I don't have a whole lot to talk about today other than the Scrapbook Remix class taught by Shimelle at Pretty Paper.True Stories. Today's Prompt dealt with scale as well as using vintage inspired large printed paper. I liked today's 'lesson' very much, though I had to read it several times before I really understood what I was supposed to do for 'homework' - but that's me these days, a whole lot of "Huh?" going on in my life; it is what it is.
I made a two-page layout; well, actually I made two layouts about the same thing with one title. Usually if I make a two-page layout, I try to at least use the same background paper on each page. But today I created two layouts with respect to a couple of the different aspects of the Prompt using the same subject. Does that make sense? Well, I suppose the best way to explain it is to just show you!
So now you can kind of see what I mean: Each layout stands on its own except that one has a title only, the other journaling. There are common elements such as the same patterned paper pieces, twine & bow. I could have used the same background paper on both pages, but I was trying out a couple of the methods. And as it is, I quite like this in my album - it still flows well but it's just more interesting than the other two-page layouts I have. I may very well always do my two-page layouts like this in lieu of the traditional method.
These are what I refer to as the necessary layouts because they go into one of the albums as part of that story... in this case our 2011 family album. (I usually make an 8x8 album every other year as my brother comes home and those are just 'more'; but, whether there are two or twelve of my favorite pix, I always include them on a two-page layout in our family album.) Usually, the necessary layouts go straight into the album on the same day that I complete them, as opposed to those layouts that I just do for fun, hang up for an indefinite amount of time to admire, and then end up in one of the 'personal' albums.
One of the best things about this class is that, in addition to learning more about design and using up my paper stash, I have completed so many necessary layouts... four for the family albums (2 birthdays and Christmas), three for GiGi's real* personal album (homecoming, Kelly Pickler concert, Future Today) and two for my personal album (5 generations and Another Life). WOW!!!!! That is amazing!! I may have to take classes everyday for the rest of my life so that I actually get all my stories told!! Of course, very little else is getting done (I was so proud that I got the laundry done yesterday!); and I'm certainly not going above and beyond for anyone, so if someone wants something they sure better ask.
Last thing, I am certainly praying for all the Northeastern U.S. As a Florida Panhandle resident I have gone through four major hurricanes (Ivan in 2004 is the reason my brother now lives in Tampa as it not only did his home suffer severe damage, but both businesses that he and his wife worked at totally washed away... totally). So I have so much empathy for the victims. I know you are probably praying for them, but if you have a mind to help, please consider donating to the Red Cross. They are so wonderful during these times, providing everything from fresh water, food and shelter during the weeks the power is out, to sandwiches during the cleanup phase. I certainly don't know what we would have done without them after each of our storms.
Okay, whatever you're doing today - create something wonderful about it.
"You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." - Jack London
* GiGi has the 'real' albums that tell her life story, and then she has the albums that are a result of my incessant need to scrap just for the sake of scrapping and use any and all of those crazy teenage photos she takes of herself everyday for Instagram and Facebook.