Saturday, July 16, 2011

My scrapbooking inspiration.

Why do you scrap?
Happy Saturday everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you're having a great start to your weekend!
I started scarpbooking over12 years ago when I was having my second child. Back then my pages consisted mainly of photos cut with fancy edge sissors ( freestyle, ugh!!!) and matted  on some cardstock , with a few stickers to finish the page up. I look back on those pages and think how much my style has evolved over the past decade... now it's all about the more I can squeeze on a page the better!! But , I wouldn't change those  early layouts on single bit because they remind me how important it was  to record my family's journey in the first place! Over the years I have managed to fill over 40 albums and numerous mini books in addition to the various other papercrafting projects I've made at Cropping events and classes.
While I love to venture out in other branches of papercrafting, scrapbooking will always hold a special place in my heart. I still love to scrapbook and I've made it a point to dedicate some scrapping time each month .... I so seriously need to catch up!!! It doesn't hurt that it's so much fun shopping for all those fun papers and embellishments out there!!!

So I thought I would share a few more pages with you ....

I started this layout more than three years ago when I saw a similar layout at my local scrapbook store. I bought the papers, cut out the rope paper, glued in down and that was it .... until now. The photos of my son's guitar performance seemed just right for this layout. It only took me three years to finish it!!!

I'm really loving the October Afternoon line right now. The 5&Dime collection has a little bit of everything, which I tried to incorporate onto this layout. I pulled so many things for this layout... my sewing machine, the Cricut and even some stamps ( Heidi Swapp) and of course OA papers and chipboard /stickers.

This layout features the travel stamp set form the Summer Mini from Stampin' Up!, which I bought specifically with scrapbooking in mind. I kept it simple for this layout, just a stamped border and tags with even more stamped accents.

I diecut the floral label and coordinating mat on my Cricut for this page with my DD and her BF's.The pleated border is from a recent tutorial on Splitcoaststampers but I made it longer to fit my page. It didn't want to stay flat so I stitiched my green polka dot ribbon directly to it ! Now it's not gonna move at all!!!! I stitched a couple corner edges to the girls pic and used a funky style " Friends" sticker for my title.

I have a bunch of these flowers in various sizes in my stash that really need to put to good use. They actually matched quite nicely with some jumbo buttons from SU's Spring mini. The accents are from Making Memories as is the floral paper which is custom diecut to that fancy shape thanks to my Cricut! The title is made with Thickers stickers. I hid my journalling underneath one photo.

 I am so blessed to have such wonderful inspirations( aka. my kids) in my life!!

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting..... hope to see you again real soon!!!

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