Saturday, February 01, 2014

Superbowl football pool - printable

My in-laws host a Superbowl party every year.  This year is extra special because it is likely the last year they host.  Their house is currently on the market and they will be downsizing and won't need the big TV.  We also have the "home team" in the running for the big title this year.  My sister has had blue and green hair for a couple of weeks and the 12th man can almost be heard from my house and I'm a state away.  The only person rooting for the Broncos seems to be Miss Payton Jayne.  Payton who loves horses is rooting for Peyton and the Broncos.  You can't hardly blame her.  But that spot of orange is going to be lost in a sea of blue and green tomorrow.  :)

My favorite part, besides the food, is the football pool.  I'm not a huge football person, but always have a great time on game day filling the squares and harassing our guests for cash.

Rather than quickly zip out a grid on a piece of copy paper with a sharpie, this year I decided to create a little graph that I can put in my scrapbook later.


Sell the squares.  We usually sell them for $1 per square.  After they are all filled up, have the kids draw numbers from 0-9 from a hat and fill in the shaded areas, 0-9 for each team.  Game time is a lot more fun for everyone now that we can root for scores as well as our favorite team to win. 

We usually do $12.50 for quarter 1 and 3, $25 for the half, and $50 for the final score.  

Download the football pool for free here.



Go HAWKS!




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Monday, December 16, 2013

clean slate

Well, obviously things changed a bit around here.  About a month or so ago I sent an email to Gossamer Blue and American Crafts to resign my position.  My priorities have just changed.  I am committed to my family and my students.  There simply wasn't time for everything and something had to change.  I have spent several years on Design Teams with affiliate links and holiday deadlines.  It feels SO GREAT to craft when I feel compelled to do so and to try different things.  I have been knitting and quilting and making home decor.  I will start sharing as it makes sense to me.  To be honest, it has been liberating and inspiring to make things for my girls and to create things for my home without the pressure of a deadline or a color palette or a trendy product that I need to sell.

I've been part of the crafting industry for too long to just disappear.  But this girl definitely needs to regroup.

XO.  Davinie

P.S.  Project 12?  Project 12 is mine.  Creating a monthly recap is a challenge that I have been hosting since 2008.  It appeals to me now more than it ever has before and I think it's the perfect form of memory keeping for the busy mom who still wants a creative outlet.  There's NO way busy Mom's are doing a daily record keeping system.  That just isn't realistic.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

my first AC blog hop!


Hello from Paige's blog!

I am excited to be participating in my first American Crafts blog hop.  It is such an honor to represent such an amazing company!

We were asked to create a layout/project about each of us, and this what I came up with:


I have been part of the papercrafting industry for a few years now.  For most of that time I worked part time in the health insurance industry.  It was a way to work from home and care for my girls without having to use daycare.  My career in health insurance was really a gift to my family.

I got my BA several years ago.  When Payton went to Kindergarten I knew it was time to pursue a dream I have always had for myself.  It didn't make sense to stay home and craft all day while my husband worked for the family.  I felt I had something bigger to offer the world, I guess you can say.  

I went back and got my teaching degree, my master's degree, and my Reading endorsement, and still managed the other parts of my life.  I am SO proud of myself.  I have talked myself out of this opportunity a few times, because I knew how much work would be involved.  I am so glad I finally followed through.

The best bit?  I graduated, and right away, I got a job.  Yep!  I am a first-year teacher this year.  I teach 3rd grade and I am SO excited about it.  I can't wait to make a difference in the best way I know how.  




I am obsessed with Amy Tan's Cut and Paste Collection.  It's a really smart, eclectic mix of products.  This layout started with the ONe Two Three pattern in this collection.  My eye was immediately drawn to the idea of '13 for 2013.  Because of the abstract way the numbers were created, I had fun with them and used my sewing machine to stitch a '13 amongst the pattern in the paper.  I then used my Silhouette to cut out the word "grad".

I then chose patterns from the collection that complemented the coloring and also drew out the yellow in the gray print.

In recent years, journaling has become more of a focus in my work, especially handwritten journaling.  It's faster than printing or typing something out.  It captures my handwriting.  It also often allows me to say more.  I don't pre-plan my words.  I just start writing and hope that it comes out straight.  I don't line up each line, as you can see.  I do try and offset it a bit so that it isn't just a clump of writing.  And then I often underline what I wrote.

