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Feels like the last 2 months were put on a loop-de-loop in fast forward. My daughter was happily graduated from the University and then my life went to hell in a hand basket. Well actually it wasnt THAT bad. I just wanted to use that phrase.  It WAS however very busy and full of some unexpected twists and turns.

In typical Marion style I decided to change things up a bit and so for my oldest daughters high school scrapbook I decided to go all digital. I find that I am perpetually about 4 years behind the cutting edge of scrapbooking except when I first started and I was about 4 years early.

Anyhow…who knew there was a whole subculture….not even a subculture really…a full blown well developed  culture around digital scrapbooking??!!

I had no idea and like they say its totally addictive and cheap comparatively speaking. I do however miss the textures and bits and pieces involved in making a “real” scrapbook.  I decided to take on this venture around the time my eldest was graduating college. Dont let the whole 4 year thing fool you here. Her scrapbooks are done from 0-6 and then I started with 9th grade. Long ways to go!

Anyhow and I got busy and managed to get up to the fall of 11th grade done (about 4o pages!) before the twists of life started up and recently just spit me back out. But I did discover one thing before I was sucked into the vortex. I really can’t multitask on projects. I am full tilt on one or the other but I can’t do both at the same time. So. That means that every single online class and tutorial have fallen by the wayside is a bad way and I have desperately missed it but frankly not sure how to redeem it except focus one day at a time.

As a start I needed to recover from a month of traveling and company and entertaining. Then I had to work around the house and THEN I had to face the woeful state of my creativity which felt as dry and crispy as the drought we are in. Primarily there is the No Excuses Art Journaling…and also Donna Downey and Lifebook. Never mind my own individual stuff.

I am happy to report the last week I spent catching up on 5 weeks of NEAJ. I am pretty proud of myself for that as I am not always good at following through. But I think the tutorials are going to have to wait because I want to finish up the digital scrapbook.

I really wish I could multitask better.




Published: July 24, 2015


I found this quote during my No excuses Art Journaling journey and I really like the forcefulness of it. It speaks deeply to me. I started this late last night experiementing with my Bamboo pad and some ditial backgrounds I purchased. This is a vague nod to the Lou Reed iconic album cover which is where the idea came from.
But I am no Sagemeister. I wanted the words over my face but I would need much more time to do this which I dont have right now because my scrap closest exploded with paper and I am still cleaning up the mess.

Lou Reed Album cover


Published: May 1, 2015

Thursday is face day

Well at least it is in my world. I started practicing faces weekly back in January after getting Jane Davenport’s book on faces. I thik I have come a long ways….but I have a long ways to go and a large part of that is finding my own style which is still a mystery to me.  I am thinking I am not particularly whimsy but I am not realistic either and I cant grasp shadowing. But then I havent made a study of it either.  All in due course.2015-04-30 22.00.06

Published: April 30, 2015

Dont let this happen to you

Does anyone actually scrapbook anymore? I used to be pretty good at it and then catastrophe hit and I stopped. 10years ago. When my kids were 13 and 6. Thats a lot of school and papers, and projects and pictures. Thank god I dont have more than 2 kids I would have drowned in the paper. As it is my spare closet is stuffed. Why because I am one of THOSE mothers. I kept everything. And I do mean everything.

So wait….catastrophe you say? What catastrophe? Well I wont go into details but the gist is I took my computer in for a minor repair and they ended up deleting all my photos. Most of which I had back ups of except for the previous 6 months. This just added insult to injury. I was recently divorced, working a manual labor job and I was miserable. The loss of the pictures was the final straw and mentally it just sent me into a tail spin. I love photography. I take pictures all the time. I take pictures of my kids ALL THE TIME. And the final cherry on top was the fact that my oldest had just tested for her black belt and all those pictures were lost as well.

So that “catastrophe” stopped me cold. Both from scrapping and from picture taking. I was truly depressed. Nonetheless school projects, field trips and projects continued to pile up. So….

2015-04-27 21.12.50Here it is 10 years later.  I got over myself. I got back to taking pics within the year. I got a better job, a better computer. Survived another bad relationship. Met my future husband, got remarried and moved to the PNW. When I moved here I knew I would be having a lot of free time and decided to get back to scrapping. After all I had all the kid’s papers still. Seven bins worth of paper and paper projects!

And Today, 10 months after I moved in I started. I had to face the music. And this is what I faced; This is my spare room closet also known as the “faux attic” and those are some of the bins full of 2015-04-27 16.53.46paper. I went for the first box I could reach and it turns out it was my youngest’s 1st grade year. 2005-2006. The same year all those pics were lost. I gamely waded in though and started sorting piles.  The second picture is first grade by months and I have already discarded 90% of the math homework and 30% of the written homework.

The final album will be about 36 pages…that allows 4 pages per each month of school plus a few extra sheets of school work. So ultimately 90% more of this paper will be tossed.

I will be lucky if I have 10 pictures for the entire school year and that saddens me deeply. I feel like the point of scrapping is to highlight the pictures. But in the end the kids just love to see their old stuff. Its the thought that counts. Still I miss my pictures. Even after all these years.

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Published: April 27, 2015

Sunday paint play

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I am fairly new to Art Journaling and having lots of paint around and in particular leftover paint. I am horrible at guessing how much I might need. So I was very glad to be watching one of Donna Downey’s videos when she mentioned her “smush journal” in which one wipes, smears and smushes any extra paint one has onto pages. It makes for a lot of extra pages! Today I decided to tackle one of the pages and see what I came up with. It was a lovely smush page with violet, gold and a dab of teal and maybe some dark yellow and pyrrole orange.

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I worked with a homemade stencil figure and some stenciled lettering etc. The turquoise wash around the outside edge started off as a stencil gone wrong. So I smudged  it all out and really liked the result. I know I keep saying I surprise myself and its true I do. I just dont expect to make something I like.  So is it any good ?  Good practice at any rate!

Art Day Gone Krazy

Published: April 26, 2015