I can’t believe the end of LOAD is coming up so fast, I haven’t missed a day yet and I can see my goal in sight and, oh, I am so, so ready to reach it. Only a few more days people… only a few more days. Today’s layout is truly a case of inspiration coming from everywhere. I’ve been keeping the Jot Mag February Mood Board in mind all month but none of the prompts or stories I wanted to tell seemed quite right for it. Purple is absolutely my favourite colour and team it with my second favourite teal, I am so there. Take a look at these vibrant colours.Despite the purple and teal pairings when I started pushing papers around I just couldn’t get it to sit right so instead I decided to play up the pink on this one. Let’s face it there’s really not a whole lot of girly going on around here with all the fella’s in this house so lets just say I layered it on thick. I took it way back to my childhood with a layout about one of my favourite toys. It’s one I’ve wanted to do for quite some time and when Sharon Hill posted a layout on the same subject for LOAD10 it got me all excited about it again, although I wasn’t even sure where my own paper dolls where. While searching for something to use with my LOAD22 layout in my childhood memorabilia collection , lo and behold I found my paper dolls as well and they couldn’t have been more appropriate to use with the lovely Jot Mag inspiration.My starting point was the purple and pink starburst, it’s the design that was used for She-Ra merchandise back in the 80s and proved a perfect visual tool for leading your eye to the elements of the page, namely the She-Ra doll. You’d better believe I popped her up on foam squares so you can still dress her up along with her off-sider Angella. I also created a pocket at the back to store the rest of the outfits that had survived my childhood. I think there was about six costumes each but I only have three for She-Ra & poor Spirit (her horse/unicorn) never made it.The title was also inspired by the typography for the show, using the font Baldur, which I sized & coloured in photoshop then fussy-cut out. With various 80s themed elements clustered around my journaling I tried to really play of the lovely vibrancy of this months mood board as well as just enjoying finding all these little gems in my current collection of scrappy things. Seriously when else is a gal gonna get to put a freakin’ unicorn on something. I absolutely adore this layout!
After years and years of saying “I’d like to do that one day” I finally signed up for Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day or LOAD as it’s known to kick my scrappy mojo into high gear. For the uninitiated LOAD is a challenge to scrap one layout every day for an entire month. You are given a daily prompt for you to run with or ignore at your pleasure and post to a Flickr gallery on a daily basis as a way of keeping accountable and cheered on by your fellow LOADsters. When I first heard of LOAD I thought there is no way known that I would ever be able to complete a layout per day for an entire month, but after my own Scrap 365 attempts I feel like I’ve been pretty good at maintaining a consistent scrap practice over the last couple of years and thought I’d best dive right on in. Especially since this will be the last LOAD hosted by Lain herself. So without further ado here is my first of 29 layouts for the month of February.
Our first prompt for LOAD was a colour one and it just so happened that the photo sitting top of the stack on my desk were just the right colours for this scrappy challenge. The story behind the photo of my son fast asleep on the change table cracks me up, simply due to its complete and utter randomness. It was one of those photos you take that you just know you’re going to have to scrap at some point. I can absolutely imagine this being one of those stories recounted down the line by my kiddos, who never fail to surprise me with some of the wacky things they do.
Milking means we get moving early around here but 5:20 is still a bit on the ‘too early’ side for the boys to be up and about, so when hubby was going about his morning routine and walked in the bathroom to find Joseph fast asleep on the change table, he was audibly surprised. Both his reaction and the fact that Joseph had, had the forethought to consider he needed his nappy changed, turned on the bathroom light and then fallen so deeply asleep without anybody hearing a thing is good fodder for a giggle sesh to me. Had he been there for five minutes? Had he been there half the night, nobody knows but that boy of mine can sure sleep anywhere in just about any position. I have found him right down the end of his bed under the covers, contorted in all fashions on top of his covers, asleep in a pile of teddies in the corner of the room, in a chair, under the kitchen table, in an office chair while watching Playschool next to his big brother, somewhere on the floor in many a room and literally upside-down falling half way out of bed. Although strangely enough I have not yet found him asleep under the bed (unlike his older brother).
