So, you already know I love scrapbooking. It's fun, creative, and for me, very therapeutic. Finding time for my favorite hobby, however, is a challenge. But in the last few days, I've been able to finish a hand-full of layouts I started about two months ago. I'm still just over a year behind with Drew's book, and I still have yet to start Reed's. But I'm making some progress! (Somehow I still find the time to do the shopping for all this scrapbooking, though. Huh...odd.)
I admit that I find, and use, a lot of outside inspiration. I don't have much of my own original creativity, especially in terms of how the layouts look. I usually "scraplift" layouts from my favorite magazine (Creating Keepsakes) but I do enjoy picking out my own papers, stickers, and embellishments. I read quite a few blogs of popular scrappers (see side panel of links), so I find a lot of inspiration there, too. I like to keep a notebook close by for when I find such inspiration or ideas, and jot them down when I don't have time right at that moment to sit in my scraproom and work. This way, I'm still feeding my need to be creative, and then have a starting point when I do find myself with some free time.
So, if you'll indulge me for just a bit, I'd like to share these most recently completed layouts with you. :) (You can click on each photo to enlarge.)
"Our Christmas '08"
(Inspired by Amanda Probst)
Behind our Christmas greeting card, I hid a copy of our annual letter. Sneaky, huh?
(Inspired by Emily Merritt)
"Elmo & Drew"
(Inspired by Emilie Ahern)
"Celebrating You at 2"
(Inspired by Allison Davis. She's a definite favorite of mine. I love her simple style and creativity.)
I love these candles! Such a cute, and really simple, handmade embellishment.
Scalloping is a favorite trend of mine right now, but I have no fancy tool that does it for me. So, these are circles, half hidden underneath that border strip. Easy peasy!
(Inspired by Rebecca Cooper)