Other products include cut out accents, bits die cut shapes, and the rotary phrase stamp.

Ultimately, scrapbooking is about capturing your memories, not creating a pretty page.  I am really focused on trying to utilize both, though.  I want to create a layout that sparks a memory later, or serves as a reminder to a great story, but also do so with products that are still interesting to look at years later.  Scrapbooking for me has also always been a creative release, so it's important to me to create pretty things too.

All products on this layout are American Crafts, of course.  The cardstock, adhesive, and even the precision pen are manufactured by American Crafts.

You can't have a blog hop without having another destination to head to!  But before I go, of course there needs to be a giveaway!  Blog hops are more fun when a giveaway is involved.  To enter, please leave a comment.  I will choose a winner September 14 and sending you a goodie bag of products from American Crafts.



Here is the full design team list.  Next is Madeline Fox!

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Have a great day!  And wish me luck!  School starts Monday morning.  You should see my room!  Kraft butcher paper on the walls, chalkboards, magnetic metal sheeting, and patterned paper decor.  It's like a layout in there!  

Davinie


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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Words on Wednesday - Live your Adventure



(Pinned from here)

As I was searching my Pinterest Words board for a quote to share, this decal from Urban Outfitters jumped out as the perfect post for today.  

My little family is heading out for a little California adventure.  It isn't as far south as we thought we'd go this summer, but we still plan to have a great time.  I always love getting my girls to the beach.  Morgan's very first camping trip was at the Northern Oregon Coast when she was barely walking, and a memory I'll never forget is how we'd set her down on the sand, she'd dash out to the surf, get her feet wet, and we'd pick her up and run up the beach to set her down again.  She had so much fun!  She ran and ran in her fleece rainbow pants from the Gap until she suddenly stopped, sat down, and cried, finally realizing how cold the Oregon waters were.  She's a beach babe and I love getting her to the ocean each summer, the beach being somewhere around a 5 hour drive from our house.  She doesn't believe that the ocean can be warm and we were hoping to prove it to her, but it turns out the water where we are headed isn't that much different from where she's been before.  Bummer.  But just like in 2005, we'll be chasing her out of the surf yet again, I'm sure, and Payton won't be far behind.  

Just like the quote, we are living our adventure.  I hope you still have summertime left with your family to do the same.  School doesn't start until after Labor Day here, so we have a few weeks left to soak it up.

Davinie

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Jane Austen fan here.

As I prepare to get crafty on a Saturday night, Pride and Prejudice (2005) in the DVD player, I can't help but be SUPER excited about this little number:



I mean, seriously.  Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are a couple of my favorite movies.  I'm giddy.

I never watched Felicity (although of course I know about the famous haircut), but I am a Keri Russell fan, so I'm excited.  Two of my favorites from her are August Rush and the Magic of Ordinary Days (I think that was a Lifetime movie).  

The previews look so great (well, except for the Colin Firth cutout.  It should be Mathew Macfadyen).  I can't wait to drag my husband to the theater to check it out.  ;)

(Click the picture for the trailer).  

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Gossamer Blue - August kit

A rainy Thursday hello to you.  Thunderstorms here.  Can't complain much.  It's keeping us from attending the county fair and I'm not a huge county fair fan - #soexpensive - I've been busy catching up on the Bachelorette and Big Brother because I've been camping all week and didn't have hookups or cell service.  This is great for family bonding but not for reality TV!  Poor Des.  I feel bad for her.  But I think Brookes did the right thing if he wasn't in love.  I get so tired of this silly shows that undoubtedly turn into a People magazine cover about the "breakup".  Why I get sucked in every time I don't know.  i think it's because it's easier to learn to knit when I am only partially attentive to the show I'm watching.

Anyway....

The August kits are up for sale at Gossamer Blue and they were so much fun to play with!  I opened my box and was inspired by all the travel themed stuff.  The challenge initially was that I don't travel much so didn't have a plane ticket stub and an Iphone photo of my kids in their row 7 seats C and D airplane seats.  That said, I didn't have to go back in time to find photos to play with.  I was able to twist the products to work with current life events and I am really happy with how it turned out.  I even used airplane veneer on projects about my girls and myself.

