Well, yes…I know. I haven’t written for ages, my health continues to decline and my energy levels go up & down so I try using it up in the best way possible, which means trying to keep my child fed and in line (which isn’t always easy these days, more the in line thing than the feeding, though with inflation arriving to this side of the world, after 20 + years without…am sure everyone is in the same boat). I do have times in which things, stuff happening in daily life annoys me and I think I should start writing to have my voice heard (like drivers who ignore clearly marked speed limits in the middle of the day and get annoyed when you do, over take in the most dangerous manners and so on) but then there is always something more important to do, and things get procrastinated &, of course, almost never done, like my writing.
Today though I thought I could spare some time & give it a go, especially as I made a couple of pages I loved, rare thing lately, I have been feeling lack of talent badly… I’m not sure why this happens, as I have a few of my most loved and admired friends/colleagues telling me of (thanks SO much to you all, especially Laurie (lor), Petra (Dutch-Diva) & Bernie (Bernie_Tuffs) and my most loved designers (those I CT for) keep telling me they love them, but when you are in as much physical pain as I am & forced to carry on daily tasks, I reckon there isn’t much point on finding a reason for things/thoughts/feelings happening.
I know I maybe should be showing my CT pages first, but as I know my designers are not the kind who wont understand, I will show you something I did with a kit I bought, another very, very rare thing for me these days, buying. I had a time in which I bought quiet a lot on sales and even ful price kits when it really impressed me…I but have to say that, especially being in the CTs of some of the most amazing, better quality designers there are in the industry, after making pages with their stuff it gets to a point of sadness when I go to stores I used to love and see everything is the same, same names, same colors, very little creativity or anything that will give me something I don’t yet have in my stash. I have to make a point here about the fact that I have been scrapping for a few years, so, if you have just started, do not get the wrong impression: there is a lot out there that is amazing for the ones building a stash, just a bit sad for the ones of us who have seen 5+ years of digital scrapbooking… OK, coming back to the point, I found some stuff I loved from Sissy Sparrows & Little Butterfly Wings (both at One Story Down) through the breathtaking talent of my friend Jan, (Intense Magic for most) also a page from a colleague at another CT, this page from Vicki -oldvwblues- ; and something through THIS amazing page by my beloved and also breathtakingly talented friend Trista -maybe better known as scrappyt for many- from the always gorgeous Rubia Padilha of Studio Basic, and went and spent some of my birthday presents money (most of it courtesy of the amazing ViVa Girls!!!!). So, here is a page I made with one of the kits I bought from Little Butterfly Wings, is called After The Rain and it was on sale yesterday when I bought it… I also used a Ransom Alpha, Numbers & some symbols (which she may have retired, I bought it a while ago & can’t find it in the shop) from Weeds & Wildflowers Designs (another absolutely amazing discovery of mine a while ago, not only gorgeous stuff but very reasonable prices!) and I reckon this page will speak louder than I can…Another page I really liked (well, maybe until I saw the other CT pages!!! LOL) is one I made for the ViVa Artistry team. They have out a super gorgeous collection called Penmanship, and I was stunned when I opened the packs…so much to use, so beautiful… and the theme brought me back to my teens, when, with a couple of my friends (who are still in my life today, one of the best gifts I’m blessed with) we would write letters, handwritten ones of course as am old enough to have seen the start of color TV as a child! LOL…and made a page inspired by this Collection, with beautiful memories of those letters… -the images in the next couple of pages are linked to the kit-
The Penmanship Collection also reminds me of the main motive I thought about writing a post…. which is the blog post I read through Goodreads from Angela Young, an author whose first novel I read probably as soon as it released, in 2008, called Speaking of Love. I know very few books (of the whole lot I read) impress me these days to the point of sticking to my memory & feelings for long…I read a lot lately which I can hardly remember the names or having read them a week later…but Speaking of Love isn’t one of those. This is a marvellous novel which had me crying intensely (you can probably read better reviews than I could ever make by clicking the link above), and now she has announced another novel is in the works…. Here is a page I made about this book a while ago, also with a ViVA Artistry Collection called Libris :
I know this isn’t a typical blog post, nor to the scrapbooking (as I’m not making justice to all my CTs) or to any good writing (as I don’t think I have much done in the past few years) or even touching any major subjects…but it got me posting again which it can only be a good thing…even if only for my own enjoyment… 🙂 Lets hope I can keep it up, I am now excited with the new stuff I bought, plus the fab kits my designers are releasing….anyway, lets hope it will happen 🙂