Thursday, February 17, 2011

The ScrapMoir Ebook

Scrapbooking + Memoir = ScrapMoir

First look at my Scrapbook Memoir -- or ScrapMoir -- came yeserday, and Wow!  I am thrilled to see its final form.  Women's Memoirs talented Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnet have done such a great job on this project. 

It should be ready in a few days and, as I mentioned previously, you will be able to get it free -- so stay tuned for more details in the days to come.


I'm also diligently working on the Over-the-Rhine Memoir and plan to have that finished by the first of May.  This book has been long in the works and was the first book I ever thought of writing.  It's had a few shelf vacations over the past three years, but it's never been out of my head.  It will be a true day of celebration and thanksgiving when this is finally finished. 

I love research and there's a lot of that in this project.  The past few weeks have been devoted to studying Ward Maps from 1800s Cincinnati to discover where my ancestors lived throughout their lives--up until I was old enough to know where my family lived. 

Photos of course are an elemental part of this book as well.  After all, how can I write a how-to book and not practice what I preach?  And there'll be a few scrapbook layouts too, the ones I've done that tell some of the old stories. 

This is a family memoir and doesn't include my entire life.  It's the story of my family, narrated by me, as seen through my eyes, and includes my personal feelings and experiences. 

The fact that "Over the Rhine" is now a pretty famous historic place makes the story easier to write.   "It is believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. " I took that description from the Over-the-Rhine Facebook page which gives lots of additional info and outstanding photos.

I'd say I'm keeping pretty busy here with my writing life, and it feels good.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vampire Knits for Valentines

Got my new laptop today and couldn't believe how fast it came from Ebay!  It's super-sleek and pretty and actually keeps up with my keystrokes.  I've done some changing-over of stuff from my old machine, and now it's time to get back to my my Kindle...and Vampire Knits!!! 

Spotted a black, luxurious man's sweater somewhere on the web and knew I had to have the pattern.  May have been on  Ravelry where I saw it, because a "Raveler" created the book.  Some of the contributors are also on Ravelry. 

See that enticing purple cape on the cover?  Yeah, me too. 

I hate changing projects in mid-creation, but my needles are itching to start that black sweater for Gary...or that cape for me? 

No way I could do that sweater by Valentine's Day, unless I stayed awake from now 'till then. 

I think I'll take a picture of the sweater and make him a card with my scrapbook stash. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More Snow, More Creating

Three inches here yesterday, and we were on Nashville's Channel 4 News.  Camera and crew just a few miles from our farm, the little corner market and gas station. 

No reason here to get out on the roads.  I'm perfectly content to stay in warm jammies and play--scrapbooking, knitting, cooking.   And I'm so glad I stocked up on food last week.

Hubs today is bottling his 2010 wine in the kitchen.  He makes several batches a year, plus makes fruit jams and jellies for our pantry shelves. 

And speaking of the pantry, my man cleaned ours out over the last few days.  I'm proud of it.  Now I can really concentrate on filling those floor-to-ceiling shelves with the foods we'll need for a year--at least, that's the goal.  We may not accomplish that in one year, but we've began, and that's the important thing.

This month I'm focusing on dried beans, split peas, and lentils.  Last month was rice.  Buying in bulk and storing in glass jars.  Then in the next few days (regardless of snow) I'll be working in the garden on early spring veggies. I'm beginning to feel independent, thanks to my last finished book, Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

I'm still reading friend Susan Tweit's Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture), and learning some important stuff.  Autoimmune diseases are big in my family.  Celiac disease (son Jeff), lupus (daughter Sherry), and my father and his three younger brothers and sister all died of Alzeiheimer's.  In her book, Susan researches her own diagnosed connective tissue disease and shares her story in this memoir. 

If my Mom was still alive, she would love this book, as she was curious and mesmorized by answers to medical mysteries.  Mom was never diagnosed in her lifetime, though she was sick all of her life.  Looking back now, I wonder if she had celiac.  Eeating certain foods affected her badly.  She died of a sudden abdominal aortic anurysm. 

