Saturday, June 13, 2020

Scrapbooking | May 2020 By The Numbers

This year, as I process each month's photos, I'm creating a digital layout featuring six photos and journaling "by the numbers." I'm using a digital template and various papers from my stash. My plan is to include a photo of me and Robbie and a photo of my mantel display as the top line of photos each month.

Here's how the numbers add up for May.

* 10 color bins set up & organized.
* 20 days Robbie worked from home.
* 4 online classes watched on NSD.
* 6 Blue Angels flew over DFW area.
* 3 pieces of patio furniture cleaned & stained/sealed.
* 2-hour visit from Rissa.
* 1 new shelf unit ordered & set up in Toy Room.
* $400 to have 1 new outlet and 2 can lights installed.
* 2 NASA astronauts (Bob Benhnken & Doug Hurley) launched from US soil to the ISS. #launchAmerica
* 8 movies watched: Hidden Figures, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront, The Love Bug, The Martian, Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, Melody 1963: Love Has To Win, Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance.
* 25 layouts completed, 3 art journal pages created, 1 recipe scrapped, 6 cards made, 1 canvas covered, 10 blog posts published.

We originally saw Hidden Figures when it premiered in theaters in 2016. This movie is based on the true story of three black women who worked for NASA in the 1960s and were instrumental in the success of the US space program. We re-watched it at the very beginning of May, weeks before the SpaceX/NASA launch from Kennedy Space Center and the events that have led to all the racial unrest currently sweeping our nation. If you've never seen this movie, now would be a great time to watch it as a reminder of the changes that have occurred in the space program, in technology, and in racial equality while also realizing that there are still improvements and advancements to be made.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the perfect movie to watch on May the Fourth Be With You day. We also saw this at the theaters when it premiered (last year), but around here it's always a good day to see what's happening in a galaxy far far away. The Martian also occurs far away as Astronaut Mark Whatley, played by Matt Damon, is stranded on Mars for a year and a half. We originally saw this movie after we both read the book in 2015. A really good show with a happy ending.

The Love Bug is a delightful movie about a down-on-his-luck race car driver and a VW Bug named Herbie. This 1969 movie is just plain FUN to watch.

We also enjoyed four American Girl movies last month, all of them available on Amazon Prime. Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front is set during World War II and contains so many aspects of the war. Molly's father is stationed in Europe, her aunt heads off for WASP training, her family takes in a young girl sent to America from London, and Molly and her friends find ways to serve the war effort on the home front. Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas features the lovable Maryellen who tries to find a way to stand out in her big family. She learns a lot about the meaning of friendship and enjoying the little things in life when a family friend is afflicted with polio and has to spend the holidays in the hospital. Melody 1963: Love Has To Win follows 10-year-old Melody, a delightful black girl with a vivid imagination and the creativity to sew fantastic costumes, as she learns to find hope in the midst of national events that threaten her sense of security. Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance is a beautiful story of friendship and cultures and family values. I highly recommend all of these movies!

How did the numbers add up for you in May?


  1. I always love these pages! We saw Hidden Figures at the theater when it was released---great movie!

  2. I saw Hidden Figures via Amazon Prime and thought it was excellent - I might suggest that TBC watches it (once I've checked the age rating).
    I'm impressed that you created 25 layouts - my creativity has all but disappeared these last few weeks.

    1. I think Hidden Figures would be great for TBC - it's so well done!

      My creativity has slowed some the past couple of weeks, but it's really my go-to therapy so it's perfect for these unprecedented times.

  3. Another great month recorded & in the books. You were certainly very crafty in May.

  4. I love the header for your Blog. So colorful and interesting.

  5. Well weren't you productive and crafty as well!! A new shelf unit would make me happy too.

    Alas, the last half of May and first half of June was kind of a wasteland around here. I just could not get motivated. I was sick and tired of Covid, and I had run out of house organizing projects that needed doing, and on top of that was lacking motivation in the crafty area too. But I think last week I managed to turn it around. Hopefully I can find something to blog about in July.

    PS I have Hidden Figures on the DVR, maybe this afternoon after I am finished blog reading would be a good time to tackle it.


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