November 2021 Playlist and NaNoWrimo Talk

I hope everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo finished and got your certificate and all the cool discounts. I’d love to give away my 50% off code for Scrivener so if you’re interested, let me know in the comments. I have the application and use it every so often, but my go-to is Word. I believe Scrivener is $50 so you’d get it for $25. The most updated version is pretty awesome so I’m going to try my hands at it again.

Also, Scrivener and Vellum work hand-in-hand. They are not related in any way but you can convert a Scrivener file into Vellum and then open it up in Vellum. It’s really cool. As for Vellum, they are having a really good deal right now for 30% off. I believe I got Vellum at a discount but it wasn’t 30% off, and I wish I did. So, you lucky people are truly lucky.

I don’t work for either of these businesses nor do I get anything via affiliation from them. I use them both and I’m all for writers getting the opportunity to write, so that’s why I’m sharing this information.

November’s playlist was a bit bland. I listened to mostly the Christmas music because I wanted to be in the spirit, but I did get a few good songs in during NaNo. I decided to make a digital scrapbooking layout of my playlist.

For some reason “Vienna” by Gregorian was just so beautiful and poignant that I had to have it on repeat.

Can you believe it’s December? Any writing goals this month? I don’t normally write my stories. I usually take a break to work on December Daily. I will have to share a bit more about my process and some of my past layouts, and maybe even current layouts. Having said that, I may write a couple of short stories and continue on my NaNo novel so I could be ahead. I’ve got most of my Christmas shopping done so I’ll have a little bit of extra time to do these things.

Layout credits: Autumn Garden Kit by Et Designs, Hello Autumn Kit by Emeto, Alphas from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, and number font is Forever Together Sans.

Birthday Girl 2

Last week was pretty crazy with all the news about the Corona Virus. The kids are out of school for two weeks. This week is their spring break but they’re off next week as well. I’m kind of curious as to what the plans are after that. Anyway, hope everyone is staying healthy and being kind to each other.

Birthday girl 2 is my youngest. Her birthday was two days after birthday girl 1. A couple weeks before her birthday, in her rebelliousness, she got a pixie cut. No, she’s not really a rebel, but likes to think she is. She knows she’s very different and it’s her way of saying, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, I’m going to be me.”

I don’t often post photos of her or her activities. Swim isn’t a pretty sport and there’s really nothing to share. It’s all about speed. I did however, scrapbook some of her swim photos from one of the meets. The pages were done quickly so they’re not pretty or anything, but they do allow her form to show. The photos were taken by a professional.

The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.

Project Life Week 7

I didn’t take very many photos during week 7.  It was the week of my daughter’s first solo competition and there was just too much excitement and nerves in the air but that wasn’t the reason why I wasn’t taking photos.  These days, I’ve cut back on photography to add other hobbies to my list. 🙂

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Project Life Halloween 2012 Layouts

Sometimes I have to wait until the right digital kit/journal cards are released to create my layouts.  A couple of months back I downloaded a Monster High kit by Lisete Scrap (at Mscraps) and Brave journal cards by Amber Shaw and Studio Flergs (at Sweet Shoppe) and began to put the layouts together.  I am very behind on my PL 2012 (and 2013 and 2014…) but I’m okay with it.  I’m just going to tackle them whenever I can.

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Rainbow Colors

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For the flowers, since I don’t have a variety of ephemera colors I decided to cut some digital flowers out with the Silhouette Portrait, then color them/color over them.  I also don’t have a lot of stencils since I’m new to stenciling I had the Silhouette also cut the words and the triangle shapes on regular paper to use at stencils.

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The triangle shapes stencil by Wilna Furstenberg, flowers by Sweet Caroline Studio, Mommyish, and Sugarplum Paperie, die cut tree branch was cut out from a digital element by Sarahh Graphics, wood veneer by Heidi Swapp, paper by Amy Tangerine, and paint is Reeves.