Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Best

Each of the older family photos that I have in my possession is sacred to me, but as much as they captivate me, I have to remind myself not to romanticize the past.

Photos give us the impression of holding history in our hands and being able to retrace its physical form with our curious eyes and fingertips. That grasp, however, only skims the surface -- faces, buildings, trees and sky, a smile, a shirt collar, a hand grasping a hem.  These freeze-frame moments make little sense without context, without the story that, sadly, sometimes, no one is left to tell.

Even as photos answer questions, new ones spring from them. That which we see before us, seemingly so clearly, we do not always understand.
This presents a challenge when it comes to the memory-keeping process: how do we find the words to say to accompany these photos?

As for me, I cannot separate the photo from my vantage point. I can tell a story or comment on details, but I also know that this story, those details, are rarely objective, impartial. They are always filtered through my perceptions of the past and my place in the present.

Part of the reason why old photos appeal to me is that even as I hold them in my hands, I must accept that which is intangible: the past will always elude me. Even the past that made me.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fur Friends

What would life be like without dogs? It'd be no life at all.  
This past week on the Elle's Studio blog, I shared this layout of my favorite duo, Linus and Mazie. 

Inspired by the "pair" theme of the journaling card, I focused on the symbiotic relationship these two have developed since Linus entered our household just a few months ago. 
I had some fun with another pair here -- donuts and sprinkles -- using this adorable stamp (one of the January extras). 

My silly little pups definitely make life sweet.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stocking Stuffed.

My 2015 holiday album is now complete, with the help of Scraptastic Club's Stocking Stuffer kit. A few days ago, I joined SC DT member Nathalie in sharing the last of our pages on the SC blog.

Is it crazy that I'm already looking forward to next year's album? 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Elle's Studio January Reveal + Giveaway WINNER!

It's the 10th, and you know what that means: Elle's Studio January kits are now available, though I doubt they will be for long!
The usual kit price is $11.99, but just for today, it's $9.99.  

I am loving this month's extras -- especially the vellum hearts
I used these lovelies on my first Elle's Studio project of 2016 -- which is in the first design team gallery of 2016. I created a year in review layout, with each of the twelve photos representing a highlight from each month.  More details can be found in the gallery. 
Be sure to check out the rest of the gallery at Elle's Studio -- you will LOVE it! 

Today I'm also happy to announce the winner of the giveaway of some Elle's Studio goodies: 
Congratulations, Amanda! I'll be in touch! 

-- Jill 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My CHA Wish List

Dear CHAnta,

Although Christmas was just a few weeks ago, both you and I know that CHA is kind of a loophole when it comes to wanting and wishing and getting.

I swear, even though my chaotic mess of a scrap space makes it appear that I've been terribly naughty, I really have been (mostly) nice this year. I haven't splurged much at all (oddly enough), and so there is a little extra space (remarkably enough) in my scrap area for some goodies.

Here is my wish list:
(1) Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley

(2) "Fancy Free" from Paige Evans and Pink Paislee: 

(3) Pinkfresh Studio clear stamps and Felicity

(4) Bella Blvd Let's GoShe Blooms, and Sweet SpringLetsGo_2


(4) Starshine from Shimelle and American Crafts: 
marquee thickers - Starshine Scrapbooking Collection from Shimelle & American Crafts @
acrylic shapes - Starshine Scrapbooking Collection from Shimelle & American Crafts @

12x12 papers - Starshine Scrapbooking Collection from Shimelle & American Crafts @
(5) Crate Paper's Little You and Bloom
(6) Simple Stories, "You Are Here": 
There are few other lines that have caught my eye, but I need to see more of them before I can definitely add them to my "want" list. 

Oh, dear CHAnta -- I know you're thinking, "She wants ALL of this, and possibly even more?"

You are correct.