Happy Talk with Jan McCallum - how digital scrapbooking works in my life at pixels2Pages.net

I was quite busy last month, doing a good bit of gallivanting, and I found myself at home for only 5 days.  What that meant for my dog, Crockett, was more training time while he was away while I was away.  What it means for me, now that he’s home, is more {new} training for Rex and me so that we can help Crockett unlearn bad habits and reinforce some new good habits.  Easier said than done, like most disciplines are!

Gone are the days of treats for doing every little thing – okay, that part is actually easier for me – but now it is time for more structured days for Mr C.  Unfortunately, that means more structured days for me!  Aaaack!  Those who know me know that structure is not my middle name.  I rarely have two days alike (unless I am only sitting in front of the computer all day!).  I don’t wake up at the same time, I don’t go to bed at the same time.  I don’t even sleep in the same place every night!  Breakfast may happen at any time until about 10:30 or 11 or not at all; I’ve been known to eat lunch at 3 or 4…  If dinner is done before 9 it’s a good thing, but just this week we had the dishes washed before 7.  I still try to walk my 10,000 steps a day, but some days all of those steps happen inside my house.

When I think about the things I do tend to do on a ‘schedule’, I realize they are things I enjoy – eating chocolate (daily), napping, getting pedicures and massages, date nights, etc.  I can’t tell you how many scheduled things I have started (and stopped, usually fairly quickly) – calorie counting, Day2Day projects, doing a page a day, facial and/or other beauty regimens, exercise programs, online courses, album projects, cleaning out closet projects – you name it, I can start it and quit like a champion!  I was not even an organized mom when my kids were young, which probably explains why they are very organized and responsible adults.  So how will I do with a schedule for Crockett?

Like most things, I’ll give it my best shot and remind myself that it’s for him (and for Rex and me) and that we will all benefit from having more of a routine than we do now.  I’ll let you know how that goes!  You’re probably wondering what this could possibly have to do with scrapbooking, but trust me, there is a parallel (at least one!).  You likely have surmised that tasks like backing up files and keeping things organized are not my strong suits.  You’d be absolutely right!  That is why I love my Forever account and Historian.  It was so great to come home from my recent adventure to find all of the photos on my phone in my Forever inbox.  It took very little time for me to pop them into the nested albums I made for them, and then it was a snap to upload the images on my camera cards to my Historian account.  I’m adding those images to my Forever account, too, but I’m taking some time doing that since not everything needs to be saved forever.  I love that I have a shadow copy of my Historian vault and that the images in my Forever account are safe.

One of my July travels was a trip to the beach with our family, and you can imagine that we ended up with lots of photos on lots of cameras.  I love that my sister, my daughter, and my daughter-in-law each have Forever accounts – it makes it so easy for me to get the images I want from them and vice versa.  I love that I can watch the Olympics and sort through pictures in my Forever inbox at the same time – especially while the US girls were on the balance beam and I COULD.NOT.WATCH!  Finally, I love how incredibly simple it is for me to upload my finished Artisan pages to my Forever account.  What a relief to have that done, just in case of hard drive failures!!

The best thing about my Forever account is that I don’t have to do anything on a schedule!  My iPhone photos find their way to my account and will be waiting there when I am ready to sort through them.  I add my finished pages to my Forever account as I finish them.  My Historian shadow copy runs whenever I close the program, and my images are always there for me.  It’s as close to a no-brainer as I can get!

In case you’re wondering, I did remember to get Crockett to bed (okay, so it was at midnight…) while writing this.  Tomorrow is another day….

It’s not all hard work, though – here’s one way Crockett and I have been having fun and expending energy:

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Happy Talk_Water Dog #p2PBubblesBP Cottage Arts: By the Sea Page Pak; Fonts: KG All of Me and KG Behind These Hazel Eyes






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6 Responses to Blog: Old Dog Owner, New Tricks

  1. Lisa Edwards says:

    I am quite a lot like you, Jan. I THOUGHT I was organized when I was a young mother, but I wonder if I wasn’t, because since I retired from the work force almost 10 years ago, I am HORRIBLE at structure and organization. I set a goal to work on scrapping, whether trad or digi at least 2 hours a day, and that has flown thru the window! I love your Crockett-he is adorable. Thank you so much for everything you do for us==loved the page, too!

  2. I can’t believe how big Crockett is now! I wish I was more spontaneous, but with my job I am very regimented and I do have a schedule I have to keep — like working out every morning at 4:45 a.m. because it’s the only time I can do it with my work hours being 7:15 to 4:00 p.m. When you work in a school office, being spontaneous is not in my vocabulary! I just wish I had more time to play in Artisan! I do love my Forever account, too!

    • Jan says:

      I know, Debbie! He’s so big now! Hard to remember his little puppy self now… Good for you for getting up early to work out! I worked out in bed at 4 AM when I couldn’t sleep this morning…

  3. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Oooooh, you can certainly fall in love with those eyelashes! I am so happy that he is still in learning mode and that he loves the pool! BTW, I love the page! The soft blue looks like a chalkboard, and the white letters really make it look great!

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