It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
Well Mr. Clemens said it better than anyone else, this totally encompasses the way I’m feeling right now. We had a glimpse of spring here in the Rockies this weekend, but now were back to grey skies and if the weather dudes are right a week of spring storms.
So what’s a girl to do, dig through her stash of unblogged layouts and find something cheerful.
Studio Calico February Kit: Basic Grey and MME papers, American Crafts Thickers, 7Gs flash card, OA letter stickers, Sassafrass flowers
at least I don’t think I’ve shared this one before…maybe I should check, or maybe not I think it’s cute enough to have a double dose.
“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.“ – Eleanor Roosevelt
Sunday is challenge day in designer digitals land…or at least it’s the day I discover the challenges…the best thing about challenges there is that they come with freebies. Yay! Of course Sunday also has .25 cent items too, which have led me down a spending path the couple of weeks, who wants to charge .50 cents? Clearly I’m not alone, it must work out pretty well for the site or they have a great credit card contract that doesn’t charge a fee for each purchase…I digress…the challenge is what this post is really supposed to be about. Secret Desires, what a perfect thing to think about, of course traveling immediately popped into my mind, perfect except that it’s not much of a ‘secret’, so I altered the challenge just a bit.
This great overlay by Anna Aspnes was part of the challenge, it made for an easy page to come together…and who doesn’t love an easy page?
Since it’s so easy, I challenge all of you in bloggie land to scrap this topic, I promise it will be a fun one. Want to use the template? Go get it here. (you’ll need a designer digitals community account to access it, I know one more account blah, blah, blah, but this one is TOTALLY worth it, I promise)
Hope you have a great week!
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr.
I was sitting in a meeting not so long ago, when one of my ‘trigger’ sentences was uttered…In our culture…a seemingly innocent and interesting utterance, after all we are nothing without culture. It is our story, our community, our life. I believe it can also be an excuse for not taking steps to build a stronger culture. Throughout my career, I’ve heard it used in ways that quite frankly make my skin crawl.
In our culture
…we don’t talk about substance abuse
…we don’t talk about mental health
…we don’t talk about sex ed
…we don’t talk about child abuse
…we don’t talk about suicide
…we don’t talk about domestic violence
…we don’t talk about the benefits of good early childcare, when parents aren’t available(and in some cases appropriate to care for children)
It makes my skin crawl because by not talking about these things, we condone them…, we look the other way and our people suffer. ”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. I know talking about culture is sometimes a dangerous slope, so often we are judged by the color of skin as if it was the only factor in determining culture, when in fact ethnicity is only a small component of culture. It is my strong belief that if we are ever to truly change the world, we have stop using culture as an excuse, begin in our own back yard, start pulling at the weeds, start being pricked by the thorns of difficult conversations, address these issues so our culture will grow stronger, so our legacy will be fulfilled, so we can say and know I made a difference.
“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some” Charles Dickens
This week my ever wonderful friends at google reader recommended the ‘One Little Word(OLW)’ blog, I love it! (totally stole the quote from OLW) I wonder if I’ve been under a rock or so lost my own little world to have missed it for so long. I met the lovely Rhonda P at Emily’s house not so long ago, it was great to see more of her work and some other uber-talented scrappers. If you’ve missed it too, definitely worth checking out. This weeks word is reflect, couldn’t be more perfect for my little space of cyberspace, with that as a jumping off point, I returned to my idea of a digi-page celebrating the 100th post and thinking about why I blog. I think it’s a little funny to scrapbook a blog that’s about scrapbooking.
Despite the fact that it feels like ‘little old woman who swallowed a fly…’ sound in my head to do this page, it was excellent to really think about this blog, what my goals are and remember why I spend the time to develop it. Hopefully it will be a reminder to me for ‘those days‘ when the last thing I want to do it blog, those are the days I probably need to do it most. Reflection, indeed.
Patterned Papers: JEdwards Designer Digitals(Smoothie Shop:floral, stripe, hotpink) RFarrer 2 peas(green scallop)
Elements: MWise Designer Digitals(Reflect), SBetc(ribbon), JSprague(Scratchy overlay, recolored)
(quote and image from JessicaSprague.com — Stories in Hand Class)
A little reality check page about/for me…
Patterned Paper: Jessica Sprague(Up and Running Class Supplies)
Alphas:K. Pertieit(Snap Frame Alpha), Fonts: Anthology, Myriad Pro
Brushes: Jessica Sprague(Flourish-Up and Running Class Supplies)
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Sienna is always like sunshine in a bottle to me, even when she’s sick like she was last week she can make me smile. Looking at her in these pics also helps me keep a positive attitude about the crappy weather(snow on April 27, hello!
Patterned Paper: Making Memories(blue flower, green print), Imaginisce(yellow, orange)
Cardstock: Prism(nat. smooth) Bazzil(Red Swiss Dot)
Embellies: October Afternoon(journal card), Scenic Route (circle sticker), Making Memories(Ticket)
Alpha: Quickutz Sugarsweet love this font!