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Scrapping For Over 20 Years

Yesterday was spent primarily going through bags of papers and miscellaneous little things that clog up my life. It was tedious, and after all was said and done, I didn’t have a lot to show for my efforts – a few empty bags, a bunch of trash, and a pile to run through the shredder. The house didn’t really look any better.

Today I rewarded myself for a job well done by focusing on easier, more fun things – things that made a difference.

Glassware went back into the hutch, boxes of games, DVDs, and CDs were emptied and their contents returned to drawers, and books returned to bookcases. This resulted in piles of empty boxes, and big empty spaces in the bedrooms where there were once just paths through the rooms!

I dragged the big silk tree back to its place, and moved a few tables back to where they belong.

And most of my wall treasures are back up.


But the part that was most fun was putting the scrapbook albums back into the library hutch. Well, putting them away wasn’t the fun part. I took a little time to look through them first. THAT was fun.

It occurred to me that although I am very, very far behind on my scrapbooking, I’ve been doing it for over 20 years, and I have lots of albums to show for it.

When I first started scrapbooking in 1997, I worked in 8 1/2″ x 11″ D-ring binders. I got off to a slow start, but by the time Hannah was born in 2004, I was kicking it. She has a LOT of documentation of her early years. I was much more prolific then than I am now, and the pages were a lot fancier. Even Bea’s first few months are well documented.





It wasn’t until the fall of 2008 that I started slaking off, and there is little to show of daily life. The photos were taken, they just weren’t put in albums. For some reason I shifted to prioritizing vacations, an even they are not ALL done.


In mid-2017 I cam up with the idea of a photo journal, and I’ve been doing pretty good keeping up with that.

In the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to get back to recording day to day life. I feel bad that Josh and Lulu have very little to see from their early lives.

But seeing what I’ve done in the past makes me want to get back into it in a big way.


Multiple Personality Crafting Disorder…

If it isn’t a real, medically diagnosable disease, it should be. And I have it. Bigly. Or big league. Whatever.

There are numerous personalities inhabiting this body of mine (which, I suppose could be why I’ve gained weight – they each need their space, right?) and each of them have their own idea of a perfect crafting day. One can’t get enough knitting, one loves beading, one adores making cards, and yet another would scrapbook all day, given half a chance. And really, those are only the MAJOR bossy ones. There are other secondary personalities with other interests – the mosaic person, the painter…I left them home this trip, but you get what I’m saying, amirite?


Here I am, with lots of time on my hands, and I’m frantically moving back and forth between knitting and beading, while the card maker and scrapbooker wonder when they get to come out.

The knitter just finished her scarf, and wants to get going on another.


The beader has two simple necklaces strung (they won’y get completed because they need to be measured on the recipients before they are finalized.




She’s chomping at the bit to get going on some “ocean inspired” sets done, and Bea has requested some earrings, so those HAVE to get done. The earrings won’t take but a short time, so I’ll probably let her stay for awhile.

The card maker has been shoved back waiting to get permission to participate in her yearly National Letter Writing Month project even though she has no access to a printer at the moment and can’t sign her life away SWEARING to be a good pen pal. This will be my 4th year, so if I can’t be trusted by now, no contract is going to make a difference, but hey. I get it. Our fearless leader wants to make sure everyone who is participating is ACTUALLY participating, so she has to do SOMETHING. Although, for the life of me I can’t figure out why someone would sign up for it then leave their pen pal high and dry unless they were in the hospital on death’s door, but I guess some people don’t follow through. Anyway. Permission granted, so she’s going to need to get a mess of cards made.

I’m going to go with an ocean theme this year (wonder why I have the ocean on the brain?) They had some cool paper I’m going to use at Ben Franklin’s, and I’m anxious to see how they turn out.


Scrapbook girl is probably the most likely of the four to be ignored, because even though the supplies are here,


the pictures haven’t been ordered. That was SUPPOSED to happen before we left, but I figured I could just as easily do that here and save myself lugging them one direction. I’ve thinned out the photos, and I’m ready to load them onto the Costco website, but if I have them printed, the need to actually produce will be exacerbated, and who needs the stress, right?

If one HAS to have a disease, this is definitely the one I’d choose.


