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Posted 4/23/2013 by the_carrottop in Digital Scrapbooking
 

the_carrottop
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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:59:20 PM
OK everyone --- let's chat!

I'm curious to know what takes you the longest when creating a digital or hybrid LO?

For me, I think it mostly comes down to choosing papers and embellishments. Once those are done, I can usually get finished pretty quickly...unless I'm being wishy-washy about page design.

We are busy with our usual stuff, but the kids are excited because book fair happens this week. I have to admit that I'm thrilled this is something they look forward to. We generally have a better week, because they know they have to mind their Ps and Qs if I'm going to take them. Plus, they are pumped up about getting new books, and will have their noses in them for awhile. Sometimes, they make it through a whole week, but usually, they are so into their books, that they read the fast.

My ballet class is working on our piece for the spring recital, and I got to try on my tutu...I haven't worn one of those since I was five (thank goodness it has a long skirt). It actually fit like it was supposed to...yea! It is kinda snug, but my teacher says this is exactly how it's supposed to be. I'm kinda excited about it!

I also got a LO about ds winning his pinewood derby completed:

The Champ





Lorell
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sroller
Nursie Pea

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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:40:41 PM
That is great that you are getting involved in ballet again. And love the LO.

I just got home from meeting Patti Duke. Got my picture taken with her at a fundraising event. Hoping the pictures get up on facebook sometime in the next few days so I can work on scrapping them.

I should start studying. Test in two days. Wish me luck.


Shannon



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stefdesign
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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:20:00 PM
Wow! That's awesome that you met Patty Duke! One of my favorites! Can't wait to see what you do with the photos, Shannon!

And ballet, Lorell! That's great that you are dancing. I am a firm believer in rekindling hobbies, passions and interests from days past... in my experience, I've done things as a young person that I didn't appreciate until I was older. Like, I wish I had paid more attention during those YEARS of piano lessons. I might take piano lessons again someday, when we move back to California and I get my piano back!

You asked what takes the longest in our scrapping... for me, it's definitely extractions. That's why I don't do them on every single layout. I probably only extract something on about 25% of my layouts, just because they are so time-consuming. Not every extraction is a pain, and not every one is equally difficult, but I often find myself just wanting to get a layout DONE because I want to document an event or memory, and an extraction will take so much more time. For the most part, though, I'm happiest with those layouts with extractions, because I think they show more time and attention to detail and design.

Nothing going on for me this week.... just enjoying work, and the spring which is FINALLY arriving here in NE New Jersey. The weather is still cold, but at least flowers are blooming!



the_carrottop
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Posted: 4/23/2013 10:52:46 PM
Shannon --- best of luck with your tests --- here's hoping you have lots of study power to help you focus. I look forward to seeing your photo with Patty Duke...how cool!

Stef, I so admire your extractions...I've done a few of them, and they are stinkin' hard! I agree that they look way cool on a digi page. I definitely need more practice. I'm glad Spring has finally arrived for you...it was certainly an icky winter...


Lorell
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debikins
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Posted: 4/24/2013 2:56:28 PM
Well I love doing extractions on my pages but I'm not as talented as Stef so mine are imperfect but so are my photos so what the hey...

Probably what takes me the longest on a layout is when I'm restricted to using only one kit, as I like to pull pieces that match the theme of my photos from everywhere. This wouldn't be a problem if I just scrapped for myself, but doing CTs this can sometimes limit my creativity or at least slow me down.

Thanks for sharing your tutorial Stef. I haven't heard back whether I made the cut for that site CT/tutorial writing gig or not. At least I applied and that's good progress for me, because I usually talk myself out of things like that.

Lots happening this week. Science fair projects are in full bloom, an extra evening at the boys' father's house as it's his birthday today, and a weekend 2-day Ultimate Frisbee tournament this weekend that I didn't realize was happening THIS weekend to prepare for. Always something with kids, isn't it?

The sun is shining and if I was smart, I'd go mow the back yard before it becomes a 3 foot jungle.

