Help! I think I’ve forgotten how to scrapbook!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

Hello, my name is Paula and I think I’ve forgotten how to scrapbook. I know, how can that be? Me, who used to scrap every single day, even if only for a few minutes. I’ve been doing it for years. Years! And yet, I’ve fallen out of the habit and now I just can’t seem to start again.

Yes, yes, I know all the tricks:

  • find a subject/photo that speaks to me
  • look for an inspiration piece
  • scrap-lift someone
  • scrap-lift myself!
  • buy new products
  • find a challenge or sketch

And yet, here I sit, unable to figure out where to start. I’ve got a stash of new photos from our vacation in Hawaii, a code for a free Shutterfly book (and a deadline!) but no mojo. I can empathize with all those people who would like to start but don’t know where to begin. I remember my very first page – it was for my wedding album and I think it took me about 3 months. It’s got one photo and no journaling but committing to it was so hard (the page, not the wedding!). I’ve got a little of the same apprehension right now but with digi-scrapping I can just ctrl-Z my way out of any mess – so what’s the deal?

I think I’ll just have to throw caution to the wind and just do it. Whatever “it” is. I’m going to schedule some time to scrapbook and not try to fit it in here and there.

ETA: Here it is. The cover page of my album. Just a photo and very few words. It’s a start.

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Inspiration Challenge #123

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 3 comments

I really wanted to find something to show off these photos but nothing really worked so I decided to go back to simple. This inspiration piece is a table of contents from an online magazine:

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And my take, using photos that really need to be seen as LARGE as possible (oh well!):

challengedayYou really don’t get the sense of the scale of the trees here but I couldn’t find an inspiration piece that worked so I just went with this one. I love the crisp white background of the inspiration piece but I decided to use a blended photo of the trees since I felt it added to the story. I might have to re-use these photos if I can think of a better way to showcase them. Do you ever do that?

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Inspiration Challenge #122

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

After a long hiatus, I’m back with at least one new challenge. I’m not finding much to inspire me layout-wise in magazines but I did find this piece through the wonders of the internet – it’s a movie poster:

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It jumped right out at me – it was perfect for the large group shot I took last weekend at my son’s baseball game:

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What have you been up do during my long absence?

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Determination is a wonderful thing…

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog, layouts | 1 comment

Busy day in this house – finally learning how to ride a bike! All by himself too:

determined

This is an old template of Anna Aspnes’ – Artsy Layered Template 27 -  it’s the only style that’s speaking to me right now. Funny how that works.

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Sometimes when your mojo is missing all you need is a good photo to work with…

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, layouts | 1 comment

I haven’t done an inspiration post in a while. I just haven’t been inspired. And rather than post something I’m not happy with I decided to let it go. But now Spring has arrived, and with it baseball and photo ops. This is one of my favorites from last Saturday:

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Is there anything better than a happy kid?

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