April 30, 2012

the difference a week makes

Call it mojo, call it inspiration, whatever it was, I got a dose of it last week.  There are times when I don't feel like scrapbooking, and most of the time those periods of creative rest don't bother me.  I get a bit anxious though when the desire is there, but there is no inspiration or time to pursue that need.  Here is one of the things I made last week, a layout of Samuel with daddy just a few days after we got home from the hospital: 

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using my favorite collection from Simple Stories, Awesome.  I can hardly believe how much he has grown these past two months.  He is certifiably chubby now (he is the biggest little baby we have had thus far).  Looking at him in those photos, so tiny...  it all goes by so fast.  Which is part of why I do this whole scrapbooking thing in the first place.  I still have more ideas than time, but at least I'm making some progress.

Until next time, praying you have a blessed week.

April 28, 2012

twenty eleven documented... with a sketch!

It's been two weeks now since my first post at the Simple Stories blog.  If you are in search of scrapbooking inspiration I highly recommend stopping by the blog.  There are posts up daily (except Sunday), and the team has really been working hard making some really fun, inspiring pages and projects to share with everyone out there.

Today I want to share with you the layout that I made for my blog post.  It is a simple two page layout that documents our family's year.

This page was inspired by the Border & Title Elements paper from the Documented Collection:
I'll admit that when I first saw this collection I wasn't quite sure how I would use it.  One of the biggest things that inspires me when I scrapbook is color.  I do try to use color to capture the emotions of my pages, and I suppose that to a degree I also like for the colors of my pages to coordinate with the colors of my photos.  I realized though, that the neutral colors of this collection would be the perfect backdrop for a multi-picture layout.

The designs in this collection are perfection too.  Some of my favorites, damask, ledger, and polka dot prints.  They give just enough pattern to the layout with distracting from the photographs.  And then, when I looked closer at the collection and saw the black strip with words I knew I wanted to make something with it right away.  Even though it was already April, I still hadn't made a year in review page for two-thousand and eleven.  This is something that I have done every year since I started scrapbooking, and so that's what I set out to do.  Here is the right-hand side:

I started by going through last year's photographs and choosing my favorites.  I typically try to limit myself from to somewhere between 8 and 12.  When making a page that has a lot of photos I like to keep the design fairly simple.  The left-hand side:

You'll notice that I didn't include too many embellishments on my page, just a scattering of butterflies in a few places.

I happen to love butterflies.  Being a mom to three boys, you know that I don't use them too much in my scrapbooking, but I take the opportunity to use them when it presents itself.  So Mother's Day, Easter, year in review pages, you get the idea! =)

The title was cut using my Silhouette, and I adhered the word "eleven" using foam adhesive to add dimension to the design.

Before I go, here is the sketch that I used for this layout:

I  drew in a space for the word strip and then built the sketch from there.  Like all sketches this one can be used in so many ways.  For example, I have plans to use the right-hand side of the sketch alone to make another page soon.  Because happily, as I mentioned the other day, I finally had a return of inspiration and got some scrapbooking done this week.  I'll have more pages to share with you soon. =)

Have a great weekend!

April 24, 2012

two months old

and smiling.  Oh my, isn't he cute?

He's napping right now, so I'm sneaking in a little blogging and computer time.

I don't want to say that he is a "good" baby, just because it sort of implies that there are bad babies - which there aren't.  I will say that he is a sweet baby and doesn't cry very much at all.  Unless he's hungry, or you're giving him a bath... then, watch out.  This guy has got a set of lungs.

He just started smiling a few weeks ago.  He's very talkative, and likes to laugh too.  A deep sort of throaty baby laugh.  It is too precious.

I am truly enjoying these days with him.  And with Gabe and Nathan too.  I think we are finally beginning to get into some kind of rhythm.  I'm cooking more (even trying new recipes), and the laundry is not overwhelming me the way it was just a couple of weeks ago.  Yesterday afternoon inspiration hit, as well as some free time, and I got some scrapbooking done.  It felt good.

