Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Camping At The Crop

I've written so many blog posts since January 12... in my mind.  I've shared thoughts and ideas and communicated so many times with you all... in my mind.  Somehow, I haven't managed to get it all from my thoughts and into some tangible form that actually communicates with you all.  Has this ever happened to you?

January seriously got away from me.

Big Time.

I mean, where DID the month go???

After my last post on January 12, I had the crop in Lancaster PA with daughter Sarah.  For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you already know that was an experience.  One of the hotel boilers was broken down and waiting for a part for repairs.  The common areas of the hotel were fine.  But the rooms.... half had no heat and were being supplied with space heaters ...

and NONE of the rooms had hot water.  Which made showers, well, chilly to say the least.  At least our room had heat.

But we survivied our camping out at a "resort hotel" experience. I won't bore you with the rest of the inadequacies of the hotel or the complete lack of customer service.

I had the BEST intentions for taking photos while there - of Sarah and I, of my friends and table-mates Rachel and Wendy. I even took my big camera.  It didn't happen.  I didn't take a single photo. Not one. But I did get pages done.

LOTS of pages.

This 8x8 page for Jay's Birthday album.  Using one of the photos from my FIVE FAVES from December.  One down, four to go....

 My annual 2 page 12x12 spread of holiday cards received.  I discovered this year that if it weren't for my blog friends, I would receive very few Christmas cards these days!

 Closer view of the left-hand page

Closer view of the right-hand page.  I couldn't include a piece of every card I received, but some of you should recognize bits of these pages!!!

The rest of the weekend I worked on pages for the girls' School of Life, Volume 2 (7th-12th grades) albums.  The albums are not done yet, but great progress was made with 15 pages in Becca's album, 18 pages in Rachel's album, and 7 pages added to Sarah's album which already had the foundation pages in place.  Not bad for a weekend work - 43 pages in total.  Probably a record for me. And at some point I may even take photos of some of the best to share....

11 comments:

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

It happens to me all the time and I find the more I think about it, the worse it gets. I recognised Sian's (I have a similar one here) and Jacky's cards straight away.

Karen said...

I can't imagine completing 42 pages even if I had a whole weekend! Well done, and welcome back!

scrappyjacky said...

Wow Cheri....that's pretty amazing....I probably only make 43 pages a year....if that!!
At least the hotel didn't have any amenities to distract you from scrapping!!

Sian said...

I probably make fewer than 43 pages in an entire year! Amazing..especially if the heating was dodgy. I can't scrap with cold fingers! I'm very impressed

Kai B said...

Right there with you! So glad you had a productive retreat!!

Kai B said...

Right there with you! So glad you had a productive retreat!!

Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations on being so productive. Great idea to use the cards. I tuck mine into a pocket page after a couple pages of photos - have been thinking of using pieces and like your inspiration.

Ugh on the lack of heating and hot water :(

Barbara Eads said...

I know what you mean about your blog posts. I have been lax in that department lately too. I don't know where the time goes. At least you have an excuse with your job! I'm retired and still don't have time!! I'm leaving on Wednesday for a scrapbook retreat with my sisters. I hope I get as much done as you did! Love your pages.

Melissa said...

Wow, you were REALLY productive. Sounds like it was quite the experience. I do believe I recognize a little piece on that Christmas layout! :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome pages! I write posts in my head all the time when I run.
Rinda

Alison said...

43 pages!...that MUST be some kind of record..well done! Xx