I've come to reconsider where I stand on the whole copyright issue, in regards to work that appears on my blog. If you happen to see art that I've created on this blog and it inspires you, by all means go ahead and appropriate it. If you want to modify it, scraplift it, use only parts of it or copy it outright, you have my permission to do so here. If you want to give me credit, fine. If you don't, that's okay too. I've been inspired by countless other people in all walks of life and I believe that generosity of spirit is much greater than any personal pride or glory I could achieve from claiming to be the first or the best to do anything. The sole exception to this would be photos of my family, to protect their privacy.
The vintage images that appear in this blog are digitally altered and colored by scrapologie. Feel free to use them for your personal use, however you like!
Sorry for the long absence again. Lots of things have been happening, mostly me being sick (I strained my neck and trapezius muscle the Friday before Valentine's Day and ended up being in bed for a whole week as a result!) I've never had that type of pain before, and it wasn't pleasant. The pain was shooting into my right arm making any time on the computer pretty unbearable. To boot, my father, a longtime smoker who has emphysema, ended up in the hospital with pneumonia three days after I got sick. Happily, he is at home now and on the road to recovery, and quit smoking as a result. It's been a stressful February and I'm glad to be on the brink of a new month.
On to happier news -- JBS March Kits went live this month and they are chock full of new JBS CHA releases. You can purchase the kit here, and check out the design team gallery here.
Here are the layouts I contributed this month:
And the project kit this month is an irresistible spring banner kit you can purchase here. Here's my take on the project kit -- I added glitter alphas from Melissa Frances, but everything else is in the kit.
I amplanning on selling the banner, so if you're interested, email me for a paypal invoice. The cost for the finished banner is $22 plus shipping via first class mail (or priority mail, whichever you prefer). **ETA - the banner is now SOLD.
Here are a few close ups/detail views of the banner; it's very pretty displayed in all its pastel glory!
And here's a vintage image to kick off the month, have a great week!
Most likely, it's not your birthday today - I'll take my chances, after all, the chance that I'm wrong is just one in 365, right? ;)
A friend and I are going to spend Friday with our little girls at a real teahouse here in Columbus. The girls are going to get dressed up and we're going to have a genuine tea party. It probably won't be as unusual as the one that Alice had with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, but we're excited about the opportunity to introduce our little girls to tea. In preparation, Alekha and I have been reading Alice in Wonderland and especially the tea party scene where un-birthdays are celebrated.
So, in celebration of not growing older, I am sharing with you this article written by Regina Brett of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She actually wrote this piece in celebration of turning 50, but I think it's fitting even for an un-birthday. Enjoy!
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
My baby (the one in the pink dress) turned 6 a couple of weeks ago and we had her birthday party last weekend at MJ's Candy Bar, so she and eight of her closest girlfriends could feel like kids in a candy shop. Literally. Nine little girls decorated plastic cups with foam stickers, played games, painted with watercolors, got tattoos, competed in a gumball relay and a licorice limbo contest, were feted on cupcakes and enough candy to keep them bouncing off the walls for the rest of the day, and left with goodie bags filled with treats and surprises. And we squired home one very happy and tired little six year old. And we didn't have to clean anything up, best of all.
I love these bold graphic birthday card images. Hope you enjoy them too!