Walking back from Dev's winter concert, I had my camera with the 55-250 zoom lens flung around my neck. I got a lot of good pictures that night. This was the best. It's a perfect visual;the sun setting on 2016.
This is one of my favorite photos. . .I drag it out at least once a year; so much said. This time around it evokes that moment when I'm over wrought. I start out each day pretty much the same - coffee, email, bank, Drudge and Lucianne. Today I read where at age 86, Dr. Thomas Sowell posted his last piece. It wasn't age that forced him to hang it up; it was a love of life.
Our youth are so tied to social media, I'm on board with the need to stay connected, but Sowell's words made me smile. A week in Yosemite with friends, taking pictures, no phones, no internet, left him appreciating life without the media. I feel this same way when Diane, Karol and I sit down to our favorite pizza and talk through the world as only lifetime friends can do. It casts a euphoria that has me loving life and inspired.
All of this led me to start looking for that one little word that I want to shape the upcoming year. Last years word, commitment is my favorite. It turned into an action word. That isn't to say that I completed everything on my to-do list, but the important stuff got done. Allowing for all of life's unpredictability, I can look back at I what I accomplished in 2016 and think WOW! I learned so much, I created and I set the tone for 2017.
I have been tossing around three words; Discipline, Balance and Plan. They're related, but I think, depending on which one I choose, my focus will change. Balance is the most important, but to achieve that I need discipline and planning. For the record, "planners" have become a big deal in the paper community. I am about to archive my second planner. I love lists, and I love my planner. It's my life journal. The planner is something I will keep-up, and this year as a member of a planner club, I am hoping to separate my "Get To Work Book" from the social with a Frank Garcia rose gold planner - I'll have two of them going :)
Now I'm left with discipline. I know people who can sit at a retreat and turn out a completed mini-book, sometime two in a weekend. It's true they craft until 3AM, but they get it done, and they're beautiful. Right now I'm half-way through a baby book I started two weeks ago. I probably should be working on that; instead I got a bee in my bonnet, and have been organizing my space yet again, which really means that I made a mess. Too much clutter, important stuff tucked away outside the space and too many things in the space that I'll never use. I'm still in the year of commitment; my space will be good to go in 2017..
Balance is the goal, discipline controls, but planning will get me to the finish line. This is the year of "Plan" - work on time management, refine my to-do list to eliminate the non-essential, and above all else focus. The cool thing, if I stick to the plan, 2017, like 2016 will NOT be a wasted opportunity.
What an amazing year. A year that has led me back to making these cute little books. This is a Christmas present; it is so stinking cute.
In this case change means different paper, "coloring" images, planner stickers, word stickers, glassine envelopes and my favorite Maya Road string tie envelopes. I beefed up the structure, going from 2 rings to 3 rings. II designed small journal cards using images from my favorite designers, Courtney Designs and Manu of Scrapbookgraphics and Little Butterfly Wings found at the Lilypad.
It's the do-dads that make these books so much fun. I've included stickers, stamps, puff dots, small journal cards, tickets, paper clips. . .I'm sure I'll grab more little stuff as I pack the cello envelope ~ gotta have some metal in all this.
Time to get real. . .still have a few packages to wrap, and we're in the second year of what may become a family tradition - buying a cheap tree at the last minute to decorate. Have to say last year we had a smaller, perfect tree, that is one of my favorites.
As we countdown to Christmas - ENJOY!
More like the tortoise, less like the hare, but I'm pushing the envelope with this book. This is the second of a two page layout. The first is a pocket page with tags. I am in love with Prima's Royal Menagerie paper; I'll use it all. Normally I'd have made another pocket on this page, but opted instead for a large photo-mat. I think it is important for kids to look back at the first house they called home.
Determined to use more of my stuff, I've been pulling out stamps and dies. I am really drawn to Stampin' Up products. I used the "festive flower" punch to create the small flower lower right. Many premier sticker companies have come out with a line of flower centers. The Jolee Boutique center couldn't have been more perfect.
On to the next layout that I revamped a year ago. I really like what I did. The transition from "Our House" to Baby Gourmet will be an easy one as the colors are so complimentary. Who knows, I may even get a head start on tomorrow.
Hope every one is enjoying the holiday season ~ not that I would want it to last any longer than it does, but there is a certain amount of stress that can't be avoided as we try to cram it all in. My hope, you always ENJOY!
I love collection kits; they come with die cuts and stickers and just enough paper so I use it all up. Truth is I don't use the stickers. First task this AM, to pull paper for a baby book. I opened a KaiserCraft "Fiesta" collection kit. The paper is awesome, but the stickers will all get used in my planner. Talk about the best of all worlds.
This is one of the few times I've been excited about the packaging of anything. This doll piece is a high gloss belly-band that I removed with the intensity of a surgeon. This goes right along with my love at first site of this Santoro paper "Mirabelle".This paper is the wonderkind of the London Design House, Santoro. In the scheme of things, paper isn't their thing, but they hit this out of the park.
Right now I'm in baby book mode. I've taken carved out time to go through paper options. I like colorful, unique, clean, and I shy away from over-the-top baby theme. Paper choices must tie into my design style, and original digial art; they can't be busy. Buying this paper was like buying a stamp because I loved the look of the block. I loved this doll, and as luck would have it I love every sheet of paper in the collection. It will be fabulous in a "girl" book.
I'm reminded of a scene from the Devil Wears Prada, when Meryl Streep goes on a rant about cerulean blue, and how that specific color made its way from a top design house to the racks at Target; fascinating and true. Our choice of paper, what we think is the newest and the greatest scrapbook product is really engineered by en vogue designers and their social media gurus. There are many similarities between fashion and paper crafts.
Be an originalist, trust your judgement, and buy what you like, and what you'll use. Get in tune with your personal style. If it fits with current trends, good for you, but if it doesn't take a moment to find what's right for you. Guaranteed it will make you smile.