Since falling in love with this wonderful hobby we call scrapbooking, I have never had the chance to devote an entire weekend to celebrating National Scrapbook Day. Well, this year I did…sort of. My dearest friend Pam and I scrapped Thursday night, Friday night and the bigger part of Saturday. Of course Thursday and Friday were usual work days. Couldn’t exactly call in sick with the crafting bug. Don’t think my boss would’ve bought it. But don’t think I didn’t consider it! lol! Pam fixed an incredible carb-heavy meal on Thursday to belatedly celebrate my birthday. Yummy mashed potatoes, rice, biscuits…see why I can never, ever lose weight? lol! Then we played! Friday was more of the same, minus the food. To celebrate NSD, we drove to our LSS (45 minute hike, one way) to participate in the BIG sale. After dining on a delicious shrimp and spinach salad for lunch, we settled in at my house for more scrapping time. Add to the mix a super cute Lifetime movie and pizza and it equalled a super duper weekend!
I thought I would share a few of the layouts I completed but first I must issue a disclaimer. I rarely post my layouts for a couple of reasons. One, I am a bit shy (I know…me? shy?) about sharing my creations. Don’t really know why, but I am. The second reason is that I have album after album of completed layouts…with no pictures. Not that I lack photos for them, I just haven’t added them yet. You see, I am a backwards scrapper! (just made that up, but it sounds about right). Often the process of creating the page is done more for therapeutic reasons. A creative outlet of sorts. I will grab several kits and dive in. I usually have the photo in mind that I will eventually use, I would just rather play with the paper and the glue. Odd, but that’s the way I roll. This time I was determined to be more conventional. So I grabbed a box of photos, my tools and a bag of supplies and left for Pam’s. Once I got there I realized the photos were from 2004…hence “Circa 2004”.
The first layout is using a recent Studio Calico kit. The pictures are of my little puppy pal, Princess. And oh how she thinks she is a princess!
For this layout, I used the same kit. The picture of this layout doesn’t do it justice. No matter how many times I photographed it, I couldn’t capture it any better. (You can actually click on the photo to enlarge it for a better view, but it still looks better IRL.) I used Glimmer Mist on the background. No special technique used…I’ve just wanted to give it a try. These wonderful little spray bottle have totally intimidated me. But after dipping my toes in the mist, so to speak, I am ready to jump in with both feet! This photo is very special to me. It was the last time my grandmother came to my house. We were celebrating Thanksgiving and she and her sister came for dinner. Very shortly after that, she went to the nursing home.
Same Studio Calico kit. Love these pictures of Keri and her dad. She has always been a “Daddy’s Girl”.
In case you haven’t guessed by now, I am behind on using my Studio Calico kits. lol! The next layout is using a different one of their kits. I actually think it was the holiday kit. The pics are of my brother and his family. They are the nuttiest people I know! Lots of giggles and grins when they are around!
Finally, I broke the rhythm and went with a Scarlet Lime kit. Lots of cutting of patterned paper here. The flower border is actually layered pieces cut from one sheet of paper. For years, Keri was the only girl on her dad’s side of the family. She was constantly tortured and then coddled by her cousins and aunts and uncles as you can tell by these photos.
I actually completed one more layout that I can’t share right now. The perfectionist in me is trying like heck to fix a boo-boo I made. Sad thing is, I may just have to start over. 🙁
The weekend ended with a wedding on Sunday. An outdoor wedding in the rain…with no tents! From what I could see through the sea of umbrellas and what could be heard above the roaring rain, it was a beautiful ceremony! lol!
There you have it…my weekend run down! Before I go, I want to mention a few things. First of all, please take the time to check out The Next Step challenge blog. One enormously talented blogger, Lucy Edison, has started a mixed media arts challenge blog with a few of her super crafty friends. They have posted their first challenge this week and it is AWESOME! I think you will be more than happy you dropped by. And I can’t forget to mention my dear, dear blog friend, Peggy! She is presently participating in a give away challenge. Be sure to drop by and say hi. Not only will you get the chance to possibly win a few goodies, but she is a fabulous blogger with ridicously mad scrapping skills. Her layouts always blow me away! Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post! Hope you all have a very Happy Hump Day! XOXO