So I've stuck very well to my resolution to organize and clean more, and I've discovered something delightful. When the house is clean and the children all taken care of - I don't feel guilty scrapping! After his bath, Nate and I hop in bed and he watches Nick at Night and falls asleep next to me on my laptop. It's great! Anyways, my stepmother-in-law's birthday is next week and I have an album I bought for her that has the same print as the heart in this layout. I thought I'd do some pages of our get-together this year, and then maybe add to it in future years. So, this is the cover layout I've come up with. What do you think?
PS - forgot to mention, the elements are all from Krystal Hartley's "Heart Attack" kit, available soon!
The kids and the house are clean and the laundry's going, time to play! I've spent a lot of time in my scraproom this week, and wanted to hang out with the family instead of sequestering myself, so I parked myself on the sofa in front of the playoffs. (oh joy oh joy, please don't tell my husband that I watched the entire game and cannot name one of the teams that played, but the Pats won last night so it's all good) I took Krystal Hartley's up and coming kit, "The Sweetest Thing" and created this layout of my dear husband. She has a freebie download, head over and show her some love!
Well I'm off to a good start with the class, have done all of the assignments, homework, and "bonus" projects, as well as pore over the gallery and message board. I'm REALLY excited about turning my studio into a sustainable, inspiring space! My friend Cheri A. and I decided to take the class together, and it's very cool that we've been joined by Shelley and Lynne M. Just makes it more fun to take a class with friends. Can't wait to see what we all do.
So our first assignments included a couple of altered projects to match our studios. I've actually never successfully altered much of anything, so I worked really hard to do these. I'm thrilled with how they turned out, and can see how some people are so addicted! I found the paper at AC Moore and liked that it included blues and greens and browns, plus whites and creams. That's pretty much what's in my studio. I added pink lettering since I do have lots of pink accents as well.
My scrapbooking mission statement: Matching clipboard to hold bits of inspiration. They say the third time's the charm - I'm embarassed to admit this is the third time I've tried altering a clipboard, and the first time I succeeded!
I'm also proud to report that not only did I get these projects done yesterday, I also spent quality time with my kids and organized more of the house and maintained what I had already organized. Ok ok so it's only a few days, but it's a start! I'm taking babysteps with the organizing: one pile at a time. The kitchen counters are now looking great, probably the best since we moved in, as are several other surfaces in our main living space. Oh, and I've made our bed every day this year!
2007 began with the death of my mother and ended with the death of my husband's family business, we are happy to move on to a new year.
It's the time for resolutions, and like many others I make my own little list. I'll share some of them here, in no particular order:
Lose 20 pounds. No really. I'd like to get back to my regular size. Please and thank you.
Send a card a week. I want to touch base with old friends and let them know I still think of them often. I want to let people know how much they mean to me, at times when they're not expecting it. I used to be good at sending cards, but lost the habit since Nate was born. So I thought I would make a point of sending a card a week.
Scrapbook more. I say this every year. Why not? I love scrapbooking and never seem to get enough of it! This year I really didn't get much done at all, between moving and 5 kids and traveling for work. Maybe I can do it.
Complete my scraproom. It's long overdue. I want to turn it into my dream space. To achieve this end, I am taking a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called, "Get Organized and Be Inspired" Thanks to my girlfriends who got me the book and the class for Christmas!
Organize/clean more. I am not good at either, I'm hoping that the former will reduce the need for the latter. I especially would like to accomplish this in my office and bedroom.
Encourage my husband. More. To stress less and enjoy more (than video games). To do more (around the house). And I'll nag less (about video games and honey-do's).
Take a class. I challenge myself to learn one new skill per year, or significantly advance my skills/knowledge at something. I'm not going to count my BPS organizing class because it's more motivation and inspiration than learning.