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My Perfect Day!

If you had to describe your “Perfect Day” what would it look like?  For me nothing could be better than spending time with my husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  In a few short months I’ll be able to add grandson to that list, yay.  We don’t live in close proximity so when we are able to get together I am perfectly happy just to spend time together.  If I was able to move closer to them I could have a whole bunch of perfect days.  I’d love to be able to be there for every day activities like dance recitals, swimming lessons, school programs, field trips and soon feeding, burping and changing the baby.  Hey a girl can dream!

I’ve been trying to persuade Paw Paw to  sell our business and retire.  Then I’d be able to be the mother and grandmother I’ve always wanted to be.  Here is a layout of my last perfect day.  It’s been over six months and we overdue a visit.  Hopefully that’ll happen later this month. For this layout I used CatDesignz kit Seraphena.

Celebrate Life

Now Available!

My new book is now available on Amazon.  If you have a Kindle or Kindle viewer please check it out here.  Amazon Prime members can check it out for free.

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New eBook Coming Soon!

I’ve just published my first eBook which will be available soon.  Probably in the next 12-24 hours!  I’m excited to see how it’s received.  If you are a scrapper and you’re looking for some new layout ideas I hope you will check out my new sketch book.  I’ll be back with more information as soon as the publishing is complete.  Here’s the cover I designed using Kimeric Kreations kit Bright Side of the Road.

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July Word List

Do you like the challenge of the daily word list?  It’s hard to believe but it’s time for the JULY word list, so hear you go.  Now get busy and see what you can come up with.  The Digi Scrapping Divas word list for July was created using Beach Therapy by Fayette Designs.

July Word List

Basics Training Part 2

In the second part of the basics training series I’ve done a side by side comparison of MemoryMixer and MyMemories Suite features.  You will find the complete article here.  I’ve also told you my favorite features of each program.  Which features I love and the ones I’m not so fond of.

Bad News/Good News

Today, as I was cleaning off my desk, I found a note I had written to myself last year.  At the time I was feeling very discouraged.  I had been going through some things but rather than looking only at the bad news I wanted to look for the good news hidden from my immediate view.  So here are some of the things I had written down:

  • We’ve had to make some drastic cuts  in our business  BUT we’re still in business.
  • I have some health problems BUT it’s not terminal.
  • Our new TV went out BUT it was under warranty.
  • The roof has a couple of leaks BUT we have a home and a roof over our heads.
  • Our yard is knee high BUT we’ve had some  much needed rain.
  • I get sad sometimes because  my hubby has to travel a lot BUT I’m thankful he is able.

I don’t believe in luck but there was a song on a TV show called Hee Haw that is just stuck in my head.  Part of the song says, “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.  Gloom, despair, and agony on me!”   That’s how I get to feeling sometimes and I actually sing those lines to myself (weird I know).  If you’re like me and you get a little down in the dumps sometimes, write down the things that have you discouraged and then think about something good that also applies and write that down.  Then think about the good things.  It will lift your spirit.  Be thankful because it could be worse!

Have the Courage to Cluster

Scrappers should not fear embellies and clusters.  Done right they will take your layouts to the next level.  But there is a right way and a wrong way.  One little flower on a page just gets lost and personally I think bigger is better.  Check out this article for ideas on adding embellishments and clustering on your layouts for a whole new look.  Now even if I don’t change your mind about adding more embellishments to your layouts, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally and see what you can do.  As for me, I do have a few, a very few, layouts that are fairly minimal so I have stepped out of my zone too!

Ice Cream   Ice Cream Makes Me Silly

I think the layout on the right does a better job expressing the fun and silliness shown in the photos.  Do you agree?

Credits: Sundance kit by Laitha Designs.  Fonts: Pupcat, KC This Is Not Goodbye, Dancing Script, Taiga, and Patterns & Dots.

Basics Training Series

I’ve started a series of “basics” training articles comparing MyMemories Suite and MemoryMixer.  In the first article, posted today, we’ll compare prices, discounts available, system requirements, and briefly touch on the features of each program.  Many people have had questions regarding the differences and want to know which to buy.  I will dig deeper as the weeks go by and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If you have a question you’d like answered, please comment on this post and I’ll do my best to be sure to cover it.  I hope you enjoy this series and covet any feedback or suggestions.  Next week we’ll look at the features of each program in more depth.  Check back often or follow my blog to keep up to date.  You’ll find the first article under the Basics Training tab or click here.

 

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Eeek! Snake!

My Fridays aren’t usually so exciting!  I had to go into town, about 30 miles round trip, to go to the bank.  I decided to take my sports car because I hadn’t driven it in about three weeks.  I had decided to drive it to church Sunday so I thought I’d top off the tank.  I pulled up to the pump then turned around to shut the door.  Something caught my eye which, to my horror, turned out to be a snake coiled up in the door frame of my car! 

I heard myself saying Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God!  A lady two pumps over asked if I was okay to which I replied, No! There’s a snake in my car, Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God! This apparently woke the snake and he proceeded to slither INTO my car, up the floor mat and behind the dash board.

A man pulled up on the other side of the second pump down.  Thankfully, he used to be a biology teacher and LIKED snakes.  From my description he said it sounded like a Texas Rat snake.  He got his flashlight and tried to locate the snake but couldn’t see it.  He assured me it was more scared than me but I assured him that wasn’t possible.  He told me I’d be safe to drive home.  He was “sure” the snake wouldn’t come out BUT if it did, it’s not poisonous. 

Everyone went on their way except me.  I couldn’t figure out what to do.  I knew I couldn’t drive the car home.  My husband was out of town so I couldn’t call him.  I could leave it there and call a cab or maybe have it towed home.  While I was trying to think a truck pulled up beside me and the former biology teacher offered to let me drive his truck home and he’d follow in my car.  No, I didn’t know this man but the lady from the second pump down knew him.  She taught special ed and would take groups of children to a facility that he ran.  I jumped at the offer!

Here is a layout I made.  The snake in the layout is not the snake from my car.  The one in my car was much smaller and it may still be in my car for all I know!  But when this was going on I didn’t have time or even think about getting that rascals picture!

Thank God for sending that man to rescue me.  Yes, God still answers prayer!

Snake!