Friday, May 31, 2013

Self reflection - asking myself why

Every now and then I think it's important to take some time and reflect on your own personality, your history and what has brought you to where you are today. So I did this layout doing just that.

I used my Silhouette Cameo for the first time on a full 12X12 sheet cutting out the question marks and popping them up off the page, and creating depth as well with my Helmar Zapdots White Square 1/2" by cutting them to sizes that I needed. 

Using Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's Curiosity kit

I also used Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner to layer the papers and photo. It was a very fun project to make in a very short amount of time because the cutting machine did most of the work.

Take some time this weekend to create a layout or art journal page about yourself and think about what might have brought you to where you are today. If you do, link me up in the comments. I'd love to see!

Monday, May 27, 2013

A little art journal fun!

It seems like forever since I've worked in my altered book art journal. The timing just seemed right, and I really wanted to play with all my new Shimmerz and Blingz. What fun I had!!

Layered flower using a die-cut baby wipe (previously used)

Shimmerz are just positively juicy!

Use your scraps and packaging in your art journals

Have a great week and play in your journals!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Moments Scrapbook Layout

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. 

 LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

Using Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's May Curiosity kit

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The second time around...but on new paths

You never know where life is going to take you, unless you make the decision that you will direct your own life. I've always believe that those that fail to plan, plan to fail. So imagine my surprise when I ended up loving a hobby that I tried out in my teen years and didn't enjoy.

Sometimes the timing isn't right, but sometimes it's our own mindset I think. We look at things differently as we get older and our value set changes a bit.

Take scrapbooking for me. As a teen, I thought it was all about putting snippets of my life's experiences in one place to recall them and have them together.Were the snippets important to me? I honestly can't remember. But at the time, I thought they were things I didn't want getting lost in the rest of the junk in my room, so I put them into a large scrapbook/sketchbook. And I quickly gave up on it once I started experiencing life in a way that didn't have little tickets, or papers, or things attached to them to put into the book.

But now, my life is more about the everyday and not the events, or the moments. And I want to remember the everyday little things that I did and enjoyed, and maybe that means I don't have anything to put on the page, like a ticket, or a photo. But of more importance to me is to put down my feelings on the page. I don't want to lose touch with that.

Using Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's May Curiosity kit

So for me, getting involved in this hobby for a second time in my life is almost like taking a new path. I'm still on my feet and still moving forward, but the scenery is different, and so is the enjoyment of the journey.

Have you ever gone back to a hobby or recreational activity that at first you hated, but now you adore? Tell me about it in the comments! 

I hope you have an amazing long weekend! 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Do you see what I see?

Dwell in the world of possibilities and you'll be sure to tip the scales of life your way for sure!

I dwell in Possibility --
A fairer House than Prose --
More numerous of Windows --
Superior -- for Doors --

Of Chambers as the Cedars --
Impregnable of Eye --
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky --

Of Visitors -- the fairest --
For Occupation -- This --
The spreading wide of narrow Hands
To gather Paradise --
by Emily Dickinson

Created using Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's May Curiosity kit

Created using Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's May Curiosity kit