“Today”

Family life, I made that, Scrapbook it

I’m trying to hone my scrapbook style.  That statement sounds silly to me, but truth is I’m drawn to a myriad of styles and it vexes me a bit that I can’t nail something down as ‘my style’.  I think it’s an important step in my evolvement as a sb’er to identify what appeals to me most and what type of pages I find the most visually captivating.

I’ve watched ALOT of Shimelle videos.  I love those like cops love donuts, but I don’t think her style is akin to mine.  I am addicted to Wilna’s work, but wow, she’s artsy.  I’m not artsy.  I admire Ali Edwards.  Hard.  But ultimately, I don’t make pages like her if I’m working on my own.

So I’m setting about to find what style makes me happiest.  I plan to flip through the last couple year’s layouts and PL spreads and note which ones make me tingly in terms of design and what it is about them that I’d like to continue to recreate.

This page, I kinda love.

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I love the white space.  The simplicity.  The colors.  The ink splatters (through which the cat walked when I wasn’t looking).

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I started with a handful of stuff that was in a packet of randomness I purchased from Ann Marie Espinoza.  (Apparently because I don’t have enough random crap of my very own.)  There was a die cut butterfly in orange card stock that I’m never going to glue to paper – but it made the perfect stencil for a pencil/sewn outline.

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8.5 x 11 pages are so easy to run through your printer.  A quick bit of typed journaling makes me super happy.

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Ultimately, I over embellished and wish I would’ve stopped before stamping on the wood veneer speech bubble.  Live and learn.  I’m pretty over it already…

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The “Today” chipboard Thickers from Amy Tangerine makes this page complete.  My love for script runs deep and wide.

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There she is folks…  my first (and favorite) layout of 2015.

Shopping freeze.

Around here, One Little Word, Resolution, Scrapbook it

Friends of the inter webs,

I think I’ve nearly committed to go on a diet.  A paper diet.  Actually, a paper and embellishment and superfluous supply diet.  My goal here, dear friends, is something akin to scrapbooking anorexia.

Lets back up.

Less 2015
As part of my One Little Word this year – LESS – I want to scale back on all the clutter and general mayhem that is surrounding me.  Everywhere I go – the kitchen, the bedroom, the SHOWER, the car… the space is closing in on me with all the stuff.  C. L. U. T. T. E. R.  ya’ll.  Everywhere.  And that includes my creative space.  I have long been aware that my purchasing and hoarding of paper is nearly as prevalent a hobby as the actual paper crafting.  Not cool.  And turns out nothing is safe from the mighty ax that is my donation bag this year.  So, I’m setting some deadlines.  I’m using my junk.  And I’m not buying more in the meantime.

There.  I’ve said it.  I, Ali, will not be purchasing more scrapbook paraphernalia for the foreseeable future.

Now, having said that, there will be some caveats.  1) I will allow myself basic supplies – card stock, tape runners, etc.  2) At this time, I will not be canceling my Studio Calico PL subscription.  I know that’s a BIG caveat, but the joy I receive from that little box each month, and the connection to that community, and the exclusive products they throw down – it’s too much for me to resist.  And really, I’m ok with that small indulgence.  It’s fair.  3) I may allow myself, within reason, some non store purchases.

PlantsandPaper15-06For instance, I received a small package today from Jamaica makes that Jamaica made me extremely giddy. I won’t rule out those tiny types of one-of-a-kind Ann Marie, Elisa Blaha, Ali Edwards indulgences.

So… here goes.  Bring it 2015.  (Except don’t actually ‘bring it’ because then I’d be tempted to cheat on my diet and buy something).