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Watching: Nothing right now, I’ve mostly been listening to music when I’m at home. More on that in another post.

Anticipating: My trip to Copenhagen to see my sister, her husband and my nephew who’s turning 1 during my visit. In fact, I’m writing this while waiting for my flight from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. In addition to being with family I am looking forward to LONG summer days and warm weather.

Listening/Reading: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Kindle) and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ (audiobook) – both checked out from Salt Lake County Library. I love that service.

Eating: Nothing special. I am traveling for most of July – I will only wake up in my bed in Maseru for 9 mornings – so I have tried to not go grocery shopping. This translates to lots of boiling water or use of the microwave for dinner.

Working On: Understanding how to balance acceptance while not being complacent.

Wanting:  Nothing. I should really change this heading. I want for so little and recognize how lucky that makes me.

Playing: Plague, Inc. on my iPhone and iPad. Holy cow, have you heard of this game? It is straight up my alley as a public health nerd who likes to play casual games. Fun and addictive!

For my second page at Get It Scrapped this month the Creative Team took on the challenge of making a page with 1 photo that is a staged still life – ie of a thing or things that I arranged and photographed for the purpose of making this page.

Mid-Week Sundowners by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Plant Your Story {Journaled} v. 4 by Sara Gleason; This Magic Moment, Day Trippers by One Little Bird; Away We Go Stamps by Katie Pertiet; Worth a Thousand Words by Sahlin Studio.

Mid-Week Sundowners by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Plant Your Story {Journaled} v. 4 by Sara Gleason; This Magic Moment, Day Trippers by One Little Bird; Away We Go Stamps by Katie Pertiet; Worth a Thousand Words by Sahlin Studio.

 
This page uses a photo I took of my gin and tonic documenting the story of mid-week happy hours with my friend Brian before he left Lesotho. I took the photo to share with him as proof that the tradition was continuing on after he left, but then I realized I never took a photo when he was here and decided to use this one to document the story. I like that it’s a “still life” but captures and everyday life story.

I’m a little behind on sharing my pages from the Get It Scrapped blog this month. This month the creative team at Get It Scrapped was challenged to use Lesson 2 from the Style is Leverage event to “push our pattern story.”

A Day in the Life by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Gelato Chevron Brushes by Just Jaimee; Guppy, Day Trippers, Hopscotch by One Little Bird; Thin Classic Frames No 1, Wire Rim Flake Charms, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Flossy Stitches White by Katie Pertiet; Sassy Pants by Amy Wolff, A Day in the Life Freebie by Ali Edwards.

A Day in the Life by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Gelato Chevron Brushes by Just Jaimee; Guppy, Day Trippers, Hopscotch by One Little Bird; Thin Classic Frames No 1, Wire Rim Flake Charms, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Flossy Stitches White by Katie Pertiet; Sassy Pants by Amy Wolff, A Day in the Life Freebie by Ali Edwards.

I went in to the assignment without a hypothesis of what I thought my dominant “pattern story” is. To start off, then, I looked through my recent pages taking a mental note of 1) what type of pattern I used most frequently, 2) in what size and 3) how I brought pattern into my page design. When looking through my pages I found that: 1) I most frequently use geometric patterns, 2) in small sizes and 3) from patterned paper. To challenge myself I wanted to try and break that dominant story. I did a search on Pinterest for “geometric print” and scrolled through the images. I saw a print using stamps of a geometric pattern that reminded me of the “Gelato Chevron Brushes” by Just Jaimee that were already in my stash. I liked that they were a larger pattern than I normally use and that they could add pattern without using pattern paper. After “stamping” them on my page I layered my photo and title on top for the final result. I am really happy with how this page turned out. I think it fits my “style” but while pushing myself to do something I wouldn’t normally do.

Magic of New Beginnings by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Try An Angle by Heather Joyce; Around Here by One Little Bird; Belvedere Paper Pack, In Stitches Alpha by Pink Reptile Design; Noemi by Maplebrook Studios; Gilded Photo Frames by Katie Pertiet

Magic of New Beginnings by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Try An Angle by Heather Joyce; Around Here by One Little Bird; Belvedere Paper Pack, In Stitches Alpha by Pink Reptile Design; Noemi by Maplebrook Studios; Gilded Photo Frames by Katie Pertiet

Today is my five year anniversary of moving to Lesotho. As you can see from the scrapbook page above, it has me feeling a little reflective. (I saw the quote on Pinterest this week and it just hit me in the gut and I knew I had to make a page using it as my title/journaling.) My life in the ~12 months prior to my arrival in Lesotho were, in a word, chaotic. That year included big life milestones like my return to the US after a 3-year Peace Corps assignment, starting and graduating from a full time masters degree program and the official dissolution of my marriage. To say I was “reeling” from what life had handed to me would be putting it mildly.

