Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrapbook Files: May 2017

May was a good month! I decided document a"week-in-the-life" to use my flair, and to step out of my comfort zone a little. It was hard to remember to take pictures of something memorable each day! It ended up coinciding with my first time having jury duty/being picked, so I was glad that I picked this week to look back on! Side note: jury duty isn't as terrible as everyone makes it out to be, and it was really interesting serving on a jury, so don't try and get out of it like so many people do!





The rest of the month fit into a single spread: spending time outside and my oldest friend's wedding! I ended up using a lot of my favorite Messy Box for both spreads, and I love how the two end up going together. I had been saving some of the kit (specifically, the floral pattern) for "the right time" and this finally felt like it! Does anyone else save (ahem, horde) certain items like this?



How cute is that little stamp set?


My friend did calligraphy on all the place cards: I had to save them. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 2)

Do you think I like cats?

I took full advantage of my trip to a cat cafe to get full use of my cat-themed supplies.  For you other cat lovers, the flair can be found here, and the stamp set here. My color scheme and use of embellishments is a little over-the-top compared to my usual style, but I had a lot of fun putting this together. 


I was also pretty excited to finally use the full page NYC map from an old Messy Box. As you can see above, I used little stickers to mark off places on the map where we stayed, ate, and visited.  

What would the point of going to New York be if you didn't spend the majority of your time eating? I loved being able to use my "on the menu" stamp to keep track of everywhere we ate. I actually had a lot of trouble figuring out the color scheme/which cards to use, but looking back I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. 




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 1)

Whew, it's been quite a summer for me! I was very busy with last minute wedding preparation in July and into August (I got married August 5th!) so I didn't have much time for scrapbooking let alone blogging about it!  So let's take a trip down memory lane to April, and one of my favorite spreads:


 I think it's the colors that I love about this so much. That, and I felt like a massive genius for using a full page photo with a piece of flair in the middle acting as the letter O in the title. I know, no one else have ever done that before. 

Does anyone else occasionally have layouts that they are super proud of and love to look at? Or am I just a self-involved scrapbooker?

This was my first month of scrapbooking for the Paper & Spool creative team! See everyone else's creations here





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scrapbook Files: March 2017

Ah, March.  It seems like every year this month is very uneventful. Maybe it's because there were so many events in such a short month right before that it makes March feel extra long and boring? We did do one fun thing: a day trip to Gettysburg! It was my first time there and I enjoyed taking in the sites and the history.  

Maps are always one of my favorite things to save from trips to add to my scrapbook. As you can tell from the upper right pocket, the map of the park is what inspired the color palette for this layout: greens, tans, and the blue from the sky that day.

 Above, I was trying to add some more small details for interest and depth -- my layouts are often pretty flat.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scrapbook Files: February 2017

I've been so wrapped up with wedding planning and family events that I got behind on my scrapbooking and blogging! In theory, I will share the next few months in quick succession.

February is always a fun month: my birthday, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, and for the past two years, track and field alumni events at my college. I took so many picture that I made a two full page spreads.  The left documents some random occurrences during the month, and I used the right side to concentrate everything we celebrated.  Pink is always appropriate in February, and I was trying to move out of my blue comfort zone.





February was all about stamping for me after buying a new stamp set from Elle's studio, and I became a very quick stamp convert.

I went back to old favorite colors on the second spread of the month, drawing inspiration from the photo of the building on the right hand side.  The first truly gorgeous day of the year.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Paper and Spool Design Team


I am excited to announce that I was chosen to be part of the very first Paper and Spool  design team! I'm one in a great group of women, some of whom I was already following and getting inspiration from on Instagram. Paper and Spool has a ton of great designs, including flair with cats and Harry Potter, so I knew this was a perfect fit for me. Don't be surprised to see it more often around here!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Scrapbook Files: January 2017

I feel like recently, every layout is my new favorite.  When I was working on this one, it was my favorite.  Then once I started working on it, February turned into my favorite. I'm sure once the photos arrive in the mail and I start working on it, March will be my top layout. But before I can show you February (or March), I have to share January!

Here it is in full! I have been sticking true to my goal for a double page spread (or more) per month, but never a half page. It's a good test in using the pockets spaces more creatively -- I'm slowly but surely getting used to the idea that my spreads don't have to be so photo-heavy. This month has no real theme per se; the right is almost all pictures from when friends visited me, and the left has the rest of the significant photos I took that month.  


My only gripe with this layout is the grid above.  It definitely looked better in my head than it turned out on paper.  I almost added thin pink paper lines between the photos and crossed in the middle, but I took them away at the last second. 

The majority of the items used are from the January Messy Box.  The colors were so inspiring! I was excited when I realized that the chipboard letters I picked out from Studio Calico matched perfectly with the color scheme.  

I've recently begun following more scrapbooking blogs/Instagrams for inspiration (and it's definitely reflected in my February layouts, which I will be sharing soon). What are your favorites? I'd love to check them out!