Life in Limbo

Ever feel like you are in limbo? That is how I feel right now. I am still looking for my own apartment. I am still waiting to hear when Niki and Rocky will be home. I am still waiting to pack up my stuff, the things I use daily. I have been cruising around the web today, checking out blogs and all the wonderful things people are creating and I want to play! But I can’t, not really, because most of my crafty things are all packed up in the garage in the freezing cold and I just don’t feel like going and hunting. And have you ever noticed that whatever it is you are looking for is always at the bottom of the pile, the last box you look, or just plain hiding on you? I can not wait to have a whole area again just for all my pens, paints, papers, books, inks, stencils, ribbons, scraps, and other fun things. Whether it is a whole room, which is my wish, or just an entire wall, I can’t wait! I want my table to be full of papers, glitter, glue, scissors, rubber stamps, and other fun finds I have out, waiting to be used or in the process of drying or just waiting for inspiration. For the most part this past year I have not done a whole lot of things in the real, touching the paper kind of craft and I have missed that. I have done a few hybrid items for the Daily Scrapper, but that is about it and I am ready to play again!

I am working on using my Memory Log Book and that is the closest I have come in a long time to putting pen to paper, or ink and paint, or cutting and pasting, or adding tid-bits to a journal and I am loving it! It is actually pretty boring still, but I plan to change that in the next few days, once I find my colored pencils and water colors. By the end of the month I want to see little parts of my life when I open that book, like I have done in the past.

I have always loved putting the things I pick up when out doing something during the day into my monthly planner, and now I have a daily one with the Log Book, and it has so much room to grow in. This book will be a treasure trove of ideas for scrap pages and I should never again have a problem remembering the moments I want to scrap again.

And on that note, here is my latest from one of the sparks in week 2 of the log book. I used Captured mini kit, Paper Perfection vol.6, (and today is the last day to get these 2 for only $1.00!) and Glittersplat Frames for this one, by Karen Lewis Designs at GP. I really love that little date stamp in the corner.

I am doing good with P365. Kind of, lol. If I miss a day, I make up for it the next day or I use a picture from one of the other days. I am actually trying to get in the habit of just taking photos so there have been a few days when I have taken a few pictures and then I have to choose which one to use for THE photo for the day, but I like that. And the others I can use another day or print out and put in my log book. Having a choice is freeing and fun. I thought I would share the Gotta Pixel blog with you also, the link will take you to the 365 category. I found this today and was thrilled! I have not seen anyone else doing a daily photo prompt like this and having this to go to when I am clueless as to what to take for the day, I will have some inspiration, and that makes me happy. Already there are 12 photo prompts and I am going to go and read each one and add them to my list.

Also, another link for you. If you haven’t checked out the forum yet at Log Your Memory, then get clickin’ and check it out! We even have a section for people doing Project 365 with a couple of freebies so far and more to come as we go through the year. We have also started a flickr group to post our photos and that is another great resource for ideas if you are stumped on what to snap for the day. That is where you will find my P365 photos. I knew I wouldn’t do well making a separate blog for that, I can barely keep this one at a weekly post, so Flickr seemed the easiest thing. I can post a comment if I feel like about my photo so it is there when I am ready to make a page and want to remember why I took it, lol. And as soon as figure out how to post my photo stream here, it will be up.

I want to leave you with this: don’t worry about what other people are taking photos of or how awesome their pictures are. Just keep taking them, at the end of the year it won’t matter how good or bad they are, you will have a fabulous slice of your life to look back on, even if they never get onto a scrap page.

Have a great day!

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One Word

I have had a hard time deciding on my word for the year. A few days ago I thought I had it and I was going to go with believe and I even wrote this as a comment on Ali’s blog:
My word for the coming year is Believe. I need to believe in myself, that I am good, that I can accomplish what I set out to do and also to believe that God will provide for me and lead me in the right direction. If something doesn’t work out how I had envisioned, to accept that, knowing that God is working in my best interests. So I need to keep remembering to believe and not doubt.

And then the past few days so much has been going through my mind and I have had a hard time deciding where to start, what I want from this new year, will things work out as I want them to, what to do, where to go, and so on. Then I thought maybe my word should be focus. I really need to learn how to do that, take things one step at a time. Make a plan, lists, whatever it takes to stop this going around and around in my mind and therefore getting nothing done.

But then I re-read what I had posted as my word and I wasn’t sure that was it. But I think I have finally found it, Faith. Which is almost the same as believe. Almost. I am turning it around and starting with the second part of what I wrote above and changing it slightly to this: Faith in God, that He will provide for me and lead me in the right direction. Faith to know that when things don’t go as I had envisioned to remember that He is working in my best interests and this is how it should be, no matter what. Any and all obstacles are just a learning process and happen for a reason, and there is something I need to learn from it. And with this word I believe the first part of what I wrote about the word believe will follow. I will have the belief in myself to do the things I want to do, I will know that I am good, and I can accomplish what I set out to do.

I also think that by having this be my one word, the focus will come. I have faith that it will.

I am also going to do project 365 again this year and this time I will finish it. Last year I kind of fizzled out around summer time. I have a folder on my hard drive with just my pictures from those days and I love going through it and looking at the pictures. I also did about 4 layouts with a couple weeks using some of those photos and it saddens me I didn’t do more with project 365. So this year I am going to do the photos and the weekly pages so that at the end of this year I can have a whole book to look back on. I know I will enjoy it so much.

I have my Memory Log Book open and ready to use starting today. This is something else that will help me to accomplish project 365 along with getting things down that I want to remember such as photos I want to take, pages I want to create, and just tidbits of the days as I go. One place to put all this…amazing! If you haven’t gotten one I really suggest that you do, you won’t regret it.

So I leave you today with my first photo in this year long project. I worked yesterday until 8 pm. I had plans to join my sister and go out and paint the town red. But then I went home to get something to eat and change and it was just so cold out and I got all nice and warm that I decided to stay in. Plus I had been up until 2 am the night before reading Angels and Demons, lol, so I was kind of tired and really had a hard time keeping my eyes open until 12 am last night. However, I did stay awake that long and celebrated the old year ending and the new year coming in with the kitties. I even put on the head bands I had purchased for the night and took a photo. And then I went to bed, lol.

My wish for everyone in the new year is love, joy, laughter, and adventure!