It was an online challenge back in Uhum, too many years ago, that got me scrapping to the point of feeling like I was getting somewhere. I love to scrap, to glue and stick. I realize many have gone the way of the digital book and I've made a few for gifts sake but I love the texture and feel of a memory book that my own hands have put together. I love to see the face of a recipient that knows you put it together with your own hands and I especially love the look on my growing kids faces, as they recall all the great times our family have shared.
Well I was excited to run across this blog site that had a scrap challenge for the mere memory keeper like me. Being in Utah makes us think we have to be Teresa Collins or Becky Higgins to be worthy of a page submit but I just like the motivation of someone else's challenge so I am re opening my scrap blog here for the sake of links and simple inspiration shares.
So here it is for Paperloversstudio.blogspot.com
My first entry. Sketch Challenge #1
I made a goal when I was 18 that I would be in shape enough to wear a bikini and run on the beach when I turned 40. I also made a deal with my hubby that since we had not had a honeymoon that he owed me one and it would be in Hawaii. LOL. We didn't know it would take 16 years to make that happen but it worked out perfectly with my run on the beach deal.
I used Plantin Schoolbook for cricut for the title.
I used a CTMH (close to my heart)paper which I seem to have accumulated a ton of, that was a contrast to the beautiful blue of the Ocean.
I had bought this sparkly ribbon and beads from paper studio via Hobby Lobby and was dyeing to use them on a beach layout.
I used my photo scraps to cut some flags. I like to keep the cost down and not get too busy on the page.
I really try to journal on every layout and although I don't love my hand writing, I think it is more personal for the future viewer.
I hope you like my take on the Sketch.
I look forward to the next challenge.
Finally! I've been trying to get 2 more crop n style filer cube's for over a year and they FINALLY had them at Robert's. I used my trusty 50% off coupon and voila. ALL my kits and pages are organized. I have printed out ALL the photos for each kid and the family, including Hobbs, to be scrapped and now I am raring to go. I love being organized. I was starting to feel a bit guilty as so many visitors comment on all my scrapbooks because I knew that most of them have a couple of years to catch up. I know, wah wah. It's not as bad as 20 years but I actually have an entire drawer full of kits, already put together, just needing the pictures. I see a new book shelf in my future:)
My scrap buddies play this game where we trade photos with each other and scrap each others pages. It's fun to see what you get back. I love how Trudie used metal washers and leather letters. She knows how to do big boy pages. My 2 oldest are almost ready to fly the coop and these memories mean so much to me. Roni captured Jordan in this layout with a title of "That Boy!" and phrases like "here to live out loud" Thanks ladies.
I'm in a group that swaps layout kits. We design a 2 page layout, it must be generic and include up to date good quality embellishments. We take a picture and then make kits with all the parts to make the page. The fun part is getting together to swap. You end up with all different kits and spend the evening putting them together.
I made a fold out and used Velcro to seal it. I included some action shots including what would've been his freshman year. It seems a bit more personal and lets face it, people already knew he was graduating so it's fun to reflect on the 4 years.
This warm weathers got me thinking a dip in the lake would be nice I liked this simple layout. I got all 4 pages out of 3 sheets of colored paper. I used excess water photos to cut the title from. This is how I get allot of big pics in without crowding. I used brads rub ons and ribbon.
I've heard the question "do people still scrapbook?" a few too many times and I'm here to say "yes we do" My memories are more precious to me now than ever since my kids are growing and flying the coup. I am grateful as I glue and stick away that I haven't looked at one picture and thought "I wish I hadn't taken that trip or thrown that party"