Well then, why are you back?? Another good question!! Truth is I can't stay away. I knew from the beginning that it would be temporary. I do still have to figure something out for my scrapbooking space. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of tools and material for scrapbooking, and my house is small! Purging has not crossed my mind, I love my stuff too much!
Well so here I am. Itching to scrapbook again!!
Before I packed my scrapbook away. I discovered Shimelle!!! She's is an amazing scrapbooker from the UK. In fact she is a Garden Girl on Two Peas In A Bucket. She's got videos posted on youtube. And I fell in love with her style. She's been my inspiration. And you will find a lot of Shimelle style sneaking into my page. In fact here is one she has helped me create.
I decided that today would be the day I scrapbook again and picked a picture.
It's a picture of Mike (my father in law) and Jake (his dog) on the day he first got him. At first I was thinking of titling my page "We Miss You". Since they have now both passed away. But I decided that I didn't want to scrapbook my grief of having lost them and instead scrapbook their lives. The good memories.
I have started following the Glitter Girl (Shimelle) instructional video on Two Peas. It's great she takes a scrapbook question and answered it in her video while making a layout. I watched one where she covered the art of matching different paper and embellishment. So I decided to give it a try.
I picked the picture, then a picked out paper. Most of those are from a collection from CTMH, which makes matching a little bit like cheating. But I did include a paper from my stash of scraps, it's was called Chalk from My Minds Eye (I think it was a yard sale find). And then I also pulled different stickers, embellishments, patterned stick tape. I didn't end up using everything I pulled out but it was nice having everything at my disposal ready for my layout.
I selected a layout from Page Maps (if you haven't visited this website, I strongly recommend you do www.pagemaps.com) Also there are past videos on Two Peas called Stretch the Sketch that teaches how to take a sketch and to change it for your own layout.
To help the paper work together, I inked the edges in chocolate. Originally I wasn't going to mat the picture and follow the layout more closely. But the colours I had selected where pretty subdued and I wanted to make the orange pop a little more. So I used a orange pattern paper to mat my picture placed pop dots and give it a bit of an angle to make it stand out a little more.
This ended up been a very speedy page. Took me about an hour. Planning your page only a few minutes ahead speed up the creative process.
Now to start unpacking my scrapbook supply so that I can have access to more of my stuff for my next page.