Monday, May 28, 2012

Starting Point Layout + 1 More

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are enjoying a long weekend and getting to sneak in a little scrapbooking!  We had family in from out of town and have spent the past two days enjoying their company, cooking out, and swimming.  We also celebrated my DD's graduation!  It has been a great weekend!

Today, I am sharing a layout using Shimelle's most recent Starting Point for this layout.  This is my adorable grandbaby, Emery on her first Easter. 

I finished this layout this morning.  It was created using scraps from my over-full scrap basket. This is Sugar-Momma and Katniss.  The newest edition to our family.  My son named her Katniss after the heroine in Hunger Games.  She is one out of a litter of 5 to survive birth.  She is our little fighter & survivor.... just like Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games.  :)

I am off to do a little more scrapping!  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cover to Cover Class

Have I said lately, how much I LOVE taking Shimelle's classes!  I never fail to be inspired and productive when I am under her tutelage. :)  She rawwwkksss the teaching and scrapbooking thing!  I have taken some other SB classes recently and I cannot help but compare teaching styles to Shimelle's.  She is a class act and has pretty much ruined me for all other teachers.  Dang her! 

Right now, I am a little over a week into her newest class, Cover to Cover.  I was not sure that I would get into the class, because honestly it just didn't seem like something I needed or was particularly interested in.  However, being the die-hard Shimelle fan that I am I KNEW I would come away from the class with something useful.  Boy, did I!!!  

I have spent the past week going gathering, sorting, stacking, and organizing layouts.  They were in albums, but not in any sort of system that made much sense.  I have never been a chronological scrapper and never felt stress to "catch up".  However, I decided that as much time, work, and effort I have put into creating all these layouts I should give them more presentable and respectable homes.

My first decision was to replace my older post bound albums with D-Ring Albums.  Now, I can't do this all at once, because they are expensive.  I purchased 3 new albums in the past couple of days using my 40% off coupons from Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  Instead of  $19.99 each, I paid around $13.00 for each.  Not bad!  I plan on buying a new one now and then, and slowly replace them all.

Next, I decided to create albums for each of the following people/subjects:
  • My children (Andrea, Ericka, & Tristan)
  • My grandbaby (Emery)
  • My sweetie (Keith)
  • Me
  • Our Lives (Volumes)
  • Early Years
  • Family (Extended)
  • Journal Your Christmas (Yearly Album)
  • Travel Albums
Mostly, all my albums are now in chronological order.  The only problem with this: before I took this class, I always created with only the page at hand in mind.  I never really thought about how the album as a whole  would work together to tell a story.  Therefore, the designs in my newly re-arranged albums are not all that cohesive from page to page.  I am okay with that.  I am learning and progressing.  In the future, I plan to keep the flow going in each of my albums and try to gear more towards cohesiveness.

Lastly, I decided that if I am going to spend so much time making layouts and telling stories, shouldn't they be accessible and not shut away in a dark closet collecting dust and cobwebs?   So, here are my albums in their new respectable & tidy homes displayed on a shelf in my office.  Don't they look cozy and inviting!  

I couldn't be happier that I took this class.  I <3 Shimelle! :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Dear Friend...

A new layout of me and my sweet friend Michelle.  She came down last weekend for a visit and we had such a great time!  Even though I don't get to see her as often as I would like, when we get together, it is as though no time has passed.  Love this girl! :)

I used sketch #206  from Creative Scrappers as inspiration for this layout.  Loved the sketch! :)

The Great Outdoors

Hey friend! Thank you for stopping by! I just finished uploading a process video for my layout titled, The Great Outdoors. I used an Echo...