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At the Moment

At the Moment

Lately, I have been knee deep in photo organization.

When my video editing software wasn’t working, I took the computer in to the Apple store to get it fixed. After checking out the error reports, they told me I needed to re-format the computer, and restore from the back-up, which I had brought with me because I had thought that might be the problem.

So we re-formatted the computer, and then I started restoring from the back-up. And couldn’t. Because somehow, I had a back-up that was 1.3 TB from a 1TB computer. (Cue massive confusion from all involved.)

The past week has involved hours and hours of data transfer and photo organization. I’ve still got tons more to do. (My photo library is huge. I’ve had a digital camera since 2001.)

Along the way I’ve decided, with the recommendation of my friend Mary at Be Photo Wise, to move from iPhoto to Lightroom. Before I got the iMac, I had been using Adobe’s Organizer, and loved that.¬†Hopefully I’ll enjoy Lightroom as well. I’ll let you all know how that goes.

When I’m not knee deep in photos, I am working on the next few scrapbooking books in the Beginner’s Guide series. I’ve got a few thousand words towards The Parent’s (and Grandparent’s) Guide to Scrapbooking, and have outlined a Lover’s Guide, and a Traveller’s Guide. I am working with some friends who are digital scrapbooking experts to put together a Tech Lover’s Guide as well.

sketches || noexcusescrapbooking.com

For the sketch class at the end of the month, I’m putting together a little booklet of sketches and blank pages for the participants to take home with them. There’s still time to sign up here.

It is all coming together so slowly.

I guess I am the turtle, rather than the hare.

Now that you know what I am working on, here are a few questions for you:

Have you scrapbooked about your children? How about your significant other? Do you scrapbook your travels? What has made scrapbooking about those topics difficult? What made it easier? What do you wish you’d known when you started scrapbooking? What’s your best tip(s) for new scrapbookers?

I’d love to hear what you have to say about scrapbooking. We all approach memory keeping from different angles. I’d love to learn from you, too!

 

LOAD Wrap Up

LOAD Wrap Up

Yesterday was the last day of the Layout a Day challenge run by Lain Ehmann, I’m happy to say I finished the month, with a page made every day.

The prompt for the day, since we usually all get sad about missing everyone once LOAD is over, was to document a book that made us cry.

Well, for me, that would be more like which books don’t make me cry? Seriously.

Since I could probably write a book about things that make me cry, I decided to use the printer for my journaling. And I was feeling a bit better, so was able to explore a little bit of my artsy side as well.

cry baby || noexcusescrapbooking.com

I went with some misting and enamel dots to suggest the idea of tears, and the doily shapes reminded me of handkerchiefs as well. Although this took longer (had to let the mist dry!) it’s still a super simple page.

One of the biggest benefits of doing LOAD is that you come to find your style. You figure out what works for you, and since you’re scrapbooking so regularly, you have time to experiment as well, which lets you add new things to your style as your tastes change over time.

LOAD is just plain awesome.

Also, you have things like this when you are done:

LOAD 215 pile || noexcusescrapbooking.com

Doing LOAD makes you feel like you’ve accomplished things, and that’s a good thing. And, unlike laundry, these things stay done. That’s even better, don’t you think?

Ancient Stickers

Ancient Stickers

Yesterday’s prompt was based on a classic — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The suggestion was to use the title (with relevant adjustments) as a title on a scrapbook page.

This is a fun prompt that you could use for lots of different topics. Think Joe’s Adventures in Driving, or Stacy’s Adventures in Dancing, etc. So many possibilities here!

I chose to not use the exact wording, but stuck with the idea of adventures.

Tractor adventures || noexcusescrapbooking.com

These are two sides of the same paper, plus a scrap piece from my scrap bin. And, some of the original stickers I got when I first started scrapbooking, back in, say 2002? When my little guy decided he loved construction vehicles.

I’m not super happy with this page. The patterns are too busy, so the embellishments and title get lost on the page. But it does touch on the adventures we had with Lexy on her tractor, so that’s a plus.

Definitely not my favorite page of the month.

One more day! And I think I know what I’m going to make for today. Wish me luck!

Hooray for Color Prompts!

Hooray for Color Prompts!

Yesterday’s page went surprisingly easily considering how long this ridiculous cold is hanging around. Maybe that’s because it was a color prompt based on the main colors of Madeline: blue, white, and yellow.

After a quick thumb through the photos on hand, and pulling out one of my favorite scraps from the scrap bin I came up with this:

aim || noexcusescrapbooking.com

The blue zigzag is the reverse of the arrow paper. The colors and the patterns help illustrate the energy and excitement of the day. A few enamel dots to act as slingshot stones, and the page was finished.

Some days really are easier than others.

Only two more days of LOAD. I am both happy and sad to be coming to the end. Sad, because I love creating things every day, and sharing pages with friends, and I always miss everyone when LOAD is over. Happy because I have been sick, and that’s draining all the energy and creativity out of me. If it weren’t so close to the end of the month, I would not be finishing LOAD. But since it’s only a few more days, I’ll stick it out.

After all, why let a little thing like a cold keep you from creating?

When You Just Can’t Manage

When You Just Can’t Manage

We’re so close to the end of the month, a complete LOAD¬†is totally obtainable. Except I’ve been fighting off the galloping gunk for days now.

I had fun plans based on yesterday’s prompt. Dialogue is one of the most fun things to do on a scrapbook page, as far as I’m concerned. But I needed to find pictures, print them out, then work on the design, which I knew I wanted to be more artsy than most of the pages I’ve been doing this month. The whole idea sounded exhausting.

I tried during the day to do bits and pieces, but it just wasn’t happening. So last night, I took a few pics with my iPhone, and went to bed and did a PL page in bed before passing out.

gifts I could do without || noexcusescrapbooking.com

The Project Life app has kept me in the running this month. Only three more days of LOAD! Who’s excited about finishing? I would be, except for the whole complete exhaustion thing.