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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.


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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Remember When (Plus A Free Photoshop Template)

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

San Francisco with Dad

[Font: KD Everyday; Digital Kits:KD Rousti, KD Digi Essentials #2, KD Digi Essentials #5, KD Crush, KD Fly Girl – all font and kits by Karla Dudley. I made the polaroid frames myself.]

Free Download

You can get the polaroid template here. Either click on the link and unzip the file or right-click on it and opt for the “save file as” option.

(The template is for personal use only.)

The Story

These photos were taken with my husband’s Nexus 1 phone a couple weeks ago.

It was the last day trip we took with my parents before they came back home. We went to San Francisco and enjoyed the beautiful urban landscape and great cuisine.

At the end of the day, as the last rays of sun shone above us we went to Twin Peaks for a marvelous bird eye view. As we climbed higher and higher the wind became almost violent and blew in gusts tight through us but the view became even more amazing.

I am so glad my father had the opportunity to join us for the short climb and enjoyed the extraordinary view of the city. The look on his face was so precious that I still remember and cherish it.


What is your last cherished memory? Please share it with me by leaving a comment on this post.

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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.


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 🙂


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.

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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.]


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

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My Little Princess Niece Is Seven

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010


[Fonts: Adler; Digital Kits: Count To Four (alpha and template) by Shimelle Laine, Color My World by Rhonna Farrer, KD Capture and Record by Karla Dudley.]

Shimelle has released a gorgeous new digital kit which includes a template, on which the layout is based on, and a set of pink alphas. So cute.

A template is just perfect when you have absolutely no time and you want to make a winning page. Just clip your photos in place, resize, perhaps recolor. Add your journaling, title and a couple elements to add a bit of yourself and voilà.

I really love this template because it looks like a layout I would have designed myself. The rectangles, the typewriter font, the accents. I love it. (I admit, if it was my layout it would probably align in a straight line – but that’s the beauty of working with templates. I try something new and fall in love with it).

Can you believe my niece is seven already??? She’s growing fast!


Have you used a template or made a layout based on a sketch before? Please share by leaving a comment.

Sharing More Layouts

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Sometimes I just feel like creating with no reason or rhyme. No specific order. No specific theme. Just putting memories onto pretty paper.



  • Cardstock: American Crafts “Earth Tones
  • Patterned Paper: Sassafras “Sunshine Lollipop” wee bundle.
  • Letter Stickers: generic from the 1 Dollar bin at Target.
  • Journaling tag: Creativity Prompt. (free)
  • Decorative tape: Anna Griffin Border Stickers [I used the Valentine collection]
  • Sticker: KI Memories.




Have you been scrapbooking lately? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts and experiences.

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Note The Changes Over A Period Of Time – Journaling Prompt

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Note The Changes In A person

[Fonts: Vegur, Popsies; Digital Kits: Blakely, Digi Essentials #2, Digi Essentials #3 – all by Karla Dudley]

Journaling Prompt

I have recently come back from a visit back home. This time it’s been over a year since my last visit and a lot have changed. I was astonished by all the changes.

Some changes are subtle and creep up on you very slowly.

Such is a crack in the cement and a peeling of the wall and stains that keep on expanding until you climb up the staircase you used to climb on throughout your childhood and you cannot recognize it anymore. It looks old and disengaged. It became alien.

Such are wrinkles that add up one by one, until the wrath or love of time is boldly noted.

Having said that, some changes are rapid. They usually occur in children. A baby becomes a child.

In this layout I documented the changes in my youngest nephew: Ori (Who will be celebrating his 4th birthday this week). Ori is Asaf‘s brother. This is what the journaling reads:

A lot have changed during the year I’ve been away. His glamorous red curls have been cut down. His beautiful brown eyes were framed in glasses (bandaged after numerous accidents in kindergarten). However, two things remain exactly the same: the pacifier in his mouth and the wonderful spirit in his kind and warm little heart. I love Ori. A lot.

Document the changes you note in something or in someone after a long period of time you haven’t seen it or him.

Sometimes a day can be a long period of time and sometimes only after a decade changes start to become apparent.


Have you been startled by a change lately? share your thoughts by leaving a comment. I really want to hear so please share.

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Journaling Prompt – Indicate Mother’s Day Differently

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I love my mom farther than my words can reach. Therefore, for mother’s day, this year, I want to indicate my appreciation differently. Instead of going on and on about how great my mom is, I want to concentrate on the first memorable [obviously there is no way to remember the breastfeeding part] experience that created the strong bond between us.

Each mother and child have one moment in life in which they feel the bond between them is sprouting. I am aiming for this moment and trying to recall and capture it forever.

For this week’s journaling prompt write about the moment the bond between you and your mother was established.

