Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Have More FUN

I signed up for the 3rd part of the year long class at BPS that Stacy Julian is teaching. It's billed as a way to have more FUN and let go of perfection. Both are things I want from this scrapbooking hobby. Over the weekend I made a 6 page mini album that was so easy and a great way to use up photos from a vacation 25 years ago. Super FUN, and I'm so glad to have those photos someplace other than a box. We've also had two super easy and fun single page assignments. The first was last Friday and took me only about 45 mintues to do - unheard of. And the second was called Funday Munday. Here it is:
The instructions were to take a scrap of patterned paper, cardstock, ribbon, buttons, flowers, chipboard alphas and tiny alphas. My design is made according to the instructions. It took me a little longer, but I used some ribbon I've been hoarding for months and a photo that has been waiting for about a year to be scrapped. Margie Romney-Aslett is the guest designer for this week and designed this page and the mini album Each week this month we'll have a guest designer, and then Stacy will teach for July and August.
Check it out if you want to have more FUN.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Charlie Chaplin

This is Pema. She's my daughter's Llasha Apsa and is staying with me for a couple weeks when dd and her husband are on vacation. Isn't she just the cutest thing?
When she arrived at my house she hadn't had her summer haircut yet so I took care of that first thing. It ended up waaaayyy shorter than I had expected and I hardly recognized her. She didn't seem to mind and wasn't the least bit embarrassed at her sudden near nakedness.
She's the happiest little thing and I've been calling her Little Pemie Foofoo as she bounces through the yard as if on springs. At least, that's what I've been calling her until today. Her little white mustache is growing out and she now bears a striking resemblance to Charlie Chaplin - right down to the short little bowed legs. All she needs is a cane and a bowler hat! Surely that is perfect fodder for a layout.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July. I'm so grateful every year for all the lives that have been lived and have been cut short to protect the freedoms that we enjoy living in the USA. There has been much written about the multitude of freedoms that we have so I will not talk about that now. But will just be very grateful.
I do have so many happy memories of the 4th. When I was growing up we had a big - to my young perceptions anyway - parade and lots of fireworks. I can remember lying on a blanket on the grass near the city pool were they were set off and watching them explode overhead. One year I remember my father taking us to a road overlooking the city and watching the fireworks from there.
The year my daughter was only a few days old, we had a HUGE thunder and lightning storm. My husband and young son were 20 miles away at the fireworks show, but I got a much more dramatic show than they did. Lightning hit a transformer about a block from our house so we lost electricity. I could see bolts of lightning coming down very close to our house and the thunder was almost simultaneous with the lightning. In those days I was terrified of the storms and sat at the bottom of our stairs with my daughter in my arms. I trembled while she slept through the whole thing.
Now I sit with my dog in my arms while she trembles and I try to soothe her. She HATES the noise - especially the ones that whistle.
So, I hope your 4th is filled with memory making fun and that we will all spend just a few moments being grateful that we live in a land of the free and the home of the brave.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Birthday

One of my scrapping friends is on the design team for Paper Trunk. Today they are celebrating their 1st birthday on their blog with lots of fun challenges. So hop on over and help them celebrate.