A blog to share about Adrenal insufficiency, Addison's Disease, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Music, Inspiration, Scrapbooking and other elements viewed through the lens of my life. I'm hoping that others who are traveling this journey may find some commonality, and maybe some information and inspiration.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Life & Times

I recently acquired this journal, My LIfe & Times by Sunny Morton. The subtitle is A Guided Jounral for Collecting Your Stories. I've looked at it for awhile but just recently decided that it was time to get it.  This particular version comes as a D-ring binder, accompanied by a CD so that you can print out more pages as you need them. An example might be the pages for listing the places you've lived. If you have moved every few years, you might well have lived in more locations than there is room for. You can print out extra pages to accommodate this.

The binder is very nicely done, and the journal is full of great prompts. There are pages to record the basic facts, such as you mother's basic information, as well as pages for listing their siblings information, what schools she attended, various places she lived, who she was named after, what the house was like she grew up in. For those of us whose mom's are no longer living, there will be questions we don't have answers to. But there are also pages to record that kind of information about ourselves, so our children and grandchildren will be able to read it in our own handwriting. 

This journal is a long-term project - something to keep near at hand and fill in bit by bit as the mood strikes. It's a great place to gather together all the little bits of information about your life that you might not otherwise think of jotting down.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

iPad Scrapping

One thing that is new in my life is scrapping on the iPad. I recently took iScrapIt taught by Renée Pearson. Class is over now, but she will be offering it again, so watch her site or sign up for emails so you don't miss it. If you've got an iPad, and you scrap, you want this class!

 I've been wanting to scrap on my iPad since I first purchased it. I knew there had to be a way to do it, but I didn't have the know how to figure out which program would work. Having almost no experience with creating presentations, I never even thought of using Keynote.

Keynote is a presentation program for Mac OS, and there is a very functional version available for the iPad. It makes creating grid-based layouts on the iPad very easy and quick. Keynote comes with twelve themes, each with their own color palette and photo style, but these can all be switched up and altered with a little know-how. Custom colors aren't possible, but the range of hues and tones is quite large, so it's not really limiting. Hopefully in a future version, Apple will allow custom color palettes.

These layouts are not in a standard size for printing, but they are close to an 8.5 x 11 landscape. One of the things we learned is how to use the layout done on the iPad to make a 12x12 page. Here's an example of the Teton Park layout put on a 12x12 page.

I find Keynote a great way to create an album on the go. I'm considering just getting all my vacation pages printed in an 8.5 x 11 format as a photo book. 

We also learned how to change the file size of our digi supplies to a size that works perfectly on the iPad. This means that, with a little planning, pages can be quite artsy or embellished.

Another discovery I made is that the popular card size many digital creators are making for Project Life are great for using as background in Keynote. They do have to be rotated to landscape, so I look for designs that will rotate well.

Here's a layout I made using Anna Aspnes' Salty Living ArtsyKardz & a bit of lace from the kit:

Needless to say, I'm having a good time with this!

I'm back from my trip, and starting to get settled into home routines. The trip was wonderful from start to finish. The image a photo I took of an old log building that sits in the very small community that my paternal grandparents homesteaded in originally. It's not too far from the farm I grew up on, but I had never been over there. My brother, who lives on our family farm, had never searched out the community either. It appears on Google maps, but it is really just a collection of a few houses, out on the prairie a few miles from a small town in Montana.

It used to be more of a community, with a church built on land donated by my grandmother. There is no sign of where the church was specifically located, so I'm going to have to do some research to find out. There is an old grain elevator still standing, possibly from the 1920's or 30's. Everything else in the neighborhood is much more modern.

I had been hoping to find some remnants of the church building, but I'm happy at least that this old log building still stands and I got the opportunity to take a photo of it.