checking in!

I’ll tell you one thing I’ve learned.
The longer you stay away from your blog, the easier it gets to stay away!

I’m HERE.

I’m not sick.
I’m not hurt or dealing with a major challenge (thank goodness!)
I’m done traveling (yay!)
I think because my calendar has been loaded with all sorts of things (travel, events, meetings, visits, etc…) since about spring break–I’ve maybe been hibernating from the online world just a bit in an effort to restore.
And it’s not like it’s been intentional.
It’s more like, I could blog … or, I could ___________ and I choose ____________.


Today, just now even I had the urge to sit down and type. Hoping of course that someone is still out there?!

I have been working.
In fact, here are few of the things I’ve been working on …

1 | This FREE slide presentation/project

I taught this hands-on project class at The Creative Connection. All you have to do is click on the link above and then click on the slide presentation and you can see and hear my whole class. In addition, you’ll get to see three of our awesome BPC instructors interpret the  “When I See You” concept in their style! There are a dozen or so kits left that you can purchase as well, but the class and concept are FREE for the taking and could easily be adapted to a format/product you have on hand.

2 | My Finish Line Scrapbooking class

If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, Finish Line Scrapbooking should sound familiar. It is a class that I taught live for several years and it’s a WONDERFUL, fast-paced approach to getting a stack of pictures in a 6×6 or 8×8 album in a short amount of time. I’ve been promising this online version for a very LONG time and I’m finally DONE!  I create two or three “Finish Line” scrapbooks a year — just to keep me sane.

There’s more information here and here.
And … you can purchase one or two kits here.

3 | Twelve.

Much more on this in the coming days and weeks, but I am SO EXCITED about my NEW 4Experts class that starts in January. While the bulk of content will be delivered from January through the end of March, this truly is a year-long experience designed to get you scrapbooking (you pick: again, more often, with more meaning, in an inspired way.)

It’s going to be a LOT of work, but it is also going to be very satisfying and productive and together, we CAN do it!

4 | My home.

When the mom leaves off and on for months on end, the result is clutter and piles and dust bunnies galore. I’m eagerly cleaning and re-organizing and re-thinking stuff at home. In fact, the carpets are being cleaned as I type (Yipee!) and we are spending our “no school” day moving boys’ bedrooms around. My cousin is coming over on Saturday to take our bunk beds (Trey/Taft’s room) and I’m shifting Trey downstairs and giving Taft his own room. I also have a friend coming to build good shelves in my BIG bathroom closet and my “holiday” storage room downstairs. I have little projects here and there that I’m super anxious to finish before Thanksgiving too!

5 | Me.

I’ve gained 15 pounds. Hello?
All you have to do is watch my Photo Freedom episodes on My Craft Channel and you’ll see how THICK around the middle I’ve become. For the last two years, my focus has been getting some energy back and bringing hormones into a normal range, BUT … now I want to be thinner!!  I scheduled surgery for my arthritic toe on the Monday before Thanksgiving. This toe and the associated chronic pain has prevented me from jogging or even walking much and now because my gait is compromised, my hip hurts if I do too much. I might be getting old, but I’m far too young NOT to be active, so I’m totally on board with Cathy’s Move More, Eat Well workshop and I’m ready to fight my way back!

I’ll wrap up with this fun.little.video that Kayce and I commissioned this past summer.
We asked our students/teacher to share statements that describe BPC.
This is the “short” version … I like it!

I can’t believe tomorrow is 11.11.11 — CRAZY!
How are you going to celebrate or remember this day?
Do share.

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