You might want to make a copy of your journaling and send it to your mom, she will surely treasure the memory.

Variations of this week’s journaling prompt:

  • Write about the “moment” the bond formed between you and your kids
  • Encourage your kids to write/tell you what was their “moment”
  • Interchange memories of the “moment” with your mom – this moment is not necessarily the same for both of you.

I want to share my moment with you in honor of my fabulous mom:

Shortly after the beginning of elementary school I became very sick. It was probably a virus I caught up from our guinea pigs (The poor guinea pigs did not survive…). My immune system completely shut down and no doctor could provide a diagnosis. The prognoses were not positive. The doctors looked worried and perplexed. I can only imagine what my parents had gone through. I was just a small child, feeling weak and drowsy, but not aware of what’s going on.

My dad stayed with my 2 older sisters at home and my mom slept on a mattress beside me at the hospital 24/7.

I remember one night, My fever went way up and nothing they did reduced it – I had an ice wrap, an alcohol bed – you name it… The test results showed another aggravation in my condition. I felt bad and my mom encouraged me to channel my thoughts into something positive. I came up with a song about two lions hugging each other and creating some healing heat together. Rest assured I also “composed” this song and sang it very loudly and repeatedly all night long…

In the following morning something had changed. The test results started showing an improvement. A true miracle the doctors thought. I know what had cured me. Now you know what it was too.


When did the bond between you and your mother sprout? How are you going to honor your mother on May 10th? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment 🙂

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Journaling Prompt #19 – Affection

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008


I took this picture at Dublin’s zoo. The closeness and gentleness of the Orangutans were overwhelming. The female Orangutan stroked the little one gently and softly looked at his eyes. However, what really got me was something I’ve noticed only after downloading the pictures to my computer – the way the monkeys held their hands together. I guess the need to be touched affectionately is deeply rooted…

Look at the sadly looking eyes of the baby-monkey. Can you see the way it conveys his feelings to his mother monkey? The way it asks and receives the mother-monkey’s sympathy and affinity? The touch – a mere holding of the hands – is so simple yet the impact is so immense. It is absolutely enchanting.

This week’s journaling prompt, in light of the Jewish holidays, is “Affection”.

  • Have you been enamored by an expression of affection lately? Describe it. Who was the affectionate party and who was the recipient?
  • Are you into showing your affection in public? If so, how do you show it?
  • Do you show your affection only behind closed doors? If so, what is the reason for that?
  • What is your favorite expression of affection?
  • Who would you like to show his or hers affection towards you? Has he or she done it lately?
    • If so, when and how was it?
    • If not – what do you think is the reason for the frostiness? Are you conveying your needs and feelings clearly enough?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post.

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Journaling Prompt #9 – Precede The Words To The Photos

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I always advocate the importance of journaling and the archival character of the written word. Unfortunately, I don’t always do as I preach… Too often I would leave an empty journaling spot on my layout without telling the story.

I always have a perfectly good reason for not following my own advice and leaving the pictures without their underlying stories. Either I am not inspired enough for writing or I cannot find the perfect words to describe the moment I have captured on my page. Sometimes I just haven’t got the time to sit down and write the complete story, but I don’t want to leave anything out so I write nothing. Can you believe that sometimes this kind of reasoning makes sense to me…

I am ashamed to admit that I can’t remember ever coming back to a clear journaling spot and filling in the story. In the meantime, many layouts and some complete albums are bashfully waiting with abandoned journaling spots. The stories are left untold and sometimes are even forgotten.

Having said that, I am now determined to stop this bad habbit. From now on I am going to document all the stories of all the moments that I can possibly remember and not forgetting to interweave the emotions which the stories evoke.

The best way to do so is be preceding the words to the photos. If the layouts can wait for the stories, so can the stories wait for the layouts to be created and for the photos to be taken (or printed). This way no story will be left untold (in the worst case it would be left “unscrapped”).

This week’s prompt is to make an “heritage” folder on your computer (or online).

  • First, create the main “heritage” folder.
  • Then, create a sub-folder for each person who’s important to you. Do not forget to make a folder for your own personal stories. YOU are important too.
  • Tell each story in a separate document in the relevant folder.

You can organize each folder either chronologically or thematically or in what ever way you deem right – these are your stories and you are going to make the rules of telling them.

After you have prepared the interface for your stories you can start telling them. You can either designate 15 minutes a day for writing stories OR you can write whenever you feel inspired or when you feel like reminiscing.

While documenting the stories, don’t forget to include the sad as well as the happy. The angry as well as the loving. You do not have to share all your stories, but you would like to remember them and to derive pleasure from the good ones and strength from the sad ones.

Go on. Write your stories. You are also welcome to share the process of documenting your heritage with me.

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