Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baby Shower Blues

So, here we are in the THICK of the Christmas season & one of my neighbors decides to have a baby in January! Meaning, the neighborhood gathered to throw her a grand ol' baby shower TODAY. With 12 days of Christmas to go.

Now, in all honesty, I'm not complaining. It didn't dawn on me the timing was bad until I went to log my weekly shopping spree totals in the budget worksheet. I get to her receipt and realize, "this is not a Christmas gift..." and the light bulb goes off! Who the heck would plan a baby shower in mid-December?

Despite my consideration of their inconsideration, it was a great turnout, I'm happy to say - and I'm so glad I went. Although getting "there" took entirely too much effort.

By "there" I mean: clothes woes, wrapping issues and.... dare I say it?... CARD catastrophes!

Yes, that's plural. Catastrophes. Third time's a charm.

Wanted to wear jeans, ended up in slacks. Assumed I had baby wrapping paper, but didn't. Found some folded up and in the bottom of a bin - it was just enough for what I needed, but ugh. The cards... well, this is most troubling because I have MULTIPLE stamps, PILES of cardstock, INK galore and IDEAS by the file cabinet full. But when it came down to it, I had nothing. My first idea flopped because I don't have a scalloped oval punch. WTH? How did that happen? My alternative to that didn't work out because my cardstock wasn't a close enough match to my ink. My next option didn't work out with the first run but I pulled it together w/the second. And I ended up with something special, unique and quite adorable, if I do say so myself, and depressed. Yeah, you're reading that right. I was depressed at the end of the day.

I have all this stuff and can't put it together. My workspace is out-of-whack and I'm over-cluttered. The solution is on the horizon but the economy prevents us from actually acting on any renovations just yet. Meanwhile my atelier, and my creativity, sit & collect dust.

It's depressing. :(

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Aaaahhh... where do I begin?

Early October marked a major change in my lifestyle - nothing drastic, but definitely major. My world, as I had been running it, stopped. I had to put the brakes on & re-evaluate how things were being managed and it's been a slow process of getting back in gear. We're not there yet. As a family we're still struggling to find the balance. I haven't hit the craft room in months and I miss it! I think about this blog everyday but finding the time to focus has been difficult. The holidays are approaching and yes, that's definitely time consuming but I'm hoping by the new year, I'll have a plan of action so that I don't have to give up ALL of me in order to have our family in a good place. Priorities...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

a murder of crows

I have been hunting high & low looking for a crow stamp, but coming up empty. :( I've checked online, I've searched row after row of stamps at the craft stores... The other day I found a Dawn Houser with 4 birds on a branch. They look like cardinals to me but what do I know. I contemplated buying it, but changed my mind. They weren't right... not scraggly enough, not sinister at all. So I walked away.

Then, I wandered into another store yesterday and found the same stamp. It still didn't work for me, but I thought, MAYBE, if I sketch thru it a bit, MAYBE I could make them look like crows? Elongate the beaks, shaggy up the feathers, scratch out the tail... Well, I bought it and I tried.

I'm not sure if I pulled it off, tho...

Do these look like crows to you???

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Friday, September 11, 2009


Announcing... the newly remodeled & renovated "ADD ink" blog!!! A Dawnie Jae design via Veronica @ VK Design Co., heehee. :)

I'm a happy girl... now I've got to put all this hard work to use, right? Right! I've said this a gazillion times but I'm saying it again anyway: I'm going to start scrapping & stamping regularly.

There. I said it. Well, wrote it. Now I have to do it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


So excited!!! I'm getting a new blog look and CANNOT wait to see it! Hopefully it will motivate me to post more, right? Yeah, right.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Only for Lizzy K!

Really at a disadvantage here - haven't figured out "linking" yet, which I need for this post, and am putting me in a real unglorified form out there on the net... the picture to the right is me @ exactly 10:11a this morning (get it? 7/8/09 @ 10:11am...). Well, I think I was supposed to get the 12 secs in there, but am not sure if I captured it right on the dot. This is the brain child of Elizabeth Katchner's (one of my favorite and most inspirational bloggers) husband, Colin.

(see post here: http// OMGosh, did I do that right? I know it's better if I have a word like "here" and it's highlighted and/or underlined and all you have to do is click that BUT this is the best I can do at the moment...

As this is my vacation (ha!) week, I figured I could actually participate this time and captured me in a really undignified moment: camped out on the atelier's couch, after a shower, wearing my painters rags, chilling by the set with laptop close by. Ah, life is GOOD!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I did it myself!

Finally, a Dawnie Jae original! A baby congrats for a neighbor finally got me going to do something I came up without casing. I just pulled out some papers from the scrap crap pile (already cut, haha) and put it together. It didn't just happen. I contemplated & contemplated a long, long time!

I have no idea what I used... the papers are SU!, the overalls are Sizzix, the hearts are from a generic punch I had. The brads are buttons I bought at a discount shop somewhere in North Georgia. I didn't follow my own rule, tho, which is to always have a hand drawn doodle or hand written sentiment on every design. The inside note is handwritten but that just does NOT count in the Dawnie Jae world.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

oh, a-croppin' we will go...

Finally! I'm going croppin'! Next weekend I'll be in Batesville, South Carolina with at least one friend, maybe 3, maybe 4... I don't care. I'd go alone. I need the getaway.

I remember my very first crop weekend. I had been cropping for a 2 & 1/2 years - I totally didn't understand this forfeiting a weekend to do nothing but scrapbook! If I was going to give up a weekend with the family, I was going shopping, or to the beach, or exploring... not sitting in an enclosed room working on my albums. But something made me say "yes" this time - it was November 2001 - and I had nothing but an absolutely wonderful time!