Also reading on Kindle Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You KNitting from Twilight to Dawn.  Ok, I may have accidentally stumbled upon some of the most far-out (yes, I still do hippie talk) knit patterns ever put into a book.  I saw "Love Bites For Him," a gorgeous knit for your man and then saw the purple cape on the cover and screamed out loud, Mine!"  That's why I love Kindle.  I don't have to wait.  Kindle was created for people like me.  Click and get within mere seconds.  I also love that you can get free "preview" samples before you buy the book.  You can have Kindle on your computer hard drive--and that's free too.  So if you're a knitter upload a sample of Vampire Knits and see if you agree with me. 

Scrapbooking of course.  I worked a while yesterday on the Family History Scrapbook, my Memoir of Over the Rhine.  Then hopped over to catching up on more recent events.  I did some serious thinking on how I would scrap 2010, because I'm at the end of 2009 in my albums. 

Thinking about  Becky Higgins Project Life except using my own album and huge stash of products.  Basically, this is a "year in the life" type project, where you choose the best of one year's photos and memorabelia, make a title page of 4 to 6 highlight pictures, the title, decorative card or two, and a journaling card.  Becky has a whole kit including the album and a video that shows how to put the album together.  She uses the divided page protectors.

I thought I'd use my regular 12x12-inch pages and adopt her layout style.  In other words, place my photos on the page using invisible plastic pockets.  Becky's pages are beautiful and classic.  I do have some of those 3-ring page protectors and a 3-ring binder album, but I still like the strap-hinge albums and pages best.  I probably always will.  They have a craftsmanship and beauty that the other albums lack.  Everybody has their own style.

Time to sit at my work table and begin.  I may be able to take pictures today and post them tomorrow.  When I take scrapbook breaks, I'm knitting.  Then cooking -- herb baked chicken and potatoes today, and maybe...just maybe a cake.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Good Day to Scrapbook?

What is that quote about the "best laid plans?" 

I really wanted to start scrapping last night.  Really. 

But why did I end up organizing every digital photo on my hard drive...and my flash drive?  Why?

Nobody told me I had to do that.  I did it all on my own. 

Okay, this a.m. ready to scrapbook, right?  Well, I didn't really have all my photos organized it seems.  No problem.  I'll just finish up those strays that were hanging out in some unknown folder thinking I'd forget them.

But what about dinner?  And I promised to make a cheesecake.  That's why I sent hubs to the store to get cream cheese, remember?  Okay, let's go to the kitchen and get it all done, then we can scrap in freedom the rest of the weekend, even while the Superbowl is on, because my scrap and writing space is on the other side of the room in front of the built-in shelves. 

I'll throw a big roast in the crockpot with all kinds of veggies and other good stuff, the cheesecake in a big lasagna dish.  I'm good for the entire weekend.


What pictures exactly did I plan to scrap?  What happened to my creativity? 

Why do I think it's more fun to just scroll folder after folder, admiring my beautiful job or organizing my digis, no duds among them.  Oh, there's the one of Jeff and Dad in front of the Chili Parlor in Cincy...and, hey, my hair looked halfway decent on that one.  Oh, that was the day...

Well, I thought this would be a good day to scrapbook.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Picasa by Clover Lane Scrapbooking

Just one of the awesome layouts at Clover Lane Scrapbooking
PhotoShop Elements resides on the office desktop computer, but my laptop is in transition these days and has no photo software other than what came with my Canon camera.  I'm hesitant to load any programs onto the laptop, seeing as how I've got my eye on a new Dell Inspiron for the very near future! 
The Canon software is good for viewing  my digitals, a lot better than some other camera programs, and I can do some basic editing, cropping, color enhancement, etc.  But no photo collage option for digi scrapping.  I do more hands-on paper scrapbooking, so that's not been too big a problem.

