I've just had an interesting exchange with my two here, as we were eating our lunch. They've been studying hard this week and in between, at lunchtimes, say, they like to relax by playing games on the ipad. But there are two of them, one ipad, and one mother who has been finding lately that she too has been turning to the ease of the ipad for general scrolling
When I put in a bid for a turn, I remarked that I thought I'd actually got to the point where I could see myself moving away from turning on the laptop to work on my blog, instead grabbing the ipad to check things out, and to my phone to use instagram. A faster way to keep in touch.
I was surprised at how shocked they looked.
No way, Mum! You'd miss your writing too much!
But I'm not so sure. Sometimes these days I feel like I'm running out of things to say. I still love to scrapbook and make my pages and take pictures and post them, and I can do all of that through instagram, which has pulled me in, in a way I couldn't have imagined a year ago. And I'm finding new scrapbookers there, to enjoy, and new challenge sites, and inspiration, and I can respond so much more easily. The sketch I used for this page, for example, grabbed me as soon as I spotted it on instagram: and you know me well enough by now to understand I don't often say that about a sketch. It was posted by Pretty Little Studio (and you can find it here) and it shows horizontal bands running across the page in a way which shouted fill me with buttons! no! make a line of French knots with a needle and thread! or no! why not colour stripes with gelatos or paint? or fill one in with little punched butterflies? I did this in the end:
for a page about, well, you know who: Little E, who has just turned seven.
What I'd like to do next is make another page, a companion, and experiment with a long, low slice of photo for one of my bands. See, I told you: I don't often get as excited as this by a sketch..and it's all down to instagram, where I found it.
Hmm..I think I'm feeling a little #dividedloyalty...