Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting …

I did it, you guys. 
I actually scrapbooked a layout! 

It's a simple one, but it's a real-life layout nonetheless and I can feel my creative mojo returning! I'm 36 weeks pregnant today and everything is all set for Baby Girl's imminent arrival. We're just kind of sitting around here waiting … which is exactly what I decided to call this layout! I used 2 of my favorite photos from our Hawaiian maternity photo shoot a few weeks ago. It was such a dreamy, magical experience and I wanted to try and convey that in my layout … 

I could not for the life of me get the colors of this layout to photograph well & this was as good a shot as I was able to get. It's a lot softer in person; you can get a better sense of the true colors in the close-up photos below … 

I should also mention that this layout was loosely inspired by a sketch challenge over on the Scrapbook Nerd message board. They're in the midst of their annual summer camp online crop extravaganza and I'm hoping to participate in more challenges now that my mojo has returned. Stay tuned! xx

Monday, May 9, 2016

Will I Ever Scrapbook Again?!

It sounds like a melodramatic question, but it's something I've been seriously wondering these past few weeks. I haven't scrapbooked in months - really, not since working on my December Daily last year.

As most of you probably know, a few days before Christmas my husband and I found out we were expecting … and I quickly fell into that 1st trimester season of nausea and fatigue. Even when I started to feel better, my creative mojo remained at large and it has yet to return. I want to scrapbook, I really do. I was so looking forward to documenting this pregnancy and putting together a homemade baby book. Each month, I pulled together my Counterfeit Kits with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, whenever I step into my scrapbook room all I end up doing is pushing paper around. My heart is focused on other things - like nursery colors and crib fabrics. There is a season for everything, and right now I'm in a season of baby bliss. And I'm learning to be okay with that.

I will scrapbook again, I know I will. Hopefully I can get some pages done before Baby arrives - but, if not, I'll just have to scramble to find time once she's here. (And yes, for those who didn't know, we are having a baby GIRL)

So, on that note, I'm going to get back to decorating the nursery. I'll post scrapbook-related again here as soon as I have something to share … which may be in a week, or a month, or a few months. But I'll be back. Promise :)

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Counterfeit Kit - Urban Blossom

Welcome to the April Counterfeit Kit blog hop! This month, the group was asked to pull inspiration from the February kit by C'est Magnifique. Now, I'll be honest … I was NOT a fan of the original kit. It's trรจs shabby chic and my style is definitely more modern/contemporary. I was stumped on how to pull together a counterfeit version of a kit I really despised (sorry kit; it's not you it's me

I finally decided to work off the color palette. The original kit has lots of pink and black, with subtle pops of gold. I went through my stash and found a collection of papers that fit the palette. I ended up pulling together this counterfeit version, which I'm calling Urban Blossom ... 

The patterned paper in the original kit had lots of bold designs (floral, damask, large polka dots) and while I didn't have anything identical on hand, I did manage to find other bold designs like black swans and script font.  

There were LOTS of butterflies in the original kit and I was shocked to discover that my stash is running low in the butterfly department! I decided to make my own butterfly embellishments, using one of my favorite punches by Martha Stewart … 

As for the rest of my embellies, I kept things simple with some flair badges and pocket cards. My embellishments are pregnancy-themed … I'm hoping this inspires me to finally get started on my Project Pregnancy! 

Despite my initial "oh my gosh, this is the worst kit EVER" reaction, I ended up creating a counterfeit version that I love! I really hope this is the kit that finally bumps me back into a creative, scrappy groove.

Next up on the hop is Susanne