Saw this on my sweet friend Lee's blog. I did have to take out all the extra u's in favorite...Canucks spell funny ;)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I'm taking an on-line photography class taught by the fabulous Maggie Holmes. I think my children are sick of being my models. Mason just runs away. Max can't seem to understand the difference between the video camera and my Canon - end result is lots and lots of blurry pictures. Mitchell? Well this is what I get from him:
At least I'm capturing those amazing eyelashes for posterity (no, sadly, he did not get them from me...or my husband either. I have no clue where they came from!)
And this? This is the result of my oldest son's refusal to cut his hair until swim season is over. I even pointed out that all that hair was slowing him down in the pool. Well, one more week to go...
Posted by ArlaMo at 9:48 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
LOVE this banner paper! It was in Studio Calico's December kit called Orchestra. I believe it is still available, though 2 of the 3 add-ons are sold out. When I first pulled this paper out, I was a bit stumped. Loved it, but had no idea what to do with it. Then the SC gallery started filling up with fussy cut banners and all kinds of ideas popped into my head. On this layout, it reminded me of pennants strung at a race track. Paired with the subtle track marks (made with Maya mist in Cream and the styrofoam cover off of an Asian pear) it was perfect for this page documenting Mason's Big Wheel love.
Posted by ArlaMo at 9:27 AM
Friday, January 08, 2010
You would not believe the lengths I went to to get all these pictures. McKelle was a great model, though she did start making a few faces after she tired of me trying to get some custom bokeh pictures. But the boys?? Well...let's just say, boys will be boys and your results may vary. Here's the layouts with Mason and Micah:
Posted by ArlaMo at 12:05 PM
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Holidays always derail my creative endeavors just a bit. This year was especially crazy with the addition of swim team for Matthew (INSANE schedule!) and a nagging cold/allergies/not feeling so great for me since about mid October. Needless to say, I am waaaay behind on my 365 of 365, but I will attempt some catch up in the next few weeks.
Posted by ArlaMo at 1:14 PM
Monday, January 04, 2010
I'm just a little giddy. One of my pages was noticed over at the Studio Calico gallery and has been published by the on-line scrapbook magazine Scrapstreet.com. You can see my page here. Just scroll down to the first layout.
Posted by ArlaMo at 12:44 PM
Always the overachiever, I can't even choose just one word for my 2010 One Little Word.
2009 began with high expectations. My word was LEARN and I had all kinds of hopes and intentions. On-line classes, a stack of books to be read, various plans to be put into place with my children. Reality struck less than one month into the year when I was called to be the Young Women's President in our ward (church congregation.) I spent the next several months struggling (and learning, for sure!) how to balance this enormous responsibility and still maintain some semblance of order at home. Some of my intended learning venues and plans had to take a back seat - my path certainly took a turn that I wasn't expecting!
But all in all, the year was full of learning. I learned that I love teenagers! I learned to do some very creative balancing of church responsibilities and home life. I learned I can go four days without a shower at Girls' Camp and absolutely love every minute of it (except perhaps the bear!)
And later in the year, I was able to add a few of those things I had been planning from the beginning. I took and finished a fantastic photography course from John Gringo at Creative Techs. I finished two parts of a five part Photoshop class, also at Creative Techs. They have a great selection of classes and best of all, they're FREE!
I plowed through a pile of books, though probably not original goal of 52 and learned that I love the Elizabethan period (thanks, Nyla!!) The Lady Elizabeth and Katherine were definite favorites.
I learned that letting go of some traditions in an effort to simplify was ok. And that skipping others was a huge let down for my family and won't be an option next year.
Which leads me to my choice for 2010. I spent some time this year considering my one word. BALANCE came to mind, but didn't quite encompass what I wanted. FOCUS was another front runner. I thought I had finally settled on PRIORITIZE and even posted it, put it out there in the cyber world in response to a couple of blogs. But there was a little niggle in my brain that said it wasn't quite right.
Then, I recalled this talk given by Elder Dallin Oaks in the LDS General Conference, October 2007. I needed more than a word, I needed this phrase for my 2010 mantra. GOOD BETTER BEST. The brief summary at the top of Elder Oaks' talk says it perfectly: "We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best..."
Obviously, it applies in my spiritual life. But it really is something I want to apply in all areas of life. Too often, I get caught up in something that is good and miss out on that which is better (or best) for me and my family. I can already see that it will be a great tool in my yoyo-ing weight loss/better health journey. Family life, interaction with my children and husband, choices about creative endeavors to fill my time - all can be governed well by keeping this phrase at the forefront of my brain.
Here's to a BETTER year, hopefully the BEST yet!
Posted by ArlaMo at 8:33 AM