As a general rule, titles are not my strength. They are generally an after thought. I am trying to make a better effort with them but I still fall short in so many areas concerning them!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
You know when you have those layouts and you really love how they turn out. This is one of those. I think what I love most about it is that all of the Mickey, Minnie & Pluto pics are cut from a mini calendar. The patterned paper is from Recollections and the colors went perfectly with the characters that I cut out. I think that part of the reason why I love this layout so much is because it is different than what I normally do. Just having fun, playing around and stretching myself creatively. I am toying with the idea of adding a title though. I can't decide. I think that I am going to let it sit a while and see what I think after a couple of days.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day! Last night I picked up the kids Krispy Kreams donuts in the shape of hearts (they looked better than they tasted) and they each got a Skylander. Hubby and I bought a couch last week so that was our Valentine to each other. After almost 19 years of marriage and that is what it has come to. LOL. One of the best Valentines by far for me this week is from my folks...my dad is making a bench for my mud room and my mom is painting the mud room! Yay. The last room in the house that needed to be painted. I wish that I could help but I have been working this week. I will post pics as soon as it is done. Kinda regretting the fact that I didn't take before pictures. I am so blessed to have such an amazing family!Sophia made this heart with pastels on the sidewalk at her school. Have a wonderful day!
Monday, February 11, 2013
I had today off and the kids were at Grandma's house so I figured I would take advantage and get some scrappy time in. All in all, a successful day. I managed to clean my computer desk, do all the household chores and complete a layout. I went a little girlie with this one and really had fun!
Have a great week everyone!
Or, fake it till ya make it! Ultimately, I blog to share ideas with my fellow scrappers. I am not a terribly fancy scrapbooker and most of my layouts take at the most an hour to complete. I know that there are others out there like me...those that don't have huge chunks of time to devote but still want to create. While I marvel and enjoy those scrapbook artists that churn out absolute pieces of art...I just don't have the talent or time. I have been pouring over other scrapbooker's blogs to try to find a sense of where I wanted to take mine. I still haven't figured it out and that's OK. I am going to continue to blog like I know what I am doing and maybe one these days I will figure it out! LOL
So, in conclusion: I will continue to find my way in the blogging world, share my love of scrapbooking and hopefully give a few people a couple ideas here and there along the way!
Friday, February 8, 2013
One of my biggest problems with sharing my layouts online is the fact that I haven't figured out the best place to take them yet. In my old place I had and amazing spot but I haven't been able to locate a suitable locale thus far at the new house. We have been here over a year and I am still struggling with it!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
In general, I am in a constant state of playing catch up. Taking a break from my Disney layouts to finally scrapbook these pics from last Christmas. Yep, Over a year old and I have plenty more where they came from. Thankfully, I do not get to hung up on the fact that I have several hundred pictures awaiting to be scrapped. I have found that if I allow a little time to pass it helps me focus on just the keepers. I can weed through the less than stellar photos and just share my favorites. The following layout is a perfect example. I have plenty of pictures of my sweet German Wirehair Pointer Bella but, I did not want to devote an entire album to this one event. I really needed to narrow it down to a 1 page layout. Thanks to the passage of time I was able to get a better feeling for how I wanted the layout to go and I felt that just 2 pictures would work the best. I have only recently come to this epiphany. When I first started scrapbooking, I scrapped everything! We've already discussed the result of that...over 50 completed albums! (truth be told, it's probably closer to 60 now)
Wish Come True
For this layout, I was inspired by a layout that I saw on the ckmb. At this point I can't recall her name but I always admire her work. There are so many talented gals over there! She added strips of different colored patterned paper which prompted me to do the same in the left hand corner. I also included ribbons, fibers and a few snowflakes from MM. The patterned paper is form a MME Christmas stack, the sicker letters are Sassafras and the journal square is Basic Grey.
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
My mom and dad picked up this desk for me from a yard sale. I love it! Such a fun addition to my scrapbook room. I haven't really done a lot of work on it yet. Just cleaned it up with Murphy's oil and then added orange oil to nourish it. The wood was very dry. I am not sure how old the desk actually is.
Underneath the seat it has a stamp from the local high school. I can't imagine these actually being used in the classroom. I have paint in the picnic basket and the large basket underneath the seat holds my ongoing albums. As you can see the large jar on top has ribbon.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
O.K, I'll admit it. When it comes to my beloved scrapbook stash I find it difficult to part with things. I don't necessarily think of myself as a hoarder but, there are times when I shake my head and wonder what I was thinking. Often I have a "gotta get'em all" mentality. As a result of my inability to sufficiently clean out my stash I have been forcing myself to actually use what I have on hand and only buy the basics, like adhesive and cardstock. Every once in a while my resolve weakens and I cave but, only if I find a "too good to be true, can't possibly pass up" kinda deal. For the most part however, I have remained strong, proudly plowing through my stash with great pluck and determination. I genuinely love the feeling that I get when I use an item that I have had forever . It feels like I have accomplished something. Oh, the little things!Say Cheese layout: Bazzill for the cardstock, I think the patterned paper is Autumn Leaves, the brads are MME, the cb letters are American Crafts and I am unsure of the fiber.
Redwood Creek Challenge: Bazzill, star paper is colorbok, the stickers are Sassafras, the brads are MME, and the metal plate is MM.
Monday, February 4, 2013
One of the things that many scrapbookers ponder is the notion of their personal scrapbook style. I have questioned and searched out my own personal style for almost as many years as I have been scrapbooking. I guess one of the concerns I have always had is that I didn't want all of my layouts to look identical, but at the same time...I don't want them to look like anyone elses either. I want them to look all mine. I try to let the photos dictate each individual layout but overall they have a similar feeling. I suppose that's what it's all about . To be true to myself and create from the heart.Now Wait I used the following supplies: Bazzill for the card stock, the stickers are Sassafras, the flowers Basic Grey, the brads MME and the metal plate that reads imagine is MM.
Tower of Terror layout I tried to evoke a feeling from the year of the towers supposed hey day.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sometimes my creative energy is brimming over & I can't wait to create-other times however, not so much. I don't need to be in a manic state of constant creative chaos, just a steady flow or constant trickle would do nicely. Thankfully lately my creativity has been flowing nicely. A fresh set of pics is always helpful!
Lately I haven't been very good about recording my supplies. Partly because I have been trying to use up my stash and many of the items that I have been using are 5 years or older!
For the above layout I used Bazzill as the base, the border stickers are Sassafras, the fabulous flowers are Basic Grey and the brads are MME.
For the Toontown layout I used: Bazzill as the base, border sticker is Sassafras, flowers are Basic Grey, keys are MM and the journal tags are Basic Grey.
Have an amazing week!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
One of the dilemmas that I face with my scrapbooking is whether I want to do a double or a single page layout. I used to be a die hard double page girl but after moving and carting all of those albums to the new house, I decided that maybe I should rethink things! So, I forced myself to pick only my favorite photos and streamline my layouts so they are mostly singles. I still do the occasional double but for the most part I stick with singles. They take up less space that way and I am still recording the memories!
Have a great weekend all!