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I have been trying for months now to design a newsletter for Scrapbooker's Dream, and nothing has come to me.  I think I no longer possess imagination, which for me is usually a horrible insult--the last person who said this to me wound up in an imaginary hospital after I imagined beating him senseless.  But if someone were to say this to me now, I'd probably just agree and walk away because I'd probably not have the imagination to return a scathing retort.

Anyway, I use Apple's Pages '09 which is part of it's office suite, iWork '09.  You can start a new document from scratch or use one of a number of different templates which including fourteen newsletter templates.  Now I don't know if it's the title of these newsletter templates (e.g. Collector, Green Grocery, Real Estate, Extreme, etc.) that prohibits me from thinking beyond their 'intended' use.  In fact I should be able to simply look at the structure while ignoring the content and imagine something crafty, but alas, my brain just doesn't seem to want to work.

Create one from scratch?  Are you...I mean am I kidding?  Well, maybe this ain't such a bad idea.  I have no idea how to create one, and just trying to dissect and butcher one of the templates would just lead to a big mess and I would just get horrible frustration and depressed.  Creating one from nothing, however, is more like me.  I never bother to read manuals or instructions, and rarely do I start from an example. I usually just jump in head first (which in itself causes a whole mess of other problems), play around with the features and come up with something that doesn't resemble anything I had tried to imagine.  Perhaps this is the best way.  Maybe with nothing but a virtual, empty canvas on the screen my imagination will come back to me. Then again when I stare at an empty page in my sketch book trying to imagine what I might draw, nothing ever any good comes to mind and most of the time I just close it, put away my pencils and watch television.  All day, in fact, until I just get too tired of watching and so then I go to bed, the dogs and I yawning and tossing about to find a comfortable spot, and sleep, dreamless and at peace.

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