Jot Magazine July Mood Board

We’ve had some wild and windy weather here in Tassie and I’m getting in on this one by the skin of my teeth. We’ve had wattle trees falling over our driveway, internet going in and out, and power outages to contend with round here so I’m just hoping the power and internet will hold out until I get this posted. Surprisingly this month’s theme which centres around mustard yellow and teal with complimentary neutrals of rich brown and subtle grey are remarkably like the current state of things outside our house right now. We’ve got yellow wattle flowers and greenery strewn about the place, grey skies and rich brown mud laid thick everywhere you look and while it would certainly compliment the colour scheme of this month’s Jot Magazine Mood Board I’ll leave that for another day and instead show you something a little prettier.

31072014_1JotMagJulyMoodBoardThere are just some people in your life who you know have got your back. These girls are the ones that have been through thick and thin with me and although we don’t live so close anymore I still love them to bits. I decided to use the latest mood board to highlight this photo of us taken at a Western themed 30th birthday. I loved how the mustard and teal really highlighted the hot pink in the photo, and that the brown and grey helped ground it. This pic had been displayed on my desk for the last six years or so and I figured it was about time swap it out and get it on a layout. I already had my journaling ready to go in one of my notebooks so I just pulled it together and went about seeing what else the mood board could inspire.

31072014_1JotMagJulyMoodBoardImage number 3 of the mustard skirt and teal stockings was just the spark of inspiration I needed on this one. I chose to use the mustard-layered-on-teal as the main background and cut up some doilies to create a lace like frill underneath. I also loved the design on the skirt and set about recreating it with some shiny white string inside one of my doily hearts which are a nod to those cute cake toppers.

31072014_2JotMagJulyMoodBoardTo keep the background from being too boring I used a Versamark watermark ink pad to do some subtle stamping between the photo and doily hearts just for a little bit of interest there. It’s barely noticable on the cute star paper from Kaisercraft’s Technologic Collection but shows up a little more on the teal cardstock helping to keep the white space from being trapped among all the other elements of the page.31072014_3JotMagJulyMoodBoardCompleting the semi-circular cluster of elements around my photo is some nude Heidi Swapp die-cuts. I love the subtly of  design you get when you don’t mist them like this and it allows you to still use quite large die-cuts in a space that would pull your eye away from the rest of the design if you used something with more colour. Keeping them nude also helps to really bring your eye around the layout from the journaling to title.

31072014_4JotMagJulyMoodBoardMy main inspiration was obviously the skirt but what’s your favourite thing about this mood board?

Preventing Overwhelm: Go with the flow of life

Day to Day

So in my last post I talked about how going-with-the-flow-of-life might look in terms of the broader picture. I spoke on the effect that different seasons and stages have had on my own scrapping process and how those changes in what’s happening in life overall affected my scrapbooking. Today I wanted to break it down a little bit more and give you more of day-to-day look of how seasons and stages can affect scrapbooking process and how you can help prevent overwhelm by making your scrapbooking work with the flow of your life not against it.

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To reiterate – in my current life stage I am (mostly) a stay at home mum to two pre-schoolers, but we also run our own farming business, we are in our holiday period for the year but gearing up for our busiest season where everyone on farm is flat-out.

So what does that look like from a practical perspective? Well those incremental windows of time when my boys are occupied or napping means that I can also sneak off to my scrapbooking room and tweak a layout here or write down that bit of journaling there. My scrapbooking time comes in small batches throughout the day and is often interrupted or at best in a state of distraction. If I want to spend a concentrated amount of time on anything it needs to wait until after my kids are in bed, and be balanced with spending time with hubby or other things that need focused attention. It also means I have heaps of fodder for scrapbooking material. This time when they are little seems so fleeting and every little thing they do seems so precious. So having a regular method of capturing those memories and methods of dealing with photographs, memorabilia and stories is essential. I find that my best time for managing the latter is during those distracted periods where I can edit photos or file memorabilia or jot down in-the-moment thoughts for hashing out later.

