When I walked into my scraproom the other day, I saw I huge stack of printed photos sitting on my shelf. Another hundred or so pictures were on my computer waiting to be printed. Scrappy supplies were scattered about. I looked at my calendar, realizing that summer is fleeing and I still have stories to be told. What is a scrapbooker to do?!?
Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I go back to my scrapbooking basics. I choose one or two 4×6 photos, a sketch, and a story—and I go simple! For the rest of this month, I am challenging myself to consciously work my way step-by-step through my scrapbooking process from beginning to end on each page, so that I can get my memories captured, told, and done.
The underlying process for all my scrapbooking is using kits. I realized long ago that I scrap more effeciently (and have more fun!) when I use a limited number of supplies. A few years ago I went through all of my supplies and made kits. I put together a several sheets of coordinating patterned paper along with some matching embellishments—then I immediately had a starting point when I sat down at my desk to make a page.
Today I grabbed a kit with several papers in medium yellows, blues, and oranges. With those papers I had paired an embellishment kit from Freckled Fawn in similar colors.
First I went to that stack of printed photos and just started thumbing through them. Eventually one caught my eye—a photo of me that my son had taken. It was winter and I was down at the barn waiting for the vet to come and check on my horse. I immediately thought of the many hours I spend down at the barn and that I should document that fact.
Next I found a sketch to use—one that I had made myself! It is fairly simple, but flexible. Using sketches is the second way that I am able to scrap quickly and enjoy the process.
As I began putting my page together, more memories of that day came back. I remembered that I was down at the barn because I had just finished riding and my horse was acting funny. I was afraid that something was seriously wrong, so I immediately called the vet. In the photo I am wating for her to arrive. Luckily, it was nothing serious! This story became the one I wanted to tell.
I love using patterned paper(s) as my background. I picked the circle paper from Echo Park on the bottom because the pink in the circles is similar to the pink in my coat. The arrow paper from My Mind’s Eye had a smaller print and the color contrasted and complemented the circle paper.
The yellow paper is the B side of the circle paper. It has a very suble polka-dot pattern so I used it for the journaling block as well as an accent piece and the date label.
From there I added embellishments in visual triangles along with my title. Moment captured, story told, and layout done!