Thanks for starting the thread Lorell.
Debi


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ShanB
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Posted: 4/25/2013 3:22:26 PM
what always takes me a long time is photo editing, I love to play with my photos!

Busy here I've had a sick kiddo and I'm not feeling so hot either but of course there is no such thing as time off for a mom...



elan
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Posted: 4/25/2013 4:13:38 PM
What usually takes me the longest is choosing the photos and adding the journaling. Once I get that "theme" set I can usually go great, but the weather has me so down I'm barely keeping up on my 365. Can't wait for some buds or blades of green or ANYTHING springlike!!!!!
We got another 1/2 inch of snow this a.m. however it did melt off later in the day.
I've been knitting and trying to get my playroom upstairs in order, then I intend to start on the workout room in the basement!
Ballet Lorell!!! That is so, so cool.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 7:50:42 PM
Hey everyone!
What takes me the longest is the opposite of Debi's problem. I love working with one kit, but I feel like it isn't creative enough. Mixing kits is harder for me. Another thing that slows me down is when I try to use design knowledge that I just don't have! I second guess myself a lot, and that takes the fun out of it. I have to remind myself that I am scrapping for me and for my family and if I like the layout, its all good.

Lorell...I am seriously impressed that you are doing ballet again. Please tell me we get to see layouts of your recital! Your kids would love that memory preserved, I bet.

I rarely do extractions, because they scare me! I think when I have more time this summer I will practice though.

I'm sorry Elaine, that your weather stinks. I hope it gets green and nice soon. Will you camp this summer?

Shannon...Your test was today! I'm sure you did well and that you are relieved to be done.

Shan... I'm sorry you aren't feeling well.


Jan

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Posted: 4/26/2013 12:54:49 AM
SHAN you are right, no time off for moms. Sorry you are under the weather. Hope you are back up quickly.

Elaine, nice to see you. Yes this winter is holding on forever. Is that what the groundhog predicted? Geesh someone buy him a heater so we can get on with spring. It is warming up here, we've got tulips and daffodils now and flowering cherry trees. SO it is looking more like spring even if the weather often doesn't feel like it, although today we pulled 70 out of the hat and for us, in the PNW that's a good day any time of the year.

Between Science Fair looming, Ultimate frisbee tournament ALL weekend, and what seems like a self-procreating TO DO list, I'm feeling like I'm meeting myself coming and going. I wouldn't mind the tournament so much if the weather was like today, but no, it's supposed to rain all day both days (yippee for having to be out in the middle of a field for 8 hrs in the rain) but that's why they call it Spring Reign (play on words) because the weather usually is deplorable. Fall tournament is called Fall Drizzle for the same reason. LOL I guess if you are going to play sports in Seattle, you better get used to the rain.

I'm sitting here by the window upstairs in my room and it's a beautiful full moon peeking in at me. Something magical about full moons... make me smile.



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***EDELINE MARTA DESIGNS creative team***
***POLKA DOT PIXELS creative team***
***JEN MARTAKIS guest CT (OCT 2010) ***


I have commitment issues; I edit everything after I post.
Live, Love, Laugh, Learn and Leave a Legacy
I scrap, therefore you know you've been seen.

My Blog: Debi's Dabblings and My Gallery

2012: 103 pages/ 320 photos (Updated 6/30/2012)
2011: 320 pages/1078 photos
2010: 132 pages/ 434 photos
2009: 337 pages/1220 photos

sroller
Nursie Pea

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Posted: 4/26/2013 9:41:34 AM
I did pass my test. It was such a relief. I wasn't sure coming out of it so it was sweet when the gal told me that I passed. I even scrapped about it last night if you look in the gallery or the parade of layouts that Debi started.

I tend to struggle with coming up with interesting designs. I do a lot of looking at magazines to try to come up with something I think I will like. Or I go to a really boxy lo because that is my comfort zone. I guess that is why I like Emily's my life 365 templates so much.


Shannon



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jmgesi
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Posted: 4/27/2013 7:49:01 AM
Shannon...CONGRATULATIONS! You must be so glad to be done.

