Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…#11

Happy Monday!! I’m back.  So sorry for the long pause but my son was very sick for several days which took all of my time and energy waking up in the middle of the night, disinfecting, washing clothes and sheets, you know the drill. Momma had to ramp up to meet the demands!  So something had to give and my crafting took the hit.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

But I am back and cranking out projects to wrap up the October kit.  I know the November kit is on it’s way so I am really hustling to catch up.  Anyway, welcome to my blog series, “Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder“. If you haven’t already, please read The Intervention so you can understand the inspiration for this craft adventure.

Creating this layout with some of the papers from the October kit began as a challenge but now I like how it turned out. The colors in this kit are very muted. I am coming off of summer colored projects so I had to embrace the less vibrant colors and these photos seemed to complement them well.

I took pictures of my son playing in the leaves a few weeks back and had to create a layout to capture his pure joy with nature.  I love that he sees all those leaves as something that must be investigated and played for some time in. I love them when they are on the trees but knowing that raking needs to be done when they fall, I am not as thrilled as he is about them.

I know geotags are big right now and have not used them before so it was fun using the yellow heart geotags in this layout.  I also snagged some old October Afternoon labels to include a little journaling.

With each scrapbook layout I do I feel the cobwebs falling away. As I said before it’s been over a year since I made any scrapbook pages so I am a little rusty.

Hope you all had a great weekend and I will see you on Wednesday with another project from this kit.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…The Intervention!

Overflowing storage bins filled with kits

Overflowing storage bins filled with kits

I have a confession to make…I’m a scrapbook kit hoarder!  I have subscribed to scrapbook kit clubs for over 8 years now.  In the beginning I would get my kits in the mail and pick through and make layouts with all the coordinating papers. It was so nice to have someone else do that sort of thinking for me.  But then slowly I started looking at the kits differently. I started to say, oh this paper is so pretty oh and this embellies is so cute, I can’t possibly violate them by using them on a layout.  And one after another, the kits started coming in and I keep waiting for the “perfect” layout to use the products.

Ended up buying another bin  to fill with kits.

Ended up buying another bin to fill with kits.

Then about 3 years ago, I started making cards and abandoned the whole traditional scrapbooking process. I dabbled here and there with mini projects like ‘Week in a Life” with Ali Edwards and December Dailies but still not parting with my prized stashes of kits.  As a matter of fact,  I would buy different paper for these projects rather than finding a way to make my stash work.

This shelving contains other items but much of it is ancient kits.

This shelving contains other items but much of it is ancient kits.

This past year, I told myself that I wanted to dip my foot in the water of scrapbooking again.  So for 2013 I have been working on a Project Life album.  Which I am proud to say also after many failed attempts in years past is actually getting completed. I worked out a system that works fairly well.

Another thing I have been doing to get my scrapbooking mojo on is listening to great scrapbooking podcasts while I work in my craft room.  The one I listen too most is called Paperclippings and I went ahead and subscribed to their podcasts.  The lovely part is that the host has guest panelists that talk about different aspects of scrapbooking.

The most recent one talked about kits and I felt like I was meant to hear what they were discussing. One panelist in particular (Tracy Banks) talked about how on her blog she shows her process on how she uses her kits.  Thus using practically all before the next kit arrives. Not a new idea but presented in such a way that I have decided this was just the intervention I needed to break the hoarding cycle.

So I am going to start a new series on my blog documenting my journey to freedom. I will start with my most recent kit from Cocoa Daisy which is the September kit. So come back to see if I can stay on the right path.

If you come to visit, maybe I can inspire you to break the cycle.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #218

I am actually scrapbooking again.

I am actually scrapbooking again.

Hello Everyone!  Wow I think I was away for three weeks this time.  It is very challenging to keep up with our summer outings and write posts. I also knew I would not have time to respond to others so I chose not to participate. But I am missing my creative peeps! So here I am.

I am re-entering the scrapbooking world. I have been on a bit of a break working on my cards, which I have also been having a break from so what am I doing?  Anyway,  I decided to make a scrapbook of my recent anniversary vacation with my husband.

Some of my tools and goodies for the album.

Some of my tools and goodies for the album.

I recently bought a new Sterilite storage that has a cool compartment that snaps on top. In here I put all of the stuff I am thinking of using in this mini album. The beautiful borders are cut by my Silhouette and I have pretty floss I intend on using and some date stamps.

Momentos from the trip.

Momentos from the trip.

I collected things while were on our trip to possibly include in a scrapbook album.  I  also have some cool wooden pieces and buttons I have been itching to use on something.

 

My cover and some photos.

My cover and some photos.

I found this album on sale at Michael’s and thought the color was perfect for a beach album. So I cut out the title on my Silhouette and embossed the word Chatham. I used Thickers for the year.

If you haven’t learned about this amazing creative journey you can take every Wednesday, then head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

 

Mini Album Project – Choose Happy!

Choose Happy!

Choose Happy!

Hi Everyone!  I thought I would share one of the projects I completed last week on my craft retreat. I haven’t been doing much scrapbooking beyond Project Life and I haven’t made a mini album in a very long time. So this was a really fun project to create. I bought the base for this mini album at  Joann’s a long time ago on clearance. So I gathered it and added some paper from my 6×6 paper packs. The one I used most of was from My Mind’s Eye ‘ Indie Chic – Nutmeg’.  I am on an aqua kick right now so I kept the palette to aqua and a few other colors. I even painted the mini close pins to match.

Page 1 and 2

Page 1 and 2

I will put the pictures in now that I am home.

Page 3 and 4

Page 3 and 4

I also used some sticker elements from Echo Park’s ‘For the Record’.

Page 5 and 6

Page 5 and 6

I also used one of my girlfriend’s Stampin Up stamps to create the little hearts you see in there.

Page 7 and 8

Page 7 and 8

I love all the little pockets and the bicycle is so stinkin’ cute.

Page 9 and 10

Page 9 and 10

The colors are a mixture of serene from the blue and muted browns to pure energy from the golden yellow colors.

Page 11 and 12

Page 11 and 12

I also used doilies for added dimension.

Page 13 and 14

Page 13 and 14

I can’t wait to put some photos in those little “Polaroid frames.

Page 15 and 16

Page 15 and 16

One of my favorite elements are the wooden man and woman. I just love them.

Close up of 18

Close up of 16

I didn’t realize there were so many pages in this little book.

Page 17 and 18

Page 17 and 18

Can’t wait to put something in that glassine envelope.

Close up of envelope

Close up of envelope

I am thinking of using only black and white photos so as not to compete with the color scheme.

I will share more projects in the days to come so do stop by soon.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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