Monday, June 9, 2014

A comfort zone

Many scrapbookers have a scrapping comfort zone. A fail proof formula that is tried and true. Over the years I have developed a style that I am comfortable with. A personal style that screams "Andi". I think that finding a personal scrapbooking comfort zone is essential. Must you remain in that comfort zone...of course not. But having a personal style or scrapbook zone that you are content with truly aids in the speed of your scrapbooking.  I generally tweak things here and there trying out new techniques every once in awhile, but for the most part I do what I like and I know. For example: I am a 4 x 6 scrapper. I rarely print different sized photos. Mostly because that is easiest for me and time is of the essence when it comes to my scrapbooking. I don't want to spend to much time negotiating print size and forecasting what sizes I am going to use. I do not plan my layouts that far in advance.
The Whole Gang
 I still really love washi tape. many may feel that it is passe but thankfully, I don't subscribe to that nonsense. I scrap what I love and with what moves and inspires me. Does that mean that I am going to be using items from my stash from several years ago? Yep, it sure does! The above layout was made with several scraps from my scrap drawer, The stickers are from HSN, the brads are MME and the puffy stickers are Me & My Big Ideas ( I found them on clearance at Micheal's).

 Here is a close up. I doodled a little on the sticker banner as well as the title sticker.
 For this layout I dug way back and went through some of my really old paper. Not that anyone can tell...that is the beauty of a classic paper, it doesn't go out of style. I only buy products that I love. Products that I love are going to stand the test of time rather than the items are the hottest fads.

Close up: the letter stickers are MM, the brads & epoxy dots are MME.

Today Was A Good Day

The paper for this layout is Fancy Pants, the card stock Bazzill, the brads are Jillibean & MME, the epoxy shapes are MME, the chipboard is Heidi Swapp, puffy sticker is MAMBI and the other stickers are HSN.

Trust you inner artist. While I do not love every single layout that I complete, I really do like almost every single one. I think that is very important to garner satisfaction with each and every completed layout. Do I create layouts to get published...nope. I scrapbook for me first and my family runs a close second.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Banner Love

I love creating banners and things for my home out of paper. I created this banner around Easter and I am so happy with the way it turned out.  I love the look of a simple banner and this was a great way to showcase several photos that were not going to be in my scrapbook. 

The nice thing about banners is that they are easy to change from season to season and they can cover any theme. They are easy to store and they are a great way to utilize paper scraps as well as that stash of embellishments that I have acquired over the years.
 Here is a close up: I stayed with the same color palette and added pops of color here and there.
 The kraft paper helped tie everything together and I was very liberal with the flowers and brads.
I have many other home paper projects that I have been wanting to try and I am hoping that with the summer months approaching  I will be able to create a few more.
Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!