Last week I downloaded Picasa, which I've used in the past, because I wanted to see what I could do with photo collaging without having to sit at the desktop in husband's office, which means I would have to clean his desk off first.  Got this thing where I can't think in a messy environment.  You'd understand if you saw his office and his desk, but I'm too humiliated to post a pic of it here.

Picasa is free.  That's a good thing.  It's a little harder than PhotoShop.  Unless you find someone who's using it and turning out awesome layouts.  Hello, Clover Lane! 

Wow--I love this girl's work, her style.  You gotta see her post on How I Caught Up 6 Years in 3 Weeks With Picasa!

I love this so much I might not even load PSE on my new laptop.  Clover Lane Woman  (I haven't contacted her to know her name yet, but I will now to let her know I've posted about her blog) leaves spaces on her digi layouts for physical ephemera to adhere to her printed pages before sliding them into her albums. 

If you check out her tutorial, she discusses where she gets her 12x12's printed and all the rest.

Her pages are the type I consider "beautiful simplicity," and that goes hand in hand with my goals in creating this Scrapbook Memoir I'm working on for my family.  I love the no-frills approach with more focus on the photos and simple stories. 

The whole blogsite is beautiful and creative.  Lots of ideas for bloggy moms here.  A site to to visit on a regular basis.  Thank you Clover Lane!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How a Scrapbook & a Scrapbook Memoir are Different

After scrapbooking for 13 years -- and loving every minute of it -- I wanted to go a little deeper in creating what I consider a legacy for my family. 

How is a Scrapbook Memoir different?

More Indepth Stories
 I've always journaled on my scrapbook pages, since I started 13 years ago.  I'm a writer.  I had to to tell the stories.  My whole life is about story.  Just like when I was a child, listening to the grown-ups, I love telling stories to my children and grandchildren.

Sometime over those 13 years, though, I began to want to go deeper into the history, find out more about my grandparents' lives and as far back as I could go into my roots.  When I began learning these facts, I knew I wanted to pass these along to my family.

Well, I already had somewhere around 26, on last count, scrapbook albums lining my shelves, so I began there.  Some photos I've copied and placed on a new page, some are digital, some pages I've kept intact.  They're all going into a new book, just one.  When I'm finished, it'll be bound and copied for my extended family.  "An Over-The-Rhine Memoir:  The Deans & the Wherles."

I'm still in the process, but what I'm unfolding is more than scrapbook albums.  I'm now creating my lifestory, my memoir, a legacy for the kids and the grandkids and the great-grandkids. 

More Facts Than Frill.  More Story Than Stuff.

More of yourself

More of your feelings about the relationships with your loved ones, your beliefs, your dreams, your failures, your successes, and the lessons you've learned. 

This last one -- the lessons you've learned -- is so important.  I grew up listening to countless stories from my Grandma, who was a devoted and strong Catholic woman.  Those stories taught me more than any other teacher I had.  I want my Scrapbook Memoir to do that with the children born into my family even after I'm gone.  I want to pass my Grandma's stories down to them.  I want them to know their roots.

The best part of creating a Scrapbook Memoir is that you get to still plaly with color and a bit of decorative adornments. 

You will use less photos, but you will be using Simply the Best.  The ones that tell THE STORY OF YOU!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Scrapbook Memoir Ebook

I've partnered with Women's to publish "The Scrapbook Memoir Ebook," and have just sent it off for editing.  This means the publish date is close.

So I guess you could say, I'm in a "New Place."

Details will be posted soon on how to get your free copy of the Scrapbook Memoir Ebook.  In the meantime, if you're not already a follower here on the blog, take a few seconds now to go to the sidebar and click to follow, to get a free copy during this promotion period.

The Scrapbook Memoir Ebook will guide you in deciding what kinds of memories you want to save for your children and grandchildren, and what type of project you want to create to hold those memories for a lifetime. 

All you need to get started are pictures.  The vision and memory starters are in the ebook in the form of inspirational stories together with photos and ideas.

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