Just today, I received a package containing my new 2011 SCT-PageMaps Sketch Calendar! Before I decided to cut back on my scrapbooking, I contributed a page for Becky's June 2011 sketch, and I was so pleased to see it in print. Becky creates great sketches, as I'm sure you scrapbookers know, and this limited edition calendar has 26 never-before-seen PageMaps sketches that are so inspiring and easy to use. Seriously. (I think I might have to try them all whenever I manage to find the time.)
So, do you need a little inspiration to kick start your scrapbooking in 2011? Here's the answer:
At only $9.95, it's a sweet deal, and the best part is that a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research charities in the US and Canada.
AND....SCT has offered to give one of my blog readers a calendar! So enter my little giveaway pretty please by leaving me a comment here on the blog telling me what your plans are for 2011. (Nothing detailed, just curious as to what you all have in store for the new year.) I will pick a random (and lucky!) winner on December 17.
Hope you are all enjoying the beginning of the holiday season! :)
The reality of life with two kids is that I have less time. Much less time, actually. And something had to give. That "something" just happens to be scrapbooking.
I resigned from Write.Click.Scrapbook. and Two Peas in a Bucket.
It was a very difficult decision to make because scrapbooking has been such a big part of my creative life for such a very long time, but it was the right decision. And it doesn't - by any stretch - mean that I am done forever with cutting and pasting photos and telling stories. It just means that I am done with monthly deadlines, so there will likely be fewer pages posted here. I still love scrapbooking. I just can't devote every single waking minute of free time to it. I want to do other things. (And I want to sleep too.) :)
So hopefully in the next while, I can use my time to get organized. I have plans for 2011. Plans for a few projects and things that I've always wanted to do (or decided that I want to do) and never quite had the time. Hopefully, you'll bear with me, and I'll see you here in the future.
In the meantime, expect some sporadic blogging here and there...
The Creative Cafe journaling pad is 50% off right now at Two Peas. It comes with over 25 different journaling cards, and I've used them on a number of layouts. Colorful and useful. I'd buy another one, but I'm still using the one I have. :)
I used a sheet of text patterned paper from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite 8x8 pad, and I covered up the word "vacation" with the "thankful" sticker. Suited my theme a little better.
It's astonishing to see how much my little girl has grown in the last year.
I took these photos the day of my 12-week ultrasound with Caleb. Sadie knew we were having a baby, but I knew she wasn't entirely sure what that would mean. This page is about the changes to come, but also about how some things will always stay the same. Know what I mean?
I made a very similar page with Sadie's footprints. You can see it here.
To create the stamped feet: I taped a piece of cardstock to a large book, and while D was holding Caleb, I painted each of his feet (one at a time) and brought the book to him. I applied gentle pressure to make sure all of his foot left an imprint on the cardstock. It's not perfect, but it's sure cute. It helps to have a box of wipees handy.
I used the October Afternoon Farm Fresh 8" x 8" stack, but I couldn't find it in the store, so I linked the full-size collection. Same with the star stamp and paint, so I've linked other options.
Crazy how time flies. Caleb is rounding the corner on six months this Friday!
Over at Two Peas, Garden Girl layouts are now going to be released on Mondays (rather than throughout the week). This is a little more like the bi-monthly releases of years past, but with less chance of "idea overload." I prefer this, since I am trying to prioritize my internet time (say what?), and now I know exactly when to take a peek at the Garden.
Here's a layout of mine that went up today (with links to supplies and more information here) for the August "school" theme:
He doesn't read here always, but still, this day deserves a comment or two. Every year, we alternate who will take care of the anniversary plans. Last year, I surprised him with the news about our second baby. And admittedly, that is a hard one to beat, but this year, he took care of our little ones so that I could go to a photography workshop. It wasn't a "couples event;" it was more of a "Mary event," but he encouraged me to go and supported me on the decision (difficult to make with a tiny baby at home), and that is just one more reason I feel lucky to be with the man I married six years ago. I like being married. It's a nice feeling to have a partner, a friend, someone you can always, always depend on. We have the same ideas, the same goals, and while we are far from perfect, I can truthfully say that I feel really lucky to be living this life and sharing it with him. It gets better every single year. :)
The June theme at Two Peas was weddings, and because all three engaged couples that I know have yet to set a date or two, I scrapbooked a photo from our own wedding. I don't ever get tired of those photos, however, I wasn't all that excited to scrapbook any more of them after having completed a whole album all ready (see album in the sidebar at left). BUT, it was a nice change from scrapping toddler and baby photos and a chance to use some new product from Imaginisce (more information here):
Behind (as per usual) in sharing some layouts for those not accustomed to frequenting the Two Peas gallery. Here's one that was posted a few weeks ago, with one of my favorite photos from 2009 (more details and links to supplies here):
It had to be a digi layout after I saw the bicycle rub-on. Although, I'm tempted to print it out and make a paper version with a lot more photos that I took that day.
It seems that I scrap a lot with white cardstock (paper-wise and digi), so I really love White Foundation Paper kits by Vinnie Pearce. The texture is so nice on digi - can't wait to my layouts printed.
I admit that I like digital scrapbooking. It's faster and easier, and though I have yet to do this, I like that I can create a page, change a few things and use it for both of my kids. That's a nice option. Having said all that though, I really miss my paper. I ordered a box of "boy" papers and embellishments from Two Peas, and I picked it up from the post yesterday. I'm very excited to dig in, but I had a little mental block since I haven't scrapbooked with paper since January. How do I do this again?? I'll might be pondering that for a while, so in the meantime, here's a digital page that went up at Two Peas earlier this month:
I tried adding more to this layout. If you follow the blog, then you probably scrapbook, and if you scrapbook, then you've probably noticed that I am a sucker for little details on my pages. But it just wasn't working here. This layout wasn't having any of that detail-schmetail stuff. Derrick tells me that is OKAY. :)
I played around with the opacity of a brush to get the layered watercolor paint "frame" for the photo.
I layered a solid green over one of Vinnie Pearce's Typography Corner papers and changed the opacity for a soft, vellum-y look.
Those cute little heart flowers are from Vinnie's Peach Hill kit.
Someday, I will blog about something other than scrapbooking.