Monday, May 5, 2008

I'm Scrapbooking Again!!

You must understand what a huge step this is for me... I used to scrapbook years ago. In fact, I used to teach scrapbook classes. I was even published twice. I loved it. I couldn't get enough. But eventually I fell so far behind in my pictures that I felt overwhelmed and slowly gave it up.

Since then, I discovered this phenomenal world of card making through Stampin' Up! I jumped in to making cards with both feet... and both hands... and lovin' every minute of it! But my love for photographs just kept nagging at me. So... I tossed the idea around that I should start scrapbooking again. Only I knew that I didn't want to go back several years and try to "catch up". That would last about as long as it took me to open the drawer where those photos are stored. You know exactly what I mean. The way I see it, there's no need to start something that I know I can't finish. Instead, I would take baby steps and start small. I have a pile of beautiful black and white photographs that I intended to put in frames sometime (obviously that never happened), so I decided to create a "Favorite Photos" album! And in sticking to my "keeping it small" guideline, I'm doing exactly that... I'm doing 6" x 6" pages! Only one photo fits on the page. No need to fear the dreaded "all-of-these-photos-don't-fit,-which-one-do-I-toss" dilemma! This is a page size I have never worked on before, but I must say it is quite exhilerating! It's like creating a mini work of art - enhancing an already beautiful photograph... and very satisfying in that it doesn't take long to complete a page.

...so I fell in love all over again. I've already made 3 pages and here is the first one:

Don't I just have the most handsome boys ever? (okay, I'm quite biased. I'm sure you have handsome boys too.) This page uses a color combination pulled straight from the Jersey Shore DSP: Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White. The stamp sets are Wonderful Favorites and Think Happy Thoughts. I layered several punches in the lower right-hand corner. Here's a closer look:

That's the Scallop punch, followed by the 1-3/8", 1-1/4", 3/4", and 1/2" Circle punches, along with the Word Window punch . A Brilliant Blue Brad holds it all together.

I can't wait to show you more pages. I haven't scrapbooked in years, and how fitting that I decided to start back up in May... it's National Scrapbooking Month! So for all of you scrapbookers out there, I'm pleased to re-join the ranks as a fellow "cropper" once more. I do hope you'll enjoy watching my progress on this journey.

Later on today I will tell you about another "Share" that I'm doing... and it'll be right up your alley if you are interested in trying an album like this one!

4 comments:

Renée said...

Love your scrap pages and totally understand about getting out of scrappin' and into card making. I have about 1000 pics coming (from the past 1-1/2 years ...) to hopefully get back into scrapping!! I look forward to seeing more scrap samples from you. I really like your work!!

Anonymous said...

Michele,

I love your page!! I'm so glad you are re-entering the scrapbook world. As you know that's my first love!!

Janet

Trudi said...

Love this LO may just have to case this one. I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Tiffany said...

Love this one!!!! So happy to see you scrapbooking and you are so talented!!!!