I feel like this has been a really good scrapbooking month. Although, to date, I have only completed one layout in March, my desk is a total disaster, I've got ideas for about 5 scrapbooking projects floating around in my head at the moment, and there is a year and a half of digital photos sitting on my hard-drive that really really need to be backed up before something bad happens. But for some reason it's all okay and I'm feeling good.
I've mentioned before that the AYTR theme for this month is gratitude. Heidi had us create a scrapbook page on "the things that you are grateful for that have MADE you who you are." Along with that we had to choose one word that encompassed our feelings. She always shares her awesome layout and gives us step by step instructions & tips, but at the same time allowing individual creativity we create our own layouts. Anyways, here's my layout:
(yes this is a 12x12 page -- not my usual thing, but it's a fun change). My word was blessings and the title reads "I am grateful for the many blessings that have made me who I am and enriched my life." From there I chose 5 specific things:
- "the cutest & the smartest" ENCOURAGE -- (that's what my parents always told me when I was little)
- BYU EDUCATION
- temple MARRIAGE and loving him -- (arrow pointing to Scott)
- becoming a MOM to these 3 turkeys
- choice and opportunity to be SAHM -- (this stands for stay at home mom)
Anyways, I was pleased with the layout, for getting those thoughts down. I posted it to our class gallery. There are about 1000 people enrolled in the class and by the end of the month there are anywhere from 650 - 800 postings in the gallery. Sooo, much to my surprise I was elated one day to find a personal comment from Heidi Swapp on my layout! (She is the only one who can comment in the gallery). Here's what she said: "nice job with this art challenge too! dang, i love that paper! thanks so much for sharing in the gallery! looks so great... heidi". Now, it's not like she's gushing about my layout or anything, but still -- to get a comment from Heidi Swapp was pretty dang cool!
Earlier this month I got to attend a Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention with a few of my cute friends. We had a great time. Took a few classes, shopped, met Ali Edwards, and just made it our little day away. (I think Sheila chronicled the details).
At the Conventions they always sponsor a page layout contest. I have learned from past experience (my first convention, and CKU) that you should always enter the contests. The reasons are: 1)not that many people actually enter because they think everyone else is doing it or that everyone else is better than they are. 2)the real truth is that 60-70% of the entries aren't anything special -- in fact, many of them are just bad. 3)you never know what kind of mood the judges are in that day (or what planet they are on). I remember seeing winning entries for various CKU contests and thinking, "that really won?" So, to make a long story short I entered one of my pages in the Simple Scrapbooks contest (pictured to the left).
So get this, one and half weeks after the convention I found out that I won! Third place in the contest. I was so surprised! They announced the winners at the end of the event, but we didn't stay that long. It wasn't until I stumbled upon the website again, saw that the winners were listed (I hadn't been contacted) and scrolled down to see my name! Pretty shocking. So on tuesday of this week I received a package in the mail from CK with my prize!!
I received 4 idea books from Simple Scrapbooks. I'm so excited about getting the new Clean & Simple by Cathy Z. and the Beautiful Basics has got a serious book binding (not your ordinary magazine idea book) and includes all the pieces to make a 6x6 mini album. The retail total is $54 -- pretty sweet! Kinda makes me wonder what the 1st and 2nd place winners got. But not too much . . . I'm happy with my prize!!
This weekend I finished our Hawaii album -- woo-hoo! I went with a pretty simple format. I found a cute photo album at Target -- the kind that you just slide your 4x6 photos into. So I stuck my photos in there and then for each "layout" I cut a 4x6 piece of white cardstock which I used for my title, journaling, and added minimal embellishment. My supplies included a Fontwerks stamp set, one sheet of Heidi Swapp rub-ons, 4 KI Memories patterned papers, and some Heidi Swapp flowers.
I used this format once before for my Disneyland album and I absolutely love it. I think it's perfect for something like a vacation where you have taken a TON of photos and you don't want to make page after page after page. You get your photos in a place where you can see them, you jot down the memories, and you're done. Simplify the process. No guilt. Doing what works for you.
I just started reading Cathy Z's book "Clean & Simple" and I just have to share this little excerpt from her first chapter. She's talking about photo albums and what a great tool they can be for eliminating those piles of photos, and thus eliminating the guilt that you must scrap each and every one.
Narrow definitions just can't apply to this hobby. There are more ways to document the bits and pieces of your life than you can imagine. That's the truth. Even if you were only to create photo albums and write notes in the margins . . . guess what? I believe that is scrapbooking. Think about it: if scrapbooking combines photos and words to tell a story, then all expressions of this very fundamental definition apply. Scrapbooking is not exclusive. You don't need a special club membership card to get in. And you don't need to scrapbook all of your photos, either.
And just because I think she is hilarious, here's another one:
I'm always surprised at the reactions I get from people when I tell them what I do with so much of my spare time. But I can never say, "scrapbooking," and leave it at that. I feel this moral obligation to elaborate -- to help vaporize the stereotype of ladies wearing applique sweaters, running amok with decorative scissors and teddy bear stickers.
See, the scrapbooking of today is really an exploration of life through words and images. It gives people the chance to celebrate that which matters, that which enlightens, that which makes up the very fabric of life. It's really cool. No, I'm serious. I see you smirking, but I'm telling you: don't knock it until you try it, and then, don't come crying to me when you've maxed out your credit cards on scrapbook stuff.
Sick of hearing about scrapbooking? Well, tough! It's been 2 months since I've made a scrapbook related post so I'm just catching up. xoxoxo