In an effort to ATTEMPT to spend my time creating more and consuming less (GoT excepted)… tonight I sat down and instead of scrolling FB endlessly…I made a scrapbook layout (!) gasp. I know, I know. We have actually been super busy in a good way this summer so lots going on but not a lot of sharing. In an effort to remedy that, may I present…
yep, Christmas baking layouts in August! I had bought the cutest baking kit from Pink Reptile Designs and a template kit from Scrapping with Liz at The Lilypad (one of my fave digi-scrapping shops) and tonight was the night to use it.
Last night I spent my evening catching up with my 2016 photos in Lightroom, and I’m thrilled to say that I believe that 2016 is all done, edited, rated and tagged. That is why I could find these photos about baking…from my “baking” keyword. I have a lot of memory keeping to work on. I have realized that I’ve been catching myself thinking 2 more first-days-of-school until the girls go to college, 2 more back-to-school shoppings until the girls go to college … you get the idea. One layout to make a dent in the memory keeping list!
Once school starts and we are on a more normal schedule, maybe more posting (?!) best of intentions…. enjoy!
I got a wonderful package to open BEFORE Christmas… yep, Christmas came early…
57 layouts that I had printed through Persnickety Prints. I love their quality and their customer service. A few times a year, they sell print credits for different sizes so I can print a 12×12 layout for half price. The credits are perfect because they never expire, they just sit in your account until you are ready to order so…In keeping with my “print it out” mantra, I went into my files and discovered that there were layouts from 2015 that were waiting to be printed (!) no time like the present so I uploaded everything and off they went to the printers. A week or so later, back came a lovely stack of layouts…and of course there they sat in my studio for two weeks until I finally got a moment to open them…
Yay for printed out layouts! I’m so happy with how they all came out. Now, the next thing? Getting them all in an album….The thing after that? Re-organizing my albums by year…because they are all completely random…half a dozen+albums crammed full of randomly filed layouts. Put it on the to-do list for 2017!
On to more post-Christmas fun!! Happy Wednesday everyone!
I will admit I have been procrastinating about starting work on a Family History Album. Oh, who are we kidding, I’m sure it will end up being a series of albums. Well, I was inspired this evening by one of my fellow Creative Team members who posted a lovely page with photos of her mom as a little girl. I decided it was time to JUST START…so I did.
I kept my choices simple for this layout…
Templates: Template Blends #1 by Little Feet Digital Designs,
Kit: In the Headlines Today by Little Feet Digital Designs,
Font: Remington Noiseless
This is a digital layout of Charlie’s grandpa Dease who was in the Army during WWII. The photos are from a DVD that Charlie’s uncle had made of photos that he’d scanned. Now, I do not know any more details other than Grandpa didn’t go to Europe until after the war ended, I’ll have to get Charlie and his mom to fill in more information, and I’ll go back in and add the info as I get it.
I have no plans for a the structure of a Family History Album Series (other than this project is kicking up toward the top of my to-do pile) and quite frankly, that has kept me from making layouts because I didn’t have a plan. I am trying to “begin with the end in mind” on big projects but now that I’m really starting to think about it… I may just start and see where it all leads!
I managed to eek out another layout this week…working in bits of time between dinner prep and soccer pickup and finishing up in the morning after everyone left for school. I am really fortunate to have a “room of my own” where I can leave a layout or project out on my worktable and let things percolate for awhile… or until my Studio Assistant knocks things onto the ground.
This layout was for a class at BPC called Stashbusters Anonymous and week 1 was layouts to help use up your paper stash. I’m writing up a post now on de-stashing but wanted to share one of the layouts I did featuring chevrons … 1/2″ strips across the whole page…then I realized that my base paper was 12×13 not 12×12…needless to say there will be some trimming of the left side going on but that’s OK, it will only reinforce the asymmetry of the page.
And while I will take a formal portrait of the page when it’s all trimmed and adhered to a piece of card stock (the edges are curling up right now) I really kind of like messy slice of life photos that show some studio details too.
Enjoy and here’s to a beautiful spring weekend ahead and a joyous Easter tomorrow! What projects are you working on over the weekend?
Yes, I’ve been doing more memory keeping. I have notebooks full of ideas and stacks of supplies that I am committed to using up! I was reading Ali Edwards blog last week and she had made a layout detailing the things she loved about her home (instead of always thinking about what could be better….Of which I am completely guilty!!!) I decided to take her challenge and use a hand drawn grid, write out 5+things about my home and making a layout w no photos… Celebrating what we love about this house was definitely in order (2 1/2 yrs later!) AND I found the perfect use for this darling October Afternoon paper I have been hoarding for years! I love how it came out!!
Details… so much fun digging around my stash for goodies to fill up the grid!
Full layout here….I’m still working on my photography skills…bear with me!
And just in case you were wondering….
Yes, it’s Studio Assistant approved…. He has to sit on everything around here!
What projects have you been working on?