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.