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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Killin' my MOJO man!

I love my little one. She's the light of my life. My everything.

But she's killing my Scrapbooking mojo!

It's 9:30 pm and I'm trying to get those creative juices flowing during these precious few hours I have to myself. I've got my munchies beside me, the 'oldies' playing in the background (yes, I like oldies, kay!) and my PSE open and waiting for me to play. But she has decided mommy doesn't deserve any fun time tonight because she's been up in her crib these last two hours babbling and screaming for me!

Maybe it's because she is teething? Maybe it's because she got a new toy today and doesn't want to stop playing with it? I dunno, but I think I'm gonna have to forget the scrapping tonight... just not working for me. I keep staring at the computer screen (between going upstairs to sooth her every five minutes) and staring at the template. Nothing has moved or been added in the last 30 minutes. It's like I'm waiting for the scrapbook page to complete itself! Now THAT would be nice. But alas not going to happen.

Oh, great... now Finnegan (my younger and very clingy chocolate lab) has decided to put his head in my lap and stare (and drool) at me, trying to get my attention too. Apparently he's bored of sleeping all day long and NOW wants some lovin...

... And now I hear a pacifier being flung against the wall... lol... guess it's time to go up again!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Template Love

I've been traditionally scrapping since 2000 but a few years ago I wanted to try digital.

But I never did up until recently.

It seemed too intimidating and something completely out of my reach! So even though I had Photoshop Elements to play with it seemed too complicated, so just put it all on the backburner. I stayed interested but it wasn't until a friend showed me how the layers worked that something 'clicked'!

Then when my daughter Isla was born last year I didn't have the time to pull out my supplies. I started to browse digital sites and discovered the world of templates! I realized these were great page starters - I could just clip my photos and papers without the intimidation of designing the layout myself! At the time I didn't really understand how do do much else, so these were perfect!

Templates are so versitile and easy to use! 'Quick pages' mean that everything is done for you and all you have to do is clip your photo in the empty spot! Layered templates are ones that you can manipulate and move around as you need. Either are nice when you want to get a page done quickly!

Here are a couple that are from Design House Digital. These two pages are from Karen Funk Designs and the fabulous thing about them is they can be either a quick page or layered!


The above one is a template from Karen Funk's Remember When line (coming out tomorrow). All I did was put my photo in and add a title (on the left). I shrunk the whole thing a little smaller and voila! Done! It took me all of 10 minutes! BTW, these are my cousins little furry babies. Aren't they cute!?

The next one I used another one of her templates from the Color My World line, but this time I changed the background paper and added some word art. Although I could change things on this layered template as needed, the main foundation was already done so it only took me 30 mins! Awesome! (oh, and that is six-year-old me with that cheesy smile!:)


So if you are fairly new to the wonderful world of digi, give templates a try. They are not as intimidating as you might think!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Here I go...

A blog? Really? What the heck will I talk about? Who's gonna want to read my babble?

I never thought I would be a blog person, and to be honest I have NO idea what to write about, but what it comes down to is it doesn't really matter! This blog is for me! It's an account of my thoughts and feelings about random things in my life. It's a way to connect to other SAHM's and fellow scrapbookers!

If friends and family want to read it, great! If not, no biggie. I think this is going to be a fun adventure! A place for me to reflect, post my favourite layouts and sites for others to be inspired, and talk about being a mom - and all the ups and downs of it!

But for now, this is it - my first post... not too exciting I know, but hey, it's my bedtime and I should be winding down. Then again, who am I kidding? I always seem to stay up late and then totally regret it in the morning.

So welcome to anyone who may have stumbled across this! I'm glad you stopped by!