Saturday, September 18, 2010

Using my stash!!

You know that I'm taking May Flaum's class at Big Picture Scrapbooking to use my stash. I have a lot, a lot I say, of scrapbook supplies that I've been collecting for years. I can't seem to want to part with it because I really love it. I *LOVE* patterned paper!!

And I haven't made a page in over a week and was feeling guilty that even though I'm kind of keeping up with my online scrapbook classes, I'm not creating! The creative itch was finally too much to overcome, especially since I wanted to make something, so I went through my photos and pulled a few that I had some ideas for. Then I went through my papers and pulled some options.


I love this photo of Dad kissing Oscar. And I had this beautiful kit from Basic Grey that I've been hoarding for a while. I even journaled by hand, but since it was lengthy, I put it under the photo. The photo lifts up to reveal the story. I don't generally use so much patterned paper, but I was happy with the outcome.

And another:

This one uses Rusty Pickle papers from about 6-7 years ago! Even the black strip of mesh is really old, maybe 8-9 years ago from when I first got into scrapbooking. The only thing new on this layout is the kraft cardstock that I bought today. 

I'm feeling good to get two layouts made tonight, but even more so that I used some old supplies. I might be able to part with the rest of the kit from BG. Maybe.

I think a big part of what keeps me from using papers I love is that I'm waiting for that *perfect* layout. But what is perfect? And when will that perfect layout come if not now, if I don't make it? I recently read an article by Lain Ehmann that speaks directly to this idea of waiting to experience something because we have this idea of a perfect moment. But we are robbing ourselves of the enjoyment of an experience, or of making a layout, if we don't just do it and enjoy the moment NOW! And when we do, we will realize that it is perfect! Thanks Lain!

So are you using any of your old stash? Mix in some old with new and you'll find all sorts of inspiration!!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Howie's Homerun

Yes, I know it's football season around here. I've got plenty of those photos to share (and scrap). But I recently joined a scrapbooking group called Let's Scrap and immediately jumped in on a challenge from a great sketch. I think the prize really encouraged me to scrap tonight because the kit they are giving away is gorgeous!! You can check it out here.

So here's my layout:

It's based on this sketch:

I love that I was able to not only complete a challenge for the site, but use up some papers and stickers that I had in my stash. I'm really trying to go through my stuff and use it up since I'm taking the Big Picture Scrapbooking class to specifically use it!! And while I almost busted out the sewing machine for the stitched border, I actually used a stamp.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's coming together nicely

Still working on my mini-album for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class. All the pieces were stamped and cut and waiting for me. I had an idea of how the page would go, but I was having doubts about the design. I didn't want it to be repetitive and boring, but didn't want to make each page design different from the others for time's sake. I didn't want the design to overtake the message. And then I saw some pages from another student in the class. Thanks to Sue for giving me the confidence to glue it down! You can see her beautiful pages on her blog.

I laid out all the element so that I could alternate colors. It really helped to keep this simple and keep everything from a kit.

Not a great photo of the pages, but here's my stack.

Close-up look at the page designs.

And here's a look at the first page that will go in the album. I found the quote on under resources.

So all I have left to do is journaling for each day. I've kept my journal with the days lessons and have been keeping up to date.

I also wanted to add that I've been using things from my stash! Which is great, as I'm also taking a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking with May Flaum called "Adventures in Scrapbooking: Use Your Stash"!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Album Cover...only a few days overdue

This will be my album cover. I'm ready to move on to the pages!

After I got the idea for my pages sorted out, I had to work on the cover for this album. We are now into Day 8 of Learn Something New Every Day (an online class with scrapbooker Shimelle) and I thought maybe having my album cover completed would kick off the actual making of the pages.

I'm using up some Close To My Heart stash with this project. I just have so much of it from my days as an active consultant that I really need to use it up (which will lead me to another class). The album is a 6x6 album (but not CTMH) in a dark red color. I originally had some pages from other scrappers in an exchange when I was active on the Creating Keepsakes message board years ago. I'll be taking those pages out and putting them away for another round of swaps later.

I used the letter stickers for "Learn" and "DAY" out of the School Zone kit, as well as the border sticker. Then I stamped the other words, also with CTMH stamps, and used chalks to color in. The outlining and cutting out of each word really helped punch them up, I think. As for the apple sticker in the corner, I found that in my stash and thought it went well with the theme.

I'm really proud of my "n" which was an "m" that I cut and layered. Gotta love little tricks like that!

So I guess I'm ready to start assembling some pages...

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Determined to Learn Something New Every Day

6x6 album, pages, date stamp and library cards for easy set-up. All by Close To My Heart.

I got lazy over the summer, let me be honest. I had previously set out to accomplish all this scrapbooking over the summer and while I did find all sorts of inspiration on a regular basis, I did nothing with it.

First there was Scrap Camp at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'd get the emails, I'd check in quietly, I'd get all excited at work about what I wanted to do when I got to my scrap room. Then nothing.

Same thing happened with Creating Keepsakes summer camp and the Big Idea Festival.

And I started to wonder if maybe not having a real routine over the summer and being worn out from having the boys all day was really doing me in. And it was. I couldn't get anything started because I feared having an unfinished project sit on the desk for days. I never felt like I had enough time in one sitting to get a layout done. But why? Why was I pressuring myself to 'get it done quickly'? What's the rush?

When school started up a couple weeks ago I figured it would be the perfect time to get myself back into the swing of things. I was going to establish a routine and GET SCRAPPIN'! So I committed myself to two more Big Picture Scrapbooking classes - Book of Stories and Me: The Abridged Version. The first is to start on September 9 and the other on September 16. But right at the end of August I caught wind of another class going on with a cute scrapper that I just love, love, love - Shimelle! And so I signed up.

The class started on September 1. It's called 'Learn Something New Every Day'. I've been writing down my lesson of the day in a little journal I keep next to my desk. I hadn't started to make any pages because I wasn't sure what format I wanted to use. For the first few days I would scope out the ideas posted on the forums, hoping the right idea would pop in my head. And then as I was looking through my latest Scrapbooks Etc. and Creating Keepsakes magazines, I came across a couple of ideas that sent me on a brainstorm of more ideas that I could use for my own album.

I settled on a 6x6 mini-album so that I can put some short journaling and maybe a photo on each page. I wanted colors that reminded me of primary school colors and I wanted to use a stamp I had of a library card for the journaling block. As I went through my stash of patterned papers that fit my color scheme, I then pulled out cardstock and ink pads. I stamped and cut the library cards, but as I was putting the stamp away, I found this cute date stamp. So I stamped those and cut them out, too.

It felt so good to get so much accomplished! I now have base pages and journaling cards and an embellishment all ready to go. I have each day's lesson recorded and some photos to use which I will print out at the end.

And I'm back, baby!