Saturday, February 9, 2019

SDBT: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The anthem of young women for 30 years.

This is going to be a musical year for the Scrap Designers Blog Train. Each month, we're building our kits around a chosen song. This month is the Cyndi Lauper anthem, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. (If you're one of the three people in the world who haven't heard this song ever, click the link and listen right now! It'll give you a bounce for the rest of your day.) Of course, "fun" may be different for different people. Thankfully, our designers realize that, so there's a wide variety of fun ideas represented in this month's train.

You can visit our designers and pick up their goodies at their blogs:

Songbird Scrap Designs
Rush Ranch
DigiJen Scraps  <-- You Are Here
Promethean Concepts
Joy’s Creations
Made by Angelhaze
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff
Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn
Lady DG Scrap
AnnieC Digitals
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Hopefully you'll find something here to give a kick to some of your "girls night out" layouts. Have fun (but not too much fun!) and we'll see you back here next month!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

DigiJen: AnXiEtY


Right now, it's taking over family life.

I know there are many different kinds of mental/emotional struggles that people deal with. As a member of a couple blog trains, I've designed kits about various kinds of mental illnesses.

But right now, our family is living with anxiety.

My 12-year-old grandson has struggled at school for awhile, mostly in math. He knows the material, but isn't able to process it and get it from his brain back onto the paper for his homework and tests. Then he started to get overwhelmed with time pressure (i.e. during tests) and would simply freeze up, unable to do even the work that he knew.

Then he started worrying about things that might (but probably won't) happen - having everyone leave while he's asleep in the middle of the night, or having his loved ones be in a wreck if he isn't with them, or people breaking into the house and kidnapping him at night.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had to be out of town for several days for a funeral. With us gone, his anxiety spiked and went into full-blown panic attacks that were so bad he missed a couple days of school and his mama missed a couple days of work to stay home with him.

Since then, we've all been learning coping skills to help him fight back when his anxiety starts to take hold. His mama deals with anxiety as well, so she is the perfect person to walk him through this new journey. The same for his teacher at school - she also lives with anxiety, so she understands and knows how to help. He has a solid therapist ("solid" meaning she's really good, he just doesn't like going) and a psych nurse who prescribes his meds. And his grandpa and I are learning more about anxiety every day so we can help him, too.

One of the things I've learned is that people who deal with anxiety can't always find the words to express to others what it is they're experiencing. I've created this set of word art in the hopes that it can help someone find their voice and use their artistic talents to chronicle their journey. I've also intentionally NOT included a lot of graphics so the focus can be on the words.

BTW, I know it's hard to read here, but the text block above - the conversation between a person and his brain - is the way my grandson found to explain to his friends at school what anxiety is like.

Besides my word art, the layout above includes:
Template: "Love Birds" by MDD Designs (available Feb. 8th)
Kit: "Boys Rule" by Magical Scraps Galore

If you deal with anxiety, my love and prayers are yours. If you have any coping strategies to share, I'd love to hear them. We are definitely in a brainstorming mode right now, trying to give our grandson an arsenal of weapons to fight back with when anxiety starts to take hold.

See you back here in a few days with the Scrap Designers Blog Train!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

SDBT: All through the Year (Jan-June)

First of all...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Second...welcome to 2019!!!

I'm going to make this short and sweet because I'm already a little bit late getting my part posted --

The ladies of the Scrap Designers Blog Train are starting off the year with a H U G E calendar kit for you! Each designer chose a specific month, created their own palette, and put their own ideas together. Unfortunately, that leaves someone like me - who does what I call the "pop" pieces, or the little bits that add just a "pop" of interest to a layout - kind of wondering what to do.

Well, I finally figured it out, but it was pushing deadline, and of course I couldn't come up with a little idea. 😃 So you're going to end up getting half of it now, and the other half when I get it finished. (But since I leave my links active indefinitely, even if you miss the debut of Part 2, it'll still be here when you come back next month.)

Let me give you the links to all the incredible work done by my train partners:

Nellie Bell
Rush Ranch
AnnieC Digitals
Songbird Scrap Designs
Promethean Concepts
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff
Joy’s Creations
Lady DG Scrap
DigiJen Scraps  <-- You Are Here
Made by Angelhaze
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Now for the goodies you can pick up here!

There are two files for each month, January through June. It's pretty easy to figure out that January is about new beginnings, April includes Easter, May is for Mother's Day and June celebrates Father's Day. 

What might not be so obvious (so I feel the need to explain a bit) is that February's typical "love" theme focuses here on loving yourself, because if we don't love ourselves, it's pretty hard to love others. And while it's easy to see that March has something for St. Patrick's Day, the other March quote relates to International Women's Day (March 8th). Ever since the wave of Time's Up and #MeToo that hit the US last year, I've grown in my conviction that we as women need to support other women, that we need to bond together rather than tearing each other down.

So, I hope you're able to use not only my words, but the designs of our other contributors, whether it's in making calendars or simply to have a great stash of month-and-holiday-themed bits to create layouts all year long.

Have a great month! For those in the north, stay warm! For those in the south, stay cool! And I'll see you back here soon.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

DBTL: Endometriosis Awareness

If you're like me, this is the busiest, craziest month of the year. Families are getting together. Offices are having staff parties. The kids have programs and concerts at school. There's shopping to do and presents to make.

