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Some Digital Memories…


I was messing around on facebook, trying to find myself (heh heh) and none of my searches were finding my name…so somehow it  got into the web search….and then I googled myself (Denna de Motta) and a whole bunch of things popped up that I had forgotten about!  Mostly they were digital scrapbooking projects that I did in the past for Creative Memories.  Since I just re-found them, I thought I’d share some of them here:

Legohead"Authentic Legohead" Discover Grunge Digital Scrapbook Layout

and a tutorial on the Digital 411 blog:  Making the best of a blurry photo, has some ideas for editing photos.

and Baby’s Favorite Things:

Baby's Favorite Things - Ashby Series Baby Girl Scrapbooking Two Page Layout (left side)Baby's Favorite Things - Ashby Series Baby Girl Scrapbooking Two Page Layout (right side)

Daddy’s little girl!!  My sister took these photos.

And another  idea from the Creative Memories Digital 411 blog, giving an idea for a scrapbook page layout : The Rest of the StoryD-Motta_The Rest of the Story_image - Page 004

All of these projects were created with all Creative Memories Digital content, of course.  I had a great time designing digital stuff for them 🙂

Gone Fishin’


Summer is great, lots of time to do fun stuff, like reading, making crafts and going on vacation.  I’ve tried to keep up on the blog posts, but sometimes I’m just, well…gone fishin’  😉

This week I’m also taking my computer in for a “tune-up” and not sure how long that will take.  Today I wanted to share some “gone fishing” pages that I have been working on, from our time out at Moose Lake.

These pages were made with the fun digital kit Let’s Go Fishing by Paula Kesselring.  I just love the fun papers and the paper fish (and all the other crazy elements!)  I just had to get it to scrap some of our camp photos.

Let's go Fishing! {Full Kit}

Christmas in July….a puzzling tradition…

Christmas in July….a puzzling tradition…

I don’t quite get the whole “Christmas in July” thing.  I’ve been seeing it everywhere.  I guess it’s great for those people who can think that far ahead and have space to keep all their early Christmas preparations….I just can’t.  I’m afraid that I just took my Christmas tree down in May, so I’m really not feeling like thinking about Christmas!!

But I did just happen to find a draft of a post I did in December, but never posted.  So in the spirit of Christmas in July, here is something we made up to do at our house, to use in our Advent countdown to Christmas…it has been fun, and we have been doing it enough years that each child has made each puzzle!

Maybe July isn’t such a bad time to start thinking about things like Advent countdowns, just in case you see something on a summer sale!!  (I’ve already been searching for things for my daughter’s bday in the fall!)  Anyways, check these out:

(these are some of my digital scrapbook 12×12 layouts using Creative Memories digital content)

Celebrating the years together…


A special day to celebrate a super special couple…my parents!!  This is their 41st wedding anniversary, and as so often happens, they will be spending it out at summer camp!!! 🙂  Not planned to be this way, that’s just the way it goes!  This year we will be together out at camp…Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom!!  Many many more!  (oh, and thanks for waiting years and years before you had me 🙂 !

My Summer Fun lists


The challenge: write out a summer “bucket list” of things you are going to do, or things that you dream of doing this summer.  This was posted on My Scrapbook Art, from Home Is Where the Art Is newsletter designer’s challenge.  You can get the free “Juicy” digital kit if you are subscribed to the newsletter…and I must say, their free kits are always totally worth it!!  So if you want to do the Designer’s Challenge, you make up a digital layout using the free kit and post it to their gallery here.
This is my page:

I always have a bunch of things that I want to do in the summer….always hoping that I will get to do them all!!  But realistically I know that we can only do so much each summer!  So first I wrote out a Will Do list, to focus on the positive=the things that I know I will do.  Then I did add in my wishlist….like, every summer I really really want to go berry picking, but it just hasn’t happened for many summers!!  But I still dream about it!  This page has 2 short lists, as I was trying to get loads of laundry done today to get us ready for summer camp.  So far we are not close to being ready and our surprisingly hot weather sure has slowed things down for our packing!! 🙂  I’ve been thinking that I WILL NOT COMPLAIN about the cold weather this fall and winter.  I’ve decided I’m a cold-weather gal.  Just can’t function in really hot weather.  I was spoiled by growing up living in the “Land of Eternal Spring” with lovely perfect weather almost all year round…..Guatemala 🙂 not too hot, not too cold, not too too rainy or dry……!

Do you have a list of summer activities that you want to do?  Wish to do?  or would you rather not have any lists and just relax and take it one day at a time?? 🙂

Rainbow cake, bunting and banners…


This is what I was up to after our little Cinco de Mayo celebration:  a baby shower.  I find myself going crazy for cakes, cupcakes, party banners and pretty much anything to do with party decorations.  Sometimes, it’s all I think about.  I’m not sure why, all of a sudden, but there you go….anyone need a cake/cupcakes for a party?  Just let me know!  And if you live far away and would like me to create some party printables for you, just let me know, too! 😉

For this baby shower, I used a digital kit called “i (heart) animals” from Ju Kneipp Designs.  I tried to make the cake match the decorations!  This shower was supposed to be “gender neutralish” because no one knew who baby is yet: he or she?  I thought this was a fun kit to work with, with cute colors, especially the dash of orange!  (I had wanted to make an orange layer for the cake, that would have been super dooper, but wasn’t able to squeeze that out of my time and energy….heh heh).

the non-iron maiden


haha, actually I feel like the low-iron non-maiden.  Here’s a round-about post for you,  starting with some digital scrapbooking, and ending with a list right out of your doctor’s files. 🙂

