Sunday, October 26, 2014

JBS Mercantile November Kit Sneaks

The November kit reveal at JBS Mercantile is a little less than a week away. After spending the day with the Papercrafting and Antiquarian kits, I must say, the colors, papers, and accents in these kits perfectly channel all that is wonderful about the month of November.  Here are a few sneaks:
Lots of layering going on here. :)

I'm hoping that I can bypass the autumn colds that are a not-so-wonderful aspect of this time of year, but I woke up with a sore throat, and my sense of denial is starting to weaken. Ugh. Here's hoping it won't develop into anything more.

Have a great week ahead. I'm looking forward to Halloween. Maybe if I do get a cold I can just forget the costume I originally planned to wear and go as the undead instead -- way more authentic.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Lately, I've been...

trying to watch How to Get Away with Murder.  It takes effort. I find it tedious, for the most part, except for when the monotony is punctuated by moments that compel me to watch it for one more week. This happens each week. I'm still curious about where it's all heading, though my tolerance is waning with each flashback/flash ahead "murder" scene. Enough already. If the show was a book, I'd be speed-reading by now. Every character irritates me for one reason or another, but I think Viola Davis is the only reason I've been hanging in there.  Her character should quit law and take up medicine instead. She'd be awesome in Grey's Anatomy, which could use some rejuvenation. 

re-reading Lisa Ann Sandell's Song of the Sparrow for a unit on Arthurian legends in my "Folklore and Mythology" class. It's been great seeing the students respond to this retelling/revision of "The Lady of Shalott." 

scanning old family photos, and shaking my head in amazement at their beauty. I love this one of my grandfather as young man. 
scrapbooking and forgetting to share the proof of that on this blog. Here are a few recent layouts: 
October Afternoon: "Somethings" Journaling Challenge
Jenni Bowlin Studio: "From Pinterest to Page"
 Crate Paper: "Open Book" Week 

thinking that movie reviews can be helpful, but can also be so wrong. Case in point: The Judge, with Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr., was rated "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes (47%), but I thought the film was wonderful. So did a very teary-eyed Z. 

listening to "Jackie and Wilson," by Hozier.  What a voice. 

getting a kick out of my daughter's ever-expanding musical tastes. One moment she's singing along to "The Piña Colada Song" and the next, she's entranced by Berlioz. 

waiting for my Halloween costume to arrive. Here's hoping the costume gets here before October 31. Otherwise, I'll have to go to school that day just as I am: a procrastinator. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Listening to Cio-Cio San

Hurricanes typically have more to do with disaster than they do blessings, but with Hurricane Ana passing south of the islands this weekend, it is far enough away not to be doing any damage, but close enough to bring us lots of much-needed rain. It's been dry and hot around here lately, but for the past two days, it's been sprinkling non-stop, and even though the sun is up, it looks like the evening. This has made for terrific napping weather, reading weather, and scrapping weather. I complied on all three fronts, sleeping in for two days, finishing Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects (disturbing), and working on an opera-inspired layout using a bunch of lovelies from Ashley's Calder's Things That Shine
Last week I had the honor of chaperoning a group of students to a Hawaii Opera Theatre Opera for Everyone performance of Madam Butterfly. I created this layout to document the event, adding my version of operatic spectacle in the form of accents that remind me of lines and themes of the opera. 
Poor Cio-Cio San is perpetually waiting for the robins to build their nests. Heartbreaking.
Why, just before he went,
I asked of him, You'll come back again to me?
And with his heart so heavy,
To conceal his trouble,
With a smile he made answer:
``O Butterfly
My tiny little child-wife,
I'll return with the roses,
The warm and sunny season
When the red-breasted robins
Are busy nesting.''
He'll return.
By intermission I was experiencing an overload of cultural imperialism. By the end, however, I was wiping my eyes. There's nothing quite like catharsis. 
I'm off to join in the webinar at Get It Scrapped. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Between the Lines

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of working on a series of challenge-based layouts for the Story Play workshop at Masterful Scrapbook Design. I shared one of the layouts in a previous post, and here's another, based on a challenge to "find" journaling in an existing text. 
I discovered my journaling in some pages from an old, yellowing grammar handbook. After underlining the lines that stood out to me, I used cream-colored paint and stitching to cover up the rest of the text. What remains is a message about one of the most important relationships in my life. 
On Sunday, October 18,  I'll be chatting again about the workshop and my love of all things scrappy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stop Time

(More details -- including a sketch! -- can be found on the October Afternoon blog.)

This is so where I am right now. 

The only way to prevent myself from being stretched too thin is to set limits, which is really difficult, but also really necessary. At first I thought the secret was prioritizing tasks, but that means everything makes the list, and all that I control is the rank order. No, the real secret is prioritizing time. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

JBS Mercantile October Kits

Every so often I happen across a particular combination of papers, colors, accents, and photos that just clicks for some reason. Lucky me -- this just happened with the October JBS Mercantile kits. Creating with them was such a rush, as I was swept up in the flow from layout to layout. Here's what transpired over the course of a single day of scrapping with the kits:
I don't feel finished with these kits by any means. More happy scrapping is ahead of me, I'm sure of it!