I've been thinking a lot lately about my scrapbooking style...or rather trying to figure out what it is. It seems that every publication I read lately has articles about finding your style or determining what it is, what type of artist you are etc....and I can never clearly say what mine is. Am I a scrapbooker? Yes. Am I an Artist...also yes. Whats my style....I have no idea. And then it finally hit me recently...who cares!!! Why do I have to know my style? It doesn't matter what it is.....it has changed often & will continue to change I'm sure. So rather than trying to figure it out I'll just continue doing what I love....creating pages that help us to remember special times...or just everyday life.
I will say this though...the page below does have some characteristics that I see in lots of my pages lately.
1) I often will add a strip of paper to my background page that runs top to bottom or left to right as my first step...and then build on that. Such as with the brown pattern paper on this layout.
2) Orange...I love orange & earth tones in general. So many of my pages have some shade of orange on them
3) Chipboard...one of my favorite things. Lately a lot of my titles are chipboard lettering.
4) Scalloped edges...loving this lately.
5) Bling !!! Love adding gems to a page or details with metallic markers or pens to add dimension & shine. Did both on this page.
6) Journaling on strips of paper.
7) My journaling these days is almost always in my own handwriting. It's so much quicker & easier and I think years from now will be much more appreciated than if I had printed on my computer. I only wish I had better handwriting though...
8) Rub ons or stickers added directly to photos as in the picture below.
9) Not so perfect photos.....Of course I'd love it if the lighting in all my pictures turned out perfect. But that's not reality & I can't let it stop me from creating a page with a photo as darling as this right?
10) One page layouts....don't often do 2 page spreads anymore.
One other thing about most of my scrapbook pages that you don't see on this one. Often my pages have just one photo that I love...I don't always feel the need to fit a lot of photos on one page......unless its a vacation type page...those tend to always have more photos.
So whats my style? Whatever strikes my fancy at that given moment while creating a page or project. Have a great holiday weekend everyone.
You'd never know by looking at this photo what a bear of a day this was for all of us would you? Or that just moments before I snapped this shot my son & I had just finished smashing our heads together very hard as we both bent down to offer Tanner some water. I think both our heads were still throbbing when I took this.
We got a late start heading out for this hike because we spent the first half of the day trying to find the floor in Jake's bedroom and get his clothes & school supplies in order so he's ready for the start of school next week...while at the same time trying to keep a playful pup from grabbing everything he could to chew on.
So then I look online trying to find someplace fun to bring the dog for a walk where he can play in some water too. I find an interesting place searching online that is about 30m minutes from here that has a river & trails called Groton Woods. I click on the link that says "click here for directions" & print them to talk along with us.....but we followed them to a T & they brought us to a whole different piece of conservation land. What a pain!
And poor little Tanner is proving not to be a good traveler....nerves or carsickness? I'm not sure which. So after him vomiting twice on the way there & then having to stop again just before getting to Groton to buy a roll of paper towels & spray cleaner (since I had no more napkins in the glove box)to clean up another pile of vomit....which horrifyingly enough ended up being (messy)poop.....amazing that I didn't vomit myself in the 30plus minutes I spent scrubbing that up. Ugh ! So now we finally arrive at our destination...which was not the place we were trying to get to....no surprise there considering how the day was going...then we smash heads so hard we are seeing stars and both have a headache for our "peaceful" walk...and of course no water at this "wrong location" for the dog to play in. But I will say..the walk was definitely the best part of this day. On the way home we get caught in traffic, the dog vomits 4 more times (amazing the poor thing has anything even left in his stomach at this point) and we finally arrive home....all totally exhausted. Poor dog has been sound asleep since 7:30. With the way my day has gone...he'll probably decide he's wide awake when I decide to head to bed.
Tomorrow is another day right? My morning will be spent taking the roof off the Jeep, totally scrubbing down the back seat & hoping the sun dries it before sundown.
I'm also totally guilty of being a lap dog...even if I am going to be a big dog...get used to it Mom...I'm going to climb up to snuggle with you any chance I get.
