A few weeks ago I went to a scrapbooking retreat down the road in Roanoke with my little sister and her friends. It was the same place we went to this past September. I love the town of Roanoke and find it so quaint and cute. The restaurants are delicious and they have several cute boutiques to shop at. One of my favorite little boutiques is a place called, “The Plaid Peacock” where I got Presley the cutest little dress. She wasn’t too thrilled with my choice when I showed it to her ;o) she says to me, “I don’t wike it! No, I don’t.” The child has an opinion about everything!
While I was on my scrapbooking retreat, Joey and Presley had fun hanging out all weekend. They had a dinner date, visited the Grapevine Aquarium, and went swimming at Lifetime Fitness where they have an indoor pool. After the retreat, Joey picked me up for an afternoon date day ;o) We went shopping, had lunch, and then saw a movie ;o) We saw War Horse and it was great!
I don’t think I’ve created a scrapbook page since Christmas! I just can’t seem to find any down time to do it. I have stopped creating templates and just buy them or download them for free. Right now I am participating in a project on the Shabby Shoppe website called Project Scrap 2011. Of course, leave it to me to not follow the directions…..lol, actually I don’t really think there are any set rules. ;o) I did a couple of Fourth of July pages and they were quick an easy ;o) All I did was put in the papers, pictures, and elements.I love the 4th verse of the Star Spangled Banner….
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I’ve been doing a lot of scrapping lately and I continue to really enjoy it. I don’t have the time I used to, but I have found a way to create pages without spending hours on end. I rarely have the time to create my own templates (page outlines) anymore. It takes me forever to “see” things on a blank piece of a paper.I would love to use templates (pre-made pages) that different designers sell on-line, but I just don’t have the money…it can add up real quick! So, I have begun to copy pages (scraplift) or create my own pages by receiving inspiration from several different scrapbook pages I see on-line.
Last month, I started to pre-make (is that a word?) the fall pages I knew I would be using for the pictures I took from September-November. It has made it so easy for me to complete the pages quickly and to create Presley’s albums. It takes no time at all to scrap because I just pull up the pages I’ve made and insert the photos, title, and journaling. 🙂 I have also been re-using templates that I have already made or copied. I just change up the paper and elements to fit the pictures. Needless to say, scrapping is much easier now and I don’t feel as guilty spending time on it.
I am addicted to capturing moments and recording them for Presley. Some of the most precious memories I have of my mom are in pictures and letters from her. I have the biggest fear of Presley not knowing about her Grandma Vickie. I also find myself forgetting things. So, my main goal for this next year is to create a book that not only captures who she was as a person, but who we were as a family. One of my dear friends, Elaine, gave me a book about my mom several years after she died. It is a book compiled of letters from all of my mom’s friends that explains their favorite memories of her. It is one of my most treasured items and I read it often.
Here are a few pictures of the pages I’ve created through scraplifting…
The original page that I scraplifted
The scraplifted template I made last July…now with a fall feel. 😉 It took no time at all! Obviously, I haven’t put the pictures in yet. ;o)
Now this deserves a blog post all on its own. I am D-O-N-E…done with Presley’s first year scrapbook. Wahoo!!! I am so excited to be finished. I didn’t do a lot of journaling in her scrapbook because I have her blog book that captured her entire first year. I focused on a book that was filled with memories, family, and Bible verses….all of the verses are ones that have stuck with our family over the years. I think from the moment my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer to the years that followed was when the words of the Bible became my soul source of comfort. It was then and the years following her death that these words became more alive and more precious to me. I wanted Presley to have these verses in a place where she could find comfort at any time. I also put a page about her Grandma Victoria in the book 🙂 My next project is creating a book about my mom. 😉 As most of you know, the hardest thing for me is Presley not knowing her grandma and what better way to share her life!