Find Your Groove: A Guide to Discovering Your Scrapbook Style (by Kitty Foster). While I could easily identify my style before reading the book (Classic, Clean Lines) … there is an interesting quiz that covers all aspects of style (such as preference for color, number of embellishments, degree of randomness, etc). I particularly enjoyed how the author created the same page in each of the seven different styles.
I learned that maintaining the same style throughout a scrapbook album does not mean boring or monotonous pages. I gleaned several new ideas that I am anxious to incorporate in this month’s creative moments.
Clean and Simple (volumes 1 and 2) by Cathy Zielske. THIS is my style, and I poured over every single page! The author is a graphic designer by trade, and she brings her talent and expertise to the scrapbook arena. I not only “scraplifted” several page ideas to copy later, but I also learned basic design elements that I can use to develop my own future layouts for years to come.
Using a spare notebook I had lying about the house, I created my own “idea” book using the notes and images from these resources. On days when I feel less-than-creative, I plan to reference this book for a quick jolt of inspiration.
Ms Shapiro focuses on a small portion of her life in this riveting tale. Both her parents were involved in a horrific car accident, which resulted in eighty broken bones for her mother and a severe brain injury for her father. At that time, the author is a twenty-something struggling actress who is living a life she desperately wants to escape. Through the tragedy of this accident, she finds the courage to walk-away from the bad influences of her current life and become the person she was meant to be.
I enjoyed the book so much that I immediately put a hold on her next memoir, Devotion.
I will not take time and bore you with all the lessons I learned through my April Writing challenge. I will say, however, that I gained clarity on a number of subjects, and believe I have some direction for future writing endeavors.
While I would be lying if I didn’t admit having desires to become a published author, I do know that if I write just for myself, I will be satisfied and fulfilled.
So I am anxious to take the next baby step on this writing journey… which includes maintaining a more consistent blog schedule. I enjoy this format and writing for an audience. And I am grateful to those of you who choose to read it.
To that end… I did write one other post this week, Saturday Snapshot. I hope to incorporate photography more into my daily life, and this post talks about the lesson learned while taking a walk through my neighborhood, camera in hand. In essence, I learned that we must not only be ready to Seize the Day… but we must also be willing to slow down and Savor the Moment. In other words, I need to learn to live in the present.
The Week Ahead:
I promised myself that I would return to my morning walk routine once warmer weather arrived. Well, the time has come. I was a bit overzealous on Friday and have nursed sore muscles over the weekend. However starting tomorrow, I hope to get back into the routine of walking 2-3 miles at least five days a week. I always feel better afterwards… it is just getting over the mental block of putting on those running shoes.
Scrapbooking is of course a priority – culminating with a monthly crop at my house on Friday night.
I am drafting a blog post for Gateway of Hope ministries on the theme of Balancing Life… which will be posted the following week.
I hope to begin a character sketchbook to help me flesh out more well-rounded fictional characters. I have not given up on NaNoWriMo 2013 middle-grade book, First Impressionism, but I need to hone some basic skills before I am ready to revise.
Our Kansas City Royals continue to do well, and I try to watch them play when televised. To help pass the time, however, I started knitting. I am not brave enough to tackle anything complicated, but I do enjoy knitting cotton dishcloths in a variety of color combinations. If any of you knit and know of equally simple projects… I would love to hear!
And perhaps between rain storms (forecasted for 4 out of the 5 weekdays) I can take myself on a photo safari and work on those camera skills.
It is a full week filled with lots of good fun. I hope you are equally excited for this first full week of May.