My summer schedule is a bit weird. Since I scrap & work in my bedroom and my husband, Mike and I have totally opposite schedules (ie: I get up at 4:30 or 5 am and he doesn't go to bed until after midnight) I have to work on my laptop for the 1st couple of hours in the morning.
This is a great time for me to exercise and get things done while everyone is sleeping.
So I've been challenging myself to scrap one layout each morning in 30 minutes and do it digitally (since I don't have access to my traditional supplies).
This has worked well for the layouts in our Boston album because I'm using the same color scheme for every layout - black, white and red.
My goal is to finish up this album then choose a new color scheme and go to work on our family reunion album from last summer.
BTW: if any of you live in the Boston area - you have the coolest city! I loved being in Boston...can't wait to go back there some day when it's not so cold! :o)
This past month I got one of Lisa Bearnson's kits. Loni had asked me to do a couple of samples for her and so she gave me the entire kit.
For $29.95 you get 20 double page layout kits - instructions and a 12x12 clipboard to display them on!!!
Can you believe that??? And the kits are dang cute!!!
What I loved is that I could complete a full 2 page layout in under an hour - embellishments, journaling and all!
I scrapbook every Sunday afternoon with my neighbor, Kate, who is 12 and these pages are so easy to put together, that Kate can do them on her own and then we spend a few extra minutes adding rubons or stamping on them.
The kits have everything in them, even the titles but if you want to spice them up a bit with stitching or rubons it doesn't take much time to do that either.
I like them so much, I ought to be selling them! LOL!
Lately I've been all about "getting it done." I have so many pictures to scrap and I'm afraid that by the time I get around to some of them I will have forgotten the details of what happened. So anything that makes the process faster...I'm a fan of.
On Wednesday or Thursday I got an e-mail from Miriam one of the owners of this fabulous little store I like to shop at called Abode. She asked me if I was going down to an other store in Alpine called Dear Lizzie to see one of my favorite artists Sally Jean who was in town doing a trunk show there.
Well I rounded up a few friends to join me who I know love Sally's art too - Layle, Jessi and Rhonna and we all met there and shopped and had dinner at the little bistro that is attached to the store.
The food was delic! (it's totally worth the trip just to eat there - the eclairs are to die for!)The shopping great but it was the company that was outstanding!!! I love these girls! It was fun seeing Sally too.
Margie was there too (that's her home turf) so she was kind enough to take our photo and Jessi did the editing to make us all look good!
Saturday, McKean and I went to the Farmers Market downtown in Salt Lake. This is one of our favorite summer activities. Spence loves it too but he was playing in a tennis tournament. McKean was a good sport about letting me browse through all the jewelry booths. It was so hot!
Sunday was nice and relaxing with church meetings and lots of board games plus a little nap.
Spencer challenged me, while we were on the trip, to make the whole album digital, because he thought I would actually get in done then. LOL!
I challenged myself to make it all black, white and red (predominately).
What you can't see very well because the photos are so small is that the boys are running towards me with their hands FULL of seashells and these big grins on their faces.
It was freezing cold and they were so excited to dip their toes in the Atlantic Ocean for the 1st time. It was one of those very good moments in life (that tingling sensation you get when all feels right in the universe) watching their excitement as they raced up the hill to show me their treasures.
It was like time had stood still for 10 years and they were 3 & 4 again because they had just as much enthusiam for the simple pleasures of life as they did back then.
Life was definately good that day.
I listed the products I used here in case anyone is curious.
Ski was home for just under 5 days. We had to fit in family pictures (taken by Jessi - she did an amazing job - thanks Jess), cleaning, check up and fillings, wisdom teeth extraction (2 were impacted), celebration of his 1st year at college and pack him up so he could drive back to Chicago for summer term.
It wasn't long enough! Especially since he had one full day down in bed and another half of a day.
I gave him a little antique bell for him to ring if he needed me. It was so cute. He did amazingly well - far better than I did when I had mine out.
I love this photo - it's real life. Jessie truly captured the moment of how the boys felt about spending an hour and a half having their picture taken.
So now we're back to a household of four and it seems pretty quiet...no jiggling bells.
When Jessi asked us to jump off this bench, it became a competition between Mike and the boys as to who could jump highest...farthest...stay up in the air the longest...ugghh...boys! But I must admit it made a really cute picture.
After we were all done, we took the boys out to Baskin Robbins. It was pretty crowded, so after Mike was served he said to the girl at the counter," I need to pay for mine and all those other people in matching brown shirts." I'm sure she thought I was some whacked out MOM making the whole family dress alike. LOL!