A bit over 7 years ago I was highly stressed at work and needed to find a way to relax so that the time I would spend at home would be quality time with my family. That is when I took up scrapbooking. Mind you, I had never done anything creative, outside of writing, but there was something about preserving memories in wonderfully decorated albums that brought out the creativity in me.

Seven years later, I am a scrapaholic. Any chance I get I sit and crop. Now, I am not your typical scrapper. I can't crop by theme or by year. I tried that. I did my daughter's first year and my son's second year and I got bored out of my mind.

Scrapbooking is about what works for you. Everyone has their own style. So I found that I enjoyed cropping the very best pics from random events. These include pics of the kids in the pool, pics of me and my hubby hugging on Christmas Eve, pics of the kids feeding ducks, etc. My albums are colorful and filled with a combination of the very best memories that we have created as a family. Memories that we will forever cherish.

My Little Man Workshop - November 2009

CTMH Jingle Workshop - November 2009

CTMH Daydream Workshop - October 2009

CTMH Grace Workshop - October 2009

CTMH Twitterpated Workshop - September 2009

JULY WORKSHOP - Animal Cookies

The Animal Cookies Workshop was held on Sunday, July 12. I must say that it was probably one of my faves as I was able to enjoy everyone using different types of pictures to create their own personal page. I used pictures of my kids on the beach, while one of the girls used pictures of her daughter playing in the backyard, and yet another one of the girls used pictures of her and her mom when she was younger. The layouts came out beautiful and the colors were fabulously vibrant.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Let's Think Outside the Box

I think that one of the biggest problems we, as scrapbookers, have is remembering that some of the best layouts are those that we completed by thinking outside of the box! It's easy to sit and put a page together when papers match, flowers and other embellishments are coordinating, and the inks we use go PERFECT with everything else on the page.....BUT.....after awhile, you sit and wonder "what can I do next?" or "I think I have used every layout I can come up with". I know we have all gone through this.

Now, I can tell you that one of the things that works for me when I get to that point is cropping a page in a way that I would not normally do. I tend to use papers that other people would not think go together and instead of using titles or journaling, I simply use a rub-on quote. Chipboard is also wonderful in a situation like this. There are so many things you can do with it: Ink it, Distress it, Cover it in Foil, Cover it in glitter, Cover it with Cardstock and the list goes on and on. I also enjoy cropping my pictures in sizes that I would not normally use.

So go on, Think Outside of The Box, and you will see what beautiful layouts you will come up with.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Update on Close to My Heart

So it's official. As of Thursday, I am a consultant for Close to My Heart. I am super excited about this new venture. Coincidentially I met a potential client just the morning after I became a consultant. I look forward to this and will go updating you as time goes by. My first workshop is scheduled for next Sunday, July 12. We will be working on the Animal Cookies kit. Pictures soon to come :-) Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!