I can't begin to tell you how frustrating this is to me to have my pc on the fritz for so long. Each day I log on hoping it will be back to normal....this has been happening for months now. And it always fixes itself someohow ...sometimes overnight, sometimes days, sometimes weeks. Its been a couiple of weeks this time & still I can see no images in anything ...just text. I'm fed up so I'm not logging on again till I have a working computer which should hopefully be in a week or less.
Even when creating a blog I can't insert any pictures to share because I can't see the darn button within the "new post" page that says "insert photo". So rather than bore you all with just rambling & no photos or samples of my art....I'll just wait a few days until the probelm gets fixed. I'll be back as soon as possible. Have a great week.
So many of my pages gravitate toward warm earthy colors...greens, browns, neutrals....but when I look at my pages I see one color that is present in so many of my pages....orange !!! From vibrant orange to more muted rusty oranges.....there is some shade of this color in so many of my pages. No small wonder then that I am counting the days till I can get Ambrosia & start creating with it.
What colors do you gravitate toward the most? Are they the vibrant jewel tones that I struggle with the most or are you a freak for orange just like me?
1) So happy to chat with my daughter today and catch up. I miss her so much but the distance I think really has made us feel closer than ever. Makes me so happy that she has found her path in life & is so happy.
2) Happy the lawn is mowed and all my yard work is done for the weekend. I dislike mowing the lawn more than any other chore (except maybe stacking wood) but its so nice to see the end result. I'm sure my neighbors feel bad for me when they see me out there with my reel mower. But I use that mower by choice. What they don't know is that I do have a gas powered mower...I just choose not to use it. With the reel mower I can mow anytime I want without disturbing my neighbors & I can listen to music rather than a loud motor. And best of all...it does no damage to the environment.
3) Happy baseball is over ! Wow...never thought I would say that. But after traveling to 6 playoff games in an 8 day span I truly was glad to see an end and now be able to get to enjoying summer.
4) Happy for my health. Life is truly good and I'm thankful every day that I am healthy & happy. Now if I could just lose those extra pounds...
5)Happy to be a creative soul....scrapbooking brings me such joy. I love to write, love photography & love to be creative. How can I not love scrapbooking when it lets me do all of my favorite things?
6)Happy not to spend any money on gas today. I have decided to do my own little gas boycott. I spend so much money on gas commuting to work each day that a few weeks back I decided that I would have 1 day a week that I do not drive at all. And I really like that day at home to get things done around here....also love that it helps me save a little bit on gas expenses.
7)Happy that it rained (after I finished my yard work) so I don't have to water my gardens for at least the next few days. I have lots of gardens so any break from watering is always a blessing.
Anyway...have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully I'll have this up & running correctly again soon as I have lots of new layouts to share.
What is your scrapbooking style? Do your pages tend to focus more on the photos or on your journaling. I'd have to say mine are a bit of both. I definitley want to tell the stories of my everyday life whther it be about me, my children, travels or whatever. But I like to have a great photo to support teh journaling too. Lately I tend to do a lot of single photo layouts. But on some pages 1 picture is just not enough is it?
I'll end this post with another layout of mine...this one with just a single picture. This boy brings such sunshine & laughter into my life. I'm truly blessed !!!
He has really turned out to be a natural athlete in everything he tries. But in baseball his best position is without a doubt pitching. His aim is dead on almost every pitch and this year his pitching speed has become an amazing thing to see. He's pretty good at this too.
This boy can really send the ball flying when he gets a good hit. He's still waiting for that elusive out of the park home run...but I'm sure he'll get that one day. The boy just loves baseball !!!
So proud to be his Mom watching his games. Its always sad when baseball season finally ends. Have to run...have a good night everyone.
even more on the inside than out.
This is the girl who cried brokenly after seeing a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk eating from a tin can (her first realization that the world can be a very cruel place for many people less fortunate than her)
The same girl who a few years later as a young teen gave up her free time to work in a local soup kitchen and also as a high school student helped to organize Valentine dances at the Senior center. Who in her senior year of high school started her own mitten drive and amazed everyone by the incredible amounts of mittens, gloves & scarves she was able to encourage people to donate for those in need. Truly a wonderful, loving, compassionate young woman she has grown to be.
And now serving her country in the US Navy aircrew and hoping to one day be a pilot. I guess it would be no surprise then to know how incredibly proud I am of her & how lucky I feel to have been blessed with such a special daughter.
Happy Birthday Mand !!! I miss you & love you so much. (p.s. - you're stuck with me!)
I'll close with this simple layout I did of Amanda when she turned 21 last summer & we had our girls weekend away to Cape Cod together that was part birthday celebration & part goodbye (she left for boot camp a week later).
Sometimes less really is more isn't it? Especially if you have a great photo & a great background paper. This patterned paper is from SEI. All I did was add a patterned paper covered chipboard circle, painted chipboard numbers, small circles punched from the same green patterned paper to add a bit more detail to the background. The one photo and a thin black line drawn coming down the right hand side of the layout for my journaling to travel along. Simple...and I love it because the colors tie in so well with the picture but yet do not take focus away from it. Also a perfect example that a portrait does not need to have the subjects the whole head included for it to still be striking.
Journaling reads : Old enough to drink, old enough to be on your own, never too old to be my little girl
Ok..the detail in this picture could almost make me afraid of butterflies. But the detail is also why I love it. Love the color contrast too.
Hope you all had a nice 4th of July...mine was very relaxed which was perfect for me. My son & I spent the day kayaing with a friend today which was very fun and cured him of his fear of boats. Hooray !!! I'm dead tired but before I head off to bed I wanted to share a couple of recent pages with you all. This first one was from a 4 wheeling vacation my son & I took a few years back in my new Jeep. What a long ride to get to Utah from Massachusetts but what an amazing trip that was!The next one is a page I created with a photo of my son & my niece from last summer. These are not colors (orange, pink & red) I would normally choose to put together...but again, going out of my comfort zone sometimes ends in results I'm really happy with.
There are some layouts that I struggle over for hours & still am not thrilled with the end results. Then there are those such as this one that seem to come together effortlessly that end up being my absolute favorites. Some of the things I like most about this layout
- I adore this candid photo of my beautiful daughter laughing.
- Love the color combination and how the colors pop on the black background. The patterned paper, rub ons & die cut words are all from Daisy D's. ( http://www.daisyds.com/ )I am loving their product lines !!!
- Love the added bling that give this page a little extra sparkle. The necklace my daughter is wearing is a cherished antique given to her when she was 14. The picture does not do it justice so I added a few rhinestone brads attached directly to the photo to draw attention to it. Also the dotted line to the right of the photo and between some of the die cut words on the left side of the page are rhinestone stickers which add a bit more sparkle to the page. I also added some detailing to the flowers with shimmer pens which does not even show up in the picture.
- Love the list type journaling which tells the viewer a little bit of random info about Amanda. I use list journaling often on my pages. When I'm stumped for what to write on a page I find this type of journaling to be much easier.
Ok...I'm off to finish the lawn & then to the grocery store for food for tomorrow's cook out.
Below is a photo of myself & my 2 beautiful children. I'm biased of course but these 2 people are my whole world. My daughter is in the Aircrew division of the US Navy & her determination, strength & dedication to her country make my heart swell with pride. My son is the happiest most loving boy you could ever hope to meet. He is a natural athlete & an amazing pitcher. He's says he is going to be a pro pitcher for the Red Sox one day. Me? Well I'll let you be the judge of that....