Monday, February 28, 2011

Time to make some cards!!!

I don't know why I always do this. I join a swap and then I wait until the last minute to get them done! I know why this time, I have been waiting and trying to get some of my stock built up so that I could actually do some nice cards. I think I am going to have to back out of this one that I have hanging over my head right now. I have already backed out of another until next month anyway. I really need to focus on getting my stamp collection built up, as well as my paper and other items. I just don't feel like I can make quality cards with the limited stock I have right now! I have received some really nice cards from some lovely ladies, thank you Letricia and Mary! Trying to get going with something like this, Stampin' Up!, can be so intimidating sometimes. I want to make my cards as beautiful as others, and I know I can, IF I have all the tools and card stock colors, as well as a variety of patterned paper! So, I just have to get my stock built up. I think I need to go place an order!! Happy Stamping every one! Hopefully, my next entry will include some photos of some cards I have made!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Where's my MOJO???

Ok, this is getting just plain silly now. Every day I go into my scraproom with the intention of working. Well, I do get some work done, a little, but it's not the kind of work I need and prefer to be doing!! I go in there and start straightening things or moving things around and never make it to work on any projects!! This is CRAZY!!! So, I have promised myself that tomorrow is crafting day. Even if I do get sidetracked and start straightening something up, I am going to be crafting! I have a couple of swaps I need to get done so I can get them sent in on time, and I need to get some samples made up! I need them so that I can photograph them and put the pics up on here for you all to see!! If I don't hurry up and get some projects up for you all to see, you are going to start thinking that I am just telling you I love to scrap and make cards and such!! You can be honest and say you already are! LOL
There has been so much turmoil going on in our lives over the past few months that I have not actually crafted in such a long time!! But, tomorrow, it will happen.
I also have so much stuff to go through to see what I want to keep and what I am going to get rid of so I can make room for my Stampin' Up! stuff! I have more due in the next couple days and no where to put it!!. So, if you don't see me online for a couple days, that will be why. I have FINALLY gotten lost in my scraproom! I guess I could post some pics of my room so you can see what I have been dealing with for the past week or so!! It's driving me crazier than I already am!! I want it neat and clean, with everything where I can find it easily and so I know what I have! Now there's a concept! To know what I actually have! Hmmmmm......interesting. That might just make a difference!!! Gotta work on that.
Hopefully I will get enough done so that I feel comfortable checking back in with you tomorrow. But if you don't hear from me, give me a few days before you send in the Calvary! I may be lost in my projects, hopefully!!
Talk to you soon! Happy scrappin' and stampin'!!
Ms. J

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Something Special

I am a scrapbooker because I love scrapbooking. I previously worked for UTMB as an LVN at GiB Lewis prison in Woodville. Now, I have the pleasure of designing and selling scrapbook albums for people who want scrapbooks of their special memories, but either just don't have the desire, or don't have time to scrapbook for themselves. This is a really cool thing. With each page, even tho you may not have a really good grasp of what is going, you put pen, scissors, embosser, ink, glitter, etc., to paper and create what is hopefully a beautiful album for them to enjoy for years, and generations to come.
As I prepare to start working on this album for the young couple who are expecting their second child, another son, very soon. Problem is this precious child God has an anomaly that is going to prevent him from living long after birth. His mother doesn't scrapbook and told me that she just didn't have a desire to sit for hours at a time thinking of all the information that she wants to preserve. I am making her that album instead.
How do you go about creating such an album? I want every page to be absolutely perfect for them, especially since this is going to be one of the only things they will have to hold the memories of their little guy. I know there won't be many actual pictures, only ultrasound pictures, and the occasional pic of  the small family as they prepare for the birth, and death, of their son. Of course I want this album to be perfect for them. I am anxious to get started, and honestly starting to run out of time, so I am about to get really busy!!! For me, that is a good thing. But, how do you prepare an album like this? I want it to be perfect and honor the very short life of this tiny child of God. Well, I will be putting a lot of ultrasound pictures and hopefully the occasional picture of the small family playing a game or working on a puzzle together with heavy hearts about this whole situation. I pray that I am able to produce an album worthy of holding this small childs photos, and an album that his parents will want to go to frequently to view the photos of their baby and feel good about what they have and how it all looks. Please pray for me as I jump into this project head first. I pray that I produce an album they are very proud to share, and that brings them some happiness and a sense of peace, knowing that God has called me to do this. I am very excited, yet saddened, to get past the first page of the album. Usually, my pride gets in the way and I end up producing something that will honor this babys' short time on earth. I feel honored that God has the confidence in me to allow me to do this for this young family.
Honestly, I am a little excited too and I just don't have the confidence in myself to produce something worthy of the love this family has. Not just for each other and their children. The love the Lord as well. That is what is going to make creating this album fun.
I would appreciate any and all prayers as I work on this very special album, if I can find one that satisfies me online that is!