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Grandma, This Is How I Remember You

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Grandma, This Is How I Remember You

[Fonts: Little Days, Hobo and Adler.]

In the left photo you can see my grandma holding her first born, my mother (circa 1948) and on the right you can see me and grandma at the park near her home (circa 1988). 40 years apart – still beautiful.

Let me tell you some more about my grandmother.

She was born in Poland to an affluent family of merchants and Jewish scholars.

Her family was ultra-orthodox, Chassidic. Her parents had 10 children in total.

When she was a young adult she started questioning her parents’ Chassidic ways and had secretly joined a more secular Zionist group.

She was very careful not to hurt her father’s feelings and would leave home wearing long sleeved shirts and long skirts and then change into more modern apparel and meet with her Zionist friends.

Not long afterward she fell in love with a beautiful young student who shared her modern viewpoint and after awhile they got engaged.

Sadly, her beloved fiance was caught “in the line of fire” in an outburst against the Jews in the community and was hanged then and there in the center of the neighborhood.

She was heartbroken but determined to keep on living.

Just a couple years later, WW2 started and Hitler occupied Poland.

My grandma remembered the day the Nazis came to her neighborhood and started lining up all the jews. She and her family members ran out into the chilling evening and into the woods.

My grandma had blond hair and blue eyes and was well educated [thus fluent in Polish and Russian] so she could pass for a non-jew, which was what had saved her life and prevented her from the destiny of most of her other family members [very unsettling but true].

She was hidden for about a year, working as a potato peeler in a remote peasants’ inn until someone found out she is Jewish and asked for things she refused to give in return for his silence…

She took off immediately and ran towards the Russian border, where she was caught as an enemy of the country [being Polish...] and sent to a hard labor camp in Siberia.

In Siberia she had to stand all day with light clothes and thin soled shoes and cut trees, in the burning cold (up to minus 40 degrees in the wintertime). She received a portion of 1 coarse loaf of stale bread and 1 cup of water a day and watched hundreds of people give up and die – every single day. But my grandmother endured until the war was over.

Then she came back to Germany and got reunited with her brother. Only 2 brothers had survived the Holocaust (and 1 sister who had left for Israel before the war started and survived as well).

In Germany she met my grandfather who had lost his family as well. They fell in love and got married and had my mother while they were still living in Berlin.

Thereafter my grandparents left Berlin and came to Israel where they started their own restaurant in downtown Haifa and they had both lived in Haifa until their last day.

My grandma was a hard working woman and a survivor. She had strong determination to work as long as she could.

My grandma also had the type of charisma that drew people towards her wherever she went and whatever she did.

She was a generous person who always loved to host as many guests as possible and prepare noteworthy dinners for everyone.

She had led a long, laborious but fulfilling life – a real inspiration to everyone.

Ode To My Coffee. Seriously.

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Ode To My Coffee

[Fonts: Helvetica, EB Garamond, Sears Tower; Digital Kits: Digi Essentials 10, Digi Essentials 11, Cardstock Essentials 2, Clear Essentials 1, Clear Essentials 2 - all by Karla Dudley.]

Journaling Reads:

O coffee, my coffee, how I love thee.

You are always there for me.
When I am weak you are there to strengthen me.
When I am stressed you are there to power me through.

I crave the feeling of time standing still,
after taking long and slow sips
of the sweet elixir.

O coffee, my coffe, how I love thee.



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Icy Territory – Freezing Cold Layout. Brrr.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Icy Territory

[Fonts: Adler & Impact; Digital Kits: Remarkable by Karla Dudley.]

Remarkable kit - Creativity PromptMy husband and I had a lovely weekend at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe, CA. It was our first attempt at skiing and it showed. Let’s just say that on day 2 we decided to do snowmobiling instead…

Whan I first saw Karla Dudley’s new kit, Remarkable, I knew that it will be PERFECT to document our ski-moments. As they were truly remarkable…

Check out the new kit by clicking on the kit’s preview image to the left – it’s AWESOME!

By the way, not that you care, but this is NOT an affiliate link. I just love Karla’s work and thought it is nice to share the love with you guys.



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Swallow Life Without Chewing

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Swallow Life Without Chewing

[Font: Label Impact (title) and my own handwriting; Digital Kit: Cypris by Karla Dudley.]