The first layout I wanted to share was made with the main kit:




I knew immediately I wanted to use this silly photo of my girls in Steve's high school graduation gown and my current Graduate school graduation cap.  It wasn't until I had the layout finished that I remember to double check the files Lori created for this kit and saw a similar title idea, lol.  I also LOVE the chevron paper that Mitchell designed, so grabbed that and used almost the whole sheet.  





If you'd like to use "GoSeeDo" as a title for your layout, I made it available for download as a studio file.  I created this title with my Silhouette.

(click the picture to get to the download)

I have seen this title many times over the years but never really wanted to use it until now.  Isn't it funny how that works out?  

The same goes with the Geotag, but I fell in love with the paper designed for the kit by Traci Reed, it's my other favorite print this month, and had to pair it with a large version in this second layout:



Now that school is over and life is returning, I'm back to the library, overdue fees and all, lol.  I have been soaking up a lot of great novels I have missed over the last couple of years and had to document it on a layout.  Read anything good lately?  Please share.  





Again, I created a Silhouette file for this layout, and I made it available for download via studio file should you want to use it.  I'm not normally this techy but had some ideas I wanted to try with my projects this month.


(click the picture to get to the download)

When I added it to my layout, I first printed it out a larger size in white, decided that was too big, cut it again, and then thought it looked great layered so went with it.  That's just how it is sometimes....

Edited to add:  The font used for my title is called Lollihop.  I love this script because it isn't too slanty, and it welds really well with my Silhouette.  I don't normally pay for fonts but I must have with this one, because it's in the Silhouette store.  :)  My other go to favorites for scripty fonts are Pacifico and Lobster Two.  Both of those are free.  

Lastly I created a card using more of that geotag paper.  I just love it:




If you have any questions on my design process or anything, please ask!  If I were to do more step-by-step tutorials in the process of a layout I designed, would that interest you?  I'm thinking of adding that as part of my work each month so that you can recreate it if you want to.

Have a great day!  Davinie

P.S.  Let me know if there is an issue with any of those links.  Trying something new here and I have reached the max for my techy brain.  :) 

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Loving Lately...

As I get in the habit of routinely blogging again, I thought I'd start with a post about what I've been loving lately.  There are a lot of beautiful things being created right now, brilliant products being perfected by science, and a lot of great creative inspiration out there.

First on the list:  

I'm a girl who likes to wear her hair down and parted on the same side.  I also have fine hair that can tend to curl, which means that the early morning hair decisions that I make will set the stage for the day.   I can't wear a hat unless the plan is to wear it all day or I'll have hat-hair.  You know what I mean.

I tend to get sunburned on the top of my head a lot which eventually leads to peeling, which is just gross, so I am always on the hunt for sunscreen that won't grease my scalp and look icky.  My friend told me about this sunscreen powder and I checked it out.  It works so well I had to give a little shoutout.  It's called Colorescience, it looks like makeup, goes on without a trace, and works really well!  I have been using it all summer on my hairline and my face.  I use it on the girl's faces too.


The initial purchase is a wee bit spendy but it has refills.  I've been told one applicator will last for a few months, which is perfect!  Skincare and sunscreens are a top priority for me lately, so I had to pass on a great product.  You can purchase a water resistant version, and there's even eyescreen!  I've never heard  of an eyescreen before.  That's new to me.  

Next on my list makes my Iphone very happy:


I'm obsessed with this designer.  I smile every time I wash my hands in the sink, lol.  She's just come out with Ipad covers and Iphone cases, and I have to have this one I think:




Okay, now that we have our faces and our phones happy.... The next thing I wanted to share are the Spring chinos from Boden.  




I wouldn't begin to describe myself as fashionable or trendy.  I prefer to shop via the internet which means a lot of Gap, Old Navy, and some Banana Republic or maybe a touch of Ann Taylor Loft.  That said, the Boden catalog is one of my favorite pieces of mail.  I'd love to order one of each.  One of my staples this Spring has been these chinos.  I've been wearing them rolled up with flip flops or wedges and I just love them.  My favorites are the gray pinstripe pair.  I bought mine on sale and was just checking the site to order more colors and found them on clearance so had to share.  Maybe they are on clearance because they are called a "Spring" chino.  I don't know and I don't care.  I love them and ordered more.  True, they are running out of various sizes, but my favorite color seems to be in good supply so check them out.  $39 is a great price and it doesn't take much to get free shipping!  I was really excited to see these pants on Clearance.  I just added 4 pairs to my cart including Terracotta for $23.40!  Who doesn't need a little terracotta in their life?  Am I right?  

