Friday, 17 September 2010

Money, Me: TAV, my mini scrapbook pages and mojo (lack of)


Feeling a bit unenthusiastic about things today :-( I'm so tired, and I've still got the 'coming down with a cold' feeling, and I'm just a bit bleh... Seem to have lost my mojo rather, too! Never mind, I still got some notes down yesterday, let's see what I learnt:
  • Kids *love* to see real money, and to do work involving money - writing cheques, etc!
  • I am enjoying being back in school :-)
  • Ah. Year 3 need a bit more practice writing numbers in words...
  • Teaching at the school The Children attend can cause slight problems sometimes (The Girl had a bit of a meltdown on the playground, and because I was on duty she kicked off more than she would with another member of staff...)
  • It's hard to get much done in the afternoon after working in the morning! There isn't very long between finishing my teaching and collecting The Children at the end of the school day - especially if I want to actually eat lunch!
  • I love The Paper Mill Shop :-)
  • What The Girl is going to be learning this year
  • It's always worth attending the meetings for parents, even though I do teach at the school!
  • My necklace from Jess is even more beautiful in real life :-)
  • It feels a bit overwhelming to take on two online classes and preparation for my own papercrafts class all at once
  • But I'm excited to be starting Me: TAV! :-)
  • Hmm, some letters in my Me: TAV project are clearly going to be more of a challenge than others. Why didn't I marry a Quentin and name my kids Xanthe and Zechariah? Lack of foresight there...
  • The printer's cropped some of my mini photos :-(
  • I seem to have lost my mojo! :-(
  • Sleep is a problem at the moment. Why can't I drop off? So tired....
So, about some of the pages that I'm not terribly happy with....

Plan A. Think of a simple design with one or two scraps of patterned paper and maybe a tiny embellishment. Remember that these pages are dinky teeny tiny so you only need dinky teeny tiny scraps, and the photos will be 1" by 1 1/2". Replicate this basic design throughout the book, varying it up by changing the patterned paper and/or embellishment and/or orientation of design.

Plan B. Totally forget about Plan A. Decide to create a completely different page for every single day, with the design dictated by the subject matter. For example, Day 1 is about the nothingness of cricket - ink the background but keep it very plain to suggest nothingness. Day 2 is about sunburn. Spritz the page with a pink glimmer spray to link with the spray sunscreen you should have remembered to take, and the colour of the resulting burn when you forgot the sunscreen. Stick the die-cut metal heart you just found down the back of the sofa onto Day 3, it's about missing The Children and you do miss them because you love them. Miss out Day 4 for now, you don't have an idea for that yet. Use your lovely new clockface stamps to create a background for Day 5, which is about leaving your prep to the last minute. And oh, skip ahead to Day 14, that's the Tim Holtz day! You can try out those alphabet masks at last, with some of his distress ink.

Create pages. Ideas do not transfer to paper. Feel disappointed. Wish you had remembered Plan A....

Quote Kate. Then remember that the album as a whole will be a lovely record of this project, and of this time in your life. Feel better. Decide that you will share the pages on your blog after all:

16 comments:

furrypig said...

thanks for sharing everything Mel sometimes blogs just seem to document the highs of life and when everything is going smoothly I am glad you are human and it makes me feel better about all my inadequacies (?sp) and feelings of inperfection looking at all the amazing blogs I follow including yours! We all struggle sometimes hopefully your mojo will return soon xxx ps congrats on yr Tim Holtz crafty place

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing those down times and frustrations we all have when the concept doesn't replicate the same way our mind's eye saw it.

My book I haven't shared because I too am feeling the same as you had.

Scrappi Sandi said...

& I'm so glad you did!!

LOL at plan A vs plan B...that's me all over! I love what you did with your Tim Holtz alpha masks BTW!

Hope the cold comes to nothing & you get to have a restful weekend!

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Cheri said...

On the other hand, Plan B pages (even ones where the idea did not transfer flawlessly) are better than no pages at all! I actually love the rather abstract way you have interpreted each lesson!

As for MeTAV - you'll get lots of ideas for those rogue letters in the message board forums, but in the meantime, heres a few thoughts from my tag book:

Q - quiet time, quilting, quirks

X - xrays, Xmas (it's cheating but it works!), and "X" as the roman numeral ten, "X" as kisses/hugs or whatever you intend it to mean when you sign off on a comment. ;)

Z - Zielski, Cathy (and her funny videos), Zero (as in: interest in, tolerance for), Ziggy (did you get this cartoon?)

Sian said...

I'm not surprised you can't sleep with all that going round in your head!!

I can only echo what everyone else has said.

Miss Smith said...

Just wanted to say that I think your pages are really elegant - they seem cohesive and you can see a definite element running through them all. I particularly like the different backgrounds!

I hate that feeling of having spent loads of time making a page and then not being happy with it but I'm really glad you shared. Remember that other people will really love looking at your scrapbooks and their favourites may be the ones you weren't all that keen on!

The Creative Beast said...

i like the pages! it can be hard to distance ourselves from the final result, but once we do we can really appreciate the value of our creations =-)

thanks for sharing your process on this project!

Karen said...

Also glad you shared: both the process and the pages which are very nice indeed. I think you're correct in saying that even if you're not thrilled with one of the pages, the album itself will be appreciated as a whole.

Mary B said...

I love your pages Mel the sunburn one made me smile but I just couldn't work out what your meant by TH haven't a clue lol ;D

Amy said...

These pages are super cute Mel - I really like them! Especially the pink one - yes, the non pink lover likes the pink page!

I know the lack of mojo feeling - it's visits here on and off as well ... that's the thing to remember, inspiration comes and goes and all waves of creativity are ok!

Deb said...

Fun post, Mel. I know what you mean about trying to decide about a page format for MeTAV. I'm feeling pressured to hurry up and make a choice because once I start composing the pages it will be too late to change my mind! I'm pretty sure I'm going digital simply to force myself to get into PhotoShop and figure it out! I'm just not sure if I'm doing 8x10 or 8.5x11... decisions...decisions...decisions...

SarahLP said...

I think your pages are super sweet.. and even though you're not completely happy with them, it will be interesting to look back on them in future.. I've been losing track a little this last week too.. no blogging, no Reader! I hope you manage to relax and sleep better.. too much on your mind for sure! Good luck with it all :o)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love your pages! And so glad you shared them. Definitely like Plan B - fun to see how you interpret each lesson artistically.
Keep your chin up!
rinda

Jessica Griffin said...

I'm glad you like your necklace! :) I've paid for LSNE and have yet to sign in and read through the prompts. Please tell me, as the kids get older... life is LESS hectic... right? Hope you're well!! xoxoxo!!

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