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Scrapbooking + Personality

So I have been scrapbooking a little bit… just a little and I have a few fun projects to share..soon. [icon name=”icon-smile”] In the midst of getting ready for next week, I managed to make time to scrap a little.  Usually when I have a lot on my mind, it is hard to be creative. Still need to finish up last year’s project life album but I cannot help but to scrap some of my most recent photos. Sometimes I wonder if it is overkill to have so many pages about my child… but she is the center of my world. Great reason, right? Lately, I have been trying to make sure I do not fall into what I call a “scrapping rut.” You know…where everything you create starts to look alike. I am very routine individual so this could start to happen easily and I not even notice until it is too late.

I have seen some change in my pages over the years -more focus on the photos and definitely, a lot more color. I would like to do more with my pages. I want to experiment with different techniques that I do not normally use and try to achieve some of the things I see in paper scrapbooking and love. I love love to see a page with the worn or tattered edges. With just the right paper, it looks so chic and modern…and I just love it. I do not know why. I have yet to seen that re-created in digital in a way that just grabs me. Maybe that will be my challenge for next week. Every time I try to experiment I get discouraged before I even get halfway through. I guess I just need to push on through it and see what happens.

First page I want to share is with the photos from meet the teacher night. I saw this kit and some amazing pages in the gallery at Sweet Shoppe Designs..just know I needed to use it. Plus, it had all of the fun, girly colors that just scream “I am full of spunk.”

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Then, this next page is about Miss Frowny Face’s aversion to my camera (lol!). Sometimes it just drives her up a wall when she sees I have camera. Most times she welcomes it and ask for photos. I just figure one day she will be glad to see these photos and get a good idea of how her personality was at each stage of her life. I can look back on photos and remember how I felt at that period of time. It really gives you perspective on how you became the person you grow up to become.  I mean, that’s why I take photos and make these pages and even.. why I blog.

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This last page is just about the latest addiction in our household. I have loved each portion of the “Days of Week” collection created by Sugarplum Paperie (Nicole) and Mari Koegelenberg, and I had to use this one. For some reason, notebook papers..graph papers…and anything similar always call to me to be used as my main background. Then I wanted to play around with some shapes to include more of the papers from the kit.

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Scrapbooking is the one hobby I have held on to for a length of time. I will admit to my commitment issues; I can be very indecisive. I love being able to start with a blank canvas and see how the memories will affect the end result of a page. I can experiment with the world of color as much or as little as I like and change it up with every page.

List of digital items used on the layouts above:

  • School is Totes Cool + B2S Chalkboard Cards – Traci Reed
  • Font: Besties (Lydia’s Print) – Darcy Baldwin {fontography}
  • My Sunshine – Shawna Clingerman
  • Font: TV Moms – Darcy Baldwin {fontography}
  • Days of the Week: Friday – Sugarplum Paperie + Mari Koegelenberg

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