And with summer soon over and a new school year about to start, of course I need a good planner.  I found Emily Ley and I really like her take.



With August only a few days away it's time to get organized.  School, soccer practice, and maybe a little hip hop or hula dancing for the girls (we are still trying to decide), my kids certainly have a busy schedule coming up.  Steve is always trading shifts and working overtime so it's important for me to keep track of his schedule too.  And then there's me.  If I don't get my own classroom this year, I'm already on the sub list for three districts, so keeping track of my personal schedule is going to be crucial, because my crafty schedule needs to fit in there too.  It looks like the year ahead will be exciting!  I hope to keep all the squares filled.  

I have heard great things about these planners so of course I had to try one for myself.  If you follow Emily Ley on Facebook there's even a discount offer for the Date Book above.  Check it out!  The planners looks heavenly as well.  If I can do a good job with my date book, and don't lose it anywhere, lol, I am going to look into one of those for next year.  I love all the supplemental pages you can add.  There's even a recipe book that looks tempting too.  Maybe that'll be put on my Christmas list.  ;)  

Lastly, of course I want to add something crafty to the list of favorite things.  I have a few things in mind but for this post it has to be the August kit from Gossamer Blue.  You can check out the August Lookbook here with a a peek at the colors, some of the products, and the guest designer.  

Here is a sneak of one of my projects from this kit:



There are a lot of fun travel products in this kit which are just gorgeous.  I don't go anywhere, but I had a lot of fun with this kit taking it into different directions, and used current photos too.   The designers who are creating papers for this kit are beyond talented.  I loved cutting into their work.  :)

I guess that's it!  Back soon.

Davinie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A new adventure


On a whim, I applied.  I use American Crafts products on every layout and have been a fan of what they've been coming up with lately.  I'm honored to be chosen to represent this company and look forward to sharing projects soon.  Have you seen the CHAS13 releases so far?  I'm excited!

Have a great day!

Davinie

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Gossamer Blue July

First, thank you so much for your kind words regarding my previous post.  I really hesitated putting it all out there, but it helped to write it down and look at it.  Life sure is precious.  And unpredictable.  The whole "enjoy every moment" takes on a new meaning when you realize how little control you really do have sometimes.  

I managed to get a bit of my groove back in time for the July kit from Gossamer Blue, and I'm so glad I did!  It felt good to get creative again and I really like how my projects turned out.  

The first layout I want to share was made with the main kit only:



We bought a ski boat and have taken it out several times already this summer.  We have hesitated for years, sometimes wanting a fishing boat, sometimes wanting to do without a payment, but an opportunity presented itself to go in with friends on a used boat, and we jumped for it.  So far it has worked out perfectly!  We have taken it out together, and taken turns.  Our friends were a perfect choice because not only do we love them like family, our schedules also mesh.  Because of Steve's career with the Fire Department, and my soon-to-be career in schools, we aren't weekend people.  We can often go out on a Wednesday, etc.  Our friends, on the other hand, are M-F people.  So it's been great.

We got a new tube for the kids to try, and in order to build up some bravery, we have to driver really really slow.  They'd rather stop and swim.  But we are working on it.  And we have been having a lot of fun.  



To create the bubble background, I started with this image from the Silhouette store.



You could create this yourself but I went with easy.  I resized it a bit smaller than 12x12 because I have issues with lining things up perfectly on my machine.  After I cut it out of the yellow print designed by Mitchel Kraft for GB, I started arranging my photos and decided to cut into it to make it a more interesting design element.  

I just cut circles away until I was happy with the layout and then adhered.  



After that, I trimmed some circles from cardstock and mounted them on pop dots, and then added alphas, embellishments, and of course, tons of stitching for texture.  The digital elements for the main kit weren't available to me when I created this layout.  

My next project features only new release products from Fancy Pants Designs.  





Every once in a while the kids play together with smiles and enjoy how lucky they are to have each other.  It's rare, but it happens.


The title was created with my Silhouette and the Pacifico font.  I love many cursive fonts, but this one welds together the best for cutting which is why I stick with it.



Another fun product from Fancy Pants is that chalkboard tape.  The roll is HUGE and should last a long time.  That was fun to play with.  

This last layout was created with a mix of products from the kits this month:



I've stared at that photo a few times with confusion.  I can't believe how old Payton looks in this photo! Her legs are so long!  



