Monday, July 8, 2013

Ways to Cope with Fibromyalgia

I wanted to chat just a bit about ways that I cope with Fibromyalgia. If you're interested, head over to my personal blog @ Laura Wellinghoff Studio.

I'm also playing with a few designs this month for a Designer Challenge over @
Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking. The theme is Christmas in July.

I'm not sure how quickly I'll get things done, this month is going to be busy, and I'm pretty particular about my pieces...so time will tell.

Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 Fibromyalgia Awareness EXTRAS

Well, in the midst of all the commotion this week around the house, I still was able to find just enough time to finish off a few extras to my Fibromyalgia Awareness kit.  But I wasn't able to package them up until after my brother and his family left this morning.

So here you go, perhaps you'll be able to find just a few mins to kick back, destress, and enjoy using these as you scrap some of your happy memories.

Each item in this EXTRAS kit is included in all the colors of our palette.  I've also tagged the items in Picasa for you.  (Picasa is a free program if you need something to help you organize your photos and digital stash.)

Also just this afternoon, I was able to figure out how to give you direct download links.  So if you are interested in downloading this portion, just click the preview photo.





Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fibromyalgia an auto-immune???

There is some research saying that FM is an auto-immune disease.

Many have asked what is it like with Fibromyalgia?  My response, have you ever had the flu?  I mean like my son has at times, HIGH fevers, 103+....that lays you out for several days.  Not just physically, but mentally puts you in la-la-land?

Well, I'd much rather get the flu!  Because it's then that I actually feel better!  Even if I just get a horrible head cold, it's like my immune system finally kicks in and fights something else instead of fighting myself.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fibromyalgia Awareness Links

UPDATED 2013/07/03

There are all sorts of help and resources for Fibromyalgia now days.  Something that in the past was lacking.

FYI: Fibromyalgia is no longer under the Arthritis Foundation.
I believe this is not just because Fibromyalgia really doesn't deal with inflammation, but also it is more widely known, and the medical field has learned more about the condition.

Also with the age of information, more are becoming at least familiar with the condition as it's easier to find things on-line that discuss it.

Time for a disclaimer...I will say that I don't believe or agree with all the things mentioned or discussed at the following links.  Fibromyalgia is NOT just in their head - though there is brain fog, or Fibro Fog.  Also I've seen each case be different in how it effects or complicates things, in other words each person can be effected in different - many different ways.

The other trouble is it is a CHANGING condition...not only is it true that what works for one patient may not be effect or help another at all.  BUT within each patient the condition can change from day to day, even hour to hour.  Might be fine, ready to run a marathon, and then all of a sudden can't seem to even walk to a chair to sit down.  This not only makes things difficult for others to understand and offer help or encouragement, but this is one of the hardest things for the individual to "manage" because it's constantly changing.

I plan to share more throughout this month about managing with the condition, so please come back for a visit or two.

Laura
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If you are on Pinterest, you might be interested in my Fibromyalgia Board.
As of now, I've not got a lot pinned, but as with anything, more as time goes on.

You might also want to check out this group...

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

There are also on line support groups....

Good for the beginners and newly diagnosed:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/flyingwithfibro/

 This group offers support for those with the chronic condition with a focus on housework and dejunking system in 15 mins increments, so that you don't over do.  Though I'm still receiving these newsletters, I only participate when I need to.  BUT I still use a 15 mins work cycle throughout my day.

A group on Facebook


Mayo Clinic articles



2013 Fibromyalgia Awareness kit

Update: Aug 1,2013 ~ WOW...I just realized that in the Word Art preview, it looks like there is a miss spelling of the text
When you lie down, 
you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, 

your sleep will be Sweet.

Let me assure you that the previews are just a taste.  There are no miss spellings, and the word art is also available in .PNG format, offering the advantages of transparencies.

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Yes, I've got another freebie for you this month!  WOW...it's been a lot, something I had planned NOT to do.  I told myself I'd do some every other month, but not two months in a row.  So WHY you might ask did I do another kit in the SAME MONTH?  Well, this kit is for Fibromyalgia Awareness!  Something that affects many, and so I decided in the midst of everything else going on, I'd have to climb aboard!  At least with a little bit.

This blog train is hosted by Digi Blog Train Lists, inspired by Leterati Artful Scraps

I would like to welcome everyone to my blog.  There maybe new folks here, those that are some how effected by Fibromyalgia, or you may just be digital scrappers looking for some freebies.

NOTE TO EVERYONE: We've been having troubles maintaining our internet connection, and are in the process of finding a fix.  So if you experience troubles, please hold on, I WILL get to you and help you out as soon as I can!  If you'll comment, I promise to get back to you, so leave enough information for me to do that, and a description of your troubles.

If you are new, please check out my TOU here, or in the zip files.  Also I've got instructions on how to download from Google Drive here, if you need some help.  I break up my downloads into several pieces, to keep them small, so hopefully Google Drive will scan them for you.  Though I'm "virus free", I practice cautious downloading myself, so I would expect those interested in my designs to do the same thing.  So be sure to get all the parts you want!

ALSO: Please Come back, as I hope to put up more items for this kit soon.
1) Mainly because of the internet troubles we have been having, it's caused me to run out of time before the go live date!
2) I also plan on adding some info on Fibromyalgia, and how to manage.  This condition has effected and complicate life for many, including myself.  My mother leads a local support group in southern Missouri as well.  So if you or someone you care for needs some good tips, or links to places on-line that we've found helpful, be sure to visit again.

We are also busy helping some friends with a "Backyard Bible Club" this week, so like I said before, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.  Don't worry, I'll continue to work with you until you've been successful in getting all the parts of the kit that you are interested in.