This time I decided to be a bit more playful and harnessed my trusty Wacom tablet to the job.

I wanted to create the feeling that, although I created this page digitally, it was actually a page out of an art journal.

Journaling reads

we decided to rule our own little world and make today truly and completely ours.


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Journaling Prompt – One Event. Two Perspectives.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

War Zone

[Fonts: Stencil (title), Adler; Digital Kits: Just Thinking by Karla Dudley (all elements plus PP) and Torn Bits 4 by Creashens (torn picture frame).]

Background Story

War Zone PictureIn 1991 the Gulf War had reached Israel. Iraq bombarded Haifa and Tel Aviv (and other nearby cities) with Scud missiles and the word had it that the launched missiles may contain nerve agents, so we had to wear a gas mask every time the siren went off and get into an air-tight shelter. I was 10 at the time.

You all must be thinking it was a harsh experience for me. Being so little and having to cope with war, shelter and a gas mask. But it wasn’t so. Not at all. Not for me

I can only imagine what my mother and father felt at the time. It must have been hard for them. They had 4 daughters: 16, 15, 10 and 2 year-old. They had to make sure we wore our gas masks properly. They had to lug their gas masks to work and worry about us and what we are going to do if the siren went off when thy’re not at home. They had to clean the shelter and move our mattresses there. they had to make sure we have a TV set and enough toys and knickknacks to keep us busy. For them it couldn’t have been easy.

For us [me] it was fun. I had a prolonged slumber party with my best friends who happened to be my neighbors. We didn’t have to go to school (after a while) and could go to sleep late at night and sleep in the next day – as long as the siren didn’t go off… Fun times.

Journaling Prompt

Write about an experience you’ve had but take two different perspectives. It is a good learning experience and a very good writing drill.

Will you give it a try?


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Here I Am Again, Albeit A Bit Rusty…

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

There Was A Girl

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: Friends (yellow PP), Crasy In Love (background PP - recolored), Modern Marvel (red stitches - recolored), Dotty Alpha ('me'), Just Thinking (all other elements) - all by Karla Dudley.]

Journaling reads:

Once upon a time, there was a girl. That girl loved the color red and loved to wear dresses. That girl believed in magic and fairies. That girl was playful and imaginative. She loved to read and to paint and to write letters to her mom and dad, telling them how much she loves them. That girl took extra care not to step on an ant, thus always stared at the ground while walking. She used to climb on any possible tree or rock and fell down more than she cares to remember, but thankfully never broke a bone. That girl loved to dance and sing, whether to her self or to a crowd, regardless of whether she was any good at it. That girl loved her dolls and her Nana doll. That girl loved animals and was always eager to adopt a new pet. That girl was sweet albeit opinionated. I find it hard to believe, but… this girl is me.

On A Personal Note

I know you must be thinking: “Is she kidding me? She’s been MIA for almost 3 whole months and then posts a layout, as if nothing had happened”. You are absolutely right to be thinking that. However the only answer I can give right now is: No. I am not kidding. I really, REALLY appreciate your love and support through a stressful period in my life, which is not completely behind me – but I am going to do just that. I am going to post as if nothing has never happened. I hope you are okay with it. I love you too.

Be You – A Blast From The Past

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Be You

[Fonts: Adler and Halo Handletter; Digital Kits: mostly "Be You" and the white stitches are from Digi Essentials Elements - all by Karla Dudley.]

Journaling Prompt

Karla Dudley’s new collection Be You has inspired me to look for a picture that can showcase who am I.

I do not have that many pictures of myself, as I am mostly on the other side of the camera… (not such a good idea) but I still have a few laying around. The pictures I have are from different times in my life, so they made me thinking of people and who they are.

People change all the time. They change physically, emotionally, professionally, romantically and in many other ways too.

However, even after a person changes he still carries around with him some of what he was before.

I am not different. I carry with me lots of bits and pieces of what I have been in my life time.

I carry with me an obsession for reading that my 5 year-old self sparked when she started reading on her own.

I carry with me the resilience of my 6 year-old self who overcame a serious illness.

I carry with me passion for fashion and design from my 11 year-old self who wanted to be a fashion designer and draw different outfits relentlessly.

I carry with me the love of writing that my 15 year-old self used when she won two writing competitions.