I love the trend using die cut images on a square/rectangle piece of paper so layered a few pieces for this layout.  I also had to mix in some chevrons, the gray are hand cut, and added some fun buttons too. I put the layout under my sewing machine and winged it for the stitching around the heart.  I didn't always get it quite in the right spot, but that's one thing I like about stitching.  I'm not looking for perfection.  

Did you like what you saw in the kit?  Check out this link from the Fancy Pants Designs blog for a chance to win the July 2013 kit.

Check out this link to the Gossamer Blue blog to have a chance at this Fancy Pants Designs prize pack:


The deadline for the prizes is July 17.

Thank you for stopping by!  I will be back soon with some Project 12 updates.  Suffice it to say, the past few months have been tough and documenting the little details has been a bit of a challenge.  But I'm anxious to get back to it!  I adore this challenge so much.  As you know, Project 12 is a monthly take on documenting the everyday.

You can read more about Project 12 via the tab above and also at the Gossamer Blue blog here.  

XOXO.  Davinie


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Sunday, June 30, 2013

and then I was Angelina

I've started an update post on my blog a zillion times but there's been so much to say I haven't been sure where to begin.  And then I wasn't sure what I should or could say online.  But I feel like I need to get it out there, so today is a personal post from me.

In March I was up to my neck in school.  I was student teaching full time with full control of the classroom, doing work samples and course work in the evening, doing an Action Research project, and thought I could also handle the coursework for the extra Reading Endorsement I was working on and the additional research / work sample, etc that goes with it.  And I'm a Mom, with little kids.  I busted home every day to beat the bus (and am thankful that my kids were one of the last stops so I could always make it home in time when my husband was on duty - my Spring student teaching placement was in a different school district, different town).

Suffice it to say, I was busy.  But I was managing things, and looking forward to May/June, because I would finally graduate.

And then my sister called.  My younger sister called and said she had a lump in her breast.  And then she called back and said she had cancer.

At first she called me Pollyana.  I was busy with the "you are going to be just FINE" and "you are a strong woman" and all that support, that I truly, truly feel.  I KNOW she's going to be just fine.

In determining her treatment options, my sister had genetic testing done.  She wasn't sure if she should have a lumpectomy, mastectomy, etc.  Her results came back positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.  Basically this means that by the time she's in her 80's, she'll have an 80% chance of having breast cancer.  It also means a 40-60% chance of ovarian cancer.  Some other cancers are elevated because of this mutation but not significantly enough to have serious concerns.

Because of this, she opted for a double mastectomy because the chances of re-occurance are high and she didn't want to deal with Chemo twice.  We have a string of cancer passed down from my Father's side of the family.

That was the first blow.

I immediately scheduled appointments for my first mammogram, an abdominal ultrasound, etc.

Then she said her siblings needed to have genetic testing done, because we are 50/50 for having the same mutation.  My youngest sister went next and her results came back Negative for this gene mutation.

Then I got my results back.  I am Positive for this gene mutation.  I'm Angelina Jolie.  She has the same mutation.

There's also a 50/50 that my beautiful babies have this mutation too.

My ultrasound revealed a cyst on one of my ovaries.  This is normal for someone my age but with this cancer fear, it caused a lot of concern for me.  I visited with an Oncologist because I wasn't sure what I should do as I'm not sick.  She did blood work and it came back with an elevated result for CA125, which basically means there is something going on somewhere in your body.   A lot of things can cause an elevated CA125, including a cyst, but cancer also causes an elevation.  There are also cancerous tumors that don't cause any elevation of the CA125.

My oncologist was worried that this cyst was actually cancer.  Ovarian cancer is terrifying because there's no way to really see anything until it is in a later stage.  It is a TERRIFYING possibility.  Of course I was in a panic because I have this cyst which might be something, and I have an elevated CA125.  There's no way to know without surgery.

I have also recently watched an acquaintance / firefighters wife go through Ovarian Cancer at Stage 4 for a year and lose the battle.  I.  WAS.  SCARED.

AND I was still trying to be there for my sister.
AND I was still trying to finish school.

SO.  My instructors and my cooperating teachers helped me get all my ducks in a row to graduate.  I am so disappointed that I didn't get to enjoy this part of my journey because of this health fear.  A saving grace were the kids, though.  I KNOW I made the right decision to go back to school.  Working with kids over the past year, and especially the last few months, were one of the reasons I bounded out of bed each morning.  It has been a blessing in light of this fear.