Lately I've been really into using scalloped edges on my pages. I wish I had thought of the idea below a long time ago. I'm always on the lookout for paper & products with a scalloped edge...but the scallop detail in the photo below was made by punching circles from patterned paper and then simply cutting them in half & adhering them to my page. Simple. And a great way to use scraps too.
1) Your life is not your own anymore when you adopt a puppy...in good ways & in bad. My nights of staying up late and sleeping in are over. When puppy is ready for bed for the night...so am I. Its the only way I'll get a full night sleep.
2) Walks are not a solitary activity anymore...and that's a good thing. How nice to have someone to talk to and keep me company while I walk.
3) Puppies steal hearts very quickly. This dog has so quickly become a member of this family...when they look at you with those big brown trusting eyes they can melt your heart in an instant.
4) Puppies may be good for keeping you active but they are not good for productivity. I have not touched a scrapbook supply since we got him...but I really want to. I did finish a page the day before we got him that I'm really happy with and hope to share later.
5) Puppies are like babies when they take naps. You pray they will sleep a long time, you pray the phone doesn't ring and wake them & you tiptoe around trying to get things done while you can.
6) Puppies like furniture !!! Doesn't matter how cozy the bed is that you provide them with...the couch is always better in their eyes. This is going to be my biggest challenge...I do not want furniture that smells like dog......but wow is it tiring removing him over & over again.
7) Puppies can be amazingly smart. The first day we got him he learned "sit" and now just a few days later he is getting good at "stay" & "shake" (paw). I'm going to work really hard at raising a well behaved puppy. I think the fact that he is mellow & laid back is going to be a big help to me with those efforts.
Hoping to get back on here later to share some more layouts....hope you all had a great weekend.
Happy Monday...only 4 more days till the weekend ! A quick layout to share tonight. This one, rather than being about my kids is about me...and my thoughts on my life. It was really a quick layout to put together because there's not a lot going on in it. The focus of it is more on the journaling & whats going on in my head than in techniques.
For the title, the chipboard "reflections" is sprayed with Glimmer Mist in a coppery color. I also used a small paintbrush to paint a border of the glimmer mist around the photo. For the "life" portion of the title I drybrushed a small section of my page with 2 different colors of paint & when it was dry I stamped "life" over it with Technique Tuesday stamps. Simple to do but I loved the results.
1) I'm very afraid of bats !!! Having had them in my house a couple of times created that fear in me. Lesson learned for those experiences ... the louder you scream the more they dive at you....hence the louder you scream. Its a vicious circle...lol. Where I live now my back deck is near the treetops due to how the land slopes down behind my house...so when the sun goes down the one place you might not find me is on that deck as the bats are very close overhead.
2) I was once a liscenced forklift/highlift driver. That was a long time ago though.
3) I also graduated from hairdressing school...how's that for 2 totally different careers. The one good thing is I never had to pay to bring my kids for haircuts as I could do them myself.
4) I now work at the home office for TJX Corp which the company that owns TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Homegoods & AJWright. Love those associate discounts !!!
5) I have been scrapbooking for 8 years and this blog is the first time I have shared any of my work with the outside world with the exception of 1 contest I entered recently.
6) I abhor dishonesty more than anything else....and it was the reason that both of the long term relationships I have had ended. And also has ended a few friendships along the way too. In my mind there is no possibility for love (in friendships or otherwise) if there is not trust.
7) I have been (mostly) happily single for almost 11 years (since I was 6 months pregnant with my son) That was a scary choice to make with a baby due soon and an 11 year old daughter, but due to the circumstances it was really the only choice I could make & I have never regretted it. I do still hope to meet my soul mate one day...but until that happens I'm enjoying life one day at a time.
This project was created on a canvas purchased at a local craft supply store. I painted it a soft butter yellow, dry brushed the edges with some chocolate brown paint & when it was completely dry I created my "layout" directly on top. Its was very quick to do and is a pretty simple design....a bit of patterned paper, a couple of embellishments & the clear letter title spelling "love" across the bottom. The best thing about this layout is that it features one of my favorite photos I have ever taken of my kids together...and I get to see if every day on my living room wall rather than have it tucked away in an album. This picture was taken 4 years ago just after my daughter's high school graduation. The title choice for this was obvious as that is the first thing I see when I look at this picture. Can you tell by looking at it how much Jake idolizes his big sister?
