Oh, wow, look at the bevy of wildly waving arms out there. That must be the 86 people who call me a Flickr contact… I was an uploading machine yesterday! I am pretty sure I heard a collective moan each time I sent up a new set of photos: “Oh, not polkadotcreations again! What is it this time? Pictures from her high school graduation? Images of her household clutter? More shots of her feet??” No, no, that’s not what I was uploading! Well, ok, there was a picture of my feet in there, but the rest of it was wrong No, I was uploading things like my polymer clay cane color schemes, some various around-the-house and family shots from this weekend, and some digital scrapbooking I did a while back.
[Here is the spot where the blogging pauses and I read Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat to Thing Two. And now blogging may resume…]
Where was I? Oh, yes. Digital Scrapbooking. I’m not a scrapbooker for a few reasons:
- I could never be so disciplined as to make a layout for all of the pictures I take, and I am just compulsive enough to know that if I can’t scrap ’em all, I don’t want to scrap any of ’em.
- If I tried to find time for scrapbooking, I’d have to ditch something else, and really, I’m running out of people in my family to ignore.
- I have no room for supplies. And trust me, I’d have to have a *lot* of the supplies, and papers (especially papers).
- I’d make a mess all over my studio -er, dining room, every time I made a new layout, and cleaning up a crafty mess is such a bummer.
[Here is the spot where the blogging pauses and I play a guessing game with Thing One (which I sucked at, btw). And now blogging may resume…]
[Here I get up off my butt to see what “present” Thing Two has given me. (It was a black checker, btw). And now blogging may resume…]
[Oh, good grief, Thing One has another guessing game for me. (I sucked at this one, too, btw). And now blogging may resume. right? whew.]
As I was saying, I had a specific project in mind that I thought the freebie digital kits would be perfect for. I made a 2007 calendar, using images from the previous year. It was a perfect way for someone like me to get into scrapping. By making it a finite project, I eliminated objection #1 and #2. By making it digital, I eliminated objection #3 and #4. Perfect! I plan to make a 2008 calendar the same way.
I’ve also recently discovered that Shabby Princess has a free downloadable desktop wallpaper every month. The layout is already done, all you need to do is stick a few of your own pictures in it. I’ve been using them since May when I first found out about it. I really like that the left sides of the wallpapers are very simple – it lets me see my icons better.
[Now blogging pauses again and I play level three of Thing One’s guessing game. (Yep, sucked again). And now blogging may resume…]
Are you getting the idea that there are a lot of interruptions around here today? As I type, Thing One is wandering around here yapping about how yellow his pee will be when he gets in the bathroom (boys!) and I am trying not to pay attention. Seems to me once the kids are out of diapers, the color of their pee is no longer my concern. Unless it’s call-the-doctor-orange.
It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon, with thunder and all of the trimmings, and we’ve all pretty much entertained ourselves today. I spent some time claying, but I’m unhappy with the results. I want to do something different than my usual – something special that I can wear all of the time. I’ve been a bit emotionally fragile this weekend, thinking about things that happened earlier this year, and I thought it would nice if I made a small remembrance in the form of jewelry. I want the sybolism to be subtle – enough for me to know what it’s about but not advertise it to everyone else who may look at it. And I need the colors to be neutral enough not to clash with my clothes, and attractive enough that I will want to keep it on. I’ve tried to do this before – I made a pendant – but I just didn’t like it enough to wear more than once. I guess I need to mull it over a bit more before jumping in.
[Guessing game level four. I did better this time – he made it multiple choice.]
I think I’m going to make a decent dinner tonight, so I will sign off now. Hope you have had a nice weekend and that I didn’t drive you too mad with the Flickr invasion
[Guessing game level five, while I inserted all of the links into the post – just two more levels to go! And where is Thing Two? He’s much too quiet…]
[edited to add: I forgot to mention Songbird Avenue. Every month they sell a digital scrapbooking kit with 100% off the proceeds going to a different charity. I bought their first one, but I can’t seem to find it on my hard drive at the moment ]