Saturday, January 29, 2011

White space

I like white space in my photos and scrapbook layouts. I don't mean literally white space, although that is sometimes the case, but more unused space. A good friend of mine sort of makes fun of me for my use of white space. And maybe it is not real cool, but I really like it. Things that are too centered or pages too filled up just seem too unnatural to me. Life isn't like that. Nothing is really centered and when things get too filled up, I don't feel calm and together. I am in chaos! So therefore, I like white space.

So here is a picture I found when I was looking for a picture to scrap an all about me layout.



I love this picture. I took it three and a half years ago, on our annual beach trip. I have never scrapped it or even printed it before now, and after careful thought, I decided that it could definitely work on and all about me page (more to come on this later). It needed a little cropping though to be right. I needed white space to simplify. With the girls centered and background all around, it seemed too busy. So hello cropper tool. And hello white space.



This cropped version is much better at showing my mood and all that is so important to me.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This man



This man is very important to me. But before we get into that...

I have mentioned before that I do not hear God talking to me. My 4 year old tells me almost daily that she can hear Him, and I do not doubt her. But I can listen and listen and it is just quiet to me. But I know there are times that God is telling me to do something, even when I do not hear him. It is usually when I have been hit upside the head with a 2x4, like duh, Corrie, you should have know this.



So this happened to me today. It started last night actually while blog hopping. I went to check out the Women Living Well blog. I do not go there all the time, but every now and then, I do enjoy reading what Courtney has to say. I really liked her post last night about readers not trying to be her. We were all created exactly as God wants us to be and we should enjoy our uniqueness! It was good. Then I continued on through her older posts and came to her new marriage challenge. It started last week and I am not going to repeat it all here. But the first week's challenge is such... (copied from her blog)

Week 1 starts TODAY! Look for ways to praise your husband verbally. Praise him in front of the kids, friends, family, co-workers, on facebook, tweet it - get praise out anyway you can! Try to mention something noteworthy he has done - in his role as provider, father, husband, lover, or friend. If the thought of trying to come up with one terrifies you, then pray right now that God will give you new eyes to see your husband as God does. Then open your mouth and say something kind and uplifting to your husband today and tomorrow and the next day until Valentine's Day arrives!

So, I briefly considered the challenge last night, but that was all. I wasn't going to go through with it. Then this morning arrived.



This man, whom I love so much, who I cannot even imagine a life without, confessed to me his worries, fears, insecurities, stresses and weaknesses. All this on the drive into work. All of this after I had been whining about how hard my day was going to be. How bad yesterday was for me. And I felt horrible. He takes on so much, at home and at work. He supports us financially and me emotionally. He works from early morning until late at night. He volunteers weekly at our church. He gives everything he can anytime he can. What a schmuck I was to just only think about myself. I didn't even know all of what was on his mind and shoulders until today. Hello God! There was that 2x4 to the head that told me that I needed to participate in this challenge and do everything I could to support him and let him know I support him!

So here, I go for him...



My husband is really wonderful. I love him more than I can contain most of the time. I seriously feel my heart bursting when I am with him. He is my favorite travel partner, my favorite person to bum around on the beach with. I love our time to sit around and talk, like warm spring evenings on the porch. I love that I can be myself around him. He is respected at work, with both his coworkers and clients. He is honest and has integrity. He is giving with his time, resources and energy. My girls ADORE him, they take after me. We love him so much!

So tonight I will be more aware of my complaining and more sensitive to his needs. I will kiss him like I mean it, so he will know I mean it. And I will make sure he knows how much I love him and how much he means to me.

Today's gratitude:

1. I am grateful for an incredible husband.
2. I am grateful for an amazing father for my children.
3. I am grateful for God who brought us together!

A little humor at the end of this really long post... Here is one of the first layouts that I ever made years ago. It is of my man. I remember being so proud of this one, having used my Sizzix I had just ought on eBay for the letters and the punched circles. Fun, fun!

Last couple of January layouts

Here are two more Sweet Peach layouts that I did. I did a fourth but I hated it and therefore, I will not even take a picture of it! But I know I did four!





Today's gratitude:

1. I am grateful that I do not have a day totally out of the house like yesterday.
2. I am grateful that all the girls have school today. I will have some time to actually work!
3. I am grateful for a husband who is my best friend.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays February GDT

Sketchy Thursdays has a challenge right now for the February guest designer. I figured I may as well try, right? I love Sketchy Thursdays and this sketch was great.



In addition to the sketch, I had to use a heart, pink or red and journal somewhere on the layout. Check, check, check!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Susie who?



Susie homemaker, that's me!

My getting up early thing to have some creative time has not been working out so well the last couple days. Finally, the kiddos are back to school, but that means my creative time would need to happen at 5 AM and well, that has just not been easy the last couple of mornings. Today, I was up at 5:30, but I played Susie and ironed my husband's shirt for work because the drycleaning did not get picked up yesterday. Then I jumped in the shower, got the big girls ready for school, drove them to school, came home, packed Mad's lunch and got her off to preschool. Now I am sitting here, needing to make more coffee, but already tired. But it is Wednesday! Whoopie. Busy work day. Grrr.....

But how nice would it be for this October Afternoon scene to be the case...



Instead, I typically have chaos.

