about family history, too. And my story -- the story I have laboured over for several years now and whose characters I dearly love -- my story isn't going anywhere, and I'm almost burnt out on it.

The only thing I have left is paper scrapping. The jury is still out on that, but I have thought about just going into the loft and sort-of cleaning it up, just to be around the stuff. Maybe that would spark something. I haven't felt up to it yet, though.

The good news is, I don't have strep anymore!! The bad news is I may still have to have a tonsillectomy AND have my deviated septum fixed at the same time.

I've been reading a book called From Fatigued to Fantastic by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. It's for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which I clearly have) and Fibromyalgia (which I don't think I do). LOTS of good stuff in there, but it takes months for the effects to start showing up. I may end up going to a CFS/FMS clinic in Dallas to help me get all the supplements, etc. sorted through. It's a cool book because he recognizes right off the bat that there are scores of different causes and effects in different people with CFS/FMS, so at the end of each chapter you fill out a little questionnaire, which links you to an appendix. You check off treatments in the appendix depending on how you answered the questionnaire, and by the time you finish reading the book, you should have a pretty good idea of what kind of treatment you need. Several of the things he talks about involve prescription meds, so that's one reason I think it might be worth it to go to the clinic. Of course, they don't take any kind of insurance (you can see what your insurance company will reimburse you for), so it could be expensive.

Also, my doc (PA) wants me to try a detoxification program. It sounded pretty good, and this program is the only one which actually puts immunoglobulins into your system, so I think I will try it once her office starts taking orders.

So, that's pretty much where I am right now. I hope to have SOMETHING here to show you soon. Please stick with me ... I can't stay away from being creative for long!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Time to confess

[stick with me -- there are photos in this post!]
... I love digital scrapbooking. I mean, I REALLY love it! Which totally surprises me. I'm SO not a "techie" person. If I could live in Victorian times, I would (as long as I had a couple of servants to help me with all the hard stuff! lol). This may be why I love the new Steampunk craze. I also love the "artiste" thing about being able to FEEL the materials you're working with. But digital is amazing -- you can do so many things digitally that you can't do with paper (and the reverse is also true). Plus you can reuse the stuff you buy as much as you want to, and you can alter sizes, colors, etc. with digital. There's also the plus of storage and portability. And one thing I love -- you can get the "feel" of 3-dimensional embellishments without the bulk. (You should see the uber-bulky scrapbook I made for my Grandmother a few years ago ...! Whew! I had to design non-scrapped facing pages that used BATTING to keep the embellies from smashing or ruining the page in front! Someday I'll photograph it and show you.) If you use drop shadows properly, it's often hard to tell that what you're looking at digitally is NOT real paper. At least on the computer.

I don't think I'll ever really give up paper scrapping. As soon as I get well and start to feel better I'd like to go up into the loft and give it a shot again. But for now I'm loving digi and, sadly, yes, spending too much money on it!

Oh, BTW, I would like to thank Diana Burton of Digitals for placing a link to my blog on her blog! I am VERY flattered that she considers me worthy of such an honor! I shall endeavor to continue in that worthiness!

I have so much to post and write, but I won't try to get it all into one entry. Today I'm going to show you the layout I just completed for Patter Cross' "Triple the Scraps" 2010 Scripture word challenge. The word for this week's challenge was "Perfect." As a human being I am nowhere NEAR God's standard of perfection. But thanks to the sacrifice Christ made on the cross, and His glorious resurrection (I LOVE Easter for what it means for all humanity!), I can be made perfect in Him. It's a twofold thing -- once I accept Christ as my savior, I am made perfect in His reckoning. However, I'm not actually to that point yet in my actions, behavior, thoughts, etc. So perfection is a process, as well. It's attainable only through Him. I believe we can have moments of perfection here on this earth, but being human, they don't last long! Heaven is where we will finally be "perfectly perfected." I'm glad to know there's hope!

So here is my layout, and the verse I chose to represent this word:

The background photo for this page is one my husband took of a yellow (yes, yellow) rose a few years ago. Here's the photo unaltered:

That's a stunner all by itself, isn't it!

But it was too bright for what I wanted to do with this layout. I know the layout LOOKS simple. A photo, slap some brushes on and a verse and, voila! Right? About five minutes' worth of work? Not even.

I used one of the "Moody Photo Textures" overlays from Something Blue Studios over at CatScrap on top of the photo. (This was my final choice after trying a couple of other overlays from this and other sets. Took me 30 minutes or more just to decide on this one!) This overlay is opaque, so you couldn't see the rose. I used the "Color" layer style thingy (aren't I so technical? lol) to get the effect you see here (it makes the overlay more transparent and alters the colors). Then I made a separate layer and used Durin Eberhart's "Dynamic Brush Set: Sketched Borders" (ScrapGirls) for, yes, the borders, lowered their visibilty a bit and used Sarah Batdorf's "ScrapSimple Styles: Basic Shadows" (also ScrapGirls) on them to keep the layout from being just totally flat. I wish I could tell you where I got the Decorative Alpha brush, but I've had it for over a year and didn't keep any record of the site it came from. I tried googling it with no luck, so just know I didn't create it! After making the word "Perfect" with that brush, I then added the scripture with the "Pristina" font, and had my "Perfect" layout! ;-)

So, yeah -- you can't use overlays and morph them with real paper like you can digital. Of course, you can stamp images like the borders and the title (and the verse, for that matter), and lighten things up by stamping off first. So you could do this page as a hybrid if you altered the photo first and printed it out, then stamped on it (using StazOn, I would think).

Okay, I was going to show you another of my heritage layouts, but since this post has gone a little long, I'll save that for another day.

Healthwise, I STILL have strep. I was supposed to go to an allergist/immunologist yesterday, but he got SICK, so that's been rescheduled for Monday. I also have an appointment with an Ear, Nose, Throat doc for later this month. Hopefully I can get in earlier on someone else's cancellation. My bloodwork from last time all came out just fine, and my strep isn't anything more sinister than just plain ol' Strep A, but it's been two months now and it's REALLY getting old! Please pray that I don't have to have my tonsils out -- as far as I'm concerned that is an absolutely last-resort deal. I will not have it done unless it's the only way to keep me from dying or something! (Just google Adult Tonsillectomy and you'll understand why!)

Blessings for a blessed Easter weekend! And remember -- He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!