Keep It Moving

It’s funny that this months Pixel Scrapper blog train theme is “Keep It Moving” because I’m certainly not doing much moving at the moment! I’m just over halfway through my pregnancy, still sick as a dog and still spending a lot of time on the sofa or napping in bed.

I wasn’t always this lazy though (honestly!) Once upon a time I was young, fit and a ballroom dancer. A very good one (one of the few things I can proudly say I was very good at.) I started when I was 6 or 7 years old and had passed my Oscar – first time around – at the age of 16. (The Oscar is the highest award achievable comprising a long complicated routine within a particular style – Modern, Latin or New Vogue. Not everyone passes it the first time round.)

I haven’t danced for years now and I don’t think I’ll ever start up again – it’s very much “use it or lose it” when it comes to the body and dancing. While I still have great movement in my feet (the way I can hold my toes still freaks out my partner who thinks my feet are unnatural), my knees are completely rooted. Dancing in 3 inch heels for most of your teen years will do that to you.

I had some great teachers over the years and was pretty good at all three styles, although I will admit that Tango and Paso Doble were my weakest dances – all those heel leads made me nervous and I often thought I’d slip in my stiletto heels and go sliding across the dance floor, snapping bones as I went. (I never had any major injuries while dancing, although did fall flat on my backside a few times.)

So for this month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train, I used the “Keep It Moving” theme to play around with some Ballroom bits and bobs. I’ve also done that thing where I experiment – I am a paper girl, I make papers, I use (mainly) papers in my own layouts. But I couldn’t resist doing some glittery dancing figurines and a smattering of word art this month. I hope you like them!




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I hope you love the huge range of goodies over at Pixel Scrapper this month and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog-train digital papers in my Etsy store.


21 thoughts on “Keep It Moving

  1. Sorry about your pregnancy!!! But I truly understand, mine has been pure hades!!! Still morning sickness at 20 weeks!! Your kit is stunning!!! Love the dancing figures!! They are stunning!!! The word art is lovely!!! The papers are beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  2. Love these! I always envied people who could dance in those stilettos! My story behind why I did Tap Dance for my part is close to yours- tapped from 6 to 20, then “real life” got in the way 😉 but now my son taps (and he is wearing my last pair of tap shoes now!), so I get to enjoy it now from a different perspective!

  3. I’ve always wanted to ballroom dance, but too old to try now–losing my coordination. Please don’t give it up!!! so many people have a dream to do it and are not able.
    Thanks for your part of the train–I love it!!

  4. Thanks so much! i used to do ballroom too, and like you i don’t think i ever will again, mainly because i now have three kids and my partner – the only choice of partner i have since he’s my hubs – doesn’t dance. Oh well. Those were good times! Thanks for the memories! =)

  5. Thank you so much for the great papers & all the dancers & dance word art, Sally! It makes me think of my one of my very favorite movies, which I’m sure you’re familiar with – Strictly Ballroom. It makes me laugh & get all teary every time I watch it (which is an embarrassing large number).

    And how lovely that you did ballroom dancing! I would love to learn one day, though my knees & ankles are so bad, it would have to be the old people shuffling version of ballroom. =(

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