Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scripture Challenge -- two layouts

Well! That's about all I can say ... well! Apparently Penicillin VK wasn't strong enough to knock out my strep throat and it came back to bite me in the ... tonsils! I am now on a massive, huge Amoxicillin tablet twice a day (800-something mg) that could choke a horse. Hopefully it will choke out the strep nasties and get me well soon!!!!

The worst part of this is that I haven't felt the least bit like scrapping. I haven't thought of a best part yet. I did, however, manage to scrap the Scripture challenge from Patter Cross at Triple the Scraps for last time, last week when I had that one good day between Round 1 and Round 2 of the strep. Then today I had a few lucid moments and got the new one scrapped -- on the day the challenge was announced! Not bad, that.

So here is the one for last week, the word being "Abide":

This is one of those that took ages to do because I had a concept in my head that I just couldn't make work, and my brain was fried from being sick. I wanted to use the photo (my son and hubby several years ago at Lake Travis) as the "background paper", and then do some blendy things, etc. Nothing worked. So I left it for a couple of days then came back to it and still had to fiddle awhile before I tried this overlay/template idea. I was pleased with how it turned out, so just finished it from that.

Ingredients (everything resized to fit 6"x6" where appropriate):
Overlay/template: Syndee Nuckles "Isn't it Grand" (ScrapGirls)
Paper: Ztampf Designs "Port au Prince" (Songbird Avenue -- this is a gorgeous charity kit to help with the situation in Haiti)
Photo action: Donna Rafferty -- "Toasty Burnt" from "Photo Decor" actions (Plain Digital Wrapper)
Word art template: Kim de Smet "Word Art Templates" (oScraps)
Font on "abide": Dreamer One
Other fonts: not sure ...

Then today the newest challenge word came down from Patter: "Home" As in "heaven." Now, being quite ill for the last couple of weeks, as well as knowing people who have been in terrible, life-threatening car wrecks (an 18-year-old girl who went to school with my son last year, and who is still not out of the woods), who have lost their husband in a terrible snowmobiling accident (the president of Conoco/Phillips Alaska, who was caught in an avalanche yesterday -- he is the son-in-law of one of my mother's best friends), having a member of one of my Yahoo groups lose her husband this week, reading about terrible accidents in the news ... I'm a little "nervous" about Home/Heaven coming up just now! lol Seriously, it is a HUGE comfort to know that we have an amazing, love-built home in Heaven waiting for us, I'm just not in a huge hurry to get there. All that aside, though, I had just the perfect paper for this layout -- and I just bought it this week! Perfect timing!

Jean Daugherty "Home Sweet Home" (Digizines Studios)
Thao Cosgrove "Daily Bread Collection Mini" (ScrapGirls)
Blending template: Brandy Murry "Background Blenders" (ScrapGirls)
Layout frame: Diamante Designs "Layout Holders" (Pickleberrypop)
Alpha: Syndee Nuckles "November Sky Alpha" (ScrapGirls)
Font: Gabrielle

I was pleased how quickly this one came together. I thought the gate on the other paper was so cool to use here -- hints of Pearly Gates, all that. I decided I really liked the sort-of soft, cozy feel of the muted colors here, even though I know there'll be streets of gold, God's glory and all that going on in Heaven. To me, the seaside is the most beautiful place on earth, and I love it when it's a bit foggy and everything is muted -- colors of sand, gray, soft blue. So, yeah, I like the way everything just worked out so perfectly on this layout!

I decided I had to drop the "My Lifetime Story" challenge for now -- a new topic coming down every week, and some of them were HUGE, like "my grandparents" or "my parents." Heck, I still don't even have the journaling done for "my birth story." So while I love the concept, I was feeling overwhelmed, especially since I wanted the pages to be really special, AND I was too sick to do "special". (The two pages above are special, but small, simple, no journaling to do.) I may start on Michelle Stone's "Book of Me" challenge, but we'll have to see. Journaling when my brain isn't on full is tough.

Well, hopefully this will be a better week for EVERYONE! Please pray for Ella (the car wreck victim), for Kathy and family (family of the Conoco/Phillips exec), etc. Lots of folks needing prayer right now!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

We interrupt this program for a news update

Okay, nothing dramatic. I just wanted y'all to know I've been too sick to scrap these last few days. I always thought I could scrap sick as long as it was digital, but strep throat makes you a complete brain-zombie. I'm doing better now, so will hopefully be back to scrapping tomorrow.

I guess I could show you a page I haven't posted yet. This is of my dad's mother. This is the page I was talking about a couple of posts ago as being so difficult. I don't know if it was the pressure to make my dad's mother's page as pretty as the one I made my mom's mother (I was closer to mom's), or if I just couldn't get it to work the way I wanted to. I started with a sketch/template and had a great deal of difficulty working with it with this particular photo, so that was part of the problem. I like the way it turned out, but it was a toughie!

In all honesty, I hadn't planned on posting a pic tonight, so I don't have the list of supplies ready. I tried so blessed many different papers, then a horde of different ribbons, etc., that I can't even just remember off the top of my head who made what, although I think the metal flourish was from Jean Daugherty. And the template was a PageMaps (I think).

Anyway ... my big challenge right now is the layout for the Scripture challenge. This week's word is "abide" and I've already picked my Bible verse and the photo I want to use, but I'm trying to keep it kinda "artsy" like the other two, and I am having a very difficult time of it. I tried working on it a couple of nights ago, which was when I realized that strep just doesn't make for the ideal scrapping-brain circumstances. I'm also already VERY behind on the "My Lifetime Story" challenge. Last week we were supposed to write/scrap about our parents, one layout/page each. Well, of course being sick I was NOT up to that, especially since I want to make these pages extra special (at least journaling-wise). Well, next thing I know it's time for a new week, and the challenge is to make layouts about your grandparents. Well, that's six pages total (including my parents), or four if I were to double up the grandparents, but that's still a LOT to do when you don't want to just slap something together. *SIGH* The challenge hosts say not to worry about it, just to do what you can when you can, but that doesn't always work for me. I end up feeling completely overwhelmed by all the stuff I haven't done yet, and give up. I don't want to do that with this one, but we'll just have to see ...

Okay, that's enough for tonight. I got my hair colored today (finally -- I'd had to put it off three times because of some physical ailment or other) and went to the grocery store, so I'm sure I totally overdid it. I'll probably pay for it tomorrow -- but I sure hope not!

Blessings, grace and peace!