Leggypalooza

Long time no see! I’ve been immersed in scrapbooking so I’m over at the Getting Scrap Done blog a lot. But there is something different of late: LoLaRue leggings. Or, to be more precise, my obsession for casual interest in them.

It all started with scrapbooking, of course. One of the YouTubers I follow posted that she was getting into LuLaRoe. I had been “invited” (AKA added without my permission) to several LuLaRoe groups in the past, which had annoyed me, but I like this YouTuber and thought I’d check the whole thing out. She had a sale and within a month I had bought a pair of leggings that I heard described as feeling “buttery.”

Leggings

I tried on the leggings. I don’t know if they are “buttery,” but I have to say it really feels like I’m not wearing pants when I wear them. Which is a feeling I like. A lot. And then I saw the dog prints. Such as this one.

Chi Leggings

I’m a dog lover. So I was pretty much doomed. They have lots of other animal prints and other patterns. Honestly, there are so many patterns I want. I’ve created a gallery where I post my wish list. Guess you can tell that crazy designs are my fave.

Here’s the thing about LuLaRoe. Their products are sold by individual consultants. As far as I can tell, they order the products they want but have no control over the patterns. So they are likely to get only one of each pattern in a certain product. You can’t just go online to one place and buy whatever patterns you want in the sizes you want. Which is vexing, but the ADD in me absolutely loves it. There’s a scarcity about the items. You have to go looking in different groups. Someone else may get to what you want first. In other words, it has all the ingredients for an ADD rush. And I’ve definitely been rushing, thanks to a Christmas bonus.

The truth is I could use some new clothes. I doubt I can wear the leggings to work, but the tops would be fine. But I can tell I’m going to have to be careful or this could get crazy. Or should I say crazier . . . Clothing budget, here I come.

Alyssa

That Time Again

It’s nearly that time again. In two weeks, I’ll be at the Salt Lake Comic Con spring event, otherwise known as FanX.

FanXLogo

And here’s the thing. I’m sure it will be great. I’ll have fun! Get lots of photo ops (I’m up to five [maybe six?] so far)! Enjoy lots of Whoey goodness!

But I’m not at that place yet. Right now I am exhausted by the whole notion and wondering how the hell I’m going to manage this. Part of this is the same thing I feel right before the event. I love it when I’m there, but gearing up for it is an issue for this introvert. Every. Single. Time.

I’m also concerned because I don’t have much energy, and I’m nebulizing every day. This time around I probably won’t be in a wheelchair because I don’t have someone to push me around in it. :) So I’m gonna have to be selective about what I do. And rest a lot. Starting this weekend . . .

So. FanX. It’ll be fun when it happens, but I’m not going to start thinking about logistics until next week. Or maybe the week after.

Alyssa

Little Things

change combustion

I love scrapbook sketches, and I have several sites that I visit in search of new good ones. A few years ago, one of my favorite sketch sites was taken over by a new owner. I loved this site for years, but I’ve been uninspired by the new sketches. I still feel a bit of a pang when I see one of their new sketches in my Facebook feed.

One thing we can always count on is that life will change. Some people adapt quickly, but I’m not one of those people. I’ve been told that it isn’t change itself that’s the problem, but the type of change. One of these days I’d like to have an opportunity to test this theory. Can I win the lottery, please?

Anyway, I’m dealing with a not-so-pleasant change right now (I originally wrote “deading with one,” which is both funny and not so much . . .), and it’s a bit bigger than having to find a new site for scrapbook sketches. I’m trying to hang on to the small things that bring me pleasure.

  • I can always count on Clay to make me smile, and my Cue-man is pretty awesome too.
  • You can never have too many photos. Each picture is a little thing, a moment I can hold in my hands. Happy moments, silly moments, even sad moments. Each one is a treasure. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember times when I’m not feeling a bit down. And then I see a photo and remember how happy I was in that moment. This is no small thing for a girl with depression.
  • It helps to have things to look forward to. Next month is FanX (the spring version of comic con), and I’m pleased about several of the guests. (I’m also hoping I have more energy, but that’s another story.) I also have a coupon for a free massage. It’s long past time to use it.
  • I decided to focus on a word this year, and it’s very appropriate. Breathe. My visits to a pulmonologist are helping, and I’m also trying to focus on breathing when I feel anxious.

