Thats when I get serious.
I have to dig deep inside myself to get to the core of how I feel.
About my family.
About my friends.
And about myself.
The easiest layout for me to create are about my grandchildren.
The love I feel for them is always fresh.
Like a hot cinnamon bun melting in my mouth.
The happiness and love I feel hits my brain like sugar.
Sends me directly to a happy, good all over feeling.
Living far away from them I have to satisfy myself with little morsels of lovin' in the few and far between visits.
In a few weeks almost all my children will be here for a family wedding.
I am excited in the way a little child is.
I keep asking my husband "How many more days till they come?"
I am most excited because the grandchild I see the least will be here for a full week.
How can I make the time count?
I want to know her.
I want her to know me.
Can we do that when the time we have together is so short?
Hashem runs the world and there's a reason for everything.
So I have to believe there is a higher source of explanation for me being here and them being there.
Meanwhile I scrap....
About when we will finally live in one city together.
Sharing ordinary moments made significant because I will be witness to them.
I dream about picking you up from school, holding your hand and walking home together.
I think about me and you (any one of my children or grandchildren)on the train going somewhere.
I dream of you falling asleep on my shoulder on the way home of a satisfying day together.
I dream of being a little bit parent, alittle bit grandparent and a lot of best friend.
Whilst I dream I scrap...
(I obviously dream and scrap alot!)
As soon as I heard about my children's visit I was inspired to create.
Notice the combination of different papers that work well together.
Using a black and white picture makes the subject stand out.
Feels like a minute ago when in fact almost six years have passed since this picture was taken.
I love the idea of cutting the photo and matting with black.
Use the right picture to capture a moment like this.
This is one of my favorites.
You can try this too.
Practice writing the word Love the way I did here.
Use a sharpie to outline.
You can fill with puffy paint, glitter, color, anything you want.
Copy this one exactly.
Make me proud!
This is one of my favorite.
Not only because I love the picture.
Because I love the memory of making the layout.
I used tissue paper scrunched up with mod podge.
Paint, stamps, gold embossing, fabric, brads, flowers and rubons.
It takes time.
I usually leave my work on the kitchen table and in between working (sheitels) making supper and then some, I keep adding to the layout until I feel satisfied.
The longer I work on a layout the better.
It keeps my mind on the subject.
It keeps my heart full of love.
It forces me to figure out how to transfer what I feel in a physical way.
It's an emotional process sometimes.
But well worth it.
At least until I see them again.
Then who has time for this nonsense!!!
Adair Lara, author of The Granny Diaries"Grandkids bring you into a sweeter, slower present. They show you the future at a time when a lot of your friends are thinking about the past. And they take you back to childhood--theirs, the Parent's, your own: a three-time admittance to wonderland."
So Grandmothers get scrapping.
And you too, grandchildren.
The days pass slowly, but the years fly by.