I've gone on crop weekends since, but not any in 4 years. Time has not allowed it, but the truth is, I haven't been motivated. I kinda walked away from my scrapbooks. I continued to take photographs, document memories and buy an abundance of materials, but I wasn't preserving anything. I've gotten into these blogs - mostly concentrating on the card making - but I realized, I miss cropping. So, I've set aside a weekend to crop with a bunch of girls I don't know. And I cannot wait.

Being so behind with my memory keeping, I'm going thru a rigorous process of figuring out what I'm going to do, what I'm going to need & the challenges of getting my hands on everything. Thank goodness I'm a planner & an organizer because I've spent a little bit of time this past week, and will also this coming week, getting everything together. My friend, Dana, who can't go with me this weekend wanted to know "how do you plan for a crop away from home???" So I thought I'd share my process here.

1) Decide what you're going to work on: if you're current w/your scrapbooks, this is relatively easy - you just keep moving forward. The only challenge I would ponder here is whether you have enough to keep you busy for the entire weekend, especially if you're a regular cropper. Someone like me, tho, who is years behind and has a long list of project ideas, it's not so bad to decide what to do. In my case, I'm going to work on 2009, so 4 & 1/2 months worth of "stuff." This seems easy enough, because, really, how much as happened since the first of the year??? Well, apparently, plenty! Much more than I realized... I went back thru my date book and my pictures and was a little amazed. But that's OK! At least I won't run out of material over the weekend, right?

2) Sort your pictures: in this digital era, this means (for me) going thru my pictures on the computer. I wish I was the type of person who immediately organized her pictures @ download. I'm not! I spent at least 4 hours on this step - going thru the various different files on my computer, checking each picture to make sure it was in the right file, putting it where it belonged if it wasn't.

3) Start a notebook: This was the smartest thing I did - why didn't I think of it before? I just grabbed a spiral notebook and labeled the top of a page with the event I was going to scrapbook (not necessarily in order - hope that doesn't trip me up down the road!). I listed out the pictures I wanted to use on this page, and the sizes, and sometimes a sketch of what I thought the page might layout to... I jotted down memorabilia, notes of what what I wanted to include (say a quote on "Spring"). If I thought of a clever caption, or if a particular picture had a certain memory to journal, I noted it here, too. What would make this perfect would be some sort of pockets to include the pictures themselves or some memorabilia... but whatever! I also used this a checklist to make sure the pictures I wanted to print were all received.

4) Print your pictures: whether you do this yourself @ home or send them off, keep a record of which pictures you wanted and then verify they all printed. I took my spiral notebook with me and realized, while still @ the store, that I was missing 5 that I sent to Walmart to print for me via the internet. If they're not in by tomorrow, we're guessing they're lost and I'll have to resend for printing - which isn't going to make me happy after all the time I spent working on this!

5) Sort your memorabilia: using my notebook, I was able to put this together pretty quickly - and despite my backlog, I'm pretty confident I've put my hands on everything I wanted to include.

6) Pack your supplies: since I know exactly what I'm going to scrap and how I might potentially lay it out, I know what I need... I tend to overpack, tho! I'm really going to try to pare it down, lighten my load. Hopefully, the CM consultant will have all of her tools, and I'm sure if I really need something I'll be able to borrow it from someone else. If not, NO WORRIES! Why? Because I've learned to be prepared for such... read on:

7) Pack "crop office supplies": I have these in their own container. They include:
  • black gel pen: when it doubt, use black! Also serves as a pen. I always need a pen for some reason...
  • pencil
  • small post-it notes: I use these to remind me of anything the page needs that I can't produce @ the moment and want to come back to later; this is my life saver for not having every single crop supply or bit of information @ my fingertips when cropping away from home.
  • stapler: I don't know why, but this has come in handy more than once
  • a calculator
  • a notebook for reminders, ideas, notes, sketches, new friend's contact info; my mind is reeling when I'm in creative mode and I want to capture these raging thoughts!
  • a calendar
  • rubber bands
  • paper clips
  • scotch tape
  • hand sanitizer (I know, I've read the reports that these aren't as effective as they claim but the way I figure it, something is better than nothing)
  • hand lotion
  • lip balm
  • bobby pins and a hair rubber band so I can pull my hair out of my face as it tends to distract me!

8) Organize, sort & pack embellishments to use: go thru decorative papers, stickers, punches, ribbons, dimensionals, etc.

I have completed #1-6 as of today. I'll finish #s 7 & 8 before bed tonight. I'll be 6 days ahead of the game as of tomorrow. Plenty of time to decide what else I might need & have time to put it together. I'll also be able to spend the next 5 days getting my clothes & other packing things together. For this particular crop get away, the consultant recommended we bring sheets, blankets and pillows! OMGosh! Not exactly the Ritz, huh? Since this is going to be a dorm environment, I'll bring a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower, too. Of course my camera has to go so I can capture all the great memories I'll make that weekend!

It's going to be great fun - I've got high hopes I'll accomplish alot and I'll be nothing but ready to Friday morning when it's time to head out.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

tuff stuff...

I took some time off over the holidays and neglected email. Came back to OVERLOAD! I had to make some tough decisions - I unsubscribed to several blogs! It's a hard thing to do, I just love them all and get so much out of them, but it is seriously taking up too much time just to check them all. I'm reading & not stamping! So... I'm lightening my load.