Monday, March 29, 2010

Name this Character

I couldn't decide on a name for this little miss - Polly Pencil?  Suzy Student?  Testing Tessa?  What do you think?  Any ideas out there?

This little punch art reminded me of my oldest (college girl now) when she learned to print (but longed to learn cursive). She would fill page after page of paper with her name, address, phone number, and lists of her favorite movies. She would fill pages and the next time would start over with those basic facts and alphabetize the movies again. I'm was never sure what her motivation was (I need to ask her now) but she entertained herself for long stretches of time and developed beautiful handwriting. Of course I kept one but didn't take a picture of her doing this. I'll remake "red" here to a brunette and add some glasses and this will replace the missing photo when I scrap this story.

Since I came to scrapping later in life and since digital photography didn't exist for much of my life (or my children's lives), there are many tales I want to tell but no photographs to match the story.

One great solution is to journal the story and just include another photo of your subject.  For example, you want to tell about Grandma's housekeeping quirks but you certainly don't have a photo of her cleaning.  You just tell the story, and add any picture you have of Grandma. 

My friend Virginia, who is my volunteer assistant when I teach card classes at the local woman's club, just started a 6x6 recipe collection and she has a picture of Granddad on his salad recipe - it is perfect!

What story do you NEED to tell that doesn't have a photo?  Even if you aren't a scrapbooker, think of one and go write it down in a spiral notebook.  Someone will treasure it when you are old and too crazy to remember - and based on my brain lately that could be sooner than you think!


Patricia Gessner said...

Ellen, thank you so much for your scrapbooking idea!!! It is one that many of us will use again and again. I am so glad I visit your blog every day.

Whimcees said...

Hi Ellen,

Like mother, like daughter it seems. :<) This could be your logo as she sure seems to be 'thinkin and blinkin' - maybe not about 'inkin' as she is 'writin' - but the look is the same! :<)

Wishing you a great week!

Barbara Diane

Ellen Kemper said...

Now that is a fabulous idea... I think I'll use her for my avatar for awhile.... she still needs a name...

Ann Marie Martin said...

I am thinking Pensive Penny!

Carrie Rhoades said...

I am not sure on a name for her, but what it made me think of was Pippy Longstocking!
I guess the pig tails need to be braids and need to be turned up to be Pippy, but how cute would that be.

Anonymous said...

I agree with using her as a logo, just put a punch in her hand instead of the pencil! :)


Debbie Henderson said...

She reminds me of Pipi Longstocking!

Anonymous said...

Pondering Penelope. She looks like she is deep in thought.

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Boy, this little lady looks like trouble, lol. Kinda like a female version of Denace the Menace. But still cute, just don't turn your back on her, lol.


Christine said...

She looks like a "Ready Ruby!"
She is gonna take an SAT test and is waiting for them to tell her she can break that little paper on the side and start the test!
Very cute Ellen

Anonymous said...

Ellen, I love your blog and visit daily. I love Pondering Penelope. It's fun to say!

Sally N
St Louis, MO

A Touch of SOL said...

how about Penny Puzzled?