I also want to foster a love of creating in my kids, so time during the day might also be used to create something together. I’m still learning on how to release creative control here so often the craft of choice is painting or playing with play dough but we have attempted scrapbooking together a few times. Just for the sake of keeping it real at this stage of life scrapbooking is more of a personal sanity saver than a community activity, just sayin’.23072014_3GowiththeFlowofLifeDaydbyDay

I use my concentrated time to refine journaling and do processes that need more attention. Trying to do ‘thinking tasks’ like journaling or making/attaching fiddly page elements or experiment with technique when my kids are around just spells madness for me. I lose my train of thought, or end up with glue/paint/whatever everywhere. Or that thing that I just spent ages fussy cutting, ends up cut in half and pieces of it strewn all over the room. My kids like to grab stuff and look at it or play with it so if it’s something I don’t want them to get at it needs to be out of reach from small hands. I don’t think I’m alone in that one either. Getting mad at my kids for ‘ruining’ a layout is not my idea of fun so I need to make sure my process reflects the stage we’re at and take measures to minimise the opportunity for upset.

As I alluded to before, we’ve essentially been in our holiday period for the year. As far as going with the flow of life, it’s the part of the year where I basically get to spend the most time with my hubby. Farming is an intensive occupation and concentrated time together is limited so we’ve been living it up and just enjoying spending time together, reveling in his company and doing family activities. Scrapbooking has taken a back seat to the family time, which means I haven’t been putting my energies into creating layouts or blogging but instead focusing heaps on the LIVE portion of live. create. love it.

23072014_4GowiththeFlowofLifeDaydbyDayWe’re also gearing up for our busiest season. We’ll be flat out calving and training staff before we know it which means now is also the time to do the things that don’t get attention the rest of the year and set ourselves up for success when the minutia will lose priority over focusing on the bigger picture. Fixing things, cleaning things and organizing are all on the list both in-house and on the farm. In the scraproom I’ve been able to clear out some clutter, tweak a few organizational methods and am putting in place a few measures that will mean I’ll get the most out of my limited scrapbooking time come calving.

How do you fit scrapbooking into your day-to-day?

 

Preventing Overwhelm: Go with the flow of life

Seasons and stages

17072014_1GowiththeFlowofLifeIn the past year I have been in the most productive and prolific season of my scrapbooking life, I’ve done more scrapbooking in this past month than I’ve managed to do some years as a scrapbooker. This is huge. I finally feel as if I’ve come into my own as a scrapbooker because I am fuelling my passion and finding balance with my other commitments. In the past week however my scrappy process has been a bit less intense and a little lower on the list and that’s why I thought now would be the perfect time to share some of my tips for preventing overwhelm in your scrapbooking.

If there is one thing I could say to preventing overwhelm it’s to ‘go-with-the-flow-of-life’, so what does that mean exactly – it means working with the seasons of your life not against them.  Those seasons of life may be; where you’re at in terms of ‘life stages’, literal seasons of the year (we are farmers after-all), or seasons of inspiration.

As far as ‘life stages’ goes in my current season of life I’m knee-deep in parenting small children. We’re over the babies & sleepless nights portion for now (until such time as we’re ready to add to the brood). My boys are a little more independent and able to entertain each other for small windows of time, but save for the occasional nap require a lot of my time and energy for most of the day. We also run our own business, this past week has been our holiday season here on the farm. Our cows are dried off in preparation for calving season which means we’re not milking at the moment and get to enjoy our annual sleep-in (Yay for holidays!), but when calving season starts it’ll be all hands on deck and crazy busy around here. As far as inspiration well it’s coming at me from all directions it seems.

17072014_2GowiththeFlowofLifeI need to be able to fit my scrapbooking around all these other things in my life. Which means I scrapbook in short spurts through the day and after the kids have gone to bed. We have slower seasons and peak seasons of work where I can do more scrapbooking or where I may not even see my scraproom unless I’m well prepared. We don’t live too close to stores so I purchase supplies very occasionally when I make the trip into town and I generally scrap alone at home and find community online with other scrappers.

