Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Calvinball Layout #4

This page has been waiting for the right moment, the right mindset, to come together. I printed this photo a few years ago, and I flip past it frequently when considering what to scrapbook next, but it's connected to one of those memories that bears a special weight. It's tethered to other memories, to questions unanswered, to a person I knew but in the sense of a child's knowing -- a knowledge gained from observations, filtered through the lens of innocence rather than experience. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Calvinball Layout #3

This layout celebrates my love of all things March -- flowers blooming, dogs roaming, green abounding. Just the thought of March summons the color green in my mind.

Do you associate colors with months? Now that I think of it, I kind of do, though not for all of them.

November is definitely brown, but a warm kind of brown -- the color of dried leaves, gravy, roast turkey, and nostalgia.

April is lavender, the color of orchids, Easter dresses, and foil-wrapped chocolate eggs.

May is a soft, creamy white -- the color of stephanotis on the vine, bridal satin on the May Day queen, the clear head of a teacher finally on summer break.

July is deep blue edged with glaring yellow -- in the way that the open expanse of the sea meets the brilliant summer sky.

September is a mix: the shiny red of a polished apple, the yellow sheen of a freshly sharpened pencil, the green-blue paint on a classroom door.

October is a month of gradations, an ombre kind of month, the color of twilight.

Do you think this way, too, moving through the year with a sense of shifting colors? 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Calvinball Layout #2

Nine days into Calvinball, I have completed my second layout. I'm waaaay behind the others, but that's okay -- I"m a weekend scrapper, and the only way to keep Calvinball fun is to create when I'm not exhausted...and to create pages that I really want to make, like this one of our newest addition, Freya. 

You KNOW there's no way I'd make a layout without journaling. You can't see it above, because it's tucked under the photo block. I really couldn't keep it short, and once I finished it, I realized it wasn't going to fit on the page easily, so I incorporated it as a hidden element. 
Calvinball provides great motivation for using one's stash. There are items on this page that I've had for years, including the vintage "F" monogram from a Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit, lace ribbon, KI Memories paper, and Love, Elsie buttons. I also finally found the perfect use for the Scraptastic Club patterned paper on which the entire layout is built. It reminds me of Freya's previous life and her search for a forever home. 

All of our pets are rescues, and though there is always an adjustment period, there is never regret -- these sweet creatures just long so deeply for love, and the love they give in return is such a gift.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Calvinball Layout #1

The first of my Calvinball layouts is done -- whew! I planned to make this a 30-minute project but then I had to add another layer...and another...

This is the first project I've created in nearly two months. It felt really good to create again -- so good, in fact, that I decided to just run with it without judgment. I used one of my favorite color schemes (green and yellow), included a current photo of myself, taken on March 1 (with my messy end-of-day hair and lighting-be-damned philosophy), and documented what March 1 found me doing.

I totally forgot a key element of the journaling, though there is a nod to it on the layout itself with the "civil defense emergency" card tucked behind the photo. March 1 was a siren-testing day, and for the first time in a long, long time, I heard it without feeling sick and anxious. I meant to mention that in the journaling: "TEACHING through the siren without flinching once."

As of day 2 of Calvinball, my point total is 14.5. My goal for this month is ten layouts. It's a bit ambitious, since I'm going from zero in two months to ten in one month, but spring break has my back. We shall see how it goes...if I accomplish half that, it's better than zero, right?

Thanks for stopping by today! Of course, for all I know, no one is reading this and I am typing into the void. In that case, thanks for stopping by, void! 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Calvinball Returns!

Ready for another round of Calvinball? It begins on March 1 and runs through March 31, and is being hosted this year by ScrapHappy (via a Facebook group). I'm so happy to hear that this most sacred and silly tradition will continue.

If you'd like to join the fun, participation is totally free.

(If you have no idea what Calvinball is, just do a search -- see above -- for "Calvinball").

Can't wait!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

In Case You Were Wondering...

I'm still around -- just taking a break to tend to the business of life. Something had to give, but hopefully, soon enough, I'll feel creative again. For now, I'll leave you with some of the Hip Kit Club projects I should have shared weeks (and weeks) ago.

Here are the last of my December Daily pages. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Documented

Christmas is just a few days away, and I'm doing my best to steal moments here and there so that I can add pages to my holiday album.
It's been a lot of fun working with the Hip Kit Club December Documented kit, which is full of colorful and festive papers and accents.

One of the biggest challenges I've been facing is a lack of photos -- sometimes I'm just too distracted, too much in a hurry, but at other times, I just want to be in the moment without having to reach for my phone. That's okay -- not every page needs to include a photo, and sometimes, images can be gathered from elsewhere.

Another challenge is that all of the usual traditions have been put off this year due to an exceptionally manic end to the semester at school. We only just tackled the bulk of our shopping yesterday, we haven't yet made Christmas cookies, and we just picked up our tree last night. Still, I'm making some progress with the album.

I hope to add more pages soon!