LOAD #28

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I can’t believe that I’ve finally finished this mini-album! I still want to do a page to sum up the entire month and experience, but that will be primarily text. As tragic of a month as this was in my life, I’m so glad I’m ending on this high note. This was they day that I hung out with some of the crew members of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men at Universal Studios. We were a bunch of goof balls; it was so fun. That evening was amazing, though! I met Lana Lane and Erik Norlander at a restaraunt in LA. They are progressive rock artists and I love their music. When I found out that I was going to be in LA, I took a chance and contacted them through MySpace. They agreed to meet me to discuss the posibility of using their song “Romeo and Juliet” when I directed the play. As much of a Shakespeare fanatic as I am, I didn’t like R&J until I heard that song. It was what made me want to direct the play and inspired my entire concept for the production. The song was essential! I couldn’t afford to pay royalties, so I was overjoyed when they granted me the rights to use the song and film it for a DVD release! They were so friendly, gracious and generous. I could definitely see being friends with them if we lived closer.


LOAD #27

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I finally scrapbooked this memory! I know that it was ridiculous, but I felt guilty for not being there for Christina when she needed me. I was running around Universal Studios when she came to school to talk to me. She needed me and I wasn’t there. I more than made up for it by making myself available any time she wanted to talk that year, but my heart still ached for that missed moment. The journaling on the back of this layout discusses how proud I am of her for turning a tragic situation into positive motivation for her life. She is a strong young woman, and I know she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do. I saw her earlier this year, but I haven’t heard from her in months. I must admit, I miss her! I hope she is happy!

I’m really excited to say that I’m only TWO pages away from finishing this mini-album! Woo hoo!


LOAD #26

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The LOAD prompt today was to push myself, so I finally decided to complete the pages that deal with Adrianne’s death. I cut up a pair of jeans for the fabric on the page and wrote the following on the back:

“The last conversation Adrianne and I had was in the hall outside the office. I asked her about the holes in her jeans and she said she couldn’t afford new pants. I asked her what size she wore since my 10s no longer fit me since I had gained a bunch of weight back. Even though she was smaller than that, she appreciated the offer. I told her I would bring the pants when I got back from LA. I had no idea it would be the last time I saw her. She died that weekend in a drunk driving accident. I swore that I would get back into those pants–it took me two years to get my act together, and I almost gave up, but I lost the weight before her class graduated. I now wear a size 8. I will never forget AW!”

On a related side note, the ScrapHappy January 2008 LOAD Challenge taught me that I could do anything for 30 days. I started a cleanse in February of 2008 and lost 45 pounds in 5 months! I’ve kept the weight off and am gearing up for another cleanse this summer with the goal of losing another 10 pounds. The May 2009 LOAD Challenge is almost over–it has been a good reminder that I can accomplish my goals!


LOAD #25

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I didn’t have much to finish on my LO today, but it still took me awhile since I had to stamp and cut out all the letters for the title. I tell you…I love the Rustic Alpha stamp set! I use it all the time. I’m really excited about it now that I’ve started using my Back Country papers and embellishments; they are so cute! I spoke to my mom this afternoon and am going to look through all our old camping photos when I stay with her next month for my nephew’s graduation. It will be fun to scrapbook my childhood memories. I have a few funny and highly embarrassing camping stories to tell!


LOAD #24

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I’m getting a jump start on the Back Country WOTG for my club next month. I’m uploading the second page today and will finish the title and journaling on the first page of the LO tomorrow. I need to get some information from my husband to find out exactly where we were on this road trip after I got my first brand new car. It was very exciting!


LOAD #23

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This is the second 1/2 of the Omak Fair layout I started yesterday. Although the photos are bad, it is a reminder of a fun day we spent together as a family. On a product note, I’m having so much fun with Heartfelt Whimsy!


LOAD #22

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This is another LO where I am embracing imperfection. My pen kept slipping as I outline the letters…oh well! Another page complete and photos that I’ve had for 16 years are now in an album. Life is good.


The Big Orange Beast!

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What happens when my husband takes the day off? He comes home with a new “toy”! I’m really glad that he is so excited about working on the property and making the outside of our house beautiful, but every time something like this happens, I wonder how much longer it will be until I get hardwood floors. Well, the good news is that he will eventually have to build an out-building for all this equipment, and I’m going to demand a second story to create a scrapbooking loft large enough to hold classes and crops! I guess I better start selling more scrapbooking supplies to help pay for this…LOL! So, does anyone want to host a gathering or workshop this summer?!

He actually downsized from the one he wanted to get which is a good thing. He claims he can get this in the garage, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Of course, he’s an engineer, so I’m sure he has the layout designed on his computer. Speaking of layouts, I better get to mine for the LOAD challenge. I’ll leave you with a photo of me in the front loader. He thinks I’m a complete goof ball!


LOAD #21

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I’m having so much fun with this set and my old photos! The Heartfelt Whimsy collection makes me happy! I did break out the Waxy Flax tonight and inked some edges, but this layout still took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m now going to go to bed early!


LOAD #20

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As soon as I saw Heartfelt Whimsy in the new Idea Book, I knew that I had to pull out my old Let’s Get Together papers! This is from the Level 1 kit that I received when I became a CTMH consultant a couple years ago…LOL! Hey, at least I’m using it now. 🙂 This page went together so fast; I even refrained from inking the edges of the Stickease. I was all about a quick and easy tonight. The longest part of the process was finding the photos…I need a new system. Anyway, these are really old and really bad, but they still let me tell the story of my fun summers in Moscow with Neal, Angie, Pat and Katie. Ahhh…the good old days!


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