I don’t feel like scrapbooking right now, but I’ve just had a bunch of photos printed, so I’m hoping that will inspire me. I’m coping and trying to be kind to myself in the process. Hopefully I won’t combust.

Alyssa

What I Love about Movies

Last night I went to movie number two of the year. The Boy.

the boy

I liked the movie well enough but today I’m blogging about why I love going to the movies in general. Moviegoing is not a lifelong love for me. For decades, I was most content to rent movies when they were released on DVD. Other movies I (occasionally) saw at the dollar theater. Very rarely did I go to a movie during its opening weekend. My appreciation of horror movies is even more recent, but I’ll save that for another blog post.

This pattern continued until maybe three or four years ago, when I decided I needed more of a social outlet. Inviting people over was all well and good, but it didn’t get me out of the house. Plus I felt like I was imposing when I invited people over.

Going to movies is a true escape. If I’m at home, I feel like I have to be multitasking. Sitting and watching TV or movies is difficult for me unless I’m doing something like folding T-shirts (which I really need to do at the moment) or sorting through stuff. This makes watching movies at home a Production (initial cap intended), and I don’t do it very often.

I can scrapbook and watch shows, but I either focus more on the scrapbooking and therefore need to watch programs I’ve seen before, or focus more on the show and go a bit scrapbook lite. Lately the need for my creative outlet wins, which means I’m watching a near-endless stream of true crime I’ve already viewed.

But I don’t have to multitask when I go to a movie. I’m away from everything and can just watch what’s happening on screen.

Going to movies gets me out of the house. Even a small change of scenery is nice. I get to hang out with my friends. I’m not averse to going to the movies alone (and have done so more than once), but it’s more fun with a pal.

Going to the movies gives me something to look forward to. Health issues can really make your world shrink. There were times last year when I looked to the future and saw nothing but more days of no breathing ahead. It helped to have something as simple as a movie to look forward to, even if it was weeks away.

Going to the movies give me something to talk about. There’s this thing called small talk, and I hate it. (Another topic for a blog post! We’ll see . . .) But I like movies, and this gives me something to talk about with people.

My next scheduled movie is Deadpool. But I’m always open to an invitation . . .

Alyssa

Refocusing

refocus

I bought a new domain name. Do I need another one? Not really. I have four already. That’s right. FOUR. But I decided to go with number five so I have one that matches the name of my YouTube channel: Getting Scrap Done. Posts about scrapbook pages will start to go there.

Here’s what that means for this blog. I started it so there would be a place for friends to get a glimpse into my life. Over the years it evolved into a dog blog, then a scrapbooking blog. My plan is to go back to the way it was when I started, so there will be a little of everything here at the ASDF. With a bit of snark. I have missed the snark; since this blog was for anyone, I toned it back a bit. Now I can adjust my snark setting a bit higher. 😉 I will also go back to having the occasional password-protected post. If you want the password, let me know. :)

If you’re worried about missing what I’m doing in the scrapbooking, book reading, or dog-owning world, don’t be. I will have links to my other blogs in the sidebar, so you’ll always know what I’m up to.

Alyssa

Daydream

I was going through my box of memorabilia when I found a notebook, a journal from 1980-1981. On the last page of this notebook was a drawing. It made me think about being a kid and I decided to scrapbook it. Daydream I created this layout over several days. I don’t typically wait for inspiration to strike before I sit down to scrapbook, but I found myself setting aside this page several times. I think my brain needed to process some things before I could get it all sorted. I do feel like I was inspired to make this page, but that inspiration came slowly and over several days. Now a few things about the layout:

  • Because the journaling stands out on the black cardstock more than on the cloud patterned paper, I wanted to do something to help the reader know where to start. That’s why I stamped, “The story” at the top of the page right next to where the journaling starts.
  • I’m not sure how many sheets of cloud paper I’ve bought over the years, but it’s several. And this might be the first time I actually used it. Yay! I was inspired by this layout.
  • I loved putting some stickers and diecuts to good use.

The journaling is cut off at the bottom of the photo, so I want to make sure it’s all included here.

Sometimes I want to be a kid again, when life was easy. But then I remember that I felt broken then too, like an angry storm cloud, full of rage and tears. I didn’t suddenly wake up one day as a depressed adult. It began in childhood. And when I didn’t know what to do with my rage and sorrow, I pulled it inward, feasting on it so I didn’t have to see it. So it festered inside. Life is not easy. There is no magical, carefree time. Some days, there is no respite from the darkness. There’s just hanging on. That’s all you can do. Hang on and wait for the storm to pass.