I want to keep my expectations on the down-low for the month, so don’t think I’ll be posting perfectly formulated layouts, I know some days are going to be easier than others and some days I’m going to have more time than others but I think the key to making this month a success is not to overthink things too much and just go with the first thing that comes to mind. I did that right out of the gate with this one. From knowing my colours, to picking my photo, to choosing the first blue and red papers that I came across with the right tone to gathering the rest of my supplies I made my decisions in pretty quick succession and I think that approach is going to stand me in good stead. I’m not going for scrappy masterpieces here, just stories told but in saying that I really don’t think this ones too shabby for a first go.
It’s great how things just come together sometimes when your creating a layout but at other times you just need to sit and wait things out before you find that right mix of what works. This layout was a surprising case of both. These pictures from my sons 4th birthday have, no joke, been sitting, loitering, lolly-gagging on my scrap table for a year now, a year people!, and I just could not figure out how to scrap them. Enter the Jot Mag July Mood Board and suddenly the heavens opened and it fell together in about half an hour. That is an amazingly fast layout for me.I honestly think it had something to do with all that orange in the pictures. I am not a fan of the citrus colours – orange, yellow, lime green…yuck – and therefore have a hard time scrapping with them. Needless to say some of this years Jot Mood Board picks have been stretching me (March, & June anyone) but Blues, baby I am all there, they are my scrappy happy place and since orange is blues complementary colour I actually didn’t have to look all that far to find my muse for this one.The top strip and ‘so very thankful’ came from a border strip paper called ‘Summer’s End’ by Fancy Pants and just so happened to incorporate all the lovely colours from this months mood board, it was simply then a case of poking through what else I had to complement them. A few stickers from Basic Grey’s Hopscotch 12×12 sheet that I was also having trouble using and voila, layout sorted. I’ll call this layout a major win-win, being able to use so many things that I keep pulling out an putting back is a great confidence boost. I was almost going to say ‘and not a spot of Heidi Swapp on this one’ for a change but ooohh, what’s that I spy but some Heidi Swapp flair up in the top cluster to bring in a little pink… uh yeah, hey at least I’m consistent. Speaking of Heidi, have you seen all the ‘Heidi Swapp loveliness showing up in the Jot Girls’ Instagram feeds. I cannot wait for them to come out with Issue 11. She is just such a wonderful inspiration and example both personally and artistically to me. Still so generous even in difficult times and circumstance and I could not be prouder to be a part of this community that is rallying around her at the moment.
So very thankful is such a perfect sentiment at the moment. Not only for this layout about my beautiful boy, for having a fun and satisfying scrapping session but also about being a scrapbooker right now. What are you thankful for at the moment?
I know it’s completly normal for me to gush all over every Jot Magazine Mood Board offering but just so you don’t think I’m completly one dimensional this time I’m throwing a curve ball. My first thought on this months mood board was not ‘aaahhh’ but rather ‘eeeeeppp, what on earth am I going to scrap with that?’. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Natalie Elphinstone and pretty much every layout she creates is inspiration worthy in my opinion, but girl you really challenged me with this one. Originally I really wanted to scrap in my comfort zone and go with a heavy emphasis on pink and black and white polka dots but this is a mood board challenge after all so I decided to take the challenge portion to heart and step way out side of my normal. I just love the results. I just found this particular colour combo and chosen motifs completely intimidating. The most imtimdating part of it was the lime green factor. For some reason lime green and I have just not been able to find scrappy peace with one another. It’s the colour that I seem most frequently to pull out and play around with but when it comes to it I almost always end up putting it right back again. Red and pink together have a similar effect on me in that I can’t seem to get them to play nice with one another either. Luckily for me my son just happens to have a lime green rash vest and these poolside picks from his very first school swimming sports where such a complimentary choice for the summery fresh vibes of those watermelon hues, that it was a match made in heaven. I knew I had quite a few papers with a lovely lime colour to them but as far as embellishments went, I wasn’t so sure where to look. It just so happens that Heidi stepped in yet again, for me, with her September Skies Project Life Mini Kit and a superb selection of bits and pieces to suit. I even manged to get a little stamping in using the mason jar motif from a Dear Lizzy stamp set, a few different Kaisercraft sets to splash around the place and a Kelly Stamps ‘good for the soul’ stamp that legitimately sums up how I feel about any sort of water related summer past time.The finishing touch for me was this little accordion fold album that came from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine a million years ago and could hold both my story and additional pics from the various swimming events the David participated in. I loved the imaginative sports that his school included for the lower grades and just their whole approach to building school community and student participation. It really is a wonderful school for him to attend. I love that the ‘medals’ awarded came in the form of stickers since it meant I was able to include that ephemera in both my title and some additional ones in the booklet, rounding out my penchant for using memorabila and the like on layouts. In these somewhat dreary and soggy winter months this reminder of warmer weather was definitely a welcome way to pass a few hours as I pulled the layout together. While it made me a bit uncomfortable and intimidated to begin with I am so pleased with what I was able to achieve on this layout. So thanks Nat and Jot girls for a bright spot of sunshine.