I carry with me the leadership and responsibility of my 17 year-old self who was the head of her school’s student body.

I carry with me the fear of war and redundant hatred from when my 18 year-old self survived an atrocious murder but my best friend’s sister didn’t.

I carry with me the sense of accomplishment of my 24 year-old self who got her license to practice law after 4 years at the university and a year as an intern.

I carry with me a strong moral campus I got from my 25 year-old self who sought truth and justice and was willing to work 60-hour weeks, sometimes 76… to get it.

I carry with me the joy of tying the knot with my one and only true love, my husband Nadav.

I carry with me the adventurousness of my 27 year-old self who left everything and moved abroad with her husband of 3 months.

I carry with me the ability to cope and adjust from my 28 year-old self who had moved again to another country in another continent, even farther away from home.

I carry with me bits and pieces from every day I have lived on earth and every bit and every piece is making me who I am today.

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If You Wish Upon A Star – Digital Video Tutorial

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Kama Chameleon

[Fonts: Adler, Grutch Shaded and League Script; Digital Kits: Wish by Karla Dudley.]

This layout is of my 7 year-old niece and her friends playing dress up.

These pictures remind me how every time I put on a costume (Halloween, anyone…) it makes me feel like I am also getting super powers.

By dressing up as a princess I can also call upon the stars and make a wish.

Have you ever felt that way too?

Anyhow, this is why I thought these photos will be perfect to be used in conjunction with Karla Dudley’s newest kit “Wish”. [UPDATE: Karla's kit is no longer available, but she offers all the digital patterned papers from the kit as a FREE download on her blog.]

Have you made a wish lately?

If not, now is the perfect time to do so.

Just because.

I also wanted to show you how I used the transparent frames that came with the kit, and more precisely – how I fit the photos to the frames.

You can use the same technique to any transparent digital element that you want to use as an overlay.

How To


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Obsessed

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Obsessed

[Font: Adler; Digital Kits: Fly Boy, Frame Essentials and Digi Essentials by Karla Dudley as well as You Are amazing, Can't Buy Me Love and Aged Labels by Shimelle Laine for Two Peas In A Bucket.]

The journaling on my layout describes my obsession quite clearly, here you go:

This stack of books may look innocent on its face, but once you’ll learn all these books are new purchases (the four at the top are from today) you may look at it differently.
I’m obsessed with books.
As you can see my taste is very eclectic. I like many genres and always enjoy a good book to get lost in.
I am currently reading “We The Living” by Ayn Rand and in this stack there are:

  1. The Source by Michener
  2. Outlander by Gabaldon
  3. Never Let Me Go by Ishiburo
  4. The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo by Stieg
  5. Walden by Thoreau
  6. The Portrait Of A Lady by James
  7. By Fire By Water by Kaplan
  8. Hearts in Atlantis by King
  9. She’s Come Undone by Lamb
  10. All Quiet On The Western Front by Remarque
  11. Scarpetta by Cornwell

My addiction is well fed and well nourished.
If only I had more time…

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Have you grabbed a good book lately? Please, do share!
[There's a good chance I'll get it if I don't already have it...]


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Think Outside The Theme

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I have a ‘thing’. I don’t like themed embellishments and papers.

Whenever I see a spooky house or Hanukkah lights or a Christmas tree or a cutesy airplane – I steer clear.

I guess my ‘thing’ stems from being an obsessive compulsive collector of paper and embellishments. I almost never use up my stash immediately after buying it and I love to be able to use it at any time.

Moreover, I prefer to tell my stories through my journaling and/or my photos and not through the mass manufactured themed design.

But that’s just me…

Lately, I was glad to find out more and more manufacturers who offered “themed” products with design that can work also for layouts outside the theme. For example, I love the kraft papers by My Mind’s Eye and the beautiful French chic papers by Pink Paislee.

Saying that, what I am MOST happy about are entire collections that can work outside the theme. Karla Dudley has released a new kit in a new store – Design House Digital. The kit is a themed kit for Halloween, hence its name: Spook. However, the kit can totally work for any layout, whatsoever, with the natural color palette and fun embellishments.

Here is a layout I created using Spooked:

Natural Beauty Layout

[Fonts: Impact and Halo Handletter; Digital Kit: Spook by Karla Dudley.]

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