We were going to head off to a place called Gillette Castle today with friends, but the "castle" (really a mansion built in 1912ish by an actor) isn't open until after Labor Day. Instead, we are going to my friend's house so our kids can have a some play time and we can have some girl talk. Then off to home church.

Debi... I would wish you sunshine and warmth, but in the PNW rain is more likely, right? "Spring Reign" is a great name. Do you have a waterproof camera?


Jan

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Posted: 4/27/2013 7:55:16 AM
Picture of Gillette's Castle


Jan

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Posted: 4/27/2013 8:01:42 AM
And the inside and some of the grounds... We will really have to go this summer.




Jan

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Posted: 4/27/2013 9:35:13 AM
Actually it has been absolutely beautiful this whole week in the PNW. Even today. Forecast calls for rain but maybe not until tonight because it is sure beautiful right now. I need to get the lawn mowed this morning before it starts raining again.

I am going out to a movie at my favorite theater in their living room where you can get served meals and alcohol. It will be a little early in the day for alcohol but I definitely want to try to get lunch. We've only gotten drinks and appetizers there before. Taking my friend who had a stroke a couple of years ago to celebrate her 49th birthday. It was really last month but I had way too much going on in my life at the time and now that my test is done--I have the time to take her. She is aphasic so it is hard to talk as we used to but we always loved going to movies together and so I keep up that tradition for us.


Shannon



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stefdesign
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Posted: 4/27/2013 9:55:51 AM
Oh Jan! Gillette Castle! We went there when our kids were little and we really enjoyed it. I hope, though, you mean it doesn't open until Memorial Day, not Labor Day!



the_carrottop
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Posted: 4/27/2013 1:11:42 PM
Hey Elaine and Shan! Haven't seen ya'll in awhile...great to catch up on what you are doing. Sorry you've got a sick kid, Shan...sending get well vibes and fresh air your way! And Elaine, hang in there...it truly has been an icky, long-lasting winter!

Shannon, a big congrats on passing your test! That must be such a relief. Maybe now you can breathe easier and do something fun, like some scrapping.

Jan, Gillette Castle looks so cool...I would love to see that someday. And yes, I will try to get some pictures that day. They don't allow pictures of the actual performance, so maybe I'll have to bring the camera along to the studio someday and snap some photos during class. I will have to do some poses in the tutu once my teacher is done sewing on the decorative elements. She's adding some netting ruffles around the straps so it my shoulders don't feel so bare...I told her I needed some more coverage...I'm pretty conservative.

I have a bridal shower to head off to soon...a sweet young gal I know from church is getting married soon and having her shower today. I used to teach her church class when she was a kid, so it's pretty weird now that she's old enough to get hitched... Makes me feel so old...


Lorell
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sroller
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Posted: 4/27/2013 5:37:37 PM
Just went to see "The Big Wedding" with my friend. It was pretty funny--a little racy but very funny. Had a new experience of watching in the "living room". This one was a balcony in another auditorium theater--so the advantage of the really extra large screen and the food and beverage service and comfortable seating.


Shannon



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jmgesi
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Posted: 4/28/2013 7:28:51 PM
Shannon... The movie theater sounds so cool. Our "living room" theater is...well...our living room! We have a BIG tv. When my husband first brought it home it took some getting used to. Now, I love it!

Stef... I did mean Memorial Day! LOL. I have not been to Gillette's Castle in a really long time. I think my son will love the inside. And the grounds are so gorgeous. Have you also been to Harkness? I love it there. We try to go at least 3 or 4 times each summer. We fly kites, eat lunch there, and play at the beach for hours. We don't usually go in the house, though. I've been through once, I think.

Lorell...I am so with you on the modesty piece. I need to try and find a better bathing suit. I wear mine when I go with my friend Erin to the private beach. I don't wear it in mixed company though.


Jan

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Posted: 4/28/2013 8:45:07 PM
What takes me the longest is the journaling. I am not sure why it is such a challenge for me. I have quite a few layouts that are incomplete because of missing journaling. I guess I will have to work on it.


Danica





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