Sorry about that.
Well first off...my kids got out of school. And I love that. We've been busy, it's just how summer goes. But it does make it tougher to find time for all the other stuff I want to do.
And then I had a sick little one too, and then (of course) I got sick myself. I am starting to feel better, but I still don't feel back to normal.
While those are absolutely true, I also realize that there is a bigger reason for why I haven't been posting on the blog or doing projects. And I am just going to be open about it. So for the past year, well...a little longer than a year...our family has been dealing with something really tough. And while I am not going to go into details about that, I will say that it has it's effects. I have been struggling with the big D word...sometimes it feels a bit more controlled and sometimes I just really feel depressed and like I can't climb out of this pit. During those times especially, I don't get much scrapbooking done...I just never FEEL like doing anything. The funny thing is--when I HAVE to get something done and force myself to sit and work...I enjoy it! I'm always glad I did it. But if you have ever struggled with depression at all, then you probably know how short lived that enjoyment is. Anyways...I am not trying to be a downer. I figured I could put it out there and you would know...and perhaps somebody else will read my words and feel better about being "real" themselves. We do this thing in life where we all pretend we have the perfect lives and are totally happy, but I have learned that in most cases--that's not real.
But I do have several projects to share with you. I will spread them out over the next few posts. First up--my projects for The ScrapCake.
Last month we had Women's Week on the TSC blog...we did projects honoring a woman in our lives, and we were supposed to make it really feminine. Here's the layout I did:
I used a combination of papers from both the My Private Happiness and the One Moment in Time collections.
My grandma is in kind of a sad place in her life too. My grandpa passed away several years ago, and she just lives alone. She doesn't leave the house much at all, and her laughter (which used to be abundant) has been replaced with complaints. But I want to make sure that I don't remember her this way. I want to remember her as the goofball she has been most my life. She's funny, she loves to laugh, and sometimes she just does/says the silliest things. I miss her smiles and her laughs.
Here are some close up's of the layout:
The chipboard "remember" comes from Imaginarium Designs, the flowers from Prima, and the beautiful cameo embellishment and the lace from Webster's Pages.
What do you think--does it look feminine?
And then here are two cards I made using the My Private Happiness collection:
Ok...well I will be back soon!
I hope you have a FANTASTIC day!!!