I started feeling sick right after school, so I’m cutting it close with getting my layout uploaded. Good news is that I made it and am on track for a layout a day…I will do this! For this layout, I actually deconstructed the Year in Review Express Collection LO 5 so that I could use the Dakota kit. The prompt today asked us to use wood grain on the layout, so Dakota was the perfect choice. I could have spent more time with the flags in the upper right corner. They are much more narrow in the Express LO, and I like that look better. I just feel the need to stop messing with it and go to bed!
Today’s LOAD prompt is very fitting as it asks me to scrap about “the journey or process.” Clearly, I’m focused on my travel pages right now, but I think the last two days have made it clear that the journey and the company I keep are far more important than the final destination. We loved seeing the sights, but it wouldn’t have been as meaningful without sharing it with the people I love. This is one of the main reasons why I scrapbook. I get to live the experience, reflect on it deeply during the scrapbooking process, and then enjoy the memories for years to come as I look through my albums. This process is so important to me, I simply can’t understand why everyone doesn’t do it!
The prompt also mentioned weight loss journeys which reminded me of this page. In it, I documented my 45 pound weight loss journey several years ago. I went on to lose nearly 60 pounds and was so proud of myself for completing a cleanse and breaking my sugar addiction. I was working out at least 5 times a week and felt amazing. I’ve fallen off the wagon over the past few years and gained back 10 pounds. As active as we were on our trip this summer, I have been so lazy since getting home. I don’t really know why.
The good news is that my awesome neighbor is motivating me to walk with her daily. I’m going to make daily exercise a habit again so that I can feel as good as I did in these photos! I’m really thankful for Studio J, because I would not have had time to exercise and create a two-page spread each day…have I mentioned that I’m the world’s slowest scrapbooker?!
Our trip to Italy this summer was so fantastic! This was the first time that my husband and I got to travel alone with my sister and brother-in-law. We had some great experiences on our vacation, but the best part of the trip was spending time together! We celebrated my sister’s birthday in Athens and my brother-in-laws birthday in Rome. As Neal and I called this our honeymoon, we also celebrated our 22 anniversary…even though we were married in May…LOL! All good things come to those who wait…right?
As you know, I’m doing the LOAD Challenge this month, and today’s prompt took us to this color combination on The Play Date Cafe. I really like that the Studio J Express Kits allow me to substitute color in the paper and other embellishments, because I was able to add a bit of Barn Red to my layout. I think the muted version of these colors really make my photos pop off the page. It makes me so happy!
I can’t wait to get these layouts printed and into my albums. I want to share the excitement with you, too, so watch my blog for more details on how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack (including shipping and page protectors)!
Can’t believe how easy the layout was today! I worked on it while listening to the Project Life Webinar with Jennifer Woodbury and hosted by Lain Ehmann from Layout a Day . You can watch the replay for a week, so be sure to check it out. My friend, Mimi, is doing PL and loving it, so I’ve been wanting to give it a try. I’m really inspired since completing a Smash Book during our trip to Italy this summer! It was such a joy to scrap daily and collect the little bits and pieces of life along the way. It is also making it so easy to create a LOAD about the trip, because my journaling is done. The longest part of my process is finding/editing the photos. Have I mentioned that I love the Express Collections? I seriously L. O. V. E. them!
LOAD #2 is about our long trip starting with standing in security at Sea-Tac to calling mom to thank her for the Euros to meeting our driver in Rome. We decided against getting a car while we were there which was a wise decision…those drivers are crazy! Even so, they clearly know what they are doing, because I don’t think we saw an accident the entire time we were there. Thanks to LOAD and Studio J, I’m going to have this entire vacation scrapbooked by month’s end!
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Happy October! Now that I have a month of school under my belt and no travel plans in the near future, I’m ready to get back to my creative endeavors. I’m challenging myself to create a layout a day with the ScrapHappy community. The only time I actually completed the challenge was my first time six years ago, so I’m really determined to make it happen this time. Luckily, it also coincides with CTMH’s Studio J special, so I’m going to create most of my layouts using Studio J to save time and money since it is buy 9, get 1 free this month.
I used layout #8 from the Travels Express Kit. Seriously, the most time consuming part of this layout was narrowing 150 photos from our tour of Crete down to 5! I love that these Express Kits allow me to drop in my photos and journaling without any additional fuss. Honestly, I don’t usually use quick pages because I don’t like the lack of customization. With this page, I was able to customize the title, add a shadow to Crete, and add a cocoa frame around the focal photo. I’ll further bling it out when I get the final print by adding bitty sparkles…they are my not-so-secret addiction!
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I can’t believe that it is already the end of September. I’ve neglected my blog–and creative endeavors–for far too long. On October 1st, I’m righting this wrong by participating in the ScrapHappy members-only LOAD (layout a day) Challenge. Yet, there is still one more day to take advantage of CTMH’s It’s Your Day special.
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So, I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable while scrapbooking last night. It is my go-to podcast for scrapbooking, by the way, so I encourage you to check it out! Anyway, May Flaum was one of the guest hosts and she was talking about her tattoo. It reminded me of the layout I did about Kate’s first tattoo. You can read the original post on my old blog, but here are the photos of the layout.
I think it is a little hysterical that I had my camera poised in the hope that she would cry. Of course, she is far too tough to cry over a little tattoo. LOL…I really am not a mean aunt!
If you haven’t checked out my new blog yet, be sure to read my “A Big Thank You & Celebration” post! You’ll also get a look at the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection. Mine will be here soon; I can’t wait!
I’m really ready to start scrapbooking my Hawaii photos and to finish some pages I’m donating to a friend who recently started chemo for bone cancer. Her son asked her to create a scrapbook for him, so my goal is to help her make his wish come true. Sharing our stories with the ones we love is so important! I don’t have kids, so I think I lose sight of that sometimes. Yet, I’m the only one who is qualified to tell my story! I’ll share the layouts that I make for her here. I’m working on the Technique Tuesday “Live in the Moment” kit by Ali Edwards right now. The inks that came with the kit are so nice; they are so chalky and smooth and look absolutely beautiful.
I completed a layout while cropping with a friend last night and another one today on Studio J! I love weekends like this. Only 1 1/2 weeks left of school and then I hope to spend my summer in many such creative endeavors. Be sure to check out the video on my new blog, Studio Scrapping! I’ll post my other layout after I talk to my sister and iron out the journalling for it. 🙂
I’m so excited about my new blog, Studio Scrapping, which focuses on all things Studio J! I spent the last month setting up my new blog and coordinating my Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts with it. It is a one-stop-shop for everything you want to know about Studio J. Now that I’m “done” creating the site, I can get back to creating tutorials. I have a ton of ideas that I want to share with you, so I hope you will follow me at my new site!
Close To My Heart is offering an amazing special this month…create a Studio J layout and receive a FREE JPG of it–no purchase required! Seriously, how awesome is that?!
It gets better! Both Close To My Heart and Studio Scrapping are holding contests this month. Upload your free JPG to our Facebook pages, get your friends and family to “Like” your layout, and win big!