Do you have something that just makes you happy? Something you do that just relaxes you and makes you feel good? My friend Jessie called me Saturday from Texas. She had the nerve to move away. I tell ya! Anyway, she called to tell me that she was feeling better than she had in months. Why? Because she went to a stamp party and stamped! She hadn't realized how much she had been missing it. Now, she has moved clear across the country and has had quite a few things on her mind. But, how many of us 'forget' to do the things that make us happy? Or maybe, we don't forget so much as we just get too busy to do those things? I know I do. I have been so busy lately that I don't know what I have been doing! I took time last week to scrapbook a bit. True, I kind of HAD to because I had a crop and needed a page project, but I decided to take the whole day and just scrapbook. Kim came over and we had a ball! I had forgotten how much I love to scrap! (I also love to be with Kim, she is awesome!) Now, I didn't get a ton of pages done, but I got those scrappin muscles stretched out and warmed up a bit and I am just rarin to go again! It makes me feel SO good to save my families memories in albums. It is my journal. My family history. I think that of all the material things I do, that is one of the most important. I mean, I have been canning like crazy, but...that food is going to get eaten and be gone. We will enjoy it, my husband will thank me....maybe the kids too...but, it won't last like the scrapbooks.
I have a page sitting on my table half done, and many more ideas just busting out of my head, but for now I will show you a couple of pages I did last week. This first one is the one I did for our crop. No pictures, but...I'm ready for Halloween! What a concept! Have the page ready for the pictures before the event even takes place! This page uses basic black for the base, and pumpkin pie for the photo mat. You can put a couple pictures on there, or a whole slew of them! The images across the bottom are from the Booglie Eyes set and the BOO is from Big Deal alphabet. I colored the images with watercolor pencils and blender pens. The dotted strips are cut from the Creepy Crawly paper. I added some squiggly lines to outline the white squares to give them more depth. I'm excited to put our Halloween pictures on there! This next page is of my sweet Ben when he broke his arm. I wanted it to be more of a journal page than anything else. The faux notebook paper is from the Notations designer paper. I cut it down a bit and used the flower and swirls to cover the Heart. I used the spiral punch along one side and the corner rounder on the other two corners. I rubbed the edges of the notebook paper and the green base with my chalk options pads in banana and garnet. I used the same inks for the "i". I added a bit of chocolate ribbon around the i and the word YOU from a K&Co packet of chipboard I had lying about.
This last page is the end of this story....when Ben got his cast off. He was so cute. He was sure they were going to cut his arm off. He had gotten pretty attached to that cast and just wanted to keep it. I was inspired for this page by a layout I saw in one of my scrap design books. I have plenty of those..., anyway, the background was just color blocked with different patterned paper. I cut the squares of paper 5-3/4" and then distressed the edges with my SU cutter kit. I stuck them down and just put my mounted pictures over top of them.
I just can't wait to scrap some more! Hopefully I will have more pages to share this week!
Have a good one!