Monday, August 31, 2015

July 2014 Layouts

Here are my finished July 2014 layouts.  My goal is to have this book printed before Halloween.  Hopefully I can keep up my current pace for the next few months.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Space Camp 2014

Last summer we were fortunate to have two of Dave's sisters here for a week in June.  The highlight of the trip was going to NASA's Space Camp at Johnson Space Center.

Mikey wasn't quite old enough for the camp but he was happy enough touring around with the moms.  We saw the current Mission Control Center and saw a live feed from the International Space Station.  We also toured the mission training facility where they train on all the different equipment they use in space.

Crate Paper - Boys Rule papers, vellum shapes, and chipboard; American Crafts - Josh Thickers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Harvard Reunion 2014

Last summer we had a little reunion with our Harvard friends.  One of the law student's parents has a great ranch near Emery, Utah, called Castle Valley Outdoors.  We all met up with our children, and it was so great to have such a large space to be together.

I took a ton of pictures because there was so much to do!  Adults and kids alike had a lot of activities to choose from -- horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, 4-wheeling, fishing, etc.

Putting 22 pictures on a layout is challenging.  It's hard to make it not appear cluttered.  Although I love pages that have one or two pictures, this has never really worked for me.  I'm constantly on the lookout for inspiration for lots of photos.

Nearby were some ancient Indian petroglyphs.  We went on a small day hike to access them.

One thing I love about digital scrapbooking is that you can really just create any embellishment you want.  I made this mountain clipart piece because I couldn't find anything like I wanted.  I also love that you never run out of any particular letter sticker and you can make the fonts appear however you wish.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Oh, The Things They Say . . .

Kids started school again today.  I'm trying to get last year organized and in albums before this year speeds by.

Here are some layouts I've made about the funny things I want to remember.  I've posted these on my blog every so often, and I went back and gathered them, made a WordPerfect file to keep adding to, and then made a page of the most recent ones.

Looking back, here are some other pages I've made on this subject...

Monday, August 17, 2015

June 2014 Layouts

Yikes!  School starts again in one week!  In an effort to reconnect and once again move forward, here are my layouts from June 2014.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Documenting Grief and Loss

I, along with the whole scrapbooking community, have been deeply saddened and affected with the sudden loss of Heidi Swapp's son.  Though we've never met, I feel a connection to her as do many others.  I remember being excited when her first line of products hit the market; I remember being in Boston as they expanded into the AC Moore and Michaels stores; I remember meeting and making mutual friends in the expatriate community when they lived in Beijing; and I have admired her example as a member of the Church.

I happened to be reading the details of her son's funeral as I sat in the waiting room waiting for my 12-week ultrasound appointment.  I was crying for her loss, reading also about how she plans to move forward documenting life which she is so passionate about.

Little did I know I was minutes away from experiencing my own loss and overwhelming grief.  The doctor pulled up the ultrasound and said, "Hello, baby!"  It looked as I expected it to - round head, visible feet, body, and tiny arms.  But soon she grew concerned, asking me if I had experienced any bleeding or pain.  "Can you see the heartbeat?" I asked her, but I knew from the look on her face that she couldn't. I had experienced a silent miscarriage, (no indication except for lack of heartbeat), most likely the day or two prior, judging by the size of the baby.  Looking back, I wish I would have asked her to print that final image. It's body so clearly outlined as it lay still.

I went in to the appointment with much excitement because I knew that I was going to get the genetic testing done to determine gender.  The kids were away at YMCA day camp eagerly awaiting my arrival with news.  The hardest part of it all was telling them in the car on the way home.  We all cried together, their minds not quite comprehending. Their simple faith knew that something must be wrong with the machine and determined not to believe the baby had died until I could be tested again.  I told them that I would go to the doctor again in a couple of days to have the baby removed.

Explaining that process to delicate, inquiring minds is difficult.

A week has passed and I was faced with what to do with the few ultrasound pictures that I did possess.  So, I decided to document it as a memory I don't want to forget, and one I can look back on and cherish, even though it isn't necessarily a happy time in my life.

Here is my final page (based upon a design from Nancy Damiano).