Day #16 GBII – Sorting Photos

This is NOT my favorite part of recording memories.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE taking the photos, and doing the layouts, but getting a gazillion photos sorted is NOT fun. Slight exaggeration – it’s really only 1938 give or take a few…


I sit here with a bunch of boxes in front of me, not knowing HOW out of order the photos are, and dreading the very idea of going photo by photos and comparing them to the computer images…


But this time I got REALLY lucky! The photos are pretty close to being in perfect reverse order. So it’s just a matter of confirming none are missing, and putting them in the box.

However, I quickly realized I’d taken WAAAAAAAAAY too many.

After a couple of hours of going through them, these photos cover a travel day, plus 2 full days of the fourteen day visit to Italy, which we started in Rome. What a project I have ahead of me!


The couple of days it will take to get the photos sorted by days, then by venue, will be nothing compared to the time it will take to get them all in the albums. Even if I follow my quick template and don’t try to get too creative, it’s going to take weeks and weeks. I really need to rethink keeping this many pictures.




But then I start looking at them, and I have no idea where to start thinning them out. If I’m going to have any chance of reducing the number I need to put in albums, I’m going to have to just start at the source and not take so many!

Trouble is, I’m behind a whole bunch of trips, where I’ve done the same thing – click, click, click! Heeheehee!


It’s Selphy Time!

No, not selfie, as in a photo taken of oneself, but Selphy, as in Canon Selphy CP910, a little portable photo printing machine.

I bought it a few weeks ago (maybe longer – I lose track of time!) and have had learning to use it on my never-ending list of things to do ever since.


I don’t know why it made it to the top today, but it did.

I’m mildly scared of setting up technology on my own, but I put my big girl panties on and gave it a shot. And was rewarded with actual photos that I printed out by myself!

It prints out both 4×6 and 2×3 photos.

I normally have my 4×6 photos printed at Costco, and they are only 10 cents each. These will be about double that. BUT, I can print them when I want them, so if I have a sudden hankerin’ to do a layout that I haven’t yet ordered the photos for, I can.

However, that wasn’t the selling point. It also prints out the 2×3 size photos, and you can do 4 different photos per sheet for the same 20 cents, vs. 4 of the same photo at Costco for much more.

I haven’t used a lot of 2×3 photos in scrapbooking for that reason. I just buy the 4×6 and crop them. But lots of the photos can’t be cropped without losing critical parts of the photo. And I really don’t NEED full 4×6 photos of a lot of the crazy things I photograph, 2×3 will work fine. In fact, better than fine. It will reduce the number of layouts I need to do. I take SOOOO many photos of the same subject. This will allow me to use a focal 4×6 with a bunch of supporting 2x3s.

I’d like to say it was an original idea, but I’d seen a travel book done by the owner of a local stamping store, and she used all 2×3 photos. It was so cool, and the smaller photos were all that was needed. In fact, her photos were from her trip to Italy, which will be my next project, and MANY of the photos were similar to ones I took, so I got a really good idea of what they would look like in the smaller size.

So, getting back to the set up. It did take a little brain power. I’m a “show me” kinda girl, so I looked for a youtube video, but couldn’t find one that started at the beginning, which left me with either the manual, or locating the cd player and I was too lazy to look for it, so I went with the manual.

I found the phone app I needed (canon iEPP) then got pic stitch for doing collages, and got busy.

The 4×6 was a pice of cake. One try, perfection.



I was very happy with both how easy it was, and the color. So far, so good!

Then I got into pic stitch to set up a collage of 4 2×3 photos. It wasn’t terribly user friendly and I had to muddle through. I probably could have found a video for it, but I just wanted to do what I wanted to do, not learn the whole app, so I winged it, knowing it might be a little bit more frustrating. But, that’s how I roll…if all else fails, follow the directions.

I had 3 loser efforts…



before figuring out that I had to tell the app I wanted the photos to be miniatures of the 4×6, not just a 2×3 section of the 4×6. AND, I had to rotate the photos coming out of the phone. But I thought 3 goofs wasn’t too bad. Finally on #4, I got it. Almost.




I’m pretty sure you can print borderless, but I’ll figure that out next time. For now I have almost 2×3 photos that will fit on a one page layout instead of two.


Just in case you’re wondering why I took these particular pictures – I wanted to show how Lexi reacts to the word no, and how excited Josh was to start his summer workbook (NOT!) Gaga was not their favorite person that day! But all is forgiven, I think!

