Sunday, October 19, 2014

Listening to Cio-Cio San

Hurricanes typically have more to do with disaster than they do blessings, but with Hurricane Ana passing south of the islands this weekend, it is far enough away not to be doing any damage, but close enough to bring us lots of much-needed rain. It's been dry and hot around here lately, but for the past two days, it's been sprinkling non-stop, and even though the sun is up, it looks like the evening. This has made for terrific napping weather, reading weather, and scrapping weather. I complied on all three fronts, sleeping in for two days, finishing Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects (disturbing), and working on an opera-inspired layout using a bunch of lovelies from Ashley's Calder's Things That Shine
Last week I had the honor of chaperoning a group of students to a Hawaii Opera Theatre Opera for Everyone performance of Madam Butterfly. I created this layout to document the event, adding my version of operatic spectacle in the form of accents that remind me of lines and themes of the opera. 
Poor Cio-Cio San is perpetually waiting for the robins to build their nests. Heartbreaking.
Why, just before he went,
I asked of him, You'll come back again to me?
And with his heart so heavy,
To conceal his trouble,
With a smile he made answer:
``O Butterfly
My tiny little child-wife,
I'll return with the roses,
The warm and sunny season
When the red-breasted robins
Are busy nesting.''
He'll return.
By intermission I was experiencing an overload of cultural imperialism. By the end, however, I was wiping my eyes. There's nothing quite like catharsis. 
I'm off to join in the webinar at Get It Scrapped. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Between the Lines

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of working on a series of challenge-based layouts for the Story Play workshop at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I shared one of the layouts in a previous post, and here's another, based on a challenge to "find" journaling in an existing text. 
I discovered my journaling in some pages from an old, yellowing grammar handbook. After underlining the lines that stood out to me, I used cream-colored paint and stitching to cover up the rest of the text. What remains is a message about one of the most important relationships in my life. 
On Sunday, October 18,  I'll be chatting again about the workshop and my love of all things scrappy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stop Time

(More details -- including a sketch! -- can be found on the October Afternoon blog.)

This is so where I am right now. 

The only way to prevent myself from being stretched too thin is to set limits, which is really difficult, but also really necessary. At first I thought the secret was prioritizing tasks, but that means everything makes the list, and all that I control is the rank order. No, the real secret is prioritizing time. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

JBS Mercantile October Kits

Every so often I happen across a particular combination of papers, colors, accents, and photos that just clicks for some reason. Lucky me -- this just happened with the October JBS Mercantile kits. Creating with them was such a rush, as I was swept up in the flow from layout to layout. Here's what transpired over the course of a single day of scrapping with the kits:
I don't feel finished with these kits by any means. More happy scrapping is ahead of me, I'm sure of it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mondays Are Hard.

Why is it so hard to start a new week?  Maybe it's because "new", when used in reference to weeks, actually means the opposite: "same old, same old." It's not really a new week; it's another week, in a series of weeks, and Monday is at the start of it all.  It's the distance between Monday and the weekend that makes Monday a particular kind of torture.

In sum, Garfield was soooo right.

I shouldn't be hating on Mondays, though. Every moment is precious.  Saturday moments especially. Just saying.

I am happy, however, on this Monday among Mondays, to share with you more sneaks from the JBS Mercantile October kits:

I think I've found a new favorite color combo in orange and aqua/mint green.

The kits will be available tomorrow evening, at midnight CST. I've had a peek at what the other DT members have been working on, and I know you'll love their creations as much as I do.

Have a happy Tuesday!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Sneak

Sunday morning, in sum: 
JBS Mercantile October kits.
Needle, thread, and sequins.
Happy brights.

On to layout #2!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Pinterest Vortex

I know, I know -- we're constantly being implored to back away from our screens, to turn and face the world, to view actual sunlight, to live wild and free and unplugged. 

But as long as Pinterest is around, that's just too haaaaaard.  

I get sucked into the Pinterest vortex a few times a week. It works like this:
1. See an image.
2. Pin the image.
3. Check to be sure it shows up on Pinterest (even though you know it has).
4. See more pins.
5. Repin the pins.
6. Click on a pin and find more things to pin.
7. Three hours later, look up to realize the sun has set and it is almost time for bed. 
Even if I am not actively pinning something, I have three pin boards that I sometimes visit just because they make me ever so happy as I behold their glory. I simply sigh into their colors and shapes and patterns, and feel better immediately. 



I know that some use Pinterest to pin a whole lot of whatever, but as for me, I try to stick to what brings delight to my eyes.