Thursday, December 06, 2012

Scrapbooking? Where Do I Begin?

First, stuff stuff and more stuff
I've been saying that I need to start using some of the scrapbooking stuff I've accumulated over the years. Some of these I started collecting back in 2002. And I haven't bought anything new in the past five years. So you're pretty much looking at a five years shopping frenzy.

In this first image, there is one large album (12x12) and six mini albums (6x6).  There are some rubber stamps (alphabet, sun and moon, even paperdolls!) and whole punches (mostly borders and corners) and lots of ephemera like charms, mini file folders, and other things I can use to collage some elegant pages.  Oh and there is even a mini-mini-scrapbook that's a mere 4x4 and paperback so not quite as intimidating as the fancy schmancy albums.
Almost all the pretty paper!

And that's just for starters because I also have papers.  The large album from the previous image is thematic: A Year in the Life album.  It came with these fancy sheets that you can see lined up on the right-hand side of the table.

The other papers are mostly thematically connected. You can see papers that look like old fashioned wallpaper while others look like damask and the colors easily work together because they are designed to do so.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the 6x6 mini-albums above all have papers that are complementary to the book's cover!  So you can probably add a bunch of papers that are 6x6 to the above.  Or you can just pretend that I don't really have that much after all.  As you can also see from this second image, there are borders and picture frames.

Still more pretty paper.  
Here is my other collection of papers where I found some more mini-mini-albums.  And there are two flapbook kits with a tutorial sheet that should carry me through step-by-step.  I have no clue what I'll do with them.  And some of these pages are thick, textured, absolutely luscious.

So what am I going to do with all of this?

Honestly, what I want to do intimidates me.

Having so many supplies is also intimidating.  But I can't pretend that, whatever it is I think I want to do, I have more than enough to start.  Sure I may start creating a page and want a layer of something different, a piece of ephemera I don't already have, some velum or embellishment that would truly finish a page and give it the effect I desire.  However, it is far more likely that I can make enough of a beginning to get a solid foundation set down for myself, something to which I can gradually add over time.

Overwhelmed, absolutely.  I'm hoping that having these photos in front of my eyes, I will be more inspired than intimidated.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Body By You by Mark Lauren with Joshua Clark

Last week I started using Body By You by Mark Lauren with Joshua Clark.   Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about my progress, gradually sharing quotes and other information about the program. 
Essentially, Lauren breaks down his program into five essential moves—lower and upper body, chest and back.  Each of the five movements works more than one group which is arguably better than using equipment that isolates one muscle or even muscle group.   

Only five moves?  How is this a program, you ask?  Well, you start out where you yourself are and progress through the same type of move but at varying degrees of difficulty.  You’ve probably seen people do inclined pushups where their feet are up on a bench making the simple push-up all the more difficult.  But if you cannot even do a push up, rest assured that is not where Lauren has you start. 

This is definitely one of the book’s strengths because, after doing a self-assessment, you start where you are and, doing the prescribed exercises, you decide whether you are ready to move to the next level, need to take it down a notch, etc. 

Furthermore, the book boasts that no equipment is required.  You use your own bodyweight to build muscle mass.  This is pretty much true, although we immediately came upon a couple of problems.  Of course, the few problems we immediately saw are nothing compared with the problems I already had going into this.
  • Would I be able to do the exercises, given my vertigo?
  • Would this program be effective for a woman of my age? 
Of course, I am not one to shy away from finding a way to do things in spite of any complications and that I am writing this post, saying I started using this program a week ago, suggests that whatever problems there are, I’m working through them.  And since I plan on writing about this for the next few weeks, I’ll leave some of the details for future posts.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Death Number Ten

Lyn Cima married my mother's brother, Augustin (Guy) Cima. We lost touch with her when he died and today I received an email with a link to her obituary. It sounds like she led a good life an was surrounded by people who loved her very much.

photoLyn (Carter) Cima, 75, formerly of Gurnee, died in Greenville, Maine on October 20th. After her husband was killed in a car accident in 1971, she obtained a law degree at John Marshall Law School and raised their six children as a single mom. She was an active member of the Lake Forest Friends (Quakers) Meeting. Lyn, the daughter of John and Mary Jane Carter was born in Camden, New Jersey and attended the University of Chicago at age 16, where she met her husband, Augustin Cima. They married in 1955. She vehemently opposed the war in Vietnam War. She marched, refused to pay war taxes, boycotted Hostess and edited the newsletter for the North Shore branch of the WILPF. She was a Draft Counselor during those turbulent years, and was arrested drawing attention to the Army's illegal surveillance of anti-war citizens. (Charges were dropped.) She joined the Lake Forest Friends Meeting and convened its Peace and Social Concerns Committee. Lyn was among the early organizers of PADS, Lake County's still-active community effort to feed and shelter the homeless. Until recently, she taught literacy to adult students and was honored when her student won Illinois' Spotlight Award for Literacy achievement. Her daughter, Kathy, remembers, "Mom was an intrepid warrior for peace and justice and had a special rapport with younger children who were drawn to her warm personality and Mickey Mouse sweatshirts" Lyn practiced law in Waukegan until 2001 when she retired to Maine. She is predeceased by her grandson James, and survived by her children, Chris, Steve, Tom, Kathy, Jeffrey, and Becky Bardosy, brother, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at the Lake Forest Friends Meeting House at the corner of Old Elm and Ridge Road. 
Published in Chicago Tribune on December 2, 2012