Enough of that. I have a layout to share. This is for The Better Living Through Scrapbooking January challenge #2. The challenge is to scrap about the best event from 2010. Mine was our Outer Banks trip. It was the best and I SOOOOO wish I could be there everyday. Here is my layout.



I love the acrylic alphas.



I got those on clearance at Michaels. Score! Anyway, head on over and play along with us and see the rest of the design teams work. They are fabulous!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, this week...

I got up this morning at 6:30, turned on the heater in my craft room (Mad calls it my "special room") and made some coffee. I spent 20 minutes surfing the internet while the coffee brewed and my cold basement room heated up to a livable level and then headed downstairs to do something creative. Yesterday was basically a bust on the creative side. I was really tired in the morning and I had no pictures, so instead of heading downstairs, I sorted through the pictures on my computer and printed a couple for some layouts. So this morning one of those photos made it to a page!

This is a picture of my neighbor. I asked his mom if it was ok to scrap and post him. She said yes.







For this layout I used this...



It was a kit I won from The Scraproom through Sketch Inspiration. They are a kit club. I love kits. They are so much fun. Of course, my favorite is Sweet Peach Crop Shop, but all of them are a ton of fun. Each of them appeal to a different kind of scrapper, have a different style and options. It is great! Although I love Sweet Peach the most, I have bought from other clubs. I have never bought from The Scraproom before, but I did enjoy getting my package from them. It smelled delicious! And the papers are BEAUTIFUL! Such a fun way to start the day.

Today's gratitude

1. I am grateful to be able to participate in Created By God at our church. It is such an incredible and valuable program.
2. I am grateful that my inlaws and so willing to spend time keeping my girls.
3. I am grateful for the Advil that really helped me make it through the day after my back had started aching so bad from sitting on the hard floor for so long.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not so much fun now

Day 4 and we are still home from school. The girls are getting stir crazy because it is freezing outside and they are all ready to be back with their friends. The roads are pretty good, so we are venturing out, but I have a crazy amount of work today and the distractions are just enough to make it near impossible to be efficient. Plus with them home all day, the house is getting more and more trashed and I just cannot seem to be able to keep up along with everything else. Needless to say, mommy is starting to go a little crazy.

My first project is up over at Better Living Through Scrapbooking. It is up for a little mid week inspiration.



This was a fun project. I rarely scrap anything about me, but one of my scrappy resolutions for this year was to do something about myself every now and then. I did it! Yay!

The second January challenge will be posted soon too! So check back. There is a awesome Tim Holtz prize pack you could win for playing.

Yesterdays Gratitude (I thought of them but did not get around to posting. We got home late.)

1. I was grateful that the roads were not that bad and we were able to get out to do something fun with my mom and sister.
2. I was grateful that the sun was out and worked on melting the ice.
3. I was grateful that I shoved the driveway the day before so I wasn't stuck at home. Knowing I was able to get out was calming.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another day at home

Today was spent at home. Again. Well, we did venture out to get B from her friend's house. I mean after spending two days there, it was time to come home. And we did go to the grocery store. No bread! (We actually got the LAST loaf on the shelf.) And no produce except strawberries and light green avocados. (We picked up some strawberries but left the unripe avocados.)

Other than that it was another day, here, snowed/iced in.



I was great today again with my crafty time in the morning. I'll be honest though. Since there has been no school, I have not had to get up real early. Tomorrow, I get to sleep in a little. I need to be up by 6:30. That is so I have enough time to work on something creative and shower and get started on work before J leaves for work. His office is closed until 10 AM because of the weather, so I get a little extra time. But 6:30 is earlier than today's 7:45, so it may be a little harder on me.

I do have another project for today. I did it for the blog at Sweet Peach and I like the way it turned out.



It has been hard to photograph my layouts because of the weather, and this is the best I could get. But still, I'm pleased. All these Mix and Mend papers I have been playing with must be calling out A's name because I only seem to be able to scrap her with them. Three so far and one more in the works!

Today's Gratitude

1. I am grateful for a house that keeps this awful wind out!
2. I am grateful for a child with a heart to serve others.
3. I am grateful for another day with J at home. I know so soon he will be working nonstop and I have loved this extra time with him before that starts.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

TOGETHER

I really love when we get to spend time TOGETHER as a family. It seems like when we do though there ends up being fighting and picking and arguing and then the time just crumbles into no fun. Since 2011 is the year of peace for me, I am choosing my word of the year to be TOGETHER.

I want us to spend more time together. We need to learn to be together without all the garbage and to enjoy each others unique personalities. The girls will never learn this by spending time apart. They may never be besties, but they do need to know each other well enough that we can do something TOGETHER without making each other miserable.

So TOGETHER it is. I will keep myself together, my family together, my house together. This will help keep the peace in my heart. I can leave the big stuff to God, but I can help with some of the smaller stuff. ;-)

Here are the girls together. It is my favorite photo from breakfast with Santa. I used Sketch Inspiration sketch #156 for it. And even better, I won this week's prize! I am so excited!



Today's gratitude...

1. I am grateful for date nights with my hubby.
2. I am grateful for a child who is beginning to understand indulging in "wants" does not really help our "needs".
3. I am grateful for rainy days spent indoors in sweatpants!