Jot Mag May Mood Board

I am such a fan of saturated colour. I love wearing it, scrapping with it and being surrounded by it. So it was no wonder that when I stumbled upon the Jot Magazine May Mood Board, it caught my eye. My initial thought was how cute is that mushroom bowl, closely followed by check out all that orange.

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If we were talking decorating I would totally say I am drawn to French Provincial style and lovely white/neutral interiors a la Dear Lillie and I’ve also noticed that I tend to be drawn to a lot of white infused layouts lately. The thing is that I love colour, far too much to ever actually pull off a white interior (well that and the mud that is forever walked into my house) or use it frequently on layouts. However among my dislikes I would certainly list the colour orange and florals of any kind. So let’s just say the Jot Magazine mood board for May was right out of my creative comfort zone and that is why it is so fantastic.

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I knew immediately that I wanted to use the green floral paper from the Berry Sweet collection by K & Company but I had no idea what story to scrap or what photo might go with it until I stumbled upon this gorgeously over exposed photo from mid 2010. I don’t mind telling you I had to think on this one for a while and decided to take it as an opportunity to use some really old stash from HOTP Paper Pizazz circa 2003 like the little teapot and tag. As well as some stuff that’s a little more recent like the arrow paper from Kaisercraft Check In collection and the background paper from their Timeless Classic’s Line. I even managed to squeeze in a little Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper as a nod to Mardi’s take on the moodboard which I absolutely love and you can see here.

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If you haven’t seen Jot Magazine before be sure to check them out for some fabulous inspiration. What would you say pushes you out of your creative comfort zone?

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For the Love of Legacy

My maternal grandfather was enamoured with photography and always had a camera on hand, my paternal grandmother was a historian and an author.

And me, I’m a little bit of both, I am a scrapbooker.

I love that I have similar traits to both of these wonderful people although I didn’t really embrace this hobby whole-heartedly until they had both passed away. My grandmother died of cancer when I was only twelve and my grandfather died a couple of years after I began scrapbooking when I was still deep in my product love phase and not so concerned with the quality of my photography.

Unfortunately I never got to benefit from the wisdom and skills that it took them decades to acquire. I don’t look back with regret or think of it as missed opportunity because quite frankly scrapbooking as we now know it wasn’t even around when Nan passed away and photography was not my focus when Taid* died. However I would love to be able to learn from them now and that’s what this layout is all about.

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I suppose in a way it’s a bit of a memorial to my grandfather but mostly it’s a reflection of how I feel right now and a celebration of something we both love. That photo is absolutely the epitome of everything I associate with him. It just captures his life, his personality and his passion so well. He seemed like such a serene and calm man, very gentle and wise but with an earned edge of seriousness (he was a doctor and a war veteran) and swapping the cold UK for the beaches of Northern New South Wales was definitely a significant move in his lifetime. I just love photos like that, that can seemingly capture a person’s entire personality in one go. For me though it’s mostly about that camera, (you can even kind of see his camera bag slung over his shoulder) and the fact that I am totally the same these days, lugging mine around with me everywhere I go. He was a great man, and I’m lucky to share his legacy, even if it’s just this small part.

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*Taid is Welsh for Grandfather.