Sunday Night Sketches: 02

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last Sunday I kicked off a new series, the Sunday Night Sketches (for all the Sunday football widows). I'm back with my second addition, and this one is a personal challenge, because I've never before used a circle photo. I do believe I'm missing out on a whole scrapping landscape, and I'm aiming to change that.

One thing I did forget to mention in last week's post is that I would love to see your layouts. Email me, link in the comments, or tag me @dearzae on Instagram.

All right, I'll keep this short and sweet. Have a wonderful week, scrappy friends. I'm going to cut some photos into circles.

Pancakes and {Boysenberry} Syrup

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This layout features two of my favorite things in the world: my son and my cat {and pancakes}

I lost Sweet Woolly at the end of August, so of course I had to scrap this photo of them together. When I found this saying, "We Go Together Like Pancakes and Syrup," I knew I had to use it, because I am one of those weird people that gives their cats really strange nicknames {my first cat, Tigger, was Pielington}. Woolly was the only male out of our five cats {at the time}, so he was my boy...senberry. Yes, I called my poor cat Boysenberry. {He loved it}

A Day With Zae: 11 Months to ONE!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I am so behind on my Zae updates it's not at all funny. {after all, this blog is called Dear Zae...} As much as I love scrapbooking, it's memories with Zae that I want to capture most of all. After carpal tunnel surgery, I wasn't able to use my camera until recently, so my pictures are sadly limited. These last couple of months have been challenging, but I've been on a journey of self-forgiveness, and attempting to accept things that are out of my control, and that includes giving myself a break when health issues get in the way of productivity. But that doesn't mean I can slack off, especially when it comes to keeping up with the Mini's little achievements!

Kickoff! Sunday Night Sketches: 01

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I've been organizing my digital files lately, which means I was completely distracted every time I found one that sparked my interest, so I ended up working on some sketches.

I was watching the Packers game last Sunday and thinking how funny it is that I watch more football than my husband {who is a Detroit "fan" if he had to choose one}. Most football-loving husbands would love to have a wife that didn't try and get him to leave the couch every Sunday, and I married one of three men in the world who doesn't care about sports. {opposites attract?}

Home is Where We Are Together

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I wanted to share a quick layout and thank everyone who sent their kind thoughts, prayers, comments, and messages over the last week. I couldn't believe the response I had after my last post. {I didn't know that many people even read my blog...}

Seriously, though, I shared my struggles with grief, depression, anxiety, and pain because I wanted to stop hiding in my shell. I hadn't realized how heavy that thing was. I've been lugging it around so long I hadn't realized how much it was weighing on me.

We Own The Sky

Thursday, September 29, 2016

If you've read my About page, or my previous post, you know I lost my dad suddenly in June, 2009, to suicide. I adored my dad, but I have had a hard time scrapping about him, even seven years later. This is one I did a while back. It is themed on his being a pilot. I don't even know where I found this gray airplane paper, but it was perfect for this layout.

I really started scrapping seriously when my cat died, who was 19 at the time. She died in 2011, but she had fallen sick with kidney problems only a couple months after my dad died. I bought her expensive medicine and in hindsight I kept her going too long. But she was my lifeline after I lost my dad. I know she went to kitty heaven for what she accomplished here on earth.

Happy {and Hurting...} All Over

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Well, friends, you'll see some scrapbooking pictures, but I don't think I'll talk much about scrapbooking today. Today I need to write for catharsis.

I have been feeling lousy for the last few days, plus recovering from carpal tunnel release surgeries on both hands over the last month, so I haven't gotten much done, even on the blog {but I wanted to get this layout up so I can say I did something productive today--which by the way is now three (...four?) days after I started writing this post}

Some days are just harder than others, and I don't even have the energy to work on my laptop. I know, that sounds terrible. It is! It's not how I dreamed my life would turn out ten years ago, but what can you do but keep moving on? 

Excuse me for venting. That's part of how I'm keeping Moving On  {inserting link of one of my favorite songs because it linked so perfectly, and because this song is the anthem of my soul}

So, it just so happens I'm going to be talking about depression on a post about a scrapbooking layout called "Happy." Zae is definitely my happy. Especially with our previous losses. He makes me smile every day...but here is a scary fact about depression: you can smile, you might even laugh, and in that moment you feel a spark of something wonderful {if only that feeling would last}, but depression is like Eyore's little gray cloud. It's always there, drowning out the sunshine.

{I better throw this in here before I get too carried away baring my soul: if you want to look at pretty pictures of flowers and lace, skip ahead, I won't be offended!} 

A Selfie {From Ancient Times Before There Was a Name For Selfies}

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Back when I bought my first digital camera, I took a few pictures of myself to try it out. Can I tell you how embarrassed I was at the idea of anyone finding out what I'd done? Nowadays you see people whipping out their selfie sticks (I'll admit, we have two in our house!) to get the perfect shot, but back when I was in college there was no such thing as a "selfie." {rather, there was no name for it and people didn't do it in public}
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