I speak from experience when I say that endometriosis can make any of these things nearly impossible to do. It's the "private pain" that some women have to deal with every few weeks, and in order to get any relief at all, some have to take enough painkillers that THAT makes it hard to function.

That's why it was so important to me to participate in this month's Digi Blog Train List theme of Endometriosis Awareness. Actually, when I was finally able to find a gynecologist who would convince my insurance to let me have a hysterectomy, it was discovered that I had adenomyosis - or as I call it, endo's uglier, nastier big sister.

If you have painful periods, please educate yourself about endometriosis and adenomyosis. You may not need to live with the pain every month.

Several of our DBTL designers decided to sit out
this month because of hectic holiday schedules, but we still have a great collection of goodies for you. Stop by the following (and be sure to leave a little extra love when you pick up your freebies):

Nellie Bell Sunique Boutique
Dea’s Design
Dreamn4Ever Designs
DigiJen Scraps <-- You are here
Shuckclod’s Stuff
DBTL FB Page (click picture, SHOP NOW) 

And here's my part. A lot of these can be used for general encouragement layouts.

Have a great holiday season. Hug the ones you love. Enjoy the season. And I'll see you back here next time.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

SDBT: Winter Frost

We made it!!!!

We've survived 2018! Well, I think I'm going to survive - I still have WAY too much to get done between now and Christmas! LOL!

In any case...the nice thing about living in the northern hemisphere is that each year ends and begins with the cold quiet of winter - nature's way of making us slow down and assess what we've done and what we want to do.

This month's Scrap Designers Blog Train helps you slow down, too, with several beautiful offerings from some talented designers. You can find them at the following stops:

Promethean Concepts
KJD Designs
The Rush Ranch
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff

Songbird Scrap Designs  (NOTE: Tammy has been caught by the blizzard moving across the Southern US and has no power at the time this blog train went live. Please keep checking back with her blog - she will get things posted ASAP.)

AnnieC Digitals
Joy’s Creations
Made by Angelhaze
Lady DG Scrap
DigiJen Scraps <-- you are here
Moore Blessings Digital Design

And now.....

I've done something different this month. Because winter means so many different things to so many different people, I've actually taken a poem I found and divided it so each line is a separate file. This way, you can use the main header/title and then find the word bit that fits your layout best.

What I Love About Winter
by Douglas Florian

Frozen lakes

Hot pancakes
Lots of snow
Hot cocoa
Skates and skis
Evergreen trees
Funny Hats
Sunsets blaze
Snowball fights
Fireplace nights
Chimneys steaming
Winters dreaming
(The "BRRR!!!!!" file is just my own commentary on the season.) 

I hope you enjoy your winter - whether you're having it now or whether it shows up 6 months from now - and find some time to get some scrapping done.

Have a wonderful holiday too much food...and hug someone you love.

See you again soon!

Monday, November 19, 2018

DBTL: Leukodystrophy Awareness

One thing about participating in this blog train for the last 18 months - I've learned about a lot of new-to-me conditions that I never knew existed before. IOW, my awareness has been raised. So I guess the train has served its purpose. :)

This month is no except. For November we are focusing on Leukodystrophy Awareness.

As always, our designers have created some wonderful bits 'n' bobs for you - all you have to do is go gather them!

JIC Creations
Dreamn4Ever Designs
Nellie Bell Sunique Boutique
Dea’s Design
Moore Blessings Digital Design
Shuckclod’s Stuff
DigiJen Scraps <-- You Are Here
DBTL FB Page (click picture, SHOP NOW) 

As for my part this month, since I couldn't find much specifically on leukodystrophy, I decided to make a general word art pack about living with chronic illness and pain. And since a sense of humor seems to be one of the best weapons in any health battle, most of these have a slightly dark-humor-ish twist to them. 

I hope you are able to use these in your layouts, no matter what your battle is against.

For those of you in the US, have a Happy Thanksgiving. For the rest of you, get geared up for the Black Friday specials that are coming at you this weekend in Digiland!

Friday, November 9, 2018

SDBT: Kindness Is Contagious

My grandson has recently discovered the fun and joy of "paying it forward" - going through the drive thru and paying for the order behind you as well as your own. Of course, he's really eager to do it when it's MY money that is being spent. The one time I said, "I'll do it, but you have to pay me back out of your money at home," and he responded, "But, that's for me to buy GAMES!!!!"

Next lesson: It's not meaningful if it doesn't cost you anything. LOL!

However, I love that he has picked up on the whole pay it forward spirit - something that is celebrated with this month's Scrap Designers Blog Train theme, "Kindness Is Contagious." As usual, I have a handful of word art designs to add some variety and pop to your layouts as you showcase those in your life who are particularly kind.

And here is where you can find the offerings from our other designers this month. We've had some new people join our group, so there's a lot to pick up!


DigiJen Scraps <-- You are here 

I hope you enjoy. For those of you in the US, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And for everyone, be sure to schedule time for yourself as the holiday season approaches so you can rest, reflect and appreciate all that is going on.

'Til next time!