Saturday, April 17, 2010

I swear I'm not MIA

Hello the middle of April, where have you gone? Has it really been a month since I posted last? that is crazy, but....that's life with a 5 month old & a 4 year old. I do have several things done, it's really just a matter of getting them photographed and then uploaded, so who knows how long that will take me. It's pretty simple to guess that I don't have a whole lot of time these days and well.... scrapping means more to me than posting {no offense}, that's the main reason for the blog - so if I don't do any scrapping, then there won't be anything to post. So - sorry folks, I will try to get some new things up soon. Tomorrow I am beginning my 'Week in the Life' album that Ali Edwards* does, so hopefully I'll be able to get that posted in the next week or so. In a perfect world I would post daily with that project, but I am by no means making any promises.
As for what's been going on; hum... a whole lot of laundry and grocery shopping, some scrappin', I also got a new Dyson Ball {from the Easter Bunny} a week and a half ago and finally got it out of the box - I love it, aside from that....sleep. Yep now that my baby girl is sleeping through the night {yippee} I have been catching up on some much needed rest, after a year and a half, I think I'm entitled.
As I said earlier, I have gotten quite a few things done over the last few weeks, I have a few cards to share and several layouts that I did back in February, I even have a couple of ATC's that I tried just for the fun of it - I'll throw those in there too. But as for my current project that begins tomorrow, I will post for that the following week with all my details of what & how & why, etc. For those of you who I are interested in what it is exactly that I'm doing, follow the link below to Ali Edward's site, and there you'll see of what I'm talking about. Basically you are taking a snapshot of your life right now, but in fine detail.

http://www.aliedwards.com/2010/04/the-basics-of-documenting-a-week-in-your-life.html

What I will be doing all of next week, starting tomorrow and ending next Saturday is:
1. taking lots of pictures
pictures of people, things, places, decor in our home, food items, etc. - anything that will help me to tell a better, more complete story
2. taking lots of notes
I'm looking to write down feelings, moods, thoughts, things that happen throughout our day, funny things, what stuff costs, places we go & why we go there, etc.
3. collecting lots of ephemera
ephemera is what traditional scrapbooking is based on {in my opinion} this is where it started - newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, receipts, menus, programs, to do lists, grocery lists, etc.

Once I have all of my photos, notes, ephemera gathered - I will put it all together in an album and share it with the rest of the family. The reason for this.....why not? Things are constantly changing and it's the everyday, mundane routines and experiences that really make up our lives. How many of us have wondered what our parents lives were like when they were our age, or our grandparents lives @ the age of 30 something? I have and if there is one thing I can give back to my girls and any future grand kids that we may have, it is something about us and the time that we are living in and how we are living in it. It's a documentation that, we have lived life.....and honestly I hope that once the album is done I realize that I am happy with this life - that this album is a direct reflection of that - it's the proof that we are Happy; but if for some reason it's not - what a great opportunity to start changing the way we live within our daily lives to impact the way that we ultimately live our life. I believe it will make me a better person. Does that make sense? I think this project, if none other, can end up being a learning experience, because not only do you see the good, but you see the bad & the ugly. It's no-holds-bar - everything goes - at least that's how I am approaching this, but that is because I DO want it to be a very real look at our life...right now....or else... why do it? The result is a great album that teaches us that nothing is permanent; so to be grateful for the blessings that life has bestowed upon us, but if I see an area that needs attention, or an area that is a bit stressed; now I have the knowledge of it and can do something about it to make it better, to make it work. That's what's cool.

Well alright then, happy hunting for your own stories and documentation. Be back next week for sure to share my 'Week in the Life' album.

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