Pumpkin Sitting

October 31, 2016

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Good Morning,

Today I have a layout to share with you. I started this one while going through my huge creative block, so it was satisfying to finish it. I think the creativity is slowly coming back alive.  I am excited to get to talk about a layout finally, so let’s get into it.

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Our family developed this quirky tradition when my oldest was a toddler.  It seems once the kids have identified their pumpkin; they have to sit on it and have their picture taken. Considering, this appears to come to each son naturally; we didn’t blink an eye when our little one plopped himself down on a pumpkin or two. In his case, comfort instead of the size determined the pumpkin. I am sure that will change in the coming years. With this tradition in mind, I set out to build a page around it.

Initially, I thought it would be easier if  I used a collection. I pulled out Echo Park’s  “The Story of Fall” but somehow once I put my background together I couldn’t come up with anything else. It sat, and I fiddled with it each month for a little while but still nothing.I decided to work on my new found passion for interactive albums. I love creating the page layers, flaps, pockets, and hidden spaces. It opened up this whole new part of my mind. I love designing the pages then figuring out how to make it work.  For some reason, working on this kind of project wasn’t impaired with my creative block.

But then my oldest came into my craft space recently, spotted one of his albums and starting looking through it. When he finished, he noticed this layout sitting unfinished on my desk, in his very thoughtful, quiet voice said: “I miss not having new pages in my book.”    I knew I had pictures piling up for their books, so I tried and tried but nothing.

Then for some reason, it dawned on me to use the techniques I enjoy and see what happens. Slowly things came together.  Layering elements have been on my mind lately.   I am finding it can help create new spaces I didn’t previously imagine on my pages. For example, using the twine around the picture to put a tag for the date.  It was also fun to use some of the die-cut pieces to create a title.  When the idea of making the pumpkin picture a pocket popped into my head, everything started to come together.  While the tags are stationary, I like the illusion of interactivity it creates. Hopefully, things will start to go from here, and I will be back posting more frequently again.

Thank you for reading and staying with me. Until next time.

Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album

July 14, 2016

Good Morning,

I have recently gone through a huge a loss and as loss often does, it made me step back and re-evaluate what is important in life.   One of the biggest realization during this time isI am not doing enough “everyday” life themes in my scrapbooking. I seem to have scads of pictures for the obvious annual events such as first day school, holidays, birthdays and other milestone events. While I take pictures of life happening around me almost daily, it seems the pictures that get the most priority are the special occasion. Why is that? I am regularly telling myself I need to do a page of my youngest son’s love of purple or a funny phrase that is defining my oldest son at the moment.  Why are these precious fleeting moments not getting printed? Is it too personal for me? Is it so common place that I take it for granted?  Am I alone in this type of “rut” ?

In an effort to change this behavior I have a new project titled “My Boys” to share today. This album celebrates the everday phrases, routines, fun and frustrations; like a toddler who loves to give “raspberries” when he is mad. Perhaps a note about our “remote stealing” dog when she is feeling ignored.  This is an album not to be tucked away in some room on a shelf but to be in our family room/living room so it can be picked up and enjoyed.

I am using a Simple Stories 6×8 album along with their “So Rad” collection, which is my all time favorite paper collection for boys.  It is the only boy collections that recognizes not every “tween” or teenage boy is into sports.  While it has some sports it also has the current pop culture phrases and trends happening in the everyday life of “tween” or teenage boy.  Along with the positive messaging, this collections gives many options to highlight the different interests of each son.

For today’s post I am sharing the simple cover design I created and the inside cover.

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Front cover with charms from my local scrapbook store

 

I wanted to incorporate their names as well as a few represtive icons of their intersts. This paper is my favorite in the whole collection. Am I the only one who has a hard time cutting into their favorite paper? I know I will enjoy it more if I use it than keep it in my stash but still, it is hard to make that first cut.  I also want to recognize the awesome Converse shoe charm I found at my local scrapbook store Scrapbook Island/Creative Escapes.

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Inside front cover

This cork paper was so inspiring, I had too many ideas.  Thinking it would be wise to take a step back instead of forcing the issue, this remains fairly blank. An update will be made when I decided on one idea.

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Back cover

The plaid is another favorite and another reason this collection has endeared itself to me. Simple Stories includes these basic design patterns like plaids, stripes and dots all jazzed up for guys. It is so much easier to design pages or albums  when these basics are included.  Plaid seem like the ideal paper to go with since I normally keep the back of the album plain.

Next I want to finish the chipboard dividers and pick out some pictures from this year to add to the pocket pages. Stay tuned….

As alwasy I appreciate you comments or feedback.

Until next time…

 

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