So. I’m in selphy business, and very happy about it!

Plus I got something crossed off my to do list! Woohoo!

Day #18 Flowers and Layouts

My dear, sweet Lexi decided to share her cold with me! I’m not nearly as congested as I could be, but, man, it’s sure draining my energy level. I’m trying to be a big girl and carry on as if I was my usual healthy self, but I’m finding myself in bed pretty early, bot NOT until I get my layout done. I’m serious about ending the month with a minimum of 31 2-page layouts!

Today I’m continuing on with Windsor Castle, or at least the prelude to it! I won’t be working on the inside of the castle until tomorrow.

I took a little bit of time and put a bunch of pages in sleeves and got them into the album, then flipped through it. I’m afraid I’m going to have to go back to the first of the album and add some paint and washi tape to the early pages. Since I’ve started this challenge I’ve been trying to get a little less formal with my layouts, and I really like the look. But now the early ones look way too stark. I know. I have issues.





I have to laugh. A few months ago, I never would have seen myself slapping paint on photographs. I was too much of a purist. But not anymore. The looser look really works for me!


Today’s floral offering is my gardenias. I wasn’t sure they would bloom in time for the May posts, but all of a sudden they’ve gone from tight buds to full blooms! And, WOW! they smell wonderful!


And with that, I’m going to call it a night, and get my little self some extra sleep! See you tomorrow!

Day #17 Flowers and Layouts

Yep, I’ve got more Windsor Castle…

Fresh off the train we found ourselves at the Royal Windsor Shopping Center. And in the background we could see the castle with a McDonald’s in the foreground. Sad, but true.

The first order of business to was to eat, so of course there’s a page for that. Heeheehee!

Only I could go to Windsor Castle and do two layouts for the shopping mall we visited before we even got to the Castle! The great news here is that I actually got 2 layouts done. Yep, 4 pages instead of just two.














My flower for today is another of the penstemons, this one a dark, bright pink, nearly red – one of my favorites.



I’m starting to get excited about the garden again, and it’s a good feeling!

Day #16 Flowers and Layouts

Moving right along on my challenges. Had you told my on the 16th of May I’d still be going strong, I’m not sure I would have believed you! But then, as a dear friend reminded me, I always have done my best work under pressure!

Day # 16 finds me working on our trip to Windsor Castle, complete with a fake photo bombing by the queen and about a gazillion photos of the castle from every angle you can imagine! I’m going to try hard to get 4-6 pages done each day so the same subject matter doesn’t go on day after day after day. “Try” being the operative word…I didn’t get it done today, so I just have a single layout to show you – the introduction pages for our visit.






On the big tag, I made a couple of boo boos. I stamped the words “Windsor Castle” in fairly big letters, intending to write around them. But, the textured paper didn’t accept the ink very well and it came out pretty faint, so I went to plan B and wrote over them instead of around. Then, I made a spelling error and didn’t want to re-do it. So, what to do, what to do? Easy, peasy…I just glopped some paint over the mis-spelled word, then made some additional matching splotches elsewhere on the tag trying to make it look intentional…If I didn’t tell you, would you notice I’d messed up?


Today’s flower is my English Lavender. I started out with Spanish Lavender, not even realizing there is a difference, but there is. And it’s huge. The Spanish Lavender is weedy looking, while the English is just so much more refined-looking. Silly me, I had it for several years before I realized my mistake. But it’s fixed now.


Ah, yes. Much better!

And I’m suddenly realizing that I am pretty heavy on lavender/purple flowers, when red is really my color of choice. Not sure how THAT happened, but I need to fix it!

Also in the garden, Mr. Tattered was out planting his fruit trees (more on that later) and found a heart-shaped rock buried, cleaned it up and had it sitting up for me when I went out to do some weeding.


How sweet is that? I think I’ll keep him!


We have been so busy lately we are BOTH wondering what’s going on. Our calendar is a mass of chicken scratches, with barely any empty space. The school year is almost over, when it seems like it just started, and before we know it the kids will be back in school again, our son will be back from his deployment and we’ll be starting our fall travels. Seriously. It’s practically time to change the calendar to 2016, and I don’t know where the year has gone!

They say after you retire you wonder how you ever had time to work, and it’s so true!

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