Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some fun and different stuff

I’ve been a little in a rut with the whole scrapbooking thing…

Not so much because I’m ACTUALLY in a rut…but more because I’ve just gotten to a place where the time is so little and the things to scrapbook so big that I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’ve DONE some scrapbooking in the last couple of weeks. I made a darling, totally scrap-lifted fall pumpkin garland for my mantel and yesterday I finally finished up my button studio book that I blogged about in..uh…August.

What with the changes a pregnancy brings to the body, plus my job has brought to my stress levels added to a new nursery, a new bedroom for our big boy, a new office for the man…and the list goes on and on.

I did finally get the whole purge and organize thing done…of course now, my office floor is littered with potential Christmas presents and I’m just not allowed by my son to go in that room without him. Unfortunately allowing him in is completely out of the question…that would be a little like letting While E. Cyote into a roadrunner cage at the zoo.

And, in my sort of frantic, hyper-stessed, hyper-emotional, nesting mind-set of the moment, all I can think about is how much less time I will have once the new little guy gets here. What is a girl to do?

Well…I found the most amazing things to get me back on track organizationally and also to improve my little bloggy here!

First of all, I signed up to take Shimelle’s Blogging for Scrapbookers.

I’m so excited about this class - mostly because of the daily prompts that will be provided…the reminders can keep me on track with my scrapping AND my blogging. And there is a chance to win the class free – go HERE and check it out!

Second, I found the most amazing site: Log Your Memory.
Along with it, the most amazing book!

Now, I'm a journaler...but I'm finding my scrapbooking, bible study, work notes, sketches, and grocery lists are all ending up in one place. Its a GREAT thing to have journals like mine when I think of being dead and gone for a generation and having my grandchildren or great grand children wanting to get a picture of what my life was like. But it doesn't exactly make it easy for me to scrap my memories or ideas later on. I have trouble finding things I KNOW I wrote down to remember!

So..this book is just what I'm looking for - plus it comes with its own support community!

The book itself has daily pages with lots of room for ideas and sketches and marking down things like appointments and scheduled:

There are pages with challenges:

Along with pages for sketches, monthly worksheets to keep up with yourself through the month, birthday worksheets for keeping birthday details and holiday worksheets. Its just the coolest thing if you are looking for an easy way to keep track of the stories and the details and your sketches and everything in a more organized fashion than a typical journal.

And you can get it in three different form: a normal book, spiral bound or downloadable. I chose downloadable and then put mine in a binder, like what is shown.

Once you download the book, she even gives you a tip sheet about how you might want to set up your notebook...I have mine set up with pocket folders between each month to hold memorabilia and little life tidbits as well as extra printings of birthday and holiday worksheets. I'll probably also add some page protectors to keep sketch pages I get from my magazines...literally a one-stop shop for my creative ideas!

And today I had the idea of maybe only carrying one month at a time with me in a small binder - that way it will fit in my bag!

What are YOU up to?

Peace, ya'll!


MaryC said...

I remember crying because I didn't know how I could handle it all when my second little bundle arrived. I worried and worried there would not be enough of me.
But there was and there is. Funny how it works out that way. You just change your priorities to match your circumstances.
Enjoy the nesting. I loved that part.

humel said...

Hello there - just dropped by from Shimelle's, and I'm so glad I did! HOW cute is that book? I want one!!

See you in class ;-)

Sharyn said...

That book looks great! I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Nadine said...

this IS really cool stuff!
I'm going to check that site out
in a bit. thanks for sharing! (:

and see you around in class! ;D

Amy said...

Ohhh I think I need that book. I better wait and see what you do with it first. LOL

Sian said...

I love the idea of that book! I'm another one who'll be checking back to see what you do with it!!

Rbarakat said...

Can't wait to see what you do with that book! I'm so on the fence about buying one too!You'll have to let me know if you love it once you get it!

kristin said...

Thanks for spreading the word, Felecia!!! So glad this will help you out... with four kids, I know all about pregnancy brain!!! :)

Bernice said...

I've downloaded the book. Thanks for recommending it. What size did you print it.

Totally Rawkin Designs said...

Congrats on the new bundle. With 9 blessings of my own, I am sure u can guess I LOVE babies!

That book looks super cool. I will have to check it out.