Layouts, Scrapbooking

Mucusless and fever free

I finally kicked the flu! Huzzah! We’re looking forward to finally getting out on a hike this weekend even though it will most likely feel horrible after weeks of lardy sofa spudness.

Anyway, until anything more interesting happens, here is the first of my layouts for week two of Design Your Life. I have to say, I have never spent this much time on a layout before. All that cropping and aligning (all in vain; my paper trimmer is officially crooked as one of Bobby’s hind legs) took forever. Not to mention the fact that a double 12×12 spread is freakin’ huge.

It looks better in real life since the silvery shimmer in the cardstock reflected weirdly in the photo and you can’t really see the transparent embellishments (I love those things, they’re from the September CK Kit of the Month). Oh, and I had a brain fart and forgot that it is called a reception in English, not a party. Bah. Alright, enough excuses:

The party

A clarification about fixing older layouts, like I mentioned in my last post: I’m talking about the layouts I made quite a few of when I was just starting out, following what was in style back then…one photo of something random, a bunch of paper flowers and no journaling or anything that would tell the person looking through the album what the page was about. I’m either adding something (mostly journaling that would help the page make sense), removing something (embellishments that take the focus away from the photos – this sometimes happened when I was on product-specific design teams), or, in the really grim cases, moving the entire layout into an album in my closet that I’m calling a crapbook. Hah.

The designing part of scrapbooking is just for me, to enjoy it right now. Just because it’s fun. Otherwise I would just use a regular photo album. But I want to be able to look back on my albums when I’m old and grey and rather have fewer albums with more substance than shelves full of layouts that don’t mean anything to me.

Oh, and the hiking pages? I’ve decided that since it is such an important hobby *cough*obsession*cough* for us, it should permeate all the album categories. Easy dayhikes and trails we do over and over again = things we do. Backpacking trips = places we go. Pages about overcoming some sort of hiking-related challenge or why we love doing it = all about us.

Alright, enough about that already. Sorry that I’m rambling on about this again, but when I’m down in the dumps and feel like I can’t control what’s going on in my life, I tend to react by microorganizing something like this. It makes me feel much, much better. :)

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  • Reply Suzanne October 15, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    LOL @ your comment about ‘all that cropping and aligning’ … ! Welcome to my world! Ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah, it IS a lot easier with a trimmer that’s straight. I use the tonic guillotine, and swear by it.

    Glad to see you’re getting back into the scrapping groove!

  • Reply Helen Mills October 15, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Hey your 12×12 double page LO looks great – I was kinda curious how you’d go with that with your 11×8.5 styley!

  • Reply Tracy October 17, 2008 at 5:26 am

    That is probably the best title of a blog post that I have ever seen!

    I totally took a shortcut on this one… I made several 8.5×11 blank pages in PSE, then added little square shapes in the sizes that the photos needed to be. Then I dragged in the photos I wanted, clipped them to the shapes, and printed the whole thing out – then cut the photos out. :)

    I have had it with my paper trimmer as well – we should get new ones! :)

  • Reply liannallama October 17, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Oh, I think your page is so pretty–I like it a lot! I read your Dog story from the “True Friend” blog and it broke my heart! So sad and I bet you were devistated! (((HUGS))) to you!

  • Reply Lisa October 18, 2008 at 5:00 am

    cute! Love the acrylic leaf embellishment. You made the sketch your own– love that.

  • Reply melanie October 19, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I ADORE this layout. :) You are awesome!

  • Reply Latrice October 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Can I just tell you I love this layout!! You look amazing! I’ll be emailing you soon about the project I have for you. Hopefully it’ll be going out to you next week. Talk to you soon. Hope you feel better soon. We all got sick again by hading out into the cool fall night yesterday. Got some great pictures though!!

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