Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Surrogate Parent, AJE, and More Digital Scrapbooking

Beginning today after school, the hubster and I are "parenting" Miss 8 1/2 and Miss 4 until Sunday. I think I'd better start getting more sleep in preparation. I didn't go to bed until 4:30 this morning. I was downloading free stuff from the My Memories website, uploading old patterns and embellishments that I made in Photoshop many moons ago, and watching watercolor videos in YouTube. There are some wonderful tutorials for this software, too. I can only use this much bandwidth between the hours of 2 AM and 7 AM, so sometimes I am up most of the night.

I was able to verify that all my old files work just wonderfully in the My Memories digital scrapbooking software and I have another couple to share with you. The pictures are from when the girls were little.

This photo is one of my all-time favorites. This little one is now 8 years old.

What great memories I have of those all too fleeting days.

I've begun to make some new memories as well. Yesterday after school my daughter brought out her two girls so we could have a little celebration for Miss Morgan whose birthday we missed this past weekend. I bought cupcakes and ice cream and picked up some "school" books and a pair of slippers for her presents. She was thrilled with the whole celebration.

As you can see, I made the cupcakes myself .

Big sis - posing.

I have begun to have so many interests again that I think I am going to need a schedule - maybe something like:

Monday - bookbinding
Tuesday - watercolor
Wednesday - digital scrapbooking
Thursday - journaling
Friday - sketching
Saturday - watercolor pencil
Sunday - oil pastels

Oh no, I've already run out of days!!! What about photography, digital art, mail art, acrylics, collage, crochet..... and just where does housework fit into this schedule.  So much art, so little time.

Meanwhile, while waiting for my downloads to arrive, I began adding to my new journal as part of the Artful Journaling - Explorations class. Here is the cover page (in progress). It needs color and doodling before I can think of it as complete.

I'm thinking the letters need some layers in other colors and perhaps the word "Explorations" needs to be added into the background maybe on a diagonal.

And here is the beginning of the "Lemons" assignment:

It needs the addition of color and decoration. The bowl is white with dark blue stripes and the lemons have a bit of yellow, gold and green. It is a bit light, but if you click on it I think you will be able to see it better.

I've had a couple of cups of coffee and now need some cereal and fruit to get this day started. I think I am going to get back to the watercolor landscape I've put aside. I hope to have some progress to share with you tomorrow.

Meanwhile, if you like what you've seen so far in the digital scrapbooking part of my posts, you can use the coupon code in the side bar to get this amazing software at an incredible price. I will be putting together the rules for the software giveaway real soon. I would like to have ways you can enter more than once and would love to hear if you have ideas besides either a post on your blog linking back to me or a visit to the website to choose a favorite designer pack. 

It is almost 11 am already and I think I'd better get this day started.....



  1. Hi Vicki,
    I like your idea of scheduling something different every you seem to have leftovers, why not schedule mornings & afternoons? As for housework - as Peg Bracken used to say:"If it's loose, pick it up. If it isn't, dust it. If it moves, feed it!"

  2. Ha! Ha! You're scheduling does pose a dilemna! If you get it figured out please let me know because I'm in the same boat. I love the scrapbooking pages of your girl tribe. What memories they'll have in the future.

  3. Beautiful pictures as always Vicki. =) And I can't wait to see more of the Lemon's got a good start!

  4. Golly Vicki! I thought I was busy but you've shamed me!!!! LOVE the scrapbook LOs - great memories there!

  5. Definitely little cuties - I'm looking forward to seeing them tomorrow! Great start on the lemons, and your schedule is cool ..... now, only to follow it! hugs, nancy

  6. I spy a kindred spirit - I need to 'label' my days, too!!

  7. Beautiful photographs, forget the housework!

  8. These are all sweet photos, but that one of Miss 8 when she was little! yes, that would be my favorite too, and you've made the perfect background for it!
    Have fun in your artful journaling class!