One thing I love to record is how our morning routine goes at different times. It’s a fun little peek into our lives and man does it change over time. With the addition of new kids and new perspectives my morning routine now as a pregnant mother of two is going to look vastly different later in the year when another lovely person puts their spin on our day. So when I participated in BPC’s National Scrapbook Day festivities and saw Monica McNeill’s 5-Minute story idea I couldn’t help but check out her class of the same name. It was perfect for recording our right now morning routine.I took my cue from our doona cover for my colour palette, but felt like the background tones needed a dulling down with a wash of gesso so that my photos could take centre stage. Placing them in a chronological line across my layout gives the story continuity and allowed me to journal about the sequence of our mornings. I love the sense of movement conveyed in the images and how it changes from calm to crazy – just like the rhythm of waking up does every day To be honest some of the embellishing might be a bit misleading, I am not exactly the kind of person who finds mornings Joyous and to be honest I’d rather get five-minutes (who am I kidding half and hour) more sleep but its a work in progress and morning snuggles and quiet (emphasis on the quiet) kisses are just about the most awesome way to wake up. Not to mention tiny little hands grasping mine and leading me to the kitchen before the chorus of “I want…, I want…” sets in. Awwww, mushy, mushy. It was such a fun way to document our day-to-day and I love that Monica makes a point of not letting the storytelling interfere with the experience of being in the moments your capturing. Meanwhile still encouraging you to capture the bigger picture right down to details and seeing it through to completion. I can totally see myself doing more of this style documentation with my camera. Have you got any go-to camera tricks for capturing your stories?
It’s been a bit of a crazy time around here lately, what with gearing up for our little holiday, school activities and events, and baby appointments all over the place on top of all the regular stuff of life. I’ve been finding more and more that I just want to retreat to my scraproom and have some fun playing with paper. It is such a sainty saver and preserver for me and I know when I haven’t been scrapping that I start getting kind of cranky. The only problem with life being so busy is that the time I have available is infrequent and short at best, what’s a gal to do? Get her super scrap on and do some quick, simple layouts.
This one scraps a memory from 2011 when my family and I were in Melbourne for a short business trip. It was the first time we had traveled away from home with our six month old bubba and a bit of a learning curve and trial run for a bigger trip later the same month. Being new to the whole parenting thing we were a little underprepared and overwhelmed. I found myself struggling with the baby carrier and the lack of transport situation and really needing a pram with no way of getting one. In stepped the kindest shop keeper who just happened to hear my plight and offered her own lovely stroller for me to borrow while we were there. It was completely incredible to me that a woman who had absolutely no idea who I was would do something so kind for me. Being able to focus on such a positive and special memory was so therapeutic for me right now. The layout itself is inspired by my experience with Lilith Eckels 30 Minute Layouts class over at Big Picture Classes and based on a sketch from Scrappy Canary which they posted on instagram for their NSD challenges. While I didn’t end up playing along with them at the time, I still loved the sketch and used that as my starting point to get the memory on the page in as short a time as possible. I’ve also just noticed that BPChave a new class coming up that is even speedier called 15 Minute Pages with Jamie Waters, who you’ll know has got some skillz for fast pages if you’ve been following along with her recent collaboration Design On Time with Amy Tan and host Tudor called. With my focus on photo-less layouts last month and getting using memorabilia on my layouts I couldn’t help adding the business card from the store where I met this kind stranger. I don’t believe they’re there anymore but I will forever be grateful that she offered to help me in such a wonderful way.
Have you ever experienced a stranger do something kind for you? I’d love to hear about it.