Friday, December 9, 2016

Lately-ing

Lately, I've been...

...watching Gilmore Girls (for the first time).  I just started season four. I don't know how I could possibly watch ads for the show for years on end without actually ever watching the show. It's addictive. I see my daughter and myself so clearly in the characters of Lorelai and Rory. I've been trying so hard to avoid spoilers from the recent Netflix four-episode "season," but I've read a few (namely those about Rory being a disappointment). Still, I've decided to withhold judgment until I watch the entire show.

...rereading (for at least the tenth time) The Joy Luck Club with the students in my "Women and Literature" course.  Apparently I have mothers and daughters on the brain lately.  Each time I read the book I connect even more deeply with it. I never tire of returning to it -- I always discover something that I overlooked during previous readings or come to embrace a new way of thinking as my students share their interpretations and perspectives.

...reading (just for me) Erika Johansen's The Fate of the Tearling. I really enjoyed the previous two books, and I'm curious to see where this volume takes the story. 

...putting off my holiday album preparations. I was determined to create a December sort-of-daily album, and have been compiling supplies and photos here and there. If the album ever comes into existence, it'll be housed in this mint Instax album that I got from Studio Calico: 
It's now December 9th, and I have nothing to show for it yet.  I'm a sad case. The first weeks of December are anything but magical and inspiring for teachers who are focused on trying to maintains a semblance of sanity at the end of the semester.  Hopefully I can put something together during the upcoming holiday break. 

...enjoying the rainy season. It's as close as we'll get to snow around these parts, so I'll take it.

...sitting in traffic. A lot. A lot a lot. I'm really good at it. 

...learning to make pie. I made my first-ever pecan pie for Thanksgiving and had leftovers with ice cream for breakfast (and lunch and second lunch) for two days afterward. It was ahhh-mazing. I used Ree Drummond/the Pioneer Woman's version (from her cookbook -- though I used one and a half cups of chopped pecans instead of one cup). My daughter turned her nose up at the nuts and wouldn't even try a slice, but I didn't bother giving the usual parental lecture about trying new things, because of one important reason: more pie for ME! 
SaveSaveSaveSave

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tension Breaker

Scrap therapy -- oh, did I need some.
So I treated myself to some. 
The journaling isn't visible -- sorry! It's on the yellow card peeking out from behind the photo. 

The page documents my husband's 40th birthday surprise: a Lego Millennium Falcon. We could have gone with the whole "over the hill" approach, but instead, my daughter and I decided to honor the forever-young boy within.  
I pulled together lots of tidbits on this layout, using pieces from Ali E.'s story kits, past Studio Calico and Elle's Studio kits, some October Afternoon chipboard pieces, and more. The patterned papers are from a variety of sources, including Studio Tekturek (love, love, love that blue paper), JBS, and SC. The background paper (from SC) reminds me of the circles on Lego pieces. 

It felt good to make a "just because" page, especially one that allowed me to let go and be silly. I've been way too serious lately, and needed to loosen up.  Thank goodness for this crafty outlet. :) 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Way Through

This week:
there are no words.

No, that's not right --
There are so many words,
word upon word upon word --
some are swallowed,
some are cried out,
some are chanted,
some are posted,
some are deleted,
some are released in anger,
some are held back in fear,
some are sung in elegy,
some are whispered in prayer,
some thank Jesus,
some ask him for guidance,
some ask, "What's next?"
some challenge the answer,
some say sorry,
some say anything but.

And even though I keep forming all sorts of words with my mouth and my fingers and my mind,
I can't seem to find the right ones. But I'll keep trying.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

November at Elle's Studio

It's November 10, which means that it's reveal time at Elle's Studio! There's a new kit, just in time for documenting November's highlights, with some extras in case you're ready to jump into December already.
If that last bit about December piqued your interest, then you will love the Christmas acrylic, stamps, and wood veneer in the shop!

Ooh, and if you're already over 2016 (as so many seem to be at this point), then set your sights on these 2017 goodies:

Count on Elle to know just what our scrappy hearts desire.

The colors in this month's kit coordinate with those in the 'Tis the Season collection, something that I capitalized upon in this holiday layout:

Have a great day! 
SaveSave

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!


Candy corn was made for stardom. Those shiny, waxy yellow ends demand to be clutched by the handful and eaten, top, middle, bottom, top, middle, bottom, in a compulsive rhythm until they are gone. Chocolate gets all the fanzines, but it is the clay of candy. Matte, endlessly shapeable, chocolate is all about taste. Candy corn gets by on looks alone. Odes should be written to its waxy gleam, its whimsical design, its autumnal shades.

-- from Hilary Liftin's Candy and Me
I know just what Liftin means. 

Happy Halloween! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

So Very Sketchy

Sketches are a scrapbooker's friend. They offer up a blueprint when one isn't quite sure what to build, a compass when one needs a sense of direction, and a spark when one is hoping to kindle inspiration.

As I studied the PDF from the first Elle's Studio "From Sketch to Finish" class, I felt that telltale inspo-push, that compulsion to get scrapping. That's always the sign of a great class!

When I was asked to be a part of the second "From Sketch to Finish" class, of course I happily joined in as a contributor.  Here's a glimpse of one of my projects: 
A few days ago, I got a sneak peek at the full class, and it is ahhh-mazing -- SO many sketches and SO much creativity are packed into a single PDF. 

Be sure to check it out, come Monday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

October at Elle's Studio

I've been a shameful excuse of a blogger over the past few weeks, I know, but I'm popping in today with some good news -- it's October reveal time at Elle's Studio!
You know how much I love the monthly kits, and if you share my love, then you'll be thrilled to learn that there is now a kit subscription option! If you start your subscription today, you'll receive a free gift, and if you're in the U.S., anything else that you purchase today alongside the subscription will be shipped free (there's a reduced shipping fee for international customers).

My October ES layout this month incorporates the kit as well as some Halloween goodies.
Be sure to stop by Elle's Studio to check out more new items!