This is a lot different to how my scrapping process looked when I was working, or in university or in the early years of our courting/married life. When I was working full-time, I had a 9-5 job and so scrapbooking time was reserved for weekends and weeknights. I lived alone so had no other distractions in house but I had a fairly active social life and balanced scrapping with commitments at church or with friends and other groups I was a part of. I attended crops often and socialised with other scrapbookers. I also had a disposable income that was spent mostly on scrappin’ supplies and I am yet to tap the bottom of that particular well of stash. When I was in uni, I studied in a creative field so much my creative energy went towards assignments and although I had considerably more free time, I was also far more inclined to waste it surfing the internet or doing something that required no brain power – like watching tellie. I also had very little income so had to get creative with scrap supplies or dig into my abundance of older stuff. Scrapbooking was factored into my weekly routine but I have fewer layouts from that time period because my creative focus was generally elsewhere, but they do have a more artistic bent because I was sourcing inspiration from unusual places.17072014_4GowiththeFlowofLifeBringing other people into my life changed my scrappy focus again. During our courting, my free time was spent obviously with the gorgeous fella who’s now my one and only, but I had time outside of work and at my own house to concentrate on scrapbooking. Early married life meant a change in routine and location, and a surprise honeymoon baby but my husband worked long days and when I wasn’t busy packing or exhausted from growing a baby I had plenty of time in the middle of the day to get my scrap on. With a newborn scrapbooking had to compete with adjusting to being responsible for a tiny human and the desperate need for sleep.

My scrapbooking has had to evolve with each life stage. Every change has affected when I could scrapbook, how much I could spend on scrapbooking, what I scrapbooked about, even where I scrapbooked. Creative energies have ebbed and flowed and focus has either been able to go towards scrapbooking or other pursuits like studying, building relationships, or work. Therefore it is natural that each life stage has meant a change in the frequency and output of layouts and tweaking the way and manner in which I scrapbooked. By allowing that ebb and flow and going with my present ability, desire and access to scrapbooking I have been able to consistently make scrapbooking part of my life no matter what else was going on. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is the amount of ideas that keep coming and my love and passion for this great craft. Fighting against my current abilities and tendencies only meant frustration. As important as scrapbooking is to me it had to take a back seat at times.

Let’s start a conversation. How have different life stages affected your own scrapbooking?

Create It Quick : Steal Your Own Style

Jot Magazine and their mood boards are becoming a bit of a thang for me it would seem. To me they are just the right mix of colour, inspiration and design while still allowing plenty of freedom for self expression and creating in your own or a myriad of different styles, but before I change it up a bit and start on new layouts inspired by their latest mood board I thought I’d share my last layout that was created with the June Mood Board in mind. This layout was super fast to put together. Why was that? I hear you say, because I simply stole ideas from the other layouts I’d already done and repeated them here.

07072014_1CreateItQuickStealYourOwnStyleThis is a simple layout for my sons baby book. I can’t say that I have been the most consistent in doing monthly layouts for either of my sons baby books but then again I’m not particularly fussed about that sort of thing. I figure catching even the occasional snippet of life-as-it-is at a certain age is better than nothing and if I can still remember some of those little details a few months or more down the track – fantastic.

The first steal I did on this layout was taken directly from the background paper which is part of Crate Paper’s DIY Shop collection. I love the images housed in all those speech bubble and wanted to show it off a bit so I could still see the pretty pattern. My steal was to take the idea of housing elements within a dedicated space just like the speech bubbles so I simply grabbed out a bunch of my journaling blocks and stamped them onto silver-grey metallic paper and wrote in my journaling. The joy word stamp and the little dotted flower stamps help to add interest.

07072014_2CreateItQuickStealYourOwnStyleFor my second steal I chose to repeat the clock motif which I used on my Cultivating Quiet Time layout. It’s a bit more of a subtle feature on this one though. While the passing of time is obviously something that you notice with a babies growth it’s not really the feature element here.

07072014_3CreateItQuickStealYourOwnStyleThe title work uses the same gray cardstock and See-D’s Smudgey Keys Alphabet stamp set as I used on my Wedding Planner layout. and I also matted my photo on the same frayed linen fabric and added another gray cotton fabric on top of it to highlight the picture of my beautiful boy. Everything on the layout is designed to draw your eye to those beautiful  big peppers and cute rosy cheeks.

Honestly this layout took about a total of 20-30 minutes to get together because once I had my starting point I just ran with it and since I had the elements already within easy reach it made it so much easier to grab and go. Have you got any tips for putting together quick layouts?