Last night I remembered these layouts that I made for Creative Memories a few years ago so dug them up to share with you:

This was inspired by my terribly crazy peppermint craving a few years ago.  I found myself rummaging around in my friends’ houses to see if they had any candy canes left over from Christmas.  I was drinking peppermint tea, then buying peppermint extract (for baking) and putting it in hot water to drink like a tea.  I chewed 5 (the brand name) peppermint gum all the time.  Then I discovered Mentos and chewed them constantly, along with red and white swirly candies.  Then I moved on to shampoos….not to eat or drink but to use…peppermint bubble bath, and CREAMS!  I would slather my hands (and feet) with peppermint cream then just breathe it in!  It seemed normal at first, but quickly turned abnormal and obsessive.  Ok, fairly quickly I started wondering what was wrong with me.  Eventually I went in for a checkup and did a lab test.  My doctor called during supper one evening to tell me that my file was flagged because my iron was so very low  ( I think at that point it was almost off the chart, like a minus 2).  I did a bit of reading and concluded that my craving for peppermint was because of the iron deficiency in my body.

Apparently, people with low iron can crave chewing ice, eating dirt, stuff like that.  I noticed that some of it seems to be in the chewing…like I really wanted to chew and crunch on the candy.  My friend’s little guy wanted to eat snow every time they went out.  When my iron levels came up, the craving went away.  Nowadays, when my iron has dipped again, I find the smell and taste of peppermint starts getting more and more tempting!

I thought I’d just mention a few symptoms here….just in case anyone else has had a few of these….I recommend getting your iron checked!!  I haven’t done great research, but I have read a little bit, and talked to a bunch of people who have also had these problems.  Here’s a little list I copied and pasted (from emedicinehealth.com), then added a few of my own comments:

  • fatigue (tiredness!!)
  • decreased energy (increased sleeping)
  • hair loss  (why is my brush so full of hair!!)
  • weakness (do your arms ache when you wash your hair in the shower or put rollers in your hair?)
  • shortness of breath  (sometimes lying in bed, does it feel like breathing is a big effort?)
  • lightheadedness  (it doesn’t matter if you are a blonde or not)
  • palpitations (feeling of the heart racing or beating irregularly)
  • looking pale (pale lips, pull your bottom eyelid down, is it pink or pale yellowish?)
  • Symptoms of severe anemia may include:
    • chest pain, angina, or heart attack
    • dizziness
    • fainting or passing out
    • rapid heart rate
      • low blood pressure
      • rapid breathing
      • pale or cold skin (I’m taking this to also mean, feeling more chilly than usual?)

Ok, this is turning into a rather medical-sounding post (not like me at all) but I really think it’s worth it to have a glance, in case you or someone you know is expericing some of this.  Oh wait!! I just found this better list on another site! take a peek!:

“If you have 5 or more of the symtoms below, see your doctor: Also consider taking B-Complx vitamins

Depression     * Fatigue     * Listlessness, weakness, decreased work productivity     * Impaired learning and cognitive function     * ADD and ADHD type behavioral disturbances     * Developmental delay in infants and young children     * Poor memory     * Decreased attention span and increased distractibility     * Impaired reactivity and coordination     * Irritability     * Dizziness     * Appetite loss     * Cravings for non foods such as ice, dirt or clay     * Constipation     * Difficulty swallowing (because low iron may cause a thin membrane to grow across the esophagus)     * Joint soreness     * Night time leg cramps     * Asthma     * Sores on skin, or itching     * Poor wound healing     * Can cause excessive menstrual bleeding     * Hair loss (LOW IRON IS A FREQUENTLY OVERLOOKED CAUSE OF HAIR LOSS)     * Headaches     * Sore or burning tongue     * Soreness in corners of the mouth     * Brittle, flat, or spoon shaped nails     * Longitudinal ridges on nails     * Heart palpitations on exertion     * Shortness of breath     * Cold extremities, with decreased resistance to cold and poor regulation of body temperature     * Tendency to recurrent infections     * Chronic bladder infections     * Anemia (hypo chromic, microcytic) paleness, weakness, drowsiness, fatigue     * Numbness & tingling     * Night sweats     * Fragile bones     * Growth impairment in children     * Eye soreness     * Vague gastrointestinal symptoms: belching, gas, nausea     * Vitiligo (light blotches on the skin)     * Swelling in the ankles     * Bluish tint to the whites of the eyes     * Visual disturbances     * Papilledema (swelling inside the eye)” (from answers.yahoo.com)

I highlighted some of the symptoms I was/am feeling.  I feel I have experience them all except APPETITE LOSS!!!  No way that has affected me, haha.  (boo hoo!)

I think it can be easy to live with some of this stuff, and just never think “my iron must be low”!  It’s way easier to think “I’m going insane!”

I’ve finally figured out that anemia can cause many feelings/symptoms of depression. (I’m waving a flag here).  I’m not advocating self-diagnosing, but just want people to be aware of some of the symptoms in case you have had them w/o really paying attention…and so that you can go and talk to your doctor, get the easy blood-test and get it checked out!!  It seems that doctors vary as to how they treat it, and what are normal levels.  I’m still a bit confused as to the “numbers” and levels and to date, haven’t tried many remedies beyond iron pills…*sigh*…but I have the feeling I’m going to have to start trying some other options soon 😦

I hope this post has been helpful for you in some way.  I’d really like to read your comments and/or your own experiences with this low-iron stuff.  🙂