This is a four day week for us; daddy has Friday off.  Yay!  I hope your week is going well.  Until next time, God bless. =)

April 23, 2012

I think I forgot how to scrapbook

Or at least, that's how it feels sometimes.  Like right now. 

Truth is, I have so many ideas running around in my head, but not enough time to execute them - and this is not a complaint - it's just life right now.  I remember after we had Nathan I felt the same way.  I know it's going to take some time, before I can find the time, to fit scrapbooking back into my life the way I did before. 

And then sometimes I feel like even if I did find the time I just don't know what I'm doing.  Do you ever feel that way?  Like I'm just doing the same thing over and over again.

Here's a page I made just before Samuel was born

This photo is almost two years old now.  I always thought it was cute, but just never got around to scrapbooking it.  When I got the new papers from Echo Park, A Boy's Life, I knew they would be the perfect fit for these photos, but I honestly just didn't have the motivation to come up with something completely new for the design.  So I looked through some older sketches until I found one that I thought would work.  I've used the sketch before, to make this layout

As an aside, these photos are so gray... it was cloudy at the beach that day - that's sort of our favorite kind of beach day.

I also used that same sketch to make this layout

This, by the way, is Nathan when he was only three months old.  The smaller photos in the upper left-hand corner are out of focus, but I so do not care.  He was (and is) so stinkin' cute.  He was such a happy baby.  Oh, does this layout make me happy.

It just so happens that it's a bonus sketch from Stretch Your Sketches, and I guess you could say that I really like it.  Even though these layouts are all based on the same sketch, the one thing about them that is the same, the important thing about them that is the same, is that they all make me happy.  It's looking at the photos, and the stories they tell that makes me glad that I made them.  And it's then that I honestly don't care that they are all based off the same sketch.  That becomes rather unimportant.

I think a lot about why I do this, why I scrapbook.  Yes, I love paper.  I love creating.  But ultimately, I really love recording our family's stories.  Even if it is such a small, tiny part of our lives, it is something.  And if you're reading this, there's a good chance that it means something to you too.  My free time makes up a very small part of my day now.  Some days there is no free time... or maybe I have to use it to you know, like, eat lunch, or use the ladies room (!).  I think a lot of you know what I mean.  Again, I am not in any way complaining.  I guess I'm just trying to remind myself of what's important.  Trying to remind myself that I don't have to come up with something completely new and original every time I make a page.  The important thing is that I just make it.

April 14, 2012

twenty eleven documented

Head over to the Simple Stories blog today for my very first blog post as a design team member.  I used the Documented Collection to create a year-in-review page for two-thousand and eleven.  Here is a preview:

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

April 11, 2012

tired, but happy

I didn't mean to take a two week break from blogging, but it happened nonetheless.  Things around here are, crazy?  I don't know quite how to explain them.  I don't feel overwhelmed, but I haven't quite found my groove yet either.  Which is okay.  Babies grow so fast, too fast, and I'm not in a hurry to miss these days.  Sam a couple of weeks back, at around 5 weeks old

still wearing newborn clothes, but just barely.  I love those little baby stretches!

I really want to get back into the habit of blogging, but as you can imagine, at the end of the day I'm usually pretty tired.  It's a good tired though.  I did want to share one thing before I go, a layout that I made back in January.  I made this layout ahead of Sam's birth with the intention of putting his first photo in an empty spot designated for it.  I finally had a photo printed at Costco a couple of weeks back and was able to finish it

I used the Baby Steps collection from Simple Stories, which I do truly love by the way, and I kept the design very simple.  Looking at that photo... I can hardly believe it's been almost 7 weeks since our little Sam was born.  *sigh*

I hope to share more layouts and cards with you soon.  Right now, all the boys are sleeping and I'm going to spend some quiet time with my sweets. 

Until next time.  =) 


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