Well....sorta. I scrapbooked, and given how little of that I've done in the last year or so, it qualifies as a miracle in my book.
I think I finally came to grips with the idea that I was never going to have big chunks of time to sit and create like I did when I had assignments and deadlines looming over my head. Truthfully, I don't know that I technically had big chunks of time then either but I reordered my priorities to make them. We all have the same 24 hours each day; I used blocks of mine to cut and paste while something else was left undone.
Now that those days are behind me, I'm want many of those undone things done so something has to give. And the last year or two, it's been creative time. I have, however, vowed to change that in 2015. I'm being open to creativity. I don't want to go back to what it was when I worked for the magazine but to have a more balanced approach. Something in between. I've been stuck in the I'll-scrapbook-when-I-have-more-time approach since the deadlines evaporate and that translated to never. Now I'm in the just-start mode, figuring I'll find thirty minutes here or an hour there and eventually finish something. It's what I used to do when I first started scrapbooking all those years ago; I don't know why it's taken me this long to go back to it.
So here's the first layout under the new plan:
It's a few more of my brother's share of the family pictures out of the box and into his scrapbook. Someday that box will be empty but it doesn't seem to be happening very fast.
That's our grandfather, William Harvey Hedrick, in the large picture on the left. And in the upper right on the other page is his father, William Cowdry Hedrick. Moving to the picture in the upper left is William Cowdry's mother, Nancy Logan, and the series of photos at the bottom are Nancy's parents, Tarlton Logan and Jane Campbell. That's quite a few "greats" when you add them all up.
There's nothing ground-breaking in the design as I've tried to keep the focus on the pictures in all the pages I've made for this book. I've got to have a little creative fun, however, so I made the tree with the root system which I thought went nicely with the family history theme. And to celebrate the miracle of my return to scrapbooking, I'm sharing it with anyone who wants it. It's a Silhouette Studio cut file and I'm running v.3 of the software.
If you experience any problems with the download or getting it to open, shoot me an email. I'm more confident about being able to get you the file through other means than solving Silhouette Studio problems. I love what the machine can do but it's far smarter than I am at this point.
One down, who knows how many more layouts to go in this new year. I do know that this little miracle has made me quite happy though. And that's going to continue...the next set of photos are on the table.