Sunday, July 14, 2013
For the last month or so, life was increasingly busy, and all around crazy. As a result, I seem to have fallen behind, like way behind, on my Project Life. I even considered just giving up on it, as I'm sure many who do PL have done in the past. However, seeing as how I just started it at the beginning of April, that seemed like the easy way out. It wasn't that I found the process too daunting or that I didn't have enough pictures, It's just that for the month of June all my pictures seemed to be lost in the mix somehow. I actually blame the fact that I got a new phone as the main reason I have very little to show for June. I went from an iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S4, and while I love it so much better than my iPhone, it took some time to learn how to operate a phone that runs completely different than my iPhone did. After thinking about it (a lot!), I came to the conclusion that I really do like everything about project life. I still create traditional 12x12 layouts, and don't think I'll ever give that up, but doing project life is something completely different to me - it's like the Cliff Notes version of our lives. So, because I like the process, the creating and the end product of project life, I've decided to stick with it. As for now, I've picked it back up starting in July, as well as trying to round up as many pictures as I can find for the month of June. Seeing as how there are onlyThis particular week was a challenge because, although it may not look like it, it was light on the pictures. When this happens, it's difficult for me to complete the spread because I have a difficult time using filler cards. I have no idea what the mental block is for me, but it just happens that way. For the filler pocket with the quote, I actually dug out something very old from my stash. I'm not sure who made it, but the quote came in a booklet. Each booklet is themed, and all the quotes are printed on vellum. I'm sure exactly how old it is, but I'd guess somewhere between 8-10 years old. So, I was really proud of myself for using it. :-) Here's a closer look at the left side of the page. . .
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
So often it seems that so many of us scrapbookers, myself included, become hyper-critical of our own creations. I know for a fact that, when it comes to scrapbooking, I am a perfectionist and need things to be a certain way. This type of self-induced stress may seem all for not to those who do not understand the joy we get when our creations meet or exceed our expectations. It wasn't until I saw my son and his friend scrapbooking that I felt a bit silly about how much I dissect some of my pages, even re-doing the parts that aren't perfect in my eyes. The boys started with Sn@p! albums, purchased at Michael's. After they decided that they wanted the cardboard portion of the cover decorated, they began going through my stash to find the perfect papers for their newly acquired scrapbooks. Of all the papers I had, and there are quite a few, both of them decided on the only shiny paper I had. Then, they set out picking out a ribbon to cover the seam where the paper met the fabric, and some washi for the edges. Here's the end result.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Generally speaking, I really don't like to be told what to do. And really, does anyone like to be told what to do? lol Don't get me wrong, I'm all about abiding by "the rules" most of the time. I don't go around stealing candy from kids and pushing elderly people into oncoming traffic, but thinking outside the lines is good for the soul every now and then. Ok, so what's the point? When I do creative things like scrapbooking and making cards, I tend to stay away from paper that only has one image on one side/corner of the paper. This kind of paper becomes problematic right off the bat because 1.) I feel it confines my creativity, something that I never want to happen when I'm scrapbooking, making cards, and/or being all around crafty; and 2.) I'm still using a lot of the old Creative Memories 12x12 albums, the ones that require you to cut off about 1/2" off one of the sides - this means losing part of said hindrance. I guess I could just avoid these types of papers altogether and just go on with my life, which is what I've done up to this point, but I subscribe to kits and sometimes they come in those. Yeah, I know, totally overthinking it, but it's what makes me me. :-) Last October, I ordered a special add-on Halloween kit from Scraptastic Club, as well as some papers I picked up along the way. Last week, I decided to scrap some Halloween pics. . . from 2005! (It's so great that I don't scrap chronologically, or this might really stress me out. lol) In my stash, along with the Scraptastic Club kit, I found the cutest paper with an owl in the corner - I've tried to find out the name of the company that makes it, but just couldn't. I also found this paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel 8x8 pad: here, I felt empowered to use at least the OA sheet. I have to say, I absolutely love the way it came out, it was so much better than I imagined.