Thanks for coming by, you might also want to jump over to browse my other blog.  AND Thanks for the interest in my designs.

This is the preview that was shared, but as you'll see, I've given you other previews showing more items.  There are several pieces, so let me walk you through them, and you can choose one or all if you like.


Now on to the kit pieces!
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Elements and Word Art Combined into one file.








Because I needed more downloads, for the virus scanning, I've NOT made the photo's clickable.
Here's my links again.
LPW~2013-06-Fibromyalgia-DBTL~Elements&Wordart-S4O.zip

Come again soon, and I'd love to hear from you if you enjoyed the kit.

UPDATE:  I just realized in my rush to get this post ready for the launch, I didn't include the color palette in my zip files.  So if you are interested, I do know that there are a few others that HAVE included it in their portions, or you can go June Blog Train details...
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If you get lost, here's the entire list.



Patty B Scraps
Mama’s Designz
Becky’s Creations
Dakota Winds Graphics
Shuckclod’s Stuff
Xelax Scrap Free
Touched By A Butterfly
Sugarbutt Designs
Kreations By Sparky
Jenny’s Designz
Marniejo’s House Of Scraps  ***Link fixed
Star Creationz
CL Graphics
FB Queen JJ Creations
Aprilthescrapaholic
Leterati Artful Scraps
Caroline B.
Made By Keuntje
Speyegull Designs
Callaluna Creations
Misplaced Mermaid
Crazy Tiffs
Designed By Laura Wellinghoff  ***** YOU ARE HERE*******
Jody M Designs
Dezines2Amaze

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Anniversary 2013

Well, today 26 years ago, my husband & I were married.  God blended two into 1.  I'm so thankful, God knew us, and how we would be there for each other.  He does a lot for me, and cares for me well...I pray that I can continue to find ways to lift him up and easy his daily burdens now.  Praying too that he can find another more flexible job so that he can again get back to ministry and his passion.  We have been praying about starting a small group, and are excited to see how God will move in the near future.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

PSJune13 Pond Life

Well, I'm calling it a wrap on the Pond Life Kit.

I've broken things up into 3 packages, as last time I learned that I can only have a zip file of somewhere just under 20 mg, or it won't virus scan the file for you.  So be sure you get all 3.

ELEMENTS 1:
Also, I've included the Library Pocket two ways, as two pngs and as a Gimp file.  (This is what was so large.)  If you stack the pngs, with their original sizes, aligning them together you should be able to tuck another item into the pocket.  Just make the top layer
1) the major pocket, then
2) the item you want in the pocket as a middle layer, and
3) the bottom layer is for the smaller higher back of the pocket.

You can see how I tucked a pussy willow branch into the one on the preview.  If you stack the png's in this order, you'll have a shadow cast on the back portion of the pocket and any items that you place inside.  I've left the major shadows off again, so the ones you see are just for the previews.  There are slight slivers of a shadow around the tags, so that I could place the twine through the golden eyelet and show the depth of the twine.  I've tested the tags with shadows going several different ways, so I think you will still be pleased with their look no matter which direction you choose to place your shadows.

Concerning the Gimp file, with the library pocket as layers...but I'm not sure what other programs might read the Gimp file.  But the good news, if you don't have Gimp and want to work in layers, GIMP is free.  If you can't make use of that part, simple delete it, and save your drive space.

There are two slightly different pussy willow branches that I painted.  I hope you enjoy them, I sure had a blast creating them.  Never lived near a pond, but I have always loved pussy willows!

************* #1 PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Elements 1.zip ************* 
PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Elements 1.zip

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ELEMENTS 2:
In the second elements packet, I've brought back the swan from my PS April 13 Birds and Bees kit.  So if you didn't get it before those links expired, here's your chance!

Not all the items from the second elements kit are shown.  I've given you a dark and light WORDArt, both with and without the deer, so that things are visible on different backgrounds.  Also all the items in this packet have been scaled down to allow for placement in the preview.  So if you need the larger item you can leave as is, or shrink them for more room on your pages.  The tags are around 4 x 6 in size.

************* #2 PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Elements 2.zip ************* 
PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Elements 2.zip
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PAPERS:
I'm only sharing 2 pages this time around...I don't think I've gotten the hang of creating pages yet for others, as I've not been happy with the ones I've played with for both blog trains.  lol

The two I settled on are full size 12x12 in and both have the pussy willows all along the bottom of your page.

************* #3 PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Papers.zip ************* 
PSJune13_LPW-Pond Life_Papers.zip
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You can also leave comments for the designers on this thread in the forums.

Also come back the middle of June, as I'm starting to work on a kit for Fibromyalgia Awareness, with Digi Blog Train List.  And yes I know that the National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was May 12th, but just consider us early for next year!  Even if you don't suffer from FM, or know someone who does, please come back, as I hope to offer items that cross-over to general scrapbooking as well.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that can complicate the lives it affects.  My mother, who used to be a nurse, runs a local support group.  I've also got many friends, surprisingly from the medical fields that have this condition as well.  Probably more than 75% of the women I've known over the last 27+ years with the condition have worked somewhere in the medical fields.

I'm also going to attempt to place some helpful links for FM on my other blog, so be sure to check it out soon.

Happy downloading, and come back soon.

NOTE: Sorry, somehow the file default was changed and permission for access was listed wrong.  I've updated the settings and everyone should be able to get at the files now.  If you can't, please let me know, and I'll check things out again.  Worse comes to worse, I'm willing to work with folks until they get them somehow, so please comment if you are still having troubles.