happy fourth.

Hope you all had a great Fourth of July! We certainly did:

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Love the looks on their little faces…

It’s been very rainy here for about a week now. It even rained on the 4th, but thankfully it was mostly in the morning.

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I’ve made a new goal for myself and these two pages are the start of that goal…

I’ve had such a hard time with digital scrapbooking for years. I love so many things about digital scrapbooking… the ease of use, the variety. But for the most part, I’ve just been playing with digi for a long time.

Today I was sitting here thinking of all the pictures and years of memories I’m behind on. What an overwhelming thought! I really enjoy paper scraping, but it takes me soooo long to do because it doesn’t come naturally to me. I look at a blank canvas and I don’t know where to start. I don’t have a natural talent for composition… so I try this and that for a few hours and eventually I’ll end up with a page that I hopefully didn’t mess up too bad by gluing things down before I should have. Ha! But the best I can manage is a page a day—when I’m feeling creative!

Now, the benefits of digi are many…

  1. Nothing is ever glued down.
  2. If I don’t like the color of something, I can change it!
  3. I can change the size of anything.
  4. All my photos are already here in the computer!
  5. I don’t have to worry about my handwriting.

So, if I like it so much and know about these great benefits that suit me, why am I not scrapping our books on the computer?! I think to two main reasons would be that I love realism! I love touching the papers, flowers, rhinestones… putting them together is fun! But trying to make photographs of flowers and rhinestones look real can be a challenge sometimes. The good news is that the quality of everyone’s work just gets better and better as time goes on, so I’ve started to feel better about making keepsakes with digital designs.

The other thing that keeps me from digi scrapping is that the computer = work and sometimes I just want to un-plug and get away from my in-box! For course, I can always close my e-mail program down and scrap for fun… but then I feel more guilty. If I’m not on-line, I’m not on-line. But if I am on my computer, I feel obligated to check on things more often. And I hate that pressure! We all need a break, right?

But honestly—if I really mean to preserve all these photos and memories, I really don’t have a choice here. I’ve got to suck it up and make digital pages I feel proud of. 🙂

So, today I went to DST (a popular digital scrapbooking gallery) and found some layouts made by one of my favorite scrappers (crystalbella77, who used to be on my creative team) to save to my desktop for inspiration. I figure with those layouts nearby, I should be able to make an album for 2010 that I’ll be happy with—and probably learn and grow in my digital scrappin’ skills in the process.

I started with photos from this weekend and I plan to go backwards until I get to the beginning of the year (or maybe I’ll start with last December, when we first moved to Florida, since that was a new chapter in our lives).

Not so overwhelming… I think I can do it!

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