A few favorite layouts to share before I head to bed. Probably a big part of why these are favorites is because they have some of my favorite color combinations incorporated into them. One of my favorite things about creating a page or project is in choosing the colors I want to use.
I love blue & orange together (also love black & white photography...even more so when it is of my gorgeous daughter) Blue & orange just look so great together don't they?
The next page is also blue & orange...just in different tones than the one above. This layout is actually one of my all time favorites. I love every thing about it. Some layouts just come together so well & some you really struggle with. This was one that everything just fell into place easily. Wish all my layouts worked out that way.
Another favorite color combo....orange & green (did I mention I like orange..lol)
And more orange & green. I have a confession about this layout though. This one was very much inspired by a layout by Christine Middlecamp...and although I don't think my work will ever compare to hers, and there are touches of my own style on it...I can't take 100% of the credit for the design of it since it was really her layout that inspired me to create it.
So back to the name......I made this page after going through old photos my Mom had given me. I wanted to make sure I spelled her name right. I thought it was Thyrza with a "y". But penciled on the back of one of the photos I found it..."Thirza". After I finished this page I proudly showed it to my Mom...and she pointed out that I had spelled her name wrong. It turns out that was a picture of my great grandma Thirza I had found the name on. The first was my great, great grandma who was named Thyrza, then my great grandma Thirza with an "i"...then my grandma...this wonderful, wonderful woman who was also Thyrza with a "y" like her grandmother. Three women with (almost) the same name. When I was pregant with my daughter I told my Mom I was thinking of naming her Thyrza to carry on the name & my Mom said "oh please don't do the to your child". Too too funny! I'm thinking my daughter is probably glad her name is Amanda! (right Mand?)
This picture of my grandma is from the roaring 20's. Funny how styles come full circle sometimes. I had almost this same exact harcut in the 80's.
The patterned paper is from Crate Paper which is glued onto Tim Holtz grungeboard pieces and attached to the page overlapping each other with pop dots for dimension. The stitching around the edge of the page is actually stamped with Technique Tuesday stamps. The inked chipboard letters are Basic Grey (I still need to change that "i" to a "y" to make the spelling correct)
the black chipboard flowers are from Cosmo Cricket...
I like all the open space on the layout. And I'm thinking I really need to dig out my sewing machine more often...I like the extra added interest the stitching adds to the page.
I'm loving scalloped edges these days. I find myself adding them to lots of pages lately. I also love these Prima flowers I picked up recently. They look like they are frosted...and the colors are gorgeous.
The title on this page is American Crafts foam "Thickers" letters (my favorite) and the patterned paper & die cuts are Crate Paper "Static".
a few added rub on's, small colored circle stickers and a bit of ink around the edges and this page was done in about 20 minutes.
Special to me...very much so. Not because I'm pleased with how it turned out.....although I do like the layout. But this one is special to me because it is about the love of 2 of my favorite people. And I love the photo's of my parents in their earlier years...their prom picture, the photo when they were first dating, the photo of them taken the night my dad returned from the airforce after being overseas ( I remember that navy beaded dress so well from my Mom's hope chest when I was a kid...I wonder if its still in there) and the picture of them relaxing in the back yard of their first home in Texas. Also adore the color picture taken of them later in life (probably about 10-15 years ago) Still so in love after all those years.
All of the stickers on this layout are from Basic Grey including the scalloped borders on the inner edge of the 4 quadrants of the page. The "forever" portion of the title is actually not a sticker it is a Vinyl applique from Scrapworks. It works like a rub on but is actually shiny white vinyl. These are actually made for clear scrapbooks...I didn't know that when I purchased them but luckily it worked just fine on cardstock, The rest of the title is chipboard letters from Heidi Swapp.