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)
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!!