And it's a fear.  I got that positive result and literally felt like I was going to die.  Tomorrow.  Unreasonable, yes.  But until you are confronted with "you are going to get cancer.  We just can't tell you when or where" you won't understand this fear.  I have never had a health concern to fear in my life.  I felt confident when I had each Cesarean delivery of my girls.  I have never felt this kind of fear for my own person.

Fast forward to June.  I went to visit a Gynecological Oncologist and he recommended the removal of my ovaries.  Chances for cancer because of my BRCA1 results are higher, and I already had a cyst.  My younger sister had had benign cysts a few times before it lead to cancer.  I felt like the same thing was happening to me.

Because my ovaries needed to come out, we opted to take out my uterus too.  I don't need it anymore.

I had the procedure done robotically and only stayed one night in the hospital.

Does this eliminate fear for me?  Yes and No.  Chances are really really slim for ovarian cancer now (there's always a couple of cells left behind, etc), but now I have to watch other things, like Osteoporosis, Heart health, and surgical menopause.  Did I want to do ANY of that?  NO.  NO.  But overriding everything was the focus on doing what I had to do to be a Mom to my girls, and this was the decision we felt was best in order to prolong my life and also avoid cancer.

Removing my ovaries also reduces the likelihood for breast cancer too.

Will I have to do like Angelina and have a double mastectomy?  Probably.  Maybe.  But not right now, I hope.  Maybe next summer.  Or the summer after that.  I don't know.  I am still overwhelmed with what I have just done to myself.  What if I was one of the 20% that was never going to get cancer?  You just don't know, and there's nobody that can give you that answer.  I have children to take care of.  I can't risk it for that hope.  We felt like we did what we needed to do.

The great thing is that the cyst was just a cyst.  NO cancer.  Just a cyst.  That's wonderful news!

I have an appointment this week as a follow-up to surgery where we'll get the official pathology report. I hope it still says the same thing.  Then I'll probably get another blood draw for my CA125 to see if the levels changed, and then transition to an Oncologist who specializes in Breast Cancer.  I will also be doing a breast MRI.

I had a mammogram a few months ago but have dense breast tissue, which basically means they can't see anything!  They don't tell you that though.  An MRI will be able to see what we need to see.

I have no breasts to speak of but still don't want to get a mastectomy.  Especially right now.  I need to be applying for school jobs!  I don't want to do any of this health stuff.  It's all so overwhelming.

So.  Let's all hope that everything is fine for now and I'm okay to just monitor for a while until I sort out what to do.

My sister has been handling chemo like a rock star.  Please send positive thoughts that she continues to do so.  She is on her second type of medication and has to take it weekly until September.  Then she's going to go on a Cruise.  She deserves this cruise, so even though their savings account has taken a hit with doctor bills, she needs to commit to going!  She's been thinking of canceling but I really hope she decides to go.

She probably also saved my life.  I would never have just gone out and had genetic testing done.  My hope is that what I have proactively done has prolonged my life.  (re: Insurance - I just piggy-backed on her results, and it was $90 out of pocket with my insurance).

I know there are a lot of people in the world with stuff going on, and health concerns of their own.  But until recently, I was lucky in that I have a safe home and a happy family, and we never get sick.  This was a huge reality check.

For a while I haven't wanted to do anything.  I worked on school because I had to work on school, I was paying a lot of money for school.  And I focused on my family.  But unless it was a mindless game of Candy Crush, I haven't wanted to touch a book, and I love to read, or handle a paper trimmer.

I have been working really hard to reclaim myself in recent weeks, because I want to be a Mom to my girls and lead a good life.  And I adore memory keeping and papercrafting.  I still work for Gossamer Blue.  Lori is amazing and has been really supportive.  I still have something to offer this industry, and I really love creating.  I have also started reading and doing all those things again too.  I've even taken on some new hobbies.  I've been doing more DIY projects for my home and my girls and for crafts sake too, which has been fun.  AND I've graduated and am on the job hunt too!  I don't want this fear to get in the way of my opportunities.  I am going to make this dream come true for me.