The last 5 years have been some of the best of my life. It is impossible to list all of the people and events that have been important over the last 5 years. I glanced through my photos and the things that stood out to me (in no particular order) included:

  • Adopting my first dog
  • Running my first 10k
  • Hiking to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Being challenged and promoted at work
  • Traveling to more countries than I dare count here
  • Starting a community theater group
  • Playing Ms Pennywise in our production of “Urinetown”
  • Concerts, weekend trips, house parties, happy hours
  • Meeting some of my dearest friends in the whole world

and and list could go on and on and on. I have been so lucky. Here’s to what comes next.

 

View from today’s Hash in South Africa

View from today’s Hash in South Africa

Watching: Season 2 of House of Cards. It’s like The West Wing but much, much darker.

Anticipating: My trip to Utah later this week. (!) I planned it around the longest day of the year on purpose so that I can enjoy the long summer evenings of Utah. The sun doesn’t set until 9pm!! I am looking forward to a trip to Lagoon for my dad’s work, visiting the farmers market, stocking up on refried beans, a road trip to Montana, barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs, taking walks with my parents dog, and being outside as much as possible all in just 8 days.

Listening/Reading: “Grave Mercy” – about an assassin nun – on the recommendation from someone on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

Eating: Leftover chill – likely for every meal between now and my departure – after hosting chili night last night. It’s one of my few specialties and I find it impossible to cook a reasonable amount. My trick? Chili powder I bring back in large quantities from the US.

Working On: Clearing out my inbox before I leave this week. I always strive for, but almost never hit, “Inbox Zero.” I think it’s achievable, unless my week implodes (which is always a possibility.)

Wanting: To be better at living with ambiguity, to assume that everything is fine unless proven otherwise, to “go with the flow” more.

Playing: Still 2048, but not as much.

I know, two days in a row of Get It Scrapped creative team pages! It’s just a coincidence that both assignments I took on were being published a day apart! Today’s challenge was to make a page where I start with a product in mind rather than photos or composition. Here’s the result:

Things Are Getting Crazy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Bermuda Triangle Kit by Pixels & Co.; Surf Lagoon Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Going Places by One Little Bird.

Things Are Getting Crazy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Bermuda Triangle Kit by Pixels & Co.; Surf Lagoon Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Going Places by One Little Bird.

I very rarely start a page with product only. The exception to this is themed product that inspires a story or some of my creative team (CT) assignments. Those CT assignments that rely on using particular product are a bigger challenge for me than others. For this page I started with the palm tree ephemera card by Scotty Girl Design that was part of the free collab at Pixels and Co. for International Scrapbooking Day. I picked it because I just liked it. Once I picked out the card I laid it out on my page and then started designing the composition around the card. I laid out everything except the title banner and wood veneer martini glass, those I added after I had picked my photos and story to reinforce my second motif of drinking/having a good time. I liked that this story about David trying the worst drink on the cocktail menu during our Madagascar trip isn’t pictures on the beach, but that the ephemera underlies a bach theme.

For my first assignment at Get It Scrapped this month I used an oversized geometric print for my background paper. Here’s the result:

Reunion by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Busy Week by One Little Bird; Gator Crossing Solids, Almost There Element Pack, Bakers Twine Tangerine, Hadleigh Element Pack, Be Buttoned Energy by Katie Pertiet; Playground Love Alpha by Allison Pennington; May 2014 Challenge Freebie Template by Amy Martin Designs

Reunion by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Busy Week by One Little Bird; Gator Crossing Solids, Almost There Element Pack, Bakers Twine Tangerine, Hadleigh Element Pack, Be Buttoned Energy by Katie Pertiet; Playground Love Alpha by Allison Pennington; May 2014 Challenge Freebie Template by Amy Martin Designs

To start my page I looked through all my papers tagged “Geometric” to identify what I would use for my background paper. Oversized geometric prints of all types – stripes, chevrons, dots, etc. – have been really popular in scrapbooking recently so I had a lot of choices. I really liked this black and white stripe from the Busy Week kit by One Little Bird so decided to start with that. Since the print of my background paper was so big I decided that small photos and a simple title would add interesting contrast. Also, since the paper was black and white I used bright pops of color in my embellishing and with my photo choices.

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