A Not So Quick Update :)

Hi all!  It’s been a while since I have posted on here.  I hate leaving this site dormant knowing that I direct people here from my YouTube Channel. I have found lately (or probably longer than lately) that I really have so much creative inspiration and I don’t have enough time to make it happen.  You know that thing that happens…when you want something, you can’t have it but once you get it, you don’t want it anymore?  I feel like it’s a part of it.  Seems like when I have a moment to sit and breath and not be stressed out about all of the things there is to do in a day, I lose my motivation to scrap.  But all of the other time (which, let’s face it, it’s 99.99% of the time) I am so inspired to be at my scrap desk creating.

So let’s see, what have I been up to?  I finished a couple series on my YouTube channel.  One called “All About a Boy” and another called “30 Days of Thankful”.  For the All About A Boy Series, I created 10 layouts that were all about my son Stephen! Here is the playlist to that and a couple photos from my favorite layouts.

 

The 30 days of thankful project was inspired by Cathy Zielske and her class 30 Days of Thankful .  I purchased the smaller version because I only wanted the inspiration and less of the digital content.  It inspired me enough to create 30 videos on my channel where I decorated a page a day in a traveler’s notebook.  I really enjoyed the process of decorating in my traveler’s notebook.  I guess it’s a cross between a 12 x 12 and project life.  I like that I have a smaller canvas to work on.  I feel less intimidated and more free with using embellishments on a page.

After that project, I focused on creating some layouts with my December/Winter/Christmas stash which I have started posting on my channel now.  The playlist on my channel is called December Stash Busting and I am up to layout #6.

Since then, I started journaling again.  It’s something I have done in many many years.  It’s a long story and I plan to share a little of that in a post soon when I start sharing some of my journals.  I have been using a traveler’s notebook to journal and it’s very artsy and almost like smash booking, but doesn’t have to be so some pages are mostly just journaling.  For me, it’s really flexible and is less about telling a story of something that happened and more telling a story of right now.  I also add lots of smaller, less life changing topics in my journal, but it’s all about what I am thinking in the moment or what is inspiring me at that moment.

I did finish December Daily and haven’t decided if I will do a flip through on my channel or just a blog post.  I didn’t record the process for various reasons but it’s on my list of things “to do” as far as finding a way to share it.

On a personal note, I recently had back surgery and I am still recovering from that.  It’s something I have needed to do for many years but I couldn’t wait any longer.  I am also not sure that the fight with fixing my back is over. Only time will tell. I don’t currently have a series in the works for my channel and don’t know when I will start one up.  I am going to play it by ear as it’s really important for me to heal right now.

Looking back at all of that, I am actually impressed with what I have accomplished scrappy/art wise. Sometimes it helps to write it down!

Hope you are all having a wonderful start to the New Year.  Hopefully I will have another post out soon!

 

July Hip Kit Weekly Challenge – Deer Sighting

Sometimes it’s just nice to turn the cameras and the bright lights off and just create a page with low stress 😉  I enjoy the Hip Kit weekly challenges and love it when I am actually able to participate!  This week the challenge was to create a woven look on your layout.  I started planning the layout before I even had a picture in mind!

Since the move of my scrapbook space, I found a spot for my Silhouette Cameo where I am able to use it whenever I feel like it.  Nothing is blocking it and no need to take it out and find space for it on a table somewhere.  I just love it!  So I have been scoping out sights like The Cut Shoppe and Just Nick and purchasing some of my favorites.  For today’s layout, I purchased two cut files from The Cut Shoppe.  The strip with the word love is the Borderlines cut file and the rest are from the Washi Love cut file. I used both to create strips of paper with shapes cut out that I could back with pattern paper.  From there, I picked my color scheme and started creating.

 

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I used products from my July Hip Kit and I love the way it turned out.  I used the Illustrated Faith Paper from Bella Blvd called Whatever is Lovely to back the cut files.  The main sheet with the sun burst is from Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection.  I also used one small piece of Hip Kit paper from the July kit called The Happy Life by Kim Watson.  I used the B side which is black with white messy dots.  That is all the pattern paper I used on this layout!  I did use a piece of white card stock to back the layout.

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The embellishments consisted of a chipboard frame from Heidi Swapp; Hip Kit Exclusive puffy letters by Pinkfresh Studio; a wood veneer from Pink Paislee; and several die cut pieces from the Hip Kit exclusive products designed by Kim Watson for the July kits.

I loved playing with my kit and creating this page.  I can’t wait to see what the next challenge is going to be!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Creative Scrappers Sketch Challenge

Hi all!  I have a layout share for a challenge I did for Creative Scrappers.  I came to their site based on a search in Pinterest and saw that they were doing monthly challenges and this month included a free cut file from Just Nick.  I have been in such a scrapping mood lately that I went ahead and joined in.  Here is the layout I did for the challenge:

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This was a lot of fun.  I looked through some of the other sketches that are on the site and I may have to do this more often!  I will get the process video up on My YouTube Channel as soon as I can edit and narrate!

Happy Scrapping!

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Use It Or Lose It #10

I am obviously behind on posting my videos to my blog, but hey!  Better late than never right?!  Here is layout #10.  This one is about my love for MMA/UFC fights.  I was at a crop and the fights came on so I stopped to watch them on this tiny tv!  Paige VanZant is one of my favorites so I was really excited to get to see the fight…even if it was on the tinest of tv’s!

Happy Scrapping!

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Use it or Lose It Layout #9

The next video in my series is up.  Use it or Lose it #9 is all about my son’s excitement over making confetti when he was younger so he could use it at a big party.  We found the box of confetti while he was cleaning and packing up his room and it was just too cute!  He put tape on the box and wrote “Donate Counfete”.  This is a simple and quick layout but I love the way it turned out and the story it tells.

Thanks for watching!

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2015 December Daily Flip Through

I really enjoyed December in 2015.  Instead of recording the process of my pages, I ended up scrapbooking in the living room while watching shows with Brian so instead I have a flip through of the album.  There are still a few things that I need to complete and those things I will most likely do when I am energized to do so.  For now, I am more focused on starting some new adventures that I am slowly working on for my blog and my YouTube channel so the finishing touches will have to wait 🙂  Here are the two videos where I flipped through the album and explained some of my pages and process.  As always, thanks for watching!

 

 

I hope you are all having a great start to 2016!  I am really excited for this year for so many reasons!  One of them being a redo of my current scrap space 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

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