Happy New Year

As December closed, I realized I had cheated myself of one of the things I have come to thoroughly enjoy over the last few years… flipping through my “weekly” pages in my scrapbook at year end.  Things happen, and I let that process fall to the side.  I consistently ignored my weekly calendar reminder to “Scrap the week!”  Sometimes, I was just too tired; others, not motivated.  Some of my excuses included having to work and, not that I feel guilty about this one, other times I was doing things with my kids.  Whatever the myriad of reasons, I got to the year end and found I was truly disappointed with how few pages I had.
So this year, I will maintain my weekly pages (past mid April!).  To help me accomplish the goal, I made myself 52 templates!  Yep, I used a month’s scrapping set from Scooty (http://sdesigns.wamby.be/) (came with 31 templates) and just flipped and turned for the extra 21 needed.  I adapted her daily tags to weekly tags.
I even put papers on the templates (color coordinated by month), so that, worst case, if I’m running short on time, I just have to slap the pics in and throw in some color text.
I’m quite happy with knowing they are done and ready for the year! It makes me even happier to know that this time next year, I won’t have the same disappointment.  It’s quite empowering, really, (in any part of our life), when you can identify a “problem” and then devise and implement a solution!
Onward and forward 2014!
Happy New Year to all and to all – may you find simple, achievable solutions to all of your problems (big or small)!
Now get scrappin!

I have always been frustrated with the initial visual impression upon entering my home.  I don’t have a grand entryway or a cute alcove to display fun things.  I have… a staircase.  And when I greet you at the door, although my dog is friendly, all you see is… a staircase.  

After more than a year of debating quotes, silhouettes, painting chevrons or stripes, I got inspired by a Google search of “painted stairs,” and decided simple was the way to go;  just adding some color would do the trick.  Part of my delay was indecision on what to do; but the other part was wondering if I should do it.  End the end, though, it’s my house and the whole thing is going to have to be painted anyway at the dreaded time of “resale.”  It is, after all, only paint!

I was at Lowe’s to buy concrete for stepping stones (a future post, I’m sure!) and happened through the paint center.  They had all these clearance pots of sample colors.  I didn’t set out to buy paint for the stairs.  But here were the perfect colors!  I started smiling just thinking about the “new” stairs.  I tried to reason with myself that I had too much planned for the day to derail that and paint my stairs.   I lost the argument!  

Got home, taped the stairs, had the boys help decide the color order of the stairs, and dove right in.  

Cash Investment = $12 (including the brush)

Time = 1 hour

Joy it brings me = Priceless!

What project have you been debating?  Be brave and get to it!


Choosy moms choose… Gifs. Or at least the funky moms do!

Fun with animated gifs…  I was going through my photo stash (digitally, of course).  I have a “sport/speed” setting on my Canon.  It takes rapid photos, one right after the other.  I make pages with a handful of them, but the real fun is making animated gifs.  

Open all the photos in the series and place them in the workspace.  ”Stack” the phones in sequence into one file so that each photo is a separate layer.  When you go to save (in PSE or CSPS), Save for Web – and check that little box that creates so much fun – “animate.”  You have some timing options to choose – 1, 2, 5 seconds, etc.  Most are great at 2 seconds, but my samples are at 5.  Depending on the subject, they look a little too frenetic at 2 seconds!

They’re just fun and take the memory that can be captured on a page -

and makes some fun for your desktop.  You can always keep it on a thumb drive or CD and add to your keepsake box, too.
Here’s another from the playground.
Have some fun and Get Scrappin’!

End of Civilized-nation as we know it…

The End of Civility… I’ve seen it… Gene Roddenberry knew it in the 60′s… we should have realized it, too.  
The end of our civilized civilization brought about by the need to communicate…not with each other, but with computers.

When you needed info on the Enterprise, they didn’t say “Computer, please tell me about so and so.”  They said succinctly “Computer” and she, in Majel Barrett Roddenberry’s voice, said “working.”

It’s in my hands right now; the portent of the end.  I need something from my ipad.  I say, “Siri, please show me so and so.”  The “please” confuses her and she doesn’t understand.  
So I simplify my request to exclude the polite phrases I have had beaten into me since childhood.  I decline to say thank you since it doesn’t compute.
GR was such a visionary… if only we had realized what he knew.  We could have programmed computers differently.  To make them require hearing please and thank you from us before providing us with directions to wherever or the recipe for a delightfully quenching drink.  To have it respond “unable to compute” when it doesn’t hear the basics of society’s politeness.
Instead, we have been reduced to quick texts, have 
lost our art of conversation and are watching civilized 
civilization disappear.  Even I, who am a stickler for please and thank you, have reduced them to “pls thx” at the closing of texts and occasionally emails.  I won’t be doing that anymore.  I will take the time to spell it out!  To take the TIME to hold on desperately to the remnants of the civilized-nation I remember.
Anything else… well… I’ll be unable to compute…

Oh, Adobe.. whatcha doin’ to me…

Adobe is killing Creative Suite; here’s why

As a long time user of Adobe programs – heck, I still use Elements 5 when I’m just doing a quickie adjustment! – I want to support them in their desire to improve their products and bottom line.  It’s their right, after all, as a business to adjust their model.  It does mean I may forever stay with CS5, however!

Some people are REALLY mad about it.  Online Petition Against Adobe’s Creative Cloud Approaches 9,000   Some just have walked away from Adobe.

I admit, that I’m looking at other programs.  A one time purchase feels easier than a monthly, ongoing subscription.

In the mean time, I’ll hold on a little more tightly to my “cereal boxes” of software and watch, wait and see if this “revolutionizes” the industry.
Now Get Scrappin’!  - either in the cloud or with your tried and true Elements 5!


Happy Fall Harvest! New Kit, a Freebie and Wishes for a Great Thanksgiving!

Here are some layouts with this kit available now at Polka Dot Plum!
My son and the new puppy!
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Here is a Freebie from Fall Harvest!
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Have a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
-and THEN -
Get Scrappin! :)

Every Day – Take a moment to enjoy the Little Things.

We rush through mornings, getting to school on time, after school activities, homework in the evenings and then the inevitable bedtime.  I wanted to take a moment to remind myself – that while doing all of these things, my guy makes me laugh.  Sometimes a little, sometimes tears rolling down myself, gripping my sides alot.  But
 Every Day
He makes me smile and laugh.
Now Get Scrappin!  - Every Day! :)