There's a part of me that worries I'm just pushing my fears away and not dealing with them, but I'm also aware that I'm still healing from surgery and need to take one step at a time.  I am dealing with it.  I will.  But it needs to be a little less panicked and a little more focused.  So I'm working on it.  But things have changed in simple ways too.  We have adjusted our diet at home.  We raise our own beef and get pork from a neighbor, and have a garden.  But we are working to be more organic.  I can't help but think that the hormone's in our food are even more poisonous for my family, so I want to keep them out of my kids.  We already live a healthy lifestyle, but are working on making that more of a priority too.  Endorphins are good for you!  So is Kale.  :)

I want to be here for my girls, and I want science to stop focusing on patents and the money and start working on what they are capable of doing.  My girls are counting on it.

I'm also working on that beautiful life.  I will have it!  I already have it.

XOXO

Davinie

Monday, March 04, 2013

Project 12 February in March

Well, February certainly swooped in and out like a flash, lol.  You wouldn't think 2-3 days off the end of the month would make such an impact but they certainly do.  

I was happy to have an opportunity to use Basic Grey's True Love paper pad for my layout this month. I adore any color palette that includes a shade of teal.  I'm not a huge red person, so this was a great mix for me.  


I had more photos than I thought I would to choose from this month.  Most were taken with my phone. I still made sure to get out my Canon to make sure I had higher quality digital photos in the record books as well.  On Valentines Day I took a photo of my girls holding a cardstock heart with both, to make sure I had images from both places.  


I got a very special note from a very special friend in my class at school this month.  I am so glad I have a great way to preserve it.  It was just a little heart on a folded piece of paper but my heart about split in two and doubled, it touched me so.  It's proof that I'm totally doing the right thing with school.  I get so much out of knowing I'm making a difference.



I had fun creating the printables for this month's layout too.  I used the color palette in the Bits & Pieces Add-on to influence the look of these two pieces.  

As you can see on my layout I always trim a big border around my cards.  I also like to add layers and attach embellishments and stitching to my cards as well.



The quote is a fun one.  As always, I shopped my "Words" board on Pinterest for just the right quote to use.  Of course I was looking for something love related this month, and found this quote by Jack Karouac to be a perfect choice.  




You can download both printables together or individually here:

Calendar and Quote

Calendar

Quote

I am excited to use the March Bits & Pieces Add-on for my next monthly spread.  I like the paper pads a lot.  For March it was Color Me Happy from Glitz Designs.  FUN.  You can check out my layout and Michiko's layout using the March kit on my blog post here.

My friends at SCT are playing along this month with a fun prize which includes Cards Map and a subscription to SCT.  Having these issues in your hands is always a fun treat so it's a good prize!

Thank you for playing along and supporting this challenge!  I am working on getting .png files for my calendar and quote cards, so let me know if that interests you and whether you have any trouble with these items.

Davinie

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Masking with Misting and Stitching

A few years ago I hosted a blog post on the SCT blog about masking with mist and stitchery.  I just happened to see it linked on Facebook and realized I never did post about it here so thought I'd share since this trend seems to be coming back again.

Originally posted on the SCT blog September, 2011:


I decided to play with the ampersand mask for this layout.  I’m going to creating a mask with the ampersand and spray over it with Mister Huey mist.  So to start, I needed to determine where on my layout I’d like this element to be.  Then I put my base paper in a box, to help contain the spray, and layered the mask over it.


After doing that, I stood back with my spray, and lightly spritzed it over the ampersand.  I wanted a monochromatic look, and for the mask to stand out just a little, so used the color Clay over this mask.



Remove the mask, and you’ll see the ampersand shape, with the misted color around it.



I still wanted to maintain a monochromatic look, but I wanted my ampersand defined, so hand stitched around the edges.  To do that I used the same needle that I hand stitch with, and pierced holes around the edges of my shape.  Its hand stitching and I don’t want it to look perfect, so it was okay that each stitch wasn’t evenly placed.  You’ll also notice that the piercing was closer together on corners, etc., without being too close or you’ll perforate the paper.



I then took my DMC floss, which comes in 6 strands, split it into 3 strands, and hand stitched around the edges of the shape.  This created a fun detail to this element on my page.




For the rest of my layout, I created layers to add more texture, and a fun photo of my daughter with one of her chickens. 





A year and a half later and I still like this layout.  :)  That's a good sign!  Sunshine is still clucking along in the coop too as Morgan's favorite chicken.

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