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The Baker’s Dozen Blog Hop

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Birthday Haul

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: Starburst Solids, Write It Down Pretty Labels, Springtime Basics and Can’t Buy Me Love – all by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

I can’t believe a year has passed since I first joined Shimelle Laine’s Baker’s Dozen, i.e. Shimelle Digitals Design Team.

To celebrate a year of co-scrapping with another 12 talented gals we have put together this blog hop.

A lot has happened during that year. Some gals got married. Some moved to a new home. Some had to care for a sick loved one and some were ill themselves. But throughout the year everyone was lovely, supportive, quick with a kind word and filled with creativity. I am so honored to have been working with such an awesome bunch.

If you want to meet them all, start with Karen who starts the hop.

If you came over to me through Kate’s blog, then hop over to Dolly.

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Face Your Fear – No Strings Attached

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Mr. Snake

[Fonts: Marketing Script Shadow, Adler and League Script; Digital Kit: Our Story by Karla Dudley for DHD.]

Journaling Reads

When Nadav asked me to hold a snake I refused, forcefully…. But soon enough, here I was with a huge snake on my neck. The snake was heavy and had a weird, rubber-like, consistency. After the initial shock and horror I noticed that the snake started to wrap around my thigh. It was hilarious. I guess Mr. Snake doesn’t really understand the meaning of “No strings attached” notion. Oh well…

I am not a brave person.

More specifically, I am TERRIFIED of snakes.

I keep imagining there are snakes lurking whenever we go hiking in the woods or in a rocky trail.

I am crazy like that.

Therefore when my husband had the genius idea to put a HUGE snake around my neck – I wasn’t exactly happy about it. To say the least.

But my husband has this quality about him to persist and insist until he gets his way.

And so he did.

And so I ended up holding the huge snake.

Facing my fears.

Breathing slowly, in and out. In and out.

And I made it without a heart attack, or any other attack.

I even enjoyed it.

It was rather amusing that the snake started wrapping its tail around my leg and didn’t want to let go.

What do you think?

P.S. Did you check out yesterday’s Giving Thanks Journal workshop? It’s free.

Make Your Own Planner 2012
Check out Creativity Prompt’s new and unique self paced workshop: “Make Your Own Planner”.
This workshop will show you how to make a beautiful handmade planner for the year 2012. Not only are you going to get the entire meticulously designed planner kit for instant download, but you will also get a high resolution video tutorial as well as step-by-step instructions to guide you on each step of the way. Either treat yourself with a fresh and creative start for the coming new year, or get it to create wonderful gifts for your family and friends.
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Sometimes A Title Will Suffice – a Journaling Prompt

Monday, September 27th, 2010

a polka dots kind of day layout

[Fonts: Adler; Digital Kits:Bazinga Mini Kit by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In a Bucket.]

I am an advocate of the story behind the photos.

Saying that, I also think that sometimes the story can be depicted with just a few words.

Sometimes the title alone will suffice to convey the moment.

This layout is a terrific example. The title is certainly enough (in conjunction with the date and the photo) to bring back the memories from that long day that at the end of it I decided to paint bright yellow polka dots on my nails… Oh, what a day it was.

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What memory can you capture with a single title? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment and share with me.

Welcome Little One Workshop
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Anyone’s Any Was All To Her – A Story of Hope and Love

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Anyone's Any Was All To Her - layout

[Fonts: FFF Tusj, Adler; Digital Kits: Modern Marvel by Karla Dudley for the Daily Digi.]

I love reading poetry. There is nothing quite like the soul of a poet. Delicate and all consuming and it always shines through the words that are always chosen so carefully.

When I recently revisited the words of E. E. Cummings’s poem I couldn’t help but think about my big sister.

My sister’s first born was different than all the other children. By the time he was a year and a half he could already solve simple math problems and by the time he was two, he had stopped speaking altogether. He didn’t point and didn’t sit still but had – and still has – the purest heart I have ever seen.

It is easy to focus on my nephew’s angelic eyes and heart of gold, but when I read the lyrics of Cummings’s poem I thought about the emotional struggles my sister is going through.

She laughs her son’s joy and cries his grief and frustration. But most of all – ANYONE’S ANY IS ALL TO HER!

I can still remember how when he was 4 years old my sister suddenly burst into tears. I had no idea what had made her cry and then she said “He will never say ‘I love you mom'”. I was so overwhelmed by her simple but so profound concern and took it upon myself to teach him these words. I know he loves her dearly, he is a loving person, so I didn’t mind how mechanical these words sound when they came out of his little mouth, and she didn’t mind either. I hope.

It is difficult to understand how difficult it is for a mother of an 11 years old son to be thrilled when he types a full sentence on the computer. It is not easily understandable how an initiation of a simple conversation can yield such immense joy in a mother’s heart. Thus I find that these words “anyone’s any was all to her” depicts so well my sister’s trials and turbulence.

I adore my sister’s strength and endless capacity to love and understand.

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What poem or line of a poem to you find inspiring and reminding you of a person who is dear to you? Please share by leaving a comment.

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

Monday, September 20th, 2010

looks can be deceiving

[Fonts: Romantiques, Helvetica, Adler; Digital Kits: Spring Time Basics and Write It Down Ornate Frames by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket and KD Fly Girl (distress brush) – by Karla Dudley.]

At the Exploratorium in San Francisco I learned that nothing can be judged at first glance and often a second glance will not suffice either.

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Would you drink out of a toilette bowl if you knew it is clean, fresh water?

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A Visit From Home

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Visit From Home

[Digital Kit: KD Rousti by Karla Dudley.]

