Sunday, March 3, 2013

Looking Thru the Albums...

I love looking through my recent albums!  Especially those five that I have almost completed in the past year.  I admit the photos and memories are great; but hey, I can look at all those on my computer.  No, it is purely an egotistical journey.  I love those layouts I have made this past year.  I love the variety of papers that seem more beautiful than ever before.  I love the techniques I have used to make them aesthetically pleasing.  I love the embellishments - oh so much diversity with everything from cute wood to lovely gems.  I love the stories that I have put to paper.  And I especially love the heft as I turn the pages; each turn gives me a thrill with the feel of it.  Oh these lovely layouts creating these lovely albums of these lovely people with their lovely stories.  How utterly thrilling!

Then there are the albums of past.  I am also proud of those layouts - even though some can cause me to wince "What was I thinking!?!".  But those papers are pretty too and there is technique in the layouts as well. And even those pages there is heft; though not as much and those pages are not as fun to turn.  But these albums make me melancholy.  These photos and stories, while bringing a smile to my face, makes me realize that my babies have grown and I shall never be with those little people again. They are different people not only in size, but in personality and attitude.  And while I love these new persons more than life itself, and they are the ones give each day a reason to rise and purpose of smile, I miss those small selves so very much.  Thank goodness I have those albums and may revisit those little ones who make my heart sing.  Thank goodness I have those albums as much for the sadness as for the gladness.

So these albums that I regularly go through are a mixture of emotion.  Like me, they are rather bi-polar.  But one thing stands out... I am very proud of all I have created as part of this craft.  How lucky am I to be a scrapbooker?! How fortunate am I to have found a vocation that allows me to mix my favorite things with memories to create items that provide me such diverse emotion each time I look at them?!  How blessed am I to have "met" so many people that understand the sentiment and pride that looking at my own work brings?!

It is this reason that I revisit the sites, classes and blogs that bring me in touch with these companions; though not as often as I would like.  I am sharing my computer with my granddaughter these days so if I don't have something specific to do, I may only get to use it myself for a few minutes here and there.  But don't think it's just the computer where I suffer: it takes me an entire day to complete just one layout - even on those days when I have absolutely nothing else to do.  I have been down as much as up the past few months.  I hope it's just a temporary condition, that it's the MS that will eventually go into remission.  I so hope that I get back in the swing of things soon... I know I am missing so very much.

I have completed five layouts in the past two weeks while trying to participate in a retaking of the Scrapbook Remix class.  Since I showed the first two last week, here are the next three:

Crate Paper background with American Crafts all cut up on top.  AC diecut and flair, Basic Grey flags, Studio Calico veneer, Recollections gems and Spellbinder dies.  AC letters.

Echo Park background, MME papers with all kinds of little scraps on top (?!).  Lots of AC on this page too with Teresa Collins dots, Studio Calico veneer & mistables, MME words, KI Memories glitz sticker and AC thickers, chipboard and dimensional.
Everything on this layout is American Crafts with the exception of the small gray letters (Simple Stories), tape (Freckled Fawn) and yellow sticker (October Afternoon).  Help also comes from Spellbinders dies, Doodlebug twine and Wilton doilies.
 Sorry about the photos... took these in my room with my phone.  All the colors have turned out so very intense!  And I'm not sure if that's good or bad!?! Oddest thing though - those script Thickers are the Dear Lizzy Smoke Splendid ones - in the package and on the page they look white; but in every photo they are gray.  Just odd!
I hope you all are having a very creative time.  I hope to see everyone's blogs this week... and I promise if I can stay up long enough I will try to get caught up on all you've been doing. 
P.S.  Cynthia, I love your cake!
"I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger..." - Don Aslett


  1. Aww, thanks, girl! I had a lot of fun making that cake. And the bunny on my take on Tim's Tag is a Sizzix die cut.

    I absolutely love this post! I too love looking back through old albums with a bit of sadness and lots of joy. These pages are gorgeous--love the photos, the colors and the layers of happy paper!! =D

  2. beautiful post, and very beautiful layouts!

  3. I love your layouts Tammy and I get a kick out of reading your blog. I too take forever creating a layout but I don't mind, it is not a race, it is what I love doing and if I savor each step then I will have really created something with thought and care and something I love. I am in the middle of a layout right now of which I have no idea of where it is going. It just is and has been sitting a full day on my desk in its infancy, while I figure out just what I want to happen on it. I am trying new technique that I see on others layouts and that I want to try on mine. It is kind of like trying on a new outfit, I don't know if I like it or its going to be a good fit or what I can do to make it mine. Right now I am "drawing" with the mist wands and have made a heart that looks sketched with Tropicana Teal, Chartruese and Amethyst Color Shine. I kind of like it along with some spatters and I think I might add in some wood veneer stars that I have altered in some way and maybe some enamel dots or jewels. So I experiment and then I get to go back to my albums and see where experimentation has taken me. For the most part I love what I see and then there is that one layout that has me tearing it apart and recreating it. I haven't gone back and scrapped all of my kids photos............Lord that would be going back 40 years and I don't have time for that. What I will do is put them in divided page protectors and then move forward from there. I mostly scrap the present with a stroll through the really vintage photos for a change up. Nothing like scrapping pictures that are over 150 years old then jumping forward to scrap my granddaughters photos taken last week. I am just thankful I found this craft that makes me so happy and helps me to preserve my memories.

  4. Girl...where ya been?? I hope all is well in your little corner of the scrapping world and that you're super busy making really cool scrap pages to show us!! Hugs! ;-)

  5. Love your layouts! I too enjoy looking through my albums. More so, with others, as they enjoy the crafting and the stories.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    aka Sandra