Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Some "digital" scrapbooking

I have had three scrapbooking tasks on my to do list for a while now. As of today, I can check them off (plus two bonus ones)! Yes, I am totally procrastinating finishing my dissertation. I keep telling myself this is how I work best.

1) Make a 6x6 layout of pictures from my in-laws' Solstice party to put into my December Daily album. This is the very last page I have to do before the album is complete. DONE!

2) Make the 5x7 Beginnings layout for my One Little Word album. DONE!

3) Make a 6x12 layout so that I can print another 6x12 layout I made a year and a half ago. Put the two together to print as one 12x12. DONE!

4) Make the 8x10 February photo collage for my One Little Word album. DONE!

5) Place all of these as a single order at DONE! (And even managed to get it in before their sale expired!)

Penguin quilt

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am planning to take on three quilting projects this year. Here is a preview of the first one -- a penguin quilt for the baby.

The pattern I am using, Penguin Party from the book Confetti in the Corner:

Fabrics for the front:

Fabrics for the back:

So far I have started cutting the fabrics. No assembly yet.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Organizing Paper Clutter

I have a lot of paper. Scrapbook paper, paper associated with my dissertation and research, paper reminders, paper mail, unidentifiable paper stacks, you get the idea.

Over the past two years, I have been trying to get this paper under control with many many thanks to Aby Garvey at Simplify 101. Aby offers an online course on how to organize your paper clutter (the next session starts today!) and it has been a huge help to me to figure out why I have such a problem with paper and what I can do about it. This is the best (short) summary of what you learn in the class. I am enrolled in this latest session, my third time through it, because each time I take it I get further and further through my backlog. We will be moving some time this year, and I don't want to move all this paper, so I am taking it this time with the hopes of significantly reducing the volume of paper I have. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop for March

Xnomads' Blog
Hard to believe it is March already! I am participating in the One Little Word Blog Hop again this month and wanted to thank Margie for getting me in to the list at the very last minute! I emailed her at midnight last night and she worked some magic and got me into the rotation. That makes me last on the list, so click over to Margie's blog when you are done here to go full circle (or start the hop from the beginning). A big thank you to Cindy also for linking me in to the hop so that I could participate.

My word for the year is embrace, and our February prompt from Ali Edwards was to take pictures of things that remind us of our word. I took two photo walks (something I never do!) to scout out possible inspiration and found myself drawn to circles (encircle is a synonym of embrace).

From my photo walk in Vail, CO: Wind mobiles

From my photo walk in Charleston, SC: a logo for a weekend festival. I liked that it had the year along with the circles.

Some other photos from my Charleston walk can be found here. My favorite photo is by far the one of the older couple on the boardwalk.

I also found my word in my internet surfing and took screenshots - that counts as a picture, right? : ) These shots come from a blog post which can be found here. The first one is from the text of the post and the second is from the comments.

This month I also made the cover for my album:

And took a class on Embracing Imperfection at Big Picture Classes - how perfect of a title! I took this screenshot from the handout as a reminder to myself to embrace my imperfections : ) I took the advice to heart and made 3 scrapbook layouts this month!

I am trying hard to be mindful of my word in my daily life. I find that it is making me calmer and that I am having an easier time of handling things as they come. That's a good thing!

Here is the complete list of bloggers participating in the Hop:
1. Margie
2. Monica B
3. Jill
4. Miranda
5. Donna
6. Lynn
7. Stacey
8. Lisa
9. Cassie
10. Abbey
11. Nicky
12. Holly
13. Karen
14. Claudia
15. Rebekah
16. Kimberly
17. Kat
18. Kristina
19. Jan
20. Nikki
21. Amanda
22. Lisa
23. Sam
24. Maureen
25. Kristi
26. Tere
27. Karen
28. Katrina
29. Monica Bergler
30. Mandy
31. Lisa
32. Chrissy
33. Lee
34. Jen
35. Sylvia
36. Christianne
37. Cheri
38. Joy
39. Beth
40. Jennifer L
41. Kathryn
42. Heather
43. Cindy
44. Cynthia