My mom and dad have flown 7,528 miles to visit me in California.

Both their main flight and in-land connection flight were 3 hour late. Each.

I was sooooo excited to meet them here at last so I can show them around and speak to them.
So when we picked them up at the airport at 1 a.m. last week, I was ecstatic.

My parents are currently staying at our place and I try to do my best in hosting them but it is definitely a challenge.

I am hopeful that when they leave they will return home happy and with the understanding that I did my best to keep them entertained, happy as well as healthy… Or in other words, they will know everything I do – even the stupidest thing – is done with the best intentions.

Therefore I will be less available during the next few weeks and there will probably be less posts up – but stay tuned because I have awesome things coming up on September.

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I’d love to get your advise on how to entertain my loved and loving guests without becoming overwhelmed (and insane)… Please leave a comment and help me :)

P.S.

The layout I made was created with Karla Dudley’s newest release: KD Rousti. Check out the kit, it’s AWESOME!!! The photos were taken with my parents’ point and shoot camera at Point Lobos, CA.

Welcome Little One Workshop
Check out Creativity Prompt’s new and unique self paced workshop: “Welcome Little One”. This workshop will provide you with everything you need, and then some, to make a fabulous handmade mini album to record the first moments of a new born baby.

Digital Template – On The Flip Side

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Instant Pretty Page templateOne of my favorite ways to stretch up my digital supply is by flipping the digital elements over.

It’s so easy, I just go to “image”=>”rotate” and flip it either to the left or to the right and sometimes vertically or horizontally, and voilà – I have a whole new product.

I then nudge a few of the images or rotate a few of the text boxes, so the design will make sense on the flip side… and in the end I get a whole new look.

Today Shimelle Laine has released a new digital template: “Instant Pretty Page template” and as soon as I saw it I knew I am going to flip it.

Here are the two layouts I made with it:

Asaf - school is over

[Fonts:Bradley Hand, Pharmacy, Adler; Digital Kits: Instant Pretty Page Template by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket and KD Capture and Record and KD Fly Boy by Karla Dudley.]

Ori - summertime

[Fonts: Adler; Digital Kits: Instant Pretty Page Template by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket and KD For The Boys by Karla Dudley.]

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How do you stretch your scrapbooking supply? Please share an advice by leaving a comment on this post.

Welcome Little One Workshop
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I have Missed Yet Another Birthday…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Birthday

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: Sailora and Stamped Alphas 1 – all by Karla Dudley.]

My husband and I are extremely fortunate.

We get to travel a lot.
We experience living in different continents.
We are learning new cultures.
We are meeting new friends from all around the world.
We are following our dreams freely and passionately.

Indeed we are very lucky (not to mention that we have each other).

But our adventures and unique lifestyle also encapsulate a huge drawback –
we are living far away from our families.
We live far away from our childhood friends and soul-mates (except for us two).
Very far away.
Too far.

The distance is so long that no web connection can adequately bridge between us.
The distance is so long that our hearts sometime feel disconnected and torn apart.

I had such a wonderful connection with my family (and with Nadav’s).
I used to meet my sister every week for a coffee.
I used to meet my niece and nephews at least once a week.
I used to attend every birthday party, even if it meant being late to an important meeting or leaving it early.

I had a wonderful connection with my niece and nephews and now distance is tearing me apart from them.
Occasionally I send them handmade cards which they collect but they keep getting less and less inclined to speak with me when I call via Skype.
And worse of all, I miss all their birthdays…

I wish there was a way to enjoy all worlds, but there isn’t (maybe if we are rich enough to buy a jet…)

I miss you so much!

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Is there a special event you have missed? Do you ever feel like one part of your life takes over another? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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Finally, A Breath Of Fresh Air And A New Layout

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Celebrate Every Day

[Fonts: Helvetica, Adler; Digital Kits: Bazinga by Shimelle Laine and Digi Essentials by Karla Dudley.]

I took a personal challenge which took me away from my blog for a while. I had no time. No weekends. Almost no summer – but worse than all of that – absolutely no time, not even a few stolen minutes, to create.

Now I finally got my “freedom” and with it more time and a layout…

After a long pause in creating anything I feel rusty. I am not pleased with my layout but I am always giving myself permission to let go. Creating should be fun and not frustrating, so all the pressure gets tossed out and only the beautiful stories and enjoyment of the hobby get to stay in.

The important thing, in my opinion, is showcasing my nephew’s series of pictures that tells a story I remember fondly. The pictures remind me of that evening, celebrating his birthday on our first visit home after we have moved far away. I remember how he ravished the cake and enjoyed every little piece of it. A joy so pure, only a child knows how to experience it.

I don’t mind if the layout isn’t the prettiest of them all (what an understatement…) – at least I had a chance of playing with Shimelle’s fresh and summary kit, Bazinga.

Having said that, in a week and a half, my parents will cross the ocean and two continents to visit us here for the first time. They will stay with us for three weeks of much anticipated together time. Therefore I am not sure how steady will my posting schedule be, but I have so much planned. So many new tutorials, giveaways and a couple new workshops – so please be patient with me – I am sure you will be rewarded for that.

See you all real soon :)

New Release – You Are Amazing by Shimelle Laine

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

You are amazing

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: You Are Amazing & Trip To Nature Papers – both by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

Shimelle has released another fabulous page template with a matching woodgrain alpha set. I love this new kit, it’s funky, but still very linear and clean.

I made this page for my parents who keep living their lives for us and almost never taking time for themselves.
This photo was taken in one of the rare occasions they actually took the time…

I love them so much :)

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