For more info about the layout, you can always check out my process video.

Alyssa

Cupid’s Kiss

This layout is especially scrappy! I’ll explain below the photo.

Cupid's Kiss

This page didn’t take long to create, but I really like it. For one thing, I love the photo of my niece and my dog Cupid. He is not super affectionate . . . except of course when he is. LOL. Here are a few things about the layout I want to share:

  • I used this sketch for the design.
  • I decided to make this a layer-heavy design. I ended up pulling a couple of full sheets of patterned paper, but I pulled the rest of the papers from my scraps, which is what makes this layout extra scrappy. :) So happy to use some! The vellum in particular I’ve had for quite a while.
  • I also pulled out two journaling spots and a pocket page card to add as layers. I’ve said it before, but I love using older items from my stash, and this was a fun way to do it.

I am definitely going to do the layering thing again. Layering with my scraps=awesome.

Check out the process video by clicking below.

Alyssa

So Many Reasons Why

I decided to scrapbook about why I like Captain America. The only real surprise here is why I haven’t done this long before now.

So Many Reasons Why

I am so happy with this layout. A few things of note:

  • I originally did the journaling on a white piece of paper, but once I finished the page I wished I could see more of that beautiful woodgrain paper. So I pulled out a Window Sheet and printed the journaling on that instead. Yay!
  • After five years of owning Tattered Angels mists, I learned that you need to swirl–not shake–the bottle before use. And I got great results. Surprise!
  • I had some clear epoxy stars. Once I decided I needed more pops of blue on this layout, I put the stars on a blue patterned paper, cut out the stars, and then added them to the page.

Since the journaling is a bit small on the photo, I thought I’d add it here so you can read it.

I have a hard time explaining why I like Captain America so much. I can talk about how pretty Chris Evans is . . . but do we need to talk about it? His beauty is obvious when you look at him. And I can discuss the fight scenes in the movies for hours. OMG, the elevator scene in Winter Soldier? So good. But when I try to share why I love the man and the hero, I don’t do a very good job of it. So I’m going to try writing about it instead.

Here’s the thing: Steve Rogers is a guy from Brooklyn. There’s nothing that makes him special—at least not in the superhero sense. He’s not strong, he doesn’t have training, he’s even asthmatic. So he’s got lots of reasons why he could walk away from a fight. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t walk away from bullies on a small scale or when the bullies are bigger and there’s no hope of him beating them. He’s an average (and some would say below average) guy who sees something wrong and wants to right it.
He thinks about the consequences of his actions. He sees other people fighting for freedom and wants to do the same.

And then he gets a chance: he receives training; he’s injected with serum that makes him strong and gives him the ability to heal quickly. He’s a SUPERHERO. But all the things that make him a great superhero are the qualities he’s had all along. His courage, his brains, and his heart. His strong moral compass. His integrity.

So that’s the story. It’s not the serum, the strength, or the uniform. It’s the man he is.

That’s why I love Captain America.

And of course, there’s a process video. Note my fancy thumbnail photo. Progress!

Alyssa

Lovely

When I looked through my photos and found this one, I knew just what papers to use with it.

Lovely

And a few thoughts:

  • I used my Felicity Jane kits to come up with papers and most of the embellishments. They are so pretty it’s sometimes difficult to cut into them, but it is always better to appreciate products on a scrapbook page than left sitting in a box.
  • The black-and-white striped paper is also from the kit, and it’s actually a bag that was used to hold embellishments. I have seen other scrappers incorporate these and other similar bags onto their layouts, so I thought I’d give it a try. Here it creates a pocket for the journaling card. Fun!
  • The mist I used is Heidi Swapp’s Gold Color Shine. It’s one of my faves.

Check out my process video if you want to know more.

Alyssa

Taking the Throne

Comic con’s photo ops aren’t all about the celebrities. This time around, I decided to take a seat on the Iron Throne.

Taking the Throne

Notes:

  • I used this layout as inspiration for the design of this page.
  • While I have been using more gold on my layouts recently, I went with silver this time to coordinate with the color of the throne.
  • I wish I’d realized I was stamping “Remember this” at an angle before I stamped it five times.

If you want to know more, check out the process video below.

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Alyssa